Trump Announces Executive Order on Energy Independence

On Tuesday March 28, President Donald Trump announced his executive order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth. The document opens with the words. ” It is in the national interest to promote clean and safe development of our Nation’s vast energy resources, while at the same time avoiding regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain […]

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The Media’s Obsession with Jared Kushner

The main stream media which never misses a moment to bash President Donald Trump has now turned some of their attention to his son-in-law Jared Kushner, the 36 year old husband of Trump’s daughter Ivanka. There appears to be a growing concern that Jared is getting too much power in The White House. While his […]

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Paul Ryan’s Circus

Oh what a circus! Oh what a show!   On Friday, March 24, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan pulled the Obamacare replacement bill known as the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) from a House vote when it became painfully clear that the bill did not have the Republican support to pass. The situation became even […]

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GOP Healthcare Showdown

President Donald Trump has issued an ultimatum to congress. He is done negotiating. Pass the American Healthcare Act  or the President will move onto other priorities, Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney has told reporters. The Thursday March 23 House of Representatives vote was delayed until Friday March 24 when it became increasingly apparent […]

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Trump Vindicated- Surveillance Allegations Proven

On Saturday March 4, President Donald Trump delivered a shocker of a tweet. “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Democrats and Republicans alike tore apart the President’s allegation.Democrats completely lampooned Trump, accusing him of manufacturing a highly serious accusation […]

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Gorsuch Holds Up Under Senate Grilling

During the presidential campaign then candidate Trump repeatedly referenced the monumental significance of the selection of the Supreme Court justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia. After all, it is a life time appointment.  Candidate Trump also repeatedly said that he would appoint justices in the spirit of Justice Scalia. Given this context, it is […]

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Judge Neil Gorsuch Strikes the Right Tone on Day 1 of Hearing

Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch struck the right tone during his first day of confirmation hearings with the Senate Judiciary Committee. The man, who President Donald Trump selected to replace Justice Antonin Scalia who passed away in February 2016, demonstrated the perfect mix of humor, humility and hardiness during his opening statement to the […]

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Donald Trump’s Skinny Budget

Week seven in the Donald Trump presidency has once again been so jam packed with  “news” of both the real and “fake” genres that the media is running in circles to provide coverage of each breaking soundbite. On Tuesday March 14, MSNBC Host Rachel Maddow sent out a tantalizing tweet “We have got Trump Tax […]

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White House Questions CBO’s Scoring of Obamacare Replacement

On Monday March 13th, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced that the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) will reduce healthcare enrollments by 24 million by 2026 with 14 million coming off of the health insurance rolls by 2018. The CBO Estimate of the AHC  also stated that the AHCA would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over the […]

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Preet Bharara – I did not Resign. I was Fired.

Preet Bharara, the prominent U.S. attorney from the Southern District of New York made headlines on Saturday when he refused to to tender his resignation following the order from Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting the resignations from the 46 remaining U.S. prosecutors from the Obama Administration.  Bharara, a 2009 Barack Obama appointee who built a […]

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In the Wee Small Hours – Obamacare Replacement Passes First Hurdle

In the wee small hours of the morning, the Republicans’ Obamacare replacement bill, the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) achieved its first congressional hurdle, passing the House Ways and Means Committee 23-16. This vote took place at 4:30 am after the committee spent 18 hours deliberating the bill. The lengthy process was largely due to the […]

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Obamacare Gone

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump repeatedly said that if  he was elected president, one of his first orders of business would be to “repeal and replace Obamacare” which he has described as a “disaster” for the American people as evidenced by skyrocketing premiums, unpopular individual and corporate mandates and health insurance companies abandoning the […]

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President Trump Unveils Updated Travel Order

On Monday March 6, President Donald Trump unveiled his updated executive order  limiting entrance of individuals from several predominantly Muslim countries which have evidence of terrorist ties. The new travel order replaces the original  order which was hastily rolled out in late January and then suspended by a Washington State federal judge, whose ruling was […]

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Trump Takes to Twitter to Accuse Obama of Wire Tapping

It all started with a tweet from President Donald Trump on the morning of Saturday March 4. “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy” Here’s what we know. President Trump has accused his predecessor former President Barack Obama of […]

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s Russian Nightmare

President Donald Trump’s Attorney General  Jeff Sessions has been the subject of controversy since the cabinet nomination of the Alabama Senator and former Alabama attorney general was announced. Sessions was initially under scrutiny because he had been denied a federal judgeship over 3o years ago due to perceptions that the man christened Jefferson Beauregard  Sessions […]

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House Call- Dr. Ben Carson Confirmed as HUD Secretary

Dr. Ben Carson, a world renowned retired neurosurgeon and a former GOP presidential primary rival of President Trump was confirmed today by the Senate 58-41 as the president’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. The votes were cast largely on party lines with Dr. Carson receiving full Republican support and some additional “yes” votes from […]

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Ryan Zinke Confirmed as Interior Secretary 68-31

Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke was confirmed earlier today as President Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Interior. The vote was 68-31 with Zinke receiving the backing of all voting Republicans and seventeen Democrats. Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia did not vote. Zinke, a former Navy Seal, is an interesting selection for Interior Secretary. While he is […]

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A President is Born!

I have now heard it said multiple times by various television and online journalists and commentators that last night Donald Trump became the president of the United States while delivering his first address to the two chambers of congress.  February 28, 2017 will go down in history as the day that individuals from both the […]

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Wilbur Ross Confirmed 72-27 as Commerce Secretary

Earlier this evening the Senate voted 72-27 to confirm Wilbur Ross as Commerce Secretary. While the vote for Ross showed strong support, it came nearly three months after President Trump nominated the 79 year old billionaire investor. The Ross nomination was initially met with some scepticism by Senate Democrats. There were concerns about his massive financial […]

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Moonlight Mix Up- Oscars Pull a Steve Harvey with Best Picture

The 89th Academy Awards televised presentation was expected to be controversial. Everyone was wondering if we would have to witness moments such as actress Meryl Streep’s  anti-Trump monologue at January’s Golden Globes Awards. While journalists have tallied at least 15 political moments at the 2017 Oscars, most of them were not particularly memorable. By contrast […]

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TPAC-President Trump Returns to CPAC

In 2016, then presidential candidate Donald Trump elected to skip the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) when his campaign team learned that some Republicans attending the largest annual gathering of conservatives were actively protesting his candidacy. What a difference a year makes! On Friday February 24, Mr. Trump returned to CPAC as President Trump. His […]

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Mika Brzezinski- It is the Media’s Job to Control What People Think

According to MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, it is the media’s job to “control exactly what people think”. The co-host of Morning Joe made this shocking statement Wednesday February 22 in an exchange with the show’s host Joe Scarborough about President Donald Trump. In response to Scarborough commenting that as president Trump is “doing exactly what he said […]

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Who is Craig Deare?

Who is Craig Deare? People who don’t follow politics are probably googling these words.  Deare was a senior adviser with the  National Security Council’s Western Hemisphere division who according to sources including Politico, CNN and others, just became famous because President Donald Trump reportedly fired him for speaking against the Trump Administration’s  Latin American policies […]

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Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt to Lead EPA

The Senate voted today 52-46 to confirm Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. The vote was largely on party lines with Republican Susan Collins of Maine voting “no” and two Democrats from coal producing states Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota voting “yes”. Pruitt, has […]

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Trump Names Former Assistant Attorney General R. Alexander Acosta Labor Secretary

President Donald Trump named R. Alexander Acosta as Labor Secretary earlier today,  following yesterday’s announcement that his original nominee CKE Restaurant CEO Andrew Puzder had withdrawn himself from consideration in the wake of an assortment of scandals. Acosta, 51, who  is currently Dean of Florida International University College of Law and chairman of U.S. Century […]

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Who Will Trump Pick for Labor Secretary?

Andrew Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, withdrew his nomination for Labor Secretary in the wake of bipartisan opposition to his candidacy. Democrats opposed Trump’s selection of Puzder to lead the Labor Department for a variety of reasons including his opposition to minimum wage, allegations of sexual harassment within the food chains and also what […]

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Trump’s National Security Adviser General Mike Flynn Resigns

We now have the first casualty of the Trump Administration. Trump’s National Security Adviser General Mike Flynn resigned. His resignation came after the revelation that the general had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his communications with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States. Apparently, General Flynn had told the administration that he did […]

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Senate Confirms Steve Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary & David Shulkin for VA Secretary

On Monday February 13,  the senate confirmed former Goldman Sachs executive Steve Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary. The 53-47 vote was largely on party lines. Mnuchin, a billionaire came under criticism from democrats for his purchase  of the failing California bank IndyMac from the FDIC in 2008. Mnuchin, who changed the name of the bank to […]

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Remembering Justice Antonin Scalia

It is hard to believe that a whole year has passed since the unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia which happened on February 13, 2016. In this time, much has changed in our country. We have elected a new President Donald J. Trump, who campaigned on the promise that he would appoint supreme […]

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SNL Stoops to New Low with “Fatal Attraction” Skit

Saturday Night Live (SNL) just stooped to a new low with a February 11th  sketch depicting President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway as the Alex Forrest character from the film  “Fatal Attraction” with her stalking CNN’s Jake Tapper in much the same way that Glenn Close stalked Dan, the Michael Douglas character in the […]

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While You Were Sleeping- Tom Price Confirmed as HHS Secretary

While you were sleeping the Senate confirmed Dr. Tom Price as the 23rd Secretary of Health and Human Services.  The vote was 52-47 based on party lines without a single Democrat casting a vote for Price,  an orthopedic surgeon who has served in the House of Representatives in Georgia’s Sixth District since 2005.  Price is […]

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Appeals Court Refuses to Reinstate Trump’s Travel Order

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled 3-0 not to reinstate President Donald Trump’s executive order which bars entrance of individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days. The order also included a 120 day ban on the entrance of refugees.  The ruling of the San Francisco based appeals court effectively upholds the […]

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Now in Session – Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Attorney General

Senator Jeff Sessions,70 years old and  a 20 year veteran of the Senate,  was confirmed as the 84th Attorney General of the United States 52-47 on February 8. The vote was on party lines with only one Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia casting a vote for the Republican from Alabama. Sessions’s confirmation follows weeks […]

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Senator Elizabeth Warren Is Sent Back to Her Seat

In his classic 1934 novel “Tender Is the Night”, a tale of ex-patriots living abroad, F.S. Scott Fitzgerald included a secondary character, Elizabeth “Baby” Warren, the sister-in law of the novel’s  protagonist. Baby Warren was depicted as someone who believed that her wealth and place in society exempted her from following the rules to which […]

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Heavens to Betsy-VP Pence Casts the Tie Breaking Vote for DeVos as Secretary of Education

On Tuesday February 7, 2017, Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie breaking vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education. Pence’s vote which broke the 50/50 tie in the Senate marks the first time in US history that the Vice President was called upon to serve as the deciding vote for […]

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The Fine Line between Funny and Frightful

Saturday Night Live (SNL) is famous for its political sketches which have become a staple of the show which is now in its 42nd year. Every president from Gerald Ford to Donald Trump has been parodied as have many presidential candidates and presidential advisers. Over the course of the past four decades, these SNL political […]

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What a Game-Super Bowl 51 Makes History!

Over the weekend we learned that President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting the entrance of individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days landed in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals  San Francisco following a federal judge from Seattle James Robart filing an order blocking the aforementioned executive order. The administration has until 6 […]

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Trump Signs Executive Order to Undo Dodd-Frank

In addition to firing warning tweets to Iran saying ” Iran is playing with fire – they don’t appreciate how “kind” President Obama was to them. Not me!”, President Donald Trump has been busy signing executive actions and orders on a near daily basis. On Friday February 3, President Trump signed an executive order that […]

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Rex Tillerson Confirmed as Secretary of State

On Wednesday February 1, former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson was sworn as the 69th Secretary of State. The Senate vote of 56-43 represents the highest level of opposition for a Secretary of State in recent history.  The opposition against Tillerson breaks the record held by Henry Clay who in 1825 was confirmed 27-14 for […]

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Donald Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch for The Supreme Court

Many political analysts believe that the appointment of the Supreme Court justice to replace Associate Justice Antonin Scalia who passed away on February 13, 2016 is one of the most important actions of President Donald Trump’s administration. After all, since Scalia’s passing, the Supreme Court has been operating with only eight justices for close to […]

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You’re Fired!-Trump Fires Acting Attorney General Sally Yates

President Donald Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday January 30 after she refused to support the President’s executive order placing a 90 day ban on the entry of individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries. “At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities, nor […]

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Donald Trump Signs Executive Order Limiting Regulations

On Monday January 30, President Donald Trump signed an executive order which reduces federal regulations by requiring federal agencies to eliminate two existing regulations for every new regulation implemented. Regulation categories concerning national security or the military will be exempt from the executive order. The executive order does not require that the repeal of the […]

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Donald Trump’s First Week

It is hard to believe that it has been just one week since Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States. Even Trump’s opponents have to admit that the former real estate magnate and reality television star has gotten a lot accomplished in such a short time frame. Trump’s high level of productivity […]

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Mr. Trump Builds His Wall

On Wednesday January 25, President Donald Trump signed two additional executive orders concerning immigration including directing the construction of a wall around the southern border,  fulfilling his much touted campaign promise. The President also beefed up border security by authorizing the deployment of 5,000 additional border patrol agents and 10,000 additional customs enforcement officers, contingent […]

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Nikki Haley Sworn in as U.N. Ambassador

On Wednesday January 25, 2017 South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations by Vice President Mike Pence. Haley who was viewed as a consensus candidate was confirmed  by the Senate 96-4. “Our new ambassador is living proof of the promise of America,” Pence said  “The daughter of immigrants, […]

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Trump Signs Executive Orders to Greenlight Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines

President Donald Trump had another busy day of signing executive orders including those which restarted the process for developing the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access oil pipelines. He also signed another executive order which called for accelerating the environmental reviews for infrastructure projects. President Trump’s executive order for the Keystone XL pipeline invites TransCanada, the […]

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Mike Pompeo Confirmed as CIA Director

On Monday January 23, 2017 Mike Pompeo, a US congressman from Kansas’s 4th district was confirmed as President Donald Trump’s CIA Director. The Senate vote was 66-32 to in favor of confirmation. The only Republican to oppose Pompeo was former presidential primary candidate Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. Due to poor weather conditions in the […]

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President Trump’s Busy Monday

President Donald Trump hit the ground running on his first Monday in office as America’s 45th President. As he said in his inauguration speech, “The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.” And he certainly has been active, signing six executive orders since Friday including three new ones this morning. […]

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Glamour Returns to The White House

There is no getting around it. The new first lady former super model Melania Trump can stop traffic. While they say that looks don’t matter and that fashion is superficial, there is something special about a pretty first lady with a great sense of style who speaks multiple languages. After all, over fifty years ago […]

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Sean’s Spicy Press Briefing

Newly minted White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivered an unofficial press briefing on January 21 which essentially threw the media for a loop. Spicer came into the press room and before delivering his rundown of  President Donald Trump’s activities of the day and upcoming agenda, he chastised the media for falsely reporting that the […]

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