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February 5, 2013
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National Pulse 
  • Where does the GOP go from here?
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    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor presented a vision for a gentler, kinder Republican Party in a major policy speech today, arguing that the GOP needs to do a better job of explaining how fiscal discipline can improve the lot of regular Americans. Cantor's plan is more of a rebranding exercise than a call for major legislative or policy reforms, but could pave the way for more bipartisanship in the House. "It's having a conversation on different terms," he says. "If we start talking about people, maybe we can all come together." The Washington Times (2/5) , National Journal (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Kansas could be model for GOP's revival:   The national GOP should look to Kansas and other GOP-led states to showcase the potential of its small-government philosophy, says Gov. Sam Brownback. That "red-state model" could help prove the GOP's claim that low taxes and spending lead to economic renewal, Brownback argues. The Wall Street Journal (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Agenda Items 
  • Ohio signs up for Medicaid expansion
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    Ohio will expand its Medicaid program under the framework established by President Barack Obama's health care reforms, Gov. John Kasich has announced. That's potentially a big deal: Other Republican governors have also signed up, but Kasich is a tea-party favorite who has spent much of his career arguing for smaller government. Kasich said he is not a fan of the new law, but this move "makes great sense for Ohio." The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (2/5) , The Week (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Data Points 
  • Chart shows the real problem with the U.S. economy
    A single chart shows the real problem with modern America, writes Michael Scherer. While GDP and productivity have skyrocketed since 1992, household income plateaued in 2000 and hasn't risen since -- a sign that despite corporate gains, "frustration and stagnation" is the economic reality for many American workers. "The most important chart in American politics can no longer be ignored," Scherer argues. blog (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The Conversation 
Daily Chuckle 
  • Republicans get a taste for frijoles
    Republicans are jumping on the immigration "mariachi bandwagon," says Stephen Colbert -- and why not? With their social conservatism, patriotism and love of God, "Hispanics and Republicans go together like beans and very, very white rice," Colbert argues. Comedy Central (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself."
--Daniel Patrick Moynihan, former U.S. senator
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