Congressman Mike Johnson (R-LA) was elected Speaker of the House on Wednesday. After 22 days, which included multiple votes, both publicly on the House floor and privately among the Republican conference, the House GOP coalesced around the four-term representative. Republican strategist and co-founder of South & Hill Strategies, Colin Reed, joins the Rundown to discuss how the last three weeks of the GOP’s speaker election chaos in Congress have impacted the party’s long-term prospects. He explains Speaker Johnson’s difficult task of leading a divided caucus, how support for Israel became a unifying bipartisan cause within Congress, and what tactics House Republicans are likely to use to regain the trust and confidence of 2024 voters on the horizon.

Last month, four Iranians were apprehended at the southern border amid a surge of illegal migrant crossings. Lawmakers are growing concerned about the possibility of terrorists entering the U.S. through the country’s open border. Over 150 non-U.S. citizens on the terrorist watchlist were encountered at the border in fiscal year 2023. Kansas Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) joins the Rundown to discuss why he introduced legislation to declare an invasion at the southern border, why he wants expedited asylum, and why he thinks Ukraine and Israel funding should be separate.

Plus, commentary from New York Post columnist and co-author of “The Canceling of the American Mind,” Rikki Schlott.