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Jamie Dupree

Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.

A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989. Politics and the Congress are in Jamie’s family, as both of his parents were staffers for members of Congress. He was also a page and intern in the House of Representatives. Jamie has covered 11 national political conventions, with his first being the 1988 Democratic Convention in Atlanta. His political travels have had him on the presidential campaign trail every four years since 1992, chasing candidates throughout the primary calendar.

He is heard on Cox Radio stations around the country: WSB-AM Atlanta, WDBO-AM Orlando; WOKV-AM/FM Jacksonville; WHIO-AM/FM Dayton, Ohio; and KRMG-AM Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Jamie and his wife Emily live just outside the Beltway with their three children. Some may know Jamie from his other on-air hobby, as he is a licensed amateur radio operator. When not at work or playing with his kids, you can often find him with a golf club in his hands.

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Small helicopter lands on U.S. Capitol lawn

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U.S. Capitol police were on the scene as a small helicopter, described as a gyrocopter, landed on the Capitol lawn. 

Media outlets are reporting that the pilot broke restricted airspace.

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Cox Media Group's political insider Jamie Dupree was one of the first reporters to report what was going on, and posted this photo to his Twitter feed shortly after the pilot landed.

The pilot's identity or motive have not been released. 

A Florida man, however, was named by The Tampa Bay Times as the pilot.  

>>Report: Florida man tries to land helicopter on U.S. Capitol lawn

Doug Hughes, a mailman from Ruskin, Fla., had planned to fly a gyrocopter to send a "campaign reform message to Congress," the The Tampa Bay Times reported.

The area is shut down as police investigate.

The Capitol had been under lockdown, but it has since been lifted.

But vistors around the Capitol complex were able to capture the landing on video.   The Associated Press has posted it to its YouTube account.

Read The Tampa Bay Times complete story here.

Secret Service did not repair alarm at former President’s home

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A new report out today says the Secret Service did not fix an alarm at the Houston, Texas home of former President George H.W. Bush for over a year, instead relying on extra in-person “roving” security.

The new report from the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security said there was discussion as early as 2011 about replacing the alarm, which finally stopped working in 2013.

It wasn’t replaced and functioning again until December 2014, “more than one year” after agents had reported that it was inoperable.

After being alerted to the troubles at the Bush home in Houston, the Secret Service reportedly stepped up its efforts to track maintenance requests for the homes of former Presidents.

GOP moves to overturn Confederate flag limits

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In a surprise, Republicans late Wednesday moved to overturn limits on the sale and display of the Confederate flag that had been approved a day earlier by the U.S. House, setting up a showdown vote for Thursday on whether the National Park Service should allow sales of the flag and on how the Confederate flag should be displayed at certain federal cemeteries.

The move was unexpected, coming as lawmakers were quietly finishing debate on a spending bill that covers operations of the National Park Service.

Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), the lead Republican on the measure, had been giving final wrap-up remarks about the legislation, when he suddenly interrupted his own speech to offer an amendment that would nullify several actions taken by the House on Tuesday related to the Confederate flag.

“This amendment will codify existing National Park Service policy and directives with regard to the decoration of cemeteries and concessions sales,” Calvert said hurriedly, speaking for less than ten seconds about his plan.

The move left the main Democrat on the bill clearly stunned.

“I cannot hide my surprise and my outrage that we find ourselves here tonight,” said Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), who seemed totally caught off guard at the GOP effort to overturn votes from a day earlier on the Confederate flag.

McCollum went to Twitter minutes later to slam Republicans:

The original move to limit the display of Confederate flags at some cemeteries in the deep South and to block the sale of Confederate flag memorabilia had drawn no opposition on Tuesday when it was brought up on the House floor.

Three amendments limiting the sale and display of the Confederate flag had been approved by voice vote, as not a single member rose on the House floor to oppose the efforts, all part of a funding bill for the Interior Department.

“We can honor that history without celebrating the Confederate flag, and all the dreadful things that it symbolizes,” argued Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA).

But as news spread about the two amendments from Huffman, and one from Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), it was obvious there were misgivings, especially among Republicans I quizzed from the South.

That led to the offering of a surprise amendment, which will put the House on the record about the Confederate flag, and whether it should be sold in National Park Service gift shops and book stores, as well as whether the rebel flag should be displayed at some federal cemeteries on a regular basis.

The plan seems likely to draw substantial opposition from Democrats, like Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine:

It will be the first time the Congress has voted on any measure related to the Confederate flag since the issue erupted in the wake of the killing of nine black church parishioners last month in Charleston, South Carolina.

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