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White House weighs release of Republican memo as GOP, FBI publicly spar

  • 8:49 pm Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As lawmakers in Congress awaited a final decision from President Donald Trump to release an intelligence memo written by Republicans about part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, the FBI publicly pushed back on the idea of making that four page GOP missive public, a move that drew fire in return from the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

The FBI went first in the public back and forth, issuing a stern statement that warned against release of the GOP memo in no uncertain terms.

“As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions [More]

Feds drop corruption case against Sen. Robert Menendez D-NJ

  • 12:38 pm Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Twelve days after federal prosecutors told a federal court in New Jersey that they would re-try Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on a series of corruption charges, the Justice Department suddenly switched gears on Wednesday, announcing that the charges would be dropped.

“(T)he United States of America moves to dismiss the Superseding Indictment,” federal lawyers stated in a terse notice to federal District Judge William Walls.

Menendez and his co-defendant, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, were originally charged with bribery and corruption, but a federal jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict during a trial that ended in a mistrial late in [More]

Feds drop corruption case against Sen. Robert Menendez D-NJ

  • 12:38 pm Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Twelve days after federal prosecutors told a federal court in New Jersey that they would re-try Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on a series of corruption charges, the Justice Department suddenly switched gears on Wednesday, announcing that the charges would be dropped.

“(T)he United States of America moves to dismiss the Superseding Indictment,” federal lawyers stated in a terse notice to federal District Judge William Walls.

Menendez and his co-defendant, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, were originally charged with bribery and corruption, but a federal jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict during a trial that ended in a mistrial late in [More]

After a rough and tumble 2017, Trump calls for bipartisanship, unity in 2018

  • 1:46 am Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In his first State of the Union Address, President Donald Trump hailed a sweeping package of tax cuts that he signed into law just before Christmas, as he pledged to lawmakers of both parties that his administration would continue to find ways to improve economic growth in America, calling on both parties to join together in bipartisan unity on difficult issues like immigration.

“This is our New American Moment,” the President declared. “There has never been a better time to start living the American dream.”

“So tonight I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties, Democrats [More]

WATCH: President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union Address

  • 9:12 pm Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump used his first State of the Union Address to again trumpet a sweeping package of tax cuts that he signed into law just before Christmas, as he pledged to lawmakers of both parties that his administration would continue to find ways to improve economic growth in America.

Here is the transcript of the President’s prepared remarks, as provided by the White House.

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PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

Remarks as prepared for delivery

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans:

Less than 1 year has passed since [More]

Republicans look for a “victory lap” in President Trump’s State of the Union

  • 1:39 pm Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Republican lawmakers in Congress predicted that President Donald Trump will use tonight’s State of the Union Address to emphasize some of the successes from his first year in office, especially the big GOP legislative victory on tax reform, arguing that Mr. Trump has spurred more economic growth and brought a renewed sense of confidence to the American business world, which will only bring more growth in the future.

“I think he will ask the American public, do they think they are better off than they were one year ago,” said Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL), echoing the famous debate line used by [More]

House panel votes to release GOP memo on Trump-Russia investigation

  • 6:36 pm Monday, January 29th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The House Intelligence committee has voted to release a memo written by Republicans on that panel, which reportedly alleges misconduct by top FBI officials, on how that law enforcement agency handled the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and any possible connections to the campaign of President Donald Trump.

The vote came a day after the memo was reportedly read by FBI Director Christopher Wray, in a Sunday visit to Capitol Hill.

No immediate announcement was made by Republicans on the panel, as the top Democrat on that committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), told reporters of the outcome, saying that [More]

Trump previews State of the Union focus on tax cuts, immigration, and trade

  • 12:07 pm Monday, January 29th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In a quick preview for reporters at the White House, President Donald Trump said Monday that his first State of the Union Address would focus on several important issues in America, as Mr. Trump said he will highlight recent tax cuts, talk about the need for an immigration deal, and his effort to change major world trade agreements.

“It’s going to be good,” the President said, after his new Secretary of Health and Human Services was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence.

“We’ve worked on it hard,” Mr. Trump said of the speech preparation. “It will cover a lot of [More]

Republicans try to make hay on tax cuts with Pelosi’s ‘Armageddon’ and ‘crumbs’

  • 8:00 pm Sunday, January 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As President Donald Trump goes before Congress and the nation on Tuesday night in his first State of the Union Address, Republicans in Congress are doing all they can to press the case for a sweeping tax cut package signed into law by the President late last year, doing their best to ridicule two words used by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to knock down the plan – ‘crumbs’ and ‘Armageddon.’

Commenting on the GOP tax effort, Pelosi said the amount of money that working Americans would get from tax cuts wasn’t much compared to that of the wealthy and corporations [More]

Trump theme for State of the Union: Safe, Strong, and Proud America

  • 2:00 pm Saturday, January 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As President Donald Trump goes before Congress on Tuesday night for his first State of the Union Address, the White House plans to use that nationwide speech to both run down his accomplishments from his first year in office, and to talk about action on some of his major policy goals moving forward.

“People will be reminded – in some cases, surprised – but will be reminded about how much President Trump has accomplished in his first year for all Americans,” a Senior Trump Administration Official told reporters Friday in a background briefing on the President’s speech.

The focus for the President [More]