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Iago? Scrooge? Caligula? Models for new GOP House speaker

With Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s surprising exit from the House speaker’s race, Republican representatives are left in a quandary — who the heck is going to take a job that nobody wants? An inspiring talk from Pope Francis was enough to send current Speaker John Boehner running back to his Ohio tanning booth. The remaining […]

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Boehner out: Who would want any job in GOP leadership?

No doubt House Republicans will elect someone to be their new speaker now that Ohio Rep. John Boehner is resigning at the end of October. But to call the house speakership with the current radical GOP membership a “thankless job” is like calling a tornado a gentle breeze. Boehner stunned the political world by announcing […]

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House GOP leaders not bothering with Selma anniversary

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” when civil rights activists trying to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., to the state capital of Montgomery to protest voting restrictions were instead beaten with billy clubs by state troopers and local police. Nearly 100 members of Congress will be in Selma […]

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Will GOP’s Steve Scalise survive or take a dive?

“David Duke without the baggage, but electable” is how the House majority whip, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) described himself. It’s been recently reported that Scalise gave a speech to a white supremacist group in May 2002 — a group headed by former Ku Klux Klan leader, anti-Semite, white supremacist, and Republican former office holder David […]

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