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  • Ted Cruz to meet with House insurgents one day before GOP elections

    10/05/2015 9:49:36 AM PDT · by VinL · 13 replies
    WashExaminer ^ | 10/5/15 | David Drucker
    Sen. Ted Cruz will meet with a group of House Republicans one day before they're scheduled to vote for a new senior leadership team. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has invited the Texas Republican, leading presidential contender, to address his Conservative Opportunity Society at a Wednesday breakfast meeting. The agenda, according to the invitation, is "conservative strategy for the remainder of the year." Cruz has meddled in House affairs on several occassions, advising supportive insurgent Republicans in the chamber on key legislation and strategic matters. However, it's unclear if Cruz, who ranks fifth in the Washington Examiner's presidential power rankings, plans...
  • House Republicans in solid shape for 2016 elections

    10/02/2015 1:19:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/02/2015 | Matt Vespa
    For liberals hoping to see Democrats retake the House will be sadly disappointed next year, as House Republicans look pretty solid going into 2016. In January, Stuart Rothenberg had this to say about the chances Democrats might take back the lower chamber: …30 seats is a big number. Since 1950, gains that large have occurred six times during midterm elections, when partisan waves often appear, but only twice in presidential years, in 1964 and 1980. And that’s an important reason why the GOP starts as the clear favorite to retain control of the House in 2016. According to Roll...
  • House Just Passed Donald Trump Act Sends Big Message to Obama! (A few days ago article)

    09/30/2015 7:38:44 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 59 replies ^ | Sept 25, 2015 | Political Insider
    Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is shining a massive spotlight on President Barack Obamas amnesty agenda.
  • The Disturbing Prospect of Trey Gowdy as Majority Leader (Consider the Source)

    09/29/2015 12:51:26 PM PDT · by mojito · 36 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 9/29/2015 | Andrew Rosenthal
    The choice House Republicans make to replace John Boehner as speaker will say a lot about how the party is going to handle its current identity crisis. Will it finally take governing seriously, or will it go on using its majority in Congress to shut down the government, hold show votes on health care reform, stymie President Obama and try to stop Hillary Clinton from becoming president? The current conventional wisdom holds that the leading candidate is the majority leader, Kevin McCarthy of California. Mr. McCarthy, at least, said on Monday that it is time to stop governing by crisis,...
  • Kevin McCarthy Declares Candidacy For Speaker Of The House

    09/28/2015 3:15:06 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 62 replies ^ | September 28, 2015 | Mathew Boyle
    House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), a California Republican, is running for Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. I have decided to run for Speaker of the House and graciously ask for your support, McCarthy said in a statement.
  • Roskam: Republicans Gather Enough Votes For Special Conference To Slow Down Speakership Election

    09/28/2015 5:42:28 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 38 replies ^ | 27 Sep 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    (Washington, DC) Republicans in the House of Representatives have banded together to ensure a cooperative debate on strategy and party disagreements before House GOP conference chairwoman Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) can try to help House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) take Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)s s soon-to-be-vacated job as House Speaker, and instead force a special extended conference meeting that can now happen without McMorris Rodgers approval. The debate is enabled by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), who was circulating a letter to his colleagues calling for debate on the Speakership process. At least 50 fellow GOP members have...
  • Obama Heaps Praise on Boehner: He Is a Patriot'

    09/27/2015 4:37:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    cns news ^ | 9/27/15 | Melanie Hunter
    ( In a White House Rose Garden news conference alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Barack Obama praised outgoing House Speaker John Boehner as a good man and patriot, who cares deeply about the House and America. I just heard the news as I was coming out of the meeting here, so it took me by surprise, and I took the time prior to this press conference to call John directly and talk to him. John Boehners a good man. He is a patriot. He cares deeply about the House, an institution in which hes served for a long...
  • REACTION: Buzz On Social Media About Boehner Stepping Down

    09/26/2015 6:00:22 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 26 replies
    KWTV ^ | 09/25/2015 | Staff
    "Today was the right day for Speaker Boehner to announce his retirement. He is a new grandfather and nothing would surpass the Pope's address" -Newt Gingrich "Given how it ended, I am guessing Boehner wishes he had just jammed immigration through, would have fundamentally changed his legacy" -Dan Pfeiffer "If Boehner wasn't conservative enough for the Republican Party, they are handing the Dems a win in 2016." -Sarah Wood "I wasn't always happy with what Speaker Boehner told me, but he never, ever misled me. He never told me something that wasn't true." -Harry Reid "John Boehner talking about the...
  • [Flashback to January 2015]REP. DANIEL WEBSTER REMAINS THREAT TO BOEHNER [Flashback to January 2015]

    09/25/2015 5:22:04 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 5 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 26, 2015 | JONATHAN STRONG
    Conservatives arent finished opposing Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)35% . Neither, apparently, is Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL)63% . In an interview, the Florida Republican says he is still working to build support for a member-driven, principle-based House and his supporters, including key conservatives such as Rep. Steve King (R-IA)77% , arent backing down either. Several right-wing dissidents who voted against their partys sitting speaker faced a severe backlash following the event, and GOP moderates have worked since then to build clout. So far thats mostly involved taking down a key pro-life bill on the eve of a massive anti-abortion...
  • GOP Rep Massie: Pressure From Constituents Made Boehner Quitting "Almost Inevitable"

    09/25/2015 3:16:46 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies ^ | September 25, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Representative Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) said that the resignation of House Speaker Representative Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) was almost inevitable, given the pressure that the American people have put on Washington, DC on Fridays Sean Hannity Show.
  • Gohmert releases statement following Boehner resignation

    09/25/2015 1:37:39 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 58 replies
    The Tyler Morning Telegraph ^ | September 25, 2015 | Congressman Louis Gohmert
    U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, released the following statement after Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation from the position of Speaker of the House: "America is at an incredibly perilous time in our history; we need bold leadership more than ever, and the Speaker now has graciously given us that opportunity." "Due in part to the massive shift in power away from the most accountable representatives of the people to a President and five judges, we have needed leadership with vision for the future that did not continue the downhill slide. A goal to simply slow the losses of liberty...
  • EXCLUSIVE Mark Levin Warns House Republicans: Do Not Support Kevin McCarthy For Speaker

    09/25/2015 11:20:25 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 87 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9-25-2015 | Julia Hahn
    Popular talk radio host and best-selling author Mark Levin is warning Republicans in Washington: dont replace outgoing House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) with Rep. Kevin McCarthy. (R-CA) Levins a tirelessly warrior against Speaker Boehner and the Washington establishment. Kevin McCarthy is Eric Cantor with ten less IQ points, Levin declares in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News. The radio star adds Republicans must learn their lesson and not repeat the mistakes they made following Eric Cantors historic fall from powernamely that Republicans must replace Boehner with a principled conservative. Levin explained that with the resounding defeat of the former-House...
  • House conservatives warm to McCarthy as Speaker

    09/25/2015 8:48:06 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 92 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 25, 2015 | Scott Wong
    With Speaker John Boehners (R-Ohio) job in doubt, House conservatives have been holding internal talks about a new leadership coalition that could include Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as Speaker and more conservative members occupying lower rungs on the leadership ladder.
  • House Votes to De-Fund Planned Parenthood After it Sells Body Parts From Aborted Babies

    09/18/2015 10:45:44 AM PDT · by amorphous · 17 replies ^ | Sep 18, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    The House of Representatives voted today for legislation that would temporarily de-fund Planned Parenthood while an investigation continues into it s sale of aborted babies and their body parts. The House voted 241 to 187 for the bill with 239 Republicans voting for the bill to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business and 3 Democrats joining them. Three Republicans voted against the defunding bill while 183 Democrats voted against it. Republican Steve King of Iowa vote present. (SCROLL TO BOTTOM to see how your House member voted).
  • The American Refugee Resettlement Scam

    09/17/2015 4:23:41 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 4 replies ^ | Sept 15, 2015 | James Simpson
    President Obama and his rancid leftist allies have subjected America to a blizzard of lies. Nothing that leaves his mouth even remotely parrots the truth, but typically stands truth on its head. The propaganda infrastructure spanning media, Hollywood, non-profit institutions and the halls of academia then erects a virtually impenetrable wall of disinformation to advance the lie.
  • Refugees who fled to Europe for a better life are living in former Nazi barracks at Buchenwald

    09/13/2015 7:15:48 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09/13/15 | Lydia Willgress
    21 male asylum-seekers living on site of Buchenwald concentration camp Men are waiting for the asylum-seeker applications to be returned to them 56,000 prisoners died at the camp between July 1937 and April 1945 Angela Merkel welcomed thousands of migrants to Germany in last week Refugees in Germany are being housed in a former Nazi concentration camp where thousands of slave-labourers were once held. Twenty-one male asylum seekers have been moved to the former barracks of the notorious Buchenwald concentration camp, where SS officers killed thousands of prisoners during the Second World War. The migrants, some of whom have been...
  • House passes resolution saying Obama ignored law on Iran deal

    09/10/2015 9:46:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/10/15 | Charles Hoskinson
    The House on Thursday approved a resolution aimed at laying the legal groundwork to prevent President Obama from lifting U.S. sanctions on Iran until lawmakers get to see the full text of the "roadmap" that governs how Tehran accounts for its past nuclear work. In a party-line 245-186 vote, members passed the resolution by Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, and Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y. The non-binding measure declares that Obama has not met the requirements of a law enacted in May giving Congress the opportunity to review any nuclear deal with Iran. Lack of access to the roadmap "makes it impossible for a
  • A Conservative Rebellion Is Brewing on Capitol Hill

    09/09/2015 5:05:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 9/9/15 | Martin matishak
    Not only will the next few weeks determine whether the federal government closes its doors for the second time in two years, they might also determine the fate of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).With only 11 legislative days left before the end of the fiscal year, a united group of House conservatives want Boehner and GOP leaders to stand up to the Obama administration on a range of issues, most notably passing a spending bill that keeps the government open while cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood.The health organization has come under intense scrutiny following a series of undercover...
  • Boehner allies say he wants the pain to stop

    09/08/2015 4:38:24 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 61 replies
    In what is hardly a show of strength, some allies of House Speaker are signalling that this could be Boehners last term as Speaker and that he will relinquish the gavel in January 2017. This story is being spread as Boehner is facing a series of hard legislative battles plus an virutally guaranteed attempt to remove him from his position. Via POLITICO: Figures in his close-knit circle of allies are starting to privately wonder whether he can survive an all-but-certain floor vote this fall to remain speaker of the House. And, for the first time, many top aides and lawmakers...
  • Supreme Court case based in Md. could have wide impact

    09/07/2015 11:46:17 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | September 6, 2015 | By John Fritze
    A little-noticed lawsuit brought by a Maryland man challenging the state's contorted congressional districts will be heard this fall by the Supreme Court where it has the potential to open a new line of constitutional attack for opponents of gerrymandering. Stephen M. Shapiro, a former federal worker from Bethesda, argues that the political map drawn by state Democrats after the 2010 census violated the First Amendment rights of Republicans by placing them in districts in which they were in the minority, marginalizing them based solely on their political views. The issue before the Supreme Court is whether a lower...
  • Pope calls on every parish in Europe to take in one migrant family each

    09/07/2015 1:12:08 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 46 replies
    Livel Leak ^ | 09/06/15
    As thousands of refugees pour into Europe, Pope Francis has called on every parish and religious community to take in one family each. He said the Vatican state would set the example, with its two parishes each taking in a family of refugees in the coming days. There are more than 25,000 parishes in Italy alone, and some 12,000 in Germany, where many refugees fleeing war and hardship in the Middle East hope to end up. Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees, the Gospel calls us and asks us to show solidarity to the most vulnerable...
  • What will Nancy Pelosi make Boehner do to save his Speakership?

    09/06/2015 5:20:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies ^ | 9/6/15 | Ed Straker
    When someone challenges the Speaker of the House (by a technical procedure known as declaring the office of the speakership "vacant"), usually the leadership holds what is basically a vote of confidence immediately to show that a majority of the members still support the Speaker. Otherwise it raises doubts about whether the Speaker still has the support of the majority of the members. But that's not what happened when Rep. Mark Meadows declared the office of the speaker vacant in late July in protest against the accomodationist policies of Speaker John Boehner. The House didn't hold any kind of vote...
  • Colorado Republicans Cancel Presidential Poll at Caucuses (GOPe strikes back?)

    08/26/2015 8:33:31 AM PDT · by JediJones · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8/25/2015 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI
    The state party's executive committee voted Friday to eliminate the presidential preference poll held during the party's March caucuses. That means there will be no official count of who won that contest. The vote was unanimous and drew little attention until it was reported by The Denver Post on Tuesday. State GOP Chairman Steve House said the change was made in response to a new Republican National Committee rule that would have made the presidential preference poll binding. The executive committee decided that would bring too much formality to the caucuses, which have drawn criticism in the past for being...
  • John Boehner Embarrassed: His Whip Team Couldnt Find Votes to Reelect Him Speaker Last Week

    08/03/2015 10:50:30 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    Breitboart Big Government ^ | 8-3-15 | Matthew Boyle
    House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) had been planning to call up on the House floor last week a measure from Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) that would have removed him as Speaker of the House if it succeededintending to embarrass Meadowsbut abandoned the plan after his entire leadership structure learned that they did not have the votes to re-elect him as Speaker before the August recess. [House Majority Leader Kevin] McCarthy was making phone callshe was whipping itand so was [House Majority Whip] Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), a senior conservative movement leader whos had many personal and direct discussions with...

    08/03/2015 4:13:38 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies ^ | August 3, 2015 | Breitbart News
    For a 56th birthday present to himself, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) (R-North Carolina) took perhaps the most aggressive step yet against the Republican Partys establishment. It marked perhaps the most bombastic challenge to House Speaker Rep. John Boehners (R-OH) (R-Ohio) leadership, and another point at which long-simmering tensions within the Republican caucus have exploded out into the open.

    08/02/2015 9:16:35 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 1 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 2, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)35% had been planning to call up on the House floor last week a measure from Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC)96% that would have removed him as Speaker of the House if it succeededintending to embarrass Meadowsbut abandoned the plan after his entire leadership structure learned that they did not have the votes to re-elect him as Speaker before the August recess. [House Majority Leader Kevin] McCarthy was making phone callshe was whipping itand so was [House Majority Whip] Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)74% , a senior conservative movement leader whos had many personal and direct discussions...
  • Obama signs short-term highway bill, faults Congress for inaction

    08/01/2015 8:16:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 31, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama signed a three-month highway bill Friday while chastising Congress for failing to approve long-term transportation funding and other legislative business before lawmakers summer vacation. We cant keep on funding transportation by the seat of our pants, Mr. Obama told reporters in the Oval Office. Its a bad way for the U.S. government to do business. I guarantee you thats not how China, Germany and other countries around the world handle their infrastructure.
  • Fired-Up Congressman Says What Needed To Be Said, Leaves Boehner In Shambles

    07/30/2015 5:54:28 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 17 replies ^ | July 30,2015 | Christopher Agee
  • House GOP to Senate: Were not taking up your highway bill

    07/27/2015 12:35:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 90 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 27, 2015 | Scott Wong
    The House will not vote on a multi-year Senate highway bill that revives the now-expired Export-Import Bank, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Monday. Were not taking up the Senate bill, McCarthy declared to a roomful of reporters in his office. Instead, McCarthy urged the Senate to take up a short-term House-passed bill which extends federal highway funding for five months, without renewing the Ex-Im Bank charter. He called the House bill the best option for Congress before money for highways, bridges and mass transit runs out on Friday. McCarthys declaration is a blow not only to the Senate,...
  • I forget - which Party has control of the House and Senate?

    07/22/2015 6:56:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/22/2015 | Keith Edwards
    When Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi ran the Congress, they did as they damn well pleased. They held up legislation they didnt want debated or voted on, they changed the rules to suit the needs of the Democrat Party and they said and did whatever it took to move theirs and Obamas liberal socialist agenda forward. You can call them bullies or even tyrannical, but one thing you cant call them - spineless. So how is that Republican House and Senate majority working for the people that voted them in? Are they on-task putting the country back on the conservative...
  • THE FREEDOM INDEX: A Congressional Scorecard Based On The U. S. Constitution

    07/19/2015 4:04:29 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 25 replies
    The New American ^ | July 20, 2015 Issue | Staff
    "The Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution" rates congressmen based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements. The percentages below are cumulative scores based on key votes from 1999 through June 2015. Click on a senator's or representative's name to get a detailed breakdown of his or her voting record. (See abysmal records at link)
  • House passes short-term highway fix; Congress plans still in flux before July 31 deadline

    07/16/2015 8:30:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 15, 2015 | Tom Howell, Jr.
    The House approved $8 billion in highway funding Wednesday to keep projects moving past a July 31 deadline and buy enough time to negotiate the long-term bill lawmakers really want. But the measure is now on a collision course with the Senate, where Republicans sketched out a more ambitious bill that would pump tens of billions of dollars in new funding in coming years. House GOP leaders said they would eventually like a six-year bill. But for now, they asked members to swallow hard and support a five-month extension through Dec. 18, saying negotiations on the bigger bill could take...
  • House bill would force the Supreme Court to enroll in ObamaCare

    06/25/2015 3:49:37 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/25/2015 | Mark Hensch
    A House Republican on Thursday proposed forcing the Supreme Court justices and their staff to enroll in ObamaCare. Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) said that his SCOTUScare Act would make all nine justices and their employees join the national healthcare laws exchanges. As the Supreme Court continues to ignore the letter of the law, its important that these six individuals understand the full impact of their decisions on the American people, he said. Thats why I introduced the SCOTUScare Act to require the Supreme Court and all of its employees to sign up for ObamaCare, Babin said. Babins potential legislation would...
  • House Republicans Considering Impeachment of IRS Head over Stonewalling in Lois Lerner Investigation

    06/25/2015 9:45:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | June 24, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Agency destroyed e-mails after telling Congress they couldnt be found. House Republicans investigating the IRSs targeting of tea-party groups are seriously considering an effort to impeach IRS commissioner John Koskinen or other agency employees for culpable misdemeanors pertaining to the destruction of e-mails written by Lois Lerner, the former official at the heart of the scandal. Weve briefed the leaderships counsel, and I think that theyre open to it, but its the type of thing where this town is like, oh, thats not how we do things, its not really been used lately, a Republican member of the House Oversight...
  • Obama to heckler: 'You're in my house'

    06/24/2015 4:18:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 80 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/24/15 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama faced off with a heckler during a reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month at the White House, telling the person youre in my house. Obama was interrupted shortly after beginning his speech to the crowd by a person who repeatedly shouted the presidents name. No, no, no , no. Listen, youre in my house, Obama told the person. Youre not going to get a good response from me by interrupting me like this, Obama said. But the heckler would not let up, despite Obamas pleas, boos from the crowd and chants of Obama! Obama! The president became visibly irritated,...
  • Former White House Top Chef Missing After New Mexico Hiking Trip

    06/19/2015 11:04:56 AM PDT · by Nachum · 65 replies
    abc ^ | 6/19/15 | BENJAMIN SIEGEL
    A former White House executive chef to Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush has been reported missing in New Mexicos Taos Ski Valley after a planned hiking trip to the area last Saturday. Walter Scheib, 61, was reported missing by his girlfriend when he did not return home from a hiking trip last Saturday. Authorities discovered his vehicle on Tuesday, and have been combing 20 to 30 square miles of mountainous area for Schieb since Wednesday, according to Bob Rodgers, the search and resource officer leading the search for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. "The terrain is...
  • House votes to repeal ObamaCare tax (280-140 - 46 RATS vote yes)

    06/18/2015 5:00:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/18/15 | Sarah Ferris
    The House voted Thursday to repeal an ObamaCare tax on medical devices that is intended to generate billions of dollars for the law. The final vote was 280-140, with 46 Democrats voting in favor. Supporters of the bill say the 2.3 percent tax, which affects about 7,000 manufacturers nationwide, is holding back innovation on important devices like X-ray machines and ventilators. “Only in Washington would you impose a tax on life-saving medical technology and think you will actually reduce healthcare costs," said Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), the bill’s lead sponsor. The House first voted to repeal the tax passed in...
  • House Dems push DHS to end 'jail-like' family detention

    05/27/2015 3:42:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/27/15 | Lydia Wheeler
    House Democrats, backed by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.), are pushing hard for the Department of Homeland Security to end its program of holding illegal immigrant families in jail-like detention centers. We believe your department has not fully grasped the serious harm being inflicted upon mothers and their children in custody, said a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson signed by 135 lawmakers on Wednesday. In 2014, the DHS ramped up its practice of holding immigrant families in detention facilities amid an influx of 60,000 families arriving at the Mexican border. But lawmakers are...
  • Congressional Conservatives Grade GOP-Controlled House: 'C-Plus'

    05/14/2015 6:34:08 PM PDT · by mrsmith · 6 replies
    ABC ^ | May 13, 2015 | RICK KLEIN and ALI DUKAKIS
    ... two leading congressional conservatives -- founding members of the House Freedom Caucus -- say the GOPs current leadership leaves something to be desired. It's been average, Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, told Power Players. I don't think we've done a great job of following the promises that we made. I think we've done some good things, and we've done some not so great things. But what's really lacking is a vision for the future of America. In the interview, fellow Freedom Caucus chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, agreed with Labrador's grade for the accomplishments of the GOP-controlled House so far:...
  • Watch: Boehner Lashes Out At Reporter For "Stupid Question" On Amtrak

    05/14/2015 9:17:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies ^ | May 14,2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday at his weekly press briefing, House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) lashed out when a reporter asked if funding was an issue on the heels of this weeks tragic crash of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia, killing 7 and injuring hundreds.
  • Notorious 'Animal House' fraternity at Dartmouth College loses its appeal for 'recognition' [tr]

    05/08/2015 12:14:50 PM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    AP ^ | May 8, 2015 | Staff
    Dartmouth College has rejected an appeal by a fraternity accused of branding new members, ending efforts by the Greek organization that partly inspired the 1976 movie 'Animal House' to remain recognized on campus. Alpha Delta appealed last month after a campus judiciary committee at the Ivy League school withdrew the fraternity's recognition as a student organization. That appeal has been denied and the decision to withdraw recognition stands, according to a statement the college provided to The Associated Press on Friday.
  • Silent protest, boycott greet Wiccan priestess at Iowa House

    04/10/2015 10:50:04 PM PDT · by Aliska · 34 replies ABC affiliate ^ | April 9, 2015 | James Q. Lynch and Rob Boshart
    DES MOINES What would Jesus do? If he were a member of the Iowa Legislature, Rep. Rob Taylor believes he would peacefully protest the morning prayer by a Wiccan priestess. So the West Des Moines Republican turned his back Thursday and prayed silently as Cedar Rapids Cabot witch Deborah Maynard appealed to god, goddess, universe, that which is greater than ourselves. Many of his colleagues chose not to attend the daily prayer. But Taylor said that after praying over it, he decided the appropriate response would be to be in the presence of a prayer, but peacefully protest. Despite...
  • Is the White House trolling Netanyahu?

    04/08/2015 2:51:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/8/15 | Brian Hughes
    The White House appeared to mock Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on social media Wednesday, employing a cartoon bomb similar to an illustration used by Israel's leader to warn against a nuclear Iran.The image of the bomb, complete with a red line near the top, is virtually identical to that used by Netanyahu during a 2012 United Nations speech on the dangers of Tehran acquiring such a weapon."At this late hour there is only one way to peacefully prevent Iran from getting atomic bombs," Netanyahu said in his address at the time. "And that is by placing a clear red...

    04/07/2015 2:23:51 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 298 replies ^ | April 07, 2015 | DRUDGE
    Russian hackers who got into the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, U.S. officials say.
  • How 'House of Cards' Writer Beau Willimon Got the Inside Dirt on D.C. [Worked for 3 Dems]

    03/28/2015 4:36:38 PM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 29 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 2/26/13 | Jordan Zakarin
    ...[Writer Beau] Willimon, then in his 20s, became one of many young people to devote themselves to Vermont Gov. Howard Deans Beltway-assaulting run for the 2004 Democratic nomination for president... He was a student at Columbia in 1998, wilting in the New York heat while studying Greek classics at the uptown Ivy, when Carson -- coming off an internship with George Stephanopoulos -- tempted him with tales of his work on a Senate campaign. Congressman Chuck Schumer, a gregarious Democrat from Brooklyn, was a longshot in the partys primary, but Stephanopolous assured Carson that he would win. Carson started out...
  • House Approves Balanced Budget Plan (edit)

    03/25/2015 4:08:03 PM PDT · by JennysCool · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3-25-2015 | ABC News
    Normally quarrelsome House Republicans came together Wednesday night and passed a boldly conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare.
  • House of Cards president more popular than Obama

    03/23/2015 7:51:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 23, 2015 | Judy Kurtz
    Americans prefer the fictional commanders-in-chief found on television even the corrupt or conniving ones such as House of Cards Frank Underwood and Scandals Fitzgerald Grant to President Obama, according to a new poll. A Reuters-Ipsos survey conducted this month finds while only 46 percent of those polled around the country have a favorable opinion of President Obama, a whopping 82 percent gave a positive rating to The West Wings President Josiah Barlet, played on the NBC show by Martin Sheen, and 89 percent approved of the job President David Palmer, played by Dennis Haysbert, did on Foxs 24.
  • VIDEO: Concerns Grow Over Large Crack Along Lake Whitney Cliff

    03/17/2015 11:32:12 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 85 replies ^ | 03/17/15 |
    A giant fracture in a limestone cliff overlooking Lake Whitney is threatening another luxury home, less than a year after a mansion was burned to the ground before it could collapse and fall into the North Texas lake below.
  • White House: Obama Was Aware Of Clintons Email Address

    03/09/2015 11:41:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | 3/9/15 | Katherine Miller
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that President Obama exchanged email with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her time in office and therefore through her personal email account. The president was referring specifically to the arrangement associated with Secretary Clintons email, Earnest said. Yes, the president was aware of her email address; he traded emails with her. That shouldnt be a surprise, that the president of the United States is going to trade emails with the secretary of sta
  • Senator Reid Scores Early Victory as Opposition Leader, warns against taking victory laps

    03/05/2015 5:46:19 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | March 5, 2015 | Siobhan Hughes and Michael R. Crittenden
    Politics and Policy Senator Reid Scores Early Victory as Opposition Leader But minority leader warns fellow Democrats against taking victory laps after homeland security win By Siobhan Hughes and Michael R. Crittenden WASHINGTONSenate Democrats think they have had a good couple of weeks, including a win in a battle over immigration and homeland security funding, but their leader is warning members of his caucus against taking any victory laps. We cannot be gloating, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said he told his caucus at a closed-door meeting on Tuesday. We have a lot of things we have to...