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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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.

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.

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.

Plagiarism is a pretty minor political crime. But it matters for Sen. John Walsh.

Plagiarism is a pretty minor political crime. But it matters for Sen. John Walsh.

Plagiarism isn’t a career-ender, but Walsh’s career was already in serious jeopardy. And this hurts.

Scott Walker is tied with his challenger in a new poll. Just wait until the campaign starts.

Scott Walker is tied with his challenger in a new poll. Just wait until the campaign starts.

Yes, they’re tied. But very few people know his challenger.

BYU grads basically run Utah’s government

BYU grads basically run Utah’s government

In a not-surprising fact, the bulk of Utah’s elected officials hail for the Mormon school, and most are Republicans.

Irony alert: Putin daughter said to live in Netherlands

Irony alert: Putin daughter said to live in Netherlands

A Dutch mayor called Wednesday for Russian President Putin’s daughter to be deported from the Netherlands.

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City of burritos or cheese steaks?

City of burritos or cheese steaks?

Democrats in Congress are pitching their home cities in hopes of landing the 2016 convention.

IRS chief says agency no longer probing missing e-mails

IRS chief says agency no longer probing missing e-mails

John Koskinen offered little new information about the matter, saying he doesn’t want to interfere with an inspector general’s investigation.

The most important sentence President Obama uttered Tuesday

The most important sentence President Obama uttered Tuesday

Anxiety is the dominant emotion among the public these days.

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Joe Biden goes to the white board

Joe Biden goes to the white board

In this White House video, Vice President Biden takes the pen and discusses the importance of transportation infrastructure investment in America.

For White House interviews, it’s never one-on-one

<b>For White House interviews, it’s never one-on-one</b>

A press staffer almost always attends when reporters sit down with administration officials.