House Republicans unveil overhaul of Obama health law 6:45 pm Monday, March 6th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

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House Republicans unveil overhaul of Obama health law

  • 6:45 pm Monday, March 6th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Moving to follow through on their party’s pledge to repeal and replace the Obama health law, Republicans in the House of Representatives on Monday evening unveiled their first full legislative plan on health care, which would pull back on the federal government’s role in the health care arena, though the GOP issued no official estimates on the cost of the changes.

“Obamacare is rapidly collapsing,” said Speaker Paul Ryan in a written release issued minutes after the GOP bill language was posted on the internet.

“It’s time to turn a page and rescue our health care system from this disastrous law,” the [More]

Trump signs revised, more limited executive order on foreign travel to U.S.

  • 11:30 am Monday, March 6th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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With his original executive order on travel and immigration stymied in the courts, President Donald Trump on Monday set out a new plan to again limit visitors from certain countries, and step up reviews on refugees coming into the United States, with the details changed in a number of ways to ensure that it can pass legal muster in the weeks and months ahead.

The revised plan puts a 90 day hold on new travel from six Muslim-majority countries designated as posing a national security risk, temporarily suspends the refugee admissions program for 120 days, and sets in motion a series [More]

Digging into the latest spats over President Trump and Russia

  • 8:40 pm Sunday, March 5th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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It was no ordinary news weekend, as President Donald Trump leveled an extraordinary charge against former President Barack Obama, alleging that the feds had wiretapped Mr. Trump during the 2016 election. Democrats denounced the current President, and Republicans in the Congress openly said they had no idea what he was talking about.

Confused? Let’s see if we can clear up some of this:

1. President Trump says he was wiretapped by the Obama Administration. Without offering any evidence, the President began this weekend with an early Saturday morning series of tweets in which he made the astounding charge that President Obama had [More]

White House asks for probe of any possible Trump investigation

  • 9:33 am Sunday, March 5th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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A day after President Donald Trump accused former President Barack Obama of targeting him with a campaign year wiretap, the White House requested that Congress investigate the charge, as the President’s chief spokesman said there would be no further comment from Mr. Trump or his administration subordinates about the allegation.

“Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling,” the statement began, with the White House asking that lawmakers determine if “executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016.”

“Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted.”

No evidence was [More]

Russia questions once more roil Trump White House

  • 7:16 pm Saturday, March 4th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Two days after his Attorney General recused himself from decisions on any investigation into links between Donald Trump’s campaign for President and Russia, President Trump set off a new firestorm on Saturday by accusing former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Mr. Trump’s phone conversations in 2016, as members of both parties called for the President to provide evidence to back up his charge.

“We are in the midst of a civilization-warping crisis of public trust,” said Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE). “The President today made some very serious allegations, and the informed citizens that a republic requires deserve more information.”

“This allegation [More]

Trump accuses Obama of wiretapping him during 2016 campaign

  • 8:12 am Saturday, March 4th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

After several days of intense questions that zeroed in on his campaign’s contacts with Russia, President Trump on Saturday morning leveled a staggering accusation at President Obama, accusing him of “wire tapping” Mr. Trump during the 2016 race.

“Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election?” Trump said in a series of early morning tweets from Mar-a-Lago, his Florida retreat.

“This is Nixon/Watergate,” Mr. Trump added, without providing any evidence of why he believes there was eavesdropping directed at him in 2016.

Here were some of the tweets that the President sent [More]

Guano, undersea vehicles, antenna mounts and schools – your tax dollars at work

  • 7:02 pm Friday, March 3rd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

While President Donald Trump’s administration preps the details of his budget plans for next year, the federal government continues to spend money under the current temporary budget that was approved late last year by the Congress, and as usual, it doesn’t take long to find a few interesting line items.

Let’s take a look at what the feds have been spending money on in recent days:

1. Guano removal in the Great Smoky Mountains. Every time I hear the word “guano,” I can only think of Colonel Bat Guano from the movie, “Dr. Strangelove.” But we digress. In this [More]

Key Democrat charges FBI has withheld info on Russia probe

  • 10:59 pm Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday accused FBI Director James Comey of withholding information from key lawmakers in Congress about a probe of Russia interference in the 2016 elections, as lawmakers charged that top leaders in Congress were seemingly kept out of the loop on the details of the politically charged investigation.

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