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    (CNN)The 2024 presidential race is a long way off, but it's being fought right now, not by candidates and not in front of voters, but with legislation and in the courts. Bidens First 100 Days Key GOP swing vote undecided on whether to back Biden's imperiled budget pick Refugees are being removed from flights to the US as they await Biden's signature Garland nomination advances out of committee, setting up floor vote Republicans are pushing hard at the state level to generally make it more difficult to vote, and say they want to make the vote more secure, although there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Democrats are pushing in Washington to generally make voting easier. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called GOP efforts "voter suppression that is rampant and current" as she pushed a Democratic bill to create new federal voter protections. Which side wins could very much...
    Mother Jones illustration; 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.In 2013, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion gutting Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which required that states with a long history of discrimination had to approve their voting changes with the federal government. That ruling led to a wave of new voter suppression laws in states including Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas. Roberts justified his position by pointing to the continued existence of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which applies nationwide and outlaws the denial or abridgment of the right to vote on account of race or color. “Our decision in no way affects the permanent, nationwide ban on racial discrimination in voting found in Section 2,” he wrote in Shelby County v. Holder....
    Most of President Biden's nominees are poised to skate through the U.S. Senate with an easy confirmation, apart from Office and Management Director nominee Neera Tanden, but Republicans are targeting a handful of his other picks in hopes of discrediting them as they prepare for new government positions.   California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will be facing two confirmation hearings this week for his nomination to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. A former congressman with no public health experience, Republicans are not only seizing on this gap in his resume, but also attacking his work as California's top prosecutor.  For the past week, ads bankrolled by Heritage Action for America, a political arm of the Heritage Foundation think tank, have been airing on cable news networks that raise questions about Becerra's qualifications and some of the cases he's filed as California's top prosecutor, including a case against the...
    1619 Project leader, and Pulitzer Prize winner, Nikole Hannah-Jones The 1619 Project is not losing its status as a favored punching bag of Republicans—in fact, the campaign against it has entered a new, dangerous stage. Efforts by Donald Trump and Sen. Tom Cotton to ban the collection commemorating the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in what later became the United States were symbolic, because the federal government does not set curriculum. The 1619 Project seeks to fully write Black people into the center of U.S. history—where they have been all along, even if the written histories have often excluded or marginalized them. State legislators in Arkansas, Iowa, and Mississippi want to keep pushing Black people to the edges of the teaching of history, and they want to write that into law. That’s not symbolic, because state legislatures can set curriculum.  The proposed legislation would reduce school district budgets if...
    Supporters of Donald Trump protest near the Georgia state capitol, Nov. 7, 2020 in Atlanta. John Bazemore/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.In 2015, white members of the board of elections in Hancock County, Georgia—a majority-Black area one hundred miles southeast of Atlanta—launched a plan to remove Black voters from the registration rolls in advance of elections for mayor and city council in the county seat of Sparta, which is nearly 90 percent Black. The board challenged the eligibility of nearly 20 percent of the city’s residents—almost all of them Black—and sent law enforcement officials to serve them a summons to appear at board hearings or else be purged from the rolls, an intimidating tactic straight out of the Jim Crow era. Voter participation fell by 40 percent in that year’s...
    Republicans are already trying to sink Biden's plan to protect immigrants
    Meghan McCain said Wednesday that some Republicans appeared to be making political calculations rather than moral calculations regarding the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump. McCain mentioned former Ambassador the United Nations Nikki Haley specifically, saying that she believed Haley’s calculations were likely based on a potential 2024 presidential run. (RELATED: ‘They Can Go To Hell’: Meghan McCain Says She Doesn’t Need To Be ‘Deprogrammed’ Because She’s Conservative) WATCH:   “It’s kind of like, other than the play, Mrs. Lincoln, how did it go last night? Is that the joke? You know what I’m saying, Whoopi. I just — it’s just a dumpster fire,” McCain said in response to the number of Republicans who were still voicing opposition to Trump’s second impeachment. “I will say that, you know, politics unfortunately should be about making moral calculations, but a lot of times it’s about making political calculations,” McCain continued,...
    Right-wing news outlets are spreading the story of caravans of immigrants supposedly threatening the United States. With Joe Biden in the White House and immigration reform on the table, Republicans are resurrecting the myth of "caravans" of immigrants from Central America heading for the U.S.-Mexico border. They had been silent on the issue since the 2018 midterm elections. On Wednesday evening, acting Homeland Security Secretary David Pekoske issued a memo halting deportations of undocumented immigrants for 100 days starting on Friday.
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton The Supreme Court’s historic decision this past June finding that the Trump administration unlawfully ended the popular and successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program should have finally brought relief to its beneficiaries. Should have, but that hasn’t been the case.  As impeached president Donald Trump and his cabal of unlawfully installed political appointees have been defying that ruling (all the while shamelessly running an unsuccessful “law and order” campaign), one of the most corrupt Republican politicians not in the Trump administration is still trying to kill the program in a separate court fight that goes back years.  President-elect Joe Biden’s administration has already confirmed that it will take steps to protect young undocumented immigrants immediately after his swearing in as the nation’s 46th president, with his incoming chief of staff Ronald Klain telling NBC’s Meet the Press last month that “[w]e’re going to protect the Dreamers on day one.” But...
    Yup, I wanted a grand rebuke, too. I wanted Donald Trump demolished by 10 points. But elections are educational events. Voters are not always wise, but they are usually comprehensible. They know more about their own lives than we in our information bubbles do, and they almost always tell us something important. The first thing we heard from most Americans — since Joe Biden’s popular vote victory seems all but certain — is that Trump is unacceptable. We live in a divided, dug-in nation, but millions more white evangelicals voted Democratic in 2020 than in 2016. Many people voted against partisan predilections to remove a man who is a unique menace to the foundations of this country. That is no meager accomplishment. The second thing voters told us is this: Separate church and state. We’ve long had political polarization in this country and we still will. But over the last...
    Oregon becomes first state to decriminalize small amounts of drugs, including heroin Chipotle struggles with staffing as coronavirus cases rise Pennsylvania Republicans are already trying to cast doubt on the states election results WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania Republicans wasted no time Tuesday night in firing the first shot of what is likely to be at least a weeklong political knife fight in that state, potentially with the presidency at stake. © Provided by Yahoo! News Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images) As election returns rolled in from around the country, the top two Republicans in the Pennsylvania Senate sent out a 1,500-word press release criticizing the state’s top elections official and accusing her of mismanaging the election. Pennsylvania’s Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat, had changed her guidance to...
    Republicans and Democrats put a focus Monday on early voting, as Floridians in 52 counties lined up to cast ballots in the Nov. 3 general election. People arrived hours early to cast ballots in Sarasota, Jacksonville, Naples, Tallahassee and Miami, with no major issues initially reported on the first day that early voting sites could open. Democratic political consultant Steve Schale on Monday said he expects early voting to be more heavily Republican than normal, but it should take a week before there is “a real sense of things.” “Republicans traditionally do a little better during the week, and Democrats have better weekends,” Schale advised people on his email list. “So while there will be a temptation to draw big conclusions from today, I would urge caution until we get more data.” Republicans are expecting big numbers in early voting as their traditional advantage in mail-in ballots has slipped this...
    Alex Brandon/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.On Saturday morning, Donald Trump launched a Twitter attack on Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) after the Senator’s telephone town hall comments criticizing the president were reported in the media. Sasse excoriated Trump over his handling of the coronavirus, his foreign policy, and his sexist remarks. “I’m now looking at the possibility of a Republican blood bath in the Senate, and that’s why I’ve never been on the Trump train,” he said. In response on Twitter, the president called Sasse the “least effective” Republican senator painting him as a “stupid and obnoxious” RINO. …Nomination to run for a second term. Then he went back to his rather stupid and obnoxious ways. Must feel he can’t lose to a Dem. Little Ben is a liability to the Republican Party, and an embarrassment to...
    During an interview with KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas on Friday, 2020 Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden said that viewers who were asking about his position on packing the courts “are probably Republicans who don’t want me continuing to talk about what they’re doing to the court right now.” Anchor Ross DiMattei asked, “I’ve got to ask you about packing the courts. And I know that you said yesterday you aren’t going to answer the question until after the election. But this is the number one thing that I’ve been asked about from viewers in the past couple of days.” Biden responded, “Well, you’ve been asked by the viewers who are probably Republicans who don’t want me continuing to talk about what they’re doing to the court right now.” DiMattei then asked Biden if voters deserve to know what his position is, and Biden responded that they don’t....
    NANCY Pelosi has said that Republicans are "coming after your children" by moving to fill the Supreme Court vacancy ahead of the presidential election. The House Speaker said that another conservative on the court would help efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act, and that healthcare would be the most important issue on the ballot in November. 3Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats say the Supreme Court vacancy should remain open until after the election 3Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday aged 87 The remarks follow the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an associate justice from the liberal wing of the Supreme Court, on Friday. Democrats argue that the Republican-held Senate should wait until after the election to vote on a replacement, as it did after the death of conservative Antonin Scalia nine months before the 2016 election. But following the death, Senate Majority leader McConnell confirmed the...
    Lauren Witzke supports the baseless conspiracy theory, which the FBI has called a domestic terror threat. Republican primary voters in Delaware selected QAnon conspiracy theorist Lauren Witzke as the party's Senate nominee on Tuesday, adding to the ranks of Republican congressional nominees who support the baseless and dangerous conspiracy theory that the FBI has said poses a domestic terror threat. Witzke defeated fellow Republican James DeMartino by a margin of 57% to 43%, according to the New York Times. Witzke has been photographed wearing a QAnon shirt and has used the QAnon hashtag #wwg1wga — short for "where we go one, we go all" — a slogan people who support the debunked conspiracy theory often use. Loading...
    (CNN)In the first months of the nation's ongoing fight against the coronavirus, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine emerged as one of the politicians who actually got it. As in: Understood the threat and took clear and decisive actions -- including being the first governor to close a state's schools to deal with the spread of the virus.The praise those moves won DeWine nationally was reflected in his standing in the state, too. In a late June Quinnipiac University poll, 75% of Ohioans approved of how DeWine was handling his job -- including 81%(!) of Democrats, 76% of independents and 74% of Republicans.In short: if there was a governor you would think would be immune from an impeachment attempt, it would be DeWine. Or not."Articles of impeachment drawn up against Gov. Mike DeWine over coronavirus order," read the headline in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer earlier this week. The facts are these: A handful...
    PRESIDENT Trump slammed Hillary Clinton after she said she fears he and fellow Republicans are "trying to SABOTAGE the election." Trump took a hit at the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate when speaking with Fox & Friends on Wednesday, saying Clinton "didn't accept the results" of the election. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 6Hillary Clinton said in a tweet she fears Republicans will try to 'sabotage' the election with mail-in votingCredit: AP:Associated Press 6Trump hit back at Clinton, saying she never accepted the results of the 2016 electionCredit: BackGrid Clinton on Thursday shared a tweet, saying she "fears" that Republicans will try to "sabotage" mail-in voting. "I fear Republican sabotage of the USPS, including slowing mail delivery, is a Trump strategy to make voting by mail more difficult this fall," Clinton tweeted. "Request your ballots and return them as early as...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday said that Democrats were trying to "sabotage" the coronavirus bill currently being worked on by lawmakers for political reasons the same way, McConnell said, that they stymied Senate Republicans' police reform efforts last month. McConnell, R-Ky., made the remarks just days before Americans will lose their boosted unemployment benefits from the federal government and, for many, their rent will come due. Democrats have said that the $1 trillion GOP proposal, which is controversial within even the Republican caucus and which President Trump called "semi-irrelevant" on Tuesday evening, does not do nearly enough. But McConnell accused Democrats of not stepping up to the table to negotiate over what he called a "serious" proposal in contrast with House Democrats $3 trillion bill that was passed in May. TRUMP CALLS GOP CORONAVIRUS PROPOSAL 'SEMI-IRRELEVANT' AS DEAL APPEARS FAR OFF "This is a more-than-fair, more-than-bipartisan framework for Democrats to engage with,"...
    David Edwards July 28, 2020 5:04PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story "Fox & Friends" host Steve Doocy on Tuesday suggested that Republicans are being generous when they propose slashing federal unemployment benefits from $600 per week to $200 per week because it's "in addition" to other state benefits. During a segment about the fourth phase of a coronavirus relief package, Doocy attempted to spin the cut in benefits as a gift from Republican lawmakers. : "Businesses are closing down and that's why Congress is trying to work on another relief package," co-host Ainsley Earhardt reported. "If you're single and you make less than $75,000 [per year], you're getting a $1,200 check if this passes." "And then also in addition to that," Doocy chimed in, "you know, the Republicans are trying to do their best to address the issue because politically it's not good for them because...
    Republican strategists have begun to wonder whether Donald Trump is reaching "the point of no return," according to Cook Political Report's Amy Walter. It's not just about the terrible data points for Trump, which are plentiful. It's about a total collapse of public confidence in him with no chance for recovery among a majority of voters. But what's even more stunning is that, however dim Trump's reelection prospects look (and they look potentially "landslide" dim), most GOP candidates are running even worse.  A new PPP survey of North Carolina, for instance, showed Trump running 4 points behind Joe Biden, 46%-50%, but incumbent GOP Sen. Thom Tillis was running an 8-point deficit against Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham, 39%-47%. Republican strategist and anti-Trumper Tim Miller tweeted out those results Thursday, adding, "One thing I heard repeatedly from consultants on GOP senate races is that with a couple exceptions Trump is actually running ahead...
    Oklahoma is one of the reddest states in the country, yet it just voted for Medicaid expansion, a key element of Obamacare. Government may be broken, but democracy is making itself heard.  In just under 90 days, 313,000 Oklahomans, twice the number needed, signed petitions to gain a place on the ballot to approve extending health care through Medicaid to more than 200,000 low-income Oklahomans. It passed by a whisker—with 50.5 percent support. Next up is Missouri, another red state, where voters head to the polls on Aug. 4 to decide for themselves whether they want health care for 230,000 uninsured people in their state despite the opposition of the state’s Republican politicians.  
    When blue states like Washington, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts were hit with coronavirus in large numbers, Republicans from President Donald Trump to Fox News were vehemently opposed to mask wearing. But now that coronavirus is surging in red states, like Texas, Florida, Arizona, and Georgia, they’re changing their tune – and pretending they’ve always supported mask wearing. “If Americans submit to wearing masks,” Fox News host Laura Ingraham asked one month ago, “what other rights and freedoms can be taken?” Another show, another anti-mask rant from Laura Ingraham, who thought that masks were a great idea until liberals and public health experts started saying they were a great idea and then they became a dictatorial tool of social control. https://t.co/3puI6Bl6Vh pic.twitter.com/v3hjcwilGB — Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) May 28, 2020 Fast forward to this week. Here’s Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: Senate Majority Leader McConnell: ”We...
    Senator Tim Scott has slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's 'outrageous, sinful' remark that Republicans are trying to 'get away with murder...the murder of George Floyd.' Scott, a South Carolina Republican and the party's only black senator, was speaking on Fox News Radio on Friday when he responded to Pelosi's remarks about his JUSTICE Act police reform bill.  On Tuesday, Pelosi criticized the Republican bill in an interview with CBS Radio, calling it 'unsalvageable' and saying it won't make 'any difference.'  'For something to happen, they're going to have to face the realities of police brutalities, the realities of the need for justice in policing, and the recognition that there's many good people in law enforcement, but not all,' Pelosi said of Republicans.  'And that we have to address those concerns. So, when they admit that, and have some suggestions that are worthy of consideration -- but so far they were...
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she will not apologize for accusing Senate Republicans of trying to get away with the murder of George Floyd. In an interview on NBC News, Pelosi was asked about her comments and if she would be apologizing for them, to which she said “Absolutely, positively not.” The question comes after Pelosi attacked Republicans, saying they are responsible for Floyd’s death, just one day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set a date to vote on the GOP’s police reform legislation. Nancy Pelosi asked if she will apologize for her despicable comment that Senate Republicans are “trying to get away with murder, actually — the murder of George Floyd.” Pelosi: Absolutely, positively not. pic.twitter.com/GXo5pt2rNh — America Rising (@AmericaRising) June 24, 2020 “The press has given them so much play for this unsalvageable piece of legislation and then say, ‘well, can’t you compromise...
    Madison Summers June 24, 2020 0 Comments Republicans are “trying to get away with murder,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is claiming regarding police reform legislation. After being asked about if legislation will pass in Congress on police reform during a CBS Radio interview Tuesday, Pelosi called the Senate Republicans’ bill “unsalvageable” and suggested “it doesn’t take action” and “doesn’t make any difference.” When asked if there could be some compromise, Pelosi responded, “We’re saying no chokeholds…They’re not saying no chokeholds. I mean, there’s a big difference there. What’s the compromise? Some chokeholds? I don’t see what the compromise is.” The House speaker then added, “For something to happen, they’re going to have to face the realities of police brutality, the realities of the need for justice in policing, and the recognition that there’s many, many good people in law enforcement, but not all. And that we have to...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed Tuesday that Senate Republicans are "trying to get away with ... the murder of George Floyd," over accusations that the GOP refuses to budge as Congress tangles over anti-policing legislation. What are the details?CNN reported that "Democrats are on track to block a GOP-led police reform bill" introduced by Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), while Senate Democrats have offered competing legislation championed by Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Cory Booker (N.J.). During an interview with CBS News Radio, The Daily Caller reported, Pelosi discussed the impasse, saying of the Republicans, "The press has given them so much play for this unsalvageable piece of legislation and they say, 'well, can't you compromise with that?' No, it's because it is no and we are yes." The speaker gave an example of the parties' differing proposals, telling the outlet, "We're saying no chokeholds. They're not saying...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asserted in an interview Tuesday that Republicans are "trying to get away with murder, actually -- the murder of George Floyd" -- marking a dramatic escalation in rhetoric as the Democrat-controlled House prepares to pass its police reform package. Pelosi, D-Calif., speaking to CBS News Radio correspondent Steve Futterman, said Senate Republicans' reform proposals in the wake of Floyd's in-custody death in Minneapolis were "unsalvageable" and won't make "any difference." Specifically, Pelosi said Democrats want a total ban on chokeholds, which Attorney General William Barr has also suggested he would support. But, Pelosi said, some Republicans are waffling on the issue. LISTEN TO PELOSI'S INTERVIEW HERE "For something to happen, they're going to have to face the realities of police brutalities, the realities of the need for justice in policing, and the recognition that there's many good people in law enforcement, but not all. And that we have...
    Tuesday on CBS Radio, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accused Senate Republicans of trying to get away with not doing serious police reform in the wake of George Floyd’s death. When host Steve Futterman asked if a compromise could be reached with Republicans in the Senate, Pelosi said, “Well, you be the judge. We’re saying ‘no chokeholds.’ They’re not saying, ‘no chokeholds.’ I mean, there’s a big difference.” She continued, “What’s the compromise? ‘Some chokeholds’? I don’t see what the compromise is. You know, ‘No racial profiling?’ Maybe ‘some’? So the point, Steve, is the following: They understand that there’s a need to get something done. The press has given them so much play for this bare leaves, unsalvageable piece of legislation, and then say, ‘Well, can’t you compromise with that?’ No, because it is — ‘no.’ And we are, ‘yes.’ It isn’t, ‘maybe.’” She added, “And so, in other words,...
    (CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday that Republicans are "trying to get away with murder" with their policing legislation, as Senate Democrats signal they will soon block debate on the measure."We're saying no chokeholds," Pelosi said during an interview with CBS Radio. "They're not saying no chokeholds. I mean, there's a big difference there. What's the compromise? Some chokeholds? I don't see what the compromise is." "For something to happen, they're going to have to face the reality of police brutality, the reality of the need for justice in policing, and the recognition that there are many, many good people in law enforcement, but not all and that we have to address those concerns," she added. "So far they're trying to get away with murder, actually. The murder of George Floyd."Following Pelosi's comments, the National Republican Campaign Committee condemned the remarks and asked for an apology. "Nancy Pelosi needs...
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