August 14, 2012

No Taxes, No Female Presidents, and No Physical Attraction: The Ten Strangest Things About Objectivism

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Why Demogoguing Paul Ryan is Bad For Democrats
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We’ve seen this movie before. Republicans offer an extreme version of a good idea, Democrats blow it to smithereens, and we all end up worse off.

August 13, 2012

Sheldon Adelson: No One Man Should Have All That Power
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The sheer size of Sheldon Adelson's donations to Republican causes poses a real ethical quandary for Mitt Romney.

The End of The Scam: Paul Ryan's Victory—or Defeat—Could Transform American Politics
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For decades, Republicans had a simple approach to debating spending cuts: Keep it abstract. Paul Ryan changes that.

The Romney Budget is Even More Radical Than the Ryan Budget
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Romney doesn't want to own the controversial Ryan budget. But it's a little late for that.

Meet Connie Mack IV, the Republican Scion Who Could Take Down Florida’s Last Democratic Holdout
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A Bill Nelson loss would mark the first time since Reconstruction Era that no Democrat holds a statewide office in Florida.

Paul Ryan’s Medicare Plan May Scare Off Seniors—And Cost Romney the Presidency
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Mitt Romney simply can't win without the vote of senior citizens. So why did he pick as his running-mate Paul Ryan, a man best known for his proposal

August 12, 2012

Paul Ryan’s V.P. Nomination Kills Off Moderate Republicanism For Good

On the surface, Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate is both daring and smart. It’s daring, obviously, because Ryan’s budgetary vision of a drastically reduced federal government presents such an existential threat to liberalism that it may unite Democrats in a death-or-glory stand behind President Obama. But it’s smart because Ryan has been one of the only Republicans since Ronald Reagan capable of inspiring the right while reassuring moderates.

Mitt Romney's Astoundingly Cynical Medicare Strategy
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Romney and Ryan defend themselves by attacking Obamacare's Medicare cuts. Just one problem: Romney and Ryan endorsed those cuts, too.

The Far Right Cheers (Half of) the GOP Ticket
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DES MOINES—“It's a historic day,” Rep. Steve King of Iowa announced yesterday from the podium of the FAMiLY Leadership Summit 2012, a major gathering of social conservatives in a suburban Des Moines megachurch that drew a host of national political celebrities. King wasn’t talking about the event, or even the prospect of ejecting Barack Obama from the White House, but of the choice of his friend and colleague Paul Ryan to become Mitt Romney’s running-mate.