Ryan leaves behind new tax code, busted budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan will leave Congress having achieved one of his career-long goals: rewriting the tax code. On his other defining aim — balancing the budget and cutting back benefit programs like Social Security and MedicaidRyan has utterly failed.

The budget geek with a passion for details proved adroit in drawing up plans that balanced on paper but never got beyond the hypothetical.

Under his leadership, Republicans never tried to implement the deep cuts...

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