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Tonight, I have a plethora of news about the melee on Capitol Hill: McCarthy’s surprises, Vern Buchanan’s feelings, motion to vacate roulette, Ted Cruz’s game of chance, Rick Scott’s breakfast club, Janet Yellin’s successor, and much, much more.
Robert Hur’s Fear Factor: Just when it looked like the House Republicans were on the ropes, relentlessly wounded by their own made-for-TV infighting and backstabbing and the George Santos of it all, a new political lifeline emerged today in the form of the discovery of a set of classified files languishing in Joe Biden’s Delaware garage, beside his Corvette...
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|It turns out that the imperiled Long Island fabulist George Santos might not be the only conference member that Kevin McCarthy risks losing this term. The new House Speaker, who must navigate a razor-thin majority in which he can currently only lose four votes to pass partisan legislation, has another unforeseen problem on his horizon. Multiple members have told me that they are worried that Vern Buchanan, the 71-year-old from Florida, is loose in the saddle and contemplating retirement after losing his chairmanship of the powerful Ways and Means committee this week. Buchanan told McCarthy he was furious that he was passed over for a much younger member, Rep. Jason Smith, who has become a bit of a speaker’s pet...