Jamie Dupree 

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With switch by Rubio, Flake, Senate clears hurdle for Trump’s pick to head NASA

  • 2:16 pm Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 by Staff Writer

On hold for months, President Donald Trump’s pick to head NASA was finally given the green light by a pair of GOP Senators, as the Senate voted 50-48 to overcome a possible filibuster, and advance the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to be the next Administrator of NASA.

A final vote to confirm Bridenstine’s nomination could come as early as Thursday in the full Senate.

The key votes came from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) – Flake initially voted to filibuster Bridenstine, but after an extended wait, returned to change his vote for the final margin of [More]

Trump acknowledges CIA chief met secretly with Kim Jong Un

  • 6:49 am Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Confirming press reports about a secret trip by CIA Director Mike Pompeo to North Korea, President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had gone “very smoothly and a good relationship was formed.”

In the middle of his own summit with the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Trump said on Twitter this morning that details of a meeting between him and the North Korean leader “are being worked out.”

“Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!” the President tweeted from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

“We have a responsibility to achieve [More]

With new book out, President Trump calls Comey a “slime ball”

  • 8:27 am Friday, April 13th, 2018 by Staff Writer

With a new tell-all book out from former FBI Director James Comey painting an unflattering picture of the Commander-in-Chief, President Donald Trump on Friday attacked Comey as an “untruthful slime ball,” arguing that Comey should be prosecuted for leaking classified information.

“It was my great honor to fire James Comey!” Trump declared in a pair of breakfast-time tweets. “James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR.”

The first reports on Comey’s book began to filter out on Thursday evening, in which he depicts the President as someone who plays fast and loose with the truth, and in Comey’s mind, is more [More]

Trump denounces ‘heinous attack’ in Syria, raises possibility of U.S. military response

  • 12:18 pm Monday, April 9th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Raising the possibility of a U.S. military strike, President Donald Trump on Monday condemned the latest apparent chemical weapons attack in Syria, telling reporters that he would soon meet with Pentagon leaders on the U.S. response.

“Nothing is off the table,” the President said flatly when asked about U.S. military action.

Reports from the Syrian opposition indicate around 40 people were killed in the chemical attack, which took place in the suburbs of Damascus, the Syrian capital.

“It was an atrocious attack, it was horrible,” Mr. Trump said. “You don’t see things like that – as bad as the news is around [More]

Red Ink Rising – National debt goes over $21 trillion

  • 12:44 am Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 by Staff Writer

A week after the feds announced the largest budget deficit in February in six years, the national debt edged over $21 trillion for the first time ever on Monday, as budget experts argue the U.S. is on a track that will likely again feature yearly deficits of $1 trillion, a level reached only during the Obama Administration.

“This is unsustainable,” said Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI).

The $21 trillion debt milestone was hit as lawmakers in Congress were trying to place the finishing touches on a giant Omnibus funding bill which will increase deficits by well over $100 billion in 2018, because of [More]

No direct answer from White House on future of VA chief

  • 8:08 pm Thursday, March 15th, 2018 by Staff Writer

The White House on Thursday refused to directly say if Veterans Secretary David Shulkin will stay in his post, as the VA chief tried to reassure lawmakers that he remains the right person to carry out Trump Administration plans to improve the quality of care at the VA.

“I’ve pubilcly acknowledged that the distraction that has happened is something I deeply regret,” Shulkin told a House panel on Thursday, as the first question at a budget hearing was about persistent news reports of palace intrigue at the VA.

“I do feel that I have to acknowledge the proverbial elephant in the room,” [More]

Top FBI official says agency “clearly should have done more” on Parkland shooter

  • 12:42 pm Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 by Staff Writer

As students demonstrated around the nation Wednesday over gun violence, a top FBI official acknowledged to Congress that serious mistakes were made in not acting on tips about the gunman who killed 17 people at a Florida high school a month ago, as Congress prepared to take some of the first legislative steps in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“We made mistakes here, no question about that,” said FBI Acting Deputy Director David Bowdich, when asked about why tips to an FBI hotline didn’t spark action.

“That said, even had we done everything right, I’m [More]

Tillerson out – Trump will name CIA chief as Secretary of State

  • 8:51 am Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 by Staff Writer

After months of sometimes public disagreements, President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced that he would replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, engineering a major shakeup in his own Cabinet, as the President said he and Tillerson simply disagreed on a series of major issues.

In a tweet just before leaving on a trip to California, the President thanked Tillerson for his work, and broke the news of his decision put Pompeo in that top diplomatic post.

The move to get rid of Tillerson came a day after the Secretary of State had pointedly told reporters that Russia [More]

President Trump refuses to release Democratic memo on Russia probe

  • 8:33 pm Friday, February 9th, 2018 by Staff Writer

A week after giving the green light to a memo written by Republicans in Congress which raised questions about the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, President Donald Trump on Friday refused to release a rebuttal memo from Democrats, raising questions about details in the document.

“Although the President is inclined to declassify the February 5th memorandum, because the Memorandum contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages, he is unable to do so at this time,” wrote White House Counsel Donald McGahn.

“The hypocrisy is on full display,” said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “What does the President [More]

House passes sweeping GOP tax reform bill as focus shifts to Senate

  • 2:20 pm Thursday, November 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

In a major legislative victory for Republicans and President Trump, the House on Thursday approved a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code, sending the plan to an uncertain future in the Senate, which will try to vote on its own version of tax changes after Thanksgiving.

In an afternoon tweet, the President called it a ‘big step toward fulfilling our promise” on tax cuts, and that was echoed by GOP lawmakers in the House.

“A historic day,” said Rep. Karen Handel (R-GA), as cheering broke out on the House floor as the vote count went over a majority for the bill, [More]