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How Republicans Could Rig the Battle for Control of Congress

How Republicans Could Rig the Battle for Control of CongressDemocrats face a daunting future of severe Republican gerrymandering that could flip control of the House in 2022 and suppress diverse younger generations’ political influence for years to come, according to a new study released today. Those findings underscore the stakes in Democrats’ efforts to pass national legislation combatting such electoral manipulation.The four big states to watch are Texas, Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina, where the GOP enjoys complete control over the redistricting process, says Michael Li, a senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice and the author of the new report on how congressional redistricting could unfold following the 2020 census. “Those four states, which are seat-rich and where Republicans control the process, could decide who controls the next Congress,” he told me.Over the longer term, Republican states could impose gerrymanders that prevent the nation’s growing nonwhite population from…


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Psaki says Biden isn’t ‘snubbing’ Congress by postponing joint address

Psaki says Biden isn’t ‘snubbing’ Congress by postponing joint addressWhite House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday said President Biden is not “snubbing” Congress by delaying his joint address, pointing to the coronavirus pandemic, and saying the administration has been “engaged closely” with congressional leadership regarding their plans. ….. Read More.FOX NEWS – Politics | Politics & GovernmentFri, March 5, 202121 hours ago


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1000 Days: This President Continues To Be An Embarrassment

1000 Days: This President Continues To Be An EmbarrassmentGARYWORDS by The Real GabbyGary – I’m sorry, but, any truly conscientious person who has been paying close attention to the daily, real news coming out of Washington, D.C., the home of the United States Congress, White House and various federal agencies, should already understand why the Impeachment Inquiry in the House of Representatives is […] ….. Read More.GARYTALK – Conversations & Commentary | This, That and The OtherWed, October 23, 20191 year ago


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Why Democrats Are Still Taking Their Time on D.C. Statehood

Why Democrats Are Still Taking Their Time on D.C. StatehoodWith one move, Democrats could reshape government and potentially lock in their majority in the Senate for years to come. Four of their own stand in the way.The party may have just a few months to make it happen—but leaders in the House and Senate are taking their time and arguing about the details.Advocates see statehood for Washington, D.C., as a moral issue, because it would give equal rights and representation to the residents of a city whose population is larger than that of three states. And they see it as a legal issue, because it would clarify the gray areas that result from the federal government’s control over some municipal affairs. However, as has always been the case in establishing new states, the issue is almost completely consumed by politics, because what the statehood debate really comes down to is…


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How a bridge to Canada got the axe from American lawmakers

How a bridge to Canada got the axe from American lawmakersAs American lawmakers inch toward approving a bill with an eye-watering 13-digit price tag, it’s apparently a bridge to Canada that’s a bridge too far. Funds to upkeep an existing cross-border bridge have been stripped out of a $1.9 trillion US pandemic-relief bill that the U.S. Congress could pass any day now. ….. Read More.CBC News – General World News | World News & EventsThu, March 4, 20212 days ago


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Biden Indicates Openness to Replacing War Authorizations with “Narrow and Specific” Fram...

Biden Indicates Openness to Replacing War Authorizations with “Narrow and Specific” Fram…F-15E fighter, similar to the ones used in Biden’s recent Syria air strike.  A few days ago, I wrote about the Biden Administration’s recent air strike in Syria, targeting pro-Iranian militia groups that had earlier attacked US forces. While I argued that this specific air strike did not violate the Constitution, I also emphasized that the broader US military intervention lacks congressionally required authorization, and also violates the 1973 War Powers Act. For reasons outlined in my earlier post and various previous writings, addressing this problem is vital for both legal and pragmatic reasons. I highly doubt anyone in the White House read my post. But they might have been influenced by similar concerns expressed by others, including several Democratic members of Congress. Regardless, the administration now indicates that the president would like to work with Congress to repeal…


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