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Republicans Elect Paul Ryan as House Speaker

A conservative stalwart, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan was elected Thursday as the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. In a party-line vote over opposition Democrats, the majority Republicans in the House picked the 45-year-old Ryan to assume the top position in Congress. With 218 votes needed, Ryan received 236. As House speaker, he instantly becomes one of Washington's most politically powerful figures and second in line to the presidency. Ryan succeeds...

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