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Paul Ryan Gets Rid of Predecessor's Portrait

He 'believed it was appropriate' to shift Hastert painting

(Newser) - After a night sleeping in his office , Paul Ryan isn't going to have to look at a portrait of a disgraced predecessor on his way to work in the morning. The Hill reports that one of the first things Ryan did after being elected House speaker was to get... More »

Paul Ryan Talks Sleeping in Office, Boehner's Smoke

And new speaker will not be acting on immigration reform

(Newser) - Our new speaker of the House is a little short in the "house" department—he's among the nation's representatives who opt to sleep in their offices instead of paying DC rent—and Paul Ryan says that won't change with his new gig, reports Roll Call . "... More »

Paul Ryan's Election as Speaker Unique in 2 Ways

Boehner gives a tearful goodbye

(Newser) - He gets the gavel: Paul Ryan captured enough House votes Thursday to become the chamber's next speaker. In a slow-moving roll call that mixed politics with pageantry, 236 lawmakers called out the Wisconsin Republican's name as their pick for the job. That assured that Ryan will become speaker,... More »

Paul Ryan Has New Title, 'New' Name

That's Paul D. Ryan to you, sir

(Newser) - House Republicans officially nominated Paul Ryan as speaker Wednesday, CNN reports. Er, excuse us, Paul D. Ryan. Also Wednesday, the congressman asked the Clerk of the House to formally change his name on all official documents and offices to Paul D. Ryan, Politico reports. His full name is Paul Davis... More »

Paul Ryan Is Finally Ready to Be Speaker

He announced he's running late Thursday

(Newser) - Despite all his protests to the contrary, it appears Paul Ryan is poised to become the next House speaker, NBC News reports. "I never thought I'd be speaker," Ryan wrote in a letter to fellow Republicans late Thursday. "But I pledged to you that if I... More »

Paul Ryan's Demand for Dad Time Gets Cheers, Jeers

Would-be speaker applauded for taking a stand, knocked for hypocrisy

(Newser) - Paul Ryan put out a list of demands he'd need met before agreeing to become House speaker, and one is getting its fair share of attention. Ryan—who the New York Times notes is a regular at his kids' basketball and volleyball events, as well as the family's... More »

Freedom Caucus Won't Formally Endorse Ryan

But caucus leaders say they have 'super-majority'

(Newser) - Paul Ryan hasn't been able to secure one of his key demands for running for House speaker, but he has decided he has come close enough. Ryan failed to gain the formal endorsement of the powerful House Freedom Caucus, though the group told him it had a "super-majority"... More »

One of Paul Ryan's Key Demands Will Be Tough Sell

Can he win the support of most conservatives in House Freedom Caucus?

(Newser) - Paul Ryan has laid out a series of demands before he'll agree to be House speaker, and one in particular looks a little iffy. Ryan wants the unanimous support of all the major House caucuses, but Politico is skeptical that the 40 or so conservatives who make up the... More »

Paul Ryan: I'll Be Speaker, but I've Got Demands

For starters, he wants all GOP caucuses to unite behind him

(Newser) - One political will-he-or-won't-he is settled: Paul Ryan says he's willing to run as House speaker. However, there's a catch, reports Politico . Ryan told House Republicans Tuesday that he'll serve only if he has near-unanimous support. It remains unclear whether the hard-line conservatives who forced John Boehner... More »

It's Got to Be Paul Ryan

Columnists explain why

(Newser) - With the sudden withdrawal of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the presumed next speaker of the House, on Thursday, Republicans are going back to the drawing board to find a replacement for the outgoing John Boehner. One familiar name is being bandied about by politicians and the media: Paul Ryan. Though Ryan... More »

Legislator Trolls Republicans With Fake Craigslist Ad

'Babysitting experience STRONGLY PREFERRED' for next speaker

(Newser) - "Proven ability to work with irrational people who pursue narrow priorities at the expense of millions of others." That's one of the main job requirements for speaker of the House, at least according to a fake Craigslist ad posted to social media Thursday by a Democratic congressman'... More »

GOP Won't Take Ryan's 'No' for an Answer

He's under a lot of pressure to take Boehner's job

(Newser) - Senior Republicans are trying to draft Paul Ryan for the job that John Boehner and Kevin McCarthy don't want. Ryan has repeatedly said that he doesn't want to be House speaker, either—he announced, "I will not be a candidate" within minutes of McCarthy's bombshell announcement... More »

McCarthy Drops Bomb, Quits Speaker Race

He stuns House GOP members with announcement

(Newser) - House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy dropped a political bombshell on his Republican colleagues Thursday morning by dropping out of the race for House speaker. McCarthy was the heavy favorite to succeed the retiring John Boehner at the end of the month, though he faced long-shot challenges from Reps. Jason Chaffetz... More »

House May Not Be Able to Elect a New Speaker

Conservative bloc holds the trump cards, writes Russell Berman

(Newser) - Rep. Kevin McCarthy is the heavy favorite to be the next House speaker, but he's got a big math problem at the moment: When the full House votes on Oct. 29, he needs 218 ayes—and a group of about 30 conservative Republicans can prevent him from getting there,... More »

'Dark Horse' Hops Into Race to Succeed Boehner

Jason Chaffetz says Kevin McCarthy can't unite hardcore, moderate factions

(Newser) - As Kevin McCarthy's bid to succeed John Boehner as speaker of the House seems slightly less inevitable , the race got a new entrant Sunday in the form of Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican who chairs the House Oversight Committee. "There are very few people who can win... More »

Congressman Makes Rare Move to Try to Oust Boehner

But Mark Meadows' 'vacate the chair' resolution is a long-shot

(Newser) - A House conservative who isn't exactly a household name made a surprise move today to try to oust John Boehner as speaker. The long-shot "vacate the chair" resolution comes from North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows, and the Washington Post reports that it's been tried only once before—... More »

Rebellion Against Speaker Biggest in 150 Years

But 25 votes against Boehner isn't nearly enough

(Newser) - In winning a third term as House speaker today, John Boehner had to fend off a defection from within his own party that was the biggest such revolt in more than 150 years, reports the Washington Post . In all, 25 conservative Republicans voted against Boehner, though that wasn't enough... More »

114th Convenes, GOP Takes Control

McConnell grabs majority reins in Senate as GOP vows to get to work

(Newser) - The 114th Congress has convened with solid Republican majorities in both houses, Mitch McConnell as the new Senate majority leader, and John Boehner retaining his gavel in the House despite a Tea Party challenge. In what the AP calls "a day of pomp, circumstance, and raw politics," Joe... More »

John Boehner Has a Challenger for Speaker

Louie Gohmert wants that gavel

(Newser) - There's a Texas Republican gunning for John Boehner's gavel: Rep. Louie Gohmert today announced his intention to unseat Boehner as speaker of the House, citing "years of broken promises" in telling Fox that "I’m putting my name out there today to be another candidate."... More »

Boehner to WH: Stop Saying I Want Impeachment

Lawsuit filed by House speaker will motivate GOP to go after prez, says Obama aide

(Newser) - There’s nothing to suggest that John Boehner has changed his mind since the last time he said he doesn’t want to impeach the president—but that didn’t stop a senior White House aide this morning from saying he thinks the door for Republicans to make that happen... More »

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