Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Republicans push ahead on plans for Obamacare repeal in 2017

12:20 pm Dec. 2, 2016

With just over a month until the new Congress convenes on January 3, 2017, House Republicans met behind closed doors at the U.S. Capitol on Friday morning to go over emerging plans to repeal and replace President Obama’s health reform law, as GOP lawmakers vowed to get that job done next year, no matter the legislative hurdles.

“This health care law is spiraling down,” said Rep. Dan Webster (R-FL), as he


Trump, Clinton staffers spar at Harvard post-election event

3:00 am Dec. 2, 2016

Just over three weeks since the November elections, the wounds of Campaign 2016 are clearly still very raw, as arguments and finger pointing broke out this week at a post-election gathering of top aides to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton held at Harvard University.

“We know this is going to be a lively and at some moments difficult session,” said one of the moderators, Dan Balz of the Washington Post.

That turned


Trump celebrates election win with first stops on “Thank You Tour”

8:50 pm Dec. 1, 2016

Bringing back echoes of the 2016 race for the White House, President-Elect Donald Trump used a campaign-style rally in Cincinnati to appeal for unity in the United States, vowing again to follow through on his campaign pledge for change, and to put the interests of America first during a Trump Administration.

“Now is not the time to downsize our dreams, but to set our sights higher than ever before for our


Trump celebrates deal to preserve Carrier jobs in Indiana

3:47 pm Dec. 1, 2016

In his first campaign-style trip since winning the White House, President-Elect Donald Trump used a visit to a Carrier plant in Indianapolis to celebrate a financial deal worked out with the air conditioner giant, declaring it was just his first effort to keep American jobs from being shifted to Mexico and other countries.

“Companies are not going to leave the United States anymore, without consequences” Mr. Trump triumphantly declared.

At Mr.


Odd series of tweets from federal ethics office about Trump business plan

2:26 pm Nov. 30, 2016

Hours after President-Elect Donald Trump announced that he would set out a plan to step away from his family businesses while in the White House, an obscure government ethics office in Washington, D.C., sent out a series of messages to Mr. Trump on Twitter that seemed abnormal for a federal agency, as the tweets repeatedly praised the next President for his yet-to-be-announced moves.

It turned out there was no hack.


Amid some opposition, House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as leader

12:11 pm Nov. 30, 2016

With lingering hard feelings over their party’s failure in the November elections, Democrats in the U.S. House decided not to make a change in direction, voting to keep Rep. Nancy Pelosi as their leader, easily turning aside a challenge from Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio.

The vote was not close, as Pelosi won more than two-thirds of fellow Democrats, with a final margin of 134 to 63.

“Clearly this didn’t turn out


Trump sets December 15 announcement for exit from family businesses

7:43 am Nov. 30, 2016

President-Elect Donald Trump says he will make an announcement in mid-December on how he will shift away from direct control of his businesses interests, in order to “fully focus” on being President of the United States.

“I feel it is visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses,” said Mr. Trump in a series of posts on Twitter this morning.