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Newt Gingrich heaps praise on Rep. Paul Ryan


Happy Wednesday.

“He is probably the most talented single person in the House.” — former House speaker Newt Gingrich on Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, who pointedly chose not to seek the House majority leader position being vacated in the wake of Eric Cantor’s primary loss.

Ryan is thought to be more interested in policy-making than the constant back patting and fundraising required for those in House leadership. He was firm in his decision to slam the door on running for leadership. His sights may well be on another run for national office. Nice words from Newt.

“It’s important for us to send a message to the world that when Americans are attacked, no matter how long it takes, we will find those responsible and we will bring them to justice.” — President Barack Obama Tuesday at an event in Pittsburgh on the weekend capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala, one of the suspected ringleaders of the Sept. 11, 2012, assault on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi.

For the first time in nearly two years, the debate over Benghazi has overtones that favor the president. While Democrats hope this brings some closure to the debate, that’s not going to happen with Hillary Clinton apparently gearing up for her White House run. Now, though, Democrats at least have something positive to say in connection with that attack.

“Our elected leaders should focus on lowering the jobless rate by working to make sure more Missourians have good jobs without reducing needed help for families in crisis.” — Mike Louis, Missouri AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer, on a bill Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed Tuesday that would have shortened the duration of unemployment benefits.

Missouri residents currently can collect benefits for up to 20 weeks. The bill would have allowed that only when the state's average unemployment rate is at least 9 percent. Under the measure, the lower the jobless rate, the lower the number of weeks of benefits. Republicans may try to override this veto in September, but Nixon holds the high ground here when it comes to basic fairness.

“We’re confident we have a major best-seller.” — Jonathan Karp, Simon & Schuster’s president and publisher, on Hillary Clinton’s new memoir.

Karp’s statement flies in the face of some reports that suggested early sales were on the weak side. New numbers suggest that copies sold already top 100,000.