| Oct. 8, 2015, 8:48 p.m.
Frustrated House Republicans kept floating trial balloon speaker candidates Thursday in the wake of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s about-face on climbing the GOP ladder, including several who might serve as an “interim” speaker.
| Oct. 8, 2015, 7:29 p.m.
The House Freedom Caucus has lost its second member since its founding.
| Oct. 8, 2015, 7:22 p.m.
Republicans are getting used to surprises.
| Oct. 8, 2015, 7:02 p.m.
Look at the list of potential Republican candidates to be the next speaker of the House and one thing becomes clear: It’s male-dominated.
| Oct. 8, 2015, 6:59 p.m.
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland is the latest to float himself as a possible speaker of the House — a long-shot bid that the Georgia Republican seemed to acknowledge.
| Oct. 8, 2015, 6:42 p.m.
After Kevin McCarthy’s Thursday announcement he won’t seek the speakership, Republicans are asking themselves who will. And the name everyone keeps coming back to is the one person who issued the first statement saying he wouldn’t go for the job: Paul D. Ryan.
| Oct. 8, 2015, 6:39 p.m.
It lasted just nine minutes.
| Oct. 8, 2015, 6:25 p.m.
Democratic Rep. Mark Takano had some fun with the GOP leadership scramble Thursday afternoon. As Republican after Republican said they were not interested in seeking the speakership, the California lawmaker tweeted out a mockup of a Craiglist ad.
| Oct. 8, 2015, 5:10 p.m.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s shocking decision to drop his bid for speaker Thursday could cause problems for House Republican fundraising, multiple Republican strategists told CQ Roll Call.
| Oct. 8, 2015, 5:04 p.m.
Word spread through the Capitol’s Senate corridors about House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy not seeking the speaker’s gavel just as senators were about to cast the final vote before a weeklong Columbus Day recess.
| Oct. 8, 2015, 5:01 p.m.
When Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy entered the Ways and Means Committee room Thursday, almost everyone expected him to exit as the Republican nominee to be speaker. Instead, McCarthy shocked the conference and dropped out of a race he almost certainly would have won, prompting one obvious question: Why?
| Oct. 8, 2015, 4:46 p.m.
| Oct. 8, 2015, 4:24 p.m.
Updated 4:44 p.m. | With the debt limit deadline and bipartisan budget negotiations approaching, Democratic leaders expressed concern Thursday over the House GOP’s delayed leadership elections.
| Oct. 8, 2015, 3:33 p.m.
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra was about to do an interview with CNN, when the shocking news that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s was taking himself out of the race to become the next speaker broke.
| Oct. 8, 2015, 3:20 p.m.
It was that rarest of spectacles: politicians at a loss for words.
| Oct. 8, 2015, 3:15 p.m.
The Constitution is terse about the election of a new speaker: “The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers . . . .”
| Oct. 8, 2015, 2:49 p.m.
Updated 5:26 p.m. Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s stunning decision to withdraw his name from the race for the speaker’s gavel has set off chaos in the Republican conference, with all sorts of names being floated of people who could potentially be the next speaker.
| Oct. 8, 2015, 2:45 p.m.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s decision Thursday to take himself out of the race for speaker immediately brought to mind the tumultuous end to 1998, when Speaker-elect Bob Livingston announced on the floor — as the House was considering resolutions of impeachment against President Bill Clinton — that he would be resigning.
| Oct. 8, 2015, 1:55 p.m.
After the surprise postponement of the Republicans’ nomination vote for speaker, John A. Boehner reaffirmed he would stay in the job until a new speaker is elected.
| Oct. 8, 2015, 1:42 p.m.
Updated 3:02 p.m. | House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s abrupt decision to drop out of the race to replace outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, at the GOP conference’s leadership election Thursday has members talking.