John Boehner

With hopes for a grand budget deal long gone, the bickering continues

With hopes for a grand budget deal long gone, the bickering continues

With hopes of a “grand bargain” long gone, congressional negotiators now are seeking a more modest deal before year-end to ease the automatic spending cuts that are squeezing both the Pentagon and domestic federal programs. But the going is getting rougher. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she would withhold support from any compromise […]

Congressman cops plea for cocaine possession

Congressman cops plea for cocaine possession

First-term US congressman Trey Radel pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of cocaine possession and was sentenced to one year of supervised probation. The Florida Republican, 37, was arraigned in Washington DC Superior Court on the misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance. According to court documents, Radel is subject to one year of probation […]

Washington: Homophobes, bigots and broken promises

Washington: Homophobes, bigots and broken promises

The Senate Thursday accomplished something that rarely happens in Washington nowadays — it passed bipartisan legislation to help end discrimination against gays and trans-gender Americans in the workplace. Amazingly, 10 Republicans joined Senate Democrats to pass the bill. That’s the good news.  The bad news is that the bill now heads for the House of […]

Confused by Obamacare? So is Congress

Confused by Obamacare?  So is Congress

Think you’re confused by “Obamacare.” It’s roiling Capitol Hill behind the scenes, too. Members of Congress are governing themselves under President Barack Obama’s signature law, which means they have great leeway in how to apply it to their own staffs. For House members and senators, it’s about a section of the law that may — […]

Suddenly-united House backs big bucks water projects bill

Suddenly-united House backs big bucks water projects bill

After weeks of intense partisan fights, the House is showing it can come together on major legislation after all. Voting on its first big bill since the end of a 16-day partial government shutdown, House Republicans and Democrats acted in near unison, voting 417-3 to pass an $8.2 billion bill that sketches out plans for […]

Obama healthcare rollout debacle worries House Dems

Obama healthcare rollout debacle worries House Dems

House Democrats are worried about persistent problems with the rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care law — and one says the president needs to “man up” and fire those responsible. Rep. Richard Nolan, Democrat of Minnesota, emerged from a Wednesday meeting with administration officials on Capitol Hill and told reporters the rollout has “damaged […]

Americans want Boehner, Republicans out of control of the House

Americans want Boehner, Republicans out of control of the House

According to an increasing number of polls, Americans — while fed up with Congress — are so mad at Republicans over the government shutdown and debt crisis debacle that they want the GOP out of control of the House of Representatives and Speaker John Boehner out of the Speaker’s chair. That increasing view of the […]

Defiant Republicans still up in arms and at war with each other

Defiant Republicans still up in arms and at war with each other

The Republicans’ clear defeat in the budget-debt brawl has widened the rift between the Grand Old Party and the blossoming tea party movement that helped revive it. Implored by House Speaker John Boehner to unite and “fight another day” against President Barack Obama and Democrats, Republicans instead intensified attacks on one another, an ominous sign […]

Former House Speaker Tom Foley dead at 84

Former House Speaker Tom Foley dead at 84

Tom Foley, the courtly former speaker of the U.S. House who lost his seat when Republicans seized control of Congress in 1994, has died of complications from a stroke. He was 84. His wife, Heather, said the former speaker had suffered the stroke last December and was hospitalized in May with pneumonia. He returned home […]