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Ryan may have to watch his back after distancing from Trump

The escalating clash between Paul Ryan and Donald Trump is prompting warnings of retaliation against the speaker from rank-and-file House Republicans, suggesting a potential rebellion like the one that drove his predecessor into retirement and that could jeopardize his own hold on the post.

After months of a relationship that devolved from cool to frigid, Ryan told GOP lawmakers this week that he won't defend Trump or campaign with him and urged them to do whatever it takes to win re-election. That sparked a barrage of venomous tweets from Trump and warnings from some House Republicans that they might oppose the re-election of Ryan, R-Wis., as speaker.

"Given the stakes...