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Voting rights bill blocked in Senate despite united Democrats

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Good morning. Joe Biden suffered a painful blow on Tuesday as a crucial vote on his For the People Act – one of his administration’s top priorities – ended in a bruising defeat in Congress. The vice-president, Kamala...

Democrats need to admit that inflation is real – or voters will turn on them

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Inflation is rapidly becoming a problem for the Democratic party and President Joe Biden. They need to get a grip on it before it imperils their wider agenda and sinks their chances of keeping control of Congress in t...

Democrats unveil $30bn bill to cancel water debts and bail out utility firms

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Legislation to cancel utility debts for millions of low-income households and bail out struggling utility companies is to be introduced in the US Senate on Thursday. Jeff Merkley, a Democratic senator from Oregon, wil...

Biden heads to Capitol Hill to boost Democrats’ ‘human infrastructure’ plan

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Joe Biden made the short but significant journey from the White House to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for a key meeting to bolster Senate Democrats’ $3.5tn “human infrastructure” plan. The president put in an appearance ...

‘Get up off our rear ends’ or lose badly in midterms, Elizabeth Warren warns Democrats

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Democrats need to “get up off our rear ends” and work to bring down prices and runaway inflation, or face wipeout in November’s midterm elections, the Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren warns. In a forthright inte...

Democrats fail to advance voting rights law as Senate holdouts defend filibuster

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Senate Democrats failed again to pass sweeping new voting protections on Wednesday, in what may be the most brutal blow yet to efforts to strengthen protections for voters at a perilous moment for US democracy. Just a...

House Democrats vote to establish federal right to abortion

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House Democrats voted on Friday to establish a federal right to abortion, moving swiftly to advance the measure after the supreme court declined to stop a Texas law effectively outlawing the procedure and as they awai...

Curtis Sittenfeld on American Wife: ‘I thought Democrats wouldn’t read it because it was about a Republican’

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I was in the shower, washing my hair. It was July 2006, and I was on holiday in Massachusetts, visiting family. In my regular life, I lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where my boyfriend was finishing graduate scho...

California Democrats vow to change ‘weaponized’ recall system

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Hours after Gavin Newsom beat back a historic recall election that could have cost him his job, Democrats in California vowed to reform the system allowing a sitting governor to be challenged. The changes could includ...

Trump still won’t shut up. He’s doing Democrats running for office a huge favor

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The beginning of May before midterm elections marks the start of primary season and six months of fall campaigning. The conventional view this year is that Democrats will be clobbered in November. Why? Because midterm...

Texas governor threatens to defund state legislature after Democrats block voting bill

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Voting rights advocates on Tuesday excoriated Texas governor Greg Abbott’s bizarre threat to defund the state legislature after Democratic lawmakers thwarted an 11th-hour attempt to pass his priority bill that would h...

This tax loophole costs $180bn a decade. Why won’t Democrats close it?

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Anyone remember the “carried interest” loophole that lets hedge fund executives and private equity managers – among the wealthiest people in America – pay a tax rate no higher than most Americans? It’s a pure scam. Th...

Joe Manchin opposes For the People Act in blow to Democrats’ voting rights push

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In a huge blow to Democrats’ hopes of passing sweeping voting rights protections, the West Virginia senator Joe Manchin said on Sunday he would not support his party’s flagship bill – because of Republican opposition ...

‘Finally doing right’: Democrats’ big bill offers Sanders chance to deliver

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When making the case for progressive policy, the veteran leftwing senator Bernie Sanders often cites public opinion. “Poll after poll,” he’ll say, before running through a list of ambitious initiatives that the “vast ...