Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

White House laments “corrosive” impact of conspiracy theory stories

2:04 pm Dec. 5, 2016

A day after an armed man from North Carolina entered a Washington, D.C. pizza parlor, spurred on by a conspiracy theory stoked in the weeks before the November elections by the release of hacked emails from Wikileaks, the White House said fake stories circulated on the internet about the Hillary Clinton campaign had almost produced a terrible outcome.

“It’s deeply troubling that some of those false reports could lead to violence,”


After weeks of battling over votes, North Carolina Governor concedes defeat

11:20 am Dec. 5, 2016

After weeks of legal drama involving vote recounts and charges of possibly illegal voting, Gov. Pat McCrory announced on Monday that he was giving up his bid to win re-election, paving the way for Democrat Roy Cooper to be the next Governor of North Carolina.

“I personally believe that the majority of our citizens have spoken,” McCroy said.

“Thank you for the honor to serve the great state of North Carolina,” the


Trump chooses Ben Carson as housing secretary

6:24 am Dec. 5, 2016

The Cabinet of President-Elect Donald Trump continued to take shape on Monday, as former GOP rival Ben Carson was selected by Mr. Trump to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development starting next year.

“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities,” the President-Elect said in a written statement issued early on Monday morning.

“We have talked at length about my


Republicans push ahead on plans for Obamacare repeal in 2017

11:20 am Dec. 2, 2016

With just over a month until the new Congress convenes on January 3, 2017, House Republicans met behind closed doors at the U.S. Capitol on Friday morning to go over emerging plans to repeal and replace President Obama’s health reform law, as GOP lawmakers vowed to get that job done next year, no matter the legislative hurdles.

“This health care law is spiraling down,” said Rep. Dan Webster (R-FL), as he


Trump, Clinton staffers spar at Harvard post-election event

2:00 am Dec. 2, 2016

Just over three weeks since the November elections, the wounds of Campaign 2016 are clearly still very raw, as arguments and finger pointing broke out this week at a post-election gathering of top aides to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton held at Harvard University.

“We know this is going to be a lively and at some moments difficult session,” said one of the moderators, Dan Balz of the Washington Post.

That turned


Trump celebrates election win with first stops on “Thank You Tour”

7:50 pm Dec. 1, 2016

Bringing back echoes of the 2016 race for the White House, President-Elect Donald Trump used a campaign-style rally in Cincinnati to appeal for unity in the United States, vowing again to follow through on his campaign pledge for change, and to put the interests of America first during a Trump Administration.

“Now is not the time to downsize our dreams, but to set our sights higher than ever before for our


Trump celebrates deal to preserve Carrier jobs in Indiana

2:47 pm Dec. 1, 2016

In his first campaign-style trip since winning the White House, President-Elect Donald Trump used a visit to a Carrier plant in Indianapolis to celebrate a financial deal worked out with the air conditioner giant, declaring it was just his first effort to keep American jobs from being shifted to Mexico and other countries.

“Companies are not going to leave the United States anymore, without consequences” Mr. Trump triumphantly declared.

At Mr.