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Senate Democrats Press Ahead With Debate on Voting Rights Bill

(New York Times) Senate Democrats plan to press ahead this week with an effort to push new voting rights protections through Congress, in an all but doomed attempt to enact a key piece of President Biden’s agenda that has been undercut by members of his own party. The Senate on Tuesday will begin to debate legislation that combines two separate bills already passed by the House — the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act — and folds them into an unrelated measure. The move would allow the Senate to bring the bill directly to the floor, avoiding an initial filibuster.

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Senate Democrats Call In-Person Caucus Meeting

(Political Wire) “Senate Democrats are convening a special, in-person caucus meeting on Tuesday as they brace for a fight on voting rights and the filibuster to come to a head,” The Hill reports. “Unlike most of the caucus meetings in the wake of the rise of the omicron coronavirus variant, the meeting will be in person.”

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Rep. Jamie Raskin Warns That The GOP Is Acting Like A Religious Cult

(PoliticusUSA) CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Rep. Raskin how worried he is about our democracy. Rep. Raskin answered: "Well, we’re in the fight of our lives. And he continues to propound his big lie, and everything flows from his big lie. It’s shocking that one of America’s major political parties, the one founded by Abraham Lincoln, has now wrapped itself around lies, propaganda, conspiracy theory, and disinformation. They’re now outside of our constitutional order. They attack our constitutional system. They attack the outcome of our election. So they fail the basic responsibility of a political party, which is to accept the constitutional structure as it exists."

LENNY0229

Dems won four special elections last week

We won special election in Maine for Maine House (suburban district that could have gone red), Massachusetts for Massachusetts House (a FLIP from Red to Blue - No Dem had held this seat since the mid 1800's), Virginia for Virginia House, and Florida for U.S. House. Again, one of these was a FLIP and one (the one in my home state of Maine) could very welll have gone red. There were no guarantees. In ALL cases, the Dems won by BIG margins.

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Matt Gaetz's ex-girlfriend granted immunity in sex trafficking probe

(CBS News) The woman, who CBS News is not naming to protect her privacy, testified in front of a federal grand jury in Orlando last Wednesday. She is viewed as a potential key witness, according to two sources familiar with the investigation. One of the sources said she has information related to the investigation of both the sex trafficking and obstruction allegations.

TexasTowelie

Scoop: Lara Logan Dropped By UTA Over Fauci Nazi Doctor Comments

(Mediaite) Lara Logan, the former 60 Minutes correspondent who as of late has earned a reputation for pushing conspiracy theories at Fox News, has been dropped by talent agency UTA over controversial comments she made about Dr. Anthony Fauci. UTA chief communications officer Seth Oster confirmed to Mediaite that the agency cut ties with Logan several weeks ago. The veteran journalist was dropped after she sparked controversy by comparing the top U.S. infectious diseases expert to Nazi doctor Josef Mengele on Fox News.

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One of Biden's biggest achievements is going largely ignored

(Washington Post) In his first year, President Biden filled 11 appeals court nominees, almost as many as the 12 Trump filled in his first year — which came after Republicans all but shut down judicial confirmations at the end of the Obama administration — and more than any other president in decades. The 29 district court seats Biden filled in his first year are the most of any president since Ronald Reagan.

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Ghislaine Maxwell ends fight to keep eight 'John Does' secret, court to decide whether names should

Ghislaine Maxwell ends fight to keep eight 'John Does' secret, court to decide whether names should be unsealed By Laura Ly, CNN Updated 12:26 PM ET, Mon January 17, 2022 (CNN)Ghislaine Maxwell will no longer fight to keep the names of eight 'John Does' secret and will leave it to the court to decide whether the names should be unsealed, according to a letter dated January 12. The documents are part of a 2015 defamation lawsuit against Maxwell brought by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who cla ...

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