Author: Chad Pergram

Ousted Rep. Joe Crowley the latest lawmaker ‘supposed to be’ House Speaker

FOX NEWS Rep. Joe Crowley upset by 28-year-old socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez takes down the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus in a stunning primary result; reaction and analysis on ‘Fox News @ Night’ from Mark Penn, former pollster and adviser to President Clinton, and Derek Hunter, contributing editor at The Daily Caller. You might not recall the late Rep. Charlie Rose, D-N.C., or former Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y. You would certainly remember them if they became Speaker of the House. It wasn’t long ago there was a political scenario where Rose and Reynolds climbed to the Speakership. It didn’t...

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Washington’s Dare Game

FOX NEWS WASHINGTON –  A blame game will consume Washington if the government shuts down this week. But first, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle must play the dare game.  Republicans will essentially dare Democrats to vote no on an interim spending plan to avoid a shutdown. If Democrats vote yes, the government remains open. But if Democrats cast nay ballots, Republicans will try to turn that decision against vulnerable lawmakers in the midterm elections.  By the same token, Democrats will dare Republicans to reject the same stopgap plan. This is a hope that the GOP — wielding majorities in both the House and...

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Danger lurks as Congress navigates DACA, shutdown politics

FOX NEWS Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., says the ‘devil’s in the details’ in an immigration deal.  (AP) It’s not every day that Greek mythology can explain legislative conundrums in Washington, D.C. Lawmakers are trying to forge a DACA compromise, alter the nation’s immigration system, build a border wall, author an agreement on defense spending and avert a government shutdown – all by next Friday. This requires some serious parliamentary navigation. Go too far on DACA and that upsets one set of lawmakers. Too far on immigration and that inflames another group. Not enough for defense, and other...

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McConnell braces for new Bannon brawls in 2018

FOX NEWS Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s feud with Steve Bannon is likely to extend into 2018.  (Reuters) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., isn’t shy when promoting commodities from back home. As McConnell left his year-end press conference at the Capitol, reporters asked the Kentucky Republican to recommend a holiday season bourbon from the Bluegrass State. “It’s all really good,” said McConnell. “It makes the holidays so much better.” McConnell knows to relish the time between now and January with a nip of Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey or Woodford Reserve. Because as hard as 2017 was, 2018 could...

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Trump Jr. Franken. Impeachment. Government shutdown. Just try to keep up with a single day in Washington

FOX NEWS How long? “This is either going to take two hours … or ten,” said the source. Donald Trump Jr. was slated Wednesday morning – and, perhaps even Wednesday evening – to face the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door session. Many reporters presumed the testimony of the son-of-the-president may emerge as the marquee story of the day on Capitol Hill. The panel interrogated Trump Jr. until just before 6 p.m. ET. But what transpired outside the secure hearing facility during that sequestration eclipsed anything the president’s son uttered inside. Trump Jr. arrived at the Capitol via a...

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Politics like sports: Democrat-GOP, Moore-anybody but Moore, Ohio-Michigan

FOX NEWS American politics is really pretty simple. One can distill the American political experience into a singular, collegiate athletic series, historically played at the end of the year by two of the country’s most-storied football programs, Michigan and Ohio, alternately in Ann Arbor or Columbus, respectively. If you’re a Michigan partisan, you could lose every game for the rest of the season. The only thing that matters is defeating the Buckeyes at the end of the year in the Big House. If you pull for Ohio State, who cares about the detritus of Purdue, Northwestern, Illinois, Minnesota and...

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Senate GOP has constitutional option on Moore; last senator ousted in 1862

FOX NEWS If you’re a Senate Republican, do you want the good news or the bad news? The good news is that your already paper-thin, 52-48 majority may shrivel to a single seat should Democrat Doug Jones win the Alabama Senate special election December 12. The bad news is that Alabama voters could preserve the GOP’s 52-48 majority by electing Republican nominee Roy Moore. Let’s begin with the premise that the following could all be academic. If Jones wins, the earth could very tilt off its axis and Alabama would boast a Democratic senator for the first time since...

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GOP House members to vote on tax reform with reelection in full view

FOX NEWS It took five months the last time Congress passed legislation of this magnitude. Tax reform is up now. The last legislative behemoth was the Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare. First House vote in November, 2009. Senate vote on Christmas Eve day, 2009. House and Senate finally approved merged, final ObamaCare packages in late March 2010. It was an exhaustive legislative lift for Democrats. And it drained the party. Months later, Democrats proceeded to cough up a net of 63 House seats in the 2010 congressional race  — allowing Republicans to reclaimed control of the chamber....

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