Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Five things to watch for in Congress this week

2:00 am Dec. 11, 2017

With two weeks until Christmas, the to-do list is a long one for the Congress, as GOP lawmakers try to finish work on a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code, fund the government into 2018, and look to deal with a number of other contentious issues that have eluded lawmakers and the White House, but it’s not clear how much the House and Senate will be able to accomplish

Republicans step up attacks on FBI officials over handling of Clinton, Trump probes

8:29 am Dec. 10, 2017

As Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues his probe of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump, Republicans in the Congress have joined Mr. Trump in stepping up attacks on the FBI, raising questions about political bias inside the top ranks of that agency, an effort that could well form the basis for partisan opposition to the findings of Special Counsel Robert

President Trump gives boost to Roy Moore at Florida rally

8:20 pm Dec. 8, 2017

Just fifteen miles from the Alabama border, President Donald Trump used a campaign rally in Pensacola, Florida on Friday night to make the case for controversial GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore, telling cheering supporters that his administration needs to keep that Senate seat in GOP hands, to insure that Mr. Trump’s agenda can move through the Congress.

“We can’t afford to have a liberal Democrat, who is completely controlled by Nancy

Sen. Al Franken D-MN says he will resign over sexual misconduct allegations

11:02 am Dec. 7, 2017

Accused by multiple women of unwanted sexual advances both before and after he was elected to Congress, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) announced on the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday that he would resign his seat ‘in the coming weeks,’ even as he denied the veracity of the various charges leveled against him.

“Some of the allegations against me are simply not true,” Franken said. “Others I remember very differently.”


Democratic women in Senate lead call for Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) to resign

10:51 am Dec. 6, 2017

With more stories of sexual misconduct surfacing against Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), a group of female Democratic Party Senators on Wednesday publicly called for Franken’s resignation, as they were swiftly joined by other Democrats on Capitol Hill, and the head of the national party, making it clear there was no place in elected office for the embattled Minnesota Democrat. Franken was said to be scheduling an announcement on Thursday.


No easy answers in the search for my voice

4:01 pm Dec. 5, 2017

Over the last 18 months, hardly a day goes by without a listener or reader asking about my health and my voice, and when I will be back on the radio talking about politics, the Congress and President Trump. Even more questions came my way this week after a veteran lawmaker went to the House floor to give a speech about my medical predicament, publicly offering welcome words of encouragement.


Rep. John Conyers D-MI resigns from House; endorses son to replace him

9:49 am Dec. 5, 2017

The firestorm over sexual misconduct claimed the career of the Dean of the U.S. House on Tuesday, as Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), currently the longest-serving member in the House, announced that he would resign from his office, as he immediately endorsed his son, John Conyers III to replace him in the U.S. House.

“I am retiring today,” Conyers said on the Mildred Gattis radio show in Detroit.

Speaking by telephone from a

RNC joins President Trump in backing Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race

9:41 pm Dec. 4, 2017

After shying away from Roy Moore over multiple allegations of past sexual misconduct, national Republicans jumped back into the race for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, as President Donald Trump on Monday publicly endorsed Moore, and the Republican National Committee decided to start spending money again on Moore’s embattled campaign, with one week until a special election in the Yellowhammer State.

“Go get ’em, Roy!” was what Moore said he

“Go get ’em, Roy!” – President Trump endorses Roy Moore for U.S. Senate in Alabama

11:59 am Dec. 4, 2017

A few hours after tweeting out his support for controversial Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, the White House said President Donald Trump called Moore from Air Force One on Monday, making clear his support for Moore’s election bid, putting Mr. Trump squarely at odds with a number of GOP Senators who have said they find Moore to be an unacceptable candidate.

“The President had a positive call with Judge Roy