House conservatives back Ryan, opening door to a new speaker

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, following meetings with House Republican leaders and the Freedom Caucus members. Ryan seeking unity in a place it's rarely found, is telling House Republicans he will serve as their speaker only if they embrace him by week's end as their consensus candidate. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Backed by a majority of the pugnacious House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Paul Ryan seems all but assured of becoming the next House speaker, an ascension Republicans hope would end a month of political pandemonium that has made Congress and the GOP seem anarchic.

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