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White House: No more answers to Russia questions at daily briefings

  • 3:54 pm Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

After tangling with reporters for the past few months about the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer set out new guidelines on Wednesday, telling news organizations that questions about the matter would no longer be entertained at the daily news briefing.

“We are focused on the President’s agenda,” Spicer said.


“Going forward, all questions on these matters will be referred to outside counsel Mark Kasowitz,” Spicer added, in a very short gaggle with reporters in the White House Briefing Room.

It was the first public confirmation that the President had officially sought private legal [More]

VA Secretary says Congress must help fix “broken” system for veterans

  • 1:13 pm Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Despite previous efforts to overhaul operations at veterans health facilities nationwide, VA Secretary David Shulkin said Wednesday that the Congress needs to step in again to insure that veterans can swiftly get the medical care they need, and to insure that poor performing employees can be drummed out of the VA when necessary.

“Our accountability processes are clearly broken,” Shulkin said in the White House Briefing Room, rattling off examples for reporters.

“We have to wait more than a month to fire a psychiatrist, who was caught on camera watching pornography, using his iPad while seeing a veteran,” Shulkin added.

“Just last week, [More]

Records show House Democrats quickly fired IT workers under investigation

  • 11:39 pm Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

A new salary report from the House of Representatives shows that when news broke in February about a possible criminal investigation into a small group of information technology contractors working on Capitol Hill, over two dozen Democratic lawmakers quickly moved to terminate the workers, with only Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) keeping one of those employees on the office payroll through the entire first quarter of 2017.

Before early February, Imran Awan, his wife Hina, and his brothers Abid and Jamal were employed by 27 different House Democrats as ‘shared employees,’ doing computer tech support and other information technology work for [More]

White House blasts Russia reporting, focuses on Trump trip

  • 3:14 pm Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

In the first business day at the White House since President Trump returned from a nine day foreign trip, Trump Administration officials rattled off a list of achievements from his stops in the Mideast and Europe, as the President once more used Twitter to take the press to task for writing more stories about ties between the 2016 Trump Campaign and Russia.

“Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S. & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News,” Mr. Trump tweeted this morning, as White House officials once more jabbed at [More]

Congress already squeezed by its 2017 calendar

  • 9:02 pm Monday, May 29th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

While the calendar says we are days away from the month of June, Republicans in Congress are feeling some pressure over their legislative agenda for 2017, as time is already growing short for GOP efforts to overhaul the Obama health law, pass a major tax reform bill, and enact sweeping budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump.

There are no votes scheduled this week in the Congress, as lawmakers are back in their districts; the Senate returns to legislative session on June 5, while the House is back in Washington, D.C. on June 6.

Here’s some of what faces Republicans in the [More]

Trump quickly finds voice on Twitter after returning from foreign trip

  • 8:34 pm Sunday, May 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Back after a nine day overseas trip, President Donald Trump returned to a familiar plan of operations on Sunday, as he used Twitter to jab at his critics and the news media, vowing to push ahead on his legislative agenda in the Congress, and making clear he wants a crack down on leaks from the U.S. Government.

“Just returned from Europe. Trip was a great success for America. Hard work but big results!” the President said early on Sunday morning.

Here are some things to look for with Mr. Trump back at the White House:

1. The President isn’t going silent on Twitter. [More]

Few public answers to puzzle in Congressional IT investigation

  • 8:00 am Saturday, May 27th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

An inquiry into possible wrongdoing by IT staffers employed by a number of Democrats in Congress has garnered more attention in recent days, after a prominent lawmaker gave a public tongue lashing to the Capitol Hill police chief, vowing “consequences” over his refusal to return computer equipment that is evidently part of the ongoing investigation.

At issue is a probe into a possible security breach involving Imran Awan, who has worked for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and other Democratic lawmakers, as a shared information technology worker.

Little has been made public by Capitol Police on what exactly is being investigated; news [More]

Senate Republicans head home still searching for health care deal

  • 12:29 am Friday, May 26th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As lawmakers trooped out of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday and headed home until early June, Senate Republicans told reporters they were making progress, but were still nowhere near finalizing a deal on a major overhaul of the Obama health law.

“Doing nothing is not an option,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), as top Republicans tried to project a feeling that the GOP is making some headway in making changes to a bill approved in the House earlier this month.

“I believe Senators across the ideological spectrum are proceeding in good faith,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

“Leader McConnell is doing a [More]

Federal appeals court keeps Trump travel and refugee order on hold

  • 2:37 pm Thursday, May 25th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

In another legal setback for President Donald Trump, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals refused on Thursday to lift an injunction against his revised travel and refugee order, preventing the White House from suspending new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries, as this decision took another step on the way to a likely showdown on the matter at the U.S. Supreme Court.

As in earlier rulings, the judges cited the President’s own words calling for a “Muslim ban,” ruling that the order was basically an effort to target “Muslims for exclusion from the United States.”

“These statements, taken together, provide direct [More]

Trump orders investigation of leaks related to Manchester terror attack

  • 10:59 am Thursday, May 25th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

After an outcry from the British government, President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered an internal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department, to find out who leaked information about the probe into this week’s terrorist attack in England, saying those responsible for the leaks should be “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

“The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling,” the President said in a statement issued in Belgium, his latest stop on a nine day overseas trip.

“These leaks have been going on for a long time and my Administration will get to the bottom of this. [More]