This is slipping by in many accounts of the attack on the Capitol.

147 Republicans voted to throw out the election AFTER rioters ransacked the Capitol for no reason other than to throw out the election.

Important story by @jbendery…
That's a vote that basically says hey, those rioters had a point!

Pretty sick!
Mitch McConnell sized up the stakes of that vote pretty well:

"We cannot simply declare ourselves a national board of elections on steroids. The voters, the courts, and the States have all spoken. They have all spoken. If we overrule them, it would damage our Republic forever."
"Self-government, my colleagues, requires a shared commitment to the truth and a shared respect for the ground rules of our system."

"I will not pretend such a vote would be a harmless
protest gesture while relying on others to do the right thing."
McConnell said that BEFORE rioters vividly illustrated that throwing out the election is not much different than throwing out our entire government and everything our country is supposed to stand for.

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If Congress decides that it was really weird and bad for some of its members to pander to a violent rioting mob then Congress can vote to kick those members out. Doing so is very constitutional.…
Several Democrats have called for Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz to resign. Sherrod Brown said they should be expelled if they won't step down.

Expulsion requires a 2/3 majority vote though.

Dem leaders are preoccupied with impeachment this week.
No magic formula here!

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Here's NJ:
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Merry Christmas!

If the president doesn’t sign the covid relief bill by Saturday, unemployed people will miss out on one of the bill’s 11 weeks of benefits, per UI expert @EvermoreMichele
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In 2018 I went and asked Republicans why they keep doing this and they didn't really know. Tom Cole said it's probably just leftover language that staffers keep on copy-and-pasting.

I like to think there's some staffer with a burning ACORN grudge…
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