Ryan to retire as Speaker in January

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is retiring at the end of this Congress, ending his speakership a little more than three years after it began and as the GOP faces a possible loss of its majority this fall.Ryan's office...

Paul Ryan to retire: Report

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan will tell his colleagues Wednesday that he will not seek re-election, news outlet Axios reported.

His announcement could come Wednesday morning when House Republicans have their regular weekly meeting.

Mr. Ryan has been speaker for a little over two years, and has overseen ...

Defending Borders, Except Our Own

George Neumayr, The American Spectator
The same pols who say that America can’t afford Trump’s proposed wall have spent lavishly on the protection of borders outside the country. Every year they give billions of dollars to governments across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. That American largesse, combined with the astronomical costs of U.S. military protection, allow those countries to seal off their borders. Meanwhile, America’s southern border remains largely unprotected and pols pretend they lack the funds to address the crisis. As President Trump put it in his inaugural address,...

The Radicalization of the NFL

Louisa Thomas, The Atlantic
When malcolm jenkins heard about Donald Trump’s tweets condemning National Football League players for kneeling during the national anthem, he was unruffled. Jenkins is a man of convictions and bespoke suits. At 30, he is one of the top defensive players in the NFL. He has the versatility to play multiple positions, shows catlike quickness down the field, and is strong enough to knock ballcarriers off their routes. As a captain of the Philadelphia Eagles, he recently helped lead his team to a Super Bowl title. And as a co-founder of the Players Coalition—an organization that...

Voter Registration Won’t Save the Democrats

Paul Glastris, Washington Monthly
Ever since the Freedom Riders risked their lives to register black voters in the South, increasing voter registration has been an abiding liberal cause. The first great victory was the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which eliminated blatantly racist barriers such as poll taxes and literacy tests. But many other banal obstacles long remained. Well into the 1990s, if you wanted to sign up to vote in many parts of the country, you had to go to the county election commission office, present one or more forms of ID, fill out a form, and have it stamped by a notary public.

Former company president gets 10-18 years for embezzlement

ALLIANCE, Neb. (AP) - The former president of a Nebraska Panhandle seed company has been sentenced to prison for embezzling more than $800,000.

Court records say 52-year-old Bradley Hansen was given concurrent sentences of 10 to 18 years at a hearing Monday in Box Butte County Court in Alliance. He'd ...

Mark Zuckerberg 1, Congress 0

Will Oremus, Slate
Senators grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for five hours on Tuesday, but the big takeaway was hard to pin down. That’s because Zuckerberg was, too. Summoned to testify about Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, he shrewdly gamed a flawed format to wriggle out of tough questions, while taking advantage of bad ones to expose the lawmakers’ shaky understanding of his company’s products. In the process, he implicitly made the case that Facebook’s users might be no better off with Congress making decisions about their online privacy than they are...

Time to Give Trump Credit on Russia

Matt Lewis, The Daily Beast
It’s time we give Donald Trump some credit on Russia.Yes, we are 15 months in to his presidency. And yes, his record is still overshadowed by his obsequiousness to Vladimir Putin. But after Syria’s chemical weapons attack on civilians, Trump blamed the Russian leader by name (as well as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad) for the “mindless” attack on many, including “women and children,” and he threatened a “big price.”