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Introducing the Ryan Rundown: New House speaker faces great expectations, familiar challenges

This is the first edition of the Ryan Rundown, a weekly look at news about Wisconsin's first speaker of the House.

In the week since House Republicans selected U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan to succeed John Boehner as speaker, the congressman has enjoyed an outflow of support from fellow conservatives, tempered by opposition from several GOP legislators.

In addition to the challenge of uniting Republican factions within the House, observers say Ryan must work with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to improve the relationship between the bodies if he wants to advance his legislative agenda. While Republicans control both chambers, many view McConnell's grip in the Senate as more tenuous due to the Democrats' ability to filibuster.

Shortly after his election, Ryan announced his reluctance to work with the White House on immigration reform. During his maneuvering before the vote, he caught flack from some critics for focusing on his family time as a condition of taking the job while continuing to oppose the expansion of paid family leave.

And although Boehner left a completed budget framework as a parting gift, Ryan will still need to ensure the measure receives congressional approval before Dec. 11. He also faces work on divisive issues such as Planned Parenthood funding, tax reform, and the highway budget bill.

Ryan also made some staff changes in the wake of his elevation to speaker. Andy Speth has moved from chief of staff to become senior advisor and Danyell Tremmel is now Ryan's chief of staff after serving most recently as his district chief of staff. Allison Steil is moving from policy director to deputy chief of staff and Katie Donnell, who joined Ryan's office in January as a legislative assistant, is now his legislative director.

See more on those changes

See below for news and opinion links on Ryan.


- Ryan notches a transportation win

- Ryan: I'm OK with bills failing

- Republicans back Paul Ryan as speaker

- Paul Ryan Set to Take Over as Speaker, Hoping to Manage the Chaos

- How Paul Ryan went from no-chance to next speaker of the House

- Paul Ryan elected House speaker: 'The House is broken'

- John Boehner hands over speaker reins to Paul Ryan

- As speaker, Paul Ryan may need to pare lofty goals

- White House offers quiet praise for one-time adversary Paul Ryan

- White House disappointed Paul Ryan won't bring up immigration reform

- Ryan fires warning shot at White House ahead of shutdown deadline

- The spending conundrum Paul Ryan still faces

- With honeymoon over, Paul Ryan vows 'to go on offense'

- Paul Ryan is a speaker everyone can get behind, but it wasn't always that way

- Paul Ryan sends a signal to the GOP's right wing

- Ryan's move could be big boost for tax reform

- Highway bill could present bumps for Paul Ryan's first week as speaker

- Highway bill debate tests Paul Ryan's promise for a more open House

- Paul Ryan defends his opposition to mandated paid family leave [Spicuzza]

- John Boehner: Paul Ryan 'recognizes' this ends White House chances

- Speaker Paul Ryan moves fast to 'detoxify' Boehner's smoky suite

- At Paul Ryan's invitation, image of Hastert takes an 'appropriate' leave from speaker's lobby

- Paul Ryan staffs up political team

- Paul Ryan doubtful about defunding Planned Parenthood

- Top Rules Committee Democrat Slaughter urges Paul Ryan to disband Benghazi, Planned Parenthood committees

- New Speaker Paul Ryan aims to ease tension with Senate

- Can Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell work together?

- Paul Ryan lands at center of a rivalry for the soul of the GOP

- 10 anti-Boehner Republicans who didn't vote for Ryan

- Two Texas Republican holdouts [Gohmert, Weber] vote against Paul Ryan for speaker


- David Brooks: The Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio moment

- Jeffrey Toobin: Paul Ryan won the right to do nothing

- GOPAC's David Avella: Paul Ryan: What to expect with new speaker in charge of the House

- Chris Cillizza: Paul Ryan is right about the House being broken. But he probably can't fix it.

- Sophia Tesfaye: Elizabeth Warren eviscerates Paul Ryan's breathtakingly bad budgets, nails roots of GOP's dysfunction

- Judd Legum: Paul Ryan Asked To Name One Thing He Can Accomplish In The Next 6 Months, Can’t Come Up With Answer

- Timothy Carney: As Ryan takes over, can he tame the reckless establishment?

- John Nichols: Paul Ryan, R-Wall Street

- PolitiFact: Paul Ryan, Russ Feingold and Ron Johnson -- our week in review

- Joan Vennochi: Paul Ryan stays in a bubble

- Jim Newell: Paul Ryan's first shutdown fight

- Stephen Myrow: Why Paul Ryan's run as speaker may be short

- Hugh Hewitt: A conservative surge from Paul Ryan, Kentucky win

By Samantha Nash


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