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    Bill Clinton, 76, said that Republicans are only able to 'close' in midterm elections because 'they scare people' into thinking they need to vote in right-leaning politicians. The former Democratic president said that his party could hold onto the House and Senate in November's election if they 'say the right things' – suggesting that Republicans are better at embellishing to make their cause seem more dire. While early predictions pointed to a Republican bloodbath in the 2022 midterms, more recent polling has shown Democrats and the GOP at a tie or close to one when asked which party likely voters would rather see control Congress. An often-repeated historical pendulum pattern shows Congress flipping to the opposite party than a new president in the midterms two years after they are sworn into office. President Clinton, who was in office from 1993 to 2001, thinks the pattern can be broken this year. 'We could hold both of these houses,' Clinton said to CNN's Fareed Zakaria in a Sunday interview. Former President Bill Clinton said Sunday that Democrats could keep majorities in the...
    Tasos Katopodis/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.On Thursday afternoon, the House passed a bill temporarily funding the government through the middle of February. The 221–212 vote comes after several days of concern that Democrats and Republicans in Congress would be unable to agree on a funding package ahead of the midnight Friday deadline, pushing the federal government into a shutdown that would furlough thousands of government workers, upend some federally funded services, and derail the economy just a few weeks before the holidays. While the House vote makes this less likely, the threat is not gone. The bill now moves to the Senate, where it will require unanimous agreement to quickly pass ahead of the government funding deadline on Friday. A few Republican senators, including Ted Cruz, have threatened to derail the funding bill unless it includes a measure to undo President Joe Biden’s business vaccine mandate. If they make good on this threat, they’ll tank the economy for hundreds of thousands of Americans just as they...
    Joe Manchin reiterated on Sunday that he will not back a reconciliation bill with a $3.5 trillion price tag as the moderate Democrat continues to snub his party's plan to not pass infrastructure without the progressive reconciliation package. 'No, I could not support 3.5 trillion,' the West Virginia Democratic senator told NBC's Chuck Todd on Meet the Press. 'If I was writing it from scratch, I'd be looking at, first of all, adjusting the tax code,' Manchin continued. 'I've always said that. I said basically the 2017 tax code was weighted unfairly to the wealthy. We need to change that. That's why I agreed to go to reconciliation.' 'But I'm not going to go to a situation or shoot myself in the foot and not be competitive globally. I think the corporations should be paying. There shouldn't be anyone escaping not paying their fair share. I think the IRS should be able to do its job, all of those things,' he added. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin doubled-down on Sunday saying he won't back his party's $3.5 trillion reconciliation package...
    Progressive Democrats hit back at the nine moderates who threatened to tank their deal with Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pass a $3.5 trillion budget package in an internecine battle that threatens to derail President Joe Biden's economic agenda.  'You're not a "moderate" Democrat if you vote against jobs with a livable wage, paid leave, child care, health care and a livable planet for American families,' wrote Rep. Rashia Tlaib of Michigan, a member of the The Squad. 'Democrats need to be the party that delivers for people. That doesn't just mean fixing roads & bridges, it means improving lives with: Child care, Paid leave, Education, Affordable housing, Medicare expansion, Lower drug prices, Climate action, A roadmap to citizenship,' tweeted Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the head of the Progressive Caucus. And Democratic Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York, the only male member of The Squad, responded with a GIF signaling his disapproval of the moderates, who said on Friday they won't vote for the $3.5 trillion budget package until the House passes the bipartisan infrastructure bill approved by the Senate. Rep. Rashia Tlaib of Michigan, a member of the The...
    Progressive Democrats in the House of Representatives, led by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are threatening to blow up a bipartisan infrastructure agreement if the Senate does not pass a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. Ocasio-Cortez claimed on Sunday that she had “more than enough” votes to tank the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which Democratic Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Ohio Sen. Rob Portman introduced last Monday. Sinema pledged on July 28 not to “support a bill that costs $3.5 trillion,” leading Ocasio-Cortez to imply that she deliberately created an all-white group of senators to negotiate the package. WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 08: (L-R) U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) take a break from a meeting on infrastructure for going to a vote at the U.S. Capitol June 8, 2021 in Washington, DC. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced today that President Biden has ended the infrastructure talks with Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Sinema is not...
    Progressive Democrats in the House of Representatives, led by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are threatening to blow up a bipartisan infrastructure agreement if the Senate does not pass a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. Ocasio-Cortez claimed on Sunday that she had “more than enough” votes to tank the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which Democratic Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Ohio Sen. Rob Portman introduced last Monday. Sinema pledged on July 28 not to “support a bill that costs $3.5 trillion,” leading Ocasio-Cortez to imply that she deliberately created an all-white group of senators to negotiate the package. WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 08: (L-R) U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) take a break from a meeting on infrastructure for going to a vote at the U.S. Capitol June 8, 2021 in Washington, DC. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced today that President Biden has ended the infrastructure talks with Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Sinema is not...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell praised President Joe Biden for walking back his commitment to link the bipartisan infrastructure bill to 'massive, unrelated tax-and-spend' legislation in a statement Monday.  'The President has appropriately delinked a potential bipartisan infrastructure bill from the massive, unrelated tax-and-spend plans that Democrats want to pursue on a partisan basis,' McConnell said. 'Now I am calling on President Biden to engage Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi and make sure they follow his lead.'  McConnell blasted the Congressional Democratic leaders for trying to pass 'trillions of dollars for unrelated tax hikes, wasteful spending, and Green New Deal socialism' and said Biden's reversal would be a 'hollow gesture' if Pelosi and Schumer didn't cooperate.   Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell praised President Joe Biden for walking back his commitment to link a bipartisan infrastructure bill to a 'human' infrastructure bill Senate Democrats would pass using reconciliation  President Joe Biden (right), returning to the White House Sunday with first lady Jill Biden (left), reversed what sounded like a veto threat of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, appeasing Republicans but...
    Comic and cultural critic Bill Maher took aim at the likes of Big Down Syndrome and Black Lives Matter, begging to stop being reminded of things that harsh his mellow during The Price is Right. On Friday night’s edition of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, host Bill Maher devoted the climax of his “New Rules” segment to a five-minute rant against awareness campaigns, which interrupt his Zen-like enjoyment of football games and game shows. Maher complained that in March alone, there are awareness campaigns for a raft of causes that include Down Syndrome, the HPV virus, colorectal cancer, and several others. He also complained that several different causes will often use the same color, which he finds triggering. He also griped at the pink versions of things that raise awareness for breast cancer, which causes him to consume alcohol. “Crew members on the major airlines wear Black Lives Matter pins during the flight,” Maher complained, then quipped “You know, you can support a movement without constantly being reminded of it. Can I just get a rum and Coke,...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City On nights and weekends when speed cameras across New York City go out of service, specifically in school zones, street racers are known to burn a little rubber. This is a problem Manhattan state Senator Brad Hoylman plans to fix with “furious” new legislation that would keep the cameras active in order to catch motorists ripping through the streets endangering the general public. “Illegal street racing puts lives at risk and keeps us up at night. While there’s been less traffic during the pandemic, some drivers have used this as an opportunity to treat our streets like a NASCAR speedway,” Hoylman said. “The FURIOUS Act will give the City more tools to catch drivers in the act and make it easier to enforce state laws on speed contests and races. New Yorkers have enough to deal with right now – it’s time to pump the brakes on illegal street racing.” Drivers ignoring photo enforcement may even end up owing the city...
              U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said in a statement that a bill she is sponsoring that would allow Americans to sue China over its role in COVID-19 has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill, called the Civil Justice for Victims of COVID Act, would allow suits to be brought in federal court over China’s role in spreading the Chinese coronavirus. Senate bill tracking information did not provide the next step at press time. “China’s Communist Party must face consequences for concealing and now profiting off the COVID-19 pandemic they enabled,” Blackburn said. “The costs are devastating: trillions of dollars in economic damage, millions of American jobs lost, and over a half million deaths worldwide – and counting. Business owners and families who have lost loved ones deserve justice. Under this legislation, Americans will have the opportunity to bring a lawsuit against China in U.S. court and recover compensation for the harm caused to our country.” Cosponsors are Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Thom Tillis...
    Former Education Secretary and Fox News contributor Bill Bennett told "The Story" Wednesday that he was "very disappointed" in former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' harsh criticism of President Trump's leadership in response to protests over the death of George Floyd. "He made a big deal out of, 'I'm not going to be one of these people gets out of office, then criticizes the president,'" Bennet told host Martha MacCallum. "It's exactly what he's done." OBAMA LAYS OUT IDEAS FOR 'REAL CHANGE' FOLLOWING GEORGE FLOYD PROTESTS, CRITICIZES LOOTING Mattis released a statement to The Atlantic Wednesday evening saying he was "angry and appalled" over the death of Floyd, supporting protesters and speaking out against utilizing the military to quell demonstrations. "Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try," Mattis said. "Instead he tries to divide us." "The thing that really bothered me in his statement was he said, let's not be focusing on the distraction of a few violent people. Really? Really?" Bennett said. "We now have four or five cops who...
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