Paul Ryan Will Run For House Speaker, If GOP Unites
Influential U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan says he will run for speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, but only if he has the support of all factions within the badly splintered Republican Party.
Speaking Tuesday after meeting privately with Republican leaders at the U.S. Capitol, Ryan told reporters he is giving his colleagues until Friday to make a decision on his list of demands.
Ryan, who serves as the chairman of the House's main tax-writing committee, has repeatedly said he is not interested in serving as speaker.
The position came open earlier this month after current speaker, Congressman John Boehner, was forced out by the Freedom Caucus.
Ryan is seen as one of the only candidates who could draw support from disparate elements within the party.
The 45-year-old congressman and father of three, who leaves Washington every week to spend time with his family, also laid out several other requirements, including a stipulation that his "family commitments come first."
Iraqi Leaders Discussing Single Commander to Coordinate Battle Against IS
Iraqi leaders will begin a process Wednesday to select a commander who can serve as a central figure to better organize the various forces fighting Islamic State militants.
U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford said during Tuesday during a visit to Iraq that the U.S.-led coalition needs one person who can speak with authority on the ground campaign in order to provide better support.
While the coalition has been carrying out airstrikes, a collection of fighters from Iraq's army, Shi'ite militias, Sunni tribesman and Kurdish forces have all been battling the militants in various parts of Iraq with different levels of success. Overall, the Islamic State group has held onto much of the territory it seized more than a year ago.
Dunford said he would not describe the situation in Iraq as a stalemate and would not be discussing specific timelines for the campaign.