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It’s snowy up here in the Hudson Valley. We are due for about 4 inches today. It’s going to be a snowy cold period for the next week or so in Upstate NY.




A balmy 9 degrees in my area today


Ours is 12 deg.


my area was warm for a low at -18, the town of Alsma in the upper Mi was -42 for their low, wanna retire somewhere warm


12 deg looks like a heat wave then to some!


dare i say it? 49 the high at the ocean for 2.5 hours. hardly anyone else. moana got to run and leap and chase the birds. she almost got in trouble, fell in a deep hole in the waves and it was muddy to get out, but she hopefully learned a lesson. a wonderful day.


make that 3.5 hours. lol



After the Congressional Progressive Caucus on Monday secured inclusion of $15 federal minimum wage legislation in the House version of the coronavirus relief package that lawmakers are ironing out in committees, Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington implored her Democratic colleagues to do all they can to ensure the long-overdue pay raise for millions of workers remains in the final bill and becomes law.

“Democrats have to fight. We have to fight with everything we’ve got for these progressive, bold ideas that are gonna bring relief to people,” Jayapal, chair of the nearly 100-member CPC, said in an interview on MSNBC late Monday, referring to both the $15 minimum wage bill and the House measure’s proposed eligibility framework for $1,400 direct payments.

While Senate Democrats are currently discussing lowering the annual income cutoff for the relief checks, the House Democratic leadership unveiled legislation (pdf) Monday that would send full $1,400 payments to individuals earning up to $75,000 per year and married couples earning up to $150,000 per year, with the payments gradually phasing out thereafter—an eligibility structure similar to the one used for the previous two rounds of checks.

“We should not be cutting thresholds to $50,000 and 100,000,” Jayapal said, alluding to the narrower eligibility proposal that top Senate Democrats are considering. “That makes no political sense… but it also makes no policy sense.”

The Washington Democrat argued that weakening the coronavirus relief package in a bid for bipartisan support would be deeply misguided, declaring, “We shouldn’t care whether Republicans are gonna vote for this or not.”

“The vast majority of the American people support this package, Republicans and Democrats,” said Jayapal. “So if we want to talk about unifying proposals, a big bold stimulus package that raises the wage and gets checks out to people, puts money in people’s pockets, deals with all of the issues that small businesses and families are facing—that is the unifying proposal and Republicans, if they don’t want to go along with it, that’s up to them.”

Crediting grassroots organizers across the U.S. for their tireless work to end starvation wages, Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) late Monday applauded the House Democratic caucus for “embracing the base.”

“Now the Senate must too,” said Bush. “But this fight was never about $15. It was about a livable wage. We need to get this done and then get right back to work to fight for more for our communities.”

Varshini Prakash, executive director of the Sunrise Movement, said in a statement late Monday that the “power of working people across the country has shifted the political terrain to make this victory possible, but our movement will not stop until a $15 minimum wage is firmly passed into law.”

“Our movement will be watching closely to hold Democrats accountable to passing this provision in the final stimulus package, as well as stimulus checks for all,” said Prakash. “If they don’t, Democrats will have to answer to a coalition of labor unions, activists, and the young people who organized like hell to get them elected.”


So thrilled that establishment Dems made sure Hickenlooper crawled across the finish line in blue Colorado. The article in The Hill makes no mention about how popular with the public the $15 minimum is. It’s all about inside game politics. No surprise from that source.


The new strength of Democratic moderates in the Senate may temper just how aggressively Democratic leaders can push for President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package and other priorities, including climate change legislation.

The addition of two new Democratic moderates to the Senate — newly elected Sens. John Hickenlooper (Colo.) and Mark Kelly (Ariz.) — combined with enhanced profiles for Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), has strengthened the centrist wing of the caucus.

The growing influence of party moderates has put one of Biden’s priorities, a proposed increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, in serious trouble, and complicates other plans on immigration and climate change.

It also raises questions about whether Democrats will stay unified on Biden’s proposed spending target, $1.9 trillion, which has sparked concerns that its size could lead to inflation.

Some Democratic strategists interpreted that concession as giving cover to Senate and House moderates.

“That’s probably why he did it,” said Steve Jarding, a Democratic strategist.

“I think Biden put the $15 in knowing it was a straw man,” he added. “That would show, OK, the progressives want it, I’m going to put it in. But I’m going to back that out and give some cover to the moderates, but now I have leverage with the moderates to come back and say, ‘I helped you, you got to help me on something else.’ ”


The Hill is playing the usual craporate media RWing bullsh1t games. These 4 Senators are NOT moderates! They hew the business craporate RW/Reagan GOPuke way. Man, am I sick of the deliberate mangling of my native tongue!💩💩🤮🤮



Shierholz and other economists on Monday’s press call said there is good reason to question CBO’s deficit and job-loss estimates, which may be based on outdated models and possibly a flawed study on a minimum wage hike in Seattle, Washington. They said recent research has found that minimum wage hikes have relatively little impact on the number of jobs available to low-wage workers but are highly effective at raising incomes. Higher incomes for workers would also reduce government spending on certain assistance programs for low-income people and generate more tax revenue from the labor pool, which can help close gaps in the federal deficit.

Higher incomes would reduce government spending on certain assistance programs for low-income people and generate more tax revenue from the labor pool, which can help close gaps in the federal deficit.

“It’s really not a stretch to say that a new consensus has emerged among economists that minimum wage increases have raised wages without substantial job losses, and CBO’s assessment of the literature just hasn’t caught up yet,” Shierholz said.

Still, even if raising the minimum wage would cause some job losses and cost the government extra money, proponents say these trade-offs are outweighed by the benefits.

“I think the bottom line is that CBO finds that the benefits to low-wage workers of a $15 minimum wage far outweigh the costs,” Shierholz said, adding that an earlier CBO report found that nearly half of the people raised out of poverty by a higher minimum wage would be children.

Economists say the benefits may be even greater than what CBO estimates. EPI found that Sanders’s legislation would boost incomes for 31 million people or about 21 percent of the workforce, including nearly one-third of Black workers and a quarter of Latinx workers. People of color are disproportionately represented among low-wage workers who lost jobs during the pandemic or kept the economy going by working despite the risk.

Shierholz said the CBO report confirms what progressive economists and activists have long emphasized: Raising the minimum wage is an effective tool for redistributing wealth. In this time of crisis, she said, it would increase earnings and living standards for low-wage workers who have borne the brunt of the pandemic. For this reason, the economists on Monday’s call argued that it makes sense to pass a minimum wage hike as part of the broader pandemic relief package, as Biden originally proposed.


I think Greenwald has been going on Hannity a little too often.

“Greenwald bemoaned AOC’s treatment of Cruz, citing a missed “opportunity for Right and Left to join together” — as if the problem with the Democratic Party is that it doesn’t collaborate with the Republican Party enough.”


Anyone who follows Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Instagram account probably expected that she would, at some point, post a video about what it was like to be inside the United States Capitol on January 6. Millions tuned in last week as she recounted what she saw.

The sometimes harrowing, sometimes humorous account had all the hallmarks of an AOC video — the self-deprecating laughter, the intense hand gestures, the clumsy maneuvering of the phone — only this one was undoubtedly more personal. She disclosed that she was a sexual assault survivor and explained that it was especially important for her to tell her story. “We cannot move on without accountability,” she said.

Unsurprisingly, all manner of right-wing commentators wasted no time in denouncing the Instagram video as a narcissistic, manipulative, self-centered, and — most amusingly — overly political response to the right-wing riot. More unexpected, though, were the denunciations from some corners of the Left.

On the Jimmy Dore Show, Glenn Greenwald took AOC to task for refusing to let bygones be bygones and rebuffing Ted Cruz on Twitter. The Texas senator had made a cynical overture to AOC by retweeting her call to investigate Robinhood’s role in the GameStop scandal, to which she responded: “I am happy to work with Republicans on this issue where there’s common ground, but you almost had me murdered 3 weeks ago so you can sit this one out . . . In the meantime if you want to help, you can resign.”

Greenwald bemoaned AOC’s treatment of Cruz, citing a missed “opportunity for Right and Left to join together” — as if the problem with the Democratic Party is that it doesn’t collaborate with the Republican Party enough.

Luckily, AOC has yet to take the less-than-sage advice regularly hurled at her (for example, that she should force a floor vote on Medicare for All or be exposed as a sellout).

Since being elected in 2018, AOC has proven adept at the difficult balancing act of confronting those in her own party when necessary while parrying the GOP’s incessant attacks on her — and she understands very well just how racist and dangerous a significant section of the Republican base is. In 2018, federal investigators discovered a Facebook page made up of thousands of Border Patrol agents posting openly racist and sexist rants about detainees along with sexually graphic depictions of AOC. The existence of the group came to light as she and other lawmakers were on their way to visit a facility in Texas where members of the Facebook group worked.

Being an unabashedly left-wing politician in this country is not without its risks and requires a thick skin. This goes double for women and, especially, women of color. AOC had good reason to fear for her life on January 6.


yeah, that’s baloney.


I’m not excusing Glenn’s comments on TC’s show, but I think this is what is concerning Glenn:

Glenn hates it when progressives team up with big moneyed Dems. Sounds like Schumer is smart to co-sponsor this since AOC (and Jamaal’s) district was ground zero for awhile.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Interesting, from the Jacobi article above, it appears that Glenn didn’t think AOC should rebuff the big money republican Cruz.


yeah, bad take by Glenn.


Bernie is not going to hold up Tanden’s confirmation. He has more important battles.


Neera Tanden, U.S. President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget, faces what will likely be two contentious confirmation hearings this week, where Senate Republicans are expected to grill her about attacks on members of their party on social media.

Tanden, 50, will appear at confirmation hearings on Tuesday before the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and on Wednesday before the Budget Committee.

When Biden picked Tanden, chief executive of the left-leaning Center for American Progress think tank, in November, Republicans pointed to her past strong comments on Twitter, such as referring to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell as “Moscow Mitch,” implying that he was working for Russia, or calling Republican Senator Susan Collins “criminally ignorant.”

However, now that Democrats control the Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris able to break a tie, Tanden can get the 51 votes needed to become OMB director even if she wins no Republican support in the 100-member chamber.

In prepared testimony, Tanden acknowledged that part of her role at the think tank was to be “an impassioned advocate,” but she knew that directing the OMB would be different. “I understand, though, that the role of OMB Director calls for bipartisan action, as well as nonpartisan adherence to fact and evidence,” her statement said.

Sanders has not said publicly whether he will support Tanden’s nomination. But the senator, who is now chairman of the Budget Committee, is unlikely to have scheduled her confirmation hearing if he were strongly opposed to her selection.


Tanden has an additional confirmation hearing before the Senate Budget Committee set for Wednesday, where she’ll be answering to Chairman Bernie Sanders, with whom she’s clashed with for years.

But the pair sat down for a lengthy one-on-one meeting in recent weeks, according to two officials familiar with the meeting. One person briefed on the meeting told CNN it was over an hour and no stone was left unturned, describing it as an opportunity for the two to discuss years of public clashing and private interactions.


We Liberal Progressives/Futurists/Democratic Socialists are slowly gaining power in Congress. Bernie is very well aware of it. It is going to be popcorn time watching Tanden handle the GOPuke Fringe FRight. She pushes her luck, she will be kicked out.


idk. once she’s in, it will be very hard to get her out.




Keep the spotlight and pressure on her– human cockroaches hate the light.



The early weeks of the Biden administration have brought a surge of support, in the White House and across party lines in Congress, for what could be the most ambitious effort in a generation to reduce child poverty.

The plans vary in duration, design and the amount they would add to the federal debt, but they share a new and central premise in the policy debate over how to help the poor: that sending monthly payments through tax credits to parents, even if they do not earn income from work, is the best way to help feed, clothe and house children from low-income families.

One such plan is a cornerstone of the legislative text that House Democrats introduced on Monday as part of what will become a sweeping bill to implement President Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion economic aid package. That text included a monthly benefit of $300 per child for those age 5 and younger — and $250 per child ages 6 to 17 — as a means of making good on Mr. Biden’s pledge to increase the value of the so-called child tax credit and help more families, even those with little or no income, reap its benefits.

While that payout would expire after a year, several Democrats and one influential Republican are pushing to permanently increase child benefits, which researchers say could lift the United States into the ranks of wealthy nations like Canada and the United Kingdom, both of which enjoy significantly lower child poverty rates.

While longtime champions of a permanent expansion have endorsed Mr. Biden’s plans for a one-year expansion of the credit, they are continuing to make the change permanent. Ms. DeLauro, who has fought for the expansion for nearly two decades, personally lobbied the White House to ensure Mr. Biden included the expansion of the tax credit and is continuing to push for its permanence, while Mr. Romney is continuing to champion his proposal among moderate Republicans.

Such efforts could play out in the debate later this year over Mr. Biden’s next big economic proposal, which is expected to spend trillions on infrastructure, clean energy, education, health care and other liberal priorities, offset by tax increases on high earners and corporations.

Senator Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey, has been mounting his own push for a permanent expansion, including making a case with Ms. Yellen when she joined a recent Democratic caucus call and discussing the issue privately with a number of his colleagues, including Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent in charge of the Senate Budget Committee, according to two people familiar with the conversations.


The only problem with this is: Does Manchin (or his corporate overlords) actually want to do things? That also goes for some of those other centrist Dems.


So if I were Biden, this is the argument I’d make to Manchin:

People like it when you give them money. A lot.

The more people we give money to, the more people will be pleased with us.

That will improve our chances of keeping control of Congress in 2022 and the presidency in 2024.

If we keep control we’ll be able to do more of the things you want to do. If we lose control, we won’t be able to do anything. And we’ll be helping the economy in the process. What’s not to like?

There’s something else to note, which is that the $75,000/$150,000 threshold was used in the previous rounds of relief/stimulus, in the original Cares Act last spring and the smaller bill passed in December. If you didn’t get a check then, you probably aren’t expecting one now. But if you did get a check then and you don’t get one now after seeing a whole bunch of news coverage about this new round of checks, you’ll probably be pretty disappointed.

And there are millions of people who would fall into the gap that Manchin and Republicans want to open. If the political will is there to give them a gift they’ll be thankful for, and it’ll help the economy to boot, why wouldn’t you do it?



did he really say that recently? omg these people seem to go into a kind of bubble neurosis.


what does manchin want to do, tho? seems he’d be just as happy if dems DON’T get to do what they want.



With Postmaster General Louis DeJoy reportedly preparing to unveil plans for another round of service cuts and operational changes as soon as this week, President Joe Biden is facing growing calls from lawmakers, mail carriers, and others to take urgent steps to protect the U.S. Postal Service from further damage, pave the way for DeJoy’s removal, and shore up the agency’s finances for the near and distant future.

The Washington Post reported over the weekend that DeJoy—a Republican megadonor to former President Donald Trump—soon intends to “outline a new vision for the agency, one that includes more service cuts, higher and region-specific pricing, and lower delivery expectations.”

Meanwhile, the Post noted, “congressional Democrats are pressing President Biden to install new board members, creating a majority bloc that could oust DeJoy, a Trump loyalist whose aggressive cost-cutting over the summer has been singled out for much of the performance decline.”

Because Biden is prohibited by statute from firing DeJoy directly, congressional Democrats are urging the president to terminate every sitting postal governor—including those who publicly cheered on the postmaster general’s changes as they produced major package backlogs nationwide and slowed delivery of prescription medicines and mail-in ballots—and replace them with officials willing to remove the postmaster general and protect the agency.

“My solution starts at the top: firing the whole board who presided over Trump and DeJoy’s wrecking of USPS. Clean house,” Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) tweeted Sunday.


Long past time!👏👏


definitely. they tried to affect the election. surely we could get rid of him for that.



One of the most popular programs from the New Deal is making a comeback, nearly 90 years later.

President Joe Biden recently signed an executive order to create a Civilian Climate Corps. The initiative, he wrote, will provide “good jobs” for young people and train them for environmentally friendly careers, putting them to work restoring public lands and waters, planting trees, improving access to parks, and of course, tackling climate change.

It’s inspired by the original Civilian Conservation Corps, one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signature New Deal programs launched to take on the Great Depression.

Climate advocates celebrated Biden’s move. Naomi Klein, the activist and author of This Changes Everything, said Biden’s announcement was a “hard won victory.” Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York had reportedly sold Secretary of State John Kerry on the idea of a climate corps. The resemblance to the New Deal program — it even has the same acronym, CCC — may explain why the proposal sounds like part of a Green New Deal.

“The Green New Deal is all about a jobs and justice approach to climate policies, so I think that the new climate corps proposal really encapsulates that,” said Danielle Deiseroth, a climate analyst at Data for Progress, a progressive think tank. Not that you’ll hear Biden saying much about a Green New Deal, since commentators on Fox News have turned the slogan into a synonym for “socialist plot that’ll take away your hamburgers.”

The CCC employed 3 million men from 1933, in the depth of the Great Depression, to 1942, after the country had joined World War II. Lasting reminders of the CCC are all around us. Go into a state park or national park anywhere in the country, and you’ll likely see buildings, trails, and hiking shelters built by the program’s volunteers.

Reviving the CCC resonates right now, Deiseroth said, because the pandemic has sent the country into crisis mode with some 18 million Americans receiving unemployment benefits. The Congressional Budget Office recently said that it doesn’t expect the workforce to recover from the blow until 2024.



The U.S. Federal Reserve is beginning to incorporate the impacts of global warming into its regulatory writ, following in the footsteps of its global peers, according to a paper published Monday by the San Francisco Fed.

In a pair of reports issued late last year, the U.S. central bank signaled its intent to measure, analyze, and respond to climate-related risks as part of its oversight of individual banks as well as of the broader financial system.

The paper published Monday laid out the thinking behind the inclusion of climate-related risks in the two reports, one on supervision and regulation, and the other on financial stability.

That included a sharper understanding of the potential effect of climate hazards on bank-held assets, as well as the vulnerability of the overall financial system to abrupt shifts in asset prices if risk perceptions change suddenly.

“The effects of climate change are inescapable and include far-reaching economic and financial consequences for many households and businesses,” San Francisco Fed economist Glenn Rudebusch wrote in the regional Fed bank’s latest Economic Letter.

In response, he wrote, the Fed is moving to incorporate climate risk into both its microprudential and macroprudential oversight of banks, using tools that could include climate scenario analysis and climate stress tests to measure the banking system’s vulnerability to climate-related losses.


yay again.



The undersea power line would run south from San Luis Obispo County, hugging the California coast for 200 miles before making landfall in or near Los Angeles. It would be able to carry electricity from a fleet of offshore wind turbines, providing Southern California with clean power after sundown and helping to replace fossil-fueled generators.

Fewer planet-warming emissions, less risk of blackouts and no chance of igniting the wildfires sometimes sparked by traditional power lines: Those are the arguments for the $1.9-billion Pacific Transmission Expansion.

Yet state officials haven’t shown much interest.

To understand why, you need to look beyond the sheen of California’s impressive climate targets and navigate the labyrinth of cautious regulators and bureaucratic silos that critics say are stifling badly needed clean energy infrastructure — and will keep doing so unless Gov. Gavin Newsom demands greater urgency.

Policymakers across the country are looking to California to show that it’s possible to phase out fossil fuels. State law mandates 100% clean energy by 2045, and until recently, things seemed to be going well. Nearly two-thirds of California’s electricity came from climate-friendly sources in 2019, against the backdrop of a growing pre-pandemic economy.

Two evenings of rolling blackouts in August 2020 offered a warning of more challenging times ahead.



Fifteen members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to President Joe Biden late last month asking that he withdraw the nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) as secretary of the Department of the Interior. Haaland, a tribal citizen of the Laguna Pueblo, will become the first American Indian to serve in a president’s cabinet when confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

The 15 members of Congress—all Republicans—claim Haaland’s past support of the Green New Deal is enough to ask the president to withdraw her name from consideration. The Green New Deal, introduced two years ago, is a congressional resolution providing a comprehensive plan to address climate change and economic inequality. The resolution calls for federal agencies to wean the country from fossil fuels and reduce planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions across the U.S. economy.

The group chose to use scare tactics to do the dirty work for the oil and gas industry. Their assertion that jobs will be lost is inaccurate. Those who support climate change reduction have long asserted – and the market shows — that new high-paying jobs in clean energy industries are the jobs of the future.

The letter’s authors received campaign money from the oil and gas industry from 2019 to 2020. Minnesota’s 8th District Rep. Pete Stauber, who took the lead in writing the letter, received $73,461 from the oil and gas industry. Rep. August Pfluger, of Texas’ 11th congressional district, received $440,108.

Stauber’s 8th congressional district in northern Minnesota is home to five sovereign tribal nations. The tribal leaders of the five Ojibwe nations (Mille Lacs, Fond du Lac, Leech Lake, Bois Forte, and Grand Portage) fired off a response to Stauber:

“We write today to express our profound disappointment after learning that you are leading an effort in the House of Representatives to oppose the appointment of Representative Deb Haaland as the first American Indian Secretary of Interior. This historic nomination is more important to us and all of Indian Country than any other Cabinet nomination in recent history.

“Most concerning is that you did not consult with us as the sovereign federally recognized tribal governments in your District in advance of initiating this effort that has such a direct impact on us as your American Indian constituents. Yet it appears you did consult with industrial interests in the 8th District.”

Those interests are oil and gas.


yay! may it grow and grow.



Now it’s Biden’s turn, and so far his administration is signaling that judicial nominations will be a major priority and that Democrats may even tear pages from Trump’s playbook on the issue.

There are 60 current eligible vacancies and 20 vacancies that will occur down the road as judges have formally announced their intentions to retire, take senior status or resign, according to the Administrative Office of the US Courts.

One other factor could be a game changer for Biden: the lingering possibility that 82-year-old Justice Stephen Breyer might choose to step aside this term or next and give Biden his first chance to name a Supreme Court justice.

Biden has vowed to appoint the first Black woman to the Supreme Court, and even before his inauguration his transition team sent a letter to Democratic senators seeking recommendations for district court vacancies that might arise.

Some progressives, however, have legitimate concerns regarding whether the White House and the Senate will maintain the discipline and stamina necessary over the coming weeks and months to keep judges a priority as attention shifts to other areas.

They still remember that President Barack Obama came up short when faced with a similar opportunity early in his presidency, and they believe he squandered an opportunity to focus on the courts.

Chris Kang, chief counsel for the progressive group Demand Justice, believes things will be different now.

“President Biden’s approach to judicial nominations is going to put the nail in the coffin of the conventional wisdom that Democrats don’t care enough about the court,” he said in an interview.


Lots of love for Mary Wilson



I grew up during a for-real Artistic Renaissance in Popular Music.🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶👏 Want proof? Compare these gals to The Weeknd (sp?) who performed during the SB. Talk about LAME!


Having grown up in and around Motown, that brings back some memory’s.


man, they are the best.


😥😥😥 i have a lot of their hits on my play list


From Reuters news;
Reuters Videos
The Supremes co-founder Mary Wilson has died
Tue, February 9, 2021, 11:53 AM
Mary Wilson, a founding member of the trailblazing group, The Supremes, one of the biggest musical acts of the 1960s died suddenly on Monday at the age of 76.Under the Motown Records label, Wilson, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, scored 12 no.1 hits with songs like “Baby Love” and “Stop! In the Name of Love.”The Supremes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. Wilson stayed on with The Supremes even after other original members left and new ones joined the line-up. The group split in 1977 and she pursued a solo career. The 2006 film “Dreamgirls”, starring Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson, was loosely based on their story.Last year, Wilson, who grew up in a housing project in Detroit, spoke to Reuters about what it was like being a successful Black woman during a time of overt racism in the United States.”I have to drink out of water fountains that for colored people only, and if I drink anything else, they would be hanging me. And we were shopping at stores, people would follow me around. And when they found that we were Supremes, we were making money, then they wanted to sell us everything in the store. They would close the stores up for us. But if we were not famous and there were very few of us who were famous, you know, if I didn’t have all my makeup on and my wigs and, you know, all that kind of stuff, and I go just as a Black woman, you know, people were not very nice to me because I was Black. But once you start making money and you become famous then you’re something special.”Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown, paid tribute to Wilson following the news of her death, saying (quote) “I was always proud of Mary. She was quite a star in her own right and over the years continued to work hard to boost the legacy of the Supremes … She was a trailblazer, a diva and will be deeply missed.”Her publicist said the singer died at her home in Henderson, Nevada. No cause of death was released.A funeral service for Wilson will be private.. though a celebration of her life is expected later in the year.



dedicate a separate team.


to handle judicial nominees.


Another words will they develop a spine to fill these positions and a possible USSC judge


T and R, NYCVG! 🏈☮️😊👍


More important hearing is going on: Neera Tanden’s confirmation hearing.


She’s terrible. She has little grasp of the issues. At this point, she’s just going through the motions and smiling.


one of the hill favors.



Does Caitlin have any comment about this and what Republicans would be doing (hint almost nothing) if they still controlled the Senate? You can definitely argue that Dems should not target the checks more restrictively or that the $15 minimum should be part of the package, but there is a difference between nothing and almost 2 trillion.

Democrats aim to pass, among other provisions:

$1,400 direct payments
A $400 per week jobless benefit through September
$350 billion in state, local and tribal government relief
A $20 billion national Covid vaccination program
$50 billion for virus testing
$170 billion for K-12 schools and higher education institutions
A $30 billion rent and utility assistance fund


it’s a given that he’s better than the trump gop. that’s why the pied piper strategy that they put in motion worked so well after 4 years of hell.

making sure moderate dems got in wherever possible so they wouldn’t have to help us.

the dems could do soooo much more and should have come in charging and disciplining, not coddling. taking testimony, not making sure that it is nothing but a puppet show.

yes, we’re grateful for the pitiful amount of help the country is getting. and i’m a lucky one. for those getting evicted, dying, parents and siblings dying, not so much. these are the stories the msm doesn’t tell us, and tbh, dems should be telling them every chance they get. what does someone dying every 6 minutes from covid in LA mean? for me, it means we’re allowing this to rage and no one is being held accountable.

i could go on.

agree to disagree on Caitlin. i need people like her out here.


Caitlin is talking about the Tim Kaines, Joe Manchins, and the AZ senators.


She should make that clear. All I see is the word Democrats. Nothing about centrist Democrats. And even the moderates support spending that dwarfs the nothing by the Republicans.

She appears to hate Dems (not just centrists) as a whole, and has no use for progressives, the DSA, and AOC in particular. And who does she define as the left? Obviously not progressives or the DSA.

The first statement below certainly implies that Bernie, the Squad, the Progressive Caucus, and Dem DSA members in the NY legislature are either deceived or deceiving based on their association with the irredeemable Dems.

The Democratic Party is corrupt and murderous beyond the possibility of redemption and anyone who says otherwise is either deceived or deceiving.

I’m seeing US progressive/DSA types getting more and more agitated about the sudden increase in hostility toward the Democrats from the left.

I know it’s illegal to criticize AOC now


Caitlin has plenty of disdain for most democrats. As do i. why i demexited.

heading out for my bi-weekly day trip. where i get a brain wash. :O)


Is she a Yank or an Aussie (Australian)?


Australian. She’s in Melbourne. I think her husband is American.


If she doesn’t live here, her bully pulpit is ?? Do she and hubby get in the trenches like a lot of us have here to change things?



Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he’s working with the Senate’s parliamentarian to see if a minimum wage increase can survive the Senate’s rules, though he declined to say whether he was confident it would pass muster under the chamber’s arcane procedures.

Led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), many in the Democratic caucus are hopeful that their pursuit of a coronavirus relief bill without GOP votes can include a $15 minimum wage increase. But President Joe Biden, himself a longtime former senator, has raised doubts about the pay increase surviving a challenge to it.

At a press conference flanked by 10 committee chairs on Tuesday morning, Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the Democrats “are trying to work as well as we can with the parliamentarian to get the minimum wage. That’s all I’m going to say.” He would not respond to Biden’s prediction that the minimum wage would get tossed out under Senate rules.

“No more questions,” Schumer said after the press conference as he walked to his office. “I said all I’m going to say.”

And while Democrats still say they’d prefer a bipartisan package, they’ve shown little interesting in negotiating downward with the GOP. That means Republican leaders are preparing to contest certain provisions of the bill with the Senate parliamentarian, who will ultimately rule whether things like the minimum wage can be included in a party-line package, according to GOP aides.

Democrats could also seek to overrule the parliamentarian and load up their bill with whatever they want. But many senators liken that to killing the legislative filibuster by another means.


Schumer needs to be seriously primaried. When’s he up for re-election?



Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said that President Biden “sees the progressive movement as a strong part of his coalition,” even as recent debates over the federal minimum wage and coronavirus relief have revealed some divisions between liberal and more centrist Democrats.

In an interview with The New York Times published Tuesday, Sanders, a leading voice on the left, said congressional Democrats are largely united with the Biden administration in efforts to respond to the health care and economic crises fueled by the coronavirus pandemic.

The new Senate Budget Committee chairman, citing the the large portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt opposite the Resolute Desk that he saw when he walked into his first Oval Office meeting with Biden last week, told the Times, “President Biden understands that, like Roosevelt, he has entered office at a time of extraordinary crises and that he is prepared to think big and not small in order to address the many, many problems facing working families.”

“There is an understanding that if we’re going to address the crises facing this country, we’re all in it together,” Sanders added.

Biden’s former 2020 Democratic presidential primary opponent added that already in the president’s first three weeks in office, he has spoken frequently with him, as well as White House chief of staff Ron Klain, with Sanders saying that his calls to the White House have been returned “very shortly.”

Biden, Sanders said, “sees the progressive movement as a strong part of his coalition” and “is reaching out to us and is adopting some of the ideas that we have put forth that make sense in terms of today’s crises.”



A coalition of environmental advocacy groups on Monday threatened to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for failing to ensure that Trump-era development permits “will not jeopardize endangered species and critical habitat across the country.”

The Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Waterkeeper Alliance, and other groups filed their formal notice (pdf) to the Biden administration regarding Nationwide Permits reissued during the final days of Donald Trump’s presidency.

At issue are 16 permits that, according to the Center for Biological Diversity, “will allow hundreds of thousands of discharges of dredged or fill material into the nation’s waters and wetlands from oil and gas development, pipeline and transmission-line construction, and coal mining.”

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service have previously found that these activities—which are approved with little or no environmental review—threaten iconic species including whooping cranes, Florida manatees, and the hundreds of migratory birds that need wetlands to survive,” the center said.


Guess which state bears the brunt of those destructive permits? I live in it. 😡😡💩💩