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Senate Bill Clears Hurdle to Forgive Student Loans


Senate Bill Clears Hurdle to Forgive Student Loans
March 6, 2021 at 7:15 am EST By Taegan Goddard

Wall Street Journal: “The provision, added by Senate Democrats this week, would remove any tax consequences for households whose student debt is forgiven through 2025, saving them thousands of dollars. Federal law typically treats any forgiven debt as taxable income.”

“The provision would make it easier for President Biden to forgive student debt through executive action, as congressional Democrats have pressed him to do.”
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Mar 6, 2021, 09:46 AM (14 replies)

Biden Gets to Work as Trump Enters the Fat Elvis Stage of His Career

Biden Gets to Work as Trump Enters the Fat Elvis Stage of His Career
The consummate D.C. insider has actually bypassed the establishment and taken his pitch directly to voters, who like what they’re hearing even as Republican lawmakers do not.
Bernard Schwartz
David Rothkopf
Published Mar. 05, 2021 5:02AM ET


The Donald Trump who lumbered onto CPAC’s stage this past weekend was a hollow parody of the man who energized many in his party just four years ago. Trump has entered the Fat Elvis stage of his career. He slurs out the hits of yesteryear for crowds of fans hoping to glimpse his old magic, to recapture a thrill that once had them whooping and chanting and participating in Trump flotillas.

Meanwhile, quietly, steadily, the Democrats find themselves in the midst of a quiet revolution led by Joe Biden. This president, a pillar of the D.C. establishment for 50 years, is not only shaking up expectations but has significant political winds at his back.


Other ills also seem likely to dog the GOP. White supremacist extremists have become the face of the party since Jan. 6 and are likely to remain a visible reminder of its moral and intellectual bankruptcy. It no longer stands for anything and what it once stood for—from patriotism to family values to fiscal prudence to national security know-how—are ideas blown sky-high by the Trump presidency.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden has not just been governing effectively, he has been building popular support. His positive rating is now 61 percent, higher by a dozen points than Trump’s ever was. Further, even with GOP obstructionism, Biden is posed to win passage of a major COVID relief initiative. In fact, the absence of GOP support on the Hill for the measure will likely be a big political plus for Biden and the Democrats, because the relief package is overwhelmingly popular with 76 percent of Americans supporting it.

While Republicans on the Hill may attack Biden for being unable to achieve his stated goal of bipartisanship, the president has simply sidestepped them and their cynically obstructionist tactics and sought bipartisanship of a more important type—from the electorate. Sixty percent of Republicans support the measure; 70 percent of Independents support it; only one in six Americans actually oppose it.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Mar 5, 2021, 12:30 PM (11 replies)

Eric Swalwell sues Trump and allies for violating civil rights with Jan. 6 incitement


27 mins ago - Politics & Policy
Eric Swalwell sues Trump and allies for violating civil rights with Jan. 6 incitement
Hans Nichols

A Democratic congressman filed a lawsuit against former President Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-S.C.) on Thursday alleging that they and others are "responsible for the injury and destruction" of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Why it matters: The federal lawsuit filed on behalf of Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), who served as one of the House's impeachment managers, adds to the mounting legal exposure Trump has found himself facing since leaving office.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) was the first lawmaker to sue Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 riot, accusing the former president in a suit brought by the NAACP of violating the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act by trying to prevent Congress from carrying out its official duties.

Trump is also under criminal investigation by the Fulton County district attorney in Georgia for his efforts to pressure officials to overturn the results of the election, in addition to the ongoing legal scrutiny he faces in New York for his business dealings.

Details: The lawsuit — filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., by the law firm KaiserDillon PLLC — accuses Trump and his allies of conspiring to violate the civil rights of the defendants.

"As a direct and foreseeable consequence of the Defendants’ false and incendiary allegations of fraud and theft, and in direct response to the Defendants’ express calls for violence at the rally, a violent mob attacked the U.S. Capitol, " the complaint alleges.

Swalwell alleges that the defendants, "by force, intimidation, or threat, agreed and conspired with one another to undertake a course of action to prevent" Joe Biden from being certified as the election winner and holding office.

Trump and Brooks are being sued in their "personal capacity." The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages and a requirement that the defendants provide written notice seven days in advance of a rally or public event hosted on an election day.

Between the lines: The lawsuit is being brought under the 1985 revisions to the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act, as well as stated causes of action.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Mar 5, 2021, 09:36 AM (14 replies)

So constituents really don't matter.

The gop right this very moment is trying to halt or stall this covid bill by any means necessary, a bill that is crucial for so many in dire straits. Why is that acceptable to anyone?

Yet their fans do not care.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Mar 5, 2021, 12:15 AM (7 replies)

GOP Sen. Marsha Blackburn says being called a 'Neanderthal' is actually a good thing...

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GOP Sen. Marsha Blackburn says being called a 'Neanderthal' is actually a good thing after Biden criticized states for lifting mask mandates
Sonam Sheth
Thu, March 4, 2021, 12:46 PM·2 min read

Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee defended Neanderthals after President Joe Biden criticized Texas and Mississippi for lifting their mask mandates and called the decision "Neanderthal thinking."

"I hope everyone's realized by now these masks make a difference," Biden told reporters Wednesday. "The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything's fine, take off your mask, forget it. It still matters."

In a Fox Business interview Thursday morning, Blackburn suggested it was actually a good thing to be called a Neanderthal.

"Neanderthals are hunter-gatherers. They're protectors of their family. They are resilient. They're resourceful. They tend to their own," the GOP senator said. "So I think Joe Biden needs to rethink what he is saying."

Shortly after she made the comment, fellow lawmakers and members of the public mocked Blackburn and pointed out that her use of the present tense was incorrect given that Neanderthals are extinct.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Mar 5, 2021, 12:10 AM (8 replies)

Garland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks

Garland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks
By Jordain Carney - 03/03/21 07:30 PM EST

Merrick Garland's attorney general nomination is hitting GOP roadblocks that will likely delay his confirmation to lead the Justice Department until next week.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) — a member of the Judiciary Committee viewed as a potential 2024 contender — said on Wednesday that he is blocking an effort by Democrats to expedite Garland, whom they had hoped to confirm this week.

"Democrats are trying to expedite Judge Garland’s confirmation vote. I’m blocking them because Judge Garland has refused to answer basic questions, including whether illegally entering the country should remain a crime," Cotton said in a string of tweets explaining his opposition.

Under the Senate's rules, any one member can slow down a nomination and force Senate leadership to eat up days of time before a final vote.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Mar 4, 2021, 08:23 AM (22 replies)

GOP Lawmaker Says Face Masks Can Damage Souls

Check your soul!!


GOP Lawmaker Says Face Masks Can Damage Souls
March 3, 2021 at 10:46 pm EST By Taegan Goddard

Idaho state Rep. Karey Hanks (R) said she has “done some research” and concluded that face masks can cause injuries to “even our souls,” KTVB reports.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Mar 4, 2021, 07:23 AM (11 replies)

Eric Boehlert: How the press fuels the GOP's Big Lie

How the press fuels the GOP's Big Lie
Eric Boehlert

So many election lies were told at the far-right CPAC conference last weekend that at one point a conservative media outlet, Right Side Broadcasting, had to interrupt its live coverage in order to air a disclaimer so that it wouldn't get sued for spreading election lies.

The conference was drowning in misinformation and whacked out conspiracies about the 2020 election, but very few mainstream outlets identified them clearly. That helps the GOP's Big Lie metastasize and spread. A CNN fact check dubbed the election lies told at CPAC to be "false claims." The network stressed Trump's 90-minute speech was filled with "falsehoods."

Reporting on the right-wing confab, CBS News used weak, vague language when noting that "unsubstantiated claims of interference" had been addressed at CPAC election panels. CBS made no mention of the fact that Trump told attendees the election had been stolen from him — that he already "beat" Democrats twice at the polls. ABC News noted Trump’s “false election fraud claims.”

By depicting the lies as merely disputed claims, the press continues to downplay a Republican cancer in our culture.

It's a problem that the GOP's Big Lie, as its been dubbed by many online, often isn't even called a lie by the mainstream media, which years ago put up artificial guardrails against calling Trump and his followers liars.

Lying about presidential election results is now, without question, a mainstream Republican talking point, or at the very least the claim that 'millions of Americans have concerns' about election integrity. The Big Lie is dangerous because it's clearly being used to fuel an avalanche of sweeping voter suppression initiatives in state houses around the country, as Republicans use election propaganda to pass bills to make it hard to vote. (The RNC recently set up Committee on Election Integrity, in the wake of an election that had no integrity issues.) It's an extraordinary one-two combination, the likes of which our democracy has rarely faced — it's the essence of pure propaganda.

The media help by giving a voice to the Big Lie and treating it as another Republican debating point, as if the finer points of immigration and tax reform are being discussed. It was the Big Lie that sparked a murderous insurrection on Jan. 6. It's the Big Lie that goes to the heart of American democracy. The Republican Party is waging war on free and fair elections in this country, and the Beltway press, especially the Sunday morning network talk shows, too often acts like disinterested spectators facilitating a Both Sides debate — Republicans say elections are rigged, Democrats disagree!


Posted by babylonsister | Wed Mar 3, 2021, 09:17 PM (1 replies)

White House taps insurers to boost vaccinations among vulnerable communities


White House taps insurers to boost vaccinations among vulnerable communities
The Biden administration will announce a new initiative with health insurers to ensure some of their most high-risk customers get vaccinated against Covid-19.
03/03/2021 06:00 AM EST

The Biden administration on Wednesday will announce a new initiative with health insurers to ensure some of their most high-risk customers get vaccinated against Covid-19, as the White House tries to energize lagging efforts to distribute the shots equitably.

The effort, organized by White House coronavirus adviser Andy Slavitt and led by major lobby America’s Health Insurance Plans, is aiming to fully vaccinate 2 million people 65 and older from vulnerable communities over the next 100 days, according to AHIP.

The program, which will be announced at the White House, is essentially leveraging the work health plans already perform with high-risk patients, such as helping them book appointments, reminding them about follow-ups and arranging transportation. The White House hopes the new focus will help quicken the pace of vaccinations for the most vulnerable patients, as confusing appointment websites or overloaded queues increase the risk they'll be left behind.


Posted by babylonsister | Wed Mar 3, 2021, 09:34 AM (6 replies)

The Ridiculous Golden Trump Statue at CPAC Was Actually Made in China, Says Report


The Ridiculous Golden Trump Statue at CPAC Was Actually Made in China, Says Report
Updated Mar. 03, 2021 7:09AM ET /
Published Mar. 03, 2021 7:08AM ET
Reuters/Octavio Jones

The absurd golden Trump statue at CPAC truly is the gift that keeps on giving. First, people rightly ridiculed the very existence of a massive golden statue of the ex-president, then they were further delighted when reports stated that it was built in Mexico—a country that Trump repeatedly demonized. But, according to Politico’s Playbook, there’s another twist in the tale... it was actually made in China. Artist Tommy Zegan initially claimed he made the statue with the help of three workers in Rosarito, Mexico, where he lives. But one of his business partners, Jose Mauricio Mendoza, then reached out to Politico to say Zegan appeared to have missed out a major part of the manufacturing process. “Everything is made in China,” Mendoza said. “I want to be straight, because if I’m going to sell these statues, they have to be true.” Mendoza also said he designed the statue, but that Zegan’s name was attached to it because “no one is going to buy ‘Jose’ stuff, at least not a Donald Trump statue.”
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Mar 3, 2021, 09:12 AM (11 replies)
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