Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Senate approves 2 year budget deal

5:57 am Oct. 30, 2015

Forced by opponents to hold votes after midnight, GOP leaders held the support of just enough Republican and Democrats to give final Congressional approval to a two year bipartisan budget deal, as lawmakers backed away

Carson urges changes in GOP debate rules

3:08 pm Oct. 29, 2015

From Lakewood, Colorado

Fresh of the third Republican debate, Republican Ben Carson urged his fellow GOP candidates to demand changes in how their party’s debates are run, expressing frustration both about the CNBC moderators and the time allotted to candidates to answer questions.

“What it’s turned into is a ‘gotcha,’” Carson said to reporters at Colorado Christian University.

“Debates are supposed to be established to help the people get to know the candidates,”

Quick takes on the third Republican debate

9:20 pm Oct. 28, 2015

From Boulder, Colorado

In a CNBC debate that focused mainly on economic problems in America, the major Republican Party candidates drew as many cheers for their attacks on the news media as for their jabs at each other, as the GOP hopefuls leveled more broadsides against Hillary Clinton, trying to find ways to rise above each other in the race for the GOP nomination.

Let’s take a look at each of the

Republicans gather in Colorado for third debate

10:35 pm Oct. 27, 2015

From Boulder, Colorado

With new polls raising questions about the lead of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, Republicans running for President gather here in the Centennial State for their third debate, with just over three months until voters make their first choices in the 2016 race for the White House.

Trump warmed up with a rally in Iowa, where recent polls show that he has fallen behind Ben Carson in the nation’s first

Boehner urges GOP to back budget deal with White House

11:09 am Oct. 27, 2015

Amid grumbling from more conservative Republicans on Capitol Hill, Speaker John Boehner told his colleagues at a closed door meeting that a two year budget deal worked out with the White House deserved their support, as the agreement seemed likely to get bipartisan support in the House and Senate.

“It’s a solid agreement,” Boehner told reporters. “There isn’t any reason why any member should vote against this.”

The plan met with

Details of Boehner-White House two year budget deal

5:12 am Oct. 27, 2015

After weeks of very secret negotiations, Republican leaders filed a 146 page budget deal with the Obama Administration just before midnight on Monday night, pushing ahead with a plan that would boost spending for both the military and domestic programs while also finding ways to bring down costs of some entitlement programs.

The plan would set the following top line spending numbers for the federal government in terms of discretionary spending,

Trump steps up attacks on Carson as debate looms

6:52 pm Oct. 25, 2015

With new polls showing Ben Carson running ahead of Donald Trump in Iowa, Wisconsin and Oklahoma, Trump in recent days has turned up his rhetorical heat on his fellow GOP outsider, refusing to apologize for one jab that seemed to be aimed at Carson’s religion.

On Saturday at a rally in Jacksonville, Florida, Trump told supporters that he was a Presbyterian, and then seemed to question Carson’s beliefs.

“I’m Presbyterian; that’s down

Five takes on 11 hours of Benghazi

9:44 pm Oct. 22, 2015

Thursday’s marathon hearing in Congress on the Benghazi attacks was almost like an eleven hour political advertisement for or against Hillary Clinton – depending on your party affiliation – as the former Secretary of State sparred with Republicans about her work before the Benghazi attacks in 2012, and whether she had done enough to protect American diplomats serving in Libya.

Here are some quick takes from the U.S. Capitol:

1. Democrats feel

Republicans press Clinton on Benghazi

12:50 pm Oct. 22, 2015

The long awaited hearing with Hillary Clinton on the Benghazi attacks produced a familiar partisan divide on the matter, as Democrats denounced what they charge is a political witch hunt, while Republicans pressed the former Secretary of State for details on what she did about security in Libya for American diplomats.

“So, I’m here,” Clinton said somewhat dismissively in her opening statement, “despite all the previous investigations and all the talk

Paul Ryan poised to become next House Speaker

8:41 pm Oct. 21, 2015

Despite some misgivings, a number of more conservative GOP lawmakers who had moved to force out House Speaker John Boehner rallied behind Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) for the post on Wednesday, paving the way for the 45 year old Wisconsin Republican to likely be elected next week as Speaker of the House.

“I’m grateful for the support of a supermajority of the House Freedom Caucus,” Ryan said in a statement.