Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Obama: I’ll act on my own on immigration

9:27 pm Jun. 30, 2014

Frustrated by a lack of action in the House on immigration reform legislation, President Obama lashed out at Republicans in Congress on Monday, vowing to use his executive powers to make unilateral changes in U.S. immigration policy matters.

“I’m beginning a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can – without Congress,” the President said, as he slammed Speaker John Boehner and other Republicans for not

Supreme Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby

11:53 am Jun. 30, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday that certain closely held, for profit businesses can opt out of the birth control coverage mandate under the Obama health law, ruling that such firms cannot be forced to violate the religious views of their owners.

“Today’s decision is a landmark decision for religious freedom,” said Laurie Windham, one of the lead lawyers for the Oklahoma based arts and crafts store Hobby Lobby, whose owners

White House report slams “corrosive culture” at VA

8:35 am Jun. 28, 2014

The White House piled on to recent attacks on the quality of care for veterans at the VA, issuing a report late Friday that bluntly said the health care arm of the VA “needs to be restructured and reformed,” giving new impetus to efforts in Congress to make dramatic changes in VA operations.

“A corrosive culture has led to personnel problems across the Department that are seriously impacting morale and, by

Supreme Court rebukes Obama on recess appointments

10:58 am Jun. 26, 2014

In a victory for Senate Republicans and a major legal defeat for the White House, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court found that President Obama wrongly installed several members of the National Labor Relations Board, ruling that the appointments were not made when the Senate was truly on recess.

“Because the Senate was in session during its pro forma sessions,” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for the court, “the President lacked the authority

Emails go missing at the EPA

5:35 pm Jun. 25, 2014

Congressional investigators have run into another example of missing emails, this time at the Environmental Protection Agency, as federal officials tried to assure lawmakers they were doing all they could to extract data from the failed computer hard drive of a former employee.

“We may have some emails that we cannot produce that we should have kept,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who sparred repeatedly with Republicans at a House Oversight

GOP Establishment strikes back in Mississippi

6:41 am Jun. 25, 2014

All the stars seemed aligned for Tea Party and more conservative groups in the Magnolia State, as they prepared for a GOP runoff victory against veteran Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) – but when the votes were counted in Mississippi, the GOP Establishment had chalked up another 2014 victory on the road to November.

“Congrats to Thad Cochran on his victory tonight!” tweeted Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who is one of a

What to watch in Tuesday’s primaries

2:00 am Jun. 24, 2014

Two weeks ago, voters unceremoniously dumped the House Majority Leader, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), and Tuesday’s primaries and runoffs give voters the chance to turn out another incumbent member of the Congress (or two) in one more step on the road to the 2014 November elections.

Here are some thumbnails on what to watch for around the nation, as the votes are counted in Colorado, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, New York, South

IRS chief spars with GOP on Tea Party probe

11:52 am Jun. 20, 2014

A U.S. House hearing on missing emails at the Internal Revenue Service on the targeting of conservative groups turned into a bare-knuckled verbal political brawl, as Republicans accused the IRS chief of misleading Congress and Democrats mocked the GOP for spinning sinister conspiracy theories. “I don’t think an apology is …

Obama shuns military strikes against militants in Iraq

3:52 pm Jun. 19, 2014

After a lengthy meeting with his national security team, President Obama said the United States is prepared to take “targeted” military action to stop the advance of extremist Sunni militans, but Mr. Obama said for now the emphasis will be on providing intelligence and other support to the Iraqi government. …

Congress: More IRS emails are missing

9:22 pm Jun. 17, 2014

The questions only increased on Tuesday about missing emails at the Internal Revenue Service, as Republicans charged that not only are emails missing for ex-IRS official Lois Lerner, but also for a half dozen other IRS workers who seemed to play a part in extra scrutiny for more conservative groups …