- 12:35 am Monday, November 21st, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
It’s no big revelation that many Republican supporters of Donald Trump strongly believe the news media was biased against their candidate; many of them are still pointedly telling me exactly that. But since President-Elect Trump’s victory, a number of liberals have been speaking out, accusing the news media of not being tough enough on Trump.
“The systemic media failure of the Trump transition,” roared the headline on Sunday night from “Think Progress,” a more liberal news site that puts its own progressive spin on most political stories.
In the article, Think Progress’ Judd Legum hammers the Washington Post, the New York [More]
- 8:06 am Sunday, November 20th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
A top lawmaker in Congress demanded answers after a behind the scenes dispute over the head of the National Security Agency burst into full view this weekend, with news reports indicating President Obama was being urged to fire NSA chief Admiral Michael Rogers, just as Rogers was being considered by President-Elect Donald Trump for a major promotion to the job of Director of National Intelligence.
After Adm. Rogers met with President-Elect Trump on Thursday in New York, Rogers seemed to be the front runner for the DNI post, which is currently held by James Clapper, who announced on Thursday that he [More]
- 9:17 am Saturday, November 19th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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After Vice President-Elect Mike Pence was greeted with boos at a New York theater, and the cast of Hamilton delivered a message to him after the play, President-Elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday morning to rebuke the cast and those who jeered Pence, calling the cast rude, and asking for an apology.
“The Theater must always be a safe and special place,” Trump said, saying that Pence had been “harassed last night.”
When Pence arrived at the theater for a performance of the blockbuster play Hamilton, he was booed by some of those in attendance, and then the cast delivered [More]
- 7:40 pm Friday, November 18th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
Just hours after President-Elect Donald Trump announced that he would choose Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for the job of U.S. Attorney General, Democrats were trying to build a wall of opposition against him in the Congress, but the early signs were favorable for Republicans.
“Jeff Sessions is widely respected in the United States Senate and is a great choice for Attorney General,” said Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), as a number of GOP Senators wasted no time in publicly getting behind their colleague.
“Sen. Sessions is well liked and well regarded, even by those who don’t always agree with him,” said Sen. Jeff[More]
- 11:07 am Friday, November 18th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
If there is one thing that unites the first group of choices for top jobs in a Trump Administration, it is loyalty. Whether for White House Chief of Staff, or U.S. Attorney General, or CIA Director and more, all of those picked so far by President-Elect Donald Trump have been solidly behind him and his candidacy for the White House.
“I like how Trump’s going to his most loyal supporters first. That’s the way it should be,” said Rick Shaftan, a conservative pollster and GOP media consultant.
Let’s take a look at Trump’s picks so far:
1. Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney [More]
- 8:19 am Friday, November 18th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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President-Elect Donald Trump is ready to choose Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as his Attorney General, selecting a campaign ally who was the first sitting Senator to get on board with Trump’s campaign for President.
“Jeff Sessions would be an excellent choice for such an important role,” said Rep. Bradley Byrne, a Republican member of Congress from Session’s home state of Alabama.
Sessions was first elected to the Senate from the Yellowhammer State in 1996, but he was in the spotlight in the Senate long before that.
Back in 1986, Sessions was chosen by President Reagan to be a federal judge; but amid charges [More]
- 3:58 pm Thursday, November 17th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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Two days after Democrats delayed leadership elections for the new Congress that convenes in January, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio announced he would challenge Rep. Nancy Pelosi for the job of House Minority Leader, arguing that it’s time for new leadership in the Democratic Party.
“What we are doing right now is not working,” Ryan said in a letter to sent to his Democratic colleagues.
“Under our current leadership, Democrats have been reduced to our smallest congressional minority since 1929,” Ryan added.
While Pelosi hails from California – the biggest Democratic state delegation by far in the Congress – Ryan is from northeast [More]
- 2:30 pm Thursday, November 17th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
The nation’s top intelligence official told Congress on Thursday that after the United States in September publicly accused the Russian government of being behind hacking efforts designed to interfere with the November elections in the U.S., that the Russians swiftly curtailed those activities – though lawmakers were told to expect more cyber-attacks sponsored by Moscow in the future.
“I don’t anticipate a significant change in Russian behavior,” said James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, who said the evidence of cyber reconnaissance of state election websites and computer systems clearly pointed back to Russia.
Asked by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) if the [More]
- 1:05 pm Thursday, November 17th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
Moving to avoid any threat of a government shutdown before the Christmas holiday season, Republicans on Capitol Hill said Thursday that they would punt their unfinished budget work into 2017, which may give them additional opportunities to press ahead with the agenda of a new Trump Administration.
“The American people voted for change and we are ready to get to work,” said Speaker Paul Ryan, as Republicans decided they would rather negotiate with Donald Trump in the White House, rather than President Obama.
The new incoming government would like to have a say-so on how spending is to be allocated in 2017,” [More]
- 10:07 pm Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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Down the hill from the U.S. Capitol, just up the street from the White House, Hillary Clinton was on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night, making her first public appearance since conceding her loss in the race for President against Donald Trump.
“I will admit, coming here tonight wasn’t the easiest thing for me,” Clinton said, at a gathering of the Children’s Defense Fund.
“I know many of you are deeply disappointed about the results of the election. I am too, more than I can ever express,” Clinton said to approving laughter from the crowd.
“There have been a few [More]
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