Dear Speaker Ryan…

  You and I are not personal acquaintances, but we’re neighbors of sorts. Your congressional district is adjacent to mine, and our homes are only 35 miles apart. We’re both Americans of Irish heritage, and we both attended Catholic schools named for St. Mary. You’re a conservative Republican, and I’m a liberal Democrat, but that doesn’t necessarily make us exact opposites. I’d like to think that our love of America is fundamentally equal, though our respective political beliefs differ in many regards....

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Sarah Palin’s vow to help chase Paul Ryan from office is politically foolish

  As my writings over the years clearly indicate, I’m no big fan of  U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican from up the road in Janesville who currently serves as speaker of the House. But neither am I so obtuse as to deny that Ryan’s intellect and political acumen are vastly superior to those of Sarah Palin. You may have heard that Palin is quite upset with Ryan for declaring the other day that he’s not yet ready to endorse the candidacy of Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president. Indeed, Palin is...

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For all his so-called expertise on the subject, Paul Ryan knows very little about poverty

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan — the Janesville Genius, as I mockingly call him — pretends that he knows more about poverty in America than almost anyone else. But he doesn’t. In fact, much of what he claims to know is simply wrong, as we see HERE: [F]or all Ryan’s rhetoric on poverty, he’s also the author of a series of budgets that would absolutely wreck programs for the American poor, inflicting massive human suffering on the nation’s most vulnerable residents. It’s never been exactly clear how Ryan would...

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Tragedy: Paul Ryan, the erstwhile Janesville genius, is suffering from acute amnesia

I can’t even bring myself to describe this heart-breaking situation. You can read about it HERE.

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Paul Ryan’s list of his six favorite books has one very curious omission

Paul Ryan, the Republican congressman and former vice presidential candidate from up the road in Janesville, Wis., was asked the other day to list his six favorite books on economics and government. A pertinent question for a so-called heavy thinker, right? But Ryan’s response was peculiar, not so much for what he included on his list but for what he excluded: There were no books by crackpot political philosopher Ayn Rand. (See HERE.) Speaking of lists, Jonathan Chait has put together a few examples of things Rep. Paul Ryan has SAID OR...

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