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Jonathan Strong

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Exclusive – Sparked By Executive Amnesty, Ted Yoho Moves To Define Impeachable Offenses

What’s impeachable? In an effort to draw a line in the sand against further executive actions by President Barack Obama, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) is preparing to introduce a resolution defining the House of Representative’s understanding of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” the Constitution’s standard for bringing impeachment proceedings.

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Here Are The Senate Republicans Who Vote Most Often For Obama Nominees

Since the Clinton Administration, the worst showing for an Attorney General nomination on the Senate floor was Michael Mukasey, whose nomination passed 53-40, with seven Democrats voting yes. Loretta Lynch may fare even more poorly. Here’s a list of Republican senators, and how often they’ve supported President Obama’s nominees.

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Holder Used Secret Email Address, Too

Attorney General Eric Holder used secretive email accounts under at least three aliases during his tenure at the Justice Department.

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Republicans Debate DHS Stopgap Bill

House Republicans consider a three week stopgap DHS spending measure. But it’s not clear whether it can pass either House of Congress.

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For Now, Boehner Stands Tough In Immigration Fight

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is ready to cave, but leaders in the House of Representatives — which has actually passed a DHS funding bill — say they won’t alter their approach even as a Friday deadline looms.

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Top Dem: ‘There Is No Boycott’ Of Netanyahu

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer says Democrats aren’t boycotting an upcoming speech before Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It’s just that some Democrats won’t be there.

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Pro-Israel Groups Target Dem Senators On Iran

A group of 12 Democratic Senators are the subject of a new full-page ad in the New York Times from pro-Israel groups pushing them to back new sanctions on Iran, increasing the pressure on them to fellow Democratic President Barack

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) speaks during the DC March for Jobs in Upper Senate Park near Capitol Hill, on July 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. Conservative activists and supporters rallied against the Senate's immigration legislation and the impact illegal immigration has on reduced wages and employment opportunities for some Americans. …

Secretive ‘Freedom Caucus’ Claims Scalp On Border Bill Delay

Members of the newly-formed, staunchly conservative House “Freedom Caucus,” which just announced its nine founding members, are already claiming credit for blocking an immigration bill that had been scheduled for floor action this week. “The communications were made to the House

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Rep. Daniel Webster Remains Threat to Boehner

Conservatives aren’t finished opposing Speaker John Boehner. Neither, apparently, is Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL). The historic repudiation of Boehner has introduced a new element of chaos into the GOP conference that threatens to explode anew as the Ohio Republican moves at breakneck speed to bring immigration bills to the floor.

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En Route To Iowa, John Bolton Rips Obama, Takes Shots At Rand Paul

Former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton is considering a bid for president, he says, and he’s been putting major work into fund-raising for a super PAC that, along with a traditional PAC, raised some $7.5 million in the 2014 cycle. But it’s clear he’s as concerned about the substance of the debate of the GOP primary as he is about ever someday becoming president.

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GOP Retreat: Rep. Jeff Denham Says Party’s Quietly Crafting Broad Immigration Bill

The GOP’s most outspoken proponent of comprehensive immigration reform let loose in an interview with reporters here, detailing quiet efforts to draft far-reaching legislation, saying House leadership is “committed” to bringing the hot-button topics on the floor and criticizing President Obama for carrying out too many deportations. The California Republican says he is part of a working group laying the ground work to bring forward comprehensive immigration reform, and that top-ranking Republicans are supportive of addressing the full gamut of immigration topics in legislation in 2015.

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‘Mitt’ Is The Case For A Third Presidential Bid? Really?

As you may know, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney wants to be president, and he and his aides have spent the last several days phoning high-dollar donors to explain how his third presidential bid would be different than the last two, failed ones.

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Boehner Announces Broader Immigration Effort To Colleagues

The House will quickly begin considering broader immigration legislation in weeks ahead even as Republicans are likely to remain mired in conflict with President Obama over a far-reaching executive action that extended amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, Speaker John Boehner

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Republicans Press Rebels Over Boehner: Where Were You In November?

Hours before a small group of Republicans will seek to block Speaker John Boehner’s reelection on the House floor, GOP lawmakers, including those sympathetic to conservative criticisms of the Ohio Republican, are asking why the group made no effort to contest Boehner in a closed-door election held in November.

GOP Meets To Decide Executive Amnesty Response

GOP Meets To Decide Executive Amnesty Response

In a pivotal closed-door meeting Tuesday morning, John Boehner will pitch colleagues on a bill introduced by a man who voted against him for speaker two years ago. Language recently introduced by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), a conservative firebrand who

The ICE Guide To Avoiding Deportation In Five Easy Steps

The ICE Guide To Avoiding Deportation In Five Easy Steps

President Obama’s executive amnesty for an estimated five million illegal aliens is, from the perspective of Republicans, an unconstitutional power grab that threatens the republic. In Obama’s telling, over soft piano music in a campaign-style YouTube video, it “just comes

Boehner: I Told Obama He’s ‘Damaging The Presidency Itself’

Boehner: I Told Obama He’s ‘Damaging The Presidency Itself’

Speaker John Boehner said he told President Obama he was “damaging the presidency itself” in a conversation yesterday during his first public remarks following Obama’s decision to issue an executive amnesty. Boehner vowed “in the days ahead the people’s House

Republicans Leave Town Without A Plan To Fight Obama

Republicans Leave Town Without A Plan To Fight Obama

President Obama’s announcement tonight may bring a “constitutional crisis,” in the words of Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), but Republicans in Congress haven’t the damndest idea what they’ll do about it. As they departed the House floor, many en route to

Steve King Plots Three-Step Response to Executive Amnesty

Steve King Plots Three-Step Response to Executive Amnesty

With only hours before President Obama is expected to announce a major unilateral amnesty for illegal immigrants, Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill appear flummoxed at what they might do to stop him from going forward. “We’ve been trying to figure

Crapo: Congress Must Use Power Of The Purse To Stop Executive Amnesty

Crapo: Congress Must Use Power Of The Purse To Stop Executive Amnesty

Sen. Mike Crapo has a conservative voting record, but he’s no one’s idea of a bomb-thrower. The Idaho Republican toiled for years negotiating with Democrats over deficit issues with the “Gang of Six” and has a knack for bipartisan deal-making

House GOP Reelects Boehner As Speaker

House GOP Reelects Boehner As Speaker

House Republicans have re-elected Speaker John Boehner to serve as speaker for the 114th Congress, Republicans announced.  House Republicans have elected @SpeakerBoehner to serve as Speaker of the House for the 114th Congress. — House Republicans (@HouseGOP) November 13, 2014