Jamie Dupree 

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Watching the polls for President

  • 10:03 pm Thursday, December 10th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

With less than two months until Iowa and New Hampshire, recent polls show there is still a great deal of uncertainty in the race for the Republican nomination for President, as a large majority of voters are fully admitting they haven’t made a final choice for the GOP nomination.

“Just 1-in-5 (20%) Iowa GOP caucus goers say they are completely set on their choice,” read a new poll out on Monday from Monmouth University.

Just think about that for a moment – 80 percent of Republican voters in Iowa could still change their mind before February 1.

In New Hampshire, a CNN [More]

FBI Director: No Islamic State terror cells in USA

  • 5:42 pm Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

A week after the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California that killed fourteen people, the FBI Director told Senators that so far, there is no evidence of Islamic State terrorist cells being operational in the United States.

“Do you believe ISIL cells are already here in the America?” asked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

“I don’t have reason to believe that,” said FBI Director James Comey.

“So far as we can tell, they have not succeeded in penetrating our borders with their operatives; that’s an aspiration of theirs,” Comey told Sen. David Perdue (R-GA).

“Instead what they’re doing is motivating individuals or very small groups [More]

FBI: San Bernardino attackers were radicalized before they married

  • 12:38 pm Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

A week after the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California that killed 14 people, FBI Director James Comey told a U.S. Senate hearing that the husband-wife team had been radicalized before they met over the internet and were married.

“They were talking to each other about jihad and martyrdom before they became engaged,” said the FBI chief.

“We’re working very hard to understand exactly their association and the source of their inspiration,” Comey added.

The news that both Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik had discussed attacks raised the unsettling issue of whether U.S. authorities somehow missed signs about Malik, and maybe Farook as [More]

Trump gets flak from GOP on Muslim ban

  • 12:24 pm Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

A day after Donald Trump roiled the waters of the Republican race for President by saying he would bar Muslims from entering the United States in order to tighten security against terrorists, many Republicans in the Congress publicly criticized Trump, with some even saying it’s time for the real estate magnate to drop his bid for the White House.

“This is not conservatism,” said Speaker Paul Ryan, who addressed reporters after taking Trump to task in a closed door meeting of House Republicans.

“What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for, and more importantly, it’s not what this country [More]

Trump: Stop Muslims from entering the US

  • 4:42 pm Monday, December 7th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

In the aftermath of recent high profile terrorist attacks, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday called for a “complete and total ban” against Muslims entering the United States.

In a statement sent to reporters, Trump said the U.S. cannot “be the victims of horrendous attacks.”

Here is his full statement as issued to reporters:

Trump draws fire from other Republicans

It didn’t take long for GOP candidates – and many others – to reject Trump’s call for Muslims to be denied entry into the U.S.

Democrats also joined in condemning Trump.

“This is reprehensible, prejudiced and divisive,” said Hillary Clinton of Trump’s call to stop [More]

President Obama’s speech on terrorism threat

  • 9:17 pm Sunday, December 6th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

In a rare Oval Office address to the nation, President Obama tried to reassure Americans in the wake of last week’s terrorist attack in California, as he vowed that the United States would do all possible to stop terror groups like the Islamic State.

Here is the video of the President’s speech, and the text, as provided by the White House Press Office:

8:01 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. On Wednesday, 14 Americans were killed as they came together to celebrate the holidays. They were taken from family and friends who loved them deeply. They were white and black; Latino and Asian; [More]

Obama to address nation on terrorism

  • 9:45 pm Saturday, December 5th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

In the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California by a husband-wife team who were evidently motivated by their support for the Islamic State, the White House said on Saturday that President Obama will address the nation on Sunday evening to discuss that incident and the response of the U.S. Government.

The Oval Office address will begin at 8 pm Eastern Time.

Here is the statement from the White House announcing the speech:

On Sunday, December 6th at 8:00PM EST, President Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office about the steps our government is taking to fulfill his highest [More]

FBI says California shooters not part of larger terror cell

  • 4:30 pm Friday, December 4th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

As the FBI officially labeled the investigation of Wednesday’s mass shootings in San Bernardino, California as a terrorism probe, the FBI chief said there was no evidence as yet that the husband and wife team was part of a larger operation.

“There is no indication that they are part of a network,” said FBI Director James Comey in a meeting with reporters.

“So far, we have no indication that these killers are part of an organized larger group, or form part of a cell,” Comey added.

Comey said the two seem to have been inspired from afar, as he acknowledged that Syed Farooq [More]

Republicans see seeds of terror in California shootings

  • 1:05 pm Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

While Democrats stepped up their calls for action on gun control measures, Republicans looked at yesterday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California and mainly saw the threat of terrorism from the Middle East.

“All of us are deeply concerned that this is yet another manifestation of terrorism – radical Islamic terrorism,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), as he kicked off a day long forum of Republican candidates for President in Washington, D.C.

“We need a President who will call the enemy by its name – radical Islamic terrorism,” Cruz added.

Meanwhile at the White House, President Obama appeared before reporters – flanked by [More]

California shootings spur new calls by Democrats for gun controls

  • 3:57 pm Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

News flashes of another mass shooting in America drew a swift response from prominent Democrats, who swiftly moved to urge action on gun control, as this incident quickly took on political overtones.

“I refuse to accept this as normal,” said Hillary Clinton on Twitter; she was in Florida for campaign stops today.

In the Congress, several more liberal Democrats also urged action to curb gun violence.

“Gun violence is a crisis of epidemic proportions in our nation,” said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in a statement, as she urged action by lawmakers.

“Congress has a moral responsibility to vote on common sense measures to [More]