Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s top news, including the current political agenda of religious conservatives in America, the election of Rep. Kevin McCarthy to be House majority leader, new poll numbers for President Obama and the murky goals for U.S. military intervention in Iraq. Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, Republicans in the House voted in California Rep. Kevin McCarthy to be the next majority leader, filling a void left by Rep. Eric Cantor. Also, as many as 75 government scientists at a Centers for Disease Control lab in Atlanta may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria. Continue reading
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.
Today in the Morning Line: House GOP to vote Thursday on two leadership posts McCarthy the front-runner for majority leader; three-way battle for whip Obama tells Hill leaders he doesn’t plan to seek congressional authority for Iraq Faith & Freedom … Continue reading
In our news wrap Friday, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is now undergoing treatment at a military center in Texas. He flew there overnight from Germany, where he had been recovering after being held captive by the Taliban for five years. Also, international wildlife regulators reported that elephants in Africa are under attack by poachers, with 20,000 slaughtered on the continent in 2013. Continue reading
House Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is no longer the lone Republican vying for the majority leader position Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., vacated earlier this week.
Idaho’s Raul Labrador, first elected in 2010 when the tea party wave swept Republicans into power in the House of Representatives, joined the contest Friday, declaring that Cantor’s primary defeat to a tea party upstart Tuesday meant”Americans are looking for a change in the status quo.” Continue reading
Militants in Iraq took the city of Mosul and captured two more cities as they advanced toward their goal of taking Baghdad in an unfolding crisis that is already having political ramifications for President Barack Obama back in the United States. Conservatives jumped on the latest upheaval, blaming President Obama for pulling out of the country in 2011, while Democrats pointed back at former President George W. Bush for getting the U.S. into a country with no easy exit in the first place. Continue reading
Rep. Pete Sessions dropped out of the race for Majority Leader Thursday evening, leaving Rep. Kevin McCarthy as the lone remaining candidate for the second most powerful post in the House of Representatives. Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, the U.S. launched drone strikes overnight in Pakistan after a nearly six-month lull. Thirteen suspected insurgents were killed in two separate strikes, according to Pakistani intelligence officials. Also, the contest for House majority leader was whittled down to GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas. Continue reading