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The Half Hour with YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis: Ep. 45 - McCarthy is Ousted as Speaker

Welcome back, Extempers! YuYu and Spencer are here with Episode 45 of The Half Hour! Extempers, you are at the right place to learn, grab some research, and improve your extemporaneous craft. In this episode, YuYu and Spencer break down Senator McCarthy's dismissal from the Speaker of the House position.


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45 | McCarthy is Ousted as Speaker

Description of Podcast

In a shocking, yet unsurprising, turn of events, Speaker Kevin McCarthy was ousted by united Democrats and hardline Republicans. It is the first time in American history in which the Speaker of the House has been ousted. This has led to an unprecedented territory. In this episode of the Half Hour, YuYu and Spencer break down the ousting of Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Thumbnail Image (YouTube): Applewhite, J. Scott. Photograph. Associated Press. October 5, 2023.

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

Should Democrats have rescued Kevin McCarthy’s speakership?

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

Associated Press - Threat of government shutdown ends as Congress passes a temporary funding plan and sends it to Biden -

Politico - “‘It is a surrender:’ Why McCarthy reversed with his survival uncertain” -

NBC - Full Panel: McCarthy’s speakership is being tested. But if not McCarthy, who? -

NPR - How the far right could remove McCarthy and why his fate could be in Democrats' hands -

Politico - Pelosi's message to Dems: Don't save McCarthy's speakership -

CNN - Gaetz’s war against McCarthy could leave Dems playing kingmaker -

Time - Why House Democrats Refused to Save McCarthy -

New York Times - Will the Motion to Vacate Be Vacated? -

The Guardian - Democratic unity strikes contrast to Republican chaos as McCarthy exits -

-----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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Hosts: YuYu Yuan, Spencer Travis

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