Tea party pot boils over with joy celebrating Cantor’s loss

Shell-shocked Republicans still trying to figure out what happened

Tea party pot boils over with joy celebrating Cantor’s loss

Republican tea party forces are rejoicing and the party establishment is somber or altogether silent in the wake of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary defeat at the hands of political neophyte David Brat, an unflinching foe of loosening immigration laws. Speaker John Boehner praised Cantor as “a good friend and a great leader, and […]

The unknown who beat Cantor focused on budget, immigration

Brat describes himself a budget expert on his campaign website

The unknown who beat Cantor focused on budget, immigration

Tea Party Republican Dave Brat, who defeated House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary race on Tuesday, is an economics professor from a tiny Virginia college who attacked Cantor over immigration and budget issues. Brat describes himself a budget expert on his campaign website, saying he “presents a major problem for liberals […]

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

Cantor had been seen by many as an eventual successor to House Speaker John Boehner

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 […]

Even Eric Cantor has a tea party primary challenge

They claim Cantor is a Washington insider who isn't conservative enough

Even Eric Cantor has a tea party primary challenge

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor could be the next House speaker, but first he has to get past a little-known, tea party-backed challenger with a vocal following in Tuesday’s Republican primary in Virginia. Cantor is squaring off against Dave Brat, an economics professor who has never held elected office and has raised just a […]

Possible vote on raising U.S. debt in coming week

A temporary extension of the $17 trillion U.S. debt ceiling expires at midnight on Friday,

Possible vote on raising U.S. debt in coming week

Republicans who control the U.S. House of Representatives have penciled in a possible vote next week on legislation to raise the debt limit, a sign that they are moving closer to deciding whether to try to attach conditions to any increase. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Friday left a spot open in his weekly […]

Turn out the lights. John Boehner’s party as Speaker is over

Turn out the lights.  John Boehner’s party as Speaker is over

Talk to any Republican, conservative or moderate, and they will say privately that John Boehner‘s future as Speaker of the House ended Tuesday night when the House failed to even vote on a flawed GOP bill to reopen the government and avert a default on America’s debt. “He’s dead.  His effectiveness is gone,” says one […]

The wild-card in any hoped-for deal: What will John Boehner do?

The wild-card in any hoped-for deal: What will John Boehner do?

As Democratic and Republican Senators close in on a deal that could bring resolution to the budget crisis that has sent the government shutdown into its third week and a looming debt default only days away, the wild card that could still derail any agreement is House Speaker John Boehner and his collection of right-wing […]

Obama, Republicans start to talk about ways to end budget standoff

Obama, Republicans start to talk about ways to end budget standoff

After weeks of ultimatums, President Barack Obama and House Republicans are exploring whether they can end a budget standoff that has triggered a partial government shutdown and edged Washington to the verge of a historic, economy-jarring federal default. The two sides continued discussions into the night Thursday after Obama and top administration officials met for […]

Efforts to avoid default on debt torpedoed by Senate Democrats

Efforts to avoid default on debt torpedoed by Senate Democrats

Urgent efforts to prevent an economy-tanking U.S. default rose and then retreated with astonishing speed Thursday, as House Republicans floated a compromise and the White House appeared amenable, only for Senate Democrats to declare it unacceptable. “Not going to happen,” declared Majority Leader Harry Reid, standing outside the White House after he and fellow Democrats […]

Republicans start to realize their strategy isn’t working

Republicans start to realize their strategy isn’t working

With their leadership clinging to its strategy of demanding changes to the health care law, some rank-and-file Republicans acknowledged Saturday that ending the US government shutdown requires a new game plan. Without question, a repeal or delay of the law known as “Obamacare” remains a top priority for Republican lawmakers, who for weeks have insisted […]