Check this out:

The 1/6 committee will likely recommend reforms that make it clearer that disrupting the electoral count in Congress is a crime.

What happens when Rs filibuster this? Will Dems allow *that*?

I've got new intel on this front for you here:…
Liz Cheney told ABC the 1/6 committee may recommend "enhanced penalties" for the kind of "dereliction of duty" that Trump engaged in.

I asked a Cheney spox for clarification. I think I've gotten to the bottom of what the committee is up to here:…
This is a good idea:

The 1/6 committee may well recommend reform making it even clearer that obstructing the congressional count of electors is a federal crime with stiff penalties.

We should get behind this right now. Here's some new reporting on it:…
Let this sink in.

You almost certainly cannot find more than a handful of Republicans, at best, who would endorse this statement from Liz Cheney:…

House Dems pass a fix to the Electoral Count Act and reforms further clarifying that obstructing the electoral count is a crime.

Both would protect against a future coup attempt.

Senate Rs filibuster both.

Manchin doesn't move.

Both die.…

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5 Jan
Big news from the gerrymandering wars: Dems still have a shot at holding the House.

A new Cook Political Report analysis finds the map is somewhat better for Dems than expected, though Rs are favored.

Don't miss my talk with Dave Wasserman about this:…
Key point:

Republicans opted to shore up safe seats rather than gerrymander as aggressively as possible.

Why? They had no choice. Demographic change forced them to protect more incumbents.

This interview is full of great insights from Dave Wasserman:… ImageImage
Here's another fascinating point from Wasserman:

Because Republicans opted to shore up safe seats rather than gerrymander as aggressively as possible, the tradeoff is as follows:

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23 Dec 21
Dark and unsettling: The 1/6 committee is homing in on whether Trump and his co-conspirators fully understood the attack as an instrumental weapon to help carry out his procedural coup. Seeking Jim Jordan's testimony is key to this. I laid this out here:…
Jim Jordan may be able to shed light on:

*Trump's conduct while the mob attack unfolded -- did Trump indicate he wanted it to continue?

*How Trump and his co-conspirators sought to use fake fraud claims as a deliberate pretext for the procedural coup:…

While the violence unfolded, Trump and Rudy pressed at least one GOP senator to try to delay the electoral count.

It's clear the committee is looking at whether the attack became key to securing that delay.

Recall Pence refused to be evacuated:…
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20 Dec 21
Manchin is more vulnerable on BBB than you think: Goldman Sachs' finding that failure will harm growth provides a new weapon.

Economist tells me:

“Instead of a Biden boom, we could have a Manchin slowdown."

That quote should drive the debate. My latest:…
I talked to @RonWyden about his new proposal for a revised BBB that focuses on child tax credit, enhanced ACA subsidies, and climate.

The goal is to fund all these for 10 years.

"This is really the last chance for climate," Wyden tells me:…
@RonWyden Manchin cannot be moved by the immiseration of his own constituents. But he does want to be seen as standing for a good economy in a general sense.

Goldman's finding provides a weapon here.

“Instead of a Biden boom, we could have a Manchin slowdown."…
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The 1/6 committee's report on Mark Meadows is extraordinary -- it's a detailed blueprint of a coup. Notably, it shows Meadows can testify to Trump's reaction to the violence as it unfolded. This is a huge element of what he's covering up. My latest:…
Key: The 1/6 committee discloses that it has "many messages" Meadows received urging him to get Trump to call off the rioters.

So Meadows is a witness to Trump's reaction to the violence in real time.

Here's what Meadows *does not* want to testify to:…
The whole coup blueprint is right there in black and white:…
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10 Dec 21
At this point, the filibuster is blocking:

*Curbs on election subversion and voter suppression

*Beefed up oversight of WH manipulation of DOJ

*Reform of ECA to prevent future coup

The window for a generational set of reforms is closing fast. My latest:…
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It will likely not survive a GOP filibuster.

Same with ECA reform, which would protect against a future coup:… ImageImage
The window for once-in-a-generation reforms, such as those after Watergate, is rapidly closing.

Democracy advocate Fred Wertheimer tells me:

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1) Mark Meadows is suing the 1/6 committee, claiming it has no "legitimate legislative purpose" in subpoenaing him for documents about Trump's coup.

I'm having some dark thoughts about this. In a hidden way, this has very ominous implications.

2) The 1/6 committee has lots of valid legislative purposes. To name just two:

* Reforming the ECA to prevent another coup

* Tightening oversight on WH-DOJ communications.

These are both serious soft spots in our system that Trump corruptly exploited.…
3) But Trump and Meadows say none of these constitute a valid legislative purpose.

In response to this effort to overthrow our political system, we should do nothing meaningful to safeguard against another coup attempt.

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