News alert: Mitt Romney has selected U.S. Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate, according to unnamed sources cited by NBC News, CNN and the Associated Press.

Ryan, 42, authored a controversial budget plan that would curb spending on popular programs such as Medicare. Ryan’s selection would portend a fierce debate in the campaign’s final phase over the size and role of government.

Updated to include link to our story: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-romney-picks-paul-ryan-as-running-mate-20120810,0,7029386.story
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