Rumors of extramarital affair drove speaker’s race drama

Internet story claimed romantic link between House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and N.C.’s Rep. Renee Ellmers

Both deny affair; Ellmers thanks House Republicans for their ‘support’

N.C.’s Rep. Walter Jones fueled fire with letter saying those with skeletons should not run

3 deadlines loom over a Congress in disarray

No one Friday knew what the Republican leadership chaos would mean. But Congress is facing three major decisions, and while the White House and members of the House expressed optimism they would not be derailed by the lack of Republican unity on who the next speaker will be, the leadership drama added to anxiety.

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Approximately 4,000 inmate firefighters are manning the front lines against California's raging wildfires. Inmates in Cal Fire's program are risking their lives to work 24-hour shifts to save drought-stricken California while earning less than five dollars an hour and reduced time on their sentence.
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