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Emergency Politics Podcast: Paul Ryan Is Moving On And So Is His Party

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that he won’t seek re-election in 2018, marking the retirement of one of the two most powerful Republicans in Congress. In an emergency edition of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, Julia Azari and Perry Bacon Jr. react to the news. While it’s a big retirement, it’s not exactly unexpected.

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Julia Azari is an associate professor of political science at Marquette University. Her research interests include the American presidency, political parties and political rhetoric. She is the author of “Delivering the People’s Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate.”

Perry Bacon Jr. was a senior writer for FiveThirtyEight.

Galen Druke is FiveThirtyEight’s podcast producer and reporter.