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Brookings Institution

Boehner successor will be wrapped tight by hard-liners' demands

WASHINGTON _ For all the drama around Kevin McCarthy's bid for speaker of the House, one thing is true: Whoever gets the job will have his hands full preventing a government shutdown in December. President Barack Obama and House Democrats might hope that McCarthy, now the second-ranking House Republican, would be a leader in the mold of outgoing Speaker John Boehner, willing to make a deal to avoid repeating the 2013 shutdown that tanked Republicans' public approval ratings. But McCarthy, and other Republicans seeking to replace Boehner when he leaves Congress at the end of October, need to show some regard for the views of party hardliners who helped oust Boehner or they may...