How John Boehner saved the Democrats from having their own civil war

For once, House Speaker John Boehner  has a good reason to shed a few tears. Alex Seitz-Wald EXPLAINS: While there are plenty of forces working against Democrats heading into this year’s election, one thing party strategists say they do have going for them is unity, especially compared with the fractious Republican coalition. There’s only one competitive Democratic Senate primary this year (in Hawaii, a state expected to vote blue regardless), and apart from a few lower-profile issues such as education policy and trade, Democrats...

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Regarding Boehner’s warning that Obama’s executive orders will hit a brick wall

For the past few years, the Republican noise machine has been spewing tons of nonsense about the executive orders issued by Obama — both in terms of the number of them and their constitutionality. Obama actually has issued fewer executive orders than many of his  predecessors, including the sainted Ronald Reagan. Moreover the tradition of executive orders began with the first of our presidents, George Washington — a fact that belies the notion that such orders invariably are at odds with the Constitution. But Republicans seem to...

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Boehner says W. Va. chemical spill is no cause for new regulations

THIS should come as no surprise: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) doesn’t believe the GOP should reconsider its deregulation agenda after a massive, coal-linked chemical spill left hundreds of thousands of West Virginians without tap water at a site state regulators last fully inspected in 1991. “We have enough regulations on the books. What the administration ought to be doing is their jobs,” Boehner said at a weekly press conference on Capitol Hill. While Boehner said that somebody ought to be held accountable for the...

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Boehner seems to think it’s politically safe to diss far-right groups

As we see HERE, the Weeper of the House suddenly is at war with some of the wackier groups on the political right. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday held firm in his criticism of outside conservative groups after a war of words Wednesday, questioning their credibility and saying they’ve gone “over the line” for attacking a budget deal brokered by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). “Frankly I think they’re misleading their followers. I think they’re pushing our members in places...

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Uh-oh! Boehner has lost Hannity!

I guess THIS is an indication that even the fine folks at Fox News Channel have begun to recognize that the drubbing the Republicans are getting in the polls is for real: On his radio show on Friday, Fox News host Sean Hannity said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), along with the rest of the leadership in the House, had to be replaced. “I do think leadership in the House needs to change,” Hannity said. “I don’t think John Boehner is equipped for the job. I don’t think he has the stomach to negotiate. I...

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