- 1:56 pm Thursday, April 30th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
A pair of senior officials from the Environmental Protection Agency were raked over the coals by a House committee Thursday, as lawmakers demanded to know why a high level employee had been elevated to a new job inside the agency, even after being accused of sexual harassment by numerous female co-workers.
“We’re talking about seventeen women who were harassed, and there doesn’t seem to be a flashing red light that goes off in somebody’s office,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT).
“I’m just astounded,” said an almost speechless Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).
“It appears that if you sexually harass someone you might just get [More]
- 3:07 pm Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
In an at times contentious hearing, military and law enforcement officials acknowledged that a small helicopter was too small to be detected by radar and other security assets as it flew to the nation’s capital and ultimately landed it on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
“This is not good,” said Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), who said it reminded him of how the U.S. was not vigilant enough before the Nine Eleven terrorist attacks.
“I get the sense that we are behind the curve again,” Lynch said at a hearing of the House Oversight Committee.
Witnesses told lawmakers that the gyrocopter was too [More]
- 3:27 pm Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Hours after rioters had injured police, looted stores, burned buildings and vehicles, and attacked innocent bystanders in Baltimore, President Obama publicly denounced the violence, as he said those behind the disturbance were nothing more than “criminals” and “thugs.”
“They’re not protesting, they’re not making a statement,” the President said. “They’re stealing.”
“There is not excuse for the kind of violence we saw yesterday,” the President told reporters in the White House Rose Garden.
In a joint news conference with the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Obama went on at length about his views on the unrest just north of Washington, D.C.
“That was a really [More]
- 8:33 pm Monday, April 27th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Just a few hours after being sworn in as the 83rd U.S. Attorney General by Vice President Joseph Biden, Loretta Lynch found herself in the Oval Office briefing President Obama on an outbreak of violence in Baltimore, as violence erupted after the funeral of an African American man who had died from injuries while in police custody.
“Attorney General Lynch assured the President that she would continue to monitor events in Baltimore and that the Department of Justice stands ready to provide any assistance that might be helpful there,” read a statement issued by the White House.
The meeting was not originally [More]
- 7:49 pm Sunday, April 26th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
The first Saturday in May is almost here, which means the Kentucky Derby is about to arrive, and that seems like it’s a good time to handicap the field of those jockeying to run for President of the United States.
The race for the White House is much like the beginning of horse racing’s Triple Crown – a lot of horses can dash out of the starting gate at Churchill Downs on May 2 in Louisville (up to 20), but very few of them realistically have a chance to wear the blanket of roses in the winner’s circle on Derby Day.
- 8:36 am Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
A new report out today says the Secret Service did not fix an alarm at the Houston, Texas home of former President George H.W. Bush for over a year, instead relying on extra in-person “roving” security.
The new report from the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security said there was discussion as early as 2011 about replacing the alarm, which finally stopped working in 2013.
It wasn’t replaced and functioning again until December 2014, “more than one year” after agents had reported that it was inoperable.
After being alerted to the troubles at the Bush home in Houston, the [More]
- 9:38 pm Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
When Veterans Secretary Robert McDonald went before a Senate spending panel this week, he leveled a full scale attack against a 2016 budget plan being developed by Republicans in the House, charging that it would cut over a billion dollars in funding for the VA and deny health care to thousands of veterans.
But the actual budget numbers involved don’t back up his charge – instead of a budget cut, the House GOP plan would increase the VA budget in 2016.
“Not surprisingly, the VA is yet again employing fuzzy math and misrepresenting the truth,” said a statement from Concerned Veterans for [More]
- 6:45 pm Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
One week after lawmakers openly said they had lost confidence in the leadership of the Drug Enforcement Administration chief over how she dealt with the misbehavior of drug agents, Michele Leonhart informed her bosses that she would leave her post next month.
It was a fresh reminder of the power of oversight by the Congress, as lawmakers used a hearing last week to seize on an internal report that revealed not only examples of sexual misconduct, but also showed how the DEA and FBI refused to cooperate with investigators about the incidents.
“In light of the DOJ Inspector General’s report and the [More]
- 3:55 pm Monday, April 20th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
The White House on Monday tried to swat away allegations that donors to the Clinton Foundation received special treatment from the State Department while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.
“I know there’s been a lot of accusations made about this, but not a lot of evidence,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
“The President continues to be extraordinarily proud of the work that Secretary Clinton did,” Earnest added during a regular briefing with reporters.
Pressed further to deny any appearance of wrongdoing, Earnest stuck with his statement.
“There’s nobody that’s marshaled any evidence to indicate this,” said Earnest.
Clinton herself addressed the issue [More]
- 9:19 pm Sunday, April 19th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
After a weekend in the Granite State that featured repeated attacks on Hillary Clinton, now the Democratic Party frontrunner will just about have the state to herself on Monday, as she arrives for her first campaign stops since officially declaring herself a candidate for President.
The Clinton campaign said the Monday and Tuesday visit to New Hampshire would be the “first of many,” focusing on “how to make the economy work for everyday Americans.”
As campaign officials have repeatedly said, there will be no big events, as Clinton will have small roundtables and private meetings with party activists and elected officials in [More]