GOP Senators are once again pretending to be outraged that Dems have linked the bipartisan bill to the reconciliation one. But no one should pretend to believe them. They *already pulled* this stunt. Dems cannot let Rs bait them into infighting. New piece:…
When news leaked that moderates want to limit reconciliation bill to $3.5 trillion, some called it a loss for the left.

But a source tells me this is on top of the $579 billion in bipartisan bill, totaling more than $4 trillion, Biden's original plan:…
GOP Senators Jerry Moran and Mike Rounds are now hinting they may pull their support for the bipartisan bill if Dems stick to their strategy.

Sorry, but no. You don't get to demand that Dems sacrifice their entire agenda in exchange for your support.…
We need to stop calling the reconciliation bill "the left's" agenda.

It's the *Biden* agenda. It's the *Democratic* agenda. It's the agenda we need to secure our future.…

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12 Jul
Time for Dems to go on offense in the culture wars. Ask why Republicans think our cadets are snowflakes who must be shielded from hard historical truths and why they won't endure a tiny vaccine pinprick to protect friends' and neighbors' lives. New piece:…
The old right-wing culture war: God, guns, and gays.

The new right-wing culture war: Vaccine derangement, validation of white racial innocence, and valorization of insurrectionists.… Image
Today's GOP derangement carries real echoes of the Tea Party.

In 2010, it was "death panels" and vile slurs hurled at Dem lawmakers.

In 2014, it was Obama enabling terrorists to import Ebola across our border.

Republicans paid zero price for any of it:… ImageImage
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9 Jul
Good news: Dems are quietly working to get the Global Minimum Tax provisions into the reconciliation bill, I'm told. This would be a huge deal: A blow to international tax avoidance and a powerful rebuttal to Trumpian populist nationalism. My latest:…
Trumpian nationalists say multilateralism threatens national sovereignty. JD Vance says globalist elites have "plundered" the USA.

But the Global Minimum Tax *expands* the scope of democratic action, to solve problems that nationalists have no answer to:…
The tricks that multinational corporations have developed to move profits to low-tax jurisdictions are truly devious.

Here are three of them:…
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8 Jul
Appalling: Conservative groups are pressuring Republicans to oppose funding IRS enforcement. But this would bring in revenues from the rich and corps that they *already owe.* This also sets up a big test for "anti-elite populists" like JD Vance. My latest:…
JD Vance:

"When companies have effectively rigged the economy such that they pay a lower tax rate than my middle-class sister, that’s not fair.”

You're in luck, JD! Biden and Dems are currently pushing numerous proposals to address exactly this problem:…
We could have a real debate over the Dem proposals.

But the pull of right wing media totems (jackbooted IRS, Biden as "globalist") will make it harder for people like JD Vance to develop a serious conservative populist response to them.

h/t @EricLevitz:…
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7 Jul
Politico reports that the only Rs eager to join 1/6 committee are Marjorie Greene/Jim Jordan types. "Serious" Rs have no interest. This shows a real probe has no upside for Rs: Only full fabulists/insurrectionists can make this work for them. New piece:…
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The reason is obvious: Any serious accounting can *only* reveal that the insurrection and GOP complicity were *worse* than we thought:…
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* Any "advance notice" Trump had of an organized violent insurrection attempt

* Role of GOP members of Congress in promoting Stop the Steal

* Trump's conduct/convos with Rs during attack…
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2 Jul
Pelosi has jammed Kevin McCarthy into a corner on the 1/6 committee. Picking Republicans who supported the Big Lie will show how deeply implicated the party is in the crime. Yet he can't pick Rs who will treat the proceedings seriously, either. My latest:…
Kevin McCarthy may pick Elise Stefanik and Jim Jordan for the 1/6 committee, according to Punchbowl News.

They are both major proponents of the Big Lie.

Indeed, virtually every GOPer floated by Punchbowl voted against Biden's electors:…
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There's really a spectrum here, and congressional Republicans can be found all along it.

The 1/6 committee will inevitably illuminate this:…
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Trump is now raging at Wisconsin Republicans for not doing *enough* to find fictional fraud and overturn his loss. This again shows that his movement will never be pacified by audits and investigations. Only a future steal attempt will suffice. My latest:…
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Trump's raging lunacy in Wisconsin should crush those fantasies:…
These audits aren't good faith efforts to empirically confirm the results for folks who are "misled." They're dry runs at creating pretexts for questioning/overturning future elections.

Fealty to Trump means being willing to subvert *legitimate* results:…
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