Kevin McCarthy formally announces bid for House speaker

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‘I’m running hard,’ Dan Webster says of campaign to replace House Speaker John Boehner.

This time Boehner shrewdly sniped back at the Texas senator, after Cruz basked in the news Friday that the speaker was stepping down from his position at the end of October.LEADERS DEPLOY SHUTDOWN AVOIDANCE PLANS: Fiscal 2016 starts on Thursday, meaning Congress has just three days to get a final spending agreement off to the White House to avoid a government shutdown.WASHINGTON – Speaker John Boehner is embarking on his final month in Congress by moving to complete unfinished business and vowing not to leave his successor with a politically gridlocked House.

Boehner called far-right Republicans “absolutely” unrealistic about what the government can get done in a conversation with CBS’ Face the Nation host John Dickinson. Not an alternative to any individual ideas or bills; an alternative to the way the House is operating,” the Orlando-area Republican told the Tampa Bay Times.

The Ohio Republican says a spending bill to keep the government running will pass and there will be no shutdown when money runs out at midnight Wednesday. He also implied again that Cruz was a “jackass.” “But, you know, the Bible says beware of false prophets,” Boehner said. “And there are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done.” “Listen, you can pick a lot of names out; I’ll let you choose ’em,” Boehner responded as he smirked and sipped his coffee.

Beyond that, he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday he expects “I might have a little more cooperation from some around town to try to get as much finished as possible.” “I don’t want to leave my successor a dirty barn,” he said. Webster would not say how much support he has gotten, and he acknowledged the “uphill climb.” But he said he’s encouraged by the support he’s gotten and is setting up meetings with members. “People want to do this. So while it’s still too early for DOT officials to file away those shutdown contingency plans, we probably won’t be seeing any lengthy pause in transportation operations, oversight work or grant payouts (at least until this latest continuing resolution runs out on Dec. 11).

And the House Speaker remarked: “I refer you to my remark at a fundraiser I made in August in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.” Cruz took a parting shot at Boehner on Friday during a speech at the Values Voter Conference. Heightened flexibility: Adopting an off-the-shelf procurement approach used by private-sector services like UPS would allow the Postal Service to tailor its fleet to the changing realities of the America mail system, especially as more people move to cities, according to the study. Kevin McCarthy of California, Webster was careful in criticism other than to suggest it would be more of the same. “I think it would revert back to a power-based system.” McCarthy may be able to foster inclusion, Webster added, “but I haven’t seen that in five years.” Nearly every other nation’s mail carriers — with the exception of Canada — buy or lease vehicles tailored to their needs, Wescott said. “No one else in the world has a dedicated fleet of vehicles,” he said.

Boehner unloaded against conservatives long outraged that even with control of both houses of Congress, Republicans have not succeeded on key agenda items, such as repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law and striking taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood. He choked up speaking about “economic freedom, individual liberty, and personal responsibility.” Boehner is an actual believer in conservative principles — though he may sometimes disagree with other conservatives about how to translate those principles into policy — which for a Republican Washington insider is a big deal. It’s the story of a former altar boy who was truly deeply moved by meeting the pope, on a purely human level, with the political calculations securely in the background.

The announcement of Boehner’s resignation rippled through the slate of 2016 presidential candidates competing for support among the GOP’s core Republicans. In this context, with an aggressively divided government, and a strong extremist contingent in his caucus, Boehner found himself unable either to cut deals with the center or the left, or to win scalps or victories for the far right. Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina were among the GOP candidates who said Boehner’s departure showed it was time for the party to move on. “I hope now that we will move on and have leadership in both the House and the Senate that will produce results,” Fiorina said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I think people are going to miss him in the long run, because he’s a person that is focused on solving problems,” Bush said on “Fox News Sunday.” Boehner’s resignation announcement came as congressional Republicans faced a familiar standoff in their own ranks over whether to insist on their demands in exchange for passage of a federal budget – the same dynamic that led to the partial government shutdown of 2013.

For nearly a year, McConnell, now the Senate’s Republican majority leader, has insisted there would be no repeat, even as conservatives dug in. “We told people to give us the Senate and things would be different. Plans to extract an ObamaCare repeal by shutting down the government were misguided (and I say this as someone who supported them at the time), and Boehner was right to oppose them and to salvage whatever could be salvaged. The main reason is that his job was difficult not only because of structural realities — polarization, the expanding entitlement state and the unwillingness of the political class to confront it, the U.S. constitutional system — but also, sadly, because of the incompetence of my own side.

Had the Tea Party caucus in Congress actually coalesced around an actual agenda, like the one suggested by perhaps the smartest Tea Party member of Congress, Mike Lee, or a religious liberty bill, or, say, a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood and extend tax credits to companies that offer maternity leave, or really, anything, they might have gotten it passed.

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