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Matalin rages at Krugman: You ‘lied’ about Ryan proposing vouchers for Medicare

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Republican strategist Mary Matalin on Sunday attempted to lecture Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, saying he had “lied” by claiming Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s wanted to turn Medicare into a voucher system.

During panel discussion on ABC’s This Week, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan asserted that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had held himself during last week’s debate by appearing to be “a completely moderate, centrist figure.”

“Except that everything he used to claim his centrism wasn’t true,” Krugman pointed out. “So, this is a question. Does that start to take its toll over the next few months… When you say my plan covers pre-existing conditions when it doesn’t and when your own campaign has admitted in the past that it doesn’t, what do you say? That’s amazing.”

“You have mischaracterized and you have lied about every position and every particular of the Ryan plan on Medicare,” Matalin interrupted, “from the efficiency of the Medicare administration to calling it a voucher plan.”

“It is a voucher plan,” Krugman replied.

“You are hardly credible on calling somebody else a liar,” Matalin quipped.

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Krugman quickly returned to Romney’s claim during the debate, that his health care plan covered pre-existing conditions.

“I just think that pre-existing thing was a defining moment,” he observed. “It was saying this guy believes — not only did he say something that isn’t true, but something that his own campaign has admitted isn’t true. And he can say it in front of 70 million people. That’s amazing.”

As Think Progress noted, Ryan himself has described his plan as “converting Medicare into defined contribution sort of voucher system.”

Watch this video from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Oct. 7, 2012.

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British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate

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Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.

In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.

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Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.

Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019

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Here are 10 women who wouldn’t be silenced in 2018

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It's been 26 years since the so-called "Year of the Woman," when a record number of women were elected to Congress in 1992. Four senators and 24 representatives were sent to Capitol Hill, following contentious Supreme Court hearings for then-nominee Clarence Thomas, who was accused by Anita Hill of sexual harassment.

On several levels, the themes of 1992 have made repeat, and amplified, appearances this year. The #MeToo movement became fully realized with women reclaiming and reframing their stories, as President Donald Trump, himself accused many times of sexual predator behavior settled further into the White House. Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh, also accused of sexual assault, to the Supreme Court, and while Kavanaugh would go on to attain a seat on the highest court in the land, serial sexual predator and former beloved comedian Bill Cosby was sent to prison for the drugging and rape of Andrea Constand, only one of dozens of women who have spoken out against Cosby with credible accusations of assault.

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