| Oct. 9, 2015, 5:41 p.m.
Rep. Walter B. Jones acknowledged to CQ Roll Call Friday that he wrote a letter asking leaders to attest they had not committed any embarrassing misdeeds in part because he had seen rumors published of an affair between fellow North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.
| Oct. 9, 2015, 5:29 p.m.
What’s next for Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy?
| Oct. 9, 2015, 5 p.m.
Ways and Means Chairman Paul D. Ryan’s stature as a GOP rainmaker is one reason so many of his colleagues want him to run for House speaker, now that California’s Kevin McCarthy has dropped out.
| Oct. 9, 2015, 4:52 p.m.
A federal judge in Iowa has tossed most of the charges against longtime Paul family advisers Jesse Benton and John Tate.
| Oct. 9, 2015, 4 p.m.
A crazy week on Capitol Hill quickly spiraled into a competition to apply lipstick, open beer with another beer and sell used cars.
| Oct. 9, 2015, 3:27 p.m.
No Democrat has entered the race against freshman Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock. But there’s a new recruit whose name may be familiar to Washington.
| Oct. 9, 2015, 3:23 p.m.
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s decision to drop out of the speaker race Thursday gave Republicans a lot to think about. But some Republicans say their leaders imposed a top-down decision on the process that fundamentally altered the outcome.
| Oct. 9, 2015, 3:09 p.m.
Team “Mean Machine” will once again clash with “The Guards” for bragging rights on Capitol Hill in the 2015 Congressional Football Game for Charity on Oct. 28.
| Oct. 9, 2015, 2:58 p.m.
North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers on Friday acknowledged rumors and reports of an improper relationship with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and thanked supporters for the “outpouring of support and prayers” she had received.
| Oct. 9, 2015, 2:12 p.m.
Updated 6:30 p.m. | In the immediate aftermath of Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s sudden and shocking decision to bow out of the race for House speaker, the California Republican said he intends to stay in Congress and keep his current job as majority leader.
| Oct. 9, 2015, 12:30 p.m.
House Republicans described the mood as “good” inside the closed-door members’ meeting Friday morning — despite the fact that less than 24 hours earlier, lawmakers were reportedly in tears over the news that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was withdrawing from the race for speaker.
| Oct. 9, 2015, 11:53 a.m.
Congressional reporters are used to competing with each other to break news, but there is a new kid on the block with a distinct advantage.
| Oct. 9, 2015, 10:49 a.m.
Updated 1:13 p.m. | One day after Kevin McCarthy shocked his conference by announcing he would not seek the speakership, the list of possible candidates continues to grow. The two declared candidates are Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Daniel Webster of Florida, but a whole host of names has been floated by lawmakers.
| Oct. 9, 2015, 10:22 a.m.
While the White House, frustrated with congressional inaction, weighs its own crackdown on guns, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican is looking to address the country’s cycle of mass killings with mental health legislation that includes a stronger background check system.
| Oct. 9, 2015, 9:20 a.m.
Rep. Darrell Issa said Friday morning he might become a candidate for speaker and sharply criticized the performance of Rep. Jason Chaffetz, his successor as chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
| Oct. 9, 2015, 7:59 a.m.
California Republican Kevin McCarthy’s decision to drop out of the race to replace Ohio’s John A. Boehner as speaker intensifies the ideological warfare between pro-business Republicans on K Street and tea party activists.
| Oct. 9, 2015, 5:02 a.m.
These two weeks have been an intense reminder about how unstable the speakership of the House has become. Thursday put a shocking spotlight on another reality: Republicans have had nothing but unexpected heartache in choosing their own leaders in the past quarter-century.
| 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.