Washington, D.C. almost ready for Trump Inauguration 7:00 am Thursday, January 19th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

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The hours are counting down in the nation’s capital to the Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, as on this Thursday, the Lincoln Memorial will be the focus of much of the pre-Inaugural celebrations, as police begin to cordon off vast areas of the city.

Around the U.S. Capitol, more and more security fencing seemed to pop up almost by the hour, as police not only cordoned off certain areas, but set up screening tents and more for the thousands expected at the Inauguration.

Not only is there fencing on Capitol Hill, but also stretching far [More]

Democrats focus on ethics in push against Trump Cabinet nominees

  • 9:46 pm Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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Sparring repeatedly in Senate hearings with high profile choices of President-Elect Donald Trump, Democrats on Wednesday threatened to delay action on some of his Cabinet choices, as they tried to highlight what they argue are questionable ethics issues of the new administration.

“This is a swamp cabinet full of bankers and billionaires,” Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) declared, accusing the GOP of trying to rush ill-suited Trump nominees through to confirmation.

Of the four confirmation hearings held on Wednesday in the Senate, Democrats spent the most energy going after Mr. Trump’s choice to lead the EPA, and his selection for health [More]

At final news conference, Obama expresses faith in the American people

  • 3:36 pm Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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In a last news conference from the White House Briefing Room, President Barack Obama defended his decision to commute the sentence of military leaker Chelsea Manning, and vowed to speak out against possible immigration and other policy changes by a Trump Administration, even while expressing optimism about what’s next.

“I believe in this country. I believe in the American people,” the President said.

“At my core, I think we’re going to be okay. We just have to fight for it and work for it.”

In answering a final round of questions, Mr. Obama made clear that he might insert himself back [More]

Tom Price defends record, backs GOP repeal of Obamacare in hearing

  • 1:53 pm Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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President-Elect Donald Trump’s choice for health secretary reaffirmed Republican goals to repeal and replace President Obama’s health reforms, facing down repeated attacks by Democrats over exactly what the GOP would do to change Obamacare under a Trump Administration.

“I think one of the important things that we need to convey to the American people is that nobody is interested in pulling the rug out from under anybody,” Price said at the first of two confirmation hearings.

“The American people need to appreciate that the last thing we need to do is go from a Democrat health care system to a Republican health [More]

Republicans step up criticism over growing inaugural boycott by Democrats

  • 10:40 pm Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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Led by President-Elect Donald Trump, Republicans in Congress have become more outspoken in recent days over the growing number of Democrats in Congress who have said they won’t show up at Friday’s swearing-in of Donald Trump, now totaling over fifty members.

“I’m disappointed that all these Democrats are going to stay home,” said Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI).

“That’s bad for the country,” Duffy argued in an interview on CNN, saying an inaugural should not be for just the party that won the White House.

The President-Elect wasn’t dropping the issue either, as on Tuesday he used both Twitter and an interview with Fox [More]

CBO report on Obamacare repeal stirs health care battle in Congress

  • 12:48 pm Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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The battle over health reform turned up a few more notches on Tuesday, with the release of a new Congressional Budget Office report on a past GOP plan to repeal parts of the Obama health law, as Republicans argued that it didn’t take into account any of their ideas to replace Obamacare, while Democrats said the report showed that millions would lose their health coverage.

“This projection is meaningless,” said Ashlee Strong, a spokesperson for Speaker Paul Ryan, as she argued the CBO report “takes into account no measures to replace the law nor actions that the incoming administration [More]

Trump Cabinet choices face second week of Senate hearings

  • 4:00 am Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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The Senate on Tuesday begins a second round of confirmation hearings on President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration, as Democrats will again try to knock one of those nominees off stride, just days before Mr. Trump takes the oath of office as the 45th President of the United States.

If you are looking for one nominee who might attract the most attention this week from Senate Democrats, that could be Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), the President-Elect’s choice for health secretary.

Price has been under fire over reports that he traded in health stocks at about the same time that he was introducing bills in [More]

Republican Presidents more often the target of big Inauguration protests

  • 10:10 am Monday, January 16th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As opponents of President-Elect Donald Trump get ready to rally opposite his swearing-in on Friday, a look back at inaugural protests shows there have been a number of major demonstrations in the last forty years – with the larger protests all targeting Republicans entering the White House.

Historically, inaugurals were celebratory affairs that had little in the way of demonstrators; some cite the 1853 swearing-in of Franklin Pierce as the first to draw an official protest, by a group of unemployed workers.

But beginning during the Vietnam War – especially for Republicans – January 20 has become a gathering time for an [More]

Now for the details – Republicans move to forge Obamacare replacement

  • 5:16 pm Sunday, January 15th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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With quick action by the House and Senate in the first two weeks of this year to approve a budget outline allowing for expedited action on plans to repeal chunks of the Obama health law, now comes the much more difficult part for Republicans, forging legislation that will not only get to President Trump’s desk – but also work for the American people.

“This resolution gives us the tools we need for a step-by-step approach to fix these problems and put Americans back in control of their health care,” said Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday as the House gave final approval [More]

President-Elect Trump hits Rep. John Lewis over inaugural snub

  • 8:50 am Saturday, January 14th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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Hours after Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) announced that he would boycott the January 20 swearing-in of President-Elect Donald Trump, Mr. Trump took to Twitter to denounce the veteran Democratic lawmaker and civil rights leader, telling him to deal with his “crime infested” district in Atlanta.

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart,” Trump wrote in pair of Saturday morning tweets.
Coming just two days before the federal holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mr. Trump’s tweets set off a stir on social media.

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