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Two Women Tell New York Times That Trump Touched Them Inappropriately

CBS showed clips from its show Entertainment Tonight in 1992 with Trump addressing a group of 10-year-old girls, telling them he would be dating one of them in 10 years. He was 46 at the time.

October 13, 2016
Demonstrators hold placards during a protest against the visit of Donald Trump, at the Angel of Independence monument in Mexico City. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

How Washington Blew Its Best Chance To Fix Immigration

Just four years ago, Republican leaders, coming off a presidential election in which their candidate received barely a quarter of the Hispanic vote, made a concerted push to reach a compromise on immigration reform. President Obama, too, elevated it as one of the top issues of his second term.

September 19, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Trump speaks at Dayton International Airport in Dayton, Ohio

The Great Republican Crack-Up

The Great Republican Crack-up Dayton was once a bastion of the GOP establishment. The story of how the city changed helps explain the rise of Donald Trump.

July 15, 2016
donald trump meeting

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
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (not pictured) speak to reporters at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

John Boehner Calling Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer In The Flesh’ Is Hardly The Worst Thing Someone Has Said About Ted Cruz

Rep. Peter King of New York said Thursday on CNN that maybe Boehner “gives Lucifer a bad name by comparing him to Ted Cruz.”

April 28, 2016
A group of 16 Guatemalans receive instructions from an Hidalgo County Constable after they crossed the Rio Grande near Anzalduas Park outside McAllen, Texas, Junes 12, 2014. The group, from Guatemala, spent 3 weeks crossing Mexico. (Michael Robinson Chavez/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Watchdogs: Rise In Southwest Border Crossings Fueled By Desperation

Immigration watchdogs say the significant uptick in the number of unaccompanied minors and families apprehended along the Southwest border late last year underscores how dire the situation has become in Central America.

January 14, 2016

Republicans Pick Ryan For House Speaker Before Budget Vote

Paul Ryan was chosen by fellow Republicans on Wednesday as their nominee to be the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, with the party uniting around the former vice presidential candidate ahead of a tough vote on a budget deal.

October 28, 2015
Paul Ryan

Ryan Is A Boehner ‘Mini-Me’ To Some Conservatives

Boehner’s rhetoric was fine at the beginning, “but his rhetoric did not match his actions,” according to one Congressional Tea Partier.

October 28, 2015
John Boehner, House Speaker

White House And Republican Leaders Reach Budget Deal

The $80 billion, two-year budget accord would increase spending somewhat on defense and domestic programs, rolling back some of the automatic cuts known as sequesters that Obama repeatedly has denounced.

October 27, 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
Paul Ryan

4 Times Paul Ryan Broke Ranks With GOP

Past votes and positions he’s taken on key social and fiscal issues could rankle conservatives who still want to see change in their party’s leadership.

October 21, 2015
Kevin McCarthy

Money Flowed To McCarthy As Speaker-In-Waiting

In the short time he was considered a shoo-in for Speaker, McCarthy reaped the rewards.

October 19, 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

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

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

5 Depressing Things To Expect If A GOP President And Congress Win in 2016

If Republicans win in 2016, expect the worst. And if we let this happen after seeing what they did the last time we had a GOP president and Congress — 2001-2006 — know that we deserve it.

October 12, 2015

Who Is Still Running For Speaker Of The House?

The House of Representatives is in a state of total chaos, after the sudden withdrawal of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy from the race to become Speaker. Who will get the job now? Who would even want it? Here are just a few possibilities.

October 8, 2015

McCarthy Drops Out Of Speaker Race; GOP Election Postponed

In a stunning turn of events, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced that he would not seek election for the position of Speaker of the House.

October 8, 2015

Political War All the Time

When leaders entertain hard-right voters not tuned in to the big picture, that’s when governing stops.

October 8, 2015

Endorse This: McCarthy’s Latest Blurt

Kevin McCarthy now says “don’t use politics to try to change this around.” Yes, that really is his message.

October 7, 2015

No Agreements Yet On Plan To Deal With U.S. Debt Limit: Boehner

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday that discussions were under way to deal with a looming Nov. 5 deadline to raise the federal debt limit but no decisions have been made.

October 7, 2015

House To Vote On New Speaker On October 29: Boehner

House Republicans will meet this Thursday to choose their party’s nominee for the post, but the speaker is elected by the entire House of Representatives.

October 5, 2015
Kevin McCarthy

Meet Kevin McCarthy: 5 Things To Know About The Speaker-In-Waiting

Kevin McCarthy’s meteoric rise was due to one thing.

October 2, 2015

Congress Passes Funding Bill To Avoid Government Shutdowns

Outgoing House Speaker Johnson Boehner needed support from Democrats to keep the government open, as a majority of Republicans voted against it.

September 30, 2015

House Republicans To Vote Oct. 8 For New Leaders

Republicans will choose their candidate to be Boehner’s replacement, plus elect other party positions. Sometime later in October, the full House is expected to vote on the new speaker.

September 30, 2015