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not only did paul ryan not fix entitlements, he made them worse


upon news of house speaker paul ryan’s retirement wednesday, liberals knew to attack him, but didn’t know exactly why. liberal politico columnist michael grunwald skewered ryan’s hypocrisy on fiscal discipline:ryan’s support for higher spending has not been limited to defense and homeland security. he supported bush’s expansion of prescription drug benefits, as well as the auto bailout and wall street bailout during the financial crisis…ryan does talk a lot about reining in medicaid, medicare, and social security, for which he’s routinely praised as a courageous truth-teller. but he’s never actually made entitlement reform happen. congress did pass one law during his tenure that reduced medicare spending by more than $700 billion, but that law was obamacare, and ryan bitterly opposed it.fo






paul ryan swears republican health law will pass the house


washington — house speaker paul d. ryan said sunday that he felt “very good” about the prospects for the house passing pass the republicans health care bill, even as changes were being made to lure votes, such as providing more help for older americans. “we’re still having conversations with our members,” ryan, r-wis. said on “fox…






bannon behind ryan audio so trump can throw ryan’s health care flop under the bu


appearing on msnbc, a conservative commentator claimed the late night release of audio of paul ryan trashing then-candidate donald trump was orchestrated by steve bannon to put distance between the two after ryan’s health care plan was excoriated by the cbo.speaking with msnbc host greta van susteren, radio host charlie sykes said the timing of the release of a talk ryan gave last october was no accident.“why did breitbart release the audio from last fall now? what’s the point?” the msnbc host asked.“the point is to separate donald trump from paul ryan, drive a wedge between ryan and trump and perhaps to give president trump an out on trumpcare,” sykes replied.sykes noted that ryan’s health care plan is taking fire from from democrats and republicans.“you know, as it becomes increasingly o






paul ryan's congressional career is ending, but his legacy of lies will survive


say this for house speaker paul d. ryan (r-wis.), who announced his pending retirement from congress on wednesday. of all his powers, the ability to cloud washington journalists' minds was the most remarkable.time after time, ryan would be hailed as a sage: a budget wonk, a "reformer" of social security and medicare, a defender of the poor. time after time, he would articulate the most transparent lies about social insurance programs and the affordable care act, while interviewers as august as charlie rose sat at his feet, lapping it up. it was a conspiracy of ignorance that placed the welfare of millions of americans at risk.advertisementsome journalists laudably were immune to the magic. among them, matthew yglesias of vox, who on wednesday recalled ryan's fatuous promise to protect "dre






paul ryan: the speaker who spoke about deficits


we know how to get most members of congress and candidates to mumble uncomfortably: ask for their plans to deal with the nation’s troubling debt load and unsustainable medicare and social security burdens. pols love to make lofty promises; they hate to be associated with responsible budget-cutting proposals.one high-profile exception to that rule is u.s. house speaker paul ryan from janesville, wis., who announced wednesday he will leave congress at the end of his current term. ryan’s been a favorite of ours through his years in washington because he isn’t afraid to talk about the trillions of dollars america doesn’t have — but spends anyway! — for entitlements. and he sticks his neck out to propose budget solutions.back in 2011 when the national debt was $15 trillion and ryan was about to






paul nehlen to challenge ryan after losing by 68 points


madison, wis. — paul nehlen says he will run against house speaker paul ryan after losing to him in the republican primary by 68 points last year.nehlen announced his 2018 candidacy on friday in an email that doubled as a fundraising plea. nehlen says he's running against ryan because "ryan has led the way to thwart president trump's bold agenda every step of the way."nehlen courted trump voters last year. his longshot candidacy garnered attention after trump praised him and initially stopped short of endorsing ryan. trump endorsed ryan days later.ryan angered some conservatives when he uninvited trump to a campaign rally last fall and said he would no longer defend him after a tape emerged of trump making vulgar sexually charged comments.ryan's campaign spokesman had no immediate comment.






what paul ryan quitting could really mean


videospeaker of the house paul ryan has said he never wanted the role - and now, he has announced plans to leave it behind. anthony zurcher explores what this means for republicans and for him.






here’s why paul ryan is the speaker of the house — of cards


paul ryan was fresh off one of the most humbling defeats of his career. it was days after the collapse of his party’s seven-year quest to repeal obamacare, and ryan, the speaker of the house, was set to appear at a republican caucus meeting in washington, d.c. the blame game had already begun, with anonymous white…






why paul ryan has become the enemy of the right


win mcnamee, getty imageshouse speaker paul ryan explains the republican plan to replace the affordable care act during a march 9 press conference at the u.s. capitol.on the same day that paul ryan was on his heels from the congressional budget office’s brutal assessment of the republican health care plan, breitbart.com launched a missile at the speaker of the house. under the headline “audio emerges of when paul ryan abandoned donald trump,” the site released a tape of ryan on a conference call with other republican members of congress, recorded just after the release of the video of trump bragging about sexual assault.on the call, ryan says: “i am not going to defend donald trump — not now, not in the future.”which isn’t a shock, because that was the reaction of many republicans at the t






paul ryan roasts trump at charity dinner


videorepublican house speaker paul ryan had a few presidential jokes up his sleeve at the 72nd annual alfred e smith charity dinner.share this withcopy this linkhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-41706642/paul-ryan-roasts-trump-at-charity-dinnerread more about sharingclose share panel






paul ryan whole-heartedly backs trump’s decision to fire the former fbi director


facebook, u.s. news‘comey was compromised’: paul ryan whole-heartedly backs trump’s decision to fire the former fbi directorelizabeth preza10 may 2017 at 18:42 etspeaker of the house paul ryan on wednesday backed donald trump’s decision to fire james comey, arguing the former fbi director “was compromised.”discussing his initial reaction to trump’s decision with fox news’ bret baier, ryan noted that “obviously firing an fbi director is no small thing and quite a serious matter,” but argued “[comey] just basically lost the confidence of a lot of republicans and a lot of democrats based upon his conduct, his actions, and some of the comments he made.”“most importantly, he lost the confidence of the president, and it’s entirely within the president’s role and authority to relieve him and that






why paul ryan's race for congress next year bears watching, even if he'll be har


democrats are vowing to make their biggest effort ever to knock off republican paul ryan in 2018.        






paul ryan is responsible for republicans’ obamacare failure


on the last day of 2016, i sent the editing team at the federalist a draft article that predicted events in the coming congress. if those events came to pass, then it could publish, along with a notation indicating that i had written it months (or years) previously.the piece described a scenario in which cross-pressures over repealing-and-replacing obamacare led paul ryan to resign his speakership. even then, before the 115th congress officially convened, i envisioned conflicts between the “repeal” wing of the republican party and the “replace” wing, making success on health care unlikely and ryan the likeliest “fall guy” in any such scenario. even though wednesday’s retirement announcement by the speaker officially rendered this outcome moot, i can’t help but reflecting on the prediction.






here's the deal paul ryan wants to cut on obamacare


on the evening of march 20, house republicans released two managers’ amendments to the american health care act—one making policy changes, and the other making “technical” corrections. the latter amendment largely consists of changes made in an attempt to avoid senate points-of-order fatal to the reconciliation legislation.in general, the manager’s amendment proposes additional spending (increasing the inflation measure for the medicaid per capita caps) and reduced revenues (accelerating repeal of the obamacare taxes) when compared to the base bill. however, that base bill already would increase the deficit over its first five years, according to the congressional budget office.moreover, neither the base bill nor the manager’s amendment—though ostensibly an obamacare “repeal” bill—make any






america is done with adults like paul ryan. donald trump and celebrities are the


our country is jettisoning adulthood and wonks like paul ryan. out: sober and judicious. in: loud, obnoxious and the social dynamics of the nursery.        






constituents more polarized over paul ryan than ever, reflecting trump effect in


as paul ryan navigates a rocky road, some constituents are willing to cut him some slack. others have little sympathy.        






speaker paul ryan's national popularity sags


like other house speakers before him, paul ryan is seeing his national image sag while he presides over an unpopular congress struggling to get things done.        






paul ryan: congress close on bill to avert government shutdown


house speaker paul ryan said the bill will boost spending for the nation's defense programs.        






speaker paul ryan bids farewell to a republican party that abandoned him long ag


once a republican hero, paul ryan became the scapegoat for everything wrong with conservatism. his retirement from congress means he's had enough.        






paul ryan whole-heartedly backs trump’s decision to fire the former fbi director


speaker of the house paul ryan on wednesday backed donald trump’s decision to fire james comey, arguing the former fbi director “was compromised.”discussing his initial reaction to trump’s decision with fox new’s bret baier, ryan noted that “obviously firing an fbi director is no small thing and quite a serious matter,” but argued “[comey] just basically lost the confidence of a lot of republicans and a lot of democrats based upon his conduct, his actions, and some of the comments he made.”“most importantly, he lost the confidence of the president, and it’s entirely within the president’s role and authority to relieve him and that’s what he did,” ryan added.the speaker told baier trump called him “right before it happened.”“[trump] does not want to see the fbi in disarray, and i think dire






ryan and trump: a tense partnership from the start


house speaker paul ryan, who on wednesday announced that he won’t seek re-election in november, has had an uneasy relationship with president donald trump since the early days of mr. trump’s campaign here are some of the tensions, differences—and occasional agreements—in their own words. dec. 8, 2015 house speaker paul ryan responds to...






stop with all the resistance, paul ryan says


speaker of the house paul ryan wishes all those folks on the left would cut it out with that “resistance” nonsense. ryan, who had a big hand in crafting the house’s obamacare replacement bill, dubbed the american health care act, has a lot invested in the current health care debate and says liberals have burned themselves…






paul ryan whole-heartedly backs trump’s decision to fire the former fbi director


speaker of the house paul ryan on wednesday backed donald trump’s decision to fire james comey, arguing the former fbi director “was compromised.”discussing his initial reaction to trump’s decision with fox news’ bret baier, ryan noted that “obviously firing an fbi director is no small thing and quite a serious matter,” but argued “[comey] just basically lost the confidence of a lot of republicans and a lot of democrats based upon his conduct, his actions, and some of the comments he made.”“most importantly, he lost the confidence of the president, and it’s entirely within the president’s role and authority to relieve him and that’s what he did,” ryan added.the speaker told baier trump called him “right before it happened.”“[trump] does not want to see the fbi in disarray, and i think dire






new democratic ads would give steve bannon assist in war against paul ryan, gop


if stephen k. bannon, the former trump chief strategist, intends to target house speaker paul ryan, democrats will lend a hand.        






republican house speaker paul ryan will not run for re-election, sources say


republican house speaker paul ryan will not run for re-election, according to people close to the wisconsin lawmaker.ryan's plans have been the source of much speculation, amid republican concerns over keeping their majority in the house of representatives. two people with knowledge of the wisconsin lawmaker's thinking said wednesday ryan has decided against seeking another term. both sought anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.they did not say why ryan has decided not to run.ryan was first elected to congress in 1998. he was elected house speaker in 2015 after former house speaker john boehner retired. he was former gop presidential nominee mitt romney's running mate in 2012.ryan and his wife have three children.






paul ryan says ‘death tax’ hurts wisconsin small businesses — irs data shows oth


does the estate tax really hurt small businesses? house speaker paul ryan thinks so. he revived this longstanding debate in a may 17 column in the kenosha news, in which he defended the republican plan to abolish the levy on inherited wealth. ryan wrote that the “death tax” can “result in double, and potentially even triple,…






paul ryan’s 'trumpcare' does not entirely repeal or replace obamacare


the house republicans’ newly unveiled plan to repeal and replace obamacare is already in political trouble because it neither repeals nor replaces.rather than being a complete repeal, it retains some elements of obamacare — more properly known as the affordable care act. this infuriates hard-line conservative members of congress, as well as anti-government billionaires like the koch brothers, because they think it maintains new and unacceptable government entitlements. at the same time, the gop proposal is anathema to moderate republicans and pretty much all democrats because it does not really replace the aca’s approach to healthcare with an improved system. rather, it radically changes the balance in who benefits.the winners in the plan announced so proudly by house speaker paul d. ryan






paul ryan press conference prompts internet to hilariously photoshop memes mocki


speaker of the house paul ryan committed a cardinal sin of the internet thursday: he delivered remarks while gesticulating toward presentation material on a screen. that’s a recipe ripe for memery, given how easy it is for users to photoshop images onto a blank sign. twitter didn’t disappoint when ryan, a republican from wisconsin, delivered his…






paul ryan no longer a conservative darling


on the same day that paul ryan was on his heels from the congressional budget office's brutal assessment of the republican health-care plan, breitbart.com launched a missile at the speaker of the house. under the headline "audio emerges of when paul ryan abandoned donald trump," the site released a tape of ryan on a conference call with other republican members of congress, recorded just after the release of the video of trump bragging about sexual assault.on the call, ryan says: "i am not going to defend donald trump — not now, not in the future."which isn't a shock, because that was the reaction of many republicans at the time. what's much more interesting is what this says about the battle going on right now within the republican party.breitbart, the former fiefdom of steve bannon and p






paul ryan challenger drops out of race


madison, wis. — democratic political activist david yankovich is dropping his bid to unseat house speaker paul ryan.yankovich was one of three democrats vying to defeat ryan next year. the other two candidates are union ironworker randy bryce and janesville school board member cathy meyers.yankovich campaign manager lauren young said friday that yankovich has decided to quit and endorse bryce.yankovich recently moved to kenosha from ohio to run against ryan.ryan campaign spokesman zack roday said it's strange to celebrate an endorsement from someone who just moved to the state and ryan's record stands in stark contrast to bryce's "far-left views."bryce's campaign had no immediate comment.






democrat ryan solen won't seek rematch with gop's paul ryan


mount pleasant, wis. — democrat ryan solen says he will not seek a rematch with u.s. house speaker paul ryan in the 1st congressional district in southeastern wisconsin next year.solen said in a statement sunday that personal health issues prevent him from committing the time needed to run an effective campaign. he said he wants to step aside and let another candidate try to take back the district.ryan, who was first elected to the house in 1998, easily defeated solen 65 percent to 30 percent in 2016. the republican speaker from janesville amassed $9.9 million to solen's $8,500 heading into the election.solen said he wants political writer david yankovich to seek the democratic nomination to challenge ryan in 2018.






paul ryan cites trump lack of experience amid fbi russia probe


u.s. house of representatives speaker paul ryan on thursday, asked about president donald trump’s interactions with former fbi director james comey, said trump “was new at this” and probably not “steeped” in fbi independence from the white house.“he’s new in government, and so therefore i think he’s learning as he goes,” ryan told reporters at a news conference. “i’m not saying it’s an acceptable excuse. it’s just my observation.”(reporting by richard cowan and susan heavey)






paul ryan on the texas shooting: 'this man should not have gotten a gun'


speaker of the house paul d. ryan commented on the texas shooting that killed 26 people sunday, calling for enforcement of existing gun laws. he also called for prayers for the victims. 






paul ryan welcomes having 2018 elections hinge on success or failure of tax bill


house speaker paul ryan said he would be happy to have the battle for congress next year hinge on the sweeping tax bill that republicans just passed.        






sam bee brutalizes paul ryan for ‘jerking it to poor people losing healthcare to


sam bee on wednesday railed into the gop healthcare plan in a five-minus blitz that hit paul ryan, mitch mcconnell and even ayn rand.bee torched conservatives for “cutting healthcare coverage for poor, working and sick americans,” pleading, “don’t kill medicaid, it’s only 52 years old! it just joined curves and is learning to dance like nobody’s watching!”she then turned to speaker of the house paul ryan (r-wi), playing a video of the gop leader bragging he’s been “dreaming” of sending “medicaid back to the states [and] capping it’s growth rate,” adding he’s been “dreaming of this since you and i were drinking at a keg.”“yes, while most college guys in the ’90’s were fantasizing about pamela anderson, paul ryan was jerking it to thoughts of poor people losing healthcare to pay for tax cuts






sam bee brutalizes paul ryan for ‘jerking it to poor people losing healthcare to


sam bee on wednesday railed into the gop healthcare plan in a five-minute blitz that hit paul ryan, mitch mcconnell and even ayn rand.bee torched conservatives for “cutting healthcare coverage for poor, working and sick americans,” pleading, “don’t kill medicaid, it’s only 52 years old! it just joined curves and is learning to dance like nobody’s watching!”she then turned to speaker of the house paul ryan (r-wi), playing a video of the gop leader bragging he’s been “dreaming” of sending “medicaid back to the states [and] capping its growth rate,” adding he’s been “dreaming of this since you and i were drinking at a keg.”“yes, while most college guys in the ’90’s were fantasizing about pamela anderson, paul ryan was jerking it to thoughts of poor people losing healthcare to pay for tax cuts






what do we import from mexico?


the trump administration’s proposal to impose a 20 percent tariff on goods from mexico, as well as other countries, would hit americans hard. that’s because mexico is the third-largest exporter of goods to the u.s., behind canada and china.in 2015, the u.s. imported $295 billion worth of products from mexico, according to the government trade data. the top category was cars and car parts, most of them owned by american automakers and intended for the u.s. market. the u.s. also relies heavily on mexico for machinery, oil and agricultural products. cbs moneywatch/irina ivanova white house spokesman sean spicer said thursday that revenue raised from a tariff on mexico would be used to pay for the construction of a proposed wall along the u.s. southern border. “mexico has taken a ntage of the