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Trump chooses Ben Carson as housing secretary

  • 7:24 am Monday, December 5th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

The Cabinet of President-Elect Donald Trump continued to take shape on Monday, as former GOP rival Ben Carson was selected by Mr. Trump to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development starting next year.

“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities,” the President-Elect said in a written statement issued early on Monday morning.

“We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities,” Mr. Trump added.

Carson said he was honored by the choice.

“I feel that I can make [More]

Election conspiracy theory hits home at a local DC pizza joint

  • 8:04 pm Sunday, December 4th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

One of the more outlandish, but widely shared conspiracy theories that emerged from the Wikileaks release of emails from a top aide to Hillary Clinton, surrounded pizza, what some claimed was a child sex trafficking operation that was linked to the Democratic nominee and her allies, based out of a Washington, D.C. neighborhood pizza restaurant.

On Sunday afternoon, a man walked into that restaurant, Comet Ping Pong, armed with a gun – in a neighborhood that sees very little in the way of violence.

It set off concerns about those conspiracy theory stories.

Luckily, no one was injured. But it quickly brought [More]

Jill Stein drops bid for statewide recount in Pennsylvania

  • 10:41 pm Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

After being ordered by a court to post a $1 million payment to start recount efforts in Pennsylvania, Green Party candidate Jill Stein abruptly dropped that legal bid on Saturday night, as she denounced the demand that her supporters put up money to pay for a recount, while President-Elect Trump dismissed it as a fundraising scam.

“It’s really pretty mind boggling,” Stein said in a Facebook video chat, hours after her lawyers said her supporters “were of ordinary means,” and would not pay that fee.

“This is astounding,” Stein argued, as she labeled the court requirement for a $1 million payment, “unbelievable,” [More]

Trump pick for Defense Secretary will need special law to take post

  • 4:05 am Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

As President-Elect Donald Trump has made clear that he will choose former Marine General James Mattis for the job of Secretary of Defense, Mr. Trump will need the Congress to specifically waive a federal law that requires officers to wait seven years between active duty and taking the job as the Pentagon chief.

At issue here is 10 U.S. Code ยง113, which sets out the legal parameters for the Secretary of Defense – it includes that seven year waiting period – Mattis has only been retired since early 2013.

Congress would need to waive that provision – which has been done this [More]

Republicans push ahead on plans for Obamacare repeal in 2017

  • 12:20 pm Friday, December 2nd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

With just over a month until the new Congress convenes on January 3, 2017, House Republicans met behind closed doors at the U.S. Capitol on Friday morning to go over emerging plans to repeal and replace President Obama’s health reform law, as GOP lawmakers vowed to get that job done next year, no matter the legislative hurdles.

“This health care law is spiraling down,” said Rep. Dan Webster (R-FL), as he forecast a quick GOP move in January to repeal the health law, using a special budget process known as “reconciliation,” which cannot be filibustered by Democrats in the Senate.

“We have [More]

Trump, Clinton staffers spar at Harvard post-election event

  • 3:00 am Friday, December 2nd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Just over three weeks since the November elections, the wounds of Campaign 2016 are clearly still very raw, as arguments and finger pointing broke out this week at a post-election gathering of top aides to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton held at Harvard University.

“We know this is going to be a lively and at some moments difficult session,” said one of the moderators, Dan Balz of the Washington Post.

That turned out to be an understatement.

In recorded audio from this week’s gathering, which was released on Thursday night by Harvard’s Institute of Politics, top staffers of the two campaigns freely exchanged [More]

Trump celebrates election win with first stops on “Thank You Tour”

  • 8:50 pm Thursday, December 1st, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Bringing back echoes of the 2016 race for the White House, President-Elect Donald Trump used a campaign-style rally in Cincinnati to appeal for unity in the United States, vowing again to follow through on his campaign pledge for change, and to put the interests of America first during a Trump Administration.

“Now is not the time to downsize our dreams, but to set our sights higher than ever before for our country,” the President-Elect said.

“Now is the time to push for real, profound change,” Mr. Trump added.

“What happened today in Indiana, we’re going to do that all over the country,” Mr. [More]

Trump celebrates deal to preserve Carrier jobs in Indiana

  • 3:47 pm Thursday, December 1st, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

In his first campaign-style trip since winning the White House, President-Elect Donald Trump used a visit to a Carrier plant in Indianapolis to celebrate a financial deal worked out with the air conditioner giant, declaring it was just his first effort to keep American jobs from being shifted to Mexico and other countries.

“Companies are not going to leave the United States anymore, without consequences” Mr. Trump triumphantly declared.

At Mr. Trump’s side during his stop in Indianapolis was Vice President-Elect Mike Pence – Indiana’s Governor – as Mr. Pence had a broad smile on his face as he announced the [More]

Trump starts post-election victory tour in two blue counties

  • 8:15 am Thursday, December 1st, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

As President-Elect Donald Trump holds his first public event since declaring victory late on Election Night, Mr. Trump will venture to two states that he won, but actually hold his events in two of the very few blue counties in Ohio and Indiana.

It’s a reminder that the electorate wasn’t so much divided by states in November, but maybe more so by urban and more rural areas.

The President-Elect first stops in Indianapolis to discuss the deal with the company Carrier, which was brokered in part by Gov. and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence.

Indiana was a typical state where Donald Trump won handily [More]

Taxpayers on the hook for most of cost of Michigan recount

  • 8:26 pm Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

As a Presidential vote recount gets underway Thursday in Wisconsin, Green Party candidate Jill Stein has successfully been able to force another vote review in the race for the White House, this time in Michigan, where state officials say that taxpayers will have to pick up most of the cost.

“Michigan taxpayers could be paying $4 million despite the $1 million the Green Party nominee must pay to have the recount,” said Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, who publicly frowned on Stein’s recount request.

“It is unusual that a candidate who received just 1 percent of the vote is seeking a [More]

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