These 15 GOP Senators from the Past Could Show Mitch McConnell and His Colleagues How to Do the Job
by Ronald L. Feinman
The list includes liberals, conservatives and moderates.
SOURCE: The Charlotte Observer
House Speaker Paul Ryan uncovers Jewish roots on PBS show hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
The research showed Ryan is 3 percent Ashkenazi Jewish.
Why No One Should Be Shocked at Paul Ryan’s Retirement
by Arthur I. Cyr
Whatever his personal reasons, structural changes in Congress make life tough for any House Speaker.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Blowing Up the Deficit Is Part of the Plan
by Julian E. Zelizer
Republicans are hoping to use the deficits created by their own tax cuts to slash the social safety net—but they may end up setting the stage for tax hikes instead.
SOURCE: Daily Kos
Speaker Ryan loves pseudo-historian David Barton
Speaker Paul Ryan apparently has a penchant for the work of the notorious “historian” and Christian nationalist David Barton. Once again illustrating just how rotten Ryan’s judgment can be.
History lesson for Paul Ryan: The Republicans have always been Donald Trump’s party
by Paul Krause
Donald Trump unmasked a remodeled, civil conservatism that tried to dress its crass and insular elements in a suit.
Will the GOP Crown Paul Ryan as Its Presidential Nominee?
by Ronald L. Feinman
If it does, it will be a sharp break with history and not for the reasons you think.
This war is for America’s soul: Donald Trump, Paul Ryan and how wealthy white elites protect themselves
by Heather Cox Richardson
It's the elites vs the people in this presidential campaign, and nothing less than democracy is at stake.
Paul Ryan’s Whiskers Prompt Look at House Precedent
Politicians have generally preferred to be fresh-faced for much of the last century. However, as historians have noted, that was not always the case.
Paul Ryan’s Haunted House
by Josh Zeitz
What can he learn from the ghosts of speakers past?
AHA sends up flare for help after Paul Ryan declares war on the NEH
Help defeat the Ryan Proposal today by urging your elected officials to join a bipartisan effort to support NEH.
SOURCE: New York Times
Paul Ryan’s Irish Amnesia
by Timothy Egan
Talking the familiar, heartless language of hunger economics.
SOURCE: New Deal 2.0 via Salon
David Woolner: FDR -- Minimum Wage Critics "Hopelessly Reactionary"
David Woolner is Senior Fellow and Hyde Park Resident Historian at the Roosevelt Institute, and Associate Professor of History at Marist CollegeOur Nation so richly endowed with natural resources and with a capable and industrious population should be able to devise ways and means of insuring to all our able-bodied working men and women a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. A self-supporting and self-respecting democracy can plead no justification for the existence of child labor, no economic reason for chiseling workers’ wages or stretching workers’ hours.Enlightened business is learning that competition ought not to cause bad social consequences which inevitably react upon the profits of business itself. All but the hopelessly reactionary will agree that to conserve our primary resources of man power, government must have some control over maximum hours, minimum wages, the evil of child labor and the exploitation of unorganized labor. –FDR, May 1937
Why Can Paul Ryan Run for Vice President and Congress at the Same Time?
by David Austin Walsh
Lyndon Johnson greeting students at the East Texas Teachers College, his alma mater, in 1959. Credit: Texas A&M University.Paul Ryan is actually a candidate in two elections this year -- at the national level as Mitt Romney's running mate, at the local level as the incumbent congressman for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district.But under Wisconsin law, a candidate can only appear on the ballot once. So what gives?Like many great electoral innovations, this one can be traced back to Lyndon Baines Johnson.
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