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House panel approves background checks for all private gun sales

  • 9:18 pm Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

Setting up a vote in the full House later this month, the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Wednesday evening to approve a bill to extend background checks on gun sales to all private gun transactions, along with a separate measure to give law enforcement more time to deal with background check investigations, as Democrats moved forward on one of their prime agenda items now that their party controls the U.S. House.

“This is common sense legislation to protect the public,” said Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) said of the bill to extend the requirement for background checks to all gun [More]

Judge: Manafort lied even after agreeing to cooperate with Russia probe

  • 7:29 pm Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

A federal judge in Washington ruled on Wednesday that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort – while he was cooperating with an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any ties to the Trump campaign – intentionally made false statements to the FBI, Special Counsel, and a federal grand jury, as Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that prosecutors were no longer bound by their plea bargain agreement with Manafort, opening the door to a longer term in prison.

In her ruling, Judge Jackson found that of five allegations raised by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, [More]

Bringing up Iran-Contra guilty plea, Rep. Omar clashes with Trump official

  • 2:57 pm Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

At almost the same moment that Vice President Mike Pence was calling for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Omar tangled Wednesday with the Trump Administration’s special envoy on Venezuela, bringing up a guilty plea made by Elliot Abrams in 1991 for misleading the Congress about details of the Iran-Contra affair.

“I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony that you give today to be truthful,” Omar said to a somewhat stunned Abrams, who was testifying at a House hearing on the situation in Venezuela.

When [More]

Trump hints at ‘national emergency’ to funnel money to border wall

  • 9:17 pm Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

Even as President Donald Trump publicly grumbled on Tuesday about the details of a border funding agreement worked out by House-Senate negotiators, some of his supporters in Congress were convinced that the President would sign that bill into law, and then swiftly move to use executive powers to funnel other money into construction of a border wall, all but assuring a legal fight over such a unilateral move.

“I’ve heard a variety of different numbers,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), a key House ally of President Trump, as the head of the House Freedom Caucus said he expected the President to [More]

Trump not ‘thrilled’ with border security funding deal in Congress

  • 12:48 pm Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

A day after top negotiators hammered out a tentative agreement on a plan to fund additional fencing along the Mexican border, along with deals on a series of bills to fully fund the operations of one-quarter of the federal government, President Donald Trump made clear to reporters Tuesday that he wasn’t pleased with the final product.

“I can’t say I’m happy,” the President said during a Cabinet meeting at the White House. “I can’t say I’m thrilled.”

Asked if he was thinking about using ‘national emergency’ powers to funnel money to a border wall, President Trump wouldn’t rule that out.

“I’m considering [More]

GOP conservatives pan tentative border security funding deal

  • 11:51 pm Monday, February 11th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

With the clock ticking towards a possible second partial government shutdown at the end of the week, a tentative deal struck Monday night by Congressional negotiators earned a quick thumbs down from more influential conservative voices – inside and outside of the Congress – leading to questions on whether House-Senate talks had produced something that President Donald Trump would sign into law.

“While the President was giving a great speech in El Paso, Congress was putting together a bad deal on immigration,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).

“This conference agreement is hardly a serious attempt to secure our border or stop the [More]

Muslim Democrat apologizes after Pelosi rebuke over anti-Semitic tweets

  • 3:21 pm Monday, February 11th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

Amid building criticism in both parties over her statements on Israel, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) publicly apologized on Monday for a series of tweets which Jewish lawmakers had said wrongly given voice to anti-Semitic Jewish tropes, as the newly-elected Muslim Democrat from Minnesota said she never intended any harm.

“I unequivocally apologize,” Omar said.

“My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole,” Omar tweeted, an hour after Democratic leaders in the House delivered a stern public rebuke.

“Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive,” Pelosi and other top Democrats [More]

Trump Administration calls stories of smaller tax refunds ‘misleading’

  • 1:18 pm Monday, February 11th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

With a growing debate on social media and in political circles about the impact of the GOP tax cuts as Americans file their taxes for 2018, the Treasury Department on Monday disputed reports that the tax cutting plan had failed to deliver tax savings, amid stories of a drop in the size of tax refunds early in the tax filing season.

“News reports on reduction in IRS filings & refunds are misleading,” the Treasury Department tweeted, though that was followed up with a recommendation for all taxpayers to make sure their tax withholding is being done correctly on their paychecks.

“Go to [More]

Trump rallies in El Paso with border security talks stalled in Congress

  • 4:00 am Monday, February 11th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

As President Donald Trump takes his call for funding for a border wall to the border city of El Paso, Texas on Monday evening, House-Senate negotiators are struggling to finalize a 2019 funding deal on border security and the operations of the Department of Homeland Security, raising the possibility of another partial government shutdown at the end of this week if no agreement can be reached.

“The Border Committee Democrats are behaving, all of a sudden, irrationally,” the President said in one of a flurry of tweets aimed at Democrats on the border security talks and funding for the wall on [More]

As red ink grows, GOP goes almost silent on federal deficit

  • 5:00 am Sunday, February 10th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

With the yearly deficit creeping closer to $1 trillion in 2019, President Donald Trump did not mention the growing federal budget deficit in his State of the Union Address this past week, yet another indication of the Republican evolution on an issue which had galvanized the GOP politically for much of the last thirty years, but now has almost completely disappeared from the Republican agenda on Capitol Hill – and at the White House.

“Finally, it’s unfortunate but not surprising that the president didn’t mention the massive national debt,” said Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), one of the few GOP voices left [More]

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