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Old jabs about Obama vacations echo as Trump takes his own summer break

  • 9:00 am Saturday, August 5th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The White House says President Donald Trump will be on a “working vacation” during his 17-day stay at his golf retreat in Bedminster, New Jersey, a familiar refrain from administrations of both parties in recent years, as Mr. Trump – who routinely attacked his predecessor for taking vacations away from the White House – now finds himself on the receiving end of similar political barbs.

President Trump “owes President Obama an apology, and the American public an explanation,” said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), as critics eagerly recounted past quotes from Mr. Trump that included declarations such as, “I don’t take vacations [More]

President joins Congress on summer break as Trump agenda remains stalled

  • 4:05 pm Friday, August 4th, 2017 by Staff Writer

As President Donald Trump headed on Friday for an extended summer stay at his New Jersey golf retreat, Republican leaders in the Congress were already home, still searching for the magic legislative formula to advance major items on Mr. Trump’s agenda on Capitol Hill, as their slow start on key issues has set up what could be a frenetic September that risks not being able to deliver a different outcome for the White House after Labor Day.

The House left last week for a summer legislative break; the Senate went home on Thursday. The next legislative work days are scheduled [More]

Senators seek support for bipartisan bills to stop Trump from firing Mueller

  • 10:09 pm Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

As Senators prepared to leave Capitol Hill for a four week summer break, a pair of lawmakers from both parties unveiled legislation designed to stop President Donald Trump from firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI Director who is now leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, who has been the target of attacks on his probe from both the President and some of his top supporters.

The two different bills have much the same goal – allowing for judicial review of any decision by the President to fire Mueller, and giving the Judicial Branch the power [More]

Democrats drop blockade as Senate approves dozens of Trump nominations

  • 3:29 pm Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

As the Senate left Capitol Hill to start a one month summer break, Democrats gave up their blockade on 66 Executive Branch nominations from President Donald Trump, allowing the approval of the biggest batch of nominees so far in the President’s first six months in office, as Democrats gave up their slow-walking of Trump nominations in the aftermath of the Senate’s defeat of a GOP plan to dramatically change the Obama health law.

“The Senate has confirmed more Executive Branch nominees this week than all of the Executive Branch nominees confirmed this year combined,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“This [More]

Difficult road ahead in Congress for bill to slow legal immigration into U.S.

  • 11:02 pm Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 by Staff Writer

Despite a very big public boost from President Donald Trump and White House officials, a plan to scale back on legal immigration into the United States, and to emphasize more highly skilled workers, faces a tough fight in the Congress, as key Republican Senators quickly signaled their disagreement with the plan.

“The President is all behind this,” Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) told me a few hours after he joined with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and the President at the White House on their bill, nicknamed the “RAISE” Act.

“This was a landmark event to get started on an issue that was a [More]

Trump signs into law bipartisan Russian sanctions bill

  • 10:51 am Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 by Staff Writer

Faced with a near unanimous message from both parties in Congress, President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law a bill that steps up economic sanctions against Russia, which included provisions that would prevent the President from relaxing sanctions put into place by the Obama Administration, in retaliation for Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Mr. Trump held no signing ceremony for the bill, which also included new sanctions against Iran and North Korea. In a written statement, he expressed his displeasure with the details of the measure.

“While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior [More]

Trump still pushing for GOP health care bill, as Senate leaders embrace hearings

  • 7:42 am Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 by Staff Writer

While Republicans in the Senate have announced plans for bipartisan hearings on health care beginning when Congress returns to work after Labor Day, the White House is making clear that President Donald Trump continues to look for more immediate answers on a GOP health care bill that would involve getting only a majority of Republican votes in the Senate, as he meets Wednesday afternoon with one key GOP lawmaker, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.

Portman has made clear to reporters in recent days that while last week’s defeat of the GOP ‘skinny’ bill was a setback, he’s not ready to give [More]

Big shift on health care, as Senate Republicans opt for September hearings

  • 3:50 pm Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 by Staff Writer

Unable to find a 50th vote for a GOP plan to overhaul Obamacare, Republicans on Tuesday announced they would hold hearings in the Senate after Labor Day, in hopes of spurring a bipartisan agreement in Congress on short term plans to stabilize markets for individual insurance policies, just before insurance companies set their premiums for 2018.

“We will hear from state insurance commissioners, patients, governors, health care experts and insurance companies,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

“For the short term, the proposal is by mid-September to see if we can agree [More]

Little movement on health care as GOP talk pivots to tax reform

  • 10:53 pm Monday, July 31st, 2017 by Staff Writer

As Senators returned to work on Capitol Hill for the first time since last week’s defeat of a bare bones GOP bill to overhaul the Obama health law, there was no indication of an immediate attempt by Republicans to rush a new proposal forward for a vote, as party leaders and rank and file GOP lawmakers started talking more about a major push on tax reform later this year.

“I’m now moving on to tax,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), who like other Republicans expressed frustration with last week’s defeat on health care, but said that until one of three GOP [More]

Scaramucci ousted as White House Communication Director

  • 2:59 pm Monday, July 31st, 2017 by Staff Writer

The staff changes and upheaval continued at the White House on Monday, as White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci was pushed out of his post after less than two weeks on the job, and just hours after President Donald Trump welcomed his new Chief of Staff, former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

Scaramucci, who had been brought into the White House just two Fridays ago, on July 21, had been grabbing the headlines repeatedly in that time, most notably with a profanity-laced interview with the New Yorker magazine, as the hedge fund financier evidently fell from grace in no time.

After getting [More]

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