Rep. Kevin McCarthy stunned fellow lawmakers Thursday by abruptly announcing that he was withdrawing from the race to become the next House speaker. The California Republican said the party needs a fresh face to take over after current Speaker John Boehner steps down later this month.
Spencer Stone, one of three Americans hailed as heroes for stopping a terror attack on a French train in August, was stabbed Wednesday night in the Sacramento area and is in stable condition, Air Force officials said.
An Oct. 2 event was part of a series of gatherings the Republican National Committee has held over the past few years to encourage Republican women to come out from behind the curtain and run for office, run campaigns or merely inform their friends and neighbors about Republican ideas and goals.
The job of House speaker is still Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s to lose, but even if he overcomes a last-minute challenge from a conservative rival, the California Republican will take the gavel as a weakened leader.
Conservative hard-liners are on a mission to shatter a half century-long tradition in the GOP by nominating one of their own for president. After two consecutive establishment nominees flamed out in 2008 and 2012, and as the base’s anger at Republican leaders reaches extraordinary heights, that elusive goal may now be within reach.
Hillary Clinton is still leading the Democratic primary in three key swing states — Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania — but a new poll suggests she may have more to worry about than whether Vice President Joe Biden enters the race: Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson could potentially pose a threat to the entire Democratic field.
The Federal Communications Commission’s defense of its rules regulating Internet services in court has a free speech element that could have wide implications for how the Internet should function and for consumers’ access to online content.
Caught between conflicting moral arguments, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Monday allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who want to hasten their deaths. Brown appeared to struggle in deciding whether to approve the bill, whose opponents included the Catholic Church.
Gen. John Campbell, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told Congress on Tuesday that the deadly U.S. airstrike on a civilian hospital in Kunduz was a mistake, but he declined to endorse calls for an outside investigation.
The medical charity Doctors Without Borders closed its hospital in the Afghan province of Kunduz on Sunday and charged that a suspected U.S. airstrike that killed 22 people there appeared to have been a war crime.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah says he’s running for speaker of the House, challenging fellow Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, whose lock on the job appears vulnerable because of his own words a few days ago.
Donald Trump said Sunday that if he drops in the polls, he will drop out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. “I’m not a masochist,” Trump said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And if I was dropping in the polls where I saw that I wasn’t going to win, why would I continue?”
A bipartisan group of Senate leaders on Thursday announced a joint effort to ease unduly long prison sentences and enact other criminal-justice reforms, but chances that Congress will actually act on the issues are slim, given that lawmakers in the House are developing separate proposals.
Bernie Sanders and Ben Carson appear to be gaining the most from the fall fundraising derby, showing important momentum in the crucial months before voters head to the polls. The numbers say a lot about where donors big and small are placing their presidential bets.
The Supreme Court said Thursday that it would decide an important question on the rights of the nation’s 22 million public employees: How far do free-speech rights go in protecting a public employee who is demoted or fired over his or her perceived political affiliations?
Hillary Clinton has lately positioned herself on the forefront of gay rights, but tucked into a newly disclosed batch of her emails is a reminder that she had long taken a more cautious approach to the issue. The State Department released 3,849 emails of her Wednesday.
Congress forestalled a federal government shutdown Wednesday. But with another fiscal deadline looming, Republican leaders are opening negotiations with President Barack Obama to prevent the next crisis. President Obama swiftly signed the stopgap spending bill.
Forceful questioning of then-Secret Service Director Julia Pierson helped Rep. Jason Chaffetz earn the notice he needed to grab the House Oversight and Government Reform gavel in the 114th Congress. The Utah Republican’s fierce criticism of the agency also sent scores of Secret Service employees on a mission to discredit him.
Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday said fellow Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is “done for” in the Senate. “Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest in leadership and call them names, which really goes against the decorum and also against the rules of the Senate, and as a consequence, he can’t get anything done legislatively,” Paul told Fox News Radio.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is one of the strongest campaign fundraisers in his conference, but he still can’t hold a candle to outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner, say Republicans mulling McCarthy as Boehner’s successor. Boehner’s fundraising operation was so extensive and successful that his departure will leave a massive hole in Republican Party and GOP candidate coffers.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards was under fire from the outset of a congressional hearing Tuesday, defending the group’s work in the face of embarrassing undercover videos prepared by abortion opponents that show employees negotiating in a matter-of-fact manner over fetal tissue donations.
Now that House Speaker John Boehner has decided to quit Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has become the new Public Enemy No. 1 of dissatisfied conservatives.
The leadership shuffle set off by Speaker John A. Boehner’s impending resignation has made one thing clear in the House Republican Conference: There’s a younger generation of GOP lawmakers eager to take the reins.