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Now that two months have passed since the 2012 election, what does Rep. Paul Ryan think the voters' message was? It wasn't a rejection of the Romney-Ryan platform or of the "Ryan Budget" that would have turned Medicare into a voucher plan, Ryan told...
Looking for a sign that the Republican Party might have some leaders who can appeal to younger voters? Mitt Romney cited the Beach Boys, Garth Brooks and the Eagles among his favorite musicians, but Sen. Marco Rubio raised some eyebrows Monday with hat...
In a postmortem of his campaign, Mitt Romney blamed his loss on President Obama’s "gifts" to key voting groups, thereby demonstrating, one last time, how he does not understand the country he hoped to lead. Meanwhile, Paul Ryan's poor showing in his...
Tags: Politics, Bobby Jindal, Barack Obama, ABC (tv network), Voting
No political party enjoys losing an election, but a healthy party reacts to defeat — after a suitable period of grieving — by trying to figure out what went wrong. That's what Democrats did in the late 1980s after a string of failed...
Tags: George W. Bush, Politics, Barack Obama, Culture, Marco Rubio
This post has been updated, as indicated below.WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – House Republicans announced Friday that they will vote next week to authorize a temporary extension of the debt limit, pushing off a politically unpalatable fight in the hopes of extracting further spending cuts from Democrats in...
Tags: John Boehner, Politics, Fiscal Cliff, U.S. Senate, Harry Reid
“The Daily Show” returned Monday after an unusually newsy holiday hiatus that included the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary and the manufactured drama of the fiscal cliff negotiations. In his first broadcast of 2013, Jon Stewart...
Most postmortems of the 2012 elections have focused on its implications for the future of the Republican Party, the rise of the Latino vote or the continued polarization of the country by party and region. But here’s a takeaway you probably haven&...
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Rep. Paul Ryan, re-emerging as a leader for House Republicans on the budget, said Thursday that the party was open to a short-term federal debt limit increase to prevent another politically damaging fiscal crisis and to kick-...
In one nimble move, House Republicans on Friday appear to have extricated themselves from a self-made political trap that threatened the U.S. economy -- and their hold on the House. The trap was the hard-line position many House Republicans had taken on...
This post has been corrected, as indicated below.WASHINGTON – House Speaker John A. Boehner’s counteroffer in “fiscal cliff” talks ran into resistance Tuesday from the Republican Party’s right flank, which dismissed the proposal as giving too much ground to President...
WASHINGTON – House Speaker John A. Boehner broke out the charts Thursday to make his case that spending cuts must be part of any year-end budget deal with President Obama. “It’s this issue – spending!” said Boehner,...
Back in 2011, at the dawn of a long presidential campaign, I established a fine baseline for my credentials as a political prognosticator: I told readers that Mitt Romney's strongest challengers for the Republican nomination would be Texas Gov. Rick Perry...
Tags: Politics, Fiscal Cliff, Barack Obama, Immigration, Gun Control
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