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Senate will likely vote today on Rand Paul's point of order on legality of impeachment

This vote will fail, but it will be very interesting to see which Republicans vote with Democrats:

The Kentucky Republican plans to raise a point of order with the Senate parliamentarian Tuesday afternoon, just moments before senators are set to be sworn in for Trump’s second impeachment trial. His attempt is certain to fail, but the final tally could foreshadow the possibility that Trump will be convicted, which requires support from two-thirds of the chamber.


Manchin apparently says he doesn't support nuclear option on organizing resolution

If this is actually true, then we have lost. The only option will be to agree to Mitch's demands that Democrats rule out the legislative filibuster for two years.


Dems have a mini-nuclear option at hand: They could end the filibuster on organizing resolutions (not the legislative filibuster) now.

says this would end McConnell's blockade.

But @Sen_JoeManchin tells me he will not agree to that either:

Here's my exchange with Sen. Manchin. He says he won't support ending the filibuster even on organizing resolutions.

I asked him about the fact that McConnell isn't letting Dems take over the majority. His answer is Schumer/McConnell have to work it out:

Even Claire McCaskill says Schumer should exercise the nuclear option now

EDIT: On Rachel Maddow's show it was announced that the Senate will move forward with adopting an organizing resolution. It appears Mitch may have caved, but we should also see what the organizing resolution says.

Original post below
Claire McCaskill is not my favorite Democrat. However she said something on Nicole's show today that I have been saying for days: Schumer should get Democrats to exercise the nuclear option on the Organizing Resolution:

The practical problem is that Chuck Schumer doesn't have 50 votes to change the rules on filibuster. He doesn't have the 50 votes. And McConnell knows it. So this is going to create an impasse until --- What I think needs to happen --- This is just my two bits. I think Chuck needs to use the nuclear option to change the rules to allow the organizing motion to be privileged, and therefore it doesn't need 60 votes, like reconciliation like a few other things. Because if Mitch McConnell is not gonna allow them even to organize the Senate, then they gotta rap him on the knuckles hard. And while they may not have the votes to blow up the filibuster right now, I think they would have the votes to let the Democrats take over the chairmanships they earned. So that to me is the way forward. In my opinion, the sooner they get at it, the better.

Two minute warning to the White House press briefing

There are many places to watch live. Here is one on YouTube:

DOJ IG will investigate attempts to alter the result of the election!

New: The DOJ inspector general's office has announced an investigation "into whether any former or current DOJ official engaged in an improper attempt to have DOJ seek to alter the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election."


Release of Eric Munchel blocked!

I think this might be the fourth or fifth insurrectionist who was blocked from release by a D.C. judge


JUST IN: Chief judge of DC dist court blocks release of Eric Munchel, photographed in Senate gallery during Capitol riot carrying zip-tie cuffs and taser. On Friday, a magistrate judge in Nashville OK'd Munchel being sent home on GPS monitoring.

Protests in Russia: something to keep an eye on

My solidarity is with those Russian people who want free and fair elections, and finally a new leader after Putin's twenty years in power.



NYT: Trump wanted to oust Acting AG and force Georgia to overturn results

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s top leaders listened in stunned silence this month: One of their peers, they were told, had devised a plan with President Donald J. Trump to oust Jeffrey A. Rosen as acting attorney general and wield the department’s power to force Georgia state lawmakers to overturn its presidential election results.

EDIT: Adding a bit more from the story

The department officials, convened on a conference call, then asked each other: What will you do if Mr. Rosen is dismissed?

The answer was unanimous. They would resign.

Their informal pact ultimately helped persuade Mr. Trump to keep Mr. Rosen in place, calculating that a furor over mass resignations at the top of the Justice Department would eclipse any attention on his baseless accusations of voter fraud. Mr. Trump’s decision came only after Mr. Rosen and Mr. Clark made their competing cases to him in a bizarre White House meeting that two officials compared with an episode of Mr. Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice,” albeit one that could prompt a constitutional crisis.


EDIT: The reporter on this story is coming up after the commercial break on Chris Hayes on MSNBC

Jackass judge releases insurrectionist Eric Munchel before trial

Some of these judges are terrible. I believe the government will appeal to the D.C. district, which has already blocked the release of other defendants.


BREAKING: ‘Zip Tie Guy’ Who Invaded the Capitol with His Mom Ordered Released Before Trial

One insurrectionist, Jeff Sabol, apparently attempted to flee to Switzerland

The details of some of these cases are interesting:

[Assistant US Attorney] Gianforti claims that Sabol was trying to flee the country with a ticket to Zurich, Switzerland, which he notes is a non-extradition country.



There's "overwhelming evidence" in this case, and Sabol attempted suicide, in a different kind of flight risk.

"I think that his suicide attempt can be taken as consciousness of guilt," the prosecutor adds.

Prosecutors claim Sabol helped the mob drag an officer down the stairs, though he hasn't been charged with that.
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