Governance competence at stake for Democrats: the note
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Invoices are either too big to fail or too small to be accepted. The real danger for Democrats is that they end up belonging to different factions of the party.
Democratic leaders tasked with making the Biden agenda law are now asking to look beyond the numbers, which is a useful framework when there is no price tag or legislative language or even bullets to review .
The public debate has been obsessed with these same numbers for months. But they are actually irrelevant in at least one important sense: what is at stake is more fundamental than the number of billions of dollars spent.
The mind-boggling parade of horrific potentials – a government shutdown, default on debt, failure to pass any other significant national legislation, all as the pandemic continues and crises collide. the border and abroad – all this falls mainly to the Party in Power.
It is implementing President Joe Biden’s priorities for responsible and even competent government – especially given the lack of help they receive from Republicans on the foundations necessary to keep the economy healthy.
“We have to succeed,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday.
Internal party mistrust is real but should not register among voters. National and battleground polls circulating among Democrats point in the same direction: Biden and his party ran to get things done without chaos or drama – facts that fuel the mindset of failure n is not an option.
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Daniel Foote, the special envoy for Haiti, wrote a scathing resignation letter denouncing the administration’s approach to policy on Haiti.
“The people of Haiti, mired in poverty, held hostage to terror, kidnappings, robberies and massacres by armed and suffering gangs under a corrupt government with gang alliances, simply cannot stand the forced injection. thousands of returning migrants lacking food, shelter and money. without additional and preventable human tragedy, ”Foote wrote.
His assessment contrasts with the assessment of the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, of conditions on the ground in Haiti. In remarks during his Monday visit to Del Rio, Texas, Mayorkas told reporters the country was safe enough to receive migrants.
Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday ignored questions about her reaction to Foote’s resignation during a meeting with the Ghanaian president. But Harris, who has been tasked with stemming the migration, won’t be able to avoid questions any longer – she is expected to join ABC’s “The View” on Friday.
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Officials with Arizona’s partisan review of the 2020 ballots are finally ready to deliver a report on Friday detailing their findings to the state Senate.
Almost 11 months after the election, the conspiratorial dispute over the results continues to dominate the GOP. Former President Donald Trump wrote to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday asking him to add an audit of the 2020 election to the special session of the legislature – and then later that night the office of the secretary of The state of Texas announced a “comprehensive forensic audit” of the 2020 results in four counties.
Early drafts of the report obtained by Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV-TV yielded a total that was not significantly different from what Maricopa County reported after the election, confirming to skeptics that President Joe Biden won Arizona. Still, Maricopa County warned that the entire report was “littered with errors and flawed conclusions” on the 2020 election.
Election experts have warned from the start of the process that the results will not be trustworthy. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs wrote in a report that the audit consisted of “flawed and inconsistently applied procedures and processes.”
Overall, the audit took months longer than expected – and ended with a price tag of almost $ 6 million. The majority of the bill has been covered by private fundraisers from groups that align with “Stop the Steal” activists, like Michael Flynn and former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne.
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The House committee investigating the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill issued its first subpoenas on Thursday to four former senior Trump administration officials, including former President Donald Trump’s most senior aide and the last chief of staff. The committee is seeking documents and depositions from Dan Scavino – Trump’s caddy turned social media guru and senior White House aide – former chief of staff Mark Meadows, Tory activist Steve Bannon and Kash Patel, who was the Chief of Staff to the Acting Defense Secretary on January 6. https://abcn.ws/3EOviCw
ABC News ‘Start Here’ Podcast. In Friday morning’s episode, ABC News’s Anne Flaherty unveils recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new advisory committee on booster injections. Next, Representative Frederica S. Wilson shares her perspective on the treatment of Haitian migrants at the Texas border. And, ABC “Nightline” presenter Juju Chang describes her exclusive interview with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and K-pop megastars BTS. http://apple.co/2HPocUL
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