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John Boehner's Greatest Acts as a Wind-Up Monkey

August 26, 2014 John Boehner made a startling revelation Tuesday in a new video released by his office: The Speaker of the House is little more than a wind-up monkey operated by his staff. The video, titled "Monkey in the Room," opens with a shot of Boehner sitting in a comfy leather chair...

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Paul Ryan Says His Big Ideas Will Have to Wait

August 25, 2014 Rep. Paul Ryan may want the Republican Party to make a more assertive case for its conservative proposals, but don't expect a major legislative push to enact his ambitious agenda even if the GOP wins the Senate this fall. In an interview with The Wire, the GOP's vice presidential nominee...

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Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan Beg Each Other to Run for President

August 22, 2014 You run. No, you run. Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan sat down for their first joint interview since losing the 2012 presidential race on Thursday night, and after the customary round of bashing President Obama, Megyn Kelly of Fox News got down to the key question of the moment:...

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Does the News of Foley's Failed Rescue Put Troops At Risk?

August 22, 2014 A senior House Republican is demanding an investigation into the possible leak about the failed U.S. military operation to rescue American journalist James Foley from terrorist kidnappers in Syria. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, on Thursday issued a statement calling it "outrageous" for...

GOP Hawks Come Out in Force Against Obama's 'Limited' Iraq Airstrikes

August 21, 2014 The execution of American journalist James Wright Foley has spurred a fresh round of calls, mainly from Republicans, for President Obama to expand his limited U.S. military mission in Iraq. That push includes new support for U.S. ground troops, if not (yet) a full-scale re-invasion of the country, to combat...

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GOP Hawks Push Obama to Up the Ante After Foley

August 21, 2014 The execution of American journalist James Wright Foley has spurred a fresh round of calls, mainly from Republicans, for President Obama to expand his limited U.S. military mission in Iraq. That push includes new support for U.S. ground troops, if not (yet) a full-scale re-invasion of the country, to combat...

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Pentagon Fires Back At Critics of 'Police Militarization' Program

August 20, 2014 The Pentagon on Tuesday mounted a vigorous defense of the surplus military equipment transfer program that has drawn criticism following the police crackdown in Ferguson, Missouri. The Defense Department's chief spokesman, John Kirby, told reporters during a briefing that the 1033 program was not "some program run amok," despite images...

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Hillary Clinton Returns to Iowa to Begin Running for President

August 18, 2014 Cue the feeding frenzy. Hillary Clinton is returning to Iowa in September for the first time since her losing presidential run in 2008. Her appearance at Sen. Tom Harkin's annual Steak Fry is ostensibly about helping local Democrats raise money for the 2014 midterm elections, and she'll no doubt laugh...

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Congressman's Push to Curb Police Militarization Gets Big Boost After Ferguson

August 18, 2014 Rep. Hank Johnson didn't like the Pentagon's surplus military transfer program long before Ferguson, Missouri, turned into a war zone. The Georgia Democrat, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, for months had been shopping around legislation to boost accountability and limit the kind of military equipment that local...

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U.S. Deems Iraq Rescue Mission Unlikely As Thousands Escape Mt. Sinjar

August 14, 2014 A U.S. military operation to evacuate stranded Yazidis on Mt. Sinjar in Iraq is "far less likely" after an assessment team determined that thousands had already escaped the mountain, the Pentagon said Wednesday night. The group of about 20 personnel, who were accompanied by members of USAID, found that there...