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Politico & NYT Write the Same Paul Ryan Story on the Same Day

Both claim the speaker of the House is stronger than ever after the president sided with Democrats over fiscal issues last week.

Paul Ryan, Donald Trump, and Mike Pence

Both Politico and the New York Times published essentially the same story Monday morning about House Speaker Paul Ryan. Each story focuses on Trump’s decision to side with Democrats over Republicans on the sticky financial issues of raising the debt ceiling, passing a short-term budget, and releasing funds to FEMA to handle hurricane damage.

First, the New York Times headline and a lead paragraph: Why Ryan, Undercut by Trump, May Actually Emerge Stronger

President Trump’s fiscal deal with Democratic leaders in Congress — which passed the House with more than a third of Republicans voting against it — infuriated House conservatives, who struck first at Mr. Ryan, but ultimately turned their ire on the Trump White House. By week’s end, the men feeling the lash were Mr. Trump’s Treasury secretary and budget director. If anything, Mr. Ryan may have emerged stronger.

Next, Politico’s version: Trump’s deal with Democrats bolsters Ryan — for now

Trump’s surprise partnership with Democrats may have bolstered, at least temporarily, Ryan’s standing among rank-and-file Republicans. Many lawmakers rallied behind the speaker and directed their anger at the White House over the debt deal. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and budget director Mick Mulvaney were booed when they came to Capitol Hill to plead with Republicans to support the deal.

While the focus last week centered largely on Trump’s decision to side with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), it seems the narrative has shifted to Ryan’s consolidation of power within his own conference.