Raul Labrador Running for Majority Leader

The Idaho Tea Party favorite would challenge Whip Kevin McCarthy Idaho Republican Raul Labrador is running for Majority Leader next week, he announced Friday. The move establishes him as a Tea Party rival to Whip Kevin McCarthy, the establishment favorite. “I was stunned when Eric Cantor lost his primary election earlier this week,” Labrador said in a statement. Eric is […]

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Obama on Iraq: ‘I Don’t Rule Out Anything’ as Militants Aim for Baghdad

Obama is not considering boots on the ground, a senior administration official said President Barack Obama said he would not rule out military intervention to support Iraq’s government against advancing Sunni militants, two and a half years after the U.S. withdrew its last troops from the country. “I don’t rule out anything,” Obama told reporters at the White House after […]

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Poll: Immigration Not a Factor In Cantor Defeat

A new poll from a pro-immigration group says that the House Majority Leader’s stance on immigration wasn’t the defining factor in his primary defeat Immigration was not a central issue in the fall of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, according to a new poll funded by Americans for a Conservative Direction, a Mark Zuckerberg-backed, pro-immigration reform group. Of those who […]

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‘Murmur of Disbelief’ As Rick Perry Compared Homosexuality to Alcoholism

The question came days after the Republican Convention in Texas approved language supporting access to “reparative therapy” for gays and lesbians. Texas Gov. Rick Perry prompted an awkward moment at a talk in San Francisco on Wednesday when he compared homosexuality to alcoholism. The San Francisco Chronicle reports there was a “murmur of disbelief” among the audience members after Perry […]

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Senate Backs Bill to Improve Health Care for Vets

The Senate bill, approved 93-3, makes it easier for veterans who have encountered delays getting initial visits to receive VA-paid treatment from local doctors instead. The measure closely resembles a bill approved unanimously Tuesday in the House, prompting optimism among lawmakers from both parties that a compromise version could be on its way soon to President Barack Obama for his […]

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Hagel Becomes Pentagon Piñata For Lawmakers Upset Over Bergdahl Deal

He recites a litany of reasons, but lawmakers keep swinging sticks There’s next to nothing Congress can do about the Obama Administration’s swapping five senior Taliban leaders for long-imprisoned Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. That means they can only vent their outrage over the done deal. They finally got a chance to do that Wednesday when Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel traveled […]

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FBI Launches Criminal Probe Into Veterans Affairs Scandal

The agency director James B. Comey said agents in Phoenix are heading up the investigation The Federal Bureau of Investigation is launching an inquiry into possible criminal wrongdoing stemming from mismanagement at Veterans Affairs clinics, FBI Director James B. Comey said in congressional testimony Wednesday. “We will follow wherever the facts take us,” Comey said, in response to a question […]

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