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    Kevin McCarthy Bows Out of Speaker Race

    Washington is stunned. The House majority leader no longer likes the prospect of replacing outgoing House Speaker John Boehner. McCarthy dropped his bomb yesterday as Republicans gathered to select a candidate, telling folks they need a “fresh face” to build party unity. Pressure’s now mounting on Rep. Paul Ryan as the GOP’s most likely prospect for winning conservative House Freedom Caucus support. But there’s no guarantee they’d back Ryan — reportedly Boehner and McCarthy’s top pick — and so far the House Ways and Means chair says he’s not interested.

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