Paul Ryan feels pinched by competing paths to power. His friends tell us the most obvious route — a run for the White House in 2016 — holds less appeal to him with each passing day. “He has no interest in the sheer grind of campaigning,” said a conservative who recently spent time with Ryan. “It’s hard to see him having ‘what it takes.’” Instead, Ryan seems increasingly intrigued with the prospect of amassing more power within Congress, using his juice in the House leadership to promote his trademark Medicare plan and engineer spending cuts. The friends say this path
The "grind of campaigning" is one reason it´s hard to get good people. The ones that are there for the wrong reasons, love the campaigning & the accolades of the low info masses. The good people would rather be doing something constructive with their lives than being shown off like a trained seal.
Happy to hear that Ryan wants to stay in Congress. He will be speaking at our local Lincoln Day dinner on Saturday. We are very lucky that, in Wisconsin, he was allowed to tun concurrently for Vice President and Congress.
Will GOP voters EVER AGAIN have the opportunity to vote for those who actually merit being at the top of the ticket rather than simply the last man standing, regardless of merit?
Sarah Palin was the best potential candidate since Pres. Reagan but we never had the opportunity to vote for her. ...And so we lost yet again. Something is very wrong with the current thinking of the national GOP leadership. The various states have much better GOP representation as they are closer to the local people & so they respond more to those they represent. ...The proof is in the pudding, as the GOP is doing great at the stste level. Thus, Ryan may be making a wise choice. We will see.
The Obama administration´s rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been an "unacceptable" failure that´s disappointed supporters and invigorated critics, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) charged Tuesday. "This was not done the way it should have been done. Period," he said during a news conference in the Capitol. Hoyer, the minority whip, emphasized that the ongoing problems with the ACA´s federal insurance exchange website are technical, and warned that there´s no substance to the GOP claims that those troubles are reflective of the underlying law. "But the implementation of that Act in terms of the web access and capabilities is
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Tuesday urged President Obama to extend the open enrollment period for ObamaCare. The New Hampshire Democrat said a longer enrollment period is necessary in light of the technical problems plaguing the federal healthcare site. “Given the existing problems with the website, I urge you to consider extending open enrollment beyond the current end date of March 31, 2014,” Shaheen wrote in a letter to Obama. “Allowing extra time for consumers is critically important so they have the opportunity to become familiar with the website, survey their options and enroll.” Shaheen, who is up for reelection next
Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is calling on the White House to extend Obamacare’s open enrollment period amid continued frustration with the troubled HealthCare.gov. “The difficulty that people in New Hampshire and in other states that are relying on the federally facilitated marketplaces are experiencing is incredibly frustrating and disappointing,” Shaheen wrote in a letter to President Barack Obama. “For over three years, we have been waiting for the creation of the health insurance exchanges, which now in their fourth week of existence, are riddled with problems.” She is also asking the administration to clarify whether Americans will get fined for
President Obama rightly acknowledged on Monday that there is “no excuse” for the horrendously botched opening of the federal Web site consumers are supposed to use to sign up for health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act. Unless the problems can be fixed soon, they threaten to undermine the ability of the health care exchanges to help enroll some seven million uninsured Americans in 2014. The administration created the Web site so the buck necessarily stops with high officials — Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, and President Obama himself — who allowed this to happen.
Three weeks after it opened, the HealthCare.gov website, where millions of people are supposed to get insurance under the Affordable Care Act, remains plagued by problems. Acknowledging the glaringly obvious, President Obama said Monday that his administration is doing "everything we can possibly do" to get things fixed. Well, good. Anyone who supports the plan to cover Americans who couldn´t get health insurance has to hope the administration quickly gets it right. But you can´t help but wonder: Where was all this frantic effort in the three-and-a-half years from the time Obama signed the health law to the day the
New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s ad buy in Virginia features an anti-Ken Cuccinelli ad that focuses on the issue of gun background checks, saying the Republican Attorney General opposed having them at gun shows and calling him “too extreme for Virginia.” The blistering spot is part of a more than $1.2 million ad buy Bloomberg’s super PAC, Independence USA, is running in the Washington D.C. market in the closing two weeks of the race between Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who is leading in polls. With imagery of the gunmen in three recent shooting sprees, including the one at
Another week has passed, which apparently means that it’s time for another terrifying article from Sharon LaFraniere, Ian Austen and Robert Pear on the federal health-care exchanges. (Snip) Time to panic? No. But it’s time to prepare to panic. It sounds like the earliest anyone is projecting fixes is sometime in the middle of November. That’s the time when it absolutely has to work, and if it doesn’t, we should panic. Maybe not “Get in the shelter, Homer!” panic, but I’d definitely think about rebalancing the 401(k) and maybe voting in some politicians who will treat this with the gravity
In another early sign that the 2016 Republican presidential nomination field may be crowded with big-name contenders, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is in Israel — again. The longest-serving governor in Texas history was in Israel on Sunday, traveling with Houston businessman and former U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council Chairman Fred S. Zeidman, to set the stage for the opening of the Nazareth campus of Texas A&M University, he said. Mr. Perry, who arrived in Israel after visiting London for a plaque dedication, told The Washington Times in a phone interview from Jerusalem that the government shutdown was “political theater” that wasn’t
Ufa, Russia - President Vladimir Putin accused foreign rivals on Tuesday of using radical Islam to weaken the Russian state, a day after a suicide bombing blamed on a Muslim woman. "Some political forces use Islam, the radical currents within it ... to weaken our state and create conflicts on Russian soil that can be managed from abroad," Putin told Muslim clerics at a meeting in the Russian city of Ufa. He was speaking about 1,000 km (620 miles) northeast of Volgograd, where the female suicide bomber from Russia´s mainly Muslim North Caucasus killed six people on a bus on
Doha - Saudi Arabia´s intelligence chief has said the kingdom will make a "major shift" in relations with the United States in protest at its perceived inaction over the Syria war and its overtures to Iran, a source close to Saudi policy said on Tuesday. Prince Bandar bin Sultan told European diplomats that Washington had failed to act effectively on the Syria crisis and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was growing closer to Tehran, and had failed to back Saudi support for Bahrain when it crushed an anti-government revolt in 2011, the source said. (Snip) "The shift away from the U.S. is
SPARKS — 1:27 p.m. update: The Reno Gazette-Journal has confirmed Michael Landsberry, a math teacher at Sparks Middle School, was shot and killed this morning after a student opened fire, wounding two others and killing himself. His family said today the fact that Landsberry is being called a hero for trying to get the student shooter to put his gun down before being shot and killed is no surprise. (Snip) “He could have ducked and hid, but he didn’t. That’s not who he is.” Besides teaching eighth grade math, Michael Landsberry was also in the Nevada Army National Guard.
President Obama went on national television Monday to address the "kinks" plaguing Healthcare.gov, reassuring consumers they could also sign up for Obamacare by calling a 1-800 number while the website is fixed. Journalists and political operatives mocked the president´s sales pitch on twitter.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday that he is considering running for another term in 2016, when he would be 80 years old. "I´m seriously thinking about maybe giving another opportunity for you to vote for or against me in a few years from now," McCain said on KFYI-AM in Phoenix. "I´m seriously giving that a lot of thought." [1-minute sound bite] Asked by host Barry Young to clarify if he was saying he might run again, McCain said: "That would not be wrong." The New York Times´s Mark Leibovich, who is in Arizona following McCain, first tweeted the news.
It’s past time for the media to begin asking President Obama tough questions about the IRS conservative targeting scandal. After all he was involved, publicly, from the beginning. Last Friday, the American Center for Law and Justice (where I serve as Chief Counsel) filed its Second Amended Complaint against the United States, the IRS, and a legion of IRS officials. This Complaint, in which we represent 41 organizations in 22 states, presents perhaps the most complete story yet of the IRS conservative targeting scandal. And it is an ugly story indeed. What was sold to the American public as a low-level scandal perpetrated
While the president of the United States pitched his crumbling healthcare program like a late-night infomercial barker, the Army´s chief of staff made a shocking admission about national defense. Gen. Ray Odierno told a Washington conference Monday that the U.S. Army had not conducted any training in the last six months of the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. And, he said, there currently are only two Army brigades rated combat-ready. That´s less than one-third what ‘s regarded as necessary for national security. [Snip] All this to comply with Obama administration orders to drastically shrink the Army and military spending.
President Barack Obama will declare the glitches in a new healthcare website ´unacceptable´ on Monday as his team scrambles to fix problems that have tainted the roll-out of his signature healthcare law. Fresh from two weeks of budget battles that have consumed Washington, Obama will hold an event at 11:25am in the White House Rose Garden with consumers, small business owners, and pharmacists who have been affected by the new law. The move is the highest-profile step in a broad damage control effort that the administration has launched since technical problems with the website, healthcare.gov, have prevented Americans nationwide from signing up
In addition to the damage done to the GOP by his penchant for right-wing antics, of which the shutdown fiasco was only the latest, Jim DeMint, the president of Heritage Foundation, has ushered in a new era in the once-proud conservative think tank’s history. Under DeMint, Heritage Foundation has been subsumed to the interests of its sister organization, Heritage Action. As a result, Heritage Foundation is suffering a grievous slide in intellectual integrity and influence. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is the latest of many conservatives openly to express concern about the think tank. He told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd this week, “Right
President Obama is "frustrated" by the disastrous launch of an online computer marketplace for Obamacare, the White House says. Here are five reasons why frustration isn´t enough. He should be frightened.1. It´s worse than his team has let on. The White House has tried to position the failed first days of Obamacare as mere "glitches" caused by the site´s popularity. An administration spokesman told the Washington Post on Sunday that the "main driver of the problem is volume." That is intentionally misleading. The White House has heard complaints from insurance companies, consumers, and health policy experts about issues embedded deeply
President Obama´s long-winded speech in defense of his health care reform nearly put one audience member to sleep, with a guest standing directly behind the President almost fainting as he continued to drone on for nearly 30 minutes. A young woman, who appeared to be pregnant, dressed in a bright red frock stood at attention behind the President during his Rose Garden remarks, smiling brightly during much of the address. But Obama´s verbosity got the best of her — and she nearly toppled over, seemingly a result of the bright D.C. sun. She began to appear lightheaded, blinking several times
On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, hosted by Martha Raddatz, reporter Jonathan Karl interviewed Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), and proceeded to body-slam him for his involvement in the government shutdown debate. “People hated this shutdown, they hated this impasse and this was seen as the Ted Cruz shutdown. You more than any single individual were seen as the one that triggered this crisis to begin with,” Karl ranted. When Cruz tried to get a word in edgewise, Karl stated, “there never would have been a shutdown if you hadn´t gone with the strategy of saying we´re not even going
The Mark Twain Prize, handed out each year in the Nation´s Capital, is generally a nonpartisan affair meant to toast the funniest people in pop culture, period. This year, both the honoree and a key presenter couldn´t resist the chance to get political during the ceremony. The night belonged to beloved sketch comedy star Carol Burnett, who used the debate over the recently ended government shutdown in her acceptance speech: This is very encouraging. I mean it was a long time in coming, but I understand because there are so many people funnier than I am, especially here in Washington. With any luck,
President Barack Obama caught a pregnant woman who began to faint during his speech about healthcare reforms today, joking ´That´s what happens when I talk too long.´ Mr Obama reached out to help prospective Affordable Care Act beneficiary Karmel Allison who was standing directly behind him as he discussed the glitches of the new healthcare website in the Rose Garden of the White House. Around 25 minutes into the speech, Ms Allison became unsteady and started to lose consciousness and the President turned around and grabbed her by the arm before she fainted. Scroll down for video
NEW YORK — Slavery in the United States was once a roaring success whose wounds still afflict the country today. So says Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who examines both its success and shame in "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross," his new PBS documentary series that traces 500 years of black history. "Slavery is a perfect example of why we need limits on the more unfortunate aspects of human nature," he says. "Slavery was capitalism gone berserk." The horrifically profitable practice of slavery and the brutal inhumanity of Jim Crow loom large in "The African Americans" (premiering Tuesday at
Hard-line conservatives aren’t just sticking it to the national GOP by shutting down the government and bringing the nation to the brink of default — they’re also refusing to pony up to help their party defend the House in 2014. With a little more than a year until the midterm election, many leaders of the shutdown strategy have yet to donate to the National Republican Congressional Committee, records show. At least eight of the debate’s 20 or so most outspoken figures have not given any money to the NRCC, and others have forked over token amounts. Their refusal to contribute