Liz Cheney vs. MAGA

The Wyoming congresswoman challenged Republicans to turn away from Trump after Jan. 6. Instead, they turned on her.

#cheney-liz, #content-type-personal-profile, #elections-house-of-representatives, #gaetz-matt, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #house-of-representatives, #impeachment, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #scalise-steve, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Democrats Aim to Revive a Campaign Finance Watchdog

Republicans denounced the proposed overhaul as an attempt to mount a partisan takeover of what critics consider a moribund Federal Election Commission.

#campaign-finance, #federal-election-commission, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #shelby-richard-c, #united-states-politics-and-government, #van-hollen-christopher-jr

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Corporations of the World, Unite!

The internal contradictions of “woke capitalism” are a mixed blessing for the Democratic Party.

#conservatism-us-politics, #corporate-social-responsibility, #corporations, #democratic-party, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #law-and-legislation, #liberalism-us-politics, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Republicans Take Up Trump’s Fight, Leaving Policymaking Behind

The former president’s instincts for red-meat political fights over governing and policymaking have left party leaders in a state of confusion over what they stand for.

#conservatism-us-politics, #cotton-tom, #florida, #hutchinson-asa, #immigration-and-emigration, #katko-john-1962, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Four Ways of Looking at the Radicalism of Joe Biden

It’s unexpected, but it’s not inexplicable.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #clinton-bill, #deese-brian-c-1978, #democratic-party, #income-inequality, #infrastructure-public-works, #labor-and-jobs, #mcconnell-mitch, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #republican-party, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mitch McConnell Digs In Against Campaign Law Changes Again

The top Senate Republican, who has spent his career fighting campaign finance limits, has taken a lead role in challenging Democrats’ sweeping voting rights bill.

#bipartisan-campaign-reform-act-2002, #campaign-finance, #citizens-united, #coca-cola-company, #democratic-party, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #major-league-baseball, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Why Kentucky Just Became the Only Red State to Expand Voting Rights

At a time when states with Republican-led legislatures are rushing to restrict ballot access, Kentucky proved the exception to the rule. The reasons are both political and logistical.

#absentee-voting, #kentucky, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #paul-rand, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Republicans Fear Flawed Candidates Could Imperil Key Senate Seats

Races in Missouri and Alabama, with others to come, reflect the potential risks for a party in which loyalty to Donald Trump is the main criterion for securing nominations.

#alabama, #blunt-roy-d, #brooks-morris-jackson, #elections-senate, #greitens-eric, #mcconnell-mitch, #missouri, #republican-party, #shelby-richard-c

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Biden Seeks Assault Weapons Ban and Background Checks

After the second mass shooting in a week, the president said tighter gun laws should not be a partisan issue, but Republicans in Congress showed little interest in Democratic proposals.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #everytown-for-gun-safety, #firearms, #gun-control, #manchin-joe-iii, #mass-shootings, #mcconnell-mitch, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #rice-susan-e, #richmond-cedric, #schumer-charles-e, #thune-john-r, #toomey-patrick-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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With Biden Endorsement, Push to Weaken Filibuster Gains Traction

Activists and lawmakers say momentum is on their side but warn of a prolonged fight as Republicans dig in and some Democrats remain unconvinced.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #durbin-richard-j, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #jentleson-adam, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #mcconnell-mitch, #obama-barack, #reid-harry, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Endorses Filibuster Rule Changes

President Biden for the first time said he favored a return to the requirement that opponents occupy the floor when making their case against legislation. Senator Mitch McConnell promised a “scorched earth” response.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #durbin-richard-j, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #klobuchar-amy, #mcconnell-mitch, #reid-harry, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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McConnell Threatens Retaliation for Filibuster Change as Idea Gains Strength

Activists urge Democrats to build a case by showing Republicans are determined to block popular liberal legislation on voting rights, immigration and guns.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #durbin-richard-j, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #klobuchar-amy, #mcconnell-mitch, #reid-harry, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump, Hungry for Power, Tries to Wrestle Away G.O.P. Fund-Raising

Angry at his critics in the party and seeking to keep his options for raising money open, the former president is trying to take charge of the online fund-raising juggernaut he helped create.

#campaign-finance, #cheney-liz, #mcconnell-mitch, #morris-dick, #national-republican-congressional-committee, #national-republican-senatorial-committee, #republican-national-committee, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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After Stimulus Victory in Senate, Reality Sinks in: Bipartisanship Is Dead

With Republicans poised to block Democrats’ top priorities, the party-line vote on the $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package showed the gulf between the parties was too wide to be bridged.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #house-of-representatives, #klain-ronald-a, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government

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What a More Responsible Republican Party Would Look Like

The conservative wonk Ramesh Ponnuru and Ezra Klein discuss child allowances, Trump’s legacy and the future of the G.O.P.

#bittman-mark, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mitch McConnell Doesn’t Get to Define ‘Bipartisan’

If 70 percent of Americans support a policy, including most Republicans, it is bipartisan — regardless of what some senators think about it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mitch McConnell Doesn’t Get to Define ‘Bipartisan’

If 70 percent of Americans support a policy, including most Republicans, it is bipartisan — regardless of what some senators think about it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mitch McConnell Would Like Trump to Fade Away

Good luck with that.

#cheney-liz, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #endorsements, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #lowry-richard, #mcconnell-mitch, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2024, #public-religion-research-institute, #republican-party, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #tea-party-movement, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Restrict the Vote!

If you can’t beat them fair and square, tilt the playing field.

#absentee-voting, #lewis-john-r, #mcconnell-mitch, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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National Guard Deployment at the Capitol Riot Was Delayed by Confusion and Inaction

As violence grew out of control on Jan. 6, the head of the Capitol Police made an urgent request for the National Guard. It took nearly two hours to be approved.

#defense-department, #house-of-representatives, #irving-paul-d-1957, #mcconnell-mitch, #miller-christopher-c-1965, #national-guard, #pelosi-nancy, #security-and-warning-systems, #senate, #stenger-michael-c, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #sund-steven-a, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Schedules Address Before CPAC Next Sunday

The former president will make his first lengthy remarks since leaving office before the annual conference of conservatives Feb. 28.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservative-political-action-conference, #limbaugh-rush, #mcconnell-mitch, #orlando-fla, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Donald Trump, the Untamable Shrew

Republicans are still trying to muzzle a smack-talking Trump.

#cruz-ted, #graham-lindsey, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #shakespeare-william, #the-taming-of-the-shrew-play, #trump-donald-j

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The Relationship Between McConnell and Trump Was Good for Both — Until It Wasn’t

The unlikely alliance delivered results they both wanted but fell apart after the election once their political interests diverged.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #trump-donald-j

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Trump’s Dreaded Nickname

Watching the Senate is better than watching reruns.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #manchin-joe-iii, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump, in Scorching Attack on McConnell, Urges G.O.P. to Replace Him

The former president, breaking an unusually long silence, called the Senate minority leader a “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack” and called on Republicans in the chamber to find a new leader.

#chao-elaine-l, #elections-senate, #impeachment, #mcconnell-mitch, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Impeachment’s Over. Bring On the Criminal Investigations.

After Mitch McConnell’s cynical speech, Republicans can’t complain.

#impeachment, #mcconnell-mitch, #raskin-jamie-1962, #republican-party, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Year of Hardship, Helped and Hindered by Washington

For Kathryn Stewart, a struggling single mother in Michigan, the past year showed how much safety net programs can help — and how the nation’s fickleness about them can add confusion and uncertainty to fear and worry.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #food-insecurity, #mcconnell-mitch, #pelosi-nancy, #poverty, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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For Trump, an Escape, Not an Exoneration

The president who emerged from last year’s impeachment trial feeling emboldened emerges from this one secluded behind closed doors in Florida and facing an uncertain political and legal future.

#impeachment, #mcconnell-mitch, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #twenty-fifth-amendment-us-constitution

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McConnell, Denouncing Trump After Voting to Acquit, Says His Hands Were Tied

The top Senate Republican gave his most damning condemnation of Donald Trump, but said the Senate had no power to convict an ex-president. He had refused to try Mr. Trump while he remained in office.

#democratic-party, #impeachment, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Takeaways From Day 5 of Trump’s Impeachment Trial

Seven Republicans broke ranks in voting to convict former President Donald J. Trump, and despite moving to acquit the former president, Senator Mitch McConnell condemned him on the Senate floor.

#burr-richard-m, #democratic-party, #herrera-beutler-jaime, #impeachment, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Republican Acquittal of Trump Is a Defining Moment for Party

Even off-line and off camera at his Palm Beach, Fla., estate, and offering only a feeble impeachment defense through his legal team in Washington, Donald J. Trump remains a dominant force in right-wing politics.

#cheney-liz, #conservatism-us-politics, #cramer-kevin, #impeachment, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Senate Is Making a Mockery of Itself

A former Senate staffer explains how the institution became a legislative black hole — and how to fix it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #jentleson-adam, #kill-switch-the-rise-of-the-modern-senate-and-the-crippling-of-american-democracy-book, #mcconnell-mitch, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Impeachment Offers Republicans Grace. They Don’t Want It.

House managers are treating Trump’s enablers as his victims.

#democratic-party, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #impeachment, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

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Democrats Must Make Judgeships a Top Priority

Under Trump, Republicans reshaped the federal judiciary. Now Democrats have the chance to do the same.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #breyer-stephen-g, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #elections-senate, #federal-courts-us, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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Trump’s Trial and the ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ Scenario

Readers criticize Republicans’ reluctance to hold the former president accountable. One says his defense team could simply “read Dr. Seuss’ ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ and still most Republicans would vote to acquit.”

#impeachment, #mcconnell-mitch, #portman-rob, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

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Trump Impeachment Team Denies Incitement in Legal Brief

The lengthy legal brief provided the first extended defense of former President Donald J. Trump’s conduct since the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. It arrived as senators locked in rules for an exceedingly fast trial.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #constitution-us, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #impeachment, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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McCarthy Condemns Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Comments, but Stands by Her

In a statement, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California said he “unequivocally” condemned the Georgia freshman’s violent and conspiracy-laden remarks, but declined to revoke her committee posts.

#cheney-liz, #conspiracy-theories, #democratic-party, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #house-of-representatives, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #mcconnell-mitch, #qanon, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The QAnon Delusion Has Not Loosened Its Grip

Millions of Americans continue to actively participate in multiple conspiracy theories. Why?

#conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #mcconnell-mitch, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Under Pressure to Rebuke Their Own, G.O.P. Leaders Face a Critical Test

The fates of Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Liz Cheney have become a proxy battle for the soul of the party, prompting a clash among top Republicans.

#cheney-liz, #endorsements, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #house-of-representatives, #impeachment, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Watchdogs Appointed by Trump Pose Dilemma for Biden

Removing inspectors general installed by the former president under a political cloud could have the consequence of further eroding good-government norms.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #chao-elaine-l, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #inspectors-general, #mcconnell-mitch, #miller-brian-d, #presidential-election-of-2020, #soskin-eric, #transportation-department-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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McConnell says ‘loony lies’ spread by Marjorie Taylor Greene are a ‘cancer’ on G.O.P.

Senator Mitch McConnell issued a scathing rebuke on Monday saying that the “loony lies and conspiracy theories” embraced by Ms. Greene amounted to a “cancer” on the Republican Party.

#conspiracy-theories, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #house-of-representatives, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Raise Your Hand if You Were Expecting Biden to Be a Revolutionary

The president has been much more left-wing out of the gate than many predicted. What comes next?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #immigration-and-emigration, #mcconnell-mitch, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #portman-rob, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Black Power: Now or Never

Population shifts mean more political might for relatively fewer people.

#black-people, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #pew-research-center, #population, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Senate Needs Absentee Voting, Too

The chamber’s new leadership should get serious about enabling members to vote remotely in the event of emergencies.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #leahy-patrick-j, #mcconnell-mitch, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warner-mark-r

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For McCarthy and McConnell, Two Paths on Trumpian Crisis Management

Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell want to take back control of Congress in 2022. But first they have to figure out how to handle Donald Trump.

#cheney-liz, #gaetz-matt, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #house-of-representatives, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump’s Shadow Lingers Over Divided G.O.P.

Republicans seem more focused on attacking those who break with the former president, than members who continue to push violent conspiracy theories that flourished under his leadership.

#mccarthy-kevin-1965, #mcconnell-mitch, #monmouth-university, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mitch McConnell Should Leave the History Lessons to Others

The framers did not want a Senate supermajority to be required to pass ordinary legislation.

#constitution-us, #debates-political, #elections-senate, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #hamilton-alexander, #law-and-legislation, #madison-james-1751-1836, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #united-states-politics-and-government

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McConnell Was Done With Trump. His Party Said Not So Fast.

After four years, the minority leader had finally had enough. But with most Republicans rallying around Donald J. Trump, he sided with his colleagues trying to throw out the impeachment case.

#impeachment, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why Aren’t Progressives Pressuring Biden on the Filibuster?

The president doesn’t want to eliminate the Senate’s 60-vote threshold, an impediment to major legislation. Left-leaning Democrats disagree, but they’re holding their fire for now.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #justice-democrats, #manchin-joe-iii, #mcconnell-mitch, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How to Reform the Senate Filibuster

Here’s a way to address filibusters used to stall the Senate and upend presidential agendas.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #mcconnell-mitch, #senate, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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