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'Good to have the US back': Allies applaud Biden's climate efforts

'Good to have the US back': Allies applaud Biden's climate efforts

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.April 23, 2021, 2:28 PM UTCBy Steve BenenLess than a month after his inauguration, President Joe Biden attended a virtual version of the annual Munich Security Conference and assured the international audience, "." Attendees noticed -- .Pointing to Biden's remarks at the end, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson soon after, "America is unreservedly back as the leader of the free world and that is a fantastic thing." European Council President Charles Michel, capturing the mood of the global event, soon...

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Exactly one year later: Trump, COVID, and injecting disinfectants

Exactly one year later: Trump, COVID, and injecting disinfectants

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.April 23, 2021, 8:02 PM UTCBy Steve BenenOver the course of 2020, Donald Trump's rhetoric on the pandemic was exhausting. Between the lies, the false promises, the conspiracy theories, the irresponsible downplaying, and the self-congratulatory nonsense, the way in which the then-president talked about the COVID crisis made the White House's response worse.But it was exactly one year ago today when the Republican shared some thoughts that were truly extraordinary, even for Trump. On April 23, 2020, the...

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McConnell: Jan. 6 commission shouldn't just focus on Jan. 6 attack

McConnell: Jan. 6 commission shouldn't just focus on Jan. 6 attack

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.April 21, 2021, 2:25 PM UTCBy Steve BenenIt wasn't long after January's deadly insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol when an obvious idea took hold: policymakers needed an independent commission, along the lines of the 9/11 Commission, to determine what happened and why.As we've , in theory, this seemed like a no-brainer. Even now, months after the assault, there's no shortage of questions in need of answers and an independent panel could both fill in the gaps and make policy recommendations to prevent...

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The problem(s) with Florida's new penalties for protesters

The problem(s) with Florida's new penalties for protesters

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.April 21, 2021, 12:43 PM UTCBy Steve BenenThe New York Times today that there's "a wave of new anti-protest legislation, sponsored and supported by Republicans," designed to impose "punitive new measures" on those who take to the streets to dissent.Arguably no state has gone further than Florida. The Miami Herald this week:Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday put a cap on one of his top legislative priorities by signing an "anti-mob" legislation into law back where it all began. Flanked by sheriffs and Republican...

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Why it matters that Republicans won't budge on a corporate tax hike

Why it matters that Republicans won't budge on a corporate tax hike

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.April 20, 2021, 2:39 PM UTCBy Steve BenenPresident Joe Biden held his latest bipartisan meeting with members of Congress yesterday, and once again stressed his eagerness to work out a deal."I am prepared to compromise, prepared to see what we can do and what we can get together on," the president at the outset of the discussion. Biden added, "I've noticed everybody is for infrastructure. The question is, who's going to pay for it?"Republicans appear to have an answer to that question: not their corporate...

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Despite his losses, Trump advises Republicans on how to 'win big'

Despite his losses, Trump advises Republicans on how to 'win big'

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.April 20, 2021, 12:00 PM UTCBy Steve BenenDonald Trump doesn't have a whole lot to do in his semi-retirement, but he's his adopted political party some electoral advice.Former President Trump says Republicans have to embrace his political agenda if they want to win back the House and Senate in 2022. Trump was asked in an interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity set to air Monday night whether GOP congressional candidates should run on the so-called "Make America Great" agenda."If they want to win, yes. We've...

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Why in the world would Team Trump need a 'policy institute'?

Why in the world would Team Trump need a 'policy institute'?

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.April 14, 2021, 12:51 PM UTCBy Steve BenenAs Donald Trump settles into his role as a semi-retired, failed former president, he and his team continue to construct a growing political machine. For example, Trump already has a leadership PAC, ironically called "Save America," which is raising a ton of largely regulated money for the Republican. He also has Mar-a-Lago, which for many in the party, has become of the GOP's world.Stephen Miller, meanwhile, has apparently created a called "America First Legal," and...

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On infrastructure and corporate taxes, most reject the GOP position

On infrastructure and corporate taxes, most reject the GOP position

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.April 15, 2021, 2:26 PM UTCBy Steve BenenA recent Morning Consult/Politico found fairly for an ambitious federal infrastructure bill, paid for by tax increases on the wealthy and big corporations. In an interesting twist, excluding the tax hikes made the plan , not more.Or put another way, as we recently , ask people about President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan, and they say they like it. Let people know that the Biden infrastructure plan includes tax hikes on corporations and the wealthy, and they say...

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The biggest problem with GOP moderates 'seething' at Biden

The biggest problem with GOP moderates 'seething' at Biden

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.April 14, 2021, 2:45 PM UTCBy Steve BenenThe headline on the Politico this morning said there's a group of "moderate Republicans" on Capitol Hill who are "seething" at President Joe Biden. Naturally, I clicked the link, but not because I wanted to know why these GOP lawmakers are so upset. More on that in a moment.According to the , a group of 10 deal-making "moderate" Senate Republicans -- whom Politico referred to as "the G-10" -- is frustrated by the "nightmare" the Democratic White House has created....

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A decade later, GOP eyes a new, misguided debt-ceiling crisis

A decade later, GOP eyes a new, misguided debt-ceiling crisis

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.April 26, 2021, 12:40 PM UTCBy Steve BenenOne of the first signs of trouble came about six weeks ago. Politico that congressional Republicans, outraged that Democrats had the audacity to pass a COVID relief package that the GOP didn't like, were "plotting" their "payback." One retaliatory measure, in particular, stood out.Several GOP senators are already lining up against raising the debt ceiling without associated spending cuts, including National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair Rick Scott (R-Fla.)....

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