Pres Biden is defending expanding the definition of infrastructure. He notes trains & highways weren't always seen as infrastructure. "The idea of infrastructure has always evolved to meet the aspirations of the American people and their needs. And it is evolving again today."
President Biden: "There are hundreds of Flints all across America. ... Is that not infrastructure?"
Pres Biden, in defending expanding the definition of infrastructure, says infrastructure in the 21st century needs to mean anything affecting the lives of Americans and their ability to live, go to work, raise families with dignity, and ensure there will be jobs for their kids.

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12 Feb
Out of the Senate chamber and my goodness that was something to witness. Senators (Dems and GOP) were louder than I have ever heard them -- talking and at times openly laughing -- during that long video played by David Schoen of Democrats, reporters & commentators saying "fight."
During the spliced video featuring Sen Warren for a long while, Senator Tom Cotton in particular was laughing and shaking his head.

Many Democrats were exchanging troubled looks including Sen Schumer who looked particularly troubled but also laughed and shook his head at times.
Sen Tester reacted audibly to being featured in the Trump lawyer video & chuckled at the end when he was quoted as saying he approved the message.

Sen Booker on the other hand didn't seem to have a visible reaction to being featured & instead stared intently at the video.
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11 Feb
Out of the Senate chamber and here's some of what I saw:

GOP senators seemed to pay attention the most as House Dems played videos of former WH Chief of Staffs Gen John Kelly and Mick Mulvaney laying blame for the Capitol Siege squarely at the feet of former Pres Trump.
Arguments that seemed to move GOP senators the least were when impeachment managers spoke of MI terror plot against Gov Whitmer & when they pointed to Trump encouraging supporters at his past rallies to attack anti-Trump protesters.

There was no visible response from most sens.
Sen Tim Scott, only black Repub senator, watched intently & took notes while video of the deadly racist events in Charlottesville & Trump's "both sides" comments were shown.

Reminder: Scott at the time appealed to Trump to condemn racism more vocally.…
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23 Dec 20
Worth reading about each pardon.

The four Blackwater guards — Nicholas Slatten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, and Dustin Heard — were convicted in 2014 after fourteen killings of Iraqi civilians, including 9- and 11-year-old boys, were deemed unjustified.…
Former Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter was sentenced to 11 months in prison and three years of parole for corruption charges stemming from his misuse of more than $200,000 in campaign funds for a slew of personal expenses.…
The two border patrol agents -- Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean -- were convicted in 2006 of shooting & wounding, Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila, an unarmed undocumented immigrant, & then covering it up.

Aldrete-Davila was shot fleeing toward the Rio Grande.…
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2 Dec 20
Pres Trump in this 46 minute video he just released says this might be the most important speech he has ever given.

What's clear is that it might be one of his most dishonest speeches he's ever given. He's making baseless claims that courts, the AG & DHS have said didn't happen.
Wisconsin has already certified its vote.

But, Trump keeps saying he "miraculously" and "unexpectedly" lost when the mail in ballots were counted. He even brings out charts in this video showing how he lost.

But, it's clear Biden supporters were more inclined to vote by mail.
Pres Trump, who reports say is looking at possibly pardoning himself and family members, has his eyes set on legal problems in NY: "I hear that the same people who failed to get me in Washington have sent every piece of information to NY so that they can try to get me there."
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24 Sep 20
Over & over again, Pres Trump has claimed many of the people protesting are part of a domestic terrorist movement.

Over & over again, I have talked to many protesters who tell me they are demanding equality for all people including black people. Here are some of their stories.
Lisa Brown, of Maryland, came to BLM Plaza outside the WH to protest against no officers being charged directly with the killing Breonna Taylor. "She didn't have a chance to fight for her freedom. We have to fight for our own freedom now … That could have been me, my daughter."
Lisa Brown added this about the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: "I prayed that she would last until after the election. I am so afraid because I have grandchildren ... and what’s going on now is going to affect them more so than it is going to affect me. ... It’s unfair."
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29 Aug 20

Jacob Blake’s dad at the March on Washington told me:
“They didn't treat my son like a human. They treated my son like an animal. He was shooting my son while he was pulling my son's shirt to get him closer to him. What sense does that make?”…
Jacob Blake’s dad said he felt a responsibility to come to the March on Washington today because his father went to the original march in 1963.

He said he had planned to come to the march with his son. “And then this happened. So I said I cannot not be because of this.”
I asked Jacob Blake’s father what he made of the fact that 57 years after his father marched in Washington alongside MLK that his son and his father's grandfather was laying in a hospital. He said, "That's how diabolical chattel slavery was to us as brown and black people."
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