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Paul Ryan at Last Says Donald Trump Has His Support

House Speaker Paul Ryan apparently felt he had drawn out his highly public waiting game long enough, surprising precisely no one with his announcement on Thursday that he was throwing his support behind presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 READ MORE


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Paul Ryan Insists He Won’t Run for President: ‘Count Me Out’

The House speaker said Tuesday that he would not cave to pressure from within his party to join the fray.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Journalist John Nichols on Paul Ryan: The GOP’s Best Actor Since Reagan

Describing newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan as a “masterful performer,” Nichols says, “The bottom line on Paul Ryan is that no matter what, he will end up carrying the water for Wall Street and for multinational corporations. That is his great passion.”

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



President Obama Scores With Budget Deal Draft Despite Congressional Pushback

President Obama may soon be rounding the final bend of his presidency, but he apparently hasn’t lost his ability to push contested legislation through the congressional gantlet.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 26, 2015 ENLARGE



Paul Ryan Is Doomed, Too

The Wisconsin Republican, who achieved national prominence as Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012, seems more likely than ever to become the next speaker of the House. A devout man of faith, he will need your prayers.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE



Paul Ryan Is Fully on Board to Become House Speaker

What a difference a few days makes. After putting on quite a convincing show of resistance, followed by reticence, Rep. Paul Ryan is now the very picture of enthusiasm when it comes to his prospective new role as speaker of the House.

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 READ MORE



Paul Ryan Does an About-Face, Says He’d Serve as House Speaker

The saga in the House continues: On Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan, who for weeks had been maintaining that he didn’t want to replace outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner, told Republican colleagues that he would run for the position on one important condition.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 15, 2015 ENLARGE



VIDEO: House Speaker Reality Check: Ann Coulter Gets It Wrong, Paul Ryan Still Won’t Run

It’s been nearly a week since Rep. Kevin McCarthy bowed out of the running for outgoing House Speaker John Boehner’s spot, and the field is still wide open. Also, Ann Coulter didn’t quite get the whole constitutional aspect of this story, so we consulted a bona fide legal expert about the House rules to set the record straight.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE



Kevin McCarthy Takes Himself Out of the Running for House Speaker

“We probably need a fresh face,” House Majority Leader McCarthy said Thursday, breaking the surprising news that he was bowing out of the contest to replace John Boehner.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE


Boehner Resigns









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Posted on Oct 5, 2015 ENLARGE



Dennis Hastert, Nancy Pelosi and America’s ‘Family Values’

Republicans on Capitol Hill keep telling everyone how terribly shocked they are by the tawdry tale of Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House indicted last week on charges of money-laundering in an effort to cover up alleged sexual abuse of a male high school student many years ago.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 READ MORE



In Defending Dennis Hastert, Washington Forgets Sex Abuse Victims

Members of the American political elite feel they are protecting the establishment by giving the former House speaker the benefit of the doubt, just as the Vatican has done for accused priests for decades.

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 READ MORE



John Boehner’s Sorry Spectacle

The House speaker needs to decide whether he wants to be remembered as an effective leader or as a befuddled hack. So far, I’m afraid, it’s the latter.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE



Boehner Ready to Let Homeland Security Funding Bill Pass Its Expiration Date

Who’s ready for another government shutdown threat? House Speaker John Boehner, for one.

Posted on Feb 15, 2015 READ MORE



The Right’s Idea of ‘Governance’

This will be no ordinary Congress, so there are no ordinary ways for judging how effective it will be at governing.

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Posted on Jul 16, 2014 ENLARGE


Boehner Lawsuit









Posted on Jul 12, 2014 ENLARGE


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Posted on Jul 11, 2014 ENLARGE


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Posted on Oct 8, 2013 ENLARGE



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House Republicans: God Told Us to Keep Boehner as Speaker

Divine intervention saved John Boehner’s speakership, according to a new Washington Post story detailing GOP infighting.

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 READ MORE


John Boehner’s Google Fail

The Google search function, generally speaking, is pretty easy to navigate. Just go to Google.com, type in what you’re looking for and voila! Although the process is so simple that even a small child could figure it out, it seems to be proving a difficult skill for House Speaker John Boehner and other top Republicans to master.

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Boehner Ball









Posted on Nov 30, 2012 ENLARGE



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Boehner May Have More Leverage Over Tea Partiers in Congress

Tea partiers may be more amenable to an agreement now that the electorate has signaled it doesn’t especially like what the tea party has been up to.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Boehner Goes on the Attack Against Contraception Policy

John Boehner’s keen instincts have compelled him to zero in on the highly charged—and politically advantageous—dispute about religious organizations and contraception coverage that’s currently reaching the boiling point on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, the House speaker made a special speech devoted to the topic on the floor of Congress.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



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House Nixes Tax-Break Bill

Once again, folks, we have deadlock on Capitol Hill. Happy holidays! Although President Obama and the majority of the U.S. Senate hoped that the House of Representatives would cooperate and pass legislation that would extend unemployment benefits and a payroll tax break, that didn’t happen Tuesday.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on May 9, 2011 ENLARGE



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Gingrich Throws In for Campaign 2012

Perhaps hoping that Americans are either forgetful or forgiving (or both), former House Speaker and ’90s novelty throwback Newt Gingrich announced Monday, through de rigueur Twitter and Facebook channels, that he’ll be running for president in 2012.

Posted on May 9, 2011 READ MORE



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Bring In the Newt

Just when we’d gotten used to life without presidential campaign nonsense, here it comes again. What better way to kick it off than with the news that none other than Newt Gingrich is expected to announce that he’s putting together an exploratory committee ...

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Alex Brandon

That’s House Speaker John Boehner to You

It’s official: On Wednesday, the House of Representatives named its next speaker, replacing weeks of rumors with reality by handing Ohio Rep. John Boehner the gavel, “which I accept cheerfully and gratefully, knowing I am but its caretaker,” he said.

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 READ MORE


Gingrich
bioguide.congress.gov

Newt vs. Nancy

Nancy Pelosi has made herself vulnerable to attacks after appearing to venture into Equivocation Land this week in her public tussle with the CIA over when she knew the U.S. was employing what we call “torture” on suspected terrorists. Enter Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, stage right, to do his part to bring Pelosi down from her vaunted position.

Posted on May 15, 2009 READ MORE


Cheney, Bush and Pelosi
White House / David Bohrer

Pelosi the Enabler

If the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, and later House Democratic leader, lacked the authority to publicly question a policy of torture, then how can we condemn, indeed imprison, ordinary soldiers who thought it their duty to follow orders? 

Posted on May 12, 2009 READ MORE


Boehner, Bush and Pelosi
White House / Eric Draper

Pelosi Sticks By Her Waterboarding Denial

Despite evidence, helpfully provided by the CIA, to the contrary, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still insists she wasn’t aware that waterboarding would be on the menu of the Bush administration’s interrogation techniques when she was briefed in secret in 2002.

Posted on May 8, 2009 READ MORE


Pelosi
AP photo / Alex Brandon

What Did Pelosi Know?

The official paper trail about torture has apparently caught up with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has claimed that she wasn’t aware of the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on suspected al-Qaida operatives—but it now seems that she may well have been among the first to know.

Posted on May 7, 2009 READ MORE


Gingrich
abcnews.go.com

Gingrich: Bailout Plan ‘Un-American’

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson certainly has his Democratic detractors, but they aren’t the only ones who have some serious doubts about his controversial $700-billion bailout plan. In an appearance on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopolous” on Sunday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich blasted Paulson’s plan, calling it “un-American” and even opining that Paulson should have resigned.

Posted on Sep 28, 2008 READ MORE


Cindy Sheehan
time.com

Cindy Sheehan Makes Bid for Pelosi’s House Seat

It’s not going to be an easy campaign, but anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan has made good on her pledge to try to take over Nancy Pelosi’s congressional seat this fall. Sheehan filed Friday to run for the House in Pelosi’s San Francisco district—but she has to collect over 10,000 signatures before she can make her bid official.

Posted on Apr 25, 2008 READ MORE


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