What to read before the debate


Lexington, Kentucky's Centre College, where tonight's vice presidential debate will be held. (Felicia Sonmez/Washington Post)

Looking for some vice presidential debate context, or just something to do between now and 9 p.m.? Here's our roundup of biographical, factual, and statistical data to help you prepare for the thrill in the 'Ville.

* The best Paul Ryan profiles and the best Joe Biden profiles.

* All the relevant factchecks.

* The latest news out of Libya.

* The Ryan budget, 2013 edition, and our analysis of it. This budget is more generous than an earlier version scored by the Congressional Budget Office. 

* President Obama's 2013 budget, broken down by agency.

* A Tax Policy Center analysis of what will happen if Congress lets the country go over the fiscal cliff. 

* Ezra Klein's 2010 interview with Ryan, in which he talks about how rationing should work. 

* The influence of Catholicism on Biden and Ryan. 

* Ryan's history on education policy.

* The issues where Ryan and Mitt Romney differ.

* The New York Times report that Ryan advised House Republicans against a "grand bargain" with President Obama on the debt.

* A 1998 Slate analysis of Joe Biden's plagiarism. 

* A New Yorker article noting Elizabeth Warren's past criticism of Biden, which Republicans are highlighting today. 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
Continue reading
Comments
Show Comments
Most Read Politics

politics

post-politics

Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters