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Pompeo nomination clears hurdle after another late GOP switch

  • 10:12 pm Monday, April 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

For the second time in a week, late decisions by a pair of GOP Senators provided the margin of victory for a nominee of President Donald Trump, as after fears of a rare confirmation rebuke, Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday got in line behind the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State, setting up a vote later this week for his confirmation in the full Senate.

The key votes were delivered by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) – who last week made a late switch to help salvage the nomination of Mr. Trump’s choice to run [More]

Back at White House, Trump’s week set to focus on foreign policy

  • 8:50 pm Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

On the heels of a two-day meeting last week with the Japanese Prime Minister in Florida, more diplomacy is on the agenda for President Donald Trump this week, as he receives two major European leaders at the White House, with the French President and German Chancellor coming to Washington, D.C. for meetings with Mr. Trump which are certain to cover a series of thorny foreign policy matters.

One of the main topics in those meetings for Mr. Trump is expected to be the Iran nuclear deal, which the President has repeatedly threatened to abandon; that threat will certainly draw the attention [More]

Democratic Party sues Trump Campaign, Wikileaks, Russia, others, over 2016 elections

  • 11:54 am Friday, April 20th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The legal fight over the 2016 elections expanded further on Friday, as the Democratic National Committee filed a wide-ranging lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s campaign, top aides, one of Mr. Trump’s sons, his son-in-law, the Russian government, and others caught up in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 race for the White House.

The 66 page lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of New York, where an FBI raid recently took place on the President’s personal lawyer, alleges a broad conspiracy involving Russia, its intelligence service, and members of the Trump inner circle, like former campaign manager [More]

Trump denounces Comey, Russia probe, after release of Comey memos

  • 7:29 am Friday, April 20th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The morning after memos written by former FBI Director James Comey were delivered to Congress – and then immediately leaked to the news media – President Donald Trump blasted both Comey and the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, denying that he had done anything wrong, and defending a top aide who had been caught up in the probe.

“So General Michael Flynn’s life can be totally destroyed while Shadey James Comey can Leak and Lie and make lots of money from a third rate book,” the President thundered on Twitter from his Florida retreat in [More]

Instant leaks as feds deliver Comey memos to Congress

  • 10:31 pm Thursday, April 19th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Bowing to demands from Republicans in the House, the Justice Department on Thursday night gave lawmakers memos written by former FBI Director James Comey after meetings and phone calls with President Donald Trump, with the resulting leaks only amplifying Comey’s story that Mr. Trump had pressed him repeatedly about the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

And in classic Washington fashion – the memos were leaked almost immediately to news organizations.

You can read the set of memos from Comey – written soon after meetings directly with the President, or after phone calls with Mr. Trump.

There had [More]

Senate confirms Rep. Jim Bridenstine R-OK as NASA Administrator

  • 2:41 pm Thursday, April 19th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After operating for almost fourteen months with acting leadership, NASA finally has a new Administrator, as the U.S. Senate voted Thursday to confirm Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) as the new head of the space agency, overcoming reluctance among some Republicans, and strong opposition from Democrats who said Bridenstine who too political for the job. The vote was 50-49.

“It is an honor to be confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as NASA Administrator,” Bridenstine said in a statement. “I am humbled by this opportunity.”

“Jim Bridenstine has been very passionate for trying to get NASA back on focus with [More]

Trump lawyer drops defamation lawsuit over publication of Steele Dossier

  • 12:23 pm Thursday, April 19th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Embroiled in a new legal dispute after an FBI raid earlier this month, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has dropped a $100 million defamation lawsuit filed against BuzzFeed news, and the head of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which spearheaded the development of the Steele Dossier, paid for by Democrats in 2016, which made accusations of ties between Russia and President Donald Trump.

“Michael Cohen hereby voluntarily dismissed the above-entitled action as to all named Defendants without costs to any party as against the other,” Cohen’s lawyers stated in a one page filing with a federal court in [More]

Lawmakers press for more publicity on harassment settlements

  • 10:30 pm Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The head of the Capitol Hill office which deals with workplace harassment cases said Wednesday that she still does not have the power to reveal the names of lawmakers who used taxpayer dollars to pay legal harassment settlements, drawing sharp rebukes from members of both parties on a House spending panel, as lawmakers in both the House and Senate expressed growing frustration about the matter.

“The transparency issue is revolting,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). “It is absolutely unacceptable that we continue to let members who abuse their employees hide.”

At a hearing of a House Appropriations subcommittee, Susan Grundmann, the [More]

Taxpayers get extra day to file federal taxes after IRS website snafu

  • 7:59 pm Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday gave Americans an extra day to file tax returns for 2017, after troubles surfaced for a number of hours with an online payment system, causing troubles for those trying to finish filing and paying their taxes just before the deadline.

“This is the busiest tax day of the year, and the IRS apologizes for the inconvenience this system issue caused for taxpayers,” said David Kautter, who is the Acting IRS Commissioner.

“The extra time will help taxpayers affected by this situation,” Kautter said in a statement.

The trouble started on the final day of tax filing [More]

GOP confidence grows for Senate vote on Trump’s NASA nominee

  • 3:32 pm Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Republicans in the U.S. Senate were increasingly optimistic on Tuesday that they would be able to approve President Donald Trump’s nominee for NASA Administrator this week, as GOP backers say they believe there is finally a 50th Republican ready to vote for the confirmation of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK).

“Who moved? I’ll let them speak for themselves,” said Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), when asked how the votes had changed on Bridenstine, whose nomination has been in limbo for months.

“I think we do have the votes,” Lankford said, in a comment echoed by other Republicans, including Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the number [More]