The Other McCain

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by Smitty But since [the re-election of Rep. Boehner as Speaker] just a squabble over the leadership of the minority faction of the Ruling Party, none of this has a great deal of meaning in the larger scheme of things. No matter who is in charge of the GOP faction, everything will continue to go […]

World’s Youngest Blogger: I May Have To Get Medieval On Boehner

Were these United States not begun as a tax revolt? Was taxation without representation not a cause célèbre ~250 years ago? Are Congresses on about not binding future Congresses? So what’s the big deal here? Why is it blatantly obvious to someone in their second year of life that binding future generations with a ridiculous […]

Boehner: Obama ‘Picking a Fight Where One Doesn’t Exist’ on Student Loans

“No one wants student loan interest rates to go up,” House Speaker John Boehner told Candy Crowley in an interview aired today on CNN’s State of the Union. “For the president to politicize this for his own re-election is picking a fight where one doesn’t exist.” Boehner pointed out that President Obama signed “the payroll […]

Administration’s Counter-Terrorism Chief Does Three Network Sunday Shows

Coming up on the first anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, it will be victory-lap time on Fox News Sunday, CNN’s State of the Union and ABC’s This Week, with counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan as the guest. Andrew Malcolm writes: You remember Brennan as the one rushed out to the White House […]

Boehner: Have I Pissed Off The Tea Party Enough Lately? Maybe Not

by Smitty CBS News: House Speaker John Boehner addressed one of the biggest sticking points for the 12 member Congressional “supercommittee” today, acknowledging that any bipartisan agreement will need to include some new tax revenue. “I think there is room for revenues, but I think there clearly is a limit to the amount of revenues […]

Tommy Christopher’s New Assignment: Covering Speaker Boehner’s Resignation

Neutral Objective Headline of the Day: Speaker John Boehner Should Resign For His Unprecedented Insult To The President That’s from Tommy Christopher at Mediaite, who adds: The media, meanwhile, ought to abandon its fetish foe false objectivity, and recognize the facts. All parties agree the President gave the Speaker sufficient notice, and I cannot think […]

Boehner 1, Obama 0

The White House caused a ruckus Wednesday by attempting to schedule President Obama for a speech to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 7 — which just happened to be the date, scheduled months ago, of a GOP presidential debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. Say hello to “separation of powers”: Nobody […]

McConnell Says ‘Very Close’ to Deal on Debt-Ceiling Agreement With Obama UPDATE: Reid’s Bill Fails Senate Vote

UPDATE 1:25 p.m. ET: The Senate just held a cloture vote on Harry Reid’s bill which, as expected, failed to get the 60 votes necessary to end debate and proceed. The vote was 50 “aye” and 49 “no.” So much for Reid’s bill being the “only game in town,” huh? UPDATE 2:15 p.m. ET: Here’s […]

VIDEO: The Man With No Plan Accuses House Republicans of Irresponsibility

“President Snippy Pants,” as William Teach calls him, evidently believes what America needs is more lectures from him: While accusing the House GOP of wasting time by, y’know, passing legislation, our Lecturer-in-Chief uses his weekly address to issue yet another iteration of Democrat Party talking points: Republicans in the House of Representatives just spent precious days trying to […]

Boehner Debt-Ceiling Bill Barely Passes House 218-210; 22 GOP ‘No’ Votes

We’ll have the roll-call and other news momentarily. UPDATE: New York Times: The House of Representatives on Friday approved a plan for a short-term increase in the debt ceiling and cuts in spending, ending a week of intense fighting among Republicans and shifting the end game of the debate to the Senate. The vote was […]

BLACK FRIDAY? Betting Market Reaction to Failure of Boehner’s Debt-Ceiling Bill

Drudge Report headlines: Boehner Delays Vote on Debt… Limbaugh: We’ve Been Played… GALLUP: Obama Rates Higher Than Boehner, Reid on Debt Situation! Ron Paul: ‘Default Is Coming’… Treasury Contingency Plan on Debt Gives Priority to Bondholders… Carney: If We Have No Other Alternative We Will ‘Take Action’… Obama faces legal bind if time runs out… […]

House Will Vote Today on Revamped Debt-Ceiling Bill; Senate Dems Say ‘No’

Despite the fact that 53 Senate Democrats have signed a letter vowing to vote against it, John Boehner is pushing ahead to bring his budget bill to a vote today in the House of Representatives: The new measure depends on caps on agency budgets to cut more than $900 billion from the deficit over the […]

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