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August 15, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- Before he was Mitt Romney's running mate, Paul D. Ryan was a prominent congressman, an intellectual leader of the GOP and, of all things, a stand-in for actor Ryan Gosling in an Internet meme. “Hey Girl, It's Paul Ryan” takes the Wisconsin representative and, with a bit of wordplay, turns him into an Internet sex symbol. Take, for example, this photo of Ryan , with the caption, “Hey girl, you know I can't inflate our love … and that would just devalue it anyways.” The site started when Emily Zanotti, an account services director for a Chicago-based communications agency, and two friends, Lyndsey Fifield and Lindsey Dodge, drew a connection between Ryan's stories of bare-handed “catfish noodling” ( popularized by the New York Times )
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April 10, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- With little drama Thursday, House Republicans easily approved a largely symbolic budget proposal from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), closing out a floor debate over spending priorities and opening a new front on the midterm campaign trail. As expected, no Democrats voted for the blueprint from Ryan. The former Republican vice presidential nominee's plan returns to ideas that have come to define the GOP, including ending federal deficits by cutting taxes on the rich, revamping Medicare and slashing almost every other aspect of government.
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OPINION
August 22, 2012
Re "Ryan fought to get aid for GM," Aug. 19 First, Mitt Romney is forced to avoid mentioning his signature act as governor of Massachusetts: reforming the state's healthcare system in a positive way. Now, his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), may have to repudiate his assistance to General Motors in a time of global economic crisis, an action that could have saved jobs and helped strengthen the industrial base of the United States. The problem with the Republican Party's ideology is that it forces good men to renounce some of their best actions.
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans will revive Rep. Paul Ryan's lightning-rod proposals to slash the federal safety net, beef up military spending and reduce taxes for the wealthy in a budget unveiled Tuesday -- an election-year calling card that Democrats are poised to use against the GOP. The blueprint from Ryan, the party's former vice presidential nominee, is expected to be met with stiff opposition not only from Democrats, but also from hard-line...
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August 11, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
U.S. Rep Paul Ryan is young, he comes from Wisconsin and is known for producing a budget that pleases conservatives. But who, exactly, is the 42-year-old guy whom Mitt Romney just picked as running mate? These three reads will give you a good sense of who Ryan is and why so many conservatives are happy to have him on the ticket. 1. You've probably heard about the “Paul Ryan budget.” In March, The Times' Lisa Mascaro explained what it does . Mascaro wrote: “ House Republicans would slash federal spending, lower tax rates and substantially overhaul Medicare in the 2013 budget unveiled by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin that offers a do-over of sorts to last year's blueprint that left the party in political trouble.
OPINION
March 6, 2014
Re "Rep. Ryan calls for cuts in anti-poverty programs," March 4 So Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) proposes to reduce college Pell grants and child-care and welfare assistance programs. Odd that I didn't see any proposal to tax at ordinary income rates the so-called carried-interest income of hedge fund managers, whose tax-favored earnings frequently run into seven and eight figures. If Ryan's "use your oars to push everyone else away from the life raft" mentality is the economic plan of the GOP, despite the downward economic pressure the middle and lower middle classes have experienced over the last 30 years, I can only hope that the foundering middle class will vote against those who are causing it. And if Republicans think they'll somehow get even with the "takers" by this approach, they might want to remember that eight of the 10 states with the highest percentage of people who paid no federal income taxes in 2010 were red states in 2012.
NEWS
September 1, 2012 | By James Rainey
Voters will have to decide how much to ding Republican vice presidential nominee Paul D. Ryan for slamming President Obama on a debt reduction commission, when Ryan made the same judgment himself with a vote in Congress. That kind of inconsistency is easy to prove, if a bit arcane for some Americans. But there is nothing mysterious to the athletically-inclined about marathon times, so it will be interesting to see how the public reacts to Ryan carving a huge hunk out of his best time for the 26.2-mile race.
NEWS
October 12, 2012 | By Susan Denley
No matter what one thought of Thursday's vice presidential debate, it's clear that Paul Ryan can bring it when it comes to staying physically fit.  And Time magazine plans to feature a 2011 picture of Ryan in its Oct. 22 issue, lifting weights and wearing a determined look on his face (along with a too-cute backward baseball cap). [Time] France awarded iconic designer Valentino Garavani the Commandeur de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres medal in a ceremony on Wednesday. He has been honored previously with France's Légion d'Honneur and Grand Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris.
NEWS
August 30, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
TAMPA, Fla. - Democrats came out swinging Thursday with a fact-check rebuttal of Paul Ryan's  prime-time convention speech, saying he “lied,” and pre-butted Mitt Romney's expected address. "There's no delicate way to say this: Paul Ryan lied," said Stephanie Cutter, the deputy campaign manager for President Obama's campaign from the party's war room a few blocks from the convention hall. Romney's address to the Republican National Convention, she said, will be an "Etch-A-Sketch of epic proportions" as the Republican presidential nominee's positions on various issues have shifted.
NEWS
August 15, 2012 | By Joseph Tanfani
When Paul D. Ryan returns Wednesday for a campaign rally at his alma mater, Miami University of Ohio, he's expected to be welcomed back to campus by Rich Hart, an economics professor who was one of Ryan's first intellectual mentors. Ryan was already enamored of libertarian ideas when he arrived in Hart's macro-economics class, but his political thinking began to take more definite shape during long, after-hours conversations in Hart's office, the professor said in an interview. In those talks, it's safe to say, there wasn't much affection for the role of government in social programs.
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March 7, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- What happened to Paul Ryan at CPAC should stand as a warning to all politicians who decide to humanize their policy positions with anecdotes: Make sure the story you are telling is real. You will be truth-squadded. You will be flyspecked. And if it turns out you failed to verify a “true” story that seemed too good to be true, or tortured a story to make it fit your larger point, your credibility will take a hit. On Thursday, Ryan stepped into a small mess at Conservative Political Action Conference when he repeated a story about a little boy who preferred a brown-bag lunch from home to a free school lunch.
OPINION
March 6, 2014
Re "Disillusionment over South Sudan," March 1 South Sudan's recent descent into violence brings to light the dangers of premature American disengagement from countries burdened by conflict. U.S. leaders and diplomats spent years ending two decades of war between the Sudanese government and an independence movement in South Sudan, investing significant time, energy and resources to forge a peace agreement, support a popular referendum and create an independent South Sudan. Our government hailed the outcome as a great victory.
OPINION
March 6, 2014
Re "Rep. Ryan calls for cuts in anti-poverty programs," March 4 So Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) proposes to reduce college Pell grants and child-care and welfare assistance programs. Odd that I didn't see any proposal to tax at ordinary income rates the so-called carried-interest income of hedge fund managers, whose tax-favored earnings frequently run into seven and eight figures. If Ryan's "use your oars to push everyone else away from the life raft" mentality is the economic plan of the GOP, despite the downward economic pressure the middle and lower middle classes have experienced over the last 30 years, I can only hope that the foundering middle class will vote against those who are causing it. And if Republicans think they'll somehow get even with the "takers" by this approach, they might want to remember that eight of the 10 states with the highest percentage of people who paid no federal income taxes in 2010 were red states in 2012.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.--The potential choice facing voters in the next Republican presidential race was on full display Thursday at the kickoff of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, where Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan offered conservative activists their vision for the way forward. In a polished speech, Cruz, the headline-grabbing Texas senator, offered his familiar call for conservatives to hold true to their principles at a time when liberty was "under assault. " Republicans who've strayed from that course have failed to win for a reason, he said.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Jon Healey
A headline Monday in Politics Now, the L.A. Times' blog on national politics, distilled the challenge facing Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) as he tries to broaden his party's appeal. The story by Lisa Mascaro was about a report the House Budget Committee (which Ryan chairs) released Monday on Washington's "duplicative and complex" array of benefits for the poor. Declared the headline: "Paul Ryan calls for cuts to anti-poverty programs. " The report didn't actually call for cuts, however.
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March 3, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), the former Republican vice presidential nominee, launched an attack Monday on the nation's poverty programs, provoking an election-year confrontation with the White House amid a growing focus on income inequality. Drawing on his political roots as a student of conservative anti-poverty thinkers, the House Budget Committee chairman said many aspects of the expansion of the federal safety net since President Johnson's "War on Poverty" 50 years ago were "making it worse.
OPINION
December 12, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
After the ineptitude and intransigence on display in October's government shutdown, congressional leaders had nowhere to go but up. And so they have, modestly. Top members of the House and Senate budget committees struck a deal this week that would set funding limits for the federal government through September 2015, averting some cuts to defense and domestic priorities without increasing the deficit. Although the details are disappointing, it's noteworthy and welcome that a leading Senate liberal and a House conservative found a common path forward, even if it's not an ambitious one. The deal negotiated by Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.)
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