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    Democrats believe Sen. Ted Cruz’s trip to Cancun as his state faces an energy crisis has provided them a political cudgel they can use to whack him, with some even demanding his resignation.  Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued a statement calling on the senator to step down. "Ted Cruz jetting off to Mexico while Texans remain dying in the cold isn’t surprising but it is deeply disturbing and disappointing," he said. "Now, he is proving to be an enemy to our state by abandoning us in our greatest time of need. For the 21st time, the Texas Democratic Party calls on Ted Cruz to resign or be expelled from office." White House press secretary Jen Psaki, asked to weigh in on the controversy, did not directly comment but added a seeming dig at Cruz.  "I don’t have any updates on the exact location of Sen. Ted Cruz," Psaki said. "Our...
    Senate Television/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Last week, the Senate voted to acquit former president Donald Trump of the charge of inciting the insurrection on January 6 that left five people dead and more than 100 law enforcement officials with injuries. To say the president was not guilty in the face of the overwhelming evidence presented by the impeachment managers was no easy feat. Long-time Trump enabler turned apostate Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) joined others in voting to acquit based on the fact that Trump wasn’t president any longer, even though the former majority leader is the one who delayed the trial. But he quickly followed his vote up with a lengthy (but ultimately, hypocritical) speech excoriating Trump. It hardly matters. The acquittal, though seemingly inevitable, has marked the...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden's administration is joining Democrats on Capitol Hill to unveil a major immigration overhaul that would offer an eight-year pathway to citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status.The legislation, to be released in detail Thursday morning, will reflect the broad priorities for immigration reform that Biden laid out on his first day in office, including an increase in visas, funding to process asylum applications and new technology at the southern border.But while the plan offers one of the fastest pathways to citizenship of any proposed measure in recent years, it does so without offering any enhanced border security, which past immigration negotiations have used as a way to win Republican votes. Without enhanced security, it faces tough odds in a closely divided Congress.The bill would immediately provide green cards to farm workers, those with temporary protected status and young...
    More On: Coronavirus Pfizer, Moderna vaccines offer weaker protection against this COVID strain Finland COVID-19 variant reportedly may not show up in tests Two men posed as feds to avoid wearing masks at Florida resort Some COVID-19 patients left with nodules on eyeballs, study finds White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday dismissed the possibility that tepid Democratic support for reopening schools will hurt the party with voters. A reporter asked Psaki at a by-phone press conference about a concerted Republican attack on Democrats, including Biden, who have been shy about advocating for reopening amid nationwide resistance from Democrat-aligned teachers unions. “Let me first say on the political front that no polling I have seen has shown that is effective, and there was actually a poll out yesterday that showed that President Biden and teachers were the most trusted entities in terms of determining when school should reopen,”...
    Texas weather: Power grid improves after days of outages cause heat, water and food shortages How you can help Texas winter storm victims © Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), seen on the House steps of the Capitol during votes on Friday, December 4, 2020. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images California Rep. Ro Khanna introduced a bill to require more aggressive tax auditing of the ultra-rich. It would provide $100 billion for the IRS to pursue audits that could bring in another $1.2 trillion in revenue. Khanna's bill is a less controversial alternative to Sen. Elizabeth Warren's wealth tax. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Wealth taxes have been the subject of much conversation since the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020, but what if you could raise more money from the wealthy just by enforcing existing taxes? Load Error ...
    A PETITION to impeach Nancy Pelosi erupted online as QAnon Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene slammed Democrats for "tyrannical Covid policies." Georgia Rep Greene took a shot at Pelosi and Congressional Democrats on Thursday by mocking one of the House Speaker's tweets. 3Marjorie Taylor Greene mocked Pelosi on TwitterCredit: The Mega Agency 3Pelosi tweeted about Democrats working to bring Covid reliefCredit: Alamy Live News Over the weekend, Pelosi tweeted, "At this painful time for our country, America's working families should know that Democrats have never paused in *our* work on their behalf. "We are starting to change the tide against the virus and are making progress to get #covid relief done and put money in people's pockets." Greene, however, quoted the tweet and blamed Democrats, not the pandemic, for the current economic crisis the US is facing. "At this painful time for our country, America’s working families should know that @SpeakerPelosi...
    The Biden administration and House Democrats are at odds over whether to proceed with a Trump-era fight to subpoena the testimony of former Trump White House counsel Don McGahn. The Justice Department asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to call off a hearing set for Tuesday while signaling little appetite to prolong the two-year legal battle related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into links between former President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia. “Defendant-Appellant respectfully moves to postpone oral argument so that the parties can explore an accommodation that could resolve this dispute,” Courtney Dixon, on the appellate staff for DOJ’s civil division, said in a Wednesday filing, adding, “Since briefing was completed in this case, there has been a change in Administrations. The new Administration wishes to explore whether an accommodation might be available with respect to the Committee’s request. Discussions...
    Conservatives slammed a bill proposed by House Democrats that would ban “twice impeached” presidents from being buried in Arlington National Cemetery. “This is pathetic, even for you, House Democrats. I heard some of you went to law school. Ever heard of a bill of attainder?” lawyer Harmeet Dhillon tweeted in response to the proposed bill. H.R. 484 was introduced in late January and is known as the "No Glory for Hate Act." It would "prohibit the use of Federal funds for the commemoration of certain former Presidents” who have been impeached twice. Former President Donald Trump is the only president in the nation’s history who has been impeached twice. He was not convicted in either instance. HOUSE DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE BILL TO BAR 'TWICE IMPEACHED' FORMER PRESIDENTS FROM BURIAL AT ARLINGTON CEMETERY Others echoed Dhillon’s tweet, including Rep. Steve Scalise. “Dems just introduced a bill...
    Washington (CNN)House Democrats are taking a major step forward to push through President Joe Biden's massive $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill by the end of next week.The House Budget committee announced Thursday it will take the step of cobbling together pieces of the plan on Monday and vote to advance it out of the committee, paving the way for House floor action by week's end.Democrats are trying to swiftly pass the relief package on the strength of their majority in Congress to deliver on promises made by the President, but the process of passing such a significant piece of legislation is complicated and must clear a number of hurdles in both chambers. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at a press conference that the budget committee will "consolidate" the various elements of the rescue plan following work by committees with jurisdiction over specific policy provisions. The speaker said that after that,...
    More On: andrew cuomo Ron Kim says NY lawmakers are siding with him against Gov. Cuomo De Blasio slams governor’s threats to assemblyman as ‘classic’ Cuomo bullying Trump touts New York’s COVID-19 aid, says Cuomo could have ‘saved lives’ De Blasio calls for commission to probe Cuomo nursing home scandal A dozen state Assembly Democrats showed an outpouring of support for Ron Kim, the Queens assemblyman who says Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened to “destroy” him over the nursing home death scandal. “We are deeply disturbed by the Governor’s attacks on our colleague — a fellow Democrat — Assemblymember Kim,” said the statement, issued by Assembly members Harvey Epstein, Tom Abinanti, Khaleel Anderson, Robert C. Carroll, Emily Gallagher, Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Andrew Hevesi, Anna Kelles, Zohran Mamdani, Marcela Mitaynes, Yuh-Line Niou and Phara Souffrant-Forrest. The lawmakers also said they backed legislation introduced by Kim on Tuesday seeking to strip Cuomo of...
    “They are essential workers, so essential that our economy could not function without them. And yet they live in constant fear” of being discovered by immigration services, said New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, the one of the co-sponsors of the bill. “It is time to bring out of the shadows 11 million undocumented migrants,” he said, presenting the text with other parliamentarians during a videoconference. Democrats have a narrow majority in the House of Representatives and an even smaller lead in the Senate, with 50 seats against 50 for Republicans. As per the Constitution, Vice President Kamala Harris can intervene to decide a vote in the event of a tie in the Senate, but the immigration bill will need 60 votes to pass the barrier of the upper house. A challenge that seems very difficult to date given the opposition of Republicans but also moderate Democrats. “We know...
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks during her weekly press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., February 18, 2021.Kevin Lemarque | Reuters The House aims to pass its $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan before the end of February as Democrats race to beat a deadline to extend key unemployment programs, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday. The California Democrat told reporters she hopes for a vote "sometime at the end of next week." House leaders will stay in touch with the Senate about what Congress can include in the aid package under budget reconciliation, which enables Democrats to approve the plan without Republican votes, Pelosi added. The party aims to speed up Covid-19 vaccinations and buoy jobless Americans as the U.S. approaches a year of fighting the health crisis. Some Republicans have backed a smaller bill based around vaccine distribution money, but Democrats wielding control of Congress and...
    House Democrats have introduced a bill to ban former U.S. presidents who have been "twice impeached" from burial in Arlington National Cemetery in a move that would, at the present, only apply to former President Donald Trump. Introduced in late January, H.R. 484, dubbed the "No Glory for Hate Act," would "prohibit the use of Federal funds for the commemoration of certain former Presidents," namely those that have faced impeachment proceedings from the House on two separate occasions. The bill would also restrict the use of government funding to "create or display any symbol, monument, or statue commemorating" a twice-impeached president, and it would bar the naming or redesignation of any federal building or land after commander In chiefs in question. Trump is the only president in U.S. history to have faced impeachment inquiries two times during his tenure. The Republican was acquitted of all charges last Saturday after...
    U.S. Democratic lawmakers introduced President Joe Biden’s immigration bill Thursday that would provide one of the quickest routes to citizenship of any proposed legislation in recent years. The measure, which would allow some 11 million current U.S. residents to become citizens within eight years, includes an increase in visas and funding for processing asylum applications. The bill also would enhance technology at the U.S.-Mexico border, expand international drug interdiction task forces in Central America, and attempt to ease backlogs at the border by establishing refugee processing in the region.   The measure would immediately provide green cards to farm workers, people with temporary protected status and young people who entered the U.S. illegally as children, allowing them to live and work permanently in the U.S. The bill reflects the priorities Biden presented on his first day in office and was sponsored by 12 Democratic lawmakers, including lead sponsors Senator Bob Menendez...
    Democrats on Thursday publicly introduced President Joe Biden's sweeping immigration reform bill, which would provide a pathway to legal status and, eventually, citizenship for the roughly 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally and millions of others in the U.S. If passed, the measure would be the most significant legislative action on immigration in 35 years. But it faces steep odds in the Senate, where it will need unanimous Democratic support and at least 10 GOP votes. Several top Republicans have already denounced the bill's core provisions as a "mass amnesty" effort. [ READ: Biden’s Bold Play on Immigration Reform Faces Uphill Battle ]The ambitious measure is both a literal and symbolic break with the restrictionist policies and general ethos of the Trump administration and is at the core of Biden's broad attempt to reshape the immigration system and unravel some of former President Donald Trump's most controversial policies. With...
    A THIRD stimulus package was approved by Congress a few days ago meaning that Americans could get their $1,400 in the coming weeks. What are the five things Congress needs to do to get $1,400 coronavirus relief payments sent out? Here is everything you'll need to know... 1A $1,400 stimulus cheque could be on the way soon for AmericansCredit: Getty Images - Getty House Budget Committee creates draft bill Despite Congress not being in session this week, the House Budget Committee will still pull together parts of the bill from the finalized language by several other House committees. This means that Congress will have a draft bill when it returns into session. House of Representatives debate bill Once Congress returns into session the House will debate the bill. The Democrats only have a five-vote majority unlike when the CARES Act was brought through the House when the Democrats had...
    Reuters February 18, 2021 0 Comments Democrats will on Thursday formally introduce President Joe Biden’s sweeping immigration bill in Congress, a measure that would provide a path to U.S. citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally, but the proposal faces long odds to passage. The bill would greatly increase both family-based and employment-based legal immigration and allow certain previously deported immigrants to apply to return for humanitarian reasons. Key elements of the bill were first unveiled in January. The legislation, which is expected to be hundreds of pages long, takes an aggressive pro-immigration approach. It has not received public support among Republicans. Democrats hold a majority in the House, but the Senate is split 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote. Democrats would need to win over 10 Senate Republicans to avoid a “filibuster,” a procedural hurdle that can delay or block...
    Sea turtle rescue center in Texas takes in over 2,000 turtles during winter storm Senator jets off to Mexico as Texas slammed by winter storm © Alex Brandon/AP Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. Alex Brandon/AP Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas flew to Cancun this week. His vacation coincided with one of the worst winter storms Texas has experienced in years. After days of outages, roughly 485,000 Texans remain without power. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas flew to Cancun this week while his constituents continue to struggle with one of the worst winter storms in years, multiple news outlets reported Thursday.  The news comes after hours of speculation on Wednesday night about the senator's whereabouts after photos of him and his family at the Houston airport...
    Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMajor union that backed Biden in 2020 endorses Foy in Virginia governors race The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden navigates pressures from Dems Pelosi's '9/11-type' commission to investigate Capitol riot could prove dangerous for Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday that President BidenJoe BidenFeds investigating Cuomo's handling of nursing home outbreaks Overnight Defense: One-third of service members decline coronavirus vaccine | Biden to take executive action in response to Solar Winds hack | US, Japan reach cost sharing agreement On The Money: Biden faces backlash from left on student loans | Where things stand on the COVID-19 relief measure | Retail sales rebound MORE’s expansive immigration plan may be split up into individual pieces of legislation to pass Congress. The remarks come after the introduction of the immigration proposal, which seeks to deliver on a list of Biden’s campaign promises, including providing a path to citizenship for the young people...
    President Joe Biden at a town hall event in Milwaukee. Evan Vucci/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.On Thursday, Democrats formally introduced the US Citizenship Act of 2021, a comprehensive immigration reform bill that reflects a number of priorities President Joe Biden announced on his first day in office. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Rep. Linda Sánchez of California unveiled the legislation, which would provide an eight-year pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants while also deploying more technology for border security.  “We have an economic and moral imperative to pass big, bold, and inclusive immigration reform that leaves no one behind,” Sen. Menendez said during a virtual press conference to unveil the immigration bill. “We will never win an argument we don’t have the courage to make.”...
    While Congress remains in their Presidents Day recess, some enjoying it more than others, leadership and President Joe Biden have continued work advancing the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief legislation that has to pass before March 14, when enhanced and extended unemployment insurance benefits expire for millions. That work has included Biden's pitch to the public at his town hall Tuesday and meeting with top labor leaders to enlist their help. "We have an incredible opportunity to make some enormous progress in creating jobs," Biden told reporters before the meeting, referring to both the relief package and the infrastructure plan he intends to turn to next. Congressional leaders are hammering out how to get the full package through the Senate, including the $15/hour minimum wage increase that remains a point of contention. The House is including that provision in their package, but there remains doubt as to whether all Senate Democrats...
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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Since the first day Florida began receiving coronavirus vaccines, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said seniors 65 and up would be a priority, but now Democrats are criticizing him for targeting wealthy retirement communities. DeSantis appeared at Lakewood Ranch in Manatee County on Wednesday, where a reporter questioned why he chose the community for a pop-up vaccine site. The governor replied, “Would they rather us send it to other counties? "It was a choice about where is there a high concentration of seniors," DeSantis continued. “It wasn't choosing one zip code over another.” Democrats latched on to the Republican governor's comments and said he was making threats to withhold vaccines if he was criticized. They also noted that a home builder in the community has been a major donor to DeSantis's political committee. “There is no reason that Governor DeSantis should be rationing vaccines based on political...
    Texas Democrats are calling on Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBette Midler: Texas freeze may be 'payback' for Cruz, Cornyn not recognizing 'that #Joe won' Texas governor faces criticism over handling of winter storm fallout Texas lawmakers' tweets mocking California power outages resurface amid winter storm MORE (R-Texas) to resign and be expelled after pictures surfaced of him traveling to Cancun, Mexico, while millions in his home state are without power or clean water because of a winter storm. In a statement, Texas Democratic Party chairman Gilberto Hinojosa called Cruz’s actions “disturbing and disappointing.” He ripped Cruz for challenging the Electoral College vote ahead of the Capitol riots on Jan. 6, and said Cruz should now resign for “jetting off to Mexico while Texans remain dying in the cold.” “The Texas Democratic Party calls on Ted Cruz to resign or be expelled from office,” Hinojosa said. “Barring that, we will...
    Democrats are introducing an extensive immigration bill Thursday that has the backing of the White House and the potential to overhaul decades of existing policy while creating an “earned roadmap” to citizenship for millions illegally residing in the United States. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Rep. Linda Sanchez of California are slated to unveil the sweeping piece of legislation Thursday as the Biden administration grapples with a mounting crisis on the southern border as thousands of migrants are turned away or released into the U.S. each day. The bill was first announced hours after President Biden’s inauguration. Its debut in Congress will begin a set of challenges in getting through a gridlocked Congress, where Democrats will need 10 Republicans in the Senate to back the bill and every party member in the House to support it. Individual Democratic lawmakers have already introduced piecemeal versions of...
    By Ted Hesson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats will on Thursday formally introduce President Joe Biden's sweeping immigration bill in Congress, a measure that would provide a path to U.S. citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally, but the proposal faces long odds to passage. The bill would greatly increase both family-based and employment-based legal immigration and allow certain previously deported immigrants to apply to return for humanitarian reasons. Key elements of the bill were first unveiled in January. The legislation, which is expected to be hundreds of pages long, takes an aggressive pro-immigration approach. It has not received public support among Republicans. Democrats hold a majority in the House, but the Senate is split 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote. Democrats would need to win over 10 Senate Republicans to avoid a "filibuster," a procedural hurdle that can delay or block legislation...
    Texas Democrats are calling on Sen. Ted Cruz to resign after he allegedly traded storm-struck Houston for sun and sand in Mexico. Photos posted on social media late Wednesday night show a man who looks like the Republican senator and his family in the airport and on an airplane, alleging that he was on the way to a vacation in Cancun while Texas battled blackouts and extreme winter weather. Democrats took stabs at Cruz for jetting off on vacation. Former Texas Rep. and 2018 Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke said on MSNBC that Cruz “is vacationing in Cancun right now when people are literally freezing to death in the state that he was elected to represent and serve." The Texas Democratic Party addressed the Cruz controversy Thursday in a tweet: "Resign." Neither Cruz nor his Senate office has responded to the photos and criticism. Online...
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of Fox News Radio’s “Guy Benson Show,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) said Democrats “cry about taking care of the most vulnerable,” but the party’s leadership “made a decision to support teachers’ unions” over the needs of low-income children on school re-openings. Scott said, “Democrats literally refused to stand up for the parents of these low-income kids, who have a choice to make. Those parents have to either go to work or stay home. They can’t do both. And when we’re talking about an economic crisis, with the bottom dropping out, to force single parents to decide between educating their kids or keeping the lights on for their kids. There’s a no-win there. And our Democrats, who cry about taking care of the most vulnerable, said to those very people, and their children, I’m going to go with the teachers’ unions and let them make the decision, not...
    A border official checks a passport at the border crossing between Tijuana and the USA.Omar Martinez | picture alliance | Getty Images Democrats in Congress are set to introduce a sweeping immigration bill backed by President Joe Biden Thursday. On a call with reporters Wednesday evening, Biden administration officials previewed the legislation. According the officials, the proposed bill, among other provisions, would: Establish an 8-year path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. by Jan. 1 Provide expedited green cards to farm workers and undocumented young people who arrived in the U.S. as children with temporary protected status under DACA Replace the word "alien" with "non-citizen" in law Raise the per-country caps on family and employment-based legal immigration numbers Repeal the penalty that prohibits undocumented immigrants who leave the country from returning to the U.S. for between three to ten years Expand transnational anti-drug task forces...
    Former Ohio GOP Chair Jane Timken is joining the race to replace retiring Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanHassan to chair Senate emerging threats subcommittee Iowa Republican announces Senate bid with Grassley's 2022 plans unclear Democratic group targets GOP senators with ads ahead of impeachment vote MORE (R-Ohio).  Timken was widely expected to make a run for Portman’s seat. Prior to launching her campaign, she resigned from her role at the Ohio Republican Party and hired a handful of Portman’s former campaign aides, most notably Corry Bliss, who managed the senator's successful 2016 reelection bid. Timken announced her candidacy in a video that leaned heavily on former President Donald Trump, replete with attacks on former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a prominent Republican critic of Trump, and warnings of creeping socialism in the U.S. “We can’t let America become a socialist country,” she says in the roughly two-minute video. “I’m running for...
    Wisconsin Democrat Jill Underly The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● WI Schools Superintendent: Wisconsin held primaries for a variety of state and local offices on Tuesday, with the job of superintendent of public instruction topping the ticket. Jill Underly led Deborah Kerr 27-26 for this nonpartisan office, meaning the two will advance to an April 6 runoff for this open seat. Both candidates are school administrators and identify as Democrats, but there's a sharp difference between the two: Underly had the support of several teachers unions, including the state's largest, while Kerr was backed by Republicans. On Wednesday, Underly won the endorsement of the Wisconsin Democratic Party while Kerr found herself issuing a no-pology and deleting...
    “It was a commitment by the president from day one, and this is his vision of what it takes to fix the system,” a senior administration official told reporters. Two elected Democrats, Linda Sanchez and Bob Menendez, will present the initiative respectively to the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill plans to pave the way to U.S. citizenship for nearly 11 million irregular people, who can prove they were in the United States on January 1, 2021. The reform will also benefit the “Dreamers”, some 700,000 young adults who entered the United States illegally during their childhood and who have lived there ever since. The Biden administration has taken the opposite view from its first day against the ultra-controversial migration measures of the Trump era. In particular, the new Democratic president canceled the decree which prohibited nationals of predominantly Muslim countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen)...
    After weeks of deliberations, congressional Democrats and the White House are slated to unveil on Thursday an immigration overhaul bill that would reshape U.S. immigration laws and allow millions of immigrants living in the country without authorization to obtain legal status, two people familiar with the matter told CBS News. According to a 66-page summary of the legislation obtained by CBS News, the proposal would create a two-tier legalization program which would automatically make farmworkers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders and undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children eligible for green cards. After three years, they could apply to become U.S. citizens.   All other eligible unauthorized immigrants would be able to request temporary deportation relief and work permits while being placed on an eight-year pathway towards U.S. citizenship. Petitioners would all need to undergo background and national security checks, as well as file taxes and pay application...
    The White House and left-wing Democrats are likely heading for blows after President Biden appeared to close the door on several of their top demands, threatening to splinter the party. The president used his first town hall in office to pour cold water on the liberals’ calls for $50,000 worth of student loan relief per person and also took a step away from them as he signaled he is open to negotiating a minimum wage hike to a point less than their preferred $15 per hour. His comments put the two long-standing demands from progressive lawmakers and activists in jeopardy. Biden has backed a measure to relieve $10,000 worth of student loans per person. That's a fraction of the $50,000 threshold hard-left lawmakers and activists are pushing for. “I will not make that happen,” Biden said Tuesday at the CNN town hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, of the higher figure....
          Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Today is Thursday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 486,106; Tuesday, 486,325; Wednesday, 488,081; Thursday, 490,540. President Biden and Democratic lawmakers have choreographed a legislative battle to “crush” the coronavirus, as Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMajor union that backed Biden in 2020 endorses Foy in Virginia governors race The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden navigates pressures from Dems Pelosi's '9/11-type' commission to investigate Capitol riot could prove dangerous for Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) likes to say, and to pour nearly $2 trillion into an...
    Even with the Democrats' trifecta control of Washington in both chambers of Congress and the White House, every piece of the Democratic agenda faces one key question: What does Joe Manchin think of it? The West Virginia senator, who is one of the most conservative Democrats in the Senate and the only statewide Democrat who was elected in a state that President Biden lost by 39 points, effectively has veto power over any measures that Democrats want to pass without Republican support in a 50-50 divided Senate. In a January interview with Manchin, CNN host Jake Tapper attempted to get the senator on the record on a number of policy issues in order to determine how far Biden could push his agenda: Where is he on additional $2,000 checks? The legislative filibuster? Statehood for Washington, D.C.? Bans on semiautomatic weapons? Manchin has not been completely clear on...
    Senate Democrats are split on new legislation that could force tech companies to censor online ads in the hopes of curbing misinformation and fraudulent claims. The bill is part of an effort to reform legal protections for online platforms such as Facebook and Google, which carry a majority of the ads online. The bill, the SAFE TECH Act, led by Sens. Mark Warner, Amy Klobuchar, and Mazie Hirono, is one of the first steps at the federal level under the Biden administration toward reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a provision that protects social media companies from liability for content posted by their users. “Unfortunately, as written, it would devastate every part of the open internet and cause massive collateral damage to online speech,” Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. “This bill would have the same effect as a full...
    By Joseph Ax (Reuters) - With the rancorous 2020 U.S. election now over, Democrats and Republicans are girding for another national political battle with enormous stakes: redistricting. The once-a-decade process of redrawing electoral maps can determine which party controls Congress. Though Democrats hold power in Washington, Republicans have the redistricting advantage heading into 2021. HOW REDISTRICTING WORKS Redistricting occurs every 10 years after the U.S. Census completes its decennial count of the national population. Because the number of U.S. House of Representatives seats allocated to each state is driven largely by population, some states whose population declined will likely lose seats to others that have seen growth. This year, Texas and Florida are among the states expected to gain seats, while New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania are among those that will likely lose seats. Each state uses the census data to draw congressional districts, as well as new state legislative...
    By ALEXANDRA JAFFE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration is joining Democrats on Capitol Hill to unveil a major immigration overhaul that would offer an eight-year pathway to citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status. The legislation, to be released in detail Thursday morning, will reflect the broad priorities for immigration reform that Biden laid out on his first day in office, including an increase in visas, funding to process asylum applications and new technology at the southern border. But while the plan offers one of the fastest pathways to citizenship of any proposed measure in recent years, it does so without offering any enhanced border security, which past immigration negotiations have used as a way to win Republican votes. Without enhanced security, it faces tough odds in a closely divided Congress. The bill would immediately provide green cards to...
            by Robert Romano  After sweeping the trifecta of the House, Senate and White House in 2020 with the slimmest of majorities, Democrats have a diminishing window of opportunity to enact their agenda and keep their political base happy. After all, majorities do not last forever, and in midterm elections from 1906 to 2018, the party that occupies the White House usually loses on average 31 seats in the House, and about three seats in the Senate. And with just a 10-seat majority in the House and a zero-seat majority in the Senate with it all tied, 50-50, the odds Democrats lose at least one legislative chamber in 2022 is exceptionally high. President Joe Biden and Democrats ran on a platform of enacting a public option for health insurance, raising taxes, moving to net-zero carbon emissions in energy production by 2035 and by 2050 for everything else including transportation,...
            
    It's becoming increasingly clear that Joe Biden and the Democrats do not want life to return to pre-coronavirus "normal" in America ever again, Laura Ingraham argued Wednesday night. "If you thought because of vaccines and acquired immunity you'd be free from masks and COVID concerns by spring or summer, you have another think coming," said "The Ingraham Angle" host, referring to Biden's statement Tuesday that he hopes "by next Christmas," the U.S. will be in a "very different circumstance." "We're never getting back to normal under Biden ..." Ingraham predicted. "This should surprise no one ... The Democrats, the media, the medical cartel, they are all working to keep you scared, compliant and quite frankly distracted. How else are they supposed to keep you focusing away from their disastrous policies?" The host warned that under Democratic rule: "Two weeks to flatten the curve turns into two years to flatten the economy, and if they have their way, the Constitution. This is...
    Fifty-eight percent of Americans approve of the job President Biden is doing handling the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. But the same survey from Quinnipiac University also shows that when it comes to the president’s handling of the reopening of schools amid the COVID crisis, Biden’s approval rating plummets. SENATE GOP REELECTION ARM TARGETS 'VULNERABLE' DEMOCRATS ON REOPENING SCHOOLS Only 42% of those surveyed by Quinnipiac say they approve of the job the Biden administration is doing helping schools return to in-person instruction, with 38% disapproving and one in five unsure or offering no opinion. President Joe Biden stands on stage during a break in a televised town hall event at Pabst Theater, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Biden pledged in December to reopen "the majority of our schools" by the end of his first 100 days in office. But he’s faced repeated questions...
    Critics of congressional earmarks say they will be abused to leverage power and secure votes while others argue they will allow for increased regulation over spending by the executive branch. Supporters of earmarks want them back for power, as they’re used by leadership to control who gets the funds, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz told the Daily Caller News Foundation. In previous years, members of the appropriations committee received 51% of the earmarks and 61% of the money. “We call earmarks corrupt, costly and inequitable,” Schatz told the DCNF. Earmarks allow members to be bribed with a few million dollars worth of earmarks to vote on appropriations bills that cost hundreds of billions of dollars, Schatz said. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer reportedly told Democrats that Congress is planning to reinstate earmark provisions and that he has bipartisan support for the measure, Politico reported Tuesday. Earmarks were...
    By Devan Cole, Kristen Holmes and Liz Stark | CNN Congressional Democrats are calling on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to protect the country’s mail from future delivery delays and raising questions about his leadership, urging President Joe Biden to fill vacancies on the US Postal Service’s Board of Governors so that the board can “seriously consider” whether the Trump administration appointee “is suitable to continue in his role.” In two separate letters sent to DeJoy and Biden this week, scores of Democratic lawmakers raised a number of complaints about the postmaster general, who has told those close to him he wants to stay in his role under the new President, two sources told CNN earlier this month, despite his troubled tenure at the helm of the USPS and his background as a supporter and donor to former President Donald Trump. Together, the two letters underscore the party’s deep frustration with...
    Washington (CNN)Congressional Democrats are calling on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to protect the country's mail from future delivery delays and raising questions about his leadership, urging President Joe Biden to fill vacancies on the US Postal Service's Board of Governors so that the board can "seriously consider" whether the Trump administration appointee "is suitable to continue in his role."In two separate letters sent to DeJoy and Biden this week, scores of Democratic lawmakers raised a number of complaints about the postmaster general, who has told those close to him he wants to stay in his role under the new President, two sources told CNN earlier this month, despite his troubled tenure at the helm of the USPS and his background as a supporter and donor to former President Donald Trump.Together, the two letters underscore the party's deep frustration with DeJoy, whose decisions in the run-up to the 2020 election were...
    Stefani Reynolds/Getty Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.The federal minimum wage could soon change. On the campaign trail, President Joe Biden said one of his main priorities was to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. And as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has attempted to include that raise in the work-in-progress $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package proposed by Democrats. But there’s a hitch. As my colleague Andrea Guzman wrote yesterday, “It’s unclear if the rules of reconciliation—the maneuver Senate Democrats plan to use to pass the bill—will allow the provision to stand.” There is an inclination it might. A Monday letter from the Congressional Budget Office looks promising. So (putting aside the potential problems of moderate Democrats unwilling to vote for it) the decision...
    Talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh understood gun rights and was keenly aware Democrats had politicized those rights in hopes of extending their support from voters around the country. As a result of the politicization, he suggested gun control became a class issue; one that elites and establishment politicians embraced but were unable to logically explain or defend. During the January 13, 2015, airing of his show, Limbaugh noted that elites view we the people with disdain. Therefore, when one discusses the rights possessed by “the people.” elites imagine the NASCAR crowd and envision “hayseeds, hicks, [and] people who drive pickups.” He observed that such elites could not explain why their gun-controlled worldview was better than the vision of the Founding Fathers, nor how government could be trusted to keep us safe. Limbaugh said, “They (the elites) don’t even know what they’re talking about. You hit them with irrefutable logic on this...
    A group of 80 House Democrats on Wednesday called on President BidenJoe BidenBiden balks at K student loan forgiveness plan Biden offers to help woman in obtaining vaccine for son with preexisting condition Biden optimistic US will be in 'very different circumstance' with pandemic by Christmas MORE to fill three vacancies on the U.S. Postal Service's Board of Governors, which would pave the way for potentially removing Postmaster General Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoyDuckworth urges Biden to oust entire Postal Service board The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by TikTok - Day 1 goes to Dems as GOP fumes at Trump lawyers Postal Service posts profits after surge in holiday deliveries MORE from his position.  The Democratic lawmakers, led by Reps. Alma AdamsAlma Shealey AdamsOvernight Health Care: New COVID-19 cases nationally drop below 100K for first time in 2021 | CDC warns states against lifting restrictions amid threat of virus variants |...
    (CNN)The acquittal of Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial speaks volumes about the moral fiber of the Republican senators who refused to abandon him. Even more, it shows how the former President, despite his political toxicity, still has a stranglehold on the Republican Party.This should be an electoral bonanza for Democrats in the months and years to come. Arick WiersonBradley HonanAnd make no mistake, Trump is toxic. He lost reelection decisively -- by more than seven million votes overall and by a big margin in the Electoral College. In early January, he was a pivotal factor in the two Georgia runoff election losses that cost Republicans the Senate. And don't forget Trump was also the reason Republicans lost control of the House in 2018. You don't need to be a professional pollster to understand that Republicans are in trouble among the suburban swing voters who simply loathe Trump. Poll...
    Democrats want to sink the GOP using Marjorie Taylor Greene. Will it work?
    After weeks of deliberations, congressional Democrats and the White House are close to finalizing an immigration overhaul bill that would reshape U.S. immigration laws and allow millions of immigrants living in the country without authorization to obtain legal status, according to a 66-page section by section summary of the legislation obtained by CBS News. The proposal, which sources said could be officially unveiled as early as Thursday, would create a two-tier legalization program which would automatically make farmworkers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders and undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children eligible for green cards, according to the draft text. After three years, they could apply to become U.S. citizens.   All other eligible unauthorized immigrants would be able to request temporary deportation relief and work permits while being placed on an eight-year pathway towards U.S. citizenship. Petitioners would all need to undergo background and national security checks,...
    (CNN)Republican state legislators and secretaries of state on Wednesday announced the creation of a commission that will look at election laws amid a push to curb expanded access to voting. The announcement from the Republican State Leadership Committee comes as GOP state lawmakers in key battlegrounds are now racing to roll back provisions that expanded access to voting, citing constituent concerns about voting integrity after the election was marred by baseless allegations of voter fraud pushed by former President Donald Trump and other GOP officials. Those claims culminated in the deadly January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol.The commission said in a statement that the goal is "to restore the American people's confidence in the integrity of their free and fair elections" by "making it easier to vote and harder to cheat." Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and Michigan state Sen. Ruth Johnson are leading the commission, which will...
    February 17, 2021 4:44 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. Former United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday offered his first interview since leaving the White House on January 20 to discuss his friend Rush Limbaugh, a popular conservative communicator who died today, in a conversation in which he insisted on his baseless accusations of fraud in the last elections and criticized the Republican Party. Trump intervened by telephone on Fox News television to praise Limbaugh’s figure, who interviewed him on several occasions. “Rush believed that we had won, and so did I, I think we won substantially (the elections), and Rush thought that we had won, around 10 p.m., 10:30 p.m. it was settled (on November 3 when the elections were held), and a lot of people He feels it that way too, “said the former president. “I don’t think that would have happened to any Democrat,...
    The South Carolina state House advanced a bill that would ban most abortions if the heartbeat of the fetus can be detected, sending the legislation to the governor for his signature.  The state House approved the controversial bill 79-35 on Wednesday and will conduct a final vote on Thursday before it goes to Gov. Henry McMaster (R), who has committed to signing it, The State reported.   The legislation, entitled the “South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act,” intends to mandate that doctors conduct an ultrasound before performing an abortion to see if a heartbeat can be detected. A fetal heartbeat can typically be heard between six and eight weeks of pregnancy, sometimes before women are aware they are pregnant.  If a fetal heartbeat is detected, an abortion is prohibited, unless the fetus was conceived from a rape or incest, the mother’s health is in danger or the...
    Congress held its first hearing on reparations for slavery since the May 2020 death of George Floyd, which reignited the Black Lives Matter movement.  Members of the Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties met over Zoom Wednesday to discuss H.R. 40, which aims to 'establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery.'     Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who's spearheading the effort, argued her case with images, holding up pictures of a beaten slave and lynched black Americans.  Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is spearheading the effort to get H.R. 40 passed. If the resolution gets signed it would form a commission to study reparations for slavery  The Republicans brought in witnesses Herschel Walker (left), a former National Football League player, as well as conservative talk show host Larry Elder (right), who both argued against...
    C. Douglas Golden, The Western Journal February 17, 2021 0 Comments The unity presidency is going to use its honeymoon period to advance one of the most divisive, liberal pieces of legislation in the Biden administration’s campaign wish list. According to NBC News, Biden and House Democrats this week will unveil the “U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021,” an amnesty bill that would allow 11 million illegal immigrants an eight-year path to citizenship and expand the refugee resettlement program. The bill itself, as well as the timing, promises to be unsurprising but alarming. On his first day in office, Biden laid out his policy prerogatives for immigration reform, most of which had been expected. The administration would back what it called an “earned roadmap” to a green card in five years and full citizenship in eight “if they pass criminal and national security background checks and pay their taxes.” Deferred...
    Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, opposed reparations for slavery, likening it to "wealth redistribution" and "socialism" while calling for Black Americans to view themselves as a people with a proud history instead of as oppressed victims. Owens, whose great-great-grandfather was a slave, condemned slavery as an "evil practice," but said that "reparations is not the way to right our country's wrongs" during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. ROBERT JOHNSON'S BIG IDEA: $14 TRILLION IN SLAVERY REPARATIONS TO AFRICAN AMERICANS The hearing involved discussion of a bill that Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, reintroduced, calling for an exploratory committee to study and develop proposals for reparations, generally defined as compensation for victims of racial injustice. "It is impractical and a non-starter for the United States to pay reparations," Owens said Wednesday. "It is also unfair and heartless to give Black Americans the...
    By BILL BARROW, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Road improvements are on hold in the suburban Atlanta town of Union City. In Dayton, Ohio, annual training classes for new police officers and firefighters are slated for cancellation. City agencies in Arlington, Texas, have been cut by up to 8%, with officials bracing for more later this year. The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has squeezed many city budgets and prompted mayors and local leaders — both Republicans and Democrats — to look to Washington for help. But Republicans in Washington have stood in the way of sending federal aid to cities, leaving local leaders and public employee unions worried they'll get shortchanged as Congress negotiates the next COVID-19 response package. The GOP posture comes with political risks. In rejecting a bill with help for lower governments, Republican lawmakers may soon find themselves voting against high-profile allies and forcing those...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Road improvements are on hold in the suburban Atlanta town of Union City. In Dayton, Ohio, annual training classes for new police officers and firefighters are slated for cancellation. City agencies in Arlington, Texas, have been cut by up to 8%, with officials bracing for more later this year. The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has squeezed many city budgets and prompted mayors and local leaders — both Republicans and Democrats — to look to Washington for help. But Republicans in Washington have stood in the way of sending federal aid to cities, leaving local leaders and public employee unions worried they’ll get shortchanged as Congress negotiates the next COVID-19 response package. The GOP posture comes with political risks. In rejecting a bill with help for lower governments, Republican lawmakers may soon find themselves voting against high-profile allies and forcing those constituents to depend on President...
    President Biden at CNN town hall Tuesday House committees have completed much of the work to draft the pieces of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan into legislative text. Next stop is the Budget Committee where it will be combined as a single package, slated to pass in the House before the end of the month. The highlights: $1,400 survival checks to most Americans, with decreasing payments for individuals making more than $75,000/year ($150,000 for couples) and cutting off at $100,000 ($200,000 for couples) in income. That will be based on 2020 income for people who have filed prior to the checks being cut. Those who haven't will eventually get the full amount after they've completed their returns; $400/week supplements to unemployment insurance checks through August 29; $350 billion for state, local and tribal governments; $20 billion to speed up the national vaccination program; and $170 billion to...
    Top Senate Democrats pushed back on President Biden over his stance on student loan forgiveness. In a Tuesday evening town hall on CNN, the president said he was supportive of canceling $10,000 worth of student loans per person but not $50,000, and the comment has ruffled feathers from some within his own party. “Presidents Obama and Trump used their executive authority to cancel student loan debt," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren said in a statement. "The Biden administration has said it is reviewing options for cancelling up to $50,000 in student debt by executive action, and we are confident they will agree with the standards Obama and Trump used as well as leading legal experts who have concluded that the administration has broad authority to immediately deliver much-needed relief to millions of Americans." Schumer and Warren argued that relieving $50,000 in student debt per person would...
    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) attacks against House Republicans for their alleged support for the QAnon conspiracy theory have received backlash from some Democrats themselves. The DCCC launched over a half-million-dollar television and digital ad campaign accusing Republicans of standing “with Q and now with you.” The ads targeted many swing district Republicans, such as Reps. Mike Garcia (R-CA), Young Kim (R-CA), Michelle Steel (R-CA), Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL), Don Bacon (R-NE), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Beth Van Duyne (R-TX), and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Contrary to the ads’ messaging, 146 House Republicans voted in favor last October of a resolution condemning QAnon. This would suggest that the QAnon conspiracy theory is not in the mainstream of the Republican Party. Now, multiple Democrats are concerned about the potential backlash the ad campaign might have, worrying the attacks stray away from “fact.” Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) told Politico, “I want to see the...
    More Americans questioned in a new survey said that they think Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is representative of the Republican Party than Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyTrump unloads on McConnell, promises MAGA primary challengers State parties seek to punish anti-Trump Republicans Juan Williams: Bring sanity back to the GOP MORE (R-Wyo.), underscoring the rightward drift of the GOP. According to the Quinnipiac University poll out Wednesday, 28 percent of Americans said Greene represents the GOP, while 25 percent said the same of Cheney. Forty-seven percent did not offer an opinion.  Both lawmakers have been thrust into the national spotlight in recent weeks. Greene generated a slew of headlines over past remarks calling for violence against Democrats, claiming school shootings were staged and suggesting wildfires were caused by a secret space laser. She has also promoted the groundless QAnon conspiracy theory. The House voted this month to strip her of her committee assignments.  Cheney, meanwhile,...
    A slavery reparations proposal, which faces overwhelming public opposition and could cost more than $12 trillion, is picking up support in the Democratic-majority House. Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee on Wednesday held a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing about H.R. 40, “The “Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act.” The reparations commission would study the history of slavery, the role that federal and state governments played in supporting slavery, and racial discrimination against the descendants of enslaved Africans. The commission would make recommendations regarding “any form of apology” or compensation. The proposal doesn't include a price tag, but most estimates suggest it would be well into the trillions of dollars. A 2020 study by William Darity, a professor of public policy at Duke University, and his wife, Kirsten Mullen, “From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century,” noted it would...
    By BEN NADLER and JEFF AMY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats in Georgia’s state Senate are slamming their Republican colleagues for holding subcommittee votes on high-profile bills that seek to limit voting with little public notice given and without a livestream option for the public to watch. A Senate subcommittee Wednesday approved bills that would curtail who can vote absentee by mail and require a photo ID for absentee voters. The bills could soon be taken up by the full Senate Ethics Committee. The subcommittee meeting was held at 7 a.m. No agenda for the meeting was posted online beforehand and the meeting was not livestreamed. Public access to committee rooms has also been restricted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Democrats quickly criticized the lack of access on the consequential bills, which were introduced by Republicans after a surge in absentee voting helped Democrats win the presidential contest in...
    Two Democratic senators released their version of a public option health care plan Wednesday, setting the stage for this year’s debate over how best to expand coverage to the millions of people who are uninsured. The proposal from Sens. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetThe progressive way to slash child poverty Trump lawyers center defense around attacks on Democrats Democrats blast Trump team videos: 'False equivalency'  MORE (Colo.) and Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDemocrats blast Trump team videos: 'False equivalency'  No. 2 GOP senator suggests he's open to censuring Trump Families seek 'line of duty' recognition in suicides of two Capitol police officers MORE (Va.) would create a government-run health care plan on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges to compete with plans offered by private insurers with the hope of driving down costs.  Democrats' razor-thin majority in the Senate could complicate any major health care reform, though Kaine said he will...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's rejection of calls to eliminate up to $50,000 of student loan debt has prompted sharp responses from his allies on Capitol Hill, with leading liberals vowing to push ahead with the plan and the top Senate Democrat calling for them to "keep fighting." In a joint statement on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren said, "Cancelling $50,000 in federal student loan debt will help close the racial wealth gap, benefit the 40% of borrowers who do not have a college degree, and help stimulate the economy. It's time to act. We will keep fighting."The comments are a rebuke to Biden and a way to put pressure on the administration after the President made clear during Tuesday night's CNN town hall that he disagrees with other members of his party who want to cancel $50,000 of student debt per borrower. Biden again rejects...
    Democratic members of the South Carolina House walked out of the chamber in protest Wednesday before a vote on a bill that would ban nearly all abortions in the state. Republican members are expected to pass the vote easily and it will head soon to Republican Gov. Henry McMaster for his signature. The proposal passed the Senate on January 28. It faces a final procedural vote on Thursday that likely won't change the outcome and will then be sent to the governor for his signature. McMaster has promised numerous times in news conferences and formal speeches to sign it as soon as possible. The bill requires doctors to perform ultrasounds to check for a heartbeat in the fetus. If one is detected, the abortion can only be performed if the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest or the mother's life is in danger.  About a dozen...
    The Senate Republican campaign arm is going after Democrats in new ads hitting them over school reopenings amid the coronavirus pandemic. The new 15-second digital spot from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is targeting Democratic Sens. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockPerdue on potential 2022 run: GOP must regain the Senate The Hill's Morning Report - With trial over, Biden renews push for COVID-19 bill Perdue files paperwork to explore 2022 Senate run MORE (Ga.), Mark KellyMark KellyNew rule shakes up Senate Armed Services subcommittees The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump's second impeachment trial begins Sanders says Biden sees progressives as 'strong part of his coalition' MORE (Ariz.), Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoHillicon Valley: Krebs is back on Capitol Hill | Cybersecurity as 'preeminent threat' | News on data privacy and voter security Democrats introduce bill to fix unemployment systems technology Peters to head Senate Democratic campaign arm MORE (N.M.), Michael BennetMichael...
    Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger's family accused him of 'treason' for voting to impeach Donald Trump last month in another scathing letter to the Illinois lawmaker revealed Wednesday. In a January 19 handwritten letter, obtained by Punchbowl News, Kinzinger's cousin Karen Otto, along with her husband Greg and nine other signatories, referred to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a 'witch' in claiming Democrats 'brainwashed' the Illinois Republican. 'Perhaps the witch/devil, holding the gavel, will invite to her house for ice cream!' Kinzinger's family wrote in their letter telling the GOP lawmaker he should switch to Democrat. 'As a member of the military, defying and disrespecting your Commander-in-Chief is an act of treason,' they penned in cursive. Revelations of the latest letter comes after The New York Times released details of a separate letter the family sent to Kinzinger on January 8 – as the representative called on Trump to be removed...
    President Joe Biden took questions from Americans during a televised town hall event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Tuesday and revealed that he does not support a plan from Democratic lawmakers to cancel $50,000 in debt for student loan recipients.  "I will not make that happen," Mr. Biden said during the CNN town hall when asked about the measure introduced by progressive Democrats earlier this month. While campaigning for presidency, Mr. Biden promised to cancel $10,000 in student loan debt, but has not committed to the plan to cancel up to $50,000 in debt.  During the town hall, Mr. Biden said eliminating up to $50,000 in student loan debt would take Congressional action. "My point is: I understand the impact of debt, and it can be debilitating," Mr. Biden said. "I am prepared to write off the $10,000 debt but not [$50,000], because I don't think I have the authority to...
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    BERLIN (Reuters) - The German Greens' policy platform is not currently suitable for a coalition with the CDU/CSU conservative alliance, the leader of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) said on Wednesday, adding that the smaller liberals would be a better partner. Markus Soeder, a potential CDU/CSU chancellor candidate in September's national election, was responding to comments by a prominent Greens politician who took aim at detached family homes and urged municipalities to back more economical housing. "This is actually the typical left-wing face of the Greens, we don't really want that," Soeder told a traditional 'political Ash Wednesday' virtual gathering of the CSU. Soeder's remarks are significant because a coalition of the CDU/CSU "Union" and the Greens has looked likely after the federal election given Germany's fractured electoral landscape that points to few, if any, other options. The new leader of Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), Armin Laschet, is...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina House Democrats walk out to protest bill that would ban nearly all abortions; measure expected to pass. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS/CNN) — President Joe Biden made it clear during Tuesday night’s CNN town hall that he disagrees with other members of his party who want to cancel $50,000 of student debt per borrower. “I will not make that happen,” Biden said after a member of the audience said his proposal to cancel $10,000 per borrower doesn’t go far enough. RELATED: Philadelphia Weather: Up To 8 Inches Of Snow Possible For Philadelphia Region Thursday But top Democratic congressional leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, are calling on Biden to cancel $50,000 per borrower. Dozens of Democrats reintroduced a bicameral resolution earlier this month urging Biden to take action, arguing that he has the executive power to do so. Biden argues that the government shouldn’t forgive debt for people who went to elite universities, like “Harvard and Yale and Penn” — and he’s also indicated that he believes...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Overall, New Yorkers give Gov. Andrew Cuomo high marks for his response to the coronavirus pandemic, but are disappointed with his handling of the release of data on nursing home deaths. According to a new poll out of Siena College, 55% of voters think he could have done a better job of making all data about COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes public. RELATED: Gov. Cuomo Takes Responsibility For Information ‘Void’ On Nursing Homes, Insists There Was No Cover-Up Despite that, 61% of voters approve of how the governor has addressed the pandemic. In addition, 67% say he has communicated well. “Voters, especially Democrats, continue to give Cuomo strong marks for his overall handling of the pandemic. He gets a positive rating from 83% of Democrats and 52% of independents. However, 72% of Republicans give him a negative grade,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. “Similarly, he...
    Nine Democratic New York State Assembly members signed a letter to their colleagues accusing Gov. Andrew Cuomo of obstruction of justice and asking that lawmakers set aside political loyalty and oppose him. The letter comes after an aide in Cuomo's administration admitted that data regarding nursing home coronavirus deaths were intentionally withheld from state lawmakers. Cuomo has been accused of contributing to the high number of nursing home casualties due to a March 2020 directive that prohibited nursing homes from turning away people because they had COVID-19. ANDREW CUOMO WOULD BE DOING NEW YORKERS A 'FAVOR BY RESIGNING': NYC COUNCILMAN "We implore you to set aside any concerns of loyalty or disloyalty to this Governor, or that this matter is politicized," said the letter, dated Tuesday. "We must absolutely consider above all the sanctity of the democratic institution that we call the Legislature of the State of New York, and...
    Former President Trump unloaded on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a lengthy statement Tuesday, after McConnell voted no on impeaching the former president but held him "practically and morally responsible" for the assault on the Capitol on January 6. The ex-president blasted the minority leader's political skills and said his only regret is backing the Kentucky Republican when he was up for reelection last year.  "My only regret is that McConnell 'begged' for my strong support and endorsement before the great people of Kentucky in the 2020 election, and I gave it to him," the former president said in a statement. "He went from one point down to 20 points up, and won. How quickly he forgets. Without my endorsement, McConnell would have lost, and lost badly." McConnell did win reelection by about 20 points, but he was the heavy favorite in the race against Amy McGrath, not...
    The proposed $1,400 stimulus checks could be voted next week as Joe Biden pushes $1.9trillion relief plan.  The House Budget Committee is expected to assemble a final bill approved in committee next week. The $1,400 stimulus checks could be voted next week In addition to another round of checks for eligible Americans, the package also includes a provision to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. The full House may pass the legislation next week but it could face troubles in the Senate where Dems can’t afford to lose a member of their party. A few Democrats have already said that they do not believe the provision belongs in a Covid relief package and at least two Democratic Senators - Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema - have said they will not back the wage increase according to Bloomberg. Without complete Democratic support, is likely the bill will not...
    Advocates fighting for Washington, DC, to become the 51st state are more hopeful than ever that they’ll achieve statehood with Joe Biden in the White House and Democrats now controlling both chambers of Congress, though the effort still faces an uphill battle to gain traction. After decades of pushing for representation, supporters of DC statehood feel that they’re in the strongest position in a while to advance legislation admitting DC into the Union. But the effort, which enjoys broad support among Democrats, could get lost in the sea of challenges facing Biden’s administration and Congress — including the Covid-19 crisis and its economic challenges, as well as a laundry list of promises the new President pledged to address early into his term. Activists are fighting to break through to key lawmakers, and pushing the Democratically controlled Senate to move legislation along, as details from the January 6 insurrection on Capitol...
    EXCLUSIVE - The National Republican Senatorial Committee is taking aim at Senate Democrats with new digital ads spotlighting the combustible issue of school reopenings amid the coronavirus pandemic.The spots by the reelection arm of the Senate GOP, which were shared first with Fox News, will run nationally and also in the states of six Democratic senators that the NRSC considers potentially "vulnerable" as they run for reelection next year. Senate Republicans need to flip just one Democrat-held seat to win back the majority in the chamber in the 2022 midterms. PRO-GOP GROUP TAKES AIM AT HOUSE DEMOCRATS WITH BILLBOARDS NEAR SHUTTERED SCHOOLS Congressional Republicans in recent weeks have highlighted the tug of war over the reopening of schools, which has put President Biden's administration and congressional Democrats in a difficult spot between the competing interests of some teachers unions in major cities, which oppose returning to classrooms without more protections, and parents...
    The Conversation Spain Brexit, the never ending story Shutterstock / rawf8 Four and a half years after the start of negotiations that brought down governments and shaken markets, on January 1 Brexit finally became a reality. After 47 years of British presence in the EU, the terms of separation were agreed broadly. But both parties will continue to haggle over the small details of the first departure of a member state of the community family. Many warn that the deal may turn into endless Brexit. The divorce has been harder than soft, since it was decided that the former partners maintained a controlled relationship. The UK barely got any concessions: its financial services do not enjoy special access, there is no automatic recognition of academic qualifications, very onerous import requirements have been imposed on some of its products and regulations that could damage many supply chains British production and logistics...
            by Matthew Boose  For years we have heard from Democrats about the obligation of Republicans to “stand up to Trump.” These lamentations have taken on new ferver since the GOP denied Democrats their latest wish, by voting to acquit Donald Trump of inciting “insurrection.”  Democrats tell us this acquittal was merely the latest attack on democracy by the Republican Party which, we are to believe, has totally devolved into QAnon-inspired “domestic extremism.”  What the Democrats desire is a GOP that is “principled and strong,” as Joe Biden put it.  What they mean by “strong” is a party that does their bidding and, instead of opposing Democrats, stands up against you.  Opposition is an intolerable burden to this Democratic Party. The rest of the country is supposed to understand that the things Democrats want are what everyone should want. This understanding is supposed to be so well-established that only traitors...
              Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed creator of the Huey Report and direct mail expert, Craig Huey, to the newsmaker line to discuss the successful advanced strategies of the Democratic Party and sent a warning to Tennessee conservatives and Republicans not to take elections for granted. Leahy: On our newsmaker line our good friend Craig Huey. A direct marketing expert who has moved to Tennessee from California mercifully and thankfully. Craig, we were talking a little bit about all the problems out in California. As a California Refugee now living happily in Tennessee, what kind of warnings do you have for us about what California has done and what it might mean if we try to do something...
            by Eric Lendrum  In one of the most radical legislative proposals ever introduced, the Democratic Party plans to introduce a bill later this week that would guarantee a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal aliens in the country, as reported by Daily Caller. The bill will be called the “U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021.” It is set to include expansions to the nation’s refugee resettlement program, increased benefits for illegals who are being considered for amnesty under the failed DREAM Act, and expanding government assistance for illegal aliens. The bill will be introduced in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), and in the Senate by Robert Menendez (D-N.J.). Menendez claims that the aim of the bill is to “reunite families, bring the undocumented community out of the shadows and on a path to citizenship, stand up for human rights, and address...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden made it clear during Tuesday night's CNN town hall that he disagrees with other members of his party who want to cancel $50,000 of student debt per borrower. "I will not make that happen," Biden said after a member of the audience said his proposal to cancel $10,000 per borrower doesn't go far enough. But top Democratic congressional leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, are calling on Biden to cancel $50,000 per borrower. Dozens of Democrats reintroduced a bicameral resolution earlier this month urging Biden to take action, arguing that he has the executive power to do so.Biden argues that the government shouldn't forgive debt for people who went to "Harvard and Yale and Penn" -- and he's also indicated that he believes Congress should make changes through legislation, which would make them harder to undo. "The President has and...
    Congress is planning to bring back earmarks, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer reportedly told Democrats during a Tuesday call. Hoyer told Democrats that he can “guarantee” that there will be a “bipartisan” effort to bring back the spending practice, two people on the call said according to a Politico report. A spokesperson told the outlet that House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro “is working through the details of a reformed process” for earmarks and more information will be shared “in the coming weeks.” Democratic Senate Appropriations Chair Patrick Leahy has “been clear about his intent to restore congressionally directed spending in a transparent and accountable way as part Congress’ constitutional power of the purse,” a spokesperson for Leahy said according to Politico. Earmarks are line items that are inserted into bills directing money towards a specific recipient. Politicians have been accused of “pork-barrelling,” or using earmarks for favors or to direct...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – After Florida has received widespread praise for its handling of the 2020 election, Republicans and Democrats clashed Tuesday as a Senate committee approved a bill that would require voters to more frequently request vote-by-mail ballots. Senate Ethics and Elections Chairman Dennis Baxley, an Ocala Republican who is sponsoring the measure (SB 90), said it would help improve the security of the vote-by-mail process, citing concerns about issues such as people moving frequently and ballots going to their old addresses. RELATED: Vacation Rental Proposal On The Move In Senate “This bill gives vote-by-mail security and choice,” Baxley said before his committee voted 5-4 to approve the measure. “This is a good bill. … I feel sure that you’ll be pleased in the long run, despite your fears and concerns. It’ll work better.” But Democrats said the bill would hurt voting by mail, with Sen. Randolph Bracy, D-Orlando, pointing...
    Parents of school-age children who’ve yet to return to classrooms due to the coronavirus pandemic could be a boon for Republicans and a loss for Democrats, Politico reported. These parents are emerging as a new class of voters that President Joe Biden’s allies are trying to respond to, as parents grow more frustrated with virtual learning that has required many to arrange daycare or even quit their jobs to stay home with children, according to Politico. If Democrats don’t live up to promises to reopen schools or fall behind the GOP in their messaging on the subject, they risk losing families to their opponents. Unused playground equipment sits outside of Burr Elementary School on January 25, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) “The science says that the schools should open, but instead of listening to the science, the Biden administration is caving in to Democrat special interest...
    New York : Nancy Pelosi expects a third stimulus check to be approved by the end of February. Photo: Jeff Fusco / . / . Democratic lawmakers are being criticized by progressive members of the same party because, apparently, do not plan to comply with giving $ 2,000 stimulus checks to eligible citizens. Progressive Democrats are particularly upset with Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock – also Democrats – because they broke their campaign promise to push $ 2,000 stimulus checks when they defeated Republicans in the last Georgia election. Democrats have been justifying themselves by saying that the $ 1,400 economic stimulus checks – included in President Joe Biden’s proposed $ 1.9 billion coronavirus relief package – when added together with the $ 600 second stimulus checks, the result is $ 2,000. But progressives say that’s not what people understood, who expected the third...
    President Biden’s first time hearing directly from voters since taking office will be in a state he won by less than 1 percentage point, as he seeks to build support for his $1.9 trillion coronavirus package, a test of his promise to govern and “unify” the country. The president will pitch the need for a fifth pandemic relief bill in a CNN town hall on Tuesday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a state that former President Donald Trump won in 2016 before it flipped for Biden by a 0.6 percentage point margin in November, 49.4% to Trump’s 48.8%. Ben Nuckels, a Democratic media consultant based in Wisconsin, said the state’s voting landscape makes it an important target for Biden. “He’s able to reach a broad swath of the population,” Nuckels said. “It’s not a red or a blue state, it’s very much a purple state, and being able to come out here...