4:38 PM, Dec 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Los Angeles Times reports:
Embattled Republican Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of tax evasion, but said he would not resign his seat.
11:50 AM, Dec 12, 2014 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
The new dawn didn’t. There was to be no more sturm und drang, no more brinkmanship, no more government shutdowns, no more threats of default on America’s debt. Just routine passage of a $1,100,000,000,000 spending bill to keep the government running until next September when the current fiscal year ends. In the event, it was only hours before midnight on Thursday, when funding of most government activities was scheduled to end, that the House of Representatives, by a vote of 219-to-206 passed the so-called continuing resolution that will keep all of the functions of government, both the necessary and the wasteful, in operation. No, it was not a split in the Republican party that brought us once again to the brink of shutdown, although some Republicans, eager to show their distaste for the president’s unilateral action in freeing millions of illegal immigrants from the threat of deportation did cause, did defect. It was the Democrats who almost succeeded in shutting down the government and President Obama, not House speaker John Boehner, who had to struggle to get this resolution passed. The battle will have important consequences for the shape of American political life during the two years remaining of his term, and perhaps far into the future. Here’s why.
9:28 PM, Dec 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Fox News producer Chard Pergram reports that House speaker John Boehner told reporters this evening that he's a happy warrior. "Boehner walks into chamber. Says to reporters: I am a happy warrior," Pergram reports on Twitter.
3:03 PM, Dec 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an open letter to Democrats, Nancy Pelosi urges her colleagues to continue fighting the House spending bill.
"Dear Democratic Colleague," writes Pelosi.
12:13 PM, Dec 4, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House released a statement threatening to veto an anti-executive amnesty bill that's being considered in the House.
A pointless hearing reestablishes the only GOP consensus on immigration.1:08 PM, Dec 3, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on President Obama’s executive action on immigration opened with a video montage. Introduced by Republican chairman Bob Goodlatte during his opening statement, the Fox News-produced video featured clips of Obama repeating several times throughout his presidency that he did not have the authority to institute deferred action without congressional approval.
8:43 PM, Nov 17, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina called for the formation of a Benghazi select committee in the Senate. He made the comments on Hugh Hewitt's radio show, according to a partial transcript of the show provided by a producer.
"Other questions about the new Congress, senator," Hewitt said, according to the transcript, "do you imagine that there will be expansion of the House select committee on Benghazi to include senators?"
Rep. Mike Coffman’s recipe for victory. Nov 24, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 11 • By FRED BARNES
Republican representative Mike Coffman of Colorado was the No. 1 target for defeat by House Democrats in 2014. Making matters worse, he had been gerrymandered out of his solidly Republican district and was opposed by the most impressive candidate Democrats could recruit. His future as a congressman did not look bright. Yet he was reelected.
How did he do it? He learned to speak Spanish.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:48 PM, Nov 11, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on the best and worst policies for the new Congressional GOP leadership.
An idea for the president.7:48 AM, Nov 10, 2014 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
President Obama, an increasingly leaky White House tells us, fears irrelevance. I am still relevant, the president all-but declared at his recent press conference. And to prove it, he told us about his constitutional authority to issue executive orders and to veto bills that he finds in conflict with his progressive agenda. Perhaps.
Nov 10, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 09 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
"An nvitation to [Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn’s] historic Georgetown home was one of the most coveted status symbols in the nation’s capital, an entry to an elite salon of the powerful, talented . . . ” (Washington Post, October 29).
4:01 PM, Oct 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
It looks like the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is bracing for a bad election next week. At least, that's what they're openly telling supporters.
The latest alarmist fundraising email from the Democratic group has this subject line: "Accept Defeat."
"We are completely out of ideas," the first line of the email reads.
"After Hillary Clinton emailed you this morning to ask for help, we really thought we would be in a better place.
Only a year ago, there were Democratic fantasies of retaking the House. Nov 3, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 08 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
"Republicans could lose their House majority because of the shutdown,” blared the headline of a story published at the Washington Post’s Wonkblog by Princeton professor Sam Wang on October 8, 2013, midpoint of the 16-day shutdown.