Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

With retirement of acting chief, NASA finds itself in leadership limbo

4:00 am Mar. 17, 2018

After operating for more than a year with a temporary chief, NASA faces an unprecedented leadership bind as its acting Administrator announced this week that he would retire at the end of April, with no hint that the Senate will vote by then on President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the space agency.

“It has been a long process but we are optimistic that the vote will come soon,” said Sheryl

Trump scrambles gun debate by backing Democratic proposals

3:00 am Mar. 1, 2018

President Donald Trump on Wednesday muddled the debate on guns and how best to respond to the recent mass shooting at a high school in Florida, as in a meeting with lawmakers from both parties at the White House, he readily embraced a series of gun proposals that have drawn the support of Democrats, and the opposition of many Republicans and the National Rifle Association.

“I’ve been here for a little

No easy road to a deal in Congress on DACA, Dreamers, and immigration

3:00 am Jan. 24, 2018

The White House on Tuesday staked out a hard line on immigration negotiations in the Congress, as lawmakers in both parties tried to sort out how best to reach an agreement by February 8 to deal with nearly 700,000 thousand illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, under the Obama Administration’s DACA program.

“I’d like to leave no doubt as to where the President stands on the

Five reasons why $1 trillion deficits may not be far away for Uncle Sam

4:00 am Jan. 13, 2018

It wasn’t that long ago that Republicans denounced four consecutive yearly deficits of over $1 trillion during the Obama Administration, but now that the GOP is fully in charge of the White House and Congress, it’s possible the deficit may be heading back into the territory of that very large figure.

The federal deficit in 2017 was $666 billion; the Congressional Budget Office estimates it will be $699 billion in 2018,

Pushing for border wall, Trump to meet with Senators on immigration policy

3:00 am Jan. 9, 2018

With little progress to show from negotiations in Congress on the future fate of illegal immigrant “Dreamers” in the United States, President Donald Trump will meet at the White House with lawmakers of both parties on Tuesday, as he continues to say the Congress must approve billions of dollars to build a wall along the Mexican border, and approve significant immigration enforcement actions in exchange for any Dreamers deal.

“We are

Trump to address farm conference, attend college football championship game

3:00 am Jan. 8, 2018

In his first foray into the arena of agricultural policy, President Donald Trump goes to Tennessee on Monday to address a convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation, as the White House says Mr. Trump will outline ideas on how best to spur new economic growth in rural areas of the United States, which have not shared in recent job gains.

“While other sectors of the American economy have largely recovered