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2001 All Over Again

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Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 7.49.39 AM Many thanks to Sherena Arrington who works with Georgia Senator Ligon for finding this in the federal archives. The December 2001 Bill Summary from No Child Left Behind when John Boehner was Chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee sounds awfully dang familiar. This is what Boehner et al proudly told Americans that law would accomplish: Gives parents report cards on school performance. Sends more dollars to [...]

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The plot against Donald Trump

The plot against Donald Trump

Back in the days of Richard Nixon and Watergate, Donald Segretti had a word for it. Unfortunately, I can’t use that word in a family newspaper, but suffice it to say it had something to do with rats and everything to do with a vulgarism for political dirty tricks: using plants and double-agents in order to embarrass a candidate and boost their own man’s chances. Last week it was GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s turn [...]

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Conservatives: Boehner Would Have Let Speaker Race Happen If Webster Dropped Out

Conservatives: Boehner Would Have Let Speaker Race Happen If Webster Dropped Out

Exiting Boehner Urges Republicans, Democrats To 'Find Common Ground' (screenshot: CNN) WASHINGTON — House GOP members supporting Florida Republican Rep. Daniel Webster for speaker are suspicious about why outgoing Speaker John Boehner delayed the speaker election when his endorsed candidate, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, dropped out at the last minute. “If Daniel Webster would have dropped out before that meeting, you can be damn sure that election would have gone on and that’s [...]

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GOP plunges into identity crisis

GOP plunges into identity crisis

By Scott Wong and Peter Schroeder - 10/10/15 06:00 AM EDT The Republican Party is having an identity crisis. Donald Trump and other outsiders are thumping establishment candidates in the GOP presidential primary. Conservative rebels on Capitol Hill forced Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) into retirement. And this week, the rebels claimed the scalp of Boehner's top deputy, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who bowed out of the race for Speaker after they issued harsh [...]

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Tech, cyber voices emerge in wide-open Speaker race

Tech, cyber voices emerge in wide-open Speaker race

By Cory Bennett - 10/10/15 06:07 PM EDT The wide-open Speaker race has thrust several of the House's more prominent tech and cybersecurity voices into the spotlight. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) decision to abruptly pull himself from contention for the Speakership just minutes before a vote Thursday has upended the process and opened the door to a number of dark-horse candidates. Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Candice [...]

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Can House conservatives be leaders, not rebels?

Can House conservatives be leaders, not rebels?

"The lazy narrative is we want a more conservative speaker," Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., a member of the House Freedom Caucus, has been quoted as saying. "But what we want is a more process-focused speaker." (AP) The collapse of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's bid for speaker was sudden, but conservative discontent with congressional Republicans was simmering long before the current leadership team was even in place. Conservative activists didn't feel they had much [...]

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The Case Against Paul Ryan

The Case Against Paul Ryan

AP Photo/Molly Riley 0 Comments 46 With House Republicans reportedly in "chaos" after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the Speaker's race, the GOP establishment has been heavily pushing Paul Ryan (R-Wi.) to run for Speaker of the House. Ryan has not expressed interest in doing so previously, but is reconsidering . But Ryan as Speaker would be a horrible mistake for the House Republicans. It is troubling that establishment news outlets [...]

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Does Obama’s Policy In The Middle East Help Establish the Caliphate?

Events in the Middle East are complicated. It is often difficult to keep tract of the moves made by both state actors and state leaders. Here are a some points to keep in mind as we attempt to piece together reports in the media and stories researched online about developments in the volatile part of the world. In June of 2014, “ISIS…formally declared the establishment of a Caliphate , or Islamic state, in the [...]

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