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Mike Conaway

Paul Ryan ushers in a more open House, for better or worse

Late nights dealing with scores of amendments on the House floor.

An invitation extended to the famously staid Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, to appear at an open mic session.

A conversation so inclusive that "people were shocked," according to one GOP lawmaker, Mike Conaway of Texas.

Welcome to Paul Ryan's House.

A week into his tenure, the new speaker looks determined to make good on promises of opening up the House of Representatives to participation from all lawmakers — perhaps especially those hardliners on the right who booted out his predecessor, John Boehner.

He is inviting lawmakers onto a new committee to...