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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.

    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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