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Without Mudslinging: Is Mitt Romney Purple Enough?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

A favorite joke circulating a few months back went like this: A liberal, a moderate, and a conservative walk into a bar. The bartender says, "Hi, Mitt."

Jon Ward

Scott Walker Joins GOP Chorus Begging Romney To Be Bold | Jon Ward | Posted 06.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Still basking Wednesday morning in his decisive victory in the previous night's recall election, Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walke...

Amanda Terkel

National Service Ignored In 2012 Candidates' Discussion Of Jobs Crisis | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In July 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama promised that public service would be "a central cause" of his presidency. The pledge excited ...

Ryan Budget Punishes the Poorest -- A Return to 'Les Miserables'?

Harlan Green | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Harlan Green

We know Victor Hugo's message is alive and well when Paul Ryan's latest budget proposal continues to punish the poorest for the sins of the wealthiest, who caused the Great Recession and have yet to be punished.

Paul Ryan Ignored By GOP On Disaster Plan

The Hill | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics

House Republican appropriators on Tuesday revealed that they have decided to ignore GOP budget guru Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on the controversial issue...

GOP's Preposterous Attack On Obama

New York Magazine | Jonathan Chait | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics

Last month, President Obama delivered a speech assailing the Republican budget crafted by Paul Ryan. The speech enraged conservatives, and the rage sh...

Ryan's Meteoric Rise Presents Dilemma For Democrats

New York Magazine | Jonathan Chait | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics

The implosion of the Newt Gingrich presidential campaign--the first implosion, before the weird resurrection and inevitable second implosion--came bec...

A Roadmap for America's Future: Highway 21 Not To Be Confused With Highway 61 Revisited

Mark Axelrod | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics
Mark Axelrod

Why, might you ask, is it so egregious to use highway signs to indicate America's future? Well, because the interstate highway system in this country is falling apart.

Paul Ryan Accuses Obama Of 'Verbal Tantrums'

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A leading House Republican said Tuesday he hasn't had a discussion with Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney about taking th...

Congressman Faces Tough Questions Over Ryan Plan

Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics

By Samuel P. Jacobs CLAREMONT, N.H.--At home in New Hampshire, the land of Yankee skepticism, U.S. congressman Charlie Bass was being asked to ...

Ryan Plan Faces Questionable Future

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Conservatives claimed credit Tuesday for forcing House GOP leaders to draft a tougher budget plan than initially planned, even as t...

Ryan Plan Strangely Resembles Obama's

AP | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new Republican budget would repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul but put future retirees in a version of Medicare that...

The Daily Szep -- The Ryan Plan

Paul Szep | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Paul Szep


WATCH: Al Sharpton's Loaded Birthday Message To Mitt Romney

Posted 03.13.2012 | Media

Al Sharpton hit out at Mitt Romney's stance on Medicare in his birthday greeting to the GOP candidate during his show Monday night. "Happy birthda...

The Burr/Coburn Medicare Plan: 10 Deceptions - and a Free-Market "Death Panel"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Burr and Coburn want you to believe that they can raise the Medicare eligibility age, make you pay more in premiums, turn your health care over to the same insurers that are bankrupting you before you're sixty-five -- and that somehow you'll save money!

New Ryan Proposal Still Aims to Eliminate Medicare, Replace With Voucher Plan

Robert Creamer | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The real goal of Paul Ryan's plan is the same goal of his original plan: to allow Wall Street and huge private insurance companies to get their hands on the Medicare Trust Fund.

Samuel Haass

Study Shows Ryan Budget Will Drive Up Health Costs | Samuel Haass | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new study shows Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan will do little to reduce health care costs, Bloomberg News reports. The study, authore...

Paving the Road to a Hungrier, Unhealthier and Less-Educated Nation

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

Kids who spend more than half their childhood in poverty earn, on average, 39 percent less than median income as adults. Yet, a majority of House lawmakers want to narrow the deficit by making things worse for today's kids.

Sam Stein

Paul Ryan Says He's Open To Making Medicare Plan Optional | Sam Stein | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The news from Thursday that House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was willing to make his proposal for privatizing Medicare op...

Reforming Medicare Without Harming Seniors

Stephen M. Davidson | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Stephen M. Davidson

Democrats have been slow to come up with their own Medicare reform plan. As they ponder what to do in this contentious atmosphere, some facts and analysis can't hurt.

In Race to End Medicare/Medicaid, GOP Think They Still Have a Shot at a Medal

Tom McMahon | Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics
Tom McMahon

As the debate over how to prevent defaulting on our government's debt goes forward, Republicans will attempt to hold the global economy hostage in order to kick seniors, low-income seniors and people with disabilities off Medicaid.

Medicare: "Biggest Deficit Driver" or "Solution" to Economic Recovery?

Michele Swenson | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Michele Swenson

Democrats have handicapped themselves by starting with compromise in talks regarding the economy and deficit reduction, just as they did with health care reform.

And Then There Were Five

Jim Worth | Posted 07.22.2011 | Politics
Jim Worth

Last Tuesday, Senator Tom Coburn announced he was leaving the Gang of Six, citing differences between himself and his colleagues over cuts in Medicare. What caused Coburn's departure, and how will it affect the workings of the group?

The Ryan Budget Acid Test

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.18.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican Party has now made supporting the Ryan budget its acid test for 2012. By forcing the issue in such a major way with Gingrich, the message to the rest of the Republican candidates is loud and clear: "Support the Ryan plan -- or else."

The Good News and the Bad News in the Social Security Trustees' Report

Dean Baker | Posted 07.16.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

The bad news about the program is also the good news. The program's finances deteriorated, but the main reason is that the trustees assumed we would enjoy substantially longer life expectancies.