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Kevin McCarthy plans his ascent

McCarthy on Fox News. Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), perhaps President Trump's closest Hill ally, is plotting his ascent to House speaker, AP's Lisa Mascaro reports.

The big picture: "[L]ast week, back at home while Congress was on recess, McCarthy told a group of students he’s unlikely to run for another office after serving in the House: 'That’s where my political career will probably end.'"