Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Power of the Purse: “None of the Funds”

1:26 am Dec. 22, 2015

When you take a deep dive into the giant, year-end measure approved by Congress last Friday that will fund the operations of the federal government for the rest of this fiscal year, the details of that “Omnibus” bill reveal hundreds of spending restrictions that will be slapped on the Executive Branch in terms of how your tax dollars are spent.

“None of the funds,” is the phrase to look for in

Clinton takes general election approach in debate

10:33 pm Dec. 19, 2015

Steering around verbal challenges from two fellow Democrats on stage, Hillary Clinton spent a good deal of time framing her message like she was already her party’s nominee for President, tweaking Donald Trump and arguing that a Republican win next year would bring a series of negative changes by the GOP.

“This is a watershed election,” Clinton said at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, New Hampshire, in a debate sponsored by

Obama optimistic about final year in office

5:16 pm Dec. 18, 2015

In a year-end news conference at the White House, President Obama said he was optimistic about what he might be able to achieve in 2016, his last full year in office, as he vowed not to let his lame duck status block action on a variety of legislative goals.

“Since taking this office, I’ve never been more optimistic about a year ahead than I am right now,” the President told reporters

Bush, Super PAC take aim at Trump

6:20 pm Dec. 17, 2015

After getting under the skin of Donald Trump at this week’s Republican debate, Jeb Bush and his political allies seem ready to keep jabbing at the leader in the GOP race for President, as an outside political group allied with the former Florida Governor has issued a new ad aimed at Trump.

“One candidate tough enough to take on the bully,” the ad begins, showing what may have been Bush’s best

House easily approves year-end tax bill

2:10 pm Dec. 17, 2015

Moving to wrap up work for the year, the House on Thursday afternoon easily approved an over $600 billion tax bill, as lawmakers set up votes on Friday on a mammoth spending bill to fund the operations of the federal government.

“This is a good bill,” said Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) of the tax extenders legislation. “This is an amazing bill.”

The plan would renew – and in some cases make

Christie, Paul again fall short in delegate slates

10:47 pm Dec. 16, 2015

From Las Vegas, Nevada

While New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) were trying to boost their fortunes at this week’s Republican debate, their political organizations were again falling short in the work to submit full delegate slates for GOP primary contests in 2016, this time in a state that is often key to the election for President.

“Chris Christie fails to file full delegate slate in Ohio,” read

Quick takes on the GOP debate in Las Vegas

10:07 pm Dec. 15, 2015

From Las Vegas, Nevada

Nine Republicans on the main CNN debate stage in Las Vegas sparred for two hours on Tuesday night over an array of issues, differing over how best to defend the United States from terrorist attacks and which GOP hopeful would be the best to take up that mantle as President.

Here’s a quick look at what went on in the debate on the Las Vegas Strip:

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Trump says he’s ready for GOP debate attacks

1:01 am Dec. 15, 2015

From Las Vegas, Nevada

On the eve of the fifth Republican debate, Donald Trump drew loud cheers from several thousand supporters at a Vegas rally, as the GOP frontrunner predicted that he would again be the

Trump takes aim at Cruz before GOP debate

7:57 pm Dec. 13, 2015

With two new polls over the weekend showing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) leading the Republican race in Iowa, Donald Trump for the first time moved to rebuff his GOP rival, labeling him a “little bit

Trump sends warning shot at Cruz

7:52 am Dec. 11, 2015

A day after remarks by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that were mildly critical of Donald Trump were leaked from a private New York fundraiser, the GOP frontrunner fired a verbal shot across the bow of his rising GOP challenger, possibly signaling a new chapter in the Republican race for President.

With Cruz rising in the polls – and even leading in one from Iowa this week – Trump made clear that