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Trump sets July 9 date to announce Supreme Court pick

  • 8:49 pm Friday, June 29th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that he plans to make his announcement of a choice for U.S. Supreme Court on the Monday after July Fourth, a move which should set in motion Senate confirmation hearings in August, followed by a full Senate debate and vote after Labor Day, getting a new Justice installed before the Court’s new term begins on the First Monday in October.

“Outside of war and peace, of course, the most important decision you make is the selection of a Supreme Court judge, if you get it,” the President said aboard Air Force One, on the [More]

Feds release new draft version of 1040 tax return form

  • 1:03 pm Friday, June 29th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As President Donald Trump hailed the economic impact first six months of his tax cut package at a White House gathering on Friday, the Trump Administration unveiled a draft version of the revised 1040 tax return form, which will be shortened and simplified as a result of some of the reforms made in the new GOP tax law.

“Tax reform is reducing the burden of red tape on all Americans,” the Treasury Department announced, as it rolled out the new draft version of a tax form that is all too familiar to taxpayers.

Republicans have long touted that most taxpayers will be [More]

Trump starts outreach to Democrats on Supreme Court pick

  • 7:23 am Friday, June 29th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Presented with the opportunity to fill a second vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, and with only the narrowest of majorities in the U.S. Senate, President Donald Trump on Thursday evening began reaching out to Democrats from Red states, looking for possible votes in favor of his eventual nominee.

Meeting at the White House with a group of Senators, the President sat down with the three Democrats who voted for Justice Neil Gorsuch back in April of 2017 – Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) – all of whom could be in play on [More]

Republicans scrap with Rosenstein, Wray over Russia probe

  • 3:15 pm Thursday, June 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The long running partisan battle over the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections boiled over in a U.S. House hearing on Thursday, as Republicans accused top Trump Administration officials of intentionally withholding evidence in a bid to cover up what some GOP lawmakers say is an investigation that is biased against the President.

After months of behind-the-scenes skirmishing over documents that Republicans want from the FBI and the Department of Justice, the tone of the hearing was set early, when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in his opening statement that, “today is not a happy occasion.”

That was proven [More]

Political fight swiftly accelerates over Supreme Court vacancy

  • 7:48 am Thursday, June 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The decision on Wednesday of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire quickly set off a political firestorm on Capitol Hill, as Republicans vowed quick hearings and a vote by fall, and Democratic groups raised ominous questions about President Donald Trump’s list of 25 judges under consideration for the spot on the Court.

“The Senate should not consider ANY Supreme Court nominee until after the midterm elections,” said Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) on Thursday morning, as Democrats still burn with anger over Republicans blocking the final nominee of President Barack Obama before the 2016 elections.

While Democrats grit their teeth, for GOP [More]

Political fight swiftly accelerates over Supreme Court vacancy

  • 7:48 am Thursday, June 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The decision on Wednesday of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire quickly set off a political firestorm on Capitol Hill, as Republicans vowed quick hearings and a vote by fall, and Democratic groups raised ominous questions about President Donald Trump’s list of 25 judges under consideration for the spot on the Court.

“The Senate should not consider ANY Supreme Court nominee until after the midterm elections,” said Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) on Thursday morning, as Democrats still burn with anger over Republicans blocking the final nominee of President Barack Obama before the 2016 elections.

While Democrats grit their teeth, for GOP [More]

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire

  • 2:24 pm Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, considered a pivotal vote on a host of controversial political issues, announced Wednesday that he would retire from the High Court, providing President Donald Trump with the chance to nominate a second Justice to the bench, further cementing the court’s conservative majority.

“For a member of the legal professions it is the highest of honors to serve on this Court,” Kennedy said in a letter to President Trump.

The decision is certain to spur a heated confirmation hearing this summer in the Senate; the Supreme Court is now in recess until the beginning of the new term, [More]

Even with Trump backing, House defeats second GOP immigration reform bill

  • 1:50 pm Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Unable to bridge their differences on a range of politically explosive issues linked to illegal immigration, Republicans failed for the second time in a week to get an immigration reform bill through the House, as 112 GOP lawmakers joined with all Democrats in voting to torpedo a plan that was seen by some Republicans as too moderate to vote for, showcasing GOP legislative struggles to deliver on the President’s campaign pledge for tougher immigration laws.

The vote wasn’t even close, as House Republicans were able to muster only 121 votes in favor of the plan; the bill was defeated [More]

Top House Democrat bounced from Congress in primary

  • 10:53 pm Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In a surprise defeat, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, was soundly defeated in his primary Tuesday night by a 28 year-old progressive activist, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, representing the first overt signs of a broader struggle over the future direction of the Democratic Party.

Crowley, the head of the House Democratic Caucus, had been talked about in recent months as a possible candidate for Speaker of the House, as younger Democrats have chafed at the idea of returning Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to that post, if their party takes control of the House in November.

Instead, Crowley [More]

Federal judge refuses to dismiss Manafort indictment in Russia probe

  • 6:10 pm Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After expressing concerns earlier this year about the indictment of President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort on tax and bank fraud charges, a federal judge in Virginia ruled on Tuesday that the case – seemingly unrelated to the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections – could still be brought by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, though the judge raised questions about the probe.

“In sum, dismissal of the Superseding Indictment on the grounds urged by defendant is not warranted here,” Judge T.S. Ellis III ruled, in a 31 page decision issued late [More]