Republican leader Kevin McCarthy repeatedly voted down for House speaker role

House Republicans have for a second day been unable to either elect their leader Kevin McCarthy as House speaker or come up with a suitable alternative. President Joe Biden lamented the GOP disarray in the US. Mr McCarthy was not giving up, even after the fourth, fifth and sixth ballots produced no better outcome and he was left trying to call off a night-time session. Even that was controversial, as the House voted 216-214 — amid shouting and crowding — to adjourn for the night.