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Here’s how Paul Ryan becomes the next president of the United States

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With the odds increasing that the GOP is looking at a contested convention in Cleveland — with front-runner Donald Trump’s missteps and unforced errors finally catching up to him — all Republican eyes are looking at the pool of candidates to head the ticket in his place

A likely choice?  Recycling 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan — who has more than one path to the White House.

Republicans are looking for someone – anyone — to take the lead, and with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz unpopular with colleagues in both the Senate and the House, Ryan would be an oasis of calm following a primary season that has turned into a circus.

According to poll guru Nate Silver, there is a 63 percent chance that the GOP will not pick a candidate on the first ballot, which is bad news for Trump, and good news for a more palatable candidate like Ryan who recently took over the House Speaker spot.

According to Ryan, “I’ve been really clear about this. If you want to be president, you should run for president. We should select our nominee from among the people who are running for president. Clear and simple. So no, I am not going to be the president. I am not going to be the nominee.”

He added, “I am not going to become the president through Cleveland.”

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Well, yes and no.

Let’s say that Ryan grudgingly acquiesces for “the good of the party” and accepts the nomination.

With Trump not entirely ruling out a third party run should the nomination be “stolen” and handed to Ryan, and with a growing faction of Bernie Sanders’ voters saying #BernieOrBust, it is possible that voting might splinter in such a way that no candidate garners enough electoral votes to win.

According to the U.S. Constitution, if no candidate receives a majority of electoral votes, the House of Representatives elects the president from the three presidential candidates who received the most electoral votes with each state delegation getting one vote.

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A likely candidate: the guy at the Speaker’s podium in a GOP controlled House — giving Ryan two shots to win.

Farfetched? Not in a primary season that saw the dramatic rise of a democratic socialist from Vermont and a bullying New York businessman running a campaign based upon insults.

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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