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January 5th, 2011
09:08 PM ET

Father and son in Congress

(CNN) – The 112th Congress is a family affair for GOP Congressman Ron Paul and his son, Republican Senator Rand Paul. But that doesn't mean they always agree.

Speaking with CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King, the two Pauls diverge on whether the House Republican pledge to cut $100 billion dollars from the federal budget in the first year is realistic.

In an interview for CNN's "John King, USA," Congressman Paul commented on an apparent backtrack from the original GOP promise. The elder took a conservative tack, explaining that instead of a failure, Republicans are now "facing up to reality."

"I mean they don't have the votes, they don't have the support, I predict the budget this year will be bigger than last year. I don't think the budgets are gonna shrink because just the cost of living increase and other things, there's so much momentum, I don't have high expectations that we're gonna be cutting much of anything."

Senator Paul, the freshman, had a more hopeful point-of-view: "I'm a little more optimistic than that actually and I think actually we're introducing a bill that will be $500 billion dollars in cuts…We will push the leadership…the tea party does want spending cuts, we do want to reduce the deficit, and I'm more optimistic. I think we will get some concessions.

And when asked how Americans should respond if Republicans cannot keep their promises, the father-son team traded places on perspective.

Rand Paul responded "[Americans] should kick them all out and send us all home."

Ron Paul countered "Well I think they should kick the people out who voted incorrectly. If we've been voting the right way, why would you get kicked out for that?

Hopefully they can settle any disagreements before the sun goes down; Sen.-and-Congressman Paul will be sharing a residence in DC during the congressional term.

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January 5th, 2011
09:07 PM ET

McCain warns of third party

Sen. John McCain warns of third party power and shares his advice for new Congressional members.

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January 5th, 2011
05:45 PM ET

Bob Boehner: Emotion is all in the family


(CNN) – Growing up as one of 12 children prepared House Speaker John Boehner for his new position, according to his older brother Bob.

The elder Boehner said their childhood in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they helped run their family bar, is why John is able to connect with people easily and build a consensus.

"Much like we were very young nine or ten years old cleaning a bar. You couldn't kick customers out, you had to work with the customers and talk to them," Bob Boehner told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.

In their childhood home Bob said the "commotion and ruckus" went "on and on and on," but that John was often the one to discipline his siblings.

"I would say (he was) the enforcer of the younger ones about getting our homework done," Bob said.

The new House Speaker appeared emotional when he assumed his new role Wednesday, and Bob said as their family gets older, they all get "a little more sentimental."

"I think he thinks about what Mom and Dad would have thought seeing all this going on and I think that's what tears him up a little bit," Bob said. "But he really held it together during his speech on the House floor; I couldn't be prouder because I think if he lost it on the House floor we were gonna loose it up in the balcony as well."

As Republicans take control of the House, Bob said his brother is more focused because he knows he needs to make a difference quickly.

"He knows he's only got two years to get started… because otherwise they're going to kick the Republicans out in a heart beat in two years," Bob said. "So I think that he's very focused and determined to get something done this term."

To hear more from Bob Boehner watch CNN's "John King, USA" Wednesday @ 7 p.m. ET

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January 5th, 2011
04:07 PM ET

Tonight on JKUSA...

In case you missed it, here's the video of John Boehner getting sworn in as House Speaker. Tune in tonight @ 7p ET...we'll discuss the opening of the 112th Congress.

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January 5th, 2011
03:32 PM ET

Issa defends calling Obama 'corrupt'

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California), the brand-new chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government reform, defended comments he had previously made that President Obama is "one of the most corrupt presidents of modern times."

Speaking to CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King Wednesday, Issa offered his definition of the word "corrupt":

"I think people misunderstand the meaning of the word corrupt, and obviously, CNN does. 'Corrupt', or 'corrupted' or 'failure', it's no different than a disc drive that's given you some bits that are wrong," Issa said on CNN.

Issa continued, "I have never said it's illegal. I've never made any of the statements that are often said on CNN that implied wrong-doing of the president at a criminal level, but I do believe that the American people have changed the control of the House in no small part because they saw more regulation, more misspending than they ever dreamed possible and they need Republicans to be part of the balance to bring that back under control."

The question was prompted by comments Issa made to Rush Limbaugh on October 19, 2010, when he said, "There will be a certain degree of gridlock as the president adjusts to the fact that he has been one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times. He has ignored the very laws that he said were so vital when he was a senator. And, you know, he's going to have to come back a different direction."

To hear more from Rep. Issa watch CNN's "John King, USA" Wednesday @ 7 p.m. ET

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January 5th, 2011
01:29 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Don't expect the filibuster to die.

– House Republicans will vote to kill the Democrats health care plans.

– Behold the return of the light bulb. Expect Republicans to bring it back. Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

The Absurdity Of Originalism: Justice Scalia More Concerned with Denying Women Equal Protection while Ignoring the First and Second Amendments.

BP Claims May Be Taxed at Highest Rate; Not an Official “Disaster”.

9th Circuit Punts On Perry Prop 8; Certifies Standing To California.

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