A 50-50 Democratic Senate and bare control of the House grant virtually any individual Democrat the ability to gum up the works. That means impossible-to-pass ideas like “Medicare for All” and a Green New Deal aren't going to be the focus of Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. That could, over time, frustrate liberals and cause them to issue demands related to bills that actually can pass like infrastructure spending and budget reconciliation proposals. … [Read more...] about What Biden can and can’t get from an evenly divided Senate
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People working closely with Harris on the transition resist the idea of siloing her into any specific issue early on, because the sheer number of challenges the Biden administration faces means it will be “all hands on deck” during their early months. They say she'll be involved in all four of the major priorities they’ve set out: turning around the economy, tackling COVID-19, and addressing climate change and racial justice. … [Read more...] about Harris prepares for central role in Biden’s White House
Trump did try to roll back Obama’s greenhouse-gas regulations. This is part of the now-ordinary push-and-pull of regulations that occurs whenever party control of the White House changes hands. On the whole, though, Obama’s push has gone a lot farther than Trump’s pull. That is not only because Trump’s deregulation was carried out so ham-handedly that courts have overturned his policies at a historic rate. It is also because businesses don’t make long-term investment decisions based on ephemeral regulatory conditions. Firms aren’t going to build a new plant to make gas-guzzlers or energy-hogging appliances if they believe those things will be outlawed in a few years. … [Read more...] about Trump Wanted to Erase Obama’s Legacy. He Failed.
AmeriCorps trends still indicate that people stepped up to volunteer in large numbers during the pandemic, but circumstances caused people to find innovative ways to serve. Food banks, which still require in-person volunteers, had to think through ways to spread people out during their work. Young people stepped up to take the place of older volunteers who are more at-risk from the virus. … [Read more...] about Biden calls Americans to volunteer on MLK Jr. Day
Former President Barack Obama in his memoir noted that singer Aretha Franklin’s showy hat and a glitch in Chief Justice John Roberts' administration of the oath of office got more attention than his speech in the days following the first Black president’s address, delivered as the nation was mired in recession and a growing malaise over two intractable wars. … [Read more...] about Biden aims for unifying speech at daunting moment for US