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An edes aegypti mosquito is seen inside a test tube as part of a research on preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases at a control and prevention center in Guadalupe, neighbouring Monterrey, Mexico, in this March 8, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/Files

Zika Concern Leading Constituents To Push GOP Action

Concerns over the Zika virus are leading constituents in affected areas to push their Republican members of Congress for action. This is not the first time there have been significant calls for action on Zika, but this past summer, Congressional Republicans left for a seven week recess without doing anything to address the growing crisis.

August 19, 2016
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) closes the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Trump Fallout Now Has Washington Insiders Mulling House Democratic Takeover

The catalyst in all this is Trump’s continuing tumble in the polls in key presidential battleground states like Florida, which he needs to win but where he is now down by 9 points, according to a new Monmouth University poll.

August 18, 2016
FBI Director James Comey testifies before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the "Oversight of the State Department" in Washington U.S. July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

They Were Never Close To Indicting Hillary — 20 Years Ago Or Yesterday

Decades ago, one U.S. attorney dismissed another Clinton scandal on its face: “Even media questions about such an investigation,” he wrote, “all too often publicly purport to ‘legitimize what can’t be proven.’” Keep that phrase in mind.

July 13, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton comments on the just-released Benghazi report as she speaks at Galvanize, a learning community for technology, in Denver

Republicans’ Benghazi Report Seeks Repetition, Not Truth

The House Republicans’ “final” report on Benghazi contains no new dope on Clinton, but the authors don’t need “new.” They’re looking for repetition. Spread the innuendo often and thick enough and a good chunk of the public will believe it.

June 30, 2016
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) waits to meet India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (not pictured), before Modi speaks at a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber in Capitol Hill, Washington, U.S., June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

5 Reasons Paul Ryan And The GOP Can’t Quit Trump

Paul Ryan spent the weekend at Mitt Romney’s donor summit listening to Ebay CEO and former Republican candidate for governor California Meg Whitman warn that, according to the Washington Post, “Trump is the latest in a long line of historic demagogues, explicitly comparing him to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.”

June 13, 2016
A member of the New York Police Department stands outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Manhattan borough of New York, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Planned Parenthood Is Fighting Back

Planned Parenthood is battling on multiple legal fronts across the country, close to a year after the airing of several heavily edited videos that purported to show staff selling fetal tissue. The organization has filed 15 lawsuits challenging states that want to defund or otherwise curtail its activities.

June 6, 2016
Test tubes with blood samples from patients who have been tested for Zika are seen at the maternity ward of the Hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa, Honduras April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

Republicans Strip Local Health Departments By Failing to Address Zika

Local health departments do not have months to wait for Republicans to fund the Zika fight. In July, the CDC will shift $44 million of its emergency response funds to fight Zika unless the funds are allocated by Congress, an action that would have crippling effects at the local level.

May 31, 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

House Republicans Block Their Own Spending Bill Because of LGBT Protection Amendment

A domestic energy and water spending bill was defeated last week over an amendment that would prevent the U.S. government from hiring contractors that discriminate based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

May 31, 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
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) laughs as he speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Blame Trump For The GOP’s LGBT Vote Switch

“When you have a Republican Party that is built on the premise of vilification, hatred and marginalization, nobody should be surprised by what happened on the floor. You know, you reap what you sow.”

May 26, 2016
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GOP Big Wigs React To Trump Meeting

Following a meeting with presumptive party nominee Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., top Republican politicians appear to be cautiously embracing Trump, while those already supporting him are now even more unequivocal in their support.

May 12, 2016
Newly elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Ryan wields the speaker's gavel for the first time on Capitol Hill in Washington

Every December, Why All The Drama?

Every December brings anxieties about Congress finishing its work in time to avert a government shutdown. Christmas cheer is overshadowed by partisan finger pointing; lawmakers have months to come to an agreement on spending priorities and policy riders, but don’t.

December 15, 2015
U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi sits down for an interview with Reuters on House legislative plans, in her office at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington

House Democrats Hang 2016 Hopes Largely On Clinton’s Coattails

Democrats’ efforts at forging their 2016 legislative message have been less substantial and more diffuse than those of Republicans — leaving them to rely on Clinton to give the party’s congressional candidates a lift.

December 15, 2015
McCarthy laughs as he addresses questions about his bid to replace Boehner during a news conference after their closed Republican House caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

My Pick For The Next Speaker Of The U.S. House

If it were under the big top, it would be a hilarious clown show — with pratfalls, wild posturing, tumbling, juggling and a cacophony of comic chaos. But alas, it’s under the Capitol dome.

October 21, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Clinton shakes hands with rival candidate and U.S. Senator Sanders as they participate in the first official Democratic candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas

Scandalizing Hillary: If The First Time Is Tragedy, Then The Second Time Is…

Karl Marx’s piercing insight can be applied to the “Clinton scandals,” now playing again, courtesy of the Congressional Republicans and especially the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

October 15, 2015
House Speaker Boehner and House Majority leader McCarthy speak to reporters at a news conference on Capitol Hill in WashingtonCapitol Hill in Washington

When ‘Conservatives’ Become Radicals

The “Freedom Caucus” not only can’t govern, they don’t appear to believe in governance. If they understood the first thing about the U.S. Constitution they profess to revere, they’d recognize that it was purposely crafted to frustrate radicals like them.

October 14, 2015
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
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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