Senate Republicans Take Big Step Toward Repealing Obamacare

Sen. John McCain, the maverick of the U.S. Senate, who just days ago underwent surgery to begin his battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer, strode onto the Senate floor to cast the decisive vote on the motion to proceed on the Republican health care bill. Elise Viebeck paints the scene for the Washington…
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Republicans Offer Choices, Democrats Offer More of the Same

The media struggled to find a worthwhile storyline from this week’s debate. As POLITICO’s Glenn Thrush tweeted, “Try writing about this debate, just try. It’s like eating ten lbs. of dry toast with a sawdust chaseer.” And honestly, if gotcha moments, personal attacks or embarrassing gaffes are the standard by which you judge a debate,…
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Paul Ryan Brings Much-Needed Ideas to Poverty Problem

Just a few short years ago the Republican Party was widely thought of as simply “The Party of No,” which is to say they had no concrete policy proposals other than merely saying “no” to any expansion of the federal government’s role in solving policy problems. Democrats, on the other hand, were at least thinking…
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June Jobs Report Provides Some Early Fireworks

The fireworks came early this week when the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest monthly jobs report. For the first time in years the report was an unqualified success. Payrolls grew by 288,000 jobs in the month of June—the fifth straight months above 200,000 (for the first time since 2000)—and the unemployment rate fell…
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