Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Vice President Biden won’t run in 2016

12:53 pm Oct. 21, 2015

Ending months of speculation, Vice President Joseph Biden went to the Rose Garden of the White House on Wednesday to announce that he will not make a bid for his party’s nomination, leaving Hillary Clinton as the front runner for Democrats.

“Unfortunately, I believe we are out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination,” Biden said, with both his wife and President Obama at his

Conservatives not yet sold on Ryan as Speaker

10:58 am Oct. 21, 2015

A day after Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said he would run for Speaker if different factions of the House GOP endorsed him, more conservative lawmakers weren’t rushing to jump on his bandwagon, worried that Ryan won’t be much different than outgoing Speaker John Boehner.

“Many of us really have the sense that Paul Ryan doesn’t want the job,” said Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), one of many House Freedom Caucus members who

Ryan ready to be Speaker if GOP unifies

8:48 pm Oct. 20, 2015

After eleven days of silence, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) told fellow Republicans that he would run for the job of Speaker of the House, but only if GOP lawmakers unified behind him – especially more conservative Republicans who have already pushed out Speaker John Boehner.

“This is not a job I have ever wanted,” Ryan told reporters after addressing GOP lawmakers in a closed door meeting.

“I came to the conclusion that

House Republicans still waiting on Paul Ryan

9:19 pm Oct. 18, 2015

As Congress returns from a week away from Washington, D.C., Republicans still aren’t sure what’s next in the search for a new Speaker of the House, as GOP lawmakers keep waiting to see whether Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will launch an official bid for that post in coming days.

“Paul Ryan open to running for speaker,” bellowed the headline on a CBS news story on Sunday, again showcasing that it’s still

Clinton holds her own in CNN Democratic debate

11:05 pm Oct. 13, 2015

From Las Vegas, Nevada

Democrats used their first debate in the race for President to air a series of internal differences on guns, the use of American military power overseas and financial regulations on Wall Street, as Hillary Clinton aggressively took on Bernie Sanders in the first in person skirmish of the top Democratic contenders.

Clinton jumped at the first opportunity in the debate to attack Sanders when the subject of gun

Democrats ready to duel in first debate

11:45 pm Oct. 12, 2015

From Las Vegas, Nevada

After watching millions tune in to two different Republican debates, Democrats now have their turn as five major Democratic candidates will debate Tuesday evening in Las Vegas, giving Hillary Clinton her first

Race for Speaker overshadows week away for GOP

6:43 pm Oct. 11, 2015

With the House out of session this week, Republicans will try some long distance lobbying to figure out who should be the next Speaker of the House, as GOP lawmakers admit they aren’t sure who may be in line to replace Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) for that powerful position.

“We’ve got a busy time ahead of us,” said Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), one of many Republicans who have been looking at

No answers yet from Republicans on new Speaker

12:26 pm Oct. 9, 2015

A day after GOP lawmakers were stunned by the withdrawal of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy from the race for Speaker, Republicans made no swift moves to fill that post, as members will go home for a ten day break no closer to a replacement for outgoing Speaker John Boehner.

“I don’t think there’s any date for an election, there’s nothing going on right now,” said Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) as he

House Republicans search for new leader

9:16 pm Oct. 8, 2015

Stunned by the surprise withdrawal of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy from the race for Speaker, Republicans of all stripes grasped for any possible candidates to lead their embattled party, with no one person clearly in the front of the pack to replace Speaker John Boehner.

“I think this is a bit of a cleansing for us,” said Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL), acknowledging the demise of the top two Republicans in the

GOP STUNNER: McCarthy drops out of Speaker’s race

12:50 pm Oct. 8, 2015

Minutes after Republicans assembled for a vote to nominate their party’s candidate for Speaker of the House, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy stunned fellow GOP lawmakers by announcing he would no longer be a candidate for the top post in the House.

“My understanding is that he felt he could not get to 218” votes, said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who said his home state colleague simply said, “he wasn’t the right