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Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 09/14/2012

Ryan’s colleagues wave from afar; Romney predicts Obama’s lies; and neocon chic (read-this roundup)

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), right, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), walk and talk. (J. Scott Applewhite - Associated Press)
Here’s what the Loop is reading Friday morning:

Keeping their distance — He’s the most popular guy in the House GOP, but there wasn’t much cozying up at Rep. Paul Ryan’s homecoming from the campaign trail. “A close association with Ryan could make trouble for some members in tight reelection campaigns... And a close association with congressional Republicans might not be helpful for Ryan, either.”

What lies ahead? — Our Fact Checker better ready those Pinnochios. GOP candidate Mitt Romney has peered into his crystal ball... and predicts that President Obama will lie during the debates. Guess that’s one way to lower expectations about his own debate performance...

Neocons are the new black — Neocons who were worried about the leanings of Romney’s foreign-policy team and the candidate’s worldview of international affairs need fret no longer: With his statements on Libya and his “tripling down” on them after criticism, the candidate is proving “when it comes to Republican foreign policy, the neocons are still the only game in town.”

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