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Cummings to Ryan: Don't be Boehner

Cummings to Ryan: Don't be Boehner

Our newly-elected speaker in the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, has a reputation for focusing on substance, policy and serious negotiations. Speaker Ryan now has a historic opportunity to shed former Speaker John Boehner's legacy of trying — and failing — to appease radicals in his own party who have been driving the GOP toward extremism.

In a recent column, the New York Times' David Brooks warned that "the Republican Party's capacity for effective...