Rep. Paul Ryan should seize this opportunity as speaker to clean the slate by shutting down the wasteful Benghazi Committee, eliminating the indefensible Planned Parenthood panel and sending the ridiculous IRS impeachment resolution to the dustbin of history. These are all remnants of Speaker Boehner's legacy — not Speaker Ryan's.
Effective parents understand that when you give in to temper tantrums you ensure that your children will continue to have more temper tantrums. House Republican leaders have reinforced temper tantrums from a small minority of its members, known as the Freedom Caucus, since the election of President Barack Obama. But now these unruly members are not just disrespectful to our president, but of their own House leadership.
There is nothing in the Constitution that says the speaker must be an elected member of the House. The House could pick anyone from Carrot Top to Oprah as speaker. Those options don't make any sense (though Oprah would probably place some wonderful gifts under members' seats). But there is one nonmember who might bring the skills the moment requires: Newt Gingrich.
Congress is expected to narrowly avoid a shutdown of the federal government on Wednesday — hours before the deadline — as lawmakers set up an even more intractable fight over spending at the end of the year.
The right wing crazies will have finally run House Speaker John Boehner out of office, but he has more than a month to operate free of the Hastert rule, free of blind party loyalty, and free of concerns about his own re-election as speaker.
It is more than 50 years since Emily Post, the guru of etiquette, passed away. Has civility passed away with her? When Speaker of the House John Boehner referred to the president's legislation as "crap," I began to wonder.
That was quite a performance Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered on the floor of the House of Representatives, courtesy of Speaker John Boehner in his continuing campaign to impede and discredit the presidency of Barack Obama.
The determination of conservative Republicans to thwart Barack Obama at every turn was clear from the first days after his election in 2008, as their Senate leader Mitch McConnell publicly vowed to make him "a one-term president."
Republican credibility on national security was obliterated by the Bush-Cheney administration, and their reckless, strategically disastrous, $2 trillion invasion of Iraq. And now House Majority leader John Boehner has put a nail in the coffin of GOP weakness on major national security issues with his flippant and dishonorable invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address the Congress of the United States on the most critical foreign policy issue now facing the United States:
If the same stalemate and inaction born of partisan obstructionism of the last six years continues for the next two, Mr. Obama will not be the only loser. Public disillusionment with government will take another heavy hit, with both parties now bearing the burden.
Rep. Andy Harris, angry over a newspaper quote in which an aide to the House Republican leadership described House conservatives as "fringe guys," laid into newly reelected Speaker John Boehner during a caucus meeting on Wednesday, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the private meeting.
Insurance and real estate firms are scrambling to prepare for the expiration of a federal terrorism insurance program at the end of the month that supporters say is critical for construction projects and large buildings, such as utilities and sports stadiums.
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers narrowly averted a government shutdown late Thursday night and approved a $1 trillion spending package after a dramatic day on Capitol Hill in which House members in both parties raised objections to portions of the massive spending measure.
WASHINGTON -- After years of advocating for an overhaul of the nation's tax code, Sen. Ben Cardin took a tentative first step toward that goal on Thursday by introducing legislation to replace much of the current income tax with what he calls a "progressive consumption tax."
Maryland will see hundreds of millions in federal cash to build the Red Line, dredge the Port of Baltimore and to clear a backlog of rape kits, among other provisions in a massive budget deal reached by congressional negotiators on Tuesday.
In the past few weeks there has been a lot of discussion about President Obama's response to the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. The question we need to be asking is, what will Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner do?
President Obama's firm determination that no more American combat forces will be introduced in the Middle East battlefield may well thwart his intention to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the new threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.