Carl Hulse of the New York Times talks about the decision by Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to switch from the Democratic Party and become an independent. He also talks about other famous Senate party switches — Arlen Specter, Joe Lieberman and Jim Jeffords — and how their decisions affected their careers.
And Jack Pitney of Claremont McKenna College sizes up the problems facing California Republican Kevin McCarthy, who is the clear favorite to become the next House speaker … if he can only get past hard-right conservatives and their demands.
PLUS: Will Georgia end its system of general election runoffs?
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