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AUDIO: Robert Scheer Hosts Dennis Kucinich—an Unpredictable American Original

By Robert Scheer

In the third episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” eight-term Ohio congressman and two-time presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich raps about the underbelly of U.S. politics going back to his days as Cleveland’s “boy mayor” in the late 1970s.

Posted on Nov 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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‘America Is Not a Planet’ and Other Republican Remarks About Climate Change

As world leaders prepare for climate talks in Paris, here is a sample of Republican denials of the science of climate change, compiled by The Guardian.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE



Barney Frank, Ever the Politician, Predicts Hillary Clinton Is ‘Gonna Win’ in 2016

The former congressman brought his brand of D.C.-style real talk, and his unabashed support for Hillary Clinton, to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE



Paul Ryan Is In as House Speaker

It’s official: We’re now in the Paul Ryan era. The Wisconsin congressman was confirmed as the 54th House speaker on Thursday, succeeding the retiring John Boehner.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE



New Budget Grants Debt Collectors the Right to Bombard Student Borrowers With Robocalls

Debt collectors will be allowed to harass student loan borrowers with unlimited automated calls and text messages—even when asked to stop.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Paul Ryan Shrugs









Posted on Oct 29, 2015 ENLARGE



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


Paul Ryan









Posted on Oct 26, 2015 ENLARGE



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


VIDEO: Conservatives Gone Wild









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


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Posted on Oct 13, 2015 ENLARGE



Chaos Is the GOP’s New Normal

At this point, I worry we’re going to start finding members of the Republican establishment curled up in their beds, eyes clenched shut and ears covered with trembling hands, moaning “make it stop, make it stop, make it stop.”

Posted on Oct 9, 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









Posted on Oct 5, 2015 ENLARGE


Boehner Performance









Posted on Oct 5, 2015 ENLARGE



Hunting Hillary: Dim Speaker-to-Be Reveals Select Committee’s Partisan Goal

Ever since House Speaker John Boehner unveiled yet another committee to investigate Benghazi—the eighth congressional panel to investigate that September 2012 tragedy, along with a State Department Accountability Review Board—suspicions have festered that its purpose was purely partisan and political.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE


Bye-Bye Boehner









Posted on Oct 1, 2015 ENLARGE



What Kevin McCarthy’s Benghazi Gaffe Tells Us About the GOP

Rep. McCarthy, the likely successor to House Speaker John Boehner, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity explicitly on Tuesday night that the Hillary Clinton investigation was part of a “strategy to fight and win.” But why?

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE



A Spectacle of Life - Affirming News on the Cusp of the U.N.’s 70th Birthday

The convergence of a papal tour, a Chinese president’s visit, an auto executive’s resignation and a House speaker singing “Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah” has stirred the winds of civility.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE


Boehner Resigns









Posted on Sep 30, 2015 ENLARGE


Boehner and McConnell









Posted on Sep 30, 2015 ENLARGE



Congressional Republicans’ Planned Parenthood Summit Went as Poorly as You’d Think It Would

In a five-hour special session devoted to a problem they’d engineered, congressional GOP members put on a show of righteous indignation as they attempted to make the case for pulling federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE



John Boehner’s Impossible Task

The speaker of the House was thoroughly conservative in a Republican Party that had moved the goal posts on what constituted conservatism. But he could never be conservative enough for his critics on the right.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE


Buh-Bye Boehner









Posted on Sep 26, 2015 ENLARGE


Boehner Quits









Posted on Sep 25, 2015 ENLARGE



House Speaker John Boehner to Resign From Congress

Amid reports of conservative infighting, the speaker of the House of Representatives and congressman from Ohio for three decades announced at a party meeting Friday morning that he will resign in October to avoid becoming “the issue.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE



GOP Lawmakers Challenge Republican Congressional Leaders’ Stance on Climate

One week before Pope Francis visits the U.S. Congress, nearly a dozen Republican lawmakers have broken ranks with party leaders and called for action against climate change.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



The Latest GOP Fight: How to Reject President Obama’s Nuclear Iran Deal

Just when you think the Republican Party can’t possibly be more chaotic and disorganized, another internal brawl breaks out.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE



The Price John Boehner Pays

Republicans are talking a good deal about the threat to their brand posed by Donald Trump’s unplugged, unrestrained appeal to the party’s untamed side. There’s a bigger danger looming.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE



Obama: A Reaganite on Iran

President Obama was a long way from being ebullient about Iran at his news conference Wednesday. But like Ronald Reagan, he’s willing to take a chance on the idea that reaching our goals through negotiation can be wiser than the alternatives.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE



Congressional Republicans and Democrats Unite on Two Bills to Check Surveillance and Patriot Act

Twin bills that would revise the Patriot Act and curb the state surveillance exposed by Edward Snowden look certain to become law as bipartisan support mounts in both chambers of Congress.

Posted on May 1, 2015 READ MORE


Bibi and Boehner









Posted on Mar 28, 2015 ENLARGE



House Republicans Approve $5 Trillion in Budget Cuts

House Republicans on Wednesday night passed a budget that eliminates nearly $5 trillion from social welfare programs over the next decade and envisions regressive tax reforms and calls for the repeal of President Obama’s health care law.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE



The GOP Is Promoting War With Iran as a Campaign Strategy

With other arguments against the Democrats vanishing, only by turning the debate toward Iran can the Republicans survive. Netanyahu’s speech to Congress was just a political stunt to try to achieve that end.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Rabbi Michael Lerner

The progressive American Jewish leader has responded forcefully to Netanyahu’s right-wing vitriol against Iran by calling for peace and mutual respect among nations.

Posted on Mar 8, 2015 READ MORE



The Bibi-Boehner Coalition

It was disconcerting to watch Congress cheer wildly as a foreign leader, the prime minister of one of America’s closest allies, trashed an American president’s foreign policy.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE



In the Shadow of FDR, Netanyahu Preaches a Politics of Fear

Eighty-two years after Roosevelt’s famous call to hope, the Israeli prime minister stood before Congress to deliver a nearly opposite appeal. The facts do not support his dire warning on Iran.

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 READ MORE



What Does Iran Think of Netanyahu’s Interference in Talks?

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a bid to thwart President Barack Obama’s foreign policy toward Iran, the Iranian press is reacting to the wrench Netanyahu is trying to throw into negotiations over Iran’s civilian nuclear enrichment program. But for some odd reason, American mass media are almost never interested in what critics of the United States are saying.

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 READ MORE



Netanyahu’s Clash With Obama ‘Intolerable,’ Risks End of U.S.’ U.N. Veto, Says Former Mossad Head

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clearly believes he can openly side with the Republican Congress against President Barack Obama without facing any consequences. However, Meir Dagan, the former head of Israeli intelligence, sees danger.

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 READ MORE



Why Netanyahu’s Congress Speech Will Fail (Video)

The conspiracy hatched by Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to undermine President Obama’s negotiations with Iran over its civilian nuclear weapons program has a false premise that dooms it.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



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Boehner’s Classroom Run Amok

The House of Representatives seems to be trying mightily to make itself irrelevant, with Speaker John Boehner leading the effort.

Posted on Feb 17, 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


Bibi Speech









Posted on Feb 2, 2015 ENLARGE



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The Boehner-Bibi Backfire

The political ramifications are clear: House Speaker John Boehner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a colossal mistake by conspiring behind President Obama’s back, and the move has ricocheted on both of them.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE



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How Israel Went from Being a Democratic to a Republican Project

The audacity of Speaker of the House John Boehner colluding with the prime minister of a foreign country to undermine a sitting president is, I think, still not entirely appreciated.

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 READ MORE


Boehner’s Choice









Posted on Jan 25, 2015 ENLARGE


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