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Speaker Ryan is leaving the House. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

What does the Speaker of the House do?

Paul Ryan, the Republican speaker of the House, just announced his retirement, and the race to replace him started before his announcement. What is the speaker's role? How has it changed over history?
After a year in office, Donald Trump has done many things, but has not made America great again. Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Trump’s first year in office: bizarre and sometimes alarming

The 12 months since Donald Trump unexpectedly took office have proffered constant shocks to the system in which the occupants of the White House remind us they are not playing by the rules.

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