a crisis of kevin mccarthys own making

This episode contains strong language.

Republicans are set to take control of the House of Representatives for the first time in four years. The transition is shaping up to be chaotic.

Today, the 118th Congress will gather for the first time in the Capitol, yet there is still a question mark over who is going to be the Republican speaker of the House.

Why is there still a fight over leadership?


Catie Edmondson, a congressional correspondent for The New York Times.

Before the midterms, Representative Kevin McCarthy was expected to become speaker by a wide margin. Now, his bid is in peril.
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Catie Edmondson contributed reporting.

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