Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

White House details on State of the Union

8:17 pm Jan. 20, 2015

As President Obama gave Congress his State of the Union Address, the White House released a lengthy explanation of his legislative plans for 2015, as he for the first time encounters a Congress that is completely controlled by Republicans.

The following was compiled by and provided by the White House to news organizations.


Office of the Press Secretary


January 20, 2015


Middle Class Economics for the 21st Century – Helping

President Obama’s State of the Union

7:50 pm Jan. 20, 2015

Here is the prepared text of President Obama’s State of the Union Address as distributed by the White House press office to reporters.

Usually, the White House has an embargo on the speech text until the President begins his remarks; but this time, officials released it about 20 minutes early, posting it on the web as soon as it was delivered to news organizations.

What was also interesting was how the White

Obama readies State of the Union

4:06 pm Jan. 19, 2015

As President Obama goes before Congress on Tuesday night for his annual State of the Union Address, most of what he says won’t be a big surprise, as the White House has aggressively laid out new plans in recent weeks, looking to put Republicans on the defensive with a variety of proposals.

” I’m going to focus on how we can build on the progress we’ve already made and help more

GOP sets 2016 debate schedule

1:18 pm Jan. 16, 2015

Trying to better manage their party’s bid for the White House, Republican Party leaders set out plans for a series of GOP candidate debates, starting in August of 2015 in Ohio, the state where the GOP will hold its nominating convention in 2016.

“By constructing and instituting a sound debate process, it will allow candidates to bring their ideas and vision to Americans in a timely and efficient way,” said GOP

Feds report jump in health insurance signups

11:16 am Jan. 15, 2015

With a month left in the enrollment period for the Obama health law, new numbers for the 37 states that use the federal exchange show an increase from every state in the number of people signing up for health insurance coverage.

“Nearly 6.8 million Americans have access to quality, affordable health coverage for 2015 through the Federally Facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

That’s a number that does not

GOP rebukes Obama on immigration

11:44 am Jan. 14, 2015

Following through on a pledge they made to voters in 2014, Republicans in the House approved a plan on Wednesday that rolls back recent executive actions on immigration by President Obama and removes protections instituted

A maiden speech for four freshmen

9:47 pm Jan. 13, 2015

For those outside of the Congress, there probably isn’t much difference in how they regard the U.S. House and Senate, but inside the halls of the Capitol, they are two very different animals, with much

Hackers grab US military Twitter feed

12:23 pm Jan. 12, 2015

Twitter suspended the account of the U.S. military’s Central Command, after hackers claiming to be working for Islamic State militants appeared to take control of the social media feed today, posting information on American military

House GOP moves on immigration

1:34 pm Jan. 11, 2015

In this second week of the 114th Congress, Republicans will move a bill that funds U.S. immigration activities, but restricts the use of federal dollars to implement President Obama’s recent executive actions which will allow

Story lines from the new Congress

7:55 pm Jan. 8, 2015

The first week of business for the 114th Congress was a reminder of the many political cross currents that lawmakers in both parties face. Here’s a look at just a few of those story lines I found this week in the halls of Congress.

Dan Webster of Florida

Before Tuesday, I was one of the few reporters who had any reason to chase after Rep. Dan Webster (R-FL), but after he