Paul Ryan Elected 54th Speaker of the House

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Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan is now the 62nd House Speaker, elected today by a comfortable margin. But he's not trying to hide the chaos that led to his taking the gavel. In addressing the House, he cautioned, "But let's be frank: The House is broken. We are not solving problems. We are adding to them. And I am not interested in laying blame. We are not settling scores. We are wiping the slate clean. Neither the members nor the people are satisfied with how things are going. We need to make some changes, starting with how the House does business."

Jennifer Steinhauer, who covers Congress for the New York Times, has more on the road ahead for the new Speaker.




Warren Olney