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Republicans already breaking their promises

Republicans already breaking their promises

Republicans have already violated some of the vows they made in taking stewardship of the House. Their pledge to cut $100 billion from the budget in one year won’t be kept. And for a coming vote seeking to repeal the health care overhaul, the first major initiative of the new Congress, lawmakers won’t be allowed […]

Republicans ready for showdown with more glitter than reality

Republicans ready for showdown with more glitter than reality

Spouting more philosoply than reality, House Republicans brag they are ready for a fight with President Barack Obama over health care and other issues but hill watchers admit the GOP posturing is more grandstanding than anything else. “It’s new energy,” incoming House Speaker John Boehner told reporters on the eve of his swearing-in. The oath-taking […]

Pelosi has no regrets but some Democrats may disagree

Pelosi has no regrets but some Democrats may disagree

Democrat Nancy Pelosi said she had no regrets on her last day as House speaker Tuesday, a reign that lasted four years and is ending after the November elections. Many of her Democrats who are still licking their wounds from the midterm massacre might disagree. Pelosi said Tuesday she looks forward to leading a loyal […]

Boehner to Obama: We’re in charge now

Boehner to Obama: We’re in charge now

Eager to show who’s now in charge, the House’s new Republican majority plans to vote to repeal President Barack Obama‘s landmark health care overhaul before he even shows up in their chamber to give his State of the Union address. Dramatic as that early showdown promises to be — the vote will be Jan. 12, […]

Boehner plans takeover amid phony austerity

Boehner plans takeover amid phony austerity

Here in the days of high unemployment and a lagging economy, Republicans promise a low-key kickoff to the their takeover of control of the House of Representatives this week — a sharp contrast to the fancy celebrations of four years ago when Nancy Pelosi and he Democrats swept into power. But the low-key show is […]

The upcoming spending fight at the not-so-OK corral

The upcoming spending fight at the not-so-OK corral

Two early showdowns on spending and debt will signal whether the new Congress can find common ground despite its partisan divisions or whether it’s destined for gridlock and brinkmanship that could threaten the nation’s economic health. Not all of the bickering in the 112th Congress that convenes Wednesday will be between Republicans and Democrats. House […]

Republican chaos could help Obama

Republican chaos could help Obama

The great wall of GOP resistance, the Berlin wall of modern Washington politics, is already crumbling and threatening to the GOP takeover of the House and the gains in the Senate into just the sort of chaos that led to the Republican downfalls after the 1994 midterm elections. Besides multiple losses to President Barack Obama […]

Obama, Republicans to meet but don’t expect much

Obama, Republicans to meet but don’t expect much

A House Republican leader heading into a postelection meeting with President Barack Obama Tuesday said the GOP remains steadfastly opposed to any tax increases. House GOP Whip Eric Cantor said his party wants to “make sure no one gets a tax hike while we’re trying to create jobs in the private sector.” Cantor, who will […]

Pat-downs? We don’t need no stinkin’ pat-downs

Pat-downs? We don’t need no stinkin’ pat-downs

No airport pat-down for the incoming House speaker. On Friday, the GOP‘s John Boehner was guided past the metal detectors and hand inspections given to other passengers on his flight home to Ohio. Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel said his boss followed procedures set by Capitol Police and the Transportation Security Administration. Steel said the same […]

Smokescreen: Ban on pork is anything but

Smokescreen: Ban on pork is anything but

Despite their claims, the Republicans’ ban on earmarks won’t stop lawmakers from steering taxpayers’ dollars to pet projects. And it will have little if any effect on Washington’s far graver problem — the gigantic budget deficit. Saying Election Day victories gave them a mandate to curb spending, Republicans formally agreed last week to a two-year […]