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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, criticized Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., for siding with President Obama to vote to extend tax cuts for households making less than $250,000. (Photo: Reuters/Yuri Gripas; AP Photo).

GOP infighting after Congressman defects to Obama’s side on taxes

11/28/12 10:20AM

House Speaker John Boehner is struggling to keep his party in line on so-called “fiscal cliff” negotiations after Republican Rep. Tom Cole broke ranks to urge conservative lawmakers to join him in supporting President Obama’s plan to extend the Bush-era tax rates to Americans making less than $250,000. "I told Tom earlier at our conference meeting that I disagreed with him,” Boehner said Wednesday, adding that the Oklahoma Republican was a “wonderful friend” and “great supporter.” “We're willing to put revenue on the table as long as we are not raising rates," he added. read more

House Speaker  John Boehner of Ohio, right, accompanied by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas. Also pictured: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif.  (Photo: AP file/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Republicans choose all-white, all-male committee chairs

11/28/12 06:00AM

The 113th Congress will set some big diversity records, with more women serving than ever before and an entire delegation of women from New Hampshire, but unfortunately none of that diversity will be reflected in House committee leadership. House Speaker John Boehner announced the chairs of most major House committees for the 113th Congress on Tuesday, and all 19 of them are white males, prompting many Democratic lawmakers to ask, "Where are the women?"—a phrase often echoed last year as women's voices were kept out of hearings on women's health issues. read more

President Barack Obama is greeted by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie upon his arrival at Atlantic City International Airport, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Atlantic City, NJ. Obama traveled to the region to take an aerial tour of New Jersey's coastline...

Hey, GOP: Check out Christie's approval ratings!

11/27/12 07:49PM

Fresh off filing the paperwork to seek re-election, Governor Chris Christie woke up Tuesday to some impressive polling numbers. A new Quinnipiac poll shows the New Jersey Republican's approval rating at an all-time high of 72%. Christie may be pretty popular right now, but what's even more popular is Christie's praise of President Obama's handling of the crisis. That got the approval of 84% of Garden State residents, including 69% of Republicans. The lesson: voters like bipartisanship. read more

South Floridians standing in line during the last day of early voting in Miami. (Alan Diaz/AP Photo)

Florida Democrats call for federal probe into voting law

11/27/12 04:00PM

Six congressional Democrats are calling for a federal investigation into a 2011 Florida voting law following a Palm Beach Post report that suggested Republicans intended to suppress Democratic turnout with the new rules. The multi-pronged law, H.B. 1355, put restrictions on third-party registration groups that were so burdensome they were ultimately struck down by a federal court. It also reduced early voting from 14 to eight days, ending voting on the Sunday before Election Day, when many minority voters participated in Souls to the Polls events in 2008. read more

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the U.S. "Fiscal Cliff" in the East Room of the White House in Washington, November 9, 2012. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

Obama focuses on fiscal cliff impact on middle class

11/27/12 09:42AM

While Republicans argue about whether or not they are willing to break ties with Grover Norquist and his anti-tax pledge, President Obama has decided to make the middle class the focus of his campaign for a deal to help avoid going over the fiscal cliff that came from last year's debt ceiling debate. read more