- 7:51 pm Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
After two years of added spending for the Pentagon, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he would send Congress a budget plan for 2020 which reduces spending for the military by just over two percent, while asking all other agencies to cut their budgets by a minimum of five percent.
“It will probably be $700 billion,” the President said of the military budget, which Congress raised to $700 billion for this year, and $716 billion for 2019.
Bringing the Pentagon back to $700 billion for 2020 would be a cut of $16 billion – just over two percent; other agencies would [More]
- 1:25 pm Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
In an indictment released on Wednesday, federal prosecutors charged an official in the Treasury Department with illegally leaking financial information about bank transactions by certain people involved in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, indicating that a series of leaks to one news organization took place over the last year about key figures in the case, as well as details of the underlying financial probe.
“We hope today’s charges remind those in positions of trust within government agencies that the unlawful sharing of sensitive documents will not be tolerated,” said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in a statement.
- 9:21 am Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
If dealing with the severe damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael wasn’t bad enough for government officials in a series of counties in the Florida Panhandle, those same governments also must run a full-scale election in less than three weeks, as elections officials struggle with damaged voting locations, displaced voters, power problems, disrupted mail service, and internet outages.
“Some voters are asking questions on how we are going to be able to have an election in these catastrophic conditions,” said said Gulf County Supervisor of Elections John Hanlon, as he set out his “Recovery Election Plan” for [More]
- 9:00 pm Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
As Democrats try to wrest control of the U.S. House from Republicans in the November elections, the latest fundraising figures from around the nation clearly show dozens of Democratic candidates pulling in more money in the third quarter of this year than their Republican opponents in key House races, providing Democrats with some financial momentum going into the final weeks of the 2018 campaign.
The “green wave” of money certainly doesn’t guarantee victory for Democrats in any race – but it gives them the financial ability to make more noise in a number of districts when compared to two or four [More]
- 1:41 pm Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
After staying relatively on message for the past six weeks on social media, the more familiar version of President Donald Trump returned to Twitter on Tuesday morning, as the President lobbed insults at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), complained about the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and called porn star Stormy Daniels ‘Horseface.’
“Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer,” the President tweeted just after 11 am.
The jab at Daniels came a day after her libel lawsuit against the President was thrown out by a federal judge in Los Angeles; her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, [More]
- 4:00 am Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
From Culpeper, Virginia –
In a microcosm of the battle being fought nationally for control of the U.S. House, Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) sparred at a debate here Monday night with his Democratic challenger, Abigail Spanberger, one of many races which national Democrats hope will fall their way three weeks from today, and enable them to take charge of at least one half of Capitol Hill.
Arguing against the election of Spanberger, a former CIA agent, Brat used the debate to repeatedly invoke one name as he made the case for the GOP in November.
“A vote for my opponent will be [More]
- 2:47 pm Monday, October 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Despite running a surplus of $119 billion in the month of September, the Treasury Department reported Monday that the federal government chalked up a budget deficit of $779 billion for Fiscal Year 2018, the biggest yearly deficit since 2012, a 17 percent increase over the total amassed by Uncle Same in red ink for 2017.
The final budget numbers for the month of September – which ends the fiscal year – represented the first monthly surplus since April, as the feds brought in $343.5 billion in revenues, while spending $224.4 billion.
Those revenue figures were down $5 billion from a [More]
- 10:33 am Monday, October 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
After the King of Saudi Arabia ‘firmly denied’ any knowledge of a government plot to kidnap or kill missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Donald Trump suggested to reporters on Monday that ‘rogue killers’ could well have been responsible for Khashoggi’s disappearance last week, when he visited the Saudi consulate in Turkey.
“I’ve asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to immediately get on a plane, go to Saudi Arabia,” the President told reporters outside the White House, as he said the ‘world is watching’ and waiting for answers.
But Mr. Trump made clear that the Saudi King made clear his government was [More]
- 5:45 pm Sunday, October 14th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
With a number of communities and thousands of people still reeling from the severe damage done by Hurricane Michael, President Donald Trump on Monday will see some of the destruction himself, as he tours areas in both Florida and Georgia, getting an up close view of a recovery effort that’s also tinged with high-stakes politics, just over three weeks from key mid-term elections.
“The destruction caused by Hurricane Michael is really incredible,” the President said in a video released by the White House, as he proclaimed his support for those who might not have the ability to even hear or see [More]
- 7:30 am Friday, October 12th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Less than a week after ending a bruising partisan fight over the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the U.S. Senate joined the House in heading home for the November mid-term elections, as Democrats and Republicans agreed to allow approval of a package of GOP nominations, freeing those Senators who are up for re-election to return home to campaign.
The House left town two weeks ago; both chambers will return for their next votes on November 13, a week after Election Day.
Democrats cut the deal despite a lot of grumbling from their own side, as many more liberal activists wanted [More]