Tierney Sneed

Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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The revolt by conservatives to push out House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) may have the opposite effect, some Republicans are suggesting. With House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) shocking decision to drop out of the speaker's race -- due to resistance from the same group of conservative hardliners -- many are suggesting that Boehner will have no choice but to stick out the rest of the term, despite his desire to step down by Oct. 30.

"John Boehner has served the state of Ohio and the American people for a very long time, and I think he deserves the right to go out on his own terms, and so I don't know what that will mean," Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) said on Fox News. "But I do know John's heart and I'm confident he will do whatever is best for the American people and the institution until we do find a Speaker."

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In a stunning twist, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has dropped out of the race for House speaker, facing resistance from hardliners in the House Freedom Caucus. Apparently unable to muster enough support from House Republicans to be confident of a win on the House floor later this month -- where Democratic votes for speaker would likely go to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi -- McCarthy made the decision to withdraw his candidacy.

"If we are going to be united and be strong, we need a fresh face to do this," McCarthy said in a press conference after the news broke.

A vote among House Republicans to select their nominee for speaker had been expected early Thursday afternoon. McCarthy's withdrawal immediately threw the House into disarray. According to members, McCarthy felt he had the votes for Thursday's closed-door nomination, but was concerned he would not have the 218 votes when the nomination would be brought to a full House later this month.

McCarthy's decision to withdraw was especially shocking as, earlier in the morning, he had told the press going into the speaker forum that he felt confident he had the votes to be elected speaker.

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A spokeswoman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) confirmed to the Washington Post that Boehner will vote for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as his replacement, and will do so in both Thursday's closed-door GOP meeting and the full House vote Oct. 29.

While Boehner has publicly signaled his preference for McCarthy over the other two candidates -- Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) -- casting a floor vote is a rarity for House speakers, the Post notes, and typically reserved for close contests.

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Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL), the conservative lawmaker the House Freedom Caucus endorsed ahead of Thursday's GOP speaker nomination conference, told his colleagues at a closed door meeting Thursday morning that he would not commit his support to the eventual GOP nominee for speaker, Politico reported.

Anonymous sources in the meeting told Politico Webster said his stance was out of "personal principle," however other members of the caucus have said they would support Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) if he became the nominee.

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GOP 2016 candidate Ben Carson appeared unable to give a straight answer when asked repeatedly about whether he would raise the debt ceiling during a Marketplace interview posted Thursday.

At one point, Carson said he would urge his administration to "cut where you need to cut" when asked if he would let the government default on its debt, suggesting he didn't understand that the debt ceiling authorizes payments on debts the government has already incurred.

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As Republican hardliners express their resistance to having House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as their speaker, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has stepped up to give a speech in support of McCarthy at Thursday's nominating conference, Politico reported.

The 40-or-so member House Freedom Caucus has endorsed McCarthy's challenger, Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL). Although Webster is viewed as a long-shot in today's nomination conference, which is only among Republicans, the conservative group's refusal to support McCarthy could pose a problem once the speaker voter hits the full floor, where the GOP nominee will need 218 votes to become speaker.

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When House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced his resignation earlier this month, the likelihood that his successor would be able to navigate a series of high stakes deadlines looked uncertain at best. Since then, the leadership succession has erupted into full-out chaos.

What was supposed to be a relatively smooth ascension for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has been rocked by his own gaffes, outsider challengers, and the threat of an unprecedented floor fight that could undermine efforts to avoid a government shutdown and a historic default on the national debt before the year's end.

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The House Freedom Caucus -- the group of conservatives hardliners whose shutdown antics led to House Speaker John Boehner's resignation -- has endorsed Rep. Daniel Webster for to be the GOP nominee for the next speaker, caucus member Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) told CNN. The move is a rebuke to Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Boehner's presumed successor.

While it's unlikely that the 40-or-so member caucus will be enough to thwart McCarthy's selection in the closed-door GOP conference Thursday, their refusal to support him spells trouble for when the issue comes to the full House, where 218 votes will be required to elect the next speaker.

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A House Democrat will offer an amendment to abolish Congress' special committee on the Benghazi, in a move that simultaneously hits Republicans on Planned Parenthood and on House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) Benghazi "gaffe."

According to a spokesperson for Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the ranking member of the House Rules Committee, Slaughter will offer the amendment Tuesday evening while the committee debates a bill to form a special committee to further investigate Planned Parenthood. The amendment would strike through the Planned Parenthood language and replace it with language dismantling the Benghazi Committee, the spokesperson said in an email.

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A representative for Vice President Joe Biden pushed back on a Politico report Tuesday that suggested Biden had told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd his dying son's wish that he run for president to "trial balloon" a potential campaign.

"The bottom line on the Politico story is that it is categorically false and the characterization is offensive," a Biden spokesperson told NBC News. Biden's team, however, did not confirm or deny that the vice president told Dowd that story.

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