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May 4, 2016

New Lay of the Land

After a shocking defeat last night in Indiana, Senator Ted Cruz announced his withdrawal from the 2016 presidential election. The move all but assures Trump the Republican presidential nomination in July. Trump is now on course to be the first standard-bearer of a political party, who has not previously served in office, since President Dwight D….

February 16, 2016

Justice Antonin Scalia, 1936-2016 (SCOTUS Edition)

On Saturday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of natural causes in a ranch in the Big Bend area of West Texas at Cibo Creek Ranch. He was 79. Having died in such a remote area, the declaring the justice dead, and disseminating the news of the his death, caused some some issue. Known for…

January 25, 2016

Snow Week

Congress has screeched to a halt this week as DC continues to be quagmired in snow by Snowzilla. A blizzard that blanketed the Northeast this weekend has disrupted the congressional calendar, with the House canceling all votes for the week and the Senate pushing its first vote to Wednesday evening. Congressional Democrats still plan on gather…

January 22, 2016

DC Paralyzed by Snow, Watch Live!!

The DC, Maryland and Virginia area has been preparing all week for ever increasing snow forecasts. Nothing scares the District more than weather. Check out the professional predictions of the Capitol’s impending doom at The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang, or you can watch storm Jonas LIVE courtesy of Speaker Paul Ryan.    

January 13, 2016

Final Obama State of the Union

In his final State of the Union address, President Obama hit a range of topics, from climate change, curing cancer, reforming criminal sentencing, campaign finance reform, and Cuba. The President made a pointed appeal for congressional cooperation this year on only a handful of legislative matters. None were the sort of bold new proposals that would have…

October 21, 2015

Biden NOT Running for President

After weeks of speculation and “Draft Biden” efforts, the Vice President today announced that he is not going to run for President.

October 9, 2015

Ryan says NO and “Interim Speaker” Idea Being Floated

In a shocking turn of events, McCarthy withdrew himself from the race moments before the caucus was set to vote on the nominees and after making a speech to the caucus that morning as to why he should be Speaker. McCarthy will remain Majority Leader. Additionally, with McCarthy not running for Speaker, the subsequent leadership…

October 5, 2015

House GOP Elections Pushed Back

In a move that could spell trouble for current leadership looking to rise in office, current Speaker John Boehner has postponed the House GOP leadership elections from this Thursday, October 8th, until October 29th. The nominees for the Speaker’s positions will be declared on the 8th, but now, the actual election will be held weeks…

October 2, 2015

Arne Duncan to Step Down in December

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced that he will step down at the end of December. He was one the last remaining original cabinet appointees and will have served six years. His family recently returned to Chicago, where Duncan ran public schools for several years before his appointment as Secretary of Education. During his tenure,…

September 30, 2015

House GOP Sets Leadership Elections

House Republicans will hold elections for new leaders on Oct 8 in a closed door session. It is expected to be a contentious meeting and election, with multiple candidates vying for each position as the House GOP conference struggles to maintain political strength after Speaker John Boehner’s surprise retirement announcement last week. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is…

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