U.S. Republican Paul Ryan wants choice in delivering aid to poor

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Paul Ryan proposed a plan to help poor Americans on Thursday that would allow charities, community groups and even for-profit firms to compete with the government for federal money to fight poverty. The plan from Ryan, a potential Republican presidential contender in 2016, would allow states to replace 11 programs ranging from ...

Rubio, Ryan and Paul Looking to Expand Republican Base

Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, two U.S. lawmakers eyeing presidential bids, are trying to reset the Republican message on income inequality, something other party members in Washington have struggled to do. Rubio, a Florida senator, yesterday framed economic disparities as a moral issue, promoting measures to increase tax benefits for married couples and modify the earned income tax credit so that ...

Republican asks if flight ban is boycott of Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — A potential Republican presidential contender in 2016 on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid fighting between Israel and Hamas.

Republican Paul Ryan to renew U.S. poverty debate with grant plan

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Representative Paul Ryan will probably spark a new round of arguments over how to fight poverty in America on Thursday as he introduces a sweeping plan to replace long-standing social safety net programs with new block grants for states and communities. Ryan, his party's vice presidential candidate in 2012, is best known for his budget blueprints ...