Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

More Deficit Action

9:15 pm Nov. 30, 2010

A special bipartisan panel on the budget deficit set up by President Obama will lay out its plans today, even though the top Democrat and Republican on the commission admit their plan probably won’t gain the support of fellow members. “At least we got two votes,” said former Sen. Alan …

One Month Left

9:12 pm Nov. 30, 2010

As expected, there was no puff of smoke from the White House signaling a deal on the Bush tax cuts, as lawmakers and the President basically agreed to start negotiations on a possible deal. “The question is, can we find the common ground that the American people expect us to …

The Left Simmers

8:33 pm Nov. 29, 2010

President Obama’s plan for a two year freeze on the salaries of federal workers won praise from Republicans, a wary reaction from Democrats and outrage from liberals in the blogosphere. “Millions of Americans are out of work, and many are tightening their belts; Federal employees must be no different,” said …

White House Meeting

8:32 pm Nov. 29, 2010

It’s showtime at the White House today, as President Obama sits down with leaders of both parties to discuss the Bush tax cuts and more on the agenda of the Lame Duck Congress. While Democratic leaders in the Congress have been refusing to talk about any deal-making with the GOP …

Senate-Food Safety

9:25 pm Nov. 28, 2010

The headline out of the U.S. Senate this evening should be the approval of a major food safety bill, which seems to have gathered enough bipartisan support to assure its passage.

Lame Duck Return

9:24 pm Nov. 28, 2010

Congress is back in session today, with the days already dwindling for deal-making on a host of very political issues, topped by the Bush tax cuts, which expire at year’s end. If you look at the calendar, Christmas is four weeks from Saturday.  So, even if lawmakers are in session …

Welcome Back Chief

8:53 pm Nov. 23, 2010

For well over a year, there has been a vacant spot on the wall outside the visitor’s galleries of the House of Representatives.  That finally changed on Tuesday morning. I had finished a bunch of work for the Thanksgiving holiday, when I decided to run over to the House office …

More On TSA Checks

5:33 pm Nov. 23, 2010

The current head of airline security says one reason why the feds waited to start stepped-up airport security procedures may have been due to delays in the selection of a TSA Director.  In a conference call with reporters, TSA Chief John Pistole was asked why the extra pat-downs at airports …

TSA Security Checks

8:38 pm Nov. 22, 2010

In discussing the recent complaints about stepped-up airport security checks, I have said on the radio that maybe there was new intelligence indicating a threat.  Evidently, that is not the case. “It’s not just something that started a week or so ago,” said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, alluding …

Off To Kokomo

6:15 pm Nov. 22, 2010

On Tuesday, President Obama and Vice President Biden go to Kokomo, Indiana, where they will tout gains under the controversial economic stimulus law. The White House issued the following “background” press release on the Obama-Biden trip.  You can review the Obama Administration claims and leave your own review of the …