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THIS SEEMS LIKE POOR STRATEGY: GOP turns to Tea Party to win trade powers for Obama. House Ways …

THIS SEEMS LIKE POOR STRATEGY: GOP turns to Tea Party to win trade powers for Obama. House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and GOP leaders have turned to some unlikely allies to rally support for a key trade bill: Tea-Party conservatives, including some prominent names from the raucous House Freedom Caucus. Speaker John […]

CNN Host Asks Paul Ryan About Stephanopoulis' Donation To 'Clinton Administration'

Sorry to pick on you, Brianna Keilar, but you and your colleagues need a lesson in Charity 101 and Campaign Finance 201. Let's begin with charities. The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation is a charity whose sole purpose is to do charitable things. Show More Summary

Paul Ryan Lies About Amtrak Funding With A Straight Face

If a very well used means of transportation is underfunded and in need of repair, and as a result, a serious accident occurs, what is the next step? Republicans think this is not the time to consider making improvements that will save lives. Show More Summary

Republican Cuts Kill... Again

From The Agenda Project, the same fine folks who brought us the devastatingly effect ad in which Paul Ryan pushes Granny from a cliff, Erica Payne writes today: In the wake of the tragic Amtrak crash that killed 7 people and injuredShow More Summary

YEAH, PRETTY MUCH: “They’re getting the taste of the same medicine that we’ve been getting …

YEAH, PRETTY MUCH: “They’re getting the taste of the same medicine that we’ve been getting for many years” — Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), on CNBC, saying that Democrats opposed to President Obama’s free trade agreement are finding out how difficult it is to compromise with him. It’s hard to compromise with the God King.

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“They’re getting the taste of the same medicine that we’ve been getting for many years” — Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), on CNBC, saying that Democrats opposed to President Obama’s free trade agreement are finding out how difficult it is to [...]

What’s Behind Ron Wyden’s Bipartisanship

Mark Bloomfield: Amid Washington's gridlock, there are occasional moments of bipartisanship, such as when Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) joined with Orrin Hatch and Paul Ryan to introduce Trade Promotion Authority legislation.

The Mainstream Media Still Wants You To See Paul Ryan As A Heroic Figure

Paul Ryan isn't running for president this year, to the likely dismay of all the mainstream media observers who have a huge mancrush on him, --but the press can still find a way to work him into campaign reporting. Today, Patrick Healy...Show More Summary

Paul Ryan still struggling with the basics on poverty

The good news: Paul Ryan is focusing his attention on poverty. The bad news:he doesn't seem to have any idea what he's talking about.

Paul Ryan’s slick use of poverty rates to declare the ‘war on poverty’ a failure

“After a 50-year war on poverty and trillions of dollars spent, we still have the same poverty rates – 45 million people in poverty.” –Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” May 3, 2015 “If you did not have the Great Society war on poverty, 40 million more Americans would be in poverty.” […]

"Who could have guessed in the mid-1980s, at a pair of otherwise forgettable McDonald’s restaurants some 20 miles apart, that two bushy-haired teenagers working the burger grills would become Wisconsin’s most powerful Republicans?"

The first sentence of a NYT article titled "Wisconsin, Politics and Faith Bind Scott Walker and Paul Ryan."Last 2 paragraphs:Rita Butke, who was Mr. Walker’s shift manager at the McDonald’s here in the 1980s, said she has enthusiastically supported both Mr. Show More Summary

Paul Ryan Knows Real Problem With Welfare Is How Rich Those Poor People Get Off It

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan is the wonky boy genius of the House of Representatives, according to his colleagues and the voice in his head, because he wrote a “budget” one time to privatize Medicare, slash welfare benefits, and tell the...Show More Summary

Area Politician Says: Government Doesn't Work, So Let's Try Government Instead

In the wake of the Baltimore riots and our "everything old is new again" conversation on poverty, Paul Ryan has some startling news...Poverty won The War on Poverty. "After a 50-year war on poverty and trillions of dollars spent, we...

Pre-Ordering”The Queen”, The Ex-Im Debate, and Chairman Paul Ryan On The Way Forward From The Congressional GOP’s Budget

First, do me the great honor of pre-ordering The Queen: The Epic Ambition of Hillary and The Coming Of The Second “Clinton Era.”   It wasn’t a pleasant, but indeed was a very useful exercise to imagine how she might best go about winning in 2016 and surveying the 2016 GOP field against her many and obvious strengths. Show More Summary

NRI Ideas Summit: A Conversation with Paul Ryan and Eliana Johnson

(Via YouTube) Watch a discussion with National Review ’s Eliana Johnson and Representative Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, at the NRI Ideas Summit in Washington, D.C., April 30, 2015: 

Morning Bits

Listen up, 2016 hopefuls: “House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, responding to the troubles in Baltimore, said that another round of welfare reform is needed to help move the poor from government dependence to a job. ‘Just because we are for limited government, as Republicans, doesn’t mean that we are for no government. […]

Ryan still hopes for small tax deal

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., confirmed Thursday he’s thinking small. And that’s not a bad thing. Click to Continue »

A 'Path To Yes' On Trade, But Paul Ryan Blocks It

The "fast track" trade bill introduced last week by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has a number of problems. It sets aside Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution and essentially pre-approves the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before the public and most of Congress even sees it. Show More Summary

Why Are Conservatives Willing to Surrender American Sovereignty?

Why are the Tea Party folks and other conservatives like Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan, who are usually so anxious to protect our citizens from governmental abuse, supporting putting trade agreements on a fast track? This means that Congress could not amend an agreement. Show More Summary

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