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How the House's No. 2 Plans to Save the GOP

Party needs to change fast: Kevin McCarthy

(Newser) - Eric Cantor's replacement as House majority leader has a warning for Republicans: The party needs to make big changes, fast, if it wants to win the White House in 2016. "If we don't capture the House stronger, and the Senate, and prove we could govern, there won'... More »

New House GOP Leader Is Often 'Baffling' at Podium

Majority leader Kevin McCarthy tends to say indecipherable stuff: Dana Milbank

(Newser) - Eric Cantor's defeat may have been a complete surprise , but this isn't: House Republicans have chosen Kevin McCarthy of California to be the new majority leader, reports the Hill . The 49-year-old takes over those duties on July 31. First elected to the House eight years ago, McCarthy is... More »

Only One Candidate Left for Cantor's Job

Sessions drops out, race to replace Kevin McCarthy heats up

(Newser) - Unless a surprise challenger emerges at the last minute, the race to replace Eric Cantor as the House's second-ranking Republican is already over. House Rules Committee chief Pete Sessions says he has dropped his bid to become majority leader "after thoughtful consideration and discussion" with colleagues, leaving Majority... More »

Defeated Cantor Will Step Down

NYT: Majority leader will step aside to quickly settle leadership vacuum

(Newser) - Eric Cantor, fresh off last night's stunning collapse in the Virginia GOP primary for the House seat he's held since 2001, will step down as House majority leader in the coming weeks, reports the New York Times . The move, which the Washington Post pegs at the end of... More »

Here's Who's in the Running for Cantor's Job

Reps. Kevin McCarthy, Pete Sessions likely contenders

(Newser) - Now that majority leader Eric Cantor is out of the running for the next Congress, who will take his place in the GOP leadership? Politico identifies a number of potential frontrunners, starting with current majority whip Kevin McCarthy of California, who is pretty much guaranteed to seek Cantor's old... More »

Cantor Holds Line on Cuts to Pay for Disaster Relief

Same goes for earthquake in his district

(Newser) - Eric Cantor took some heat after he demanded spending cuts to pay for disaster relief in Joplin, but he looks to be holding the line when his own district is involved: Congress "will find the monies" to cover earthquake damage in Mineral, Va. , but “those monies will be... More »

Tom DeLay Gets 3 Years in Money Laundering Scheme

10 years of additional probation for former House majority leader

(Newser) - A judge today ordered former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, lately of DWTS fame, to serve three years in prison for his role in a 2002 scheme to illegally funnel corporate money to Texas candidates. The sentence comes after a jury in November convicted DeLay on charges of money laundering... More »

Tom DeLay Guilty of Money Laundering

Former House majority leader faces life in prison

(Newser) - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay—once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress—was convicted today on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. Jurors deliberated for 19 hours before returning guilty verdicts against DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy... More »

John Boehner, GOP Will Fail

This was no endorsement of the Republican agenda

(Newser) - Republicans crowing from the rooftops about the mandate they got on Election Day can cork it and come back down to Earth to face the music, writes Markos Moulitsas Zuniga in the Christian Science Monitor —because John Boehner and Co. are doomed. Tuesday wasn't an embrace of a GOP... More »

GOP Holds Lead in Home Stretch

Enthusiasm gap leaves Democrats trailing in likely voters

(Newser) - Republicans are in the driver’s seat as the 2010 election winds down, despite a vigorous last-ditch push from Democrats, according to a new Wall Street Journal poll. Overall, registered voters narrowly prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress to a Republican-controlled one, but among likely voters, Republicans hold a 50%-43% edge. In... More »

Health Vote May Have to Wait: Hoyer

Majority leader bemoans 'delay tactics'

(Newser) - The House may not vote on its health care reform bill tomorrow after all, thanks to Democrats' squabbling over abortion and spending, Steny Hoyer said today. “We’re very close,” the majority leader insisted, but “clearly things happen. Delay tactics can be employed.” Hoyer acknowledged that... More »

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