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Dec 2 17 tweets 7 min read
It's been quite a week in the campaign to pressure (plead with?) Biden to grant clemency for Leonard Peltier.

A mini thread. (1/x) For starters, seven Democratic senators appealed to Biden to immediately release Peltier, the ailing 78-year-old Indigenous rights activist whom the U.S. govt put in prison 46 years ago after a trial riddled with misconduct and racism. huffpost.com/entry/leonard-… (2/x)
Nov 30 8 tweets 2 min read
Biden now speaking at the Tribal Nations Summit at the White House. Begins by praising Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, noting that she's the first Native American cabinet secretary in U.S. history.

"Deb, I want to thank you for your leadership." Image Besides Haaland, Biden says he's appointed dozens of Native Americans to posts.

"Over 60 Native American appointees all across my admin, including in the federal courts."

Says he restored the WH Council on Native American Affairs + made "historic investments" in Indian Country.
Nov 30 4 tweets 1 min read
FFS bruh. 🙄 huffpost.com/entry/jacinda-… A male reporter actually asked New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern if she's meeting with Finnish PM Sanna Marin -- both young women! gasp! -- "because you're similar in age and got a lot of common stuff there?"
Nov 30 13 tweets 4 min read
NEW: Yesterday, seven senators urgently appealed to Biden to grant clemency to Leonard Peltier. huffpost.com/entry/leonard-… "Mr. Peltier’s continued imprisonment defies the promises of justice, and the power to exercise mercy in this case lies solely within your discretion," they said to Biden.
Nov 29 13 tweets 3 min read
BREAKING: Senate passes bill codifying same-sex marriage protections, a historic bipartisan vote aimed at protecting LGBTQ couples from Supreme Court conservatives going rogue again huffpost.com/entry/senate-s… The final tally was 61 to 36.

12 Republicans voted with Democrats to pass the bill.
Nov 29 5 tweets 1 min read
After meeting with Biden and Hill leaders, Kevin McCarthy on the White House monitoring Twitter for misinformation under Elon Musk:

"That is offensive to me."

"I think they should stop picking on Elon Musk." Q: Thoughts on Trump meeting with Nick Fuentes, aka Holocaust denier white supremacist guy.

McCarthy: He can meet with whoever he wants "but he shouldn't meet" with Fuentes.
Nov 29 12 tweets 3 min read
Later today, after some votes on a handful of amendments, the Senate is almost certain to pass the Respect for Marriage Act.

I'll be watching the Senate floor debate and sharing anything interesting on here. Schumer choked up on the Senate floor a few minutes ago talking about today's vote, saying marriage equality is deeply personal for a lot of people, including him.

"Today I'm wearing the tie I wore to my daughter's wedding [to her wife], one of the happiest moments of my life."
Nov 29 4 tweets 1 min read
The Senate began voting at 5:30 on a procedural step to move forward with the Respect for Marriage Act, the bill that would codify same-sex marriage protections.

It's been almost two hours and the vote is still open. Two votes shy of the 60 votes needed to move forward. A source familiar with the hold-up on this vote says nobody is concerned about the Respect for Marriage Act not advancing, and that this is about allowing for some votes on religious liberty amendments tomorrow.
Nov 28 6 tweets 2 min read
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) spelling out why the Senate is voting to codify same-sex marriage protections, when Obergefell is currently the law of the land:

"The Dobbs ruling ... showed that the Senate cannot take any modern legal precedent for granted." "No precedent is safe as long as Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito are openly calling for the court to revisit major rulings," says Wyden.
Nov 23 4 tweets 1 min read
Lisa Murkowski says Republicans tanked in the midterms because women and young voters didn't turn out for them. “I attribute that to the Dobbs decision.”
adn.com/politics/2022/… Murkowski also notes how Alaska’s politics are different from national politics.

Her state is poised to reelect a very conservative governor, send a Democrat to Congress and reelect "this moderate Republican" to the Senate. That is kinda wild.
Nov 13 11 tweets 5 min read
A group of people has been walking from Minneapolis to DC since late Sept and they arrived today. Now they're gathered outside the Lincoln Memorial.

They are doing this to try to bring justice to Native American rights activist Leonard Peltier, who's been in prison for 47 years. "Leonard's clemency is not just about Leonard," says his attorney, Kevin Sharp, a former federal judge appointed by Obama. He cites his oath to the Constitution.

"I'm asking the president to do the same... He needs to grant clemency to Leonard's Peltier."
Nov 11 9 tweets 2 min read
AP calls it: Democrat Tina Kotek wins the Oregon governor's race, cementing her party's hold of this seat after a wild race and making history as one of the two first openly lesbian governors in the U.S. huffpost.com/entry/democrat… There is a collective audible sigh of relief among Democrats across Oregon right now.

This race was wild. Kotek and GOPer Christine Drazan were in a dead heat in the polls. Biden came to Portland to stump for Kotek. This is a state that hasn't elected a GOP governor since 1982.
Nov 9 10 tweets 3 min read
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and her GOP challenger Kelly Tshibaka won't know for weeks who won this election, as it plays out under their state’s new system of ranked choice voting. huffpost.com/entry/lisa-mur… Under Alaska’s new system, voters ranked their top 4 Senate candidates -- regardless of party affiliation ― in the order they wanted them to win.

The first candidate who crosses 50% wins. If nobody does, people’s second, third + fourth choices are factored in. Rounds of counts.
Nov 9 7 tweets 2 min read
Virginia GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin privately sent a handwritten note to Nancy Pelosi apologizing for recently using the violent attack on her husband as a political punchline.

“The apology has been accepted,” says Pelosi's spokesperson.
huffpost.com/entry/glenn-yo… In a new statement, Youngkin confirms he sent the letter and basically says he messed up.

"And so listen, it was a personal note and it was one between me and the speaker, just to reflect those sentiments." huffpost.com/entry/glenn-yo…
Nov 9 7 tweets 1 min read
Some of the congratulatory calls Biden has made tonight, via the WH press office:

Mass Gov.-elect Maura Healey
Senator-elect Peter Welch
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis,
Rep. Abigail Spanberger
Rep. Jennifer Wexton
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer More congratulatory calls from Biden tonight to...

Sen. Tammy Duckworth
Sen. Richard Blumenthal
Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro
Nov 8 8 tweets 2 min read
An attendee at a campaign event today for Oregon GOP gubernatorial candidate Christine Drazan sends along a coupla pics of another attendee at her event: known Proud Boy Dan Tooze. This was at a Drazan campaign event in Clackamas County.
Oct 28 8 tweets 2 min read
In response to the violent attack on Paul Pelosi, Fox News has spent the day pushing the GOP’s midterm message that crime is random and could strike at any moment — even for what turned out to be a targeted attack on Nancy Pelosi's home. huffpost.com/entry/nancy-pe… “Crime hits everybody,” Fox News' Bill Hemmer concluded in talking about the attack on Pelosi.

"Point is, this can happen anywhere, crime is random and that’s why it’s such a significant part of this election story.”

(This was not a random crime.)
Oct 26 7 tweets 2 min read
Hugh Hewitt on his show this morning with Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), aka NRSC chairman.

Herschel Walker "does better and better and better.... He's gotten so good."

🙃 Scott randomly says nobody likes Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), aka Assistant Dem Majority Leader.

"Patty Murray is just not likable. I mean, who likes Patty Murray? She’s not nice to anybody."
Oct 13 14 tweets 5 min read
Incredible footage playing right now of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, in a secret hideout in the Capitol, during the Jan. 6 insurrection. Image Mitch McConnell, John Thune, Steve Scalise all in there with Pelosi and Schumer, hiding from insurrectionists, on the phone trying to get the National Guard to come in. Image
Oct 13 5 tweets 2 min read
Being shared right now in the January 6 hearing. Eeek. ImageImage JFC, this is hours before the insurrection began Image
Oct 13 9 tweets 3 min read
As the Jan. 6 Committee walks through Trump's Election Day efforts to steal the election, a reminder that he had been signaling -- for months -- that he would do anything, even lie + cheat, to stay in office.

And Republicans in Congress were helping him.
huffpost.com/entry/trump-fr… Months *before* the Nov. 2020 election, Trump falsely claimed mail-in ballots lead to widespread fraud.

His campaign engaged in voter intimidation.

He preemptively refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power.