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We Have Our Marching Orders By Connie Schultz

We Have Our Marching Orders
By Connie Schultz
January 21, 2021

Finally, we have a new president.

Many of us are feeling a lot of excitement, buttressed by wave after wave of relief. We are a nation of survivors.

On Inauguration Day, I felt hopeful watching Joe Biden and Kamala Harris take their oaths of office. They appeared to understand what we were asking of them and accepted without reservation.

The night before, they stood at the Lincoln Memorial to pay tribute to the 400,000 who have died of COVID-19. In that moment, as 400 lights illuminated the edges of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, my prayer was for those who grieve.

Oh, America. Look what happened to us.

And now, we get to try again.


Fauci also gave us our marching orders. At the risk of sounding like a high school civics teacher, I'm here to remind you that each of us has a job to do during this pandemic. As Fauci made clear, this country is not going to heal without our help.

"The best-case scenario ... is we'd get 85% of the people vaccinated by the end of the summer. If we do, then by the time we get to the fall, I think we can approach a degree of normality."

Normality. How might you describe that world? I'm thinking of the return of family dinners. Santa in person, instead of via Zoom. Hugs, so many hugs.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jan 21, 2021, 11:13 PM (3 replies)

Texas Republican Congressman Tests Positive for COVID-19 Amid Lung Cancer Battle


Texas Republican Congressman Tests Positive for COVID-19 Amid Lung Cancer Battle

Arya Hodjat, Cheat Sheet/Breaking News Intern
Updated Jan. 21, 2021 3:21PM ET /
Published Jan. 21, 2021 3:15PM ET

Rep. Ron Wright (R-TX) has tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced in a statement. Wright, 67, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2019, and was hospitalized for the illness late last year. “I have been in quarantine since Friday and will continue to quarantine until my doctors and medical professionals give me the okay to return to work,” Wright said in the statement. “I am experiencing minor symptoms, but overall, I feel okay.” Wright is the eighth member of Congress to test positive for the virus following the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, spurred on by baseless allegations that there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. Wright was among the House Republicans to vote to object to certifying Pennsylvania and Arizona’s electoral votes.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jan 21, 2021, 05:56 PM (5 replies)

Professionalism Returns to the White House

This more than anything is something I've missed. Adults are stepping up!


Professionalism Returns to the White House
January 21, 2021 at 9:42 am EST By Taegan Goddard

Jonathan Bernstein: “If there’s one thing that’s going to be obvious about the brand-new administration of President Joe Biden, it’s going to be professionalism. Jobs are going to be filled, from the top down and with few exceptions, with people who know how to do them. Many officials will be returning to government after a brief four years on the outside — perhaps a step above their old levels, but well within their competence. Others will move from state government.”

“There will be plenty who are new to government, but most of them are (judging from what we’ve seen so far) well-credentialed, with the expertise that their jobs demand.”
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jan 21, 2021, 12:42 PM (0 replies)

Lincoln Project Turns Focus to Ted Cruz


Lincoln Project Turns Focus to Ted Cruz
January 21, 2021 at 10:04 am EST By Taegan Goddard

Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson said that now that former President Trump is out of office, he intends to turn the super-PAC’s attention to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), The Hill reports.

Said Wilson: “We all know Ted Cruz is sort of a political force of nature. He is what he is. You either hate him or you hate him. And he is a guy who went so far over the edge, not just to appease Donald Trump and Trump’s base, but because he felt like Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) had gotten out ahead of him on it.”
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jan 21, 2021, 12:39 PM (6 replies)

International sighs of relief as Biden settles into White House


International sighs of relief as Biden settles into White House
There were international sighs of relief when Trump lost in the fall. Those sighs were a little louder yesterday as Joe Biden took the oath of office.
Jan. 21, 2021, 9:20 AM EST
By Steve Benen


Those sighs of relief were a little louder yesterday.

With almost palpable relief, longstanding American allies welcomed Joe Biden as he was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday. Some signaled hopes for a radical change in the White House, particularly in its approach to climate change and the coronavirus pandemic. And a few took parting shots at Donald Trump and his nationalist, "America first" agenda. The European Union's top politician, Ursula von der Leyen, said that "after four long years, Europe has a friend in the White House."

Spain's prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, was more candid than most, declaring, "Five years ago, we thought Trump was a bad joke, but five years later we realized he jeopardized nothing less than the world's most powerful democracy."

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier acknowledged the extent to which he was "greatly relieved," but added a note of caution.

"Despite all the joy we feel today, we must not forget that even the most powerful democracy in the world has been seduced by populism," the German official said. "We must work resolutely to counter polarization, protect and strengthen the public square in our democracies, and shape our policies on the basis of reason and facts."


Biden took several worthwhile steps yesterday to re-engage the world, including embracing the Paris climate accords, ending Trump's Muslim ban, and renewing ties with the World Health Organization.

It was a heartening foundation upon which to build.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jan 21, 2021, 10:43 AM (0 replies)

Ant Clemons - Better Days (feat. Justin Timberlake) [Performance from the 2021 Inauguration]

Loved this!

Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jan 21, 2021, 09:22 AM (3 replies)

Biden inheriting nonexistent coronavirus vaccine distribution plan and must start 'from scratch'


Biden inheriting nonexistent coronavirus vaccine distribution plan and must start 'from scratch,' sources say
By MJ Lee, CNN
Updated 7:00 AM ET, Thu January 21, 2021

(CNN)Newly sworn in President Joe Biden and his advisers are inheriting no coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to speak of from the Trump administration, sources tell CNN, posing a significant challenge for the new White House.

The Biden administration has promised to try to turn the Covid-19 pandemic around and drastically speed up the pace of vaccinating Americans against the virus. But in the immediate hours following Biden being sworn into office on Wednesday, sources with direct knowledge of the new administration's Covid-related work told CNN one of the biggest shocks that the Biden team had to digest during the transition period was what they saw as a complete lack of a vaccine distribution strategy under former President Donald Trump, even weeks after multiple vaccines were approved for use in the United States.

"There is nothing for us to rework. We are going to have to build everything from scratch," one source said.
Another source described the moment that it became clear the Biden administration would have to essentially start from "square one" because there simply was no plan as: "Wow, just further affirmation of complete incompetence."


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jan 21, 2021, 08:47 AM (2 replies)

Democrats to Rebuff McConnell's Filibuster Demands


Democrats to Rebuff McConnell’s Filibuster Demands
January 21, 2021 at 8:36 am EST By Taegan Goddard

“Senate Democrats are signaling they will reject an effort by Mitch McConnell to protect the legislative filibuster as part of a deal to run a 50-50 Senate, saying they have little interest in bowing to his demands just hours into their new Senate majority,” Politico reports.

“McConnell has publicly and privately pressed Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to work to keep the 60-vote threshold on most legislation as part of their power-sharing agreement. Democrats have no plans to gut the filibuster further, but argue it would be a mistake to take one of their tools off the table just as they’re about to govern.”

“Many Democrats argue that having the threat of targeting the filibuster will be key to forcing compromise with reluctant Republicans. They also believe it would show weakness to accede to McConnell’s demand as he’s relegated to minority leader.”
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jan 21, 2021, 08:44 AM (21 replies)

This inaguration concert is awesome!!

So much talent and heart!! I feel like it's a gift.

Posted by babylonsister | Wed Jan 20, 2021, 09:18 PM (4 replies)

Adam Schiff on the Inauguration...


I just got home from the inauguration of President Joe Biden, and wanted to share some thoughts with you about the day:

Today was the day we’ve been waiting for, hoping for, praying for — the day Donald Trump finally left office. The day we had a new president, an ethical president, a decent president, a president devoted to bringing us tougher, not splitting us apart. It’s Inauguration Day in America.

President Joe Biden has now officially been sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. And Donald J. Trump is a bad memory.

It’s a new day, and a new chapter for our country. Starting today, we can begin to build back better and repair the immense damage done to our country, our citizens and our democracy.

The past four years of the Trump presidency have been nothing short of disastrous, damaging, indeed traumatizing.

The catalogue of abuses over the last four years is long and ugly, and includes when he imposed a discriminatory Muslim travel ban, removed the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, separated families at the border, tried to sabotage our health care system, attacked reproductive choice and LGBTQ protections, encouraged white supremacists and hate groups, brutally mistreated peaceful protestors, demonized the free press, undermined our elections, pushed countless lies and conspiracy theories, and utterly failed to address the COVID-19 pandemic, which has now taken more than 400,000 American lives. (This list is not exhaustive, sadly.)

And all of his lies culminated in one Big Lie — the falsehood spread by Donald Trump that he won the election. It was on that basis that he spent months attacking the very underpinnings of our democracy, and ultimately inciting an angry mob in Washington, DC to go to the Capitol and try to stop the peaceful transition of power.
We all saw what happened next.

We’ve got our work cut out for us, but as I listened to President Biden today, I felt hope. Hope for an end to the pandemic. Hope for an economic recovery that lifts up every American. Hope for health care that is universal. Hope for our planet.

With President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in the White House, as well as Democrat majorities in both the House and Senate we have the power to clean up this mess, tackle the pandemic, and make long-awaited progress for our communities and country. We have been given a great responsibility, and we have to act.

Just think about what we can achieve together over these next four years: a rapid distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, stronger pandemic relief for workers and businesses, restoration of the Voting Rights Act, a $15 federal minimum wage, universal health care coverage, bold action on climate change, student debt relief, criminal justice reform, and protections to defend and build back our democracy and ensure a president like Donald Trump can never abuse this office again.

I’m ready to get to work. And I hope you are too. Because we need you.

Today is a bright, hopeful day for our democracy and country. And you helped make it possible. Donating, volunteering, organizing, voting. It all made a difference and led us here. Together, we made it clear: right still matters, truth still matters, and decency still matters.

Today, we celebrate. Tomorrow, we get back to work. Let’s go.

— Adam
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Jan 20, 2021, 08:21 PM (5 replies)
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