Politics

Steve September 20, 2021

The House Ways and Means Committee missed key opportunities in their initial revenue proposals to fairly pay for President Biden’s Build Back Better plans, especially in addressing wealth inequality. But the Committee’s suggestions include some powerful inequality-fighting reforms that should be in the final legislation. One of these promising proposals is very similar to a […]

Steve September 20, 2021

Last Thursday, Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez announced he is retiring from Congress at the end of his term. He is one of the ten House Republicans who voted to impeach President Trump after his supporters attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6th. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew discusses how the other […]

Steve September 20, 2021

More advanced autonomous driving is coming to cities across America. Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised Tesla owners people who have good driving records would soon be able to request access to the beta version of the carmaker’s “Full Self-Driving” feature, which expands the AI-powered highway navigation software to work not only on highways […]

Steve September 20, 2021

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Steve September 20, 2021

It looks like we can now add Josh Bernstein to the ever-growing list of right-wing anti-vaccine activists who have contracted COVID-19. Scott Lively warns that October is “Gay Recruitment Month.” Jack Hibbs, who vocally backed Larry Elder in California’s recall election, kicked off his sermon Sunday by disputing the results: “I would be devastated if […]

Steve September 20, 2021

Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting House Speaker Tina Kotek is pulling back on a deal to grant minority Republicans equal say in the state’s new political maps. OPB has learned that Kotek told her caucus on Monday that she would appoint a new committee, with Democrats outweighing Republicans, in order to pass a new congressional map […]

Steve September 20, 2021

Democrats are trying to galvanize voters in favor of abortion rights after Texas Republicans enacted controversial new restrictions. Their first major test is in Virginia’s race for governor. LEILA FADEL, HOST: Early voting is already underway in Virginia’s November race for governor. It’s the first major competitive election since Texas’ restrictive new abortion law went […]

Steve September 20, 2021

NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro about GOP efforts to obtain voter information in connection with the 2020 presidential election. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Republicans in swing states continue to fight a battle over last year’s presidential election. Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud have inspired lawmakers in Arizona, Wisconsin and […]

Steve September 20, 2021

Progressive climate activists are mounting a six-figure pressure campaign against Hawaii Rep. Ed Case, a conservative Democrat who tried to stall President Joe Biden’s budget reconciliation package. The initiative, spearheaded by the new political nonprofit Our Hawaii Action and composed of direct mail items, radio spots and digital ads, is the latest in a series of […]

Steve September 20, 2021

The Joe Biden administration gets the most credit from voters for the monthly child benefit payments that have been going out since July, according to a new survey from HuffPost and Data for Progress.  Some 42% of likely voters said the Biden administration is responsible for the payments, while 27% credited Democrats in Congress; 12% […]

Steve September 20, 2021

Virginia’s Race For Governor Could Gage How Texas’ Abortion Laws Will Motivate Voters Democrats are trying to galvanize voters in favor of abortion rights after Texas Republicans enacted controversial new restrictions. Their first major test is in Virginia’s race for governor. September 20, 20214:21 PM ET Virginia’s Race For Governor Could Gage How Texas’ Abortion […]

Steve September 20, 2021

Source: AP By DAMIAN J. TROISE, STAN CHOE and ALEX VEIGA Stocks slumped on Wall Street Monday, mirroring losses overseas and putting the S&P 500 index on track for its biggest drop in almost a year. Worries about debt-engorged Chinese property developers — and the damage they could do to investors worldwide if they default […]

Steve September 20, 2021

Public Citizen recently uncovered “an agreement that the European Commission reached with Pfizer and BioNTech last November to purchase 100 million doses of the companies” mRNA vaccine, which was developed with the support of government funding and U.S. taxpayer-financed technology. In the 104-page contract, Public Citizen found a list of manufacturing specifications for the Pfizer-BioNTech […]

Steve September 20, 2021

After nearly eight months of Morning Consult approval ratings above 50 percent, President Joe Biden dipped underwater for the first time in late August. And he’s basically stayed there since. A Morning Consult survey conducted September 10-12 among more than 15,000 registered voters pegged Biden’s approval rating at 47 percent, compared to 49 percent disapproval. […]