Is Kevin McCarthy’s Ouster a ‘Stress Test’ for Democracy?

By Michelle Cottle

Produced by Vishakha Darbha

The House of Representatives has no speaker, another budget showdown looms and the Republican majority is in disarray. To break down what happened in Congress this week, the domestic politics correspondent Michelle Cottle spoke with Opinion Audio’s executive producer, Annie-Rose Strasser. They discuss this unprecedented event — and what it means for the future of the House Democrats, American politics and democracy at large. Hint: According to Cottle, it’s not good news.

(A full transcript of this audio essay will be available midday on the Times website.)

Credit…Illustration by The New York Times; Photograph by J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

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This Opinion short was produced by Vishakha Darbha. It was edited by Kaari Pitkin and Annie-Rose Strasser. Mixing by Sonia Herrero. Original music by Issac Jones and Sonia Herrero. Fact-checking by Mary Marge Locker. Audience strategy by Shannon Busta and Kristina Samulewski.

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