What now for embattled Speaker John Boehner?

What now for embattled Speaker John Boehner?

Congress’ debt-and-spending breakthrough crystalized a political contradiction. House Republicans refuse to let their supposed leader, Speaker John Boehner, steer them toward big policy decisions, leaving him to endure repeated public embarrassments. Yet they rally around Boehner as much as ever, affirming his hold on the speakership Wednesday even as they choked down a Democratic-crafted bill […]

Most American voters blame Republicans for government budget crisis

Most American voters blame Republicans for government budget crisis

Yes, American voters are mad at just about everyone in Washington but most of the blame falls on the Republicans and their extreme right-wing agendas. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows 74 percent of those surveyed disapprove of the way Republicans in Congress are handling negotiations over the budget and the government shutdown — […]

Right wing looking for new hot-button issues to attract followers

Right wing looking for new hot-button issues to attract followers

Seeking a new generation of leaders, social conservatives are looking for a lot more than opposition to gay marriage and abortion. An annual summit of faith leaders and conservative activists gave a platform to a new wave of Republican leaders, who derided President Barack Obama’s health care law, his steering of the economy and foreign […]

Establishment Republicans have had it with tea party extremism

Establishment Republicans have had it with tea party extremism

From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington. The Republican establishment also is signaling a willingness to strike back at the tea party in next fall’s elections. “It’s time for someone […]

A hint of compromise hidden in Obama and Boehner’s hyperbole?

A hint of compromise hidden in Obama and Boehner’s hyperbole?

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner offered hints of possible compromise but also traded heated rhetoric Tuesday, a frustratingly inconclusive combination that left the eight-day partial government shutdown firmly in place and the threat of an unprecedented national default drawing closer. “There’s a crack there,” Boehner said of the impasse near the end […]

Both sides look for political advantage in shutdown debable

Both sides look for political advantage in shutdown debable

Republicans and Democrats have wasted little time trying to use the first federal government shutdown in a generation for political advantage ahead of next year’s midterm elections, seizing on the plight of furloughed workers and shuttered government services to cast blame on each other. A year out from Election Day and just days into the […]

No end in sight for politically-driven government shutdown

No end in sight for politically-driven government shutdown

Prospects for a swift end to the 4-day-old partial government shutdown all but vanished Friday as lawmakers squabbled into the weekend and increasingly shifted their focus to a midmonth deadline for averting a threatened first-ever default. “This isn’t some damn game,” said House Speaker John Boehner, as the White House and Democrats held to their […]

GOP aides: Votes exists to join Democrats and pass a clean CR

GOP aides:  Votes exists to join Democrats and pass a clean CR

Aides to Republican members of Congress tell Capitol Hill Blue that they have the votes necessary to combine with Democrats to pass a clean continuing resolution but complain that Speaker John Boehner is resisting bringing any measure to the floor if it comes over from the other body. “Boehner is afraid of the hard-core conservative […]

GOP Presidential wannabes look for good political angles in shutdown

GOP Presidential wannabes look for good political angles in shutdown

With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown, Republican governors eyeing the 2016 presidential race are pitching themselves as can-do politicians and highlighting records of achievement. Although unstated, their goal is clear — draw a contrast with their prospective presidential challengers on Capitol Hill aligned with a vocal band of Republicans whose demands […]