Biden finally calls Republicans’ bipartisanship bluff

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Biden ends infrastructure negotiations with Republican senators

The president wisely walked away from the table after GOP senators continued to offer up bad-faith counterproposals to his ambitious, forward-thinking infrastructure plans.


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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Obama makes rare TV appearance, scolds Republicans

The former president excoriated the GOP for putting their own pursuit of power ahead of democracy itself.

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Democrats finally score HUGE win

No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: We’ve been waiting for this.


Pennsylvania man faked Trump family personas, defrauded hundreds of MAGA supporters across the country
Joshua Hall’s scam revealed that Trump fans are susceptible to obvious cons, a surprise to zero people who are not Trump fans.


Lindsey Graham insults his own family in push to end federal unemployment benefits
The South Carolina senator complained that “a lot of people” in his family “ain’t working” and suggested that working for $15 an hour while enhanced federal unemployment benefits are still available “makes you almost a chump.”

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Trump praises Nigeria for banning Twitter
The one-term, twice-impeached ex-president called on more countries to follow Nigeria’s autocratic lead and floated a not-so-subtle US ban in 2024.

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Oregon lawmaker faces expulsion for aiding assault on state Capitol
State Rep. Mike Nearman faces expulsion from office after a video emerged showing him choreographing how he would let far-right protesters breach the closed Oregon Capitol days before he actually did so in December.


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Stark red-blue divide in vaccination rates threatens success of beating back virus

The top 22 states (including Washington, DC) with the highest adult vaccination rates all voted for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.


Trove of never-before-seen IRS records reveal how the wealthiest avoid income tax
ProPublica has obtained a vast cache of IRS information showing how billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett pay little in income tax compared to their massive wealth — sometimes, even nothing.


Senate Democrats start confirming Biden’s judges to “restore the balance” in courts
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Senate will “swiftly and consistently” process Biden’s judicial picks, “bringing balance, experience and diversity back to the judiciary.”


Houston hospital suspends 178 workers who refused to get vaccinated
Houston Methodist Hospital CEO Marc Boom noted that 24,947 employees were fully vaccinated by Monday’s deadline, but “a small number of individuals have decided not to put their patients first” and have thus been told to stay away.


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Seriously?

Yes. Seriously.

Hope…


6/9: Equal pay for women? Not with the filibuster in place.

You probably already know these statistics. Compared to male wages-per-dollar in the United States, women only make 82 cents…and that ratio drops significantly lower for Black, Latinx, and Native women. Although the Equal Pay Act passed in 1963, it doesn’t go far enough, which is why House Democrats passed the Paycheck Fairness Act to add additional resources and tools to guarantee fair compensation.

But yesterday, Senate Republicans issued their second filibuster of the year, blocking Democrats from advancing the Paycheck Fairness Act, claiming…honestly, it doesn’t matter what they claim, because it’s all fabrication and excuses and they’ve been obstructing this bill since its first introduction in 1997. We will not get a good-faith bipartisan deal to support equal pay for women with the party that’s aggressively moving forward to block women’s rights to their own bodies and healthcare.

No negotiations with bad-faith Republicans. For over 50% of the population of the United States, the filibuster has to go.

Call or email your Senators and demand they eliminate the filibuster in order to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. If you live in a state with a filibuster-protecting Democrat – Joe Manchin (WV) or Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) – remind them that they co-sponsored this legislation and want to see it passed.

Under the Paycheck Fairness Act, employers would be required to show justified cause for compensating different amounts for the same job, employees who inquire or whistleblow about wage practices would be protected from retaliation, and the act would strengthen penalties for violating equal pay law.

But Republicans are far more concerned with protecting their big business friends, who bankroll their re-elections, from extra costs than they are with helping the millions of women they serve…especially since the majority of the women who need this legislation the most would (and will, with more enfranchisement and resources) vote them out in a heartbeat.

We’re done pretending bipartisanship works with the GOP. The filibuster MUST go to provide equal pay protections for women.

Email or call your Senators. Tell Democrats to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act – they MUST eliminate the filibuster! Tell Republicans you’ve just seen how their party feels about women and you’ll be voting them out.

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