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The Capitol restoration left Congress just as useless
The smell of fresh paint greeted lawmakers reacquainting themselves with their workplace. The Capitol has been returned to its former glory. If only they could do the same to Congress.
6 points by The Denver Post | United States House of Representatives United States Congress United States Senate The Washington Post Bill Clinton Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner Resolution
Everything President Trump has tweeted (and what it was about)
Everything President Trump has tweeted (and what it was about) March 24, 2017, 9:06 p.m. His tweets have the power to shape international relations, send stock prices up - or down - and galvanize the American public.We're watching how Donald Trump is using this platform of unfettered communication...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | President of the United States United States Senate Republican Party John Boehner Donald Trump Democratic Party United States Federal Bureau of Investigation
Trump, GOP fall short on Obamacare repeal vote

-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Democratic Party President of the United States Republican Party Party leaders of the United States Senate John Boehner United States House of Representatives Bill Clinton Whig Party
With Obamacare repeal dreams dashed, what can GOP accomplish?
Republicans suffered a bruising, self-inflicted blow Friday when they tanked their own health care bill.       
143 points by USA Today | 111th United States Congress Democratic Party United States Senate Republican Party Health care Affordable Health Care for America Act Barack Obama John Boehner
Paul Ryan faces cliffhanger vote, with no pork to offer reluctant Republicans
The modern congressional whip operation shifted into high gear this week as House Republican leaders scrambled to find support for their plan to overhaul the health-care industry. But House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., does not have the tools that previous speakers once used to win over recalcitrants...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | John Boehner Republican Party President of the United States Democratic Party Gerald Ford United States House of Representatives George W. Bush Party leaders of the United States House of Representatives
Republicans have met the enemy on health care. It’s them.
New boss, please meet old boss.
-1 points by The Washington Post | Republican Party President of the United States Bill Clinton John Boehner Democratic Party United States House of Representatives Herbert Hoover Theodore Roosevelt
With no carrots to dangle, cajoling recalcitrant lawmakers on a nail-biter vote is hard
Ryan doesn’t have earmarks to persuade fence-sitters. And Trump’s unpopularity in many districts makes offers of appearances worthless.
-1 points by The Washington Post | Republican Party United States Congress United States House of Representatives John Boehner Democratic Party Health care The Bill Voting
The Michael Flynn scandal magnifies the Republican divide
The first day of fallout from the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn showed that the White House, Senate and House, all run by Republicans, are thoroughly out of sync.
2 points by The Denver Post | United States Senate President of the United States Republican Party Bill Clinton Barack Obama Democratic Party John Boehner John McCain
Senators from both parties pledge to deepen probe of Russia, the 2016 election
Top Republican and Democratic senators pledged Tuesday to deepen their investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election in the wake of Michael Flynn's resignation as President Trump's national security adviser, opening a new and potentially uncomfortable chapter in the uneasy...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | United States Senate Mitch McConnell Party leaders of the United States Senate Democratic Party President of the United States John Boehner Harry Reid United States House of Representatives
Trump says ‘illegal leaks’ are the ‘real story’
President Trump said Tuesday that “illegal leaks coming out of Washington” are the “real story” in the wake of the resignation of his national security adviser. “The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington?” the president wrote on Twitter. “Will these leaks be happening as I deal...
558 points by New York Post | White House President of the United States White House Situation Room West Wing President Bill Clinton John Boehner Franklin D. Roosevelt
Top Senate Republican Blunt says Congress should probe Flynn situation
Blunt and other Republicans said it should be part of an existing investigation of Russia and ties to U.S. elections, candidates and their campaigns. He called for Flynn to testify.
13983 points by The Washington Post | United States Senate Republican Party Central Intelligence Agency John Boehner National Security Advisor Roy Blunt Brent Scowcroft John McCain
Congressional Republicans divided on whether to support Flynn
Graham is one of the only prominent congressional Republicans to publicly address Flynn's credibility in light of the new information about his contact with the Russian ambassador.
196 points by The Washington Post | Democratic Party Mitch McConnell Donald Trump President of the United States Party leaders of the United States Senate United States Senate John Boehner George W. Bush
A new, liberal tea party is forming. Can it last without turning on Democrats?
There are parallels between liberals protesting President Trump and the conservative tea party of the Obama years.
29745 points by The Washington Post | Democratic Party George W. Bush Conservatism in the United States Party leaders of the United States Senate United States House of Representatives Republican Party John Boehner United States
Democrats to plot anti-Trump strategy - in Congress and at the polls - in Baltimore
The annual issues conference, House Democrats' first with control of neither Congress nor the White House since 2006, is more introspective and less star-studded than previous years.
402 points by The Washington Post | Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee President of the United States Democratic Party Nancy Pelosi John Boehner Chicago United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Steny Hoyer
California Republicans ask Trump administration to block bullet train funding
California’s House Republicans have asked the Trump administration to block a pending federal grant that will ultimately support the state’s high speed rail project until an audit of the project’s finances is completed. The letter, signed by all 14 members of the state’s GOP delegation, including...
15027 points by Los Angeles Times | High-speed rail Rail transport California Republican Party United States California High-Speed Rail John Boehner Party leaders of the United States House of Representatives
California's Rep. Mimi Walters keeps House Republican leadership post
Essential Politics: Democrats boast they've picked up another seat in Legislature, statewide uncounted ballots dips below 3.5 million Nov. 17, 2016, 3:42 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:Less than 3.5...
255 points by Los Angeles Times | United States House of Representatives John Boehner Democratic Party Nancy Pelosi Steny Hoyer United States Leadership George W. Bush
Republican committee trolls Nancy Pelosi with endorsement
Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi has received support for the House minority leader position from an unlikely source. In a back-handed endorsement, the National Republican Congressional Committee announced they were backing Pelosi for House minority leader. Pelosi has served for 12 years at the Democrat’s leader and announced Tuesday she would seek the position again. “Under Nancy...
153 points by New York Post | Democratic Party George W. Bush United States House of Representatives Bill Clinton Joe Biden Steny Hoyer Hillary Rodham Clinton John Boehner
Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio challenging Nancy Pelosi for House minority leader
Essential Politics: Democrats boast they've picked up another seat in Legislature, statewide uncounted ballots dips below 3.5 million Nov. 17, 2016, 1:07 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:Less than 3.5...
164 points by Los Angeles Times | Steny Hoyer Democratic Party Nancy Pelosi United States House of Representatives John Boehner Party leaders of the United States House of Representatives Donald Trump George W. Bush
Pence tells House GOP to get ready for sweeping legislation
Vice President-elect Mike Pence told House Republicans in a closed-door meeting Thursday to be ready to move a lot of legislation next year. "We're going to move an agenda" focused on rebuilding the military and improving the economy, Pence told reporters after the meeting. In his remarks to House...
1 points by Chicago Tribune | Democratic Party Barack Obama United States Senate George W. Bush Mitch McConnell President of the United States John Boehner 111th United States Congress
How some of Nancy Pelosi's strongest allies turned into leading antagonists
It's a stunning reversal. Pelosi once counted this group as part of the backbone of her support.
55 points by The Washington Post | Steny Hoyer Nancy Pelosi Democratic Party Party leaders of the United States House of Representatives John Murtha United States House of Representatives Congressional Progressive Caucus John Boehner
Missouri Senate no slam dunk as GOP spends to save Blunt
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Senate Republicans were counting on a win in GOP-friendly Missouri.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | United States Senate Roy Blunt Democratic Party United States Capitol Kansas United States House of Representatives Senate John Boehner
Reince Priebus has an Ohio problem: Ohio Politics Roundup
As RNC Chair Reince Priebus continues to tick off top Ohio Republicans, Donald Trump is winning over the GOP rank and file in the state. Today's Ohio Politics Roundup is brought to you by Jeremy Pelzer. As RNC Chair Reince Priebus continues to tick off top Ohio Republicans, Donald Trump is winning over the GOP rank and file in the state. Sheldon Adelson belatedly helped Cleveland's RNC host committee close a $6 million fundraising gap. And John Boehner lands another private-sector job. Today's Ohio Politics Roundup is brought to you by Jeremy Pelzer.     Reince Priebus' Ohio troubles: Reince Priebus "has an Ohio problem," writes cleveland.com's Henry J. Gomez, after the Republican National Committee chair slighted state party chair Matt Borges and angered Gov. John Kasich - most recently by warning that Kasich's refusal to endorse Donald Trump could trigger party penalties if Kasich runs for president again. "The Priebus problem, at the moment, is not a Trump problem," Gomez notes. But he notes it's not good to have national and Ohio Republicans fighting in a presidential election year. And more specifically, Priebus can't afford to upset Borges, who has helped Trump get his bearings in Ohio and has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Priebus. Will the chair yield for a question? Gomez wasn't able to get a hold of Priebus, but he listed a number of hard-hitting questions he hoped to ask the RNC chair, including why it's OK to "meddle in Kasich's affairs" even though Priebus has "largely tolerated Trump's racially charged rhetoric and other inflammatory remarks." "As RNC chairman, why haven't you stepped in more forcefully to condemn the language Trump is using?" Gomez asked. "Do you not see it as your responsibility to stand up for decency?" More shade thrown Kasich's way: Priebus isn't the only Republican leader who has a problem with Kasich's refusal to back Trump. U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security Chair Mike McCaul of Texas told LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham that a "high price should be paid" by Kasich and fellow presidential hopeful Ted Cruz for not supporting the GOP nominee. "The Supreme Court is at stake, and you got people like John Kasich who's trying to skew Ohio, and others really just because they want to -- I think they just really want to get attention," McCaul said. "And it's not good for the country at the end of the day, you know?" Meanwhile, Trump's winning over Ohio GOP voters: While the Kasich-Trump feud continues, "rank-and-file Ohio Republicans have forged their own tenuous truce with their nominee," writes Politico's Katie Glueck and Kyle Cheney. "Strategists and activists in the state say many of those center-right voters are now coming on board for Trump in increasing numbers -- even if reluctantly -- despite Kasich's ongoing feud with the nominee." Borges plays peacemaker: Borges told Politico he didn't think the dispute with Kasich would blunt Trump's recent progress in the state. But even so, he said he's repeatedly - and successfully - urged Trump in person to avoid an open war with Kasich. Borges: "It makes no sense to pick a fight with the most popular elected official."  Adelson helps close RNC money gap: Cleveland's "nonpartisan host committee for the 2016 Republican National Convention exceeded its $64 million fundraising goal, despite being about $6 million short the week of the event," cleveland.com's Andrew J. Tobias reports. The $65.7 million in cash and in-kind contributions raised by the host committee includes a $1.5 million donation on Aug. 24 from top GOP donor Sheldon Adelson, whom Host Committee leader David Gilbert had asked to close the $6 million shortfall. Gilbert landed in hot water when it was discovered his solicitation letter to Adelson contained inaccurate information. Brown blasts Wells Fargo CEO: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown on Tuesday joined other members of the Senate Banking Committee in laying into Wells Fargo chairman and CEO John Stumpf after his bank used thousands of customers' personal information to open unauthorized bank and credit card accounts, cleveland.com's Stephen Koff writes. Brown told Stumpf during the committee hearing that Wells Fargo also "has been downright hostile to aggrieved customers" by using a legal escape hatch to avoid lawsuits. Boehner lands K Street gig: Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has joined Cleveland-based law firm and lobbying powerhouse Squire Patton Boggs as a strategic adviser on global business development, cleveland.com's Sabrina Eaton reports. The announcement comes less than a week after Boehner joined the board of tobacco giant Reynolds American.  Portman en espanol: U.S. Sen. Rob Portman's latest TV ad is a rarity in Ohio politics - it's completely in Spanish. In the ad, titled "Mi prioridad" ("My priority"), Portman (who's fluent in Spanish) says his priority is "to create better jobs." The Republican's campaign is spending $250,000 to air the ad on Spanish-language stations in the state. Hispanics aren't a large voting bloc in Ohio: they made up only 2.3 percent of the state's eligible voters in 2014. But as the Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe notes, the ad reinforces Portman's electability, shows Portman is increasingly confident of victory, and is a "bright spot" as Republicans struggle to win over Latino voters. Dredging up another lawsuit: "The Ohio Attorney General's Office on Monday filed a new lawsuit asking a federal judge to order the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the Cleveland Harbor and Cuyahoga River shipping channel this year, after the judge refused their request on technical grounds," cleveland.com's Eric Heisig reports. "The latest lawsuit's demands are similar to those" brought in the AG's 2015 lawsuit, which a federal judge ruled couldn't be used to force the Army Corps to dredge this year. Lawmaker urges parents to destroy toy guns: Ohio Sen. Cecil Thomas is asking parents to get rid of real-looking toy guns after Columbus police last week fatally shot Tyre King, a 13-year-old carrying a BB gun, cleveland.com's Jackie Borchardt reports. "Children do not understand the danger these imitation weapons pose," said Thomas, a Cincinnati Democrat and an ex-cop. From the House to the Chamber: State Rep. Jeff McClain, an Upper Sandusky Republican, will resign from the legislature on Oct. 2 to become director of tax and economic policy for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Speaker Cliff Rosenberger announced in a news release. McClain, a former chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, is term-limited this year. 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6 points by The Plain Dealer | Republican National Committee Republican Party Ohio Wells Fargo Sherrod Brown United States Senate Ohio Republicans John Boehner
Jasper says he wants another term as House speaker, fires back at critics
Republican Shawn Jasper officially announced Tuesday he will seek another term as House Speaker, seeking to fend off the growing field of representatives seeking to replace him. Republicans won’t know whether they keep control of the 400-member chamber until after the November elections. But two can...
1 points by Concord Monitor | United States House of Representatives Democratic Party United States United States Senate Republican Party Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner Alaska
Former Speaker John Boehner heads to K Street
Former House Speaker John Boehner joins law and lobby powerhouse Squire Patton Boggs.
656 points by The Washington Post | Jeff Bezos Lobbying Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Republican Party Trent Lott American Roman Catholic politicians Corporation John Boehner
Va. state delegate says Trump is ‘appealing to people who are mentally deficient’
The Democrat said he was not talking broadly about Trump supporters but rather a violent few.
512 points by The Washington Post | Democratic Party George W. Bush Barack Obama John McCain United States presidential election 2008 John Boehner President of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton
California Politics Podcast: A big gap remains in the U.S. Senate race showdown
Essential Politics: California lawmakers remember 9/11 attacks, Gov. Brown signs law to crack down on fake celebrity autographs Sept. 9, 2016, 1:15 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching:The U.S. House of Representatives...
2 points by Los Angeles Times | United States United States House of Representatives Democratic Party Bill Clinton United States Senate United States Congress Law John Boehner