With so many crazy things happening, sometimes things fall through the cracks. Here are some headlines that you may find interesting and worth discussing.
- The push to pass a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package through Congress escalated Wednesday as President Joe Biden made clear to Democrats that the need for aid is urgent and lawmakers prepared to use a special budget process to allow the Senate to advance the measure with only a simple majority vote. “We need to act — we need to act fast.”
- Two weeks into the presidency of Joe Biden, a majority of Americans say, 61 – 34 percent, that they are generally optimistic about the next four years with Biden as president, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-peaack) University national poll of 1,075 adults released today. However, there are sharp divisions by party identification.
- The United States formally extended a critical nuclear accord with Russia on Wednesday for five years, opting to prolong limits on the arsenals of both nations two days before the treaty’s expiration date and bringing a measure of stability to U.S.-Russia relations on nuclear matters.
- Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) wants to be named California’s next attorney general — and he has House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s blessing, according to four Democratic sources familiar with the matter.
- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday that the House of Representatives would vote Thursday on whether to strip embattled Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., of her committee assignments after Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy failed to take action against her.
- If only!
- The federal government is partnering with the state of California to open COVID-19 community vaccination sites in Oakland and Los Angeles this month as part of the Biden administration’s push to ramp up the rate of vaccinations across the country.
Riots/White ISIS/Wing Nut Watch:
- When it comes to domestic extremists such as those who stormed the Capitol, a longtime CIA officer argues that the U.S. should treat them as an insurgency.
- Election workers weren’t surprised by the Capitol riot. Trump’s supporters targeted them first.
- The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has opened an investigation into Steve Bannon, who was a senior adviser to former President Donald Trump, in connection with his role in a charity that was supposed to use private funds to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall, according to a senior law enforcement official.
- Canada on Wednesday declared the Proud Boys a terrorist entity, adding the far-right group to a list that includes al-Qaeda, ISIS and al-Shabab in an effort to crack down on “ideologically motivated violent extremism,” described by the country’s public safety minister as the “most significant threat to domestic security.”
- Proud Boys and Black Lives Matter activists clashed in a Florida suburb. Only one side was charged.
- Spoiler Alert: But only the Black Lives Matter protesters were cited.
- The Navy on Wednesday released nearly 60 recommendations in an attempt to quell racial and gender-based discrimination among its sailors.
- A new study concludes that unrest caused by police violence and the coronavirus pandemic attributed to a significant increase in the number of homicides in the U.S. last year.
- The National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice (NCCCJ) released the report on Monday, which found that homicide rates across the nation were 30 percent higher from 2019 to 2020.
Marjorie Taylor Greene Removed From Committees by House Vote 230-199
The House voted Thursday night to remove MJT from her committee assignments with the help of 11 Republicans.
She will be removed from the House Education and Labor Committee and Budget Committee.
She explained that she “stumbled upon QAnon” in 2017 and became very interested in it, adding that she was upset through 2018 and didn’t trust the government.“The problem with that is though is I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true, and I would ask questions about them and talk about them, and that is absolutely what I regret,” she said.Greene also said that she believes “9/11 absolutely happened” and “school shootings are absolutely real and every child that is lost, those families mourn it.”https://twitter.com/therecount/status/1357478333106294786?s=20
A Circus at The House
House Minority Leader Qevin McQarthy (Q-CA) issued a statement late Wednesday condemning Marjorie’s words, but stopped short of doing anything about it. Marjorie apparently issued an apology for past comments, but also reportedly received a standing ovation from some colleagues. The House will vote on Thursday whether to remove her from her committees.
At the same meeting these same Republicans voted to keep Liz Cheney in her number 3 seat with a 145-61 vote.
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— Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) February 3, 2021