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Why Boehner's Plan to Sue Obama Won't Work

'Good luck with that,' say legal experts

(Newser) - John Boehner has declared that he wants to sue President Obama for abusing his executive authority, but most legal experts seem to think he's about as likely to prevail as he is to become the 2016 Democratic nominee. For starters, the House speaker plans to use legislation to gain... More »

Boehner: I'm Going to Sue Obama

House Republicans say president has abused his executive authority

(Newser) - John Boehner thinks President Obama has abused his executive authority so much that he plans to sue the White House, reports Fox News . Asked today whether he intended to pursue such a lawsuit, as has been rumored, the House speaker responded, "I am." He added, "This is... More »

New House GOP Leader Is Often 'Baffling' at Podium

Majority leader Kevin McCarthy tends to say indecipherable stuff: Dana Milbank

(Newser) - Eric Cantor's defeat may have been a complete surprise , but this isn't: House Republicans have chosen Kevin McCarthy of California to be the new majority leader, reports the Hill . The 49-year-old takes over those duties on July 31. First elected to the House eight years ago, McCarthy is... More »

Only One Candidate Left for Cantor's Job

Sessions drops out, race to replace Kevin McCarthy heats up

(Newser) - Unless a surprise challenger emerges at the last minute, the race to replace Eric Cantor as the House's second-ranking Republican is already over. House Rules Committee chief Pete Sessions says he has dropped his bid to become majority leader "after thoughtful consideration and discussion" with colleagues, leaving Majority... More »

Cantor: 'It Doesn't Have to Be a Bad Day'

Confirms he's leaving, won't launch a write-in campaign

(Newser) - Eric Cantor confirmed this afternoon that he won't be launching a long-shot bid to remain in Congress with a write-in candidacy in Virginia's general election. He told his GOP colleagues behind closed doors that he will serve out his term but will step down as majority leader at... More »

Defeated Cantor Will Step Down

NYT: Majority leader will step aside to quickly settle leadership vacuum

(Newser) - Eric Cantor, fresh off last night's stunning collapse in the Virginia GOP primary for the House seat he's held since 2001, will step down as House majority leader in the coming weeks, reports the New York Times . The move, which the Washington Post pegs at the end of... More »

Cantor's Walloping Is a Political Earthquake

Brat upset likely to kill off immigration reform

(Newser) - The House majority leader who used to cozy up to upstart Tea Party candidates has been crushed in his GOP primary by a little-known challenger from the movement, and analysts say America's political landscape is looking very different this morning.
  • "The biggest Congressional upset in modern memory" will
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Michelle Obama's School Lunch Rules in GOP Cross Hairs

New bill would let schools opt out of program championed by first lady

(Newser) - No Obama program is safe from House Republicans—even when the Obama in question is Michelle. A GOP agriculture and food spending released yesterday contains a provision that would take a bite out of the first lady's stricter school lunch health standards, the AP reports. With many schools complaining... More »

Dems Should Boycott Latest Benghazi Circus

'Shameless' political circus continues: Michael Tomasky

(Newser) - A new round of Benghazi bluster is upon us, with Republicans forming a new committee to investigate events surrounding the attack. This time, the Democrats should take a stand: "They absolutely must boycott this absurd, insane, sickening, repulsive, shameful, and at the same time shame-less circus," writes Michael... More »

House GOP Ramps Up Benghazi Inquiry

Boehner to appoint special committee, while Issa supboenas Kerry

(Newser) - This week's release of White House emails related to the Benghazi attack of 2012 seems to have cinched one political reality: The issue is going to be making headlines at least through the midterms, much to the delight of the GOP base, reports Politico . Two key developments today all... More »

Boehner: I Didn't Mean to Mock GOP on Immigration

He likened caucus members to crybabies

(Newser) - John Boehner, saying he can "rib people just a little bit too much sometimes," is trying to defuse tensions with fellow House Republicans after poking fun at them for their stance on immigration reform. In a speech last week, the House speaker likened his colleagues to crybabies who... More »

Democratic Rep: 'Not All' in GOP Are Racist

But party has 'elements animated by racism': Steve Israel

(Newser) - Does Democratic Rep. Steve Israel think his "Republican colleagues are racist"? His reply to Candy Crowley's question on CNN yesterday: "Not all of them, no. Of course not," said the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. But "to a significant extent, the Republican... More »

Senate OKs More Jobless Benefits

But Boehner spokesman says House isn't interested

(Newser) - After months of knocking heads, the US Senate voted today 59-38 to revive jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed—but the bill's fate in the House looks hazy at best, the AP reports. A small group of GOP senators quickly reached out to House Speaker John Boehner, urging him... More »

Inside the Very Awkward End to the Debt-Ceiling Wars

Boehner made his announcement, and no one clapped

(Newser) - John Boehner ended the debt ceiling wars yesterday, but his fellow Republicans didn't exactly throw him a parade. The Washington Post today has an excruciatingly awkward account of how Boehner broke the news to his caucus at a private breakfast yesterday morning. "Listen—we're going to move... More »

End of an Era? House GOP Skips Fight on Debt Cap

Republicans allow ceiling to increase without strings

(Newser) - House Republicans backed away from a battle over the government's debt cap today and permitted Democrats to drive quick passage of a measure to increase the government's borrowing cap without any concessions from the White House. The 221-201 vote came hours after Speaker John Boehner announced that his... More »

Boehner Calls No-Strings Vote on Debt Ceiling

Boehner drops plan for military pension rider

(Newser) - With the clock ticking, House Republicans ditched their last attempt to tie a policy rider to the debt ceiling today. John Boehner told fellow Republicans that he would instead bring a "clean" bill to the floor, raising the debt ceiling without conditions, the Wall Street Journal reports. Yesterday, Boehner... More »

House GOP Leaders Back Legal Status for Immigrants

But not citizenship or a 'special path'; younger illegals could get citizenship

(Newser) - House Republican leaders issued a set of principles today on immigration reform, and the consensus seems to be that they offer enough wiggle room to get a deal done this year. Some highlights:
  • Legal status: Many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants now in the country would be able to
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Dems Raising a Ruckus Over Jobless Benefits

President Obama plans to keep issue in the news

(Newser) - President Obama plans to climb the bully pulpit this week and hammer Congress—but really, just congressional Republicans—for failing to extend long-term unemployment benefits. The White House has concocted a plan to keep the issue in the news on a daily basis, Politico reports. Tomorrow, Obama will invite a... More »

GOP Looks Ready to Sabotage Itself Again

'Wall Street Journal' editors say budget standoff could negate ObamaCare gains

(Newser) - The conservative editorial page of the Wall Street Journal sounds pretty hopeful that the troubles of ObamaCare will translate into solid GOP gains in next year's midterms. But the editors also see signs that Republicans are going to once again blow it with a "stupid, futile budget standoff.... More »

GOP Plots All-Out War on ObamaCare

Democrats, meanwhile will attack 'CruzCare'

(Newser) - If it sounds like Republicans are reading from the same playbook in their ObamaCare offensive, it's because they are. A memo sent to House Republicans this week detailed an unusually focused attack plan, the New York Times explains. Republicans are to focus en masse on one of the program'... More »

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