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Pope says the ‘meeting is the message’ as he embraces leader of Islam’s oldest university

5 days agoNews : BlogPost

With a hugely symbolic hug and an exchange of kisses on the cheek, Pope Francis and the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque, which houses a 1,000 year-old university, took a major step toward restoring relations between central institutions of the world's two largest faiths, Roman Catholicism and Sunni Islam. The two met privately for […]

Renowned art world leader Cheyenne Westphal named Chairman of Phillips auction house

2 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

As part of a major expansion of the company?s contemporary art team, Phillips announced the appointment of Cheyenne Westphal as Chairman, reporting to Chief Executive Officer Edward Dolman. She will start in her new role in 2017. One...Show More Summary

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan Speak Warmly and Air Their Differences

There was harmony, if not unity, after a series of meetings on Thursday between Donald J. Trump and the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan; the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky; and other members of Congress.

The fighting has barely begun for House Republicans over budget, spending bills

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a plan for trying to protect the Republican Senate majority this election cycle, even with Donald Trump looming. His big idea is to move spending bills, making it look like the Senate is functioning like it's supposed to—getting shit done. Show More Summary

GOP House Leadership Split on Trump

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), the Nos. 2 and 3 members of leadership, have both fallen in line supporting Trump as the party’s standard bearer this fall,” the Washington Post reports. Rep. Cathy [...]

Paul Ryan: If Trump Asks Me to Step Down as Convention Chair, I’ll Do It

Paul Ryan, the House Majority Leader for the Republicans in Congress, said he’s open to stepping down from the GOP convention position if Donald Trump asks him to.

Donald Trump's California delegates include House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Darrell Issa

2 weeks agoHealth : Booster Shots

California politics updates: Gender-neutral bathrooms get boost in Assembly, Brown shifts drought policy May 9 2016, 8:08 PM Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. Here's what we're watching: The Assembly passed a measure that would make single-user...

Brazil Coup Loses Steam: Acting Lower House Speaker Annuls Impeachment Vote

The impeachment proceedings against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, instigated by NSA surveillance and led by a corrupt legislator who bribed colleagues to vote against the country’s leader, faces a major setback.

Sarah Palin says Paul Ryan will soon be ‘Cantored’

Sarah Palin said in a television interview broadcast Sunday that she will support Speaker Paul Ryan's primary challenger, and she compared Ryan to former House majority leader Eric Cantor (Va.), who was stunningly defeated in a 2014 primary. "I think Paul Ryan is soon to be 'Cantored,'" Palin said on CNN's "State of the Union." Cantor […]

NRA independent expenditure campaign backs House majority leader

California politics updates: Gov. Brown's parole initiative in the hands of the state's high court, Clinton arrives for campaign events May 5 2016, 11:11 AM Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. Here's what we're watching: The California Supreme...

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“I was predicting way back when that Donald Trump had no chance. I think many of us were. … I’ve stopped the business of predicting.” — Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), quoted by CNBC.

Mitch McConnell's Unlikely Allies

The Senate majority leader is reaping the benefits of the House Freedom Caucus in a stalled Congress.

TPP opponents are ignoring national security

Right Turn has obtained a copy of a letter from eight former defense secretaries sent to House and Senate majority and minority leaders imploring them on national security grounds to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership. TPP, they argue, “is an important step in the process of furthering peace and increasing prosperity here in America and around […]

House GOP leader: No help for Puerto Rico before deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says Congress will not act to help Puerto Rico ahead of a May 1 deadline when hundreds of millions in bond payments come due. The California Republican claims lawmakers have been waiting for answers from the Obama administration's Treasury Department.

Video: ND House Majority Leader Supports Suing Feds Over Refugee Resettlement

Majority Leader Al Carlson speaks on the floor of the North Dakota House of Representatives during the 2015 legislative session. Photo by TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune Earlier this month the Tennessee State Assembly voted to approve a lawsuit against the federal government over refugee resettlement. Show More Summary

Republicans rush to defend Dennis Hastert, plead court for leniency in alleged pedophile hush money case

“We all have our flaws, but Dennis Hastert has very few," wrote former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

Who In Their Right Mind Thought North Dakota Spending Would Remain At Oil Boom Level Highs?

House Majority leader Rep. Al Carlson (R-Fargo), left, and Rep. Roscoe Streyle (R-Minot) both questioned the numbers in state budget revenue projections announced Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune There is a lot of concern over North Dakota’s budget picture. Show More Summary

Tom DeLay: 'Dennis Hastert Has Very Few' Flaws

Former GOP House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has written a letter to the court asking that former GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert get leniency in his federal trial for committing bank fraud to cover up his sexual abuse of a student athlete when he was a high school wrestling coach. Show More Summary

Illinois Might Adopt One Of The Highest Income Taxes In The Nation

This post originally appeared as an op-ed on Forbes.   Tax day may be behind us, but Illinois residents could be working longer to pay their state taxes in future years under legislation unveiled by House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang (D)—a proposal that would see the top rate soar from 3.75 to 9.75%. Show More Summary

Tennessee GOP leader threatens tax hike on companies that oppose anti-trans bathroom bill

last monthNews : The Raw Story

Tennessee House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick (R) on Tuesday threatened to financially punish companies which opposed a bathroom bill aimed at transgender people by stripping their tax breaks. Although McCormick agreed that the House “did the right thing” by shelving the bill on...

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