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How Paul Ryan's tale of a little boy and a brown-bag lunch fell apart
How Paul Ryan's tale of a little boy and a brown-bag lunch fell apart

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- What happened to Paul Ryan at CPAC should stand as a warning to all politicians who decide to humanize their policy positions with anecdotes: Make sure the story you are telling is real. You will be truth-squadded. You will be flyspecked. And if it turns out you failed to verify a “true” story that seemed too good to be true, or tortured a story to make it fit your larger point, your credibility will take a hit. On Thursday, Ryan stepped into a small mess at Conservative Political Action Conference when he repeated a story about a little boy who preferred a brown-bag lunch from home to a free school lunch. The Republican chairman of the House...

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