Robert Schlesinger

March 2013


The Paul Ryan Budget’s Obamacare 'Repeal' Fails the Laugh Test

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Paul Ryan releases his budget plan today and the rollout and coverage of the document and its author represent a test for both Ryan and the media. I'm speaking specifically of its provisions regarding repealing Obamacare—or more precisely "repealing" Obamacare.

The test for Ryan is the extent to ...

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Ryan, Paul
deficit and national debt
politics
2012 presidential election
federal budget

Senate Democrats Vow to Hang Ryan Budget Around GOP’s Neck

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The Paul Ryan budget won't hit until tomorrow, but its accompanying political firestorm is here already.

Senate Democrats vowed this morning to use the document—and especially its plan to voucherize Medicare, its insistence that the budget be balanced entirely through spending cuts, and specifically ...

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Ryan, Paul
federal budget
Republican Party
Congress
politics
elections
Democratic Party

Obama Taking Advantage of the GOP-Swing Voter Economic Policy Gap

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I've written before about a problem the Republicans have which President Obama seems determined to exploit in his second term: areas where a chasm has grown between the main stream of the electorate and the base of the GOP. This has created a potential win-win dynamic for the president: As he ...

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deficit and national debt
Obama, Barack
politics
economy
Republican Party
employment

Why the GOP Is Doubling Down on Its Losing Austerity Agenda

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Politico has an article today looking at the "wonks versus pols" divide in the GOP, how Republican strategists and egg heads are urging the party to expand its focus from spending-cut monomania, advice actual office holders are ignoring. It makes good points about what ails the GOP but actually ...

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Republican Party
Congress
Democratic Party
politics
Ryan, Paul
deficit and national debt

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