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Wednesday Night Owls: Biden calls for ‘unity,’ but healing will be tough in deeply divided nation

Wednesday Night Owls: Biden calls for ‘unity,’ but healing will be tough in deeply divided nation

Night Owls is a themed open thread appearing at Daily Kos seven days a week.   At Mother Jones, David Corn writes—Joe Biden’s Inaugural Address Was a Plea for “Unity.” But Healing the Nation’s “Soul” Won’t Be Easy. Can he both implement his policies and unify a bitterly divided country? […] Addressing the nation as president, Biden recognized that the fight for unity is largely a fight for truth. “What are the common objects we as Americans love, that define us…

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‘Don’t do it’: McCarthy explicitly warns that attacking other members is putting them in jeopardy

‘Don’t do it’: McCarthy explicitly warns that attacking other members is putting them in jeopardy

Congressional Republicans have kicked into high gear over the past week to minimize the fallout for the Republican Party caused by Donald Trump and the murderous mob he sicced on the lawmakers at the Capitol. On the one hand, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell finally directly blamed Trump for inciting the riot by feeding his cultists a steady diet of disinformation and baseless lies about the election. On the other is extraordinary leaked audio of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy explicitly warning…

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The Bernie Sanders inauguration meme went viral, and it’s worth enjoying

The Bernie Sanders inauguration meme went viral, and it’s worth enjoying

I would like to preface this by saying I like Sen. Bernie Sanders. I voted for him in two primaries. This story is not about mocking Bernie Sanders but about enjoying how absolutely Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders is. He is the most Bernie Sanders of anyone in the world. His political convictions are clear, and the package it comes in is also clear. I was born and raised on the east coast, and Sanders reminds me of many folks I knew growing up….

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As nation faces white supremacist threats, Hawley blocks quick confirmation of Biden’s DHS nominee

As nation faces white supremacist threats, Hawley blocks quick confirmation of Biden’s DHS nominee

So apparently not satisfied with egging on the attack on the U.S. Capitol this month, Republican U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley blocked the quick confirmation of Alejandro Mayorkas, President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The petulant move by Hawley, who lives full-time in Virginia but was elected to represent Missouri, blocks Biden from quickly confirming a competent official to head the agency that would stop white supremacist violence like the kind Hawley encouraged.  “The Senate held swift…

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‘Under no circumstances is this legal’: Cuccinelli’s attempt to delay Biden changes gets ridiculed

‘Under no circumstances is this legal’: Cuccinelli’s attempt to delay Biden changes gets ridiculed

The Trump administration has signed agreements with Arizona, Louisiana, Indiana, and one lone sheriff’s office in North Carolina that state any future immigration changes made by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) first have to be run by the localities before the federal government can act, BuzzFeed News reports. If that sounds like a bunch of bull to you, you’re not wrong. Santa Clara University School of Law professor Pratheepan Gulasekaram told BuzzFeed News that the policy “is just another last-ditch effort to try and ingrain…

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Abraham Lincoln explained exactly how we should respond to the insurrection of Jan. 6

Abraham Lincoln explained exactly how we should respond to the insurrection of Jan. 6

Since the Jan. 6 attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol we’ve been treated to the spectacle of people like Rep.Kevin McCarthy, Sen. Ted Cruz, and others within the Republican party invoking a spirit of “unity” as they urge Democrats to temper their response to a crisis that Republicans themselves were responsible for causing. As Sarah Churchwell, writing for the New York Review of Books, observes, these newfound calls for “unity” are from the exact same people who have constantly cast…

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Tuesday Night Owls: Excerpts from the February edition of the Harper’s Index

Tuesday Night Owls: Excerpts from the February edition of the Harper’s Index

Night Owls is a themed open thread appearing at Daily Kos seven days a week. Half a day until JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS TAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE Excerpts from the February Harper’s Index: Estimated amount spent on 2020 campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives,Senate, and White House: $14,000,000,000 Factor by which this exceeds the previous record for an election year: 2 Estimated amount of global tax revenue lost each year to companies that incorporate in tax havens: $245,000,000,000 To individuals who store…

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Following remembrance for Martin Luther King Jr., Secretary of State Pompeo goes full dog whistle

Following remembrance for Martin Luther King Jr., Secretary of State Pompeo goes full dog whistle

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is well known to Kansans. In his six years in the U.S. House, Pompeo was ranked as one of the most conservative by GovTrack, and the policies he promoted were, well, the kinds of things most of America simply would roll their eyes at even considering. As a secretary of state, Pompeo has served failure after failure and has been rewarded for it, repeatedly, as one of Trump’s members who followed his marching orders. Pompeo has a…

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Feds arrest woman accused of stealing Pelosi laptop in violent Capitol riot

Feds arrest woman accused of stealing Pelosi laptop in violent Capitol riot

Joining the increasing number of Trump supporters arrested after storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, a Pennsylvania woman who allegedly took a laptop belonging to Speaker Nancy Pelosi was arrested Monday. The woman, identified as 22-year-old Riley June Williams, is charged with intentionally entering into a restricted building without lawful authority in addition to disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. While Williams has not yet been charged with theft, the FBI is investigating the matter and what her intentions were. According…

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Trump plan to politicize key civil service jobs has run out of time

Trump plan to politicize key civil service jobs has run out of time

It looks like one of Team Trump’s last-minute efforts to destroy the civil service has fizzled. With less than a day to go, the plan to strip protections from tens of thousands of career federal employees hasn’t been put into effect at any federal agency.  The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Personnel Management had rushed to list many of their jobs in the new Schedule F, a new classification for jobs involving policymaking. That means that career…

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