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Biden, Democrats Are Locking in Trump’s Tariffs – Reason.com

The Trump administration was able to reshape America's trade policy in large part because it simply decided to ignore anything that punctured its manufactured reality about how tariffs work. Economic data show that American businesses and consumers—not China—are overwhelmingly paying the cost of the tariffs? Send Peter Navarro out to do some television hits where he baselessly claims otherwise. Thousands of American companies are lining up at hearings to explain […]

todayMarch 21, 2021 2


Democrats would pay no political price for reforming the filibuster

I always find it curious when a Democratic senator frets about changing a procedural mechanism that the vast majority of their actual constituents couldn’t explain if you asked them to. Are there people in West Virginia, for example, who, as they entered the voting booth in 2016, said to themselves, “I’ll vote for that Manchin guy again, but if he ever decides to change that cloture rule, he’s history?” Or to […]

todayMarch 18, 2021 1


McConnell promises to nuke the entire Senate if Democrats reform the filibuster

Through a series of onerous procedural mechanisms, McConnell threatened to grind the chamber—and therefore U.S. democracy—to a halt. McConnell said he would require a quorum for basically everything, require every bill to be read from the floor in full, and gum up the works even for nominees who have broad bipartisan support. The quorum threat is intriguing in this 50-50 split Senate because although Republicans could conceivably deprive Democrats of achieving […]

todayMarch 16, 2021


Orange County Democrats just won this seat for the first time since 1894

Foley, however, benefited from a deeply fractured GOP field, as the three Republican candidates combined to narrowly lead the two Democrats 51-49. (Some ballots remain to be counted, so these totals could shift.) There was already clear tension within the GOP field, though, and as Foley’s victory became evident, it spilled further into public view. Moorlach, the Republican candidate who had the blessing of the county GOP, referred to his […]

todayMarch 11, 2021


House Democrats end controversial consultant ban

“It's an enormous win," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said in a recent interview, before Maloney's decision was formally announced, noting the move would open "a door for our party to leverage strength from all parts of it.” “The escalation and aggression against the progressive wing of the party with an explicit forward-facing 'blacklist' created a lot of dissuasion against candidates even considering grassroots organizing firms," she said. Enacted in 2019, […]

todayMarch 9, 2021 3


Winning message for Democrats on racism highlights harm to Americans of all races

Right now, an array of Democratic organizations are reviewing the results of the 2020 races and analyzing how they can do better in the future—particularly in down-ballot contests, and in areas with larger Latino populations. The review is wide-ranging, and covers topics as disparate as tactics, the impact of not doing in-person canvassing, how to talk about COVID-19, and more—including, hopefully, how stupid it is to not have and provide […]

todayMarch 9, 2021 1


The Texas Democrats did an autopsy on why 2020 went wrong. Here’s what they found

What the report says The report comes to a few key conclusions, framed around Biden’s 5.5% loss but equally applicable to the disappointing performance at the Senate, House, and state legislative level. First, it shows that Republicans turned out at higher rates than Democrats, both across races and particularly among Latinos. The report also found that while Latino voters in general did not significantly shift from Democrats to Republicans, Latinos […]

todayMarch 7, 2021 1