Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Debate rules could shrink GOP stage

4:48 pm Sep. 30, 2015

The qualifying criteria for the third Republican debate could mean a smaller field for that October 28 GOP gathering, as CNBC says candidates must get at least 3 percent on average in national polls to

Boehner opponents search for House leader

9:43 pm Sep. 29, 2015

Instead of using the resignation of Speaker John Boehner as a springboard for a leadership shakeup, more conservative Republican lawmakers in Congress are struggling to find any candidate that they can rally behind, leaving them on the sidelines during this major leadership scramble.

“This is a very critical time,” said Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), who readily acknowledged the lack of conservative candidates for GOP leadership posts in the House.

“I haven’t heard

Conservatives not running in race to replace Boehner

9:38 pm Sep. 28, 2015

While more conservative GOP lawmakers in the House celebrated the decision of Speaker John Boehner to leave his post, those same Tea Party lawmakers readily acknowledged that they are passing on the idea of trying to elect one of their own fellow conservatives as Boehner’s replacement, or even to fill another expected opening for a top Republican leadership post in the House.

“This has never been about making the conservatives the

Trump releases details of his tax plan

12:04 pm Sep. 28, 2015

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump on Monday rolled out his plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code, saying he would slash rates for individuals and businesses, while at the same time getting rid of deductions and

Can Tea Party take charge post-Boehner?

9:54 pm Sep. 27, 2015

The surprise announcement by Speaker John Boehner that he will resign in late October is a victory for Tea Party forces who wanted major change within the GOP in Congress, but it certainly does not guarantee that more conservative Republicans can play kingmaker, or that the GOP leadership team in the House will be any different in the future.

As of now, all signs point to Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as

Remarks of Pope Francis to Congress

10:15 am Sep. 24, 2015

These are the prepared remarks of Pope Francis in his address to a Joint Meeting of Congress.  The text was provided by the press office of the Holy See.

Mr. Vice-President,
Mr. Speaker,
Honorable Members of Congress,

Dear Friends,

I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. I would like to think that

Trump demands end to attack ads

3:25 pm Sep. 22, 2015

Angered by a series of attack ads dropped on him by a conservative political group, Donald Trump responded like a businessman, sending a cease and desist letter to the Club For Growth, accusing them of airing advertisements filled with “outright lies, false, defamatory and destructive statements.”

“This is the very definition of libel,” Trump’s lawyer said in a letter to the Club For Growth.

Here is one of the ads

Walker drops out of GOP race

8:30 pm Sep. 21, 2015

Back in July, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin was the big name in the Republican race, in charge in Iowa and at the top of the national polls. But in the space of just

Liberal groups call for more Democratic debates

3:00 pm Sep. 21, 2015

Frustrated at the attention Republicans are getting and their party’s slim schedule of debates for the 2016 race, a group of liberal activist groups joined Monday to publicly call for Democratic Party officials to increase