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Tuesday Morning Open Thread: This, Too, Is America

Balloon Juice - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 07:47

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Categories: Politics

Abbreviated pundit roundup: Senate Republicans to oppose protecting and expanding voting rights

Daily Kos - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 07:36

Nicholas Fondos at The New York Times details Republican opposition to voting rights and what we can expect in today’s key vote regarding the For The People Act:

A push by Democrats to enact the most expansive voting rights legislation in generations is set to collapse in the Senate on Tuesday, when Republicans are expected to use a filibuster to block a measure that President Biden and his allies in Congress have called a vital step to protect democracy.

Despite solid Republican opposition, Democrats plan to bring the voting rights fight to a head on the Senate floor, by calling a test vote to try to advance the broad federal elections overhaul, known as the For the People Act. As Republican-led states rush to enact restrictive new voting laws, Democrats have presented the legislation as the party’s best chance to undo them, expand ballot access from coast to coast and limit the effect of special interests on the political process.

Categories: Politics

The Great Billie Eilish Uproar Explained

Kevin Drumm - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 06:21

I happened to come across a Guardian piece about the controversy swirling around pop singer Billie Eilish. Here it is:

Billie Eilish has apologised after a video surfaced appearing to show her mouthing a racist slur....In the video, Eilish appears to mouth an anti-Asian slur featured in Tyler, the Creator’s 2011 song Fish, and is filmed speaking in an affected voice. In her apology, Eilish, the youngest artist to ever record a James Bond title track, said she was “13 or 14” in the videos and did not know at the time the slur was a derogatory term.

Holy cow! The Guardian isn't shy about printing obscenities, so this must be something really bad. But what? Other articles I googled seemed similarly shy, so finally I just looked up the lyrics for "Fish":

Slip it in her drink and in the blink
Of an eye I can make a white girl look chink...

That's it? This whole affair, lengthy apology and all, is because Eilish mouthed the word chink five years ago when she was 14?

We really all have too much time on our hands, don't we?

Categories: Politics

On The Road – JanieM – China, Part 6/8

Balloon Juice - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 05:00

Several of these are from Qing Yun Si, the Blue Cloud temple featured in set 5. Otherwise, they’re mostly random shots from around Yulin.

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Categories: Politics

The Filibuster Represents All of American Politics in a Nutshell

Kevin Drumm - Tue, 06/22/2021 - 01:06

Our ongoing argument over the filibuster represents the entire American political system in a nutshell. Just as the fear of our political opposites is generally greater than our confidence in our allies, both major parties are reluctant to get rid of the filibuster because their fear of what the other side could do with a majority vote is greater than their excitement about what their own side could do with it.¹

One way to think of this is that it's a straightforward consequence of what behavioral economics tells us about decisionmaking under uncertainty, namely that we hate losses about twice as much as we value comparable gains. If that's the case, then one side or the other will finally kill the filibuster not when the risk of backfiring goes away (it never will) but when the betting odds suggest that the relative gain to their own side seems to be roughly twice as big as the gain to the other side.

It will never be Republicans who come to this conclusion, since the filibuster is fundamentally a conservative rule that helps to preserve the status quo. It will happen only when enough Democrats finally decide that they don't have much to lose.

And when will that happen? On the one hand, Mitch McConnell is helping things along by making it explicit that Republicans will use the filibuster on everything, which makes it clearer every year just how much Democrats are losing because of it. On the other hand, the structural advantage that Republicans have in Congress makes a Democratic sweep (House, Senate, Presidency) unlikely, and that's the only time the filibuster matters.

That's the basic calculus. My own view is twofold. First, I've always objected to the filibuster on the simple grounds that legislatures should decide most things by majority vote. In fact, I'm not sure the filibuster is even constitutional. Second, I have zero doubt that liberals would gain far more than they'd lose from ditching it. This might or might not be true in the first few years after its demise, but it would certainly be true in the long run.

Why am I so confident? I suppose it's because I'm a true believer in social democracy. With the filibuster gone, Democrats would slowly but surely enact social democratic reforms and people would like it. This would make Democrats more popular and we'd then get more Democrats and more social democracy. Rinse and repeat.

Might I be wrong? Sure. But it's what I believe.

¹Got that? This is a surprisingly difficult concept to summarize plainly. But it's true of both liberals and conservatives, at this point in time at least.

Categories: Politics

Late Night NFL Open Thread: Congratulations, Carl Nassib

Balloon Juice - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 23:39

Since I’m not an ESPN watcher, I don’t know if it’s coincidental that it’s two women discussing this news?

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Categories: Politics

News Roundup: Infrastructure 'bipartisanship' still not a thing; DeSantis steals Trump's crown?

Daily Kos - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 22:30

In the news today: The Senate continues to plod its way towards a recognition that Republicans won't be contributing to a "bipartisan" infrastructure plan or anything else. A new straw poll ranks Florida Man and Trump impersonator Ron DeSantis over Trump himself in Republican 2024 presidential preferences, so get ready for some truly blistering Trump attacks. In the meantime, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is still (sigh) trying to claim Trump's Most Odious Rhetoric crown for himself. I still say his heart’s not in it, though.

Here's some of what you may have missed:

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Loved The Show, Hated the Ending

Balloon Juice - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 22:25

I just caught up on two seasons of The Imposters.  Loved the show, but I hated the ending.

Hoping some of you have watched it and might want to talk about the show.  Who was the star of the show?  For me it was not who I would have expected it to be.  What did you think about the evolution of the characters? I don’t want to say too much right out of the gate, but season one was very different from season two, I thought.  Almost like two different shows, but with the same characters.

Do you have any shows where you loved the show but hated the ending?  For me the worst was LOST. That was so bad that I truly decided to pretend that the last 20 minutes never happened, and I wrote my own ending.  This ending wasn’t that bad, but it was still disappointing.


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Categories: Politics

On The Road – MollyS – Monet’s gardens at Giverny, the water garden and house

Balloon Juice - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 22:00

   On April 12, 2017, my daughter, son-in-law, and I went with his parents to see the gardens of Giverny, home of French impressionist painter Claude Monet, about 50 miles northwest of Paris. Giverny has two gardens — the Clos Normand, the flower garden in front of the house, and the Japanese-style water garden, which inspired his Water Lilies series. From 1883, when he moved to Giverny, until his death in 1926, Monet oversaw the planting of millions of seeds and young plants.

   The Clos Normand has flowerbeds of differing heights and arrangements. Monet mixed the simplest flowers with the rarest varieties. He did not like organized gardens, preferring to plant flowers according to their colors, then leaving them to grow freely.

   In 1893, Monet bought the land that would become the water garden with its famous Japanese bridge and pond. This garden includes weeping willows, a bamboo wood, flowering trees and shrubs, and the water lilies which bloom all summer long. 

   Monet died in 1926. His son Michel inherited the property, later passing it to the Academie des Beaux-Arts. In 1977, a 10-year reconstruction of the house and gardens began. The house and greenhouse had been badly damaged during World War II but the gardens were restored with the same flowers Monet had planted.

   Giverny is scheduled to reopen April 19 — the flowers will be waiting! Much more information at

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Categories: Politics

GOP Always Be Grifting Open Thread: All Sh*tposting, All the Time

Balloon Juice - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 21:32

A purely parasitic organization:

The Republican Party has long been infused with an irrepressible hustle, what the historian Rick Perlstein calls “mail-order conservatism.” Talk radio and direct mail were not only effective at peddling reactionary politics to voters; they were also perfect vehicles to sell products, such as gold and home-­security systems. For decades these conjoined strains of politics, entertainment, and marketing have eroded trust in public institutions and the media and provided a template for self-aggrandizement and enrichment. There is nothing really like this on the left; Infowars and Goop sell the same pills, but Gwyneth Paltrow is not fomenting rebellion…

But Trump’s presidency blew past the old frontiers: The performance of politics became the purpose of it, and the grind of governance became secondary to the responsibilities of posting. It was as if, after years of awkward but largely profitable power-sharing between conservative politicians and conservative media, the Republican Party at last stumbled upon the ultimate efficiency: What if both roles could be played by the same person? Trump once dreamed of spinning a losing presidential bid into his own media entity. During the pandemic, in lieu of crisis management, he turned briefings into a variety show, assembling a rotating cast of characters, and plugging an array of sponsors—MyPillow, Carnival, Pernod Ricard. You would not necessarily get good medical advice, but you would learn that Hanes is a “great consumer cotton products company” that’s being recognized more and more.

There was no issue grave enough to take seriously and no controversy too petty to weigh in on. Anything could be resolved via tweet, precisely because nothing really can; the ephemerality was the point. And a rising generation of politicians learned an important lesson about what conservative voters wanted. If Limbaugh taught them all how to talk, Trump taught them how to govern. His enduring gift was a caucus of content creators…

When Marjorie Taylor Greene, the QAnon representative from Georgia, was stripped of her committee assignments in February by colleagues upset that she had harassed fellow members of Congress and blamed forest fires on the Rothschilds, she greeted the news with relief. “If I was on a committee, I would be wasting my time,” she said. Now she was more free to share videos of her CrossFit workouts with the hashtag #FireFauci. Not that showing up for committee hearings necessarily means you’re there to work. Colorado’s Lauren Boebert, who like Cawthorn and Greene spent her first weeks on the job scaring the shit out of her co-workers, recently hijacked a virtual committee hearing by posing like John Wick in front of a shrine of firearms in her living room. (“Who says this is storage?” she responded to critics. “These are ready for use.”)

Cawthorn, Greene, and Boebert were all members of the National Republican Campaign Committee’s “Young Guns” program, which takes its name from an earlier trio of House Republicans—one of whom, Paul Ryan, went on to become a vice presidential nominee and speaker of the House and unite the party behind a vision of budget austerity. There is surely some sort of ideology at work here, too, but it’s more Jake Paul than Paul Ryan; they are treating the Capitol like their own hype house, using the stature of their office for clout.

These younger, gunnier guns are taking cues from their elders. Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a content farm of a congressman who has filmed not one but two Avengers-style videos in which the ex–Navy SEAL parachutes out of airplanes to fight Democrats, also hosts a podcast. So does Devin Nunes. Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz has a podcast called Hot Takes. Before he became publicly embroiled in a federal sex-trafficking investigation (“If you aren’t making news, you aren’t governing,” Gaetz once said), he was considering retiring to take a job at the conservative cable channel Newsmax. In February, more than a dozen House Republicans—including Gaetz and Nunes—skipped work to speak at CPAC with Cruz. They took advantage of a covid-era policy that let members vote by proxy in medical emergencies; to them, promoting their brands is the job…

… In April, Marco Rubio called on the government to treat companies that pollute “our culture” just as harshly as it treats companies that pollute our water—sort of like an Environmental Protection Agency for tweets. Cruz, himself accused of poisoning the discourse by John Boehner, polled his hive on whether he should shoot the former speaker of the House’s new book with a machine gun. But none of the Republicans vying for Trump’s role have embraced the new posting reality as fluidly as DeSantis. In May, not long after guaranteeing Florida politicians the right to shitpost, DeSantis scored his biggest coup yet: passage of a bill to roll back voting access in the state, fueled by Trump’s lies about the 2020 election. When it came time to sign it, local reporters were stopped at the door—only a crew from Fox and Friends got in. DeSantis had turned an attack on fundamental rights into a live television event. Supporters of the ex-president stood behind him, cheering on cue, as the governor bantered with the hosts via satellite. Then he picked up a blue Sharpie, scrawled his name, and held up the embossed legislation for the cameras….

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Monday Evening Open Thread: The Schadenfreudelicious Perils of Nepotism

Balloon Juice - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 20:00

For entertainment purposes, and as an example of the fact that Olivia Nuzzi is an equal-opportunity reputation assassin:

Andrew Giuliani was holding a silver spoon. He just was. There’s no getting around it. Sitting in a booth at Mansion Diner on 86th and York — about a thousand feet from each of the two homes in which he was raised: his mother’s apartment and Gracie Mansion — he poured a thimble-size packet of Farmland whole milk into his third cup of coffee and used the symbolically charged but otherwise ordinary instrument to stir. “New York means something to everybody,” he said. “It evokes a reaction.”

Ten days earlier, the Son of Rudy had announced his campaign for governor on the grounds that New York needs a Giuliani restoration to recover from the other dynastic Andrew — and that he can achieve it by scaling his father’s blueprint for the city of the ’90s to address the needs of the entire state in the ’20s. “I think the name Giuliani evokes a reaction in most people, too,” he said…

… A country may not be the sum of whom it elects, but a party is no more or less than its nominees — making Giuliani’s run a test of what “unqualified” means to the Republican electorate now. Giuliani, who is 35 years old, spent his early childhood on the Upper East Side, attended prep school in a tony Jersey suburb and college in North Carolina. Fully a third of his official campaign biography is devoted to his good grades at Duke (where he majored in sociology), a few internships in finance and real estate, his time as a “surrogate relations” volunteer on the Trump campaign, and his marriage. He cites as qualifying work experience his stint as a professional golfer; the four years he spent in the Trump administration, where he served in the Office of Public Liaison and as a special assistant to the president; and the seven weeks he was professionally a pundit on Newsmax, a network for people who think Fox News is too moderate, before he quit to join the gubernatorial race….

Like many villains and politicians, Giuliani has a vaguely unsettling quality. His hair and skin are a similar shade of muted strawberry blonde. He looks like Rudy only when he smiles, and he sounds like him only when he yells. He talks in cliché. “In this day and age, politics is front and center,” he told me. When he charms, it’s often premeditated. Upon his announcement, he was roasted for saying he’d “spent parts of five different decades of my life” in politics (reminder: He is 35), but the remark was part of a Buddy Hackett–style shtick he’s developed for public settings. He tried some of it out at Mansion Diner. “Career politicians are generally not my favorite,” he said. Beat. “I’m worse.” Beat. “I’m a politician out of the womb.” Beat. “I get up in the morning and I try to wash the filth off of me.” Beat. “And it’s still on!”…

Hating on some clueless trust fund jackass for having the gall to suggest he should be making decisions for others on a scale larger than a bachelor party is an exercise that often transcends partisan ideology. When a son of privilege seeks political power, it often seems that entitlement offense rages brightly in the moments just before private acceptance or approval kicks in: Parts of the population are reminded on a psychic or genetic level that they yearn for monarchy, while other parts decide they like the comfort of continuity under the guise of a democracy. The other form of entitlement, maybe a bit less galling, is assuming a right to patience and attention, to the willingness of a public to serve as an audience before which to work out familial psychological trauma. When I sat down with Andrew, it was the eve of Mercury’s retrograde and, he noted, his father’s 77th birthday (a Gemini, of course).

“There’s pain and daddy issues that exist beneath this,” one longtime Rudy associate said. A second longtime Rudy associate was gentler: “What Andrew is doing is less about Rudy than it is about what Andrew is doing to process Rudy.” There is something uncomfortable about Giuliani’s campaign. If you watch him for long enough to ask what might compel a person to do a thing like this, you get the sense that the act of running is one of self-harm, of lashing himself in the void left by his father. Is he out to prove something to Rudy or to show him — show us — what being Rudy’s son has done to him? Does he subconsciously want to hurt Rudy? You can’t tarnish a legacy that’s already been shattered, then lit on fire, then burned to a heap of ash, then sprinkled into the swamp and dissolved into a toxic vapor. Or can you?…

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Categories: Politics

Georgia GOP quickly moving to oust Democrats from local election posts, foreshadowing times to come

Daily Kos - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 19:30

Republicans in Georgia are moving swiftly to capitalize on their election-law power grab by removing anyone in local election posts who might interfere with their efforts to suppress Democratic voters and manipulate election outcomes.

Lonnie Hollis is exactly that type of troublemaker, which is why Republicans will be ousting her this year from the Troup County election board in West Georgia, according to The New York Times

“I speak out and I know the laws,” said Hollis, a Black woman who has served on the board since 2013. “The bottom line is they don’t like people that have some type of intelligence and know what they’re doing, because they know they can’t influence them.”

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Today’s Lesson for Everything and Everybody: It’s Too Soon to Tell

Kevin Drumm - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 18:05

The Washington Post informs us today that retail workers are quitting at a record pace these days. Why? The pandemic, of course: "In interviews with more than a dozen retail workers who recently left their jobs, nearly all said the pandemic introduced new strains to already challenging work: longer hours, understaffed stores, unruly customers and even pay cuts."

Maybe. But here's what the recent history of retail quits looks like:

As you can see, the rate of quits always rises during economic expansions, so it's no surprise that they're rising now. What's more, the series is fairly noisy, and the April numbers are in line with all the brief spikes over the past decade.

So what's going on? The passage I've highlighted below should be tattooed on every reporter's forehead:

“We’re seeing a wider understanding that these were never good jobs and they were never livable jobs,” said Rebecca Givan, a professor of labor studies and employment relations at Rutgers University....It is too soon to tell, she said, whether the latest exodus reflects a long-term shift away from retail work. Some employees, for example, may return to the industry once child care is more readily available and other pandemic-related challenges ease, but others are turning to industries where workers are in high demand.

It's too soon to tell! This is true of practically everything, and yet news outlets are bursting with stories about how the pandemic has changed everything.

Well, maybe it has, but a single month or two of data just as the economy is reopening is literally meaningless. It's going to take six months or so for everything to settle down, at which point we'll be able to take stock of labor power, goods shortages, evictions, economic growth, remote work, and everything else we're interested in.

In the meantime, for God's sake, don't pay attention to this crap. If retail quits keep spiking for six months, then we'll know something. If they fall back to their old trendline, we'll also know something. But a single spike in April? Spare me.

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White House press secretary douses latest Republican talking point about bogus gas tax

Daily Kos - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 17:45

For a very long time now, the majority of Americans have supported raising taxes on the very wealthiest people and entities in our country. For a very long time now, the Republican Party has gone against the majority of Americans’ wishes by stifling any and all legislation that might try to accommodate the wishes of the American people. The main ways in which they have done this are by arguing that a) the wealthiest among us create the jobs and raising their taxes would not support a “rising tide lifts all boats” ideology; and b) the Democratic Party wants to raise everybody’s taxes. Both of these arguments have been proven wrong.

The Republican Party, having spent many years controlling our country into an economic and public health crisis, finds itself now playing defense against meaningful infrastructure legislation that would require a little taxation of the wealthy. Arguing that Dr. Seuss is being canceled by Marxist Black Panther Party Maoists isn’t a good policy argument against having a robust infrastructure bill that promises to address hundreds of millions of Americans’ needs. That means the GOP needs to create a rhetoric that somehow accuses the Biden administration of wanting to tax Americans—not simply the rich. It isn’t working as well as it has in the past, and part of that is that the current administration seems not to be falling into the same traps of previous ones in allowing bogus rhetorical conservative narratives about taxes and fairness to take up its time.

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He's not even hiding it! Trump wants Speaker's job if Republicans win in 2022

Daily Kos - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 17:06

Last we checked in, disgraced loser president Donald Trump had been pitched on a crazy idea: Why not become speaker of the House if Republicans take that chamber in next year’s midterm election? 

You see, the speaker doesn’t actually have to be an elected member of Congress, even though that’s how it’s always worked out. The Constitution pretty much gives the chamber all say in who they pick, with zero requirements. A right-wing radio host floated the idea to Trump, and he responded with a “very interesting.” 

Now we know that Trump has found it more than just “interesting.” He likes the idea so much, he already told Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that he wants his job. 


This hasn’t even been a one-time event! By McCarthy’s admission, Trump has mentioned this “many times.” He uses “tells” in the present tense, to indicate an ongoing discussion, as opposed to the past-tense “told,” which would suggest that the matter was closed and settled. 

And even more importantly, this exchange happened on Fox News, which means the conservative media is on the case, and will continue to make it a thing for the foreseeable future. 

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New book alleges Trump wanted to send Americans infected by COVID-19 to Guantanamo

Daily Kos - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 16:51

By now anyone who hasn’t gleaned the uniquely horrific depravity and sociopathic character of the man who 62 million Americans voted into office in 2016 (and who an even greater number of Americans voted to reelect in 2020) in all likelihood never will. But as time distances us more and more from his tenure in office, what we learn about Donald Trump himself with each passing day since his ignominious departure only serves to more fully flesh out his ignorant cruelty and utter self-absorption.

Trump’s disregard for the welfare of American citizens was never more apparent than in his wholly self-serving response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As something that could not be specifically predicted, and thus something his staff of venal propagandists and sycophants could actually prepare for in advance, it represented the ultimate test of his personal character, one which he almost immediately realized constituted an existential threat to his reelection chances. 

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Insurrectionists are not ‘regular Americans,’ as 2020 plot to attack Richmond rally suggests

Daily Kos - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 16:35

This past weekend, CNN began running stories (“Assault on Democracy: The Roots of Trump’s Insurrection”) dedicated ostensibly to examining what motivated the hundreds of people who participated in the Jan. 6 insurrection, but which in the process primarily normalized them. “Before they were at an insurrection, they were regular Americans,” read one promotional headline.

But the more we learn about the insurrectionists and their violent intentions, as evidence appears in the court record of their prosecutions, the more apparent it is that there is nothing remotely normal about the far-right movement into which they have eagerly been swept up. Even more self-evident is that, as we learn more about would-be insurrectionary events in the year leading up to Jan. 6—particularly the failed plans that were laid out to attack state capitol buildings in Virginia and Michigan—that the Capitol siege was not simply a one-off event; rather, the far-right extremists who still have not backed down in their belief that the election was stolen from Donald Trump intend to keep attempting it until they succeed.

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House will vote to scrap some of the worst Trump-era rules this week

Daily Kos - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 16:29

The Democratic Congress is taking a cautious approach on one of their most powerful tools for undoing damage wrought by Trump, the Congressional Review Act (CRA). One of the problems they face is in the nature of that tool. It allows Congress to overrule an administration's regulations within an established rule period. But like pretty much anything cooked up by Newt Gingrich (and it was created when he was House Speaker in 1996) it was designed to be more helpful to Republicans than to Democrats; it allows for total destruction of regulations (a perennial Republican goal), rather than the precision revising of regulations. The very tricky thing Gingrich did was preclude a subsequent administration from making a similar rule in the future unless it is authorized by new legislation. It also bars judicial review—meaning that a resolution of disapproval cannot be challenged in federal court. It's also another thing that Republicans determined should be expedited, not subject to a filibuster.

In the case of three Trump rules, however, the caution about using the CRA didn't overcome the need to undo Trump damage, and the House is scheduled to eliminate them this week, acting after the Senate. One of the measures restores standards for methane emissions from the Obama administration. Another overturns a banking role that would allow payday lenders to partner with banks to make loans at high interest rates—rates the banks aren't allowed to charge. The final CRA vote in the House is on an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) rule that opponents argue gave employers unfair advantage in discrimination complaints.

These are all pretty straightforward bad things that should be undone, and don't need to be revised. But using the CRA broadly has been a concern for Democrats. As Daniel Pérez, a senior policy analyst at George Washington University’s Regulatory Studies Center, told The Hill, "It's a sledgehammer, not a scalpel," and it could do destruction beyond just striking down a rule.

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I Got the Shot! – #23

Balloon Juice - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 15:50

The vaccine train is still slowing down, but hopefully some of us, and our kids, are still getting vaccinated.

International peeps, how’s it going on the vaccination front?

Tell me which stickers you want, so I can sticker you!

ruemara’s kitties, Odoroki and Himesama:

Dr. Fauci and Nancy Smash:

Samwise, Baby Champ and Henry:

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Rosie & Thurston, Lily, Tikka:

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Steve and Badger

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Green balloons!

I Got the Shot! 24 I Got the Shot! 23

Kamala and Joe!

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One and done for Johnson & Johnson:

Now with Dolly, Penelope and ducklings!

I Got the Shot! (Month 2) 3 I Got the Shot! (Month 2) 5

Katalin Kariko who was laughed at her entire career for researching mRNA, and Kizzmekia Corbett.  Two scientists who happen to be women, and saved our lives!

Stickers by MazeDancer!

Are any of you still unable to get an appointment?   Find A Shot

If you are still waiting for access to the vaccine, these stickers may be for you!

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All credit and thanks to MazeDancer for the various stickers!

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U.S. Senate Expected to Vote on For the People Act This Week

Balloon Juice - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 15:45

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the For the People Act THIS WEEK!

You’ve already been calling about this every day, right?  Right?  :-)  Details for that are in the link to this thread from 10 days ago.   Stacey Abrams: Call Your Senator Every Single Day in June (Yes, You!)

From Stacey Abrams today:

As you know, this Hot Call Summer we are encouraging each and every American to contact their U.S. Senators every single day to demand they pass S 1, the For the People Act. You’ve been working hard all month long lighting up the phone lines, and the time has finally come: the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the For the People Act THIS WEEK!

Whether you’ve already made dozens of calls or are about to pick up the phone to dial your Senators for the first time today, we need your help! Your Senators need to hear from YOU about supporting the For the People Act—no matter who you are or which state you live in.

The freedom to vote is under attack in IL and across the country. In the last six months alone, over 400 anti-voter bills have been introduced in nearly every state legislature—disproportionately targeting communities of color. We’re asking folks in IL to push back against these threats to our democracy by encouraging your Senators to pass the For the People Act.

S 1 will protect the freedom to vote on a federal level by establishing baseline national standards for voting access, regardless of political party, race, or zip code. It will help to protect your freedom to vote from the onslaught of anti-voter bills Republicans are pushing to try and stifle the political power of you, your neighbors, your friends, and your fellow Americans.

It’s up to all of us to keep doing our part to protect our democracy. Here’s how:

Call your Senators at 888-453-3211 every day this week and demand that they pass S 1, the For the People Act!

Advocates in IL are texting voters and encouraging them to call their Senators. Join them by signing up for one of their textbank trainings here!

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