Newt Gingrich

How long is 4 miles in the shadow of the Capitol?
Horton’s Kids brings Congress east of the river, but gap still remains

Nathan Woods came to the Capitol with Horton’s Kids in the 1990s. (Courtesy Horton’s Kids)

Nathan Woods can still hear the gunshots outside his D.C. home in the early ’90s. He grew up in Wellington Park, a neighborhood less than four miles from the lobbying and lawmaking of Capitol Hill.

When he was a sophomore at Woodberry Forest High School, an all-boys boarding school down in Virginia, he got the call: His oldest brother, Errick, had been shot in the head. By the time he got to the hospital, his brother was dead.

Teens Charged With Murder in Davis’ Grandson Slaying
Jovan Wilson was shot and killed Friday in Chicago

Illinois Rep. Danny K. Davis’ grandson was shot and killed after an argument over a pair of gym shoes, according to police. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Suspects in the shooting death of Illinois Rep. Danny K. Davis’ 15-year-old grandson have been charged with first-degree murder, according to the Chicago Police Department.

Jovan Wilson was shot in the head late Nov. 18 in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood after arguing with the two teenage assailants over a pair of gym shoes, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Gingrich, Gephardt and the Day They Exchanged Power
Making sure the dance of democracy continued

Dick Gephardt, left, and Newt Gingrich sparred frequently in the 1990s, but understood the need for a peaceful exchange of power, writes Patricia Murphy. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It takes a lot for Donald Trump to shock a political audience at this point, but that’s what happened during last week’s debate when he said he’d let us all know whether he’d accept the election results once Election Day gets here. That followed weeks of claiming that the election is rigged against him and of warnings to his followers that the whole thing might be stolen at the ballot box.

The display was enough to make a person hate politics. But I have a surprising cure for you if you’re looking for a more inspiring example of American statesmanship — the moment in 1995 when House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt gave the speaker’s gavel to Newt Gingrich after the GOP won control of the chamber for the first time in 40 years.

Where Are They Now? Power Players in 1992 and 2016
Today’s leaders were still works in progress during Bill Clinton's inaugural run

Presumptive Democratic nominee Bill Clinton waves to supporters with his wife Hillary at a rally in St. Louis in July 1992. (TIM CLARY/AFP/Getty Images file photo)

Much has been made about the fact that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has remained in the public eye for a quarter century.  

Many of her closest allies — and a few of her fiercest antagonists — have followed similarly storied paths through modern political history.  

Is Trump Treasonous? Panetta Calls Him Danger to National Security
Former defense chief denounces GOP nominee's encouragement of Russia to spy on the U.S.

Leon Panetta tries to talk over chants of no more war at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump's invitation to Russian spies to find lost emails routed through Hillary Clinton's notorious private server was "irresponsible" and clearly underscores that "he cannot become our commander in chief," former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta said on Wednesday.  

"Think about that, Donald Trump, who wants to be president, is asking one of our adversaries to engage in hacking or intelligence efforts against the United States of America to affect an election," Panetta told the Democratic National Convention.  

An Open Letter to Newt Gingrich
On how Sharia makes Muslims in the U.S. better Americans

Umema Aimen went to college in the United States and is challenging Newt Gingrich on his call for testing Muslims in the U.S. to see if they believe in Sharia law.

Mr. Gingrich,  

You’ve said on Facebook that we need to have an honest discussion. I agree, so here’s what I have to say: I am a 25-year-old Pakistani citizen who spent five years studying in America, four in college and one at a Muslim seminary. I recently moved back to Pakistan and was excitedly planning my honeymoon trip to America until I read your remarks.  

Gingrich Blames Media For 'Hysteria' Over Muslim Comments
He says he'll go on social media today to explain what he meant

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, shown here campaigning with Donald Trump last week, lost the veepstakes to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. (John Sommers II/Getty Images)

Newt Gingrich went on full attack mode Thursday night in a possible last ditch effort to wrestle Donald Trump's running mate slot from Mike Pence. Now he's going on Facebook to deal with the "hysteria" his statements about Muslims caused.  

On Thursday's "Hannity," Gingrich said that Muslims should be tested for supporting Sharia law, and if they do, we should kick them out of the country.

Why Trump-Newt Beats Trump-Pence
Ex-speaker can explain away and deflect billionaire's controversies

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has shown a remarkable ability to reinvent himself and stay relevant, writes Matt Lewis.

Members of the salamander family, newts possess the unique ability to regenerate fully functional limbs in the case of amputation and can even regrow eyes, parts of their brain, heart and spinal cord in the event of an injury.  

Newt Gingrich’s ability to regenerate his career — to remain relevant for decades, to the point where he is now on the short list to become the Republican nominee for vice president — is no less impressive.  

Poll: No Viable Trump Alternative for GOP Establishment
Sixty-five percent don't want Romney to jump into race

Establishment Republicans lack an alternative to presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump because none of the likeliest picks have the national name recognition and support to mount an insurgent White House bid.  

An Economist/YouGov poll indicates it may be too late to stop the Trump juggernaut, despite persistent talk that party leaders are searching for another candidate.   

Your Capitol Hill Summer Reading List
From a congressional whodunit to lawmaker memoirs to Civil War time travel

California Sen. Barbara Boxer writes about the difference between toughness and anger in her latest book, "The Art of Tough." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It turns out Ben Rhodes isn't the only aspiring author in #‎ThisTown . More than a few Washington authors got their start drafting bills on Capitol Hill before trying for a best-seller. From former Hill staffers to party leaders to a congressman who calls himself only “X,” here are a few of the latest reads from authors with Capitol Hill ties for your summer recess reading pleasure.

No woman makes it through more than three decades in national politics without being tough and Boxer’s latest book lays out all the gritty details. Part memoir, part motivational manual, Boxer recounts her career in Congress and defines “the art of tough,” including knowing when to stand your ground and how to know the difference between toughness and anger. Boxer even kicks off the book with few choice quotes from her harshest critics, including: “[Barbara Boxer] is quite possibly the biggest doofus to ever enter the Senate chamber, including janitorial staff, pizza delivery kids, and carpenter ants.” Read the book to understand the context — you’ll be glad you did.