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Boehner: We're Backing Obama on Syria

Obama promises Syria won't be another Iraq

(Newser) - President Obama took a big step forward in his quest to gain Congressional approval for a strike on Syria, convincing the leaders of both parties in the House to back his play. Obama held a meeting with John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, and other top lawmakers this morning, arguing that military...

Now You Can 'Cosponsor' House Bills on Facebook

Eric Cantor launches new app, website

(Newser) - Really, what can't you do on Facebook at this point? A new app from Eric Cantor allows you to "cosponsor" any House bill you want (even if it was introduced by a Democrat), which basically means you declare your support and then can easily track the legislation (you'...

Rand Paul, Hardline Gun Group in Dogfight With GOP

Supports group attacking GOP's Eric Cantor, Scott Rigell

(Newser) - It's a showdown at the GOP corral: CPAC prom king Rand Paul is in a shootout with fellow Republicans Eric Cantor and Scott Rigell after a gun group backed by the Kentucky senator launched about $50,000 worth of attack ads accusing the Virginia reps of "wanting to...

Graham: I'll Block Brennan, Hagel Over Benghazi

Wants White House to 'fess up on what happened

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham says he's ready to block the confirmations of both Chuck Hagel and John Brennan if President Obama isn't a little more forthcoming with what he knows about the Benghazi consulate attack. "No confirmation without information," he said today, adding that the confirmations shouldn't...

Firebrands Out, but GOP Remains the Same

Ezra Klein on Republicans' fitful attempt to reinvent themselves

(Newser) - Something strange is happening to the GOP. All of the 2016 contenders seem to have reached a conclusion, Ezra Klein observes in a Bloomberg column: "It's better to build a reputation as one of the party’s adults than as one of its firebrands." But Republicans are...

Cantor Open to Gun Background Checks

Plus, he and Boehner talk illegal immigration

(Newser) - A day after President Obama noted that there's bipartisan support for universal background checks before gun purchases, Eric Cantor seems to have confirmed it. The House majority leader tells CNN he's open to strengthening background checks, perhaps by instituting a system similar to what Virginia put in place...

GOP Cabal Ready to Unseat Boehner: Sources

...assuming it can find anyone to take the job

(Newser) - Was the fiscal cliff deal John Boehner's last stand? Washington has long rumbled with reports that conservatives are ready to oust the House speaker, and now sources tell Breitbart that enough Republicans are ready to do it—provided they can find someone else to take the job. "At...

On Fiscal Cliff Vote, House GOP Leaders Split

Boehner, Paul Ryan voted aye, as Cantor, McCarthy rejected deal

(Newser) - The bill to avoid the fiscal cliff ended up clearing the House with more than enough Republican votes, but the vote split GOP leaders. Speaker John Boehner cast his "yes" as soon as voting began, but House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, and Chief Deputy Whip...

Fiscal Cliff Averted: House Passes Late-Night Bill

Obama says it's just 'one step' toward stronger economy

(Newser) - A weary Congress sent President Obama legislation to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of middle-class tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts late tonight, hours before financial markets reopen after the New Year's holiday. The bill's passage on a 257-167 vote in the House sealed a hard-won political triumph...

Cantor Doesn't Support Cliff Deal

Still no decision on House vote

(Newser) - There's quite a bit of pressure on the House to pass the Senate's fiscal cliff deal today, but Eric Cantor may have just thrown a big wrench into the proceedings: The House Majority Leader revealed in a closed-door meeting of House Republicans today that he doesn't support...

Obama to Host Meeting as Cliff Looms

House is set to reconvene on Sunday night, ahead of cliff deadline

(Newser) - Let the last-minute drama begin: President Obama will meet with the top congressional leaders from both parties at the White House today, reports the AP . Obama intends to outline elements that he thinks should be in any deal and could garner majority support in both chambers of Congress, but he...

Is John Boehner Done For?
 Is John Boehner Done For? 

Is John Boehner Done For?

Last night's vote was a telling humiliation: opinions

(Newser) - John Boehner has never looked weaker than he did last night, when Republicans refused to pass Plan B . It "was hardly the first public humiliation" Boehner's troops have dealt him, writes Steve Kornacki at Salon , but "it raises some very basic questions about the House speaker's...

Now Cantor Backing Away From the Pledge

But Norquist says he'll go after anyone breaking it

(Newser) - Eric Cantor joined the ranks of Republicans distancing themselves from Grover Norquist's pledge against raising taxes this morning, signaling that the GOP is willing to put revenue on the table to avert the fiscal cliff. "When I go to my constituents, it's not about the pledge,"...

FBI Whistleblower Tipped Cantor Off to Petraeus Affair

House majority leader in turn tipped off the FBI

(Newser) - Deep in the New York Times report about "harassing" emails that Paula Broadwell allegedly sent another woman lies this coda in the downfall of David Petraeus: An FBI whistleblower reached out to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor two weeks ago to alert him to the affair. “I was...

FBI Probed GOP Skinny-Dipping in Galilee Sea

Congressmen's 'fact-finding mission' took a boozy turn

(Newser) - At least one GOP congressman who couldn't walk on water decided to go skinny-dipping in the Sea of Galilee instead. A group of Republican congressmen, aides, and family members boozed it up and cooled off in the water—one of them nude—during an official fact-finding trip to the...

Coming From Massachusetts: Hill's First Gay Republican?

Richard Tisei thinks his sexuality could actually be an advantage

(Newser) - Richard Tisei is hoping to become Capitol Hill's first openly gay Republican this November—and he thinks his sexuality might actually help. Being gay is a "non-issue" in Tisei's left-leaning district, he tells the Hill ; indeed, he thinks being pro-gay-marriage and pro-choice will be marks in his...

Everybody Slams Limbaugh
 Everybody Slams Limbaugh 

Everybody Slams Limbaugh

Also, will Eric Cantor or Rand Paul be vice president nominee?

(Newser) - Today's talk show theme: Pile on Rush Limbaugh. The conservative talk show host took a bipartisan drubbing worthy of a gold-stuffed piñata, reports Politico , as both sides lambasted his slut comment and subsequent apology . A sampling:
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "I know he apologized, but forgive me if

Eric Cantor Endorses Romney

Just ahead of Super Tuesday, joins chorus of GOP seeking unity

(Newser) - Christmas came early today for Mitt Romney: With just days before the Super Tuesday primary bonanza, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has given the candidate his endorsement, reports Politico . Appearing on Meet the Press this morning, Cantor signaled that he wanted an end to the primary bloodletting: "W e...

House GOP Caves, Backs Payroll Tax

Boehner and Co. say they'll accept tax cut without paying for it elsewhere

(Newser) - House Republican leaders have surprised and angered rank-and-file lawmakers by abruptly backing down from demands that a 10-month extension of the payroll tax cut be paid for with cuts elsewhere. GOP leaders are wary of holding up a tax cut for 160 million Americans in an election year, Politico notes,...

Watered-Down Insider Trading Bill Set to Pass House

Eric Cantor takes out provisions that Senate passed unanimously

(Newser) - House legislators are almost sure to pass a bill officially banning them from insider trading today, but it will be missing a few teeth compared to its Senate counterpart. Eric Cantor has pulled out a provision that would have required K Street consultants who sell Congress' inside tips to Wall...

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