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    Ryan’s Exit Highlights GOP’s Rightward Shift

    With midterm elections looming, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s announcement yesterday that he won’t run for re-election casts doubt over the GOP’s ability to retain control of the House. But it also reveals how President Trump’s combative, populist style is reshaping a party that’s seen several dozen members retire since he took office. Traditional Republican conservatism is increasingly being supplanted by exclusive nativism. “We can all read between the lines,” said moderate Republican Charlie Dent, who’s also retiring. “This is not an easy administration to be dealing with.”

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