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Last night, the United States Senate voted 67-32 in favor of the infrastructure package debate. Tony Romm from The Washington Post has the details.

The two developments marked an early victory for lawmakers, who had struggled for years to turn their shared enthusiasm for infrastructure into actual investments in the interior of the country. Several former presidents had called for solid new public works spending to replace old pipes and repair cracked bridges, but it wasn't until Wednesday that the Senate actually started delivering on those pledges.

The news sparked cheers at the White House, where Biden this spring tabled a roughly $ 2 trillion job and infrastructure plan, largely funded by tax hikes that Republicans were quick to reject. But in the months that followed, the government's top aides finally agreed to be flexible in pursuing some of the president's priorities. When asked about the deal while traveling in Pennsylvania, Biden sounded hopeful and told reporters, "I'm confident."

Nevertheless, the advances in a debate that is only just beginning threatened to become politically fragile. Legislators still have to work out their law, which was not yet drafted by Wednesday evening, and vote so that it survives the narrowly divided Senate. The lack of actual bill worried some Republicans, including Senator John Cornyn, Texas, who said in a speech in the Chamber on Wednesday that he could not vote for the bill to be "not ready".

Jeremy Stahl at Slate says there's a good reason the special committee that looked into the 1/6 riot went smoothly.

Indeed, after 3½ years Cover Democrats Oversight efforts Since the Democrats regained control of the majority of the House of Representatives in early 2019, I can honestly say that this is the first and only time I can remember witnessing a hearing on wrongdoing by Trump and his henchmen, theirs Maintaining presence in objective reality in the whole have time. (During House Intelligence Committee hearings during Donald Trump's first impeachment illuminating and powerful, they were consistent derailed through partisan nonsense.)

Instead of the usual circusTuesday's hearing consisted of four consecutive hours of neat fact-finding and first emotional-constructive testimony to the horrors of January 6th. This was only possible there Jordan (and to a lesser extent Banks) was kept off the board. Jordan previously had tremendous success as a supervisory arsonist at the Justice Committee of the House of Representatives and the Home Inspection Committee, and on the House Intelligence Committee during impeachment. I know Jordan would have broken any investigation by January 6 because he would have already announced how he would have done if he had been allowed to attend a press conference with the Republican House leadership on the Capitol steps on Tuesday.

Margaret Sullivan of The Washington Post, for the most part, says Beltway journalists need to "redesign" their coverage of The Beltway.

Mainstream journalists want their work to be seen as fair and impartial. You want to defend yourself against allegations of bias. So they compensate for the unequal. This practice seems so ingrained that it is insoluble.

there is A way out. But it requires news organization leaders to radically redefine the mission of their Washington reporting. As a possible starting point, I offer these recommendations:

Throw away the insidious framework of "domestic politics" and replace it with a "pro-democracy" framework.

Stop calling the reporters who cover this stuff "political reporters". Call them "Government Reporters".

Stop asking who the last stand winners and losers were. Start asking who is serving democracy and who is undermining it.

German Lopez Von Vox says the time has come to make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory anywhere in the U.S.

Unvaccinated people, whether or not apathetic or resistant is why the coronavirus remains a threat in the US. The country and anyone concerned about the rising number of cases should do everything in their power to get these people to get a chance.

The federal government could require vaccination for its own employees, as President Joe Biden does Reportedly, consider and offer incentives, financial or otherwise, for others to do the same …


I have been talking to experts about prescribing vaccines for months. Earlier this year when I wrote about wrote Vaccination records, many argued that mandates should only be tried as a last resort – we should try to improve access and provide incentives first. Only when these options have failed should we rely on the more drastic steps.

Well we are here. America has made vaccines much more accessible to almost anyone who qualifies. The nation has tried rewards that range from free beer to gift cards to cash Lottery to get people to get a shot. Still, we're stuck. Half of the US population is still not fully vaccinated.

It's time to try this last resort.

Jason DeParle The New York Times reports that poverty has fallen surprisingly across the board, but that the historic decline may only be temporary.

The number of poor Americans is expected to decrease by nearly 20 million from 2018, a decrease of nearly 45 percent. The country has never reduced poverty so much in such a short period of time, and the development is particularly noteworthy as it defies economic headwinds – the economy has nearly seven million fewer jobs than it did before the pandemic.

The extraordinary poverty reduction comes at an extraordinary cost, with annual spending on key programs expected to quadruple to more than $ 1 trillion. But without further expensive new measures, millions of families could only find a short escape from poverty. The three programs that reduce poverty the most – stimulus checks, increased food stamps and expanded unemployment insurance – have ended or will soon be back to pre-pandemic size.

While child poverty has declined the most, its decline is remarkably broad: it has declined among white, black, Latin American, and Asian Americans, and among Americans of all ages and residents of all states.

Ben Brasch of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Fulton County's electoral deposition process has begun.

A letter received by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows that two dozen state senators support a performance review of Fulton's electoral chief Richard Barron. The letter was written on Tuesday, an AJC front page story investigating the same day Prospect of takeover the elections in Fulton, home to a tenth of all Georgians.

“We ask them to simply correct a record that they say is easy to correct. Is it or not? The Georgian people deserve answers, ”wrote the Republican Senate President Pro Tem. Butch Miller, who signed the letter.

As written in Senate Act 202, the state electoral committee can replace the electoral committee of a district after a performance review / examination / investigation. Then an interim superintendent would have full administrative authority over how the county counts votes and occupies polling stations.

Barron was unavailable for comment due to a scheduling conflict, according to a district spokesman.

A performance review begins at the request of at least two state representatives and two state senators from the district.

Lauren Michele Jackson writes for The New Yorker that she is personally "exhausted" from the way some Liberals have refuted conservative critics of Critical Racial Theory.

Neither of these summaries is exactly wrong – in an appearance on CNN, Crenshaw himself similarly described critical racial theory as a rejection of the idea that "what is in the past is in the past and that the laws and systems that grow." that past are detached from it. ”Yet there is something about the homogeneity of these definitions, their recourse to pampering clichés that make critical racial theory like another version of a fluffier and more familiar three-word initializer DEI Make it appear – diversity, justice and inclusion. As with the less robust term “privilege”, the words “structural” and “systemic” are now used with suspiciously airy regularity. Rather than continuing the edifying work these words are supposed to do – the project of drawing ourselves into the world that contains us – they have become a lullaby that liberals use to calm themselves: It's never you; it is the system. Ibram X. Kendi, the bestselling author of "How to be an Anti-Racist"Slate said in a recent interview that the split over critical racial theory is based on a misunderstanding that it wants to" attack white people "rather than" attack structural racism ". At the end of last month, Twitter gathered in praise of General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for being “open” to critical racial theory before the House Armed Services Committee: “What's wrong with understanding – having some understanding of the situation about the country we are here for to defend it? “This expression of tolerance from the seat of power shows how corrupt the popular conception of racial criticism has become.

Rasha Younes of The Nation claims that the notions of a unified "imagined community" of LGBTQ people are, in large part, just that: conceited and not reality-based.

While imagined communities serve a purpose, including as a political tool, depoliticizing the claim that people with a common sexual orientation or gender identity form a relatively cohesive community. There is a risk that other overlapping factors will be obscured, leading to stratification even within the “LGBT community”. There are clearly issues that affect people because of their identity, such as discriminatory laws and policies. However, other factors need to be considered when looking at the relative effects of discrimination – those on the societal and economic fringes are almost always most affected.

However, an abbreviation is necessary and “LGBT” helps in discussing access to the international human rights framework. For example, in order to be granted asylum, a queer or transgender person must prove that the basis of their claim is violence or discrimination based on their LGBT identity.

The term “LGBT community” has activist origins and signals political solidarity. But it has also become a convenient acronym in a neoliberal economy where the “LGBT community” is seen as an indispensable niche market – be it for selling rainbow flags or as a political candidate. It creates a false dichotomy between “in” and “out” groups.

I don't think there are many stories that illustrate what Ms. Younes is saying better than our next and final story from this morning.

Two days ago, California-based Democratic donor Ed Buck was found guilty of all charges of nine charges, including the deaths of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean. Journalist and Activist from L.A. Jasmine Cannick has been working tirelessly on the Ed Buck case for four years.

I must remind those in power that the LA homeless crisis is putting men like the victims of Ed Buck in a position where they feel they have no choice but to play Russian roulette with their lives and their bodies in torture exposing them just to have a roof over their heads – if only for one night.

Finally, black parents, stop kicking your sons and daughters out for being gay or trans. Men like Ed Buck are waiting to take advantage of them in the worst possible way. I can't tell you how many men I interviewed told me that was why they ended up where they did.

Ed Buck only got away with it for so long because he was white and because we still don't believe black victims – even when they tell us what happened to them.


You have no idea how many people were working on documentaries while we were working to arrest, try and convict Ed Buck. Most of them are white, but some black people have lost their minds too.

– Jasmyne Cannick (@Jasmyne) July 29, 2021

Have a nice day everyone!

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