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The Half Hour with YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis: Ep. 43 - Republicans Turn Against McCarthy

Listen up, Extempers! Episode 43 of The Half Hour with YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis has hit the airwaves! Extempers, you are at the right place to learn, grab some research, and improve your extemporaneous craft. In this episode, YuYu and Spencer discuss the Republican divide over the Speaker of the House.


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43 | Republicans Turn against McCarthy

-----Description of Podcast-----

The Republican divide over the Speaker of the House raises questions about the integrity of the GOP to maintain its House control. The long debate that took 15 rounds of voting may give power to a small, yet elite group, of House Representatives. In this episode of The Half Hour, YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis explore the impacts of Republicans turning against Kevin McCarthy.

-----Possible Extemp Questions-----

  1. Has the bruising battle over Speaker of the House done lasting damage to the Republican Party going into 2024?

-----Sources from this Video-----

  1. Reuters News Agency - Kevin McCarthy Elected House Speaker, but at a Cost -

  2. On the House by John Boehner

  3. NPR - McCarthy’s Struggles Point to Troubles ahead for His Office, His Party and Congress -

  4. Washington Post - McCarthy takes speaker perch as GOP stares down new mission: governance -

  5. Fivethirtyeight - Kevin McCarthy's Job Just Got Harder -

  6. Bloomberg - White House Rips McCarthy-GOP Deal as Path to ‘Defund’ Military -

  7. Roll Call - McCarthy concessions raise stakes on budget, debt limit -

  8. NPR - Kevin McCarthy is elected House speaker after 15 votes and days of negotiations -

  9. NPR - McCarthy's struggles point to troubles ahead for his office, his party and Congress -

  10. Time Magazine - What to Expect From the New Divided Congress -

-----About The Half Hour-----

The Half Hour is a current events podcast designed with the intention of helping Extemp competitors (and other Speech and Debate members, as well as listening for the general public) understand the importance of political, social, or economical events on a domestic and international scale. As Extemp competitors only have half an hour to prep a speech, the podcast is designed to brief competitors in the same amount of time it would take for them to prep. Each episode looks at both sides of current events while providing background information to help expand upon the issue. The Half Hour also looks into common questions that people may be asked relating to current events and will work to answer them based on credible news sources from both sides.

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-----Credits and Credentials-----

Video/Audio Recording: Zoom Video Communications

Production Recording: OBS Studio

Design Production: Adobe Express

Hosts: YuYu Yuan, Spencer Travis

Produced By: Spencer Travis

Edited By: Connor McBride

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