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'Just Stop With This Craziness': Tim Ryan's Speech Against Kevin McCarthy Viewed 1 Million Times

(Newsweek) Tim Ryan's explosive speech against House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's comments on face masks has been viewed more than 1 million times as the Ohio representative was widely praised on social media for his remarks. During a speech on Wednesday, Ryan spent his allotted time speaking about Republican lawmakers who had criticized Capitol physician Brian Monahan after he announced that face masks would be required again in the House amid the spread of the contagious Delta variant of COVID-19.

DemocratSinceBirth

U.S. economy grew annual 6.5 percent between April and June, marking full recovery from the pandemic

(Washington Post) The U.S. economy was officially back and fully recovered from the pandemic as of June, although a recent surge in covid cases could threaten new uncertainty ahead. The economy grew at an annual rate of 6.5 percent in the quarter ending in June, below expectations, as coronavirus vaccinations and unleashed consumer spending added momentum to the recovery. For the first time since the pandemic took hold, economic output eclipsed its pre-pandemic high, after adjusting for inflation.

comradebillyboy

Biden Gains the Upper Hand on Mitch McConnell

(Political Wire) The bipartisan infrastructure deal cleared a key Senate procedural vote last night by 67 to 32. It’s surprising the bill attracted 17 Republican votes, but it’s even more surprising that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) voted for the bill. Quite a few people — including me — were convinced that no bipartisan deal was possible. McConnell would never strike a deal, as Jonathan Bernstein explains our logic, “as long as the out-party opposes any bill it will automatically be seen as controversial, lose popularity and therefore fail to deliver any electoral rewards for the president’s party.”

orangecrush

Trump threatened to primary GOP lawmakers who favor the bipartisan infrastructure plan

(Business Insider) Former President Donald Trump left no words unspoken in his most direct attempt yet to tank President Joe Biden's $1 trillion infrastructure deal. The GOP frontman threatened "lots of primaries" ahead for any Republican lawmakers who cooperate with Democrats to get the bipartisan deal passed.

His statement was released after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would vote to advance the measure ahead of the procedural vote in the Senate on Wednesday. Seventeen Republicans — including McConnell — joined all 50 Democrats to advance the bipartisan legislation, in a major test for the bill.

Celerity

The Antivaxxers Are Ruining It For Everyone

(Bob Cesca/The Banter) I’m old enough to remember May 2021. It was the month when my second Pfizer vaccination kicked in and it seemed like we were emerging from four years of darkness -- the final year being the darkest. In particular, I was looking forward to returning to the gym, maybe a road trip to the shore for a weekend -- there was a long list of things on my post-COVID to-do list, suffice to say. It turns out, the New Roaring ‘20s ended up lasting about 20 days (give or take) before warning signs began to materialize on the horizon. Like the worst kind of coitus interruptus, it really felt like we were on the verge of escaping the disease. For a moment we tasted freedom, and now it’s being ripped out from under our feet. We were on the verge of being released from prison but at the last minute a gaggle of a-holes framed us for crimes we didn’t commit and now we’re back for another sentence. We’re being held hostage by some of the worst people in the world: chronological adults who are incapable of acting responsibly, mainly because they don’t know how to digest information or to see this as not a personal issue, but as a community one.

They’ll never grasp that getting vaccinated isn’t about them personally, it’s about the community of people around them and, more than anything else, it’s about the urgent process of collectively eradicating the virus from our lives. The antivaxxers are ruining it for everyone, and there’s no sign they’re going to change, not until it’s too late.

HAB911

Fla. forecast to report more than 83,000 new cases of COVID per day

(ABC) As Florida continues to see a surge in COVID-19 cases from the delta variant, the latest forecast from the Mayo Clinic offers up a sobering look at what is likely coming for the state just one day before school starts. According to the Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 forecast tool, almost all of Florida will have cases above 100 per 100,000 and most of the counties around Tampa will be reporting more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day.

Statewide, the Mayo Clinic forecast tool said Florida will be reporting a seven-day rolling average of 49,398 cases of COVID-19 per day by August 9, a 132% increase from the current numbers. The overall range showed Florida could be reporting just 31,357 cases on the low end or 83,548 on the high end.

Gaugamela

Turns Out Mo Brooks Was Wearing Body Armor to Trump's Very Peaceful Jan. 6 Rally

(Slate) Brooks, like Republican leaders who tried to counterprogram the hearing with a press conference ... thinks a proper investigation would look at why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office wasn’t “doing a better job with respect to the Capitol Police and their level of preparation.”

Then, to prove his point about preparation, he revealed a new detail to me: that because of a tip he’d received about potential violence, he’d been wearing body armor at the very same Ellipse speech in which he encouraged rally attendees to “start taking down names and kicking ass.”

elleng

Our democracy is under attack. Washington journalists must stop covering it like politics as usual.

(Washington Post) Back in the dark ages of 2012, two think-tank scholars, Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann, wrote a book titled “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks” about the rise of Republican Party extremism and its dire effect on American democracy. In a related op-ed piece, these writers made a damning statement about Washington press coverage, which treats the two parties as roughly equal and everything they do as deserving of similar coverage.

Ornstein and Mann didn’t use the now-in-vogue terms “both-sidesism” or “false equivalence,” but they laid out the problem with devastating clarity. Nearly a decade later, this distortion of reality has only grown worse, thanks in part to Donald Trump’s rise to power and his ironclad grip on an increasingly craven Republican Party.

babylonsister

Chuck Todd and the myth of Liberal Media Bias

(Eric Boehlert/Pressrun) The good news is that every 12 or 24 months Todd emerges and makes ... welcomed, clear-eyed pronouncements about the press, calling out right-wing lies, and urging his colleagues to do better in fighting against dishonest GOP attacks. The bad news is Todd then goes back to work at NBC and rarely follows his own advice.

He makes no structural changes to the programs he oversees to make sure they don’t fall prey to GOP tactics. It’s easy to view his pronouncements as performative, directed at those who are concerned about journalism and about the state of our democracy in the face of a Republican Party that broke its pact with common sense and instead now worships at the alter of a Mar-a-Lago retiree.

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