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Paul Ryan, anti-poverty sage or partisan hack?
Paul Ryan, anti-poverty sage or partisan hack?

A headline Monday in Politics Now, the L.A. Times' blog on national politics, distilled the challenge facing Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) as he tries to broaden his party's appeal. The story by Lisa Mascaro was about a report the House Budget Committee (which Ryan chairs) released Monday on Washington's "duplicative and complex" array of benefits for the poor. Declared the headline: "Paul Ryan calls for cuts to anti-poverty programs." The report didn't actually call for cuts, however. Instead, over the course of 204 pages, it noted the pros and cons of 92 ongoing federal efforts to lift Americans out of poverty. Although the criticism was withering...

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