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House Freedom Caucus formalizes dystopian vision for America in 'Contract with America II'

Feeling their oats after ousting former House Speaker John Boehner, the House Freedom Caucus maniacs are formalizing their policy vision and calling it, for now, a "Contract with America II." They're also demanding that it get quick action from new Speaker Paul Ryan. Show More Summary

The most popular health plans? Socialist ones.

The latest Republican line about Obamacare, given its success in getting a helluva lot of people health insurance, is that it doesn't count because it's government coverage. An example, former House Speaker John Boehner saying "[g]iving...Show More Summary

Why Speaker Ryan can’t be ‘trusted’ on Obama and immigration

When it comes to comprehensive immigration reform, everything old is new again. All the obstruction and careless rhetoric about not trusting the president flung around by former House speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was picked up by new Speaker Paul Ryan. And just because the Wisconsin congressman says it with such conviction doesn’t make what he […]

Boehner: 'Catholic guilt' swayed Ryan on speakership

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former House Speaker John Boehner says he used "Catholic guilt" to persuade Paul Ryan to run for speaker. On CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday Boehner said he invoked God to persuade his fellow Catholic from refusing to run for speaker to agreeing to do so.

John Boehner: ‘God told me’ Paul Ryan becoming Speaker was part of his divine plan

3 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said in a recent interview that he knew Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) would become Speaker of the House because it was part of God’s plan. CNN’s Dana Bash asked Boehner in an interview that aired on Sunday how he was able to get Ryan to change his mind...

Paul Ryan Isn't Sure How To Get The Cigarette Smell Out Of The Speaker's Office

3 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) may have given his successor a clean slate to start with, but he also left him a slightly more unpleasant gift: the smell of cigarette smoke. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), a fan of the P90X workout,...Show More Summary

See Photos of House Speaker John Boehner’s Career

Former House Speaker John Boehner officially retired from politics in October. First elected in the midterm Republican wave in 1994, Boehner played a part in then-Speaker Newt Gingrich’s revolution, then saw his quick rise to the stop falter when he lost his position as chairman of the House Republican Conference in 1998. Rather than leave…

Politicians React To Paul Ryan's Election As Speaker Of The House

4 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

The votes are in, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will officially replace House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Boehner announced his resignation in September. After House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) suddenly dropped out of the race to fill the position, Boehner urged Ryan to run. Show More Summary

Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

“This is the loneliest place in the world, almost as lonely as the presidency.” — House Speaker John Boehner, quoted by the Los Angeles Times, reflecting on leaving his post.

C-SPAN Did a Dramatic Close-up on Boehner’s Tissue Box During His Farewell Speech

Before House Speaker John Boehner began his farewell speech on Thursday, C-SPAN made sure to acknowledge the most tireless and loyal member of his team with a cinematic, career-defining close-up. "The hill had twists. The hill had turns," he said, summing up his slow and steady ascendancy to becoming closer to... More »

US Congressman Paul Ryan Becomes New House Speaker

Ryan succeeds House Speaker John Boehner, who suddenly announced his resignation from the leadership role on September 25.

John Boehner just gave an emotional last speech

Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) delivered an emotional final speech Thursday in the House of Representatives. In his final speech before Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) takes up the gavel, a misty-eyed Boehner briefly reflected on his time as the leader. Show More Summary

Boehner Says Bye: "There's Nothing Wrong" With Tears

House Speaker John Boehner was ready to bequeath his duties to Rep. Paul Ryan Thursday morning. Before handing over the gavel to his friend from...

John Boehner Gives His Exit Interview

On what will likely be his final full day as House speaker, John Boehner sat down with a handful of long-time Capitol Hill reporters for an exit interview. Over 40 minutes and two Camel cigarettes, Boehner mulled his 24 years in office, his regrets and his future. With most of the art work down—prints as…

Republicans nominate Paul Ryan as House speaker

4 weeks agoNews : The Newsroom

U.S. House of Representatives Republicans nominated Wisconsin's Paul Ryan on Wednesday to replace retiring House Speaker John Boehner, uniting around the party's former vice presidential nominee who has promised more openness in the way the chamber is run. Show More Summary

The Bipartisan Budget Deal’s Small Step to Crack Down on Large Partnerships

The budget agreement reached this week by outgoing House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama takes a small but useful step toward preventing tax avoidance by large partnerships. But it doesn’t go far enough and misses a much simpler solution—giving the IRS more resources to enforce current law. Show More Summary

News in Brief: John Boehner To Paul Ryan: ‘I Was Once Young And Beautiful Too’

last monthHumor : The Onion

WASHINGTON—Pulling the congressman aside Wednesday and sitting him down in his office, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) reportedly told his likely successor, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), that he had once been young and beautiful too. “There...Show More Summary

Congress & White House reach budget deal

House Speaker John Boehner cut a budget deal to keep the government running in part to help out his successor, Congressman Paul Ryan. So why's Ryan trashing...

The Dirty Barn That Is Congress Is No Longer Full of You Know What, Boehner Says

House Speaker John Boehner held what might be his last press conference ever on Tuesday, and made sure to clear out his brain of all remaining metaphors, tears, and Freedom Caucus–inspired dismissive eye-rolls while relaying the news that he had achieved his final mission — getting a budget deal and... More »

Departing Boehner’s gift to successor Ryan: Big budget agreement

Congressional leaders and the White House united Tuesday behind an ambitious budget and debt deal, led in part by outgoing House Speaker John Boehner The post Departing Boehner’s gift to successor Ryan: Big budget agreement appeared first on

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