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"Snooze on the hour, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance. I'm Monica rix in New York, some members of Congress are now pushing the Biden administration for answers on the FBI surge of Mar-a-Lago. CBS Steven portnoy has details. Strongly worded letters signed by Jim Jordan and fellow Republicans on the House judiciary committee demand that information about the FBI search be delivered to the panel in two weeks. Of course, Republicans are in the minority in the House, and they on their own do not have subpoena power. House Democrats, meanwhile, are asking the intelligence community for a damage assessment to see if any national security harm has been done by the storage of documents marked top secret at a private club in Palm Beach. South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham could testify before a Georgia grand jury soon on Trump's 2020 election loss. Here CBS Scott mcfarlane. Senator Graham is being subpoenaed to answer questions about his phone call to Georgia election officials after the 2020 vote was counted, a Georgia prosecutor alleges Trump and his supporters were trying to pressure the Georgia Secretary of State to overturn the results. Graham says he was simply doing his job as a congressman as a fact finder, a judge disagreed ordering Graham answer questions later this month. Graham is expected to appeal. Defense secretary Lloyd Austin is battling COVID for a second time he is vaccinated and boosted and says so far he's feeling mild symptoms. The news comes as Britain now approves a new vaccine targeting two strains of the virus. Your CBS's Vicki Barker. Human trials have shown the new Moderna vaccine is effective against both the omicron variant and the original strain of COVID-19. Moderna says it can deliver the first doses within weeks just in time for the UK's autumn booster campaign, though UK regulators haven't confirmed just when it will be rolled out here. There's also a new warning about monkeypox. The CDC has now also updated their guidance to add dogs to the list of animals that can catch monkeypox, which also includes squirrels, hedgehogs, and rabbits. Like it recommends for adults, the agency says infected Americans should not have close contact with their pets. That means taking steps to avoid activities like sharing linens or cuddling and licking that could transmit the virus. At CBS Alexander tin. About 2000 mental health workers with Kaiser permanente in California say they're ready to strike over failed contract talks. Kathy ray says work condition, there are so bad, it's impacting patient care. The
Bongino: Notice the Silence by Democrats, DOJ Following FBI Raid
"But one of the real tells in this is go to the votes vulnerable There's a story up at bongino report right now It's my web abrogate for aggregated We put up on the news of the day I just saw it during the break There's a story up right now the 20 most vulnerable House Democrats were asked to go on the record about the Trump raid What did they say Nothing They are dead silent That is the biggest tell I have ever seen that they are in a full blown panic that what they thought was going to happen We're going to end Trump with this raid Actually exploded in their face Now here's one more tell The OJ is quiet that's a tell They know they screwed up Democrats are quiet The ones at least that are up for reelection They're real quiet That's the tell The FBI's real quiet That's the tell You know what the biggest tell of all is If they had found something in Mar-a-Lago ladies and gentlemen you damn well know that story would elite already You know as my name is Dan bongino I will bet you my right arm I'd saw it off right now That by now and send it to you as a trophy and sign it with a sharpie preserve it and dry ice or whatever You know that if they would have found something dramatic that was a game changer worthy of an FBI raid it would have already leaked And yet you hear nothing but crickets
Caller: Democrats Are the Most Vile Party out There
"No, I'm doing fine. So you neglected to say the cesspool of Democrats in Chicago. That's where I'm from. I just want to compliment you. I really enjoy your show. However, I want to make a comment about what you're seeing. Republicans shot back a long time ago. It's like the bully in high school. That's what they do. I agree a 100%. Pushback. They are the most vile party out there. It's embarrassing. They have been part of this country. There's a cruelty to what they do, Don. I was watching the video this morning, Fox News of these illegals in the middle of a river with a baby slung over one of the women's shoulder and they're terrified. I mean, you know, some of these many of these illegals drown, they die, they die of heat, you know, dehydration and all that. When you have open borders, what do we think is going to happen? The cruelty. Exactly. The cruelty of their party policies is a astounding. They're a cruel and vicious and mean bunch. Not all of them, but many of them, but most of them are, I agree, a 100% with you. It's about time the Republicans stand tall. I like Mike, you know, I like Jordan. I like his attitude. I like what Matt Gaetz does. That's what we need to do more of. And look at Mitch McConnell. You look at him. It looks like he's going to burst into tears any second. Can you imagine him pushing back at anybody? Well,
Greg Gutfeld: Jan. 6 Hearings Helped President Trump
"Because I point out that the January 6th hearings damaged mister Trump and when I say that, I don't want you to think that I'm satisfied with that. I don't think that's a good thing. I'm disgusted by it. I'm angered by the deceitful one sided star chamber witch hunt show trial. That Americans have been subjected to. They're already crawling about all the great viewers and the listeners and the people that watched it, let me try again. Let's try Greg gutfeld's interesting, very unique take, frankly, that the January 6th hearing helped not hurt president Trump. But the discontent, the discontent is getting louder because January 6th floundered. It ended up accidentally exonerating Trump. They showed no plan coup, no criminality. They had to move the goalposts into the parking lot. Now it's like, oh, he took too long. Fine. Why is it that he seems more electable now? It's because the public saw that it was a show trial and that they didn't sympathize. They actually sympathized with the other side than with the Congress. They just saw them as a bunch of drama queens. So this is a teachable moment. You know, when Trump looks better than Biden after three weeks of nonstop political agit prop, then that says something about your candidate. The guy's less popular than chronic halitosis. He states.
Leftist Elites Prefer Economic Collapse Than Giving up Green Energy
"Column from Ollie north is so good mothers who can not purchase formula for their babies, even if they have the money, are brushed aside by leftist elitists who would rather see our economy collapse before giving an inch on green energy. Millions more will, many more millions of wage earning Americans will soon be abandoned by Biden Schumer, Pelosi. Biden's open border policy has resulted in a huge upsurge in crime drug overdoses in human trafficking. But the radical leftists who control Biden and the Democrat party still portray their border policies as compassionate and humane. What a joke. Look at the video today of these women in the middle of the river with a baby. Americans who see their loved ones gunned down by convicted felons put back on the streets by leftist judges and woke DAs can not understand these pro criminal Democrat policies are military is being gutted, dropping our guard as we face our enemies from around the globe. These far left policies and practices are driving inflation through the ceiling, moving our economy toward a recession and putting us an even greater peril.
Deborah Birx: We Overplayed the COVID Vaccines
"Look at Deborah birx. Look at what Deborah birx said to Neil cavuto the other day. This one blows my mind. I can not get over her admission to Neil cavuto Friday on Fox News. I knew these vaccines were not going to protect against infection. And I think we overplayed the vaccines and it made people then worry that it's not going to protect against severe disease and hospitalization. It will, but let's be very clear, 50% of the people who died from the amaron surge were older, vaccinated. So that's why I'm saying, even if you're vaccinated and boosted, if you're on vaccinated right now, the key is testing and packs love it. It's effective. It's a great antiviral. And really, that is what's going to save your lives right now if you're over 70, which if you look at the hospitalizations, hospitalizations are rising steadily with new admissions, particularly in those over 70. And so if you live in the south, I know people keep talking about the fall. I'm worried about the south. Worried about rural America and our tribal nations that just don't have access to testing in a primary physician like the president does. And I hope coming out of address these rural counties. You're worried about the south, what do you mean you worried about the, you think the south doesn't have running water? What are you talking about? And there's so much to unpack there.
Everyone Is Struggling Because of Failed Democrat Policies
"Sitting around saying, I hope there's not going to be a recession is not a strategy. And believe me, if the Biden administration and the Democrats are forced to try to parse the meaning of the word recession, they're losing. I don't, and I'm no economist. I heard some guy that Hewitt interviewed this morning. I think Hugh was surprised because the guest said, well, it won't necessarily be a recession if we have two quarters of decline. And a huge sign of shock. I'm no economist. I know that people are struggling. I know that people are fighting to pay their bills. I know that people are getting discouraged. And depressed. I know that people are trying to figure out how are you going to put a pantry full of groceries this week. Considering the cost of meat and eggs and butter and cheese and milk. Even if we don't have I know people are frustrated. I went to lunch yesterday order of growth and the waitress nice restaurant, great place, now we can't, we can't serve you that meal because the friar is broken and we're weeks and weeks before because of the supply chain problems of getting the right fryer in our upscale restaurant here called the library in St. Petersburg. Can't get that fryer so you can't get the cauliflower that you wanted in the Brussels sprouts. And I thought, man, oh man, everybody's being impacted by this economy by where we are right now. And it is due to failed Democrat leadership.
How Do Democrats Define 'Recession?'
"Here's a Montage of Janet Yellen and Biden advisers trying to spin the definition of a recession. Not the technical definition. In terms of the technical definition, it's not a recession. That is not the actual definition of a recession. The technical definition of a recession yeah, it's technical. This is all technical. Here's another super cut that news busters put together. Showing this desperate effort to. Wait a minute. Let me play the news buster's Montage. Cut number ten. This is a flashback of prominent Democrats and recession. Thursday, that first reading of second quarter GDP, there's a possibility this is a negative number. Two consecutive quarters of negative growth, the definition of a recession is a decline in output for two consecutive quarters or about 6 months. A recession is just two consecutive quarters of economic decline. When we talk about the possibility of a recession, what is a recession, a recession is two consecutive quarters. Two consecutive quarters. Two consecutive quarters, two consecutive quarters of declining GDP. Because as you know, it's two consecutive quarters of down GDP. That signals it is actually a definition of a recession. I mean, it was common definition of a recession to consecutive quarters of negative growth. Even if we don't have two consecutive quarters of negative growth, we might have one quarter of growth so deep that it's classified as a recession.
Joe Biden: We're Not Going to Be in a Recession
"Biden was asked about it yesterday. By Peter doocy from Fox News. Mister president, we're getting GDP numbers on Thursday. How worried should Americans be that we could be in a recession? We're not coming in a recession. And in my view, the employment rate is still one of the lowest we've had in history. It's in the 3.6 area. We still find ourselves with people investing. My hope is we go from this rapid growth to a steady growth and so she will see some coming down. Feel better now? Are you struggling to buy groceries this week? Will Joe Biden says, we're not going to be in any recession. Recession for smashing. We're not in anywhere to come on. Calm down. Don't worry, be happy. The Democrats are in control.
Karine Jean-Pierre Can't Define the Word 'Recession'
"Look at the economy. They're battling over what a recession is. They're sitting there arguing about whether we're going to be in a recession when these disastrous numbers come out this week, the fed's going to raise interest rates again. As the interest rates raise, get increased, fewer and fewer people can buy a house. That's how they think they can curb inflation is the slow people down from spending money. That's the essential formula. Listen is CNN's Caitlin Collins and White House press secretary Karen Jean Pierre yesterday in The White House press briefing. And what is exactly The White House's definition of a recession? Again, we don't we don't I'm not going to define it from here. I'm just going to leave it to the NBR as we have stated of how they define recession. Until they have declared a one. I'm just saying that we're just not going to define it. We use the indicators that the NBER, the national bureau of economic research, have used. We've mentioned that a few times. But going to your question about how sometimes it's late. Look, I think what we're not even, I think, what the point that we're trying to make here is that we have a strong labor market, which you don't normally see in a recession. That is very uncommon to see that. When you see an average of 400,000 jobs created per month, when you see an unemployment at 3.6, which is historical, that does not, that does not define a recession. And so that's what we point you to, that's what we're looking at is how the economy is currently in this moment.
Video: Immigrant Women With Child Stranded in Water, Crossing Border
"Video this morning a live shot on Fox News channel from Eagle Pass Texas, showing three women in the middle of the river standing waist deep in the water with a little baby over one of their shoulders. Illegals stuck terrified, desperately trying to sneak across the border. And all I can think of is the Biden administration did this. The Democrats have done this. And when I saw the video of these women at Eagle Pass Texas trying to come across the river with a little child, they are in waste deep water, they look terrified, they feel emboldened to come into this country because Biden and the Democrats said, come on in. We don't want you to be turned away. The courts have had to try to figure out what Trump administration policies can stand and what ones that Biden administration can wreck. The cruelty of this, the inhumanity of this is amazing.
Former Mueller Prosecutor Injects Himself Into Jan. 6 Probe
"In just the news Former Mueller prosecutor injects himself in the January 6 probe despite checkered career That would be weisman What a lead prosecutors in the Trump Russia investigation is now playing armchair attorney general In another highly contentious politicized probe despite a checkered history of overturning convictions an accusations of misconduct This time it's the just department's prosecution targeting those involved in a January 6th capitol riot And your weissman 64 penan op-ed for the New York slimes Sat down for an interview with Politico Oh wow In which he criticized the Justice Department for adopting a bottom up criminal investigation Bottom up middle out By focusing primarily on the January 6th protesters rather than former president Trump and his top allies So this guy has a mentally deranged obsession Mentally drained He says in myopic focus on the January 6th riot is not the way to proceed if you're trying to follow the facts where they lead And to hold people at any level criminally accountable So attorney general Merrick Garland promised basement Argued that House Democrats committee investigating January 6th has presented evidence that a series of recent hearings that should transform the Justice Department's probe
Democrats push for 1st semi-automatic gun ban in 20 years
"House Democrats are pushing ahead with what would be their most far reaching response yet to a series of mass shootings It's a renewed push for banning some semi-automatic weapons House judiciary chairman Gerald Nadler says assault weapons like the ones used in many recent shootings have only one purpose To kill people efficiently it is time to protect our communities and to ban them once more Nearly two decades after Congress let similar restrictions lapse Jim Jordan and GOP colleagues are against a proposal they say even Democrats know will not reduce violent crime But they are obsessed with attacking law abiding Americans Second Amendment liberties The bill would stand little chance of getting through the Senate and maybe not even the house where some moderate Democrats are wary of a sweeping gun control vote before the midterm elections Sagar Meghani Washington
House members arrested while protesting outside the Supreme Court
"Lawmakers arrested by capitol police while protesting outside the Supreme Court At least 16 House Democrats were arrested Tuesday for blocking traffic outside the Supreme Court during an abortion rights demonstration California's Jackie spear says they are just getting started You're going to see this happening over and over again Not just here but around the country Others arrested include representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Minnesota's Ilhan Omar Speer says the Supreme Court decision overturning abortion rights under roe versus wade was an unprecedented loss of rights We're not going to go back This is the greatest takeaway of rights for women in this country in our history The members of Congress were fined and released after their arrests Tim McGuire Washington
House Dems Want to Pack the Courts With Progressives
"House Democrats today demanded legislation to add four seats to the Supreme Court in hopes of moving the judicial body away from its current conservative sling You got that To move it away from its conservative slant Now this is wrong on somebody levels Number one we're not talking about a conservative slant We're talking about interpreting the constitution Applying the original meaning of the words Not filling in the gaps with activism So conservatives need to speak correctly about what's taking place here It's not conservative versus liberal It's pro constitution versus anti constitution And they want to add four seats to influence the outcomes That's what they want to do The lawmakers made their push at a press conference hosted by the take back the cholera They take back the court action fund Their demands follow rulings from the high court handing conservatives major wins on both abortion and gun rights Again I do not like the way this is written The court in late June overturned the landmark abortion precedent in roe V wade returning the right to regulate the procedure to the states one day prior to struck down a New York law restricting the issuance of concealed carry permits
Julie Kelly: There Is No Bombshell Takeaway From Jan. 6 Committee
"What's the great takeaway from this Julie Kelly that is a bombshell that we were supposed to learn Well there is no bombshell The bombshell is this is a continuation of russiagate the same interests who brought us the greatest fraud perpetuated on the American people between the Department of Justice House Democrats and the media did it again this week Mark you had two indictments this week to bolster what this committee was doing last night You had Monday the grand jury indictment announced by Matthew graves to D.C. U.S. attorney handling 800 plus cases Bringing forward seditious conspiracy charges the rarest of crimes against 5 Proud Boys and then that was sort of the focus of last night's hearing Then you also have the arrest of Ryan Kelly Republican candidate for Michigan governor Mark they've had information about his whereabouts at the capitol protest since the day it happened Nothing new there But yet they waited until the day of the hearing to raid his house the FBI raid his house and announce misdemeanor charges against him This is the same collaboration We have seen for years And because none of them have been held accountable it has all been accelerated and now you see the media going along with it giving airtime Unprecedented airtime to this show performance that we saw last night that did nothing to move the needle except justify I think forthcoming charges against Donald Trump and just try to put a stake in the heart of the maga movement
Primary elections Tuesday for seats that could decide House control
"7 states hold primary races tomorrow was 78 House seats on those ballots Voters are headed to the ballot box to set the field for November primaries are being held Tuesday in California Iowa Mississippi Montana New Jersey New Mexico and South Dakota No incumbent governors or senators appear to be an imminent danger but primary season is shaping up to be a challenging one for House Democrats with midterm elections typically punishing the party holding The White House State legislators have put a stamp on newly drawn House districts north of Los Angeles three Democrats are vying to take on freshman House member Mike Garcia a former navy pilot endorsed by president Trump whose district was redrawn with a more democratic profile In Iowa three Republicans are competing to run against Cindy axne Iowa's lone U.S. House Democrat her Des Moines district was redrawn to include rural southern counties that have been strongly Republican Montana has outed population and
Remember When Dems Turned Paul Wellstone's Memorial to a Rally?
"Remember Paul wellstone, minnesotans, I'm sure remember that. Paul wellstone politician in Minnesota who died big prominent Democrat. They had a memorial service for him. You know what the Democrats did? They didn't have a memorial service that turned it into a political rally. It was a beat up the Republican rally. That's all it was. It's unbelievable. The Democrats are capable of such garbage, but they are. And House Democrats, they were praising him. They're telling beta way to go. Proud of you. Your finest hour. And that is, of course, what led mark to say that he doesn't believe it will hurt the Democrats. It will, it will. Just like we must never forget election integrity, just what life we must never forget what the Democrats did in November of 2020 with COVID. We better never forget the behavior of the Democrats in May of 2022. Trying to use the deaths of these poor people in uvalde. And turn it into a crash, political campaign ad. For Robert Francis
House Dems Delay Voting for Increased Security for SCOTUS Justices
"So right off the bat, protesters have shown up outside the homes of Supreme Court Justices, which is a violation of the law. There are statutes on the books that protect federal judges from that kind of coercion and intimidation and threats. The very presence. How'd you like to have 200 lunatics on your lawn, screaming at you with a bullhorn? Brett Kavanaugh's got young children, Amy Coney Barrett has young children. The left wants this. And if you don't believe me, if you don't believe that the left wants violence, they want threats. They want people being intimidated, senator John cornyn. Had a bill that was unanimously passed by the U.S. Senate. That would increase and enhance security for Supreme Court Justices and their families. Seems pretty bipartisan, right? You want to know what steny Hoyer, steny Hoyer and the Democrats are doing in the house. They're holding it all up. The house Democrats have changed the bill with the express intent of delaying protection for the Supreme Court Justices, whose lives are at risk. I mean, let's not mince words here. We know how violent and crazed these radical activists can be. We saw it. We witnessed
"house democrats" Discussed on The Erick Erickson Show
"You can only do this once a fiscal year. The senate parliamentarian however gave the senate democrats a chance for second. Bite the apple by saying if fundamentally changed the federal budget they can then do a second reconciliation package. That's what they're doing so they've already done one. Reconciliation now. doing second reconciliation. The problem is that they want to spin three point five trillion dollars with it and they wanna fundamentally transform the united states with what they're doing from the green new deal to they're now calling it a human infrastructure plan they would do a bunch of expansions of existing federal programs now. The senate parliamentarian has ruled expansions of existing programs are not new policies therefore they can do these things. Because they're just growing medicare they're growing medicaid. They're growing other government programs. That's reconciliation it. Passes the senate. It has to go to the house. If the house changes anything they have to otter. What's called the byrd rule in the senate on reconciliation. Why because they change so that is going to go back to the senate. If something has changed it suddenly becomes filibuster unless it again it. Here's to the byrd rule. So the senate in other words is able to run roughshod over the house. House members hate it as much as republicans and democrats in the house can't stand each other. They view each other as opponents and the senate as the enemy and it makes them livid that they have to adhere to the byrd rule which the house doesn't have and yet they're stuck reconciliation. That's conversation number. One conversation number two is the debt ceiling. The congress has decided that the federal government can only take on so much debt. There's been a movement for a while to get rid of the debt ceiling. Just let it go up as needed. But no one's ever been able to agree with it because it allows the minority party a weapon against the majority party to accuse them of raising the debt of the united states voters. Ketchup stand that. We keep raising debt even though voters would even hate more if we raise taxes but it becomes a political fight. The democrats have to raise the debt ceiling because they want to spin five point five trillion dollars between their reconciliation. Package in a bipartisan infrastructure. Bill and as a result of this they're going to hit the debt ceiling. Janet yellen the treasury secretary says she expects will hit the debt ceiling sometime in november so congress has to vote to raise the debt ceiling now the way the media and the democrats talk about this is that we will default on our debt if they don't raise the debt ceiling that he is the key. The federal government is required under the constitution to outer the debts of the united states. Full faith and credit clause and if they can't raise the debt ceiling they can't take out debt therefore they have money coming through short of tax revenue. There's not enough tax revenue therefore they can't pay the debts..
"house democrats" Discussed on Texas Take
"I mean they're they're trying to emulate something that doesn't even work for them most of the time but they it's all the over the top Insulting personal insults democrats trying to own the libs all the time. Even if it means that you do something that hurts you in the short term. You would do it even if it hurts you. Long-term they would do it in the moment because you gotta own the lives so much of what happens. I think more of this happens on the right right now. Some of it happens on the left to. I don't wanna be accused of false equivalence here. I think more of it's happening in the republican party. Where they feel like owning the libs is the most important thing where you know being anti liberal and anti-democratic is more important than promoting what you actually believe And here's what i see happening in this whole fight over voting rights right now. One of the things that's happening is. I had not seen this before jeremy. The level to which members of the texas legislature are doing some of the same stuff. They are on twitter and probably doing this on facebook. I watched twitter more than any of the other social media platforms It personal insults of each other really just ripping each other a new one. Every single day calling each other liars junior members of the legislature telling senior members of the legislature that. They need to get to work and things like that. That are completely disrespectful. I saw a glimmer of hope late last week when we started to see The democrats and it was reported like you said on the front page of every newspaper When they started to say that they were testing positive for cove nineteen. I saw the speaker of the house date feeling Tweet out that he and his wife were praying for the democrats and hope that they have you know a good health outcome. I saw some other republicans follow suit on that Heard dan patrick and his press conference just this week at which we just heard on the show he was. I think trying to turn the temperature down a little bit on this stuff and saying okay. We need to all get to the same table and talk this out of course You know there are genuine real questions. About how much. He really means that given his history i think. Part of his legacy is similar to trump's legacy making things more partisan and more bitter But this commentary from swallow fascinating because it is sort of an inside. Look at what goes on with these guys. Which is you know on on the one hand if a see in person. Everything's just fine. I've experienced this myself and in the a lot of the officeholders do this all the time right. They'll insult us. Dan patrick does it all the time telling the media. They need to do their homework. That we don't know what we're talking about members of the house or senate will tell us we don't know what we're talking about. They'll do that on twitter. They'll be the keyboard warrior. They'll be angry on social media but when you see them in person that like hey scott how you doing good seat right. That happens all the time. And so i think a few things about one is. We didn't really have an interim this last legislative session cova had kept people from getting together at the capitol and having meetings trying to work out issues ahead of time before the legislative session even during the legislative session he had a lot of members of the legislature in media who were not actually in the capital on the house floor. As you know we're still banned from the senate floor Because of kovic restrictions not able to go in there and really just talked to people one on one..
"house democrats" Discussed on Texas Take
"I can see like you know both getting some benefit Head you know within their own bases of support you clearly. You know within the hardcore base democratic party. They're getting nothing but you know applause for what they're doing by being in dc And same thing with the republicans. They're getting applause for like. Hey we're trying to push these tax cuts and or you know property tax relief but we can't do it because of those stinking democrats that please pretty well within the republican ranked. But does that affect you know all the texans in the middle. Not so sure about that. We've talked a lot about the house. Democrats the fact that they are in a hotel. That's not a glamorous hotel in washington. Jeremy th the plaza. Are you familiar with that. One washington plaza stare at the past appointed pointed out last week that there's not even a bar in the lobby so it's not like the some five star resort that they're so that's the house democrats. What about the senate democrats all the last week. The senate was passing bills because they had a quorum in the texas senate because there were four senators were democrats who stayed in austin while nine of them went to washington. Will all of them came. Back to austin after the senate had concluded its business on the senate side. They've passed all the bills. That governor abbott has asked them to pass at this point. That's the point. That tenant governor. Patrick has made The senate democratic caucus chair. Carol alvarado from houston said that some of them went to. That's true but now they're all back here to bring the fight to the texas capitol. Despite our best efforts in this bill continues to make it troublesome for our disabled for our seniors allows untrained partisan poll-watchers to bully profile and invade those privacy. It bans options that make it easier to vote for working class doing away with the twenty four hour voting and the drive thru voting. It makes it harder to assist the elderly and disabled and it does not allow for online voter registration now more than ever as a caucus. We're here to uphold that every promise. Not just promised for certain people would have promised to all people that we stand for making it easier at the ballot box and we will continue to take this fight on senator. John whitmire is the dean of the senate. He said governor. Abbot should meet with all the stakeholders on this including the democratic legislators not just other republicans and fox news hosts and people like that you have a responsibility to represent our constituents as well as others. I have worked under seven governors. The power of the governor's office is great in seventy eight as a young state rep. I didn't wanna do something. I didn't wanna lord the speed limit because the federal government said you will or you'll lose your federal funding. I thought i was representing my district. Saying no doff. Go called me into his office. He called other house members. We heard each other's views. We came together with a solution governor. Abbot you haven't had one democratic senator in your office. You spent more time with the governor of florida. Then you have these honorable members of the senate and the house to break is house has to go to washington as the senators have done is part of the legislative process. Those of us here on the floor last week fox is best. We could to represent our districts. We actually oppose arsenic colleagues proposals. I still think sarah lucio's bills bad. We fought in were affected on the senate floor while our colleagues were fighting in talking to the national leadership..
"house democrats" Discussed on The Takeaway
"That is something that president biden currently does not support nor do You know fifty senators so there are some pieces of legislation at the actions like for example the presidential nominations that have to be affirmed by the senate the campus with simple majority. Is it possible to imagine. And is it being taken up anywhere. This kind of voting rights carve out that says this is central enough to functioning of democracy. That it's going to need to be sort of filibuster free. The people who have mentioned as a potential carve out issue is barely house democrats. Who don't who again like the president himself does not have any power over senate rules and there's actually a lot of questions asked to how exactly this carve out would work and that's a question that we at the washington post have been asking somebody's members who proposed this because it is complicated. And how do you. How do you write such a role. How do you make that work. You know for example. I've i've seen comments from lawmakers saying while there should be a filibuster exemption carve out for quote constitutional issues a lot of things that don't necessarily seem on the surface Right away our constitutional issues. So that seems very broad at this point so There is a you know if you if you want to almost always a way to write rules legislation and whatnot but that is a question that people who are advocating or this carbon do have to answer how would it actually work and We would love to see those details now worth pointing out. We do in fact have three branches of government as well as the federal system and so by doing that legislation is just one tool but not the only tool what is he thinking about around or the administration thinking about around department of justice attorney general carlin or for example using the courts right now. The justice department particularly after legislative efforts stalled on capitol hill has been a major focus of the vita administration and their Forcement voting rights on the books and more importantly challenging these new laws..
"house democrats" Discussed on The Takeaway
"Although i think that's pretty clear but that said one could make an argument that that republicans one in the sense of bringing out more republican voters in the last election and therefore having a great deal of value for the republican party at the state level. Is there pathway for making an argument. Either to your state cohort of republicans or to federal republicans on that. Absolutely you know i. I work with my republican colleagues in texas every day And i live in a republican dominated state in texas So you know. I can't get anything done. The state capital unless i work with my republican colleagues and many of them when they're away from the tv cameras are decent good people who just want to make our state better But the the politics are changing in their party in their changing. Fast ner. They're changing in the wrong direction. Unfortunately and i want this to become policy manar but either publican party. I think is is becoming a minority party Which is dangerous. If the republican party feel they they can or should build might a majority coalition. Then we're going to see more of this kind of radical extremist agenda And they're not going to have a vested interest in ensuring everyone can show up to vote. And i guess my point is that it doesn't have to be that way not to not to embarrass my own party in texas i. I'm i'm so honored to be texas democrat and we have a legacy From lbj barbara. Jordan ann richards that that i hold very dear. But i'll say in the last election. Former president trump and in texas republicans actually made inroads into are traditionally democratic coalition especially in south texas. As you remember. So i i think you know as a democrat. I don't want the republican party to become a majoritarian party but as a a small democrat Who believes in this democratic project of ours at we desperately need the republican party to be majoritarian party And i i this is my my my plea to my Republican colleagues in texas and across the country as is believe in democracy with us. And i think you'll be successful. I feel like. I hear the middle school teacher former middle school teacher in you in that sense of like the big little democrat. What it means to care about the processes. I want you to talk about this idea of political theater. That's not quite what you called it. But the ways that media and exposure and all of us looking in and the fish bowl of the state house impacts sort of what happens for all of you and the governor has said that you are on a tax payer junket to maybe you could just help folks who may not know how state legislators work are. y'all making a lot of money and Who is paying for this trip. So great question. We are not using taxpayer dollars for any of this Most of us have even rejected our our state pay which is a measly four hundred dollars a month But have have rejected that pay while we're here and travel expenses are being raised by our democratic caucus. The old fashioned way with people donating five ten fifteen dollars We've raised over Two hundred thousand dollars For for this project already from small dollar donors So no taxpayer. Money's being used for this But to your question about political theater you know this this is theater. And i'll be very honest with you melissa. This is not what. I want to be doing right now and i can..
"house democrats" Discussed on KNST AM 790
"With the house Democrats and will finally be able to present the president's case finally some fire and the trial will resume this afternoon number two the Supreme Court is refusing to consider a fast track review of a lawsuit that threatens the Obama you're a health care law that makes it highly unlikely that the justices will decide the case before the twenty twenty election the court denied a request to buy twenty mainly democratic states and the democratic led house to decide quickly on a lower court ruling that declared part of the statute unconstitutional and cast a cloud over the rest number three Harvey Weinstein Spahn the me too movement now the former film giant is starring in the biggest trial of its Europe a landmark moments in a global reckoning that has empowered women while shining a light on power dynamics in the workplace opening statements and the first witness testimony are expected today in one instance New York City rape trial where the possibility of life in prison looms for the once celebrated pulp fiction producer and Yankee great Derek Jeter came within one vote of being a unanimous pick for the baseball hall of fame falling just shy of the standard set when longtime teammate Marianna Rivera became the first unanimous selection last year Jeter on the MLB network transmitter I mean they're the ones that challenge me I've said it before I'll say it again the greatest fans in the world and you know they're the ones that that pushed me day in and day out I mean the list goes on and on about the people that I can think Larry Walker of the Rockies also earned baseball's highest honor in his last chance on the ballot okay how was cheater not unanimous who's the person who did not office they'll find out three hundred ninety eight model for a long time three hundred ninety six out of three hundred ninety seven votes well extent it is twenty two minutes after the hour on this morning America's first news coming up next separation anxiety for students who give up their phones at school how often do you think about your socks if you're like I used to be not much but I recently discovered socks the change the well think about socks forever there.
"house democrats" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI
"By House Democrats for the Justice department at turnover the full unredacted Muller report House Democrats are threatening to hold attorney general William bar in contempt at. They're not allowed to review the report in a secure location. So we can continue to do our work conduct oversight in a responsible and sober way. Democratic congressman David cellini told Fox News Sunday attentive date of may fifteenth has been set for special counsel, Robert Muller to come testify Republican Senator John candy told him BBC's, meet the press is time for Democrats to move on the mall report was kind of like a hair on their biscuit. And now, they don't know what to do President Trump tweeted that the Russia collusion investigation is over and quote, no reduce for Dem's for years. He was. Donald Trump's personal lawyer today, he gets an orange jumpsuit and a number Michael Cohen, the president's former personal lawyer reports today to the federal prison otas, fill New York when he begins serving his three year sentence for campaign finance violations and lying to congress last month Cohen's attorneys failed in their bid to win congressional support to try to further delay his sentence after they said Cohen discovered a hard drive and documents that he wanted additional time to review on frantic search is underway for a five year old girl who stepfather told police she was kidnapped by three minutes. Sugarland an amber alert was issued Sunday morning for me. Davis a Houston girl who underwent brain surgery last month. She was last seen wearing a pink bow in her hair alight, blue, zip up jacket, blue, jeans, and sneakers. The suspects are described as Hispanics in their thirties. Driving a two thousand ten blue Chevy pickup truck as outside man is in critical condition after police say he was repeatedly stabbed by one of his kids as he was beating up his wife at happened at a home near San. Czar Zamora and four ten police are investigating five people who were in the house at the time of the incident are being detained for questioning a disturbing trend at the border where immigration agents are handling a spike and asylum seeker flow, mainly families, but in that homeland security special agent Saint fold says they're noticing something strange increase in Madden with a child. He says these migrants are learning to bring a kid they're treated as a family and released. So there's nothing out fake families. Congressman Henry says agents notice these kids used over and over they've seen some of the kids. They'll remember now there's reports homeland security starting to use DNA testing to sniff out these fake families, Michael board NewsRadio twelve hundred w the death toll is up to forty one after a Russian airliner caught fire and made any emergency landing in Moscow. There were a total of seventy three passengers and five crew members on board at the time of the incident and midges of the plane landing show huge flames and black smoke trailing. It the plane took off from Moscow and was bound for a city in the northern part of the country when the crew. Crew on board issued a distress call and it returned to the airport. Iran's rulers will now have the US navy office shores amid evidence that Iran is behind the latest esscalation of violence in Israel. Trump administration is sending the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East. In a statement national security adviser John Bolton says it's the send a clear message to the Iranian regime, adding that any attack on US interest or its allies will be met with on relenting force, six New York City correction. Officers are set to be arrested today. Six female correction officers allegedly conducted legal stripping cavity searches a female visitors one of the officers as a captain the six accused carried out the activties at the Manhattan detention complex, which is referred to as the tombs. The charges are likely to include official misconduct and falsifying records the department of homeland security is taking steps to sniff out those faith fake families on the southern border. There has been a spike and male migrants who are bringing along child hoping to. Get special treatment in the immigration system. And there are reports that this week homeland security will start using DNA testing spot the fake families, Texas tax payers are now on the hook to pay two billion dollars in damages to a man who was falsely convicted of killing a Houston. Police officer and sentenced to death back in two thousand three attorney Neil Manny says phone records found stashed in a former investigators garage proof forty four year old Dwayne Brown was someplace else when the officer was killed three perpetrators arrested three people to them. Are in prison and one is not because they arrested Dwayne Brown. And he was innocent Brown's been a total of fourteen years in prison for a crime. He did not commit ten of those years or spin on death row. The compensation is from two thousand thirteen state law allowing inmates who are declared to be actually innocent not just released on a technicality to claim damages from the state a ride share drivers are planning coordinated protests against Uber. Lived in other companies later this week to draw attention to their push for higher pay. They're expected to take place in New York, San Diego and Los Angeles most demonstrators plan to strive for twenty four hours beginning Wednesday compared to other cities where strikes will take place during peak traffic times w away. I news time seven thirty seven, traffic and weather together in a minute. But first check of your money in the world of business.
"house democrats" Discussed on Vox's The Weeds
"Edging of conservative populism and kind of this overall discussion among conservatives about the I didn't like free market. Conservatism is both deeply favored by you know, and I'm gonna use the term -letes, even though I hate it. But kind of the upper echelons of conservative thought is deeply favored by kind of those groups, but on the ground with like real deal conservatives who or people who think of themselves as being conservatives, it's less popular. And I think that it it's kind of this long running trope that anytime that anyone says this party will never win again. This this Bill guarantees that x will never take place. Again, it always takes place. That's that's how history works. But I do think it's interesting that this also you I've become more and more fascinated by the person who is Mitch McConnell and how he is attempting to hold as DARA put it these to the transactional and the fan groups together and also attempting to stay the course towards version of conservatism that he recognizes that makes sense to him and. It. It's interesting also because I'm sure that if you put forward some of these ideas to not necessarily conservatives in congress, but conservatives kind of within media or conservatives kind of within different circles, the anti-corruption message is incredibly popular. It's just how you parse it out the idea of kind of globalist elites and the idea of the kind of corporations have too much power, you know, concert. There's been a lot of talk on the right about Foxconn, and how there have been kind of right? Leaning pundits who were calling up Foxconn a number of years ago. And this idea of kind of like there's too much corporate involvement in our government. There's too much money involved here normal people, and we've talked about this in the term normal, which is deeply weighted down with a lot of context. It is both a democrat power grab and a good idea. And also something that I think is in its own way, deeply appealing across not party lines. Not democrat Republican line. But across kind of ideological ones question like, I think I think there's a says it would you should be appeal. Right. I think that it is true that this would help Democrats win elections at the margin. But I actually do also think that a larger change is that it would make a more took a Carlson less Ben Shapiro balance rains ternal to the conservative, right? You've meant which is it's voting. But what a secondary question to. That is like if he came to be the case that a substantial number of conservatives took the view that this would be good for them. Like that would be interesting. I think it might be good for them depending on their level of sincerity about their own stick. But like, I don't see any evidence that they are interested in that. I think it's a question of who the them in good for them. Is right lake. We just saw two years of this with the mismatched incentives that Republicans in congress versus the Republican president had right like Republicans in congress like Democrats in congress are primarily trying to protect their own incumbency, which means in the modern Republican party. There's a constant threat of primary chat orange and beyond that, you wanna make sure that you can win a general election even toward the end of a ten year window when your district doesn't look the same as it looks. I'm going to take take a break from my usual, stick and give a generous appraisal of Republicans. I saw I saw Marsha Blackburn at the Bill bar confirmation hearings. And she was kinda yelling at him about antitrust regulation of large technology firms. Let's let's say she takes that seriously. Right. Like, she's you know, she's the kind of person that the Republican establishment used to be vaguely embarrassed of her when the idea came the to be a Senator there was a lot of I rolling. Bob corker barely endorsed her. But she's out there, and she she wants to stand up for God and country and the fucking gun rights and stuff, but she'll also concerned about big technology monopolies in the way, a lot of people on the left art, assuming total good faith. These kind of reforms would make it much more likely that people like her would rise to the top of Republican politics versus. People like Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell who at the end of the day are firmly committed to the business agenda rather than to kind of heartland ISM..
"house democrats" Discussed on Vox's The Weeds
"And you have a I saw like somebody characterizing. I think it was Sheldon Whitehouse, characterizing DC statehood as a form of fighting dirty. But like I live in DC. It's not fighting dirty to let people here have representation in congress. I mean, just like that argument on Puerto Rico where like they have their own referendum process. So far not yielded conclusive result that they want to become a city. It's like you just gotta like you gotta fight regular. But you you just you have to decide what you really mean. And I get and I respect political professionalism. So I understand the filibuster games that a lot of. Senators like to play with what they perceive as sort of excessively left-wing legislation. But like this is not the legislation that they consider excessively right wing. This is the legislation they want to enact, and like they need to come up with a realistic theory of how it would become enacted because McConnell's message on this. You just want to help Democrats win. It's not a great message. You know, what I mean, like the dunk on him like law you're admitting that if people vote we're going to win. But it's a good enough message. Right. Like, if you represent a solidly Republican state, we need to block this Bill. So that Republicans can keep winning elections. That's a good enough message. Right. Like, you are not going to face a massive backlash from voters who are four five six points more conservative than the average American especially because let's be honest. It is also true that a lot of a lot of the. The increased urgency here if not like, I'm sure if you pulled democratic members of congress, they probably all agree that some of these things are like nice to have. But the idea of making them HR one is that they believe that. Otherwise, they are at a disadvantage, and this will make it easier for Democrats. Exactly, exactly. So it makes sense. Like, it's it's kind of is a partisan power grab. I think it's also a good idea. Right. If the people who want to think, it's a good idea like they need a partisan power grab type strategy for enacting it. Right. Like, you win an election. Once you have a majority you use that window of opportunity to pass these bills by passing the bills, you shape the electorate, I don't think it's like well Republicans would never win again. But is this a political system would adjust right one in which Republicans needed to probably moderate economic message. And which is a better job of mobilizing a broad working class, which is already starting to happen. And you're saying that with accent Senator Mike Lee, and you're seeing that was kind of the message..
"house democrats" Discussed on Vox's The Weeds
"So there was an interesting political story that came out yesterday evening, I think or up this morning, and it's talking about the filibuster. And it saying what all of my reporting indicates and also reporting from anyone that I've seen indicates and it said there's no real appetite among the Senate Democratic caucus to get rid of filibusters. Right. So you know, we can go into the ins and outs of why that is an and whatever we will at some point. But but it's the reality. And so it means that these ideas are not compatible with reconciliation Bill that you could do with fifty votes and a lot of the things that are kicking around in the progressive firmament. You can't do as reconciliation bills. But I could imagine a reconciliation Bill version of it. Right. If you told me, okay, we need to take your aspirated for Medicare for all. And like cut it down to reconciliation Bill. It would come. Looking very different. But you would also see the resemblance. This is not like that. And it's also not like some of the other things where a lot of the democratic presidential candidates have been talking about things like immigration or abortion in terms of legislative stuff. But in practice, they would be using the executive branch and the judicial branch respectively to be accomplishing those. And then there's a third thing that this isn't right three and four. This is not very much. Any democrat is going to fool themselves into thinking there's gonna be a big bipartisan compromise, right? I think the idea of a bipartisan compromise on immigration is at this point dumb. But like not everyone in the Democratic Party agrees with me about this. But Democrats are not naive. Like, they understand that Republicans aren't gonna vote to compromise would essentially be the status quo. Right. When you have generally the effort in Republican circles being exactly the other rows innovations in exactly the outset. But then number four, which is also important this package of reforms is not some like left wing wishlist, the reason this is HR one is that this is what the party leadership wants their message to be about. Right. And that's why there's a real dilemma here because there's a certain number of issues where senators are going to play a game of what we can't do that. Because we don't have sixty votes. Well, why don't you get rid of the filibuster? But really they like that there's a filibuster because they don't want to do the thing. But they also don't wanna be against the things which doesn't happen. Right. And that's why like climate change was hard in the Obama years and will continue to be hard. There's a number of Democrats who don't want to vote for party line environmentalists measures. And so they like the sixty vote threshold that forces everything partisan, but this is the thing Democrats would really like this stuff to be done because this is stuff that would help them win elections, and that they perceive I think accurately that they are in a growing battle, right like an entrenched state by state battle in which like Republicans idea is that they want to curb the fundamentals of democracy. They want to change the rules after they lose state elections. They want unlimited dark money. They wanna limit people's ability to vote they want like weird Russian troll farms campaigning for them. Right. So Democrats are. Very amped up about this. Right. Like, this is what they want done, but they also have adopted a series of views that make it completely inconceivable that this will happen. And I I just urged them to think harder about this. You know that like I find it very frustrating. When I talk to Democrats on Capitol Hill that they do not do a lot to integrate their different opinions about things with each other. You know, like, it's it's challenging I get it. Right. But like, it cannot both be that the future of American democracy requires the substantial reforms and also that we it is critical element of our constitutional system that requires sixty votes to pass things through the Senate unless you have a plan to significantly increase the number of states right because like the Senate itself. Like, I agree that automated voter registration would be like a useful pro democracy initiative. But also allowing like twelve all white states with no residents to completely block all legislative progress is much more serious barrier to democracy than than the stuff that is on the table here..
"house democrats" Discussed on Vox's The Weeds
"But also the ability to sort of credibly designate, right, right? Small donor Atari sees Todd save hosts and saying, hey, I'm really interested in this state legislative race in Iowa or whatever I guess not state legislative in this model, and I think in the in the longer run, it would promote a even more polarized, even more ideological politics. Right because it would really sort of tend to downplay like transactional brokerage relationships and really really really amp up just kind of fandom politics. Like, you think this person is awesome? And so you are just like gonna chip in and help them out, even though it's not going to gain you access or anything practical. Right. And so like that anything could the like. Like explicit factionalization of like right now candidate committees can donate to like, you know, if you're out of cycle, but you have money left. You know, you you are still like raising some money as a member of congress, you can donate to other campaigns. If people who are insightful, or if you, you know, have more money than you know, what to do with. And you're an incumbent, you know, facing your fifth reelection, but you want to make sure that you're helping people in more vulnerable seats. So that you, you know, have or maintain the authority in a world where the better model is to make sure that people are getting the most bang for their buck on the six to one match you could see a world where some of these semi-official things like Justice Democrats are like the collection of people who signed on to Alexandria, Cossio Cortez's latest like colleague letter were becoming kind of more officially here are the four five ten twenty people you should be donating to we are running to do these particular things. And if all of us, get elected you. Can guarantee that that's going to become the priority for our. But so I I think you know, Democrats, I think probably have in mind, those kind of progressive groups as the big beneficiaries of this. But I know from people in Arizona that it's common there to attribute their adoption of clean elections rules to the sort of displacement of the Jeff flake, John McCain immigrant friendly chamber of commerce style of republicanism with the more amped up. Kelli ward Kelly ward, Jan brewer something I wanted to get to because I think that the idea of that I wrote a little bit earlier this week about kind of the end Coulter theory of Trump, and this idea of de Trump supporters who are transactional. Trump supporters and Trump's lawyers who are fans of trauma, and so this exists on both sides, and the idea that I think that there are a lot of people on the right Lucy. This among kind of never try. People a little bit that. Okay. Like, we've got judges. But this hasn't really worked out as we would hope, and why is it just showing up more among the conservative electric? And there was a really smart piece. They linked in my piece from national review talking about like, most Trump aren't transactional. Like at this. They are not like, oh, no. But he he the wall getting built or the X isn't getting done or Planned Parenthood is still receiving government fronts. They don't think then away. And I think it's interesting that that fandom response, we'd be just as likely to change the ideological character of the right? Just as much as it might be on the left. Yeah. I mean, there's also some of that in the facts that Mitch McConnell, choose, you know, right? An op-ed like Mitch McConnell will not being known as a policy thinker, also not. So when people are fans of on the right Chess chest. fascinating thing. Yes. Fair enough. But like the idea not only that this is what he would be spending his energy on. But this is the thing that he would be like writing an op-ed taking a stand against is dot com. Textbook. Mitch mcconnell. And so far is Mitch McConnell is much better known for blocking things than for prioritizing things, whether that's democratic priorities or whether he's kind of playing gatekeeper within his own party. But it's also I think a recognition of the fact that phantom politics play very nicely with we can't let them do this because they're just trying to protect their side. You know, this is it's the flip side of the argument that you saw on the lame duck session in Wisconsin last year, where they were they were paying lip-service official neutrality..
"house democrats" Discussed on Vox's The Weeds
"You've had a big change that hasn't yet like swamped the traditional democratic interest in boosting turnout, but you're at least seeing the potential windows of a future world view in which it's Republicans who are trying to mobilize. The marginal voter who is potentially a middle aged working class white person. Right. And that it's Democrats who are counting on this loyalist block of like super online professionals or something who are getting texts all the time that's not reflected in the voting rights proposals. Yet were Democrats are still very like gung ho I've wanted vote and Republicans are like all horses, but you really see it in the small donor piece. Right. The Democrats having sort of given up. On the old idea of cracking down on mega donors there. Now, really interested in who's the kind of person who's likely to kick twenty dollars in to his favourite candidate. Right. And that is not a rich guy. But it's a relatively. Upscale person a person who is very idiological. Right. Who's like into ideas, who's consuming content about politics who has a favorite politician, who's probably like, very networked and active online. Right because you're listening to this pod yet, probably because the return on investment of having people going door to door soliciting twenty dollar donations versus being veto of roar can like sending out Neil blast. Exactly Email people people who people who would follow elected officials on Twitter people. Who would listen to podcasts about politics and get into obscure Senate races that like that kind of thing? That's Democrats are making a big play to sort of increase the practical political clout of educated professionals. Right. And I think you can see that in the structure of the matching funds thing the six to one ratio is based on a New York City, which has been over the course of twenty years tickets matching from one to one of two four. One and then six to one, but New York City's structure is you can you get a six to one on anything up to one seventy five, and that's just for like mayor and city council raises Congress's now saying that you can donate two hundred to any given congressional race. Which is a reflection of just how insanely expensive campaigning and everything else in New York City is but also like eighties interesting to kind of see that just ported over and slightly expanded. Because what that means is that if you're savvy enough that you would be donating, you know, so you would be maxing out twenty seven hundred dollars to one candidate. If you split that into, you know, eleven donations of two hundred dollars. You're literally six full rack surmising your investment. And so it does to a certain extent, you know, the biggest added value. It gives isn't to the people who are just going to give twenty dollars to one candidate. And that's it. It's the people who are interested in gaming the system and investing enough time that they are going to make the X the political monies. They would be donating. Go further. Right. But what it cuts down on the influence of some people, obviously have a lot more than that money to give. And so one thing that's arisen in politics of the decades is the concept of the bundler of contributions. Right. And this is typically the person who will raise a bunch of two thousand dollar contributions for you right by holding the fundraiser, and like putting in the time and working their networks. And this is the kind of thing where when you talk about lobbyists having an influence in campaign, finance, right? The direct financial contributions from people networked into the business community are one thing that you can look at. But in some ways, like a more significant thing is the work that they can put in on roping more big contributions together. Right. And this just sort of changes the game in terms of who would be a powerful mid tier? Network or right. So that instead of a Glomma rating large checks, it's actually dividing up large checks that would become powerful. Because as you're saying, Dr right? You get six to one leverage on your contribution. If you give to ten candidates rather than just one so being able to direct people, right? It would turn like if you think about, you know, the competition pod save America. Right. If they're able to rattle off like these are the thirty people you should donate to write like. Both the people who listen to the show and make small contributions like that are very powerful..
"house democrats" Discussed on Vox's The Weeds
"It hadn't even when he wrote that it was the nineteenth and hasn't really because he also gave remarks this week. I got. Yeah. 'cause he decided that it was it was worth putting mouth words to also. And so it's really interesting also because this idea, and I wrote about this a little bit when I talked about how some libertarians reviewing the shutdown as kind of like, perhaps this could be a good thing. And then a lot of libertarians say, no, it's absolutely not a good thing. Even if you are a libertarian, but this idea that like federal workers and federal employees represent this large like democratic caucus in a sense. And that that alone is a reason to stand against efforts to make election day national holiday, and I think that that also goes to remember when I think several weeds ago, I. I had a conversation with Ezra and talking about this very issue of voting and voting rights, and there's a long history within the conservative movement of recognizing that when there are lots of people voting generally Democrats win when not as many people vote generally Republicans win. Now, that's not always true of Asli. I think that there you you could find cases to kind of butt up against the those on both sides. But this idea that expanding the franchise is inherently an assist. The Democrats is really interesting to me because there have been Republicans, especially on the state level who've done really, well when lots of people vote, even lots of non white people, you know, George W Bush in Texas, for example, but it just seems on the federal level. There is a conceit among some conservatives that if more people vote or if it's easier vote that will make it easy for people. They do not wish to vote to vote, and I remember this many moons ago when. Mtv was kind of the rock the vote concert. And a lot of the pushback you saw from. I think some on the right was like will these people shouldn't be voting. Like if you're convinced vote by MTV, you're not smart enough to vote or not capable of understanding what it means to vote. Manipulated by these bigger forces that are out there storm troops exactly shooting that I think is interesting about this. So right is a one thing is a question of sort of targeted roadblocks to voting right in which you have just kind of you know, pure partisanship in minutes. It's dirty pool. But like people do it for reason. A, but the other thing is that there is this legacy of argumentation built up over the past generation in which you will see right. If you click around through, you know, national review archives. Plenty of articles not like super serious articles that delve into policy details, but like broad kind of the Matic articles saying look all this effort to increase voter participation like is dumb and bad that it is not good for society to have like the marginal voter voting that it's better to have low turnout elections in which. Only people who care a lot in a really informed about politics. Go vote doesn't have been like a big suite of books on this theme by libertarian intellectuals over the past ten fifteen years right up. Brian Kaplan's myth of the rational voter. I'm forgetting George Washington. Professor book that's just called against democracy. This has been a big theme. I in right of like, the highbrow right of center that like democracy is bad and voting participation is bad there. They see themselves as like not speaking against like specifically democratic attempts to expand the franchise they see it is being like super contrarian and against medically, right? So we would be like beneath the specifics of the plumbing. They'd be like, look our dream is just to get everyone. Devote wouldn't that be great? And so there's been like a lot of pushback on that from the right just against the idea that more civic participation is good at the same time. You've actually seen a lot of underlying chain. In the behavior of the electorate. It used to be the case that African Americans were less likely to vote than white people right now African American and white voter participation is about the same right? But the black population is younger less educated and poorer than the white population, which means that with appropriate statistical controls African-Americans actually voted higher rates than white people. Do you know? I mean, it's it's equal. But it's it's arguably high right like being black is an indicator that you are unusually politicized in America..
"house democrats" Discussed on Vox's The Weeds
"Displaced is the podcast listen to if you want to bet on the stand does the largest global displacement cautious since we'll we'll tell you. I'm Revie gourmet it I'm grand cordon in this season. We're going to focus on one of the most important issue shaping the displacement crisis. That's how the nature of wars changing. We will look at how technologies like drones cyber warfare. And social media are changing the ways that conflict start and how they play out to season to displace now on apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. So despite the fact that we're still very early and the current congressional session, and the government was shut down for the first month. Anyway, so it wasn't exactly like congress was doing a lot legislating other than trying to get the government reopened. And now congress is trying to keep the government open primarily despite all that not to any small consternation of Nancy Pelosi company, by the way, who were really hoping now that they actually had a majority in one house in congress that they would get to start setting the agenda of what was being discussed in Washington. And they'd set this Bill up HR one was actually they rolled it out way back in at the end of November of two thousand eighteen like, they were very committed to our big thing is going to be this, you know, democracy protection thing, and it came out in the middle of government shutdown and everyone was talking about the shutdown, but that did not stop Mitch McConnell from putting out an op-ed in. The New York Times during the shutdown mind, you about how this Bill was about idea, which was actually a really it wasn't a thorough rebuttal in the sense that it, you know, considered and rejected all of the arguments in favor of it. But it was surprisingly brought in how much of the billet went after you could expect a kind of op-ed that targeted the stuff in here about campaign, finance, right because Republicans in the prince, especially posted his United era have been very unified on the idea that campaign donations or free speech that using groups to coordinate campaign. Donations is a free form of free association that any restrictions on that are violations of first amendment rights. You can see that. There was also a surprising amount of explicit attack in the kind of ballot access and voting stuff, and you know, McConnell referred to it as a democrat politician Protection Act, which to those of us who are kind of used to the. The state fights on voter access and voting restriction. It's not uncommon to hear state Republican legislators say Democrats just want these people to be able to vote because they'll vote for Democrats. You know, that's also something that you like right here. Some politicians say in terms of immigration with the possibility of legalising on authorize immigrants, but it's not something you hear members of congress say explicitly very often. And it's certainly not something that you hear like V person coordinating opposition to a particular piece of legislation leading with and it. So it was kind of a an interesting, you know, making the subtext text of this fight that's been going on about you know, how many people should be should be able to vote easily and how easy should it be for them. And you know, I I one I want to hear folks thoughts on whether this is normal or a good thing or whether it was better to keep it as subtext or what I mean. I thought that. That was interesting was that the idea of having a holiday for election day. Mitch McConnell's reaction was like oh another paid holiday for federal workers. I'm like the shutdown ended like forty seconds ago..
"house democrats" Discussed on Vox's The Weeds
"If you recall, the 2016 sixteen democratic primary this was super salient because there was a lot of frustration from young people who had been activated to vote by their enthusiasm for Bernie Sanders, realizing that they had already missed their chance to for Bernie Sanders. Several weeks in the future. Exactly. And so something you've seen right is in now in the New York state legislature and also in Oregon and some other blue states, you have voting rights spills coming through which passed it already. It was their nurse thing. There you go which you know, is probably not about beating Republicans it elections in a narrow sense. It's just about a growing national consciousness around these topics where the blue states are going to walk the walk. And now congressional Democrats are going to I mean, they're not going to get the Senate to agree to this. But like the idea is Democrats would have the whole country operate like a swing state that Democrats just got control over in which you wanna make it as easy for as many people as possible to vote. I actually think that this is a good place to take a break and talk a little bit about the opposition as it's already mounting to this. Because I think that really gets to the heart of the conversation about expanding the franchise as a proxy for part. In warfare, right. When a brutal murder rocks. A small town in Georgia. Everyone is shocked to the new guy in town do it. Yes. The cops say quickly land him in prison, but then another murder happens and another and the end four bodies two convictions one man in jail for crime. He likely didn't commit welcome to murder Ville Murdo Ville, Georgia's new investigative podcast from the intercept hosted by Liliana Segarra, Jordan Smith together got more than thirty years of experience. Reporting on wrongful convictions in the six episode series, Gordon Smith uncover what happens in rural on forcement state. Investigators lock up there. I suspect while another man is free to kill shells shines in investigative light deep into world, Georgia where racial lines obvious train tracks cops are never questioned being an outsider can get you locked up with no chance for Justice. Even when the evidence could prove your innocence Morville, Georgia. Subscribe now on apple podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you listen..
"house democrats" Discussed on Vox's The Weeds
"It's not that they are saying, oh, well these rules weren't being enforced. So we're going to have stricter rules. It's these rules weren't being enforced. So let's make sure that prosecutors have a good reason to enforce and then a new ethics code for the US supreme court to ensure that all branches governments are impacted. I guess that's sort of a nod at Brad Cavanaugh. I actually an ongoing problem. Yeah. There's a US code for judges that everybody else has and John Roberts is actually gone out of his way in the past to say, it's okay that we aren't bound by this. Yeah. And it's also interesting because I think that was something I learned while researching a lot about sexual harassment cases is that there are certain offices that do not have to abide by the law that was originally devised. Ironically, by Newt Gingrich and nineteen ninety-five regarding to kind of how the hill and how different congressional and different federal offices handle instances of harassment. I think attempting to bring everyone under the same like, I think that it may be less of a Kevin reference. More of it kind of ongoing issue in trying to bring all federal entities under the same basic code of ethics either have been kind of like, there's an ongoing conversation about the extent to which supreme court justices are connected to the rest of the political process. Whether that's some of the stuff. That got a lot of attention during the lake Bush and early Obama years of personal relationships that justices had whether it's some of the stuff that's just come up this week with Clarence Thomas his wife. Ginny Thomas, being, you know, pretty explicit conservative activist or even like the comments that repeater Ginsburg made in two thousand sixteen about Donald Trump would struck a lot of people as be as crossing a line because those lines haven't been articulated. The discussion is always is this appropriate rather than this is inappropriate should anything be done about it. Yes. I think that's right. I mean, I think there are some very real kinds of questions there. But in terms of so so that sums up the ethics part them is a big suite of voting rights things, which I think in some ways are the the the heart of this initiative. So we want to create a new automated voter registration system. They have early voting same day voter registration online voter registration being incentivized. They wanna make election day federal holiday, so all federal employees would have the days. Zoff and there's some encouragement for private businesses to do the same. They want to have colleges and universities of voter registration agency. So students will be able to register to vote whether in school increase the sort of notification for when you change poll them when you change polling locations. They want to crackdown on partisan gerrymandering in federal elections. They want wanna crackdown on voter roll purging and some of the tactics that are used to sort of could names off that list. They want to increase election security, including a specific requirements on the deny then they want to recruit and train more poll workers ahead of the twenty twenty election to cut down on sort of long lines election, ministration type stuff NPR's Peter Overby made the point that this in a sense is kind of a response to the supreme court six years ago, basically striking down a large portion of anti-discrimination provisions of the Voting Rights Act of nineteen sixty five. And so this. In a sense can be read as an effort to kind of get back to where we were before. Shelby. And so I think that that's an interesting way of kind of reading these because it's not just about college students and universities. It's about the changes that have taken place in voting law that some states responded to immediately by attempting to disenfranchise a wad of voters. We saw that in North Carolina. And obviously North Carolina situation that itself went to court where a federal court said that this is like it's very clear what the interior isn't the intent is to disenfranchise African American voters. But it's it's interesting to see this is kind of you like you were saying a forward-looking Bill, but it's also looking at kind of what's taken place and seeing how congress can react to a supreme court decision. But that hasn't been reacted to in the last six years, but they're finally starting to get to the point where this is a means of attempting to make up for that. Even if it doesn't go anywhere..
"house democrats" Discussed on Vox's The Weeds
"But of course, when each of them says that you can assume that they have their own ideas about what they would have liked to accomplish. I think it's fair to say that it would increase the volatility of the Federal Election Commission against the salience. Right. I mean because I think the idea would be look Republican commissions. Could change the world's too, but they would have to like overtly changed the rules instead of just a series of deadlocks inattention. They would also try to tighten the rules on coordination between candidates at super PACS at. There was a very funny thing from the last cycle where a whole bunch of donors to the House Republican super Pac which should have brought together in theater, Paul Ryan gave a big speech. And then he departed the stage and left the building and the aid comes out, and is like, hey, can you guys rice money? He wasn't allowed to be that happened. Multiple times of Paul Ryan like going to like say, California to meet with donors that having to leave while the actual donation took place. Yes. And of course, and he's not the only one those are the rules of the game. So the idea would be to try to increase the actual distancing there then they have their ethics package. So this would require the president vice president to disclose ten years worth tax returns candidates for. President vice president would also have to do it. And that's something. I think it's interesting because we said we wanted to kind of step away from Donald Trump, but it is impossible to have a conversation about the ethics of tax returns without recognizing a lot of this is in response, not just to Trump himself, but kind of to the Trump campaign and kind of the mill you in which the Trump campaign operated as so it's interesting to see this being forced out. It's kind of like a forward-looking package of ideas, while it is also inherently backwards looking also I almost feel like the tax return thing is kind of the exception here rather than the rule like, you know, some of the stuff that Matt was running through earlier lake the requiring disclosure of online ads like that is definitely something that came to national attention in the wake of the twenty twelve twenty sixteen presidential election. But it's something that members of congress are thinking about in a very forward-looking way. There's a lot of questioning about what the effect of that would be in two thousand eighteen twenty twenty. So I do I think that in general the fact that a lot of these things already have. Bill names attached should be a signal to you that these are things that have been kind of floating out there in the ether that democratic members of had some ideas that they've proposed in the past. And now they're kind of being brought together and given more urgency. Right. So then they wanna bar members of congress from using taxpayer funds to settle sexual harassment discrimination cases, that's another that was like an in the news thing, right? From last year. They wanna give the office of government ethics more oversight enforcement powers strengthened, lobbyist registration requirements, and that includes tightening up the foreign agents registration act. That's another Trump thing. In the wake of Michael Flynn. Being my Michael Flynn came under investigation by Paul Manafort turned out to have broken a lot of F A R A rules win. He got prosecuted for that. I think it turned out that a lot of people felt they were potentially vulnerable to prosecution on those grounds and that the understanding had. Been that those words weren't really going to get enforced. So there's been a scramble this would formerly have OG enforcing those rules on it would also allow for civil fines to be assessed by the DOJ, which they're hoping is going to increase the incentive for DOJ to go. After these cases, which like does kind of solve the non non prosecution problem..