WASHINGTON — House Republicans have made the first change in their leadership since Majority Leader Eric Cantor unexpectedly lost a primary election last week. They’ve elected California Rep. Kevin McCarthy to replace him in the No. 2 job.
The defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by David Brat shakes the stability of a more fragile GOP establishment. Gwen Ifill is joined by former Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., Adam Brandon of FreedomWorks and Ed O’Keefe of The Washington Post to discuss Brat’s victory, as well as immigration and other issues that may be undermining the platform of moderate Republicans. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Officials say House Majority Leader Eric Cantor intends to resign his leadership post this summer after losing a primary election Tuesday night in a major upset.
The GOP-controlled House voted early Friday in favor of blocking the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana. The somewhat surprising 219-189 vote came as the House debated a bill funding the Justice Department’s budget. Continue reading
Secretary of State John Kerry said he is willing to testify before the House Oversight committee on the attacks on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Continue reading
By an overwhelming majority, the House of Representatives voted to end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of American phone records. The U.S.A. Freedom Act was the first legislative response to NSA disclosures leaked by Edward Snowden. Hari Sreenivasan interviews Charlie Savage of The New York Times for a closer look at the bill and what it will — or won’t — change. Continue reading
In our news wrap Wednesday, Democrats in the House of Representatives have decided to join the latest probe into the attack on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya. Also, the U.S. deployed 80 troops to Chad in order to help with intelligence and reconnaissance in the search for the abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria. Continue reading
The House of Representatives moved to form a special committee to investigate the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. House Speaker John Boehner says there are valid questions to pursue over the Obama administration’s role in the aftermath, but some Democrats dismiss the efforts as politically motivated. Robert Costa of The Washington Post joins Judy Woodruff for more. Continue reading
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget blueprint for the 2015 fiscal year bears close resemblance to the proposals put forward the last few years by the Wisconsin Republican. Democrats are already sharpening their knives, hoping to use the familiar plan to go after Republicans this year in hopes of mitigating potential midterm election losses. Continue reading
Some conservatives argue that raising the minimum wage will slow job growth without improving prospects for people in poverty. In a series of conversations about the growing divide between rich and poor, Judy Woodruff talks to Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., co-author of a bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, who says those arguments are obsolete. Continue reading