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Kevin McCarthy Gone, In 60 Seconds

After McCarthy dropped out of the House speakership race, there was a chaotic outpouring of reaction from Republicans, like Rep. Jason Chaffetz, in a Capitol Hill hallway. Here are the highlights.

House Panel Spends Hours Questioning VW's CEO Of U.S. Business

Volkswagen's top U.S. executive was taken to task on Thursday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It was the first congressional hearing since the company's emissions scandal broke.

Is The House Leadership In Chaos? Rep. Schweikert Weighs In

Renee Montagne talks to Representative David Schweikert of Arizona, a co-founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, about what happens next in the race for House speaker.

Rep. McCarthy Stuns Colleagues By Pulling Out Of Leadership Election

House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday abruptly pulled out of the race for speaker of the House. The election is off until House Republicans can coalesce around a new candidate.

Ex-Rep. Dickey Regrets Restrictive Law On Gun Violence Research

Former Rep. Jay Dickey of Arkansas authored an amendment that restricted funding for research into gun violence and its effects on public health. Dickey tells Steve Inskeep he now has deep regrets.

Gun Control Debate Divides Nation's Police Officers, Too

"Talking about firearms now is like talking about race" among officers, says a national law enforcement leader. In Milwaukee, for instance, a sheriff and police chief took vocal, opposing stances.

Partisan Divide Widens Over Immigration Policy

A new study from the Pew Research Center shows American opinions about immigration policy are increasingly split along party lines.

Conservatives' Pick For Speaker Might Not Even Be In Congress Much Longer

Florida Rep. Daniel Webster faces a redrawn congressional map that puts his re-election next year in doubt.

Rep. Charlie Dent: House Republicans 'Frankly Shocked' By McCarthy Decision

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania about Rep. Kevin McCarthy's decision to drop out of the race for the House Speakership.

Orrin Hatch On TPP: Despite Concerns, Fast-Track Authority Was 'Essential'

Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah has reservations on where the Trans-Pacific Partnership landed on patent protection. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to the senator about the GOP reaction to the trade deal.

House Judiciary Introduces Bipartisan Plan On Sentencing Reform

Momentum for sentencing reform grows as leaders of the House Judiciary Committee introduce a bipartisan bill. But rising violence in some big cities could complicate the legislative forecast.

Volkswagen's U.S. Chief Appears Before House Panel On Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen U.S. President Michael Horn appears before the House Energy and Commerce Committee to answer questions about the emissions scandal.

House Speakership Race Thrown Into Chaos After McCarthy Drops Out

House Republicans planned to select a nominee for Speaker of the House Thursday, but the election was thrown into chaos when House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the frontrunner, abruptly dropped out of the race.

U.S. Regulators Visit Cuba To Explore Boundaries Of New Trade Opportunities

Officials from the Treasury, Commerce, and State Departments visit Cuba this week to grasp a better understanding of the country's economy. They want to know how far the U.S. can go in doing business with Cuba under the limits of the half-century old embargo. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker led the delegation, despite criticism from those who say the move comes too soon.

TPP Negotiators Reached Agreement With Sticky Compromise On Biologics Drugs

A big sticking point in the negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership involved biologics medicines and vaccines created from living organisms. The dispute centered on patent protection: how many years drug companies should have before facing competition from generics. The negotiators ended up with a complicated compromise that gives drug makers five to eight years of protection. But nobody is really happy with the outcome.

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