Pelosi says infrastructure bill will pass this week — but hedges on timing

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said that Democrats will pass an infrastructure bill with $550 billion in new spending sometime this week but wouldn’t specify exactly when or nail down the timing for the $3.5 trillion social spending package.
The House last month voted for a Sept. 27 deadline to bring the bipartisan infrastructure plan to the floor. On Sunday, Pelosi didn’t specify when this week it would be voted on.
“Let me just say we’re going to pass the bill this week,” Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week.” She later added, “I’m never bringing a bill to the floor that doesn’t have the votes.”
Along with the infrastructure bill, Democratic leadership is also hoping to push through the $3.5 trillion social spending package this week, in part to retain the support of progressives who might otherwise not vote for the infrastructure bill.
The twinned legislative measures are essential

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“An elections supervisor embraced conspiracy theories. Officials say she has become an insider threat.”

WaPo:

Over the course of the past month, in a lawsuit filed by the state’s top elections official, Peters and her deputy have been accused of sneaking someone into the county elections offices to copy the hard drives of Dominion… Continue reading

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“What If 2020 Was Just a Rehearsal? American democracy is in the midst of a waking nightmare, says Rick Hasen. And Democrats aren’t taking it seriously enough.”

I did this Q and A with Politico’s Zack Stanton, and here’s the introduction before the Q and A:

Rick Hasen isn’t getting much sleep these days.One of the nation’s foremost experts on the laws that hold together democracy in… Continue reading

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“Supreme Court observers see trouble ahead as public approval of justices erodes”

WaPo:

The Supreme Court’s approval rating is plummeting, its critics are more caustic and justices are feeling compelled to plead the case to the public that they are judicial philosophers, not politicians in robes.All of this as the… Continue reading

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These Republicans helped craft the infrastructure bill. They might not vote for it.

A motley gang of deal-making House Republicans took partial credit for pushing through President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan this summer. That doesn’t mean they’ll all vote for it.
The roughly 50-member centrist group, dubbed the Problem Solvers Caucus, wedged its way into this summer’s multitrillion-dollar talks between Biden and some like-minded Senate Republicans. While the group’s exact role in prying loose a Senate compromise is up for debate, many of those House members, including Republicans, claimed a critical role.
Democrats — and even some Republicans — in the group are now pleading with their GOP counterparts to ignore a robust whipping operation by their own party and back the infrastructure bill on the floor Monday.
And it’s not just the infrastructure bill that could be in jeopardy if those GOP votes don’t appear on the floor next week, with a group of progressives still warning they’ll block the bill without

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I Was on MSNBC with Rick Wilson Talking to Ayman Mohyeldin About the Risk of Election Subversion in the U.S.

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House Budget Dems approve unfinished $3.5T social spending plan

House Budget Democrats approved their $3.5 trillion spending plan in a rare Saturday session, sending more than 2,400 pages of text to the floor as the party looks to signal progress on the massive bill heading into a critical week.
The measure passed along party lines at the start of a markup that would last nearly eight hours, filled with debate and voting on nonbinding GOP motions spanning issues like inflation concerns, abortion and electric vehicle tax credits, all of which were defeated. As the markup dragged into the night, Democrats and Republicans sniped at each other while members struggled to vote from the driver’s seat of moving cars, outdoor venues, the golf course and their bedrooms.
Usually committee passage would be a sign that the package is finalized, since the Budget panel is tying together a dozen pieces of the broader bill Democrats want to enact to carry out

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Video: Ian Bassin and I Joined Pamela Brown of CNN to Talk About the Risk of Election Subversion in the U.S.

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“The Real Trouble With the Sprawling Reconciliation Bill”

Paul Starr in the American Prospect:

The individual elements in the reconciliation bill poll well, but you have to follow politics closely to know precisely what’s in it. There’s no single policy or idea at its center, no clear… Continue reading

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“Trump Had a Mob. He Also Had a Plan.”

Jamelle Bouie NYT column:

When this was first revealed, I assumed that Trump simply wanted Pence to do whatever it would take to keep himself in power. But this week we learned that he had an actual plan in… Continue reading

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