The Top Six Political Storylines of 2015

By any measure, 2015 was an incredible year filled with storylines whose effects will likely reverberate for the foreseeable future. To be clear, it wasn’t a good year. Many of the top themes focus on death and violence and turmoil. But, in many ways, it was a hopeful year marked by economic improvement,  a growing…
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Paul Ryan: “A Fully Functioning House” Best Serves the People

There is no doubt that Paul Ryan faces a difficult, bordering on impossible task after being elected the 54th speaker of the House. The media has already reported endlessly about the challenges he’ll face from his right flank. They wail about the Freedom Caucus’ extreme demands and inexhaustible intransigence. Take the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza…
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Paul Ryan’s Hopeful Journey from Policy Savant to Political Sage

Paul Ryan already has his dream job. As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, he’s sitting in a prime position to pursue his long-held goal: Passing tax and entitlement reform. Following John Boehner’s decision to retire from Congress many thought Ryan, the fresh-faced, articulate, policy architect, would be a natural candidate. But his…
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Jason Chaffetz Hopes to Continue His Remarkable Story By Becoming the Next Speaker

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a prominent and vocal antagonist to President Obama and Congressional Democrats, announced Sunday that he will run to succeed Rep. John Boehner as speaker. The move, Chaffetz said, is to give voice to the elements of the Republican caucus that felt previous leadership didn’t take the fight to Democrats on issues like…
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Kevin McCarthy Has Built a Career by Building Relationships

Even before House Speaker John Boehner decided to step down from the dais and turn in his gavel, a blueprint for future House leadership was already being drawn up. The foundation was built on the idea of maintaining some of the existing leadership structure while also drawing in more conservative elements, typified by members of…
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John Boehner: The End of the Road for a Consummate Public Servant

John Boehner’s tenure as Speaker of the House will be debated endlessly. Was he a hard working, consensus builder beset by circumstances out of his control? Or a weak, too-willing-to-negotiate leader who was unable to bend circumstances to his will? Regardless of where you stand on that question it’s hard not to stand in awe…
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Democrats Set Aside Constitution to Ram Iran Deal Through

The Iran Nuclear deal is likely the most strategically important international agreement in a generation. It is sad then that President Obama and Democrats have opted to turn democracy on its head in an effort to ram it through Congress. The problem began when Obama insisted it was a “deal,” not a treaty. The U.S.…
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Republicans’ Pass Prescription for High Drug Costs (and Congressional Dysfunction)

The cost of health care is exploding, threatening to do lasting damage to both the nation’s finances and the economy writ large. One of the biggest combustibles is the dramatic increase in the cost of new drug therapies. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimates that drug costs in the U.S. will soar from…
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GOP Congress: Six Months of Progress on the People’s Priorities

The rise of the 24-hour news cycle has led to an odd twist: We have more news to consume than ever and yet we probably know less about what is actually happening in Washington than ever. The pundit class tends to zero in on one particularly juicy storyline, analyze it from every angle possible, and…
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What is Hillary Clinton Trying to Hide?

It’s hard to forget President Bill Clinton’s twisted rationalization to the grand jury about why he wasn’t lying when he told a top aide, “there’s nothing going on between us.” “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is,” Clinton infamously said. “If the–if he–if ‘is’ means is and never has been, that…
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