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Mitch McConnell Is No John Boehner

Despite the anti-Mitch McConnell chatter on talk radio and elsewhere, don’t look for the Senate majority leader to fold like John A. Boehner — at least not for the foreseeable future. The Kentucky Republican is holding quite a few more cards than his counterpart in the House.

Portman Renews Proposal to End Government Shutdowns — Without Democrats

Sen. Rob Portman is again proposing to stop the threat of government shutdowns in the future, despite his formerly bipartisan measure not receiving a vote.

Leadership Roundup: Scalise Is in, Gowdy Isn't (Updated)

Updated 12:46 p.m. | Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., will play coy no longer with the public and the press: On Tuesday morning, he announced he was running for majority leader.

Take Five: Rep. Lee Zeldin

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

Hamlet of the House Routine Prompts Talk About Act 3

On paper, at least, he remains an obvious option. Just ask him. And yet Jeb Hensarling is walking away, for the second time in as many years, from an opportunity to move into the topmost echelon of House Republicans.

McCarthy Raises Campaign Cash, But He's No Boehner

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is one of the strongest campaign fundraisers in his conference, but he still can't hold a candle to outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner, say Republicans mulling McCarthy as Boehner's successor.

McMorris Rodgers Sits Out Majority Leader Race

Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers will not run for majority leader in the post-John A. Boehner leadership shakeup, she said in a statement Monday night.

Cruz Slams Boehner for Not Leaving Immediately

Sen. Ted Cruz blasted outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner Monday for sticking around for a month after the Ohio Republican announced his intent to resign.

Senate Acts to Avert Shutdown, More Funding Votes to Come

The Senate moved one step closer Monday night to keeping the government from temporarily shutting down by clearing a procedural hurdle, 77-19.

Roskam: Republicans Cannot Be Led Unless Changes Are Made

While most members running for leadership are scrambling to win over as many members as possible, Rep. Peter Roskam reports he hasn’t made a single phone call soliciting support.

Outside Influences Seek to Sway House GOP Leadership Races

Conservative activists are mobilizing to sway the House GOP leadership contests, as K Street lobbyists say they are quietly offering their own counsel and behind-the-scenes help to favored contenders.

Schumer's Latest Target? The Price of Eyeglasses

Sen. Charles E. Schumer thinks you’re paying too much for eyeglasses.

Leadership Shuffle Puts Spotlight on GOP's Up and Coming

The leadership shuffle set off by Speaker John A. Boehner’s impending resignation has made one thing clear in the House Republican Conference: There’s a younger generation of lawmakers eager to take the reins.

Virginia Republicans Expect Ed Gillespie to Run for Governor

Virginia Republicans are chattering that former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie, who narrowly lost a 2014 Senate bid to Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, is ready to run for political office again.

Obama's Global Warming, Syria Push at United Nations Skips Congress

At the United Nations Monday, President Barack Obama touted what are probably the two biggest items left on his to-do list before leaving office — a global warming agreement later this year in Paris and a settlement to the Syria conflict. Congress barely got a mention.

Keeping a Stiff Upper Lip in Boehnerland

His Sept. 25 decision to relinquish command of the increasingly unruly House of Representatives left many of those who learned the ways of Washington beneath the wing of retiring Speaker John A. Boehner utterly speechless.

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Is a Noxious Problem for Congress, Industry and Regulators

An examination into whether Volkswagen misled consumers when it dodged emissions standards could provide Republicans and Democrats in Congress another chance to unite in criticism of automakers evading regulations.

4 Things to Watch for in Third-Quarter Fundraising

Rival campaigns and political handicappers are anxiously awaiting third-quarter fundraising numbers — due this week — to assess the competitiveness of candidates and contests.

Does Voter Anger Explain the Success of Presidential Outsiders?

Those of us who report on and analyze politics for a living have been talking ad nauseam about voters’ frustration and anger.




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