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BuzzChatter Fri: Ryan talks poverty

Fridays are such great days.

“Conservatives have a lot to offer here, and we have ignored this space for too long.” — Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan on the need for Republicans to address poverty and other social issues.

This is something of a new stance for the party, and Ryan is just one of several leading Republicans using a different tone to talk about safety-net concerns.

“The crisis at VA is not a partisan problem, and I will do everything I can to prevent this from devolving into an exercise in the sort of bickering and name calling for which Washington has become infamous.” — Florida Rep. Jeff Miller, a Republican and chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

Miller and other House members presented yet another offer to the Senate Thursday amid signs that Democrats aren’t buying the GOP proposal. At least Miller has it right: Problems at the VA have nothing to do with politics.

“I don't think that it is clear what these two decisions mean.” — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster on this week’s conflicting rulings on Obamacare insurance subsidies.

Koster, like so many others, thinks the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately will have to sort this out. (link courtesy of

“Why not engage in idle 2016 talk? Mr. Nixon really has nothing to lose here.” — The Wall Street Journal discussing Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s 2016 presidential prospects.

The newspaper concludes that Nixon is on the fringe of the discussion and lumps him in the category of “candidates who probably won’t run, but want to be considered.”