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Conservatives in long-shot bid to snatch US House control

Republicans are to pick their nominee to succeed John Boehner as House Speaker, the most powerful job in CongressNumber two US House Republican Kevin McCarthy — seeking to unite the party’s lawmakers following years of divisive internal turmoil — was seen just days ago as a virtual lock for the most powerful job in Congress. On Thursday, Republicans pick their nominee to succeed House Speaker John Boehner, who often ruled the raucous chamber by keeping his boot on the necks of dozens of far-right members but was ultimately driven out by the very flank he worked to quell within his ranks. The House speaker is immediately behind the vice president in the line of presidential succession.

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