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McCarthy drops out, House in chaos

Kevin McCarthy drops outRep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has abandoned his bid for House speaker Thursday afternoon, just minutes before the election was about to begin.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who resigned the post last month, announced in the meeting that elections were being postponed.

The House Republican Conference, which has lurched from one legislative disaster to another, is now in a serious crisis. McCarthy was one of the only lawmakers in the chamber who was seen as able to garner the 218 requisite votes to become speaker.


Dems move to kill Benghazi Committee

Dems try to kill Benghazi evidenceHouse Democrats are moving ahead with a plan to dismantle the Select Committee on Benghazi, in light of renewed criticism of the committee.

During a Rules Committee hearing on Tuesday evening, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) will attempt to attach an amendment to shut down the committee to another piece of legislation creating a new select committee to investigate Planned Parenthood.


House Benghazi panel may have broken ethics rules: Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi on Benghazi hearingsA probe of the 2012 Benghazi attacks may have violated congressional ethics rules, House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday after a top Republican indicated it was aimed at hurting Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy.

Angry Democrats called for the Benghazi panel to be disbanded following the remarks on Tuesday evening by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. He is campaigning to be the next speaker of the House when the current speaker, John Boehner, retires on Oct. 30.


Senate approves temporary spending bill, House expected to follow

temporary spending billThe Senate easily passed a temporary funding measure Wednesday that will keep the U.S. government open through Dec. 11, averting a government shutdown that would have started at midnight.

The funding bill now goes before the House, where outgoing Speaker John Boehner promised a vote over objections from fellow Republicans who hoped to leverage government funding to defund Planned Parenthood. The measure, passed 78-20 in the Senate, continues to fund the nonprofit women's health care organization. The Obama administration is said to support the measure.


Republicans, Planned Parenthood square off in Congress

GOP v Planned ParenthoodU.S. Congressional Republicans on Tuesday challenged Planned Parenthood's eligibility for federal funds, while the health organization's president said defunding it would restrict women's access to care and disproportionately hurt low-income patients.

A series of videos that purports to show that Planned Parenthood improperly sells fetal tissue to researchers for profit has reignited anti-abortion voters' fervor during a turbulent Republican presidential primary campaign.


Senate votes to advance spending bill that would avoid government shutdown

Senate [asses spending billThe U.S. Senate on Monday voted in favor of a spending bill that would avoid a government shutdown without addressing the obstacle of funding Planned Parenthood.

Lawmakers approved the measure 77-19 -- which included 44 Democrats, 31 Republicans and two independents voting in favor of the bill. Sixty votes were needed for the measure to go before a full Senate vote.


Ex-House Speaker Hastert lawyers talking possible plea deal

Denny HastertA possible plea agreement is being negotiated in the hush-money case of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, attorneys told a judge Monday, meaning potentially embarrassing details about the underlying actions in the case may never be divulged in court or anywhere else.

Hastert, who led the U.S. House for nine years, has pleaded not guilty to charges that the Republican skirted federal banking laws in an attempt to pay someone $3.5 million to hide claims of past misconduct.


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