- 5:16 pm Friday, January 6th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Hours after briefing President-Elect Donald Trump on their findings, U.S. Intelligence leaders released a declassified report on Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 elections, once more publicly accusing Russian Intelligence of being behind hacks of Democratic Party officials, and relaying that material to Wikileaks.
“We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election,” the report stated.
“Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process,
denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency,” U.S. Intelligence added.
Without offering supporting evidence – presumably because it could [More]
- 1:59 pm Friday, January 6th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Interrupting the final tabulation of Electoral Votes in the 2016 race for President almost a dozen times, Democrats tried in vain to derail the election of President-Elect Donald Trump on Friday, but found themselves repeatedly gaveled down by Vice President Biden, who firmly proclaimed in a Joint Session of Congress, “It is over.”
Eleven different times, House Democrats stood to object to the counting of a state’s Electoral Votes, but none of them were joined by any Senator – which is a required under the rules for any delay.
Each time, the Vice President stopped them cold.
“Is there one United States Senator [More]
- 11:09 am Friday, January 6th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
The latest employment report from the U.S. Labor Department on Friday showed the jobless rate dropping to 4.7% nationally, with 156,000 jobs being added to American payrolls in December, as the final jobs survey from the Obama Administration presents a blizzard of data that partisans on both sides can cherry pick to their heart’s delight.
Let’s dig into the numbers. Some are good for the President. Some are not.
1. The headline number on unemployment is better for Obama. If you just check the jobless rate, that has improved under President Obama’s time in office. When he took the [More]
- 8:14 pm Thursday, January 5th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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Hours before he was to receive a top secret briefing from senior U.S. officials about Russian actions involving the 2016 elections, President-Elect Donald Trump again publicly questioned the findings of the Intelligence Community, once more charging that politics was at play more than anything else.
“So how and why are they so sure about hacking,” Trump wrote in a series of tweets, as he expressed frustration about press reports indicating that U.S. officials still believe Russia – and its top leaders were to blame.
The Trump tweets came after a Senate hearing earlier in the day where intelligence officials made clear that[More]
- 10:51 am Thursday, January 5th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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On the eve of giving President-Elect Donald Trump a report on Russian involvement in the 2016 elections, the nation’s top intelligence official vowed to publicly release as much information as possible on Russia’s actions, telling a Senate hearing that Moscow did much more than just hack emails from the Democratic National Committee and a top aide to Hillary Clinton.
“The hacking was only one part of it,” said Director of National Intelligence James Clapper of the Russian actions. “It also entailed classical propaganda, disinformation, fake news.”
“This was actually part of a multifaceted campaign that the Russians mounted,” Clapper told Senators.
- 9:14 pm Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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Hours after President Obama came to the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to urge Democrats to do all they could to block GOP efforts to repeal his signature legislative achievement, the Senate voted 51-48 to take the first procedural step forward on a repeal effort, as Republican lawmakers flashed a variety of ideas – but no single plan – on how best to replace the system.
“The first order of business is to repeal and replace Obamacare,” said Vice President-Elect Mike Pence, as he met with Republicans in both the House and Senate on Wednesday.
But as reporters interviewed Republican lawmakers in the [More]
- 11:45 am Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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In dueling visits to the U.S. Capitol by President Obama and Vice President-Elect Pence on Wednesday, members of Congress officially kicked off what is expected to be a bruising fight over GOP efforts to do away with the Obama health law, as Republicans said they were eager to get into the details of how best to repeal Mr. Obama’s signature legislative achievement.
“The first order of business is to repeal and replace Obamacare, and that was our message today, and will be our message on Capitol Hill,” the Vice President-Elect said after a meeting with House Republicans.
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- 8:00 pm Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
As the 115th Congress got underway on Tuesday, there was a very familiar vibe in the hallways of the U.S. Capitol, part of it like the optimism you might feel on Opening Day of the baseball season, combined with a dose of the first day of school for your kids, and a holiday gathering with your relatives.
Yes, it’s about politics – but it’s also about family.
Around almost every corner of the Capitol and the House and Senate office buildings, there were little kids running all over the place, lawmakers and grandparents holding babies, proud parents celebrating the success of their [More]
- 12:45 pm Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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Swamped with phone calls from constituents, and questioned by President-Elect Donald Trump on social media, Republicans in the House dropped plans for a vote today that would have reined in the work of an independent Congressional ethics board, though some GOP lawmakers vowed to keep pressing for changes to the ethics system.
“We will have a date certain by summer where we will do it in a bipartisan fashion,” said Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK), as he emerged from a hastily-called closed door meeting of GOP lawmakers.
“There are as many complaints on this on the Democratic side as there are on the [More]
- 12:32 am Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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In a surprise move, Republicans in the U.S. House endorsed a plan that would curtail the operations of an independent, outside ethics panel, placing it under the jurisdiction of the House Ethics Committee, barring it from releasing information about ethics investigations of lawmakers, and re-naming it with a somewhat bland title of the “Office of Congressional Complaint Review.”
“The OCE has a serious and important role in the House, and this amendment does nothing to impede their work,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), who spearheaded the late changes to the House ethics process, arguing that complaints from lawmakers about its operation [More]
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