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The Republican 'Civil War' Isn't About Policy: It's About Cash

Jason Sattler | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Jason Sattler

But are there actual divisions in policy between Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz? They currently disagree on one thing -- tactics. John Boehner and Paul Ryan cannot afford another government shutdown. Ted Cruz can.

Mr. Speaker, Please Don't Let the 'Immigration Grinch' Steal Christmas

David Leopold | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
David Leopold

Happily, there is still time for Speaker Boehner to show real leadership. He should ask the administration to give a temporary deportation reprieve to all undocumented immigrants who would qualify for provisional immigration status under the House and Senate bills.

Fasting for Families and Immigration Reform

Jim Wallis | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Faith leaders and young Dreamers are joining this historic fast on behalf of immigrant families who suffer because our leaders refuse to address a glaring problem with obvious, common sense solutions. It is politics, and politics only, that stands in the way of progress.

Ask Not! JFK's Legacy Denied. Ask Why Not! JFK'S Legacy Defended.

Frank Islam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

Yes, as we come to the end of this "Kennedy Half Century," let us make the commitment to carry on his legacy, to assume our own responsibility for the future, and to ask why not. Why not keep America the land of dreamers and doers rather than deniers and defilers?

Mr. Boehner: Doing Nothing Is Not an Option

Clarissa Martinez De Castro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Clarissa Martinez De Castro

This lack of political will is pitiful. It would almost be comical if it were not so costly to the United States and so devastating to the Latino community -- and if a real solution were not possible.

Both Congress and President Obama Have the Power to Stop the Pain in Immigrant Communities

Cristina Jiménez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Cristina Jiménez

Earlier this month, President Obama gave a speech calling for immigration reform. But President Obama's actions so far have only fueled the moral crisis our nation faces on immigration.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 9 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Like Walt in Breaking Bad, I have health care insurance from my employer, and like Walt's wife, Skyler, discovers about their insurance, I'm still liable for the deductible, copay and coinsurance portion of the medical fees.

Remedy for Government Shutdown Blues? Jazz

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Randee Mia Berman

After all, music soothes the savage beast. And there's plenty of wild legislators roaming the government corridors that could use some calming down. Jazz dudes may have found the elixir: jazz is Xanadu minus the Xanax.

Inside John Boehner

Bob Burnett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

As the Republican shutdown of the federal government moves into its second week, it's widely believed House Speaker John Boehner could end the impasse by permitting the continuing budget resolution and debt limit increase to be voted upon. Why won't he?

The Debt Default Could Really Happen

Pat Choate | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Pat Choate

The Tea Party Republicans are trying to legislatively veto a settled law -- the Affordable Care Act -- by holding hostage the funding for the entire rest of the U.S. government. This defies constitutional governance and borders on sedition.

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."

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.

Amanda Terkel

If House Republicans Love Ted Cruz So Much, Maybe They Should Give Him The Speakership

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) could be the next speaker of the House. On Friday, the National Review reported that a group of conservative ...

Why We Should Hope for a Government Shutdown

Jason Sattler | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Jason Sattler

The GOP has spent the last five years explaining that the source of all evil is Washington, D.C. In a shutdown, Americans will see that what mostly comes out of the government is checks -- soldiers' paychecks, Social Security checks, Medicare reimbursement checks...

Cruz, Boehner and the GOP's Hostage Crisis

Ethan Rome | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Despite how it looks right now, there is a solution to this mess in sight. In approving the continuing resolution tied to defunding Obamacare, John Boehner got rolled by the unhinged extremists. But he knows better. He started in the right place -- he should go back.

Compassionless Conservatives

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

The Republican Party is vigorously pursing reductions in the federal budget that will severely impact those who most need help. What is worse, many in the party are willing to shut the government down and disrupt the global economy in order to make their point.

No Bombing In Syria Until UN Inspectors Release Their Findings

Brent Roske | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Brent Roske

This is the grizzly math of America assuming the role of world police force. If chemical weapons are indeed a U.S. line in the sand, then we need the UN inspectors to back up the claim.

Boehner Grabs a Random Hostage to Stop the GOP From Pulling the Trigger on Itself

Jason Sattler | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Jason Sattler

Speaker John Boehner did something extraordinary this week, something akin to a parent posting a positive drug test on his or her child's Facebook page.

How Steve King Became an Ally of Immigration Reform

Frank Sharry | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Frank Sharry

An amazing transformation has happened over the past few weeks. King has gone from being the bane of our existence to becoming an ally. No, he hasn't changed positions. No, he isn't doing it on purpose, either. He just keeps doing what Steve King does.

Speaker Boehner's Urgent Opportunity to Unite America

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

It's time for John Boehner to decide if he is a national leader or merely a party hack raised by fate to the level beyond his true capacity, thereby staying in "power" by appealing to the lowest-common denominator and ignoring an urgent need for America.

Bill Keating: John Boehner 'Is The Captain Of A Mutinous Ship'

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics

Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass.) channeled the maritime spirit of Martha's Vineyard on Thursday to take a swipe at House Republicans and Speaker John Boehn...

A Party Without a Soul

Jim Worth | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Jim Worth

At their annual meeting they tried to pull together the party's dysfunctional factions, an attempt to renew the party after their stunning failures in the recent election. Demographics have changed but the Republican Party hasn't.

Boehner Faces Own Challenges

CNN | Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics

Washington (CNN) -- As speaker of the House, John Boehner faced battles on two fronts during his first term: fights with President Barack Obama on a s...

Texas, the Dim Bulb State

Jason Stanford | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Allowing conservative ideology to magically fix our worst problems frees our state lawmakers to defend our state against federal encroachments, such as the 2007 federal law phasing out inefficient, incandescent light bulbs in favor of LEDs and florescent light bulbs.

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 ...