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The Republican National Committee is sticking with embattled GOP nominee Donald Trump even as House Speaker Paul Ryan said Monday he would no longer defend his party's presidential nominee.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville has been spending the summer fending off a challenge from a political newcomer in Tuesday’s primary election. Ryan has held Wisconsin’s 1st district congressional seat since 1999 and has never had a problem getting re-elected. But this year, outside money is pouring in for Ryan’s opponent Paul Nehlen, a business executive from Delavan. While Nehlen is viewed as a long shot, Ryan isn’t taking anything for granted.

House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep.

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Why has the selection process for speaker of the House as well as the Republican Presidential race been so heated when so many Republicans agree on so many issues? 

"I see this as sort of a division over purity. And also a kind of emphasis on using the primary process to kind circumvent party elite," says Marquette University political science professor Julia Azari.

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Paul Ryan has been elected speaker of the House of Representatives, receiving 236 votes.

Ryan faced the full House vote Thursday after getting approval Wednesday from the House Republican conference. He faced token opposition from fellow conservative Daniel Webster and Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

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Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan is now the third most powerful man in Washington politics after a vote by House of Representative members on Thursday. 

Longtime Wisconsin lawmakers, Democrat David Obey and Republican Tom Petri, say Ryan faces a tough road ahead. Milwaukee was just one stop on Obey and Petri’s Civic Participation Series tour, where they touch on how to best fix Washington.

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House Republicans have voted to elect Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan as the party's nominee to serve as the next speaker of the House.

"This begins a new day in the House of Representatives," Ryan said, speaking briefly to reporters after Wednesday's vote. "Tomorrow, we are turning the page. We are not going to have a House that looked like it looked the last few years. ... Our party has lost its vision and we're going to replace it with a vision."

Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan has officially entered the House speaker race, saying in a letter to colleagues, "After talking with so many of you, and hearing your words of encouragement, I believe we are ready to move forward as a one, united team." His announcement came after securing the support of three disparate House Republican groups.

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Gov. Walker on Thursday threw his support behind Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to succeed John Boehner as Speaker of the House. Walker says Ryan is the best person for the job.

“He’s someone who has incredible respect not only within his conference, but he has respect across the aisle (be)cause he’s a doer. He gets things done,” Walker says.

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Wisconsin will soon learn whether Congressman Paul Ryan becomes speaker of the House of Representatives. He would be third in line for the presidency. But what would a Ryan speakership mean for Wisconsin and Ryan's district?

WUWM's Marge Pitrof posed that question to an David Niven of the University of Cincinnati. Niven has followed the career of outgoing Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. Niven says he would not describe the effect on constituents as fruitful.

Right now, Americans have a front-row seat to one of the highest-profile job negotiations they will ever see.

Paul Ryan's list of demands before becoming speaker of the House includes a couple of things that few job applicants ever have to think about: party unity and a congressional rule change. But he has one demand that many workers can sympathize with: He wants time to see his kids.

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Paul Ryan made it all but official Tuesday night.

He told his fellow Republicans he had returned from a 10-day recess visit home to Wisconsin with a new attitude toward being speaker of the House.

After weeks of being ostensibly uninterested and even hostile to the idea, Ryan had found a reason to seek the most powerful post in Congress and the second spot in the presidential succession (after vice president).

The House is back for its first business day after a 10-day break, and the first item of business is a big one: finding a leader.

Speaker John Boehner has said he is resigning at month's end. The Republican conference met to choose a successor, but Boehner ended the session when his No. 2, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, withdrew as a candidate.

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In a shocking move Thursday afternoon, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., pulled out of the race for speaker of the House, throwing the GOP leadership race into chaos and confusion.

According to Republican congressmen coming out of the caucus meeting — where lawmakers were expected to pick a successor to retiring House Speaker John Boehner — McCarthy told Republicans he didn't have a path to victory.