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On 3/3/2021 at 11:02 PM, China said:

 

House Democrats pass extensive voting and campaign finance reform bill, H.R. 1

 

The House of Representatives Wednesday passed Democrats' signature voting and campaign finance reform legislation that aims to expand access to the polls, fight partisan gerrymandering and set up new public funding for congressional races.

 

The For the People Act of 2021, known as H.R. 1, passed by a vote of 221 to 207. Three Republicans joined with Democrats in approving the sweeping voter rights reform that now heads to the Senate. 

 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, said the legislation is needed to combat voter suppression efforts in states, to crackdown on corruption and to diminish the influence of big donors in politics. 

 

"This is called the For The People bill," Pelosi said Wednesday at an H.R. 1 event prior to its passage. "And in doing so, we combat big, dark, special-interest money in politics and amplify the voice of the American people."

 

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Biden signs executive order promoting voting rights on 56th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’

 

President Biden on Sunday signed an executive order aimed at promoting voting rights amid a push by Republican-led state legislatures to roll back voting access in the wake of former president Donald Trump’s 2020 loss and his baseless effort to cast doubt on the integrity of U.S. elections.

 

The order comes on the 56th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the day that state troopers violently beat hundreds of marchers, including John Lewis, the late civil rights icon who served as a Democratic congressman from Georgia, on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.

 

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Seoul Agrees To Pay More For U.S. Forces Stationed In South Korea

 

The U.S. and South Korea struck a preliminary deal to share defense costs, as the Biden administration moves to quickly reassure allies and mend rifts opened by the Trump administration.

 

The U.S. agreement in principle follows a one-year deal recently struck with Japan, where the U.S. has some 55,000 military personnel. Both deals come less than two months into the new U.S. administration.

 

The deal is expected to cover several years, in order to give the alliance more stability, and be finalized when Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin embark on a tour this month to reassure allies in Seoul and Tokyo.

 

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46 minutes ago, Larry said:

So, Biden is getting places like Japan and SK to pay more for US troops?  

 

Surprise, surprise...Biden is better at the Art of the Deal than Trump is. 

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Biden Endorses Female Generals Whose Promotions Were Delayed Over Fears of Trump's Reaction

 

President Joe Biden has nominated two female generals to elite, four-star commands, the Defense Department announced, months after their Pentagon bosses had agreed on their promotions but held them back out of fears that former President Donald Trump would reject the officers because they were women.

 

The nominations of Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost of the Air Force to head the Transportation Command, which oversees the military’s sprawling global transportation network, and of Lt. Gen. Laura J. Richardson of the Army to head the Southern Command, which oversees military activities in Latin America, now advance to the Senate, where they are expected to be approved.

 

The unusual strategy to delay the officers’ promotions — intended to protect their accomplished careers — was devised last fall by Mark Esper, the defense secretary at the time, and Gen. Mark Milley, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

 

They both thought the two generals were exceptional officers deserving of the commands. But under Trump, they worried that any candidates other than white men for jobs mostly held by white men might run into resistance once their nominations reached the White House.

 

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A bipartisan group of US Senators has reintroduced a bill that would make Daylight Saving Time permanent. The “Sunshine Protection Act,” which you can read in full here and in summary here, would end the practice of “springing forward” and the puny four months that the US spends in Standard Time.

 

The bill’s sponsors are Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott of Florida, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, and Ron Wyden of Oregon.

 

Florida passed a bill in 2018 that would make Daylight Saving Time permanent, but federal law will have to change to allow it. States can currently opt out of Daylight Saving Time, but not Standard Time. Among the Sunshine Protection Act’s potential benefits, according to Rubio: fewer accidents, more economic activity, and less energy usage.

 

Also, DC-area residents won’t have to face the chagrin of seeing the sun go down before 5 PM in December. As to the argument that kids will have to go to school before sunrise during winter? That’s true, Mark Joseph Stern argues in Slate, but it wouldn’t be the case if schools in the US followed advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics and opened after 8:30. Another opportunity presented by the Sunshine Protection Act!

 

I am all for this.  

 

I'll also note that in Rubio's summary, he felt the need to explain to his voters that this bill would not "Change the amount of hours of sunlight."  

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39 minutes ago, visionary said:

 

 

I love the news media getting indignant over Biden not complying with fake norms that they'd prefer but are entirely Biden's prerogative.  Personally, we are in a bit of a crisis right now, I'd prefer Biden working on the people's business than doing pressers, that's why he has a Press Secretary (who is doing a wonderful job). 

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2 hours ago, visionary said:

 

 

It's a meaningless show vote.  

 

Can't pass the Senate without 60 votes.  And if it weren't filibustered, it wouldn't even get 50 Dems.  

 

But, on this issue?  I like the idea of a show vote.  

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Other than maybe infrastructure, I doubt Joe gets anything else passed before the midterms. The gop will filibuster everything and Joe will also have problems with moderate/conservative Dems not wanting to go as far as progressives.

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27 minutes ago, Rdskns2000 said:

Other than maybe infrastructure, I doubt Joe gets anything else passed before the midterms. The gop will filibuster everything and Joe will also have problems with moderate/conservative Dems not wanting to go as far as progressives.

 

Yes, we all know what you think. 

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Re: Collins-Schumer Rift

Collins was pretty happy to go along with plan to make Obama a one-term President, maintain an 8 judge Supreme Court and then quickly vote for Amy Comey Barrett.  You can't cry "bipartisanship!!!" if you don't act bipartisan when you are in power.  

 

Obama was pretty bipartisan as a whole... and did it get him any praise?  Did it help get Hillary elected?  

 

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