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McCarthy front-runner for Cantor’s leader job

McCarthy front-runner for Cantor’s leader job

California Republican Kevin McCarthy secured a clear shot to becoming House majority leader on Thursday as his sole rival dropped his bid in a leadership fight that exposed deep fissures within the GOP. Barring an unforeseen challenge, McCarthy is on a glide path to the No. 2 job in the House behind Speaker John Boehner, […]

Eric Cantor stepping down as House majority leader on July 31

Eric Cantor stepping down as House majority leader on July 31

Virginia Republican Rep. Eric Cantor says he will step down as House majority leader on July 31. He plans to stay in Congress but not seek re-election. Cantor announced his decision at a news conference Wednesday. The Virginia Republican revealed his decision a day after his astonishing upset in a primary election by economics professor […]

Eric Cantor goes down in flames in loss to tea party challenger

Eric Cantor goes down in flames in loss to tea party challenger

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia lost to a Tea Party challenger on Tuesday in a stunning Republican primary upset that sent shockwaves through Congress and gave the conservative movement a landmark victory. Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, was easily beaten by college economics professor David Brat, who […]

Democrats push for Constitutional amendment

Democrats push for Constitutional amendment

The Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday began a long-shot bid at pushing a constitutional amendment that would limit deep-pocketed political campaign donors’ influence. With plenty of politics but very limited prospects of actually changing the Constitution, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called the free flow of “shady money” into politics the biggest threat to […]

Republicans split now on options to Obamacare

Republicans split now on options to Obamacare

House Republicans are united as ever in their election-year opposition to “Obamacare,” but they’re increasingly divided over their promise to vote this year on an alternative to it. The disagreement comes amid a shifting political calculus around President Barack Obama’s health care law. Millions are enrolled for medical insurance through the law’s exchanges, and an […]

Escalating debate over prisoner swap

Escalating debate over prisoner swap

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday the military operation to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees was not relayed to Congress because officials believed the soldier’s life was in danger. In his first extensive public comments about Saturday’s operation, Hagel said intelligence […]

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