leadership race

It's All in the Family for Ryan on Speaker Day

Ryan with his wife, kids and mom at the 2012 Republican national convention. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 12:45 p.m. | It was a job he said he didn’t want — largely because of the toll it may take on his family.  

But as Paul D. Ryan claimed the speaker’s gavel, that is who surrounded him: His wife, Janna; their three kids: 13-year-old Liza, 12-year-old Charlie and 10-year-old Sam; his mother; siblings; and “more cousins than I can count on a few hands,” the Wisconsin Republican noted in his first words to the House chamber.  

Democrats Take Note of Durbin's Leadership on Iran Deal (Updated)

From left, Moniz, Kerry and Durbin make their way to a news conference in the Capitol after a briefing Wednesday on the Iran nuclear deal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 1:15 p.m. | Richard J. Durbin saw an opportunity and seized it.  

With President Barack Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement and America’s standing with its allies both on the line, and with a void among Senate Democratic leadership, someone needed to step up to ensure the Iran nuclear agreement survived largely Republican opposition.