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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 »

Take That: Russia Bars Boehner, Reid, McCain

After US sanctions, Moscow singles out 9 American officials

(Newser) - Russia got Crimea , but the US is dominating in the sanctions department. After President Obama ramped up strong economic penalties against 20 prominent Russians (but not Vladimir Putin), Moscow fired back by telling nine American officials (but not Obama) that they weren't welcome in Russia, reports the Hill . The... More »

Obama Snubs GOP, Ditches Social Security Cuts

Olive branch to Boehner is rescinded

(Newser) - President Obama is done playing nice with the budget. The White House will be ditching a proposal to curtail Social Security cost-of-living increases, along with other policies that he included last year in an attempt to reach out to Republicans, the Wall Street Journal reports. "This year, the administration... 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 »

Boehner: We Can't Trust Obama on Immigration

Speaker's comments appear to kill reform hopes

(Newser) - House Republicans won't take up immigration reform after all, because there's "widespread doubt" about whether President Obama can be trusted to enforce anything they pass, John Boehner said today. "The president seems to change the health-care law on a whim," Boehner said, according to the... More »

Keystone Alternative Will Kill 6 People a Year: Report

Oil trains would cause fatalities, says State Department analysis

(Newser) - An alternative to the Keystone XL pipeline could pose a danger of its own, according to a State Department analysis. If, instead of the pipeline, trains were used to transport 830,000 barrels of oil per day, the vehicles could cause six new railroad fatalities and 49 additional injuries per... More »

Conservative Group Spends Big to Oust ... GOP Leaders?

ForAmerica promises 6-figure campaign

(Newser) - The so-called GOP civil war may be going from cold to hot. The conservative group ForAmerica tells CNN that it intends to spend six figures on a campaign it's calling " Dump the Leadership ," aimed at deposing all the GOP's leaders in both the House and Senate.... More »

6 State of the Union Takeaways

Obama combative, but makes some peace offerings

(Newser) - Another State of the Union address is in the books, and you know what that means: Time for pundits to assemble random observations and analysis into "takeaway" lists! Here are some of our favorite reactions this morning:
  • The Boehner Card: How do you get Republicans to applaud? Flatter them.
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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 »

Boehner Just 'Got His Irish Up' With Right-Wing Groups: Ryan

Wisconsin Republican tries to soften rift with Tea Partiers

(Newser) - John Boehner's attack on right-wing advocacy groups over the federal budget deal? Well, he "just kind of got his Irish up," said Paul Ryan on an interview on Meet the Press, reports Politico . "He was frustrated that these groups came out in opposition to our budget... More »

House Passes Budget Bill

2-year deal clears by wide margin; Senate expected to vote next week

(Newser) - The unusual promise of a no-drama, no-shutdown deal on the federal budget just cleared its biggest hurdle: The modest two-year pact negotiated by Paul Ryan of the House and Patty Murray of the Senate cleared the full House of Representatives today by a vote of 332-94, reports the Washington Post... More »

Boehner Slams Conservative Critics

Speaker says right-wing groups out of line for criticism of budget deal

(Newser) - John Boehner slammed political advocacy groups today, which would be no big surprise except the groups in his sights are on the right, not the left. "They're using our members and they're using the American people for their own goals," Boehner told reporters, after prominent conservative... More »

GOP Coaching Candidates on How to Run Against Women

'Some of these guys have a lot to learn'

(Newser) - In the hopes of avoiding another "legitimate rape" incident , the National Republican Congressional Committee has been meeting with top aides to sitting GOP congressmen, coaching them on how they and their bosses should talk about social issues—particularly if they're running against a woman, Politico reports. "Let... More »

ObamaCare's New Enrollee: John Boehner

But House speaker blogs of his trouble signing up

(Newser) - It took a few tries, but ObamaCare has a new high-profile enrollee: John Boehner. The House speaker, however, made a point to blog about his trouble signing up yesterday after getting an error message. "Despite multiple attempts, I was unable to get past that point and sign up for... More »

Fla. Rep. Pleads Guilty to Coke Charges

Judge gives Florida's Trey Radel a year of probation

(Newser) - Congressman Henry "Trey" Radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession today, but will avoid jail time. A DC Superior Court judge sentenced the freshman Republican from Florida to one year of probation, and ordered him to receive drug treatment in his home state, the Washington Post reports. Radel had already... More »

For 2M Jobless, Benefits Set to Dry Up

Congress isn't looking likely to pass an extension

(Newser) - Some 1.3 million Americans could lose their unemployment benefits at the end of the year, with another 850,000 seeing benefits expire in March 2014 if Congress doesn't extend an emergency plan that ends Dec. 31. And though congressional Democrats and the White House are urging an extension,... More »

Boehner: Senate's Immigration Bill Is Toast

House speaker rules out conference compromise

(Newser) - John Boehner threw a massive bucket of cold water on hopes for comprehensive immigration reform today, saying that the Senate bill was a complete non-starter for the House. "We have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill," Boehner said, NBC News reports. Reform advocates... More »

Boehner to Obama: 'I Got Overrun'

A behind-the-scenes look at how and why the shutdown happened

(Newser) - During a White House meeting on Oct. 2, a day into the shutdown, John Boehner slipped out for a smoke. Barack Obama followed him, demanding a private explanation for the shutdown. "John, what happened?" he asked. "I got overrun, that's what happened," Boehner replied. That anecdote... More »

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