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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Paul Ryan
Journalists love nothing more than small events that yield big speculations and fancy headlines. Such was the case with President Obama's handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro on Tuesday during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. The moment spawned close to 3,400 news accounts within four hours, the headlines rife with question marks and wishful conclusions. A minuscule sampling:
Key lawmakers from both parties announced Tuesday a bipartisan budget proposal that would avoid another government shutdown and restore some defense spending that would have been lost to upcoming sequester cuts.
The contest to become the 2016 Republican presidential nominee is a jump ball in Iowa, where even with the caucuses more than two years away, potential candidates are making the trek to see and be seen by the voters who will decide the first cut.
With America's mainstream media taking the week off for the Thanksgiving holiday, the nation's lonely and underworked pollsters stepped up to feed the beast. Not surprisingly, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was a big winner, even if the 2016 election is three years away.
In terms of polling, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie has grabbed all the GOP love for president in 2016.
Congressional Republicans have said they won't accept higher taxes as part of a year-end budget deal, but critics say one option that's still on the table is just a tax increase in disguise.
Congressional negotiators have about a month to write a compromise federal budget, but it's a difficult task when the starting points — the plans passed earlier this year by House Republicans and Senate Democrats — are $4 trillion apart.
Despite being on the losing 2012 presidential ticket, Rep. Paul Ryan's White House prospects have not dimmed in Iowa, where Republican insiders say he will get a strong look in the 2016 caucuses if he takes a crack at the nation's top elected office.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie leads former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, 43 percent to 42 percent, in a new poll on the hypothetical 2016 presidential match-up.
Beware political prophets claiming to know the outcome of the next election. Such prophets are frauds. The whims of voters, being human, are notoriously fickle. Quinnipiac University polling, as reliable as any, now reveals that the current winds favor Republicans, proving only that voters have forgotten the government shutdown and have moved on, even if most of the pundits haven't.
No tax increases, no major cuts to Social Security or other entitlements, and no big jump in federal spending. As House and Senate negotiators meet Wednesday to try to hammer out a unified 2014 federal budget, what's most striking is how many options they've already ruled out.
Mitt Romney pushed back Sunday against talk of any ill will between himself and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, lauding Mr. Christie's record as a Republican in a blue state and saying, "They don't come better than Chris Christie."
Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, is often described as both a tea party member and a libertarian, but it turns out that most libertarians aren't tea partyers.
Congress has given itself a several-month reprieve to write a budget, and the four lawmakers charged with doing that said all the right things Thursday morning as they emerged from their first informal meeting.
In his recent hourlong, rambling news conference, President Obama continued to blame Republicans, the Tea Party and House Speaker John A. Boehner for not giving him everything he wants. Apparently, only when the opposition has met all of his demands without compromise will he be willing to talk to them. Unfortunately, our president is not being truthful, and he breaks his promises.