September 23, 2023

Pelosi mocks McCarthy’s ‘ever incredibly shrinking speakership’

House Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s concessions to conservatives on his right flank to win his leadership position have diminished the worth of the position. “I think it’s an ever incredibly shrinking speakership,” Pelosi told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, pointing to the concessions McCarthy made to become speaker. “It

White House not sweating McCarthy’s inquiry launch: ‘Not even wall-to-wall on cable’

Inside the White House, some aides had long expected President Joe Biden would be impeached. They’d been preparing for it for months. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo No administration is excited about an impeachment inquiry being launched into the sitting president. But inside the Biden White House, the response to House Republicans taking that step was

‘Trying to figure it out’: McCarthy’s conservative rebels struggle with next steps

Rep. Scott Perry, chair of the House Freedom Caucus, described this fall’s government funding debate as “front and center” for conservatives, as it “should be.” | Francis Chung/POLITICO Conservative hardliners are already agitating for their next fight with Speaker Kevin McCarthy over hundreds of billions of dollars in spending cuts. Beyond that, though, they don’t

Hakeem Jeffries says he has ‘no idea’ what Kevin McCarthy’s talking about

The compromise reached last night “will not be a final agreement” House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries said, until Congress has been able to review the legislation. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said Sunday that House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries told him there is “not one thing in the bill for Democrats.”

The debt talks are about to test McCarthy’s hold on his party

For the moment, multiple members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus are pleased with Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s outreach. | Francis Chung/POLITICO Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s negotiations with President Joe Biden are serving another purpose besides reaching a debt deal — as his second job interview with conservatives. As the talks lurch closer to the Treasury Department’s

Report: Mitch McConnell Backs Kevin McCarthy’s Hand Ahead of Debt Summit Next Week

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) backed House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s support for ”substantive” budget cuts days before he is set to meet with President Joe Biden and other congressional leaders to negotiate on debt ceiling legislation.  The Hill reported that McConnell signed onto a letter sent to Democrat Senate Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), led

McCarthy’s GOP tries to move on from Tucker Carlson-Jan. 6 drama

Mere hours after Tucker Carlson’s latest segment minimizing the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, House Republicans were eager to change the subject from the Fox News host’s riot revisionism. While Carlson continued to roil Washington, many GOP lawmakers who gathered Wednesday morning were celebrating their unexpected win on a bill rolling back progressive D.C. crime laws

Kevin McCarthy’s blame game sweeps Capitol Hill

There’s a reason Speaker Kevin McCarthy is singling out Reps. Jodey Arrington and Steve Scalise, and it’s about more than just disagreements over policy or strategy. | Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Soon after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy cliched the speakership, some of his allies began to fret: How the hell was he going to live up

Exclusive — Jim Banks: Voters Would Be ‘Immediately Betrayed’ if GOP Worked with Democrats to Oppose McCarthy’s Speakership 

Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, spoke with Breitbart News about House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) run for Speaker and said it would be a “very shameful moment” and that voters would be “immediately betrayed” if establishment Republicans worked with Democrats to install a moderate Speaker. LISTEN: Breitbart News

Donald Trump Jr. Calls Out Republicans Fighting Against Kevin McCarthy’s Speakership 

Donald Trump Jr. called out Republicans who are against former President Donald Trump’s choice for the next House Speaker, GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and said those Republicans are “in effect empowering those who impeached Donald Trump.” Trump Jr.’s remarks come amid concerns from top conservatives about a “doomsday scenario” where House Democrats would undercut

MTG Torches McCarthy’s Opposers for ‘Risking the Gavel’: ‘They Do Not Have a Plan’ for Speaker

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) issued a lengthy statement Tuesday criticizing House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) detractors, saying they were “lying to the base” about having plans for the upcoming speaker vote. Greene, a vocal supporter of McCarthy’s bid for speaker, took aim at those she described as “Never Kevin Caucus” members in a

‘It’s how you finish’: Speaker McCarthy’s years-long struggle to grasp the gavel after battling ‘Never Kevins’

Republican leader Kevin McCarthy was elected to serve as speaker of the House late Friday night, fulfilling his years-long quest to secure the speaker’s gavel. In his mission to become the next speaker, McCarthy, who got involved in politics in 1987 when he served as an intern for former GOP Rep. Bill Thomas of California, […]

Why your kitchen could be the smartest room in the house this year

Your kitchen will soon be savvier than every other room in your house. An oven with AI tech to keep food from burning, a smart mixer that does the work for you, and a color-changing fridge are standouts for the kitchen of the future from the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. CLICK TO GET […]

McCarthy’s ongoing speaker battle paralyzes House

Kevin McCarthy on Thursday took the unusual step of punting conferencewide races for committee leadership slots until after his speaker election on Jan. 3. | Francis Chung/POLITICO Kevin McCarthy’s imperiled speakership bid is threatening to incapacitate Republicans during a crucial planning period, virtually guaranteeing a sluggish start for the new House majority. The GOP leader

Two lawmakers nearly come to blows — and other crazy moments from McCarthy’s final speaker votes

Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) pulls Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) back as he spoke with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.). | Andrew Harnik/AP Photo Even for career-long observers of Congress, Friday night on the House floor was a sight to behold. The chamber descended into chaos when two lawmakers nearly came to fisticuffs — the frustration of

GOP debates: Who could take McCarthy’s place?

If Rep. Kevin McCarthy does drop out, Rep. Steve Scalise is the most obvious fall-back option. | Francis Chung/POLITICO If not Kevin McCarthy, then who? It’s the all-consuming question that has started openly percolating among the House GOP, as McCarthy’s speaker bid stalls. So far, though, Justin Amash — a former congressman who switched from

The ‘23 20: The Republicans who bucked McCarthy’s speaker bid

Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) Republicans originally rallied behind the Arizona Republican, the former chair of the House Freedom Caucus, as a symbolic alternative to McCarthy during the first conference-wide vote for GOP leader. Thirty-one GOP lawmakers voted for someone other than McCarthy last November, a sign that McCarthy would not have the votes come Jan. 3.

Friends to the left of him, critics to the right: McCarthy’s stuck in the chase

Five Republicans so far are threatening to oppose Kevin McCarthy in that vote, a number that’s possibly enough to derail him given the slim GOP majority next year. | Francis Chung/POLITICO House Republicans are playing high-stakes tug of war with Kevin McCarthy’s speakership dreams. And now both sides are digging in their heels. On the

McCarthy’s next step on the GOP tightrope: Navigating concessions to conservatives

More than 5src members of the Republican Main Street Partnership met on Wednesday morning to discuss their legislative priorities and how they plan to flex their muscle as the second-largest GOP group on Capitol Hill, a Republican familiar with the sitdown told POLITICO. Meanwhile, some GOP lawmakers who backed McCarthy on Tuesday might end up

McCarthy’s victory party fizzles

McCarthy, flanked by RNC chair Ronna McDaniel and House GOP campaign arm chief Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), claimed that Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) lost his race and would be the first Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair to be ousted in 4src years, and that Republican candidate Anthony D’Esposito had won his seat in New York.

Scalise prepares to shift from whip to McCarthy’s hand-in-glove No. 2

And as go-go as Scalise has been on the trail for Republicans, he remains second to McCarthy there too: Since October began, Scalise has visited 17 different states stumping for 42 members. Over the same period, McCarthy has traveled in support of 17src GOP candidates and incumbents — including to 9 states alone last week.

Democrat Rep. Elaine Luria: Opponent Wants to Kiss Kevin McCarthy’s Feet, Ring, Every Other Thing

Democrat Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) accused her Republican challenger, Virginia state Sen. Jen Kiggans, of wanting to kiss Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (D-CA) “feet, and his ring, and every other thing,” Fox News reported. Luria made her remarks on Monday during her second debate against Kiggans. Luria suggested her Republican opponent wants Americans to continue paying…

Poll: Kevin McCarthy’s Popularity Among GOP Reaches High Point for Party

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) popularity among Republicans is at a high point compared to GOP leaders of the last several years, including former House Speakers Paul Ryan (R-WI) and John Boehner (R-OH), as indicated by a new survey. The Axios-SurveyMonkey survey, conducted February 1–2 and titled “Future of the GOP,” measured the net favorability rating…