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House passes COVID-19 relief bill along party lines, as Republicans 'unify' against helping America

At 2 AM ET Saturday, the House passed the COVID-19 relief package along a 219 to 212 party line vote. The bill includes a $1,400 direct payment to individuals earning less than $75,000 or for couples earning below $150,000. It extend

Vaccination process is frustrating, imperfect ... and filled with small joys and triumphs

The coronavirus vaccine is still a ways away for a lot of us, and watching the myriad ways our states are making the vaccination process go slowly or inequitably has become one of the nation’s most infuriating pastimes. The glass is definitely half emp

White supremacists at Capitol siege? Woman linked to Pelosi’s laptop theft just the latest example

Earlier this week, as part of his campaign to gaslight the public about the Capitol insurrection, Tucker Carlson tried to claim on his Fox News program that “there’s no evidence white supremacists were responsible for what happened on Jan. 6. That’s a l

Report confirms: Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi murdered on orders of Mohammed bin Salman

After a last-minute delay, and something of a stutter step in which Friday’s release appeared to be momentarily posted, then withdrawn, then posted again, the truth about the U.S. intelligence assessment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is finally public. And

Voting Rights Roundup: Kentucky GOP defies red-state trend and advances bill to expand voting access

Leading Off ● Kentucky: In defiance of the trend sweeping the nation of Republican legislators in a number of states advancing new voting restrictions in the wake of the 2020 elections, Kentucky's heavily Republican state House has almost unanimously vote

Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: COVID relief takes a step closer to passage

Bloomberg: House Set to Pass Stimulus as Minimum-Wage Hike Dealt Blow Friday’s vote in the House will bring most Americans one step closer to receiving $1,400 relief payments and move action to the Senate, where disagreements among Democrats over the min

What do you think CPAC stands for? Wrong answers only, please!

the DKonversation: Something to talk about Today’s questions:   What do you think CPAC stands for? Wrong answers only, please!   Are you on Twitter? If not, why?   A lot of people in the Daily Kos Community are not on Twitter, a

Florida man, desperate to retain ‘right’ to discriminate, defies separation of church and state

Republicans continued to invoke the Bible in their speeches in support of discrimination against the LGBTQ community Thursday. When I hear people make appeals to scripture to justify their deep-seated bigotry, I often think of Patton Oswalt’

This mother-daughter duo in Philadelphia is behind the country's first menstrual hub

While women across the world face a number of symptoms that make menstruating difficult throughout the year, others face additional issues such as living in poverty that make dealing with menstruating even harder. Despite misconceptions that access to female

Q&A: The healthcare industry is segregated. Here’s how one organization is trying to change that

There are few industries as rife with inequity and occupational segregation as health care, where 79% of workers in low-wage health services jobs are women and more specifically, Black women, Latinas, and immigrants. These entry-level healthcare workers are p

Louisiana votes on 2 House seats in March. Meet the lone Democrat in a field with 9 Republicans

There are two special primary elections taking place in Louisiana on March 20, 2021. One is for the House seat vacated by Rep. Cedric Richmond in the 2nd Congressional District when he joined the Biden administration. There are 15 candidates, b

Our maps show the last time every county voted Democratic or Republican in a presidential election

With the 2020 election finally in the history books, you’ve probably already seen your fair share of county-level maps, whether it’s just the standard red/blue map of results or maps of each county’s swing from 2016. We’re offering a totally diff

Cartoon: The USPS's new and improved truck

ICE and the Postal Service are still run by rogue Trumpers. Seems like something a party with a trifecta could undo.

The COVID-19 relief communities of color are desperate for is on its way, with no Republican support

The House turned to work on the COVID-19 relief package Friday—President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan, an ambitious response to try to restore the nation's physical and economic health following a year of pandemic and a year of callous negligence from D

CPAC 2021: Republican says Democrats can threaten to steal your grandparents' insulin for votes

It’s the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2021! That’s when the world gets to listen to quotes from conservatives and say, “Wait, did someone actually say that out loud?” Friday saw speaker after speaker after speaker promotin

Rick Scott and Kevin McCarthy make crystal clear that every Republican is on their own in 2022

The two Republicans heading up the party's efforts to retake control of Congress in the midterms all but declared war on any GOP lawmaker who dares to cross Donald Trump between now and 2022. On Friday, both Sen. Rick Scott and House Minority Leader Kev

UberEats data is the latest sign of how hard women have been hit by the COVID-19 economy

Here’s a measure of how hard women have been hit by the pandemic jobs crisis: CBS News reports that the number of women delivering for UberEats more than doubled since April 2020. In a July survey, more than a quarter of the women driving for UberEats

John Durham is resigning, and he's taking William Barr's last shred of credibility with him

John “Bull” Durham announced on Friday afternoon that he is stepping down from his position in the Department of Justice. Presumably this also means an end to his role as special counsel investigating the origins of the Russia investigation. In the announ

Big structural sexism and intimate domestic sexism combine to crush women in the COVID-19 economy

Here’s a measure of how hard women have been hit by the pandemic jobs crisis: CBS News reports that the number of women delivering for UberEats more than doubled since April 2020. In a July survey, more than a quarter of the women driving for UberEats

Democrats come up with Plan B for raising the minimum wage. Republicans keep lying about it

Since the Senate parliamentarian advised that a minimum wage increase cannot be part of a budget reconciliation bill, Democrats are looking for Plan B, a way to fulfill the promise and the desperate necessity to raise millions of people above the current pove

Republican voters can't agree on much of anything, except direct payments in Biden's COVID-19 plan

The divisions within the Republican Party are perhaps most stark when stacked up against the sizable number of GOP voters who have signaled support for President Joe Biden's COVID-19 relief plan. The plan polls at roughly 70% support among the

Republicans voters can't agree on much of anything, except direct payments in Biden's COVID-19 plan

The divisions within the Republican Party are perhaps most stark when stacked up against the sizable number of GOP voters who have signaled support for President Joe Biden's COVID-19 relief plan. The plan polls at roughly 70% support among the

Republicans aren't turning away from Trump's Big Lie, because confronting the truth is too painful

It’s Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) time, and Sen. Ted Cruz is knocking them dead—both metaphorically and literally—with jokes about how wearing a mask during a pandemic is “dumb.” But just because Cruz took time out to sco

Senate official deems minimum wage hike out for COVID-19 relief, so Democrats find a new approach

The House is set to spend a long day finishing up work on a public lands bill, then working late into the evening into Saturday morning to pass the COVID-19 relief bill—the American Rescue Plan. One key provision of raising the minimum wage to $15 an h

Democrats crafting a new path for $15 minimum wage in COVID-19 relief after procedural denial

The House is set to spend a long day finishing up work on a public lands bill, then working late into the evening into Saturday morning to pass the COVID-19 relief bill—the American Rescue Plan. One key provision of raising the minimum wage to $15 an h

‘Waving the bloody shirt’: Conservatives resort to a time-worn tactic to gaslight the public

If you watched Republicans on the Sunday news talk programs this weekend, you could be forgiven if you experienced a surreal, out-of-body feeling seeing every Republican official invited on for interviews claim, without a scintilla of evidence, that the Novem

This isn't over: COVID-19 numbers have plateaued at a level still higher than previous spikes

One year ago today: “So, again, when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.” — Donald Trump Today: St. Louis County police say last Thursday morn

With one word, Mitch McConnell again shows his allegiance to party before country

Party before country, always. That’s how Mitch McConnell operates, and a little thing like an attack on the U.S Capitol is not going to change it. McConnell has said that “Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of” Jan. 6

Same Republicans peeling back rights of Black voters want them treated as gangs when they protest

Republican legislators throughout the country are practically churning out bills that although seemingly unrelated, would work together to suppress voting rights and criminalize activism. Following high voter turnout in communities of color and Black Liv

Republicans want to win back white suburban moms, and they think they've found the right wedge issue

Republicans are teeing up their wedge issue for 2022: school reopenings. They are laser targeting this as a wedge issue for suburban mothers. “School closures have radicalized suburban mothers for the last six months,” a Republican strategist told Th

Cartoon: It’s the windmills’ fault

x Vimeo Video After last week’s Arctic cold snap and failure of the Texas power grid, I thought it was time to turn the show over to Flamey McGassy, your expert in everything fossil fuel related. And make no mistake, people freezing to death in Texas wa

Morning Digest: Despite gains in diversity, our new data shows how House GOP still lags Democrats

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Lead

Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: COVID relief is just around the corner

Bess Levin/Vanity Fair: REPORT: ON TOP OF EVERYTHING ELSE, TED CRUZ MIGHT HAVE BROKEN THE LAW It sure sounds like the senator funneled political donations into his own pocket. Salon’s Roger Sollenberger reports that in 2020, a leader

Thursday night owls: Climate change is weakening ocean currents that shape the weather

This is the final edition of Night Owls, a themed open thread that has appeared at Daily Kos since 2007.  Bob Berwyn at Inside Climate News writes—Climate Change is Weakening the Ocean Currents That Shape Weather on Both Sides of the Atlantic. T

This Week in Statehouse Action: Good Grief edition

The pandemic situation is gradually improving (scary variants notwithstanding), but pretty much everything else is bad and getting worse. I feel a little bad about sharing my sadness and dread here, but I’m always going to be honest with you about Sta

The MyPillow Guy is ‘definitely’ just the beginning: Dominion CEO promises more lawsuits

The CEO of Dominion Voting Systems—which is either a nondescript electronic voting company or a Borg-like collection of sentient machines powered by Hugo Chavez’s ghost, depending on whom you ask—is clearly done playing games. But what he’s not done d

While U.S. taking steps to speed up release of asylum-seeking kids, advocates say concerns remain

The Biden administration will allow officials to bypass policy that required relatives and other sponsors to have to pay for the flights of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in U.S. custody, the Associated Press (AP) reports. Government pol

'His eyes enlarged': Chicago cops accused of violently arresting man for looking shocked to see them

Newly released police video shows a Black Chicago officer grabbing the neck of another Black man, slamming him against a brick wall, and forcing him onto the pavement, allegedly for looking shocked to see officers. That’s right. Officers claimed i

In a win for essential workers, Costco to boost its minimum wage to $16 per hour

As the nation continues to face the novel coronavirus pandemic, society at large is trying to find ways of honoring both those we’ve lost and those who are on the front lines of the virus. Sometimes that means honoring the 500,000 American lives lost with c

‘We make the wheels turn’: Workers find power in Fight for $15 movement

In the latest worker-led national day of action, low-wage fast food, restaurant, and grocery store workers held day-long strikes across 15 cities Tuesday, demanding $15 an hour and the ability to unionize at large corporations like McDonald’s, Burger King,
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