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Speaker John A. Boehner entered the fray over possible changes to the Senate filibuster rules Thursday, saying bills passed by the Senate after such a change and without GOP support “would be dead on arrival” in his chamber.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced who will chair all of the major House committees in the next Congress. And it turns out they all have something in common besides party affiliation: they’re all white men.

There isn’t a single woman or minority included in the mix of 19 House committee chairs announced Tuesday — a stark reality for a party desperate to appeal to women and minorities after both groups overwhelmingly rejected Republicans just weeks ago in the presidential election. The one female committee chair that House Republicans currently have, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), is stepping down because her term is up. While there are still two lower-tier House committees awaiting a chair assignment — the Ethics Committee and House Administration — neither committee has any women or minority members.

John Boehner had a message for House Republicans Wednesday morning: stick together or be left out.

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Ok.  I don’t see why this is being brought up as an issue.  Two economic issues were discussed during the election:  raising taxes on income over $250 thousand and Obamacare.  True, we didn’t really delve too far into either, but both Dems and Republicans railed against both.  Romney even promised to repeal Obamacare right when he entered office if elected.  Obviously, the people rejected that idea when they elected Obama.  Of course the White House isn’t going to go with this.  Why start with conflict.

The worst part is that they aren’t making proposals to improve on the legislation by helping to bring costs down.  No!  They just want to repeal it outright, maybe keeping some of the more popular parts.  This is completely unproductive and it’s been rejected.  So why pick this fight?  Because they learned nothing.  Get prepared people.  They’re about to double down on stupid.

You want to know how unbending Speaker John Boehner is on tax increases?

He’s not willing to even consider hiking taxes on people making more than $1 million — something that’s been floated in the past as a possible compromise by members of both parties.

U.S. Rep. John Boehner, speaker of the House of Representatives, received nearly twice as much financial support from donors tied to the energy sector than did the next-closest recipient, a report from the National Wildlife Federation finds. The 20-page report highlights the role it says oil companies play in U.S. politics, stating energy companies are working behind the scenes on Capitol Hill to influence legislation in favour of oil, natural gas and coal policies. The NWF report finds that the current 112th U.S. Congress has voted one out of every five times against legislation drafted in favour of environmental issues

The Party of No: New Details on the GOP Plot to Obstruct Obama

TIME just published “The Party of No,” an article adapted from my new book, The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era. It reveals some of my reporting on the Republican plot to obstruct President Obama before he even took office, including secret meetings led by House GOP Whip Eric Cantor (in December 2008) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (in early January 2009) where they laid out their daring (though cynical and political) no-honeymoon strategy of all-out resistance to a popular president-elect during an economic emergency. “If he was for it,” former Ohio senator George Voinovich explained, “we had to be against it.”The excerpt includes a special bonus nugget of Mitt Romney dissing the Tea Party.

But as we say in the sales world: There’s more! I’m going to be blogging some of the news and larger themes from the book here at time.com, and I’ll kick it off with more scenes from the early days of the Republican Strategy of No. Read on to hear what Joe Biden’s sources in the Senate GOP were telling him, some candid pillow talk between a Republican staffer and an Obama aide, and a top Republican admitting his party didn’t want to “play.” I’ll start with a scene I consider a turning point in the Obama era, when the new president came to the Hill to extend his hand and the GOP spurned it.

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Republicans officially want the federal government to give hand-outs to private businesses. Media too effin’ stupid to report the double-talk.

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“From everything that I know of her, she has a sterling character,” Boehner said Thursday. “Accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous.”

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Boehner, though, fell short of reprimanding Bachmann, and did not appear inclined to pull her from the House Intelligence Committee.

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At least John Boehner is being honest when he notes that people are either going to vote for Barack Obama or Not Barack Obama in November. Almost no one is actually going to go into the voting booth in order to vote for Mitt Romney.

Speaking last week at a fundraiser in Wheeling, W.Va., Boehner was surprisingly candid in his characterization of Romney’s candidacy when asked, in a question-and-answer session: “Can you make me love Mitt Romney?”

“No,” he answered, as first reported by Roll Call. “Listen, we’re just politicians. I wasn’t elected to play God. The American people probably aren’t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney.”

He added that the presumptive Republican nominee had “some friends, relatives, and fellow Mormons… some people that are going to vote for him,” but suggested that at the end of the day, Republicans would be voting against President Obama rather than for Romney.

“I’ll tell you this: 95 percent of the people that show up to vote in November are going to show up in that voting booth, and they are going to vote for or against Barack Obama,” Boehner said. “This election is going to be a referendum on the president’s failed economic policies.”

Basically, the GOP is banking on conservatives not caring at all about the guy with the R next to his name on the ballot. Their entire strategy — as it’s been since our last presidential election — is to get rid of Obama. They’d run a houseplant against him, if the Constitution allowed it.

Their argument is that people literally shouldn’t care who our President will be for the next four years … as long as it’s not Obama. There’s no need to be excited by him; no need to agree with him; no need to believe he’s the best qualified; no need even to like him … all that matters is that he’s not the Democrat.

This, apparently, is the best that Americans can do when it comes to politics.

SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER: You know— George— I’ve never— been shy about leading. But you know, leaders need followers. And we’ve got 89 brand new members. We’ve got a pretty disparate caucus.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Some say they’re leading you.

SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER: And— and it— it is hard to keep— 218 frogs in a wheelbarrow long enough to get a bill passed.

“I challenge the Speaker right now to bring the middle income tax cuts to the floor,” Pelosi told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, agreeing with Boehner that budget discussions shouldn’t wait until after the election.

“Bringing middle-income tax cuts to floor now, passing those would help our economic recovery, would be a clear signal that the upper-end tax cuts for the wealthy will expire because middle-income tax cuts would not be held hostage to those.”

Pelosi also said that the Speaker’s threat to allow the government to default by blocking increases to the debt ceiling in order to force the Obama administration to accept deep budget cuts were “over the edge.”

“Here we go again,” she warned. “Last year, the threat of not lifting the debt ceiling caused our credit rating to be lowered. This is not a responsible, mature, sensible place for us to go. We all know we have to reduce the deficit. We have to do it in a balanced way. The Speaker wants to go over the edge.”