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Reps. Maloney (D-NY), Lowey (D-NY), Connolly(D-VA) and Quigley (D-IL) have refused Emily Murphy's...

Reps. Maloney (D-NY), Lowey (D-NY), Connolly(D-VA) and Quigley (D-IL) have refused Emily Murphy's counter to delay until 11/30: "We cannot wait yet another week to obtain basic information about your refusal to make the ascertainment determination."

Expect subpoenas, folks.


Feinstein won't seek top Judiciary Committee spot following complaints from progressive

Source: LA Times


Sen. Dianne Feinstein will not pursue leadership of the high-profile Senate Judiciary Committee or any other committee next year, taking a dramatic step back following pressure from progressives who questioned her willingness to use tough, partisan politics to confirm Biden administration Supreme Court picks and other judicial nominations.

“California is a huge state confronting two existential threats – wildfire and drought – that are only getting worse with climate change. In the next Congress, I plan to increase my attention on those two crucial issues,” Feinstein said in a statement. “I also believe that defeating COVID-19, combating climate change and protecting access to healthcare are critical national priorities that require even more concentration.”

Feinstein, 87, is currently the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary committee and was in line to become its first female chairman if Democrats take control of the Senate.

But the majority won’t be decided until two Senate seats in Georgia go to a runoff in January. Democrats will need to win both of those races to gain control of the Senate and with it, the power to confirm Biden’s judicial appointments.

Read more: https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-11-23/feinstein-judiciary-committee

Yay, Michigan!

3 yes, 1 abstain!

The villain in a Christmas movie who kidnaps Santa Claus and poses as him.

Georgia passes new rules for Jan. 5 Senate runoff

The Georgia State Election Board passed two new rules this morning ahead of the Senate runoff election scheduled for Jan. 5.

The first rule extends the use of secure, monitored, drop boxes that will be available 24/7 through the Jan. 5 runoff. Voters can use these drop boxes to deliver their absentee ballots – a rule that was also in place during November’s general election. Counties are required to use video surveillance to monitor the drop boxes for security.

The second rule will require counties to begin processing absentee ballots one week and a day before election day. While this new rule makes it clear that counties have to start scanning absentee ballots a week and one day before election day, none of the absentee ballots are tabulated until the polls close on Jan. 5, per Georgia law. Georgia’s larger counties are authorized to start processing and scanning absentee ballots two weeks in advance of Jan. 5.

The five-member election board is chaired by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. According to his office, at least 762,000 absentee ballots have been requested for January’s Senate runoff so far.



NEW: @JoeBiden names experienced, crisis-tested leaders to his national security and foreign policy

-Tony Blink, SoS
-Alejandro Mayorkas, DHS
-Amb. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, USUN
-Fmr SoS John Kerry, Climate
-Avril Haines, USUN
-Jake Sullivan, NSA


President-Elect @JoeBiden adds two more names to his White House senior staff team...

President-Elect @JoeBiden adds two more names to his White House senior staff team, both deputy directors of the WH Office of Legislative Affairs

-Reema Dodin, Deputy CoS/Floor Director for Sen. Dick Durbin
-Shuwanza Goff, House Floor Director for Maj. Leader Steny Hoyer


Outside the local pet store:

The return of dogs to the White House feels magnificently American

(CNN)I witnessed a rush of collective pleasure online when the news came, on November 7, that Joe Biden had won the presidential race. Not just because of Biden, but also because of Major and Champ, the new first dogs of the United States.

The excitement was palpable because, among other reasons, these German shepherds serve as a stand-in for our national sentiment -- for the optimism we're feeling as we prepare to embark on a new chapter under a new presidential administration.

For the last four years the White House has not had the slobbery, shedding, panting presence of a dog that it so often has. Until the Trump administration, the last time the White House didn't have a resident dog was during William McKinley's presidency from 1897 to 1901. And despite the fact that keeping dogs didn't start to become a true national pastime until 100 years after the beginning of the republic, two-thirds of all presidents have shared the storied hallways with a recent descendant of the gray wolf. And nearly every president since George Washington has had a presidential pet of some sort -- including a ram, a cow, a badger, raccoons, and a couple parakeets.

Most recently, though, dogs have been used by President Donald Trump not as pets but as a linguistic cudgel. He famously called Omarosa Manigault Newman "that dog", and it was not intended as a compliment about her fidelity and comeliness. He has regularly wielded the simile "like a dog" to emphatically degrade people he dislikes, tweeting that Brent Bozell of the National Review "came to my office begging for money like a dog,"and that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was "sweating like a dog." (Of course, this makes no sense. Dogs, who sweat only through their paws, don't get all sweaty like we do, and if they beg for anything, it's treats and tickles, not money.) Trump's intent seems to have been to equate his enemies with the lowest, most disrespectable of animals -- a status quite at odds with that of the contemporary American dog, some tens of millions of whom joined their people on the couch or bed watching late-night election results start to trickle in on TV on November 3.


Welcome, Champ and Major!

Don't be polite to men who creep you out.


Parenting skills.
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