Heritage Action, which inveighed against former House speaker John Boehner, pushed for the shutdown and perfected the art of demonizing anyone who did not adopt its (losing) tactics, has always said it wanted a conservative agenda. To its credit, it recently has turned to policy development. Now House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is taking Heritage […]
They ousted one House Speaker, John Boehner, and now the House problem children want to make sure that the new one, Paul Ryan, remembers that. They're plotting their course to complete their takeover of the House and dramatically change government. "I'm hoping for something bold. Show More Summary
Wearing a charcoal-colored suit and pink tie, former House Speaker John A. Boehner announced his unexpected resignation last September. Unable to work with conservatives in his own party, Boehner warned of "irreparable harm" to the House should he stay on. His departure did not have the desired...
Republicans have begun their annual retreat, where their policy goals are hashed out in a hotel ballroom, and which will run through Friday in Baltimore. It is the first since John A. Boehner stepped down as House speaker, and the last of the Obama presidency.
House Republicans reached out to Ben Carson in 2014 about replacing John Boehner as Speaker of the House, The Hill reports. Said Carson: “They were looking for an alternative, they were looking for someone strong and courageous who might really [...]
Man, if you think the Republican Party is messed up now, imagine if someone had given stab-happy retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson that giant Donkey Kong gavel. That nightmare scenario (or golden comic premise, depending on your point of view) was narrowly avoided when Carson refused efforts to recruit him as then-Speaker of the House John Boehner's successor in 2014.
Back in 2014 when they were still unsuccessfully scheming to oust House Speaker John Boehner, conservatives engaged in some out of the box thinking – and came up with something that sounds like it belongs in The Onion. Ben Carson tells The Hill that before he launched his presidential campaign,... More »
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he was asked to take over for John Boehner as House Speaker, The Hill reported on Thursday. “They were looking for an alternative, they were looking for someone strong and courageous who might really be able to add some spine and some...
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell misses former House Speaker John Boehner, just not the cloud of cigarette smoke that engulfed him. “I miss Boehner. He’s a good man,” the Kentucky Republican said in an interview this week, less than two months after Mr. Show More Summary
For the moment, the House Freedom Caucus guys are pretending they're still happy that they ousted John Boehner and got Paul Ryan for his replacement as House speaker, even after everything they wanted in a spending bill was rejected....Show More Summary
The brinkmanship that marked the tenure of House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) can be blamed largely on the eagerness of many House Republicans to use their majority to bend Democrats to their will. That typically involved giving Democrats the choice at the bargaining table between a lump of...
If anyone has any doubts about the GOP's plans for Social Security, their choice of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to succeed Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) as Speaker of the House should put those doubts to rest. Ryan was an outspoken, unabashed supporter of President George W. Show More Summary
House Speaker Paul Ryan apparently isn't all that worried about the "arbitrary" deadline to keep the government funded, which is now next Wednesday. In keeping with John Boehner’s approach, his budget negotiations with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are being kept entirely under wraps. Show More Summary
At the end of my piece this week about the rise of the House Freedom Caucus, a band of about forty radical Republicans who helped push Speaker John Boehner into retirement, Tom McClintock, a Republican from California who resigned from the group, had some sharp words about their tactics. Show More Summary
The deadline of funding government by this Friday is almost certainly blown, with a short-term funding bill likely. While outgoing House Speaker John Boehner gifted the nation a Republican House that extended the debt ceiling and agreed...Show More Summary
We're five days away from another possible government shutdown. Wait. Didn't the budget deal that former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) pushed through before handing the gavel to new Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wisc.) take care of that? Sort of. Show More Summary
Democrats have never trusted the House investigation of Benghazi. “It’s a tremendous red herring and a waste of taxpayer resources,” said House Intelligence Committee member Adam Schiff, after Speaker John Boehner announced he would establish a special committee to investigate the attack. Show More Summary
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 [...]
John Boehner recently bade a tearful goodbye as U.S. House speaker, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal dropped out of the Republican presidential race and Stephen Harper left as Canada's prime minister after nine years. Please enter here to read 10 facts about exits. 1. After John Wilkes Booth dined with...
Today is former Speaker of the House John Boehner's (R-Ohio) 66th birthday. To commemorate the occasion, current Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) wished his predecessor a happy birthday on Twitter, the social medium both politicians -- or, at least both politicians' interns -- use on a semi-regular basis. But it wasn't just any birthday tweet. Show More Summary