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47 Democrats Join With House GOP to Refuse Suffering Refugees

“Not much is bipartisan these days, but apparently bigotry is something both sides of the aisle can come together on.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE

As the Missions Creep in Iraq and Syria, Lawmakers Ask: Will We Ever Vote on War?

A bipartisan group of 35 House members issued an open letter calling for a congressional vote on war authorization “as quickly as possible.”

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE

Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan: Hiding Cruel Policies Behind the Smiley Faces

These two congressmen will be portrayed in the press as the attractive, reasonable new leaders of the Republican Party. But take a close look and you will see the “old” GOP oozing through. One wants to lay waste to the poor while the other wants to lend a helping hand to the rich.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Journalist John Nichols on Paul Ryan: The GOP’s Best Actor Since Reagan

Describing newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan as a “masterful performer,” Nichols says, “The bottom line on Paul Ryan is that no matter what, he will end up carrying the water for Wall Street and for multinational corporations. That is his great passion.”

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE

8 Lies, Distortions and Misrepresentations From the Third GOP Debate

The debates took place in an alternate reality, where facts are made up on the spot.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE

Paul Ryan Is In as House Speaker

It’s official: We’re now in the Paul Ryan era. The Wisconsin congressman was confirmed as the 54th House speaker on Thursday, succeeding the retiring John Boehner.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Paul Ryan Shrugs

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE

The Challenge of Being Paul Ryan

The Wisconsin representative has always wanted to be several things at the same time, and they have not been easy to keep in balance. And as the newly GOP-nominated speaker of the House, being Paul Ryan has just gotten even harder.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE

President Obama Scores With Budget Deal Draft Despite Congressional Pushback

President Obama may soon be rounding the final bend of his presidency, but he apparently hasn’t lost his ability to push contested legislation through the congressional gantlet.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE

Paul Ryan

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Paul Ryan

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Paul Ryan Extracts Some Promises From Fellow Republicans

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE

Paul Ryan Is Doomed, Too

The Wisconsin Republican, who achieved national prominence as Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012, seems more likely than ever to become the next speaker of the House. A devout man of faith, he will need your prayers.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE

Paul Ryan Is Fully on Board to Become House Speaker

What a difference a few days makes. After putting on quite a convincing show of resistance, followed by reticence, Rep. Paul Ryan is now the very picture of enthusiasm when it comes to his prospective new role as speaker of the House.

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 READ MORE

Paul Ryan Does an About-Face, Says He’d Serve as House Speaker

The saga in the House continues: On Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan, who for weeks had been maintaining that he didn’t want to replace outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner, told Republican colleagues that he would run for the position on one important condition.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Conservatives Gone Wild

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: House Speaker Reality Check: Ann Coulter Gets It Wrong, Paul Ryan Still Won’t Run

It’s been nearly a week since Rep. Kevin McCarthy bowed out of the running for outgoing House Speaker John Boehner’s spot, and the field is still wide open. Also, Ann Coulter didn’t quite get the whole constitutional aspect of this story, so we consulted a bona fide legal expert about the House rules to set the record straight.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE

Ryan Stands Firm

Posted on Oct 10, 2015 READ MORE

Kevin McCarthy Takes Himself Out of the Running for House Speaker

“We probably need a fresh face,” House Majority Leader McCarthy said Thursday, breaking the surprising news that he was bowing out of the contest to replace John Boehner.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE

The Right’s Idea of ‘Governance’

This will be no ordinary Congress, so there are no ordinary ways for judging how effective it will be at governing.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE

The Failure of Republican Economics

Dynamic scoring is the magical-mystery math Republicans have been pushing since they came up with supply-side “trickle-down” economics.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 READ MORE


Beneath the Republican Wave, Voters Still Reject Right-Wing Ideology

In the wake of the 2014 midterm “wave election,” Americans will soon find out whether they actually want what they have wrought.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE

Why Ayn Rand Is an Unlikely Hero for Conservatives

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” points out the inherent contradictions in writer Ayn Rand being held up by the likes of Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and, of course, her namesake Rand Paul, as a conservative hero.

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 READ MORE

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Guess Why Rep. Paul Ryan Couldn’t Bring Himself to Watch ‘House of Cards’

The hit Netflix political thriller starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright has won three Emmys and delighted countless viewers. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is not among them.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE

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Paul Ryan’s New Clothes

Paul Ryan is counting on this: Because he says he wants to preserve a safety net, speaks with concern about poor people and put out a 73-page report, many will elide over the details of the proposals he made last week in his major anti-poverty speech.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE

Paul Ryan: Obama’s Approach to Poverty Perpetuates the Problem (Video)

It should come as no surprise that Rep. Paul Ryan wouldn’t cotton to the Obama administration’s take on targeting poverty in these times of economic unrest and income inequality.

Posted on Jul 27, 2014 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Rage in Gaza, Ukraine, Obamacare and Paul Ryan

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss growing violence in the West Bank as casualties in Gaza continue to rise. What is Israel’s right to self-defense while it “keeps people without basic human rights?” Scheer asks.

Posted on Jul 27, 2014 READ MORE

Despite the Sad State of American Politics, Rep. Raul Grijalva Is Optimistic—Here’s Why

These days it’s easy to be jaded by our political system. So why does Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva have a positive outlook?

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE

Tree for the Forest

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 READ MORE

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Once Again, Republicans Make Obama Look Good

We Obama apologists had grown desperate. Then along came Paul Ryan.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE

Ryan Reaches Out

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE

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Paul Ryan’s Excuse to Do Nothing About Poverty

Blaming poverty on the mysterious influence of “culture” is a convenient excuse for doing nothing to address the problem.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE

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The Right’s New Clothes

Are conservatives interested in new ideas, or are they merely infatuated with the idea of new ideas?

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE

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Lying Again? Scholars Detect Deception in Ryan’s Poverty Report

For months, Washington has eagerly awaited the latest version of “compassionate conservatism,” promised by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and his publicists.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE

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The Tea Party: Remember George Wallace

It is refreshing for me to find myself in agreement with "mainstream" Republicans, beginning with House Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Paul Ryan. I think.

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 READ MORE

Budget Deal

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 READ MORE

F’d Troop

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 READ MORE

‘The Daily Show’s’ John Oliver Celebrates the Budget Deal

Some are calling it a “Christmas miracle,” but most can see the agreement reached by congressional negotiators after four years of living in a budget-less country is much ado about nothing. Except senior political correspondent John Oliver, who argues that the bipartisan budget is comparable to the Civil Rights Act.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE


Raw Deal

About the only good thing that can be said about the budget deal just patched together by House Republican budget chair Paul Ryan and Senate Democratic budget chair Patty Murray is that the right-wing Heritage Foundation and the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity oppose it.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE


Congressional Negotiators Announce Budget Ahead of Schedule

Not only did Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., manage to reach a budget deal, but they did it ahead of schedule.

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 READ MORE

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Why Paul Ryan Is Rebranding That Old ‘Compassionate Conservatism’

Nobody in Washington talks much about the poor in America these days, even though they are more and more with us in the economic aftermath of the Great Recession.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Is There a Deal in Sight?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists spend a full hour discussing the prospects for progress in Washington as the government shutdown remains in place.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE

Tea Partyer Threatens Senator, Fox News Pundit’s Sexist Remarks, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why prominent news outlets are declining an invitation to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama’s becoming the target of yet another letter possibly laced with the deadly poison ricin.

Posted on May 30, 2013 READ MORE

Bush Talks Cheney Relationship, Jon Stewart Blasts Congress, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an ex-Mitt Romney intern is arrested on suspicion of sexually extorting women and Mark Sanford debates a cardboard cutout of Nancy Pelosi.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 READ MORE

Massachusetts Economists Discredit Influential Austerity Study

Economists from the University of Massachusetts appear to have debunked a Harvard paper that right-wing politicians have used to push economic austerity policies. The challengers explain where the Harvard economists went wrong in an interview with The Real News Network.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 READ MORE

A Very Republican Easter

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 READ MORE

Call It What It Is: A Class War

The Republican budget endorses an economic war waged by the upper class against everyone else.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE

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