Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

White House: No more answers to Russia questions at daily briefings

2:54 pm May. 31, 2017

After tangling with reporters for the past few months about the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer set out new guidelines on Wednesday, telling news organizations that questions about the matter would no longer be entertained at the daily news briefing.

“We are focused on the President’s agenda,” Spicer said.


“Going forward, all questions on these matters will be referred to outside counsel

VA Secretary says Congress must help fix “broken” system for veterans

12:13 pm May. 31, 2017

Despite previous efforts to overhaul operations at veterans health facilities nationwide, VA Secretary David Shulkin said Wednesday that the Congress needs to step in again to insure that veterans can swiftly get the medical care they need, and to insure that poor performing employees can be drummed out of the VA when necessary.

“Our accountability processes are clearly broken,” Shulkin said in the White House Briefing Room, rattling off examples for

White House blasts Russia reporting, focuses on Trump trip

2:14 pm May. 30, 2017

In the first business day at the White House since President Trump returned from a nine day foreign trip, Trump Administration officials rattled off a list of achievements from his stops in the Mideast and Europe, as the President once more used Twitter to take the press to task for writing more stories about ties between the 2016 Trump Campaign and Russia.

“Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S. &

Congress already squeezed by its 2017 calendar

8:02 pm May. 29, 2017

While the calendar says we are days away from the month of June, Republicans in Congress are feeling some pressure over their legislative agenda for 2017, as time is already growing short for GOP efforts

Trump quickly finds voice on Twitter after returning from foreign trip

7:34 pm May. 28, 2017

Back after a nine day overseas trip, President Donald Trump returned to a familiar plan of operations on Sunday, as he used Twitter to jab at his critics and the news media, vowing to push ahead on his legislative agenda in the Congress, and making clear he wants a crack down on leaks from the U.S. Government.

“Just returned from Europe. Trip was a great success for America. Hard work but

Senate Republicans head home still searching for health care deal

11:29 pm May. 25, 2017

As lawmakers trooped out of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday and headed home until early June, Senate Republicans told reporters they were making progress, but were still nowhere near finalizing a deal on a major overhaul of the Obama health law.

“Doing nothing is not an option,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), as top Republicans tried to project a feeling that the GOP is making some headway in making changes to

Trump orders investigation of leaks related to Manchester terror attack

9:59 am May. 25, 2017

After an outcry from the British government, President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered an internal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department, to find out who leaked information about the probe into this week’s terrorist attack in England, saying those responsible for the leaks should be “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

“The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling,” the President said in a statement issued