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Paid leave falls out of Democratic package in urgent scramble to secure Manchin's support

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/27/politics/paid-leave-falls-out-of-biden-agenda/index.html

" (CNN) Democrats are expected to scrap paid family and medical leave from their cornerstone economic and climate package, discarding one of the central planks of President Joe Biden's proposal as they scramble to strike a deal with holdout senators, according to multiple people familiar with the talks.
The plan's survival has been in question for several days due to objections from Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat. Biden's initial 12-week proposal was scaled back to four weeks in an effort to secure Manchin's support. That was rejected, leading to an effort by New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand that attempted to find a compromise with Manchin.
That has not succeeded, one of the people said, prompting Democrats to push it out of the package as they seek to scale back the proposal's overall cost and programs to meet Manchin's demands.
Manchin made clear he would not move when asked about the provision on Wednesday, saying: "I just can't do it."

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

Lawless city?' Worry after Portland police don't stop chaos

https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/lawless-city-worry-portland-police-stop-chaos-80613763

"PORTLAND, Ore. -- A crowd of 100 people wreaked havoc in downtown Portland, Oregon, this week smashing storefront windows, lighting dumpsters on fire and causing at least $500,000 in damage but police officers didn't stop them.

Portland Police Bureau officials say that's because of legislation passed by Oregon lawmakers this year, which restricts the tools they can use to confront people vandalizing buildings and causing mayhem"
"The reason that we did not intervene goes back to what we talked about last month with House Bill 2928 and the restrictions placed on us in a crowd control environment, Portland Police Lt. Jake Jensen said in a neighborhood meeting Thursday."
"However there is an exception when the circumstances constitute a riot and if the officer using the chemical incapacitant reasonably believes its use is necessary to stop and prevent more destructive behavior."
"On Tuesday, police say 35 separate locations were targeted including banks, retail stores, coffee shops, and government buildings.

Authorities say although police did not directly intervene, officers did give direction to disperse over a loudspeaker and a Mobile Field Force moved in, at which point the crowd splintered."

From March - newsweek - The United States of Oligarchy Opinion

https://www.newsweek.com/united-states-oligarchy-opinion-1575266
"The United States of Oligarchy | Opinion
MARIANNE WILLIAMS

They say the devil is in the details but sometimes the devil is in the big picture.

When it comes to the American political system, the problem is not an instance of dysfunction here or an element of corruption there. It's not just one thing, it's the whole thing. It's that our government has become a system of legalized bribery, as the undue influence of money, mainly corporate money, has corrupted our democracy.

This has created what is for all intents and purposes an economically rigged system. Due to the undue influence of money on our political system, our politicians now do more to serve corporate interests than humanitarian ones, to advocate for short-term profit maximization for huge corporate entities before the health, well-being and security of the American people and the planet on which we live.
Democracy has been under attack in America for a very long time, and at this point it doesn't seem to be winning."
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