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Right wingers fuming over new majority leader

Right wingers fuming over new majority leader

Some conservatives are skittish about having a new House majority leader from left-leaning California. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., acknowledged that his constituents were “probably scratching their head” when it came to Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s election Thursday. Adding to the unease is that the House’s top Democrat, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, also is from California. “I don’t […]

Defiant IRS boss vs. skeptical Republicans

Defiant IRS boss vs. skeptical Republicans

Defiant before skeptical Republicans, the head of the IRS refused to apologize Friday for lost emails that might shed light on the tax agency’s targeting of tea party and other groups before the 2010 and 2012 elections. Instead, Commissioner John Koskinen accused the chairman of a powerful House committee of misleading the public by making […]

New health care boss revamps HealthCare.gov

New health care boss revamps HealthCare.gov

Moving to prevent more insurance chaos this fall, the nation’s new health care chief on Friday revamped the management of HealthCare.gov. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell appointed a new high-level operations manager to closely supervise the online portal to coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law. She also announced that she’s hiring […]

House backs new limits on NSA spying

House backs new limits on NSA spying

House libertarians and liberals banded together for a surprise win in their fight against the secretive National Security Agency, securing support for new curbs on government spying a year after leaker Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records. The Republican-led House voted 293-123 late Thursday to add the limits […]

Republicans elect McCarthy, Scalise to leader jobs

Republicans elect McCarthy, Scalise to leader jobs

House of Representatives Republicans on Thursday chose an ally of Speaker John Boehner for the No. 2 job in the chamber, a setback for some conservatives hoping to use a leadership election to boost their influence. Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, already the third-ranking House Republican, was chosen to replace Eric Cantor as majority leader. […]

New Republican leaders for a divided House

New Republican leaders for a divided House

Rep. Kevin McCarthy seems likely to inherit defeated Rep. Eric Cantor’s No. 2 House Republican leadership job, but GOP restiveness along ideological and regional lines is on full display in a wide-open race for the party’s next-ranking post of majority whip. McCarthy, R-Calif., who has climbed quickly since arriving in Congress in 2007, seemed likely […]