- 10:24 pm Monday, August 31st, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
The State Department on Monday night released 7,000 pages of emails from Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State, the fourth batch of electronic correspondence made public under orders from a federal judge, this time covering much of her second year as the top foreign policy official for the Obama Administration.
The emails offer up another view into her immediate group of advisers, both inside and outside the State Department; they included a number of emails where the content was redacted after extensive reviews by federal officials.
Clinton’s team moved quickly to downplay the email release, quoting reviews on cable news as [More]
- 8:58 pm Sunday, August 30th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
On the eve of a three day visit by President Obama, the Obama Administration announced on Sunday that the federal government will use powers from a 1947 law to change the name of Alaska’s tallest mountain from Mount McKinley – named after the nation’s 25th President – to the local name of Denali.
“This name change recognizes the sacred status of Denali to many Alaska Natives,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who signed “Order No. 3337” about the name change last Friday.
The issue of changing the name of Mt. McKinley to Denali is not new; the feds noted [More]
- 7:01 am Thursday, August 27th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
The latest poll from Quinnipiac University confirms the continuing surge in the Republican race for Donald Trump and shows that while Hillary Clinton still leads the race on the Democratic side, her margin has been trimmed by Bernie Sanders.
Trump drew 28 percent in the latest Q poll, followed by Ben Carson with 12 percent and 7 percent for Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
Among Democrats, Clinton has 45 percent, Sanders at 22 percent, with Vice President Joe Biden at 18 percent.
Clinton was down 10 points from the previous poll by Quinnipiac.
In this poll are some interesting nuggets, [More]
- 5:13 pm Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
The White House on Wednesday publicly praised both Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sidestepping questions from reporters about the race for the Democratic Party nomination, and whether President Obama will support one over the other.
“First of all, the Vice President has not indicated whether or not he’s going to run, so it’s unclear it’s a question anybody is going to have to answer, let alone the President,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
At Wednesday’s regular briefing for reporters, Earnest said nice things about both Biden and Clinton, trying to walk a fine line [More]
- 9:42 pm Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
During a news conference in Dubuque, Iowa, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump steadfastly defended his immigration plans when challenged by a reporter from the Spanish language network Univision, again vowing to send millions of people back to their home countries who are here in the United States illegally.
“We’re going to do it in a very humane fashion,” Trump said to Jorge Ramos of Univision. “I have a bigger heart than you do.”
At first, Trump refused to entertain the queries of Ramos, who butted in to ask the GOP frontrunner a question at a news conference, even after Trump had called [More]
- 1:33 pm Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
In the wake of a fresh social media attack by Donald Trump against Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, Fox News chief Roger Ailes publicly fired back at Trump on Tuesday, saying his news network’s anchors and reporters will not be “bullied” by the Republican frontrunner in the race for President.
“Donald Trump’s surprise and unprovoked attack on Megyn Kelly during her show last night is as unacceptable as it is disturbing,” Ailes said in a written statement.
“Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should,” Ailes continued.
Trump had bitterly attacked Kelly after the first GOP debate in Cleveland earlier in [More]
- 3:20 pm Monday, August 24th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
As President Obama and Vice President Biden had lunch on Monday afternoon, the White House did not exactly throw cold water on the idea of a bid for the Democratic nomination for President by Biden, as speculation mounted in Washington over whether the Veep would get into the 2016 race.
“The President has indicated his view that the decision he made, seven years ago now, to add Joe Biden to the ticket as his running mate was the smartest decision that he had ever made in politics,” spokesman Josh Earnest said at the White House.
That line drew immediate reaction in political [More]
- 9:33 pm Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
The Senate’s top Democrat on Sunday announced his support for the Iran nuclear deal, further strengthening President Obama’s effort to overcome opposition to the agreement in the Congress, and even raising the chance that Democrats could filibuster a GOP plan to disapprove of the deal.
“I strongly support this historic agreement and will do everything in my power to ensure that it stands,” said Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) in a written statement.
After staying on the sidelines for several weeks, Reid issued his statement on the Iran nuclear deal just a day before President Obama was slated to visit Reid’s home state [More]
- 8:50 am Thursday, August 13th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
A new report from an internal government watchdog says federal officials did not deliberately violate a court injunction against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, as the review found a series of internal errors wrongly led to the issuing of extended work permits for certain immigrants in the U.S. illegally.
“We determined that a combination of factors led to the production of about 2,000 of these 3-year EADs (Employment Authorization Documents),” said John Roth, the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security.
Roth’s report detailed bureaucratic mistakes and missteps involving the IT staff that helped print and send out the work [More]
- 8:47 pm Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
When lawmakers in Congress left Washington, D.C. for their summer break, there was a lot of talk about how the GOP would be using the August break to rally Republican voters back home on a number of policy fronts, looking ahead to a series of fall battles with Democrats and President Obama.
Then came Donald Trump.
Instead of Tea Party style protests against the President’s nuclear deal with Iran, or demands to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the news focus in Republican circles has been the GOP race for the White House.
And Donald Trump.
On abortion, Trump has certainly not echoed [More]