By Robert Costa & Andrew Stiles

Williamsburg, Va. — Due to the rainy weather, House Republicans aren’t having a grand time at their retreat this week, which is being held at the sprawling Kingsmill Resort. Few members have played golf, or ventured to nearby Colonial Williamsburg. But inside the hotel, which is surrounded by armed guards, Republicans are quietly planning their debt-limit strategy and talking politics in a ballroom overlooking the James River.

So far, prominent pollsters and journalists, such as Charlie Cook and William Kristol, have hosted briefings. During meals, several motivational speakers, including a blind mountain climber, have attempted to inspire the casually dressed lawmakers. There has also been much discussion about marketing. Patrick Doyle, chief executive of Domino’s Pizza, gave a well-received talk about selling a damaged brand to a modern audience.

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But for the most part, the theme running through the sessions has been unity. As the next series of legislative battles nears, House GOP leaders are asking Republicans to stick together, especially after the internal clashes during the fiscal-cliff debate. Speaker John Boehner, for his part, has been a low-key presence. “He has been sitting back and listening,” says a Republican member. “He wants us to think more and fight less.”

Here are ten takeaways.

A short-term debt-limit extension is possible. Republicans are mulling the “possible virtue” of a short-term extension of the debt limit, according to Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Ryan and other House leaders see such a move as the best way to engage President Barack Obama on spending cuts in the coming months. They believe that once the immediate threat of default is off the table, Republicans will be in a better bargaining position; the less drama, the better. “The last thing we should be debating is whether we’re going to put the nation’s full faith and credit at risk,” Representative Greg Walden of Oregon said at a press conference.

Conservatives are divided on the debt limit. Many members are open to the idea of extending the debt limit into the spring, but it’s by no means a done deal. There is already a divide over strategy, and whether the debt limit should be used as leverage. Some members want to tie spending cuts to the debt ceiling, while others see the upcoming defense sequester and continuing resolution to fund the government as safer battlefields. To GOP leaders, the political and economic consequences of the sequester, or of a government shutdown due to a failure to extend the government’s funding, look far more manageable than default. Meanwhile, a growing group of conservative members is pushing for a balanced-budget amendment to be attached to a short-term extension, so nothing is settled.

Paul Ryan is a behind-the-scenes leader. Ryan, who has been relatively quiet since the presidential election, has stepped back into the spotlight. On Thursday, the Budget Committee chairman surprised reporters by holding an impromptu press conference, and he drew notice from his colleagues for his extemporaneous remarks, in which he backed the idea of a short-term debt-limit extension and boosted Boehner. As the embattled speaker looked on, Ryan assured backbenchers that Boehner is listening to him and other conservative members.

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The sad fact is, the Republican leadership has NO NEGOTIATION SKILLS.  They are very good at continual, repeated bugling of "Retreat".

 

Boehner and McConnell are disasters!  Obama pins their ears back every time.

 

Now that they have retreated from the "Fiscal Cliff", they are preparing to retreat from the Debt Ceiling.

 

Obama says raising the Debt Ceiling is an imperative, as it is only paying the bills previously approved by the Congress.  Well, STOP authorizing outrageous spending, like the PORK LADEN, BLOATED Hurricane Sandy bill, just passed by the brilliant leadership in House.  Boehner gave a feint toward doing that which was necessary by blocking the bill for about 30 minutes, then, as usual, folded under pressure from the big spenders in Congress.

    There is only ONE take away from the GOP retreat ,  THE TEA PARTY !!!

Same crap, different day. Face it, the rhinos have no guts, no plan and will make no stand. They'll watch the county go over the cliff or down the drain, but they will not have the brass to challenge the king usurper.

Semper Fidelis

Let 'em get rained on.  They've been raining on us for four years now.  What a dismal performance!  Nothing to show for four years except the relentless advance of progressivism.  Our best seems to be but a temporary bump in the road for this advancement of the liberal ideology.  But never do we stop it in its tracks or, heaven forbid, turn it back even the slightest bit.  We need real conservatives in Congress.  We may lose the battle, but at least we go down fighting.

The R's need to impeach and imprison obama and then go about getting our country on course.

Paul Ryan another dumb ass matter of fact lets get rid of republican party and start a new party

How About The Tea Party Robert!

Listen to Col West my friend. A born leader unafraid and one who could restore America unlike the RINOS we have in Washington right now.

I'm with you.    This man needs to step up and out of PJnews.   

There is nothing hard about dealing with the debt ceiling. JUST SAY NO TO OBAMA !!! This is nt brain surgery , folks
I f we still want a country twelve months from now , we give him nothing .Period. Let him throw temper tantrums till the
Cows come home , and trust me , the world wil still keep on spinning the next day

Take a peek at what the kool aid drinking obamabots think he is. They are really sick.

http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/inauguration-poste...

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Horrible: Democrats Set The Constitution On Fire With Fraudulent Impeachment

House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning after an investigation that violated fundamental provisions of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The investigation of the president began with the complaint of a so-called “whistleblower” who turned out to be a rogue Central Intelligence Agency employee, protected by a lawyer who had called for a “coup” against Trump in early 2017.

Democrats first demanded that the “whistleblower” be allowed to testify. But after House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was found to have lied about his committee’s contact with the “whistleblower,” and after details of the “whistleblower’s” bias began to leak, Democrats reversed course. In violation of the President Trump’s Sixth Amendment right to confront his accuser, Democrats refused to allow the “whistleblower” to testify. They argue the president’s procedural rights, even if they existed, would not apply until he was tried in the Senate — but they also invented a fraudulent “right to anonymity” that, they hope, might conceal the whistleblower even then.

Schiff began the “impeachment inquiry” in secret, behind the closed doors of the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, even though none of the testimony was deemed classified. Few members of Congress were allowed access. Schiff allowed selective bits of testimony to leak to friendly media, while withholding transcripts of testimony.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), having allowed the secret process to unfold, legitimized it with a party-line vote authorizing the inquiry. The House resolution denied President Trump the procedural rights enjoyed by Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and denied the minority party the traditional right to object to witnesses called by the majority.

Rather than the House Judiciary Committee, which traditionally handles impeachment, Pelosi also deputized the House Intelligence Committee to conduct fact-finding; the Judiciary Committee was turned into a rubber stamp. Schiff held a few public hearings, but often failed to release transcripts containing exculpatory evidence until after they had passed.

In the course of the Intelligence Committee’s investigation, Schiff quietly spied on the telephone records of his Republican counterpart, Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA). He also snooped on the phone records of a journalist, John Solomon; and on the phone records of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, acting as President Trump’s personal lawyer.

Schiff’s eavesdropping violated both the First Amendment right to press freedom and the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Yet he proceeded undeterred by constitutional rights, publishing the phone logs in his committee’s report without warning, confirmation, or explanation, alleging that Nunes and the others were part of a conspiracy to assist the president’s allegedly impeachable conduct. When Republicans on the Judiciary Committee asked the Intelligence Committee’s majority counsel, Daniel Goldman, to explain the phone logs, he refused to answer,

Ironically, Schiff had done exactly what Democrats accuse Trump of doing: abused his power to dig up dirt on political opponents, then obstructed a congressional investigation into his party’s and his committee’s misconduct.

Democrats’ articles of impeachment include one for the dubious charge of “abuse of power,” which is not mentioned in the Constitution; and one for “obstruction of Congress,” which in this case is an abuse of power in itself.

Alexander Hamilton, writing about impeachment in Federalist 65, warned that “there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.” Democrats have fulfilled Hamilton’s worst fears.

The Trump impeachment will soon replace the 1868 impeachment of President Andrew Johnson — which the House Judiciary Committee staff actually cited as a positive precedent — as the worst in American history.

In service of their “coup,” Democrats have trampled the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Republic has never been in greater danger.

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