Jonathan Chait on Paul Ryan, Brentin Mock on vote fraud


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This week on CounterSpin: Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, we're told over and over again, is a serious budget wonk on a mission to reduce the deficit. Not quite, says New York magazine reporter Jonathan Chait. He argues that Paul Ryan's political history doesn't really resemble the Paul Ryan you hear about in the media. He'll join us to talk about that.

Also on CounterSpin today, Voter fraud is almost non-existent in the U.S. but conservatives continue to brandish it as a major threat, in order to advance voting policies that many say threaten democracy. Brentin Mock is the reporting fellow on voting rights for His latest piece on the issue is "A View From Inside the Tea Party’s Voter Suppression Confab." He'll join us to talk about that.



--"The Legendary Paul Ryan," by Jonathan Chait (New York, 4/29/12)

--"A View From Inside the Tea Party's Voter Suppression Confab," by Brenton Mick (, 5/1/12)