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  • Representative Paul Ryan at Iowa Republican Dinner

    04/12/2014 5:19:49 AM PDT · by iowamark · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/12/2014 | Jake Sherman
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Rep. Paul Ryan is having his “I-told-you-so” moment. During a speech here to the Iowa Republican Party, on his second trip back to the Hawkeye State since losing in 2012, Ryan said that one reason he and Republican nominee Mitt Romney couldn’t top President Barack Obama was they had to “shadow box against big government in theory.” Now, Ryan said, Americans have “big government in practice, and the theory is a whole lot different than what it looks like in practice.” “We kept trying to say this is what Obamacare is going to do, this is...
  • So Close: House Rejects Obama Budget 413-2

    04/10/2014 2:56:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Guy Benson
    UPDATE- The House has passed the Ryan budget 219-205. The 'Path to Prosperity' received 217 more votes than the president's budget. You can read the GOP's plan here. My summary is here. *** Original Post *** Last we checked in on the budget battle in DC, our post-partisan president was smirkingly denouncing House Republicans' fiscal blueprint as a "stink burger" and "meanwich." The wit! The erudition! With Congress' lower chamber poised to pass Paul Ryan's 'Path to Prosperity' -- which reduces the rate of federal spending increases, reforms Medicare and balances within ten years -- the House first took up...
  • Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan developing Obamacare alternative

    04/10/2014 8:15:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/10/2014 | BY DAVID M. DRUCKER
    Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Paul Ryan are collaborating on an Obamacare alternative and could announce the proposal as early as this month, according to Republican sources. Both Republicans have been regularly engaged in pushing legislation on major issues — and both have made it a habit to form cross-chamber partnerships to further those endeavors. But this particular partnership is notable given the high-profile nature of health care reform and that Rubio, Florida's junior senator, and Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman from Wisconsin, are both considered possible contenders for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Aides to Rubio and...
  • Iowa Poll Shows Hillary Clinton Strong and GOP Field Scattered in Advance of Caucuses

    04/09/2014 12:45:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Suffolk University News ^ | April 9, 1994 | Greg Gatlin and Mariellen Norris
    With the January 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses on the horizon, Hillary Clinton is the far-and-away favorite among self-described Democratic caucus-goers, according to a Suffolk University statewide Iowa poll. And while some Republicans have begun visiting the Hawkeye State, the survey shows no favorites among prospective GOP presidential candidates. Meanwhile, the Suffolk University poll of likely general-election Iowa voters shows Republican Gov. Terry Branstad with a strong advantage heading into the June 3 Republican gubernatorial primary, and he leads the sole Democrat in the race, State Sen. Jack Hatch, by 10 points in a general-election match-up. Branstad, the longest serving governor...
  • Bill Kristol: Bush-Clinton Presidential Race Not Likely

    04/08/2014 3:22:35 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wanda Carruthers
    It's not likely the race for president in 2016 will pit former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush and former Democratic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol predicted. "I'm willing to go out on a limb," Kristol told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday. "I think there's no way there will be a Bush-Clinton race in 2016."
  • For Dems, a problem with seniors

    04/06/2014 3:44:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/06/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Democrats are facing a senior problem that could get even worse this year. The party has traditionally had trouble with older voters, losing the group aged 65 and over by 21 points in 2010 — when Republicans picked up 63 seats — and by 12 points in the 2012 presidential race. Seniors are the GOP’s most reliable voting bloc in midterm years, turning out in higher numbers than Democratic base voters. A recent Gallup poll showed seniors have become even more Republican over the last two decades; in 2013, 48 percent considered themselves Republican. That spells trouble for Democrats, who...
  • Ryan: Obamacare Can't Last, 'Will Collapse Under Own Weight'! (Paul Ryan do nothing line)

    04/04/2014 6:43:19 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 62 replies
    Newsmax ^ | April 04, 2014
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said he rejects the premise that President Barack Obama’s healthcare law can’t be repealed now that its first class of 7 million enrollees has signed up. “I don’t think it can last,” Ryan said in an interview with Bloomberg Television to air on “Political Capital with Al Hunt” this weekend. Ryan this week unveiled a budget plan that seeks to repeal the 2010 law known as Obamacare and would revise the U.S. safety net in an effort to eliminate the deficit in 10 years. The House will vote on the plan next week. House...
  • Obama's Stand-up Routine is Laughable Indeed

    04/04/2014 4:59:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    resident Obama was doing his favorite thing this week: talking to crowds of adoring young people who already agree with him while acting like he persuaded them about something. They also seemed to give Obama the impression that he's a really funny guy. On Wednesday, he told a crowd of 1,400 at the University of Michigan that he visited a local deli, Zingerman's. He proceeded to tell a long story about ordering the small Reuben sandwich, which he said was "killer." That description got a good laugh. Then he explained how he thought the sandwich was too big, so he...
  • Obama Talks Minimum Wage Over $13.99 Reuben Sandwich

    Our post-partisan President reached a new low yesterday. Speaking at Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan he declared Paul Ryan’s budget a “stinkburger” or “meanwich.” Obama is apparently promoting an increase in the minimum wage. He went to Zingerman’s because they allegedly offer a “fair” wage. The left doesn’t seem to understand that a “fair” wage is whatever an employee agrees to work for. In other words, it isn’t determined by government bureaucrats or academics. That’s beside the point of course, we know Obama believes everything in our lives must be decided in Washington. The problem of course is that Zingerman’s...
  • Why Hillary Clinton Will Win in 2016

    04/02/2014 9:29:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/02/2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On Tuesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., presented his 2015 budget proposal. The Senate Democrats did not provide any such proposal; President Barack Obama's proposal posited an unending federal deficit and massive tax increases. Ryan's proposal, by contrast, lowered the rate of increase of spending moderately (by $5.1 trillion over the next decade), struck Obamacare from the rolls, and suggested revamps to Social Security and Medicare. This was possibly the dumbest thing Ryan could have done. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., immediately jumped on the budget proposal, suggesting that Ryan's budget came from "Kochtopia," and that it...
  • The People vs. Paul Ryan: Moderate Your Expectations, Ryan's Budget Proposal is Doomed.

    04/02/2014 9:22:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/02/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Paul Ryan has laid down another marker. Pity he doesn’t have the power to lay down the law. Representative Ryan has a budget, and the Democrats do not have one, nor do they plan to produce one. The proverb holds that you can’t beat something with nothing, but that is precisely what congressional Democrats are going to do with this Republican budget, just as they have with earlier iterations of the same concept. Representative Ryan finds himself in much the same position as Senator Rand Paul: ready to lead, a bit short on followers. My recent pessimistic assessment of Senator...
  • Paul Ryan's Budget Exposes Democrats' Bankruptcy Of Ideas

    04/02/2014 7:15:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    IBD ^ | 04/02/2014 | Editorial
    Whatever objections anyone might have to various details in Rep. Paul Ryan's bold new plan to cut $5 trillion of government waste, one fact trumps all else: Unlike Democrats, he offers solutions, not denial. The one thing that stands out in the long-term budget plan unveiled Tuesday by House Budget Committee Chairman Ryan, R-Wis., is his acceptance of a fact Democrats want to hide: You can't squeeze enough extra money out of the rich to pay for our endlessly expanding entitlement programs of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Tax revenue over many decades has been relatively unchanging . And it...
  • SARAH PALIN: PAUL RYAN BUDGET 'A JOKE'

    04/01/2014 6:39:43 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 103 replies
    Breibart Big Government ^ | April 1 | Tony. Lee
    Are you kidding? You’d think one who is representing the mighty Badgers, who made it to the Final Four based on sacrificial work ethic and discipline that obviously pays off in the end, he who represents the great state of Wisconsin that hosts this underdog celebrated college basketball team, would understand that future success depends on hard work and sacrifices. The latest Ryan (R, Wisconsin) Budget is not an April Fool’s joke. Palin said that the budget that was presented, though,"really IS a joke because it is STILL not seeing the problem." "It STILL is not proposing reining in wasteful...
  • Ryan unveils House GOP budget claiming balance (another Budget Resolution)

    04/01/2014 10:11:52 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 16 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 4/1/2014 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled an updated Republican budget plan Tuesday that would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending over coming decade and promises to balance the government's books with wide-ranging cuts in programs like food stamps and government-paid health care for the poor and working class. Ryan's plan would also cut Pell Grants for low-income students and pensions for federal workers, while steering away from cuts to benefits for senior citizens, at least in the short term. The proposal would reprise a voucher-like Medicare program for future retirees that would be the basis for...
  • Harry Reid: Paul Ryan budget creates 'Koch-topia'

    04/01/2014 10:39:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/01/2014 | By BURGESS EVERETT
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid preemptively slammed the budget proposal Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will release Tuesday, calling it a document written to pander to the Koch brothers and other billionaires. “It’s a blueprint for a modern… how would we say this? Koch-topia. Yes, that’s it,” Reid said. “Call it whatever you want. We might as well call it the Koch budget because that’s what they’re doing, protecting the Koch brothers.” Reid’s remarks mark the latest volley in Democrats’ mid-term election year strategy of attacking the Kochs repeatedly, hoping to fire up their liberal base and associate Republicans with the...
  • Paul Ryan Unveils 2015 budget plan: Includes major spending cuts

    04/01/2014 10:34:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    CBS News ^ | 04/01/2014 | ALICIA BUDICH
    "Tighten the belts" is one tired takeaway from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's budget proposal, released today. The budget proposes to cut $5.1 trillion from projected spending over the next 10 years, getting a lot of its savings from repealing the president's health care law and changing Medicaid. The document, titled again, "Path to Prosperity," is largely for show, as the bipartisan budget agreement authored by Ryan, R-Wisc., and his Senate counterpart, Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., already set discretionary spending levels for the 2015 fiscal year. The budget agreement passed in both the Senate and the House...
  • The Problem Is Liberalism, Not Racism

    03/31/2014 6:47:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2014 | Star Parker
    When Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif, went off on Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis, for his remarks that “We have got a tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work,” the wrong part what she had to say got all the attention. The big buzz that Congressional Black Caucus member Lee generated was her accusation that Ryan’s remarks were a “thinly veiled racial attack.” But the part of her remarks I found most interesting was “…Mr. Ryan should...
  • Bill Maher Fools Guests With ‘Racist’ Paul Ryan Quote That Was Actually Said By Michelle Obama

    03/29/2014 12:03:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    IJReview ^ | 03/29/2014 | Michael Hausam
    After a short discussion with guests about some controversial statements from Paul Ryan, that some asserted were racist, Maher then read a quote that he falsely attributed to Ryan. He then dropped the hammer by identifying the source: Michelle Obama.Maher made made the point that black people can say things that white people cannot. I’m just asking: Is something less true if a white person says it about black people? This sounds even more like, ‘Hey Black people, don’t be lazy.’ Comedian W. Kamau Bell, obviously uncomfortable, responded back: She’s talking to Black people,” Bell retorted. “We talk to each...
  • ‘Racist’ Michelle Obama quote fools panel; Bill Maher pretends Paul Ryan said it

    03/29/2014 10:57:44 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 28 replies
    “Real Time” host Bill Maher caused some real confusion with his knee-jerk liberal guests Friday night when he offered them a “racist” quote from Paul Ryan that turned out to really be from Michelle Obama. And he did it to make a point. Maher was piling on the latest liberal meme of Paul Ryan as pińata for comments he made in mid-March about inner-city “men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.” Two of Maher’s guests, Center for American President Neera Tanden and comedian W. Kamau...
  • Rep. Barbara Lee rips Bill O’Reilly ‘code words’ (Ban "welfare queens,"& "food stamp president")

    03/27/2014 4:02:27 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 50 replies
    Politico ^ | 27 Mar 14 | TAL KOPAN
    Rep. Barbara Lee is firing back at Bill O’Reilly, saying the Fox News host’s comments about race were “disgusting.” “Unfortunately we’ve come to expect language like ‘welfare queens,’ ‘food stamp president,’ and now ‘race hustlers’ from the right wing and Mr. O’Reilly,” the California Democrat said in a statement Wednesday. “It is disgusting and divisive and should never be accepted in our national discourse.” O’Reilly had Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on his program Tuesday night to discuss controversy over some comments Ryan had made about poverty and inner city culture that he later called “inarticulate.” Ryan’s remarks were seized...
  • Barack Obama, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Poverty, and Culture (Paul Ryan & Obama)

    03/19/2014 2:34:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jonathan Chait
    President Obama at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards in Washington, 2011. The relationship between culture and poverty starkly divides not just liberals against conservatives, but also liberals against each other. Yet liberals rarely think through their disagreements publicly, even though — or perhaps because — they pit figures like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama against their own supporters. Ta-Nehisi Coates is an exception, having written a series of well-received columns (a year ago, a couple months ago, and then yesterday) objecting to President Obama’s regular habit of urging higher levels of personal responsibility in the black community....
  • Paul Ryan To Meet Black U.S. Lawmakers After "Offensive" Remarks

    03/15/2014 1:28:32 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 79 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 15 March 2014
    Ryan said on William Bennett's talk radio show, "Morning in America," that there was a "tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value of work."
  • A Story Too Good To Check: Paul Ryan And The Tale Of The Brown Paper Bag

    03/13/2014 3:56:19 PM PDT · by Aqua Buddhist
    The Washington Post ^ | March 6, 2014 | Glenn Kessler
    This was an interesting statement made by the 2012 GOP vice-presidential candidate, equating school lunches to an “empty soul.” So one would think the anecdote, described by the National Review as “moving,” would be rock-solid. But the story seemed a bit pat.... ...It did not make much sense in part because [original sources] Schroff and Mazyck are partnering with a group called No Kid Hungry to help end childhood hunger in the United States. One key part of the program is connecting hungry kids with federal programs such as school lunches and food stamps. The group also opposed Ryan’s 2013...
  • Immigration Doesn’t Have the Votes Yet, Ryan Says

    03/12/2014 7:33:28 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 54 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 3-12-2014 | Daniel Newhauser
    House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan told his local newspaper that Republican leaders do not have the votes yet to pass a rewrite of the nation’s immigration system. “We don’t have the votes right now,” the Wisconsin Republican told his local newspaper, the Janesville Gazette, in an interview Monday. “Right now, we’re working hard to find where that consensus lies.” Ryan said both the right and left are holding up an overhaul. A poll of House Republican offices by CQ Roll Call found that just 18 members, including Ryan, publicly support the immigration principles Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio...
  • Catholics, Evangelicals Press GOP on Immigration

    03/12/2014 5:13:58 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    AP ABC News ^ | 3/12/14 | DONNA CASSATA
    A group of Catholic bishops, evangelical leaders and advocates pressured top House Republicans to vote this year on overhauling immigration in a series of private meetings on Wednesday. With legislation stalled in the House and prospects dimming, proponents argued that action is a moral imperative and offered the unique, united front of Catholics and evangelicals imploring the House to move ahead. Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle called it an "historic moment" and said they "reaffirmed that every day of delay, the consequences are separated families." The participants, who spoke to The Associated Press, said they received neither assurances of a...
  • Paul Ryan: 'Budget Isn’t a Serious Document; It’s a Campaign Brochure'

    03/04/2014 10:06:53 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies
    Paul Ryan: 'Budget Isn’t a Serious Document; It’s a Campaign Brochure' 'This budget never balances—ever.' Daniel Halper March 4, 2014 11:55 AM Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, slams President Obama's budget in a statement released by his office. “The President’s budget is yet another disappointment—because it reinforces the status quo. It would demand that families pay more so Washington can spend more. It would hollow out our defense capabilities. And it would do nothing to preserve or strengthen our entitlements. The President has just three years left in his administration, and yet he seems determined to do...
  • A super-early look at the 2016 N.H. GOP presidential primary

    02/27/2014 3:12:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Concord Monitor ^ | February 26, 2014
    Who’s likely to do well in New Hampshire’s 2016 first-in-the-nation presidential primary? It’s a preposterous question, here in 2014, but what the heck? We asked six experts to weigh in on some of the biggest political players. Our analysts are Wayne Lesperance, political science professor at New England College; Phil Boynton, president of the University of New Hampshire College Republicans; Peter Burling, Democratic national committeeman; Dante Scala, professor of political science at UNH; Jess Steever, vice president of the Plymouth State University Democrats; and Brandon Lemay, public relations officer for the PSU Democrats. Today, our panelists consider the Republicans. Tomorrow,...
  • EXCLUSIVE — PALIN CALLS FOR BOYCOTT AFTER BUZZFEED HIT PIECE ON TRUMP

    02/19/2014 2:55:07 PM PST · by onyx · 60 replies
    Breitbart Big Journalism ^ | 19 Feb 2014, 9:13 AM PDT | Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has a message for Donald Trump about BuzzFeed blogger McKay Coppins, and it's one that other Republican officials might heed when liberal journalists come looking to "humanize" them. "This nervous geek isn't fit to tie the Donald's wingtips," Palin told Breitbart News after Trump ripped Coppins for lampooning him with what he alleged were out-of-context quotes and boorish behavior at Trump's Florida resort. "Don't ever give him attention again."Coppins tricked Trump's advisers into thinking he would profile Trump as a potential "major" GOP 2016 presidential hopeful. As Breitbart News reported, the Jan. 5 email...
  • Paul Ryan’s military pay gambit backfires

    02/12/2014 3:14:56 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 60 replies
    Politico ^ | 12 Feb 14 | Juana Summers
    Under December’s budget deal, working-age military retirees — some of whom retire with pensions in their 40s after 20 years of service — would see those pensions grow at a slower pace. Their annual cost-of-living adjustments would be pegged to the rate of inflation minus 1 percentage point. But once they turned 62, they’d go back to receiving cost-of-living adjustments pegged to the full rate of inflation. The provision wouldn’t kick in until late next year, a delay Ryan says was designed to allow the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to consider alternative proposals for reining in the military’s...
  • Paul Ryan Is the Odds-On Favorite to Win the Republican Nomination in 2016

    02/06/2014 6:42:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | February 5, 2014 | Kevin Drum
    There's been a lot of blathering about who the front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is, and so far I've resisted taking part. But I guess I'm kind of curious: Is there much of a case to be made for anyone other than Paul Ryan? On the substantive side, Ryan sure seems like he's setting himself up for a run. There's his steady series of "unheralded" anti-poverty outreach trips that always manage to be just heralded enough to get sympathetic press coverage. He brokered a budget deal with Patty Murray that was businesslike and low-drama but didn't alienate the...
  • Obama pressured to stop deportations

    02/04/2014 9:09:01 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/4/14 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    An immigrant-rights group on Tuesday escalated pressure on President Barack Obama to use his executive power to halt deportations — just days after he seemed to crack the door open on that option. The National Day Laborer Organizing Network filed a 41-page petition on Tuesday arguing that the administration has “extremely broad and virtually unreviewable discretion” on how to proceed with deportations. It urges Obama to shield undocumented immigrants who would “likely benefit from near-term congressional action on immigration” from deportation and grant them the ability to work in the United States. “Suspending the deportation of these individuals promotes the...
  • With an immigration deal possible, advocates mount new push to end deportations

    02/04/2014 8:59:37 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 2/3/14 | David Nakamura
    New momentum in Congress for a broad overhaul of border-control laws has prompted White House allies to demand that President Obama halt deportations of millions of illegal immigrants, many of whom would be allowed to remain in the country under a legislative deal. The advocates, including the AFL-CIO and pro-immigration groups, argue that Obama should use his executive authority to expand a 2012 decision that halted deportations of young people brought to the United States illegally by their parents. The administration’s aggressive approach to enforcement — which has resulted in nearly 2 million deportations during Obama’s tenure — makes little...
  • Chuck Schumer, Paul Ryan talking on immigration

    02/04/2014 5:48:29 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/3/14 | JAKE SHERMAN, SEUNG MIN KIM and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer has held private talks on immigration with Republican Reps. Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy. President Barack Obama’s emissaries have spoken with House GOP leadership about an overhaul. Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have also chatted on the House floor about immigration. It sometimes seems like House Republicans are in their own universe when it comes to rewriting the nation’s immigration laws. But since late last year, key House Republicans have been meeting with House and Senate Democrats as they try to reach a deal. The talks haven’t led to any agreement on hugely...
  • The Liberal Newcomers

    02/03/2014 6:50:45 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/3/14 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Limit immigration or watch conservative efforts become irrelevant. People come to America because it is a remarkable oasis of freedom, prosperity, and opportunity. Conservatives recognize that the principal reason for our unique abundance is our constitutional restraint on the power of government. As Thomas Jefferson said, “In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” Maintaining this system requires the public to support limited government. In a new report, Eagle Forum details how immigration is fundamentally changing the electorate to one that is much...
  • Ryan: Immigrant bill unlikely (Last week's GOP Amnesty Retreat a flop?)

    02/03/2014 6:24:26 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    AP Philly.com ^ | 2/3/14 | Philip Elliott
    Days after House Republicans unveiled a roadmap for an overhaul of the nation's broken immigration system, one of its backers said legislation was unlikely to pass during this election year. Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) said distrust of President Obama ran so deep in the Republican caucus that he was skeptical the GOP-led House would pass any immigration measure. He said a plan that put security first could only pass if lawmakers believed the administration would enforce it - an unlikely prospect given Republicans' deep opposition to Obama.
  • Paul Ryan: Obama presidency "increasingly lawless"

    02/02/2014 4:10:07 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 66 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2-2-14 | Jake Miller
    Top House Republicans slammed President Obama’s embrace of executive action to move his agenda forward on Sunday, saying the president’s freelancing creates a trust deficit that makes bipartisan legislating more difficult. “We have an increasingly lawless presidency where he is actually doing the job of Congress, writing new policies and new laws without going through Congress. Presidents don't write laws, Congress does,” Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told ABC. “Executive orders are one thing, but executive orders that actually change the statute, that's totally different.”
  • Paul Ryan: Fate of Immigration Bill 'Clearly in Doubt'

    02/02/2014 9:32:32 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 44 replies
    Breibart ^ | 2/2/2014 | by Jonathan Strong
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, one of the top proponents for bringing a major immigration reform bill to the House floor this year, raised serious doubts about the likelihood of such legislation in remarks on ABC's This Week. Ryan also provided greater detail about how the GOP's approach might be structured. Referring to provisions to increase border security and interior security, Ryan said “those things have to be in law, in practice, and independently verified before the rest of the law can occur. So it's a security-first non-amnesty approach.” That statement is important because it implies key details about...
  • Ryan: Legal status won't be 'automatic' (Ryan pitches GOP Mass Amnesty scheme on MSNBC)

    01/29/2014 8:23:51 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/29/14 | Mario Trujillo
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) confirmed on Wednesday that the House GOP’s principles on immigration reform would endorse giving legal status to undocumented immigrants. Ryan reiterated there would be no “special” pathway to citizenship for those immigrants, but said they would be able to apply for a green card after a long set of requirement were met. He did not, however, provide a timeline. The former vice presidential candidate said the principles would also outline a probationary work status those illegal immigrants would be initially defined under until the border is secure and a host of other requirements are satisfied. “That...
  • Ryan says no immigrant workers needed for 10 years

    01/28/2014 9:26:56 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/28/14 | Neil Munro
    The nation’s economy won’t need additional immigrants for another 10 years, Rep. Paul Ryan told a friendly audience of Texas business executives. “We will have labor shortages in — not right now — but in the near future, in, say, a decade,” he predicted during a taped appearance at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in San Antonio. Paul’s admission may be a relief for GOP legislators, who are facing conflicting pressures on immigration from voters who are worried about jobs, from business donors eager for new low-wage workers, and from the Democrats’ 2014 campaign strategy of economic populism. The Jan....
  • Ryan supports Christie, disagrees with Cruz’s approach on budget

    01/27/2014 1:14:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | January 26, 2014 | Deena Zaru
    Rep. Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin and former Republican vice presidential candidate, distanced himself from one of the most conservative leaders of his party and expressed reluctant support for one of its most embattled figures. At the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Ryan took a swipe at Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for not recognizing "reality" and, when pressed, expressed moderate support for Gov. Chris Christie, R-New Jersey. The chairman of the House Budget Committee and potential presidential contender in 2016 made the comments in a one-on-one conversation with Texas Tribune editor-in-chief Evan Smith on Thursday. ‘I wish Chris...
  • House Republicans to Offer Broad Immigration Plan

    01/25/2014 5:55:22 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 121 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/25/14 | ASHLEY PARKER and JONATHAN WEISMAN
    House Republicans are preparing to unveil their own broad template for overhauling the nation’s immigration system this week, potentially offering a small opening for President Obama and congressional Democrats to pass bipartisan legislation before the end of the year. Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and other Republican leaders are expected to release a one-page statement of immigration principles this week at their annual retreat in Cambridge, Md., according to aides with knowledge of the plan. The document is expected to call for border security and enforcement measures, as well as providing a path to legal status — but not...
  • Ryan clears path for Cantor Speakership

    01/25/2014 5:19:58 PM PST · by NCDragon · 53 replies
    The Hill.com ^ | January 25, 2014 | Molly K. Hooper
    Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has cleared the way for Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to succeed John Boehner as the next Speaker. Ryan this week said he's not interested in becoming Speaker, preferring to head the influential Ways and Means Committee in 2015. Boehner has repeatedly said he's not retiring at the end of this Congress, but that hasn't tamped down speculation that the Ohio Republican is considering retirement. The Hill recently surveyed dozens of Republicans in the House and the consensus was that the only lawmaker who could defeat Cantor is Ryan.
  • House GOP Immigration Strategy: Hope and Change

    01/25/2014 8:30:55 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/24/14 | Mark Krikorian
    Paul Ryan yesterday laid out the House Republican leadership’s amnesty strategy, at a meeting with Texas business leaders. According to Politico, it will consist of at least four bills, to be voted on by the end of the summer: 1) an amnesty for illegal aliens that doesn’t lead to citizenship, 2) a Dream Act–like amnesty granting green cards (and eventual citizenship) to illegals who came as teenagers and younger, 3) a bill requiring tracking of foreign nationals (like the eight previous ones passed since 1996), and 4) increased importation of low-skilled workers to compete with unemployed Americans.
  • Ryan: House will take up immigration in pieces (getting around a conference!)

    01/23/2014 1:51:49 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 22 replies
    finance.yahoo.com ^ | 1/23/14 | AP
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Rep. Paul Ryan on Thursday told Texas business leaders eager for changes to immigration laws that House Republicans will tackle reform in pieces and ruled out negotiations with the Senate on its comprehensive measure. The Wisconsin Republican didn't offer a timetable ahead of next week's GOP House caucus annual retreat, where Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has said immigration will top the agenda. Supporters of an immigration overhaul are renewing hopes that 2014 could bring the first sweeping changes in decades. Ryan expressed optimism at a luncheon hosted by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce but...
  • Texas executes man despite opposition from Mexico

    01/22/2014 8:07:13 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    The State ^ | 1/22/14 | MICHAEL GRACZYK
    HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS — A Mexican national was executed Wednesday night in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment. Edgar Tamayo, 46, received a lethal injection for the January 1994 fatal shooting of Officer Guy Gaddis, 24. Asked by a warden if he had a final statement, he mumbled "no" and shook his head. As the lethal dose of pentobarbital began taking effect, he took a few breaths and then made one slightly audible snore before all movement stopped. He was pronounced dead...
  • Right says Republicans must get specific to roll back liberal tide

    01/20/2014 3:15:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 20, 2014 | Niall Stanage
    Get specific. That’s the message conservative intellectuals and strategists have for the Republican Party as it faces an assault from President Obama and Democrats on issues resonant with struggling voters such as the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits. Obama’s income inequality push comes as the tide appears to be rising for the left on economic and social issues, something evident in everything from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s election to the legal selling of marijuana in Colorado. Some conservatives fear that the party has failed to make its case on how its policies can improve the lives...
  • Jeb Bush’s Biggest Constituency, the Press, Sees Him as GOP’s 2016 Christie Alternative

    01/19/2014 5:24:16 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 65 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 5:51 pm, January 17th, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    With Chris Christie ostensibly knocked off his perch as the early frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, the search is on to find an alternative that is acceptable to both conservative and moderate GOP primary voters. At least, that’s what the political press would have you to believe. Appearing on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, USA Today political reporter Susan Page was asked for her take on one possible substitute for Christie that “will bridge the divide” that exists between conservative tea party voters and the GOP’s moderates. The most likely contender at this early stage of the...
  • Republicans Quietly Talk About Skipping Next Budget

    01/17/2014 9:58:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 16, 2014 | Tim Alberta and Billy House
    House Republicans are quietly discussing the option of not writing a budget in 2014, a maneuver that would free up time on the legislative calendar and protect GOP lawmakers from a potentially damaging vote in an election year. The idea of Republicans skipping this year’s budgetary process seems odd when considering the House GOP made history last year by attaching a policy rider called “No Budget, No Pay” to a debt-limit extension. That measure tied lawmakers’ salaries to budgets being written in both chambers and paved the way for a budget agreement between House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and...
  • Even Paul Ryan Can't Please Conservatives Anymore

    01/16/2014 3:15:25 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 78 replies
    National Journal ^ | 16 Jan 14 | Marina Koren
    This week's spending-bill fight revealed deepening fractures within the GOP, spelling trouble for 2016. Imagine the ground is splitting open beneath your feet. The rocking plates of earth slowly spread apart, and you're left straddling both sides to keep from falling in. That is how some of the most publicly visible GOP lawmakers are feeling right now. They must choose whose side they're on: establishment Republicans or the far-right flank. Ultraconservative groups are furious over the omnibus appropriations package that coasted through the Republican-led House on Wednesday. The bill, which would fund the government for the rest of the...
  • "Had Mitt and I Won, This Would Not Be Necessary"

    01/15/2014 7:21:15 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 383 replies
    Slate ^ | 15 Jan 14 | David Weigel
    The feedback continues, with a bunch of military veterans and family members asking me how I could defend the callous COLA cuts to military pensions by way of explaining why Congress is trying to undo them. Another reader email: I strenuously object to being asked to sacrifice any more! I risked my life in two deployments to war zones, sacrificed my health (I'm also a disabled veteran), and jeopardized my relationship with my family for my country. I find Congress' latest demand a kick in the gut. We veterans and retirees have sacrificed enough without having to endure the...