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MSNBC’s Bernstein (Purposely?) Confuses Budget Deficit with National Debt

MSNBC contributor Jared Bernstein pulled off a deft sleight-of-hand on Tuesday’s PoliticsNation. It started after host Al Sharpton played a clip of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) calling for fiscal responsibility: “If Washington is seriousShow More Summary

On the Hustings

(Politico): "Paul Ryan isn’t committing to 2016" (Roll Call): "Can you lie in politics? Supreme Court will decide" (Las Vegas Review-Journal): "Nevada GOP drops platforms against abortions, gay marriage, endorses Sandoval" (Milwaukee-Wisconsin...Show More Summary

Williams: A Necessary Discussion on Race

Juan Williams: Mitch Landrieu, the white liberal Democratic mayor of 60- percent-black New Orleans, had this to say about white conservative Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) trouble after Ryan spoke out about the "inner city" culture that does not value work: "So, Paul Ryan said something people took issue with and it became a huge battle. Show More Summary

Paul Ryan to Iowa GOP: Give up 'infighting' for Lent

(CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan called on the Republican Party to unify in a speech Friday, saying it should "give up the infighting" for Lent. Addressing an Iowa crowd in the pivotal caucus state's GOP Lincoln Dinner, the potential 2016 presidential candidate said Iowa can do the country a favor in the 2014 midterm election […]

Here's a reminder of what Republicans keep voting to end

No preventive care for you! House Republicans Rep. Paul Ryan's latest polemic posing as a budget Thursday, and with it voted to gut Obamacare. While that vote would take health insurance away from the 7.5 million who enrolled in private...Show More Summary

How failure of immigration reform could drag down Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan is in Iowa today, and Robert Costa takes a look at all the jockeying and whispering around the question of whether Ryan will run for President. It turns out even Ryan associates think the Congressional GOP’s fiscal policies — which are perhaps best expressed in Ryan’s budget, the GOP’s most comprehensive statement of priorities — think […]

If you look at what it cuts, the Ryan budget almost campaigns against itself

The Republican budget crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan would be a disaster for low-income and middle-class people, and Democrats are prepared to campaign on that fact. But driving the message home in ways easily understood by people who don't read think tank reports is not an easy task: "If you talk about budgets, people's eyes glaze over. Show More Summary

A.M. Headlines

(National Journal): "House barely passes Paul Ryan's budget, with 12 Republicans voting no" (New York Times): "Sebelius resigns after troubles over health site" (The Hill): "The renewable fuel standard: Not as "green" as you think" (Roll Call): "‘Nuclear’ fallout slows Senate, briefly delays recess" (ABC News): "Colbert hosting 'late show' raises questions, hope"

Bernie Sanders: Ryan Budget Vulgar And Obscene

Sen. Bernie Sanders took the Ayn Rand worshiping, zombie-eyed granny-starver to task on MSNBC this Thursday following the passage of his budget in the House: Bernie Sanders Slams Paul Ryan’s Budget as Vulgar and Obscene: Sen. Sanders...Show More Summary

House Passes Paul Ryan Budget

It can’t pass the Senate. It won’t be signed by the President. It will go nowhere. But the House has certainly made a political statement. The 219-205 vote on the nonbinding framework takes a mostly symbolic swipe at the government’s chronic deficits. Follow-up legislation to actually implement the cuts isn’t in the cards. The plan […]

Dueling Budgets In the House: Which One Is Extreme?

(John Hinderaker) Today the House of Representatives voted on the budget that came out of its Budget Committee–the Paul Ryan Budget, as it is often known in the press. The budget, which would put the United States on a path toward fiscal sustainability, passed by a vote of 219-205. Show More Summary

Happy Hour Roundup

House Republicans voted today to pass Paul Ryan’s budget, and it took Democrats all of about twelve seconds before they were launching attacks on all the House Republicans who voted in favor of it and are running for Senate, another sign the Ryan blueprint will be front and central in 2014. However, all three Georgia […]

The Insiders: Paul Ryan’s generous budget

In a world where futility is the enemy of productivity, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) deserves credit for hanging in there. His 2015 budget passed earlier today by a 219 to 205 vote in the House. Remember that rather than saying something judicious and tempered – i.e. presidential – about the Ryan budget, […]

Dems broaden attack on Paul Ryan budget

The Paul Ryan budget just passed the House of Representatives, with many House Republicans who are running for Senate this cycle voting Aye. Dems have, of course, already signaled plans to make the Ryan budget central to their efforts to draw an economic contrast with Republicans in the 2014 elections. But here’s something to look […]

House Republicans pass Paul Ryan's Obamacare and Medicare-ending budget

House Republicans voted to pass Rep. Paul Ryan's 2014 budget Thursday morning, 219 to 205. Republican leadership had some cause to sweat going into the vote, with the threat that it would be defeated due to too many Republicans opposing it from the right. Show More Summary


The House voted Thursday to approve the budget proposal put forward by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the chair of the House Budget Committee and the Republican party’s 2012 Vice Presidential candidate.

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jonathan Chait — occupants of "a similar niche of thoughtful progressive journalism" — are having an intra-niche spat about race.

I've been avoiding getting up to speed on this, because Chait's article is really long, and it has to do with something Paul Ryan said a while back, which occupants of that "thoughtful progressive" niche purveyed as racist and which I did not blog. Show More Summary

Ryan Budget Attempts to Bridge GOP Divide

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan carries enormous clout within his party, and he's going to need it Thursday when the House votes for his budget resolution. He can only afford to lose roughly a dozen GOP defections, or the budget resolution likely won't pass.

House Republicans to vote Thursday on Paul Ryan's Medicare-ending budget

"This is how much will be left of Medicare when we're done." It seems pretty unlikely that House Republicans will defeat Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's Medicare-unraveling budget when it comes up for a vote tomorrow, but according...Show More Summary

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