BY CHARLIE GEROW, April 30, 2018

The recent announcement by House Speaker Paul Ryan that he’ll retire at the end of the year has created a vacuum. The political world, as with the natural world, abhors vacuums.

The swirl of discussion about who will be the next speaker, and how the new Republican leadership team will be configured, continues to sweep through the corridors of power.

That Republicans once again are preparing to elect leadership is a distinct difference from their counterparts across the aisle. Nancy Pelosi has led her caucus for a decade and a half, both as speaker and minority leader. Republicans have had three leaders during that time.

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