Republicans brazenly admit massive tax cuts are to justify cutting Medicare and Medicaid

Republicans in Congress are openly admitting they plan to use their tax reform bill to justify slashing funding for essential social programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps.

The bill — which is expected to balloon the national deficit by at least $1 trillion, and which only benefits the country’s wealthiest in the long-term — has not yet been reconciled or signed. But Republicans aren’t wasting any time laying out what they see as t...

Asked about guns, Paul Ryan talks about the need for corporate tax cuts

During a news conference on Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) was asked whether House Republicans still plan to forge ahead with a bill to deregulate gun silencers on the same week as the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

But instead of addressing the question head-on, Ryan quickly pivoted to touting the need for corporate tax cuts.

Pushed about the so-called Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act), Ryan said he’s not sure whe...

The Catholic nun who asked Paul Ryan about caring for the poor didn’t like his answer

The nun who questioned House Speaker Paul Ryan earlier this week at a town hall about whether he believes he is upholding the teachings of the Catholic church to care for the poor and dispossessed said she was not satisfied with Ryan’s answer in an interview with ThinkProgress Wednesday.

“He speaks pretty openly about being a Catholic, but I haven’t seen that reflected in his policy recommendations and the things that he’s working on,” said Sister Erica Jordan, the Dominican nun who...

A nun called out Paul Ryan on health care last night. His response was awkward.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) attempted to answer a nun’s question about health care during his first town hall in two years on Monday evening, insisting that his plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and alter tax policy are in line with the Catholic faith he claims.

But like many Catholics who have challenged Ryan on policy in recent years, the nun did not appear impressed.

The exchange occurred late Monday evening, when Sister Erica Jordan, a Dominican nun from Wisconsi...

Paul Ryan is lying about Obamacare collapsing

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Monday evening at a town hall that “dozens of counties” across the country have no insurer on the Obamacare marketplace. But in reality, not a single county currently has no insurer and just one is at risk of not having an insurer next year.

“The status quo is not an option. Obamacare is not working,” Ryan told a constituent who asked about the GOP’s ongoing efforts to repeal and potentially replace the Affordable Care act. “A third of the c...