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Never again: How a 'lesson of 2011' shaped Biden's no-negotiation stance on debt limit

(NBC News) 'The Obama-Biden White House agreed to negotiate with Republicans on the debt ceiling. It brought the U.S. economy to the brink of disaster — and the president and vice president vowed to change their posture. Twelve years later, Biden is executing on that lesson as he faces down a new Republican-controlled House that is similarly demanding spending cuts as a concession for extending the debt ceiling. He says there won’t be any negotiations, and Congress must allow the government to pay its bills. “I will not let anyone use the full faith and credit of the United States as a bargaining chip,” Biden said Thursday in Virginia.'


Legendary Media Reporter Bill Carter Destroys 'Horserace' Coverage of Trump Campaign Rollout

(Mediaite) One of the most storied media reporters of all-time has denounced the fourth estate’s coverage of former President Donald Trump’s de facto campaign rollout. In a Sunday morning tweet, CNN analyst Bill Carter slammed the press for focusing on the politics of Trump’s speeches on Saturday in New Hampshire and South Carolina, and more or less treating him as a conventional candidate. “To have ZERO accountability for the most lawless Admin in US history, one that plotted a COUP for pity’s sake, is both a massive fail and an incipient disaster,” Carter wrote. Carter was responding to a tweet from never-Trump conservative Bill Kristol — who fumed at the tenor of Saturday’s reporting from the campaign trail.


The NYT should tell readers whether it helped crooked FBI agents get Trump elected in 2016

(Philadelphia Inquirer) It’s not only that America’s so-called paper of record has never apologized for its over-the-top coverage of the Clinton emails or the deeply flawed story about the FBI Trump-Russia probe. It’s that the Times has shown a stunning lack of curiosity about finding out what went wrong.


DeSantis actions could pose risk with Black voters in 2024

(The Hill) Though he hasn’t announced a decision for the 2024 presidential election just yet, DeSantis is seen as a strong GOP contender for the White House, next to former President Trump. But a spate of actions some have criticized as “anti-Black” could pose a threat for the governor’s chances at winning over Black voters, who became a deciding factor in securing President Biden’s election in 2020 and the Democrats’ Senate majority in the 2022 midterms.


GOP Claims of mismanagement, fraud don't explain Democrats' 2022 sweep of Harris County, Texas

(Houston Public Media) Republicans are seeking fresh elections in nearly two dozen contests, alleging Election Day woes cost them thousands of votes, but a surge in Democratic registration and long-term demographic trends provide simpler explanations for GOP losses.


'The big battle is coming': Ukrainian forces prepare for the war's most intense phase

(The Guardian) Sooner or later, most likely in the next few months, one side would make its move and try to break the deadlock. The question is: who will strike first and where. “The big battle is coming this spring, or even before,” Vitaly said. Whether it arrives here or somewhere else along the 750-mile frontline, the storm is expected to break this spring, ushering in what may prove to the most intense phase of the war so far.


Charles McGonigal's arrest should make Jared very nervous

(Daily Kos) So far, news of the bombshell arrest of Charles McGonigal, the former FBI special agent, has focused on his central role in events leading up to the 2016 election. That connection is stunning, to be sure. But there is another issue raised by McGonigal's arrest that hasn't drawn nearly as much attention. At least it has not yet, but it may prove even more pivotal to bringing down the Trump crime syndicate. And that's McGonigal's curious association with the desperate attempts by Jared Kushner, and his father, Charles, to rescue an upside-down investment in 666 (now 660) 5th Avenue.

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