Dems weigh ditching Medicare expansion and paid leave in eleventh hour of social spending talks

Democrats are haggling over whether to drop two of the most popular elements of their social spending bill as negotiations reach the zero hour, according to a half-dozen sources close to the discussions.
While high-level talks on the $1 trillion-plus package are ongoing, lawmakers, staffers, advocates and lobbyists said that a plan to expand Medicare with dental, vision and hearing benefits for tens of millions of seniors — as well as a pitch to guarantee paid family and medical leave to all U.S. workers — is now in danger of getting cut from the bill entirely.
Democratic sources addressed the current status of the talks candidly on condition of anonymity, amid conflicting reports from those involved that speak to the closely guarded and sensitive nature of the back-and-forth as the party pushes for a deal in the next few days. President Joe Biden and Democratic leaders are racing to lock

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6 things to know about the Jan. 6 committee

6 things to know about the Jan. 6 committee

1 00:00:07,080 –> 00:00:12,270 >> The select committee has held closed door interviews with witnesses they’ve subpoenaed people and 2 00:00:12,270 –> 00:00:17,700 requested what looks like thousands of pages of documents from companies from people 3 00:00:17,700 –> 00:00:25,240 involved in the January 6 attack. And Trump federal agencies. The 4 00:00:25,240 –> 00:00:30,530 chairman of the Committee Bennie Thompson Democrat from Mississippi has said that he wants to wrap everything up 5 00:00:30,530 –> 00:00:31,340 by the spring. 6 00:00:31,430 –> 00:00:36,590 >> But what form exactly that will take. We’ll see. There could be some sort of report that could issued a series of 7 00:00:36,590 –> 00:00:44,380 reports over time that they still have a lot to get through. Chairman 8 00:00:44,380 –> 00:00:49,510 Thompson told me that those folks like Meadows dance and 9 00:00:49,510

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“GOP uses voters to push election reforms in unlikely states”

AP:

Republicans have succeeded this year in passing a range of voting restrictions in states they control politically, from Georgia to Iowa to Texas. They’re not stopping there.Republicans in at least four states where Democrats control the governor’s office,… Continue reading

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“Congress gives extra funding to the Pentagon but leaves elections vulnerable”

Votebeat:

Months after Democratic leaders in Congress backed away from providing billions of badly needed dollars to support local election improvements, we now learn that the Senate plans to add the very same amount of money to the Defense… Continue reading

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“California politicians raising money for charity face new rules from ethics panel”

Cal Matters:

After more than 18 months of deliberation, California’s political ethics regulators voted today to approve new rules when elected officials raise money for charities that they or their family control.More public disclosure of their ties to the… Continue reading

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“Internal Alarm, Public Shrugs: Facebook’s Employees Dissect Its Election Role; Company documents show that the social network’s employees repeatedly raised red flags about the spread of misinformation and conspiracies before and after the contested November vote.”

NYT:

Sixteen months before last November’s presidential election, a researcher at Facebook described an alarming development. She was getting content about the conspiracy theory QAnon within a week of opening an experimental account, she wrote in an internal report.On… Continue reading

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“Ahead of Jan. 6, Willard hotel in downtown D.C. was a Trump team ‘command center’ for effort to deny Biden the presidency”

WaPo:

They called it the “command center,” a set of rooms and suites in the posh Willard hotel a block from the White House where some of President Donald Trump’s most loyal lieutenants were working day and night with… Continue reading

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“Nevada Republican who claimed someone stole dead wife’s ballot is charged with voter fraud”

WaPo:

Donald Kirk Hartle looked troubled last November. It was a few days after Election Day and the Las Vegas man was telling a local news station that someone had stolen his late wife’s mail-in ballot and returned it… Continue reading

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“Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted in campaign finance fraud case”

WaPo:

It took the federal jury in U.S. District Court in Manhattan less than a day to find that Parnas committed fraud through donations to several state and federal candidates that were bankrolled by a Russian financier. Parnas was also… Continue reading

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Carolyn Shapiro: The “Independent State Legislature Doctrine” is an Affront to State Constitutions and State Courts

Carolyn Shapiro at Slogblog:

The ISLD is problematic for numerous reasons, but one that Judge Sutton might appreciate is that the doctrine, at least in its most extreme forms, is deeply contemptuous, even destructive, of a legal and political culture… Continue reading

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