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    House Democrats are engaged in a "cynical ploy" to pass as much of their extreme agenda as they can before next year's midterm elections, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Wednesday. "I think ... they've given up on keeping the House, Gingrich explained. "What they're doing is ramming through everything they can get done before they lose in 2022. This is kind of a sprint to radicalism even though it's going to cost, if you look at these votes ... [they'll] have 30, 40, 50 members who are not going to be able to defend them." Gingrich noted that the last two Democratic presidents, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, both saw their party suffer huge losses in the House in their first midterm election.  "They [Democrats] lost 54 seats [in 1994] and we became the majority for the first time in 40 years," he said. "When Obama was elected, they lost 63 seats [in 2010]." Video"I think the Biden-Harris model is,...
    There were 240 million eligible voters in the United States last fall, and Joe Biden and Donald Trump each got approximately one-third of their votes. Biden got 34% of these people to cast a ballot for him, Trump 31%. But, because of the math of the Electoral College, Trump would have secured reelection had only a combined 44,000 voters switched to him in Arizona, Wisconsin and Georgia. Moreover, millions who cast their votes for Biden did not do so with passion, and the same holds for Trump. So it’s probably fair to say that half the electorate was not passionately behind one of the 2020 presidential candidates — the 80 million who decided not to cast a ballot at all, for starters, along with perhaps 40 million who voted for one candidate because they disliked, feared or hated the other one. The new president and his fellow Democrats newly in...
    Republicans could be poised for massive gains in the state of Florida thanks to the upcoming redistricting process that the GOP is set to control in the state. “FLORIDA: if you thought things couldn't get worse for Dems...it can. FL could be the GOP's biggest redistricting weapon of 2021,” Cook Political Report editor Dave Wasserman said on Twitter. “FL is poised to gain two seats. At a minimum, Rs could easily add two new safe R seats (right) to the current 16R-11D map (left).” Because the FL Sup Ct has turned sharply right since 2015, Rs could be even more aggressive - in defiance of FL's Fair Districts amendments. At the extreme end, Rs could attempt a 21R-8D gerrymander (below), which could cost Dems almost their entire House majority. pic.twitter.com/uxl8hiliJo— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) March 2, 2021 Wasserman included photos of two maps, one showing the current configuration of the state’s...
    Gun violence prevention groups hailed this Congress as the best chance for background check legislation to pass.  Democrats reintroduced legislation to expand federal background checks on all gun sales on Tuesday and groups like March for Our Lives and Moms Demand Action said they were optimistic about action that’s been stalled for years.  “This is a huge moment for our movement, we are on the precepts of finally addressing a crisis that has killed millions of Americans,” Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, said on a press call. Advocates noted that there is a “gun sense trifecta” in Washington, referring to the Democratic-led House, Senate and White House. President BidenJoe BidenSenate Democrats negotiating changes to coronavirus bill Rural Americans are the future of the clean energy economy — policymakers must to catch up WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year MORE...
    While the Biden administration is as busy as beavers killing American jobs with the Keystone pipeline cancellation and then opening the southern border and allowing thousands to enter our country daily without vetting or COVID testing, the administration and its Democrat congressional allies remain focused on their main objective: nationalization of American elections.  What would you say about the always efficient, always honest, always transparent, always fair, Washington, D.C., establishment taking over your state and local elections, as well as the federal elections? How about a law that prohibits voter identification laws, or gives taxpayer money to politicians?  Democrats in D.C. think that these are swell ideas.  REP. KEVIN McCARTHY: DEMS' $1.9 TRILLION COVID BILL IS NOT RESCUE OR RELIEF PLAN, IT'S A PELOSI PAYOFF They hope to make America a one-party nation. They want to squelch opposition and dissent. They want to make elections irrelevant. They prefer that all power and control...
    It’s the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2021! That’s when the world gets to listen to quotes from conservatives and say, “Wait, did someone actually say that out loud?” Friday saw speaker after speaker after speaker promoting well-proven lies. Lies about mask-wearing, lies about the pandemic, and lies about the election. So many lies about the the 2020 election that OAN, fearing more lawsuits, cut away at least once to give the audience a disclaimer saying that they should do their own research on these claims. At one point during the day a discussion took place where a few panelists took turns telling the audience why we needed to suppress voting rights. The argument here was that absentee ballots and vote-by-mail initiatives needed to come to an end because, well, Democratic candidates seem to win when there’s more democracy taking place. Once such panelist, right-wing columnist and pundit Deroy Murdock, added an interesting twist on...
    Oregon Democrats are pushing legislation to make it illegal for concealed carry permit holders to carry firearms for self-defense in certain public buildings. The legislation, Senate Bill 554, is sponsored by State Sens. Ginny Burdick (D) and James I. Manning Jr. (D), and State Reps. Rachel Prusak (D) and Lisa Reynolds (D). The summary of SB554 says: “Authorizes city, county, metropolitan service district, port operating commercial airport, school district, college or university to adopt ordinance or policy limiting or precluding affirmative defense for possession of firearms in public buildings by concealed handgun licensees.” Oregon is a campus carry state, but SB554 would allow colleges and universities to ban permit holders from carrying concealed in certain buildings on campus. The text of SB554 says: “A school district, college or university may adopt a policy limiting or precluding the use of the affirmative defense described in ORS 166.370 (3)(g) concerning the possession...
    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has been a top proponent for increasing the minimum wage. Monday brought good news for those fighting to increase America’s woefully inadequate minimum wage when the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) sent a letter to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders concluding that such a hike would have “broad economic effects” and impact most areas of the federal budget. Even better, the CBO said that a minimum wage boost would affect the economy more extensively than two measures Republicans passed in 2017 as part of their tax bill: the elimination of the penalty for not maintaining health insurance (better known as the individual mandate), and a program to allow oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. What on earth do these extremely varied issues have to do with one another? They all concern “reconciliation,” an arcane Senate process that prevents legislation from getting filibustered, letting it pass with just...
    In the event that the necessary majority is reached to impute Trump, something that seems distant today, the case would remain in the hands of the Supreme Court of the United States, which has a conservative majority and three judges appointed by Trump. But that, as happened in the case of his attempts to reverse the election, may not mean much. “The judges are not necessarily married to protecting whoever appointed them, in any case they are more concerned about who can remove them. If there would be a greater possibility of taking this through the normal courts, although that will depend on the calculation you make. the Democratic Party in power, “Calleros said. Even if the Senate, as all indicates, votes against finding Donald Trump guilty of insurrection, the Democrats can take the case before a common court later. Since the crime of insurrection does not prescribe,...
    Vice President Kamala Harris is also the presiding officer of the Senate and could issue important rulings in favor of Democrats that would allow them to enact Joe Biden's agenda. Astute politics observers well know that the Senate filibuster—the Jim Crow relic that requires supermajority support to pass most legislation—is a major obstacle for any hopes that Democrats have of enacting Joe Biden’s agenda and righting the country after four years of wicked misrule. But because a handful of Democratic senators (as well as all Republicans) oppose curtailing the rule—for now, at least—party leaders are pursuing an alternative route that will allow them to bypass the filibuster and pass major bills with just a simple majority. It’s called reconciliation, and it’s a complicated beast. If you’ve heard about it, you may have read that it can only be used in a limited fashion. But that’s simply not so. Democrats can...
    WASHINGTON (KABC) -- During the third day of former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, House impeachment manager and Southern California Rep. Ted Lieu explained he is not fearful of Trump running in 2024, but he is worried what would happen if he runs again and loses."I'm not afraid of Donald Trump running again in four years. I'm afraid he's going to run again and lose. Because he can do this again," Lieu told senators Thursday.Making the argument that inciting insurrection is an impeachable offense, Democrats spent their final day asking jurors to think about how dangerous it would be if former President Trump ran again and how Jan. 6 could be repeated by Trump or someone else."If you read my speech, and many people have done it. It's been analyzed, and people thought that what I said was totally appropriate," said Trump in a clip played from remarks he gave...
    The prosecution's final day of arguments in the Trump impeachment trial drew to a close Thursday, with the defense set to take the stand on Friday and Saturday.  Here are five key moments from the proceeding, where House impeachment managers Reps. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and Ted Lieu, D-Calif., shared much of the spotlight:  Democratic impeachment prosecutors use rioters' words against Trump House impeachment managers aired clips of rioters who said they were acting at Trump’s request, in an effort to connect the former president’s rhetoric to the violence seen on Jan. 6.  "We were invited here," a rioter can be heard yelling in one clip to the police trying to hold the line. "We were invited by the president of the United States." In another video, rioters are inside the Capitol and discuss calling Trump personally to let him know what they've done. "He'll be happy," one Trump supporter says. "We're...
    Republican North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer said Wednesday that if he were a Democrat he would hope that former President Donald Trump would be able to run for office again to “better” Democrats’ election chances. Cramer appeared on MSNBC’s special coverage of Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, alongside hosts Stephanie Ruhle, Hallie Jackson, and Katy Turn. Ruhle began by claiming that the impeachment trial is not holding up any of President Joe Biden’s plans for his first 100 days and asked Cramer what the consequences for Trump should be for “ramping up the rhetoric” about the 2020 election. (RELATED: Jake Tapper Believes Nothing ‘Would Be Different’ In The Senate If Pence Was Killed In Riot) “First of all, remember the president has already lost the election, so he’s been removed from office and this happened subsequent, obviously, to that,” Cramer responded. “In terms of the responsibility he bears, it’s...
    A handful of GOP senators crossed party lines on Tuesday by voting to affirm the constitutionality of the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. The Senate agreed to consider the case against Trump by a 56-44 vote following hours of arguments by the former president’s legal team and House impeachment managers. A total of six Republicans – Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania – sided with Democrats in calling for the trial to proceed. Cassidy voted to proceed with the trial just two weeks after he joined other Republicans in a vote to dismiss the impeachment charge on grounds that proceedings against a former president would be unconstitutional. The Louisiana senator explained his reversal shortly after the first day of arguments concluded. TRUMP'S IMPEACHMENT TRIAL: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO...
    A visual aid for Republican Senators shown at Tuesday's impeachment trial The second impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump—this time for inciting an insurrection—is underway, with Tuesday bringing four hours of debate on whether it’s constitutional to hold an impeachment trial for someone who is no longer in office. If that sounds familiar, it’s because the Senate already voted once on this question, with five Republicans joining Democrats to say yes, it is. The quality of the Trump team’s argument was previewed when one of the lawyers they cited in a pre-trial document said they misrepresented his work. Assuming Republicans once again join Democrats in moving the trial forward, the coming days will bring up to 16 hours of arguments over two days from both the House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team, followed by up to four hours of questions from senators, possibly followed by debate over whether to allow witnesses...
    After creating a lot of drama and suspicion, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema did the right thing Friday and voted for the Senate resolution to advance President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill. But that vote was just a first step. Final passage is a few weeks away, and beyond the COVID bill, there are numerous other priorities from immigration to voting rights that will probably require Democrats doing something about the filibuster. Which means that so far, all Manchin and Sinema have done is pass the first test. Of the two, Manchin is easier to understand. He represents a state that Donald Trump won by nearly 40 points in November. The situation in West Virginia is so unwelcoming to Democrats that even Governor Jim Justice, who originally ran as a Democrat, became a Republican in order to survive. So, what is Sinema thinking? A plausible if charitable explanation is...
    Republicans are beginning to coalesce around a message for confronting President Biden’s new administration, with one GOP missive stating: “There’s bipartisan agreement. … Joe Biden’s a partisan.” The GOP is hammering Biden’s executive orders, his use of a budgetary maneuver to pass a COVID-19 relief package without Senate Republicans (despite their offers to compromise), and even occasional clashes with the dwindling number of centrist and red-state Democrats on Capitol Hill to undercut the new president’s talk of “unity.” “Biden is starting his presidency as one of the most partisan in history, exposing his campaign pledge to reach across the aisle as another empty promise,” said Republican National Committee Rapid Response Director Tommy Pigott. “In the early hours of the morning, in a vote strictly on party lines, the Senate adopted Bernie Sanders’s budget resolution necessary to force through a partisan bill using the Biden-supported reconciliation process.” Biden, opting against directing...
    Former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Friday that President Donald Trump should use the upcoming Senate impeachment trial to his advantage. Speaking with Newsmax, Navarro argued that this could be a chance for Trump to prove that the 2020 presidential election was rigged for Democrat Joe Biden. “This is a political trial and the Democrats are coming hard at the president on political grounds. And, this is a free pass for the president because they’ve already acquitted him on the Republican side,” Navarro said, noting that 45 Republican senators have indicated that they won’t vote to convict Trump, deeming the impeachment unconstitutional. Trump was impeached last month, after Democrats and some GOP lawmakers accused him of inciting an insurrection by telling a violent crowd of his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol building and stop the certification of Biden’s victory. According to Navarro, since most Republican senators will...
    Emerging from a Friday meeting with President Biden, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse votes to kick Greene off committees over embrace of conspiracy theories Hoyer floor drama: Top Democrat says Greene endangering 'Squad' Impeachment managers call on Trump to testify MORE (D-Calif.) said she is hopeful the House will send a sweeping COVID-19 relief bill to the Senate within two weeks. Biden and congressional Democrats are under enormous pressure to quickly pass the president’s nearly $2 trillion coronavirus package as the death toll continues to climb and millions of Americans remain unemployed. “Hopefully in a two-week period of time we’ll send something over to the Senate,” Pelosi said outside the White House, flanked by other party leaders and the House committee chairmen responsible for writing the legislation. The Speaker said COVID legislation would be passed “long before” March 15, when enhanced unemployment insurance and other crisis-related programs and initiatives are set...
    A key Senate vote early Friday morning paved the way for millions of Americans to get a third stimulus check under President Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief plan. Biden has proposed sending $1,400 to every person who got the first two payments, along with some others who were left out of earlier spending packages. But fewer checks may go out if Republicans and moderate Democrats get their way. And it might take another month for the money to start landing in Americans’ bank accounts. Here’s what we know about who will get the third COVID stimulus checks and when they might arrive. Who will be eligible for a third stimulus check? If Congress approves Biden’s massive spending proposal as written, the money would likely go to every American who already got stimulus checks along with some who didn’t. As it stands now, Biden’s plan would give $1,400 to every adult taxpayer...
    Fox News host Dana Perino said Wednesday that there was no one who could “sit on a fence like Joe Manchin.” Perino joined “The Five” to discuss Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s call for a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package — a move that had been criticized by progressives who wanted to use budget reconciliation to pass President Joe Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion plan. (RELATED: ‘Joe Biden, Will You Ever Talk To Us?’: Dana Perino Notes Media Frustration As Bidens Give First Interview To People Magazine) WATCH: Co-host Juan Williams shared a clip of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who said that Democrats planned to push the plan through with or without Republican support. Williams then turned the question to Perino, asking whether she thought standing in Schumer’s way might put Manchin at any real risk of a more progressive primary challenge. “Dana, let me just start with a...
    The signature early-presidency achievement of former President Barack Obama, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was passed with a parliamentary tool called budget reconciliation which allows lawmakers to circumvent a Senate filibuster.  That may end up being the case for President Biden, too, if Democrats continue on their current path.  Monday afternoon, however, Biden will meet with a few Republican senators in what could be a step to avoiding that and passing a bipartisan bill. A group of 10 Republican senators led by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Sunday announced a proposal for coronavirus relief, which Biden invited them to the White House to discuss Monday.  Those 10 Republicans, plus 50 Senate Democrats, could overcome a filibuster by other Republicans and allow a coronavirus package to get to Biden's desk without needing to go through reconciliation.  Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks during a confirmation hearing for President-elect Joe Biden’s pick...
    Anita Dunn, an adviser to President Joe Biden, believes Democrats can reach bipartisan goals without working with GOP lawmakers in the House and Senate. CNN ran an analysis on Biden’s “rare opportunity for early success” in the first days of his administration on Sunday, citing the “emerging alignment of forces holds the promise of two giant early legislative breakthroughs” in the form of economic and coronavirus relief legislation. Dunn appears to agree that the administration is in a position to score political victories but, per her own words, does not believe it will be entirely necessary for the administration to work with Republican lawmakers to achieve bipartisan goals. “He’s facing the deepest problems but the biggest opportunities of any president probably since FDR,” Dunn said of the 78-year-old president. “Even with narrow majorities in Congress, he has the opportunity to build broad bipartisan support for his program — not necessarily...
    Protestors call for a $15 minimum wage outside of McDonald's corporate headquarters in Chicago on Jan. 15, 2021.Scott Olson | Getty Images A $15 per hour federal minimum wage may be closer than ever, as Democrats in Congress push to pass legislation that includes the pay boost through a sped-up process that doesn't require Republican support. Still, it's unclear if it will work. The $15 federal minimum wage is at the forefront again in Washington after President Joe Biden included a measure to increase the minimum wage in his $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package to help the U.S. economy recover from the impact of the pandemic. In addition, Democrats on Tuesday reintroduced the Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. An earlier version of the act was passed by the House in 2019, but didn't see a vote in the Senate,...
    During an appearance on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Sen. Bernie Sanders claimed that Democratic lawmakers have enough votes to pass a coronavirus relief package without Republican support, Breitbart reported. “Yes, I believe that we do because it’s hard for me to imagine any Democrat, no matter what state he or she may come from, who doesn’t understand the need to go forward right now in an aggressive way to protect the working families of this country,” he said when asked if Democrats have enough support for a relief bill. Sanders noted that there are concerns with the current $1.9 trillion relief proposal but claimed that ultimately, Democratic lawmakers are going to support President Joe Biden’s proposal to provide relief to Americans amid the pandemic. The former presidential candidate said he is “absolutely confident” about his party’s support for the package and argued that lawmakers must make good on the...
    Last week, President Joe Biden signed executive orders that will re-open ObamaCare's insurance exchanges from Feb. 15 through May 15 and direct federal agencies to re-examine some of the health care rules enacted by the Trump administration.  There's a limit to what Biden can accomplish by executive action. But with narrow control of Congress, there's still plenty Democrats can do on health care. Unfortunately, the changes they have in mind won't make health care more affordable, even as they command huge sums of taxpayer money.  Near the top of Biden's agenda are more generous subsidies for coverage sold on the exchanges. Currently, ObamaCare provides premium tax credits to Americans earning between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level, or between about $26,000 and $105,000 for a family of four.   JANICE DEAN: COVID NURSING HOME DEATHS, CUOMO AND THE TRUTH – MY LATE IN-LAWS GAVE ME STRENGTH TO KEEP GOING Biden would like to make all Americans eligible for subsidies, regardless of income. No one...
    Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Sunday of ABC’s “This Week” that he was “absolutely confident” Senate Democrats could pass President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief package without any votes from Republicans. Partial transcript as follows: ANCHOR MARTHA RADDATZ: The Democrats seem prepared to pass Biden’s COVID relief package with or without Republican support, which has been shrinking in recent days. Did  the president overestimate the appetite for bipartisanship? SANDERS: Look, Martha, we all want bipartisanship. And I think you’re going to see more of it as we move down the pipe. You’re going to see bipartisanship on infrastructure. There are a lot of Republicans who are outraged by the high cost of prescription drugs in this country. We pay ten times more than other countries do for certain drugs. We are going to look forward to working with Republicans. But right now this country faces an unprecedented set of crisis. We have...
     Trevor Noah went after members of the Republican Party during Wednesday’s The Daily Show, decrying their inability to accept President Joe Biden’s “unity” promise. “I can see why unity would be very appealing for people right now,” the host said. “But for unity to work, you have to agree on what unity is. And in Washington right now, they’re not even united on that.” The host then played a montage of Republican politicians, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-K) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and other conservative public figures, berating Biden for implementing progressive orders while still promising to unify the divded nation. “This is ridiculous. Apparently Republicans think that ‘unity’ means the Democrats have to act like Republicans?” Noah said after playing a clip of Sean Hannity asking his viewers if they believe Biden’s message of respect and cooperation. The host then pulled out a dictionary to remind viewers that “unity” is not synonymous with the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a sweeping national rescue plan, President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package presents a first political test — of his new administration, of Democratic control of Congress and of the role of Republicans in a post-Trump political landscape. For Biden, the outcome will test the strength of his presidency, his “unity” agenda and whether, after decades of deal-making, he can still negotiate a hard bargain and drive it into law. For House and Senate Democrats with the full sweep of power for the first time in a decade, drafting, amending and passing a recovery package will show Americans if they can lead the government through crisis. And for Republicans, the final roll-call vote will indicate whether they plan to be constructive advocates of the minority party or just-say-no obstructionists without former President Donald Trump. “This is an opportunity for the Democrats to put forward...
    Joe Biden has plans for a major child tax credit expansion. According to recent reports, his administration is calling on Congress to pass legislation that would have the IRS distribute monthly checks directly to parents — $300 ($3,600 annual) for every child younger than six, and $250 for every child age 6 to 17. Republicans seem likely to oppose this proposal on a number of grounds. First, this legislation would add to the existing child tax credit, a $2,000 per child annual partially refundable tax credit, and the Earned Income Tax Credit, which provides additional relief for low-income working individuals and families, predominantly for those with children. Second, this proposal isn’t likely to have a cheap price tag. The current child tax credit “cost” the federal government $118 billion in 2019. Going off a rough estimate, Biden’s proposed expansion is likely to be almost twice that amount. After the fight...
    NAPA — Federal prosecutors have filed charges against a Napa man who was allegedly caught with pipe bombs, and authorities say he is being investigated for possible ties to a far-right militia known as the Three Percenters. Ian Benjamin Rogers, 43, of Napa, was charged with possessing five pipe bombs. According to the criminal complaint, authorities uncovered evidence Rogers was was researching guerrilla warfare and plotting attacks against “Twitter or the democrats.” He also specifically mentioned targeting California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the complaint alleges. According to the FBI, Rogers was motivated by a desire to keep former President Donald Trump in office, based on a belief that the 2020 election results were a sham. The complaint alleges a search of his home yielded indicia tied to the Three Percenters, and a novelty credit card with the words “white privilege card” printed on it. “Further, text messages recovered from Roger’s phone...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said that "simple arithmetic" assures the legislative filibuster -- a 60-vote procedural hurdle for bills in the upper chamber -- remains safe for the time being. McConnell, R-Ky., made the statement after retracting a demand that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., agree in writing to preserve the filibuster for this Congress. The demand was no longer necessary, McConnell said, because at least two other Democratic senators said they would not vote to get rid of the provision. In a 50-50 Senate, that would assure Schumer wouldn't be able to get rid of the legislative filibuster if he tried.  McConnell and other Republicans have been adamant about protecting the filibuster as a bulwark against simple majority rule in the Senate, even as many Democrats have clamored to get rid of it in order to usher through major agenda items.  FILE - In...
    Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinJustice watchdog to probe whether officials sought to interfere with election Moderates vow to 'be a force' under Biden Skepticism reigns as Biden, McConnell begin new era MORE (D-Ill.) said Tuesday that Democrats can use a special process known as budget reconciliation to increase the minimum wage to President Biden’s proposed target of $15 an hour without any Republican votes. Durbin, who has served in the Senate since 1997 and is a veteran of many budget and procedural battles, said a minimum wage increase falls within the parameters of budget reconciliation. That means Democrats would be able to pass it in the Senate with a simple-majority vote, instead of the 60 normally needed to advance legislation. “It’s being discussed. I don’t know that a final decision has been reached,” Durbin said of the possibility of increasing the minimum wage through the budget reconciliation process. He affirmed that...
    During an interview aired on Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that one way Democrats can make up for the large amount of judges that were confirmed by the Senate Republican majority would be for Democrats to add seats at the district and circuit court levels. Host Rachel Maddow asked, “For decades, there will be — essentially, the judiciary will be stacked with conservatives. How do you try to make up some of that ground?” Schumer first responded that Democrats can fill judicial vacancies with 51 votes. He continued, “Second, traditionally, we have increased the number in the lower and circuit courts. I have in the city of Buffalo a huge — they don’t have enough judges. There’s this long line before you can get to court. Because they don’t have enough. So, we could expand those, relative –.” After Maddow cut...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said a power-sharing agreement Monday night between Republicans and Democrats in the upper chamber can go forward after two Democrats announced their opposition to ending the legislative filibuster. The agreement would enable the Senate, split 50-50 between the parties, to organize and allow Democrats to begin to take control of key committees. While Democrats will control the floor and run committees, their control is relatively vague because of the equal number of Republican and Democratic senators. “Today two Democratic senators publicly confirmed they will not vote to end the legislative filibuster. They agree with President Biden’s and my view that no Senate majority should destroy the right of future minorities of both parties to help shape legislation,” McConnell said in a statement. “The legislative filibuster was a key part of the foundation beneath the Senate’s last 50-50 power-sharing agreement in 2001," he added. "With these...
    Meghan McCain said Monday that Democrats were missing an opportunity to attract disenfranchised Republicans. McCain brought up the topic on both ABC’s “The View” and her personal Twitter account, saying that calls for “unity” were being undermined by people who suggested that the 74 million Americans who voted for former President Donald Trump had been brainwashed or needed to be “deprogrammed.” (RELATED: ‘I Was Lied To’: Meghan McCain Lashes Out At Biden, Fauci And Amazon Over COVID Hypocrisy) “It’s arguably the most condescending language ever used towards 74 million Americans and that is a very, very low bar to break…” McCain tweeted Monday morning. On one hand we’re supposed to “heal and have unity” – on the other were all brainwashed and need to be “deprogrammed”? (whatever the hell that means) It’s arguably the most condescending language ever used towards 74 million Americans and that is a very, very low...
    "The View" co-host Meghan McCain said Monday that liberals like Katie Couric and others who had called for the "deprogamming" of some Donald Trump supporters could "go to hell." McCain said she thought there would be a stronger desire for unity from Democrats in the aftermath of President Biden's election win, but she said the language from liberals had been more concerned with dehumanizing Trump supporters, which she called dangerous for Democrats and the country. Couric and several others, including McCain's "The View" colleague Sunny Hostin, have referred to Trump backers as "brainwashed" or in need of "deprogramming" in the past two weeks. "If you don't care about unity you should care about the politics of this, because right now there is a vacuum to pick up the four people — four in ten Republicans who feel very disenfranchised, and if President Biden and Democrats want to have a big tent...
    (CNN)Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the incoming chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said Sunday that Democrats would use a rare procedural tactic to pass major parts of a Covid-19 relief package if Republicans refuse to move on the measure.Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" that Democrats will use the move -- known as reconciliation -- "as soon as we possibly can" to pass the package by 51 votes in the Senate, rather than 60, if Republicans don't move the legislation."What we cannot do is wait weeks and weeks and months and months to go forward. We have got to act now," he said.Republicans used the reconciliation process when they attempted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in 2017 in the Senate. The GOP successfully used the process months later to overhaul the country's tax code, which passed...
    New York (CNN Business)Stocks have surged since Election Day and are near record highs. Wall Street is clearly a fan of President Joe Biden's new administration -- and it's largely because of growing hope that moderates in both parties will continue to call the shots.Yes, Democrats now have control of the Senate thanks to the tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris, but that's a razor-thin majority. And they lost House seats in the election, narrowing their own majority there.Investors are hoping that could lead to a compromise on a Covid-19 stimulus bill, albeit perhaps smaller than the $1.9 trillion package Biden has pushed. And for those who worried a more decisive blue wave would lead Biden to embrace more progressive policies, they can breathe a little easier now. Georgia election wins give Biden a mandate -- and mounting expectationsProgressive agenda pushed to back burner?Stimulus is likely to take...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — So what does a 50-50 Senate get President-elect Joe Biden? Washington has barely had time to process the implications of Democratic control after two Georgia runoff elections that are delivering the Senate to Democrats. Hours after the races were decided, a mob of zealots ransacked the U.S. Capitol and reshaped the national and political landscape. The unexpected new balance of power giving Democrats only the barest control of Congress has big consequences for the president-elect — easy confirmation of his Cabinet most importantly — but the road ahead for his ambitious legislative agenda remains complicated and murky. Republicans remain poised to block most of Biden’s proposals, just as they thwarted much of President Barack Obama’s efforts on Capitol Hill. But 50/50 control permits action on special legislation that can’t be filibustered, and momentum for the popular parts of COVID-19 relief could easily propel an early...
    Are Republicans going to help Democrats save the republic, or have they abandoned democratic order for authoritarianism? That’s one question that will define the Joe Biden presidency and next generation of America—one that the incoming president should diplomatically, but forcefully, challenge the GOP to answer in his upcoming inaugural address. Then, he should reassert his presidential thesis: The Democratic objective—to quell domestic extremism, the pandemic, and its explosive economic inequality—must be a bipartisan American imperative. And this can’t be an olive branch alone but also an ultimatum: If you don’t disown Trumpism, we will brand you forever as the authoritarian party. The Republican Party’s anti-democratic fanaticism clearly helped Democrats secure their long-shot twin Georgia victories and a tenuous Senate majority for the next two years. The malicious declarations of fraud since Election Day, veteran Georgia political reporter Greg Bluestein told me, certainly peeled away more traditionally Republican voters in the...
    Joe Manchin, the most conservative Democrat in a split Senate, is signaling that he’ll be a check on liberal climate change policies such as a mandate for carbon-free electricity. “You cannot eliminate your way to a cleaner environment. You can innovate your way. That is the difference in some people’s aspirational goals,” Manchin told the Washington Examiner in an interview. Manchin, who represents the coal state of West Virginia, is perhaps the most powerful man in Washington, where the Democrats control the Senate but only by the thread of a tiebreak vote from Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Manchin’s control over climate change policy is especially significant because he is set to be the chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where he was the top-ranked Democrat last Congress. President-elect Joe Biden, in response to pressure from liberals, proposed the most aggressive agenda ever to combat climate change. Biden promised...
    Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Thomas Saylor, a Republican, will leave the court this year when he hits the mandatory retirement age of 75. Democrats currently hold a 5-2 majority on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, but they could strengthen their grip further in November because Republican Justice Thomas Saylor will hit the mandatory retirement age of 75 this year, creating an open seat. At least two Democrats and one Republican who currently sit on the Superior Court, the more prominent of the state's two intermediate appellate courts, are already running for Saylor's seat, while the AP reports that one GOP judge on Pennsylvania's other appellate court, the Commonwealth Court, is considering. Primaries are scheduled for May 18, though state parties will convene before then to consider endorsements, which could clear the field on either side. Democrats won a trio of races to flip the court in 2015, which opened the way...
    More On: joe biden Joe Biden to unveil COVID-19 economic relief plan worth ‘trillions’ Georgia lawyer among first to charge Capitol calls rioters ‘tourists’ Here’s how New York can get its shot together — and finally beat COVID-19 These Trump policies reduced economic inequality — will Biden dare to keep them? President Joe Biden will have both houses of Congress in his corner — by some of the narrowest margins in history — but that is not a free pass, experts say. “Unified government isn’t enough to let a party pass their legislative dreams into reality,” James Curry, a congressional scholar at the University of Utah, told The Post. When Georgia’s runoff races flipped two red Senate seats blue Tuesday, Congress’s upper body split 50-50. With soon-to-be-veep Kamala Harris as Senate tie-breaker, Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer will assume operational control — but only barely. “The Georgia results make Sens....
    Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock greet each other onstage at an event in Stonecrest, Georgia, on Dec. 28, 2020. Paras Griffin/Getty Images Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff's victories in Georgia's Jan. 5 run-off election will put the Democrats in control of the Senate. But it's unclear how quickly they will be sworn in. Once they are seated, the Senate will be split 50-50, with 50 Republicans, 48 Democrats, and two independents who caucus with the Democrats. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will hold the tie-breaking vote after she is sworn in on Jan. 20. Georgia counties have until Jan. 15 to certify their results, and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has until Jan. 22 to certify the election results for the state. Raffensperger told CNN he would complete the process "as soon as we can" but did not commit to an exact date. With less than...
    Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA Nancy Pelosi spoke to the head of the US military on Friday, seeking assurance that Donald Trump will not be able to launch a nuclear strike during his last days in office. Related: Effort to impeach Trump again gathers pace after ‘attempted coup’ at Capitol At the end of a bizarre and dangerous week in which the US Capitol was stormed by supporters of the president, in an attack that left five people dead and prompted widespread calls for his immediate removal, the House speaker told Democrats she had called Gen Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Amid rising tensions with Iran and other foreign policy challenges, Pelosi sought to “to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike”. A spokesman for Milley confirmed the conversation. “Speaker Pelosi...
    House Democrats are meeting in the Capitol Friday to discuss a plan to rush through articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in the final 13 days of his presidency – with leaders saying the votes are likely there for it. Leaders of both chambers, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Leader Charles Schumer – said they would support impeachment if Vice President Mike Pence fails to act with the Trump cabinet under the 25th amendment to strip him of authority following the Capitol riot on Wednesday. Pence appears not to be interested in that route – rebuffing a call from the two leaders Thursday morning. Yesterday, two Trump cabinet members who would vote in a 25th Amendment scenario, Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, announced their resignations – taking them out of the mix of cabinet members who could vote to strip away power.  Speaker of...
    The Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff owe a debt of gratitude to one man who probably did more than anyone else to help the two Democrats be elected Tuesday to the U.S. Senate from Georgia. That man? Donald J. Trump. And in the same way, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. can thank President Trump for a big job promotion. With the election of Warnock and Ossoff, Schumer will advance from Senate minority leader to majority leader. The Senate will now have 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans, enabling soon-to-be Vice President Kamala Harris to cast the tie-breaking vote to put Democrats in charge. The new Democratic majority in the Senate will help incoming President Joe Biden deal with the coronavirus pandemic, economic crisis, and other major problems left for him by Trump. That’s good news not just for Biden but for our nation. FOX NEWS PROJECTS OSSOFF AS WINNER OF GEORGIA...
    Dimitrios Manis/ZUMA 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.Now that Jon Ossoff has defeated Republican incumbent David Perdue in the Georgia Senate runoff, what will Democrats do with control of both houses of Congress for the first time since President Obama’s first term? Mother Jones voting rights reporter Ari Berman has been tracking major legislative proposals to expand ballot access and even the political playing field. But for Democrats to enact H.R. 1, the big voting rights bill that passed in the House of Representatives in 2019 but failed to pass in the Senate, and other key legislation, they’ll have to get rid of the filibuster first. Listen to the latest episode of the Mother Jones Podcast: Subscribe using Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app. “This was a referendum on...
    Employees of a U.S. company work on the construction of the border wall between Columbus, state of New Mexico, United States, and Puerto Palomas de Villa, municipality of Ascension, State of Chihuahua, Mexico (L), on November 30, 2020. The spending bill finally signed into law by impeached president Donald Trump late last month contained nearly $1.4 billion for border fencing—a stupid, wasteful, and frankly insulting move, considering how many families are still suffering after receiving a pittance of $600 in survival checks (that is, if they were even eligible). Border Report says that House Democrats initially included zero dollars for the wall, but were forced to compromise with Republicans who threatened to torpedo the whole package. But with Joe Biden set to take office in just over two weeks, a Texas Democrat from the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee said that because the bill’s text doesn’t include the word “wall” (it’s unclear if that was intentional),...
    President-elect Joe Biden speaks in Atlanta, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, as he campaigns for Georgia Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.Carolyn Kaster | AP President-elect Joe Biden went to Atlanta on Monday to do more than boost the two Democrats in Tuesday's runoff Senate races. As he stumped for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, Biden stressed that votes in Georgia will ripple beyond the Peach State to shape the success of the incoming president's agenda nationwide. "By electing Jon and the reverend, you can break the gridlock that has gripped Washington and this nation," Biden said. "With their votes in the Senate, we'll be able to make the progress we need to make on jobs and health care and justice and the environment and so many other things." If Democrats Ossoff and Warnock beat Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, respectively, Biden's party will control...
            by Jeff Kilgore  Joe Biden wants to offer amnesty to 11 million illegal aliens. And Georgia’s senators are the only ones who can stop him – or provide him the votes to get it. Incumbent Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue will face off against Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff Tuesday. If the Democrats win both Georgia runoffs, the Senate will be split 50-50, and Kamala Harris will hold the tie-breaking vote on a range of critical legislation, including an amnesty bill. If Georgia’s Republican senators win, on the other hand, they can block Democrats’ schemes. Senators Loeffler and Perdue both have strong records on standing up against illegal immigration. Sen. Loeffler has an A+ rating from immigration reduction group NumbersUSA. Sen. Perdue also scores high marks on his legislative actions. Both incumbents are worlds better on immigration than their Democratic opponents. Ossoff...
    The Governor of Massachusetts vetoed progressive abortion bill on Christmas Eve, but Democratic state lawmakers pushed the law through the state legislature Monday and Tuesday. The ROE Act lowers the age for young girls to get abortions without the consent of a parent or a judge from from 18 to 16, according to NBC Boston. The legislation will also allow abortions after 24 weeks if the unborn baby suffered from fetal anomalies, such as Down Syndrome, or if “necessary, in the best medical judgment of the physician, to preserve the patient’s physical or mental health,” according to the Telegram.(RELATED: Pennsylvania Gov Vetoes Bill That Would Have Protected Babies With Down Syndrome From Abortion) Republican Gov. Charlie Baker took issue specifically with the lowering of the age limit for young girls seeking abortions. In a statement explaining his decision to veto the bill, Baker said he “cannot support the sections of...
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said the Democratic Party is weaponizing the U.S. education system to convert young hearts and minds to its ideology. The Georgia Republican delivered the scathing assessment of his political opponents in an interview with the Guardian on Tuesday “What you have, I think, is a Democratic Party driven by a cultural belief system that they’re now trying to drive through the school system so they can brainwash the entire next generation if they can get away with it,” he said. Drawing a sharp contrast with the Republicans, whom Gingrich predicted would become the "commonsense reform party," the 77-year-old argued that what he views as the Democrats' authoritarian proclivities would render the party ineffectual with respect to governance. "You look at these Democratic governors who are petty dictators, and you look at the challenges facing us — whether it’s a collapsing education system, a collapsing infrastructure,...
    Reuters December 24, 2020 0 Comments Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) says Democrats’ slim majority in the House, and possibly a 50-50 split in the Senate, will give progressive lawmakers more leverage to force President-elect Joe Biden to make concessions to them on policies. Omar re-tweeted a user who shared an article that said Biden was “unlikely” to cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt with an executive order. The user said, “‘We’ll be able to push Biden left!!’ yeah ok…” However, Omar commented, “Yes we can, with a slim Dem majority in the next Congress, anything can be possible.” “It will literally take five courageous progressives members to get concessions on progressive policies,” she added. Yes we can, with a slim Dem majority in the next Congress, anything can be possible. It will literally take five courageous progressives members to get concessions on progressive policies. https://t.co/ynTyKKQRD8— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 24,...
    Sen. Mitch McConnell. Congressional negotiators are reportedly close to a deal on COVID-19 stimulus, a mere seven months after the House passed the HEROES Act. The December deal will likely come in at around a third of the size of the HEROES Act and take effect after the long months of Senate Republican inaction have pushed up to 8 million people into poverty. The details reportedly include direct payments to individuals of around $600, far less than the already inadequate $1,200 included in the March CARES Act, along with extended unemployment benefits—months after the $600 per week expanded aid expired. An earlier version of a proposed deal added $300 per week for 16 weeks. The deal also reportedly includes extra money for the Paycheck Protection Program, despite its many failures. (Disclosure: Kos Media received a Paycheck Protection Program loan.) Vaccine distribution, education, and health care are likely also on the list. Democrats and Republicans are each giving up a priority,...
    The incoming Biden administration is talking a good game about outreach to rural areas. Those areas, which mostly voted Republican this year, have a right to be skeptical of such outreach, as the Democrats are increasingly the party of urban blue dots—with the policies and the values to match. Even so, it’s possible to see the makings of a grand bargain, in which liberal blue dots subsidize conservative red regions—for the sake of combating climate change. Such a bargain could be a win-win for both sides: Rich Democrats alleviate their guilt over climate change, while hard-pressed Republicans provide the solution to the problem—and collect the money. On Dec. 8, Rep. Cedric Richmond, who is resigning his New Orleans-based House seat to run “public engagement” for the White House, laid out the Biden approach: “We’re not elected just to help Democrats or urban cities or minorities. We were elected to help...
    Washington (CNN)It's now time for congressional leaders to finally show their cards -- and make some critical decisions.With government funding running out Friday night, lawmakers have to release a massive, $1.4 trillion package as soon as Tuesday if it has any chance of passing Congress and keeping agencies from shutting down by the weekend.That means Americans could learn Tuesday whether leaders on Capitol Hill have agreed to provide desperately needed relief since congressional leaders want to add the Covid-19 provisions onto the omnibus spending package.Or struggling Americans could once again be disappointed if there's no agreement and they're forced to wait even longer as lawmakers continue to haggle.If congressional leaders are still at an impasse, Congress may have to pass yet another short-term stopgap resolution to give them more time to find an agreement.Read MoreIt's clear to virtually everyone in Washington that a deal is within reach that includes several...
    The balance of power in the Senate, along with how much Joe Biden can accomplish during his first term as president, will be determined solely by a two-race election in Georgia held on Jan. 5. Ironically, the Georgia law requiring a runoff race when no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote in the general election was specifically designed by racist lawmakers to disenfranchise the Black vote. The conventional thinking has always been that high turnout benefits Democrats while lower-turnout elections, like a runoff, help Republicans. While the GOP is a smaller group, its constituents are more likely to vote. This ploy has worked in years past. In 1992, the last time a Democratic presidential candidate won Georgia, Democratic Sen. Wyche Fowler Jr. ran six points ahead of Bill Clinton on Election Day. However, during the runoff, not enough Democratic voters showed up. Fowler Jr. wound up losing to his Republican opponent. For the runoff this January, however,...
              Joe Biden reportedly doesn’t want civil rights leaders to discuss defunding the police until after the Georgia U.S. Senate runoffs have concluded. This, for fear that such rhetoric will scare off Georgia voters and prevent Democrats from controlling the U.S. Senate next year. Friday’s New York Times reported that Biden said the following: “I also don’t think we should get too far ahead of ourselves on dealing with police reform in that, because they’ve already labeled us as being ‘defund the police’…Anything we put forward in terms of the organizational structure to change policing — which I promise you, will occur. Promise you. Just think to yourself and give me advice whether we should do that before Jan. 5.” As reported, U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), are on the January 5, 2021 ballot for the U.S. Senate...
    California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the oldest member of the Senate, is defending her work habits and effectiveness – after reports of excruciating conversations with fellow Democrats about her ability to perform her duties.  'I do. I work hard. I have good staff. I think I am productive. And I represent the people of California as well as I possibly can,' the 87-year old former mayor of San Francisco told CNN, asked if she could carry out her duties. The soft-spoken Feinstein said she didn't find a devastating New Yorker profile of her fair.  'I am productive. And I represent the people of California as well as I possibly can,' Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 87, said after a report about 'painful' conversations with her about stepping aside from her committee chairmanship 'No, not particularly. No one talked to me,' she said, although the piece reported that her staff had declined to...
    Attorney Kevin Hamilton, representing Democratic Party electors for Joe Biden, told a Nevada court in Carson City on Thursday that ballots cast by people who have died are still legal votes as long as they mailed them before death. Hamilton was responding to claims by attorney Jessie Binnall, representing Republicans and electors for President Donald Trump, who claimed that 1,500 ballots were cast in the state by people listed as dead by the Social Security Administration. -2,468 votes by voters that legally changed their address to another state or country-Appx 42k voters who voted twice in NV-Appx 1,500 voters listed as deceased by the SSA-Almost 20k NV voters with a non NV mailing address-Appx 6k USPS flags on vacant addresses — Nevada GOP (@NVGOP) December 3, 2020 However, Hamilton replied that Trump”s lawyers had failed to prove the votes cast by dead people were invalid, and that their witness, former Republican National...
    Barack Obama said in an interview released Thursday morning that black men could be prompted to vote for Donald Trump because he is the 'stereotypical macho' public figure who acts 'tough.' 'Well, look, I think men generally are more susceptible to public figures who act tough, sort of a stereotypical macho style. I don't think Black men are immune to that any more than white or Hispanic men are,' the former president told Snapchat's 'Good Luck America' in part two of the three-part interview. Obama also warned Democrats not to take the black vote, or any group, for granted and assume they always have certain demographics' vote assured. 'We can't generalize and just assume, well, we got Black folks in our pockets or we've got Hispanics locked up,' Obama said. 'And for that matter, we shouldn't assume that we can't win white men.' He added: 'The one thing that the...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump Cruz urges Supreme Court to take up Pennsylvania election challenge MORE says he thinks he can work with Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPressure builds for coronavirus relief with no clear path to deal Top GOP senator warns government funding deal unlikely this week Criminal justice groups offer support for Durbin amid fight for Judiciary spot MORE (R-Ky.), despite strong skepticism among other Democrats about getting bills passed in a Republican-controlled Senate next year. “There are a number of things that when McConnell controlled the Senate that people said couldn’t get done, and I was able to get them done with [him.] I was able to get them to, you know, raise taxes on the wealthy,” Biden told New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, apparently...
    Sen. Joe Manchin said he cannot fathom the possibility that tens of millions of people were fearful or angry enough with the Democratic Party to vote for President Trump. The centrist Democrat from West Virginia, who announced earlier this month he would not support Democratic efforts to end the legislative filibuster or pack the Supreme Court, talked to the New York Times about his thoughts on the 2020 election. "I just can’t believe that 72 million people were either that mad or that scared of the Democrat Party to vote for what I consider a very flawed individual. Here’s a person who lost 230,000 lives under his watch, basically denounced the science completely because it might hurt him politically, has a lack of compassion or empathy for humans, and denigrates anybody and everybody that does not agree with him. How 72 million people could still walk in and say,...
    Biden can't start restoring the federal judiciary without them. Senator-elect Mark Kelly will be sworn in on Wednesday at noon when he becomes Sen. Mark Kelly, dropping Sen. Mitch McConnell's majority by one vote, 52-48. That's one vote closer to President-elect Joe Biden being able to repair the damage done to the federal judiciary by McConnell and Trump, and highlight how absolutely essential it is that Democrats win the two Senate seats in Georgia. Because without them, the McConnell blockade will be back. The usual suspects among Republicans—Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Mitt Romney—say they'll allow Biden's Cabinet picks, but judicial nominees are a whole different ball game, being McConnell's single focus. Sen. Dick Durbin, the Democrat who is vying for the top slot on the Judiciary Committee after Sen. Dianne Feinstein (finally) ceded that spot, is not optimistic, telling Politico that Biden will have "very little" impact on the...
    (CNN)On the Sunday afternoon before the presidential election, I was driving through a typically quiet South Miami suburb with my mother when a Trump caravan bulldozed past us. Hundreds of cars drove past with Cuban flags, Gadsden flags, bullhorns and massive "Keep America Great" posters -- in a seemingly infinite parade. I stared in horror as my mother shouted in fury from the safety of her car. Trump sycophants had set up beach chairs along the sidewalk. With drinks in hand, they cheered on the cavalcade of maskless Donald Trump fans en route to Trump's campaign finale in South Florida, a midnight rally at Miami Opa-Locka Executive Airport. I had read about pro-Trump caravans, but I had never witnessed them. And I especially had never seen one in my hometown, Miami, a city known as a Democratic enclave that routinely delivers a large portion of Democratic votes in the swing...
    According to a new Rasmussen Poll, 61% of Republicans think it is “very likely” that Democrats stole the election.   Really, why wouldn’t they?  For four years, Democrats and their handmaidens in the liberal media have lied their heads off, spinning false narratives aimed at undermining President Trump. Why would Trump supporters trust them now?  VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: POLITICIZING CORONAVIRUS – THE REASONS AMERICANS ARE SKEPTICAL OF 'EXPERTS' The Russian collusion story, which the president rightfully deemed a “hoax,” was the granddaddy of misinformation campaigns. It led to the appointment of a special counsel and an exhausting investigation that ensnared and ruined the lives of entirely blameless people like retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and his son.   As Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Ala., said, after the release of transcripts showed that Obama officials and Democrats knew they were peddling falsehoods, “It is now clear that Adam Schiff lied to his colleagues, that he lied to the media, and that he lied to the American...
    As Joe Biden assumes the responsibilities of the presidency, his press operation is already being asked to confront a perennial debate: What, exactly, should it do about Fox News? The cable news behemoth has vexed prior Democratic administrations, darting between acting as the voice of the opposition and a legitimate news outlet with the nation’s largest audience. But a series of recent developments—including growing animosity between President Donald Trump and some of the more straight-faced personalities at Fox News—has changed the dynamics of this particular political-media nexus. And it has sparked a renewed argument among Biden allies and White House veterans about how and whether he should engage the network more fully. For a cadre of top party leaders, the answer is obvious and made all the more apparent by the disappointments Democrats suffered down the ballot this cycle. “Everyone on our side wonders how 70 million people could have...
    Getty Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is backing the White House’s call to repurpose unused Federal Reserve relief funds for a targeted coronavirus stimulus package. McConnell discussed the strategy with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday, November 20, according to Stars and Stripes. The Senate majority leader announced later that day his support for Mnuchin’s proposal to repurpose leftover funds allocated for Federal Reserve loan guarantees, small business aid and other pandemic relief programs. “Congress should repurpose this money toward the kinds of urgent, important and targeted relief measures that Republicans have been trying to pass for months, but which Democrats have repeatedly blocked with all-or-nothing demands,” McConnell said in the online press release. Stars and Stripes reported that $580 billion funds currently remain unused. The Federal Reserve has since declared it would “comply” with Mnuchin’s request to “return the unused funds that...
    Atlanta, Georgia (CNN)As the nation eyes Georgia with its pair of upcoming US Senate runoffs, a victory for Democrats could hinge on the same Black women who helped flip the state blue in the presidential election. Leadership from Stacey Abrams, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, LaTosha Brown, Nse Ufot and a reliable force of Black female voters who overwhelming voted for President-elect Joe Biden will remain critical to Democrats' chances of gaining control of the US Senate on January 5. The runoff includes a race between Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, and a matchup with GOP Sen. David Perdue and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff.Black female leaders and organizers say years of voter registration drives at churches and community events, and knocking on doors in Black and Latino neighborhoods paid off when Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris won Georgia. And they believe they can do...
    Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus reacted on Twitter late Wednesday to the election situation in Wisconsin. At a special meeting that lasted more than five hours, Democrats on the state elections commission sought to change recount guidelines after the Trump 2020 Campaign filed a petition to review the state’s votes in Dane and Milwaukee counties. “Let’s get this straight,” Priebus wrote. “The Trump campaign sent the Wis Election Comm. $3 mil and filed its petition for a recount. Then the WEC immediately called a special meeting to change certain recount rules that deal with the issues brought up in the petition? You can’t make this up!” That meeting in the state capital of Madison turned into a “partisan brawl,” with three Republicans and three Democrats arguing over how clerks should conduct the recount amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. TRUMP CAMPAIGN SPENDS $3M TO...
    Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus reacted on Twitter late Wednesday to the election situation in Wisconsin. At a special meeting that lasted more than five hours, Democrats on the state elections commission sought to change recount guidelines after the Trump 2020 Campaign filed a petition to review the state’s votes in Dane and Milwaukee counties. “Let’s get this straight,” Priebus wrote. “The Trump campaign sent the Wis Election Comm. $3 mil and filed its petition for a recount. Then the WEC immediately called a special meeting to change certain recount rules that deal with the issues brought up in the petition? You can’t make this up!” That meeting in the state capital of Madison turned into a “partisan brawl,” with three Republicans and three Democrats arguing over how clerks should conduct the recount amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. TRUMP CAMPAIGN SPENDS $3M TO...
    In 1980, Democratic President Jimmy Carter lost in a landslide to Ronald Reagan, 489-49 in the Electoral College. So naturally, Democrats concluded that Reagan had committed treason in order to steal the election, to wit: His campaign had conspired with Iranian ayatollahs to prevent 52 American hostages from being released until after the election. And who can blame them? Carter’s economic policies had produced a 21 percent interest rate, a 17 percent mortgage rate and a 15 percent inflation rate in the coveted “hat trick” of presidential incompetence. His brilliant strategic ploy of abandoning the Shah of Iran had led to a 154 percent spike in oil prices and Islamic lunatics seizing our embassy and holding Americans hostage in Tehran, where they remained for 444 days, until Carter was safely removed from office. With all that going for them — plus that old Mondale magic — Democrats were dumbstruck that...
    As Georgia descends into two bitter runoffs that will determine the fate of the Senate’s control, Democrats will have to fight off a history that has trended against them.  With no candidate earning a majority in the general election, the races between Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff and the race between Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock will be decided in a special election on Jan. 5, under Georgia’s unique election laws.  In the general, Ossoff trailed Perdue by nearly 87,000 votes, 1.76 percentage points. Warnock was ahead of Loeffler by nearly 344,000 votes, or 7.01 points. But there were 20 candidates in that race and two Republican frontrunners, Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins, who earned 19.95 percent of the vote.  Joe Biden is projected to win Georgia amid a hand recount, as Georgia’s law requiring a plurality of votes for a win doesn’t apply to...
    President-elect Joe Biden has plans to make the Affordable Care Act stronger and better for more people. Since the U.S. Supreme Court seems unlikely at this point to do Donald Trump's bidding and toss the law, there remains one obstacle: A Republican Senate. That is, unless Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock win the runoff election on Jan. 5, and Sen. Mitch McConnell loses his majority. Bidencare, as he’s calling it, would make some of the fixes that Republican congresses have refused to allow in the past decade to extend access to coverage to every person residing legally in the U.S.—about 24 million people who are currently uninsured, the Urban Institute estimates. The big way he would achieve that is finally adding the public option to the marketplace for the 12 million people who buy insurance on the individual market. It's a Medicare-like program that would also extend coverage to people...
    Republicans have their eyes on the House majority in 2022, but Democrats hope they can defy recent history and maintain control. Democrats are in the midst of figuring out why they may have lost as many as 13 House seats after ballot counting is complete in all races. Speculation over Democrats’ failure to protect newly flipped blue districts and target competitive red districts ranges from wrong messaging to the failure to do enough for vulnerable freshman Democrats competing in districts President Trump won in 2016. House Democrats pointed fingers at each other immediately following the election over who was to blame for the striking losses, with Rep. Abigail Spanberger claiming more leftist Democratic lawmakers who touted “socialism” and “defunding of the police” made reelection efforts difficult for her and other members. The Virginia Democrat, among others, warned that such messaging would only hurt more Democrats in future...
    The Democrats’ election performance was disappointing.   Not only did Joe Biden’s narrower-than-expected victory not coincide with the down-ballot blue wave that Democrats anticipated, but it is also clear that Donald Trump would have been reelected, most likely easily, if not for the coronavirus pandemic and the economic downturn that followed.  The first in-depth post-election poll – which was conducted among 1,000 national respondents on Nov. 8-9, 2020, by our firm, Schoen Cooperman Research (SCR) in order to lend an explanation to Democrats’ relatively poor election performance – reveals that voters view the Democratic party as too left-wing and out-of-touch. Yet, the Republican party is seen as striking a more appropriate balance, and as ideologically closer to the electorate.  KRISTEN DAY & XAVIER BISITS: ABORTION ISSUE COSTS DEMOCRATS HISPANIC VOTES Despite the structural challenges facing Trump in the election, the perception of the Democratic party’s leftward movement and the relative weakness of the Democrats’ economic message, as well as the relative strength of the Republican message, proved to be...
    If this month’s election is any guide, state and local politics bode ill for progressive Dems. New York Democrats overreached, and their miscalculations are instructive for how future campaigns, especially the upcoming New York City mayoral race, can be won. Whether because they feared for their left flanks, or because they’re deluded by enormous self-regard in an echo chamber of tweets, New York Democrats abandoned common sense in favor of radical policies that endanger our communities. So-called bail reform, anti-police measures, unrealistic housing regulations, out-of-control spending and vile rhetoric have emerged as Albany’s and City’s Hall’s routine agenda. These reckless Democratic policies have cost us citizens, of course, but now they have also cost them — the politicians. Maybe now they’ll learn. It’ll take time to confirm results, but our local politics are showing early signs of trending back to the middle. The full diversity of New York City includes...
    Rep. Rashida Tlaib rejected criticisms from centrist Democrats who blamed progressive rhetoric for a disappointing election performance in the House and doubled down on far-left policies. “We're not going to be successful if we're silencing districts like mine,” the Michigan Democrat and member of the “Squad” told Politico this week. “Me not being able to speak on behalf of many of my neighbors right now, many of which are Black neighbors, means me being silenced. I can't be silent.” Tlaib added: “We are not interested in unity that asks people to sacrifice their freedom and their rights any longer. And if we truly want to unify our country, we have to really respect every single voice. We say that so willingly when we talk about Trump supporters, but we don't say that willingly for my Black and brown neighbors and from LGBTQ neighbors or marginalized people.” Last week, some...
    (CNN)In the wake of the 2020 election -- and disappointing seat losses in the House -- congressional Democrats are in the midst of an intensifying battle between its moderate and liberal wings. Moderates like Rep. Abigail Spanberger (Virginia) are suggesting that liberals in safe Democratic seats are endangering the party's majority by touting signals like "defund the police" and pushing for legislation like the "Green New Deal." That provoked a response from New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who insisted that liberals in the party were responsible for the energy (and success) of the party in recent years.In an attempt to better understand both sides of the argument, I am reaching out to prominent figures on both sides of the party to talk about how they see not just the 2020 election but also the future for Democrats. Today is the first of those conversations; I talked with Matt Bennett, the...
    Fox News cut away from Kayleigh McEnany's press conference Monday afternoon saying they 'can't in good countenance continue showing this' as she made a series of baseless claims that Democrats 'welcome fraud and illegal voting'.  The conservative network refused to air the entire briefing from the Trump administration, breaking away from the president's press secretary moments after she launched into a number of claims - none of which have yet been backed up by evidence.   This comes after at least seven television networks including CBS, ABC and NBC, cut off Donald Trump's White House address Thursday evening to fact check him with many calling out his 'falsehoods'. It also marks the latest move from Rupert Murdoch's media empire to distance itself from Trump, as several of its conservative media outlets appear to have switched their messaging in the days after the election.   Fox News cut away from Kayleigh McEnany's press...
    Joe Biden campaigns in Georgia shortly before Election Day 2020. It’s almost hard to believe: Joe Biden is on the verge of turning Georgia blue, making him the first Democratic candidate for president to do so since 1992. It caps a remarkable transformation for a fast-diversifying state that had long seemed on the brink of flipping but had never quite gotten there—until now. It also has enormous implications for the future of our country. Biden’s impending Peach State victory is icing on his electoral cake, of course, since he’s already locked down the 270 electoral votes that have made him president-elect. (And how was your Saturday? Mine was pretty swell!) The most important thing it signals, rather, is that Democrats can win the two all-important runoffs for the Senate that are slated for Jan. 5. The math is simple: Republicans currently hold or lead in races for 50...
    Savannah Rychcik November 8, 2020 0 Comments House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) insists the “defund the police” expression affected some Democratic candidates’ reelection chances in this past election. He noted when the “defund the police” slogan appeared while Democratic Senate challenger Jaime Harrison appeared on TV, he “started to plateau.” “That stuff hurt Jaimie and that’s why I spoke out against it a long time ago. I’ve always said that these headlines can kill a political effort,” Clyburn said. He added, “We are all about making headway, and I just hope that going forward we will think about each one of these Congressional districts and let people represent their districts.” Check out his remarks below: WATCH on #MTP: Rep. Jim Clyburn says Democratic Senate challenger "Jaime Harrison started to plateau when Defund the Police showed up … on TV right across his head." @WhipClyburn: "I...
    Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams insists that Democratic U.S. Senate candidates in Georgia can “absolutely” win runoffs in January against their Republican opponents. With Georgia likely going in the win column for President-elect Joe Biden and no U.S. Senate candidates drawing the needed 50% of the vote, a January runoff will pit Republican Sen. David Perdue against Jon Ossoff and Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler against Rev. Raphael Warnock. Republicans will need to hold on to at least one of those seats in order to maintain a narrow Senate majority. During a Sunday morning interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” anchor Jake Tapper asked Abrams if Democrats “have a chance to win both seats?” WATCH: “Absolutely,” Abrams said confidently. “I want to push back about this anachronistic notion that we can’t win in Georgia. Years past we have had runoff elections whether the ’92 or 2008 elections, in...
    Community organizer and 2016 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” said Georgia could “absolutely” deliver two Senate seats for Democrats in the upcoming runoff election. Anchor Jake Tapper said, “Some media organizations have called Arizona for Biden he does lead there by many thousand votes. CNN has not yet called Arizona. It appears likely that both Senate races in Georgia are going to head to this January runoff and could decide control of the Senate, as you just noted. Voter turnout typically drops in runoff elections but also an election without Donald Trump at the top of the ticket. Do you think Democrats have a chance to win both seats?” Abrams said, “Absolutely. I want to push back against the anachronistic notion we can’t win in Georgia. Years past, we have had runoff elections, whether it was the ’92 or 2008 elections. In...
    Georgia Democrats Jon Ossoff (left) and Raphael Warnock The battle for the Senate is not over! Republicans have won or lead in 50 Senate races, and Democrats have secured 48 seats. But both of Georgia's Senate seats are headed to Jan. 5 runoffs. If we win them both, that will create a 50-50 tie. And if Joe Biden wins the White House, as he’s on track to do, Kamala Harris will be able to break ties in our favor. Georgia is hosting elections both in its regularly scheduled Senate race and in a special election for its other Senate seat due to a resignation last year. Donate now to help. Here are the details: Regular election: Democrat Jon Ossoff will face off against Republican Sen. David Perdue. Special election: Democrat Raphael Warnock will face off against Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler. We don't have much...
    MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace whined "you can feel the hopes and the dreams of our viewers falling down" as Donald Trump won Florida. The Sunshine State was widely considered a must-win for the president its 29 Electoral college votes are seen as pivotal in the too-close-to call contest. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 2MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace was hosting the network's Election Day coverageCredit: Getty - Contributor Wallace, hosting the network's Election Day coverage, earlier expressed fears things weren't going to plan for Joe Biden - tipped by some pollsters to win the overall race by a landslide. Florida is a state "that has been increasingly difficult for Democrats to win in statewide,” she told the station's assembled political experts. “You can feel the hopes and the dreams of our viewers falling down, and you can hear liquor cabinets opening...
    Chauncey DeVega November 3, 2020 8:00PM (UTC) Election Day 2020 is more than a choice between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. It is a character test for a nation as to what its present and future will be. Will the American people stumble into political and societal effluence as they did in 2016 by "electing" a fascist authoritarian, or will they instead choose to take the first steps toward rehabilitating their democracy? Pondering the ominous weight of this election, Richard Ford, the Pulitzer-winning author, writes at The Globe and Mail: : In America, as you may know, we will soon be voting to determine who will be our next president. And we will also be voting to find out what kind of country America is now and will be, and what kind of people we are. If this sounds like an uneasy, precarious, possibly momentous and actually quite pathetic state of...
    FORT WORTH — It seemed unthinkable only months ago. But here she was, Democratic vice presidential nominee and California native Kamala Harris, four days before Tuesday’s presidential election, stirring up last-minute votes for Joe Biden deep in the heart of Republican Texas. From a field next to a Baptist church on the eastern edge of Fort Worth, the first-term U.S. senator and daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father strode onto the stage in her white Converse hightops, a Texas-size Lone Star State flag draped behind her. “It’s so good to see you, Texas!” she said to a standing ovation from the mostly Black audience socially distanced on the grass. With three Texas stops, in Fort Worth, McAllen and Houston, Harris was on a mission Friday to do what neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton could do: help turn this stubbornly red state blue. It seemed like an audacious...
    Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said that Democrats “would need a blue wave” in order to retake the U.S. Senate. Republicans currently hold a 53-47 seat majority, meaning a net loss of only three seats plus a win by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden would ensure Democratic control. Tight races in North Carolina, Iowa, Maine and Arizona could ultimately decide who controls the gavel for the next two years, all of which Wallace called “really close races” during a Friday appearance with “America’s Newsroom” anchor Sandra Smith. “You would need a blue wave,” he said. “You would need all of the races that are too close to call right now going Democratic for them to take control of the Senate. That could happen. It has happened in some presidential elections. But it’s certainly no sure thing.” WATCH: After Smith brought up the fact that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...
    The American public is the only thing that can stop Democrats from potentially taking over the entire government next year, Sean Hannity argued Wednesday. “It is more obvious than ever that very powerful forces – the media mob, 99% [of] big tech companies, almost all of them, the Democratic-Socialist party, the establishment never-Trumpers, weak establishment Republicans and the deep state – now are all aligned against this president and his reelection,” the "Hannity" host said. “The only thing that can stop that from happening is you, the American people.” LIVE UPDATES: ELECTION 2020 POLLING AVERAGE SHOWS BIDEN LEADING TRUMP NATIONALLY WITH JUST DAYS LEFT Hannity pointed out that President Trump is not taking any voter or any battleground state for granted as he continues a breakneck campaign schedule. The host added that anyone predicting the result with less than a week to go until Election Day, doesn't know “what the hell they’re talking...
    The Washington Examiner announced its endorsement of President Trump's reelection on Monday, but the conservative magazine's own editor separately declared that he cannot vote for the GOP incumbent.  "A vote for Trump is a vote against Democrats' constitutional norm-smashing" the Examiner endorsement was headlined. "President Trump’s character is no national secret. He is crude, sometimes brutal, and manifestly not what most people would call 'presidential.' He admits as much himself. But he is not running for reelection in a vacuum. He is running against a man and, even more, against a party that are deeply flawed and dangerous." The editorial denounced Joe Biden's struggle to disavow "left-wing urban violence" as well his punting on the question of packing the Supreme Court. It argued that since the 2020 election is a "binary choice," readers should support Trump on policy as well as for the "truly urgent reason" of preventing Democrats from "upending the Constitution." NY POST ENDORSES...
    San Diego, California Democrat Terra Lawson-Remer 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 ● San Diego County, CA Board of Supervisors: A single race on Nov. 3 will determine whether Democrats will take their first majority on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in over 30 years or if Republicans will maintain control of California's second-most populous county. Republican incumbent Kristin Gaspar is defending District 3, a coastal seat that supported Hillary Clinton 57-37 before backing Democrat Gavin Newsom 57-43 in the 2018 gubernatorial contest, from former Treasury official Terra Lawson-Remer. Each party has already secured two of the other districts on this five-member body, so it will be up to the voters in District 3 which...
    President Trump called me for a chat on Saturday. It was our first conversation since he unfollowed me on Twitter in April after I wrote a Mail column telling him to ‘Shut the f*ck up Mr President,’ because he suggested people should be injected with bleach to cure coronavirus. Since then, I have relentlessly hammered him for his woeful handling of the pandemic that has now led to over 220,000 Americans dying from Covid-19, by far the worst death toll in the world. So, when the White House switchboard rang to say ‘Mr Morgan, we have the president for you’, I was bracing myself for some full-bore Trump bombast of the ‘loser!’ and ‘idiot!’ type he unleashes on anyone who dares to criticize him. But instead, we ended up having a cordial free-rolling 25-minute exchange which gave me a fascinating insight into the mindset of the world’s most powerful man...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says it is a long shot for Republicans to win control of the House this November, despite high hopes from President Trump. In the second and final presidential debate on Thursday, Trump said he believes Republicans will take over the lower chamber come Election Day. But Pelosi isn't buying it. "You keep thinking that, Mr. President," the California Democrat told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday. "You keep on thinking that. Just another example of delusional statements he made there." The Democrats won control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections. Pelosi also disclosed on Sunday that she will run for speaker again if Democrats keep control of the House, and added that her party must also flip the Senate. Election forecasters have predicted Democrats have a shot at not only taking control of the Senate, but also picking up more House seats. In the Senate,...
    President Trump reportedly told a group of Republican donors that it will be ‘very tough’ for the GOP to keep its Senate majority because there are senators from his own party that he could not support. ‘I think the Senate is tough actually. The Senate is very tough,’ Trump said in his remarks at a fundraiser on Thursday at the Nashville Marriott. The comments were provided by an anonymous attendee to The Washington Post. ‘There are a couple senators I can’t really get involved in,’ Trump said. ‘I just can’t do it. You lose your soul if you do. President Trump (seen above on Saturday in Circleville, Ohio) told Republican donors in Nashville on Thursday that it will be 'very tough' for the GOP to hold onto its majority in the Senate ‘I can’t help some of them. I don’t want to help some of them.’ Trump never cited...
    With the election barely a week away—and the fate of our democracy hanging in the balance—it’s time for closing arguments. Turning out the base is vitally important, and it’s right that most progressive attention is focused there. But I would like to take a different tack, and make sure we collectively leave no stone unturned. Although there are relatively few undecided voters, the ones who voted for President Obama and then for Trump—and, in some cases, for Democrats in the 2018 midterms—are numerous enough to make a difference in close states that could swing the election: Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. It’s tempting to say: Who needs them? The answer? Joe Biden. I want to reach out to Obama-Trump voters and convince them to vote for the Biden-Harris ticket, as well as Democrats straight down the line. Contribute now to take back the White House! Of course, COVID-19...
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