Now for the details – Republicans move to forge Obamacare replacement 5:16 pm Sunday, January 15th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Now for the details – Republicans move to forge Obamacare replacement

  • 5:16 pm Sunday, January 15th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

With quick action by the House and Senate in the first two weeks of this year to approve a budget outline allowing for expedited action on plans to repeal chunks of the Obama health law, now comes the much more difficult part for Republicans, forging legislation that will not only get to President Trump’s desk – but also work for the American people.

“This resolution gives us the tools we need for a step-by-step approach to fix these problems and put Americans back in control of their health care,” said Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday as the House gave final approval [More]

President-Elect Trump hits Rep. John Lewis over inaugural snub

  • 8:50 am Saturday, January 14th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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Hours after Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) announced that he would boycott the January 20 swearing-in of President-Elect Donald Trump, Mr. Trump took to Twitter to denounce the veteran Democratic lawmaker and civil rights leader, telling him to deal with his “crime infested” district in Atlanta.

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart,” Trump wrote in pair of Saturday morning tweets.
Coming just two days before the federal holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mr. Trump’s tweets set off a stir on social media.

In an interview with [More]

Washington, D.C. preps for Donald Trump’s Inauguration

  • 8:00 pm Friday, January 13th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

With less than a week to go, workers are busy putting the final touches on the Inaugural platform, the viewing stands and thousands of seats on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol, as this city prepares for the transfer of power on January 20 to President-Elect Donald Trump.

Where the Capitol Christmas Tree stood just a few weeks ago is now a sea of folding chairs, as work continues on the VIP viewing areas for members of Congress and important guests.

This is what it looks like from the offices of Speaker Paul Ryan:

This is what the tickets look like for [More]

House gives final approval to first GOP step to repeal Obamacare

  • 4:06 pm Friday, January 13th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Amid a hailstorm of verbal broadsides, Republicans in the House joined the Senate in approving a plan that lays the ground work for future GOP efforts to repeal the Obama health law, as Democrats accused the GOP trying to take away health care insurance coverage from millions of Americans.

The 227-198 vote was mainly along party lines, as nine Republicans voted against the budget outline; no Democrats joined with the GOP to vote for it.

This measure does not need the approval of the President; it merely sets in motion a variety of budget procedures, one of which will give Republicans the [More]

Justice Department watchdog to review FBI, DOJ handling of Clinton email probe

  • 5:43 pm Thursday, January 12th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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In a surprise announcement, the Inspector General of the Justice Department on Thursday laid out plans to review allegations of misconduct surrounding the handling of the investigation into the emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, looking at everything from the actions of top officials to questions about the release of certain documents before the 2016 elections.

The office of Inspector General Michael Horowitz made clear that this was not an effort to revisit the ultimate FBI decision on whether or not to charge Clinton with any crimes over her handling of classified emails.

“The review will not substitute the OIG’s [More]

Trump pick for Defense Secretary takes hard line on Russia

  • 11:47 am Thursday, January 12th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

In his confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate, retired Marine General James Mattis said he had stark concerns about Russia, directly labeling that country an adversary of America, and accusing Russian leader Vladimir Putin of having one main goal with regards to the United States.

“The most important thing is that we recognize the reality of what we deal with, with Mr. Putin, and we recognize that he is trying to break the North Atlantic alliance,” Mattis said.

“If we did not have NATO today, we would need to create it,” Mattis told Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).

With lawmakers in both parties raising [More]

Senate takes first step on GOP road to repeal Obamacare

  • 7:25 am Thursday, January 12th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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In a flurry of votes that stretched into the early hours of Thursday, Republicans in the U.S. Senate forced through a budget outline that envisions the repeal of the Obama health law, as GOP lawmakers took the first step of what is expected to be a politically difficult effort to reverse President Obama’s signature legislative achievement.

The final vote in the Senate – which wrapped up at 1:25 am – was a narrow 51-49 edge for the GOP.

“The Senate just took an important step toward repealing and replacing Obamacare,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

This Senate budget outline contains no [More]

Trump tees off on news media in first post-election news conference

  • 6:15 pm Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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President-Elect Donald Trump’s news conference had only been over for a few minutes when an email arrived from one of my bosses, asking me to write a story about the clash between the next President and the press.

“I’d really like to read your take,” the email said.

My basic take would be this – President-Elect Trump obviously won the day over the press, using a familiar strategy to go after the news media – helped along by press stories about him.

Let’s take a look at what went on:

1. Trump on message as he blasts the press. Events could not have [More]

Trump sets out plan to have sons run family businesses while he is President

  • 12:27 pm Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

President-Elect Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he will give control of his business empire to two of his adult sons, and put other assets in a trust, in a bid to ward off criticism about possible conflicts of interest when he enters the Oval Office as President later this month.

In his first formal news conference since July, Mr. Trump said current laws don’t require him to make any changes at all in his business organization, but that he will do it to ensure against ethics questions.

Trump told reporters that he had just rejected a $2 billion deal in Dubai [More]

Obama urges Americans to get involved to foster future change

  • 10:45 pm Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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In a farewell address from his adopted home town of Chicago, President Barack Obama called on Americans of all stripes to remain engaged in the political process, arguing it’s the best way to embrace the constant change that he says “has been America’s hallmark.”

“I leave this stage tonight even more optimistic about this country than I was when we started,” the President said to a crowd of 18,000 people, gathered at the McCormick Place convention center.

“I know our work has not only helped so many Americans; it has inspired so many Americans – especially so many young people [More]

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