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Paul Ryan Budget Creates Friction in Congressional Race

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Criticisms over the Paul Ryan budget's steep cuts to Medicare have made it a talking point for Democrats in tough Senate and House races across the country. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich took an in-depth look at the impact of the Paul Ryan budget on local races for a special airing Thursday night on PBS's NewsHour.

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Ryan Lizza on What Makes Paul Ryan Tick

Monday, August 13, 2012

The death of Paul Ryan's father had a profound impact on the Congressman's politics, which emphasize individualism over collectivism.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's Up with Chris Hayes?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Christopher Hayes, editor-at-large of The Nation and host of "Up With Chris Hayes" on MSNBC, discusses the latest in politics and Paul Ryan's budget proposal.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Defending the Ryan Budget

Monday, April 09, 2012

Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's The Agenda, looks at some of the charges and counter-charges surrounding the House-passed federal budget.

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Republican Rep. Todd Akin on the New GOP Budget Plan

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Last week House GOP leaders unveiled a bold new 2013 budget blueprint, promising to cut government spending and reverse rising federal deficits. The budget proposal – "The Path to Prosperity" – aims to tame the national debt by overhauling Medicare and cutting deeply into a number of politically sensitive federal programs. The proposal also looks to reshuffle the tax code, sharply lowering individual tax rates and brackets. Joining us to discuss the proposal is Congressman Todd Akin, Republican Representative from Missouri’s 2nd District.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Paul Ryan's Medicare Proposal 2.0

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal, analyzes the budget proposal announced by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday.

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Iowa Caucus Reverberations: Is America Beautiful Without Medicare?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Let me remind you that the Iowa caucuses are not about Newt or Sarah Palin. They are about Iowa sending on to New Hampshire and South Carolina someone who can get the nomination and then get elected president.

-Steffen Schmidt , on the power that the Iowa Caucuses hold.

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Essay: Ryan Budget Blowback Should Scare the GOP in Iowa, and Elsewhere

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Ryan budget proposal is a political IED. In the last couple of days we’ve seen angry mobs at town hall meetings with GOP congress folks back in their districts. This year and 2012 will be a very bad year for billionaires and millionaires politically - I guarantee it. They have gone too far in their bonus excesses; the politicians that lap out of their money bowls have gone too far in shifting the burden of the military, medical and other programs to the middle class.

-Steffen Schmidt, on the changing political tides.

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Rep. Grimm Gets Earful from Brooklyn Crowd On Ryan Budget Austerity

Thursday, April 28, 2011

It was like MSNBC's more liberal narrative and Fox New's right wing thought line were two mighty express freight trains headed for each other on the same track driven by engineers with not much left to live for.

It was Freshman Republican Congressman Michael Grimm's first town hall meeting of his career in Brooklyn, certainly the most Democratic portion of his district that is dominated by Staten Island. During his campaign, he'd said the Brooklyn piece of the 13th Congressional District had been perpetually underserved. So he picked Brooklyn for his maiden voyage.

A feisty crowd of about 100—mostly seniors—came at Grimm with roller derby ferocity for his support of fellow Republican Congressman Paul Ryan's budget austerity plan that included changes to Medicare for future retirees.

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Essay: Dems' Pants on Fire on Ryan Budget 'Ending' Medicare

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The GOP did in fact vote for a bill that, had it passed, really would have weakened Medicare. But groups like MoveOn are so out there that they can't even let themselves not grossly inflate something that they have the political high ground on.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, on how both parties' gross exaggerations can undermine their message.

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The Republican Case for Medicare Vouchers

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Right now we don't have an incentive that is based appropriately in the consumer world. There are no incentives to bring those costs under control, and yet we are faced with a situation in which those restraints will be forced upon the public through mechanisms like [the Affordable Care Act].

— Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (R-NY 19), on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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U.S. Debt Outlook: Downgrade to Negative

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

[S&P doesn't] have a lot of credibility left after totally blowing all major calls of the past decade...The chance that the United States would not pay its debts after more than 200 years of being the best creditor in the world, that chance exists. It is quite remote in my assessment. But there's no question that S&P is trying to swing the other way and trying to get some attention from the left and right, and it's obviously working.

Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund and professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Fiscal Impact of Obama's Budget Speech

Thursday, April 14, 2011

To those people paying the bill, those people under 55, we say, 'You don't get Medicare. You get something less generous, but we don't have any choice.' I think it's deeply unfair to make that big divide and say, 'I've got this great plan, it's really great, it won't harm you, it will save vast amounts of money—but don't worry: so long as you're 55, you won't have to be any part of it.'

David Leonhardt, writer of the "Economic Scene" column for the New York Times, discussing Paul Ryan's budget on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Top Three Ways to Cut Taxes and Still Save Revenue

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In his 2012 budget proposal, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) lays out a plan to lower the top individual and corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 25 percent. This much cutting should mean big revenue losses for the federal government, which already gave up a chunk of its income when officials extended the Bush tax cuts for all income brackets last December. However, Ryan asserts that he can make his cuts revenue neutral by nixing tax expenditures—loopholes, breaks and preferences in the the tax code—simultaneously.

There's just one problem: Ryan has yet to say what those expenditures are.

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Dems Take on Ryan Budget? Unshared Sacrifice

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Do we begin the process of getting government in balance? Only if there's shared sacrifices. The things we didn't like in the 2011 reconciliation was nothing was done in the defense budget. Only a small portion was cut, and yet we continue the process of giving tax cuts to those wealthiest Americans. We're going to change that when we get to the bigger debate.

Bill Pascrell, U.S. Congressman (D-NJ 8) and member of the House Budget Committee and Ways and Means Committee, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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