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    03-15-2021, 10:19 PM #51
    Haaland was confirmed by the Senate 51-40. Four Republicans joined Democrats in voting to confirm. Haaland chaired the New Mexico Democratic Party, 2015-17, and was a member of the US House of Representatives, 2019-21.

    Deb Haaland makes history as first Native American Cabinet secretary
    The Senate confirmed the Congresswoman to lead the Interior Department, putting an Indigenous woman in charge of stewarding America’s public lands.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/deb-h...b617a7e40db174

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    03-19-2021, 07:16 PM #52
    In the 1932 movie Horse Feathers, Groucho Marx plays the dean of a college. He sings, "I don't know what they have to say. It makes no difference anyway. Whatever it is, I'm against it. No matter what it is or who commenced it, I'm against it." That perfectly sums up the Retrumplicans' feelings toward President Biden and the Democrats. Susan Collins of Maine was the only Senate Republican to vote to confirm Becerra as Health & Human Services secretary.

    Xavier Becerra confirmed as HHS secretary over Republican opposition
    GOP Senators complained Becerra, California attorney general, was too partisan.

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/xavi...ry?id=76518625

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    03-22-2021, 03:43 PM #53
    Statehood for the District of Columbia would require 60 votes in the Senate – and no Retrumplicans will ever vote for statehood. They know DC is heavily Democratic. The "taxation without representation": will continue.

    Congressional Democrats push for DC statehood at key House committee hearing

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/22/polit...ing/index.html

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    03-22-2021, 09:25 PM #54
    Walsh was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1997 until 2014 when he was elected mayor of Boston. With his confirmation as Secretary of Labor, Biden's Cabinet is now complete.

    Senate confirms Marty Walsh as next labor secretary in union win

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKBN2BE33L

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    03-23-2021, 03:25 PM #55
    Very predictably, the Republicans – who respond to every mass shooting by doing absolutely nothing except saying their "thoughts and prayers" are with the victims and their families – are pushing back against Biden's proposals. The National Rifle Association makes huge donations to Republicans and, in turn, Republicans do the NRA's bidding. That means being opposed to any and all proposals to place restrictions and limitations on ownership of guns and high-capacity ammo magazines.

    Biden calls for tighter gun control measures after Colorado shooting
    Reuters, Mar 23 2021 10:54 AM

    President Joe Biden today called for a ban on assault weapons and tighter gun control measures as he stepped into the familiar role of grief counselor for a traumatized nation after a mass shooting left 10 people dead in Colorado. "I don't need to wait another minute, let alone another hour, to take common sense steps that will save lives in the future," Biden said. "This is not and should not be a partisan issue. It's an American issue that will save lives, American lives. We must act. We can ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines." The mass shooting in Boulder followed a gunman's killing the previous week of eight people at spas in Atlanta, bringing new attention to US gun violence.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKBN2BF168

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    03-23-2021, 04:30 PM #56
    Republicans are also opposed to stronger background checks that might keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them. They value guns above human life.

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    04-08-2021, 05:58 PM #57
    The National Rifle Association makes huge donations to Republicans and, in turn, Republicans do the NRA's bidding. Republicans oppose any and all efforts to place limits and restrictions on ownership of guns, assault weapons and high-capacity ammo magazines. Whatever President Biden can do to reduce gun violence, he will have to do it without any Republican support. They value guns more than they value human life.

    Biden announces steps to limit 'ghost' guns, plans to tackle assault weapons
    Reuters, Apr 8 2021

    President Joe Biden and his Attorney General Merrick Garland today announced limited measures to tackle gun violence in the United States in what the White House described as a first step to curb mass shootings, community bloodshed and suicides. The new measures include plans for the Justice Department to crack down on self-assembled "ghost gun"” and make "stabilizing braces" – which effectively turn pistols into rifles – subject to registration under the National Firearms Act.

    Biden said he will ask the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives to release an annual report on firearms trafficking in the United States and make it easier for states to adopt “red flag” laws that flag at-risk individuals who own guns. Biden also outlined more ambitious goals that he needs the support of Congress to accomplish, including reintroducing a ban on assault weapons, lifting an exemption on lawsuits against gun manufacturers and passing a nationwide red flag law.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKBN2BV2F2

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    04-14-2021, 03:04 PM #58
    Lawmakers are divided over Biden's plan. Many Democrats say it is time to end the "Forever War" but Republicans and some Democrats say the troop withdrawal could embolden the Taliban. Since the war began in October 2001, 2,312 US military personnel have died in Afghanistan.

    Biden announces September 11 Afghanistan withdrawal deadline, says it's time for troops 'to come home'
    It would be 20 years since the 9/11 attacks.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bid...al-troops-home

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    04-28-2021, 09:09 PM #59
    A huge majority of Retrumplicans continue to believe "The Big Lie" that Donald Trump won the 2020 Presidential election, the election was "rigged" and the victory was "stolen" from him – so of course they will also believe other lies, such as this completely made-up story that appeared in the New York Post:

    GOP politicians won’t delete tweets about debunked Kamala Harris story
    HuffPost, Apr 28 2021 4:14 PM ET

    A number of Republican lawmakers have refused to remove their tweets promoting a discredited news story about Vice President Kamala Harris, even after the reporter who wrote the piece said it was made up. The controversy centers on an article the New York Post published on its front page Saturday, claiming that migrant children at a facility in Long Beach, California, were receiving “welcome kits” containing copies of Harris’ 2019 book Superheroes Are Everywhere.

    The story was quickly picked up by the right-wing echo chamber, which eagerly claimed that Harris was profiting off of unaccompanied minors at the southern border. “The Biden administration’s weakness caused a surge of illegal immigration,” tweeted Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton. “Now they’re forcing taxpayers to buy Kamala Harris’ book to give to those illegal immigrants?”

    The story was a fabrication, as Laura Italiano, the reporter who wrote the story, admitted in a statement revealing that she had resigned from the paper because of it. The story now has an editor’s note reading, “The original version of this article said migrant kids were getting Harris’ book in a welcome kit but has been updated to note that only one known copy of the book was given to a child.” Despite the admission that the original story was false, Republican lawmakers – as well as the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee – have largely kept up their tweets promoting the fake controversy.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/gop-k...b0c15313eee3c5

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    05-05-2021, 10:38 PM #60
    Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell accuses the Biden administration of wanting "to turn America into a socialist country." Hey, Mitch, are you aware that Medicare, Social Security, the Affordable Care Act, minimum wage laws, child labor laws and government subsidies for agriculture are socialist programs? No, probably not. This is the same Mitch McConnell who said on October 23, 2010, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term President." McConnell is a typical Retrumplican. He worships Donald Trump and he automatically opposes everything a Democratic President wants to do. How sad for our nation.

    McConnell says he's '100 percent' focused on 'stopping' Biden's administration

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/joe...den-s-n1266443

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