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    A New Jersey city offered a tribute to George Floyd Wednesday by unveiling a 700-pound bronze statue of him outside Newark’s City Hall. Mayor Ras Baraka and other officials attended the ceremony where it was presented, WPIX reported. “Hopefully it inspires those who walk by to be more active, take part in activism,” Baraka commented. Today Mayor @rasjbaraka unveiled a donated...
    Sixty Catholic Democrats in Congress have written an open “Statement of Principles” explaining why the Catholic Church should not deny Holy Communion to professed Catholics who promote abortion. The open letter was published online on June 18 to coincide with the June meeting of the U.S. bishops, who discussed, among other things, the question of “Eucharistic coherence” and conditions under...
    Nearly 60 House Democrats are calling on Catholic bishops to cease the "weaponization" of Holy Communion and urged them to stop targeting Democrats who support abortion as being unworthy of the sacred sacrament of the Eucharist.  The Catholic Democrats issued a "Statement of Principles" on Friday clearly aimed at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for voting this week...
    Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed funding for the state’s Legislature Friday after Democrats walked out at the last minute to oppose the GOP’s new voting reform law. ”Funding should not be provided for those who quit their job early, leaving their state with unfinished business and exposing taxpayers to higher costs for an additional legislative session,” Abbott said in...
    (CNN)The first five months of President Joe Biden's term show the moderate wing of the Democratic Party still has a lot of juice left.We see that in the Senate, where moderates like Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona are standing in the way of major filibuster reform. But it's not just in Congress.Democrats have or...
    Senate Republicans quickly held an all-hands-on-deck press conference following the release of Sen. Joe Manchin's voting rights proposal. After months of heartache over Democrats' signature voting rights bill, the For The People Act, progressives finally got a small but distinct glimmer of hope this week. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia detailed what he thinks should be included in the bill,...
    Comedian Bill Maher hit a now familiar theme on Real Time last night when he talked about there being too much apologizing to people angry or offended by something, and used the example of Lin-Manuel Miranda having to apologize “to Twitter” as his example. Speaking with CNN’s Paul Begala and Jane Coaston of the New York Times, Maher brought up...
    West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) Programming Note: The Voting Rights Roundup will be taking a break the week of June 25 but will return the following week. Leading Off ● Congress: In a major development for the fate of congressional voting and election reform legislation, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is now refusing to rule out supporting the For the...
    (CNN)This week's high profile summit between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin was markedly different from the meetings between Putin and Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump. The former President was largely seen as friendly toward Putin, while Biden is definitely not. In fact, Trump was so friendly with Putin that he took an issue (Russia) that was either bipartisan...
    By Nicholas Riccardi | Associated Press PLANO, Texas — Brenda Martinez, a 19-year-old community college student, thinks the government should help immigrant students more. Donald Huffman is worried about turning 50 next week with no work available because the federal government is delaying the pipelines he usually helps build. Binod Neupane, who just moved to Texas to research alternative fuels,...
    Bill Maher on Friday night urged Lin-Manuel Miranda to 'stop apologizing' and 'stand up to the bullies' after his film In the Heights was criticized for not having enough diversity, with Maher declaring: 'This is why people hate Democrats.' Miranda's film, telling the story of a Hispanic community in New York City, was attacked for not having enough Afro-Latino actors....
    House Budget Committee Chairman and Kentucky Representative John Yarmuth, D-Ky., joined host Charles Payne on "Your World" Friday to discuss the Democrats' $6 trillion spending plan. Yarmuth contended that assisted childcare, free community college, infrastructure, and increased broadband water systems are "highly popular items." "I, along with two-thirds of Americans, are in more support of all of the elements in...
    "Real Time" host Bill Maher knocked Lin-Manuel Miranda on Friday night over an apology the Broadway star issued for an apparent lack of diversity in the film adaptation of his musical "In the Heights." Earlier this week, the "Hamilton" creator took to Twitter, responding to the backlash that his new film lacked Afro-Latino performers.  "I started writing ‘In the Heights’...
    (CNN)The Republican brick wall blocking election overhaul legislation in the Senate is forcing Democratic activists to get creative. They're striking out on their own in key states, attempting to arm their voters with tools to circumvent scores of new state bills moving through GOP-controlled legislatures that will make it harder for many of their voters to vote. Democratic activists are...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Friday vetoed a portion of the state budget bill funding the state legislature, fulfilling a promise made last month in response to state Democratic lawmakers’ walkout to prevent the passage of a sweeping elections bill. The veto, which was first reported by the Texas Tribune, has raised concerns on how it will impact legislative...
    Senate Democrats are seeking to slip an amnesty for potentially millions of illegal aliens into an infrastructure deal and lobbying President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to support such a maneuver. According to the Miami Herald, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is urging Harris to get behind a plan by Senate Democrats that would put amnesty provisions for illegal...
    Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed funding for the Texas state Legislature after Democrats in the state House blocked the Republican-backed election reform bill. This follows through with a threat he made at the end of May when Democrats blocked S.B. 7 by walking out of the regular legislative session, meaning the House did not have a quorum and therefore could...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed a portion of the state budget that funds the legislative branch on Friday, following through on a threat he made last month after Democratic lawmakers blocked a vote on a GOP-backed election bill. Abbott vetoed funding weeks after several Texas House Democrats walked off the floor and broke quorum before a planned vote on Senate...
    As Democrats try to push the For the People Act through the Senate, some of the party's top figures are changing their tune on voter ID rules they previously called "racist." In an effort to garner bipartisan support for the act, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has proposed a set of compromises. One would expand voter ID laws, long a legislative objective for the...
    Tucker Carlson tried to claim that liberals are fleeing big states to move to the Mountain West, when the reality is that right-wing white flight from urban areas has transformed those states politically. Tucker Carlson has become a relentless promoter of his twisted-bowtie version of the white nationalist “replacement theory” of immigration—namely, that Democrats are deliberately opening the national gates to...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has vetoed the legislature’s portion of the state budget after an elections bill he prioritized was killed when Democrats walked out at end of this year’s session. During a dramatic end to the session at the end of May, Democrats walked out of the House chamber before a midnight deadline to pass...
    More On: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez AOC praises mayoral contender Maya Wiley, touts her left-wing cred in new ad Here’s whom Pelosi tapped for new House inequality committee Adams maintains solid lead in latest mayoral poll as Yang moves back up to 2nd Letters to the Editor — June 15, 2021 Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claimed Thursday that a bipartisan infrastructure...
    MANY black Americans rejoiced when President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday - but conservative commentator Candace Owens called the declaration "lame." Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved black people in Galveston, Texas. Read our Juneteenth live blog for the very latest news and updates... 2Candace OwensCredit: Getty Images - Getty...
    Catholic congressional Democrats are accusing U.S. Catholic bishops of weaponizing the Eucharist against President Joe Biden. Sixty Catholic Democrats issued a “Statement of Principles” Friday warning U.S. bishops against “the weaponization of the Eucharist.” Signers included Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro and New York Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez. Most of the Democrats who signed the...
    Fox News host and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson criticized the Republican National Committee (RNC) on Thursday for releasing an ad portraying President Joe Biden as not tough enough on Russia. Carlson, along with guest Richard Hanania of the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology (CSPI), ripped into the GOP for the ad, which was titled “Morning In...
    When former President Donald Trump nominated Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court last fall, many Democrats warned she would sink Obamacare. Barrett blew that prediction out of the water on Thursday when she voted with the court’s 7-2 majority to uphold the Affordable Care Act. For people who had been watching one of the year’s biggest Supreme Court...
    Republican Pennsylvania Senate candidate Jeff Bartos donated to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and former Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, according to records reviewed by the Daily Caller. Bartos, who running in a crowded GOP primary to fill Republican Sen. Pat Toomey’s seat, donated $1,000 to Senate Democrat’s campaign arm in February of 2011 and donated twice to Rendell’s...
    President Joe Biden on Friday nominated ex-Rep. Xochitl Torres Small to a top administration post, tapping a fourth House Democrat, but this time, the nominee is a former member. Biden nominated the New Mexico Democrat to serve in the Agriculture Department as undersecretary of rural development. Torres Small lost her bid for a second term to Republican Yvette...
    Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) said Friday on ABC’s “The View” that Democrats were “trying” to punish former President Donald Trump for alleged crimes with a commission to investigate the Capitol riot. Co-host Joy Behar said, “Congressman, we’re just beginning to find out how Trump may have tried to undermine our democracy as president. There are allegations that his Justice Department...
    The Club for Growth launched four radio ads Friday lobbying Senate Democrats against the “For the Politicians Act,” Breitbart News has learned exclusively. The grassroots conservative organization launched four ads in three states targeting Sens. Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). The ads will cost $25,000 and will remain on the air...
    High-profile Democratic campaigners for voting reform are falling into line behind Sen. Joe Manchin proposed compromise, setting up a clash with Republicans after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the plans would 'supercharge cancel culture' and retained a 'rotten core.'  The Senate is due to vote on Tuesday on a sweeping overhaul of election law, that will test Democratic unity...
    Democratic senators introduced a resolution Friday that would acknowledge and apologize for the mistreatment and discrimination against LGBT individuals in the U.S. military, armed forces and government posts.  The resolution, lead by Sens. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinOvernight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions...
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren A number of Senate Democrats have added to the voices calling on the Biden administration to not again detain immigrants who were released from detention due to the pandemic. In a letter led by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, senators write that more than 3,700 immigrants who were allowed to continue their cases from their homes and communities “are now being...
    Two Senate Democrats introduced a narrowly focused election-reform bill amid the various other alternatives that are not expected to pass. The legislation, which Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced on Thursday, would require states to ensure that no voter would have to wait longer than 30 minutes to cast their ballot. MANCHIN DID NOT PERSONALLY MEET WITH LEGISLATORS...
    Amid liberal calls to pack the Supreme Court, the justices handed down two more landslide rulings Thursday in an attempt to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and a Catholic foster agency that was banned from Philadelphia's program over its religious beliefs. Justice Stephen Breyer led a 7-2 court in upholding the ACA, also known as ObamaCare, saying that the...
    Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin has better net favorability ratings among Republicans than U.S. President Joe Biden, according to two new polls. Will Saletan of Slate spotted the staggering numbers in a YouGov/Economist poll and a Morning Consult/Politico poll taken this week. According to the YouGov poll, 18% of Republicans have a favorable view of Putin and 64%...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted his colleague’s voting rights compromise proposal Thursday, vowing that the GOP would oppose it. West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin’s proposed framework includes both Democratic and Republican priorities, including outlawing partisan gerrymandering, adopting voter ID, expanding early voting and limiting no-excuse absentee voting. But any voting bill needs 60 votes to overcome a Senate...
    A national poll shows President Joe Biden’s approval rating has gone backwards since April, plummeting to below 50 percent for the first time since he took office with disillusioned Democrats leading the way down. The numbers show Biden’s approval rating stands at 48 percent, compared with 54 percent just two months ago. Forty-three percent currently disapprove of the job he’s doing,...
    Celebrity couple Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are the latest left-wing Hollywood elites to sound the doomsday alarm over H.R. 1 — the so-called “For the People” Act — warning that if the bill fails to pass Congress, the “America you know doesn’t exist in our future.” Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom — who backed Joe Biden’s bid for the...
    House Democrats’ campaign arm raised nearly $10 million last month, touting it as the best May haul in an off-year in the group’s history.  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) said the average grassroots donation last month was for $23. The group headed into June debt-free and with $36 million cash on hand, $19 million more than it had at...
    At the risk of belaboring the obvious, liberals (including me) are frustrated with Sen. Joe Manchin, but liberals and Democrats of all stripes need to balance their frustration with a big dose of gratitude for Sen. Joe Manchin. Manchin is, of course, the least liberal (or to put it another way, the most moderate) member of the 50-member Democratic caucus...
    With crime on the rise in New York City, Democratic candidates running for mayor have focused intensely on law and order in a race that has highlighted the challenges the party may have in pushing liberal policies against the backdrop of increasing violence. The dynamic was on full display in the final debate of the race Wednesday evening, when the...
    Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Friday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK...
    Centrists have gained leverage in the Senate battle over an infrastructure package after 11 more senators backed a $974 billion infrastructure framework. Twenty-one senators in all are supporting the proposal, which is much smaller than what the White House and liberals prefer. The group includes 11 Republicans, 9 Democrats and an independent who caucuses with Democrats. Liberals who were calling...
    Democrats are racing against the clock as they try to strike an internal deal on a sweeping election overhaul that can unify their 50 members. The Senate will vote Tuesday on the For the People Act, legislation that is guaranteed to hit a Republican filibuster and fall short of the 60 votes needed to advance. But Democrats hope that by...
    The Senate is set for a key vote Tuesday on a sweeping rewrite of voting and election law, setting up a dramatic test of Democratic unity on a top priority that Republicans are vowing to block. Democrats appeared to be coalescing Thursday around changes to the bill that could win the support of moderate West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, the...
    Thursday on “The Hugh Hewitt Show,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) sounded off on the Republican National Committee, avoiding major television networks if presidential primary debates are not reformed and requiring moderators to be more “center-right journalists.” Cruz “emphatically” agreed with the need to have the Presidential Debate Commission reformed or done away with, arguing the moderator of future GOP presidential...
    Laura Ingraham discussed the declining popularity of key Democrat policies on the heels of President Biden's "embarrassing" trip abroad Thursday on "The Ingraham Angle." "Well, fresh off embarrassing himself and the entire nation at the G-7 and NATO meetings, Biden returned to more bad news for his entire agenda at home," she said. "It's neither working nor popular. First, his approval numbers are upside down. The latest Monmouth poll...
    On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” Chicago Alderman Raymond Lopez (D) said that Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s (D) policies have “put the entire city under siege” and that “the Democratic Party on so many levels seems to be enamored with the mentality of being enablers to criminality.” Lopez said, “The only thing that is equitable about...
    Senate Republicans made it official on Thursday. Despite legislative changes suggested by centrist Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Republicans will not support a sweeping election and voting reform bill next week, effectively killing the party’s No. 1 priority. “The mother of all power grabs is going to fail,” said South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is...