In the history of mankind, many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state. TR

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Aww, Paul Ryan Doesn’t Want to be a Weekend Dad #breakingmyheart

I love when people in Washington reveal how out of touch they are with the rest of the country. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said today he won’t run for reelection, did just that with a couple of sentences Wednesday: One thing I have learned about teenagers is their idea of an ideal weekend is not necessarily to spend all of their time with their

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Ryan’s Unexpected House Help: Donald Trump

House Speaker Paul Ryan may not be able to control his caucus. But Trump can do for him. From the Washington Examiner: Barely a year ago House Republicans begged Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan to lead them after their most conservative wing compelled Ohio’s John Boehner to throw up his hands and walk away from the speakership. Now it looks as if the man from Janesville needs

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Video || Paul Ryan Says Trump’s Comments “Racist”

Poor Paul Ryan. He wants to be “Mr. Principles” when it comes to the Republican Party, but he also wants to be Speaker. And so he can’t really not support the Party’s nominee, but he made a big show of his reluctance to do so and the things he needed to hear from Trump in order to grant his blessing. Trump, who knows more about

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Ryan Throws in the Towel, Backs Trump

House Speaker Paul Ryan finally ended the charade and endorsed the nominee of the Party for which he is Speaker of the House. “I feel confident he would help us turn the ideas in this agenda into laws to help improve people’s lives,” Ryan wrote in an op-ed for the Janesville Gazette of Janesville, Wisconsin. “That’s why I’ll be voting for him this fall,” Ryan

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Ryan on Trump Meeting: Good Start, Not There Yet

House Speaker Paul Ryan today said he had a great meeting with Donald Trump Thursday morning on Capitol Hill, but he indicated more work needs to be done before he is able to support the presumptive nominee. “I was very encouraged with what I heard from Donald Trump today,” Ryan said. “I do believe that we are now planting the seeds to get ourselves unified,

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Paul Ryan’s Demands Should Disqualify Him

What employer would hire someone who tells him that he doesn’t want the job but if he takes it, he can’t be fired — ever? That’s exactly what House Republicans may be about to do for Rep. Paul Ryan, D-Wisc., who announced his “conditional” run for speaker to Tuesday evening. “This is not a job I’ve ever wanted — have ever sought,” Ryan told reporters late Tuesday.

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Speaker Paul Ryan? Conservatives May Beg to Disagree

The Washington media are anointing Rep. Paul Ryan as the one man who can unite the Republican caucus, drawing in conservatives and establishment types alike. But before they crown the Wisconsin lawmaker, one of those Beltway denizens needs to talk to a real, live conservative. Ryan, who has spent nearly his entire professional career in Washington drawing a federal paycheck, doesn’t come close to fitting the prototype of

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Ryan to IRS Chief: “I don’t Believe You”

“That’s your problem,” Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) tells IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Nobody believes you.” Well, that’s true. But this little bit of grandstanding makes me think maybe Ryan is running for president. Some nice fireworks here.

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Biden: Romney and Ryan Running a “Con Game”

Vice President Joe Biden Sunday accused Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan of running a “con game” on voters, charging that the pair were conservatives masquerading as moderates. In his latest acerbic attack, Biden also asserted that Romney and Ryan were liars who “don’t have much character at all.” According to the Associated Press, Biden, during an appearance in Lakewood, Ohio, said Romney’s “changing

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Is Biden Fit to be President?

Thursday night’s debate raised more profound questions than who won and who lost. First, I’ll give you my scorecard – briefly, because you’ve already been deluged with post-debate analysis. I thought Paul Ryan came out on the winning end of the encounter. Notice I didn’t say he won the encounter. That would ascribe too much responsibility to him. Ryan won because the other guy acted

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Ryan Takes Two Out of Three Post-Debate Polls

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan bested Vice President Biden in their debate Thursday evening, according to two out of three snap polls taken immediately after the contest. CNN put Ryan ahead by 48-44 percent, while CNBC had 53 percent of respondents labeling Ryan the winner compared to 41 percent tfor Biden. But 50 percent of those surveyed by CBS News said Biden won, compared

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Video || Biden’s Bad Case of Laugharrhea

Politico has already put together a video documenting Vice President Biden’s novel debate strategy: incessant merriment. I think this was a bad tactic, or at least one poorly employed. It was so over the top that people are going to be discussing it at least as much as they talk about who won the debate. It obscures any serious points Biden wanted to make –

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