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Senate approves 2 year budget deal

  • 6:57 am Friday, October 30th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

Forced by opponents to hold votes after midnight, GOP leaders held the support of just enough Republican and Democrats to give final Congressional approval to a two year bipartisan budget deal, as lawmakers backed away from a possible U.S. government default.

The final vote ended just after 3 am.

As in the House, there was a majority of Republicans who voted against the deal, led this time by some of those running for President, as Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) rushed back from this week’s debate to denounce the plan on the floor of the Senate.

Cruz, meanwhile, launched another blistering attack on his [More]

Carson urges changes in GOP debate rules

  • 4:08 pm Thursday, October 29th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

From Lakewood, Colorado

Fresh of the third Republican debate, Republican Ben Carson urged his fellow GOP candidates to demand changes in how their party’s debates are run, expressing frustration both about the CNBC moderators and the time allotted to candidates to answer questions.

“What it’s turned into is a ‘gotcha,’” Carson said to reporters at Colorado Christian University.

“Debates are supposed to be established to help the people get to know the candidates,” Carson added, as he told a news conference that he would have his staff contact other campaigns to see about possible rule changes.

Carson said his cool and calm demeanor does [More]

Quick takes on the third Republican debate

  • 10:20 pm Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

From Boulder, Colorado

In a CNBC debate that focused mainly on economic problems in America, the major Republican Party candidates drew as many cheers for their attacks on the news media as for their jabs at each other, as the GOP hopefuls leveled more broadsides against Hillary Clinton, trying to find ways to rise above each other in the race for the GOP nomination.

Let’s take a look at each of the Republican candidates on the main stage on Wednesday night.

Donald Trump – Trump took flak as soon as the debate opened from John Kasich and immediately gave the Ohio Governor the [More]

Republicans gather in Colorado for third debate

  • 11:35 pm Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

From Boulder, Colorado

With new polls raising questions about the lead of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, Republicans running for President gather here in the Centennial State for their third debate, with just over three months until voters make their first choices in the 2016 race for the White House.

Trump warmed up with a rally in Iowa, where recent polls show that he has fallen behind Ben Carson in the nation’s first caucus state.

“Do me a favor. Let me win Iowa,” Trump said, as he reminded Iowa voters that the last two winners of that state had not gone on to gain [More]

Boehner urges GOP to back budget deal with White House

  • 12:09 pm Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

Amid grumbling from more conservative Republicans on Capitol Hill, Speaker John Boehner told his colleagues at a closed door meeting that a two year budget deal worked out with the White House deserved their support, as the agreement seemed likely to get bipartisan support in the House and Senate.

“It’s a solid agreement,” Boehner told reporters. “There isn’t any reason why any member should vote against this.”

The plan met with fierce resistance from members of the Freedom Caucus, who actively worked to push Boehner out as Speaker.

“Anyone who supports this legislation is complicit in supporting ‘the way things are’ in [More]

Details of Boehner-White House two year budget deal

  • 6:12 am Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

After weeks of very secret negotiations, Republican leaders filed a 146 page budget deal with the Obama Administration just before midnight on Monday night, pushing ahead with a plan that would boost spending for both the military and domestic programs while also finding ways to bring down costs of some entitlement programs.

The plan would set the following top line spending numbers for the federal government in terms of discretionary spending, which represents about a third of the federal budget:

Fiscal Year 2016 – $1.067 trillion

Fiscal Year 2017 – $1.070 trillion

Those figures represent an increase of just over $50 billion for FY [More]

Trump steps up attacks on Carson as debate looms

  • 7:52 pm Sunday, October 25th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

With new polls showing Ben Carson running ahead of Donald Trump in Iowa, Wisconsin and Oklahoma, Trump in recent days has turned up his rhetorical heat on his fellow GOP outsider, refusing to apologize for one jab that seemed to be aimed at Carson’s religion.

On Saturday at a rally in Jacksonville, Florida, Trump told supporters that he was a Presbyterian, and then seemed to question Carson’s beliefs.

“I’m Presbyterian; that’s down the middle of the road in all fairness,” Trump said. “I mean, Seventh Day Adventist, I don’t know about.”

Making the rounds on the Sunday talk shows, Trump denied that he [More]

Five takes on 11 hours of Benghazi

  • 10:44 pm Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

Thursday’s marathon hearing in Congress on the Benghazi attacks was almost like an eleven hour political advertisement for or against Hillary Clinton – depending on your party affiliation – as the former Secretary of State sparred with Republicans about her work before the Benghazi attacks in 2012, and whether she had done enough to protect American diplomats serving in Libya.

Here are some quick takes from the U.S. Capitol:

1. Democrats feel Clinton was the winner

Social media has become a good indicator of political reaction, and that was true with this Benghazi hearing. Democratic lawmakers in Congress rushed to Twitter to [More]

Republicans press Clinton on Benghazi

  • 1:50 pm Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

The long awaited hearing with Hillary Clinton on the Benghazi attacks produced a familiar partisan divide on the matter, as Democrats denounced what they charge is a political witch hunt, while Republicans pressed the former Secretary of State for details on what she did about security in Libya for American diplomats.

“So, I’m here,” Clinton said somewhat dismissively in her opening statement, “despite all the previous investigations and all the talk about partisan agendas.”

Republicans bored in on what Clinton did before, during and after the Benghazi attacks on September 11, 2012, repeatedly asserting that Clinton had personally ignored requests for extra [More]

Paul Ryan poised to become next House Speaker

  • 9:41 pm Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

Despite some misgivings, a number of more conservative GOP lawmakers who had moved to force out House Speaker John Boehner rallied behind Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) for the post on Wednesday, paving the way for the 45 year old Wisconsin Republican to likely be elected next week as Speaker of the House.

“I’m grateful for the support of a supermajority of the House Freedom Caucus,” Ryan said in a statement.

“I believe this is a positive step toward a unified Republican team,” he added.

The expression of support from the House Freedom Caucus came after a series of closed door meetings on [More]