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As Wisconsin’s Walker exits, Vos ready to step forward

Vos, who has been speaker since 2013, is used to being at the center of Wisconsin's biggest political battles. Scott Walker leaves office, Vos is positioning himself to take over as the state's most powerful Republican and is determined to protect conservative interests in the key Midwestern swing state from Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers. It's a natural transition for Vos, a key player in Walker's 2011 battle against public unions and a partner during nearly a decade of Republican dominance in the state. Since ascending to speaker, Vos has helped build a Republican majority that reached its highest mark since 1957, with 64 members following the 2016 election. Vos maintained that Republicans won fair and square based on their record of success. He makes roughly $51,000 as speaker. I try to always look for how can we accomplish the end goal." His chief of staff runs the committee that works to get Republicans elected to the Assembly. That has increased donations to the Assembly campaign committee that his chief of staff ran and that provided financial support to Republicans running for office. "I am not going to run for governor," Vos said.

Paul Ryan Was Always More Political Hack Than Policy Genius

Paul Ryan’s farewell tour is going about as well as you might imagine. The retiring speaker of the House, who made a career out of promoting his aw-shucks humility, has presided over the revealing of not one but three painted portraits of himself. In less-controlled settings, his interviews with media outlets have, rather than provide a victory lap, only served to highlight the emptiness of Ryan’s words and the failures of his time in office. Speaking of those empty words, Ryan was also set to leave us with a formal farewell address at the Library of Congress earlier this week ? until George H.W. It was yet another reminder that history has rarely been on Ryan’s side. Not surprisingly, that’s not Ryan’s own assessment of his time in public life. When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, Ryan threw his sermonizing into overdrive, appearing nonstop on Fox News and other conservative outlets to warn about how the new president’s budget plans would drive the economy into a ditch, as if he hadn’t helped Bush do just that for the previous eight years. Instead, Ryan rolled over for Trump, allowing and even protecting his worst abuses of office. Too bad that throughout his career, Paul Ryan showed he was not so much a policy genius as he was a political hack. It’s just that in the eyes of a Republican Party that has capitulated to Trump at almost every turn, those are one and the same.
Paul Ryan on his election predictions, political future

Paul Ryan on his election predictions, political future

Republicans have a great story to tell about the economy and have 'a good shot' at holding the House, says Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking…

On Politics: Is Obama’s Idealistic Style Outdated?

Good Thursday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today. Some Democrats are wrestling with that question. • The Hub Project, a Democratic organization, has spent nearly $30 million on the midterm elections. But the group, which does not reveal its donors, is a mystery even to some of those involved. • On both sides of the Atlantic, a loose right-wing network has spent years trying to cast George Soros, the billionaire investor and Democratic donor, as the shadowy leader of a radical global movement. Here’s how it happened. Their plan includes an overhaul of campaign and ethics laws, infrastructure investment and controlling prescription drug prices. • Democratic leaders are scrambling to rescue Senator Robert Menendez’s candidacy in New Jersey and preserve their long-shot dreams of a Senate majority. Brian Kemp, the Republican, wanted the schedule changed so he could campaign with Mr. Trump.

The Midterms Minute: Trump to boost DeSantis as Florida race gets personal

Trump train travels to Florida Happy Halloween! Read more DeSantis is running against Democrat Andrew Gillum, the first African American nominee for governor in the state’s history. With Gillum slightly ahead of DeSantis in recent polling, the GOP is hoping the president can successfully encourage Republicans to go to the polls. On the flipside, Trump’s full-throated support for DeSantis might get out the Democratic vote. The national Republican party withdrew support for King’s campaign on Tuesday, and Land O’Lakes, a large dairy and animal feed company in King’s district, said it would no longer offer its support. Steve Bannon is struggling for relevance … and company Trump’s former chief strategist is on a tour of the US, notionally to drum up support for Republican midterm candidates. The latest example of Bannon’s dwindling relevance came on Tuesday, when 25 people showed up at one of his rallies in North Topeka, Kansas. Bannon was campaigning for Republican Steve Watkins, running for congress in Kansas’ second district. Fitzpatrick has 47% in the poll, conducted over three days at the end of October, with Wallace on 46%. Sen. Aaron D. Ford (@AaronDFordNV) This campaign has always been about Nevada families.
President Donald Trump Attacks Paul Ryan Over Birthright Citizenship Comments | Hardball | MSNBC

President Donald Trump Attacks Paul Ryan Over Birthright Citizenship Comments | Hardball | MSNBC

Speaker Paul Ryan broke with the president on the issue of birthright citizenship. Trump lashed back. » Subscribe to MSNBC: About: MSNBC is the premier destination for in-depth analysis of daily headlines, insightful political commentary and informed perspectives. Reaching…

Paul Ryan decries tribalism, identity politics ahead of midterms

In an interview that aired Sunday on "Face the Nation," Ryan told John Dickerson the antidote is "inclusive politics." "The best way to combat tribalism is to starve it of its oxygen, which is anxiety — economic anxiety, security anxiety," Ryan said. "And if we can pass policies that help improve people's lives, make them more confident about the future, then they'll be less prone to be, to be swayed by the kind of tribalism identity politics we see these days." Ryan, who spoke to Dickerson on Oct. 16 alongside New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik, said he sometimes sees tribalism on display at President Trump's political rallies. But he said he thinks the president has shown unity on a handful of issues, notably tax reform. Stefanik, a Republican from New York, also gave Mr. Trump credit for the administration's work to combat the opioid epidemic. Ryan, who has been speaker since October 2015, will leave Congress early next year. "If we can make healthcare more affordable, more accessible, while protecting pre-existing conditions, we can also fix our fiscal problems, which are the health care entitlement programs," Ryan said. Although Ryan is leaving Congress, he won't leave public service entirely. "I've been in Congress 20 years," Ryan said.

Paul Ryan worries tribal identity politics is “becoming the new norm” for both sides

"Well not always, but sometimes....I worry about tribal identity politics becoming the new norm of how politics is waged. Ryan did not offer a broader criticism of Mr. Trump's style of politics but when asked by Dickerson whether the president practices "inclusive politics," Ryan said, "sometimes he does and sometimes he doesn't." "We cut taxes and we have higher revenue coming in," he said. People like the fact that they're getting bonuses, that 90 percent of American workers have bigger paychecks this year," Ryan said. "Revenues are up this year. Believe it or not, we cut taxes at the beginning of the year, and we have higher revenues this year. Why do we have higher revenues? Because we have faster economic growth, higher wages, more taxes are coming into the government," Ryan said. We cut taxes and we have higher revenues coming into the government today still," Ryan said. But the economy did grow as a result of these policies….

McConnell blames budget deficit rise on government programs – not tax cuts

A day after the treasury department announced the federal budget deficit had reached $779bn, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said popular government programs, not massive tax cuts passed by Republicans last year, were to blame. Citing federal spending on healthcare and retirement benefits such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, McConnell said changes to such programs would require cooperation from Democrats. “It’s a bipartisan problem: unwillingness to address the real drivers of the debt by doing anything to adjust those programs to the demographics of America in the future.” Three weeks remain until the midterm elections, in which the Democrats seem poised to take back the House if not the Senate. Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said to suggest cutting Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid was “nothing short of gaslighting”. “Senator Mitch McConnell, President Trump and their fellow Republicans blew a $2tn hole in the federal deficit to fund a tax cut for the rich,” Schumer said in a statement. “As November approaches, it’s clear Democrats stand for expanding affordable healthcare and growing the middle class while Republicans are for stripping away protections for people with pre-existing conditions and cutting Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid to fund their giveaways to corporate executives and the wealthiest few,” he added. Seth Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress who focuses on federal budget policy, said: “Senator McConnell confirmed what everybody has known all along: the Republican plan is to pay for tax cuts for their donors and themselves by slashing Medicare and Social Security for working people. Ryan, who is retiring, has said Medicare, the federal healthcare program for those 65 and older, is “the biggest entitlement we’ve got to reform”. As president, he has offered budget proposals that would slash all three programs. “I don’t want to be specific,” Kudlow said.

Rising trash talk in our politics: The latest uncivil debate

Lots of people got riled up over Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, and party leaders now are branding opponents as "mobs" gone mad, and worse. It's not likely to get better soon, with both parties straining for control of Congress on Election Day. A look at the "conversation": ___ Trump kicked off his presidential campaign in 2015 by saying many Mexicans are rapists and murderers. "You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about," she said on CNN. "That's why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and/or the Senate, that's when civility can start again." Two years after Trump's victory, she notes, he still routinely brings her up, calling her "Crooked Hillary." "When you have the last presidential nominee for president saying incivility should continue until the Democrats win the House, for goodness sake, I think we know who the culprits are here when it comes to the quality of discourse in the country, and it's not coming from the Republican side of the aisle." But what about Trump? And, while Trump campaigns for Republican candidates, "I don't see all these Democratic candidates banging down Hillary Clinton's door asking her to lock arms."