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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday after his meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives for a meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan at the Republican National Committee Headquarters on Capitol Hill Thursday. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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President Obama said he regrets that the rancor between the parties has grown during his watch. "I guarantee I'll keep trying to be better so long as I hold this office," he said. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., during his end-of-year news conference. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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"My goal is to help unify the conservative movement."

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At a news conference following a closed-door GOP caucus meeting, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., dismisses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments on Muslims. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is among a hand of Republican Presidential candidates to weigh in on the shooting at a Colorado-based Planned Parenthood clinic over the weekend. John Raoux/AP hide caption

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"This is the loneliest place in the world," House Speaker John Boehner said on the eve of his resignation. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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"Just a regular guy"

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House Speaker John Boehner vowed to "clean the barn" before he stepped down. And he's doing just that with a budget deal that also raises the debt ceiling. Robert Giroux/Getty Images hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner has said he wants to "clean the barn" before he leaves Congress. And it appears he's edging closer to a two-year budget deal that would take some pressure off his successor. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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