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Friday, January 22, 2021

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is making clear that he intends to hold President Joe Biden's nominees and legislative agenda hostage until Democrats agree to cede some of their power. His demand? That Democrats promise not to get rid of the filibuster later, which would lower the threshold from 60 votes to 51 to pass all legislation. read more


Friday, January 15, 2021

Trump has been consumed by the unraveling of his presidency during his last days in office, according to people around him, which included a casual discussion among advisers recently about a possible resignation. Trump shut the idea down almost immediately. During [another] passing mention of resigning this week, Trump told people he couldn't count on Vice President Mike Pence to pardon him like Gerald Ford did Nixon, anyway. read more


About one minute after [VP Mike] Pence was hustled out of the chamber, a group charged up the stairs to a second-floor landing in the Senate, chasing a Capitol Police officer who drew them away from the Senate. Pence and his family had just ducked into a hideaway less than 100 feet from that landing ... If the pro-Trump mob had arrived seconds earlier, they would have been in eyesight of the vice president as he was rushed across a reception hall into the office. read more


In the aftermath of last week's deadly assault on the Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump, members of Congress are expressing something once unthinkable: that some of their own colleagues may be endangering their lives. Not in a rhetorical sense, but in a direct and immediate way. There are particular concerns about some newly-elected members who have espoused extremist views, including comments supportive of the QAnon libel that accuses perceived enemies of Trump of being part of a child abusing cult. read more


Thursday, January 14, 2021

Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey, and Ashley Parker: He is angry that his allies have not mounted a more forceful defense of his incitement of the mob that stormed the Capitol last week, advisers and associates said. Trump has instructed aides not to pay Giuliani's legal fees, two officials said, and has demanded that he personally approve any reimbursements for the expenses Giuliani incurred while traveling on the president's behalf to challenge election results in key states. read more


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Even Democrats who fiercely oppose eliminating the filibuster are standing with Schumer amid the dispute, maintaining that he is owed deference because of his position as majority leader.

"Chuck has the right to do what he's doing. He has the right to use that to leverage in whatever he wants to do. I'm not worried about that at all," centrist Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin told reporters on Wednesday.

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Now as I read this, Manchin is not saying that he'll vote to abolish the legislative filibuster, he's saying that he doesn't agree with McConnell trying to extort a promise from Schumer over something that isn't a direct part of the Senate negotiations which denies the Democrats their rightful and electorally-won positions of leadership as his leverage.

Here's hoping that Mitch overplays his hand here and forces the Democrats to realize that he intends to do the same thing to Biden that he did to Obama, even though such a realization should be obvious to anyone living through the last decade plus.

Well, that didn't take long, did it? But don't despair progressives, here's some good news if it holds:

So far, Democrats have not taken kindly to the hostage-taking.

"It's an absolutely unprecedented, wacky, counterproductive request," Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) tweeted. "We won the Senate. We get the gavels."

Accordingly, Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), the second-highest ranking Democrat in the Senate, firmly dismissed McConnell's demand.

"Unfortunately we're not going to give him what he wishes," he told reporters on Thursday. "If you did that then there would be just unbridled use of it. I mean nothing holding him back."

McConnell's power grab leaves Democrats in a difficult position. They don't want to capitulate to such a request in the very first days of Biden's administration or to lose the power of the nuclear option threat down the line. But they also don't want McConnell to drag the fight out, leaving Republicans in charge of key committees and blocking Biden's nominees in the meanwhile.

Baked into that bet is the assumption that Democrats will fail to rally their conservative members " Sens. Joe Manchin (R-WV), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), etc. " who have in the past expressed opposition to getting rid of the filibuster.

But if he's wrong, if he's overstepped, he may have provided the push those Democrats need to get on board.

[T]he filibuster is not even an actual Senate tradition. It was only in the last two decades that the upper chamber began imposing a 60-vote threshold on all major bills, rather than reserving the filibuster for exceptionally divisive fights. The filibuster's defenders insist that the rule facilitates cooperation and bipartisanship. Yet the era of the 60-vote threshold has also been one of the least bipartisan and most dysfunctional periods in the Senate's entire history.

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There's already the fact that the 50 Democrat Senators represent 40+ million more Americans than do their 50 GOP counterparts, and now Mitch McConnell is demanding that the Dems simply give up their power for the sake of allowing him to stymie whatever policies Schumer and the Democrats may try to implement that many won their seats by advocating.

Reality is this: if the Democrats allow the Republicans to neuter their policies the GOP will again take over the Senate in 2022. If the Democrats do not do all that they can do in the time that they have they will have no one to blame for their failure but for themselves.

You really are nothing more than a putrid POS. Did you bother to read your own link, idiot?

The Claim

Carlson said that while Clarke was president of Harvard University's Black Students Association, she compared Black vs. white genetics in an article she wrote for the student newspaper, The Harvard Crimson.

The Facts

Clarke addressed recent criticism following Carlson's show in an interview with The Forward on Wednesday night when she again said that her article Blacks Seek an End to Abuse was a direct response to The Bell Curve.

The Forward reported Clarke saying that The Bell Curve "was generating wide acclaim for its racist views," so she introduced her article "with an absurd claim that Black people are superior based on the melanin in their skin" in order to "hold up a mirror to reflect how reprehensible the premise of Black inferiority was set."

"It was meant to express an equally absurd point of view "fighting one ridiculous absurd racist theory with another ridiculous absurd theory," Clarke told The Forward.

Although she did not address Carlson's criticisms directly, she claimed in her interview that conservative outlets are "putting out a lot of false and twisted information."

The Ruling

True.

Despite Clarke's recent assertions that her 1994 co-authored article for The Harvard Crimson was meant to "express an equally absurd point of view," it is not stated in the article that her and Kennedy's claims on Black vs. white genetics were not serious at the time.

Of course it's true, she wrote it and never denied that she wrote it. The fact checker's conclusion is based on what Clarke didn't write at that time - I guess Marnin has some omniscience allowing her to discern a person's intent from decades in the future - and if indeed that were Clarke's true feelings, wouldn't there be more evidence of such in the last 37 years?

Nothing but a race baiting piece of BS - exactly what Carlson deals in daily.

That's what Pence believes. Read the letter he sent to Pelosi.

He states it pretty clearly.

Well, they didn't 'come for her'.

AOC says that indeed, they did come for her and that she feared for her life at that moment. You weren't there, she was.

Perhaps you're unable to read through your own hatred, but I've never seen any Democrat advertise themselves as "coming" for any Republican simply because they disagreed with their politics. And I have little doubt that when the investigations are over the very gun-toting, Q-loving freshmen will find themselves both expelled from the House and indicted on criminal charges linked to supporting the conspiracy insurrection - as is already being reported.

Tony an insult from your drunken mouth is a compliment so keep on FTFYing my statements for me and pour me one of what you've already had too many of.

I'd have to be drunk to write the ignorant drivel that you call commentary. The next time you're able to put coherent thoughts together and make an actual meaningful point will be the first.

And oh by the way, you're quite the snowflake at the same time you lob criticisms at those who actual try to serve others outside of themselves. Grow some thicker skin buttercup. Don't throw stones unless you want a boulder lobbed between your jaundiced eyes.

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