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Here is what we are talking about:
1. THE EXILE OF TWITTER FROM TRUMP: Some Republicans say former President Donald Trump should be happy his Twitter account has gone the bedtime path. For years, many hoped he would tweet less. Then, Twitter snatched its precious possession in the wake of the Capitol Riot. Now even some of Trump’s allies see a silver lining.
Here’s why even some Republicans aren’t mourning the loss of @realDonaldTrump:
“Every day was just overwhelming”, a former Trump campaign aide told my colleague: ‘In the long run it’s probably good for the president because nobody wants to hear this shit of grievance that the election was stolen.
- That’s not to say Trump has been silent: Trump is still obsessed with the idea that the 2020 election was stolen from him despite the absence of any evidence of widespread voter fraud. His political arm regularly publishes statements that read exactly like his tweets. But he didn’t strike the same chord.
Its critics say the enforced silence will not fool people: “I guess he can cover his fools, but people don’t forget him,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican who voted to impeach Trump over the Capitol uprising. Kinzinger said it was “better for the country” that Trump no longer had his megaphone on social media.
2. Congress voted to avoid a shutdown after all: The House and Senate passed a draft bill to keep the federal government open until mid-February. Kinzinger was the only House Republican to cross party lines to support the measure. The Senate passed the measure on a much more bipartisan basis, 69-28, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other additional Republicans voting for it. A shutdown appeared possible after Senator Mike Lee and other Tory lawmakers insisted that President Joe Biden’s vaccine warrants be canceled. But in the end, the Conservatives agreed to a deal to vote on an amendment that ultimately did not pass. Learn more about how the party leaders were able to strike a deal.
3. A preliminary study suggests that Omicron is more likely to cause reinfection than Delta: A preliminary study of coronavirus cases in South Africa found that the Omicron variant was much more likely to cause reinfection than previous variants such as Beta and Delta, reports the Washington Post. The study has not yet been peer reviewed. Juliet Pulliam, an epidemiologist in South Africa who was one of the study’s authors, told The Post that vaccines were likely to offer the best protection against serious illness and death, although researchers from the study did not have access to immunization data. Here’s what else we’re learning about Omicron.
4. Body language expert details what Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg don’t say: Scott Rouse, a body language expert in Nashville, Tennessee, broke Harris and Buttigieg’s stop touting Biden’s infrastructure plan in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here’s what the expert says is really going on based on Buttigieg’s foot placement and a somewhat awkward hug.
5. A Michigan high school caught the nation’s attention for its mental health program ahead of this week’s deadly shooting: Four years before an Oxford high school student was charged in a mass shooting, the high school was in the spotlight for how it handled the publication of the controversial article
display “13 reasons why.” More on the story.
6. Almost half of Americans polled said they felt inflation: A Gallup poll conducted in the first half of November found that 45% of Americans said they were experiencing financial hardship for their households because of recent price increases. For low-income families, it is particularly difficult to get by right now. The survey also did not find much of a difference between political parties for those who said they were facing serious financial difficulties. Read the rest of the results here.
7. Dozens of Democrats want Representative Lauren Boebert to lose her committee missions: Five senior Democratic leaders are calling on Boebert, a Republican from Colorado, to lose her post after making Islamophobic comments about Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar. Boebert then apologized on Twitter to the Muslim community, but a call she had with Omar only fueled tensions further. Democrats have increasingly punished Republican lawmakers for behavior they believe has no place in Congress.
8. DOJ is investigating allegations of harassment against former Governor Andrew Cuomo: A representative for Cuomo told Insider yesterday that the Justice Department opened a civilian investigation into Cuomo’s conduct in August. Cuomo has been plagued by scandals, including a state report finding he sexually harassed nearly a dozen women. He and his lawyers have vigorously denied these allegations. Learn more about Cuomo’s lingering issues.
9. Sidney Powell and other “Kraken” lawyers have to pay over $ 175,000: A federal judge ordered Powell, Lin Wood and seven other attorneys to pay thousands of dollars in attorney fees to Michigan officials and the city of Detroit over the attorneys’ attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in the state. Lawyers must also complete at least 12 hours of continuing legal education on topics such as electoral law. They might also face professional discipline. Learn more about the decision.
10. Senator Kyrsten Sinema apparently wants to be in the room where this is happening: Sinema’s cryptic approach often makes people wonder what she stands for. But it is the senator’s bell that makes people look around us now. The Arizona Democrat’s phone rang ahead of an interview with CNN in which she declined to pledge to vote for Biden’s roughly $ 1.9 trillion social spending plan. His ringtone is an excerpt from “Hamilton” in which Thomas Jefferson and James Madison brag that Alexander Hamilton’s financial plan is DOA because “you don’t have the voices.” But Sinema’s office says there isn’t a double meaning here and that she’s had the same ringtone for years. Now can we get back to politics?
The anecdotes of the day question: To stay with the musical, where did Lin-Manuel Miranda first perform in public what has become “Hamilton”? Email your response and a suggested question to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That’s all for the moment! Have a good week-end.