Even though Queen Mother Catherine de Medici's reputation as a ruthless poisoner seems broadly known, the residents of the French court eagerly accept or even solicit gifts from her, which inevitably turn out to be fatal. It seems likely that Paul Ryan's election as House Speaker will prove to be just such a poisoned chalice
We live in a society - and an era - in which many middle-aged men define themselves by what they do, not for who they are. That's why it was so refreshing that two of the most powerful men in the country recently put their family life before their professional pursuits.
Despite his ideological kinship with the anti-government crowd, Paul Ryan is the embodiment of the troika of money, power, and politics that corrupts and controls the capital, the very thing the tea partiers detest.
Paul Ryan is the poster child for good family policy. He has family leave, vacation pay and flexible hours and clearly sees the benefit for his family. Now it is time for him to #Leanin for the rest of us.
Unless reporters give Ryan a pop quiz, they really don't know what he knows about the budget, but they do know what he says. In addition to wanting to privatize both Social Security and Medicare, Ryan has indicated that he essentially wants to shut down the federal government.
Former President Bill Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich called out today's would-be government shutdowners as a bunch of sissies. Reminiscing about the differences between the shutdown of 1995 and a potential one before the end of 2015, the two former leaders of their parties called out today's players.
Paul Ryan is living large. John Boehner is ready to double-dip from the links. Too bad Uncle Sam is bust. Within days, our great nation will be unable to honor its Treasury bond obligations and without funds to issue payments for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans, national defense, federal courts, or any other federal programs.
When Paul Ryan declared that along with his leadership, "I cannot and I will not give up my family time," he was also paving the way for the flexible work we are all demanding in our era of longevity.
Vanden Heuvel and Cooke debate if Hillary escaped the gravitational orbit of both 42 and 44 to be a potential president/commander-in-chief. Then, the 2012 VP opponents are again news, as one rises and the other exits. And the Host boasts about predicting Hillary's win and Joe's withdrawal.
This week, Joe Biden said no, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee said no more, while Hillary Clinton endured 11 hours of Benghazi hearings aimed more at finding attack ad soundbites than facts. Meanwhile, Paul Ryan threw his hat into the ring for Speaker, but only after telling his House-mates, "I cannot and will not give up my family time." Bravo! It's a big moment when a political leader says that when he's about to take a big job rather than as a euphemism for being fired. Now Ryan should work to make it possible for all Americans to experience more family time. In the past, Ryan has opposed paid family leave, allowing America to remain the world's only developed country without it. So, as he seeks to unify the GOP caucus, he should also fight for family-friendly policies at a time when the country really needs them.
Hillary Clinton just had the best week of her campaign yet. Not only did she shine at the Benghazi hearing yesterday, three of her Democratic opponents dropped out of the presidential nomination race.
This conversation about paternal leave must continue so that not only men in leading companies, prominent government positions, and major-league ballplayers can feel empowered to speak out about their family roles.
Paul Ryan is asking for regular breaks to step out of the pressure cooker that is politics to gain greater perspective and connect with things -- his family -- that are deeply important to him.
The Confederacy wasn't even a system of states' rights. It was this mentality that each and every rebellious legislator was a king, and knew better than anyone else. Every other legislator was an opponent standing in the way.
Think about that for a minute; because what if, instead of drafting Ryan, the GOP was trying to convince Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers to become Speaker? If she had made the same declaration about the sacredness of her family time, it's a safe bet that that mother of three small kids would have suffered some serious pushback, possibly the career ending kind.