- 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]
- 3:29 pm Thursday, October 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Wearing a signature red “Make America Great Again” baseball cap, rapper and producer Kanye West dominated a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House on Thursday, declaring that the hat made him feel ‘like Superman,’ as West extolled the virtues of the President, dropped an f-bomb and more before reporters, and talked about maybe running for President in 2024 – only after Mr. Trump has served two terms.
West – who spoke for nearly ten minutes at one point – made clear again that he was a big supporter of the President and his policies, [More]
- 12:25 pm Thursday, October 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
For a third straight day, President Donald Trump leveled stern public criticism at the Federal Reserve, directly blaming a recent drop in the stock markets on increases in interest rates, as the President bluntly said the Fed is endangering economic growth under the Trump Administration.
“I think the Fed is out of control,” the President told reporters in the Oval Office. “I think what they’re doing is wrong.”
It was the third consecutive day that Mr. Trump had criticized the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates; last night in Erie, Pennsylvania, the President said the Fed ‘has gone crazy.’
“I think the [More]
- 10:17 am Thursday, October 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
In a surprise announcement, the Trump Administration reported Thursday that the average price for benchmark health insurance plans under the Obama health law system would drop in 2019 by 1.5 percent, as statistics issued by the feds indicated the controversial health insurance exchanges were stabilizing in price and coverage.
“President Trump’s Administration took action to address the skyrocketing price of health insurance, and now we are starting to see the results,” said Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
But Verma made clear that President Donald Trump did not want to keep the current Obamacare health system [More]