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Republicans pick Kevin McCarthy as House majority leader

U.S. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks during a meeting with Israel's President Shimon Peres in JerusalemBy Emily Stephenson and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Republicans on Thursday chose an ally of Speaker John Boehner for the No. 2 job in the chamber, a setback for some conservative lawmakers hoping to use a leadership election to boost their influence. Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, already the third-ranking House Republican, was chosen to replace Eric Cantor as majority leader, a Republican aide announced. He will control the House floor and help decide the party’s legislative priorities. …

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