Paul Ryan endorses Rep. Kevin McCarthy to succeed him as speaker

Paul Ryan’s retirement A ‘self-promotion’ that makes sense

A six-month budget truce stitched together by Congress in March could unravel if Republican leaders vying to replace US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan indulge party conservatives who want to renege on critical parts of the pact.

But consider the political context: Washington is seeing a young speaker who is third in line to the presidency and who once ran as a vice-presidential candidate willingly leave the nexus of power when his party controls the White House, the Senate, and the House.

Ryan, who seemed incapable of counter arguing, simply said he wasn't happy she felt excluded.

Casey notes that numerous Republicans choosing to leave Washington right now are more moderate on the political spectrum. "If everyone knew who was going to be the majority party in November we'd be having very different discussions", Meadows said.

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McCarthy, the House majority leader, talked up the provocative spending cuts on Thursday.

- He doesn't want to run for re-election in a year in which Republicans are widely expected to suffer heavy losses at the hands of enraged Democrats. He has hauled in $54 million so far this election cycle.

McCarthy is hosting two high-dollar fundraisers with Pence in Southern California this month, following an earlier swing through the Golden State with the vice president past year.

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"This is the nightmare scenario", said former Rep. Thomas Davis, a Virginia Republican. He said he wanted to be more than a "weekend dad". "This is going to make every Republican donor believe the House can't be held".

Ryan's allies insist the party's top fundraiser and champion of a crisp GOP message remains in full force.

No, the story is more complicated than that and, for the country, more dismal. Steil did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

Ryan was listed as a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee target in 2018, and the DCCC added ironworker Randy Bryce to its "Red to Blue" program for promising candidates, which provides additional committee support. He had almost $2.3 million in the bank at the end of the first quarter. Janesville teacher Cathy Myers has also been running on the Democratic side. The only declared Republican was Paul Nehlen, who was banned from Twitter for a series of posts criticized as racist or anti-Semitic.

Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., said chances of keeping the House majority are "probably 50-50". His study of conservative economics, under the mentorship of the late Rep. Jack Kemp, and his ability to articulate his views and master the minutiae of policy made him a Wonk with a capital "W".

Ryan will no longer be making his speaker's salary of $223,500, but he will be eligible for a pension in a few years, and has an estimated net worth of slightly more than $6 million, according to a Center for Responsive Politics analysis of his 2016 financial filings.

Information for this article was contributed by Lisa Mascaro, Catherine Lucey, Alan Fram, Kevin Freking, Andrew Taylor, Scott Bauer, Steve Karnowski and Bill Barrow of The Associated Press and by Jonathan Martin and Nicholas Fandos of The New York Times.