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Why This Budget Deal Won’t Save Us

Posted October 30th, 2015 at 10:31 am (UTC-4)
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The Freedom Caucus will be waiting to provoke another crisis in 2017.

By George, This Might Be the Answer to Washington’s Party Problems

Posted October 27th, 2015 at 10:31 am (UTC-4)
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George Washington was not a fan of political parties…. Our first president said the spirit of party “agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another,” and occasionally leads to “riot and insurrection” as well as “heartburnings.”

Be Careful What You Wish For, Paul Ryan

Posted October 23rd, 2015 at 4:02 pm (UTC-4)
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If he gave it more thought, perhaps Ryan would realize that the job’s not for him either. As outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) can attest, being in the majority isn’t as fun as it might seem.

Why Even Paul Ryan Cannot Save Republicans

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 2:21 pm (UTC-4)
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Ideo­lo­gic­ally, there may be little space between Ry­an and con­ser­vat­ives, but there are deep di­vi­sions between Ry­an and the con­fer­ence on tac­tics.

Don’t Believe the Hype: The Republican Party Is Alive and Well

Posted October 13th, 2015 at 1:50 pm (UTC-4)
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The House GOP developed a record of unremitting hostility to the Obama administration before the 2014 election, and was re-elected in larger numbers on that record. Republicans have gained 69 seats since Barack Obama became president.

Chaos in House is Good for GOP

Posted October 12th, 2015 at 5:20 pm (UTC-4)
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Many are bemoaning the “chaos” and “toxic crackup” in the GOP after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew his candidacy for speaker. Here is what would have been worse: keeping the same leadership team in place.

Stakes Are High in GOP Leadership Fight

Posted October 9th, 2015 at 7:54 pm (UTC-4)
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If the conservative Freedom Caucus that ousted Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) continues to frighten the next Speaker away from any legislative deals and budget compromises with Democrats then the nation will be in for political dysfunction and even government shutdown threats.

Chaos Is the GOP’s New Normal

Posted October 9th, 2015 at 8:37 am (UTC-4)
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The insurrection that propelled billionaire Donald Trump into the lead for the GOP nomination and ultimately made House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) surrender his gavel in frustration rages on unabated. This was no mere summer skirmish. If anything, the rebellion is gaining strength.