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Bob Agnew

Reporting from Capitol Hill, Bob Agnew has updates on what’s going on in the Senate.

President Biden, Republicans Exchange Barbs During State of The Union Address

Wed, Feb 8, 2023 at 12:05 am

The gloves came off at times during the president’s State of the Union address. Bob Agnew reports.

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Republicans Reject Biden Claim He’s Tough On Defense

Wed, Feb 8, 2023 at 12:02 am

Republicans disputed claims by President Biden in his State of the Union address that he’s strong of defense. Bob Agnew reports.

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Dem Congressman Urges Compromise With GOP On Police Reform

Sat, Feb 4, 2023 at 12:53 pm
The FOURTH highest ranking House Democrat is urging his party to compromise with Republicans on a police reform bill. Representative James Clyburn [D-S.C.] told the Washington Post “There’s no perfect bill.” -Quote-“ “To keep trying to get the perfect piece of legislation rather than a good piece of legislation — I just don’t know if that’s a good thing to do.”
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Southwest COO To Appear Before Senate Cmte Over Christmas meltdown

Fri, Feb 3, 2023 at 5:28 pm
The COO of Southwest Airlines will testify next week before a senate committee looking into massive flight delays around the Christmas holiday. Andrew Watterson will appear next Thursday before the Senate Commerce Transportation and Space Committee. The hearing—titled “ “Strengthening Airline Operations and Consumer Protections,” —will delve into the causes of massive delays and cancellations that impacted thousands of Christmas travelers. The problems were most pronounced at Southwest, which cancelled some 17,000 flights , leaving passengers stranded—sometimes for days—at airports around the country.
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Sen. Hawley Calls For Homeland Investigation Into Balloon, Biden Response

Fri, Feb 3, 2023 at 4:53 pm
Republican senator Josh Hawley is calling for an investigation into President’s Biden’s response to the discovery of a Chinese spy balloon over Montana.  In a letter to committee chairman Democrat senator Gary Peters Hawley writes “We have an obligation to obtain a full understanding of the surveillance that the Chinese government is currently conducting”, and what he calls the Biden administration’s “baffling response thus far”.
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House Votes To Oust Omar From Foreign Affairs Committee

Thu, Feb 2, 2023 at 4:39 pm

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s anti-semitic comments have cost her a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. House Republicans voted to oust the Somali-born Muslim lawmaker after her past comments critical of Israel, and comparing the U.S. military terrorist groups like Hamas and the Taliban. It was also a response by the new Republican majority after Democrats booted some conservative Republicans from committees in the last Congress. The Minnesota Democrat has apologized for comments that she has said she later came to understand were anti-semitic.

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FBI Finds No Classified Documents At Biden’s Vacation Home

Wed, Feb 1, 2023 at 4:44 pm

The FBI has searched President Joe Biden’s Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, home as part of its investigation into the potential mishandling of classified documents.  Biden’s attorney says that agents didn’t find any classified documents during the Wednesday search, but did take some handwritten notes and other materials relating to Biden’s time as vice president for review.

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McDonald’s Reports Stronger Sales In Fourth Quarter

Tue, Jan 31, 2023 at 4:38 pm

Adult Happy Meals and other limited-time promotions boosted traffic at McDonald’s restaurants during the fourth quarter despite higher prices. The company says global same-store sales __ or sales at stores open at least a year __ rose 12.6% in the October-December period. That beat Wall Street’s expectations. U.S. sales soared in October after McDonald’s launched adult Happy Meals featuring limited-edition toys designed by the streetwear brand Cactus Plant Flea Market. But McDonald’s warned that higher prices for food, labor and energy will weigh on its operating margins this year, especially in the U.S. and Europe.

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Former Twitter Executives To Testify Before House Oversight Panel

Mon, Jan 30, 2023 at 5:32 pm

Former Twitter executives are scheduled to testify next month on the company’s role in stifling a story about Hunter Biden’s laptop in the weeks before the 2020 election. The former executives will testify before the House House Oversight and Accountability Committee.

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China Warns House Speaker McCarthy Not To Visit Taiwan

Mon, Jan 30, 2023 at 5:08 pm

China is urging House Speaker Kevin McCarthy [R-CA] not to visit Taiwan. Reports have surfaced that the new House Speaker plans to visit the island later this year. The planned trip comes even as the House—under new Republican leadership—launches it’s Select Committee on China—A committee McCarthy promises will “expose and fight against the Chinese Communist Party’s cyber, trade, and military threats against America.”

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GOP Senators Vow No Debt Hike Without Spending Cuts

Mon, Jan 30, 2023 at 3:37 pm
More than TWENTY Republican senators are warning President Biden they won’t vote to hike the debt-ceiling unless the deal includes genuine spending cuts to address the nation’s $31-TRILLION dollar debt.  The senators have signed o to a letter penned by Utah’s fiscal conservative senator Mike Lee, and Ted Budd of North Carolina and sent to President Biden. It states that Republican policy is that no debt-limit hike will be approved without federal spending cuts, or what the letter calls “meaningful structural reform in spending.”
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Senator Lindsey Graham Sees Room For Compromise On Qualified Immunity

Mon, Jan 30, 2023 at 2:17 pm
Senator Lindsey Graham [R-SC] says he sees some room for compromise on the issue of ‘qualified immunity’ for police officers, in the wake of the police killing of Tyre Nichols in Memphis. Senator Graham took to twitter to address the controversial policy that offers broad protections for officers from liabilities in civil lawsuits. “ “I oppose civil lawsuits against individual officers,” he tweets, but “ holding police departments accountable makes sense and they should face liability for the misconduct of their officers.”
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Sales, Inflation Rate Indicate Rate Hikes Slowing Economy

Fri, Jan 27, 2023 at 11:33 am

It’s the latest evidence that the Fed’s series of interest rate hikes is slowing the economy. Prices rose 5% last month compared to the previous year, DOWN from the 5.5% year-over-year increase seen in November. It was the third straight drop.

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Senator Manchin Seeks To Delay New EV Tax Credits

Wed, Jan 25, 2023 at 1:45 pm
The tax credits are a key feature in President Biden’s landmark climate law, but Manchin says the administration is trying to bypass a requirement that big portions of the needed batteries be made in North America. Manchin says the climate bill -passed as the Inflation Reduction Act -“is first and foremost and energy security bill.” Manchin says circumventing the battery production requirement nullifies the tax credits. He says their purpose was to grow domestic manufacturing, and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign supply chains.
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McCarthy Says Santos Will Be Removed If He Broke The Law

Wed, Jan 25, 2023 at 1:15 pm

McCarthy says Santos’ political fate lies in the hands of the House Ethics Committee. The speaker says despite Santos’ alleged string of falsehoods during the campaign he was elected by the voters in his New York District and that it would violate the constitution for House leaders to bar him from serving. Everything changes, McCarthy says, if the Ethics Panels determines he has committed crimes.

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Inventors Group Opposes Issa To Chair Intellectual Property Subcommittee

Wed, Jan 25, 2023 at 11:43 am
Randy Landreneau with US Inventor says Issa’s a bad fit to chair the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property. He says Issa has supported Big Tech in recent years as companies used the America Invents Act to chip away at small inventors and discourage innovation.
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49% Of NY Republicans Say Santos Should Step Down Over Lies

Tue, Jan 24, 2023 at 3:30 pm
Nearly half of Republicans responding to a Sienna College Research poll say Santos should step down over charges his campaign was riddled with lies and that he may be guilty of campaign fundraising violations. 49% of Republicans say Santos should resign, only 26% say he should keep his job. Oddly more Democrats-20%-than Republicans-15%-share a favorable view of Santos. He’s been brushing off reporters questions saying only that he’s focused now on serving the American people.
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SD Gov. Noem Blames Phone Hack On Jan. 6th Committee

Tue, Jan 24, 2023 at 3:24 pm
Noem says her personal number was hacked following the release of her—and her family’s- personal data —including her Social Security number—by the Democrat’s January 6th Committee. In a statement she writes “Callous mishandling of personal information has real world consequences.” Earlier this month the committee posted online some 2000 Social Security numbers of former president Trump’s closest allies —including cabinet members and Republican governors. Noem has asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate the leak.
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GOP Sen. Hawley Names Lawmaker Stock Trading Ban After Pelosi

Tue, Jan 24, 2023 at 3:20 pm
Hawley’s bill renews what has been a failed effort at passing legislation to severely restrict lawmakers from trading stocks. He had a little fun with the name, leaving no doubt who inspired the bill—calling it the Pelosi Act — or the Preventing Elected Leaders from Owning Securities and Investments Act. Last year Pelosi’s husband Paul sold off millions in shares of a computer chipmaker…just as the House prepared to take a vote focused on domestic chip manufacturing.
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AZ Democrat Rep. Gallego to Run For Sinema’s Senate Seat In 2024

Mon, Jan 23, 2023 at 1:42 pm
Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego has announced hell challenge independent U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in 2024. He becomes the first candidate to jump into the race and setting up a potential threeway contest.
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Most Voters Prefer Partial Shutdown To Higher Spending, Says Rasmussen Poll

Mon, Jan 23, 2023 at 1:30 pm

Most Americans responding to a new Rasmussen poll say they favor a government shutdown to raising the nation’s debt-limit.  56% of likely U.S. voters tell Rasmussen they prefer a partial  shutdown until Congress can agree to cut, or at least freeze spending at current levels. Only 34% say they would rather authorize more spending to avoid a shutdown.

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McCarthy, Biden Commit To Talks On raising Debt Limit

Mon, Jan 23, 2023 at 11:33 am
After the White House said Friday the president was looking forward to meeting with McCarthy, thr Speaker tweeted: “President Biden: I accept your invitation to sit down and discuss a responsible debt ceiling increase to address irresponsible government spending. I look forward to our meeting.” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said it’s time for Congress to “do their duty” and raise the debt limit. McCarthy is holding firm on a commitment to demand spending cuts.
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Democrat Senator Durbin Says Docs Scandal Weakens Biden

Mon, Jan 23, 2023 at 11:30 am
Senator Dick Durbin [D-Ill] told CNN when classified information is found in the wrong place it “diminishes the stature of any person who is in possession of it, because it’s not supposed to happen.”  Senator Durbin says it matters not whether the mishandling may have been the mistake of a staffer or an attorney, but says “The elected official bears ultimate responsibility.”
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Manchin Won’t Rule Out Running For Re-election Under Different Party

Mon, Jan 23, 2023 at 11:25 am
When asked about his political fortunes on Sunday Manchin [D-WV] refused to rule out running for re-election to the Senate under a different party in 2024, or even a run for the White House. The only thing Manchin rules out is a run for West Virginia governor, a job he held from 2005 to 2010. He also leveled some criticism as President Biden saying that on some issues he being he’s being pulled too far to the Left.
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