- 2:26 am Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
When you take a deep dive into the giant, year-end measure approved by Congress last Friday that will fund the operations of the federal government for the rest of this fiscal year, the details of that “Omnibus” bill reveal hundreds of spending restrictions that will be slapped on the Executive Branch in terms of how your tax dollars are spent.
“None of the funds,” is the phrase to look for in these bills, where the Congress can spell out how money cannot be spent by the federal government – the “Power of the Purse.”
The spending restrictions start on page 28 of [More]
- 11:33 pm Saturday, December 19th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
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Steering around verbal challenges from two fellow Democrats on stage, Hillary Clinton spent a good deal of time framing her message like she was already her party’s nominee for President, tweaking Donald Trump and arguing that a Republican win next year would bring a series of negative changes by the GOP.
“This is a watershed election,” Clinton said at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, New Hampshire, in a debate sponsored by ABC.
“I know how important it is to have a Democrat succeed President Obama in the White House,” Clinton added.
This third debate was much like the two other Democratic Party gatherings, [More]
- 6:16 pm Friday, December 18th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
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In a year-end news conference at the White House, President Obama said he was optimistic about what he might be able to achieve in 2016, his last full year in office, as he vowed not to let his lame duck status block action on a variety of legislative goals.
“Since taking this office, I’ve never been more optimistic about a year ahead than I am right now,” the President told reporters in the White House Briefing Room.
“And in 2016, I’m going to leave it out all on the field,” Mr. Obama added.
One issue where the [More]
- 7:20 pm Thursday, December 17th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
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After getting under the skin of Donald Trump at this week’s Republican debate, Jeb Bush and his political allies seem ready to keep jabbing at the leader in the GOP race for President, as an outside political group allied with the former Florida Governor has issued a new ad aimed at Trump.
“One candidate tough enough to take on the bully,” the ad begins, showing what may have been Bush’s best debate moment yet, when he seemed to annoy and aggravate Trump on the stage in Las Vegas.
“Donald, you’re not going to be able to insult your way to the Presidency,” [More]
- 3:10 pm Thursday, December 17th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
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Moving to wrap up work for the year, the House on Thursday afternoon easily approved an over $600 billion tax bill, as lawmakers set up votes on Friday on a mammoth spending bill to fund the operations of the federal government.
“This is a good bill,” said Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) of the tax extenders legislation. “This is an amazing bill.”
The plan would renew – and in some cases make permanent – a series of tax breaks for individuals and businesses, which have long been known as the ‘tax extenders.’
Congress has never moved to make them permanent, instead voting every [More]
- 11:47 pm Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
From Las Vegas, Nevada
While New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) were trying to boost their fortunes at this week’s Republican debate, their political organizations were again falling short in the work to submit full delegate slates for GOP primary contests in 2016, this time in a state that is often key to the election for President.
“Chris Christie fails to file full delegate slate in Ohio,” read the headline in the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, as Christie was able to qualify for no more than 35 of a possible 48 delegates in the Buckeye State.
Rand Paul’s delegate [More]
- 11:07 pm Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
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From Las Vegas, Nevada
Nine Republicans on the main CNN debate stage in Las Vegas sparred for two hours on Tuesday night over an array of issues, differing over how best to defend the United States from terrorist attacks and which GOP hopeful would be the best to take up that mantle as President.
Here’s a quick look at what went on in the debate on the Las Vegas Strip:
Donald Trump – As he had predicted, Trump found himself