Jamie Dupree 

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Republicans struggle to push health care bill over House finish line

  • 7:43 am Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

In a last minute bid to thread the needle between more conservative and more moderate Republicans, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders in the House are still hoping to bring a health care overhaul bill to a vote today, as they try to find a magic legislative formula that will produce a final agreement acceptable to a bare majority of Republican members.

Here’s where things stand.

1. Republicans still seem short on votes. Despite a full day of arm twisting and closed door meetings that stretched late into Wednesday night, the President seemed no closer to a majority in the House – [More]

What we know about surveillance claims related to President Trump

  • 6:07 pm Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Two days after the FBI Director confirmed that an investigation was underway into election meddling by Russia and any ties to the Trump Campaign, the Republican Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee announced that U.S. Intelligence – while monitoring foreign intelligence targets – had legally monitored some actions of the Trump transition, and maybe even some communications of Mr. Trump himself.

Here is what we know:

1. What is in this new information? House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) said he had been provided with raw foreign intelligence intercepts which showed information related to President-Elect Trump and members of the Trump [More]

Nunes: Trump communications collected by U.S. Intelligence during transition

  • 1:30 pm Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

The Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee told reporters Wednesday that he has been given evidence from inside the U.S. Intelligence Community, which shows that personal communications of President Trump were collected during the Presidential transition as part of legally approved foreign intelligence surveillance operations.

“It looks to me like it was all legally collected, but it was essentially a lot of information on the President-Elect and his transition team and what they were doing,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) told reporters at a news conference in the Capitol.

Nunes would not detail how the information was obtained – it is known as [More]

Gorsuch navigates full day of testimony as Senate battle percolates

  • 10:26 pm Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch vowed to uphold the law if confirmed to the nation’s highest court, not tipping his hand as he sidestepped controversial political subjects, as Gorsuch directly pushed back against President Donald Trump’s criticism of federal judges.

“When anyone criticizes the honesty or integrity, the motives of a federal judge, I find that disheartening; I find that demoralizing,” Gorsuch said in response to questions from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

“Anyone including the President of the United States?” Blumenthal pressed.

“Anyone is anyone,” Gorsuch replied.

In a day of testimony that stretched for almost twelve hours, Gorsuch parried most questions from [More]

In Capitol visit, Trump urges Republicans to support GOP health care bill

  • 11:56 am Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

In a closed door meeting with House Republicans at the U.S. Capitol, President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged GOP lawmakers to get on board with a Republican health care overhaul bill that he supports, arguing that if the plan goes down to defeat later this week, it could cost Republicans their majorities in both the House and Senate in the next election.

Here is what came out of that meeting:

1. Trump tries to make the final sale. There was laughter and applause inside as the President cajoled reluctant Republicans to get on board. “Look, the guy is very personable,” said [More]

Republicans unveil changes to health bill, as GOP leaders press for approval

  • 4:00 am Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Still trying to bring aboard reluctant conservatives, Republicans in the House on Monday night unveiled a series of changes to a GOP health care bill, accelerating a series of tax cuts and providing more money for tax credits to help older Americans buy health insurance, still aiming for a vote in the full House on Thursday.

“With the President’s leadership and support for this historic legislation, we are now one step closer to keeping our promise to the American people and ending the Obamacare nightmare,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The highly technical changes also included language dealing with limits [More]

Takeaways from the first hearing in Congress on election meddling by Russia

  • 3:45 pm Monday, March 20th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

The House Intelligence Committee held the first public hearing on questions involving actions taken by Russia to interfere with the 2016 elections in the United States, as both parties used starkly different strategies as they asked questions of the heads of the FBI and National Security Agency about that probe.

Here are some of the highlights:

1. FBI confirms Trump-Russia investigation for the first time. Many had long assumed that the FBI was investigating meddling by Russia in the 2016 U.S. elections, but today was the first time that it had been publicly announced by the FBI Director. “Our practice is [More]

FBI Director confirms probe of Russia meddling and possible links to Trump Campaign

  • 10:44 am Monday, March 20th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

In the start of Congressional hearings on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, FBI Director James Comey publicly confirmed for the first time that a formal counter intelligence investigation is underway into any Russian actions, and that the probe is also looking at possible links to associates of President Donald Trump and his campaign. The President responded by again pointing the finger at his predecessor.

“I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counter-intelligence mission, is investigating the Russian Government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election,” [More]

Congress ready to start hearings on election meddling by Russia

  • 11:53 am Sunday, March 19th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

The House Intelligence Committee on Monday holds the first open hearing in its investigation into interference by Russia in the 2016 U.S. elections, with lawmakers first getting testimony from the heads of the FBI and the National Security Agency, as a number of questions remain unanswered both about Russian actions and any possible ties to associates of President Donald Trump.

Let’s take a look at where things stand:

1. Will the FBI Director say anything of note? FBI Director James Comey will get the most attention in this rare public hearing of the House Intelligence Committee on Monday morning, but will he [More]

Selling health insurance across state lines – it’s already legal under Obamacare

  • 8:30 am Saturday, March 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

When you talk to GOP lawmakers in the Congress about an overhaul of the Obama health law, one of the most mentioned items by Republicans is making it possible for insurance companies to sell health coverage policies across state lines, as the Trump Administration argues that will help promote competition, and bring down prices for consumers.

“There’s no question about it,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday, “if one plan can sell that was in Maryland – into Virginia – where they could seek additional customers, that competition alone invariably brings down costs.”

“Once you allow competition, [More]