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One theory of the Tanden nomination was that Biden

knew she wouldn't fly, so he offered her up as 

a sacrifice to get the Republicans to go along with

the rest of his major nominations.

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17 hours ago, Cliff Varnell said:

He needs Murkowski to approve Tanden — a long shot.

He needs Manchin to approve $15 — no shot.

I stand corrected. Apparently they didn't fight for either.

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23 minutes ago, Andrew Prutsok said:

I stand corrected. Apparently they didn't fight for either.

I heard someone say Biden should appoint Hillary in an acting role to every cabinet position Republicans refuse to approve.

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I've never understood what a minimum wage increase has to do with covid relief for small businesses, people who need unemployment benefits, etc. Nor do I understand why the increase drives up the cost of the relief bill, since it's not the government that would be paying the wages. I assume that most government jobs already pay a decent wage, so the bill wouldn't be giving them raises, increasing the cost of government. But this is why I'm not an economist.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Andrew Prutsok said:

I stand corrected. Apparently they didn't fight for either.

Fighting? Tanden 's been dead for a week. Biden  met with Manchin probably saw it useless. It just wasn't at all a progressive victory for the Dems in the 2020 election. It was the narrowest of margins.

The political reality is if you're a person who wants the biggest stimulus check you can get and a $15 minimum wage for all. Your person in Washington is Nancy Pelosi, believe it or not. If she had her way, you'd probably be $6000 dollars richer by now!  She probably would have cut you a $1500 check starting last May, and every quarter since, or maybe $600 every month. People would have been able to plan much better knowing they would at least  have had that income.

Pelosi was holding out for more in October to try to compensate for the fact that she could only cut one check up to that one point. Trump waved the white flag, abandoned his Republican Party and conceded to his enemy, Pelosi,and came tagging along, even though he never gave a crap about aid for the 6 months prior,  thinking if he could buy votes by  giving people a $2000 check with his name on it, he might be able to salvage the election. But even that was a pipe dream! Pelosi has completely out maneuvered Trump for the last 2 years! He's probably never been emasculated like that by a woman before!

I haven't received my $600 check yet, and was told by the IRS that if I didn't receive it by now, I can deduct from in my 2020 taxes. I don't really need a $1400 check, but I'm sure as hell not going to turn it down after paying taxes all my life.

It's a bifurcated economy and people are either not missing a stitch or financially in horrible shape. Of course, a massive outlay of 1.9 trillion is debt to be paid off in the future, and is saddling those of us who have children with a  enormous debt. Of course, we've have been saying that for years. For those of us who remember 19% interest rates, when we were young, they've done a remarkable job at taming inflation through monetary policy. But can we count on that forever? '

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10 hours ago, James DiEugenio said:

Biden pulled Tanden. 

He should have never nominated her in the first place.

 

 

Yep. Tactical error or sacrificial nominee?? Good question.

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8 hours ago, Joseph McBride said:

One theory of the Tanden nomination was that Biden

knew she wouldn't fly, so he offered her up as 

a sacrifice to get the Republicans to go along with

the rest of his major nominations.

Just saw this. Yeah I think that's the case.

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1 hour ago, Kirk Gallaway said:

Fighting? Tanden 's been dead for a week. Biden  met with Manchin probably saw it useless. It just wasn't at all a progressive victory for the Dems in the 2020 election. It was the narrowest of margins.

The political reality is if you're a person who wants the biggest stimulus check you can get and a $15 minimum wage for all. Your person in Washington is Nancy Pelosi, believe it or not. If she had her way, you'd probably be $6000 dollars richer by now!  She probably would have cut you a $1500 check starting last May, and every quarter since, or maybe $600 every month. People would have been able to plan much better knowing they would at least  have had that income.

Pelosi was holding out for more in October to try to compensate for the fact that she could only cut one check up to that one point. Trump waved the white flag, abandoned his Republican Party and conceded to his enemy, Pelosi,and came tagging along, even though he never gave a crap about aid for the 6 months prior,  thinking if he could buy votes by  giving people a $2000 check with his name on it, he might be able to salvage the election. But even that was a pipe dream! Pelosi has completely out maneuvered Trump for the last 2 years! He's probably never been emasculated like that by a woman before!

I haven't received my $600 check yet, and was told by the IRS that if I didn't receive it by now, I can deduct from in my 2020 taxes. I don't really need a $1400 check, but I'm sure as hell not going to turn it down after paying taxes all my life.

It's a bifurcated economy and people are either not missing a stitch or financially in horrible shape. Of course, a massive outlay of 1.9 trillion is debt to be paid off in the future, and is saddling those of us who have children with a  enormous debt. Of course, we've have been saying that for years. For those of us who remember 19% interest rates, when we were young, they've done a remarkable job at taming inflation through monetary policy. But can we count on that forever? '

Right on KIRK!

Well said my Berkeley brother.

Unlike you however, and like tens of millions of others in this country my wife and daughter and I "do really need" that $1,400 check.

My daughter and wife lost their benefitted jobs in the middle of last year due to the Covid crisis.

Unemployment is barely enough for us to pay the rent. I have thousands due in medical co-pay bills. Three times now our cars ( mine is a 14 year old junker-other two are 9 years old. ) have needed $1,000+ repair work jobs in the last 7 months.

Trump and his cheapskate Repub minions gave out one $1,200 stimulus help check in the entire 2020 year! Then one dinky $600 check in January?

$1,800 dollars ( even doubled for two resident households ) helped most get through ONE MONTH of financial needs.

You are so right, lower than $75,000 previous year household income Covid job loss citizens should have had monthly help all 12 months.

Many reports in the news now about renters unable to pay their rents and who owe up to or beyond $10,000 just for that expense! Some even $20,000!

Trump left tens of millions of real provable job and income lost Americans to twist in the Covid stressed wind.

I don't know how many of them are even making it.

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Trump Served With Civil Rights Lawsuit After Capitol Riot

Attorneys for Rep. Bennie Thompson and the NAACP have served the former president at his Mar-a-Lago club with a lawsuit filed in February.

By Adam Rawnsley and Asawin Suebsaeng Mar. 03, 2021

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-served-with-rep-bennie-thompsons-civil-rights-lawsuit-after-capitol-riot?ref=home

“Attorneys for Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and the NAACP have served former President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago club with a lawsuit filed against him in February.

The suit names Trump alongside his attorney Rudy Giuliani and the right wing extremist groups, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, as co-defendants and builds off the 1871 “Ku Klux Klan Act,” which was “intended to protect against conspiracies, through violence and intimidation, that sought to prevent Members of Congress from discharging their official duties,” according to a complaint.

Trump advisers did not immediately provide comment on who, if anyone, at this point is representing the former president for this lawsuit. When Trump was served, it was merely signed for by a “Ricky,” according to the court document.”

Steve Thomas

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Shocker.  Trump's flying monkey at the Pentagon-- acting Sec Def Chris Miller-- blocked D.C. security during the January 6th coup attempt.

(Trump fired Mark Esper after the November election and appointed Miller acting Sec Def in a move that raised serious concerns about the transition to Biden's presidency.)

D.C. National Guard Commander Recalls 3-Hour Delay In Approval On Jan. 6 : NPR

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5 hours ago, Kirk Gallaway said:

Fighting? Tanden 's been dead for a week. Biden  met with Manchin probably saw it useless. It just wasn't at all a progressive victory for the Dems in the 2020 election. It was the narrowest of margins.

The political reality is if you're a person who wants the biggest stimulus check you can get and a $15 minimum wage for all. Your person in Washington is Nancy Pelosi, believe it or not. If she had her way, you'd probably be $6000 dollars richer by now!  She probably would have cut you a $1500 check starting last May, and every quarter since, or maybe $600 every month. People would have been able to plan much better knowing they would at least  have had that income.

Pelosi was holding out for more in October to try to compensate for the fact that she could only cut one check up to that one point. Trump waved the white flag, abandoned his Republican Party and conceded to his enemy, Pelosi,and came tagging along, even though he never gave a crap about aid for the 6 months prior,  thinking if he could buy votes by  giving people a $2000 check with his name on it, he might be able to salvage the election. But even that was a pipe dream! Pelosi has completely out maneuvered Trump for the last 2 years! He's probably never been emasculated like that by a woman before!

I haven't received my $600 check yet, and was told by the IRS that if I didn't receive it by now, I can deduct from in my 2020 taxes. I don't really need a $1400 check, but I'm sure as hell not going to turn it down after paying taxes all my life.

It's a bifurcated economy and people are either not missing a stitch or financially in horrible shape. Of course, a massive outlay of 1.9 trillion is debt to be paid off in the future, and is saddling those of us who have children with a  enormous debt. Of course, we've have been saying that for years. For those of us who remember 19% interest rates, when we were young, they've done a remarkable job at taming inflation through monetary policy. But can we count on that forever? '

Prior to the Georgia runoff they (Democrats, including Joe Biden) promised people $2,000 checks if they won. That's why they won. Here it is two months later and nothing and Biden keeps trying to whittle it down and the Senate keeps delaying. Do you think people aren't going to remember this in the midterms? And most developed countries in the world have been taking better care of their people through this than the U.S. 

Yes, I want a more progressive agenda/society and I knew Joe Biden wasn't going to deliver that. I still prefer him to Trump but that doesn't mean he gets a free pass for this, bombing Syria, shitting all over student debt relief, recognizing the coup leader in Venezuela...lots there to criticize.

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6 hours ago, Andrew Prutsok said:

Prior to the Georgia runoff they (Democrats, including Joe Biden) promised people $2,000 checks if they won. That's why they won. Here it is two months later and nothing and Biden keeps trying to whittle it down and the Senate keeps delaying. Do you think people aren't going to remember this in the midterms? And most developed countries in the world have been taking better care of their people through this than the U.S. 

Yes, I want a more progressive agenda/society and I knew Joe Biden wasn't going to deliver that. I still prefer him to Trump but that doesn't mean he gets a free pass for this, bombing Syria, shitting all over student debt relief, recognizing the coup leader in Venezuela...lots there to criticize.

Why are you directing this at me? The only thing I said even remotely concerning Biden was really about Manchin and the $15 dollar minimum wage.

But I do remember you showing us an editorial  you wrote your readership in October where you praised Trump  when he jumped on  the Democrat bandwagon toward a $2000 payment to everyone, after he was party to denying you any kind of check from May to October, but you didn't tell your readership that.  You made a reference to Trump caring about them when in reality it was a very transparent move to try to give everybody a check that he insists must have his name on it,  to try to save his election prospects.

The big problem in the U.S. is that people don't vote in their interest. You even said, though Thank God not in your editorial, that Nancy Pelosi was going to "do nothing" about  getting these checks and what I'm telling you now is that if you're eagerly awaiting those checks, she is your number one champion in Washington, and its not even close! The reason you didn't get that $2000 or near it is Mitch Mac Connell, and his Senate. Period!

We have a President and a bi cameral legislature, that are involved in this process. Throughout the Trump presidency during the covid pandemic, in 9 months in 2020, you got one check worth $600 (if single). If you didn't like that, did you tell your readership? If you're like most people, You've already got one check in the first 2 months of 2021,  and maybe you got your hopes up for a $2000 payment and will be bitter that you're probably only going to get another one for around $1400.  But if Mitch Mac Connell was still in charge, do you realize Andrew, more that half the Senate Republicans think we're starting an economic recovery, and don't think you deserve anything! You'd probably get nothing! At the most  another one time check for $600. (that you probably already got in January!)

Where you're probably going to get $1400, and from what I understand it's somewhat open ended that you'll probably get more checks, particularly if the economy isn't recovering.   

I'm sorry, I'm just giving you the facts, and if it's also of interest to your readership, they should know to.

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        The most nauseating thing about the current GOP obstruction of Biden nominees is that these are many of the same Senators who rubber-stamped the nominations of several of the worst Cabinet appointees in history, for Trump-- Betsy DeVos, Scott Pruitt, Louis DeJoy, Ben Carson, Mick Mulvaney, Bill Barr, et.al.

        Ted Cruz just voted in committee against Merrick Garland's appointment as AG, then Cruz falsely claimed that Garland had refused to answer questions from the Judiciary Committee!

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