A big deal: The coal miners' union just ratcheted up pressure on Manchin to support BBB. This is a seminal moment: The divergence in interests between workers and mine owners who oppose BBB has been exposed. Manchin must choose one or the other. My latest:
Really telling:

Mine owners are now attacking the mine workers for supporting BBB. The owners explicitly argue that BBB would transition to clean energy too quickly!

This perfectly shows that BBB is in workers' interests and against owners' interests:

Remember when Hillary committed the "gaffe" of saying we'd have to transition coal workers to renewable jobs?

Now the mine workers' union supports BBB in large part because it would aid that transition, blowing up years of mythologizing about all this:

“The debate reveals the lack of alignment between the coal industry and unions that represent its workers. Unions want a viable future for their workers. The industry wants to squeeze every dollar out of coal before it goes away.”

Manchin must choose:


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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:

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:

A somewhat better map for Dems, but Rs are freer to go full MAGA:

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4 Jan
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:

Read 5 tweets
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:

Read 4 tweets
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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13 Dec 21
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:
The House just passed the Protecting Our Democracy Act. It's a great bill. It would fix many things that we saw Trump exploit for years.

It will likely not survive a GOP filibuster.

Same with ECA reform, which would protect against a future coup:

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The window for once-in-a-generation reforms, such as those after Watergate, is rapidly closing.

Democracy advocate Fred Wertheimer tells me:

“The problems here that have to be corrected go much deeper than the problems that existed after Watergate."

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