House Speaker John Boehner lost support from more than one-fourth of his Republican colleagues as the chamber rejected a $939 billion agricultural-policy bill, the latest in a series of embarrassments handed to him by his own party.
Republicans considering running for president were quick to embrace House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan ’s plan to shrink the U.S. budget deficit , a blueprint likely to frame the debate over federal spending heading into next year’s elections and spur Democratic attacks.
President Barack Obama is using a battle over the stalled nomination of his candidate to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and extension of a payroll tax cut to campaign as a populist defender of the middle class.
When the storm clouds clear, Mitt Romney and the Republican Party will face a compressed political convention that will make the task of balancing biography and criticism of President Barack Obama more difficult.
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky endorsed immigration changes that would give legal status to undocumented immigrants in the U.S. in a move to broaden his appeal ahead of a potential 2016 Republican presidential bid.