Speaker Ryan's retirement could shift power in congress

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Ryan said Wednesday he will not seek re-election in November, throwing an already fractious House into tumult and dealing another blow to Republican hopes of holding on to power in Congress.

Investigative reporter Dave Lindorff told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear that Ryan's departure is predictive of a Democratic victory wave in the House in November, especially since Ryan joins almost 30 other House Republicans who announced their retirement from the lower chamber this year. The No. 3 House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, said he wouldn't run against McCarthy in a contest for House speaker or, if Republicans lose the majority to Democrats in November, as minority leader. Ryan worked with the president in pursuit of the items on the top of his agenda, failing in the case of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and succeeding in the case of a big tax cut.

Ryan, best known for his failed vice presidential run and his workout regimen, insisted Trump had nothing to do with his decision, but it's more likely that Ryan just didn't want to dump on Trump on the way out the door. It wasn't certain that Ryan himself could even win re-election to his Wisconsin seat.

Ryan said he couldn't in good conscience tell his constituents to vote for him when he knew he wouldn't be in Washington next year. "It works better to have private conversations than public disputes", Ryan said.

In House Speaker Paul Ryan's hometown of Janesville, residents are reacting to his surprise announcement. Cohen did say he paid adult film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 not to discuss her claims of an affair with Trump.

Rep. Sean Duffy, (R-Wisc.), on President Trump reconsidering TPP and the impact on the Republican Party of Speaker Paul Ryan's, (R-Wisc.), decision to retire. "We are with you Paul!" the president tweeted following the announcement.

Now the remaining Republicans in the House have to deal with the aftermath of Ryan's move.

"I attribute it to Wisconsin voters standing up to special interests", said Dallet, a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge, last week.

The clean-cut conservative, who has served in the House since 1999, was the vice-presidential running mate for Mitt Romney in 2012. And though his retirement will change things for Republicans, I don't see the decision as bailing out or jumping ship, as some in the media have gleefully suggested.

With the caucus deeply fractured - and conservatives certain to play a major role in deciding the next Republican leader - an intense competition will play out over who will become the party´s policy chief in the age of Trump.

And because of that, Dent doesn't see Ryan's retirement as having any direct effect on GOP candidates' chances this fall. The Californian began as the favorite for the speaker's job when John Boehner quit in frustration in 2015, but was thwarted by personal problems and criticism from his party's right wing. That deal also significantly raised USA military spending this year as demanded by Republicans. He pointed to Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), one of the few GOP women of color in Congress.

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