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News Wrap: Outgoing Speaker Ryan laments ‘broken politics’

In our Wednesday news wrap, outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan made his farewell speech in Washington, articulating concerns about what he called America’s “broken politics.” The Wisconsin Republican is retiring after 20 years on the Hill. Plus, Facebook is again under fire for offering personal user data to more companies than it previously admitted, according to a New York Times report.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    Our other lead story tonight: The president has declared that it's time for the roughly 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria to leave.

    They had been fighting the Islamic State group, but Mr. Trump tweeted today that ISIS has now been defeated. The announcement drew quick criticism in the U.S. Congress and among U.S. allies. We will have a full report after the news summary.

    In the day's other news: Congress labored to pass a short-term spending bill and avert a partial government shutdown Friday night. The bill would fund much of the government into early February.

    Separately, a sweeping criminal justice reform bill went to the House, after passing the Senate on a rare bipartisan vote.

    The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, made his farewell speech today, lamenting what he called America's broken politics. The Wisconsin Republican is retiring after 20 years in office, including three as speaker. In his final speech, given at the Library of Congress, Ryan worried about the atmosphere in Washington.

  • Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.:

    Too often, genuine disagreement quickly gives way to intense distrust. We spend far more time trying to convict one another than we do trying to develop our own convictions. Being against someone has more currency than being for anything.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Speaker Ryan touted last year's tax cut law as a major achievement, but said reforming Social Security and Medicare is the nation's greatest unfinished business.

    We will have a closer look at all of today's developments in Congress later in the program.

    Facebook faced new disclosures today about its handling of users' personal data. The New York Times reported that tech giants like Spotify, Netflix, and others received special access to Facebook data, including users' private messages. Facebook says that no information was given away without users' consent. But it also says most of the special sharing arrangements have now been shut down.

    In Yemen, clashes between a Saudi-led military coalition and rebels aligned with Iran imperiled a new cease-fire. Sporadic shelling rattled the port city of Hodeidah, where a truce was supposed to take effect yesterday. The Saudi coalition warned that U.N. monitors must step in quickly, or the cease-fire might collapse.

    And back in this country, federal officials say sign-ups for coverage under the Affordable Care Act were better than expected. As of last Saturday's deadline, some 8.5 million Americans enrolled, with about a dozen states still to report. That's down 4 percent from a year ago, but earlier estimates had warned the drop could be 10 percent.

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