Saturday, October 10, 2015
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McCarthy laughs off a question as he explains his decision to pull out of a Republican caucus secret ballot vote to determine the nominee to replace retiring House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), on Capitol Hill in Washington

House Republicans Search For Leader

U.S. House Republicans met behind closed doors to discuss next steps in their internal leadership battle on Friday morning, the day after the front-runner to lead their chamber abruptly quit the speaker’s race.

October 9, 2015
House Majority Leader McCarthy speaks at the John Hay Initiative in Washington

Hunting Hillary: Dim Speaker-To-Be Reveals Select Committee’s Partisan Goal

Only three weeks from now, Trey Gowdy will face Hillary Clinton in an open hearing. That event is framed not by her email controversy, but by the blurted confession of Speaker-to-be Kevin McCarthy – who exposed the malignant abuse of congressional authority that Gowdy has sought to conceal.

September 30, 2015
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event in West Columbia

Still Perplexed And Worried About Hillary Clinton’s Emails? Calm Down

We can expect some partisan figures – like Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and his fellow Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi – to continue to willfully misrepresent these fundamental facts.

August 13, 2015
US Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on July 17, 2014 (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)

The Price Boehner Pays

The latest attempt at a Boehner ouster is yet another indication that the Republican Congress still has a lot of trouble getting that governing thing down.

July 30, 2015
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner gestures during weekly news conference

House Speaker Boehner Brushes Off Call For His Ouster

Boehner said that the motion “isn’t even deserving of a vote.”

July 29, 2015
Speaker Boehner meets with Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who is to serve as chairman of the select committee to investigate the events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi. (SpeakerBoehner/Flickr)

Sneaky Leakers: Why House Republicans Won’t Release Blumenthal Transcript

Naturally the Washington press corps, courageous watchdogs of democracy, have supinely lapped up the Benghazi committee’s selective leaks without demanding the full context. If the Clintons did something like this, they’d bark and growl all night.

June 19, 2015
President Obama Heads To Capitol Hill To Discuss His Trade Agenda- DC

Obama Suffers Big Loss As Trade Bill Is Defeated At Hands Of Democrats

Hoping to salvage a key piece of his legacy, Obama dashed to Capitol Hill for a rare early-morning meeting with Democrats. But even his high-profile personal intervention failed to generate the Democratic votes he needed.

June 12, 2015
US Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on July 17, 2014 (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)

The Right’s Word-Deed Problem

Congressional Republicans’ new budgets prove what the GOP really thinks of working Americans.

March 23, 2015
steve scalise

Duke: Racist Leader Was Scalise ‘Friend’ And Campaign Donor

David Duke’s top aide Kenneth Knight personally donated $1000 to Steve Scalise in 2008.

December 31, 2014
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)

Why Nobody Who Knows Louisiana Believes Steve Scalise

Neo-Nazi David Duke, sponsor of the conference where Scalise spoke in 2002, had been making headlines in Louisiana for a decade.

December 30, 2014
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House GOP Sues Obama Over Health Care Law

House Republicans have finally followed through on their lawsuit threat.

November 21, 2014
Doug Elmendorf

GOP Mulls Next CBO Director

How partisan will the GOP go with their pick for the next congressional budget chief?

November 13, 2014
bill clinton, barack obama

From Clinton To Obama: Why GOP Impeachment Fever Is Now So Predictable

Making predictions is a perilous practice for any political journalist. Too often, the would-be seers turn out to be dead wrong – as can be attested to by George Will, Michael Barone, Larry Kudlow, and the humiliated boy genius on Fox News, all of whom projected a big victory for Mitt Romney in 2012. Yet there […]

August 1, 2014
John Boehner

House Fails To Pass Immigration Bill, Asks Obama To Act Alone

House Republicans pulled their embattled immigration legislation on Thursday, after failing to find enough Republicans to vote for the pared-down funding bill. The embarrassing defeat for Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) greatly increases the odds that the House will not do anything to act on the border crisis before leaving Washington for its August recess. The Republican […]

July 31, 2014
Barack Obama 7-14 ukraine

Need Campaign Cash? No Problem. Sue The President

By William Douglas, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner has yet to formally file his lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of overreaching his executive authority, but that hasn’t stopped Democrats and Republicans from making a mad dash for campaign cash off the threatened legal action. No sooner did Boehner (R-OH), unveil a […]

July 21, 2014

Time To Impeach Obama?

By William Douglas, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — For many on the far political right, it’s high time to charge President Barack Obama with high crimes and misdemeanors. The “I-word” — impeachment — is creeping back into the political lexicon nearly 16 years after the House of Representatives impeached President Bill Clinton for lying under […]

July 2, 2014
Kevin McCarthy2

Republican Party Infighting Threatens Renewal Of Export-Import Bank

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The House Republican leadership shakeup has revived a conservative-led push to terminate the nation’s Export-Import Bank, testing the GOP’s traditional alliance with business groups. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who lost his seat earlier this month in a major primary upset, was a key backer […]

June 24, 2014
Kevin McCarthy2

A Year Of Living Negatively

WASHINGTON — Republicans feel good about this fall’s election even though their party is sharply divided and its brand is badly tainted. The House GOP last week elected a balanced ticket of leaders in a relatively harmonious process. Nonetheless, the party’s right still complained that its voices were not heard. And a party leadership that […]

June 23, 2014
Kevin McCarthy2

Balance Is Seen In New GOP Leadership In House

By Michael A. Memoli and Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) election as House Majority Leader continued one of the swiftest political ascents in congressional history and marked another triumph for establishment Republican forces over the party’s conservative flank. House Republicans chose the Bakersfield, Calif., congressman to replace Rep. Eric […]

June 20, 2014

Benghazi: What New Details Reveal About The ‘Scandal’ — And Its Promoters

In the years since the terrorist attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, his aide Sean Smith and CIA officers Tyrone Smith and Glen Doherty in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, President Obama’s congressional critics have complained long and loudly about his failure to apprehend the perpetrators immediately. Republican experts like Ted Cruz and Darrell Issa, […]

June 20, 2014
Erik Shinseki, Barack Obama

In VA Scandal, Let’s Have Accountability For All — Including Congress

While Congress eagerly prepares its latest political stunt – a resolution to oust Gen. Eric Shinseki as Veterans Affairs Secretary – members might want to consider their own responsibility for the scandalous inadequacy of veterans’ health care. Unlike most of them, especially on the Republican side, Shinseki opposed the incompetent war plans of the Bush […]

May 23, 2014

GOP Quietly Backing Off Obamacare Fight

Republicans hardly ever admit defeat, but that doesn’t mean they are always victorious. In their fight against the Affordable Care Act, they are losing and silently retreating. The right has waged war on President Barack Obama’s health care legislation since well before the reform even took effect. And following the troubled launch in October, […]

May 12, 2014
Trey Gowdy

Meet The Former Prosecutor Who Will Lead The House Benghazi Investigation

“Trey Gowdy is as dogged, focused, and serious-minded as they come,” House Speaker John Boehner (OH) declared Monday as he justified his decision to appoint South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy (R) to lead the congressional committee set to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks. But who exactly is Trey Gowdy? And why do conservatives feel so […]

May 6, 2014
John Kerry

Congress Overseer Subpoenas Kerry On Benghazi

Washington (AFP) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was slapped with a subpoena Friday by Congress’s main oversight panel demanding he testify about how the Obama administration responded after a deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya. House Government Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa announced the subpoena in a tweet, saying he requires that Kerry […]

May 2, 2014
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