Has anyone seen or heard from Secretary @stevenmnuchin1 since last week? His negotiation on behalf of the President led to bipartisan bill, passed overwhelmingly, that the president won’t sign. How does he have the credibility to stay in that job? Or at least that role?
It’s a serious question. Who in the Trump admin could walk into Pelosi’s or McConnell’s office right now and say: The President will sign X, and they’d believe it. Jared? Without that person, how does this manufactured crisis end before Jan 20?
Meanwhile, today I interviewed a Pennsylvania grandmother who is losing her unemployment, and who told me "panic mode has now kicked in."

This isn't theoretical. Real people need help, period.
"Everyone who has ever tried to speak for Donald Trump has had their legs cut out from under them eventually.” - @MarkWarner on Mnuchin in this smart @JStein_WaPo piece washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2020…

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21 Dec
Folks! The bill is on the move!
The bill comes in at 5593 pages. Better get reading.
.@frankthorp does the math: You’d have to read 560 pages an hour to finish it before midnight
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3 Dec
I keep thinking that Democrats have lost a messaging battle in fighting for shorthand "state and local" COVID aid money. If you hammer (and if the legislation reflects) that this is money to keep EMTs, firefighters and cops, etc employed, you're making a more compelling argument.
Original framing of the HEROES act nailed this - supporting our heroes in the pandemic fight, but over time, the "state and local" shorthand for that portion of the bill has gotten a bit radioactive.
And some of this may be our fault in the political press... I certainly can't wash my hands of it. Being more specific always helps.
Read 4 tweets
1 Dec
MCCONNELL says he and @GOPLeader have been in touch with Mnuchin & Meadows at the White House about a COVID relief bill that “the president would, in fact, sign” - so basically working backwards from Trump signature to something that could pass GOP senate.
He doesn’t sound particularly enthusiastic about the bipartisan framework unveiled earlier today.
Sounds like McConnell will take what he knows the president will sign on COVID relief, which his members will support, attach it to the must-pass government funding Bill, and dare House Dems to block the whole thing
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6 Oct
BREAKING: The president just pulled the plug on COVID relief negotiations until after the election.
Even if the president is re-elected, and if Republicans hold the Senate, AND if they take the House - the new congress isn't seated until January. If this holds, COVID relief/stimulus is now a long, long way off for Americans.
Setting aside the millions & millions of Americans who are desperate for some kind of help from their government right now, this feels like political malpractice. Opposition party is trying to give you TRILLIONS that would prop up economy in last month of election... & you walk?
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24 Sep
Sometimes it takes awhile for a Trump story/scandal to penetrate the general public. Take this totally anecdotal observation for what it’s worth, but the first two voters I’ve interviewed at polling place in Warren, MI today brought up the transfer of power comments unprompted.
Here's Valerie, a hospital lab tech, on those comments: "I was shocked. I feel as though what -- how could he not? If you're voted out dude, you just gotta walk out. And I mean you can't just fight it. What's the-- that's a child. You know what I mean? He's acting like a child."
And Linda:

GH: Something to get attention or do you think he means it?

LT: Get attention. he's a spoiled child. So uh *laughs* so he does things to get attention and to uh distract you from other things.
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18 Sep
I cannot describe how surreal it is to watch President Trump give his generic rally speech tonight in Minnesota. Meanwhile the entire political earth has shifted under his feet while he’s been on stage, and he has no idea.
Trump is telling a story about the Battle of Gettysburg and someone in the crowd just yelled “Ginsburg just died!” The crowd near the shouter has hushed. The President didn’t appear to hear it.
The President may be the only person, among thousands here, who doesn’t know.
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