Donald Trump once again justifying the Capitol riot and probably stoking future political violence
Chuck Grassley and other Republicans sucking up to Trump no matter how brazenly he lauds the attack on their own office…
Grassley in Feb: “everyone involved must take responsibility for their destructive actions [on Jan 6], including the former president.”

And now: “Anybody who’s got the approval rating of 91% of the Republicans in Iowa, you surely wouldn’t be stupid enough to turn down that help”

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1 Oct
big flex by the Congressional Progressive Caucus today.

“I am so proud of our caucus,” CPC chair Pramila Jayapal said. “I have never seen our caucus so strong.”

Me either!…
Jayapal just took a bite out of Joe Manchin's leverage by showing it's not just moderates who can tank legislation around here.

Manchin still has plenty of leverage.

Dems still have time, too.
Pelosi said today that crunch time is actually her favorite part of negotiating a major piece of legislation today.

It might be a relief to be rid of the self-imposed infrastructure vote deadline, even if they basically blew it.
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30 Sep
House Dems shrugging when I ask if they’re voting on infrastructure tonight
Rep Mark Pocan (D-Wis) said he’d be “shocked” if the House votes tonight since progressives would kill it and Pelosi doesn’t do show votes
Josh Gottheimer with a different, less plausible view: “I think at the end of the day we're all going to get there and there's no one better Speaker Pelosi getting votes and she's out there working hard and made it clear we're gonna vote tonight”
Read 4 tweets
30 Sep
Joe Manchin says too many new benefits will make the American people soft…
There are ways Democrats could still fit a lot of their agenda into a lower number. They could exclude the rich and poor like Manchin wants or shorten policy durations, a typical Congress strategy for making things cheaper on paper
“I cannot accept our economy or basically our society moving towards an entitlement mentality,” Manchin said.

Def a throwback to before last year’s bipartisan agreement on helping even the poorest through an economic crisis
Read 4 tweets
14 Sep
🚨The poverty rate FELL 2.6 percentage points last year, despite the coronavirus pandemic recession, when factoring stimulus payments.
Stimulus payments: Sometimes a popular policy is also beneficial and good…
Checks lifted 11 million above poverty specifically because there was no income requirement -- exactly the thing Joe Manchin now says he dislikes about the child tax credit.

Children still had higher poverty in 2020 than other age groups.
Read 4 tweets
13 Sep
House Dems are formally backing off repealing the step up in basis for capital gains taxes, per summary of their tax plan this morning.
Big win for the people who claimed repeal would hurt family farmers
Ron Wyden to me on House bill: "It’s important to address the fact that billionaire heirs may never pay tax on billions in stock gains."

would rate statement as eyeball emoji 👀but not quite siren…
Read 4 tweets
21 Jul
Will your Jan 6 investigation look at Trump’s role?

Kevin McCarthy: “We will look at anything that caused this place to not be protected.”

McCarthy & co's top question is why was the Capitol so vulnerable. They claim Dems fear this question.

But a bipartisan Senate investigation focused on the security failure. Their report faulted failures of intelligence sharing, police leadership disarray & no riot training
McCarthy keeps repeating this detail from the Senate report about how police riot gear was on a bus that was locked, saying Dems don't want to investigate this.

But that's -- that's FROM the investigation that Amy Klobuchar was running!
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