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The One Thing Boehner Can't Stop Saying

The Huffington Post | Hannah Levy | Posted 10.16.2013 | Comedy

You may think that Speaker John Boehner has been a bit unreasonable throughout discussions of the debt ceiling, Obamacare and the Government shutdown,...

On October 17, If Congress Fails the President Has No Choice

Howard Schweber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Howard Schweber

For a president to override Congress' power of the purse is a dangerous precedent. But President Obama is exactly right to say that he is not willing to negotiate policy questions with a gun to his head, and future presidents should not be confronted by the same kind of extortion.

The GOP and the Whigs: Political Parties Are Not Forever

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

A trouble-causing minority eventually either ceases to exist or becomes politically irrelevant -- no matter how much noise they make while in the spotlight.

Friday Talking Points -- Who Will Inhabit The Cave?

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Now that the budget battle is truly joined, with hourly updates issuing forth from the not-so-hallowed halls of Washington, the cry among the media as I currently write this runs along the lines of: "A deal is in sight -- maybe!"

The Four 'Grand Bargains' That the Republicans Turned Down

Sean McElwee | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

All of these plans failed because the most powerful Republicans (Boehner, Cantor, Ryan) and the Tea Party Caucus are not looking for a compromise. They want unilateral concessions.

When Radicalism Becomes Treasonous

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

If the situation were reversed, and Democrats were threatening default, the GOP would be screaming bloody murder, yelling at the top of their collective lungs that Democrats hate the United States, and that liberals are traitors to the country.

The Cartoon That Captures Everything That's Wrong With The Government Shutdown

Posted 10.14.2013 | Black Voices

As the government shutdown reaches its ninth day, Americans have been left with news of one meeting after another as it seems the budget deadlock will...

Canada: A Refuge From Poisonous Politics in U.S. (Thank Heaven!)

Bill Mann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bill Mann

Trust me. It's not like this in Canada. Canadians, who live in a civil, decent society, are shaking their heads at what's been going on down below them in the U.S.

Boehner's Dark Secret: 'It's All About the Carrots'

John Blumenthal | Posted 12.08.2013 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

You won't believe what happened to me last night. POTUS finally invites me -- the goddamn Speaker of the House -- to this state dinner at the White House (big deal) and what does he do?

The Deeper Issues in the Shutdown Crisis

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

As the partisan warfare in Washington continues over the government shutdown and looming debt ceiling, it is important to examine some of the deeper i...

Boehner Still Wants To Negotiate, Dodges Question About Ending Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that he wants to have a "conversation" with President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats over t...

The War Between the Republicans, Week 2

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As the shutdown continues, you hear fewer demands for Obamacare changes, because Republicans have pretty much lost all public support for their position. The irony is obvious to all: House Republicans wanted to shut down Obamacare, and what they got was the federal government shutting down while Obamacare is open.

School the House Rock

Roy Zimmerman | Posted 12.07.2013 | Comedy
Roy Zimmerman

With this week's government shutdown, it occurs to me that the petulant children of the Tea Party Caucus in the House could use some schooling...

The Hidden Cause of the Congressional Stalemate

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lisa Earle McLeod

I grew in Arlington Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. Two guys I went to high school with had fathers who were Congressmen. One was a Republican, the other a Democrat.

Inside Boehner's Brain: A Neuroscience Perspective

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dr. Douglas Fields

The search for a path to compromise can be found in the latest research on the neurobiological basis of social behavior.

Self-Inflicted Wounds Of Bare-Knuckle Governing Exposed

RealClearPolitics | Carl M. Cannon | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Read More: Boehner, Politics News

As the partial government shutdown headed into the weekend, Organizing for Action, Barack Obama’s permanent campaign operation, urged followers to u...

Boehner Claims He Doesn't Have The Votes For Clean CR

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Sunday that there are not enough votes in the House of Representative to pass a continuing resolution to fund...

Republicans Should Declare Victory... and Proceed to the Next Nonsense

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Why focus your energies and your destructive creativity on a little government shut-down, when you can go after your loftier goal, crashing the world economy?

This Shutdown Is About Extortion, Not Stalemates

Brian Normoyle | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics
Brian Normoyle

The evidence suggests the GOP intentionally put these workers out of a job by using a historically routine budget resolution to undo the outcome of three lost elections.

Twilight of the Hardliners

Ian Bassin | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics
Ian Bassin

Things certainly look bleak in Washington as an extreme right-wing rump caucus has closed down our government all because a law was passed in the exact way prescribed by the Constitution, but all is not lost.

What Reid, Pelosi, and Obama Should Say Now

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If there was some underlying "cut deficits" strategy to the Republican shutdown, then why would the House have passed a budget bill on the brink of the shutdown which increased the debt by $29 billion?

Zach Carter

Shutdown, With Debt Ceiling On Horizon, Worries Wall Street | Zach Carter | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wall Street is growing more skittish about the prospect of the U.S. defaulting on its debt now that an indefinite government shutdown ha...

How Boehner Could Lose Big Time

Mother Jones | David Corn | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Read More: Boehner, Politics News

Why it could get complicated—and why Boehner might be able to survive a tea-party-backed coup....

Boehner Role Shifts In Shutdown Fight

RealClearPolitics | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

Entering the Capitol at the start of what would be a long Saturday session, John Boehner told reporters he felt like a "happy warrior."...

John Boehner's Glory Will Be Short-Lived | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics

To a newcomer, the hearty ovation might have suggested that John Boehner was the Republican Party’s conquering hero....