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Fresh update on "senate" discussed on Glenn Beck
"Them power. And they will kill people who disagree with him. Clarity. People are silencing speech and perspective. What are we turning into when we can't handle words to help you understand the issues of the day? There are people on the far left that are now leaving the far left because they realize how dangerous these people are becoming Glennbeck program weekdays at 9 a.m. Eastern on police TV, Let's talk a little bit more about Washington. Posten with Washington Post trying to do and failed miserably, saying Donald Trump is a liar, he says, you know most of the most dangerous cities. I think, he says, all of the most dangerous cities in America. Are run by Democrats. Washington Post came out said No. We looked at 20 cities and and two of them. Well, one's an independent ones. A Republican. Yeah. Okay, well. Okay. They prove for sure that he is a liar with that, because I believe it's Jacksonville has a Republican mayor of the top 20 most dangerous cities. You know, we're going to go into depth on this on studios, America Studios, left leaning cities or her Democrat run city. Something like that. We could come up with a title yet, but It's such a fascinating thing because it's something we did for one of your old books Glen many, many years ago. I know and I remember thinking when we came up with it. I had never seen the analysis anywhere before and we did it based on poverty in danger, but very similar. Analysis and I thought that was going to be something that was really going to catch on with Republicans where they would make the argument that Hey, we've tried this. This is something that's happened. You guys have tried this for 50 years without a Republican and many of these cities. And had nothing but depressing failure for half a century. Maybe it's time to try something else. Detroit was the city of the future in 1960 I mean it was America's most prosperous city. And, yeah, the automobile industry took a beating, but Not as much as the city did. I mean, the city has just died in corruption and violence. I mean, it's just horrible in Detroit. Yeah, and one of the more difficult things to do when it comes to this sort of analysis as we had to do many years ago. Is. I think you've pointed it out. There's 2020 mares. One of them is a Republican. I believe tour independence. However, there are a lot of nonpartisan elections around the country where there aren't party representation. So these these quote unquote independence that run these countries cos. Excuse me. Cities are almost entirely Democrats. Would you go and check out like Miranda's Democrats? They were in a state Senate as a Democrat. They.
Jack Reed questions Trump's stance on Russian Bounties
"Says President Trump was not aware of intelligence or Russians negotiated with Taliban militants to kill US troops in Afghanistan, ranking member of the Senate Armed Service Committee Jack Reed, Democrat from Rhode Island, is questioning that stance. He had this information or Paris at least once in his presidential daily brief, And yet he had five conversations with President Putin and I don't think in anyone time did either raise this issue. The bounty information was said to have been included in the president's Daily intelligence brief dated February 27th. That's according to intelligence official apparently did not scuttle US Taliban agreement or the president's plan for a troop withdrawal from the war.
Fresh update on "senate" discussed on 10 10 WINS 24 Hour News
"3 13 Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is urging his Republican colleagues not to let police reform slip away. Correspondent Linda Kenyon has to Senator Schumer says the Republican leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, could revive the reform effort. If he invited Senate Democrats to the table. We are ready right now to sit down. I'm willing to say I'm willing to appoint a few members leader McConnell could appoint a few members and they should start talking. Senate Democrats blocked a Republican written reform bill, calling it woefully inadequate and urging bipartisan input. The house, meanwhile, has passed its own reform legislation. Wins news Time. 3 14 Better.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says new virus in China has traits of 2009 swine flu
"Out a warning about a new flu virus that emerged in pigs in China and is similar to the swine flu hit the U. S in 2009. So far, no confirmed cases and people just pigs, but that could change. That's because the new flu, which has been named G four, has a capability straight out of a horror movie. As Dr Anthony Fauci told a Senate committee this week. G for appropriate PSA bit of genetic material from one host, say a pig. Takes another genetic material from another host, say a person and then stitches it into something new when they all mixed up together, and they contain some of the elements that might make them susceptible to being transmitted to humans. You always have the possibility that you might have another swine flu type outbreak, as we had in £2009 he says. There's no reason to worry about the G flew for Just yet.
Fresh update on "senate" discussed on KYW 24 Hour News
"Plowed into the crowd, A startup of the University of Arizona things that lasers And detect the cove it Corona virus. A company called Milton Assault Analytics is working on a machine about the size of a microwave. It would shoot a laser light at a sample to detect its molecular makeup. It's similar to the technology used by the Mars Rover to analyze rocks on Mars on Earth. It could be used to detect covert 19 faster and cheaper than the current test and with a high degree of accuracy. Allison Keys. CBS News During this patriotic weekend, K Y W special contributor. Larry K. Reflects on one of our most important freedoms and certainly not your ordinary July 4th weekend, but we're trying to make the best of it. The political world is talking about the president's strategy for the fall, and Joe Biden's reaction. We all know there's been dramatic change recently across party lines on the need to examine our past and current perspective on how we proceed. The challenges facing the African American community because of racism. Whatever your view is, it's important business for our country, and so is this. It's about one of the freedoms we celebrate this weekend, the right to vote. This is not a partisan story as you'll learn in a few seconds, at least 37 states in this country, including Pennsylvania, the Republican Party's file different losses with same objective to eliminate Malin in some cases, absentee ballots. In all honesty. Many Republicans, especially those in rural areas, and also threatened by the virus are not happy about this crusade. Republicans are tough Senate races are livid. Democrats say it's voter suppression. The president says it's a recipe for fraud. One thing is certain. Whatever your party, whatever your views, you must stay informed on developments in this story. Larry came K Y W was right. About 300 protesters have hit the highway here in Philadelphia, shutting down by 6 76 will get you caught up with that coming up next. It just doesn't.
Supreme Court blocks curbside voting in Alabama during pandemic
"Blocked a lower court ruling allowing curbside voting in Alabama due to the Corona virus pandemic for the July 14th primary election run offs, which determined the Republican candidate for the Senate. The winner there will then face Democratic Senator Doug Jones in November's general election. The high court also loosened absentee ballot requirements in three of the state's largest counties. Former federal prosecutor Jessica Levinson says that the ruling will make it more difficulty for voters to get to the polls, especially during the pandemic meal is by far the safest way that people can vote and for that to be made harder for them. Really is a tragedy. The way that you can pull the levers of power in elections and try and get to your desired outcome is to do things like this to make it harder for people to vote. 8 53 here. The Senate yesterday passed by unanimous consent
Fresh update on "senate" discussed on Purity Products
"Liberation from the White House 244 years ago in Philadelphia, the 56 signers of our Declaration of independence pledged Their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. To boldly proclaim this eternal truth. That we are all made equal by God. On Friday, Mr Trump addressed the nation from Mount Rushmore complete with fireworks. The Senate has set the stage for passage of the National Defense Authorization Act. That's when it returns from its fourth of July recess. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe says the bill is well timed this weekend as you celebrate independence State. Think about what This holiday stands for Think about what it takes to protect the freedom that we celebrate in office in Senate Passage is just the latest step in what could be a months long process. Very likely it be. It could be November. Would we actually end up passing this bill bill calls for some $740 billion in defense spending for fiscal 2021. Buying new Capitol Hill. The US has dipped under 50,000 new daily Corona virus infections for the first time in four days. That's according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The experts counted 45,300 new infections yesterday in the U. S. After three days in which the daily can't what as high as 54,000 plus The worst outbreak of voracious and Locusts in Kenya in 70 years is far from over, experts say, and their newest generation is just now finding its wings and we'll take flight. The lively hoods of millions have already vulnerable people in East Africa are at stake. Experts in the field trying.
House Vote On Washington, DC Statehood Was Years In The Making
"Being two hundred and thirty two votes in the affirmative one hundred and eighty vote in the negative. Last Friday the House of Representatives passed legislation that would increase the number of stars on the American flag from fifty to fifty one for the first time members approved a bill that would make the capital of the United States Washington DC its own state right now. It's a federal district basically. Within a country that typically houses the national government and is directly controlled by it. The bill says that while federal buildings like the White House would still be federal property. Everything else would be part of this new state, and instead of the District of Columbia. It would be called the Washington Douglas Commonwealth named after abolitionist. Frederick Douglass in theory. It doesn't take that much to create a new state, basically the house Senate and the president. All have to be on board, but DC's history is a federal district is complicated. To explain. We have to go back to the seventeen hundreds. During the American Revolution, the Continental. Congress didn't have a permanent home. The continental capital bounced around from New York to Philly, and then as the result of a compromise between southern and northern states they met in the middle literally in seventeen. Ninety President George. Washington picked spot for the nation's capital along the Potomac River, and it was named the district of. Columbia And the founding fathers wanted the receipts they wrote into the Constitution that DC should be federal city article, one section eight clause seventeen to be exact. They said otherwise Congress in the White House could be too influenced by the state government in which it lived. Tradeoff, though was that DC? Residents lost their representatives in Congress and in the Electoral College. This wasn't something people just let slide. In fact, someone in Congress has fought for DC to become a state every year since nineteen sixty five. Remember no taxation without representation from history class. That's when Americans under British rule demanded representatives across the pond in exchange for their tax dollars in the seventeen hundreds. And you can still find that slogan on DC license plates in twenty twenty, because district residents pay federal taxes, but they don't get to elect representatives with power to represent their interests in the federal government. Instead they have a local government, but even that is still subject to federal control through something called. Rule by invoking home rule Congress can actually block any law. Local officials or residents support. Some things have changed since seventeen ninety, though in its to thirty years of taxation without representation, the D. C. Population has grown to over seven hundred thousand people that's larger than the populations of some states, including Vermont and Wyoming and thanks to the twenty-third amendment district residents now at least gets vote for president and have their vote counted. DC has three votes in the electoral college, but advocates argue three electoral votes is not enough, and they've faced opposition in large part from Republicans in Congress. That's because Washington. DC residents have voted overwhelmingly for Democratic presidential candidates, so the concern is if you make it, state dens will get more of an upper hand in Congress moving forward. Mike we said this is a fight that's come up pretty much every year for decades, but this year the fight for DC to become a state has stayed in the spotlight. That's partly because of the recent protests over racial injustice. In DC. The trump administration has sent federal officers to clear protesters from the streets. Here was DC mayor Muriel bowser on PBS last month, where the capital city were federal district where seven hundred thousand tax paying Americans and I'm the Mayor Governor County executive all at once, but because we are not a state the federal government can encroach on our atonomy. Those recent clashes between protesters and federal officers have raised more questions about whether it's fair for the federal government to have so much. Say in how the city operates. Advocates also argue that the fight for DC to become a state is a civil rights issue. The majority of the district residents are people of color which means Washington. DC is one clear example of a place in which black Americans are being denied representation. So. DC statehood passing in the house last week was historic, but to be clear. It's not likely to pass the Republican controlled Senate. And president trump is also said he opposes the idea which means this bill will probably go nowhere, but if the balance of power changes in Washington and November it could be back on the table again and other US territories buying for statehood like Puerto Rico home to more than three million Americans could also have a shot at finally becoming part of the Union. Happy for the July.
Pelosi, Democrats criticize Trump on Russia after intel briefing
"The two top Democrats in Congress say any threats to American troops must be pursued relentlessly there, rebuking the president after receiving a highly classified briefing about intelligence that Russia offered bounties for killing US troops in Afghanistan. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, accusing the president of being soft on Russian President Putin and distracted by less important issues. The president has called reports of the intelligence assessments of hoax and has thus far declined to address whether the U. S. Has or will respond to Russia.
Democrats say troop threats should be pursued 'relentlessly'
"Intelligence leaders briefed congressional leaders on Russia bounties Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer was briefed on assessments Russia offered bounties to kill U. S. troops in Afghanistan I believe that the president is not close to tough enough on Vladimir Putin house speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to the White House insistence president trump wasn't briefed because the assessments weren't verify the White House put on the con that if you don't have a hundred percent consensus on intelligence that we shouldn't be it shouldn't rise to a certain level secretary of state Mike Pompeii says this was handled incredibly well we took this seriously we handle it appropriately president trump is called news reports a hoax and Donahue Washington
Mnuchin Says U.S. Will Consider Another Round of Stimulus Checks
"Some good news for those who are hoping for another stimulus check from the federal government. Eric Watson is a congressional reporter for Bloomberg Very strong. Steve Mnuchin came out a two White House today and said, they're looking very strongly. Another stimulus package looking another round of direct payments checks the $1200 check two individuals They're good looking at help for businesses and possibly some age of state lost revenue. We also seeing Kevin McCarthy's a House Republican leader. He did a press conference this morning as well as saying that he and which McConnell, the leader in the Senate, are looking at doing a package by the end of July, I think is very much still alive issue. You know, even though the unemployment rate is down to 11% still historically very high and the president's motivated with the election coming up to make sure that that number gets even lower pain, Wally says there is ongoing disagreement over additional federal aid for states and localities. Republicans. They're worried that Some governors are going to try to fudge the numbers and make up for physically responsible policies intentions in the past, they want to see really documented Cove. It related losses, expenses and really narrow that down. The Democrats propose a trillion dollars in that age. Another big point of contention is on unemployment insurance at the top priority for for liberals in the House. They want to see the $600 per week bump that a lot of unemployed people are receiving. Now through the end of July. They wanted it extended, possibly the next March, while linking that to state's unemployment rate, So if things do look better in Texas or another place Like that, then that would drop off. But Republicans are growing in many parts of the country, especially, you know, in the upper Midwest or elsewhere where wages or much Well, our people are receiving a significant premium over their normal salary. Your wages By staying in unemployment that could hinder the ability of especially small businesses soak your people back to the workforce. So that is a real bone of contention. I think it's going to be a really tough one to crack. Ah, but at least one Ah, Senator yesterday was telling me on the Republican side with me. We'll go to $200 will go a little bit lower, so let's get to a dollar number. I think it's a possibility for common ground Zaric wasin from
Republicans urge Trump not to veto defense bill over renaming military bases
"On come. Some Republican senators fear a backlash over a threat from president dropped a veto the defense bill if it calls for renaming military bases. Capitol Hill correspondent Bob Agnew reports Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging President Trump to back away from his veto threat. The base renaming mandate proposed by a Democrat Elizabeth Ward, will likely wind up is part of the $740 billion plus Defense Authorization Act. Republicans fear a presidential veto would be a bad look just ahead of a nationwide election and renaming basis has caught on with some conservative Republicans. They say Bass name send a powerful message to soldiers who served there about who the nation honors and who they should emulate Black New
House passes bill extending Paycheck Protection Program
"Morning, So it was unanimous Vote. After hours of discussion, the house has now approved extending the paycheck protection program. Yeah, the approval, which comes just down. Teo just came down one day after the $660 billion aid program expired. It means the legislation on Lee needs the president's signature to go into effect. The stimulus bill was approved by the Senate earlier this week. Now. The PPP extension will allow small businesses with fewer than 500 employees to continue applying for government loans through August. The eight now since the original plan was approved in March, approximately 4.8 million business owners I have borrowed more than 520 billion and financial aid. That's all according to the Treasury
White House Dismisses Reports of Bounties, but Is Silent on Russia
"The white. House is still trying to grapple with reports that Russia paid bounties to taliban-linked militants to kill U, S and coalition forces in Afghanistan and that the president was told about the plot months ago tonight. The Washington Post says trump has no plans for an immediate response because he quote does not believe the reports. Reports are true or actionable. According to two senior administration officials this morning on social media, trump again dismissed the issue calling it quote just another made up by fake news tale that is told only to damage me and the Republican Party just another hoax hours later, the praise the president made his first public comments about the Intel echoing his administration's lied about not having been briefed because the information had not been verified. We never heard about it because intelligence never found it to be. Of the of that a level where it would rise to that I'm sure I don't see many things that they don't think rose to the occasion. This didn't rise to the occasion and from what I hear. And I hear it pretty good. The intelligence people didn't even many of them didn't believe it happened at all. I think it's a hoax. I think it's a hoax by the newspapers and the Democrats. This was something that never got presented to me and they know that never got presented because it didn't rise to that level. Trump's national security advisor and press secretary offered reports. The slightly different take on why trump wasn't informed about. The Intel appeared to focus on one unnamed Diana staffer. The person decided. Early on whether the president should be briefed on this in the Oval in the oval tells briefing was his career senior career civil servant. Officer I and she made that decision because she didn't have confidence in the intelligence that came up and we had this. Ron Telling we started an interagency process to look at options so that if the if the intelligence turned out to be verified, if it could be corroborated, then we'd have options to go to the president with it was a career. CIA officer with more than thirty years a tenure who made the decision not to brief up in the national security adviser agreed with that decision. That was the right decision to make at this moment as I speak to you, it is still unverified. Today the Senate intelligence. Committee became the latest group of lawmakers to get a briefing on the from the administration on the bounty plot. A new report in politico says quote. Top White House officials confirmed lawmakers this week that the Russian bounty intelligence was included in trump's dealing written brief in late February Capitol Hill. Sources say even though it had not been briefed to the president orally by that point, the article does not. Not Specify which lawmakers received this information. The gang of eight members of Congress who the administration usually keeps in the loop on critical national security matters are still hoping to get their own briefing from the director of the CIA the Director of the National Director of National Intelligence and the head of the National Security Agency that meeting had been scheduled to take place today, but this morning it was postponed until tomorrow.
Republicans score procedural victory on Democrats' infrastructure bill
"Leader Mitch McConnell says the House infrastructure bill is D O. A in the Senate leader. McConnell calls a $1.5 trillion green infrastructure bill absurd. It would use that funding partly as incentives to pressure states to commit to cut greenhouse emissions would make other climate concessions. O'Connell says. It's a bill drawn up to please the far left. So in his words, quote this nonsense is not going anywhere in the city. The Senate has already passed its own infrastructure bill in committee and the House bill faces a threat of a presidential veto.
Philadelphia - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Will Sign 2 Police Reform Bills Into Law, Office Says
"To police reform bills have passed. The Pennsylvania Senate and Governor Tom Wolfe says he will sign both of them. More bills are moving through
Refuting Ben Shapiro
"Here's how he starts. His most recent show Republicans brought up in the Senate a police reform bill and the police reform bill didn't give Democrats everything they wanted. For example, it did not outright. Ban Choke chokehold. It said that departments has to take a look at chokehold and decide how they would be applied, and the federal government would make its funding contingent on particular procedures. Put in place with regard to. To choke, hold now. They're a bunch of Democrats who think the chokehold should outright ban because either they are mischaracterizing what a chokehold is. There's a difference between a chokehold and a and a mission hall, or they're trying to deprive law enforcement of a tool, the sometimes require in order to make a situation more quiescence. Okay, hold on so right there the difference with a choke hold and a submission hold. What is he talking about? I know he's hinted at being a part of Brazilian Jujitsu. I have to. You know that some submission is called. It's called a rear naked choke. You're squeezing the carotid arteries of someone to reduce the oxygen flow to their brain, so yeah, if you have your bicep on the right carotid artery in your forearm, pressing into the left side. If you, do it properly it safe. The problem is most police. Officers are not trained to do it properly. You can watch the training. You can see them fight people in public I, personally have been a Ju. jitsu Jim where cops come to fight. They do not understand the actual and breakdowns of Brazilian Jujitsu on how to properly apply a rear naked choke. They don't do it correctly. They will crush your larynx. They stop your breathing. That's not what choke is supposed to do. Okay, and let's be clear. Clear to that. That I think just stopping. The colts is also misguided even on the Democrat side I think it's misguided I think it needs to talk about bodyweight on. Someone's back the ability to breathe while you're leaning on. Someone's back as fixation we need. We need to ban all sorts of things like that, but I don't think it's fair to say that. They're mischaracterizing a chokehold from being a submission hold because nobody's preventing cops from putting someone in an arm bar. Let's be clear about that. That as opposed to being forced to use deadly force in a case where somebody is resisting, arrest me, and this is really one of the instances in which officers you see, an officer and the officer is trying to put somebody into submission. Hold read they're trying to. They're trying to deprive oxygen to the brain, not the personnel, or at least put the person and more quiet than state. The alternative to that is the person continuing to thrash around struggle. Maybe grabbed. The officer's got bent so often talks in. In absolutes he is so black or white absolutes. You're going to hear him today. Say things like every single time. It's not true all they want. It's not true. These these are Straw man after Straw man after Straw man of the Democratic position and I WANNA. Be Clear I'm not a registered. Democrat I'm an independent I consider myself a liberal I, don't I don't say I'm a leftist and I'm certainly not on the right and here lately. I can't even say have even been in the center I'm. Left of center, but I'm a liberal if you have any of credibility. You should pay attention to rappaport rules, and if you don't know what that is, look up Dan Dan. It read his books and or Google rappaport rules, and the very core of reports rules are. If you don't fully understand someone else's argument, you're not yet ready to create an argument against him. You should be. You should be able to state their argument back to them in a way that they say. Wow, yes, that's the way I feel and I. Wish I would put it that way once you can do that to someone then you're willing to make an argument against them. But these blind strokes of of all and and absolutes are just crazy, and that's not the alternative. Ben If you walk into a situation assuming I either have to choke you or shoot you because I'm an occupying force here to make the streets. then. Yeah, you're going to be violent. Either way these yeah, the choke holds pretty. Damn Nice when you put it that way. That shouldn't be the cops job.
"senate" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"From NPR and WVU ARE BOSTON. I'm Anthony Brooks, and this is on point over the past couple of months the electoral map has undergone a dramatic transformation. A pandemic economic downturn and protests over racism have scrambled Senate races that once felt secure for Republicans suddenly Democrats have a real shot at winning control of the Senate in November this hour on point, the fight for the US Senate and to help to kick us off and guide us through the electoral map on point news analyst Jack Beatty joins us from Hanover New Hampshire Hello Jack Great to have you. Alot. Anthony and Jack's going to be with us. Throughout the hour is kind of an analyst, guide and Jack I want to start with a couple of questions throughout this hour. We're going to be dropping down into states here and there were these competitive races are taking place, but set this up for us. What the Democrats need to do to take control of the Senate gives a sense of the numbers. Well the numbers are fifty three Republicans forty-seven. Democrats including the two independents who vote with the Democrats. Therefore, the Democrats need a minimum of three. GOP seats that is if Joe, Biden wins the presidency, because then the vice president can preside over the Senate. To tell you you mentioned the dramatic transformation in the map. That's reflected really in the Senate matchups. Consider in January the cook political report rated for these Republican seats as tossups. Orleans Republicans now nine. So the trend is strongly toward the Democrats right, so you mentioned. If Biden wins. They need a net of three seats I gather. There's at least one Democratic senator who's Vulnerable Doug Jones in Alabama expected to probably expected to go down so that would mean that the Democrats need to win four seats to gain control of the Senate right. That's right. Yeah, and there are. There are pickings in in places that have you know received publicity man. We're GONNA. Talk About Colorado. We'll talk about it, but also in in unusual places. Kansas Kansas has been Republican since the Bronze Age, but they have nominated the Republicans there Chris Coe back the anti immigration. Voter Fraud Crusader. He lost? Going away for the governorship in two thousand, eighteen to a Democrat, she won easily, and now he's running against a Barbara. Byer physician and state Senator, and that is ace that may well be a competitive race because he's such a tainted candidate so give us a list. Though what other states are in play, give us the sort of short list of the half dozen, or so states that are around which control the Senate will really hinge. Well let's just look at the tossups in the Cook Political Report. Those of four main Montana. Colorado and North Dakota I. Mean North North Carolina Sorry. And we'RE GONNA be talking about them. Now probably the the one to watch the most is main. Because the incumbent Susan Collins. Has Given hostages to fortune and things that she has said over the last few years, and notably in her vote to confirm. Justice calving art of the Supreme Court? That vote looks more. Politically damaging just in this week. When in abortion rights case Justice Cavanaugh voted against a Bush restrict abortion Jack what's the If there is one theme that sort of ties these races together? That explains why they're suddenly competitive I mean obviously. We've talked a lot about president trump's declining popularity. He's down in a lot of these battleground states. He's down. According to a lot of polls that we've been looking at. Is that the theme that sort of explains why so many of these states are suddenly competitive? It's hard to find any other one that seems to explain as much of course he the president bundles together all the crises. He's facing all the troubles he has, and that is bound to rub off on some of these candidates. It's too late for them now to separate themselves much from him. They have tried to in the past Thom Tillis, the Republican senator from North Carolina has tried cup a year or so ago tried to put distance between himself and the president, and that got him a primary opponent. So they've all sort of joined up behind him and his fortunes seemed to be really predictive of their theirs and one thing that's been happening with Senate votes is that they've now split ticket voting? I vote for Republican President Democrat for Senator Cetera that seems to be a thing of the past so if there's a strong anti-trump vote. Coming out in even these tossup states. That's going to really really hurt the senators. The old idea of well we'll vote for Joe because we know him maybe not not not so much today. How surprised are you that this is taking place I? Mean as we mentioned the top. It wasn't long ago. That president trump was running on a strong economy, and the Republican majority in the Senate seemed pretty secure. The this is about. Relatively quickly, but I guess we make that point again and again that you know a few weeks and politics can be a lifetime. And the months since January I mean. The the country has a undergone something. It hasn't ever really undergone it, but the twin economic crisis pandemic the presidency. Radic performance mushrooming. Casualty figures from this virus. All of this is is hurting the Republican brand deeply and and and. Depressed things can turn around, but it's beginning to look like a tough year for them in the presidency, and if the big enough vote comes out there tough in the Senate to well, Jack Stand by we're going to sort of head out across the country and touchdown. Some of these states starting in Colorado Caitlyn Kim is a reporter for Colorado public radio. She covers politics for Colorado public radio and she joins us now. Caitlin, great to have you expanding me, so we WANNA talk to you about Democrat and former governor John Hickenlooper, who's challenging? Republican Senator Cory Gardner. Hickenlooper has now won that democratic. Primary survey out. What's going on in that race? Because he had a little bit of a bumpy month of June right? Yeah, he had last, he had A. Couple of last week's in the primary. He was facing a challenge from a more progressive candidate Andrew. Romanoff? Who Lost? He actually pulled off a larger victory. Then I think a lot of people were thinking just given how how rocky the last couple of weeks were but as you've mentioned John Hickenlooper is a former. Governor of Colorado he's very popular and he's. He's very centrist. He doesn't you know you can't really label him? As a progressive and I think that is one of the things that appealed. To him running for the for the Democratic Party, that's why they sort of went after him and. Recruited him for that seat. He is going to be facing Senator Cory Gardner, the incumbent and as you could talk about earlier. One of the tough things about Colorado is the demographics. It's trending bluer and younger sort of more progressive in that's going to be a fairly big headwind for senator. Gardner especially since president trump lost Colorado in two thousand, sixteen, in remains, deeply unpopular with sort of the unaffiliated voters and the Democratic voters in the state. Tell us about the significance of this particular race, because as I read sort of. All of the coverage of all of these races where there are where there are competitive, Senate races, lot of them sort of come to the conclusion that if the Democrats are going to win, control of the Senate sort of begins in Colorado or states like Colorado, do you agree with you I I would I mean I think. Colorado and Maine or to the states that trump loss so that already sort of tilted into. Hey, maybe this is a seat that Democrats could win. I. Think as I mentioned before. It's just it's. It's a numbers game for cory. Gardner there are less re registered Republican voters in the state than there were in two thousand fourteen, their three large blocks of voters, unaffiliated unaffiliated voters are the largest block, then comes democratic, and then comes Republicans, so the numbers are sort of against him right now, and I think the other the other thing. You don't want to discount it. Because Cory Gardner is a good politician, right? He's a scrappy campaigner. it's just that he is going up against a proven Democrat who who won statewide twice already and is still popular so. It's GonNa make for close and competitive race I wouldn't. Bet against one or the other but I spoke with one person who know put it. This Way Cory Gardner who run V most perfect campaign and still lose the race So what is Hickenlooper sort of central argument is eat nationalizing this race in essentially trying to to pin Donald Trump's on popularity on cory Gardner, or what's his main pitch? I think you hit the nail on the head. He is tying Gardner to trump and fact trump at himself it at a rally in Colorado Springs in February, where he basically said Cory Gardner has. Has Been with us. He's never wavered..
'Pooled testing' for COVID-19 holds promise, pitfalls
"And let's take a deeper look now at something. White House Corona Virus Task Force member Anthony FAUCI has been talking a lot about lately. It's a method of containing the virus known as pool testing. Here's found she yesterday at a Senate Committee hearing, and if you do the mathematical calculation, you can save a lot of time a lot of resources and use the testing for a variety of other things that you would need so. So it's a really good school. It can be used in any of a number of circumstances at the community level or even in school. If you wanted to do that, let's learn more with Andrew Joseph a reporter with our partners at stat, the health and medicine publication. Hi, Andrew Hi there so I know you've been looking into this idea of pool testing and we did speak briefly yesterday with the researcher from Duke about it on the program, but tell me more. How does it work? Right? So instead of you're just getting individual tests and having a machine run that see if we have our positive for covid nineteen basically would gather all those samples from maybe say up to ten people together, and you can run one test on all those samples. So, basically, it's a way to really dramatically increase the capacity of testing, but. Is probably obvious it's not it's not for diagnosing individual cases if someone shows up to a clinic or hospital with symptoms or someone in their household is sick and they want to get a test, it's not it's not meant for that. It's basically more of a surveillance tool so. You can look at work forces. You could do us in the community to see just kind of get a sense of how much viruses may be out there. Tell me more who would be included in one of these pools, so it depends like maybe. The company that runs a warehouse would want to pool their employees, so they have one hundred employees every so often they could run say ten tests of ten pooled samples so basically those one hundred people would be divided into ten pools, and that's the way to sort of get a sense of everything and that way of one of them is positive. You can sort of isolate or those ten people not have them come to work figure out which one of those ten people were actually infected, but then know that the other ninety people were okay at that point, so it could be done at workplaces. It could be done at university dorms. dorms and then it could also be done sort of just at community level just to try to get a sense of how much viruses out there and also to get an early sensitive. If the virus spread starts increase in that in that community.
Democrats Signal More Coronavirus Aid
"Leader Chuck Leader Schumer Chuck says Schumer Democrats says Democrats will continue will continue pushing Republicans pushing Republicans to agree to to agree more to legislation more legislation on the Corona on the virus Corona crisis. virus crisis. Speaking Speaking on the Senate on the floor, Senate floor, Schumer Schumer said lawmakers said lawmakers must keep must working keep to working keep American to keep American workers workers in the economy in the economy afloat. afloat. Schumer Schumer argued argued that Congress that Congress cannot be cannot stingy be stingy as the as virus the virus crisis crisis goes on. goes on. He warned He that warned it may be that decades it may be decades before the before U. S. the Economy U. S. Economy fully recovers. fully recovers.
Dems: Nursing home virus effort 'chronicle of deadly delay'
"A report due out today from Senate Democrats finds the trump administration was slow to comprehend the scale of covert nineties impact on nursing homes and a disjointed federal response only compounded the devastating toll the report obtained by the Associated Press finds a lack of coordination among government agencies that has had ongoing consequences such as issues with access to corona virus testing and protective equipment senator Bob Casey says the findings amount to a chronicle of deadly delay the centers for Medicare and Medicaid services strongly defends its record an AP count that includes nursing homes and other long term care facilities finds nearly fifty two thousand five hundred deaths combining residents and staff I'm Julie Walker
Fauci warns Congress that new US coronavirus cases could rise to 100,000 a day
"On Capitol Hill, the nation's top health officials pleading with Americans to follow safety recommendations to stop a growing virus search. Dr Anthony Fauci says he's very concerned with the U. S. Now seeing more than 40,000 new confirmed virus cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up. 100,000 day. If this does not turn around, algae says the outcome could be very disturbing, with the outbreaks, putting the entire country at risk. Sitting alongside. At a Senate hearing, CDC director Robert Redfield said. It's critical. All Americans take personal responsibility to slow the spread and embrace the universal use of face coverings. SOCCER Megane Washington We also
We aren't paying enough attention to the impact of the pandemic on the arts
"Elizabeth Alexander Thank you very much for coming on the PODCAST To talking to you today, so we know the devastation, the corona virus has had on the economy on health care and healthcare workers, but not enough attention been paid to the impact of the pandemic on the arts. has there no there really hasn't did? I think it gets very fundamental. Questions are artists apart of our economy is the arts sector in or in part of our economy. That's one question. Another question is. The Arts why need support the arts? How can we live without the arts and the need to be helpful to not only the arthrit- large you artists when our friend for foundation president, Aaron Walker was on the podcast a a few weeks ago. He mentioned a daily phone call. He's on with philanthropists trying to figure out how to buttress nonprofits during this time. Are you on those calls or involved in similar efforts? Yes and it's so wonderful to have Darren as a comrade and partner and brother in this work because he keeps us moving forward always, he keeps us. Weighed in is I is always on seemingly impossible? That is a very important for us to have in our field and Jerry for me also. In he brought me into this world to. So? Yes, loan philanthropist! We are talking of regularly New York Allegra Piss national groups of art, Philanthropists. Finding out what is going on, people's Randy's because that's our connections you around. What we're seeing and how we might think about being helpful and also bringing other people into efforts to be helpful, so for example forward and Bloomberg gathered US and led an effort in your city to put together A. Included private donors and this is very important when you know the the philanthropy money. Is there one senate well, but the private could go anywhere or at all? You have a lot of wealth. You don't necessarily have to spend it and you certainly don't have to spend it on the arts, so you in court. Consortium, which of two hundred million dollars. For granting in the arts and also social services in New York City, which we felt was so important, because we are really really really really. In, the heart things in this pandemic and that overlaps. On the Earth Front with. Their own are everywhere but New York has the arts is a crucial part? Is Identity any highly among? So with that effort the. Community Foundation of New York City was the administrator, and we have representatives from our foundations. WHO looked at opposes? Coral went up late in a week. Money have everybody were almost at the end of that money on which says something about the need, but also extremely proud of the efficiency with which we were able to collectively make decisions, and he helped all
"senate" Discussed on The Daily
"Particularly of Senate races than Mitch McConnell. And how does the Senate returning to Washington begin to change any of that Dire Dano for Republicans that you just tick through one of the best things that Republicans running for reelection who are in office right now can do to make a positive impression on their constituents is look like they're at work you know is help put in place programs and policies and solutions that help the country through this going back to work in? Washington being seen as doing their job as kind of leaders for the country could prove very helpful. Politically right so the thinking. Is that the worst possible situation. For a Republican senator in a state where polling shows the president down and perhaps a competitive race coming up in the fall. The worst thing would be getting stuck at home unable to look like a lawmaker at this moment. Yeah there are certain things that he's centers have been able to do from home connecting by phone or you know zoom with constituents but it's lower-profile and certainly they would not want to be accused of sitting on the sidelines while thousands of Americans are dying of Americans are losing their draw by McConnell's in the minds of the Republican leadership all that much downside to bringing senators back oven perhaps exposure the virus sure and there is some risk of that bring senators back into the capital in their step mingling. Lawmakers have contracted the virus before but they have basically judged that that risk is low. Enough that it's worthwhile that there's too. Many other reasons Veritas. They may be to be in session. Not Too right. And so that explains why all these senators are going in and out of that room and these weird waves with masks on and all that Burell for this confirmation hearing and curious did it and the playing out as Republicans had hoped senators. Thank you MR chairman. It looked really bizarre but at the end of the day you know this hearing basically worked out well for Republicans Why do you believe that? President trump has accurately conveyed the severity of the threat of covert nineteen to the American people. Congressional hearings like this are often adversarial. Misunderstanding I'm sorry. Has He accurately reflected the status of the pandemic conveyed the severity of the pandemic? Yeah and it's about trying to pin nominee into an unflattering statement or expose something about their backgrounds as he accurately conveyed verity of covert nineteen to the American people. I believe so you do. And and in this case Democrats really struggled because they were cycling in and out of the room because radcliff was so physically far away from them to really kind of build any momentum or any tough critical picture of him. You know it was just a kind of diffused stretched out atmosphere and Republicans lined up in support and they have the majority so at the end of the day. They're probably going to be able to get their guy through so they went quite well for Republicans it did. I want to thank you John for your time this morning. I want to thank the members for working under the temporary construct at the end of the hearing Chairman Richard Burr. Pull down his mask again and essentially announced that he would support the nominee. Ford to advancing your nomination rapidly and to voting in favor of your confirmation in the full Senate. He felt confident enough that he'll hold a vote in his committee next week. And you know the full Senate could be voting within a couple of weeks to install kind of loyal defender of president trump as the head of the nation's intelligence apparatus. So as well as that. Well I'm curious what happens if over time as the pandemic persists if the pulling for Republicans ends up staying pretty bad right and they have ultimately come to Washington for nothing or in an even worse scenario they come to Washington and members get sick and maybe staff get sick and it really looks bad for the Party and all this ends up. Kind of backfiring will it have seemed at all worth you know? There is a lot of different directions that things could go in but there is one benefit that basically gets locked in as long as they're in session holding votes And it's one that. Mcconnell has always been attuned to and sees as the first of the Senate and that is confirming nominees for the Executive Branch and in particular lifetime appointments to the Federal Courts. And so the way to think about this perhaps is that if Republicans political prospects are looking unfavourable at the moment. If they don't recover then these may be the final months of a Republican majority in the Senate. This may be the final opportunity to continue the kind of record streak of pudding judges on the bench that will shape the law and policy in this country for a generation to come to move those things through. And you know that's not an opportunity that Republicans WanNa pass up on either case in point one of the first actions that the Senate is going to be taking when it's back is setting up. A bunch of additional district court judges all over the country and Democrats can complain about it and Gripe about it and they have. They've argued that senators shouldn't be taking the risk of being back. Your unless all of their actions are laser focused on the corona virus and the response and overseeing the trump administration's implementation of their relief programs etc. But ultimately you know the majority wins on this stuff and I think that McConnell feels time is of the essence so there's a version of this where things do keep going south for Republicans and their response is to just keep crashing these confirmations through and in the process cement their legacy in this last set of months that they may the majority if they can show and these next couple of weeks. There's a way to safely function by putting in place different precautions. Then yeah even in the very worst case scenario for Republicans where they don't do any additional corona virus legislating where their political prospects continue to window. And they're going to lose the majority. There's only upshot in in staying in town and filling up every last court seed in in every corner of the trump administration that might still be league out. Some Republican conservative policy wins before November. Because if they don't if they leave town none of those things are possible and they essentially you know seed back the power the majority in what may be the last weeks and months that they can really exercise..
"senate" Discussed on The Daily
"It's Wednesday may sixth. Give us the scene inside the US capital on Tuesday morning. So it's a totally surreal setup particularly for those of us that are used to watching congress in wood hearing room across the street from the capital which are usually full of people getting ready to watch senators question a witness and instead you had a totally empty room. You're really quiet. Is Few senators gathered at one side wearing masks? They've got pumps of hand sanitizer at the ready totally at the other side of the room. Maybe twenty or thirty feet away is a witness. Who's ready to give them testimony? They wave across the room. Richard Burr the chairman and Mark Warner the top Democrat. Throw out there. Hobos for a little bit of an elbow bump but there's none of the usual energy that we'd see on a typical weekday morning in the capital. And what exactly is happening in this very weird sounding seen what was playing out was a confirmation hearing in this case of John Radcliffe. Who's a republican congressman and a loyal supporter of president trump? Who's now nominee to be the director of national intelligence to oversee the country's seventeen intelligence agencies? Skip ready right at nine thirty Richard Burr. Who's the chairman of the committee? Pulled down his mask and revealed a scraggly uncharacteristic beard that evidently he'd been growing over the last month. I mean who who hasn't exactly and like all. The order called the hearing into session. This hearing will Be a little bit different. It is perhaps the first congressional hearing held during the extenuating circumstances of the pandemic. We have a sparse crowd and expanded bias reflective of the committee's adherence to the guidelines put forth by the Rules Committee and the attending physician senators had certain social distancing requirements. They were spaced out around the room and only allowed to come in to ask their questions in small waves but without any kind of normal energy tension or cross talk that we might be used to in a high-profile Congressional hearing like this this is basically like a socially distant version of the United States. Senate at work. Yes I wish I could also welcome your wife. Michelle and your daughter's Rally Darby. But given our attempts to minimize the number of people in the hearing room I send them my appreciation via C. Span and it was not very compelling. Tv everything about this hearing that you're describing sounds labored and surreal and risk right. I mean it's a confirmation hearing it's not a pandemic Relief Ville. It's not a hospital funding bill. So why is this even happening in this way in person a lot of senators were asking themselves that question in the last few days as they prepared to come back to Washington as well and you know the answer really goes back more than a month. When at the end of March senators found themselves staring down? This increasingly dire situation Wall Street is about to close any minute now. The Dow collapsing. Its worst single day. Loss Ever Ohio and Illinois shutting down restaurants and bars today. Cal problem is job. Losses are adding up and it is across the country and it is in all sectors out front now Jim Bianco and so the House and Senate Republicans and Democrats did. They rarely do has reached a bipartisan agreement on a historic relief package but as they set aside their own kind of partisan interest in issues in very quickly put together this massive two trillion dollar health and economic relief bill that they passed almost unanimously in the house unanimously. In the Senate to all Americans I say help is on the way big help. And quick help. And then basically out of concern for their own health and safety. They left town and they didn't know when they were GONNA come back. They didn't know if it'd be a couple of weeks or a month and almost as soon as they did lawmakers in both chambers start to debate when and how do we get back to Washington and get back to doing this thing kind of few round to debate but it really comes to a head. Basically last week at the very end of April win both the leaders of the House and Senate come out and say Congress will be back in session next month may fourth. That's according to a tweet from house. Majority leader Steny. Hoyer's press office Senate Majority Leader Mitch. Mcconnell made a similar announcement regarding his comeback on Monday may fourth. And we're going to try getting back to normal as best we can but some house. Democrats say that they are worried about the spread of covered nineteen at the Capitol and some say for the House. As soon as they announced that decision they immediately started getting pushback from some of their members. Who were saying. It's not safe for us to come back. We're not ready any decision that we have that when we come back with sergeant arms and the Capitol Physician Democratic leaders in the House consulted Congress. Top doctor who told them really wouldn't be wise at this point to bring Congress back into session and so not twenty four hours after they announced that they would be coming back to the US House of Representatives on Tuesday changed. Course on its house reversed itself and Said No. We're going to stay out of session indefinitely until conditions have improved and we feel that we need to take action on some meaningful legislation but the Senate comes to very different decision. Meanwhile leadership maintains the upper chamber way backed work as usual on May fourth. They have much the same medical advice. They work on the other half of the Capitol building from the House and Mitch McConnell. Who's the top Republican basically sets the schedule in the Senate he calls the shots says that we're going come back into session. And what are the implications of that decision by McConnell practically speaking we convene the Senate so on the one hand you know the Senate is a pretty small body. It's one hundred senators. You know two thirds of them are over the age of sixty so they are at risk but the real impact. When you start to think about it is. There's this huge network of Support Staff. Basically behind each senator the institution as a whole. There's cooks that run dining services. There's people that keep the capital clean. There's Capitol Police stationed everywhere to keep everyone safe. They're all kinds of jobs that you wouldn't think about it. So the decision to bring an institution like the Senate back into session ripples outward and you know could impact hundreds if not a thousand or more people and what exactly is McConnell stated rationale for doing this. I mean given that the House has said it's too great a risk right. What is his argument for. Why one hundred senators from fifty different states have to get on planes and return to Washington well. Mcconnell essentially says after more than a month away there is a lot of work piling up for the Senate would normally be doing and McConnell essentially put senators in league with frontline workers if it's essential that brave health workers grocery store workers truck drivers and many other. Americans continue to carefully show up for work and it's essential that their US senators carefully show up ourselves and support them you know for asking doctors and health professionals and grocery store workers and other government employees to go out and put themselves at risk every day to show up for work We ought to be doing that to. The Senate is integral to responding to this crisis and if we take the right precautions they can do it safely enough to justify being there so basically his cases were all in this together that's right but I think the reality underpinning that is a little bit more complicated and it has to do both with politics and with the aspirations of Auto Republicans and government leaders..
"senate" Discussed on What Next | Daily News and Analysis
"Relief Package Jim Newell. Who COVERS CONGRESS FOR SLEET? He says it's worth keeping in mind. That a third of these senators up for re Jim. If I'd talk to you about what twenty twenty Senate prospects looked like a month ago. What would you have said I would have said kind of close to a coin? Flip Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He's on the ballot. This fall seem with Republicans from Maine Colorado Arizona. I would've called it a target rich environment but I mean that well at their Republicans have more seats up this time but it's hard to find sort of the the tipping point raised that could give. Democrats control of the Senate so for Democrats at the same time. They are figuring out the math of how to get enough relief to small businesses. How to keep unemployment checks flowing in the back of their minds. They're also doing this other math. How to gain control in Washington if they can hold onto the seats of God they need to gain three more to even up the ranks but as this new colonel virus spread around the country and his Joe Biden took control of the top of the twenty twenty ticket. Something funny started happening. For Dem's their math started to change the whole reason we are talking about Democrats potentially having a shot at flipping the Senate which seemed not so long ago. Like a distant almost fantastical dream. It all comes down to money right. Yes what kind of money are we talking about when he one example is Mark Kelly who is the astronaut husband? Gabby giffords the former congresswoman. He's running against Martha mcsally in Arizona and he raised eleven million the first quarter and has twenty million dollars on hand. Now that's a lot of money and you're seeing a lot of candidates to I mean you see Sarah Gideon in mainsheet. She's raised over ten million dollars. Something like fourteen million dollars. That's a lot of money. The money rolls in for Democrats across the country. Gyms can explain what that actually means with the virus still looming. Nothing's guaranteed especially not a predictable election season. I'm Mary Harris. Listening to what next stick with us so you say the three states? That Democrats are really focusing on our Arizona Colorado and Maine. Let's just go through those like piece by piece when it will get main. I just think about how long Democrats have been thinking about trying to flip the Senate you know. I still remember the Brett. Cavanaugh hearings. Were going on and Susan Collins. The sitting Republican senator in Maine. She gave the speech when she voted him in. I believe that she is a survivor of sexual assault and bet. This trauma has up ended her life. Nevertheless the four win and during that speech. Democrats were raising money for her opponent who didn't exist at the time but it just shows you how thirsty the DEM's are chew take down some Republicans. Yeah I mean I'll admit I am surprised. That Maine is as competitive as it has been. I mean Susan Collins has always won her racist with sixty. Some percent of the vote had bipartisan popularity. She's pretty shrewd and you know she'll give the DEM's one here and she'll side with the Republicans here but her favorability rating is really bad. There was a recent policies at thirty seven percent approval and I thought watching that cavenaugh speech. I thought well yeah I mean this'll polarize her numbers a little bit more but then you know she'll probably recover a little bit as time goes on. That hasn't happened. I mean she is really in the fight for her life here and I. I'm just surprised. She's been unable to sort of dig out of that hole. Her Challenger is a woman named Sarah Gideon. So who is she? And what is this race? Look like right now. She was the speaker of the Maine House. And how is she doing like you? Say The the approval ratings collins are way down. But what are Gideon's chances looking like I mean most of the handicappers have it as a toss up right now just because even even though collinses underwater. She's going to have a lot of money behind her. And Mitch McConnell you know after that Cavenaugh vote that Collins delivered says Saving Susan Collins would be number one priority so if you look at the polling. It's it's pretty you know in a dead heat We'll see how that progresses going forward but I really thought going this cycle that it was another pipedream for Democrats hoping to take on Susan Collins But it it really isn't I mean she is absolutely vulnerable..
"senate" Discussed on Article II: Inside Impeachment
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Wherever you get your podcasts so frank on this question of whether each side will get it to call witnesses? That's really important to this debate. Who are we talking about? What witnesses do you think each side would plan to call so Senate Minority leader? Her Chuck Schumer has sent a letter to majority leader. McConnell asking specifically for four witnesses actually ended up sending that letter to the entire Senate it. That's all we want the facts. We don't know how these witnesses will testify. We don't know what the documents if we get them. Our hands on them will say. Maybe they'll be expelled. Tori of president trump. Or maybe they'll be further condemning president trump's actions we don't know but we should see them regardless of what what they say and two of the notable witnesses would be John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney the acting chief of staff at the White House the four or witnesses that Schumer asked for were not witnesses that we heard from in the house impeachment inquiry now. McConnell has responded saying there's no precedent precedent for hearing for new witnesses in this trial that that the reason why the impeachment inquiry exists is to get all the information and send it over to the Senate to be able to you decide whether or not to convict now. In the ninety nine trial of President Clinton they had witnesses that they deposed instead of actually having them live on the Senate floor. which technically you could do? They had them in a room and they were. They videotaped a question and answer and then they ended up playing those questions and answers on the Senate four for senators to watch now the difference there. Is that those those witnesses that they depose which included Monica Lewinsky. Were actually witnesses. That had already ready been heard from as a part of the investigation that resulted in articles of impeachment passing in the House. This would be different situation. Schumer is asking for something different. Here he's asking for more he's asking for particular witnesses that have information related to this case that have not been heard from the only other issue here. Is that what this would potentially open up. The Senate to is the flipside witnesses that Republicans might actually want to talk to. Which is somebody like? Joe Biden Hunter Biden. There's a number of different people. Republicans have threatened to call in the event that they're witnesses that Democrats want you the idea of having witnesses witnesses shortness. In fact I talked to the Senator Joni Ernst a couple of weeks ago and I said well would you be open to having a Mulvaney Bolton testify before the Senate you WanNa hear Mulvaney or like people want to hear from fighting. It's kind of a back and forth that they're going to have to do because they need fifty one senators to agree to have any kind of witnesses at all. There might be a back and forth negotiation. That would if you end up opening up the Senate to Democratic witness you also might open up the Senate to a Republican witness so free it seems like this issue of fairness is hanging everything whether we're talking about witnesses or whether we're talking about if Speaker Pelosi is even going to hand over these articles of impeachment and start a Senate trial. There seems to be the the big thing that both sides are using as they point back and forth to each other. Can you just walk us through. Wind did this issue becomes such a flash point and how of both sides been using it. Will I mean the idea of fairness is is obviously an important one. It's obviously also defined by either side in different ways. The idea of leader McConnell saying I am not an impartial. Juror was a notable thing for him to say. Also D- partisan political decision to impeach. We will have largely partisan outcome in the Senate. I'm not impartial about this at all but at the same time you know a Senate trial and impeachment trial is inherently political. He's going to advocate for his person for his president. Now the reality is that you know. The the senators are going to take an oath. If they're going to take an oath. But at the beginning of the trial saying I solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment I will do impartial justice according to the constitutions and laws so help me God. That isn't that they're going to be taking but again. They are not technically impartial. Jury this is not a court of law. There's not the same expectations. Well Frank. I have learned a lot from this now. Some of our listeners. Have some questions for you. Kamal from Lakewood California says could certain senators. Just choose to not show up for the final vote or abstain from the vote. So that's a good question. I think that there's a a little bit of an open answer. There I mean I think you know. Senators are compelled to be there for the trial. I think that senators have said that they would be there for the trial that they would do. Do their duty. There's been a little bit of discussion about what happens if you know Senate. Trial is happening during debate. Day Whether or not there could be an agreement amongst the Senate which would require basically all one hundred senators to move the trial time or the trial date maybe push today or move it a little bit earlier. Technically President Clinton's trial. We saw the trial happened. Start at usually one o'clock pm and go until around five or six o'clock They could move that but I mean I in in reality all one hundred senators are expected to be in their seats for the entire time. And that's one of the things that McConnell has been kind of dangling over senators as a way way to get them to realize that this is going to be heavy and potentially long process. They're going to be there sitting in their seats and they really Kinda. Don't you have an option and then pat from Dallas says can achieve justice overruled. The Senate vote well so the chief justice as we kind of already already established could have an active or a passive role and. I think the expectation is that he would probably have a passive role meaning. He would leave a lot of the questions to the body of the the Senate to vote on if there is a motion. Made if there's an objection made he would let the Senate decided to vote now. Hypothetically the chief justice could overrule all emotion but again any motion by or any decision made by the chief. Justice is subject to a responding motion by any senator her which would then be put up for a vote. The short answer is no fifty-one senators. Have the most power during the Senate trial that is just the reality. What the chief justice? We'll do is just oversee this trial and make sure that it doesn't get unruly and take their cues from the parliamentarian and from the folks that will let them know let him know how they expect the Senate trial to go so frank last question for me. This just comes from talking to family over the holidays the people want to know. Is this a foregone conclusion that Republicans control the Senate so the president won't be convicted and should they even be paying attention to what happens. That's next to the Senate and if so why should they. It's not a ridiculous thing to think that this feels like a foregone conclusion and McConnell has said as much he's basically typically assured that the president will not be convicted. They need sixty seven votes to do so. That would take twenty Republicans to join all democrats and that's a they've a highly unlikely scenario for them to vote to convict and remove the president now. Obviously we've seen the president tweet about a million times about this this. We've seen his surrogates argue. Why they feel like this impeachment is in their words Sham but the reality is is that a lot of that has been very much focused on the process and this this trial is going to be very different? It's going to be worth watching simply because it's going to be more austere almost in a way. There's not going to be the yelling and the screaming and the crazy motions and things like that put forward and end. Democrats or Republicans giving speeches in the middle of MARKUPS. And so we're going to hear a clear argument from the house managers. Why they feel that? What what president trump did was impeachable? And we're going to actually hear the defense. The White House argue. Why it's not and that's something? I think that whether or not there are enough enough votes for the president to be convicted or not is definitely worth watching. That's a great argument. Well we will certainly be watching and we will be watching for your great coverage from the floor. Our thanks Frank Q.. Article two inside. Peach is produced by Isabel Angel. Max Jacobs Jacobs Clear Tie Air Dalton. preseve are Thon Alison Bailey. Adam Noboa and Barbara Wrap our executive producer is Ellen Franken Steve. Lik Tai is the executive producer of audio. I'm Julia Ainsley. 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"senate" Discussed on The Journal.
"Today in Congress Speaker of the House I solemnly and sadly opened the debate on the impeachment of the president of the United States. The House began of debate on two charges to impeach president it Donald Trump obstruction of congress and abuse of power. The arguments veered from. This is the most unfair politically biased rigged process process that I have seen in my entire life to he has shown us he will continue to put his selfish interest above the good of the country. We must act without delay. Trump denies the charges but the vote is scheduled for tonight in all signs show. The Democrats have enough support in their party to impeach the president. It's a historic moment. There will always say next name in the history books that he was one of three free presidents in the United States who've been impeached but impeachment doesn't mean removal whether the president is actually removed from office is determined determined by the other chamber of Congress the Senate and since Republicans have a majority in the Senate. This will be the first time they control this impeachment process. There are open questions about what the next phase of the process will look like some aspects are clear but others are still under negotiation and all of them will. We'll be the focus of intense political maneuvering today on the show. What to expect from the Senate as it? Here's the case against President Donald Trump Welcome to the Journal. Our show about money business and power. I'm Kate Linebaugh and I'm Ryan Knutson. It's Wednesday December eighteen..
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"It's very cynical but it was right. I mean work for mitch mcconnell. He couldn't stop everything because democrats period there had sixty votes on their own but he was able to stop a lot from coming to the floor and you know who paid the price in those midterms the obama did and that's the way it's been since republicans took back the government when they had the unified government dean democrats just as a matter of course just filibuster authored as much as they could well. I guess i know why the minority party would like to filibuster because it gives them leverage. One person can take control and just hold the floor four but why would the majority party like the republicans right now. Why would they like the filibuster will concert in general have a theory about the filibuster that so you got rid of it there make it easier to pass legislation that would help democrats and liberals in the long run it would just sort of grow the size of government and more exponential essential pace legislation isn't really that it's really not that important to the republican agenda right. Now i mean mitch. Mcconnell doesn't have a lot of legislation nations that you know he's desperate to pass. He just wants to confirm lot of judges who could roll back. What's already on the books whereas democrats if they win the presidency i mean they really do need legislation. Get most of their agenda through the can't do everything through executive order so republicans yeah they feel in the long run that getting rid of the filibuster having kajority only body would just would just grow government. That's so interesting. I hadn't even thought about it that way. What would it take to eliminate the filibuster buster. <hes> fifty votes kind of ironic yeah yeah it's it's a bit of a loophole technically to change senate rules. You need two thirds votes votes but there is this loophole where you can change the precedent in the way that the rules interpreted whenever someone talks about the senate using the nuclear option. This is what they mean. The majority leader can raise a point of order and allow a simple majority of senators to change senate. Rules are interpreted voila. That's that's all it takes to kill. The filibuster. Harry reid did this in a partial way in two thousand thirteen. He used it to get rid of the filibuster for presidential appointees. It was a way you get a bunch of obama. Judicial picks confirmed right and the democrats were fine with that intil trump became president yeah yeah and then the sort of lack of filibuster buster amend judges were being approved to they weren't especially fond of like if you look it brett cavanaugh for instance sailing through so what does that experiment sadio see. I think there have been some democrats who regret taking that vote. I think it was going to happen eventually anyway. Eh mitch mcconnell really was blocking a lot of judges for no particularly good reason and i think it was necessary. Just after years of obstruction not being able to get many judges through he was able to finally get a lot of his appointees through you mean you're saying the democrats basically had no choice. They weren't going to get anything done if they didn't eliminate the filibuster for judicial appointees yet i mean they're they're gonna leave a ton of vacancies and they were thinking at the time to you know the courts are very important to republicans next time they have unified power. They're just going to eliminate this filibuster and pack the courts as much as they want. You look at the national environment and it's so polarized polarizing. There's so much pressure on each side to sort of top the other that it's become looking at every possible permutation of filibuster you'd have to think like is there any chance that they won't change it next time and it just seems unlikely just because of the pressure each side has so democrats went ahead on that particular one and changed it. I so you're saying the democrats. Were trying to get a jump on the republicans essentially yeah pretty much yeah but at the same time they s- it set us up for where we are now. How which is you know tons of republican judges going through and if you're a progressive your may have your hat in your head in your hands about that. I think it it also shows how once you eliminate this rule. You eliminate it for. Everyone and you're basically increasing the volatility. You are increasing the volatility but i think there's a feeling among senators that in terms of appointments in the filibusters on that it's not as has dramatic a step as doing it for legislation which would really be a whole other category of change the government. I mean if we didn't have a legislative filibuster the buster right now. We probably have a wall right. We never wall and we i mean we'd have a wall and their <hes> planned parenthood might longer get any federal funding and you. The government could be slashed in half. I mean all these just extravagant wishlist items at the moment congress laughs off because they know that you know they're we're going to have to reach a bipartisan deal because of the filibuster it's sort of democrats leverage now imagine they don't have the filibuster then you look at that you know insane trump budget legit and that's all in play like he can do all that if he if republicans had both the house and the senate and they're able to to get their majorities is united they can do whatever they want. You know then again if they know that they can do whatever they want. Maybe they don't over promise quite as much because they don't wanna live with the consequences of actually getting done something that they that they've pitched right because right now involves is this hardcore negotiation where the republicans come in hard with the budget that the democrats and the democrats come in hard with medicare for all or whatever other green new deal proposal. They're putting out there and this might force them to propose something realistic something. They're prepared to live with being signed into law rather than something. Something just gets a quick cheer at a rally or something jim.
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Everyone will come back and you know why they're gonna have a lot of work to do on a government spending bills and they may wanna take up some gun legislation will see if they're still the movement to do that but it's not really too dramatic. I know people just come back pretty quickly and pick up right where they left off which is doing very little gym lives in the muck muck of the swamp so he can see this vast disconnect between what politicians say and what they're actually able to do. Just you're watching democratic debate with this guy. He's like medicare for all free college. They can't even reauthorize violence against women act over here. I mean being a congress. Supporter like has ruined me. You know in terms of you know having any hope really just i watch it. I'm just like this is never going to happen. You know you can promise promise everything but if you don't change the rules. The chances of it happening are pretty slim. One of those rules that some people in washington are starting to think we should change is the filibuster that's because it's become all but a requirement that legislation passed the senate with sixty votes instead of a simple majority you make the case like why should we eliminate the filibuster. Well i think right now. We have a system where we haven't election. One party does really well they take over the government and then for some reason nothing that they campaign non can get through congress. I think people don't really understand this and they start to wonder what's the point of these elections. If nothing could happen you know why. Why do we even bother doing this. It might encourage people to participate more in the electoral process and it would also just plainly make more sense that you know if if you win an election by a big margin then you have the opportunity to actually do what you campaigned on. I also think and this might be stretched but if you then have have the ability to pass what you want and you know that the pressure is going to be on you to actually do what you campaigned on then maybe when you campaign you might be able to more or realistic in what you say like there are a lot of people who you know campaign on the wildest promises knowing that they're not actually going to get anywhere in the senate because of the filibuster so maybe if the filibuster is gone and you're gonna be on the line do something we we can have a little bit more coherent and pragmatic debate during during campaigns when someone like elizabeth warren says she wants big structural change. This is the kind of thing she's talking about. Getting rid of the filibuster former senate majority leader harry reid said he wants to call the filibuster to both of them. They've noticed they can't keep proposing big things unless the senate it goes through some fundamental change. The senate is sort of at a point right now where needs to decide what it wants to be you know is going to allow authorities to govern earn or is it going to try to hold onto this idea that consensus can be reached the senate game where the filibuster would effectively be this official acknowledgement that consensus can be reached in the political culture anymore. Does that make you does that. Mean you optimistic or pessimistic optimistic about what uh-huh very jim newell answer today on the show washington is about to head back to work but will they be able to get anything done and if they can't should lawmakers consider drastic steps to ease the blockade none of this i mean none of this makes the optimistic. It's really unhealthy political culture right now. It's just a matter of of managing. I'm mary harris. You're listening to what next stick with us people can get a little confused about why the senate is in more of a legislation relation factory part of the reason stall out is because congress is divided senate majority leader. Mitch mcconnell isn't just about to pass a bunch of democratic bills also sent over by the house that is not his style but the other reason install is because the senate is divided and the filibuster makes it impossible to advance legislation even if you've got a slim majority when i think about the filibuster get these really specific images in my mind and i think of wendy davis on the floor of the texas state senate in her pink sneakers talking about abortion clinics and why it's important to keep them open or i think of jimmy stewart in mr smith goes to washington you like speaks on the floor of the senate for twenty four hours arguing against corruption that actually ends with the senator he's talking about running onto the floor and saying i'm not fit for office is very dramatic thing. What did those images get wrong. There are a little more <hes> romanticised than the way it really is. There's also times where the filibuster you know an image that may we might associate with it as well as when strom thurmond gave a twenty four hour filibuster block civil rights legislation so it's not always you know this wonderful <hes> patriotic duty so so the filibuster it's basically an outgrowth of the senate not really having many rules covering debate. I mean the senate rules about debate. It says if a senator like to speak the chairs shall recognize that person and they can speak for as long as they want so the idea behind a filibuster is just to you speak as long as you want us. Whatever delay tactics you can to try and push back vote in the hope that you either persuade the public or persuade the the people pushing a certain bill to drop it or you just take up so much time that the majority leader decides. It's not worth pursuing this anymore. Just wear them down yeah. Yeah just wear them down. So i mean it is you could say true. Filibuster is really where you're just holing floor one person talking for as long as possible but it's become so vague as to i just mean using the senate's lack of rules about to debate try and make it sort of a pain in the ass to try to pass something. Can you walk doc me through how this works like win. The house sends the senate something they want past. How does the filibuster intervene and to get in the way. The way it works. Normally is just you know. The majority leader looks around realizes something isn't going to get sixty votes and then doesn't even bring it up their recent examples of this that you might remember. Let's look at the the manchin toomey gun bill after the sandy hook shooting in twenty thirteen when they tried to do this. It was brought up. There was a gun debate open. This amendment was brought up so there is a motion to proceed onto this amendment so then that got filibustered meaning you know there was just a very lengthy debate and there's an effort to cut off debate that effort to proceed to it got fifty four votes think it needed sixty so it just failed. They never proceeded to considering that. I mean that's an example of how it worked. Got a minority you know at least forty one senators senators does not want something to happen and they're going to use up a lot of floor time. If that comes to the floor so the majority leader just decides not to bring it up in the first place. I mean that's practically what it is now. It's not like it doesn't actually get to the floor a lot. It's just mitch mcconnell knowing that this is going to be blocked by by the the minority and they're gonna take too much time and he'd rather do something else during that time so he doesn't bring it up and the filibuster wasn't part of the founders original idea of how how this body would work was it no. There's no mention of it in the constitution or anything i mean the way it developed was the way senate. Rules are written to just allow open ended debate until the body reaches consensus. I mean that was obviously being exploited. In the form of filibuster so around world war one they finally introduced what's called the cloture rule which which allows debates be cut off they of course because it's the senate have to use a word like cloture. They can't use closure or ending debate. When did the filibuster like dirty like. When did it become a dirty word. I'm really in the last fifteen years. That's when the number of cloture richer votes really started increasing exponentially on pretty routine mares of business. I mean nominations both the court and the executive brands as well as legislations. I mean it's become routine now where it really didn't used to be. I mean used to be a fairly rare thing when someone would have to introduce a cloture petition to cut off debate but now it's just sort of you know standard operating procedure for pretty much anything that comes up anything of any importance i should say the first couple years ears of obama's presidency and that's really when mitch mcconnell made a pretty big discovery which was if you stop stop the president's legislation. You won't necessarily get blamed for being obstructionists as hard as democrats tried to make mitch mcconnell the obstructionists. The public won't really blame um you. They'll blame the president and the majority party for not getting things done so that's sort.
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"A._m. Sportstalk i'm helping me with this is is to just a quick depress. You you do a sports show in washington. I'm chuck todd and this is the chuck todd cast on today's show. We are forced in august to talk a lot about polls. Polls polls hold the d._n._c. and joe biden almost forcing us to did biden slip that much or is the race right where it's been the entire time and and donald trump stunned world leaders on the global stage at the g seven but does he even have the ability to stun voters anymore. The united states has trump fatigue but democrats have have the cure. I'm joined by n._b._c. Reporter shannon petty piece who's fresh off the g. seven trip and mike mentally our man on the biden campaign plus later. We'll be joined by guys see so he's chairman of priorities u._s._a. The superpac that will be primarily responsible for supporting the democratic presidential nominee but mike and shannon welcome for cardinals fans out there. A famous voice of the cardinals guy named mica shannon so yeah. I know you're you're. You're sort of a weird baseball. You would know those weird voices on that front but shannon as much as i want to talk about your jet line uh-huh coming in by the way podcasts are wonderful for jetlag. Always some of your best work comes out here. Unfiltered her face for podcast stop. Stop stop stop but here we are in late august and it the you know it's funny how now one of my favorite things to hear from from viewers and sometimes party activists. Why is everything so poll driven all the time and yet the democratic party had sort of made eight us be these poll-watchers because they were being used to decide who gets into the debates what we make of this process shannon. I mean you know they tom. Steyer dyer spent all this money and if i'm him right now i'm starting to wonder. I'm not in the debates because they arbitrarily decided if polls weren't can if somebody decided not to conduct a poll. We're not going to find out whether he actually earned the right to make it yeah. I think there probably will be some criticism looking back on how the democrats handled this big field hold debates in the polls and i don't know what the alternative way to do it as kind of a it's a messy situation. There's there's not much to do when you have that many candidates i suppose but when it comes to polls and trump world where i live they are. I think genuinely not taking them too seriously area sleep at this point. There is a sense that of course the president is paying attention to polls and of course he wants to know the horse race numbers they care more about than the democratic polls though is the president's approval and right track wrong track for the country right so they watched those but there's it's definitely a sense that everything will change after new hampshire so after iowa and new hampshire i should say so they'll see what goes into that and then they'll start getting concerned about the polls but joe biden is really concerned about the whole thing i they've done things recently that i thought were risky. One is put advertise. They're they're pulling. Success in television ads <hes> it. I only say this because you're hanging your hat on a bunch of off your polls that you hope conducted while by college students i mean i don't mean to be i mean i don't under- and what you leave yourself. Well what happens if you slip in the polls and the other is they were so emphatic on pushing back against one outlier poll in the monmouth poll turned out. It looks like it is an outlier. Monmouth is so but but to me it tells you wow they're really nervous. I is this campaign a house a car. They believe the minute. They lose their lead over trumpets over welcoming the ladder. I the biden campaign made a decision. After that first debate. Essentially the handcuffs were on their press team the rapid response his team. They were not doing much of that at all and the kamala harris attack in that first debate and the fall out was they didn't quite know how to respond to it but they also felt restrained from doing it by their boss boss. The vice president made it clear his team. We don't attack other democrats even when they attack me but they learned the lesson which is you can't let these attacks or negative storylines lines even go on responded to so now they've taken almost the opposite approach which is they overreact to everything they don't want a negative story line to take hold <hes> and if it's going to be out there they want to make sure their voices part of it and the other thing that you know jerry too hot or too cold anything especially if they have read the three bears right. They're they're trying. They're trying to you know continue to raise money especially from bigger donors you know who pays attention to polls their big donors and so the goal here in august was to press their two big advantages one is of course they're leading the polls the perception of electability that was why that was in their first. We thought joe biden was maybe gaffe. She was probably just clued in on the message in the talking points when she talked about that in new hampshire and the second is the relationship with obama and their advantage with black voters voters and that's why he's in south carolina today. He's doing around table just yesterday with african american reporters. They're trying to end of course last week. Was the anniversary of the obama pick. They did so messing around that as well so that's what they're trying to do at this point in the campaign look right before we came on the air. We got a little bit of breaking political news johnny isakson longtime republican senator from georgia who actually just won re election. I believe in sixteen <hes> has decided to resign early. He's been battling health problems for a few years now and is decided he can't can't he's. He's basically going to resign. At the end of this calendar year. This puts another competitive senate seat on the map for twenty twenty his seat normally up in twenty twenty two you but the way it would work as an the appointed senator <hes> by the governor would have to stand for election in november likely and then i finished the two year so georgia's senate races that are very competitive to this cycle another one in twenty two on that front never mind the governor's race but what it does do and i'm wondering if this is a good news story for joe biden shannon because the senate map for democrats this is. There's a lot of opportunities though they're not easy. I'm up to counting. I'm up to sixteen competitive races. Overall eleven republican can help seats were. I think they can hold a republican less than fifty five percent which puts it in the generally competitive column. That's arizona colorado maine those three or you're gonna be super competitive. Then you have north carolina to now in georgia kentucky mcconnell you never know kansas iowa montana and south carolina these are not shannon these are not blue states right so but with the right person at the top of the ticket democrats could have a mandate eight to govern under the right scenario here and two of those states you mentioned to me arizona and colorado in the trump team thinks will be a big fight. Those could be a big struggle particularly colorado. There's been a sense for a while that that one has gone blue but particularly i've been hearing about arizona lately so zone on as a presidential as it is against arizona right so put that one in there i mean it is. There's a lot of close ones. They could all flip one way. They could also the other the georgia race. I'll say one little bit of intel. I've gotten is i've gotten texts from a couple. People already suggesting that nick ayers former former vice president's chief of staff who was considered for the white house chief of staff and we had a i think it was around christmas can't even remember the exact time the big drama over over whether or not he was going to take over as the chief of staff suggestions that he will be appointed into that temporary seat boy wonder of georgia. I was just gonna say as you're setting. They get up like of course nick ayers. Gonna float nick ayers for the seat sure enough mike. I'm not saying you're sources neck okay nine sorry. I'm sorry we we those of us who have covered neck for decades. Now i can almost maybe more than one decade at at least a decade that is corey lewandowski and new hampshire nick ayers georgia i if this is the future of united states senators kindercares kindercares get rich on the nikkei wish someone would stop these rumors about nikki haley too because nikki haley for vice president rumors are just really. They're really they're killing. Don't you think that there's something tension there. <hes> was interesting. You talk about biden. In fact i was just say here. I look at this and i guarantee gears on colorado in maine are one type of swing state and it's okay. I think any democratic nominee. I mean we now know colorado. I think shannon quarter of their trump. That's that's up light blue estate now okay. I'm not saying we can't win statewide but they've to go. I don't think they can win statewide presidential year <hes> put it that way. I think it's a lot harder now. Arizona feels very purple in maine. It's susan collins right without her. I think it would be probably already be gone. It's all these other seats. It's north carolina. It's georgia in iowa yeah. Well probably in the next three on the board and it's not it's it does feel like you have to have a certain type of person at the top of the ticket that can carry those states well. We know that this is a senate class and we talk a lot about whether the senate is still representative of our country and the senate but we know that the senate class is capable of producing using a good democratic majority because it did this is the two thousand eight obama class that gave them almost filibuster proof majority now of course it was also the class that in two thousand fourteen got wiped out in in a mid term wave jeanne shaheen. I think is the only one left but to the biden point in two thousand eighteen the biden campaign what became the biden campaign made a point of showing in how he was in demand in places where other democrats were not in demand to do surrogate activity. He did something i think <hes> sixty nine events <hes> for two dozen candidates. It's throughout the midterm election. He went to kentucky he went to montana he went to north dakota and bernie sanders and elizabeth warren weren't invited as much and and he also said they weren't invited to any of those places but they were invited as much and he also talks about this on the trail that this is more than just the president <unk> presidential election we have to be able to govern and we need to have ideas like when he puts forward obamacare plus rather than medicare for all that the entire ticket can run on and.
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"A._m. Sportstalk i'm helping me with this is is to just a quick depress. You you do a sports show in washington. I'm chuck todd and this is the chuck todd cast on today's show. We are forced in august to talk a lot about polls. Polls polls hold the d._n._c. and joe biden almost forcing us to did biden slip that much or is the race right where it's been the entire time and and donald trump stunned world leaders on the global stage at the g seven but does he even have the ability to stun voters anymore. The united states has trump fatigue but democrats have have the cure. I'm joined by n._b._c. Reporter shannon petty piece who's fresh off the g. seven trip and mike mentally our man on the biden campaign plus later. We'll be joined by guys see so he's chairman of priorities u._s._a. The superpac that will be primarily responsible for supporting the democratic presidential nominee but mike and shannon welcome for cardinals fans out there. A famous voice of the cardinals guy named mica shannon so yeah. I know you're you're. You're sort of a weird baseball. You would know those weird voices on that front but shannon as much as i want to talk about your jet line uh-huh coming in by the way podcasts are wonderful for jetlag. Always some of your best work comes out here. Unfiltered her face for podcast stop. Stop stop stop but here we are in late august and it the you know it's funny how now one of my favorite things to hear from from viewers and sometimes party activists. Why is everything so poll driven all the time and yet the democratic party had sort of made eight us be these poll-watchers because they were being used to decide who gets into the debates what we make of this process shannon. I mean you know they tom. Steyer dyer spent all this money and if i'm him right now i'm starting to wonder. I'm not in the debates because they arbitrarily decided if polls weren't can if somebody decided not to conduct have to pull. We're not going to find out whether he actually earned the right to make it yeah. I think there probably will be some criticism looking back on how the democrats handled this big field hold debates in the polls and i don't know what the alternative way to do it as kind of a it's a messy situation. There's there's not much to do when you have that many candidates i suppose but when it comes to polls and trump world where i live they are. I think genuinely not taking them too seriously area sleep at this point. There is a sense that of course the president is paying attention to polls and of course he wants to know the horse race numbers they care more about than the democratic polls though is the president's approval and right track wrong track for the country right so they watched those but there's it's definitely a sense that everything will change after new hampshire so after iowa and new hampshire i should say so they'll see what goes into that and then they'll start getting concerned about the polls but joe biden is really concerned about the whole thing i they've done things recently that i thought were risky. One is put advertise. They're they're pulling. Success in television ads <hes> it. I only say this because you're hanging your hat on a bunch of off your polls that you hope conducted while by college students i mean i don't mean to be i mean i don't under- and what you leave yourself. Well what happens if you slip in the polls and the other is they were so emphatic on pushing back against one outlier poll in the monmouth poll turned out. It looks like it is an outlier. Monmouth is so but but to me it tells you wow they're really nervous. I is this campaign a house a car. They believe the minute. They lose their lead over trumpets over welcoming the ladder. I the biden campaign made a decision. After that first debate. Essentially the handcuffs were on their press team. The rapid response the team they were not doing much of that at all and the camera harris attack in that first debate and the fall out was they didn't quite know how to respond to it but they also felt restrained from doing it by their boss boss. The vice president made it clear his team. We don't attack other democrats even when they attack me but they learned the lesson which is you can't let these attacks or negative storylines lines even go on responded to so now they've taken almost the opposite approach which is they overreact to everything they don't want a negative story line to take hold <hes> and if it's going to be out there they want to make sure their voices part of it and the other thing that you know jerry too hot or too cold anything especially if they have read the three bears right. They're they're trying. They're trying to you know continue to raise money especially from bigger donors you know who pays attention to polls their big donors and so the goal here in august was to press their two big advantages one is of course they're leading the polls the perception of electability that was why that was in their first. We thought joe biden was maybe gaffe. She was probably just clued in on the message in the talking points when she talked about that in new hampshire and the second is the relationship with obama and their advantage with black voters voters and that's why he's in south carolina today. He's doing around table just yesterday with african american reporters. They're trying to end of course last week. Was the anniversary of the obama pick. They did so messing around that as well so that's what they're trying to do at this point in the campaign look right before we came on the air. We got a little bit of breaking political news johnny isakson longtime republican senator from georgia who actually just won re election. I believe in sixteen <hes> has decided to resign early. He's been battling health problems for a few years now and is decided he can't can't he's. He's basically going to resign. At the end of this calendar year. This puts another competitive senate seat on the map for twenty twenty his seat normally up in twenty twenty two you but the way it would work as an the appointed senator <hes> by the governor would have to stand for election in november likely and then i finished the two year so georgia's senate races that are very competitive to this cycle another one in twenty two on that front never mind the governor's race but what it does do and i'm wondering if this is a good news story for joe biden shannon because the senate map for democrats it is. There's a lot of opportunities though they're not easy. I'm up to counting. I'm up to sixteen competitive races. Overall eleven republican can help seats were. I think they can hold a republican less than fifty five percent which puts it in the generally competitive column. That's arizona colorado maine those three or you're gonna be super competitive. Then you have north carolina to now in georgia kentucky mcconnell you never know kansas iowa montana and south carolina these are not shannon these are not blue states right so but with the right person at the top of the ticket democrats could have a mandate eight to govern under the right scenario here and two of those states you mentioned to me arizona and colorado in the trump team thinks will be a big fight. Those could be a big struggle particularly colorado. There's been a sense for a while that that one has gone blue but particularly i've been hearing about arizona lately so zone on as a presidential as it is against arizona right so put that one in there i mean it is. There's a lot of close ones. They could all flip one way. They could also the other the georgia race. I'll say one little bit of intel. I've gotten is i've gotten texts from a couple. People already suggesting that nick ayers former former vice president's chief of staff who was considered for the white house chief of staff and we had i think it was around. Christmas can't even remember the exact time the big drama over over whether or not he was going to take over as the chief of staff suggestions that he will be appointed into that temporary seat boy wonder of georgia. I was just gonna say as you're setting. They get up like of course nick ayers. Gonna float nick ayers for the seat sure enough mike. I'm not saying you're sources neck okay nine sorry. I'm sorry we we those of us who have covered neck for decades. Now i can almost maybe more than one decade at at least a decade that is corey lewandowski and new hampshire nick ayers georgia i if this is the future of united states senators kindercares kindercares get rich on the nikkei wish someone would stop these rumors about nikki haley too because nikki haley for vice president rumors are just really. They're really they're killing. Don't you think that there's something tension there. <hes> was interesting. You talk about biden. In fact i was just say here. I look at this and i guarantee gears on colorado in maine are one type of swing state and it's okay. I think any democratic nominee. I mean we now know colorado. I think shannon quarter of their trump. That's that's up light blue estate now okay. I'm not saying we can't win statewide but they've to go. I don't think they can win statewide presidential year <hes> put it that way. I think it's a lot harder now. Arizona feels very purple in maine. It's susan collins right without her. I think it would be probably already be gone. It's all these other seats. It's north carolina. It's georgia in iowa yeah. Well probably in the next three on the board and it's not it's it does feel like you have to have a certain type of person at the top of the ticket that can carry those states well. We know that this is a senate class and we talk a lot about whether the senate is still representative of our country and the senate but we know that the senate class is capable of producing using a good democratic majority because it did this is the two thousand eight obama class that gave them almost filibuster proof majority now of course it was also the class that in two thousand fourteen got wiped out in in a mid term wave jeanne shaheen. I think is the only one left but to the biden point in two thousand eighteen the biden campaign what became the biden campaign made a point of showing in how he was in demand in places where other democrats were not in demand to do surrogate activity. He did something i think <hes> sixty nine events <hes> for two dozen candidates. It's throughout the midterm election. He went to kentucky he went to montana he went to north dakota and bernie sanders and elizabeth warren weren't invited as much and and he also said they weren't invited to any of those places but they were invited as much and he also talks about this on the trail that this is more than just the president <unk> presidential election we have to be able to govern and we need to have ideas like when he puts forward obamacare plus rather than medicare for all that the entire ticket can run on and.
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"She's very clear on where she stands, and she's not someone that really backs down on those even in the face of enormous pressure. Again, sometimes much to her Republican colleagues chagrin so the left now trying this to pressure her, I will always seemed to me likely that it would backfire. And indeed it has she, she is nothing but defiant about this. And if she was already thinking voting for Brett cavenaugh she's, she's we less likely to back away from that in the face of this. I, I would defer to Kim strassel in. Expertise of the dark arts of extortion, bribery. But, but but I will say, I will say it seems to me that if you're going to do this, you wanna do it in secret in makes it almost impossible to carry out when you do it so publicly because she because. Lorraine, right? So unprincipled so it's it's, it's not something I really understand. I mean, what? What? I do understand it in the sense that the hearings produced, nothing that they can use against bread Kavanagh we have a little lull before a committee vote, and then a floor vote. And I think they're just throwing throwing things up and they're finally realizing the problem is not a lack of democratic knows, but so long as no Republican breaks from the fold. He's going to be confirmed. Well, Susan Collins has not declared herself yet. She's still saying she's making up remind same with Lisa Murkowski of of Alaska, another target of some harassment. So the the game isn't over yet in terms of the vote. Although as I th she'll probably make the, each of them will probably make their declarations on the floor of the Senate when the Senate comes time to to debate it. But right now, the odds are very high that she votes for cabin. All right. Let's. Turn to the battle for the United States Senate in the November elections and heretofore. It has seemed to be a very uphill battle for the Democrats to retake control. They have forty nine seats with a couple of independence Republicans, a fifty one, but they're defending so many more seats including ten seats that are in states, the Donald Trump won in two twenty sixteen. And yet when you look at the polls, as this race gets down to November two months, a little less than two months left. What you're seeing is that the democratic chances of regaining the Senate while still maybe unlikely still less than fifty percent are increasing. That's because they have chances to pick up seats in Arizona, Nevada, Tennessee, and even maybe Ted Cruz in Texas while the seats that they're defending are all now naked. Neck North Dakota, Indiana, Missouri and Florida seemed to be the top four targets. And if anything, three of those three of those four are basically a toss up and the fourth Indiana. The democrat has a comfortable lead, Kim. Yep. And you seeing that everywhere you look in Ohio that was potential pickup for Republicans shared Brown as well ahead of the Republican opponent. Debbie stab. Now in Michigan, again, doing very well. Does it look as though the Republican they put up against here, her is going to have any possibility of taking over that seat. You know, if you look at it, some of these polls in the Zona Senate race, the Republican, their MC, Sally, some of the recent polls that have come in, have her ahead. This is for the seat for retiring Republican, Senator, Jeff flake. So that is some good news for Republicans. But there are a lot of races as you say that that shouldn't be close for the GOP Tennessee in particular and Texas, and the fact that the GOP is having the Republican candidate is having this much trouble seems to be a reflection of a broader issue that could also be what's behind the Republicans, potentially losing the house. And that in intern seems to be related to President Trump. If you look, you know his, his polls, never tend to gyrate wildly, but just in the last three weeks, his average on real clear politics approval rating is down two point five points, and you have some polls coming out this week that have seen it dropped five or six points. We're talking about the battle for control the United States Senate in November, and you're listening to Potomac watch from the Wall Street Journal..
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"In a way it is that the problem is that they don't want to repeat the failures of the 2013 senate immigration bill which as we remember past with an mostly democratic votes and end arab a smaller group of republican votes herbicides substantial i mean this is all cyst as they sixty seven sixty eight vote bill yes so it's not you know when we say a small number of republican votes were kind of used to thinking of that is exactly as many voters there he ada it was a it was a nice bipartisan vote most republicans were against it so rubio until list both said this week that like that they think the main actually rubin said this little earlier that they think the main sort of issue is that they need a bill that enough conservatives can be happy with they they really are suspicious they basically want it will dead and they want to apply the logic of the house it has to rewrite preemptively to the senate yet at us he's the spend a lot of sense if you think about this as you don't want to take of a hard vote on a bill that won't become law vast rule it as far as we know would be in place in the house i agree with marco rubio the interesting thing about that to me is backed beckett back in 2013 rate a b conservative imperative was to make sure that the house did not pass any immigration bill of any kind regardless of its content because that would open the door to a conference committee and now the white house seems committed to getting the house to pass this goodlatte mccall bill that because they like with the bill says but it technically like changes the legislative dynamic ready equates a situation in which a mike brown's say can go back around to tell us in rubio and say well we should take this up and we should amend it with our ideas and a kick it back.
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"Over us so kelsea what happened in between in between there was a lot of standing around waiting around disagreeing and then all of a sudden resolution as things tend to happen appear in the capital of i was actually talking with another reporter about this and that this shutdown kind of felt like it was just a long wait uh and not even that long democrats walked away from their position pretty quickly once it look like things were were just not looking good for them so let's do this like an episode of the crown and start with a big dramatic moment and then work backwards okay so here's chuck schumer on the senate floor this afternoon the republican leader and i've come to an arrangement we will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement with the commitment that if an agreement is reached by february the ace the senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation dealing with dhaka okay that's today scott real quick can you bring us up to speed on how this shutdown began yes there was a vote late friday in the senate to pass a fourweek stopgap spending bill it was paired with an extension of the children's health insurance program as a sweetener to democrats but it failed it spending bill got fifty one votes it needed sixty to pass uh and so uh as of midnight of the government spending authority ran out and we've been a partial shutdown ever since and the big issue for democrats was that they were not going to vote for a funding bill without a permanent fix for the expiring daca program okay so kelsea from that moment when the vote failed on saturday suddenly this bipartisan group of senator starts meeting what happened next who were these senators what were they trying to do well it's anchor the senators that are calling themselves the common sense caucasus is how they have personally branded as we talked about already this was like a very extensive branding exercise.
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"And while of i guess this is his job in interest he was fairly optimistic about prospects for getting this through the senate uh with republican votes uh they unrolled that unveiled it on thursday morning to the senate republican conference the entire conference and nobody so far is saying they won't vote for it there are some people who say well you know i prefer this or that but that it's a totally different vibe kim than there was on healthcare and that is that suggests may be the the the the republicans understand that they really do have to do this uh or um they're going to be dead in 2018 yeah it's remarkable they're feeling optimistic on on a lot of different levels one is because they are actually sticking to the schedule that they put out the house ways and means committee got its version of the bill outta committee on thursday the senate released its details next week the house hopes to pass this thing on the floor uh they're going to have a series of amendments will see how that happens but ty wise this is going forward i think they feel really pleased that they got some groups that they were worried that would not get the support of a key to that that then fipb the national federation of independent businesses that's the group that tends to support the lobby outfit for most small businesses in the country at an app ibn sort of withheld its support it was concerned about the way that small businesses were treated it has ended up coming out to spark both the house and senate bell.
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"By 19 on nine we're living in a united states were almost every issue is touched by the issue of race and that becomes an important component in the direct election system because the only way that idaho's senator william bora could convince his peers to let the proposed constitutional amendment for direct election actually leave the judiciary subcommittee and go to the senate floor for a vote was if he agreed to tack on to it something that the southern democrats wanted a race rider the race rider basically stipulates that if the constitution is amended and we switchover to allowing voters to directly elect their senators then shorer that's fine but the states themselves have the ability to control the terms of the elections the federal government won't have any say now the reason this was called a race rider is that what these southern states were essentially saying between the lines was we don't want african americans in our state to participate in electing senators so if we're going to have popularly elected senators then we better be able to create whatever voting terms we see fit in other words we better be able to exclude any one we want to when you're talking about the 17th amendment the two sections of the constitution that you have to think about there's article 1 section three which is the part that defines house senate elections happening and that's what they're trying to change from indirect to direct election but there's also article 1 section four which says that the times places in manner of holding elections for senators and representatives shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof and it says the congress may at any time by law maker alter such regulations and it's that phrase that becomes the target of the debate in the senate in nineteen on nine in nineteen tan in 1911.
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"But this series went on to investigate roughly twenty more senators showing how the combination of state legislature elections and big business interests was producing senators who didn't serve the people his series is pretty widely denounced by responsible journalists notorious of the day and obviously it's denounced by the senate but it gains wide popular support and it really helps to change the tide of public opinion in favor of reform of the election process he protrays senators as bribers money lenders y'all all the worst kind of stereotypical views of political corruption in some cases he took incidents in really sort of exaggerated them in other cases he just made stuff up but it's an image of the senate that really stock and it's in the image of the senate that reflected the general public perception of the senate as is out of touch collection of wealthy man who had only their own interests at heart and so this series becomes a major turning point soon after efforts gain steam in congress to reform the election of senators and the efforts not surprisingly start in the house of representatives rather than in the senate itself the house introduces '18 '19 different resolutions for a constitutional amendment to establish direct election of senators most of those amendments actually passed the house they get sent to the senate and they die in the senate because they're referred to the committee on privileges and elections the committee on privileges in elections was controlled by old guard senators who had no interest in direct election of senators and pretty much every proposal for reform once it got to the senate died in that committee and never made it to the senate floor.
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"When the framers drafted the constitution they had a dilemma before them how to successfully unite the states and strengthen their collective identity without stripping away their individual power in practical terms that led to the question what should representation for the different states look like in order to create a more perfect union well in response the framers came up with a structure for congress and how we would divvy up representatives between the house and the senate and that framework is basically still intact today with one at very notable exception how we elect senators the direct election of senators is certainly the biggest change that has ever been made to the framers vision of the senate and its members in how their elected this is betty coed the official us senate historian and that changed took the form of the 17th amendment ratified in 1913 it updated the constitution to finally give voters the power to directly elect senators themselves instead of having state legislatures pick them but not everyone has agreed that shift was for the better former supreme court justice antonin scalia for example one said quote the seventeen th amendment has changed things enormously and because of its passage quote you can trace the decline of socalled states rates throughout the rest of the 20th century now scalia isn't alone in the past decade as the tea party movement gained steam several conservative voices lake politicians mike lee and rick perry have called for the repeal of the 17th amendment like scalia they said that it upset the balance of power between the states and the federal government constraining states' rights.