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Representative Kevin McCarthy’s bid to become speaker of the House turned into a rolling disaster last week, played out over five long days and 15 rounds of voting.
Today, the inside story of how it went so wrong — and what he was forced to give up in order to finally win.
On today’s episode
Mr. McCarthy’s slog to the speakership ended with a remarkably public show of intraparty strife during a history-making overnight session.
The speaker’s concessions have given rebels on the right flank of his party more tools to sow disarray.
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Catie Edmondson contributed reporting.
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