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Tale of two elections as Dems take House, GOP expands Senate majority

  • 2:16 am Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Americans rendered a split verdict on the Congress under President Donald Trump, as Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate by knocking off a series of incumbent Democratic Senators, while Democrats strung together a series of victories in all corners of the country to win back the majority in the House for the first time since big GOP victories in the 2010 elections.

“President Trump called Leader Mitch McConnell to congratulate him on the historic Senate gains,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, as she said the President also spoke with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who could be [More]

Kavanaugh seemingly headed for Saturday confirmation in Senate

  • 3:50 pm Friday, October 5th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh won a narrow victory in a first test vote in the Senate on Friday, as a pair of key Senators announced they would support President Donald Trump’s choice for the U.S. Supreme Court, all but guaranteeing that Kavanaugh will be approved by the full Senate on Saturday, capping weeks of a highly charged political confirmation fight on Capitol Hill.

Several hours after the Senate voted 51 to 49 to force an end to debate on the Kavanaugh nomination, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) went to the floor to announce she would support Kavanaugh in Saturday’s [More]

McConnell vows Senate vote ‘this week’ as Trump defends Kavanaugh

  • 4:05 pm Monday, October 1st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Even as the FBI reviewed sexual misconduct allegations involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and President Donald Trump said he was open to a ‘comprehensive’ review of any issues involving the judge, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would vote in coming days on the Kavanaugh nomination.

“We’ll be voting this week,” McConnell said in a floor speech on Monday afternoon, as he blasted Democrats, accusing them of moving the goalposts on a regular basis on Kavanaugh.

“They’re committed to delaying, obstructing and resisting this nomination with everything they’ve got,” McConnell said. “They just want to delay this matter [More]

LIVE UPDATES from inside the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing room

  • 9:19 am Thursday, September 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The future of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is on the line in a historic Senate hearing on this Thursday, as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear from a woman who accused the judge of sexual misconduct at a high school party back in 1982. Kavanaugh will then defend himself later in the day.

The hearing is reminiscent in many ways of the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings in 1981, where Hill accused Thomas of sexual harassment; after several extra days of hearings, the Senate confirmed Thomas to the Supreme Court on a vote of 52-48.

Check back for [More]

Senate panel sets Kavanaugh-Ford showdown hearing for Thursday

  • 1:52 pm Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After days of behind the scenes wrangling, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced on Sunday afternoon that the panel will hold a hearing on Thursday to take public testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct at a high school party in the early 1980’s.

The panel had originally set a Monday morning vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination, but after a weekend of talks – which still hasn’t resolved all the details for the hearing – committee Republicans agreed to allow Ford to present her case in a public hearing, [More]

In tweets, President Trump takes direct aim at Kavanaugh accuser

  • 9:36 am Friday, September 21st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Breaking his silence on the woman who has leveled sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump on Friday said if the events were “as bad as she says,” then Dr. Christine Blasey Ford should have ‘immediately filed’ charges against the judge in the 1980’s.

“I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents,” the President tweeted from Las Vegas, where he held a campaign rally last night.

“Why didn’t [More]

Trump stands by Kavanaugh, chides Democrats over last minute allegations

  • 4:02 pm Monday, September 17th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As Senators in both parties called for additional hearings into questions about possible sexual misconduct involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump on Monday expressed his strong support for the federal appeals court judge, chiding Democrats for springing allegations of sexual misconduct at the eleventh hour.

“This is something that should have been brought up long before this,” the President told reporters during a White House photo op.

While Mr. Trump did not comment directly on the charge made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, that Kavanaugh had committed a sexual assault on her during a party when they were teenagers [More]

President Trump defends record, rebukes author of anonymous op-ed

  • 5:52 pm Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump sternly defended the work of his administration on Wednesday, rebuking the anonymous author of a piece in the New York Times which bluntly said that top officials were doing all they could to keep the President from making major errors in judgment.

“Can you believe it? Anonymous. Meaning gutless – a gutless editorial,” the President said to reporters gathered for an event involving Mr. Trump and a group of sheriffs at the White House.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders labeled the author a ‘coward,’ saying the person who wrote the piece, “should do the [More]

LIVE BLOG: Day two of the Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings

  • 9:18 am Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

It’s another hot and humid day outside on Capitol Hill, and it is expected to be a long and at times heated atmosphere inside, as the Senate Judiciary Committee questions federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who is President Donald Trump’s choice to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

The first day was punctuated by frequent outbursts from people in the audience, as the Capitol Police hauled out over six dozen different demonstrators, who interrupted Senators in both parties, but mainly aimed their barbs at GOP Senators.

10:09 pm – The gavel sounds, and the second day of [More]

Veteran House Democrat loses re-election bid in Massachusetts

  • 10:03 pm Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The demand for change within both political parties claimed the career of a veteran House Democrat in New England on Tuesday, as Rep. Mike Capuano (D-MA) was defeated by Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who will now likely become the first black woman elected to Congress by voters in Massachusetts.

Capuano is the fourth incumbent House member to lose a race for re-election in 2018, joining Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC), and Rep. Mark Sanford (R-NC).

As of now, 58 House sitting House members will not return for the new Congress in January of 2019 – that’s already more [More]