WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) listens during a weekly news conference June 7, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. House Republicans held a closed conference meeting earlier to discuss immigration. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In a speech to interns on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) called for an end to "tribalism and identity politics" in the government.

Ryan frequently decried the partisanship that has come to characterize lawmakers since the Obama era as well as cautioning the youth against Twitter, though he didn't mention President Donald Trump by name, despite his infamous Twitter antics. Ryan also told an anecdote of his time as an intern in D.C. and his time waiting tables, citing these experiences as ones that made him aware of the communities affected by lawmakers every day.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

In 2011, Father Patrick Conroy, a Jesuit priest affectionately known as Father Pat on Capitol Hill, became the chaplain of the House of Representatives. But Father Pat's time in service to Congress will soon come to an end thanks, according to the priest's resignation letter, to House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The move by the Wisconsin Republican House leader, which has come to light after NBC obtained a copy of the letter, has angered House members on both sides of the aisle.

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace and Republican strategist Steve Schmidt on Deadline White House (MSNBC)
This kid's not scared. He's not scared of the NRA. He's not intimidated and scared by Laura Ingraham ... Half the Republican party is hiding under the table, under their bed. They're so scared ... Not these kids, though" ~ Steve Schmidt

In an appearance on the MSNBC program Deadline White House, Republican strategist Steve Schmidt spoke about what it took to eke out an apology from Fox News host and longtime conservative radio personality Laura Ingraham; namely, fearlessness.

And he called out the Republican Party in general and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in particular for lacking it.

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A group of 8th graders from South Orange Middle School in New Jersey have come under fire for refusing a photo-op with Speaker Paul Ryan on the grounds of the Capitol. Though those present were unable to provide a precise tally of how many opted out, different news outlets reported that as many as 100 students snubbed the speaker.

The students provided reasoned opinions for their choice. Some said that to participate in the photo-op would have signaled they endorse Ryan's policy proposals, which include repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

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Senator John McCain (R-AZ) called for President Donald Trump to substantiate his claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones. "I think the president has one of two choices, either retract or to provide the information that the American people deserve," the veteran senator said during an appearance yesterday on CNN's State of the Union.

"I have no reason to believe that the charge is true," McCain continued. "But I also believe that the president of the United States could clear this up in a minute. All he has to do is pick up the phone, call the director of the CIA, director of national intelligence, and say, OK, what happened? Because they certainly should know whether the former president of the United States was wiretapping Trump Tower."

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