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August 11, 2012

Back in 2010, there was this tense meeting between Obama and the Republican Party, where the president went to answer questions from GOP members of Congress on their turf — a retreat in Baltimore. This conversation Paul Ryan had with Obama stood out, because even if they had differences, you got the feeling it was two adults talking and trying to meet one another halfway. We were just about to surface this ourselves, but found that Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski beat us to it. Watch it. It’s a pretty solid clip that sort of shows the dynamic we could see from these two over the next few months.

17:53 // 1 year ago
I represent a part of America that includes inner cities, rural areas, suburbs and factory towns. Over the years I have seen and heard from a lot from families, from those running small businesses, and from people who are in need. But what I have heard lately troubles me the most. There is something different in their voice and in their words. What I hear from them are diminished dreams, lowered expectations, uncertain futures.
Rep. Paul Ryan • In prepared remarks the just-tapped vice-presidential candidate plans to give this morning. (more here)
9:10 // 1 year ago

Some overnight vetting of Paul Ryan, via Philip Bump

pbump:

The overnight vetting of Paul Ryan.

From August, 2010, the Times“A Young Republican With a Sweeping Agenda”

From August of this year, Ryan Lizza’s “Fussbudget”

Lizza also shares this photo from Ryan’s high school yearbook, in which Ryan was named “biggest brown-noser.”

Here’s Ryan on C-SPAN in 1998, when he first joined Congress.

Here’s his big ol’ house in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Some other notes:

Some early analysis of the pick from Lizza and The Atlantic’s James Fallows (who is not a fan).

The best early analysis is Ezra Klein’s “Seven Thoughts on Ryan”.

But if you’re looking for detail, here is a 290-page opposition research book on Ryan, released by a Super PAC.

Undoubtedly, more to come.

Gaywrites also points out that Ryan has a very weak gay-rights record.

9:06 // 1 year ago
Happening soon: Romney introduces Paul Ryan as his VP pick. Watch over here. The local paper is covering too. (And follow our tag here.)

Happening soon: Romney introduces Paul Ryan as his VP pick. Watch over here. The local paper is covering too(And follow our tag here.)

9:02 // 1 year ago
breakingnews:

Mitt Romney chooses Paul Ryan as running mate
Mitt Romney has chosen Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be his vice presidential running mate.Sourced reports of the news emerged late last night, and Romney’s “Mitt’s VP” mobile app confirmed the choice this morning. Romney is holding an event in Norfolk, Virginia, at 9 a.m. EDT today to make the formal announcement. More updates on BreakingNews.com.Photo: Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 10, 2012. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

Of course they would leapfrog the official announcement with the app. Of course.

breakingnews:

Mitt Romney chooses Paul Ryan as running mate

Mitt Romney has chosen Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be his vice presidential running mate.

Sourced reports of the news emerged late last night, and Romney’s “Mitt’s VP” mobile app confirmed the choice this morning. Romney is holding an event in Norfolk, Virginia, at 9 a.m. EDT today to make the formal announcement. More updates on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 10, 2012. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

Of course they would leapfrog the official announcement with the app. Of course.

7:49 // 1 year ago
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Flipping ­­burgers at McDonald’s, steering the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, slinging cheap margaritas, and toning abs and pecs. That’s about the extent of Rep. Paul Ryan’s private sector experience.
Politico’s Jonathan Martin • Discussing a glaring problem were Mitt Romney to pick Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate: He has little experience in the private sector, something Romney himself is pushing very hard. Ryan’s business experience? Limited to working at his family’s construction business only a few months. On the other hand, The Wall Street Journal just gave him some serious backing, noting that Ryan’s pick would give Romney a chance to win on big issues (with Ryan’s fiscal background offering up those big issues), rather than losing on small ones.
8:33 // 1 year ago
August 3, 2012
Buzzfeed’s Veepstakes newsletter may be the first political e-mail newsletter in history to use animated GIFs. Here’s today’s edition, and here’s how to subscribe.

Buzzfeed’s Veepstakes newsletter may be the first political e-mail newsletter in history to use animated GIFs. Here’s today’s edition, and here’s how to subscribe.

7:04 // 1 year ago
August 2, 2012
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