Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Odd series of tweets from federal ethics office about Trump business plan

1:26 pm Nov. 30, 2016

Hours after President-Elect Donald Trump announced that he would set out a plan to step away from his family businesses while in the White House, an obscure government ethics office in Washington, D.C., sent out a series of messages to Mr. Trump on Twitter that seemed abnormal for a federal agency, as the tweets repeatedly praised the next President for his yet-to-be-announced moves.

It turned out there was no hack.

Amid some opposition, House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as leader

11:11 am Nov. 30, 2016

With lingering hard feelings over their party’s failure in the November elections, Democrats in the U.S. House decided not to make a change in direction, voting to keep Rep. Nancy Pelosi as their leader, easily turning aside a challenge from Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio.

The vote was not close, as Pelosi won more than two-thirds of fellow Democrats, with a final margin of 134 to 63.

“Clearly this didn’t turn out

Trump sets December 15 announcement for exit from family businesses

6:43 am Nov. 30, 2016

President-Elect Donald Trump says he will make an announcement in mid-December on how he will shift away from direct control of his businesses interests, in order to “fully focus” on being President of the United States.

“I feel it is visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses,” said Mr. Trump in a series of posts on Twitter this morning.


Pelosi faces rare challenge as House Democrats vote on leadership

2:08 am Nov. 30, 2016

Amid some internal grumbling over their party’s election defeat in the race for President, House Democrats will vote today on Capitol Hill on their leadership for 2017, as Nancy Pelosi faces a rare challenge from within, by Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio.

Ryan and his supporters are making a familiar argument – their party lost in November, their leaders have been around for a long time, and they should be held

Sen. John McCain tells reporters – don’t ask me about Donald Trump

4:09 pm Nov. 29, 2016

Seemingly fed up with questions about something that President-Elect Donald Trump has said or done, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) bluntly told reporters at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to simply stop asking him questions about the next occupant of the White House.

“I will not talk about President-Elect Trump,” McCain said, as reporters pursued him just off the Senate floor following a lunch meeting of Senate Republicans.

One reporter had

Trump picks critic of Obamacare as health secretary

6:51 am Nov. 29, 2016

President-Elect Donald Trump has chosen Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) for the job of Health and Human Services Secretary, giving the position to a veteran member of Congress who has been a frequent critic of President

State elections officials dispute Trump charge that millions voted illegally

10:36 pm Nov. 28, 2016

After their states were singled out by President-Elect Donald Trump for allowing massive voter fraud, elections officials in three states pushed back against Mr. Trump’s charge that millions voted illegally in the November elections, with critics calling on the next President to present some evidence to back up his charge.

“The claims of voter fraud in Virginia during the November 8 election are unfounded,” said Virginia elections commissioner Edgardo Cortes, one

Wisconsin election board sets $3.5 million price tag for vote recount

5:02 pm Nov. 28, 2016

Hours after approving a plan to start a recount of the vote for President in Wisconsin, elections officials there set a price tag of $3.5 million for that recount – an amount that must be paid by the candidates asking for the election review, with a deadline of Tuesday at 4:30 pm Central Time.

The recount has been requested by Green Party nominee Jill Stein, as well as independent candidate Roque