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Ryan Rundown: 'Fresh year, fresh start, fresh shave,’ but 2015 challenges linger

In this week's Ryan Rundown: U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan begins the new year with a series of meetings with his leadership team ahead of the 2016 congressional session.

The speaker said he wants the House to drive policies that influence the 2016 elections and give voters "a really clear choice."

He delivered a bill to President Obama on Wednesday that would repeal the Affordable Care Act. The president vetoed it today, but the move underscored the differences in health care philosophy between Democrats and Republicans.

Ryan also was critical of Obama's announced executive action on gun control, calling the move a "dangerous level of executive overreach." Ryan predicted the order will face court challenges, and he used the moment to highlight how a Republican presidential victory could let the party overturn many of Obama’s actions.

The Janesville Republican also faced criticism from some Republicans over the omnibus spending bill passed last month, prompting Ryan to tweet in its defense. Presidential hopeful Donald Trump called the bill "stupid," and other conservatives discussed the possibility of backing a primary opponent in Ryan's next re-election bid.

And Ryan's beard, a topic of conversation since he grew it in November, became a focal point of disparagement from members of his own party, some of whom called it a "Muslim beard." The speaker put an end to those remarks by going clean-shaven to ring in the new year.

News/features

- For 2016, House Speaker Paul Ryan sets sights on crafting a GOP campaign vision

- Paul Ryan wants House to steer Republican policy agenda

- Ryan's leadership team meeting in Annapolis to plot 2016 plans

- Speaker Paul Ryan wants voters to have 'a really clear choice' in 2016

- Paul Ryan made inclusivity a motto. But will it carry him through 2016?

- Paul Ryan predicts House to stay in Republican control, even if Donald Trump is nominee

- Ryan so far proves he can 'make the sausage,' but he'll likely be serving a much different House party in 2016

- Paul Ryan's 2016 plans start [Wed.] with Obamacare repeal vote

- Paul Ryan's year of contrasts begins with Obamacare repeal vote

- Speaker Ryan: Obama's gun actions will be ‘dangerous level’ of overreach

- Obama tightens gun rules, requires more background checks: Ryan among commenters

- Paul Ryan steps up criticism of Obama on gun control action

- Ryan eyes Islamic State war measure

- Could brokered convention yield a Ryan nomination?

- Speaker Paul Ryan: American companies will shut down without more foreign workers

- Speaker Paul Ryan: We're sending Obama a bill next week that de-funds Planned Parenthood

- Paul Ryan [tweets] highlights GOP victories in spending bill to try to curb complaints

- Trump denounces Paul Ryan and his 'stupid' budget deal

- Paul Ryan's GOP problem

- Conservatives push to primary House Speaker Paul Ryan

- House conservatives to Paul Ryan: The honeymoon's over

- 15 times Paul Ryan upped his social media game as speaker of the House

- Ryan to make Texas fundraising swing

- Paul Ryan's 'Muslim beard' attacked by conservatives for being un-American

- Does Paul Ryan have a 'Muslim beard'?

Retiring NFIB chief Dan Danner on partisanship, Paul Ryan and Donald Trump

- Conservative critics attack Paul Ryan with references to his 'Muslim beard'

- Breitbart News, Laura Ingraham win: Paul Ryan shaves off his beard

Opinion/analysis

- Paul Ryan provides perfect response to BuzzFeed editor's Twitter trolling

Paul Ryan wants someone to close the gun show loophole, as long as that someone isn't Obama

Now they've even turned on Paul Ryan: Social conservatives unleashed, and furious, betrayed right-wingers are out for blood

Ryan has already broken most of his New Year's resolutions with omnibus betrayal

- NJSL editorial: GOP Speaker Paul Ryan off to strong start

- Paul Fanlund: 'Political correctness' is a GOP smokescreen

- Dave Zweifel: Paul Ryan should read new food stamp research

- Speaker Paul Ryan: Let's live in the Christmas spirit

- Frank Miele: Boehner with a beard: Paul Ryan's legacy of surrender

- Darrell Delamaide: Republican presidential nominee could be the guy who isn't running

- Paul Waldman: Paul Ryan's tricky balancing act is working. So far, anyway.

- Rich Cromwell and Mollie Hemingway: A lament for Paul Ryan's beard

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