Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Trump ban on ‘bump stocks’ to face immediate legal challenge

2:03 pm Dec. 18, 2018

Hours after the Trump Administration signaled that it would administratively move to ban ‘bump stocks,’ which allow semi-automatic weapons to be fired at a much more rapid rate, lawmakers in both parties said it was time for the Congress to enact those regulations into law, as opponents of the decision vowed to immediately challenge the President’s plan in court.

“We will be filing our lawsuit very, very soon,” the

After stern criticism, federal judge delays Flynn sentencing

12:06 pm Dec. 18, 2018

In a surprise turn of events in a federal courtroom in Washington, D.C., lawyers for former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn accepted an offer from U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan to delay sentencing of the President’s ex-aide, after the judge repeatedly criticized Flynn for lying to the FBI and acting as a foreign agent for the government of Turkey.

After getting Flynn to publicly admit in court that he had

Partial government shutdown could impact holiday plans nationwide

4:00 pm Dec. 17, 2018

With President Donald Trump and the Congress seemingly on a collision course this week over funding for the President’s border wall, a partial funding lapse for the federal government could occur on Friday night at midnight, which would lead to a shutdown for certain federal agencies, and could have an impact on tourists in the nation’s capital and in national parks around the nation.

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In border wall money fight, no clear path yet to avoid partial shutdown

11:12 am Dec. 16, 2018

Facing a Friday night funding deadline for dozens of federal agencies, the Congress has no obvious solution for how lawmakers will handle President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion to fund construction of his wall along the border with Mexico, as Republicans don’t seem to have enough votes in the House or Senate to back up the President’s call for action on border wall money.

“They do not have the votes

Under investigation, Zinke out at Interior as Trump shakeup continues

9:59 am Dec. 15, 2018

Facing investigations by the Justice Department, his own Inspector General, and Democrats in the U.S. House, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will leave his post by the end of this year, President Donald Trump announced on Saturday, continuing the high profile staff changes since the elections in his administration.

“Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation,” the President tweeted, not

Panel sets January hearing on fraud in North Carolina U.S. House race

3:00 am Dec. 15, 2018

Insuring that North Carolina’s Ninth District seat will be vacant when the 116th Congress convenes in January, the North Carolina state elections board on Friday set a hearing for January 11, 2019, where officials will receive evidence on election irregularities focused on absentee ballot fraud which seemingly benefited Republican Mark Harris.

“State investigators are awaiting additional documents from parties subpoenaed in this matter and finalizing the investigation prior to the hearing,”

Congress passes plan to make lawmakers pay for sex harassment judgments

7:02 pm Dec. 13, 2018

Facing outrage from voters that taxpayer money was being used to pay for sexual harassment settlements against members of Congress involving employees on Capitol Hill, the House and Senate on Thursday approved a package of reforms designed to force members of Congress to pay for any such judgments with their own money in the future.

Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), the head of the House Administration Committee, noted that the bill will

Federal deficit soars by $205 billion in November

1:13 pm Dec. 13, 2018

After starting the 2019 fiscal year with $100 billion in red ink, Uncle Sam added more than double that in the month of November, as the Treasury Department reported Thursday that the federal government ran