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Boehner Resigning From Congress

House speaker will be gone at end of October

(Newser) - John Boehner dropped a political bombshell this morning, announcing that he's not only resigning as House speaker but as a congressman as well. Boehner will leave at the end of October, reports the New York Times . Boehner himself told House Republicans in a closed-door session today, reports Politico . The...

Boehner May Sue Obama to Stop Iran Nuclear Deal

Republicans have run out of most other options

(Newser) - With Republicans running out of ways to stop the looming Iran nuclear deal from becoming a reality, John Boehner is entertaining the idea of suing President Obama. The House speaker, who described the deal as "worse than anything I could've ever imagined," said yesterday a lawsuit is...

Ohio Fuming Over New Name for Mount McKinley

GOP politicians attack decision, blame President Obama

(Newser) - Alaska Natives are certainly pleased that the mountain formerly known as McKinley is now officially Denali , the name people who, say, live in Alaska have called it for years. But those in Ohio, the home state of 25th president William McKinley, are peeved their man has lost the honor. John...

Congressman Makes Rare Move to Try to Oust Boehner

But Mark Meadows' 'vacate the chair' resolution is a long-shot

(Newser) - A House conservative who isn't exactly a household name made a surprise move today to try to oust John Boehner as speaker. The long-shot "vacate the chair" resolution comes from North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows, and the Washington Post reports that it's been tried only once before—...

Confederate Flag Triggers Surprise Fight in House

Nancy Pelosi forces Republicans into vote to 'punt' on the issue

(Newser) - South Carolina may have gotten all the headlines today in regard to the Confederate flag, but the Hill points out there was plenty of high drama in the House as well. In its account, Nancy Pelosi surprised Republicans with a resolution to ban the flag from the Capitol—it uses...

Boehner: My Israel Trip Isn't 'Victory Lap'

He addresses Israel, Iran on CNN's 'State of the Union'

(Newser) - John Boehner appeared on CNN's State of the Union today, and the main subjects were Israel and Iran. Highlights:
  • On the Iran nuclear deal being negotiated: "We've got a regime that's never quite kept their word about anything. I just don't understand why we would
...

Rarity: Both Parties Team Up to Pass 'Doc Fix'

Medicare reform comes from Boehner and Pelosi

(Newser) - DC saw the rarest of things today: a substantial piece of legislation that passed the House with broad support in both parties. Called the "doc fix," it's designed to permanently solve a problem regarding the way doctors get paid by Medicare—instead of the annual short-term patches...

Now Boehner's Going to Israel

Speaker said to be heading to Jerusalem for Bibi's 'victory celebration'

(Newser) - John Boehner's invite brought Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress earlier this month, and now it looks like the visit will be reciprocated. The House speaker is heading to Jerusalem over the next couple of weeks to meet with the Israeli PM, with a gaggle of GOP lawmakers in...

House GOP Relents, Funds Homeland Security

Measure drops fight against Obama's immigration policies

(Newser) - In a major victory for President Obama, the Republican-led House relented today and backed legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year, without restrictions on immigration. The measure passed 257-167 and now goes to Obama's desk for his signature. House Speaker John Boehner...

Feinstein: Netanyahu 'Arrogant,' Doesn't Speak for All Jews

As Boehner points to 'animosity' between PM, White House

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu got on a DC-bound plane this morning, and his contentious visit continues to rankle Washington even before he lands. "The animosity between the White House and the prime minister is no secret here in this town," John Boehner told CBS this morning, per the Hill . "...

Congress Now Bickering Over 'Clean' Homeland Security Bill

Dems want House GOP guarantee before agreeing to McConnell's offer

(Newser) - Congress has until Friday to either pass a bill to fund Homeland Security or appear completely dysfunctional—and it's not looking great for the former option. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has offered a vote on a "clean bill" to fund the agency, followed by one on President...

Boehner: I'll 'Certainly' Allow Homeland Security Shutdown

It will be fault of Senate Dems, he says

(Newser) - If the Department of Homeland Security is forced to shut down at the end of this month because of a lack of funding, John Boehner says he's ready to let that happen and it won't be his fault. In an interview with Fox News Sunday, the House speaker...

In First, Pope to Address Congress

It'll be a historic appearance on Sept. 24

(Newser) - Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress on Sept. 24, making him the first pontiff to do so. House Speaker John Boehner—who is a Catholic, points out Politico —made the announcement at a news conference today, then issued a statement that reads in part, "We’...

Israel's Netanyahu: I'll Warn About Iran 'Anywhere'

PM defends contentious planned visit to speak to Congress

(Newser) - Israel's premier says he will go "anywhere" he is invited to speak about the country's stance regarding Iran's nuclear program. Benjamin Netanyahu's comments today come amid a public spat with the Obama administration over how to counter Iran and a contentious invitation from House of...

At Boehner's Invite, Netanyahu Coming to Congress

Speaker wants Israeli PM to discuss Iran, 'threats posed by radical Islam'

(Newser) - As the White House urged calm while it works to nail down a nuclear deal with Iran, John Boehner went a little rogue this morning: The speaker of the House issued an invite to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress next month on what Boehner calls "the threats...

Cops: Bartender Threatened to Poison Boehner

Ohio suspect has history of psychiatric illness

(Newser) - A bartender in Ohio with a history of psychiatric problems told police that he planned to kill John Boehner, possibly by poisoning his drink or shooting him, reports WCPO in Cincinnati. Michael Hoyt, 44, who worked at a country club frequented by Boehner, was indicted on a charge of threatening...

Payback Is Swift for House GOP Rebels

No more Mr. Nice Boehner: those who voted against him kicked off committee

(Newser) - John Boehner struck a magnanimous tone after fighting off the biggest anti-speaker rebellion in 150 years yesterday—"May the fruits of our labors be ladders our children can use to climb to the stars," he told the House—but payback has been swift for some of the 25...

Rebellion Against Speaker Biggest in 150 Years

But 25 votes against Boehner isn't nearly enough

(Newser) - In winning a third term as House speaker today, John Boehner had to fend off a defection from within his own party that was the biggest such revolt in more than 150 years, reports the Washington Post . In all, 25 conservative Republicans voted against Boehner, though that wasn't enough...

On Deck for GOP in 2015: A Long Series of Showdowns

Republican leaders to face immigration, debt ceiling, Medicare issues

(Newser) - John Boehner and Mitch McConnell penned a Wall Street Journal editorial in November that promised they would prove wrong "the skeptics [who] say nothing will be accomplished in the next two years." But even with both House and Senate firmly under GOP control when Congress convenes tomorrow , the...

John Boehner Has a Challenger for Speaker

Louie Gohmert wants that gavel

(Newser) - There's a Texas Republican gunning for John Boehner's gavel: Rep. Louie Gohmert today announced his intention to unseat Boehner as speaker of the House, citing "years of broken promises" in telling Fox that "I’m putting my name out there today to be another candidate."...

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