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December 18, 2015

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Praise, Criticism for GOP as Obama Wraps 2015

US President Barack Obama gestures during a press conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, DC on December 18, 2015. Obama addressed the press before flying to San Bernardino to meet families of the victims of the December 2 attack, before continuing to Hawaii for a two-week family vacation. AFP PHOTO/ ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds        (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama delivered a downright upbeat 2015 legislative victory lap and 2016 pep talk before leaving the White House. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

During his year-end news conference, President Barack Obama took the kinds of partisan shots that for years have so frustrated congressional Republicans. But he also flashed the pragmatic streak that helped him notch several legislative victories in 2015.

On one hand, Obama praised Republicans for crafting several high-profile bills that met his muster. But on the other, he clubbed the GOP for bucking the rest of the world for its rejection of the very concept of climate change. Full story

October 13, 2015

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Paul Ryan Is a Speaker White House Could Respect (Video)

Paul Ryan walks out of the Capitol Friday on his way home to Wisconsin. (CQ Roll Call)

Paul Ryan walks out of the Capitol Friday on his way home to Wisconsin. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The White House may not join in on the long line of people begging Paul D. Ryan to take the speaker’s gavel, but that may just be to avoid tarnishing his image on the right. Full story

September 25, 2015

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The Boehner-Obama Relationship: Big Dreams Unfulfilled (Video)

(File Photo/Mandel Ngan /Pool)

(File Photo/Mandel Ngan /Pool)

Speaker John A. Boehner’s legacy falls short of what he hoped when he took the gavel from Nancy Pelosi, at a time when talk of grand bargains abounded and a host of long-festering issues seemed ripe for action.

The Ohio Republican’s biggest legislative accomplishment came with President Barack Obama’s signing the 2011 budget agreement spurred by Boehner’s demand for trillions in spending cuts in return for a debt limit increase. That set the stage for a decade of fiscal restraint and the first real cuts in government spending in years despite having a liberal president in the Oval Office. Full story

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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 23, 2015

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As Pope Speaks to Congress, Watch Boehner, Biden

Pope Francis Barack Obama White House

Pope Francis and Obama share a moment Wednesday at the White House (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pomp, circumstance, a pope and politics will collide Thursday morning.

When Pope Francis speaks to the Congress in the House chamber, the faces of the two Catholics seated immediately behind him will tell the tale of his appeal.

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While their politics are very different, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Speaker John A. Boehner are both known for wearing their hearts on their sleeves, and each will be tested by what the pope says. Full story

September 17, 2015

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With Boehner Squeezed, Pelosi, Reid, Obama Unified on Shutdown Strategy

UNITED STATES - MARCH 17: From left, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and President Barack Obama walk down the House steps following the annual Friends of Ireland luncheon in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner, left, is fending off a coup attempt while Obama and top Democrats are closing ranks on an appropriations strategy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While Republicans are splintering into factions and debating the merits of another shutdown fight and yet another coup attempt against Speaker John A. Boehner, Democratic leaders put forward a united front Thursday after huddling with President Barack Obama for an hour and a half.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., laid out their demands to reporters late Thursday outside the West Wing. Full story

September 3, 2015

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Chris Christie Slams ‘Done Nothing’ Republican Congress

Christie said the GOP Congress has "done nothing." (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Christie said the GOP Congress has “done nothing.” (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — languishing in the polls amid the Donald Trump surge — trained his fire on the Republican Congress Wednesday, saying they had “done nothing” this year.

In an appearance on conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt’s program, Christie took aim at Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and sought to tar the Republican senators running for office with the same d0-nothing brush. Full story

May 18, 2015

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After Ramadi, Boehner Calls on Obama to Change Course on ISIL

Boehner wants Obama to overhaul his ISIL war strategy. ISIS Islamic State

Boehner wants Obama to overhaul his ISIL war strategy. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi has Speaker John A. Boehner once again urging Barack Obama to develop a new strategy to win the war against the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIL or ISIS. But so far, the White House is staying the course.

“It is clearer than ever that the Obama administration must rethink its strategy that has repeatedly underestimated ISIL,” the Ohio Republican said in a statement provided to CQ Roll Call. “For weeks, as terrorists advanced on Ramadi, the White House insisted that ISIL was on the defensive. Now it says it has no new approach to announce. This must change — quickly.”

Boehner has been one of Obama’s most persistent critics in Congress on the issue, frequently urging him to do more to take on the terror group.

Eric Schultz, the White House deputy press secretary, acknowledged to reporters Monday that ISIL has made gains, after on May 15 declaring that their momentum has been “blunted.”

“There’s no denying that this is indeed a setback. But there’s also no denying that we will help the Iraqis take back Ramadi,” he said, per a pool report.

Schultz had no preview of any new strategy.

“Today we are supporting the Iraqi forces and the government of Iraq with precision airstrikes and advice to the Iraqi forces. Our aircraft are in the air right now and searching for ISIL targets. They will continue to do so until Ramadi is retaken. … ISIL will ultimately be defeated in Ramadi and elsewhere in Iraq because we believe the Iraqi forces have the capacity to ultimately take Ramadi with coalition support.”

Boehner, meanwhile, said the House stands ready to work with Obama to provide the resources needed to win:

“As I’ve said again and again, if we’re going to win this fight we need a broad, overarching strategy to defeat and destroy our terrorist enemies. While this is something that only President Obama, as commander-in-chief, can do, the president should know that the U.S. House of Representatives is ready to work with him to ensure our troops – as well as our Middle East partners – have the resources they need to carry out their missions.

Last week the House passed legislation with bipartisan support to reinforce our mission against ISIL. This legislation authorizes resources for security assistance to Iraqi forces, approves a pilot program to counter propaganda efforts and reaffirms our commitment to working with the sovereign Government of Iraq to bring peace and stability to the region. We hope President Obama will reconsider his opposition to this important legislation, which fully funds the president’s defense requests for fiscal year 2016, and stand ready to do what it takes to defeat these brutal terrorists and keep America safe.”


Are We Losing the War Against ISIL?

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May 15, 2015

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Are We Losing the War Against ISIL?

A member of the Iraqi interior ministry's anti-terrorism forces stands guard on a vehicle outside the Habaniyah military base, near Anbar province's capital Ramadi, on May 8. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

A member of the Iraqi interior ministry’s anti-terrorism forces stands guard on a vehicle outside the Habaniyah military base, near Anbar province’s capital Ramadi, on May 8. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

It seemed like the right question to ask, with fighters from the Islamic State terror group making sweeping gains in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province in Iraq — “Are we losing this war?” Full story

March 25, 2015

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Obama ‘Ready to Sign’ Bipartisan Doc Fix (Updated)

Updated 11:30 p.m. | President Barack Obama pronounced himself “ready to sign” a bipartisan “doc fix” Wednesday.

“I’ve got my pen ready to sign a good, bipartisan bill,” Obama said at an event that amounted to a victory lap for the five-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Full story

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