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Chip Roy weighs a last-minute challenge to Stefanik for House GOP No. 3

Texas Rep. Chip Roy is considering launching a bid for House Republican Conference chair, according to multiple Republican sources, as conservatives fret that the party is moving too quickly to anoint a successor to newly deposed Liz Cheney. Roy, a member of the hard-line Freedom Caucus, is one of several conservatives to publicly express concern about elevating Rep. Elise Stefanik…

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She built her career boosting GOP women. Now Elise Stefanik is elevating herself

Rep. Elise Stefanik is on the verge of ascending to the House GOP’s No. 3 spot thanks in part to a personal mission: boosting other Republican women. Stefanik’s most visible identity is that of a moderate New York Republican turned Donald Trump acolyte. But she’s also been instrumental in shifting the GOP’s internal culture to prioritize electing more women to…

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The pro-Trump Republican gunning for Cheney's leadership job

Jim Banks is the head of the House GOP’s biggest caucus. He’s also earning another unofficial title: shadow chair of the House GOP Conference. The Indiana Republican, who’s made no secret of his future leadership ambitions, has used his new platform as chief of the Republican Study Committee to build a messaging operation to compete with that of Rep. Liz…

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McCarthy-Cheney divide deepens at GOP retreat

ORLANDO — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said it’s imperative for Republicans to stay united if they want to take back the majority. But cracks are widening in his own relationship with one of his top deputies over former President Donald Trump. At a retreat meant to craft a cohesive message for the party, McCarthy (R-Calif.) and GOP Conference Chair…

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House GOP takes its wild post-Trump ride to Florida

ORLANDO — For House Republicans, it’s less about how they can win back the majority and more about: How do they avoid messing things up? That’s the question on the minds of GOP lawmakers as they huddle in America’s theme park haven for their three-day annual legislative retreat — the Republican conference’s first such gathering since the coronavirus shut down…

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15 Republican senators vow to oppose earmarks amid intraparty squabble

Fifteen Senate Republicans on Monday pledged to uphold their party’s decadelong ban on earmarks, drawing a battle line days before the GOP is set to vote on whether to reinstate the spending practice. In a letter obtained by POLITICO, the group — led by conservative Sen. Mike Lee of Utah — made clear they are “committed” to the earmark ban…

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McCarthy responds to MAGA caucus: GOP isn't party of 'nativist dog whistles'

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy declared Friday that the GOP is not the party of “nativist dog whistles” — an indirect swipe at a new right-wing caucus being formed inside his conference. “America is built on the idea that we are all created equal and success is earned through honest, hard work. It isn’t built on identity, race, or religion,”…

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GOP leaders pressure Democrats over Iowa House race

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is ratcheting up pressure on Democrats over an Iowa congressional race that is being contested in the House, urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi to dismiss the effort and scheduling a high-profile visit in the district later this week. In a new letter sent Monday afternoon, McCarthy called on Pelosi to “put your faith in our democracy…

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‘Behave like grown-ups’: Conservative rebellion boils over in House

A leading Republican hard-liner clashed behind closed doors with House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday, exposing a rift in the Republican conference and suggesting that a chamber-rattling floor protest by the far right isn’t fading anytime soon. During a closed-door conference meeting, House Freedom Caucus Chair Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) went after McCarthy for not being more supportive of a…

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An unlikely Trump turncoat shows the GOP way to resist his influence

Jaime Herrera Beutler is not one to make waves on Capitol Hill. But during Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, she almost created a tsunami. After she publicly revealed damaging details about Trump’s phone call with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Herrera Beutler was nearly ensnared in the Senate trial herself — an episode…

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