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John Boehner Is Not the First GOP House Leader to Experience Dissention Within His Own Party

Rich Rubino | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Boehner is not the first Republican house leader to run into trouble. A thumbnail sketch of some past Republican house speakers and minority leaders shows that most have had defections from within their ranks and had to struggle to maintain power.

Freedom From Fear, Redux

Jim Moore | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

There is almost nothing to which a person aspires that can be gained without compromise. The American people do not need to be made afraid of contrariness, or impassioned dissent, or of cooperation. That is a fear that will surely scuttle our democracy from within.

Jack Brooks, Who Served 42 Years In Congress, Dies

AP | By MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

HOUSTON (AP) — Jack Brooks hounded government bureaucrats, drafted President Richard Nixon's articles of impeachment and supported civil rights bill...

Presidential Rebuttals Throughout History

Albert Brooks | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Albert Brooks

Isn't the whole point of winning the office of president that you can talk to the nation without others belittling what you say? I began to think of some great presidential moments and what their rebuttals might have sounded like, had they been allowed at the time.

Why Nancy Pelosi Should Be Benched

Al Eisele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Al Eisele

Even though she did a terrific job as leader of the House Democrats, and even though she made history as the first woman Speaker, it's finally time for Pelosi to lay down a sacrifice bunt instead of swinging for the fences.

The Once & Future Speaker

Donnie Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donnie Fowler

Nancy Pelosi is going to return to temporary status as minority leader. The once and future Speaker will be back in 2012.

No, Speakers Who Lose Do Not Always Resign

Donnie Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donnie Fowler

Conventional wisdom is great, huh? It's right about half the time. Problem is, you never know which half. One piece of conventional wisdom making the...

Goldman Sachs and the Ghost of Sam Erwin

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Any stand-up comic knows that a great way to draw attention is to use profanity. Thus, it is truly sad to see a Senator I used to respect like Carl Levin fall for that tactic.

Republican Obstructionism: What Would JFK Do About It?

Donald Craig Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Craig Mitchell

A comparison of Republican and Democratic behavior during President John Kennedy's first month in office and President Barack Obama's first year in office is instructive.

"Build, Baby, Build": How Dems Can Counter GOP Lies and Restore Political Debate

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Democrats have to respond to "Gingrich speak" by calling it for what it truly is -- propaganda, lies, and an attempt to deliberately mislead the American people.

CEOs Need to Run for Sheriff Just Once

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

The financial system was supposedly broke. America wants the CEOs begging for cash to act like broke people.

Don't Do It, Rahm!

William Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Klein

Even if helping Obama means more to Rahm Emanuel than his personal political career, he can do more for Barack by staying in the House.