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Biden video statement on workers' right to join a union and Alabama vote

(President Biden) "Workers in Alabama – and all across America – are voting on whether to organize a union in their workplace. It’s a vitally important choice – one that should be made without intimidation or threats by employers. Every worker should have a free and fair choice to join a union."


The Bidens, in a rare gesture, immediately greeted White House residence staff on inauguration day

(Business Inside) Whenever the presidency changes hands, the White House residence staff undertakes a herculean task on Inauguration Day - transforming the private quarters of the historic building for its newest occupants within the span of a few hours. For "lifers," the staff members who have served multiple US Presidents, the traditions and protocols inside the White House have been an enduring facet of their lives for decades.

However, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden upended a traditional interaction with the residence staff on their first day in the White House, according to The New Yorker. After entering the North Portico of the building, the residence staff was assembled on the grand State Floor to welcome the Bidens. "The Bidens came in and the first thing they did was make a loop of the State Floor and greet the staff," a residence staffer said.


Trump's biggest CPAC lie unmasks a vile truth. Democrats ignore it at their peril.

(Washington Post) Amid the stream of delusion, depravity, malevolence and megalomania that characterized Donald Trump’s speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday, one message should be regarded as arguably more important than all the others combined. It’s this: The former president told his audience that the Republican Party’s success in coming years depends in no small part on its commitment to being an anti-democracy party.

Trump didn’t say this in precisely those words, of course. But that message blared through all the background noise like a loud, clanging alarm bell. This will require Democrats to redouble their focus on passing their big package of pro-democracy reforms as soon as possible — and to be prepared to nix the legislative filibuster to get it into law. It may be tempting to dismiss or ignore Trump’s deranged rantings, but Democrats should see this one message as an actionable one.


CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be

(The Hill) The Conservative Political Action Committee's annual presidential preference poll over the years was won four times by Mitt Romney, three times by Jack Kemp and once by George W. Bush. None would be welcome at the conference held this week in Orlando, Fla.

This right-wing confab now is more TPAC - as in Trump - than CPAC. The former president reasserted his dominance of the Republican party through 2024. Differences, much less dissent, are verboten. Former Vice President Mike Pence isn't attending, knowing he'd face a hostile reception after refusing last month to violate the law and reject the electoral votes on the presidential election.


CPAC: Hyatt Hotels says stage design resembling Nazi rune is 'abhorrent'

(The Guardian) The Hyatt Hotels Corporation called symbols of hate “abhorrent” on Sunday after the design of a stage at the right-wing Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at one of its hotels drew comparisons to a Norse rune used by Nazis during the second world war

A photo of the CPAC stage went viral on social media on Saturday, with thousands of Twitter users sharing posts comparing its distinctive design to an othala rune, also known as an odal rune, one of many ancient European symbols that Nazis adopted to “reconstruct a mythic ‘Aryan’ past”, according to the Anti-Defamation League. The ceiling of the conference room featured a lighting display in the same shape as the stage, according to Reuters photographs.


Headline Should Be: A Third Of CPAC Republicans Do NOT Want Trump To Run Again

(The Hill) Former President Trump won the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll on Sunday, with 55 percent of respondents saying they would vote for him in a hypothetical 2024 primary. In the straw poll that demonstrated Trump's hold on the GOP, 21 percent said they’d vote for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and 4 percent said they’d go with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R).


John Bolton Rips Trump's CPAC Straw Poll Results: 'A Pathetic Figure'

(Mediaite) Former National Security Adviser John Bolton called the Conservative Political Action Conference’s (CPAC) straw poll results a “pathetic” showing for former President Donald Trump, who teased a possible 2024 run during his speech.

“But just to take CPAC, if this is the epitome of support for Trump, the straw poll that was taken this weekend and released just before Trump spoke, showed of all the participants 55% supported Trump being re-elected as president,” Bolton told CNN Newsroom anchor Pamela Brown. “That is a pathetic figure,” he added.


Ted Cruz mocked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at CPAC after the congresswoman raised millions for Texas

(Business Insider) Senator Ted Cruz on Friday mocked New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has raised millions for his Texas constituents, for her response to the January 6 Capitol riots. He said: "We're gathered at a time where the hard left, where the socialists control the levers of government, where they control the White House, where they control every executive branch, where they control both houses of Congress. Bernie is wearing mittens, and AOC is telling us she was murdered."

During the storm, Cruz flew to Cancún with his family. He returned a day later amid growing criticism. Ocasio-Cortez raised millions for Texans suffering after the storms. She flew to Houston to volunteer at the Houston Food Bank with Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee and Sylvia Garcia.


CPAC Speaker Angela Stanton King Promotes QAnon From Stage

(Daily Beast) A speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory from the event’s main stage on Sunday, shortly before Donald Trump was scheduled to appear at the conservative movement’s premiere annual event. Former congressional candidate Angela Stanton King, who has frequently boosted the conspiracy theory on social media, called for an investigation into whether QAnon’s bizarre claims about a cabal of cannibal-pedophiles controlling the world and a mysterious figure named Q giving hidden messages to Trump supporters are real.

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