Boehner Coup Was Called Off Morning Of Speaker Vote

By: Tuesday January 8, 2013 4:06 am

Rumblings of a Tea Party coup against Speaker Boehner seemed to be unfounded as he sailed to re-election. But now Roll Call is reporting that the plot was very much real and robust enough to force a second ballot: A concerted effort to unseat Speaker John A. Boehner was under way the day of his [...]

Boehner Re-Elected Speaker

By: Thursday January 3, 2013 10:56 am

Two more years of tears. In a closer-than-usual vote, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) was elected to a second term as Speaker of the House on Thursday, with 220 votes. Eight members of the Republican majority cast protest votes for others including Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), former Rep. Allen West (R-FL), and former Comptroller General [...]

Conservative Opposition To Boehner Mounts On Eve Of Speaker Vote

By: Thursday January 3, 2013 5:52 am

Is Speaker Boehner in trouble? Conservative media mogul Matt Drudge, of the Drudge Report, has been running a poll since yesterday about whether John Boehner should remain speaker. Currently over 420,000 people have voted 84% against Boehner. This as the House prepares to vote today for Speaker. Conservative media outlet Breitbart.com is reporting that some [...]

VIDEO: Governor Christie Slams Boehner For Not Passing Sandy Relief

By: Wednesday January 2, 2013 11:49 am

governorchrischristie on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free In a press conference today New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie slammed Speaker Boehner for failing to allow a vote on Hurricane Sandy Relief. After issuing a joint press release with Governor Cuomo of New York, Christie went on the offensive against Boehner and the House Republicans. “There is [...]

Boehner To Reid “Go F– Yourself”

By: Wednesday January 2, 2013 6:11 am

More news from the Republican meltdown: It was only a few days before the nation would go over the fiscal cliff, no bipartisan agreement was in sight, and Reid had just publicly accused Boehner of running a “dictatorship” in the House and caring more about holding onto his gavel than striking a deal. “Go f— [...]

The Very Interesting Eric Cantor Power Point on Bowles-Simpson

By: Friday October 26, 2012 12:41 pm

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has created a Power Point presentation about Bowles-Simpson, the recommendations of the two leaders of the deficit commission. And this offers a window into Tea Party preferences for the fiscal slope and deficit deals. This is actually the key swing bloc in Congress; with President Obama on board with a [...]

House Poised to Stop Progress on Farm Bill

By: Thursday June 21, 2012 10:16 am

The Senate farm bill is likely to pass today. And while I disagree with the cuts to the food stamp program dressed up as fraud prevention, the bill does end the practice of paying farmers not to produce, which in practice was a subsidy to southern farmers who relied on the subsidies (insert your snarky [...]

House Republicans Plan Bush Tax Cut Vote This Summer

By: Friday May 25, 2012 10:59 am

The renewed battle over the expiring Bush tax cuts, which has begun with Republicans clear on their goals and Democrats mired in confusion, will begin over the summer with the House of Representatives set to vote on a full extension in July. House Republican leaders on Friday unveiled a legislative calendar for the summer, revealing [...]

White House Threatens Veto of Cantor Tax Cut Bill, As Duel of Tax Proposals Begins

By: Wednesday April 18, 2012 8:19 am

The White House is on a veto spree today. They threatened to veto the House’s new 90-day surface transportation extension because it includes a quick approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Without an explicit veto threat, they “oppose” any version of a cybersecurity bill that violates user privacy (more on that later). And they threatened [...]

No Separating Obama From the JOBS Act

By: Friday April 13, 2012 8:56 am

So I hear that Richard Trumka is personally outraged by the JOBS Act, and the larger idea that “this administration thinks that it’s going to be good for the country to re-inflate a stock market bubble.” This didn’t deter Trumka’s AFL-CIO from endorsing the President who signed that bill for re-election, of course. “Labor weighs [...]

New Report Shows 26 Fortune 500 Businesses Paid Negative Tax Rate From 2008-2011

By: Monday April 9, 2012 11:01 am

Last year, the watchdog group Citizens for Tax Justice put out a paper showing that 30 Fortune 500 companies had a negative tax rate for the cumulative years 2008-2010. The corporations singled out by the report submitted a number of excuses to explain away what they claimed was an anomaly, owing to things like short-term [...]

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