On Background: How much longer will it take?

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We’ve spent days in the trenches on Capitol Hill as a veritable civil war broke out in the House Republican Conference, where a band of conservative rebels repeatedly derailed GOP leader Kevin McCarthy’s bid to lead the party’s new majority as speaker of the House.

Mr. McCarthy thought he was making progress but lost multiple ballots on Thursday. Mr. McCarthy offered up a deal to placate 20 conservatives who want to change the way the House operates, changes that would diminish the speaker’s power.

It’s been a humiliating slog for Mr. McCarthy. Former President Donald Trump’s last-minute plea for McCarthy votes didn’t sway any House Republicans, reports Deputy Politics
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