12:29 PM, Oct 8, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican and House majority leader, has pulled himself out of the running to replace House speaker John Boehner. National Review Online's Eliana Johnson broke the news:
McCarthy was seen as the next in line for the job after Boehner announced two weeks ago he was resigning the speakership. But problems greeted McCarthy's campaign almost from the beginning. A small but signficant group of House Republicans began coalescing around a more conservative alternative, Florida's Daniel Webster.
And in an interview last week with Sean Hannity, McCarthy touted the House Benghazi committee's work as having hurt Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Democrats seized on the gaffe.
Update: Here's a statement from McCarthy:
I have the deepest respect and regard for each Member of the Conference and our team as a whole. It is imperative for us to unite and work together on the challenges facing our country. Over the last week it has become clear to me that our Conference is deeply divided and needs to unite behind one leader. I have always put this Conference ahead of myself. Therefore I am withdrawing my candidacy for Speaker of the House. I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to help move our Conference’s agenda and our country forward.”\
As recently as Wednesday evening, McCarthy allies were emailing reporters evidence of the leader's support within the conference, which suggests the decision to drop was not known to his closest friends—or not made until shortly before he announced it.
11:39 AM, Oct 8, 2015 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
The House Select Committee on Benghazi will be making public next week new documents that demonstrate Sidney Blumenthal was seeking business in Libya as he was advising then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on U.S. policy in the country. According to a letter from Chairman Trey Gowdy to Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the committee, at least once Clinton sought to aid Blumenthal's business interests in Libya.
The Arkansas Republican is calling for a criminal investigation.2:54 PM, Oct 5, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Arkansas senator Tom Cotton will place a hold on three ambassador nominations until the Obama administration agrees to investigate and discipline officials within the Secret Service over a leak of private personnel information about a sitting congressman.
Cotton plans to deliver a speech from the Senate floor Monday afternoon decrying the Secret Service and its director, Joe Clancy, after several officials accessed the information for Jason Chaffetz, the Republican congressman from Utah and chairman of the House oversight committee, which oversees the Secret Service.
1:54 PM, Oct 1, 2015 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The Republican congressional leadership has been nominally--but sometimes it seems only nominally--committed to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a conservative alternative. Now one of the two leading candidates for House majority leader—the number-two position in leadership—is Dr.
12:54 PM, Sep 29, 2015 • By SHOSHANA WEISSMANN
Today, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America Cecile Richards, testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on PPFA's use of taxpayer funding. During testimony, she falsely asserted that, "we've never stated that we did" provide mammograms.
5:40 PM, Sep 28, 2015 • By IKE BRANNON
Puerto Rico is an economic basket case. It’s been in a recession for nearly a decade, its skilled labor is leaving the island in droves, and the island’s government recently told its bondholders that it is unable to fully repay them. To emphasize that point, it recently failed to meet some bond payments, putting a portion of its debt technically in arrears.
4:17 PM, Sep 28, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
House majority leader Kevin McCarthy officially announced his campaign for speaker of the House. In a letter sent to his fellow Republican congressmen, McCarthy promised that if elected he would lead a House of Representatives that would "have the courage to lead the fight for our conservative principles and make our case to the American people" as well as having "the wisdom to listen to our constituents and each other so that we always move forward together."
Meet Kevin McCarthy, Boehner’s likely successor.3:58 PM, Sep 25, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
With John Boehner stepping down as House speaker, House majority leader Kevin McCarthy of California looks like the likeliest candidate to replace him. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican, has already said he won’t run and has endorsed McCarthy. Texas congressman Jeb Hensarling could be a dark horse, but none of the other members of the House GOP leadership look particularly poised to take on the top role.
Kevin McCarthy likely to be the next House Speaker.11:35 AM, Sep 25, 2015 • By FRED BARNES
John Boehner will step down as House Speaker on October 30. His announcement was not a total surprise, however, since he’d been expected to leave Congress as early as next year, or even sooner.
10:19 AM, Sep 25, 2015 • By SHOSHANA WEISSMANN
Numerous sources report Speaker John Boehner has announced he will be retiring from his speakership and Congress at the end of October.
Ed Henry notes that this puts his tears during the Pope's speech to Congress yesterday in perspective.
3:59 PM, Sep 24, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Something has gotten into Ted Cruz. The Republican senator is known as a conservative firebrand willing to take on his own party, but in a Thursday meeting with reporters in his Capitol Hill office, Cruz was sounding almost ecumenical. Maybe it was the presence of Pope Francis.
4:09 PM, Sep 17, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
For some, politics is the family business, and increasingly so in Washington. On Thursday, Illinois Republican Darin LaHood was sworn in to the House of Representatives, taking over the seat once occupied by disgraced congressman Aaron Schock and, before that, LaHood's own father, Ray LaHood.
And he mostly ignores the Donald.2:54 PM, Sep 17, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
While their fireworks have earned Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump the most attention after Wednesday night’s Republican debate in California, the winner for the most detailed and substantive performance may go to Marco Rubio.