Tea Party http://www.kunc.org en Why A Handful Of Hard-Liners Has A Hold On Boehner http://www.kunc.org/post/why-handful-hard-liners-has-hold-boehner To understand House Speaker John Boehner's role in the government shutdown, you have to understand the 30 or so House Republican hard-liners and his relationship with them.<p>It's an uneasy one at best.<p>"Listen, we've got a diverse caucus," was how Boehner put it in mid-September, shortly after the 30 forced him to ditch his original plan for a temporary government funding bill.<p>"Whenever we're trying to put together a plan, we've got 233 members — all of whom have their own plan," he said. "It's tough to get them on the same track. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 09:17:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 50340 at http://www.kunc.org Why A Handful Of Hard-Liners Has A Hold On Boehner GOP Establishment Grapples With A Tea Party That Won't Budge http://www.kunc.org/post/gop-establishment-grapples-tea-party-wont-budge The old line in Washington is that the "establishment" controls everything.<p>But the fights that have resulted in the government shutdown have turned that cliche upside down.<p>This time, it's the Tea Party and its allies in Congress calling the shots. The "establishment" — on Capitol Hill and in the business community — has so far been on the outs.<p>You can hear the frustration in the voice of 11-term Rep. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:39:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 50324 at http://www.kunc.org GOP Establishment Grapples With A Tea Party That Won't Budge Obama's Latest Challenges Go Beyond The GOP http://www.kunc.org/post/obamas-latest-challenges-go-beyond-gop President Obama took his fiscal fight with congressional Republicans to America's heartland Friday. Speaking at a Ford assembly plant near Kansas City, Mo., Obama warned that the federal government could turn into a "deadbeat" unless Congress passes a stopgap spending bill and agrees to raise the debt limit within the next few weeks.<p>"I need you to help tell Congress: Pay our bills on time. Pass a budget on time. Stop governing from crisis to crisis. Put our focus back on where it should be: on you, the American people. On creating new jobs. On growing our economy. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:52:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 49867 at http://www.kunc.org Obama's Latest Challenges Go Beyond The GOP U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz To Renounce Canadian Citizenship http://www.kunc.org/post/us-sen-ted-cruz-renounce-canadian-citizenship Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in the 2016 election. But to run for president, the U.S. Constitution says a candidate must be a "natural born" U.S. citizen; it <a href="http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html">doesn't mention dual citizenship</a>.<p><em>The Dallas Morning News</em> has reported that Cruz holds <a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20130818-canada-born-ted-cruz-became-a-citizen-of-that-country-as-well-as-u.s..ece">dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship</a>. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 06:25:00 +0000 48555 at http://www.kunc.org U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz To Renounce Canadian Citizenship GOP Debate: Is Obamacare Fight Worth A Government Shutdown? http://www.kunc.org/post/gop-debate-obamacare-fight-worth-government-shutdown Congressional Republicans agree that the new federal health care program should be ended. But they are finding themselves bitterly divided over how.<p>They have tried dozens of times to repeal it. Now, some GOP lawmakers want to block all money for Obamacare in a stopgap spending bill that must be approved next month to prevent the government from shutting down on Oct. 1. But other Republicans say that won't work and may well backfire.<p>Back home in Texas for the August recess, Republican Rep. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:55:00 +0000 David Welna 48355 at http://www.kunc.org