Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Under New Management

9:08 pm Nov. 30, 2008

While President Elect Barack Obama’s choices for economic leadership posts in his administration are certainly important, one cannot assume that someone his time in office will be devoid of national security struggles. And that is why today’s announcement by Obama of his National Security team will get so much attention, …

The Fight For 60 In The Senate

8:54 pm Nov. 30, 2008

The big story on the campaign trail today is in Georgia, where Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will stump for incumbent GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who faces a Tuesday runoff election, one of two unfinished Senate races in 2008. Chambliss faces Democrat Jim Martin, who hopes to spin an upset and …

The Economy Remains Job One

7:53 pm Nov. 30, 2008

While the terrorist attacks in India grabbed the headlines over Thanksgiving, the holiday season in DC will mainly feature more public hand wringing about the economy. How much action Washington politicians will take is still in doubt. This week, the Big Three automakers will submit their much ballyhooed plan to …

Happy Thanksgiving

10:00 pm Nov. 25, 2008

I’m taking a few days off, so I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Washington Transactions

7:39 pm Nov. 24, 2008

One of my favorite parts of the Sports page in the newspaper has always been the small type where “Transactions” are listed, like someone being cut, a player being signed, etc. We might have the start the same thing for the U.S. Congress and the Bush Administration pretty soon based …

More Bailout Fatigue

6:06 pm Nov. 24, 2008

With Congress out of town, there was hardly any action on the ole Blackberry on Monday about the latest infusion of Uncle Sam’s money into Citigroup, as the feds tried to save the giant company from going down the tubes. “Taxpayers are taking an enormous risk for a small share …

More Obama Q&A Today

5:12 pm Nov. 24, 2008

I know it probably won’t last, but it is nice to see Barack Obama taking questions in a formal setting, even if he isn’t President yet. President Bush has not held a formal news conference since July, which is unfortunate, because it means that my colleagues and I are forced …

A Power Vacuum In Washington, D.C.

10:21 pm Nov. 23, 2008

Did you know where President Bush was this weekend?  I’m sure most of you didn’t really care whether he was in DC or not. The President was at an Asia-Pacific Summit in Peru.  You probably didn’t guess that. There was so little interest in the trip from reporters evidently that …

Obama Unveils His Economic Team

9:26 pm Nov. 23, 2008

Six months ago, during the heart of the Democratic Primary, not many would have believed that the choice of Treasury Secretary would rank among the most important decisions of the next President. But that choice will be the first Cabinet selection unveiled by President-Elect Obama, as he names his economic …

I Certainly Was Wrong

9:08 pm Nov. 23, 2008

I’ll take my medicine front and center on this one.  I still can’t believe that Barack Obama is going to pick Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State.  Even Bob Woodward thought it was some kind of Cheech and Chong moment at Team Obama. “Being president is about control, and …