WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are at risk of plunging into a messy leadership battle after the November election because they lack a clear heir apparent to the retiring speaker, Paul Ryan.
President Donald Trump signaled he’d be happy with next-in-line Kevin McCarthy, the majority leader and a longtime ally Trump calls “My Kevin.”
But Trump is also saying kind words about the No. 3 Republican, Steve Scalise. And there’s a third lawmaker in the mix: conservative Rep. Jim