Economists cited by Paul Ryan in his poverty report say he distorted their work

Talk about cooking the books! Rep. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican, has been busy of late concocting  arguments for why the government should avoid efforts to help poor people. No big surprise there, right? Ah, but Ryan apparently has been falsifying his research on the matter, as we see HERE: Rep. Paul Ryan misrepresented or misunderstood the data he cited in his exhaustive critique of the federal safety net, said some of the economists he cited in his 204-page report. The former vice presidential candidate relied heavily on academic...

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This guy says Paul Ryan is odds-on favorite to win GOP nomination in 2016

It’s still too early for me to agree with Kevin Drum on THIS MATTER, but he offers food for thought: There’s been a lot of blathering about who the front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is, and so far I’ve resisted taking part. But I guess I’m kind of curious: Is there much of a case to be made for anyone other than Paul Ryan? On the substantive side, Ryan sure seems like he’s setting himself up for a run. There’s his steady series of “unheralded” anti-poverty outreach...

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Paul Ryan loves poor folks? Who knew?

Jonathan Chait employs a sarcastic tone in THIS PIECE about the Paul Ryan you never knew: Paul Ryan’s most remarkable talent is an ability to communicate his intentions in such a way as to make political reporters certain of his genuineness. The normal rules of political reporting — analyzing a politician’s every word and deed as a political tactic — are suspended when Ryan is involved. I noticed this when, in the course of researching my Ryan profile, I found that reporters constantly described him as lacking political ambition, despite his...

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Tragic news: Rep. Paul Ryan suffering from acute amnesia!

Rep. Paul Ryan, the (erswhile?) Janesville Genius, said this the other day: “It’s about time we cut some spending around here.” In another place and another time, a remark like that might be considered appropriate, even wise. In July of 2013, however, it’s evidence of something terribly wrong with Ryan’s thought processes. Steve Benen EXPLAINS: Here’s the problem: Ryan’s inability to remember the recent past is becoming a cause for concern. In 2011, Congress and the White House agreed to a deficit...

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We’re supposed to believe that Mitt Romney didn’t really want to run for president? Puh-leeze!

Dan Balz of the Washington Post is a former neighbor and childhood friend of mine. He’s also one of the best political reporters in the business, which is why I don’t blame him for a certain dubious tale in his new book about the 2012 presidential campaign. Balz isn’t the prevaricator in this case. He’s just passing along Mitt Romney’s claim that he didn’t want to run for president last year. The claim sounds to me like one of Romney’s excuses for having lost. It’s like saying: If my heart had...

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