speaker mccarthy but at what cost

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.


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

After a 15th vote, Kevin McCarthy was able to secure enough votes to claim the speakership.
Kenny Holston/The New York Times

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Catie Edmondson contributed reporting.

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