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Tax reform: A must win for Trump and the Republican Party

Liz Peek, The knives are out for Paul Ryan. To survive, the House Speaker must produce a win on tax reform. That will not be easy because the obstructionist Freedom Caucus could once again join Democrats to defeat this next major White House initiative. While Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will bleat about handouts to billionaires,

Former Speaker John Boehner Says Repeal And Replace Isn’t Going To Happen

Matt Vespa, Former House Speaker John Boehner threw a wet blanket on the repeal and replace effort, saying that Republicans will likely fix the flaws in the legislation and build a conservative box around it at a conference hosted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society in Florida. Boehner offered his crystal ball projection

History Will Recall Trump’s First Weeks as ‘Days of Action’

Kathryn Blackhurst, Vice president and House Speaker reaffirm GOP unity, praise president for ‘decisiveness’ Vice President Mike Pence said that the first few weeks of President Donald Trump’s administration “are going to be described in the history books as days of action” during an interview Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week.” Pence said the administration

Conservatives, Republicans hail Trump’s Supreme Court pick

Samuel Chamberlain, Republican lawmakers and conservative groups hailed President Trump’s nomination of federal appeals judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court Tuesday night, even as Democrats questioned whether the nominee has sufficient “respect for constitutional values of liberty, equality and justice for all.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who kept the late Justice Antonin

Obama’s long goodbye

Judson Berger, President Obama does not hate long goodbyes. The outgoing commander-in-chief is saying farewell over a series of essays, memos and addresses that started with a closing national security speech in Tampa a month ago and will continue through his official farewell address in his hometown of Chicago next Tuesday. In the interim, the

With one bill, Republicans fast track plan to undo Obama regulations

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Wednesday giving Congress the power to kill dozens of recently enacted rules in one fell swoop, as Republicans charged ahead on their campaign to strip down federal regulations. It was the second time the Republican-dominated chamber took up legislation blocking “midnight rules,” those rolled out at the

Trump: ‘Very Strange’ Delay in Intel Briefing on ‘So-Called’ Russia Hacking

President-elect Donald Trump quoted WikiLeaks founder and fugitive Julian Assange in a message on Twitter Wednesday morning questioning the Russians’ role in hacking Democrats’ e-mails. Trump’s tweet came the morning after he cast doubt on a U.S. intelligence briefing on Russian hacking that he is expected to receive later this week. “Julian Assange said ‘a

Republicans Humiliated; Reverse Plans To Gut House Ethics Oversight

Charlie Spiering, House Republicans suddenly reversed plans to change the rules of the House Ethics Oversight panel, in a public humiliation to kick off the 115th Congress. In a hastily arranged meeting on Capitol Hill, the Republican conference scrambled to kill the rules changes proposal before a scheduled vote and after President-elect Donald Trump publicly

Newt Gingrich: Trumpism explained

Newt Gingrich, Editor’s note: The following column is adapted from a speech delivered by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at the National Defense University on December 14, 2016. I want to start by thanking the National Defense University. This is an extraordinarily important institution. You’ll see why as I go through this. The greatest challenge

Democrats act to save ObamaCare from GOP repeal, Obama to Hill, ‘Day of Action’

President Obama’s trip next week to Capitol Hill to discuss ObamaCare is only the latest — and most visible — sign that Democrats are ready to fight Republicans’ plans to change the president’s signature health-care law as well as Medicaid and Medicare. Obama will visit Wednesday with House and Senate Democrats, the day after the

New Year’s Predictions: What Will Pass Congress, And What Won’t

Donald Lambro, WASHINGTON – Making political predictions about the New Year is a risky business, but some things are certain to happen in the nation’s capital that will be fully controlled by the Republicans. So here goes. A sweeping pro-growth, pro-investment and pro-jobs bill will be swiftly passed and signed by President Trump. He ran

Obama orders sanctions against Russia, expels operatives, in response to hacking

The Obama administration announced sanctions Thursday against Russia’s intelligence services, while ejecting dozens of intelligence operatives from the U.S., as part of a response to what it says are efforts by Moscow to influence the 2016 election. Using an executive order, Obama sanctioned the GRU and the FSB — two of Russia’s intelligence services as