Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Waste report cites Trump tax break

10:08 pm Nov. 30, 2015

A report on government waste from Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) singled out the Republican leader in the race for President, criticizing the federal government for handing out $40 million to Trump’s company in tax breaks

Congress back for year end push

7:56 pm Nov. 29, 2015

After time at home for a Thanksgiving break, lawmakers in Congress get back to work in Washington, D.C. on Monday, facing a variety of budget decisions that could spark a political showdown before Christmas, and maybe even a government shutdown in less than two weeks.

Among the many issues that might surface on Capitol Hill:

1. Return of the Omnibus – The giant, year-end spending bill that everyone loves to hate will

White House again rejects extra checks on Syrian refugees

2:25 pm Nov. 23, 2015

With the President back from his trip to Asia, the White House wasted no time on Monday in publicly rejecting a plan approved last week by the House that would set up more hurdles for Syrian refugees trying to enter the United States, as officials say it’s not the answer to fighting the Islamic State.

“I think we’ve made a pretty strong case about why what Congress did is not going

VA takes fire for not firing two officials

3:45 pm Nov. 22, 2015

Several weeks after two senior VA officials took the Fifth Amendment and did not answer questions before Congress, lawmakers and veterans groups expressed outrage this weekend as the VA demoted the pair instead of firing them over charges that they wrongly used their positions for personal financial gain.

“This is an insult and disgrace to all veterans,” said Dale Barnett, the head of the American Legion.

“Any promises that VA officials

Feds go to U.S. Supreme Court on Obama immigration actions

11:40 am Nov. 20, 2015

Just over a week after a divided appeals court panel refused to lift an injunction against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, the Obama Administration has formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the

House votes for more checks on Syrian refugees

2:21 pm Nov. 19, 2015

Ignoring a veto threat by President Obama, the House voted on Thursday to add a series of extra checks for refugees from Syria and Iraq who are trying to enter the United States, as almost

White House threatens veto of GOP bill on Syrian refugees

6:49 pm Nov. 18, 2015

In a further escalation of the partisan battle over the American response to terror attacks by the Islamic State, the White House on Wednesday issued a formal veto threat against a Republican plan to toughen security checks on Syrian refugees coming into the United States, arguing it would not provide any “meaningful additional security.”

“Given the lives at stake and the critical importance to our partners in the Middle East and

Bobby Jindal drops out of GOP race

9:32 pm Nov. 17, 2015

Unable to break through in the race for the Republican nomination for President, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana gave up on his bid for the White House on Tuesday, as the winnowing of the GOP field continued, with two and half months until the Iowa Caucus.

“I cannot tell you what an honor it has been to run for President of the United States of America,” Jindal said in a statement