Paul Gosar

GOP Hopes to Undercut Offshore Regulator, Say House Democrats
Republicans are taking aim at an agency created by President Obama after BP oil spill

The site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is seen from the back of a U.S. Coast Guard cargo plane in 2010. Republicans are re-evaluating a regulatory agency established by Obama in the aftermath of the spill. (Tom Williams/Roll Call via Getty Images)

Republican lawmakers are trying to undermine the federal regulatory agency responsible for overseeing the safety and environmental concerns of offshore oil and gas operations, said Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee at a Wednesday hearing.

The complaints stem from a provision in the committee Republicans’ recently released draft bill that would direct the Interior secretary to look for potential “inefficiencies or duplication between the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement,” which both regulate aspects of offshore drilling.

Gosar Accuses Soros of Funding White Supremacist Rally in Charlottesville
Congressman provides no evidence to support claim

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., said he believes the white supremacist march in Charlottesville in August was organized by the left. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Every time tragedy strikes the nation, conspiracy theorists crawl out of the woodwork to offer alternative stories for how events unfolded — if they did at all.

Most people, and especially most politicians, wave away these baseless assertions.

Taxes, Immigration Bigger Tests for Ryan Speakership Than Fiscal Deal
Conservatives concerned about how speaker will handle DACA

Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s leadership will be tested in upcoming debates over taxes and immigration, potentially determining whether he remains the House’s top Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s leadership capabilities are back in the spotlight after September’s fiscal crises were quickly resolved last week without any wins for conservative policies. But that deal is unlikely to define his speakership the way upcoming legislative battles on taxes and immigration will.

Whether the 10-term Wisconsin Republican remains speaker — either by his or the House GOP’s choosing — may depend on his ability to deliver legislation in those areas that can both appease his largely conservative conference and get through the more moderate Senate to President Donald Trump’s desk.

Opinion: The Rule of Law, the Role of History
What happens if Arpaio runs with Trump’s backing?

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio listens as then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to the press prior to a rally on January 26, 2016 in Marshalltown, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

It was as predictable as clockwork. When I worked at a newspaper in Tucson, Ariz., the letter would arrive or the phone would ring and the message would be filled with outrage and surprise. Imagine being in a store or on the street and hearing two or more people having a conversation — in Spanish.

The spanking new desert denizen— just arrived from Michigan or Minnesota or somewhere else where it got cold in the winter — could not understand a word and this is America, right?

Word on the Hill: Free Bananas
McCain’s reading list, Gosar issues Facebook warning

In 2014, New York Rep. Charles B. Rangel was spotted shopping on Amazon.com while waiting for President Barack Obama to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It’s Amazon Prime Day, which means staffers can get some free fruit for breakfast.

Amazon’s D.C. banana stand is giving out free bananas from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. outside Union Station, so staffers can grab one on their commute.

Word on the Hill: Staffers and Self-Esteem
Get your bikes ready for Friday

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner talks with an aide during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Staffers can learn about the positive effects of self-esteem on performance today.

As part of the Employee Assistance Program’s webinar series, this class will “outline ways to rewire our brains in order to be more optimistic and increase self-confidence,” the invitation reads. Staffers can also “discuss ways to build self-esteem and control negative thoughts.”

Chaffetz Departure Opens Coveted Oversight Chairmanship
Freedom Caucus members in panel’s leadership poised to make a play for seat

The departure of Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, left, could give Reps. Trey Gowdy, middle, and Jim Jordan, right, an opportunity to capture the coveted seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As Chairman Jason Chaffetz suggested Wednesday he may not finish his congressional term, top Republicans on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee mostly avoided weighing in on whether they would seek the seat under a GOP White House.

The Utah Republican unabashedly used the position of being the House’s top inquisitor to become nationally prominent in a coveted seat. But he did so under a Democratic administration that the House GOP despised.

Word on the Hill: Gotcha — Or Not
New caucus launches

Arizona Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva didn’t get got. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Gotcha — wait, maybe not.

A tipster contacted HOH to allege hypocrisy on the part of Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., for flying first class on his way back to D.C. this week when a bill he sponsored prevented such a thing.

Word on the Hill: Turkey Pardon
Senate bean soup for Thanksgiving

A person in a turkey costume is interviewed outside the Capitol by Fox News in 2009. (Tom Williams/ CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Barack Obama marks another ‘last time’ event today: the pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey.

At a ceremony in the White House’s Rose Garden at 2:40 p.m., Obama will take on his eighth ceremonial turkey pardoning in honor of Thanksgiving tomorrow.

Field Set in Arizona's Tossup House District
Republican-turned-Democrat to face off against scandal-plagued Republican

Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Arizona, seen here at a Capitol news conference in 2010 with Sen. John McCain, won the Republican primary for the state's 1st District Tuesday. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated Sept. 4 | In Arizona's tossup 1st District, Democrat Tom O'Halleran, a former Republican state senator, will face off against Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu in November.

Babeu easily beat five other Republicans in the primary in this eastern Arizona district, but he brings years of baggage to the race.