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Then-vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan campaigns with his GOP running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, at a Celina, Ohio, rally in 2012. Friday, the two spoke by phone as Ryan faces pressure to run for speaker of the House. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., leaves after a closed House Republican election meeting to pick the next GOP House speaker nominee on Thursday in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla. leaves a House Republican special leadership election meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is stepping down and retiring from Congress at the end of the month after nearly five years in the role. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., joked on Twitter that things weren't going very "smooth" for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. — unlike his own scrumptious fruit smoothie. Twitter hide caption

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy talks to reporters at the Capitol after announcing that he will not be a candidate for speaker of the House. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush talks to voters at the Scott County Republican Party's Ronald Reagan Dinner on Tuesday in Bettendorf, Iowa. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (left) of California gestures toward outgoing House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio during a news conference on Capitol Hill. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Secretary Jack Lew stands in his office at the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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A gurney in Huntsville, Texas, where prisoners are executed. The death penalty was at the Supreme Court again Wednesday. Pat Sullivan/AP hide caption

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced Wednesday she opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal that the White House strongly supports. Jim Cole/AP hide caption

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Kevin McCarthy, then in the California Assembly, walks to the governor's office at the Capitol in Sacramento in 2006. Rick Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Vice President Joe Biden is still contemplating getting into the presidential race, but he's getting a nudge with an ad from a group supporting him. Bernat Armangue/AP hide caption

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"I think that if anyone is living in a place where they don't feel safe, they're going to have tension, whether that's a community member or a member of law enforcement," Attorney General Loretta Lynch told NPR. T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images hide caption

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Political messaging is a long-standing tradition, as shown here by a beaming President Harry Truman speaking at the Women's National Democratic Club in 1949. Harvey Georges/AP hide caption

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