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Republicans already delivering on promising prospect of returning House to Democratic hands

Republicans already delivering on promising prospect of returning House to Democratic hands

Just before a hopeful Kevin McCarthy finally got his hands on an all but meaningless gavel, he reflected on his historically tumultuous journey to the speakership. “It just reminds me of what my father always told me — it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” McCarthy told reporters Friday evening, as he geared up for the 15th round of voting that would mercifully punctuate the GOP’s inaugural embarrassment. McCarthy is definitely finished, at least in the sense that the GOP absolutely isn’t finished with…

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House GOP makes a mockery of the legislative body, passes radical rules package

House GOP makes a mockery of the legislative body, passes radical rules package

It will be hard for Republicans to top their performance of last week, but they’re going to do their damnedest these evening. All the promises Kevin McCarthy handed out in his nearly-failed bid to become Speaker are being revealed (nobody Rep. Byron Donalds getting a sweet committee post, the maniacs guaranteed multiple slots on what’s going to become the most important committee) and the ridiculousness of what they have in the works is being revealed. Settle in for the debate and…

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House GOP’s first ‘policy’ vote is a gift to wealthy tax cheats, securing Biden’s first veto threat

House GOP’s first ‘policy’ vote is a gift to wealthy tax cheats, securing Biden’s first veto threat

The first “policy” vote of the new Republican-controlled House of Representatives continued with their theme of capitulation to the extreme right, and more pointedly the people who fund the political careers of the far right. They voted along party lines, 221 to 210, to rescind the more than $70 billion in IRS funding included in the Inflation Reduction Act to help the agency modernize and more effectively do its job. The Congressional Budget Office scored the bill, and determined that if that…

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Freedom Caucus in disarray while GOP gives new meaning to swearing-in ceremony

Freedom Caucus in disarray while GOP gives new meaning to swearing-in ceremony

Asked about the Friday night chaos on the GOP side of the House floor, Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois recalled something his son once asked him. “My son a few years ago asked me, ‘what’s a swearing-in?’ He said ‘what swear words are you gonna be using at this event,’” Krishnamoorthi, said with a smile during an interview on MSNBC Saturday afternoon. “And last night, I gotta tell you, the f-bombs were flying especially on the Republican side.” “I…

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Ukraine update: Germany has done more for Ukraine than most know or acknowledge

Ukraine update: Germany has done more for Ukraine than most know or acknowledge

UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023 · 12:37:11 AM +00:00 · kos Video from inside Soledar earlier today. The caption reads “Soledar Hang in there!” pic.twitter.com/Zz1gSLEao9 — LanguageLearner (@LanguageIearner) January 9, 2023 There are sober analysts who are saying that Russian advances have been exaggerated, and not to believe either side at the moment. Everything is war propaganda, and until we get geoconfirmed videos confirming or refuting the claims, people should chill. I’ll take the advice. It’s clear Russia has made gains, but…

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Josh Hawley’s opponent just entered the Senate race with a powerful new campaign ad

Josh Hawley’s opponent just entered the Senate race with a powerful new campaign ad

In November, former Marine Lucas Kunce ran a solid grassroots campaign for U.S. Senate that surprised many but came up short in the Democratic primary after Trudy Busch Valentine entered into the race late. Kunce is not letting the momentum he generated over the past year ebb and has once again jumped in early, releasing a campaign ad for the upcoming 2024 U.S. Senate race in Missouri on Friday. This would be for Sen. Josh Hawley’s seat—a seat that Hawley says he will…

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Fascist Bolsonaro supporters attack Congress, presidential palace in Brazilian capital

Fascist Bolsonaro supporters attack Congress, presidential palace in Brazilian capital

UPDATE: Sunday, Jan 8, 2023 · 9:50:25 PM +00:00 · Hunter At least some rioters now appear to have been arrested. UPDATE: Sunday, Jan 8, 2023 · 9:28:42 PM +00:00 · Hunter Bloomberg now reports that law enforcement has retaken control of the Supreme Court building, but there is “extensive” damage. UPDATE: Sunday, Jan 8, 2023 · 9:16:13 PM +00:00 · Hunter @LulaOficial addressing nation, begins by denouncing “fascists,” “vandals,” “nazis, stalinists…no, not stalinists, fascists” and criticizing security shortcomings. Everyone involved,…

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Ukraine Update: Soledar holds, when will Ukraine make a move, and did you see Medvedev’s predictions

Ukraine Update: Soledar holds, when will Ukraine make a move, and did you see Medvedev’s predictions

UPDATE: Sunday, Jan 8, 2023 · 11:30:29 PM +00:00 · kos Russia might be on the verge of taking Soledar… Russian Forces are continuing to Advance on the City of Soledar in Eastern Ukraine with them now Controlling over 80% of the City; the most Heavy Fighting is near the Salt Mine Museum which has traded hands multiple times in the last couple of weeks. pic.twitter.com/aHAAsFF3Oc — OSINTdefender (@sentdefender) January 8, 2023 Or, maybe not… #Soledar ➡️AFU regained control over…

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Universal basic income eases caregiving after incarceration

Universal basic income eases caregiving after incarceration

Formerly incarcerated residents in Alachua County, Florida, are navigating reentry and caregiving as a universal basic income program comes to a close. by Makaelah Walters This article was originally published at Prism For more than a year, Murray Wilson has bathed, fed, and clothed his 75-year-old mother, whose chronic inflammatory condition confines her to a bed most days. He became his mother’s caregiver upon his release from prison in July 2021. This newfound responsibility, coupled with his emancipation, made navigating…

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Nuts & Bolts—Inside a Democratic campaign: Retirements

Nuts & Bolts—Inside a Democratic campaign: Retirements

Welcome to Nuts & Bolts, a guide to Democratic campaigns. I’ve helped write this series for years using information from campaign managers, finance directors, field directors, trainers, and staff, responding to questions from Daily Kos Community and staff members, and addressing issues that are sent to me via kosmail through Daily Kos. Retirements are a part of the political process. Some members of Congress retire early, deciding to go home or that they have done their service. Others serve lifetimes. People can…

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