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November 27, 2015

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October 7, 2015

McCarthy’s Benghazi Gaffe Becomes All-Purpose White House, Hillary Clinton Defense (Video)

McCarthy's had better weeks. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McCarthy’s had better weeks. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When in doubt, talk up Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s epic Benghazi gaffe. That’s the plan of attack from the White House, the Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign and Democrats on Capitol Hill, who clearly hope his remark will be the gift that keeps on giving.

The new plans for a committee to investigate Planned Parenthood? More politics like the Benghazi committee, said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Wednesday. Full story

October 1, 2015

Debt Limit Coming a Month Earlier Than Expected (Updated)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:56 p.m. | The Treasury Department said Thursday it would reach the debt limit a bit earlier than was expected by many on Capitol Hill.

Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew told Congress in a new letter that thanks in part to lower-than-expected quarterly tax receipts, the extraordinary measures to forestall breaching the debt limit, combined with the new revenues, will run their course just a week after the resignation of Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, takes effect.

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September 25, 2015

Obama Praises Boehner, Hopes Republicans Learn Lesson (Video)

Obama called Boehner upon hearing the news of his resignation. ( screenshot)

Obama called Boehner upon hearing the news of his resignation. ( screenshot)

President Barack Obama praised Speaker John A. Boehner as a patriot Friday and said he hoped his successor realizes they shouldn’t shut down the government or risk a financial crisis.

“I just heard the news as I was coming out of the meeting here, so it took me by surprise and I took the time prior to this press conference to call John directly and talk to him,” Obama said of Boehner’s resignation announcement. “John Boehner is a good man. He is a patriot, he cares deeply about the House, an institution in which he’s served for a long time. He cares about his constituents and he cares about America. Full story

September 21, 2015

Friends Remember Jake Brewer, Beloved White House Staffer

Brewer, left, with former Roll Call editor Christina Bellantoni at her wedding to Patrick Khoo, with friend Jose Antonio Vargas (right). (Photo by Nancy Pastor/via Christina Bellantoni).

Brewer, left, with former Roll Call Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni at her wedding. (Photo by Nancy Pastor, courtesy of Christina Bellantoni)

Jacob Thomas “Jake” Brewer, a White House staffer who had worked at, the Sunlight Foundation and the Energy Action Coalition, died on Sept. 19 after a cycling accident. He was 34.

Messages flooded social media from distraught friends and people who celebrated Brewer as a loyal friend with a big heart, someone who viewed public service as both a lifelong calling and noble pursuit. In June, Brewer left his role as general manager of external relations at to work for the Obama administration as a senior policy adviser in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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September 9, 2015

Democrats Want Ransom to Keep Government Open (Video)

UNITED STATES - JUNE 11: President Barack Obama gets a hug from Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., he makes a surprise visit to the Democrats' dugout during the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington on Thursday, June 11, 2015. The Democrats beat the Republicans 5-2. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Obama, shown here at this summer’s Congressional Baseball Game, is playing his own brand of budget hardball with congressional Republicans. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Planned Parenthood funding fight may have garnered the most headlines, but a bigger fight over the budget — prompted by an emboldened President Barack Obama — could just as easily result in a government shutdown later this fall.

The tables have turned from four years ago, when newly minted Speaker John A. Boehner was the one demanding a ransom — and getting it.
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August 27, 2015

Obama to Highlight Post-Katrina Progress in New Orleans

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Obama plans to praise the resiliency of New Orleans. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“What started out as a natural disaster became a manmade one — a failure of government to look out for its own citizens.”

That’s how President Barack Obama plans to sum up the tragedy that took place when Hurricane Katrina hit along the Gulf Coast a decade ago, devastation that became part of the public consciousness, especially in New Orleans where he will be speaking.

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August 25, 2015

Obama, Reid and ‘the Crazies’

(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

We might never know exactly who President Barack Obama had on his mind when he called people “crazies” Monday night.

But he sure had plenty to talk about when traveling in the motorcade with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid from the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas to a high-dollar fundraiser for state Democrats and Reid’s hand-picked successor, former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.

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July 29, 2015

Chamber Plans August Outreach as Export-Import Bank Stays Expired

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce — a key White House ally on reviving the Export-Import Bank — plans a blitz to rebuild momentum with state and local chambers as members head home for the August recess.

“The Chamber and our members regret that Congress will adjourn for its August break without reauthorizing the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) despite clear evidence that broad majorities in both the Senate and House support it,” executive vice president for government affairs Bruce Josten said in a statement to CQ Roll Call. “The impasse over a long-term highways bill had nothing to do with Ex-Im, and legislative maneuvering over that bill and its funding mechanisms in the end sidelined Ex-Im.”

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Indicted Rep. Chaka Fattah Is a Frequent White House Visitor (Video)

Then-Attorney General Eric Holder, left, talked with Rep. Chaka Fattah, during a statue unveiling ceremony for civil rights activist Rosa Parks in the Capitol's Statuary Hall Feb. 27, 2013. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Then-Attorney General Eric Holder, left, talked with Rep. Chaka Fattah, during a statue unveiling ceremony for civil rights activist Rosa Parks in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall Feb. 27, 2013. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It’s not every day that a frequent White House guest and political ally of the president is indicted on public corruption charges. But Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., who was indicted Wednesday by the Department of Justice, has been to the White House dozens of times to meet with President Barack Obama, according to public visitor logs.

Fattah was charged in a 29-count indictment with a scheme to use federal grant money to help pay off a campaign debt, among other charges. Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz declined to comment on the indictment Wednesday, citing the administration’s policy of not commenting on criminal cases. Full story

July 13, 2015

Josh Earnest Pre-Sells Iran Deal

Kirk attacked the deal in a statement Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kirk attacked the potential deal over the weekend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The ink isn’t dry yet on an Iran deal, but the White House already sounds ready to blast its critics as warmongers.

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