March 14th, 2014
02:07 PM ET
7 months ago

An Ode to Dr. Seuss (and the politicians who misuse his work)

We do not like Seuss filibusters.

Such lengthy speeches are full of bluster.

We do not like them in the House.

We do not like them from Todd Palin’s spouse.

We do not like them here or there.

We do not like them anywhere.

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Filed under: Colin Powell • John Boehner • President Obama • Rep. Randy Weber • Rick Perry • Todd Palin
Boehner invites Pope to address Congress
March 13th, 2014
03:32 PM ET
7 months ago

Boehner invites Pope to address Congress

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner marked Pope Francis’ first anniversary Thursday by extending an open invitation to him to address a joint meeting of Congress.

Boehner, who is Catholic, noted in a statement that the Argentinian was the first Pope "to hail from the Americas."
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Filed under: Congress • John Boehner • Pope Francis
One CBO report: Two fast, political reactions
February 18th, 2014
05:33 PM ET
7 months ago

One CBO report: Two fast, political reactions

Washington (CNN) – Republicans and Democrats reacted with lightning speed and polarizing conclusions to a new report on the minimum wage released Tuesday.

To the GOP, it is evidence that Democrats' policies would cut jobs; to Democrats, it shows that Republicans' ideas would keep more people in poverty.

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Political Circus: Boehner...A songbird he is
February 14th, 2014
04:43 PM ET
7 months ago

Political Circus: Boehner...A songbird he is

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner is kind of like Yoda.

Both have to contend with rebellious youth. For Boehner, it’s the tea party caucus. For Yoda, it was Anakin and Luke Skywalker.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Joe Biden • John Boehner • Marco Rubio • Marijuana
Why Boehner gave in on debt ceiling vote
February 11th, 2014
08:19 PM ET
8 months ago

Why Boehner gave in on debt ceiling vote

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner threw in the towel on Tuesday.

After multiple attempts to lead his members to force some sort of concession in return for raising the nation’s debt limit, Boehner allowed a vote on a so-called “clean” debt limit increase that passed by a 221-201 margin before the House left town until the end of the month.

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Filed under: House Republicans • John Boehner • national debt
Did Schumer call Boehner’s bluff on immigration?
February 9th, 2014
02:49 PM ET
8 months ago

Did Schumer call Boehner’s bluff on immigration?

Update 2/10/2014: A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner responded to Schumer's idea.

"The suggestion is entirely impractical, since it would totally eliminate the President's incentive to enforce immigration law for the remainder of his term," said Michael Steel, Boehner's spokesman.

Washington (CNN) - When House Speaker John Boehner abruptly announced Thursday that he didn’t see a way forward on immigration reform this year, he said President Obama was part of the reason.

“There’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws,” Boehner said. “And it’s going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes.”
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Filed under: Charles Schumer • Immigration • John Boehner
Republicans slam President over jobs report
February 7th, 2014
09:25 AM ET
8 months ago

Republicans slam President over jobs report

Washington (CNN) – Republican leaders were quick to criticize President Barack Obama over the January jobs report.

"The American people continue to ask 'where are the jobs?' and the president clearly has no answers.  Republicans do," said House Speaker John Boehner in a statement released a few minutes after the Labor Department announced the January jobs figures.
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Filed under: John Boehner • RNC • unemployment
Boehner signals immigration unlikely this year
February 6th, 2014
01:01 PM ET
8 months ago

Boehner signals immigration unlikely this year

(CNN) - U.S. House Speaker John Boehner signaled on Thursday any action on immigration is unlikely this year because House Republicans don't trust President Barack Obama on the issue.

"There's widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws and it's going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes," Boehner told reporters.

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Filed under: Immigration • John Boehner
House GOP leaders discard two key demands for raising debt ceiling
February 5th, 2014
01:54 PM ET
8 months ago

House GOP leaders discard two key demands for raising debt ceiling

Washington (CNN) – House Republican leaders, who signaled they would push for conditions in return for raising the debt limit, have discarded two leading ideas.

One would require approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and the second would repeal an Obamacare provision that helps insurance companies, according to two senior House GOP leadership aides.

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Filed under: House Republicans • Jack Lew • John Boehner • national debt • Obamacare
January 29th, 2014
04:53 PM ET
8 months ago

Pelosi insists immigration plan include path to citizenship; some House Republicans vow to oppose major reform

Washington (CNN) - As House Republicans headed to Maryland's eastern shore to discuss their immigration reform principles, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi drew a bright line on the most contentious issue in the debate, insisting, "In our caucus, there has to be path to citizenship."

House Speaker John Boehner and a group of top Republican leaders, including GOP 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, are expected to release a set of principles this week to chart the party's strategy forward on immigration legislation.

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