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Politico: Speaker Ryan seeks a return to private life after this term

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The news site Politico reported Thursday that Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R.-Wis.) plans to retire from Congress at the end of this term.

He would like to serve through Election Day 2018 and retire ahead of the next Congress. This would give Ryan a final legislative year to chase his second white whale, entitlement reform, while using his unrivaled fundraising prowess to help protect the House majority—all with the benefit of averting an ugly internecine power struggle during election season. Ryan has never loved the job; he oozes aggravation when discussing intraparty debates over “micro-tactics,” and friends say he feels like he’s running a daycare center. On a personal level, going home at the end of next year would allow Ryan, who turns 48 next month, to keep promises to family; his three children are in or entering their teenage years, and Ryan, whose father died at 55, wants desperately to live at home with them full time before they begin flying the nest. The best part of this scenario, people close to the speaker emphasize: He wouldn’t have to share the ballot with Trump again in 2020.

Ryan was an improbable choice for speaker, when he stepped up in October 2015 as the establishment’s last-ditch effort to block House conservatives from electing one of their own. At the time, the Wisconsin congressman had just taken over the Ways and Means Committee and was gearing up to overhaul the federal tax code for the first time since 1986.

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In his two years, the speaker’s tenure has been marked by infighting and frustration, despite enjoying the largest Republican House majority in more than 80 years. Barring any unexpected victories, Ryan’s great achievements will have been bringing back the Export-Import Bank, a $350 highway pork bill and engineering a soft landing for the class of Puerto Rican bondholders represented by New York City billionaire Paul Singer, a major contributor to PAC’s associated with the speaker.

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Given the unhappy state of the GOP House Conference, Ryan’s decision could not be described as a surprise. As the above excerpt plainly shows, the speaker and his circle have contempt for the conservatives, who make up the majority of the conference and President Donald J. Trump. Ryan’s wife, Janna, the one who grounds him, is a one-time lobbyist and the scioness of Oklahoma’s liberal Democratic Boren family.

Even in the summer, as Ryan struggled to hold together his 200-day legislative program that was supposed to have seen Obamacare repealed and replaced and tax reform complete by Labor Day, there was talk of Ryan moving on–talk that was disrupted by the June 14 shooting of Minority Whip Stephen J. Scalise (R.-La.).

Uncertainty surrounding Scalise’s recovery froze efforts to force Ryan out, because there was no way to negotiate with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R.-Calif.) or to bring in House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark R. Meadows (R.-N.C.) or his predecessor Rep. James D. Jordan (R.-Ohio) or anyone else–when nobody was sure if there would be one opening in the top three or two–and it was beyond rude to bring up the subject as the Louisiana congressman fought for his life.

Among House conservatives, Jordan and Meadows are very popular, but the feeling is that Meadows is a better leader, while Jordan is more ideologically committed.

Ryan’s early announcement gives his moderate allies time to maneuver, but given Scalise’s rising political profile and his success passing the national concealed carry reciprocity bill, it is hard to deny Scalise the promotion to majority leader or even speaker, depending on the ambitions of McCarthy.

McCarthy is widely popular in the conference and he has put behind him the gossip that torpedoed his coronation as speaker in the fall of 2015 and forced Ryan to leave the committee chairmanship he had craved since his days as a young aide to Jack F. Kemp.

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‘Let Them Be Free!’: Marjorie Taylor Greene Urges Trump to Pardon Edward Snowden and Julian Assange for Exposing ‘the Crimes of Barack Obama and the Deep State’

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Soon-to-be Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia is joining a movement urging President Donald Trump to pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for opposing deep state corruption.

Greene made the declaration with a Twitter post on Thanksgiving night:

Greene made the comment in reference to a renewed push from Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) for President Trump to pardon Snowden and Assange.

“Since you’re giving pardons to people, please consider pardoning those who, at great personal sacrifice, exposed the deception and criminality of those in the deep state,” the iconoclastic progressive lawmaker wrote in a tweet.

“Brave whistleblowers exposing lies & illegal actions in our government must be protected,” Gabbard wrote in a Twitter post accompanying a video recording earlier this year. “Join me and urge Congress: Pass my bipartisan legislation (HRes1162, HRes1175, HR8452) calling for charges against @snowden & Assange to be dropped & to reform the Espionage Act.”

Big League Politics has reported extensively on Greene’s bold approach that completely rejects the conventional wisdom of the Washington D.C. swamp on a wide variety of issues, particularly foreign policy:

New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez tried to get sassy on Twitter in light of the recent drama regarding election regularities taking place across the nation.

Due to this, President Donald Trump has not conceded the election and is waiting for the courts to settle any kind of irregularities at polling locations in key swing states. This obviously has Democrats and their media allies fuming over Trump’s steadfast devotion for the rule of law and election integrity.

One of the most outspoken critics of Trump’s decision to not concede has been AOC. She tweeted on November 10, 2020, “I hope people realize that the same Republicans who are refusing to acknowledge the results of our elections also champion disastrous foreign policy claiming they’re ‘bringing democracy’ to other nations.”

AOC’s comment was met with immediate backlash after incoming Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene offered her two cents on the matter. The new congresswoman for Georgia’s 4th District tweeted “You voted for @JoeBiden who voted for the Iraq War, which cost America trillions of dollars and thousands of lives.”

… Greene was specifically calling out AOC for her hypocritical behavior of voting for a candidate that was one of the most seasoned proponents of foreign adventuring and a big booster of the defense industry. Certain officials from defense contractors such as Raytheon CEO Gregory Hayes have stated that a Biden presidency would not entertain any form of defense cuts whatsoever. Biden is the consummate political insider and AOC’s support for him belies her marketing as an outsider.

Greene is showing how the Republican Party should be shifting with Trump at the helm. Greene’s rise represents a populist, anti-establishment GOP that rejects neocon usurpers like former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX).

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