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GOP tries to help Trump fill in the blanks on new tax cut call

  • 9:26 pm Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After President Donald Trump floated the idea in recent days of a 10 percent middle class tax cut and even talked about Congressional action on it before the November elections, the chief Republican tax writer in Congress said Tuesday that he would sit down with Trump Administration officials in ‘coming weeks’ to fill in the details of what the President wants to do when it comes to a new package of tax cuts.

“President Trump is determined to provide further tax relief for middle-class families,” said Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), the Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, who [More]

New numbers show fresh jump in illegal immigration over southern border

  • 2:31 pm Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Amid President Donald Trump’s warnings about a ‘caravan’ of illegal immigrants in far southern Mexico, the Trump Administration reported Tuesday that the number of people apprehended while illegally crossing the southern border continued to spike in the month of September, again approaching some of the highest numbers since Mr. Trump took office.

The Department of Homeland Security reported that 50,568 people were apprehended in September, up dramatically from the 31,280 in September of 2017.

September’s figures rounded out the numbers for Fiscal Year 2018, as 521,090 were apprehended at the border, almost equaling the highest number from the Obama [More]

Pace quickens with just two weeks left to Election Day

  • 4:00 am Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In a pitched battle for control of the Congress, President Donald Trump on Monday night again implored GOP voters to get out to vote across the nation to help Republicans keep control of both the House and Senate, even as Democrats expressed more confidence that they will win enough seats to at least take back the House in 2019 – as there are now only 14 days to Election Day.

“The Democrats must be voted out of office, we need more Republican votes,” the President said to cheers in Houston, Texas.

“I think the Republicans are going to do very nicely,” the [More]

Congress in dark as Trump again touts mystery tax cut plan

  • 7:50 pm Monday, October 22nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

For the second time in three days, President Donald Trump told reporters that he would soon have the Congress press ahead on a new 10 percent tax cut for the middle class, though his declaration both about the unknown plan – and the schedule for action surrounding it – continued to leave fellow Republicans in the Congress confused over what the President was doing, and the tax details of what he was talking about.

As he left the White House on Monday afternoon for a campaign rally in Texas, the President was asked about his surprise Saturday statement in [More]

Feds unveil new rules to let states get waivers from the Obama health law

  • 2:03 pm Monday, October 22nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With sharp debate between the two parties over how best to deal with health insurance coverage for those with pre-existing medical conditions, the Trump Administration unveiled new rules on Monday which would make it easier for states to apply for waivers from the Obama health law, allowing companies to offer insurance which is less expensive, but also which has less coverage for consumers.

“States know much better than the federal government how their markets work,” said Seema Verma, the head of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Releasing new rules for plans to give states more flexibility on what [More]

Trump puzzles D.C. with talk of tax cut action before elections

  • 4:00 am Monday, October 22nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As he wrapped up a three day, three state campaign swing in Nevada this weekend, President Donald Trump told reporters he was expecting that the Republican Congress would roll out out a new GOP tax cutting plan before the November elections, what he described as ‘a major tax cut for middle income people,’ which the President said could be finished as early as the ‘first of November.’

But it wasn’t immediately apparent what the President was talking about, as the House and Senate are not on Capitol Hill to vote on any legislation until November 13, a week after the elections, [More]

In campaign twist, Democrats embrace health care in 2018

  • 8:57 am Sunday, October 21st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After seeing their ranks decimated in 2010 during a mid-term backlash against the Obama health law, times have changed for Democrats in the 2018 elections for Congress, as polls show voters moving away from Republicans on the issue of health care, as Democrats “are now embracing it whole-heartedly” in the final days of the campaign. they

In a report issued last week titled, “2018: The Health Care Election,” Wesleyan University’s media trackers found that health care “is most prominent in ads supporting Democrats, appearing in 54.5 percent” of their commercials.

The Wesleyan Media Project said back in 2010 [More]

In campaign twist, Democrats embrace health care in 2018

  • 8:57 am Sunday, October 21st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After seeing their ranks decimated in 2010 during a mid-term election backlash against the Obama health law, times have changed for Democrats in the 2018 elections for Congress, as polls show voters moving away from Republicans on the issue of health care, as Democrats “are now embracing it whole-heartedly” in the final days of the campaign. they

In a report issued last week titled, “2018: The Health Care Election,” Wesleyan University’s media trackers found that health care “is most prominent in ads supporting Democrats, appearing in 54.5 percent” of their commercials.

The Wesleyan Media Project said back in [More]

In campaign twist, Democrats embrace health care in 2018

  • 8:57 am Sunday, October 21st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After seeing their ranks decimated in 2010 during a mid-term backlash against the Obama health law, times have changed for Democrats in the 2018 elections for Congress, as polls show voters moving away from Republicans on the issue of health care, as Democrats increasingly focus on the topic in the final days of the campaign.

In a report issued last week titled, “2018: The Health Care Election,” Wesleyan University’s media trackers found that health care “is most prominent in ads supporting Democrats, appearing in 54.5 percent” of their commercials.

The Wesleyan Media Project said back in 2010 – in [More]

45 years ago today – Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre”

  • 4:00 am Saturday, October 20th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

This Saturday marks the 45th anniversary of the infamous ‘Saturday Night Massacre,’ when an embattled President Richard Nixon fired the special Watergate prosecutor, but only after both the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General refused to carry out the President’s orders, and resigned from their positions.

The move by President Nixon came during an ongoing legal dispute over the release of the Watergate tapes – recordings made in the Oval Office by a secret taping system that the President had installed – which ultimately contained evidence that forced Nixon from office.

Special Watergate Prosecutor Archibald Cox wanted all the tapes for his [More]

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