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Richard Cowan
DeVos appointed lobbyists at Department of Education

Confirmed: Pence’s Unprecedented Tie-Breaking Vote Gives DeVos The Edge

President Trump’s choice of billionaire Betsy DeVos to be education secretary was confirmed by the Senate, but only after Vice President Pence was called in to break a tie that threatened to defeat her. The tie-breaking vote, which Senate officials said was unprecedented to confirm a president’s Cabinet nominee, came after two Republicans joined with 46 Democrats and two independents in opposition to DeVos.

February 7, 2017
Koch Brothers

Even The Koch Brothers Are Lobbying Against The Republican Border Tax Plan

Besides defying Republican leaders on the border tax, the Koch-led organization on Sunday challenged Trump on a policy he implemented on Friday to stop the movement of people from countries with large Muslim populations from traveling to the United States.

January 30, 2017
Congress

The New Republican Majority In Congress Lays Groundwork For Trump Era

As the Republican-led U.S. Congress begins a new session, it will start laying plans for enacting President-elect Donald Trump’s agenda of tax cuts, repeal of Obamacare, and the rollback of financial and environmental regulations.

January 3, 2017
Congressional

New U.S. Congress Prepares To Undo Obamacare, Weigh Trump Picks

Despite his promise to unite a deeply divided country, Trump will be sworn in on Jan. 20 leading a Republican Party that early on will push legislation through Congress without significant – or any – Democratic support.

January 2, 2017
Trump, Sprint, Jobs

Trump Again Tries To Pass Off New Sprint Jobs As His Own Deal (It’s Not)

Donald Trump bragged about his newest “deal” saying Sprint Corp and a U.S. satellite company OneWeb will bring 8,000 jobs to the United States; however, the companies said the positions were part of a previously disclosed pledge by Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp before the election.

December 29, 2016
Trump, Russian Sanctions, Hacking

Asked About Russian Sanctions, Trump Says ‘We Ought To Get On With Our Lives’

Asked by reporters if the U.S. should sanction Russia, Trump replied: “I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what’s going on.”

December 28, 2016
Infrastructure, Road, Trump

Trump’s Infrastructure Splurge On A Collision Course With Skilled Labor Crunch

Infrastructure projects need highly trained workers, such as heavy equipment operators and iron specialists. But as a result of the 2008 recession, which caused an estimated 25 percent of construction jobs to vanish, their ranks have thinned.

December 19, 2016
Paul Ryan re-election, Trumpcare

House Speaker Ryan Won’t Defend Or Campaign For Trump

Ryan told an emergency meeting of fellow Republican lawmakers that he would neither defend Trump nor campaign with him in the coming 30 days, the time remaining to the Nov. 8 presidential and congressional elections, but would focus on protecting Republican majorities in Congress.

October 10, 2016
Former Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks to reporters as he arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 6, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

Republicans’ Congress Lull Could Impede A Clinton Presidency

Republicans in Congress are planning a light legislative agenda as they return from their long summer break on Tuesday, a strategy some say is designed in part to bog down Hillary Clinton if she becomes president. It is not uncommon for the Congress to take it slow in an election year and legislative delays could work in Republicans’ favor if their nominee Donald Trump takes the White House in November.

September 6, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump waves goodbye as he leaves the stage after his wife Melania concluded her remarks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Trump Hovers Over McCain, Rubio Senate Re-Election Races

Republican voters in Arizona and Florida are expected to pick Senators John McCain and Marco Rubio as their respective U.S. Senate nominees when they go to the polls on Tuesday, but one name not on either ballot, Donald Trump, looms large.

August 30, 2016