The return of ‘compassionate conservatism’

Rep. Paul Ryan visits a heroin clinic in San Antonio.

Republicans who hope to one day lead the party, and perhaps the country, are embarking on a push to rechristen the GOP as kinder, more connected to the daily economic anxieties of poor Americans – and better able to win national elections.

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Obama’s uphill struggle against economic inequality

Obama’s uphill struggle against economic inequality

Yes, he’s reduced it. And yes, it’s still increasing.

Central American leaders meet with U.S. lawmakers

Central American leaders meet with U.S. lawmakers

Officials press their case for additional aid a day before they were set to meet with President Obama.

Scandal overshadows Mont. senator’s moment to shine

Scandal overshadows Mont. senator’s moment to shine

A plagiarism scandal complicates Democrat John Walsh’s uphill battle to win a full term in the Senate.

After execution gone awry, unclear if changes could follow

After execution gone awry, unclear if changes could follow

The execution of Joseph R. Wood III lasted for nearly two hours in Arizona, prompting outrage and questions

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Readers speak out about IRS, VA and senior executives

Readers react to previous Federal Diary columns, speaking their minds on IRS,VA and senior executives.

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In the Loop: Saxby Chambliss is retiring in style

In the Loop: Saxby Chambliss is retiring in style

The senator may be a lame duck, but he can still fly to Europe.

Rep. Harris leaves staff hanging, makes no friends with his D.C. ‘constituents’

Rep. Harris leaves staff hanging, makes no friends with his D.C. ‘constituents’

The Maryland Eastern Shore Congressman had a chance to face the people he claims to look out for. He passed.

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Honduras president: Migrants come home with 'broken hearts'

Honduras president: Migrants come home with 'broken hearts'

President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernández discusses the conditions immigrants experience as they make the illegal trek across the U.S.-Mexican border, and the plights they face upon returning home.

Debra Harrell back on her job at McDonald’s, lawyer says

A South Carolina woman who faces charges of child neglect, is back at work, as her plight has sparked debates about wages, poverty and childcare.

Rep. Ryan talks about repairing the safety net

Rep. Ryan talks about repairing the safety net

His new anti-poverty plan reveals changes in tone and rhetoric.

Sen. John Walsh, and how not to respond to a political scandal

Sen. John Walsh, and how not to respond to a political scandal

His campaign still says this was an “unintentional mistake.” That’s really hard to believe.

Investors worry over looming Puerto Rico debt

Investors worry over looming Puerto Rico debt

A new law would allow public corporations to go into default. That has investors worried about the territory’s $73 billion in debt.

Study: Western water levels lower than thought

Study: Western water levels lower than thought

A team of researchers has highlighted the surprising amount of groundwater used by western residents.

The eternal and irresistible appeal of Obama campaign experience

The eternal and irresistible appeal of Obama campaign experience

For $5,000, you too can be an unpaid campaign staffer blessed with the Obama magic.

The VA’s 2-page justification for a $17 billion funding request

The VA’s 2-page justification for a $17 billion funding request

Republicans have expressed reservations about providing the money without a better explanation for how the funds would be used.

Who knew Afghans don’t like soybeans?

Who knew Afghans don’t like soybeans?

The inspector general hits the Agriculture Department over a $34.4 million program to grow and process soybeans in Afghanistan

No, this isn’t the most transparent Administration ever. And the next one will be even worse.

No, this isn’t the most transparent Administration ever. And the next one will be even worse.

Access to the president continues to constrict. This is a very bad thing.

The return of ‘compassionate conservatism’

The return of ‘compassionate conservatism’

Republicans who hope to one day lead the party, and perhaps the country, are embarking on a push to rechristen the GOP as kinder, more connected to the daily economic anxieties of poor Americans – and better able to win national elections.

What President Obama gets wrong about ‘acting white’

What President Obama gets wrong about ‘acting white’

President Obama often brings up the idea that black students face an “acting white” stigma. But, it’s much more complicated than he allows.

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Campaign 2014: Lamar Alexander 'No National School Board'

Campaign 2014: Lamar Alexander 'No National School Board'

Incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) pushes back against federal involvement in education in this ad.

State Department glitch creating major passport, visa delays

State Department glitch creating major passport, visa delays

A technical problem is causing a major delays in processing passports and visas worldwide.

Report: Abortions down 13 percent in Texas after strict limits went into effect in November

Report: Abortions down 13 percent in Texas after strict limits went into effect in November

Given the dramatic decline in the number of providers, researchers were surprised legal abortions hadn’t decreased more.

Obama has been the key in moving DNC from red to black

Obama has been the key in moving DNC from red to black

The Democratic Party has cut its debt by 80 percent since the beginning of the year.

Republicans and Democrats agree: Their own member of Congress isn’t part of the problem

Republicans and Democrats agree: Their own member of Congress isn’t part of the problem

Americans say they hate Congress. They won’t change it, though.

Two Calif. cities will vote on soda taxes

Two Calif. cities will vote on soda taxes

San Francisco and Berkeley would use the money to pay for health and nutrition programs.

Barely half of Americans know the political party of their representative

Barely half of Americans know the political party of their representative

Though they did slightly better than random guessing. U-S-A!

It’s still not easy being Muslim in Europe, particularly in France

It’s still not easy being Muslim in Europe, particularly in France

A broader view of the contours of Muslim integration in Europe following yesterday’s post, “Some good news about Muslims in Europe.“

Need food? Maine’s governor wants you to work for it

Need food? Maine’s governor wants you to work for it

A number of states have received waivers due to high levels of unemployment.

A look at death penalty sentences and executions, by state

A look at death penalty sentences and executions, by state

Arizona’s drawn-out execution on Wednesday reinforces how widely the process varies across the country.

Here’s why President Obama’s dismal approval ratings matter this November

Here’s why President Obama’s dismal approval ratings matter this November

More than half of people who plan to vote Republican say it is a vote against the president.

Former Sens. Gregg and Conrad land same job

Former Sens. Gregg and Conrad land same job

Former Senate budget wonks Kent Conrad and Judd Gregg will be working together at a major DC-based PR firm.

A brief history of illicit drug use at the White House

A brief history of illicit drug use at the White House

Snoop Dogg’s pot-smoking claim puts him in the company of Willie Nelson, Grace Slick and others.

Meritocracy won’t happen: the problem’s with the ‘ocracy’

In a meritocracy, the whole point of having “merit” is that you can run things (“ocracy”), and one of the points of running things is that you can get nice things for your family and friends.

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Inside Ryan’s anti-poverty plan

Inside Ryan’s anti-poverty plan

Robert L. Woodson ​Jr. has taken Ryan on a tour of community-based anti-poverty programs.

Attention politicians: You can be popular when you’re dead. (Or not a politician.)

Attention politicians: You can be popular when you’re dead. (Or not a politician.)

And other tips for how to be popular, from things more popular than our august legislative body.

California’s film subsidies brought in more than $1 billion in spending in the past year, study finds

California’s film subsidies brought in more than $1 billion in spending in the past year, study finds

A study by the California Film Commission shows many film and television projects that don’t receive subsidies from the state opt to film elsewhere.

Don’t expect campaign finance reform to reduce polarization

Don’t expect campaign finance reform to reduce polarization

Could strengthening parties reduce polarization? Maybe not.

More GOP infighting in Kansas, as a literal food fight ensues

More GOP infighting in Kansas, as a literal food fight ensues

Running against the man he once endorsed, former congressman Todd Tiahrt’s pulling closer in the polls.