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GOP Leaders Plot Strategy to Avoid Shutdown

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) “strategy for avoiding a government shutdown is taking shape, with his leadership team seeking a clean break from the divisive intraparty warfare that plagued John Boehner’s (R-OH) tenure,” The Hill reports. “GOP leaders on Monday [...]

Paul Ryan’s Whiskers Prompt Look at House Precedent

Mr. Ryan, the House speaker, returned from his Thanksgiving break with some serious stubble, which drew mixed reviews online, prompting him to wonder on social media whether he was, in fact, the first bearded speaker in a century. Not quite, but close.

Sen. Barbara Boxer calls on Republicans to disband Planned Parenthood 'witch hunt'

18 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

x Embedded Content In the wake of last Friday’s act of domestic terrorism in Colorado Springs, California Sen. Barbara Boxer has sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan asking him to “immediately disband” Republicans’ “select committee”...Show More Summary

Capitol Hill Buzz: New Speaker, new facial hair

WASHINGTON (AP) — New House Speaker. New look: facial hair. Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was the bearded man at the Capitol on Monday, showing off plenty of facial hair in what his office called his "hunting beard." The 45-year-old Ryan,...Show More Summary

Barack Obama Invited to Give State of the Union Address on Jan. 12

President Barack Obama was invited by House Speaker Paul Ryan to deliver his final State of the Union address on Jan. 12, 2016.

Obama to deliver final State of the Union address Jan. 12

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will deliver his seventh and final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 12. House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin announced the date on Monday. The annual presidential update is required by the Constitution. Show More Summary

Obama’s Final State of the Union Set for Jan. 12

President Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 12. The timing was announced by newly installed Speaker Paul Ryan, who will host the president’s speech. It will be the 10th time Obama has addressed a joint session of Congress and his seventh State of the Union. (His first, 2009…

Congress returns to looming deadlines on budget, highways

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are returning to Capitol Hill to wrap up work on the budget, highway funding and taxes, an end-of-the-year stretch that will test the standing of Republican leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan with the GOP's...Show More Summary

Paul Ryan's Honeymoon As Speaker Is Over

Remember when Paul Ryan agreed to become Speaker of the House, he said that he would only be if he could be a unifying force for the Republicans? Well, that didn't last long: Nearly one-third of the Republicans in the House of Representatives...Show More Summary

36 Democrats push bill to keep people on terrorist watch-list from buying guns

Thirty-six Democrats plus independents Sen. Angus King and Sen. Bernie Sanders have sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan urging them to bring to the floor of the Senate and House legislation designed to block people on the terrorist watch-list from legally buying firearms in the United States. Show More Summary

Paul Ryan Succumbs to ‘Broken’ House Rules

The Speaker’s reformist ambitions fall victim to his need to manage the media cycle.

This week in the war on workers: Shocker. Paul Ryan's 'anti-poverty' idea would lead to funding cuts

Remember how, prior to becoming House speaker, one of Paul Ryan’s big things was that Congress was going to end poverty by converting assistance programs to block grants because flexibility and freedom or something? Well, wouldn’t you...Show More Summary

Does Chris Matthews Think Comparing Paul Ryan to Luke Skywalker Is a Bad Thing?

Back in the mid-1980s, a hero of Chris Matthews's, Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy (D-Mass.), attempted to mock Ronald Reagan's anti-ballistic missile shield program, the Strategic Defense Initiative, by tagging it as a "Star Wars" program. Show More Summary

Paul Ryan comes up empty when pressed on what's wrong with our current refugee screening process

That wonky wonk House Speaker Paul Ryan really needs to bone up on our refugee screening program, because he really doesn't get it. Steve Benen: The trouble comes when pressed for policy details or any kind of substantive analysis. The...Show More Summary

Ingraham: Obama "Despises Middle America ... He Thinks It's A Rotten, Horrible, Dark, Horrible Country"

From the November 19 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group's The Laura Ingraham Show: LAURA INGRAHAM: Paul Ryan had an opportunity as the new Speaker of the House to tell conservatives that he was with them, and that he was going to have a full and fair airing of the differences. Show More Summary

The House returns to regular disorder (Guest Voice)

The House returns to regular disorder by Dana Milbank Washington Post Columnist WASHINGTON — Well, it was nice while it lasted. Three weeks ago, Paul Ryan accepted the speaker’s gavel with a vow to return to “regular order,” in which the Congress runs by deliberation rather than fiat and lawmakers have loose rein to amend [...]Show More Summary

Paul Ryan stumbles over 'leadership' test

"The world needs American leadership," House Speaker Paul Ryan said, immediately before showing the opposite of leadership.

Paul Ryan Steers Refugee Bill, and Some Cover, to a House Vote

Less than a week after the Paris attacks and after some maneuvering by Mr. Ryan, the new speaker, the House on Thursday is set to approve a bill that would institute new screening standards for refugees from Syria and Iraq, but would not suspend the program or introduce religious tests.

The House Refugee Bill Is a Fraud

(John Hinderaker) Polls indicate that most Americans oppose importing thousands of Syrian refugees in particular, and more immigrants in general. So naturally, in his first important act as House Speaker, Paul Ryan is reported to be rushing to the floor, as early as tomorrow, a bill that will insure that President Obama gets his way on the issue. Show More Summary

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