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Paul Ryan Could Take The Easy Road On Criminal Justice Reform. He Shouldn't

David Dagan | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
David Dagan

Paul Ryan took the speakership vowing to decentralize power and re-energize House committees. It's a noble cause, but it's fair to ask that in return, the committees serve as open forums that do serious policy analysis, not just legislative sausage-making. On criminal justice, Ryan has a chance to establish that principle.

Once Again, Conservatives Utterly Defeated By Nancy Pelosi

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

One thing you ought not to do in poker is repeatedly overplay your hand -- and the same maxim applies to politics. House Republican conservatives, known as the so-called "Freedom Caucus," have done so repeatedly.

Reluctant Paul Ryan Demands Bowflex In House As Speaker

The Huffington Post | John Trowbridge | Posted 10.29.2015 | Comedy

Visibly upset Rep. Paul Ryan shocked the House Thursday after stating that as Speaker of the House, he demands a Bowflex at his desk. "My count...

John Boehner Gavels Out As House Speaker, Paul Ryan Voted In

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics

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John Boehner Turns Over House Speaker Badge And Gun

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 10.28.2015 | Comedy

On Wednesday, Rep. Paul Ryan was officially chosen by his Republican congressional peers to take over as Speaker of the House, replacing the emba...

Our Halloween-Themed Demands For The Next Spooker Of The House

The Huffington Post | Aaron Nemo | Posted 10.27.2015 | Comedy

Hi, we're the House Freedom Caucus. You may know us as the conservative faction of House Republicans recently in the news for singlehandedly making v...

Paul Ryan Wants to Shut Down the Government, Permanently

Dean Baker | Posted 10.27.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

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.

Friday Talking Points -- Hillary's Very Good Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

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.

Paul Ryan Gets John Boehner To Sign House Speaker Permission Slip

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 10.22.2015 | Comedy

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) inched a step closer to the House Speaker position by getting outgoing speaker John Boehner to sign the required permission...


Jonathan Richards | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


Paul Ryan Is the Unlikely New Face of Work/Life Balance

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

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.

Twitter Reacts To Paul Ryan's Demands With #PaulRyanConditions

The Huffington Post | Philip Lewis | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

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Paul Ryan Is a Hypocrite, Charlatan, and Right-Wing Extremist

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

As part of his campaign to appear to be an honest broker within the party, Ryan has carefully cultivated the image of being a serious "thinker" and "policy wonk" and, for the most part, the mainstream media have taken the bait.

Boehner: Paul Ryan 'Is Going To Get The Support He's Looking For'

Reuters | Adam Goldberg | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

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Paul Ryan -- 'FlimFlam Man!'

Marvin Meadors | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Even though Paul Ryan puts a sane, sensible face on Republican extremism, it is still the same extremism dressed in sheep's clothing that has guided conservative thought since Ronald Reagan.

Speaker of the House: The Plum Job No Sane Politician Wants

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

John Boehner's decision to step down as Speaker of the House has set off a fierce battle that underscores the systemic problems facing today's Republican Party.

Boehner's Golden Opportunity

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Boehner has already nominated himself as the Republican Party's sacrificial lamb. But on his way out, he could also be a very effective scapegoat, thus sparing both his party and the country at large a whole lot of needless drama and economic instability.

Hillary Clinton Outlasts Neo-McCarthyism Era in Congress

Grant Stern | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Grant Stern

No matter who becomes the next Speaker of the House, it's reassuring that the second person in the line of presidential succession won't be best known for turning tragedies into unfair investigations of political enemies like Kevin McCarthy.

Another Tea Party Assault on Democracy

Carl Pope | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Carl Pope

The Tea Party wing of the House Republican party is seeking changes in the rules and procedures. Changes designed to strip the Speaker of the ability to assemble a majority within the House and enable that majority to govern. They cloak their demands in the language of bottom-up democracy. But their complaints about John Boehner's leadership give away the game. 

Republican Leaders Hard at Work Inventing New Ways to Look Like Total Boobs

Spencer Green | Posted 10.12.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"Usually we space these things out a bit, but I'm sure we can come up with fresh, exciting ideas to alarm and piss off Americans until the 2016 election and beyond."

Texas Congressman Plans Bid For House Speaker

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Bill Flores is preparing a run for House speaker, according to an email circulated by the Texas Republican and obtained by Th...

What It Would Take For Paul Ryan To Run

POLITICO | Adam Goldberg | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics

Paul Ryan has made it abundantly clear he does not want to be speaker of the House. He enjoys the wonkery that comes with being Ways and Means chairma...

The United States House of Savages

Keisha Sutton-James | Posted 10.11.2015 | Politics
Keisha Sutton-James

The GOP worked so hard for so long to attain the power they have amassed: control over the United States Congress, one of the most powerful bodies in the entire world. And what they do with that power? They use toddler-inspired "my way or the highway" strategies to win, and most striking, they readily destroy their own if they can't get their way.

House Republicans Fret Over Who Will Lead Them Next

AP | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The job of leading House Republicans may have gone from difficult to impossible. After two tumultuous weeks that saw the curr...

Flashback to 13 Years Ago: My Statement Opposing the Iraq War

Bernie Sanders | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Bernie Sanders

"The question, Mr. Speaker, is not whether we like Saddam Hussein or not. The question is whether he represents an imminent threat to the American people and whether a unilateral invasion of Iraq will do more harm than good."