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Paul Ryan’s slash and burn: $800 billion in Medicaid cuts

Rep. Paul Ryan‘s plan for Medicare gets all the attention, but the GOP vice presidential candidate has proposed more fundamental changes to medical care for the poor and disabled. Under the Wisconsin congressman’s Medicaid plan, states would take over the program. Simultaneously, Ryan’s proposed budget would reduce projected federal spending by about $800 billion over 10 years, shrinking Medicaid as a share of the overall national economy. The plan has passed the Republican-led House two years in a row. Ryan would also repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, expected to add at least 11 million more people to Medicaid.
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Romney to Obama: ‘Clean up your act’

Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney is charging that President Barack Obama is running a campaign “of enmity and jealousy and anger” and called on him to lift the tone of political discourse immediately. Romney tells “CBS This Morning” in an interview Wednesday he believes Obama “seems to be running just to hang onto power” and that the president and Vice President Joe Biden are carrying out “a divisive effort to keep from talking about the issues.” The two campaigns got into a pitched battle Tuesday over remarks that Biden made to an audience in Danville, Va., where he charged that
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Ryan puts a campaign face on Obama’s main opposition

In his run for a second term, President Barack Obama had an opponent before he had an opponent: House Republicans. They shellacked him in the midterm elections, blocked much of his legislative agenda and pushed economic views that are wildly different from his. Mitt Romney put a campaign face on all that for Obama: Paul Ryan. Now Obama is attacking both the “do-nothing Congress” and Romney at once, two forces united as a target on the Republican presidential ticket. Going after votes in Iowa on Monday, Obama called Ryan the “ideological leader” of House Republicans and singled him out as
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Romney-Ryan team comes under attack from Obama’s team

The newly shaped Republican presidential ticket is fighting growing pains amid charges from President Barack Obama’s re-election team that challenger Mitt Romney favors his new running mate’s controversial plans to overhaul Medicare and cut trillions of dollars from social programs. The debate moves across five swing states as both campaigns operate at full strength for a second day. Romney will spend Tuesday in Ohio on the final day of his multistate bus tour, having dispatched his vice presidential pick, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, to court voters and donors in Colorado and Nevada. For all the advantages of having a running
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WTF? ‘F-bomb’ is now in Webster’s dictionary

It’s about freakin’ time. The term “F-bomb” first surfaced in newspapers more than 20 years ago but will land Tuesday for the first time in the mainstream Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, along with sexting, flexitarian, obesogenic, energy drink and life coach. In all, the company picks about 100 additions for the 114-year-old dictionary’s annual update, gathering evidence of usage over several years in everything from media to the labels of beer bottles and boxes of frozen food. So who’s responsible for lobbing F-bomb far and wide? Kory Stamper, an associate editor for Merriam-Webster, said she and her fellow word spies at
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GOP says ‘no dice’ to Palin for speaking role at convention

Sarah Palin is trying to put a positive spin on the fact that she was not invited to speak at The Republican National Convention in Tampa later this month. She’s trying to act like the snub was her idea. It wasn’t and sources close to Palin tell Capitol Hill Blue that the GOP diva “went ballistic” when it became clear that the GOP’s big party didn’t want her in the show. Says Palin: This year is a good opportunity for other voices to speak at the convention and I’m excited to hear them. Everything I said at the 2008 convention
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Ryan’s selection shrouded in secrecy

After Mitt Romney decided on a running mate, Paul Ryan‘s carefully planned transition from congressman to vice presidential candidate began — in deep secret. Almost a week ago, Ryan snuck through Chicago’s O’Hare airport in a baseball cap and sunglasses and flew to New England. A Romney adviser’s 19-year-old son picked up Ryan and drove him to a private meeting in his parents’ dining room where the deal was sealed. By Friday afternoon, Ryan was cutting through the Wisconsin woods behind his home to evade a reporter on the street out front, and heading to North Carolina. By night, he
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Truth becomes first casualty of new Romney-Ryan ticket

In his debut as Mitt Romney‘s running mate, Paul Ryan promised “America’s comeback team” won’t duck tough budget issues, although the man standing next to him has kept his head low so far. Romney vowed the duo would “preserve” Medicare, an eye-popping claim considering Ryan wants to transform the program from the ground up. Not all the rhetoric fit neatly with reality or with the record when Romney introduced his Republican vice presidential choice to the nation Saturday. A look at some of the claims by the Wisconsin congressman and Romney, and how they compare with the facts. ROMNEY: “Unlike
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Romney’s selection of Ryan as running mate redefines White House race

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate could dramatically shift the race for the White House into a debate between two sharply contrasting views of government spending and debt and its role in the daily lives of Americans. In choosing Ryan – a budget hawk whose provocative plan to reduce government spending has won him fans in the conservative Tea Party movement and made him a target for Democrats – the typically cautious Romney on Saturday took the biggest gamble of his year-long candidacy. Romney also essentially acknowledged that the
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Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan: Romney’s pick for VP

Even before Wisconsin sent Paul Ryan to Congress, he was meticulously carving a path that seemed to point only upward. As a young Capitol Hill staffer, he impressed Republican lawmakers with his hustle and intellectual curiosity. He blended quickly with an elite crop of conservative thinkers. By his 30s, he was a congressman on his way to becoming a GOP name brand with his push-the-edge budget proposals. Ryan’s climb reached new heights Saturday when Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced him as his running mate. “Mitt’s Choice for VP is Paul Ryan,” said a phone app Romney’s team created to
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