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T and R, Mr. Ornery!! 😂☮️😊👍


More on those redditors shaking things up by buying Gamestop that LD brought to us yesterday:


Last night Mitch McConnell caved. He handed over his power.

He agrees to sign whatever that paper is that asserts that Schumer is the Senate Majority Leader.

So Bernie is now the undisputed Chairman of the Budget Committee.

Schumer needs to be as relentless as McConnell was in wielding his power if we are to believe that the Democratic Party stands for anything other than the preservation of Party revenue.

Fight, Chuck. Fight for the people who need government to work for them.

Not holding my breath. But today is brighter than yesterday.


Mitch McConnell caved? That doesn’t sound right.


?? For real?


Yes. Sometimes even the worst bully can be defeated.


He was insisting on an agreement in writing to keep the filibuster. What he got were statements by Manchin and Sinema reiterating their opposition to getting rid of the filibuster, which they have always opposed. So nothing new. Senators can always “evolve.” Whether they will of course is still a question. But McConnell basically got nothing for agreeing not to filibuster the organization.



Mitch failed.

Caved is the right word.

Not that he won’t keep trying to defeat the democrats.

Mitch understands that the more of Bernie’s agenda that gets put in place the better the chance we will defeat the GOP soundly in 2022. Mitch will be diminished and I predict, follow Paul Ryan and John Boehner right out the door.


Mitch understands that the more of Bernie’s agenda that gets put in place the better the chance we will defeat the GOP soundly in 2022.

But, if Mitch “understands” that, why would he cave?

What am I missing, lol


He had no choice.

The dems said loudly and clearly that they weren’t going to play his game.

Unlike the Merrick garland nomination that dems allowed to die.


Not clear, but one possibility is that the Dems threatened to remove the filibuster requirement for organizing if he kept up. The Dems who refuse to get rid of the filibuster have not said they oppose getting rid of it for everything. After all, there is already no filibuster for “reconciliation” matters or judges.


It’s real.





Following McConnell’s cave on the organizing resolution late Monday, progressives voiced hope that continued Republican obstruction in the face of a devastating pandemic and ongoing economic collapse will force Manchin, Sinema, and other skeptical Democrats to reverse their view on the filibuster.

“When conditions change, politicians’ positions change,” Ezra Levin, co-executive director of progressive advocacy group Indivisible, tweeted late Monday. “Want to end the filibuster? Pass good bills in the House, send them to the Senate, and make Sinema/Manchin choose between the filibuster and those bills.”

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), an opponent of eliminating the filibuster, signaled Monday that he could adjust his stance if Senate Republicans use the 60-vote rule to stonewall necessary legislation.

“I feel pretty damn strongly, but I will also tell you this: I am here to get things done,” Tester told the New York Times. “If all that happens is filibuster after filibuster, roadblock after roadblock, then my opinion may change.”



Senator Bernie Sanders says the widespread suffering caused by the pandemic-induced economic crisis has made it “morally imperative” to increase the US’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. And in an interview with the Guardian, Sanders and other lawmakers pushing for a higher minimum wage say the chances of enacting a $15 minimum are better than ever before now that President Joe Biden has called for a $15 federal minimum as part of his emergency Covid legislative package.

Raising the minimum to $15 would more than double the current $7.25-an-hour federal minimum wage, but many Republicans oppose the move, saying it would hurt business.

In an interview, Sanders, who championed a $15 minimum wage as a presidential candidate in 2016 and 2020, voiced excitement about the prospects of raising the minimum wage, which hasn’t increased since 2009, the longest stretch without an increase since Congress first enacted a minimum wage in 1938.

“This country faces an enormous economic crisis that is aggravated by the pandemic,” Sanders said. “We’re looking at terrible levels of unemployment. We’re looking at growing income and wealth inequality. What concerns me as much as anything is that half our people are living paycheck to paycheck. Millions of people are trying to survive on starvation wages. For me, it’s morally imperative that we raise the minimum wage to a living wage that’s at least $15 an hour.”

The House voted last July to raise the minimum wage to $15 in steps through 2025, but then Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell blocked a vote on it. With the White House, Senate and House under Democratic control, Sanders said the chances are good to enact a $15 minimum, although he said it would be hard to attract 10 Republican Senators to support it, making it hard to overcome a filibuster.

Sanders, the incoming chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, sees another route to passage, saying it could be done under the “budget reconciliation” – a process where measures deemed to have budgetary impact can be approved by simple majority vote.

“It clearly has to be done by reconciliation. That’s something I’m working very hard on,” said Sanders.

Senator Sanders said it’s outrageous that the purchasing power of the minimum wage has declined 30% since the late 1960s. “The fact that President Biden moved aggressively on this is important to the workers who will benefit,” Sanders said.

“It signals to the entire country that workers cannot continue to live on starvation wages, and I hope that message gets out to employers all across the country.”