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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.'"

  • "Unscripted remarks have caused him trouble and he says he’ll talk about the speaker’s race after Republicans retain control of the House — and he maintains they will."
  • "The silver-coiffed 53-year-old ... would not have had the grades to be accepted into the student leadership program, he told the group, but that didn’t stop him."
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