Mitch McConnell

Nasty split between GOP leaders, rabid right

Nasty split between GOP leaders, rabid right

Republican leaders and several hard-right groups are displaying the classic signs of a political divorce, including bitter name-calling and reprisals against one another. The recent eagerness of House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to lash out at groups that have given them fits has unshackled others in the Republican ranks to […]

Political fallout from change in Senate filibusters rules

Political fallout from change in Senate filibusters rules

By limiting the ability of Republicans to block President Barack Obama’s nominees, Senate Democrats sought to placate the party’s core liberal activists dispirited by the troubled rollout of the health care overhaul and government snooping ahead of midterm elections in which a president’s party typically loses seats in Congress. Republicans insist that the move engineered […]

GOP woes deepen a year after Romney debacle

GOP woes deepen a year after Romney debacle

A year after losing a presidential race many Republicans thought was winnable, the party arguably is in worse shape than before. The GOP is struggling to control tensions between its tea party and establishment wings and watching approval ratings sink to record lows. It’s almost quaint to recall that soon after Mitt Romney lost to […]

Government shutdown: Can the sequel be even worse?

Government shutdown: Can the sequel be even worse?

The partial government shutdown has ended but that doesn’t mean anyone has a solid idea for dodging a potential sequel. The legislative stalemate was resolved last week, but a possible repeat could loom on the horizon. Lawmakers approved a budget that keeps the lights on through Jan. 15 and lets the Treasury Department continue to […]

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 […]

Will votes on shutdown come back to haunt some in 2014?

Will votes on shutdown come back to haunt some in 2014?

A group of House Republicans planning Senate campaigns next year took different bets on a bill in Congress ending a government shutdown and avoiding a default. For some, a general election loomed large while for others, the vote was a matter of competing for conservative primary voters. The high-profile vote Wednesday night to end the […]

Speaker Boehner damaged but still on his feet after budget battle

Speaker Boehner damaged but still on his feet after budget battle

The debt and budget crisis that gripped Washington was the story of a Republican Party at war with itself. Rebellious conservatives, over the objection of party moderates, tried to use a government shutdown in an unsuccessful assault on President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. But within the halls of the U.S. Capitol, the budget showdown was […]

Government reopens but lots still left to do

Government reopens but lots still left to do

The government reopened its doors Thursday after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility of an economy-jarring default on U.S. obligations. Early Thursday, President Barack Obama signed the measure, which the House and Senate passed late Wednesday, ending a brawl with Republicans who tried to […]