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The President Is Right; Warren in Wrong


By John Feehery

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“Elizabeth Warren–Official 113th Congressional Portrait–” by United States Senate – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in The Hill)

President Obama is right.

I don’t usually say that, but when it comes to Elizabeth Warren, the president is spot on.

Obama told Yahoo News last week that the Massachusetts senator is “absolutely wrong” when she says giving him fast-track authority on trade could roll back powers under the Dodd-Frank Act and that her assertions “don’t stand the test of fact and scrutiny.” (more…)

Jim Wright: Leaving a Mark


By John Feehery

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“Speaker Jim Wright of Texas” by Photographer not credited. – Image courtesy of Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Via Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives website at [1]. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Jim Wright left a mark.

I came to Washington to work for House Republican Leader Bob Michel in September of 1989, about four months after the Texas Democrat stepped down in disgrace.

Wright had run roughshod over the House Minority, radicalizing Members like Dick Cheney, and empowering bomb-throwers like Newt Gingrich. (more…)

Congress At Work


By John Feehery

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“US Capitol west side” by Martin Falbisoner – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Members of the House of Representatives are happier than they have been in a decade, and that because of the change in the Senate.

This isn’t a partisan statement. It’s a fact.

Congress is back at work on both sides of the Capitol. (more…)

Slowing Down Hillary’s Quest for the White House


By John Feehery

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“Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chatham House Prize 2013 Winner (10209889514)” by Chatham House – Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chatham House Prize 2013 Winner
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The New York Times doesn’t much care for Hillary Clinton, and I can’t say I blame them too much.

Her record as Secretary of State is turning out to be one big scandal. She has an avowed hatred for the press and a special dislike for the characters who work at the Old Gray Lady. She is mean to people she doesn’t like and paranoid about people she doesn’t know. And she attracts scandals like bees attract honey.

Sadly, for me and the New York Times, there is no evidence any of this will slow her down in her quest for the White House. (more…)

Don’t Play Poker With Mitch McConnell


By John Feehery

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“Sen Mitch McConnell official” by United States Senate – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

I wouldn’t want to play Texas hold-em with Mitch McConnell.

To win at the iconic poker game, featured often on ESPN and the Discovery Channel, you have to have patience.

You have to strike when you have favorable cards, bluff when you don’t, and put all the chips on the table when you are confident of victory.

Nobody is better at this than the Senate Majority Leader from Kentucky. (more…)


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