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10 things you might not know about farewells

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...

Who's To Blame For Busting Business In Illinois?

The following is an excerpt from an opinion written by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek: Governor Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin: It's time for some plain truth-telling. Show More Summary

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

Paul Ryan Hopes John Boehner Has a ‘Sweet’ Birthday

last weekNews : Mediaite

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

John Boehner in Retirement Likes to Vacuum

John Boehner thinks retirement feels “weird,” Politico reports. He's traded being Speaker of the House for being vacuumer of his apartment. The former Speaker of the House had been in the political scene for 34 years when he finally stepped down from the position on October 31, with Wisconsin Republican Paul... More »

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

GOP Hard-liners Prepare New ‘Contract with America’

House Republican hard-liners who helped force out former Speaker John Boehner are readying their next act: a multi-point manifesto demanding quick action on long-time conservative priorities,” Bloomberg reports. “An early draft of the plan obtained by Bloomberg News also calls [...]

Take a Lesson From Paul Ryan

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, replaced fellow Republican John Boehner of Ohio as Speaker of the House in late October 2015. Ryan did so with reservations about his new role, and only ran after he forced his party to make concessions regarding his personal values and work ethic. 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

Paul Ryan's first week as House speaker: 'Wiping the slate clean,' but for how long?

The day after Paul Ryan became the new speaker of the House, he quickly and quietly wiped out the most obvious traces of his Republican predecessors. Gone was the name of outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner from the archway to his office in the Capitol, where plans were underway to rid the smoke from...

Paul Ryan pledges to reform the House. Just like John Boehner did.

Ryan’s predecessor made made similar pledges before becoming House speaker in 2011.

Paul Ryan's Plan For A Budget: Let Every Republican Decide

3 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- New House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has a plan to avoid a damaging fight over government spending, but it was not clear Thursday that it extended beyond his own party. Ryan, who took over after former Speaker John Boehner...Show More Summary

Karen Lewis attacked the wrong person

This past Friday, Karen Lewis, the Chicago Teachers Union president, was in the same room as House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton — at the podium with a microphone at her lips. It would have been a perfect opportunity to blast those two for taking all of those years...

The House Freedom Caucus wants looser party control on the floor. This is what would happen if they did.

Former House speaker, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), was often attacked by fellow Republicans for influencing House processes to get policy outcomes that he wanted. We all know what’s happened since. Boehner resigned, and his heir apparent, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), withdrew. In the meantime, the House Freedom Caucus outlined a list of policy and […]

Feud With Ted Cruz Follows John Boehner Out the Door

John Boehner may have retired from Capitol Hill, but he is living on a bit longer in the airwaves of the 2016 presidential campaign. The former House speaker is the villain of a new radio ad by a super PAC supporting Ted Cruz for president.

Paul Ryan Is Not A Messiah

If you watched television this weekend you might well have thought that Paul D. Ryan (R-WI), the man elected last week to replace John Boehner (R-OH) as speaker of the House of Representatives, was omniscient. By appearing on all five of the main Sunday talk shows, Ryan seemed to be everywhere. [...]

Speaker Paul Ryan Is Cleaning Up the House (Literally)

John Boehner may have metaphorically "cleaned the barn" before retiring last week, but he left a few actual cleaning projects for Speaker Paul D. Ryan. The Wisconsin representative and  P90X enthusiast has been complaining about Boehner's smoking for years, and last week staffers set up a filtration machine to air... More »

Speaker Paul Ryan Moves Fast to ‘Detoxify’ Boehner’s Smoky Suite

4 weeks agoNews : NYTimes: News

One consequence for Mr. Ryan of taking the House gavel from John A. Boehner: the lingering odor of a heavy smoker.

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 […]

John Boehner's Smoky Old Office Smells Like a Cancer Factory

On Sunday’s Meet the Press, brand new House Speaker Paul D. Ryan admitted that his office is, at least in one way, a very bad hotel: he can’t get the smell of cigarettes out of the room. Read more...

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