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The Nation Weekly: January 6, 2023 Kevin McCarthy’s fails, the godfather of human rights, Lynne Tillman’s memoir, and more

House Speaker hopeful Kevin McCarthy has started off the new year with more than a few failures. How should Democrats respond?

“McCarthy’s ordeal might be worthy of pity—if he himself weren’t such a reprehensibly oily enabler of the far right,” writes national affairs correspondent Jeet Heer. But “by offering a deal…Democrats could highlight the differences between the two parties: one committed to governance, and the other using politics as a theater of expressive rage.”

It’s Not the Job of Democrats to Save the GOP
Helping Republicans pick a House speaker makes sense only if it intensifies the right-wing civil war.
Jeet Heer
Why the Godfather of Human Rights Is Not Welcome at Harvard
Ken Roth, who ran Human Rights Watch for 29 years, was denied a fellowship at the Kennedy School for having the temerity to criticize Israel.
Michael Massing
Lynne Tillman Breaks the Rules
A fascinating and sometimes fraught experiment with memoir, Mothercare, finds the author testing the limits of personal writing.
Michele Moses
Biden & Co. Are Finally Bringing Some Firepower to the Abortion Fight
With two small but significant moves, the Biden administration has made abortion pills more widely available.
Elie Mystal
January 6 Comes for Kevin McCarthy
He won’t become House speaker even though he absolved Donald Trump of the insurrection.
Joan Walsh
Nelson Lichtenstein’s Post-Mortem on the UC Strike and Andrew Bacevich on America’s “Very Long War”
This week on the Start Making Sense podcast, we discuss the implications of a historic bargaining deal as well as a new book by Andrew Bacevich.
Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener
Best of 2022: Elie Mystal on the Constitution, plus Kelly Lytle Hernández on “Bad Mexicans”
For the last episode of 2022, we feature some of our favorite book segments.
Jon Wiener, Start Making Sense

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