Political Wire

  • Democrats Looking Anew at a Carbon Tax
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 04:34 AM

    “Opposition from a single moderate Democrat to corporate and income tax rate increases has revived efforts in the Senate to draft a tax on carbon dioxide pollution as a way to pay for the Democrats’ proposed $3.5 billion budget bill,” the New York Times reports.

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • Election Challenges Distracted from Covid Response
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 05:03 AM

    “White House officials prioritized President Donald Trump’s attempt to challenge the election over the pandemic response last winter, according to emails obtained by the House select subcommittee probing the government’s coronavirus response,” the Washington Post reports.

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • The Constitutional Crisis Is Here
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 06:09 AM

    Robert Kagan: “The United States is heading into its greatest political and constitutional crisis since the Civil War, with a reasonable chance over the next three to four years of incidents of mass violence, a breakdown of federal authority, and the division of the country into warring red and blue enclaves.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Pelosi to Bring Reconciliation Bill to Floor
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 06:30 AM

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been privately telling House committee chairmen and members that she wants to bring the reconciliation bill to the floor next week, Politico reports.

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • Germany’s Election Is Up for Grabs
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 08:11 AM

    With just two days until Election Day, Germany’s election is wide open, the Financial Times reports.

    “Never before have Germans faced such a broad spectrum of possible electoral outcomes. Angela Merkel is quitting the political battlefield and the army of voters the chancellor once commanded is now up for grabs.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Virginia Governor’s Race Is Now a Toss Up
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 08:37 AM

    Cook Political Report: “We can no longer say this is a contest where the Democrat has the advantage. While many of the fundamentals favor McAuliffe — and we expect he still has a slight edge — it’s Youngkin who seems to have the enthusiasm on his side.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • 47 Million Say Biden Is ‘Illegitimate’ President
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 09:35 AM

    A new University of Chicago survey finds 47 million Americans believe “the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump and Joe Biden is an illegitimate president.”

    Of those, 21 million say Trump should be restored to office by force.

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • Select Committee Subpoenas Four Trump Aides
    Thursday - 09/23/2021 - 07:55 PM

    The Jan 6. select committee investigating the deadly Capitol riot has subpoenaed four aides to former President Trump for testimony and documents, Axios reports.

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • Democrats Decline to Release Details on Tax Framework
    Thursday - 09/23/2021 - 12:47 PM

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined to give details on the tax “framework” reached with the Senate and White House but called it “a giant step forward.”
    When a Roll Call reporter noted how it’s hard to understand how it’s a giant step forward without details, Pelosi said: “That’s your problem, not mine.”

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • Tears In the Oval Office
    Thursday - 09/23/2021 - 12:58 PM

    During an intense meeting at the White House on Wednesday, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) broke into tears while arguing her case to President Biden that the reconciliation bill should include a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, essential workers and farm workers, Politico reports.

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • Alaska Hospitals Struggle to Handle Outbreak
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 04:53 AM

    “Alaska, once a leader in vaccinating its citizens, is now in the throes of its worst coronavirus surge of the pandemic, as the Delta variant rips through the state, swamping hospitals with patients,” the New York Times reports.

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • CDC Chief Overrules Agency Panel on Boosters
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 05:04 AM

    “The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday overruled a recommendation by an agency advisory panel that had refused to endorse booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine for frontline workers,” the New York Times reports

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • Manchin Questions Medicare Expansion
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 06:24 AM

    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said “he doesn’t support expanding Medicare benefits without first addressing the program’s long-term solvency, again putting him at odds with Sen. Bernie Sanders and other key liberals as they negotiate President Joe Biden’s economic agenda,” Bloomberg reports.

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • Biden Sinks In the Swing Districts
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 07:03 AM

    Doubts about President Biden’s competence — on the Afghanistan exit, the border crisis and the pandemic — are driving double-digit drops in his approval in private polling in swing House seats, according to the Cook Political Report.

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • Quote of the Day
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 08:32 AM

    “This is Washington in 2021 — your hopes will be dashed.”

    — Bush Treasury official Tony Fratto, quoted by the New York Times.

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • What Are the Election ‘Audits’ Really About?
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 09:15 AM

    Jonathan Bernstein: “As with most things Trump, it’s hard to tell whether there’s method to any of this. Perhaps Trump really believes the conspiracy theories he spouts and thinks this is the way to prove them.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Texas Launches Election ‘Audit’ After Trump Pressure
    Thursday - 09/23/2021 - 11:23 PM

    “Eight and a half hours after former President Donald Trump made a public demand for Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas to back legislation to create a ‘forensic audit of the 2020 election,’ the Texas secretary of state’s office announced a ‘comprehensive forensic audit’ of the results from four of the state’s largest counties,” the New York Times reports,

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • Some GOP Senators Secretly Lobby House Colleagues
    Thursday - 09/23/2021 - 08:46 PM

    “The five Senate Republicans who helped negotiate and draft the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill have been privately courting their Republican colleagues to pass the measure in the House,” Axios reports.

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • McConaughey Confirms He’s Mulling Bid for Governor
    Thursday - 09/23/2021 - 12:54 PM

    Actor Matthew McConaughey really is considering a run for Texas governor, CBS Dallas-Fort Worth reports.
    Said McConaughey: “Well, thank you, man. I’m measuring it. Look, it’s going to be in some capacity… I’m more of a folksy and philosopher poet statesman than I am a, per se, definitive politician.”

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • Trump Flies South for Winter
    Thursday - 09/23/2021 - 01:02 PM

    Fox News: “A top adviser to the former president says that with the onset of autumn, Trump’s moved his residence and political operation back to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.”

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • Yellen Faces Her Biggest Test Yet
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 04:44 AM

    “When Janet Yellen was Federal Reserve chair in 2014, she faced a grilling from Republicans about whether the federal government had a plan if the nation’s borrowing limit was breached and measures to keep paying the country’s bills were exhausted,” the New York Times reports.

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • Arizona Election ‘Audit’ Confirms Biden Victory
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 05:04 AM

    “A Republican-commissioned review of nearly 2.1 million ballots cast last year in Arizona confirmed the accuracy of the official results and President Biden’s win in Maricopa County,” the

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • Grassley to Run for Re-Election
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 06:18 AM

    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced that he is running for re-election next year.

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • Senate Will Vote on Funding Bill on Monday
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 07:45 AM

    “Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer filed cloture late Thursday night to break a GOP filibuster of a House-passed government funding bill to keep federal agencies open until Dec. 3,” Punchbowl News reports.

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • Voters Want to Curb Influence of Big Tech
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 08:15 AM

    A new poll conducted for the Future of Tech Commission found that 80% of registered voters—83% of Democrats and 78% of Republicans—agreed the federal government “needs to do everything it can to curb the influence of big tech companies that have grown too powerful and now use our data to reach too far into our lives.”

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • Tariffs on Chinese Products Only Hurt U.S. Economy
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 09:29 AM

    South China Morning Post: “The trade war between the United States and China failed to prompt American businesses to leave the Chinese market, with costs from tariffs instead passed along to consumers, new research found.”

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • Bonus Quote of the Day
    Friday - 09/24/2021 - 09:39 AM

    “Madison Cawthorn can invoke coming bloodshed, and Paul Gosar can flirt with white nationalism, and they’re signing a letter asking to have me kicked out of the caucus. This is how far the Republican Party has fallen.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The GOP Attacks Its Own
    Thursday - 09/23/2021 - 08:50 PM

    “Republican super PACs are beating up on the party’s own candidates in key Senate primaries while Democratic groups largely hold their intra-party fire,” Axios reports.

    “The negative ads some Republican groups are directing at GOP candidates threaten to elevate damaging stories about them ahead of competitive fights that could determine control of the 50-50 Senate.”

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • Billionaires Paid Just 8.2% In Taxes
    Thursday - 09/23/2021 - 12:49 PM

    “The wealthiest 400 families in the United States are paying an average income tax rate of just 8.2%, according to a new analysis from the Biden administration,” CBS News reports.

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share
  • Michael Cohen Thinks Trump Is Bluffing About 2024
    Thursday - 09/23/2021 - 01:03 PM

    Michael Cohen told Insider he thinks Donald Trump is bluffing about possibly launching another bid for the White House.
    Said Cohen: “His insatiable need for attention is one reason he continues to flaunt this disingenuous 2024 run.”
    He added: “The other is he’s making more money doing that than anything he has ever done before.”

    More | Talk | Read It Later | Share