Biden Can Still Rescue His Presidency

He needs to remember why the American people elected him. 

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Biden Shouldn’t Blame Inflation on Monopolies

A Biden initiative comes in for weirdly vehement criticism.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #internal-sub-only-nl, #international-trade-and-world-market, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Marchers Honor King and Call on Senate to Pass Voting Rights Legislation

The holiday came a day before the Senate returns to debate what is expected to be a doomed effort to pass the legislation. But advocates say they aren’t giving up.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #king-martin-luther-jr, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements, #washington-dc

Welcome to the ‘Well, Now What?’ Stage of the Story

It’s been a very long year for Joe Biden. 

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #cruz-ted, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #harris-kamala-d, #presidential-election-of-2024, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Failure on Voting Rights Would Be Historic

Democracy is losing.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #discrimination, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Biden and the Democratic Party Failed Us Badly on Voting Rights

The American people have little respect or patience for a weak leader but support and stand with a strong one.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #georgia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Russia Issues Subtle Threats More Far-Reaching Than a Ukraine Invasion

If the West fails to meet its security demands, Moscow could take measures like placing nuclear missiles close to the U.S. coastline, Russian officials have hinted.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

What Is Joe Biden Thinking?

The strange strategy of a staggering presidency.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warren-elizabeth

More Mojo, Joe!

Less Senate bean soup, more affordable meat.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #caucus-room, #democratic-party, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

With Voting Bills Dead, Democrats Face Costly Fight to Overcome G.O.P. Curbs

Party officials now say they are resigned to spending and organizing their way around the new voting restrictions passed in Republican-controlled states.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #midterm-elections-2022, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Democrats Face a Dilemma on Voting: Compromise or Keep Pressing?

With their broad voting rights push nearing a dead end, Democrats must soon decide whether to embrace a far narrower bipartisan effort to protect vote counting and administration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Frustrated Democrats Call for ‘Reset’ Ahead of Midterm Elections

Democrats already were expecting a rough election year. But their struggle to advance priorities has some calling for a course correction.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #elections, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #midterm-elections-2022, #republican-party

U.S. Government Launches Website to Distribute Free Covid Tests

The tests will take up to 12 days to arrive, which may be after the peak of the current surge of cases in some parts of the country.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #postal-service-us, #tests-medical

Let Innocent Afghans Have Their Money

Afghanistan is on the verge of collapse. 

#afghanistan, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #da-afghanistan-bank, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-rescue-committee, #islamic-relief-usa, #politics-and-government, #taliban

Ransomware Group REvil Dismantled in Raids, Russia Says

Moscow said the ransomware group REvil “ceased to exist” after raids and arrests. It is not clear if the operation will ease tensions with Washington.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-security-service, #putin-vladimir-v, #revil-hacking-group, #russia, #ukraine

Blocking a Mandate, the Supreme Court ‘Sided With Covid-19’

Readers criticize the court’s decision to reverse a vaccine mandate for large businesses. Also: Intransigent senators; Senate rules; “Don’t Look Up”; smoking.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dont-look-up-movie, #manchin-joe-iii, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #smoking-and-tobacco, #supreme-court-us, #vaccination-and-immunization

U.S. Considers Backing an Insurgency in Ukraine

Conversations about supporting Ukrainian insurgents in the event of a Russian invasion has revived the specter of a new Cold War.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #foreign-aid, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Fear of Russia Brings New Purpose and Unity to NATO, Once Again

After years of drift, Trumpian ridicule and failure in Afghanistan, Russian demands for a new Iron Curtain in Europe have created unity in the alliance, at least for now.

#baltic-region, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #european-union, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #poland, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

New Sanctions for Russian Gas Pipeline Fall Short in Senate

The measure pitted Ukraine’s president, who was pushing for the penalties, against the Biden administration, which successfully lobbied Democrats to oppose them.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cruz-ted, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #natural-gas, #nord-stream-ag, #pipelines, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #senate, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zelensky-volodymyr

Biden Will Nominate Three New Fed Officials

The nominees would bring more diverse leadership to the Fed, which has struggled to expand its ranks.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cook-lisa-d, #federal-reserve-system, #jefferson-philip, #raskin-sarah-bloom, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

North Korea Threatens ‘Stronger’ Reaction as U.S. Seeks Sanctions Over Missile Tests

The country’s warning came as tensions have crept up over its six missile tests in recent months.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #kim-jong-un, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-korea, #nuclear-tests, #security-council-un, #united-states-international-relations

Sinema Says She Will Not Support Changing Filibuster

Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s comments came after the House approved a set of voting rights measures on a party-line vote of 220 to 203.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #house-of-representatives, #king-martin-luther-jr, #law-and-legislation, #lewis-john-r, #manchin-joe-iii, #presidential-election-of-2020, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Why NATO Won’t Let Ukraine Join Anytime Soon

Ukraine, with Russian troops on its borders, is pressing for membership. But President Biden and European leaders are not ready for that step.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #foreign-aid, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #treaties, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

NATO Won’t Let Ukraine Join Soon. Here’s Why.

Ukraine, with Russian troops on its borders, is pressing for membership. But President Biden and European leaders are not ready for that step.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #foreign-aid, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #treaties, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Before Elections, Georgia Republicans Again Consider Voting Restrictions

A sweeping 2021 law drew a legal complaint from the Justice Department. Legislators in the state are considering several new measures focused on ballot access and fraud investigations.

#abrams-stacey-y, #absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #elections, #georgia, #justice-department, #kemp-brian-p, #perdue-david-a-jr, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

House Passes Voting Rights Bill, Speeding a Senate Showdown

Democrats used an arcane maneuver to pass the legislation, denying Republicans in the Senate the ability to block it from being brought up, as they have done four times previously.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #house-of-representatives, #king-martin-luther-jr, #law-and-legislation, #lewis-john-r, #manchin-joe-iii, #presidential-election-of-2020, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

The U.S. and Iran Move Closer to a Nuclear Deal

As negotiations reach a critical stage, neither side wants to betray weakness by seeming too eager to reach a deal.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #nuclear-weapons, #tehran-iran, #united-states-international-relations

Will Biden’s Voting Rights Speech Be Too Little Too Late?

I hope that this is a better-late-than-never situation.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #senate, #speeches-and-statements, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

How the ‘Let’s Go, Brandon’ Meme Became a Campaign Ad

How an inside joke among Republicans became one candidate’s tactic for reaching the G.O.P. masses.

#arizona, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #brnovich-mark, #kelly-mark-e-1964, #lamon-jim, #masters-blake-1986, #political-advertising, #republican-party, #slogans-and-mottoes, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

As Infrastructure Money Flows, Wastewater Improvements Are Key

The new law allocates $11.7 billion for wastewater and stormwater projects. Will it get to the impoverished communities who need it most?

#alabama, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #environmental-protection-agency, #federal-aid-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #lowndes-county-alabama, #race-and-ethnicity, #sewers-and-sewage, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

How the Voting Rights Bills Miss the Target on Election Subversion

The proposed legislation and the push to reform the Electoral Count Act leave open a variety of pathways to subvert a presidential election.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #elections, #law-and-legislation, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

The Growing Fight Over Voting Rights

On President Biden’s speech, vote counting and voter suppression. Also: Donald Trump and Jan. 6; Rikers Island; Covid pathogens; exercise heals.

#adams-eric-l, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #exercise, #rikers-island-prison-complex, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Russia and the U.S. Face Off Over Ukraine

Can Moscow be deterred from carrying out an invasion?

#audio-neutral-informative, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states, #ussr-former-soviet-union

Analysis: Biden Defense of Filibuster Withers Under Partisan Rancor

The president left no doubt that he has reached a breaking point, lashing out at senators who are blocking voting rights legislation.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Biden Calls for Legislative Action on Voting Rights

President Biden says he won’t keep “quiet” any longer about protecting ballot access. But voting rights groups say he should’ve raised his voice months ago.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #georgia, #harris-kamala-d, #republican-party, #senate, #texas, #voting-and-voters, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

What Putin Really Wants From the Ukraine Crisis

He wants to break NATO’s back. And he might succeed.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Biden-Cheney 2024?

Saving American democracy may involve following Israel’s example.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cheney-liz, #democratic-party, #how-democracies-die-book, #israel, #levitsky-steven, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Putin’s Next Move on Ukraine Is a Mystery. Just the Way He Likes It.

The contradictory, sometimes menacing messages from the Kremlin have stumped Western officials and Russia experts, showing the Russian leader’s desire to keep his rivals on edge.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #organization-for-security-and-cooperation-in-europe, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ryabkov-sergei-a, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

On Day Biden Calls Ethiopia’s Leader to Urge Peace, a Drone Strike Kills 17

The attack came days after over 50 people were killed in a strike on a refugee camp, highlighting the growing role of armed drones in a destructive war.

#africa, #ahmed-abiy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #ethiopia, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Biden Will Endorse Changing Senate Rules to Pass Voting Rights Legislation

In Georgia, the president will express support for altering rules around the Senate filibuster, setting up a confrontation with Republicans.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #democratic-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

The Soldiers Came Home Sick. The Government Denied It Was Responsible.

U.S. service members and veterans have long insisted that the military’s garbage-disposal fires in war zones made them ill. Why were their claims stonewalled for so long?

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cheney-dick, #feal-john, #iraq-war-2003-11, #politics-and-government, #respiratory-diseases, #sanchez-ricardo-s, #shulkin-david-j, #stewart-jon, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

Chris Hayes on How Biden Can Have a Better 2022

The political journalist discusses the Biden administration’s successes and failures with the economy, pandemic response and climate change.

#audio-neutral-informative, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #coronavirus-reopenings, #democratic-party, #hayes-chris-1979, #inflation-economics, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Voting Rights Groups Skipping Biden’s Speech Over Inaction

Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor, also will not be there, but she cited a scheduling conflict.

#abrams-stacey-y, #atlanta-ga, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #georgia, #harris-kamala-d, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

In Talks on Ukraine, U.S. and Russia Deadlock Over NATO Expansion

Both sides expressed some optimism after negotiations in Geneva, but did not break an impasse over Russia’s demand that Ukraine never become a member of NATO.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #eastern-europe, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ryabkov-sergei-a, #sherman-wendy-r, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Democrats Go Hunting For Missing Voters

Some strategists say the party needs a “radical departure” from its longstanding reliance on demographic changes to give Democrats a stable hold on political power.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Russia Positioning Helicopters, in Possible Sign of Ukraine Plans

The step, which could be an indication that planning for an attack continues, comes as the number of Russian troops at the border has remained steady in recent weeks, despite U.S. expectations of a surge.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

U.S.-Russia Talks Have Echoes of the Cold War

The Cold War echoes of the negotiations unfolding this week in a series of meetings between Russia and the West are a reminder that there is nothing permanent about Europe’s security arrangements.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ryabkov-sergei-a, #sherman-wendy-r, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Manchin’s Choice on Build Back Better: Mine Workers or Mine Owners

Senator Joe Manchin III is caught between the mine workers’ union, which supports President Biden’s social policy and climate bill, and mine owners in his state who oppose it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #manchin-joe-iii, #mines-and-mining, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia

U.S. and Russia Will Discuss European Security, but Without Europeans

The coming talks in Geneva are bilateral, reviving old fears that the two Cold War powers will forge a deal on their own.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #borrell-fontelles-josep, #brussels-belgium, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

Can the West Stop Russia From Invading Ukraine? Here’s What You Need to Know.

The United States, its NATO allies and Russia meet this week in a whirlwind of diplomacy aimed at averting the largest military action in Europe since World War II.

#belarus, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #geneva-switzerland, #kazakhstan, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations