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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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.

Central America leaders plead for help from Washington

Central America leaders plead for help from Washington

The presidents press their case for more U.S. aid, a day before they were set to meet with President Obama.

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.

Women cyclists still not racing in Tour de France

Women cyclists still not racing in Tour de France

Men have been cycling in the Tour de France for more than 100 years, while women still wait for an opening.

Office of Congressional Ethics activity dropped off after first two years

Office of Congressional Ethics activity dropped off after first two years

A new report from the Office of Congressional Ethics shows the activity of the more than five-year-old independent panel since it was created.

Bill would ease disciplining, firing federal senior execs

Bill would ease disciplining, firing federal senior execs

House panel considers easing suspension, firing of federal employees in the Senior Executive Service.

Has President Obama bottomed out yet?

Has President Obama bottomed out yet?

Approval polls show little but statistical noise, even as crises surround the White House.

Members of Congress pitch their cities for the 2016 DNC convention

Members of Congress are pitching their cities to the Democratic National Committee, all in hopes of landing the 2016 convention.

Blacks in Seattle disproportionately fined for using pot in public

Early data show racial disparities in enforcement of the new public-use rules.

Here’s what the IRS told a federal court about Lois Lerner’s hard drive

Here’s what the IRS told a federal court about Lois Lerner’s hard drive

IRS officials filed court statements about the agency’s efforts to recover Lerner’s files. Find out what they said.

Do 10,000 baby boomers retire daily?

Do 10,000 baby boomers retire daily?

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says 10,000 baby boomers retire every day. It turns out his math is accurate.

Arizona execution takes nearly 2 hours

Witnesses said convicted murderer Joseph R. Wood III gasped and snorted for much of the time before dying.

White House, senators near deal on surveillance reform

White House, senators near deal on surveillance reform

Compromise bill would end NSA collection of Americans’ phone records.

House Republicans unveil plan to deal with border crisis

House Republicans unveil plan to deal with border crisis

But the proposal could get upended by the political forces that have long divided GOP lawmakers.

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In the Loop: Rubio isn’t saying Clinton’s old, but ...

In the Loop: Rubio isn’t saying Clinton’s old, but ...

The senator, clearly looking toward a potential 2016 matchup, piles on the 1990s references.

Migrant children put state, local leaders in bind

Migrant children put state, local leaders in bind

Around the country, the challenge of housing tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American migrant children is forcing an emotional, uncomfortable and politically treacherous conversation on policymakers at every level.

Obama tax policies reduced inequality gap, analysis shows

Obama tax policies reduced inequality gap, analysis shows

Based on tax policy, Obama slightly increased the income of the poor and reduced the income of the rich.