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Legislator Trolls Republicans With Fake Craigslist Ad

'Babysitting experience STRONGLY PREFERRED' for next speaker

(Newser) - "Proven ability to work with irrational people who pursue narrow priorities at the expense of millions of others." That's one of the main job requirements for speaker of the House, at least according to a fake Craigslist ad posted to social media Thursday by a Democratic congressman'... More »

Here's Why McCarthy Says He Bailed

Rumors are swirling about affair with fellow lawmaker

(Newser) - There might be somebody out there who can unite all 247 House Republicans, but Kevin McCarthy says it definitely isn't him. The House majority leader tells Politico that his shock decision not to seek the nomination for speaker came after friends said to him: "Why do you want... More »

GOP Won't Take Ryan's 'No' for an Answer

He's under a lot of pressure to take Boehner's job

(Newser) - Senior Republicans are trying to draft Paul Ryan for the job that John Boehner and Kevin McCarthy don't want. Ryan has repeatedly said that he doesn't want to be House speaker, either—he announced, "I will not be a candidate" within minutes of McCarthy's bombshell announcement... More »

McCarthy Drops Bomb, Quits Speaker Race

He stuns House GOP members with announcement

(Newser) - House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy dropped a political bombshell on his Republican colleagues Thursday morning by dropping out of the race for House speaker. McCarthy was the heavy favorite to succeed the retiring John Boehner at the end of the month, though he faced long-shot challenges from Reps. Jason Chaffetz... More »

House Creates Panel on Planned Parenthood

Expect issue to stretch into election year

(Newser) - John Boehner's resignation may have avoided a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding, but the issue now seems likely to remain in play well into the 2016 election year: The House on Wednesday created a special committee to investigate the handling of fetal tissue and other abortion-related issues, reports... More »

House May Not Be Able to Elect a New Speaker

Conservative bloc holds the trump cards, writes Russell Berman

(Newser) - Rep. Kevin McCarthy is the heavy favorite to be the next House speaker, but he's got a big math problem at the moment: When the full House votes on Oct. 29, he needs 218 ayes—and a group of about 30 conservative Republicans can prevent him from getting there,... More »

'Dark Horse' Hops Into Race to Succeed Boehner

Jason Chaffetz says Kevin McCarthy can't unite hardcore, moderate factions

(Newser) - As Kevin McCarthy's bid to succeed John Boehner as speaker of the House seems slightly less inevitable , the race got a new entrant Sunday in the form of Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican who chairs the House Oversight Committee. "There are very few people who can win... More »

GOP Benghazi Remarks May Be 'Gift' to Clinton

Kevin McCarthy, likely next House speaker, takes flak

(Newser) - The man expected to be next the House speaker is backtracking after making comments about the Hillary Clinton Benghazi investigation that quickly backfired. "I did not intend to imply in any way that that work is political," said Rep. Kevin McCarthy on Fox Thursday night, per AP . "... More »

McCain: Obama, Get Over Israel 'Tantrum'

President's priorities 'so screwed up that it's unbelievable'

(Newser) - President Obama pulled no punches in his blunt assessment of Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign rhetoric, and John McCain is today taking his own jabs at Obama. Appearing this morning on CNN , he said, "The president should get over it. Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President." He dismissed... More »

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 »

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's Walloping Is a Political Earthquake

Brat upset likely to kill off immigration reform

(Newser) - The House majority leader who used to cozy up to upstart Tea Party candidates has been crushed in his GOP primary by a little-known challenger from the movement, and analysts say America's political landscape is looking very different this morning.
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Ted Cruz: Reid Holding US 'Hostage' With Shutdown

Meanwhile, House GOP whip says 'we are not shutting the government down'

(Newser) - With the federal government lurching toward a shutdown , Ted Cruz is pointing his finger squarely at Harry Reid, who "holds that absolutist position and essentially holds the American people hostage," he told Meet the Press today. The Senate majority leader "has essentially told the House of Representatives... More »

On Fiscal Cliff Vote, House GOP Leaders Split

Boehner, Paul Ryan voted aye, as Cantor, McCarthy rejected deal

(Newser) - The bill to avoid the fiscal cliff ended up clearing the House with more than enough Republican votes, but the vote split GOP leaders. Speaker John Boehner cast his "yes" as soon as voting began, but House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, and Chief Deputy Whip... More »

Schumer: Deal Isn't Quite Done, but 'Relief'

Guess what's on everybody's mind this morning?

(Newser) - The end of Congress' tortured debt ceiling machinations isn't here yet, but it's in sight, says top Democratic negotiator Chuck Schumer, while adding that "It's premature to talk about any specifics." Schumer emphasized to State of the Union that the deal will be politically difficult... More »

GOP Uses Ben Affleck Movie for Inspiration

House leaders play clip from 'The Town'

(Newser) - One of the weirder nuggets to emerge from the behind-the-scenes wrangling on the debt ceiling comes from the Washington Post , which reports that House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy played a clip from a Ben Affleck movie yesterday in a bid to foster unity among his fellow Republicans. In the scene... More »

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