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Boehner Plans To Run For Speaker Again

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics

John Boehner said Monday he plans to seek reelection as House speaker after the 2014 midterm elections. Amid rampant speculation that he would giv...

A Trio of Fools: Boehner, al-Maliki and Karzai

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

There are many unkind things one can say about John Boehner, all of them true, but there must be a limit. It is unfair to compare him to Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq or Hamid Kharzai of Afghanistan. Not that the comparison is not almost irresistibly tempting.

The Art of Stalemate

Ryan Banfill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ryan Banfill

As the tea party members of the House Republican Conference appear to be a driving force behind the stalemate strategy, Sun Tzu would caution Speaker Boehner to be wary saying, "When the common soldiers are too strong and their officers too weak, the result is insubordination."

House Republicans Claim God Told Them To Spare John Boehner

Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

The U.S. government was spared from going over the fiscal cliff earlier this year because God spoke to a group of Republicans and told them not to tur...

Republicans Getting Weak In The Knees As Contentious Fight Looms

The Washington Post | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

House Speaker John Boehner spoke at length with the Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore about the coming confrontation over the debt ceiling, the se...

'I Need This Job Like I Need A Hole In The Head'

Wall Street Journal | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics

What stunned House Speaker John Boehner more than anything else during his prolonged closed-door budget negotiations with Barack Obama was this revela...

The Daily Szep -- The Speakah

Paul Szep | Posted 03.05.2013 | Comedy
Paul Szep


F-Bomb Escalates Heated Situation

The Daily Beast | Lloyd Grove | Posted 01.03.2013 | Politics

The House speaker’s four-letter blast at the Senate majority leader is the latest ugly twist in the nasty back-and-forth between warring Washington ...

GOP's Long History Of Shunning Leaders Could Cause Worry For Boehner

The Week | Joshua Spivak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

After a painful rejection by his own party in his attempt to pass a bill to avoid the fiscal cliff, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is at the center of ...

GOP Leaders Split On Fiscal Cliff Deal

The Huffington Post | Elyse Siegel | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics

Republican leaders in the House of Representatives split over the "fiscal cliff" deal that Congress passed on New Year's Day. While House Speaker ...

Michael McAuliff

Republicans Relent As Congress Passes 'Fiscal Cliff' Bill | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A day late and trillions of dollars short, Congress passed a hard-won deal to ease large portions of the "fiscal cliff." The nation s...

Paul Blumenthal

Influential Groups Oppose Big Cliff Deal | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Three influential conservative groups that helped to defeat Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B" before Christmas called for a "no" vote on t...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Obama Fiscal Cliff Remarks Spark Republican Threats To Blow Up Deal | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With hours remaining to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, President Barack Obama said a deal is “within sight” and urged lawmakers t...


David Trumble | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics
David Trumble


Boehner Slams Obama's 'Ironic' GOP Criticism

Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) rebuked President Obama's remarks on Republicans' role in fiscal cliff negotiations, slamming the president for hi...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf died, Vladimir Putin signed a bill banning the adoption of Russian children by Americans, and our economy continued to speed towards the fiscal cliff, with Harry Reid accusing John Boehner of waiting until he is reelected as Speaker before seriously negotiating a deal, and the president demanding an up-or-down vote on a stop-gap measure. The poor beached whale that died in Queens, New York midweek seems a fitting metaphor for our political system. On a more positive note, a gun buyback event in Los Angeles was so successful the police ran out of the gift cards that were being exchanged for the turned-in weapons (including 75 assault weapons -- and a pair of rocket launchers). Many of those giving up their guns said they were doing so as the result of the Newtown massacre. Here's hoping that's a trend that extends into the new year.

Michael McAuliff

How A Last-Ditch Fiscal Cliff Deal Could Pass | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It may be too late to for a grand bargain to avert the so-called fiscal cliff before the nation starts to slide over it, but there is st...

Little Sign Of Progress In Latest Cliff Talks

Reuters | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

* Time running out for deal on taxes, spending * Obama says he's "modestly optimistic" * "Fiscal cliff" focus now on Sen...

House Republicans Must Choose Fiscal Responsibility Over Ideological Zealotry to Avert Fiscal Cliff

Brian Levin | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

They are terrified of being on record as having voted to raise taxes and their behavior indicates that they would prefer higher taxes and cuts to be triggered by virtue of their inaction, even if it plunges the economy into another recession.

House Republicans Resigned To Seeing Tax Increases In Fiscal Deal

Reuters | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics

* Fears that an absence of spending cuts could doom deal * House Republicans decide to return, but little else By Richar...

Michael McAuliff

Boehner Calling House Back To Work On Fiscal Cliff | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is calling the House back into session on Sunday, apparently in hopes the Senate will send it measur...

Michael McAuliff

Boehner Is a Dictator, Harry Reid Says | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid accused the House of Representatives Thursday of being a "dictatorship" -- albeit an extremely poor on...

'Voluntelling' 2013 New Year's Resolutions

Joseph Bubman | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics
Joseph Bubman

It's certainly easier and much more fun to make commitments on behalf of others than for ourselves. It's in this spirit that I identify several key resolutions for 2013 and "voluntell" well-known figures to fulfill them.

Jennifer Bendery

Republican Leaders Wait For Action From Obama, Democrats On Fiscal Cliff | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For those holding out hope for a resolution to the so-called fiscal cliff, this was a lost Christmas. Little to no progress was made...

Boehner To Senate: You 'Act First'

Reuters | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Dec 26 (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday urged the Senate to pass its version of legislation t...