- 8:28 pm Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Amid signs of internal GOP discord over some of the details, Republicans on Tuesday evening struggled to put the finishing touches on what would be the first major tax reform package since 1986, as key lawmakers decided to delay – at least for one day – the release of the tax bill’s fine print, forcing businesses big and small, lawmakers, individuals, and lobbyists to keep waiting to see the text of a plan that’s been closely guarded by the GOP for months.
“In consultation with President Trump and our leadership team, we have decided to release the bill text on Thursday,” [More]
- 12:38 pm Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Giving his agency high marks for how the feds responded to three major hurricanes and serious wildfires in California, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency told Congress on Tuesday that the cost of dealing with those disasters continues to stress the resources of the federal government.
“I’ve heard numbers inside from my finance guys that say we’re probably spending about $200 million a day right now, just responding to the four disasters that we are facing,” FEMA Adminstrator Brock Long told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
“Each one of these events could truly be catastrophic, stand-alone events,” [More]
- 8:28 am Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
A day before Republicans in the House are scheduled to unveil a GOP tax reform bill, President Donald Trump’s campaign on Tuesday started running an ad on cable television networks that focuses on an issue that’s currently sidelined in the Congress, vowing that the President will overhaul the Obama health law, accusing Democrats of standing in the way of efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“Our new ad sends a clear message to Democrats about Obamacare: end the obstruction and work with our President,” the Trump campaign wrote in a statement sent to reporters.
“That’s what the American people expect and [More]
- 11:46 pm Monday, October 30th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
The first public legal actions in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections roiled the White House and Capitol Hill on Monday, as President Donald Trump again declared there was no evidence of his campaign’s collusion with Moscow, while critics of Mr. Trump said it was probably just the tip of the iceberg in the investigation being led Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who obtained the first guilty plea of the Russia probe.
That guilty plea came from an unpaid foreign policy adviser on the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos; documents released by the Special Counsel’s office showed Papadopoulos admitting [More]
- 12:02 pm Monday, October 30th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
A former foreign policy aide to President Donald Trump’s campaign has plead guilty to lying to FBI agents investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections, as Special Counsel Robert Mueller presented some of the first evidence showing contacts during the campaign that were aimed at getting ‘dirt’ on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The guilty plea by George Papadopoulos, was entered on October 5, but not unsealed until after a separate morning announcement of an indictment of two top Trump Campaign officials, Paul Manafort, and Richard Gates III.
The indictment of Manafort and Gates centered on money laundering and [More]
- 8:47 am Monday, October 30th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Just over five months after former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 elections, the first concrete legal actions on that investigation began to play out in Washington, D.C. on Monday morning, as a former foreign policy aide to President Donald Trump’s campaign plead guilty to lying to FBI agents about contacts with Russians, while Mueller also released a 12 count indictment accusing former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and one of his top associates, Richard Gates III, of money laundering, and misleading investigators.
- 8:47 am Monday, October 30th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Just over five months after former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 elections, the first concrete legal actions on that investigation began to play out in Washington, D.C. on Monday morning, with a focus on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and of his top associates.
Here is the latest on today’s developments:
8:45 am – Both Manafort and one of his former associates, Rick Gates, have reportedly now arrived at the federal courthouse, which is located just a few blocks down the hill from the U.S. Capitol.
8:00 am – The day [More]
- 4:00 am Monday, October 30th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
As Republicans in the Congress finally roll out the details this week of their tax reform bill, that measure has morphed into the best chance – maybe the only chance – for a major GOP legislative victory on Capitol Hill in 2017, as President Donald Trump continues to argue that GOP lawmakers will overcome any internal party divides, and get the job done on the first major tax reform package since 1986.
“Do not underestimate the UNITY within the Republican Party!” the President tweeted on Friday.
“This will be the biggest TAX CUT in the history of our country – and we [More]
- 11:50 am Sunday, October 29th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
After days of questions about the awarding of a $300 million, no bid contract to a small firm from Montana to restore power in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, the Governor of Puerto Rico on Sunday said it was time to cancel the contract between Whitefish Energy and the Puerto Rican electrical authority, as he asked two states with strong to the island for help.
“There can be no distraction that alters the commitment to restore the electrical system as quickly as possible,” Gov. Ricardo Rossello said on Sunday morning, as he moved to ask for mutual aid from the U.S. [More]
- 6:00 am Saturday, October 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
The debate so far on the still-secret Republican tax reform plan in Congress has centered on broad and easily understood issues – the number of income tax brackets, boiling down the forms to the size of a postcard, maybe ending big deductions like that for state and local taxes – but so much of that debate ignores hundreds of other changes which could be packed into the GOP tax bill due out November 1.
“One major goal of tax reform is to make the code simpler, fairer, and flatter,” House Republicans stated in their initial outline – and that means getting [More]