"Would-be Speaker John Boehner asserted last week that he can manage a strongly conservative, tea-party-inspired majority next year, but potential government shutdowns and efforts to terminate earmarks are already emerging as issues that could divide his party," Roll Call writes. "Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), one of the most outspoken conservatives in the House, said last week that he wants Boehner and other House leaders to sign a 'blood oath' that they will include a repeal of health care reform in every appropriations bill next year, even if President Barack Obama vetoes the bills and a government shutdown occurs."
The Washington Post notes the handful of Dem House members and candidates who are putting distance between themselves and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "Democrats from a number of states, including Texas, Ohio and North Carolina, are running away from Pelosi in a harsh political climate. Distancing one's self from the speaker is nothing new for many Democrats, including Edwards, but the number of incumbents and the volume of their criticism of the party House leader is larger than it has been in past election cycles - and the volume of their criticism is louder."
It's that time of year again. Roll Call does its 50 Richest Members edition. Coming in at No. 1--Sen. John Kerry, followed by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), then Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Mark Warner (D-VA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Alan Grayson (D-FL), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).