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McConnell relents on Senate rules, abandons filibuster ultimatum

The Senate minority leader ended a doomed, week-long standoff over power sharing, accepting the obvious — Democrats control the upper chamber now.


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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Republican senator loses it on air over bogus election fraud claims

Rand Paul is both an embarrassment and a clear and present danger to this country.

Take Action: Add your name to support Jamaal Bowman’s bill to investigate the police misconduct and incompetence that allowed for Trump extremists to ransack the Capitol.



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Ted Cruz humiliates himself trying to oppose Biden

No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen: A new low for the Texas Republican.


Biden declares impeachment trial “has to happen”
The president acknowledged the effect it could have on his legislative agenda and Cabinet nominees but said there would be “a worse effect if [the trial] didn’t happen.”


State Republicans push new voting restrictions after Trump’s loss
As the old saying goes, if you can’t beat them, change the rules.

Take Action: Charge Trump for conspiring to get Georgia’s Secretary of State to rig the election!


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SCOTUS sides with Planned Parenthood, vacates two lower court rulings

Justices granted Planned Parenthood’s request to vacate two Fifth Circuit decisions that allowed a Texas executive order banning abortions during the pandemic to go into effect.


Twitter bans MyPillow CEO
Mike Lindell had promoted conspiracy theories about the election and pushed the ex-president to declare martial law to stay in power.


Dominion Voting Systems sues Rudy Giuliani over false election claims, seeks $1.3 billion
The election equipment manufacturer that became the target of wild conspiracy theories pushed by the ex-president and his allies hit Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani with a massive defamation suit on Monday, citing “unprecedented and irreparable harm.”


Gun-toting Congresswoman in ethics scandal over arms transfer from Three Percenters militia member
GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert is in the headlines again with her latest flaunting of Congressional rules.


Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman won’t seek reelection, leaving open battleground seat in 2022
Control of the Senate will run through a few key states, perhaps none more critical than Ohio after Portman’s surprise announcement.


Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin orders review of military sexual assault prevention programs
Secretary Austin wasted no time upon being sworn in to lead the Pentagon, ordering a wholesale review of the department’s efforts to prevent sexual assault and harassment.


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Today’s Action: Prioritize Black Lives in Congress this session with the BREATHE Act!

If you were on Twitter this past weekend, you may have seen the horrifying video of a Tacoma, Washington police officer ramming his SUV through a crowd of young and mostly Black people, driving over one pedestrian and hitting several others.

This gruesome incident comes less than a year after the same police department made national headlines for the murder of Manuel Ellis, a Black man that police killed by aspyxiation, three months before George Floyd’s death by Minneapolis law enforcement triggered mass protests across the country.

As the new Democratic Congress begins to prioritize its agenda for the coming year, it is vital that we do not let the elevated calls for justice and protection of Black lives slip into the hindsight of 2020.

Call or email your Members of Congress and ask them to cosponsor the BREATHE Act to combat police brutality against Black communities.

The continued assault on Black people by police is inhumane, unjust, and designed this way. To overcome it, we must demand sweeping changes to how our legal and law enforcement systems are structured and funded at the cost of Black lives.

M4BL’s BREATHE Act calls for divesting federal funds from policing and incarceration, and investing those funds in community-driven safety initiatives, robust community-building, and holding our leaders accountable to their promises to support Black communities.

The BREATHE Act is championed by two progressive “Squad” members, Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). Help them grow the movement in Congress today.

Email or call (202.224.3121) your Members of Congress and urge them to support the BREATHE Act to re-imagine policing by investing in community safety-driven initiatives.

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition to eliminate the undemocratic filibuster, and get your copy of the delightful “I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening)” by Pantsuit Politics hosts, Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth A. Silvers, a fun read to help us cope with the aftermath of a post-Trump America.

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