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Republicans feeling the heat

Republicans feeling the heat

Heat is building on balkanized Republicans, who are convening the House this weekend in hopes of preventing a government shutdown but remain under tea party pressure to battle on and use a must-do funding bill to derail all or part of President Barack Obama’s health care law. The weekend session comes after the Senate on […]

What’s this? Republicans looking at ‘options’ to government shutdown?

What’s this? Republicans looking at ‘options’ to government shutdown?

Pressure is building on fractious House Republicans over legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown, as the Democratic-led Senate is expected to strip a tea party-backed plan to defund Obamacare from the bill. As the Senate telegraphed its moves, House Republicans deliberated an array of imperfect options on both a temporary spending bill required to […]

GOP government shutdown tactics split presidential contenders

Sen. Ted Cruz says he will fight “with every breath” to stop the health care overhaul, even if it means shutting down segments of the federal government. That approach, warns former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, is “quite dicey” politically for Republicans. A clear divide over President Barack Obama’s health care law separates the emerging field […]

Ted Cruz: Canadian citizenship? What Canadian citizenship?

Sen. Ted Cruz, seemingly eyeing a presidential run in 2016, calls his renunciation of Canadian citizenship no big deal, even though questions about candidates’ birthplaces have flared in recent elections. Controversy still dogs President Barack Obama from some quarters despite proof he was born in Hawaii. Cruz, a Texas Republican and tea party favorite, was […]

Rand Paul ends filibuster against CIA director nominee

Rand Paul ends filibuster against CIA director nominee

A tea party senator from Kentucky used an old-style filibuster lasting nearly 13 hours to block Senate confirmation of John Brennan‘s nomination to be CIA director. Sen. Rand Paul ended his filibuster shortly after midnight, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, also a Kentucky Republican, said he would continue to oppose Brennan’s confirmation and try […]

Right-winger Ted Cruz: Another Joe McCarthy?

Right-winger Ted Cruz: Another Joe McCarthy?

First-term Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas on Tuesday staunchly defended his aggressive, in-your-face style that already is raising eyebrows in Washington and has led a Senate Democrat to suggest his tactics reminded her of McCarthyism. “Washington has a long tradition of trying to hurl insults to silence those who they don’t like what they’re […]