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The GOP’s Extremists Now Hold America—and the World—Hostage

The GOP’s Extremists Now Hold America—and the World—Hostage
Rep. Kevin McCarthy reacts after losing the 14th vote to elect a House speaker, in Washington, Jan. 6, 2023 (AP photo by Alex Brandon).

The process leading to Kevin McCarthy’s election as speaker of the House lent itself to jokes, but it could have serious negative consequences. The debacle placed U.S. national security in jeopardy in the short term. It is also a bad omen for the functioning of the U.S. government, and for the world, over the next two years.

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