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Ryan Rides to the Rescue — But Not Until 2020
If Republicans lose big in November, Ryan becomes de facto leader of the party and its top White House contender in four years

Paul Ryan, shown speaking to Georgetown University students last week, is one of the few high profile Republicans who could appeal to both conservatives and pragmatists in the Republican Party. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

I recently asked a veteran Republican strategist how his party picks up the pieces after what now looks to be a very difficult 2016 election. His answer was quick and decisive: Paul Ryan.

If November’s elections are as messy for the GOP as they now appear, with Republicans failing once again to win the White House and also losing their Senate majority, Ryan would almost certainly become his party’s de facto leader – and that would offer him both opportunities and challenges after the election.

Hopping Through White House Correspondents Dinner Parties
Washington's media, politicians and politically minded celebrities mix and mingle

The annual White House Correspondents' Dinner brought together celebrities, politicians and journalists for a star-studded weekend of parties, parties and more parties.

From waiting in the rain for an hour to get into The Onion's Joe Biden-themed party to seeing Helen Mirren in her purple dress paying tribute to Prince, here's a glimpse of the weekend:

McCain Getting Fenced In by Trump
Incumbent can't afford to ignore GOP front-runner

UNITED STATES - Nov 28: John McCain, R-AZ., walks through the Senate Subway in the U.S. Capitol on November 28, 2012. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. John McCain was Donald Trump's first head-scratching target in his bid for the White House. At a Republican presidential forum last July, then-long shot Trump dismissed McCain as "a hero because he was captured" in a Q&A with Frank Luntz, referring to McCain's six years as a POW in Vietnam.

Pundits and much of the public assumed Trump's White House hopes would be over before they really began. After all, who trashes POWs and the Republican Party's 2008 presidential nominee in one breath and lives to tell about it?

EMILY's List Strategy Questioned After Big Losses
Pro-abortion rights group went 1-for-5 Tuesday in races it endorsed

Rep. Donna Edwards, center, lost to Rep. Chris Van Hollen in Tuesday's Maryland Democratic Senate primary, the most high-profile loss of the night for EMILY'S List. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Katie McGinty won Pennsylvania’s Senate Democratic primary last week thanks in part to a major investment from EMILY’s List, which spent nearly $2 million to help her overcome a difficult opponent.

It was the only good news on an otherwise dreadful night for EMILY's List which backs Democratic women who support abortion rights — the group also lost a quartet of races that has Democratic strategists questioning if its political operation requires a strategic reassessment.

Poll: Ron Johnson at Odds with Wisconsin Voters on Supreme Court
A majority want Supreme Court vacancy filled now, poll finds

A majority of Wisconsin voters want the Senate fill the Supreme Court vacancy this year, a new poll shows. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A majority of likely Wisconsin voters want President Barack Obama and the Senate to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia's Supreme Court seat, according to a poll released exclusively to Roll Call on Friday, and opponents of Republican Sen. Ron Johnson hope that sentiment will hurt his re-election bid this fall.

The poll, conducted for End Citizens United PAC by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, shows 60 percent of likely Wisconsin voters want to see the president and Senate take action to fill the vacancy now. Only 35 percent think it's too late in the president's term for him to nominate a replacement justice.

Supreme Court Ads to Target GOP Senators
Polls show voters in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin want action on nominee

Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey is to become the first target of a television ad campaign pushing Republican senators to consider President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

How Zika Could Bite the GOP
Graham says one preventable case could turn electorate against Republicans

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says there is political risk of inaction. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It could take just one pesky mosquito bite to put the public against Senate Republicans.

Or so says one of the GOP senators involved in drafting supplemental legislation to address a public health response to the Zika virus, an illness that's been shown to cause serious birth defects.

Quiz: Match the Member of Congress With the Landmark, Part II
Which members get to represent these iconic American attractions ?

Faneuil Hall (Credit: istockphoto)

There's a member of Congress for every monument and historic place in the United States. But can you figure out which goes with which? Match your wits against CQ Roll Call's experts, and see how you do!

Did Will Ferrell Cross a Line?
Comedy about Ronald Reagan's Alzheimer's draws backlash

President Ronald Reagan talks with Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona at the White House in 1987. (Roll Call file photo)

News that Will Ferrell is set to portray Ronald Reagan in a comedy about the former president in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease has raised outrage for being insensitive about the disease.

The film reportedly portrays Reagan in his second term and in the early stages of Alzheimer's, which leads to memory loss. An intern is assigned to convince him that he is an actor portraying the president in a movie.

Political Friendly Fire
Some of the worst things politicians said about a candidate in their own party

UNITED STATES - JULY 29: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, holds his weekly on camera media availability in the Capitol on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Former House Speaker John Boehner made headlines when he called Sen. Ted Cruz "Lucifer in the Flesh" and said that he had "never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life."

Boehner also said he would not vote for Cruz if he were the GOP presidential nominee. Republican problems with Cruz is nothing new. And it's not the first time there has been intra-party shade throwing.

Inside Rubio's Dealmaking on the Ambassador to Mexico
Senate confirmation came only after a dizzying spell of deal cutting

Rubio had objected to the confirmation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate finally confirmed an ambassador to Mexico after dealmaking that involved sanctions against Venezuela, the renaming of a D.C. street and cooperation between two erstwhile GOP presidential rivals.

The Senate received paperwork from the White House for Roberta Jacobson to fill the post last June, but whether at the Capitol or on the campaign trail, Marco Rubio used his prerogatives as a senator to hold up her confirmation.

More Support for Senate Sentencing Bill, but Hurdles Remain
Senators unsure if legislation will get a floor vote this year

Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois said the bill can pass with bipartisan support. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call)

The senators who back a bipartisan bill to overhaul the nation’s sentencing laws said Thursday they've gained enough support to pass it — but they still can’t say whether the legislation will make it to the Senate floor this year.

The authors of the bill announced changes that had been negotiated behind closed doors for months, or “fine tuning,” as Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, described it. The Judiciary Committee voted 15-5 to approve the bill in October, but it stalled amid opposition from a number of Republican senators.

The Human Face of the Criminal Justice Overhaul
Senate event highlights the 'human cost' of mass incarceration

Durbin, left, speaks with actress Melissa Fitzgerald of "The West Wing" before the event. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

One man described how he got a life sentence for a low-level drug offense. A woman told how she received a 20-year sentence for drug crimes while the people who murdered her son spent less than eight years behind bars. An actor recalled how the boys he grew up with are now in prison or dead.

Lawmakers, celebrities and former inmates Thursday gathered to highlight the personal side of a criminal justice overhaul, shortly before senators unveiled new changes to sentencing legislation.

Politicos Grasp at Champions’ Coattails
Campaign to co-opt #NationalSuperheroDay takes flight

Would-be heroes invaded Capitol Hill in 2014 in a failed attempt to set a Guinness World Record. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A “holiday” dreamed up by comic book creators to celebrate their favorite fantasy characters does not appear to be immune from political interference.

It’s been 20-plus years since Marvel employees unleashed National Superhero Day upon the world.