Politics Centrists flex political muscle in critical week for Biden agenda: The Note
The Memo: Biden steps out of Trump's shadow
President Biden ran for election as an antidote to his predecessor. Now he faces a different test - whether he can sell his own agenda.Biden travels to Milwaukee Tuesday, where he will hold a CNN town hall event. It is his first official trip as president.There, Biden will make the case for the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package that is the keystone of his domestic agenda.The CNN event is the opening night of a political performance in which the stakes could hardly be higher.Biden is only just beginning to step out of former President Trump's shadow, after almost one month in the White House.
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Presidenthas tried not to take a side -- in part by on and in part by claiming there is no choice to make.
The Democrats' divide, though, is real. It isin a week that is posing the Biden has yet faced in terms of personnel and policy on Capitol Hill.
The opposition of a single moderate Democrat has the White House-- so far in vain -- for the president's the Office of Management and Budget.
There's even more public skepticism among some Democrats over a, which could fall victim to either complicated Senate procedure or simple congressional math in the coming days.
Live updates: Biden to host labor leaders in Oval Office to discuss coronavirus relief, infrastructure
As part of his focus on the pandemic this week, the president plans to visit a Pfizer coronavirus vaccine manufacturing site in Michigan on Thursday. The meeting comes amid a stepped-up focus on the pandemic. Speaking at a nationally televised town hall on Tuesday, Biden pledged that any American who wants a vaccine will have access to one by the end of July and said he wants many elementary and middle schools to be open five days a week by the end of April.
Forces on the left, meanwhile, are as aggressive as ever inimmigration reform, canceling and eliminating the Senate filibuster -- a non-starter with two Senate Democrats on record saying so.
Exactly a year ago, intraparty fights were shaping the race for the Democratic nomination. Those fights were less settled then they were postponed when Biden secured a series of primary wins and theinternal squabbles way back on the priority list.
Now, Biden has the presidency. Some limits to his power might be.
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Joe Biden's CNN Town Hall Transcript in Full—President on Trump, Vaccines and More
President Biden spoke about everything from the end of the pandemic to being "tired of talking about Donald Trump," while answering questions from members of the audience.Biden discussed a range of topics, from when every American will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and the end of the pandemic, to being "tired of talking about Donald Trump" while answering questions from Cooper and members of the audience.
Although the former president may be out of office and lacking a social media megaphone, his legacy continues to permeate several consequential issues facing lawmakers and Americans alike.
On Monday,in office were evident as the nation surpassed the of 500,000 deaths. Despite near-constant surges in COVID-19 cases and rising death tolls across the country over the last year, the former president's public statements frequently offered misleading comparisons of the U.S. to those of other countries while claiming things were "under control, as much as you can control it."
On Capitol Hill, Judge Merrick Garlandto " " at the Justice Department and at "the center of partisan disagreement."
At another point in the hearing, Garland also noted that he is "not the president's lawyer" but rather "the United States' lawyer" and addressed severalincluding Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy, which Garland called "shameful."
Jill Biden is hitting the ground running -- in all directions
As far as Jill Biden is concerned, there isn't necessarily going to be one "first lady platform," or even two or three. A month into the job, and Biden has heaped a lot on her agenda, unsure at the moment exactly how it will unfold, only that it will "naturally evolve," she has told her staff.Unlike her predecessor Melania Trump, Biden has packed a calendar-full of events, appearances (most virtual) and interviews, aggressively pursuing policy passion projects, and maintaining her schedule as a teacher at a northern Virginia community college.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Courtreminder of a saga that plagued the duration of the Trump presidency when it rejected the former president's from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. The move clears the way for District Attorney Cyrus Vance to enforce a grand jury subpoena for the records.
The former president called it "a continuation of the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of our Country," as the D.A.'s office told ABC News' Aaron Katersky, "The work continues."
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It's been afor Virginia Democrats, who are taking advantage of their statehouse majority cemented in 2019. The party in power is moving forward on significant policy changes -- the most recent on Monday when the General Assembly sent a measure to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's desk .
Come November, statewide elections willtint of the commonwealth and whether voters are willing to continue following where Democrats are leading or are looking for an alternative path.
Fact check: Breaking down Joe Biden's first month of claims
President Joe Biden was more consistently factual in his first month in office than his predecessor ever was in office. But Biden was not perfect.President Joe Biden was more consistently factual in his first month in office than his predecessor ever was in office. But Biden was not perfect himself.
The decision overappears starkest in the highly anticipated governor's race, which features a range of candidates across both parties -- some with name recognition, some with the potential to be history-making, some considered firebrands and some without much political experience.
During Monday's vote, two of the gubernatorial contenders, state Sens. Jennifer McClellan, a Democrat, and Amanda Chase, a Republican, underlined that divide by voting in opposite directions. McClellan supported the measure to make Virginia the first in the South to end capital punishment,it "a historic step towards justice," while Chase, who bills herself as "Trump in heels," voted against it, her vote as one "against murderers and for public safety today."
The bill's passage and the impending governor's race, which could be seen as an early indicator for the midterm elections to come, is a reminder of the state's leftward shift, andto stay.
ABC News' "Start Here" podcast. Tuesday morning's episode features a conversation with Beatriz Ramirez, a New Jersey student whose father is one of the 500,000-plus Americans lost to COVID-19 over the last year. ABC News Chief Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas tells us about his exclusive interview with a Capitol Police officer who came under attack on Jan. 6. And retired Marine Col. and ABC News contributor Stephen Ganyard explains what comes next for Boeing and the airline industry after the engine failure over Colorado.
Fact checking Trump's CPAC speech
Former President Donald Trump returned to the public stage on Sunday with a familiar kind of Trump speech -- a speech filled with debunked lies. © Joe Raedle/Getty Images ORLANDO, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 28: Former President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Begun in 1974, CPAC brings together conservative organizations, activists, and world leaders to discuss issues important to them.
FiveThirtyEight's Politics Podcast. The House is preparing to pass its version of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan by the end of the week, according to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. This installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast looks at the popularity of the bill and how both Democrats and Republicans are thinking about its provisions. The team also tracks the latest voting restrictions being considered by Georgia Republicans, including a proposal to end early voting on Sundays, which is when Black churches traditionally mobilize voters through "souls to the polls" events. Lastly, they ask whether a recent survey of Americans attitudes about secession is a good or bad use of polling.
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Democrats confront a harsh political choice: Save the filibuster or pass Biden's agenda .
The Republican "epiphany" he hoped for hasn't materialized. And many of his big plans are headed for a dead end in the Senate.Two packages are moving on parallel tracks this week: The Senate will take up Biden's coronavirus relief package as the House turns to a sweeping expansion of voting rights Wednesday.