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Biden has lowest first-year Senate confirmation rate among last three presidents, according to new r

Source: CNN

Biden has lowest first-year Senate confirmation rate among last three presidents, according to new report

Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden has the lowest Senate confirmation rate of first-year nominations among the last three presidents, according to a new report from a group that studies presidential transitions.

"In Biden's first year, the Senate confirmed only 41% of his nominations. While a small number were withdrawn by the president, 118 were 'returned' at the end of the Senate's session -- meaning the president would either have to nominate that person again in the next session or nominate someone else," according to the report from the Center for Presidential Transition, a nonpartisan group based in Washington, DC.

The group, which said its data represents "nominations for all civilian positions including ambassadors, judges, marshals and US attorneys," reported that as of last week, 171 of the nominations Biden made in 2021 are still awaiting a vote.

Biden's 41% continues a downward confirmation rate trend among recent presidents, the group said, noting that 75% of George Bush's first-year nominees were confirmed, while 69% of Barack Obama's were approved and 57% of Donald Trump's were OK'd by the Senate during his first year in office.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/09/politics/biden-senate-confirmation-numbers/index.html

Manchin's $1.8 trillion spending offer is reportedly no longer on the table

Source: CNBC

U.S. Senator Joe Manchinís $1.8 trillion spending offer he proposed to the White House in late 2021 appears to be no longer on the table following a breakdown between the Democratic lawmaker from West Virginia and the White House, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.

Manchin told reporters this week that he is no longer involved in discussions with the White House and has signaled privately that he is not interested in approving any legislation like President Joe Bidenís Build Back Better Package, the newspaper said, citing three people with knowledge of the matter.

Manchinís office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The legislation is one of Bidenís signature domestic priorities. Manchinís vote is critical in the evenly divided Senate. His opposition torpedoed Build Back Better in December, drawing ire from Democratic progressives and sending the political party scrambling to find a way to resurrect the package.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/08/manchins-1point8-trillion-spending-offer-is-reportedly-no-longer-on-the-table.html



Should we have just taken his offer a couple of weeks ago? Or was it right to pass?

Opponents of Texas abortion law ask Supreme Court to expedite their challenge

Source: NBC News

WASHINGTON ó Opponents of the Texas law that bans most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to get the case back in the hands of a federal judge so they can resume their legal fight.

The Supreme Court last month rejected a claim by Texas that the law known as S.B. 8 was immune to challenges in federal court, but the ruling limited opponents of the law to suing state medical licensing officials. That meant abortion providers in Texas could only seek to block those officials from taking away their medical licenses.

The ruling also meant opponents were unable to block the most novel feature of the Texas law, which allows anyone to sue an abortion provider and seek a minimum of $10,000.

The Supreme Court last month sent the case back to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Now, abortion providers say the case is stuck there and should be returned to a federal trial judge in Texas so they can proceed with their legal challenge.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/opponents-texas-abortion-law-ask-supreme-court-expedite-their-challenge-n1286897

Eric Adams sworn-in as New York City mayor in Times Square

Source: NY Times

Eric Adams (D) was sworn in early Saturday as the 110th mayor of New York City just after the New Year's Eve crystal ball dropped in Times Square.

Adams, a former city police captain, proclaimed that "New York is back" during the ceremony, according to the New York Times.

During the ceremony in Times Square, Adams held a picture of his late mother, Dorthy, who passed away last spring and was sworn-in using a family Bible, the Times noted.

Adams won the Democratic primary last summer against Kathryn Garcia by about only one percentage point. Before entering politics, Adams called himself ďthe future of the Democratic Party," the Times noted.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/01/nyregion/eric-adams-inaguration-nyc-mayor.html

Greta Thunberg says it's 'strange' Biden is considered a leader on climate change

Source: The Hill

Climate activist Greta Thunberg said it was "strange" that President Biden is considered a leader in climate change and questioned his role in tackling the climate crisis.

In an interview with The Washington Post published Monday, Thunberg was asked if she was inspired by Biden or any world leaders fighting global warming and climate change.

"If you call him a leader," Thunberg replied. "I mean, itís strange that people think of Joe Biden as a leader for the climate when you see what his administration is doing."

Thunberg, 18, has been the face of the youth climate strike, which has turned into a global movement since the teen began protesting in Sweden in 2018. In various appearances around the world, Thunberg has called for world leaders to do more to fight climate change, arguing her generation will see the most damaging effects of global warming if nothing is done.

Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/587463-greta-thunberg-says-its-strange-biden-is-considered-a-leader-on

Did people really put the tree up on Christmas Eve years ago?

I remember my mom telling me this as a kid when I complained that December 10th was too late to put it up.

Question about the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban (10 year ban)

I remembered it being close, but looked it up and see that it passed 52-48. So now I have questions...

1) What was the Party breakdown? I'd be willing to bet it wasn't entirely on a Party line.

2) Why didn't anyone filibuster? I find that rather odd. Not even Jesse Helms?

3) Why was the ban for only 10 years? Did anyone want to make it permanent? I can't think of many bans with expiration dates on them.

'I'm Going to Ignore Them': Adams on Council Members' Letter About Solitary Confinement

Source: NBC NY

Eric Adams says heís the next mayor of New York City whether the also newly-elected council members ďlike it or not.Ē

One the same day the mayor-elect scrapped his inauguration ceremony due to rising COVID-19 cases, Adams had a few choice words bout his colleagues to-be who signed a letter Tuesday criticizing his plans to put violent inmates on Rikers Island into solitary confinement.

Twenty-nine incoming New York City councilmembers said in the letter that solitary confinement is considered a form of torture by the United Nations, human rights organizations and medical experts, adding that evidence shows the method actually causes more violence.

In response to the letter, which was sent to both Adams and reporters, Adams said the councilmembers' desire is to be "disruptive."

Read more: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/politics/im-going-to-ignore-them-adams-on-council-members-letter-about-solitary-confinement/3463395/

"Well, guess what? I'm from West Virginia," he said. "I'm not from where they're from"

Short article here on an interview with Manchin yesterday after the negative reaction. Here's two paragraphs on what Manchin said:

"They figured, surely to God, we can move one person, surely we can badger and beat one person, that's ó surely we can get enough protesters to make that person uncomfortable enough," said Manchin, referring to the waves of protest that he's encountered from progressive activists in recent months.

"Well, guess what? I'm from West Virginia," he said. "I'm not from where they're from, and they can just beat the living crap out of people and think they'll be submissive. Period."

Did any reporters try and ask Biden about Manchin today?

I haven't heard anything.
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