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The Republican Party today is about one thing: Using democracy to destroy democracy, and all in the name of their thwarted autocratic leader. They don’t want to make deals. They want to take, and take, and that is all.

You don’t make deals with that if you are the Democrats. You defeat it, using the majorities millions of voters and grassroots activists labored to provide you. You pass legislation by hook or by crook that improves people’s lives whether they want it or not. FDR’s Tennessee Valley Authority program is instructive: You win, make things better for people, and wait for the light bulb moment to arrive.

Today’s GOP is a beast. You don’t negotiate with rabid dogs. You’re a damn fool if you try.


Pressure on Manchin and Sinema

After airing Thursday evening, WSAZ’s exclusive interview with Vice President Kamala Harris drew national attention.

Friday morning, the White House answered questions about the vice president’s appearance on two stations — one in Arizona, the other on WSAZ.

The interview even took U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., by surprise. Friday morning, Manchin visited one of West Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics. His visit comes just one day after the vice president spoke with WSAZ’s Amanda Barren about the proposed “American Rescue Plan” (ARP).

“I saw [the interview], I couldn’t believe it. No one called me [about it],” Manchin said. “We’re going to try to find a bipartisan pathway forward, but we need to work together. That’s not a way of working together.”

During a press briefing at the White House, Press Secretary Jen Psaki answered questions around a number of topics, including the vice president’s appearance on two local television stations Thursday.

“We want to make the case to the American people across the country (…) This is a way to do just that,” Psaki said.

Psaki was then asked by a reporter why Arizona and West Virginia were chosen specifically.

“I think [the vice president will] do a number of additional regional calls and regional interviews, as will members of the team,” Psaki responded.

If passed, ARP would give $1,400 checks to essentially every American. Sen. Manchin believes payments, however, should be targeted.


Millions of low-income households with children are about to get more help buying groceries during the pandemic under a new policy released Friday by the Biden administration.

The backstory: Congress last spring launched Pandemic EBT, a program that aims to replace free and subsidized meals kids normally get at school. After schools broadly shut down last year, billions in aid was sent out to low-income families with school-aged children on debit-like EBT cards that can be used to buy food, but this school year the program has been bogged down in bureaucracy.

As POLITICO reported last month, the vast majority of households eligible for assistance haven’t seen any P-EBT payments several months into the school year, even though Congress re-upped the program in September — a failing that has kept roughly $2 billion in aid from going out to families each month.

The Agriculture Department, which oversees school meals and P-EBT, released guidance today that makes it easier for states to get aid to more families — and at a higher payment rate than under the Trump administration.

“We want to put more money into the hands of people with kids,” said Stacy Dean, deputy under secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services.

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

Not seeing any posts from humphrey and the late nite posting nesters when I awoke in the middle of the night last night, I had to go searching on youtube for something to listen to. Found this excellent lecture by George Monbiot. (And remembered that we haven’t seen Don Midwest for a few days. Hope all is well.)


Since Biden’s victory, Downing Street officials have been keenly talking up the common ground between the UK and the US on issues like climate change, and both sides reported a warm and constructive phone call when the pair spoke for the first time last weekend.

However, Johnson’s ties to Trump, both personally and in his political style, remain a source of distrust among Biden’s allies.

“Boris has said a lot of stuff,” Ashish Prashar, a Biden-Harris campaign surrogate and justice reform advocate told Insider. “He’s aligned himself with people like Steve Bannon. He has been public about his dismissals around President Obama’s birth.”

Biden last year compared Boris Johnson to a “physical and emotional clone” of Donald Trump, and shaking off those associations is proving to be an uphill battle for Johnson.

While many world leaders attempted to forge close relations with Trump, Johnson went further, repeatedly speaking admiringly of the former president. He was also reported to have been in close contact for a time with US alt-right provocateur Steve Bannon, Trump’s former campaign manager.

Biden’s senior team also views Brexit as a significant mistake. Last year, there was alarm in London when Biden issued Johnson with a stern warning over the impact of his Brexit plans on Northern Ireland.


Hello everyone, I hope all is good with you all.

I am still catching up, almost done with yesterday’s OT post, but saw this:

And then Denmark was trending on twitter for a bit 🙂