August 11, 2012 |
The year Paul Ryan graduated from high school, the Winter Olympics were held in Calgary, Canada, Oliver North testified in front of Congress about the Iran-Contra affair, and Michael Dukakis and George H.W. Bush were running for president. Judging from his high school yearbook, the newly minted Republican vice presidential nominee might have been too busy to pay attention to any of that. The 1988 high school yearbook, “Standing Room Only,” for Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville, Wis., shows a young Ryan, often clad in an oversized Craig Cougars sweatshirt, posing in photos for the student council, the Latin club, the history club, the letterman's club, the outdoors club and the International Geographic Society.
August 12, 2012 |
With business investments and a family inheritance, Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin and his wife have accumulated millions of dollars in assets and generated income last year well above his congressional salary, according to his most recent financial disclosure statement. Mitt Romney's newly announced running mate reported assets in the range of $2 million to $7.7 million. The largest was the interest that his wife, Janna, holds in a trust resulting from the 2010 death of her mother, Prudence Little.
August 15, 2012 |
Which designers does Hillary Rodham Clinton wear? An interviewer in Kyrgyzstan got the equivalent of the hand when he asked the secretary of State that question during a panel discussion in December 2010. Clinton's response: "Would you ever ask a man that question?" Her comment went viral Tuesday -- way after the fact -- when Boston Review posted that snippet from the interview on its Tumblr page . What's especially cringeworthy about this exchange is that just moments before, Clinton had addressed a young lawyer's question about how women could succeed in today's world.
May 23, 2011 |
The House majority leader said Monday he would welcome a presidential run from Rep. Paul Ryan, the architect of the Republican plan to privatize Medicare, adding that he expects to see the GOP’s presidential contenders embrace the Ryan budget proposal as they seek the White House. “What Paul Ryan is about is real leadership,” said Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the majority leader. The Medicare privatization plan has become a political lightning rod for Republicans as polls have shown Americans are reluctant to make dramatic changes to the popular healthcare program for seniors.
August 13, 2012 |
Los Angeles Times political writers Maeve Reston and Robin Abcarian join Politics Now host Jim Rainey in a chat about Paul Ryan's first days on the campaign trail. Mitt Romney's pick for the Republican vice presidential nomination has been a sensation with conservative Republicans, though he also drew some harsh attacks. The Politics Now team explains how the Ryan choice makes this more a "base" than a "swing" election, argues about whether early polling on Ryan as veep designate means anything and discusses the congressman's controversial Medicare proposal.
August 31, 2012 |
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are primarily known as political satirists, but on Thursday night they were both in fact-checker mode, marking up Paul Ryan's keynote speech with their metaphorical red pens. On “The Daily Show,” Stewart was struck by the contrast between Ryan's reputation as a policy-focused, “speaker of hard truths” and his speech, which, though well-delivered, was short on specfics and long on the whoppers. Stewart took Ryan -- a.k.a. “Chiseled Chin McNicey Face” -- to task for making misleading claims about Medicare funding and the failure of a proposed bipartisan debt commission.
August 29, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. -- Just a few hours before Paul Ryan was to deliver his prime-time speech as the GOPvice presidential nominee, he met with fellow "cheeseheads" at a Wisconsin delegation event. "We just wanted to come by to say hi," Ryan told the audience as he took the stage with his wife, Janna. "We could smell the brats down the street. " A live polka band had been playing at the "Beer and Brats," according to the pool report, and Jimmy John's sandwiches and other foods were available at the celebration of all things Wisconsin as the delegates welcomed a favorite son. PHOTOS: Paul Ryan's past Ryan also checked out the convention hall where he would be giving his address -- and essentially introducing himself to the nation.
September 10, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Not letting Paul D. Ryan off easy for his claim of running a marathon in less than three hours, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that if he followed “Ryan math,” his own time running the 1972 Boston Marathon 30 years ago would have almost broken a world record. “I could have made the Olympic team,” said Reid, the Nevada Democrat, as he opened the Senate on Monday. “My time would not have been a world record, but almost.” Ryan, and his campaign team, have repeatedly said the GOP vice presidential nominee was mistaken when he told radio host Hugh Hewitt that he had run a marathon “under three [hours]
August 11, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The Republican running mates, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, agree on most major issues, but present a sharp contrast in background, temperament and outlook. Romney is a businessman who defines himself as a problem solver. His experience is executive, he prides himself on being data-driven and dispassionate about making decisions. He has switched positions on several major issues when that appeared politically necessary. He spent his career outside Washington and at key points in his life - particularly his early move to set up Bain Capital -- he carefully avoided excessive risk.
April 17, 2012 |
GOP leaders are advancing the House Republican budget and its proposed changes to Medicare despite opposition in the Democratic-led Senate by using used a relatively obscure procedural move -- tucking it alongside an unrelated bill that would allow the importation of trophy polar bears. In considering the sportsmen's hunting legislation, the House approved a provision Tuesday that essentially “deems” the budget from Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) passed, even though the blueprint with its tax breaks and cuts to domestic programs was dead on arrival in the Senate.