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  • New York Lawmakers Pass Bill to Limit Cuomo’s Powers
    Saturday - 03/06/2021 - 07:10 AM

    “Democrats in the New York Legislature on Friday took their most concrete step against an increasingly embattled Gov. Andrew Cuomo, passing a bill that imposes some limits on his king-like emergency powers as they grow increasingly frustrated with the leader of their party,” Politico reports.

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  • Biden Rejects Fears of Overheated Economy
    Saturday - 03/06/2021 - 07:22 AM

    “With a $1.9 trillion economic aid package on the brink of passing Congress and the pace of vaccinations picking up, some economists, Republican lawmakers and Wall Street traders are increasingly raising a counterintuitive concern: that the economy, still emerging from its precipitous pandemic-induced drop, could be on a path toward overheating,” the New York Times reports.

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  • Informant Testifies on Whitmer Kidnapping Plot
    Friday - 03/05/2021 - 10:10 PM

    This is quite a story from the Detroit Free Press:
    “A confidential FBI informant testified Friday in a Jackson court about being embedded for months alongside leaders of a group accused of plotting to kidnap Gov.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Missouri House Staffer Fired for Protesting Lack of Masks
    Friday - 03/05/2021 - 04:04 PM

    “A former employee of the Missouri House of Representatives filed a lawsuit this week alleging he was fired for raising concerns to legislative leadership about the lack of a statehouse mask mandate,” the Kansas City Star reports.

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  • Ron Johnson Leaning Towards Not Running
    Friday - 03/05/2021 - 05:02 PM

    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told the Wisconsin State Journal that he hasn’t yet decided whether he’ll run for his seat in 2022, although he said keeping to his pledge to not seek a third term is “probably my preference now.”

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  • Ron Johnson AWOL
    Friday - 03/05/2021 - 10:01 AM

    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) forced Senate clerks last night to read the entire pandemic relief bill over more than 10 hours, yet he wasn’t there to object this morning when Democrats reduced debate on the bill from to just three hours instead of 20.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Pressure Builds on Biden to Back Ending Filibuster
    Friday - 03/05/2021 - 11:00 AM

    “Pressure is building on President Biden, a longtime backer of traditional Washington rules, to do away with the filibuster and other procedures, as Democrats press him to seize what could be a fleeting moment of power to enact a progressive agenda,” the Washington Post reports.

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  • A Big Bet on Centrism
    Friday - 03/05/2021 - 11:39 AM

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  • Quote of the Day
    Friday - 03/05/2021 - 12:05 PM

    “I was one of the worst waiters in the history of the country but I was a waiter.”
    — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), quoted by the Washington Post, on raising the tipped minimum wage.

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  • Texas Opts Not to Reverse $16 Billion Electric Overcharge
    Friday - 03/05/2021 - 01:04 PM

    “The Public Utility Commission of Texas on Friday signaled it didn’t intend to reverse $16 billion in electric overcharges that an independent market monitor had flagged as stemming from the state’s weeklong blackouts,” the Wall Street Journal reports.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share