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Daily Archives: August 17, 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan and his wife Janna during a homecoming campaign rally at the Waukesha County Expo Center on August 12, 2012 in Wisconsin.

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Rep. Paul Ryan and his wife Janna during a homecoming campaign rally at the Waukesha County Expo Center on August 12, 2012 in Wisconsin.

Ryan’s Taxes: 20, 15.9 Percent — Steeper Rates Than Romney’s

Considering that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has released one and promised to release another year of his personal income tax returns, we weren’t expecting to see more from Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Romney’s running mate. And we aren’t....

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Ayn Rand, Russian-born American novelist, in Manhattan in 1962.

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Ayn Rand, Russian-born American novelist, in Manhattan in 1962.

Ryan’s Bounce: Ayn Rand Booksales

While Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney didn’t get an appreciable bounce after naming Paul Ryan as his running mate, the late Ayn Rand sure did. The philosopher who favored individualism over collectivism has won renewed attention with the choice of...

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Rep. Paul Ryan at a campaign event at Walsh  University on August 16, 2012 in North Canton, Ohio.

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Rep. Paul Ryan at a campaign event at Walsh University on August 16, 2012 in North Canton, Ohio.

Romney’s Cheney: Norquist’s View

Paul Ryan could be to economics and tax policy what Dick Cheney was to national security — should Republican Mitt Romney win election as president. That’s how Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, sees it. “I think that...

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Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, with Erskine Bowles, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, in Washington, D.C.

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Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, with Erskine Bowles, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, in Washington, D.C.

Budget Hawk MacGuineas Fears She May Rue What She Wished For

So-called deficit hawks have  pined for a big election-year debate over their cherished goal of getting the government’s books in order, a dialogue in which lawmakers and voters alike grapple in detail with the tough choice needed. With House Budget Committee...

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Mitt Romney at a campaign rally on August 14, 2012 in Chillicothe, Ohio.

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Mitt Romney at a campaign rally on August 14, 2012 in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Romney’s 13% Slides to 1% Tax Under Ryan: Obama-backing PAC

Mitt Romney’s insistence that he hasn’t paid less than a 13 percent tax rate for the last 10 years has done little to quell the debate over whether he should release more of his tax returns. The latest ad from...

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Rep. Paul Ryan leaves the House Republican Conference meeting, beginning at the Capitol Hill Club on August 1, 2012.

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Rep. Paul Ryan leaves the House Republican Conference meeting, beginning at the Capitol Hill Club on August 1, 2012.

Biden’s iPod? Ryan Has Shared His

Joe Biden will be facing  a challenger 27 years his junior who has spent 23 fewer years in Congress when the two meet in debate on Oct. 11 at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Yet the vice president and Rep. Paul...

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Spanish forward Pau Gaso, left, vies for the ball with Carmelo Anthony during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Spanish forward Pau Gaso, left, vies for the ball with Carmelo Anthony during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

$3 Ticket for Obama’s Renomination

As if paying $3 to enter a contest to shoot hoops with Carmelo Anthony and Alonzo Mourning before having dinner with the president and Michael Jordan weren’t enough, the Obama campaign is upping the ante. In an effort to recapture...

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New York State Police, local police and Secret Service guard the beachfront property of industrial billionaire David H. Koch before a fundraiser for Mitt Romney.

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New York State Police, local police and Secret Service guard the beachfront property of industrial billionaire David H. Koch before a fundraiser for Mitt Romney.

Romney’s Island-Hop for Fundraising

Mitt Romney is going island-hopping — New England-style — for campaign cash starting today and continuing Saturday. After spending much of today at his campaign headquarters in Boston — where he’s raising more money through roundtable discussions with donors —...

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