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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday morning dismissed concern about Donald Trump's unprecedented call last week with the president of Taiwan.

Ryan said it was "prudent for him to take congratulatory calls." Ryan added that he himself has spoken with the president of Taiwan, and that outrage over Trump's call with the Taiwanese leader was "much ado about nothing."

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Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Tuesday that Michael G. Flynn, the son of President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming national security adviser who has defended the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory on Twitter, is not involved with Trump’s transition team.

But later in the morning, Trump’s transition team confirmed that the younger Flynn had in fact previously been involved in the transition.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday morning listed three priorities that Congress plans to tackle next year when Donald Trump is in the Oval Office.

Ryan said that Congress will address Obamacare, make changes to the tax code, and roll back regulations.

"That is what a unified Republican government will be about," he said.

Ryan listed three of the four priorities he offered last week in a radio interview, but absent in his list this week was securing the border.

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