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Ryan Re-Elected Speaker as He Tries to Forge Peace With Trump

  • As Congress convenes, Ryan’s loyalty being watched, some say
  • Speaker’s victory marred by controversy over ethics office
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QuickTake: House Speaker Paul Ryan

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Paul Ryan was formally re-elected House speaker Tuesday as he intensifies his efforts to move past his differences with Donald Trump after a divisive campaign. 

But Ryan’s victory was marred by controversy over a last-minute effort by Republicans to weaken the independent congressional ethics office, a reminder of the splits within the new Republican majority. Trump blasted Republicans for prioritizing the ethics change, leaving the caucus to reverse itself moments before formally opening the 115th Congress.