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polarbear4

and TY Benny! sometimes i forget with you longtime regular diary makers.

jcitybone

More elections have consequences

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/biden-president-executive-actions-covid-19-climate-change-immigration/

Missed this one.

End Keystone XL pipeline and revoke oil and gas development at national wildlife monuments. To do this, Biden’s climate adviser Gina McCarthy explained the Biden administration will discard or redo more than 100 “harmful” presidential proclamations, memoranda or permits signed by the Trump administration that the new administration views as detrimental to the environment.

Revoking permits will effectively nix the Keystone pipeline. Mr. Biden also will reverse the 2020 decision by the Trump administration to allow land development at the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah and at the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine national monuments in New England, which were set aside for wildlife protection by former President Obama in 2016. Other changes include directing agencies to “consider revising vehicle fuel economic and emissions standards” and placing federal working groups to deal with greenhouse gases, according to an outline of the executive orders.

The.census count could help NY to limit its loss of House seats to one instead of two. The tipping point states right now are NY for two and Alabama for one. I expect NY will have many more undocumented Americans than Alabama does.

Count non-citizens in U.S. Census again. This reverses President Trump’s order in July 2020 to not count undocumented Americans, which would affect federal allocation of money and federal representation. Rice on the Wednesday press call said Trump’s was an “approach that violates the Constitution and the Census Act and is inconsistent with our nation’s history and our commitment to representative democracy.” The Biden team’s outline of the executive order said Biden “will ensure that the Census Bureau has time to complete an accurate population count for each state” and that “he will then present to Congress an apportionment that is fair and accurate so federal resources are efficiently and fairly distributed for the next decade.”

jcitybone

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/20/joe-biden-kills-keystone-xl-pipeline-permit-460555

President-elect Joe Biden formally announced on Wednesday he would revoke a key permit for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, the second time a Democratic administration has scuttled the $8 billion project in less than a decade.

Biden was set to include the action as part of an executive order to be released on his first day in office to revoke “permits signed over the past 4 years that do not serve the U.S. national interest, including revoking the Presidential permit granted to the Keystone XL pipeline.”

The decision came despite pleas to Biden from multiple Canadian government officials to give them time to make their case for the 1,200-mile pipeline, which they argue has dramatically changed for the better, environmentally, since it was first proposed in 2008.
TC Energy, the pipeline’s developer, could decide to challenge Biden’s move in court or through the new North American trade deal, which the company did after President Barack Obama first scuttled the pipeline in 2015 over environmental concerns. “I think there’s a very real question there,” said Dan Ujczo, an international trade attorney at Thompson Hine, noting that the project’s cross-border connection is already built.

But in a statement Wednesday, the company appeared ready to give up on its years-long effort to build the pipeline, saying “as a result of the expected revocation of the Presidential Permit, advancement of the project will be suspended,” and it canceled plans to raise money to pay for the project.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s office said he raised the matter with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday and “urged the federal government to do everything possible to convey a clear message to President-elect Biden that rescinding the Keystone XL border crossing permit would damage the Canada-U.S. bilateral relationship.”

Even with the possibility of strained international relationships and possible legal challenges, Biden’s move made environmental activists ecstatic. The drive to kill the pipeline, which would have transported oil from Western Canada to refineries in the U.S. Midwest and Gulf Coast, became a defining issue for a new generation of environmental groups. Pipeline activists, along with Native American tribes and landowners angry over pipeline developer TC Energy’s plans to route the pipeline through their property, had been fighting the project since almost as soon as it was unveiled.

“Not a single farmer or rancher I know would have ever guessed they would have been at the center of one of the largest climate battles of the last decade,” said Jane Kleeb, the chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party and pipeline activist who led early opposition to Keystone XL. “There was no magic to how we beat the Keystone XL pipeline — it was grit, shared leadership and never forgetting who and what we were fighting for.”

News that the order would land on the first day of Biden’s presidency surprised some analysts and Canada-U.S. experts, who expected the new administration to at least give the Canadians an audience before fulfilling his campaign promise.

orlbucfan

Bet Floridumb gains seats. Big whoop with all the corrupt political stupidity down here!💩😡

jcitybone

Florida set to gain two

orlbucfan

I knew there would be gains.

polarbear4

jcitybone

Fox News? Surprised he forgot that they are part of the national press since Glenn is very familiar with them.

jcitybone

Speaking of Fox

orlbucfan

She does what her money bag bosses tell her to do. I never considered her worthwhile to start with.

polarbear4

he criticizes whomever deserves it, imho. if it’s Fox, it’s Fox.

jcitybone

Just pointing out his statement saying there will be no adversarial coverage from the national press in the next four years. I think there will be plenty of it on Fox and other likely suspects.

orlbucfan

You mean POX “News,” jcb? 💩 Not that CrapoNN is anything to crow about.

polarbear4

orlbucfan

jcb: you and NYCVG are so lucky to have people like Bowman and AOC as your Federal reps. I am like so envious cos I’ll be dead before this rathole state has them! Just wait until Ms. Nina joins them!👍👍👍👍👍😊😊✊✊☮️😊

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LieparDestin

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/534971-biden-expected-to-ask-surgeon-general-to-resign-after-inauguration-ceremony

President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday will reportedly ask for the resignation of U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams shortly after he takes office at noon.

The Washington Post reported that Biden will request Adams’s resignation as one of his first acts as president; he previously announced in December that Vivek Murthy would return to the role under his administration.

Adams’s resignation will represent a break from the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Post reported. Murthy was previously fired by President Trump in the spring of 2017.

Biden is set to name an acting surgeon general within hours, according to the Post, though the position will reportedly not go to Deputy Surgeon General Erica Schwartz, who has said she will retire after being passed over. A request for comment from Biden’s transition team was not immediately returned.

The president-elect’s efforts to break with his predecessor’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic comes as the U.S. recently passed 400,000 deaths nationwide from the virus, and experts have warned that cases will reach their peak in the coming weeks.

Biden’s incoming Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief, Rochelle Walensky, predicted Sunday that the U.S. could see another 100,000 deaths before the end of February.

jcitybone

https://morningconsult.com/2021/01/19/biden-inauguration-housing-polling/

With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on the household budgets of many Americans, housing stability will be one of the biggest economic issues facing the Biden administration.

President-elect Joe Biden made housing a key priority in his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package released Thursday, asking lawmakers to approve $25 billion in rental assistance on top of the $25 billion included in the package lawmakers passed last month, and another $5 billion put toward those experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Biden is also asking Congress to extend the eviction and foreclosure moratoriums until Sept. 30, from its current date at the end of the month.

According to a new Morning Consult poll, many in the country — especially renters — have alarmingly insecure housing plans if they lost their current residence.

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jcitybone

https://truthout.org/articles/activists-are-mobilizing-to-create-an-eviction-free-united-states/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=d291cd11-b135-4265-9e30-b678eba9d3cf

Activists Are Mobilizing to Create an Eviction-Free United States

The signs posted in the first-floor windows of 1234 Pacific Street in Brooklyn tell an increasingly familiar story: “We are striking to cancel rent in New York state during the COVID-19 public health crisis. We are striking because we cannot pay, or in solidarity with those who cannot pay. We will not go hungry or without medical care in order to pay rent.”

The 37-unit, six-story building is one of 57 New York City properties whose tenants are on rent strike, but tenants in places as diverse as Alexandria, Virginia; Chicago; Gainesville, Florida; Los Angeles; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Philadelphia and San Francisco have joined the movement to cancel rent for the duration of the pandemic. They are also demanding a moratorium on evictions and are pushing both community activists and elected officials to address the need for affordable rental housing, a need that has been exacerbated, but was not caused, by the virus.

And while rent strikes are a tried-and-true tactic of the diverse housing justice movement, they are just one tool in a hefty arsenal. Community organizing strategies include occupations of vacant but habitable homes, outdoor encampments, advocacy of legislative relief (including a universal guarantee of homes for all), eviction disruptions, mutual aid, efforts to provide free legal counsel to those facing displacement, and the creation of tiny homes on publicly owned land.

Taken together, these tactics are bringing needed attention to the link between public health and housing policy.

polarbear4

what about mortgage holders? they want to buy our property? idk.

happy for renters, tho.

polarbear4

a jen perelman RT

orlbucfan

Hope they are realists and know what they’re up against down here. We can’t even get rid of DWS or Sick Rott. Look at DeathSantis.

jcitybone

A bunch of interesting interviews up at Democracynow.

https://www.democracynow.org/2021/1/19/rashida_tlaib_trump_biden_transition

As President-elect Joe Biden prepares for his inauguration on Wednesday, he has outlined sweeping plans for his first days in office to address the raging coronavirus pandemic and roll back key parts of Donald Trump’s agenda, including on immigration, the climate crisis and more. President Trump, meanwhile, leaves office as the only president ever impeached twice, after he encouraged a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. For more on the transition, we speak with Congressmember Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who says senators must vote to convict Trump after his impeachment in the House. “I hope that there’s an awakening in the Senate, but I’ve been waiting for that awakening to happen for quite a while,” says Tlaib.

https://www.democracynow.org/2021/1/20/biden_inauguration_waleed_shahid_michael_eric

We look at the path forward for the Biden-Harris administration and the role of social movements with political strategist Waleed Shahid and author and analyst Michael Eric Dyson. Shahid, spokesperson for the progressive political action committee Justice Democrats, says Biden could be “one of the most transformative presidents” in U.S. history if he acts boldly. “But it will take an immense amount of pressure on Joe Biden, on the political system, on the political class for him to get there,” says Shahid.

https://www.democracynow.org/2021/1/20/michael_eric_dyson_trump_presidency

As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are inaugurated and the Trump presidency comes to an end, we look back at his regime with author and analyst Michael Eric Dyson. “The Trump presidency has been an unmitigated disaster,” Dyson says. His “direct assault” on democratic processes resulted in a “neofascist presidency that attempted to undermine the very legitimacy of the democracy that he was put in office to uphold.”

https://www.democracynow.org/2021/1/20/avril_haines_biden_nominee_john_kiriakou

Avril Haines, Biden’s nominee for director of national intelligence, began her confirmation hearing Tuesday. She was President Obama’s top lawyer on the National Security Council from 2010 to 2013 and CIA deputy director from 2013 to 2015, where she authorized using drone strikes to carry out targeted extrajudicial assassinations. “We know that in almost all cases that she said it was legal to put these names on the kill list, and people were subsequently killed by drone, including American citizens,” says CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who exposed the Bush-era torture program and was the only official jailed in connection to it. He also discusses Haines’s handling of CIA agents who illegally hacked the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee to thwart its investigation into the CIA’s detention and interrogation program that used torture methods like waterboarding.

https://www.democracynow.org/2021/1/19/white_supremacist_police_infiltration_capitol_riot

At least 28 law enforcement officers from across the United States attended the Trump rally in Washington, D.C., on January 6 that led to the attack on the U.S. Capitol, with some even boasting on social media about taking part in the riot that left five people dead. BuzzFeed News investigative reporter Albert Samaha says off-duty police officers’ involvement in the insurrection reflects a growing problem of right-wing radicalization in police ranks — a problem Black officers say has gone unaddressed by higher-ups. Samaha says that while “white supremacist ideology in law enforcement is as old as law enforcement in the U.S.” there was a marked change in tone and attitudes among police officers following the 2014 Ferguson uprising against police brutality. He says that Donald Trump’s loud support for police against claims of misconduct and systemic violence gave officers new license to express bigoted and extremist views. “The top came off, and the rhetoric suddenly became acceptable within locker rooms,” he says.

jcitybone

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/amp/2021/01/trump-presidency-in-review.html

And yet: For all of the mass death and democratic backsliding we’ve suffered these past four years, America is in far better shape than it might have been. Entrusting an authoritarian con man with the world’s most powerful elective office brought the United States catastrophe, but it has also left us with a historic opportunity for democratic renewal.

We are lucky that Donald Trump started no major wars (thanks, in no small part, to Iranian restraint). We’re lucky that Republicans came a few votes short of throwing millions off of Medicaid. We’re lucky that the GOP’s internal divisions on immigration prevented Trump from inscribing his most xenophobic policies into legislative statute, and, thus, that his nativist legacy is almost entirely revocable by executive fiat. Above all, we are lucky that Trump did not win reelection and that the incoming Democratic government will actually have the power to implement reform.

These last points are worth emphasizing. What Trump’s 2020 coalition lacked in size, it nearly made up for in geographic efficiency. Joe Biden’s 4.4-point margin in the popular vote — and narrow victories in historically red Arizona and Georgia — has obscured just how close the president came to winning a second term. In November, Biden won the tipping-point state of Wisconsin by 0.6 percent, or a little over 20,000 votes. Which means that, had the Democrat won the national vote by “only” 3.7 points, Trump quite likely would have won reelection.

That Biden will actually be able to implement a legislative agenda is even more fortuitous. Thanks to Trump’s consolidation of the white rural vote, the median U.S. state is now roughly 6.6 percent more Republican than the nation as a whole, which gives the GOP a massive advantage in the battle for Senate control. It took one of the largest midterm landslides in history to keep Democrats in contention for the upper chamber this year. In 2018, the party won the House popular vote by over 8 percent, yet lost seats in the Senate, while longtime red-state incumbents like Joe Manchin and Jon Tester barely eked out reelection on the strength of the national environment. Even after salvaging these seats in hostile territory, it took a minor miracle for the party to secure a bare majority in 2020: Had David Perdue received 0.3 percent more votes against Jon Ossoff in November, he would have won more than 50 percent of the vote and thereby averted the runoff that his Democratic challenger won in Georgia earlier this month.

Of course, getting lucky often takes hard work. The Democrats’ triumphs in November 2018 and January 2021 were authored by diligent organizers who sacrificed their nights and weekends to voter-registration drives and to the humbler efforts of Democratic voters who did their civic duty in extraordinary numbers.

We cannot count on remaining so fortunate in the future.

The GOP controls more states than Democrats do and thus will be able to engineer a heavily gerrymandered House map following the 2020 census. According to Democratic pollster David Shor’s projections, the GOP’s advantage in the Electoral College is likely to grow even steeper by 2024. If Democrats do not use their tenuous grip on power to rebalance this playing field — by making our electoral institutions more small-d democratic — they will clear the way for a coalition of would-be oligarchs and QAnon LARPers to reconquer the capital by 2024.

The package of electoral reforms that Democrats introduced this week — which includes a variety of measures that would facilitate higher levels of voter registration, make it easier for voters to cast ballots, and combat partisan-gerrymandering and voter disenfranchisement — is a fine start. But Democrats must also provide statehood to D.C., Puerto Rico, and any other U.S. territory that desires it, so as to mitigate the underrepresentation of nonwhite voters in the Senate. The point of these reforms is not to bar the GOP from power; even if Democrats admit Puerto Rico and D.C. to the union, Republicans will retain a structural advantage in the upper chamber. Rather, the point is to make it harder for the Republican Party to cater to a reactionary minority of the U.S. public and still compete in national elections.

But Joe Biden will not be able to bring majority rule to the United States if his party does not first bring it to the U.S. Senate. Mitch McConnell is currently pushing for Democrats to commit to maintaining the legislative filibuster, a malign institution that effectively establishes a 60-vote threshold for all major, non-budgetary legislation. This would effectively prevent the Democratic Party from passing any democracy reforms. There are not ten Republican votes in the Senate for making the GOP less electorally competitive for the sake of making the U.S. government more majoritarian.

Democrats must not make such a concession. Given the party’s razor-thin margins in both chambers, the GOP’s structural advantages, and the tendency of out-of-power parties to overperform in midterms, Democrats are vastly more likely to lose control of Congress than win a larger Senate majority in 2022. The party’s leadership may not have the leverage to make Joe Manchin, Jon Tester, Kyrsten Sinema, or other Senate moderates do anything they don’t wish to. But Chuck Schumer must at least make every member of his caucus aware of the stakes of inaction. Perhaps moderates can be made comfortable with eroding the filibuster instead of outright ending it. Maybe a special exception can be made for democracy-expanding measures, akin to the Byrd rule’s exemption for budget-reconciliation bills. Or maybe Democrats can simply restore the talking filibuster — which is to say, revive rather than repeal Senate tradition — by requiring those who wish to obstruct legislation to speak continuously from the Senate floor. Regardless, if the party does not find some way of using its fortuitous trifecta to fortify U.S. democracy against the threat of minority rule, it will squander the Trump presidency’s silver linings.

The past four years could be remembered as our republic’s rock bottom — the period when our polity debased itself too thoroughly to deny that it had a problem. Or it could be a farcical preview of the illiberal right’s tragic triumph. Whether the Trump presidency will be the end of a dark chapter in American history or the beginning of one is something that Senate Democrats have a great deal of power to decide. They must not leave our democracy’s future up to chance.

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/01/20/democrats-urged-reject-desperate-mcconnell-effort-preserve-filibuster-and-kneecap

Soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is attempting to obtain a commitment from his Democratic counterparts to keep the archaic legislative filibuster in place once they officially take charge of the chamber, a demand that progressives characterized as a last-ditch effort to cripple the incoming Biden administration’s policy agenda.

In ongoing negotiations with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) over an organizing resolution that will govern the upcoming 50-50 Senate, McConnell is reportedly working to undercut the growing momentum behind eliminating the filibuster—which, if left intact, would effectively give Republican senators veto power over much of President-elect Joe Biden’s legislative agenda.

“The time is ripe to address this issue head on before the passions of one particular issue or another arise,” McConnell said in a statement Tuesday. “A delay in reaching an agreement could delay the final determination of committee assignments but it is important to maintain the status quo on the legislative filibuster.”

Schumer has thus far declined to commit to preserving the filibuster, which requires 60 votes to break. In a statement, Stand Up America managing director Christina Harvey urged the New York Democrat to forcefully reject McConnell’s demand, characterizing the Republican leader’s effort as deliberate sabotage of the incoming Congress and administration.

“Mitch McConnell is desperate, grasping for straws, and attempting to use what little power he has left to stymie bold progress for the American people,” said Harvey. “Soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Schumer should immediately reject this blatant attempt to undermine the Democratic majority before it has even been seated and swiftly affirm that filibuster reform is still on the table.”

While the ongoing rule negotiations between McConnell and Schumer are standard procedure, former Democratic Senate staffer Adam Jentleson argued that the Kentucky Republican’s push to safeguard the filibuster represents an unacceptable effort to deny the “legitimacy” of the incoming Senate majority.

“If McConnell insists, the Dem response should be to go nuclear on the organizing resolution, which under current rules needs 60 [votes] to pass,” said Jentleson. “Dems extended a reasonable deal, McConnell spit on it. So reform the filibuster now, organize the Senate as Dems want, and pass Biden’s agenda.”

A spokesperson for Schumer said that during a meeting with McConnell on Tuesday, the New York Democrat “expressed that the fairest, most reasonable, and easiest path forward is to adopt the 2001 bipartisan agreement without extraneous changes from either side,” an apparent reference to McConnell’s filibuster demand.

Progressive organizer Murshed Zaheed tweeted late Tuesday that it is “encouraging to hear that Schumer is holding firm in not giving in to McConnell in making any commitment on the filibuster.”

“For the sake of our democracy and our country he can’t budge on this,” Zaheed added. “When McConnell/Republicans revert to obstruction, Schumer will need to nuke the filibuster.”

orlbucfan

Schumer needs to do something about fake DINOs like Manchin and Sinema, too.

Torabs
Torabs

Pretty suspect article in many respects, but yes, the Democrats cannot pull a Cuomo and forfeit the power won at the ballot box. I think they are desperate to do so – Biden lying about rescinding student debt is a major tell.

jcitybone

https://prospect.org/politics/that-old-time-southern-populism-georgia-democratic-victory/

The combination of organizing and populist messaging turned out liberal voters, Black and white, despite the lack of a Trump bogeyman on the ticket. The Biden win is what can happen when you have a historically unpopular opponent riling up the base. The Ossoff and Warnock wins are more sustainable, less reliant on the opponent. And they signal a winning formula for a new Southern populism, one that braids together the region’s rich diversity with a wildly popular economic message. Until now, Democrats had barely wrapped their hands around the first. But after years of unsuccessfully chasing white moderates across the South, the Georgia runoffs uncorked a model for competing.

It’s one that has been there all along.

jcitybone

Go for it

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-new-patriot-party_n_6007b77cc5b6ffcab968bb5d

President Donald Trump is reportedly considering the launch of his own political party after leaving office on Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The newspaper said it’s not clear how serious he is about competing with the GOP under his own banner, but that he’s already picked out a name: The Patriot Party.

The potential for a new party comes as Trump grows unhappy with Republican leaders, who he feels abandoned him after his supporters assaulted the Capitol on Jan. 6 when Congress met to certify the 2020 election results.