John Boehner's handpicked successor for speaker of the House, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, shocked the Washington establishment by withdrawing his name from consideration as speaker. His withdrawal may allow the candidacy of more principled House members, but Boehner and his backers have other plans.
In the aftermath of the October 1 shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, many of those calling for anti-gun measures such as universal background checks, gun registration, and bans on “assault weapons” ignore the fact that practically all mass shootings like the one in Oregon have taken place in “gun-free” zones.
On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled House blocked a Democratic effort to abolish the Select Committee on Benghazi, which has been conducting an investigation into the 2012 attack on the American compound in Benghazi, Libya, during Hillary Clinton’s reign as secretary of state.
American IT workers who have lost (or are about to lose) their jobs to foreign H-1B visa holders have started filing lawsuits against the offending employers, charging them with discrimination. Among the companies against which such complaints have been filed are the Walt Disney Company and the India-based Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services.
A gathering storm awaits the president when he arrives in Roseburg, Oregon, on Friday to promote his anti-gun agenda.