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Obama: I’ll act on my own on immigration

  • 9:27 pm Monday, June 30th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

Frustrated by a lack of action in the House on immigration reform legislation, President Obama lashed out at Republicans in Congress on Monday, vowing to use his executive powers to make unilateral changes in U.S. immigration policy matters.

“I’m beginning a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can – without Congress,” the President said, as he slammed Speaker John Boehner and other Republicans for not moving forward on an immigration reform bill passed by the Senate just over a year ago.

“I don’t prefer administrative actions, I’d rather see permanent fixes to the issues we face,” [More]

Supreme Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby

  • 11:53 am Monday, June 30th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday that certain closely held, for profit businesses can opt out of the birth control coverage mandate under the Obama health law, ruling that such firms cannot be forced to violate the religious views of their owners.

“Today’s decision is a landmark decision for religious freedom,” said Laurie Windham, one of the lead lawyers for the Oklahoma based arts and crafts store Hobby Lobby, whose owners had the legal charge against part of the contraceptive mandate.

“HHS’s contraceptive mandate substantially burdens the exercise of religion,” the court’s conservative majority wrote in the ruling.

The Green family, which owns [More]

White House report slams “corrosive culture” at VA

  • 8:35 am Saturday, June 28th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

The White House piled on to recent attacks on the quality of care for veterans at the VA, issuing a report late Friday that bluntly said the health care arm of the VA “needs to be restructured and reformed,” giving new impetus to efforts in Congress to make dramatic changes in VA operations.

“A corrosive culture has led to personnel problems across the Department that are seriously impacting morale and, by extension, the timeliness of health care,” the White House report said.

You can read the entire review here.

“It appears the White House has finally come to terms with the [More]

Supreme Court rebukes Obama on recess appointments

  • 10:58 am Thursday, June 26th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

In a victory for Senate Republicans and a major legal defeat for the White House, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court found that President Obama wrongly installed several members of the National Labor Relations Board, ruling that the appointments were not made when the Senate was truly on recess.

“Because the Senate was in session during its pro forma sessions,” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for the court, “the President lacked the authority to make those appointments.”

“That shows the disregard the President held this body, and the Constitution, when he made these appointments,” said Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), who said the recess appointments [More]

Emails go missing at the EPA

  • 5:35 pm Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

Congressional investigators have run into another example of missing emails, this time at the Environmental Protection Agency, as federal officials tried to assure lawmakers they were doing all they could to extract data from the failed computer hard drive of a former employee.

“We may have some emails that we cannot produce that we should have kept,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who sparred repeatedly with Republicans at a House Oversight Committee hearing on Thursday on everything from EPA pollution standards to subpoenas and the missing email example, which dealt with a controversial proposal for a gold and copper mine in [More]

GOP Establishment strikes back in Mississippi

  • 6:41 am Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

All the stars seemed aligned for Tea Party and more conservative groups in the Magnolia State, as they prepared for a GOP runoff victory against veteran Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) – but when the votes were counted in Mississippi, the GOP Establishment had chalked up another 2014 victory on the road to November.

“Congrats to Thad Cochran on his victory tonight!” tweeted Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who is one of a number of examples of GOP Senators who have been able to withstand Tea Party challengers.

“Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s primary win seen as crushing defeat for tea party movement,” was the [More]

What to watch in Tuesday’s primaries

  • 2:00 am Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

Two weeks ago, voters unceremoniously dumped the House Majority Leader, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), and Tuesday’s primaries and runoffs give voters the chance to turn out another incumbent member of the Congress (or two) in one more step on the road to the 2014 November elections.

Here are some thumbnails on what to watch for around the nation, as the votes are counted in Colorado, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, New York, South Carolina, Utah and Florida.

1. GOP Senate showdown in Magnolia State

The biggest race today is certainly in Mississippi, where Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) is trying to stave off state Senator Chris [More]

IRS chief spars with GOP on Tea Party probe

  • 11:52 am Friday, June 20th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

A U.S. House hearing on missing emails at the Internal Revenue Service on the targeting of conservative groups turned into a bare-knuckled verbal political brawl, as Republicans accused the IRS chief of misleading Congress and Democrats mocked the GOP for spinning sinister conspiracy theories. “I don’t think an apology is …

Obama shuns military strikes against militants in Iraq

  • 3:52 pm Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

After a lengthy meeting with his national security team, President Obama said the United States is prepared to take “targeted” military action to stop the advance of extremist Sunni militans, but Mr. Obama said for now the emphasis will be on providing intelligence and other support to the Iraqi government. …

Congress: More IRS emails are missing

  • 9:22 pm Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

The questions only increased on Tuesday about missing emails at the Internal Revenue Service, as Republicans charged that not only are emails missing for ex-IRS official Lois Lerner, but also for a half dozen other IRS workers who seemed to play a part in extra scrutiny for more conservative groups …