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Paul Ryan's first week as House speaker: 'Wiping the slate clean,' but for how long?

Paul Ryan's first week as House speaker: 'Wiping the slate clean,' but for how long?

The day after Paul Ryan became the new speaker of the House, he quickly and quietly wiped out the most obvious traces of his Republican predecessors.

Gone was the name of outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner from the archway to his office in the Capitol, where plans were underway to rid the smoke from Boehner’s cigarettes from the walls and carpet.

The portrait of Dennis Hastert was taken down from the Speaker's Lobby, removing the image of the previous Republican leader who pleaded guilty that same week in a hush-money case.

Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman who once resisted but now embraces the speakership, is eager to fix...

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