Washington (CNN) – On what was supposed to be the last day before summer recess, dysfunction reigned in Congress.
House Republican leaders called off a vote Thursday on their $659 million emergency response to the border influx from Central America overwhelming immigration resources, unable to agree among themselves about what to do.
(CNN) – Conservative Republicans have been pretty tough on Lois Lerner over the IRS targeting scandal.
And now, it appears, the former tax official at the center of the controversy, was none too fond of a particular brand of conservatives, either.
Washington (CNN) - Congressional Democrats say they're the gifts that keep on giving.
Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Wednesday that conservative calls to impeach President Barack Obama and the House GOP's push to sue the President are motivating the Democratic base in advance of November's midterm elections.
CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on "Inside Politics" to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – It is 100 days until the 2014 midterm election, so no surprise our trip around the Inside Politics table this Sunday delivered some fun campaign nuggets. But we didn’t ignore 2016 entirely.
1. Yes, the Obama White House loves the GOP lawsuit
That’s right, Julie Pace of The Associated Press talked about a rare bipartisan agreement in Washington: the sense in both parties believe that the House GOP plan to sue the president is a political plus.
Say what? In a nutshell, House Republicans see it as a way to go home to their red districts and promise they are standing up to the president, while the White House and fellow Democrats see a huge opening to question GOP priorities and gin up Democratic fund-raising in the process.
“They are going to be hammering this point: that there is one week left in this congressional session and this is what Republicans are focused on,” said Pace. FULL POST
Washington (CNN) – After intense fighting among warring militias forced the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Libya, one top House Republican criticized the Obama administration's overall policy towards the North African nation.
"I think having removed [Moammar] Gadhafi, the administration sort of took its focus off of Libya and things have been getting worse for quite some considerable time now," Rep. Ed Royce said Saturday in a CNN interview.
Washington (CNN) – After several weeks in which the influx of tens of thousands of undocumented children illegally crossing the border into the United States has dominated the headlines, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush wrote an op-ed about the issue, calling for a change in how the children are handled after they are arrested - and also urging his fellow Republicans not to use this as an "excuse" to abandon comprehensive immigration reform.
His Wall Street Journal opinion piece that published Wednesday evening is similar to the statement he released to CNN last week and is just the second time he's spoken on the issue that has caused national debate as unaccompanied children continue to cross the border at an increasing rate.
The potential 2016 presidential candidate wrote in the in the Wall Street Journal, "We now have a humanitarian crisis on our Southern border that demands strong leadership that respects the rule of law."
Washington (CNN) – You know immigration reform is truly dead on Capitol Hill when Florida Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart throws in the towel.
Diaz-Balart has been one of staunchest immigration reform advocates in Congress.
Thursday morning he made one final push in a meeting with Speaker John Boehner to get a House vote on a targeted reform bill he crafted with a small bipartisan group, but he was shut down.
(CNN) – House Republicans plan to sue President Barack Obama over the sweeping health care law he championed.
Speaker John Boehner said the suit will follow the argument Obama violated the Constitution by circumventing Congress and changing the law's employer mandate on his own.
(CNN) – Rep. Vance McAllister said Monday he will run for re-election in November despite previously announcing he would not seek another term in Louisiana's 5th Congressional District.
McAllister – who is married with children – was caught on video kissing an aide in his office, sparking calls for the Republican congressman to step down. Three weeks after the video was posted by a local newspaper, he announced he would not seek re-election, only to reverse that decision on Monday.
Updated 3:15 p.m. ET, 6/25/14
Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday told reporters that he plans to sue President Barack Obama over his use of executive action.
"I am," the Speaker said when asked if he was planning to initiate a lawsuit.
"You know the constitution makes it clear that the president’s job is to faithfully execute the laws and in my view the President has not faithfully executed the laws," Boehner added at a news conference on Capitol Hill.