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    Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-MN) near loss Tuesday to a centrist pro-police Democrat demonstrated the waning popularity of the "defund the police" movement in the Democratic Party as voters are grappling with an uptick in crime and what some see as the need for more policing in their communities. Omar, who led the charge of the anti-police campaign following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, narrowly defeated Don Samuels, a centrist Democrat who campaigned against defunding the police. The near upset showed the vulnerability of the progressive "Squad" member and how her policing position is increasingly out of step not only with leaders of the Democratic Party, including President Joe Biden, but also with her constituents back home. PELOSI DENIES REPORTS THAT MILITARY DISCOURAGED TAIWAN TRIP “She’s fortunate to have won,” Larry Jacobs, a professor of political science at the University of Minnesota, told the Washington Examiner of Omar’s results. “She barely won this election, and that’s a message to potential challengers that they could be the ones to knock her out." Omar, a member...
    The press corps often enjoys portraying Joe Biden as a centrist besieged by progressives in his party. On one of the most consequential economic issues, though, he’s on the side of the progressives, and his agenda is consistently sabotaged by the right. That issue is raising taxes. Biden’s budget proposal released last March for fiscal year 2023 proposed raising the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent. Biden also proposed a 20 percent minimum tax on households worth more than $100 million. READ MORE: Democrats only have themselves to blame for trusting Joe Manchin | Opinion It’s not surprising Biden has embraced progressive ideas on taxation. Taxing the wealthy is extremely popular. Down the middle A 2020 Reuters poll asked respondents if “the very rich should contribute an extra share of their total wealth each year to support public programs.” Sixty-four percent agreed, including 77 percent of Democrats and a majority 53 percent of Republicans. READ MORE: Bernie Sanders blasts Joe Manchin for 'intentionally sabotaging the president's agenda' It’s hard to find anything more bipartisan than...
    On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks argued that President Joe Biden’s problem with both voting legislation and the reconciliation bill is that Biden “started at the left and went centrist.” Brooks said, “Now, in retrospect, as I look at the Biden presidency, and especially the terrible events, in my view, of not having these voting rights bills, it seems clear to me that the whole Biden presidency — and, on Inauguration Day, they should have sat down with Manchin and Sinema and said, where can we go from here, and what can we do together? That is to say, they should have started at the center and gone outward. Instead, they started at the left and went centrist. And I — that’s looking like an unfortunate strategy, both on voting rights and on Build Back Better.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    Tuesday on FNC’s “Fox & Friends,” Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) reacted to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) rejecting President Joe Biden’s so-called “Build Back Better” agenda. Toomey praised Manchin for pushing back against his colleagues’ attempt to “turn America into a socialist welfare state.” “I give Joe [Manchin] a lot of credit,” Toomey stated. “The amount of abuse and flack he has taken from some of his colleagues, from the left-wing all over America. It’s really pretty shocking when you think about it — here is one Democrat in the United States Senate, one Democrat, who thinks maybe it’s not a good idea to turn America into a socialist welfare state. Maybe we should just pause here, especially at a time when we have a record-high amount of debt, inflation at a 40-year high. Do we really want to spend many trillions more? Just — let’s have a pause, and they blow him up for that? Unbelievable.” Toomey recalled how Biden campaigned as a moderate centrist but argued he has “governed from the hard left.” “You know very well [Biden] campaigned...
    Sen. Pat Toomey criticized President Biden for governing from the ‘hard left’ despite marketing himself as a moderate centrist in the 2020 election. On "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, Toomey, R-Pa., said Americans didn't want the "radical left" policies that the president has supported.   MITCH MCCONNELL SAYS HE'D WELCOME MANCHIN TO THE GOP IF HE WAS SO ‘INCLINED’ SENATOR PAT TOOMEY: He campaigned as the moderate centrist, the guy that was going to bring America together, use his decades in Washington to strike deals to find compromise and consensus. And it's been the exact opposite. He's governed from the hard left. Let's be honest, this is Bernie Sanders' bill, and that's why Bernie Sanders is so livid with Joe Manchin right now.  There's been no centrist and really, across the board, all of Joe Biden's policies have been appeasing the radical left. Well, Joe Manchin never signed up for that program. Actually, most Americans didn't, either.  WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW BELOW: Video This article was written by Fox News staff.
    Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are receiving a stream of cash from Republican donors as the centrist senators continue to derail Joe Biden's liberal agenda in Congress. With a 50-50 split Senate, even one defector could severely throw off the Democrat agenda – as their best hope is to get all members of the party on board and have Vice President Kamala Harris come in to break the tie. Billionaire Republican donor Stanley Hubbard wrote his first check to Sinema in September and said he is considering also donating to Manchin. 'Those are two good people — Manchin and Sinema — and I think we need more of those in the Democratic Party,' Hubbard said, according to The New York Times. Hubbard has given an overwhelming majority of his millions in federal political donations to Republicans. A Sinema spokesman, John LaBombard, said the cash flow from the right side of the aisle has not factored into her legislative approach. Centrist Democrats Joe Manchin (left) and Kyrsten Sinema (right) are seeing new cash come in from Republican megadonors as they...
    As United States senators from West Virginia and Arizona, respectively, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are supposed to represent the interests of approximately nine million people. But because of their self-appointed positions in the Senate as "centrists" — which is to say, "Vichy Democrats" who largely follow the lead of Republican fascists and corporate oligarchs — Manchin and Sinema have become the fulcrum upon which the Democratic Party's tenuous majority, and its political fortunes, pivots. In practice, they are using their disproportionate power in an antiquated legislative body to hold hundreds of millions of Americans as political hostages. Consider this: The policies included in Joe Biden and the Democratic Party's Build Back Better plan are remarkably popular — certainly among Democrats, but also among Republicans. Economists and other experts have shown that the Build Back Better plan is an investment in America's prosperity that would pay for itself, and more, in the decades ahead. In a state with disproportionately high rates of poverty, such as West Virginia, the Build Back Better plan could have a dramatic and positive impact. Joe...
    A far-right conspiracy theorist has been charged after allegedly trying to recruit soldiers to overthrow the French government by seizing the presidential palace. Rémy Daillet, 54, is accused along with 12 co-conspirators of terrorism after attempting to form an extremist group to plan a series of attacks against the state. His lawyer claimed Daillet, a former centrist politician who has vowed to run for French president next year, is being held as a 'political prisoner'. Rémy Daillet has been charged after allegedly trying to recruit soldiers to overthrow the French government by seizing the presidential palace Former soldiers had been tasked with training recruits for an ambitious plot to storm the Elysée Palace (pictured), the residence of Emmanuel Macron The Frenchman is already being prosecuted for allegedly orchestrating the abduction of an eight-year-old girl from her grandmother's house in eastern France. The girl was found safe with her mother, who had lost custody, in Switzerland five days later. During the search for the girl, anti-terrorism investigators realised that the abduction involved many people they had placed under surveillance for unrelated far-right...
    PRAGUE (AP) — Results: Prime Minister Andrej Babis’ centrist party has narrowly lost the Czech Republic’s parliamentary election. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The hurdles that President Joe Biden's Build Back Better agenda is facing come not only from Republicans, but also from centrist Blue Dog Democrats such as Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. MSNBC's Mehdi Hasan railed against Manchin and Sinema during a September 26 monologue, arguing they are preventing Americans from having things that residents of other developed countries take for granted — including universal health care and policies that address the dangers of climate change. The progressive firebrand told viewers, "The main story here that should bother all of us is that the American people are suffering for no good reason. They're being gaslighted. Why is it that the U.S. is the only industrialized country that cannot guarantee health care or childcare or family leave for its citizens?" "You have Sinema taking money from Big Pharma & Manchin...basking in coal money, while blocking paid family leave &… https://t.co/qtvWw6opd4 — Mehdi Hasan (@Mehdi Hasan) 1632705279.0 Hasan added, "Now, you have even top Democrats in Congress — supposedly centrist, moderates, realists — saying, 'Sorry, America,...
    The House passed a $3.5 trillion budget framework Tuesday, but not before a group of centrist Democrats backed by big money groups tried to stall the vote in an effort to scuttle the unprecedented spending package. Democrats can now move forward with votes on both the larger $3.5 trillion bill as well as a more focused $1.1 trillion infrastructure bill without the votes of Republicans. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was first forced to scrap a planned vote on Monday to advance the bipartisan Senate-passed $1 trillion infrastructure bill along with the Democrats' $3.5 trillion budget proposal after a group of House centrists led by Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., stalled the plan. Nine house moderates signed a letter last week vowing to block the budget bill unless the House votes on the infrastructure bill first. Pelosi, for her part, planned to hold a final vote on the budget bill while delaying a full vote on the infrastructure bill to appease progressives unhappy with the lack of spending and climate focus in the Senate package but the smaller moderate group...
    Although a bipartisan group of U.S. senators passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill earlier this week, liberal and progressive Senate Democrats have been working on a more comprehensive $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill. It remains to be seen what will happen to the $1 trillion bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, but this week, nine centrist House Democrats sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi pressuring her to hold an immediate vote on the $1 trillion bill so that she can get it onto President Joe Biden's desk for signature sooner rather than later. And that letter is drawing strong criticism from two liberals journalists: Jonathan Chait in The New Yorker and Greg Sargent in the Washington Post. Chait and Sargent both fear that the $1 trillion bill would, at this point, fail in a House vote because it wouldn't get enough votes from liberals and progressives. House progressives — as well as Pelosi and Biden — have signalled their intention to make passage of the $1 trillion bill contingent on Senate Democrats passing the larger bill. Since progressives...
                                  Presented by Facebook     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Thursday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 610,891; Tuesday, 610,952; Wednesday, 611,288; Thursday, 611,801.  The Senate on Wednesday evening voted to open debate on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure proposal hours after negotiators and President BidenJoe BidenBriahna Joy Gray: White House thinks extending student loan pause is a 'bad look' Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Former New York state Senate candidate charged in riot MORE announced they reached a deal following months of up-and-down discussions.    Senators voted 67-32 to officially begin work on the bill with...
    A bipartisan package of anti-Big Tech antitrust bills faces significant opposition from centrist Democrats, one of the largest caucuses in Congress who find themselves on the same side as the tech companies in a major legislative fight. Many of them say some of the bills are too broad and could harm innovation, resulting in unintended consequences to consumers. They oppose a coalition of mostly Democrats and some Republicans who support the ‘hipster antitrust’ movement, which aims to broaden the current definition of antitrust law. Thanks to Republicans such as Robert Bork and Ronald Reagan, antitrust law has focused on consumer welfare measured by the price of goods and services for the past few decades. Now, leaders of the ‘hipster’ movement, most prominently the Federal Trade Commission’s new chairwoman, Lina Khan, want to broaden the standard. They seek to “promote a host of political economic ends — including our interests as workers, producers, entrepreneurs, and citizens,” Khan stated in a famous paper she wrote while studying at Yale Law School. The six sweeping anti-monopoly bills introduced by Khan’s former boss, Democratic...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — The final results from Israel’s fourth election in two years show a nation deeply divided over whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should remain in office, with neither side having secured a governing majority. Israelis vote for party lists rather than candidates, and seats in the 120-member Knesset are assigned based on the percentage of the vote. No single Israeli party has ever won a 61-seat majority, so an aspiring prime minister must assemble a ruling coalition. That often means courting fringe parties or even those on the other side of the political spectrum, offering ministries, official positions, budgets or other favors in return for their support. The negotiations usually take several weeks. If no one is able to assemble a 61-seat majority the country will go into an unprecedented fifth election later this year. Here are the election commission’s final results: PRO-NETANYAHU, 52 seats Likud (right-wing): 30 Shas (ultra-Orthodox): 9 United Torah Judaism (ultra-Orthodox): 7 Religious Zionism (far-right): 6 ___ ANTI-NETANYAHU, 57 seats Yesh Atid (centrist): 17 Blue and White (centrist): 8 Yisrael Beitenu (secular right): 7...
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won the elections held this Tuesday in Israel and it brushes the majority with its ultra-Orthodox and far-right partners with 59 seats, according to the exit polls published at the closing of the polling stations. The right-wing party Yamina Naftali Benet gets between 7 and 8 seats and its possible support would allow Netanyahu to form a government by surpassing the majority of 61 seats of the 120 that make up the Israeli Parliament (Knesset). Netanyahu’s main rival, the centrist Yair Lapid from Yesh atid would get between 16 and 18 seats, and the Labor Party traces with 7 seats. The centrist Blue and white of Beny Gantz, and the leftist Meretz, who were struggling to pass the electoral threshold, would win between 7-8 and 6-7 seats, respectively. The Arab United List would lose seats to 8 or 9 deputies; and the Islamist Raam, who broke away from the coalition, does not exceed the electoral threshold. The far-right and secular Israel Our Home, led by Avigdor Liberman, and opposed to negotiating with Netanyahu,...
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to dissolve the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Department of Homeland Security in a massive overhaul to the immigration system after it was revealed Joe Biden reopened facilities for housing unaccompanied minors arriving at the border. 'It's only 2 [months] into this admin & our fraught, unjust immigration system will not transform in that time,' the New York progressive representative posted to Twitter Tuesday evening. 'That's why bold reimagination is so [important.]' She asserted: 'DHS shouldn't exist, agencies should be reorganized, ICE gotta go, ban for-profit detention, create climate refugee status & more.' The far-left congresswoman is also pushing a proposal by fellow Democratic Representative Pramila Jayapal demanding the U.S. let in refugees fleeing an area due to climate change – known as 'climate refugees'. AOC blasted the administration for reopening a temporary influx center for unaccompanied minors in Carrizo Springs, Texas and another shelter in Miami, Florida called Homestead. 'This is not okay, never has been okay, never will be okay - no matter the administration or party, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Tuesday. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called Tuesday...
    Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera said Sunday that President Joe Biden “wants to get along” but nevertheless is “governing from the left.” After an inauguration speech that called for unity, Biden quickly signed a series of executive orders that rolled back many of the policies set by former President Donald Trump on energy, the environment, and immigration. “Does unity for Joe Biden mean more about manners?” asked “Fox & Friends” weekend co-anchor Will Cain, who argued that the president’s policies so far “don’t look like moderate, centrist, or a unifying factor.” WATCH: “I think Joe Biden wants to get along,” Rivera noted. “But … I do believe that he’s going to govern and is governing from the left.” “Those executive orders going back to the Paris Climate Accord and some of the other international deals that President Trump pulled us out of, by embracing with his executive orders voluminous — remember how criticized Trump was when he used the executive order — but I think that Joe Biden is declaring himself as a left of center rather than a...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – On Friday, Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio took a jab at President Joe Biden by tweeting a video criticizing the president just two days after being sworn-in. In the tweet, Senator Rubio calls Biden’s signing of executive orders as part of the ‘far-left’ agendas. “President Biden is talking like a centrist, but he is governing like someone from the far left,” Rubio said in the video. So far Biden has talked like a centrist but governed from the radical left pic.twitter.com/wVnARR4dta — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 22, 2021 Rubio ended the video by saying: “It’s not going to be a good one (administration) for the country and it’s not going to be a good one for people — for working Americans and for your jobs.” More from CBSMiami.com Tesla’s Elon Musk Wants To Dig Tunnels To Alleviate Miami Traffic Jams Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Rent Luxury Miami Condo Near ‘Billionaire Bunker’ Property Trump Administration Gives Medicaid Gift To Florida President Biden has signed a pair of executive orders that were meant to offer a...
    Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted a video of himself Friday criticizing President Joe Biden’s executive orders, referring to them as ‘far-left’ agendas. “President Biden is talking like a centrist, he is using the words of the center, talking about unity, but he is governing like someone from the far left,” Rubio said in the video. In the first two days of his presidency, President Biden has issued two dozen executive actions and orders, Fox News reported, including a 100-day moratorium on deportations and ending the Keystone XL pipeline. The orders also included canceling the construction of the border wall, rejoining the World Health Organization, rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, ending the 1776 Commission and enforcing a mask mandate on federal property. (Related: Biden To Sign Record Number Of Executive Orders) “This is literally going down the wishlist of the far left and checking them all of. Some of them are incredibly dramatic and far-reaching in real life,” Rubio said. So far Biden has talked like a centrist but governed from the radical left pic.twitter.com/wVnARR4dta — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January...
    Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioLimbaugh falsely says Biden didn't win legitimately while reacting to inauguration NRSC chair says he'll back GOP incumbents against Trump primary challengers Senate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official MORE (R-Fla.) swiped at President Biden in a tweet on Friday, accusing the president of "talking like a centrist" but governing "from the radical left" on Biden's second full day in office. "President Biden is talking like a centrist, using the words of the center like unity, but governing like someone from the far left," Rubio said in a video posted to Twitter. "Number one, he has issued more executive fiats than anyone in such a short period of time, ever. More than Obama, more than Trump, anyone. Second, these aren't just normal executive fiats. This is literally going down the wishlist of the far-left and checking all of them off." So far Biden has talked like a centrist but governed from the radical left pic.twitter.com/wVnARR4dta— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 22, 2021   Rubio targeted Biden's signing of multiple executive orders within his first two days...
    The centrist Laschet succeeds Merkel at the head of the CDU
    Pardon me if I laugh when reporters tout that some politician they like is posing as being "above the fray." This fray is something reporters usually force politicians to confront. If politicians are effortlessly floating above it, reporters are allowing it. The day House Democrats forced through a very rushed second impeachment of President Donald Trump, a New York Times front-page headline below the fold read, "Biden Stays Above the Fray To Focus on Mounting Crises." Translation: "Biden Allowed to Pose as Bravely Focusing on the People's Business, With Our Help." Reporters Michael Shear and Michael Crowley were mere Mike-rophones for the Biden message. Biden "has maintained a studied cool, staying largely removed from the searing debate that culminated on Wednesday with President Trump's impeachment and keeping his focus on battling a deadly pandemic, reviving a faltering economy and lowering the political temperature," they wrote. BIDEN ANNOUNCES ANITA DUNN AS SENIOR ADVISER, TJ DUCKLO AS DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY IN ADDITIONS TO WH STAFF He had a "studied cool" as he spent the last week "honing policy proposals and introducing new...
    There's a new, powerful gang in the Senate. Centrist Democrats, who make up a handful of lawmakers in the Senate, are the new doorkeepers to a sweeping Democratic agenda set to become law in the Biden administration. Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly of Arizona, Jon Tester of Montana, and Michael Bennet of Colorado will be under intense pressure to vote with fellow Democrats on key agenda items that can pass with 51 votes. They could get asked to provide the simple majority needed to rid the Senate of the 60-vote threshold required to pass most legislation. The Senate is poised to flip to Democratic control after Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff were declared the winners in two Georgia Senate races, beating Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. Democrats Wednesday declared victory and celebrated their move to the majority as of Jan. 20, when the Senate's 50-50 split gets tipped in their favor with the tiebreaking vote of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. "For too long, much-needed help has been stalled or diluted...
    More On: Max Rose Outgoing SI Rep. Max Rose files paperwork to explore 2021 mayoral bid How the mayor pushed south Brooklyn, Staten Island to vote Republican Max Rose concedes congressional race to Nicole Malliotakis At least 26 lawsuits filed in NY legislative races amid mail-in ballot count There was a time when someone like Max Rose would have been considered an ideal candidate for mayor. The question is whether even the catastrophic consequences of allowing the left to run the city into the ground is enough to make it possible for someone viewed as a centrist Democrat to have a chance. Rose, who was defeated for re-election to Congress from his district in Staten Island and a slice of Brooklyn last month, is wasting no time in shifting his attention to a run for City Hall. And, in theory, there might be a path to victory for someone like him. After all, two terms of Mayor de Blasio’s incompetence should have Democrats turning to a centrist next year. The left-wing belief in “bail reform” and contempt for the...
    Democrats should stop pressing “defund the police” and other hot-button social issues if they want to stay competitive in 2022, according to new research from longtime Democratic pollster Douglas Schoen. “The data says to me that if the Democrats go the progressive route they can lose the House and the Senate overwhelmingly in 2022,” Schoen told The Post. “The incoming Biden administration has to understand that unless they take a moderate path, that is a likely potential outcome for the Democrats.” Schoen is a longtime pollster for Mike Bloomberg, who worked on the billionaire’s fly-by-night presidential campaign. His firm, Schoen Cooperman Research, spoke to 1,000 respondents in a post-election poll between Nov. 8 and 9. When asked whether Joe Biden’s victory was a “mandate for centrist policies” or a “mandate for progressive policies,” 62% of respondents said centrist, compared to just 28% for progressive. The survey also found that the party was hurt in down-ballot races by the “defund the police” movement championed by progressives. A total of 35% of voters said the issue made them “less likely to...
    Over the weekend, action star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — who calls himself a “political centrist” — endorsed Democrat Joe Biden and his far-left VP candidate, Kamala Harris, for the 2020 elections. The announcement spurred radio talk show giant Mark Levin to slam “The Rock” for abandoning his supposed centrism. The Rock posted a fawning remote video “interview” with Biden and Harris that many said made a mockery of his self-professed “centrist ideologies,” as he says of himself in the video. As a political independent & centrist, I’ve voted for both parties in the past. In this critical presidential election, I’m endorsing @JoeBiden & @KamalaHarris. Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, KINDNESS & RESPECT. We must ALL VOTE: https://t.co/rZi1mxh8DC pic.twitter.com/auLbc8xDBv — Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 27, 2020 But while Johnson puffs himself up as a moderate, talker Levin points out the logical fallacy in The Rock’s display of politics. Levin slammed Johnson for abandoning his “centrism.” “By the way, to show you what a clown ‘the Rock’ truly is, he says he’s a centrist and Independent, yet he’s...
    Conservative radio show host Mark Levin described actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a “self-righteous egomaniac” after his endorsement of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. “Self-righteous egomaniac. And why should we care who another actor endorses? What a surprise, he endorses the Democrats,” Levin tweeted Monday. “Well, then, let’s stop thinking for ourselves, no longer worry about the Republic, vote for a mentally incapacitated lifetime political hack, because ‘the Rock’ is stupid enough to do so. Uh, no.” 1. Self-righteous egomaniac.And why should we care who another actor endorses? What a surprise, he endorses the Democrats.— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) September 28, 2020 “By the way, to show you what a clown ‘the Rock’ truly is, he says he’s a centrist and Independent, yet he’s effusive in his support for Kamala Harris, who’s the most leftwing senator in the Senate (left of Sanders!), and was the most vicious and vile hack of the bunch during Brett Kavanaugh‘s confirmation hearings. This should make you even more active in re-electing President Trump,” Levin continued. Johnson publicly endorsed a candidate for...
    Breaking the habit of a lifetime, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson just endorsed a presidential ticket, posting an Instagram video where he declares support for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Hide In the video, Johnson describes himself as “a registered Independent for years now, with centrist ideologies,” confirming that he’d voted for both parties in the past. But due to the historic importance of the 2020 election, he decided to make a public endorsement for the first time, bringing Biden and Harris in for a video conversation about their values. Johnson describes Harris as a “certified badass” and compliments Biden on his “great compassion, heart and drive” before asking a simple question: How will they earn the American public’s respect in the White House? Hide View this post on Instagram As a political independent and centrist for many years, I’ve voted for Democrats in the past and as well as Republican. In this critical election, I believe Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the best to lead our country, and as my first ever (public) Presidential endorsement, I proudly endorse...
    Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson publicly endorsed, for the first time, a candidate for president, praising former Vice President Joe Biden as the "best choice" for the United States. “As a registered Independent for years now with centrist ideologies, I do feel that Vice President Biden and Senator Harris are the best choice to lead our country, and I am endorsing them to become president and vice president,” Johnson said in a video posted to Instagram on Sunday. View this post on Instagram As a political independent and centrist for many years, I’ve voted for Democrats in the past and as well as Republican. In this critical election, I believe Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the best to lead our country, and as my first ever (public) Presidential endorsement, I proudly endorse them for the presidential office of our United States. Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, grit, kindness and respect. Being KIND & RESPECTFUL to one another will always matter. Now we must ALL VOTE, so hit the link up top ???????? and I’ll help you...
    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden Sunday marking the first time he has ever endorsed a politician at any level. Johnson, Biden and Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris each announced the endorsement on social media early Sunday morning. Johnson said that he has “centrist ideologies” in the endorsement video that he tweeted. “As a political independent & centrist, I’ve voted for both parties in the past. In this critical presidential election, I’m endorsing @JoeBiden & @KamalaHarris,” Johnson tweeted. He continued: “Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, KINDNESS & RESPECT.” As a political independent & centrist, I’ve voted for both parties in the past. In this critical presidential election, I’m endorsing @JoeBiden & @KamalaHarris. Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, KINDNESS & RESPECT. We must ALL VOTE: https://t.co/rZi1mxh8DC pic.twitter.com/auLbc8xDBv — Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 27, 2020 The trio also posted a video of a conversation they had about the importance of the upcoming election. Johnson’s posts on Instagram and Twitter garnered millions of views almost immediately. “When you’re honest with a scenario and...
    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is getting political. The former WWE champion-turned-Hollywood star announced his endorsement of the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket in a video released on Sunday. In the video, Johnson said he has never publicly endorsed a president before, but felt the need to take action ahead of the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3. He explained in the video that, “As a registered independent for years now with centrist ideologies, I do feel that Vice President Biden and Sen. Harris are the best choice to lead our country.” MORE: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson purchases XFL in $15m deal Johnson — who recently partnered with Dany Garcia and RedBird Capital to buy the XFL — said he has been a registered independent with centrist ideologies for years, but is voting Democrat in 2020. The Rock topped Forbes’ list of highest-paid actors for the second year in a row, with reported earnings of $87.5 million. He has entertained the idea of running for president in the past, and he still hasn’t ruled that out entirely.
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s decision to endorse a host of centrist House Democrats from fossil fuel states could provide the business group leverage to temper aggressive climate change legislation in a Joe Biden administration. Some centrist Democrats in tight reelection races whom the Chamber is planning to endorse, such as Rep. Kendra Horn of Oklahoma, have suggested they are not on board with a top-down Biden approach to climate change. The Chamber’s endorsement of members, including Horn, is designed to encourage them to work with Republicans to hold the line, according to lobbyists and energy industry officials. “The Chamber is acknowledging that the Democrats are nearly certain to retain control of the House and that a Biden win is likely, so having a few Democrat allies on the Hill is beneficial to their cause,” said Dan Eberhart, a Republican donor and CEO of the oil services company Canary. “I suspect the ultimate aim of the Chamber is to ensure Republicans plus some Democrats equals a pro-fossil fuel majority in the lower chamber.” The Chamber, long viewed by Democrats as...
    Amy Klobuchar made the case for former foe Joe Biden on the opening night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, while criticizing President Trump over his opposition to funding the U.S. Postal Service. "Unity isn't about settling. It's about striving for something more. It isn't the end, it's the means it's how we get stuff done," the 13-year Minnesota senator told Democrats of the two-term vice president. She added of Trump, "The president may hate the Post Office, but he's still going to have to send them a change of address card come January." Klobuchar, once the top prosecutor for her Minneapolis-anchored county, was a vice presidential contender before civil unrest gripped her home state, and the rest of the country, after George Floyd, a black man, died while being arrested by a squad of white police officers. "This is a historic moment, and America must seize on this moment," Klobuchar told MSNBC. "I truly believe, as I actually told the vice president last night when I called him, that I think this is a moment to put a woman...
    By the point the 2020 marketing campaign ends, president-in-waiting Kamala Harris can have been reworked into the best exemplar of even handed centrism and political level-headedness in American historical past. “Kamala Harris comes from the middle-of-the-road, average wing of the Democratic Social gathering,” claims George Stephanopoulos. Although The New York Instances was the primary to name Joe Biden’s working mate a “pragmatic average,” CNN concurred, as did a reporter on CNBC, who famous that Harris is “broadly thought of a average Democrat.” The Related Press claims she was picked for her “centrist file.” A author for New York journal wonders if progressives will ever be capable to discover it of their hearts to forgive Harris’s “moderation.” David Byler at The Washington Submit ratchets it up by declaring Harris is a “small-‘c’ conservative.” Skilled political analysts marveled on the alleged incongruity of the dueling GOP accusations that Harris was each a hardcore left-winger and “a cop,” as if using state drive is by some means alien to progressive ideological goals. I’ve information for you: Practically each coverage Harris helps will...
    By the time the 2020 campaign ends, president-in-waiting Kamala Harris will have been transformed into the greatest exemplar of judicious centrism and political level-headedness in American history. “Kamala Harris comes from the middle-of-the-road, moderate wing of the Democratic Party,” claims George Stephanopoulos. Though The New York Times was the first to call Joe Biden’s running mate a “pragmatic moderate,” CNN concurred, as did a reporter on CNBC, who noted that Harris is “widely considered a moderate Democrat.” The Associated Press claims she was picked for her “centrist record.” A writer for New York magazine wonders if progressives will ever be able to find it in their hearts to forgive Harris’s “moderation.” David Byler at The Washington Post ratchets it up by declaring Harris is a “small-‘c’ conservative.” Professional political analysts marveled at the alleged incongruity of the dueling GOP accusations that Harris was both a hardcore left-winger and “a cop,” as if the use of state force is somehow alien to progressive ideological aims. I have news for you: Nearly every policy Harris supports will entail compelling Americans to participate....
    New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss has announced she has quit in a scathing resignation letter that slams the newspaper for fostering an 'illiberal environment' and censoring centrist opinions. Weiss, who joined the Times in 2017, said the paper of record was among the media institutions now betraying their standards and losing sight of their principles as she accused them of only publishing stories that 'satisfy the narrowest of audiences'.    In her lengthy resignation later addressed to publisher A.G. Sulzberger and posted on her website on Tuesday, Weiss claimed that intellectual curiosity and risk-taking was now a 'liability' at the Times. The controversial editor and writer said the opinions of those on Twitter had become the newspaper's 'ultimate editor'. Weiss also accused the outlet of creating a 'hostile work environment' for employees that had anything other than left-of-center views.   She says this mentality has resulted in her being constantly bullied by coworkers who have called her a 'Nazi and a racist' because of her 'own forays into Wrongthink'.  New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss has announced she has quit in a...
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Nearly complete results in the first round of Poland’s weekend presidential election show that the conservative incumbent, Andrzej Duda, won nearly 44% of the votes, putting him significantly ahead of all others but short of outright victory. The results from Sunday’s election also show that Duda’s main rival, the centrist Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski finished second with slightly over 30%. The two will next face each other in a runoff on July 12 in what is shaping up as a suspenseful and competitive race. Poland’s state electoral commission announced the results of the election on Monday morning based on a count of 99.78% of all votes. The final results could differ slightly. It is a slightly better result for Duda than was predicted by an exit poll on Sunday evening, which had him at nearly 42%. It reflects the popularity he has among many conservative and rural Poles for the mix of social conservatism and generous welfare spending espoused by him and the ruling party that backs him, Law and Justice. Nine other candidates who ran...
    Centrist politician Micheal Martin became Ireland’s prime minister Saturday, fusing two longtime rival parties into a coalition four months after an election that upended the status quo. The deal will see Martin’s Fianna Fail govern with Fine Gael — the party of outgoing leader Leo Varadkar —and with the smaller Green Party. Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, bitter opponents whose roots lie in opposing sides of the civil war that followed Ireland’s independence from the United Kingdom, have never before formed a government together. “I believe civil war politics ended a long time ago in our country, but today civil war politics ends in our parliament,’’ Varadkhar said. “Two great parties coming together with another great party, the Green Party, to offer what this country needs, a stable government for the betterment of our country and for the betterment of our world.'' IRISH SEND FUNDS TO CORONAVIRUS-HIT NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY, RETURNING NEARLY 200-YEAR-OLD FAVOR Fianna Fail party leader Micheal Martin leaves the Dail government in Dublin, where he has been officially elected as the new Irish Premier, Saturday June...
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