John Boehner

Boehner says ‘nada’ to tax cut deal

Boehner says ‘nada’ to tax cut deal

Speaker John Boehner, facing a rebellion from Republicans over the two-month payroll tax cut  compromise, appeared ready Sunday to sink the deal when the measure reaches the House Monday. The Senate passed the deal with 89 votes Saturday but Boehner told “Meet the Press” Sunday that he isn’t happy with it and wants a yearlong […]

Republicans pack spending bill with perks for donors

Republicans pack spending bill with perks for donors

Congressional Republicans — supposedly representing the party of less, leaner government — are stuffing the latest spending deal with right-wing leaning “policy riders” and earmarks to gain conservative support going into the 2012 elections. The volume of these riders stuns even the most jaded Congressional cynics as Republican lawmakers stack the bill with legislative initiatives […]

Occupy Wall Street comes to Capitol Hill

Occupy Wall Street comes to Capitol Hill

Occupy Wall Street activists brought their cause to Capitol Hill Tuesday, invading Senate and House offices and prompting the arrest of at least one protestor. Capitol Police arrested a protestor in the office of Tea Party Republican Vicky Martzler (R-MO) on a charge of illegal entry but police reported office sit-ins at other offices, saying […]

Health care claims long on hype, short on facts

Health care claims long on hype, short on facts

Republicans pushing to repeal President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul warn that 650,000 jobs will be lost if the law is allowed to stand. But the widely cited estimate by House GOP leaders is shaky. It’s the latest creative use of statistics in the health care debate, which has seen plenty of examples from both […]

Memo from Tea Party: We’re watching and taking down names

Memo from Tea Party: We’re watching and taking down names

Welcome to Washington, tea partiers. Now that they’re freshmen in a GOP-run House, the political movement’s candidates are running smack into the traditions, partisan divisions and powerful competing interests that make it so hard to redirect the government. Some tea party activists — part of a loose-knit, libertarian-tinged network advocating small government and less federal […]

Shock, anger and finger-pointing in Washington

Shock, anger and finger-pointing in Washington

On opposite sides of the political spectrum, President Barack Obama and new House Speaker John Boehner suddenly face the same challenge: rise above the anger, suspicion and hostility of their liberal and conservative bases to help a rattled nation deal with the deadly outburst of violence in Arizona. But what comes after the easy moment […]

American politics: Altered states

American politics: Altered states

Protesters parade an altered photo of President Barack Obama sporting an Adolf Hitler-like mustache. A candidate for the Senate muses about gun “remedies” if election results don’t go the right way. Members of Congress are spat on and taunted with racial epithets before casting votes for a healthcare reform bill. Welcome to politics American-style. For […]

Reactions to shootings

Reactions to shootings

Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot and gravely wounded on Saturday by a man who opened fire at a meeting she was holding in Arizona. President Barack Obama, her colleagues and associates were stunned by the attack, which killed at least five people and left several others wounded. Following is reaction to the shooting spree: PRESIDENT […]

Health care repeal could deepen govenment red ink

Health care repeal could deepen govenment red ink

Repealing President Barack Obama‘s landmark health care overhaul would add billions to government red ink and leave millions without coverage, Congress’ nonpartisan budget referees said Thursday ahead of a politically charged vote in the House. House Speaker John Boehner brushed off the Congressional Budget Office analysis as emboldened Republicans, now in the majority in the […]

Debt limit already a hot-button issue for GOP

Debt limit already a hot-button issue for GOP

In power scarcely a day, House Republicans bluntly told the White House on Thursday its request to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit will require federal spending cuts to win their approval, laying down an early marker in a new era of divided government. Speaker John Boehner made the challenge as the new GOP […]