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Representative Mike Johnson of Louisiana emerged as the 56th speaker of the House of Representatives, signaling a shift to the far right for the Republican Party. The infighting and dysfunction within the party led them to turn to Johnson, a little-known conservative hard-liner who played a role in the effort to overturn the 2020 election. After weeks of feuding and division, both the right wing and mainstream Republicans joined forces in a 220-to-209 vote to elect Johnson. This victory for the far right represents a significant change within the party. In his acceptance speech, Johnson vowed to restore faith in the House and highlighted his legislative priorities, including aiding Israel, addressing border issues, and reducing federal spending. He also referenced his evangelical Christian faith and expressed his belief that God had brought everyone together for this specific moment. Johnson’s election puts him second in line to the presidency. Despite opposition from Democrats who viewed his ascent as appeasing former President Donald Trump, Johnson received support from hard-right Republicans and mainstream conservatives alike. However, Johnson now faces the challenges of passing a government funding measure and reconciling the deep divisions within his party over foreign policy issues.

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