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Top of the Ticket Political commentary from David Horsey
GOP radicals scare off Kevin McCarthy to please petulant constituents

Kevin McCarthy has decided he does not want the thankless task of babysitting a bunch of grown men who have less good sense than a gang of 13-year-old boys left alone in a liquor store. So he shocked his Republican colleagues and the entire political world on Thursday by turning down the chance to be speaker of the House mere minutes before he was to be nominated for the job.

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China, California and Pope Francis make good news on climate change

There has been some very good news on the climate change front recently, but all the positive news is still far from being enough to make anyone rest easy.

The biggest news is China’s plan to initiate a cap-and-trade system.

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'Stuff happens' is America's feeble response to mass shootings

Jeb Bush committed a mini-gaffe when, in reference to last week’s horrific mass shooting in Roseburg, Ore., he blurted out the phrase, “Stuff happens.” Those flippant words came at the end of an extended, pandering ramble about gun rights in front of a group of Republican voters.

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Raw politics drives GOP probes of Benghazi and Planned Parenthood

It was nice of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to clarify that a primary goal of the Republicans’ never-ending investigations into the Benghazi terrorist attack was to do damage to the leading Democratic candidate for president, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Kevin McCarthy's conservatism may not be enough for GOP radicals

All you need to know about the predicament Kevin McCarthy faces if he becomes the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives is summed up in a comment from South Carolina’s Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a member of the insurgent faction within the House Republican caucus that dubs itself the “Freedom Caucus.” Regarding the prospect of McCarthy taking over for Speaker John A.

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Climate-change-denying congressman shuns Pope Francis

Congressman Paul Gosar traveled to Nevada to visit Cliven Bundy when the renegade rancher was fighting the Bureau of Land Management over the grazing fees he has refused to pay for years and years.

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