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Oct 22, 2015

Ryan gains support of key U.S. conservatives for speaker job

WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – A supermajority of the U.S.
House of Representatives’ firebrand conservative Republicans on
Wednesday threw their support behind Paul Ryan to be the next
speaker and said they have provided him enough votes to win the

About two-thirds of the approximately 40 House “Freedom
Caucus” members voted to back Ryan for speaker if he formally
enters the contest, according to the Republican lawmakers who
emerged from a closed-door session to discuss Ryan’s fate.

Oct 22, 2015

Ryan, right-wing spar over House speakership as deadlines loom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Paul Ryan tried to win over hard-line conservatives on Wednesday in his bid to become the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives as fellow Republicans quarreled over how to avoid an historic default on Washington’s soaring government debt.

Coming within days if Congress fails to act, a default could shake the markets and the economy, but the Republican-controlled Congress had no clear plan to prevent it, and was consumed by an intra-party power struggle expected to extend into next week.

Oct 21, 2015

At odds with Republicans, Hillary Clinton to testify on Benghazi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Whether it’s a fact-finding mission as Republicans insist or the political witch hunt that Democrats anticipate, the congressional committee investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday will hear from Hillary Clinton, then the secretary of state and now the top candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Clinton and many of her fellow Democrats have seized on the comments in recent weeks by Republican lawmakers as evidence that the goal of the Benghazi committee in the U.S. House of Representatives was to hurt her front-runner status in the campaign for the November 2016 election.

Oct 21, 2015

House conservatives frosty on Ryan for speaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hard-line conservative Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday were not rallying behind Paul Ryan’s bid to be the next speaker, as party turmoil again overshadowed debt and budget issues that could rattle markets.

Ryan, who ran for vice president in 2012, on Tuesday said he would seek the top House job, which the majority Republicans have struggled to fill, but only under certain conditions, including endorsements by Friday of various Republican factions.

Oct 21, 2015

Ryan meets conservatives, some think he’ll run for speaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Paul Ryan, under pressure from many fellow Republicans to become the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, met Tuesday with members of the far-right faction of the party who played a key role in driving the last speaker out of office – and some think Ryan will run for the post.

“I got the distinct impression that he was leaning towards doing it, yes,” Representative Mick Mulvaney, one of the conservative Republican lawmakers who attended the meeting with Ryan, said outside the House.

Oct 20, 2015

Ryan, weighing House speaker post, to meet hard-right faction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Paul Ryan, under pressure from many fellow Republicans to become the next U.S. House speaker, has agreed to meet on Tuesday evening with members of the far-right faction of the party that played a key role in driving the last speaker out of office.

The House Freedom Caucus will meet with the Wisconsin lawmaker, a former vice-presidential nominee, a Ryan spokesman said as the House of Representatives reconvened and turmoil resumed over Republicans’ inability to choose a new leader.

Oct 20, 2015

Democrats mull exit from Benghazi panel: House member

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats on a U.S. House of Representatives panel investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks will discuss resigning from the committee after Hillary Clinton testifies before it this week, a Democratic panel member told Reuters on Tuesday.

“That, I think, is going to be a matter of our discussion after the hearing this week: How much longer does it make sense for us to continue to participate?” Representative Adam Schiff said in an interview.

Oct 16, 2015

U.S. House Benghazi panel grills Clinton aide for 6 hours

WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Turmoil swirled again around
the Republican-controlled Benghazi committee on Friday as it
questioned a senior aide to Hillary Clinton, prompting fresh
accusations that the panel was created to damage the Democratic
front-runner’s presidential campaign.

In a six-hour closed door interview, members and staff
sought answers from Huma Abedin, for years a close confidante of
Clinton. Abedin has served as the former secretary of state’s
assistant at the time of the 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic
facilities in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans.

Oct 16, 2015

Democrat raps Benghazi panel on Clinton aide questioning

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Turmoil swirled again on Friday around the Republican-controlled Benghazi committee in the U.S. House of Representatives as it began questioning a senior aide to Hillary Clinton.

Huma Abedin, a close confidante for years of the Democratic presidential campaign front-runner, in the morning entered a closed-door interview of undetermined duration with the panel.

Oct 15, 2015

Spotlight shines, stage right, on U.S. House Freedom Caucus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – They are mostly wealthier than their fellow Republican lawmakers, overwhelmingly white, middle-aged and male, and have minimal legislative experience despite often having been high achievers in their careers before Washington.

The members of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus represent a small slice of America, but they have attained outsized influence as central players in a congressional leadership vacuum that has consumed the Republican Party.