tonight on @NewsHour Senate Repub @LeaderMcConnell says #CovidReliefBill signed today by @POTUS is far too much government money just as the economy is "about to come roaring back," he charges "the administration is trying to get in front of the parade." Reaction fm @ChrisCoons
.@ChrisCoons answers @LeaderMcConnell "saying the American people should simply wait around & hope our economy is going to just..wrong"…
more @LeaderMcConnell on Covid plan: "We passed 5 bills last year...just 2 months ago passed one of those, $900 billion. It's not even out the door yet, yet the new administration wants to go back as if nothing has happened"…
w/response from @ChrisCoons "sending $1400 checks out to 100 million Americans, funding continued expansion of vaccinations, safely reopening schools..& investment in small businesses to keep them afloat..w/particular focus on restaurants..some of many good things in this bill."

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24 Feb
my thanks to @gregorymoore & @radhikajones for a thoughtful conversation about the current tumult in American journalism: a broken business model, a political divide that erodes trust in reporters & a need for more inclusion and transparency 1/3
.@radhikajones says trust in the media can be rebuilt:the more we can reestablish that people in the media are not the enemy..are holding powerful people to account..providing clarity, providing a service, the more we make decisions in transparent ways, the better off we will be"
& @gregorymoore says 1,800 newspapers lost means "150 years of credibility..being replaced by upstarts that haven't earned the right to be where they are...doing it by appealing to what people already think they know..confirming the very limited, siloed existence they have" 3/4
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16 Feb
9/11 Commission Chair Tom Kean "the idea that a mob could invade the center of democracy while the legislators were doing their job is so terrible..we better find out why it happened, how it we can..make sure it never, ever happens again"…
the Republican frmr NJ Governor adds "The people who are the Congress have got to make sure this is people (with) no ambitions, who are not overly partisan, who can reach across the aisle, who can work with each other,who have the confidence of the American people"
more Tom Kean "the 41 recommendations we made in the 9/11 Commission were the basis for a whole redrafting of national security in this country. And we still have not had another attack comparable to 9/11...If these commissions are done right, they can work..." 3/4
Read 4 tweets
13 Feb
the terror of January 6th, told for 1st time by @PattyMurray "this vision of my husband putting his foot against a door, like he might be able to hold down this loud, angry mob outside..was beyond belief.. terror in his eyes was something I have not seen"…
more @PattyMurray "That kind of fear is horrible. I was in the Capitol on 9/11..I was in an office looking out across the Mall towards the Pentagon..all of a sudden, I could see the smoke rise..That's the only other time I ever felt I was not safe in the Capitol, until January 6"
Murray adds: "today, when I see some members of Congress wanting to dismiss this or wanting to say put it in the past or move on, they're being instilled by fear...We cannot allow that to be what runs our country. We have to be a country that runs by strength, not by fear."
Read 6 tweets
4 Feb
here is a thread with remarkable comments from respected former Missouri Republican Senator John Danforth about what's happened to his party: "It's losing its grip on the country as a whole. It's becoming increasingly a regional party... we're in decline."…
more Danforth "the Republican Party today is not just different from what it had been. It's the opposite of what it had been. America needs a strong, responsible conservative party. That has been the Republican Party. It is neither strong, nor responsible, nor conservative today"
"former President Trump lost in 2016 by 3 million votes...he lost in 2020 by 7 million votes. We're going in the wrong direction. But the worst thing is we have become a kind of grotesque caricature of what the Republican Party has traditionally been."
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7 Jan
Merrick Garland, @JoeBiden's pick to be Attorney General: "the rule of law is not some lawyer's turn of phrase, it is the very foundation of our democracy..the essence is that there be not one rule for Republicans, one for Democrats; one for friends, one for foes..." 1/4
more Merrick Garland " for the powerful, one for the powerless...different rules depending on one's race or ethnicity..." 2/4
3/4 Merrick Garland: "ensuring civil rights and the rule of law are the great principles upon which the Department of Justice was founded and they echo today, in ensuring racial equity in the justice system and meeting violent extremism."
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28 Oct 20
Chicago Mayor @LoriLightfoot "The truth is where we're seeing greatest challenges is in people's homes, in social settings not public.. So I'm not sure we're reaching the right people with the restrictions to be imposed by the state...that's my concern."…
as for White House outreach on Covid relief @LoriLightfoot "From the very beginning of this pandemic (we) have reached out to the president, to the vice president. They have ignored us at every turn. It's a total missed opportunity, unfortunately, I think lives have been lost"
this, after Acting Dir of White House Domestic Policy Council Brooke Rollins, told me one reason #Covid relief plan has been held up, is: "the idea of sending 100's of billions of $$ to bail out states and cities that have been poorly run isn't fair to the American taxpayer."
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