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What The Democrats Need To Do To Retake The House In 2018

For most of this decade, Democrats have not understood why they keep losing the U.S. House and state legislatures to Republican super-majorities. It’s not because American voters have moved to the right. The biggest single reason the GOP has that outsized grip on power is because they outsmarted Democrats when drawing political maps in 2011 for U.S. House races and state legislatures.

July 15, 2017
Planned Parenthood

5 Things To Watch As Trumpcare Bill Moves To The Senate

The Trumpcare bill, wrote the Republican governors of Ohio, Michigan, Arkansas, and Nevada in a letter to House and Senate leaders, “provides almost no new flexibility for states, does not ensure the resources necessary to make sure no one is left out, and shifts significant new costs to states.”

May 4, 2017
Paul Ryan re-election, Trumpcare

Paul Ryan’s Challenges Will Not start Until After Nov. 8 Election

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is expected to cruise to re-election in his Wisconsin congressional district on Nov. 8, the day before his real political problems are likely to start.

September 13, 2016
REUTERS/Peter Morgan

U.S. House Votes To Allow Sept. 11 Families To Sue Saudi Arabia

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Friday that would allow the families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia’s government for damages, despite the White House’s threat to veto the measure. The bill’s passage in the House by voice vote was greeted with cheers and applause in the chamber.

September 10, 2016
Paul Ryan's ACA claims are wrong

Paul Ryan May Face A Political Coup: Report

According to a new report by The Huffington Post, House Speaker Paul Ryan may be facing a new political coup from House conservatives. And even if anti-Ryan conservatives don’t have the votes to force Ryan out, they may attempt to change House rules to weaken his pull.

August 31, 2016

Paul Ryan Wins Primary Election For Congressional Seat

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan handily won a primary election for his congressional seat on Tuesday, a contest overshadowed by presidential candidate Donald Trump’s brief refusal last week to endorse his fellow Republican.

August 10, 2016
House Democrats walk out on the East Front on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., after their sit-in over gun-control law. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

House Democrats Didn’t Win The Battle, But They Are Preparing To Win The War

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said the sit-in was a “publicity stunt.”

It probably was — but is there anything wrong with that?

June 23, 2016

#EndorseThis: Rep. John Lewis Leads House Sit-In For Gun Control

“Now is the time for us to find a way to dramatize it, to make it real,” Lewis said after the daily recess, as Democrats took over the floor. “We have to occupy the floor of the House until there is action.”

June 22, 2016
U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) takes questions at a news conference after his meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Washington, US, May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

House Speaker Ryan Unveils Republican Alternative To Obamacare

The Ryan plan recycles long-held Republican proposals like allowing consumers to buy health insurance across state lines, expanding the use of health savings accounts and giving states block grants to run the Medicaid program for the poor.

June 22, 2016
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

‘Small Government’ Republicans Want To Control D.C.’s Budget

“The current D.C. government needs to be reined in,” said House Majority Leader Paul Ryan in a statement highlighting Republican arguments in support of the bill. “We will not allow Congress and the Constitution to be undermined.”

May 26, 2016

Prank Caller Asks Congressman Dave Brat: Can I ‘Sh*t In Your Mouth’?

One of the star members of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus got a rather uncomfortable question during an appearance Thursday morning on C-SPAN.

December 17, 2015

Congress Negotiators Get Tax, Spending Deal: Lawmakers

Speaker Paul Ryan told Republicans that negotiations with Democrats culminated in a deal that would eliminate any government shutdowns until next October.

December 16, 2015

Defying Obama, House Passes Tougher Syrian Refugee Screening

The measure now goes to the U.S. Senate. Both houses would have to muster a two-thirds majority to override a veto by President Obama.

November 19, 2015

House Democrats Will Stay On Benghazi Committee

But, they say: “Democrats will continue to participate at this point in order to make sure the facts are known and the conspiracy theories are debunked.”

October 23, 2015

Late Night Roundup: ‘Binge-Ghazi’

Trevor Noah highlighted the House GOP’s never-ending quest to launch investigation after investigation to bring down Hillary Clinton.

October 23, 2015

Late Night Roundup: ‘Back To The Future Day’ — Great Scott!

Jimmy Kimmel celebrated “Back to the Future Day” — with a surprise visit from none other than the real Marty McFly and Doc Brown!

October 22, 2015

Analysis: Ryan’s Political Gambit Comes With Upsides, Pitfalls

If Paul Ryan is playing his cards right — and it’s a big if — then he has turned the Republicans’ leadership crisis from a “no win” predicament into a “no lose” proposition.

October 22, 2015

Ryan To Run For House Speaker If He Can Unify Republicans

Paul Ryan says he will be the new speaker — if the hard-right members will agree not to tear him down like they did to John Boehner and Kevin McCarthy.

October 21, 2015
Speaker of the House John Boehner addresses the members of the 114th Congress after being re-elected as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives at the start of the 114th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 6, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Fixing Gerrymandering Could Fix Congress

One root cause of the mutiny is the Great Republican Gerrymander of 2011, which helped elect and now protects the 45 ideological insurgents in the House.

October 18, 2015
John Boehner

Analysis: Who Will Blink First In House Speaker’s Race?

Republicans are no closer to replacing Boehner thanks to the Freedom Caucus, a ragtag bunch of “revolutionaries” who want to hijack the speakership in order to achieve their aims.

October 16, 2015

The Freedom Caucus’ Forebears: The Original Islamic Extremists

The lesson here: If the cause is made out to be holy and sacrosanct, then not even the most dedicated leaders are safe from the true believers.

October 16, 2015

House GOPers: Yes, Benghazi Committee Is Political — Or No, It Isn’t!

Republicans are still reeling in the wake of boasting that the Benghazi committee was put together in order to bring down Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers.

October 15, 2015

U.S. Debt Limit Increase Could Hit House Floor Soon

Boehner aide: “The Speaker has made it clear that he wants to solve some outstanding issues before he leaves.”

October 14, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Paul Ryan Got ‘Playboy’d’

How is that right-wing media is now even calling Paul Ryan a communist? “The Daily Show” explained what’s going on.

October 14, 2015
Paul Ryan

What Happened To The Young Guns?

They’ve suffered some casualties.

October 13, 2015