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    House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is nothing if not a political survivor. Underestimated from the start, the Republican was never taken too seriously by the Washington establishment. But with House passage of the debt ceiling and the budget deal he negotiated with President Joe Biden, the emergent speaker proved naysayers otherwise.

    Former President Donald Trump returned to the campaign trail in Iowa, Thursday, just one day after his top rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, finished two days of crisscrossing the state as part of the official kick-off of his White House bid. DeSantis on Thursday had moved to New Hampshire, …

    Fending off a U.S. default, the Senate gave final approval to a debt ceiling and budget cuts package late Thursday. It's now on its way to President Joe Biden’s desk to become law before a fast-approaching deadline. 


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