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Zach Carter

This Rising GOP Star May Undercut His Own Crusade

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Rep. Jeb Hensarling walked into the Lehrman auditorium at the Heritage Foundation in late May, it was ostensibly to give a speech o...

Jon Ward

Eric Cantor Was The Next Speaker, But Now It's A Free-For-All

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In any house of power, there is an order of succession. In Congress, the humming beehive of 435 representatives has operated for some ti...

The Aftershocks of Cantor's Loss

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The message this sends to other Republicans in Congress (both House and Senate) is that this can happen to anyone. The fear this is going to create may become all-encompassing in the House, and possibly even the Senate (if Republicans win control of the chamber this November). The Tea Party sword hanging over their heads is now plain to see.

Conservative Favorite Won't Rule Out Challenging John Boehner For Speakership

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) says he won't rule out challenging House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for the top GOP leadership role after this year's...

The Death of Local Politics

William E. White | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
William E. White

If you look closely, there is evidence that local politics can still be critically important. The real advances made, for example, in a host of issues.

Cantor's Immigration Obstructionalism

Ryan Campbell | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Ryan Campbell

Eric Cantor, in an attempt to stay in the good graces of his base, has abdicated all responsibility to govern and has towed the tea party line to avoid a tough primary or losing his No. 2 position in the House.

A Woman's Place is in the House... and Senate

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.08.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

There aren't many women in the U.S. Congress. In fact we are nowhere near parity; less than 20 percent of our Representatives and Senators are women. Let's learn about some women who changed the face of politics in the U.S.

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...

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

Rich Rubino | Posted 04.26.2014 | 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.

Immigration, the GOP and Their Big Immigration Dilemma

Ryan Campbell | Posted 04.13.2014 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

Come election time, neither Boehner, nor his party, can hide behind the Deporter-in-Chief's enforcement record.

Will Boehner Move On Immigration Reform?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There seems to be an interesting round of speculation taking place in Washington over whether Speaker John Boehner will move on immigration reform in the House next year, and (if so) when he would do so.

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?

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?

It's Who You Know

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.02.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

This week's edition stars those who know the Speaker of the House and the director of the Illinois State Lottery.

Boehner Hammers Last Nail in Republican Coffin

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

They ought to just change the name, really. Leave it as just the "Democrats" versus the "Tea Partiers" -- because the Republican Party of yore is nothing more than a corpse waiting for burial, at this point. John Boehner, in fact, just hammered the last nail in its coffin.

Rumors Surround Newt Gingrich as Possible Senate Candidate

Kevin Price | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Kevin Price

The program to put Gingrich in the U.S. Senate is a "national effort" and "is starting with a petition from thousands of Americans to draft Newt and serve as part of a grassroots effort to support his sought-for candidacy."

Pelosi Makes Big Confession On Being House Speaker

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told National Journal she's not looking to fill the role of House Speaker again anytime soon. When as...

Boehner's Immigration Dilemma

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Whether a new immigration bill becomes law or not is now dependent on choices Boehner makes in the coming weeks. He has the ability of scuttling the entire process, should he choose, or to make immigration reform a reality. But no matter what he does, there are going to be some awfully upset Republicans after it is over.

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...

Obama: Let's Make Sure Pelosi Is Speaker Of The House Again

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama heaped praise on Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Wednesday during a San Francisco fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Camp...

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...

After Leaving Congress, Republican Sees Bad Signs For GOP

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.04.2013 | Politics

Former Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) recently entered congressional retirement after the 112th Congress was gaveled to a close earlier this week, but...

Some Republicans Just Can't Quit Allen West

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) is no longer a member of Congress, having lost his quest for a second term in November. But that didn't prevent some o...

Boehner Regains Speakership

Posted 01.03.2013 | Politics

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) has retained his top leadership position in the U.S. House of Representatives after a vote by the new Cong...

Sumo Wrestling

Frank A. Weil | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

Yes, we now all seem to know that there is a real deadline with potentially serious consequences. However, as we approach that so-called 'cliff', we now hear some murmurs about "well maybe we have to go off the cliff -- a little bit? -- to test the waters." What is the matter with us?