Court of Appeals Temporarily Bans Trump White House Records Release to House Committee Jan. 6
After days of legal drama, the appeals court has accelerated the case through federal courts in Washington. While the court imposed an injunction pending a further injunction, the court drafted a schedule that indicated it would act swiftly to decide whether the files would be withheld while an appeal is pending. If it refuses, the documents would be released, effectively making the case a House victory.
Trump could still appeal to the Supreme Court, and a ruling that keeps the data secret could work in his favor if the lawsuit is extended until the November 2022 midterm elections, when Republicans hope to win a majority in what is now a Democrat-led Congress.
The order was issued by Judges Patricia Millett, Robert Wilkins and Ketanji Brown Jackson, who will also hear the case. All three were nominated on the bench by Democratic presidents, and Jackson is a recent candidate for President Biden.
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Have Democrats Reached the Limits of White Appeasement Politics?
The Democratic Party, to its credit, has remained committed to civil rights. It wants to be tailored to people of color. But Democrats also want to win elections in a white-majority country. So party leaders have informally adopted a strategy of white reconciliation for decades — by which I mean they have often taken actions, often subtly, to show white Americans that they are not.attied to civil rights causes and people of color. Sometimes this means Democrats taking a stance on a racial issue to align with the views of moderate and conservative white people; other times, it’s Democrats who avoid taking a stance on a racial issue for the same reason. The Democrats’ white reconciliation is their counter-movement to the Republicans’ white complaint…
What could such an alternative look like? Democrats could embrace more non-white candidates like Obama and Warnock, in part because they are likely to be more knowledgeable about race-based issues such as critical race theory and therefore better able than white candidates to fight GOP grievance tactics. They might emphasize that many ideas often tossed in the “civil rights” or “black” bucket, such as access to votes, integrating schools by class and race, and reducing police killings will also benefit large numbers of whites, especially those with a lower income. They could align even more closely with the labor movement, as there is evidence that union membership encourages whites to give more support to policies that benefit people of color. Rather than sidestep issues like critical race theory when Republicans bring them up, they would address them directly.
This is a very good piece, with a detailed analysis of school problems in Virginia.
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How likely is a Democratic comeback next year?
Democrats hoped this year would be an exception. By trying to turn the electorate towards Donald Trump, they were trying to awaken the Democratic base. This approach would also prevent elections from turning into a referendum on President Biden and his approval ratings, which have fallen after months of struggles with the exit from Afghanistan, Covid, gas prices, inflation and congressional Democrats.
In other words, the Democrats hoped that the usual rules of political gravity would not apply. But we shouldn’t be surprised that the known force held out.
How Democrats Can Detach Voters From the GOP Coalition
The latest poll from the Pew Research Center divides the partisan electorate into eight subgroups, with four on the Republican side. While these right-wing groups may not seem like particularly wealthy targets for Democratic outreach, Democrats would be foolish to write these voters off completely…
The latter two groups – the populist right and the ambivalent right – deserve further attention from the Democrats. Their massive defeat in the countryside, most recently in Virginia, suggests the party should at least try to reduce antipathy among these voters. Even voicing doubts about the GOP would be helpful in contests where Republicans count on maximum turnout among white voters nationwide.
Biden’s plans more popular than president
President Joe Biden’s big spending plans for infrastructure, support programs and climate change remain widely popular, even if he personally doesn’t. The latest Monmouth University poll shows that many Americans feel that Biden has failed to deliver on his promise to get Washington to work and that there is a rise in the belief that he is helping neither the middle class nor the poor. Republicans and independents are more likely to blame the progressive wing of the Democratic Party in Congress for dragging the Build Back Better plan. However, among Democrats in the general public, where on the ideological spectrum one sits depends on which wing of the party is to blame. The poll also shows that there are wide disparities in public opinion on messages about the racing curriculum, depending on how the issue is framed.
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The GOP’s Moral Postmodernism
The GOP’s crackdown on critical thinking is a problem, but that loyal policy has an even darker side. Embracing the ethos of Trump and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to win at any cost, Republicans will dutifully tolerate even the most abhorrent personal and professional behavior of “loyal” members. That is bleak for the right, but devastating for good governance.
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USDA Invites Ottumwa JBS Pork Plant to Speed Up Processing Lines in ‘Limited Trial’
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday it will invite nine U.S. pork-processing plants — including a JBS plant in Ottumwa — to increase line speeds in a trial to determine if they can increase production without jeopardizing worker and food safety. bring.
Earlier, the Biden administration had said it would not fight a court ruling in March that overturned a Trump-era rule change that allowed U.S. pork-processing plants to speed up production lines. The government said the 2019 decision had not properly taken into account worker safety.
But on Wednesday, the Department of Agriculture said it had decided to conduct a “limited trial” to collect data to share with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The process, which could take up to a year, could provide guidance for future processing rules, Kate Waters, the department’s spokeswoman, said in a statement.
Zach Corrigan, a senior attorney at Food & Water Watch, a Los Angeles environmental group, denounced the move.
“With this decision, the Biden administration is succumbing to industry pressure…and putting industry profits before protecting the security of our food supply,” Corrigan said.
COVID antiviral pills: what scientists still want to knowDrugs like molnupiravir and Paxlovid could alter the course of the pandemic if real-world clinical trial results hold upBut little is known about how well the drugs will work and how easily they can be used where they are needed most.Naturelooks at five key factors that could determine how the new antivirals against COVID-19 determine the course of the pandemic.
They are promising, but not a replacement for vaccines…and must be tested in time to be effective. You can’t use them early if you don’t know if you have COVID.