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John Boehner says he is going to sue Obama over executive actions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday he is planning to file a lawsuit alleging that President Barack Obama has abused his executive authority by implementing policies without congressional approval. Boehner told reporters the suit was aimed at protecting the rights of Congress under the constitution…

Nancy Pelosi appoints five Democrats to House Benghazi committee

Democratic lawmakers will join their Republican colleagues on a special committee to investigate the deadly Benghazi attacks of 2012, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday. After slamming the probe as a political stunt by House Speaker John Boehner and his Republicans earlier this month, Pelosi went back on a…

Prosecutors: Indiana man threatened Boehner via email over jobless benefits

By Mary Wisniewski (Reuters) – An unemployed Indiana man was charged on Friday with making death threats against House Speaker John Boehner because the House did not vote to extend unemployment insurance, federal prosecutors said. Brandon Thompson, 32, of New Castle could face five years in prison if convicted of…

House Republicans name seven lawmakers to Benghazi special committee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-run House of Representatives named seven lawmakers to a special committee on Friday to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks, but Democrats called the panel a stunt and were undecided on whether they would participate. House Speaker John Boehner announced the seven Republicans in a statement, and…

Indicted Republican Michael Grimm to leave House financial services panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Representative Michael Grimm, who was indicted Monday on fraud charges, said he was stepping down from the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee. In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, the New York congressman said he was asking to be removed from the committee “in…

House Speaker John Boehner: ‘Time to deal with’ immigration reform

US House Speaker John Boehner gathered his congressional Republicans Thursday to debate the party’s future, saying the time had come for his party to help pass immigration reform. Secluded at a bayside hotel on Maryland’s Eastern Shore for a three-day closed-door retreat, the House of Representatives’ majority party was thrashing…

Cocaine-snorting Republican congressman Trey Radel to resign

Trey Radel, the US congressman who pleaded guilty to cocaine possession last year, is resigning on Monday, his office said. The first-term Republican representing southern Florida was to announce his resignation in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, a Radel spokesman told AFP. Radel, 37, was arrested in October…

House prepares to vote on bipartisan budget bill

The just agreed 2014-2015 US budget deal faces a crucial test Thursday when the House of Representatives votes on the bill, with Speaker John Boehner urging skeptical conservatives to back it. The agreement sealed between top Democratic and Republican negotiators is seen as a chance to end the brutal cycle…

House GOP unlikely to discipline coke-sniffing Rep. Trey Radel, but ethics watchdog files complaint

Despite a guilty plea on cocaine charges, Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) insists he won’t resign and will likely avoid disciplinary action from House Republicans. But an ethics watchdog filed a complaint against the Republican lawmaker, saying he should be expelled. An aide told Politico that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)…

The few existing ‘reasonable Republicans’ could oust House Speaker John Boehner

How ‘reasonable Republicans’ could oust Speaker Boehner (via The Christian Science Monitor) House Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio addresses reporters at the Capitol, Oct. 10. House Republicans are still weighing a short-term debt-limit increase. Op-ed contributor Jeremy D. Mayer writes: This deal ‘won’t eliminate the debate over spending…  …

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