Cawthorn is a feature, not a bug, of the Trump party. The stream of lies coming from his mouth is exactly what today's conservatives hail as 'Free Speech', the right to be as destructive as they damn please yet remain free from all consequences.

A liar, a sexual predator, and a gaslighter - the face of the modern Republican party.
Very sad that he's in the U.S. government but hardly surprising that he's a right winger. People like this are extremely dangerous and just add to the reasons why the GOP must be purged from holding office.

The making of Madison Cawthorn: How falsehoods helped propel the career of a new pro-Trump star of the far right:
washingtonpost.com/politics/20

Don't let anyone else decide what your party is called! I remember this as far back as the Bush II years. Republican is an adjective, Democratic is an adjective. Democrat is not.

I know @TonyStark has talked about this before to the instance.

What's in an adjective? 'Democrat Party' label on the rise:
apnews.com/article/donald-trum

@TonyStark
Here's another one from Illinois.

Let's make sure all of these attempts to overthrow our democracy and install a white supremacist theocracy do not get swept under the rug. These people aren't just ignorant, they're dangerous. There must be consequences for their actions.

washingtonpost.com/nation/2021

@TonyStark
The most important thing to the Republican Party right now is to be loyal beyond comprehension to a failed one-term president and Trumpism. That's it. They have no policy or platform beyond that.

@TonyStark I no longer think of national Republicans as a political party with a legitimate agenda. They may one day return to being a political party. But now they are similar to mobsters who rule through intimidation, lies and violence. In my opinion, Jan. 6th was the date the illusion fully collapsed and today's Republicans showed who they really are.

@PixxburghGirl @TonyStark And they want to con people into donating money. That’s not a platform but it’s one of their goals.

@PixxburghGirl @TonyStark
The Republican strategy is to grind all of government to a halt so they can crow about Democrat incompetence. At the same time grinding government to a halt punishes all of the people.  Everyone suffers from the Republican scorched earth approach.

At some point the American people must stop electing/reelecting people who embrace such a destructive approach...that is, Americans have got to stop electing/reelecting Republicans or in other cases just allowing it to happen.

@TonyStark It's like "comic con" for racist white supremacists. 🤦‍♂️ Disgusted that is happening in America.

Much could have been done to soften the blow if for the first eleven months of the pandemic we hadn't had incompetent leadership from the former guy. So if it seems it's taking awhile, which it will, don't forget that.

To correct the economy, this country needs to create jobs that fix or work to fix our most pressing problems: infrastructure, Superfund site clean up, waste/recycling issues, alternative fuels, electric vehicles...these issues and others would create millions of jobs, thus providing these companies listed in this story the ability to have customers. 

Step one is passing Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

The wave of covid bankruptcies has begun:
washingtonpost.com/business/20

Kudos to Wyden and Sanders for thinking outside the box. There are many ways to ensure that the workers whose labor creates wealth for business owners and investors get to keep that wealth for themselves and their children, including this possibility or attaching it to another bill.

Undermining the rules of our democracy was what Trump and Republicans did. If we want to save our democracy, we have to show how to make Congress functional again.

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are forging ahead with a backup plan after the Senate parliamentarian ruled out the minimum wage:
washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2

They're only remorseful because they've been caught and are being held to account for their actions. Absent that, they'd still be out there, encouraging the violent overthrow of our legitimate government. Throw the book at them.

Capitol riot defendants facing jail have regrets. Judges aren’t buying it:
washingtonpost.com/local/legal

Fantastic news. Puts teeth into rejoining the Paris Agreement. Use of coal will die of its own unecomonic weght.

If we were to have the industry rather than society pay for the actual costs associated with the damage caused by fossil fuels, the whole enterprise would have ended in a heartbeat, decades ago. This is an excellent, and ridiculously overdue, first step.

Biden is hiking the cost of carbon. It will change how the U.S. tackles global warming:
washingtonpost.com/climate-env

@TonyStark From every angle, planetary health and the health of living things is most important. Effectively dealing with climate change is at the root of that and I'm pleased to see President Biden taking it so seriously.

Gun violence, death, very hard to read. 

When liberals or progressives or whatever people want to call us lobby for gun safety reform, stories like this are why. No, it's not acceptable risk. People should be required to store them properly, which is part of the platform we ask for.

A boy stood in the snow, screaming for help. He had just shot his brother.

Jere’e Clark was driving by when she stopped to help the desperate 10-year-old. Several other people had kept driving, prosecutors said.

washingtonpost.com/nation/2021

It's funny to see Dana Bash try to imply to Senator Chris Coons on CNN this morning that the Covid relief bill that passed the house isn't bipartisan.

First, elected Republicans didn't act in a bipartisan way for the last 4 years at all. Second, the relief bill has wide support from Republican voters.

So the people and the bill are bipartisan, even if elected DC Republicans aren't and want their constituents to go without help.

White House pitches Biden's Covid bill as bipartisan — without GOP votes:
nbcnews.com/politics/white-hou

Shorter Sen. Rob Portman: It doesn't matter what the American people including Republican voters want. Congressional Republicans don't want that, so Congressional Democrats need to give us what we want.

I guess one by one, anyone who wants a political future in reality is going to have to admit reality.

Rick Scott acknowledges Biden 'absolutely' won fair election:

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who joined a challenge to Pennsylvania's Electoral College results when Congress was certifying presidential election votes, conceded Sunday that President Biden “absolutely” won the 2020 election fairly.
thehill.com/homenews/sunday-ta

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Republican Senator Bill Cassidy says he doesn’t think the former guy will be the GOP nominee for president in 2024. "Over the last four years, we lost the House... the Senate and the presidency" which has not happened since Herbert Hoover. "If we idolize one person, we will lose."

Meanwhile, at CPAC, someone wheeled in a literal idol.

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