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past is prologue
past is prologue
Political Unity Can Also Do Harm. Just Look at American History.
From the Era of Good Feelings to the Compromise of 1877 and beyond, nonpartisanship and bipartisanship have often fostered injustice.
space
space
Let This Harvard Professor Convince You That Aliens Exist
A Harvard astrophysicist thinks a mysterious object that swung by our solar system in 2017 was from an extraterrestrial civilization.
politics
politics
Trump Repeatedly Pressured Justice Department to Help Overturn Election
After DOJ leaders refused to file a Supreme Court lawsuit, Trump nearly fired the acting attorney general just days before the attack on Congress.
transition liveblog
transition liveblog
Impeachment Trial Delay Lines Up COVID Stimulus Push in Congress: Live Updates
Meanwhile, the Biden administration is continuing its efforts to de-Trump the federal government on multiple fronts.

Mass protests in Russia in support of Navalny

Protesters took to the streets Saturday in nearly 70 cities and towns across Russia calling for the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny — a massive show of defiance against President Vladimir Putin and his widening crackdowns against challenges to his power. More than 1,900 people were detained, including Navalny’s wife, Yulia.


The rallies — from Russia’s Far East to central Moscow — came less than a week after Navalny returned from Germany, where he recovered from a nerve agent poisoning in August during a trip to Siberia. Navalny was arrested shortly after stepping off the plane. Some 40,000 people participated in the Moscow protest, Reuters reported, while police said 4,000 people took part. Tens of thousands of others joined protests across the country — sending a powerful message to the Kremlin on the reach and resolve of Navalny’s network. It also underscored the pressure facing Russian authorities who must decide whether to keep Navalny behind bars.

fat cats
fat cats
The Trump Administration Let Boeing Settle a Killer Case for Almost Nothing
One of the most lenient corporate criminal deals ever was quietly cut during the president’s final weeks in power.
finance
finance
Wall Street’s Millennial Wonder Readies Her Next Act
Lauren Simmons, the youngest woman ever on the New York Stock Exchange, on her new show, diversity, and the future crash.
the national interest
the national interest
Republicans Have Decided Not to Rethink Anything
What if they held a GOP civil war and nobody came?
impeachment
impeachment
The Timeline for Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial
Now that Pelosi has plans to transmit the article of impeachment to the Senate, things should move quickly unless there’s a deal to do otherwise.
abortion
abortion
Can Biden and Democrats Protect Abortion Rights From Trump’s Judges?
The worst was averted when Trump lost and Democrats won control of the Senate. But an anti-abortion majority on the Supreme Court could strike soon.
coronavirus
coronavirus
New COVID Strain Spreading Across U.S.: What We Know
As public-health officials warn that the U.K. COVID strain could soon become common in the U.S., an unrelated variant has been found in California.
national guard
national guard
Biden Apologizes After National Guard Troops Are Sent to Parking Garages
After two weeks protecting the Capitol grounds, troops were ordered to vacate the complex and sleep on the concrete floors of parking garages.
lisa murkowski
lisa murkowski
GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski Rules Out Party Switch
The occasionally heretical Alaska senator dislikes what Trump did to her party, but she dislikes Democratic environmental policies even more.
foreign interests
foreign interests
America Is Complicit in Yemen Atrocities. Biden Says That Ends Now.
The Trump administration had long overlooked and defended Saudi war crimes in exchange for massive arms purchases. Biden is reversing course.
evictions
evictions
Thousands in Rent Debt, No End In Sight: Five New Yorkers’ Stories
“I feel like if COVID doesn’t kill me, the stress will.”
coronavirus stimulus
coronavirus stimulus
On COVID Relief, Dems Should Go Small Then Go It Alone
Dare Republicans to oppose a clean “vaccines and checks” law, then roll everything else into a reconciliation bill they can pass on a party-line vote.

Austin gets in with an overwhelming majority

U.S. Senate votes 93-2 to confirm retired General Lloyd J. Austin III to be the next U.S. Secretary of Defense
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Here we go again

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Schumer: Pelosi will transmit Trump impeachment article Monday, triggering trial of former president
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Politico compiled a list of the “day one” promises Biden didn’t keep, and it’s pretty short

Here are the promises he didn’t keep and the reasons why:

X “On day one, I’ll move to: eliminate the Trump tax cut for the super-wealthy, cut the unjustified loopholes in our tax code, and use that money to invest in America’s future.” June 27, 2019

X “On Day One, if I’m president of the United States, you’re going to see the end of Trump’s tax cut for the top 10th of 1%.” (Said during an address to the Philadelphia AFL-CIO in September 2019, according to Bloomberg)


These two economic priorities were put forward before the pandemic and the subsequent recession that led Biden to overhaul his initial economic agenda.


X “My first day of office, I’m going to send a bill to the Congress repealing the liability protection for gun manufacturers, closing the background check loopholes and waiting period.” Feb. 20, 2020


This is the most conspicuous First Day pledge that Biden has abandoned, an apparent concession to the reality of slim Democratic margins in Congress and a shift in post-pandemic priorities.


X “I’d double that tax [on foreign profits] and do that on Day One.” July 9, 2020


This was probably a Biden ad lib.


X “On Biden’s first day in office, he will restore federal employees’ rights to organize and bargain collectively, and will direct his agencies to bargain with federal employee unions over non-mandatory subjects of bargaining.” The Biden plan for strengthening worker organizing, collective bargaining, and unions


Biden is scheduled to sign this one today. (A White House spokesman told us, “We’re thinking about ‘Day One promises’ not literally on Jan. 20, but across multiple days.”) Even without that caveat, Biden did indeed keep the overwhelming majority of Day One pledges that we could find from his speeches, press releases and interviews over the last two years.

“I’ve never in my entire career felt like I’ve been booted onto the curb and told, ‘Figure it out on your own,’” said one of the soldiers.

Scores of National Guard members were forced out of a U.S. Capitol cafeteria resting area and into a parking garage nearby, putting them in close quarters with moving cars, exhaust fumes and troops potentially infected with the coronavirus, two soldiers told The Washington Post.


The abrupt transfer came Thursday afternoon with no explanation, the soldiers said. Images of National Guard members sleeping on concrete Thursday night sparked outrage and an apparent reversal later in the night, as lawmakers said the service members would be moved back to the Capitol.


The soldiers said they were not given a reason for the initial transfer. But defense officials said Capitol police moved the Guard members off the grounds as foot traffic from lawmakers and other officials increased in the area.

wildlife
wildlife
New York City’s Rats Are Doing Just Fine
The ratpocalypse came and went.
coronavirus
coronavirus
What We Know About the New P.1 Strain of the Coronavirus
The new variant, detected amid a horrifying resurgence of COVID cases in Manaus, Brazil, has alarmed scientists around the world.
public policy
public policy
Should You ‘Wait Your Turn’ for the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Amid a disastrous vaccine rollout, is it wrong to take advantage of technicalities and glitches?
biden administration
biden administration
Biden Displays Basic Pandemic Competence With His COVID Executive Orders
His initial wave of coronavirus policies intends to ramp up the production of vaccines and testing — and to “restore trust” in the federal government.
politics
politics
Biden Instantly Fires Trump-Appointed Anti-Worker Attorney
Brought back to Washington by Trump to defend employers and bust unions, the Reagan attorney who broke the PATCO strike got his own walking papers.
covid-19
covid-19
Why Has America’s Vaccination Drive Suddenly Stalled?
Just as Trump left, the U.S. started running out of vaccine, leading to canceled appointments and growing anger as the pandemic kills record numbers.
trump organization
trump organization
Trump’s Revenue Is Cratering at the Worst Possible Time
The ex-president has $900 million in loans coming due in the next four years, and his businesses took a 40 percent hit in 2020.
satire
satire
Don’t Fall for Trump’s Latest Distraction
Leaving the White House in disgrace is his most cunning diversion yet.
biden inauguration
biden inauguration
Biden’s Unity Plea Is About Strategy, Not Surrender
Like other recent presidents, Joe Biden is attempting to divide or pressure the opposition. If the bid fails, he can easily turn to other strategies.
impeachment trial
impeachment trial
A McConnell-Backed Trump Conviction Is Just Fantasy
Conviction in Trump’s impeachment trial was always a long shot. Now momentum is waning, as GOP senators aren’t onboard and McConnell won’t herd them.