After Californian Kevin McCarthy loses three votes to become speaker, the House adjourns with the GOP in disarray.

 Hardline On Tuesday, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives repeatedly obstructed fellow Republican Kevin McCarthy's attempts to become the powerful speaker of the body, leaving the chamber without a leader and throwing their newly elected majority into disarray.

McCarthy failed to receive the 218 votes necessary to become speaker, the position that comes second in line to the White House after the vice president, on three ballots on the first day of what could turn out to be a brutal showdown between about 20 hardliners and the other 202 members of the Republican caucus.

It was a troubling beginning for the newly elected Republican majority and emphasises the difficulties the group may experience over the following two years as it prepares for the 2024 presidential race. Their narrow 222-212 victory lends a stronger voice to a

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