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Jim Jordan And The (Not So) Subtle Influence Of The House Freedom Caucus

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics

The world according to conservatives might sometimes seem like a pretty bleak place. There's a mounting national debt. A Democratic administration th...

The Budget Deal Raises Taxes On Rich People, Kind Of

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Although outgoing House Speaker John Boehner may be reluctant to acknowledge it, the latest budget deal between Congress and the White ...

Paul Ryan Just Got The Sweetest Deal In Congress

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics

So, that happened. In an era of near-total congressional gridlock, the House speaker's most important duty isn't counting votes or bringing bills to t...

Trey Gowdy Lashes Out At Kevin McCarthy

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's controversial comments about Hillary Clinton may have cost him a friendship -- fellow congressman and Benghazi...

Thank You, Pope Francis

Thomas Worcester | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

Not only before Congress, but throughout his days in three cities, Pope Francis taught by word and by example. The modest Fiat, dwarfed by oversized SUVs, was no game. He appeared more at home with immigrant children in Harlem than he did with the most powerful people in the world.

The Total Eclipse

Cynthia Wick | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics
Cynthia Wick


How Boehner Can 'Clean House': One Sentence to Prevent Government Shutdowns Forever

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The small band of Tea Party radicals wields its power because most other Republican members of Congress are cowed by the primary threats if they do not adhere strictly to Tea Party dictates. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has had his life as speaker made miserable by this dynamic.

Friday Talking Points -- New Job Vacancy: Chief GOP Cat-Herder

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Boehner certainly picked an interesting time to step down. Before his announcement, we were facing the possibility of a government shutdown as early as next week. However, the Senate doesn't seem to be backing the "shut it down" caucus on this particular fracas.

House Speaker John Boehner's Biggest, Saddest And Gladdest Moments

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics

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Boehner Coup Talk Has House GOP On Edge

The Hill | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics

Growing chatter about a possible coup against Speaker John Boehner has set Capitol Hill on edge. Talk that conservatives might use a govern...

The Boehner Era May Be Coming To An End

Politico | Alana Horowitz | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

The Republican leader faces a grueling next few months, and even allies believe this will be his last term atop the GOP conference. ...

Congressional Kitchen

Jeff Danziger | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

Congressional Kitchen

GOP Launches Brazen Bid to Give Carbon Polluters Free Rein

David Doniger | Posted 05.25.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Congressional Republicans are proposing legislation this week that would allow states simply to "opt out" of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, the pioneering plan to curb carbon pollution from our power plants.

REPORT: Boehner To Announce New Investigation Of Hillary Clinton Emails

Reuters | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON, March 15 (Reuters) - Representative John Boehner, the top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, plans to an...

Friday Talking Points -- Obamacare Fails to Kill Jobs, Once Again

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. is this week's Most Impressive Democrat of the Week award-winner, for doing a much better job arguing the case for President Obama's interpretation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act before the Supreme Court than he did the last time around.

Boehner Allies Fear Coup Attempt

Politico | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics

Close allies of Speaker John Boehner are worried that his conservative rivals could move to oust him as soon as next week. ...

Boehner's and Bibi's Blunders 'Liberate' U.S. Foreign Policy from NeoCons

Paul Abrams | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Now, thanks to Speaker Boehner, the Republicans have no credibility or standing on national security. None, zero, zorch, nada. The next time you hear a Republican bleating about national security, you can have a good laugh.

Is John Boehner Really the Most "Do-Nothing" Speaker of the House in History?

Gerry Myers | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

We the people must demand more of our elected officials. We must vote for candidates that will work together and move our country forward rather than hold it back. Until then, expect more of the same from Boehner and his colleagues.

Republican Majorities Struggle To Get Congress Working

Los Angeles Times | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics

After six weeks in session and 139 roll call votes in a House and Senate that feature some of the largest Republican majorities in generations, one of...

Boehner and McConnell Argue Over Who Should Cave First

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The emerging dynamic between John Boehner and Mitch McConnell is one to watch, because it is heading for a showdown in the next few weeks. Sooner or later, one of them is going to have to cave in to the hard, cold reality that Republicans just do not have the votes to impose their will on a Democratic president.

Fast Tracking Obama's Trade Agreements

Pat Choate | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Pat Choate

Why do Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker Boehner -- who won reelection on a platform of "Stop Obama" -- support weakening Senate and House legislative processes to ratify a treaty whose text was negotiated without Congressional input?

A List of Lists

Steven Clifford | Posted 03.29.2015 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

My data analytics consultant informs me that I am not trending, especially among millennials. She suggests I publish lists since millennials click on lists. Being data-driven, I am test-blogging potential lists.

Boehner/Netanyahu: 'So Smart, They're Stupid'

James Zogby | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

So the ever self-assured Netanyahu relishes the opportunity that his agents cooked up for him to once again demonstrate that he, together with his Republican allies, can dominate Washington. The fact that his appearance comes just weeks before the Israeli election is "icing on the cake."

What to Expect From the 114th Congress

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Personally, I'm not holding my breath waiting for rousing choruses of "Kumbaya" to be echoing through the Capitol any time soon.

Who Shot John: The Story of How $777,600 Contribution 'Limits' Ended up in the Omnibus Bill

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

It took just a little while to determine who was responsible for this extraordinary rip off of the American people. But thanks to the excellent work of campaign finance reporters who dug out the story, the fog is now lifted on who did the dirty work.