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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

House GOP Sues Obama Over Health Care Law

House Republicans have finally followed through on their lawsuit threat.

November 21, 2014

GOP Mulls Next CBO Director

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

November 13, 2014

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

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

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