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He’s been there before, with a lot of the same players by his side, and wants to see his group return.
In an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts – ahead of the unveiling of what he sees as a landmark legacy initiative: the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago – the former president urged his party not to back down on it. argument that the richest Americans should be asked to pay more taxes.
â€œI think they can afford it. We can afford it. I put myself in that category now,â€ Obama said. “And I think anyone who claims that it’s a hardship for billionaires to pay a little more tax for a single mother to receive childcare assistance, or so that we can make sure our communities are not inundated by forest fires and floods and that we are doing something about climate change, for the next generation, you know, that’s an argument that is not sustainable. “
It’s a relatively simple message, but with complicated repercussions at this time of uncertainty for the agenda of its former vice-president.
Memories of the political erasure that followed Obamacare’s stint – when Democrats had much more comfortable margins in Congress than today – would be fresh even if so many key figures weren’t there yet. in a position of power.
One criticism of the time is that Democrats failed to sell what they sought to do, in a debate where Obama and others found themselves defending what the bills would not do.
The long-term view of Obama’s history is not shared by all Democrats, just as they do not all agree on the absolute political advantage of what Biden wants. But perhaps the party could use a dose of the fierce urgency they had in Obama’s time, in the current uncertainty.
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Senior Pentagon officials are expected to face tough questions as they testify on Afghanistan before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, U.S. Central Command Chief Gen. Kenneth McKenzie and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley will offer their views on the chaotic troop withdrawal in Afghanistan.
All eyes will be on Milley, who has taken on the heat, including calls for resignation, since Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa revealed in their book “Peril,” that Milley has taken secret precautions to prevent former President Donald Trump from being able to launch a nuclear weapon or take military action after the attack on Capitol Hill on January 6.
Milley and the others will likely be grilled not only over the troop withdrawal and suicide bombing that killed 13 U.S. servicemen, but also the subsequent retaliatory drone strike that killed 10 civilians, including children.
Milley initially called the drone strike “fair,” but changed her stance amid the fallout.
â€œIt is a horrific war tragedy and it is heartbreaking and we are committed to being fully transparent about this incident,â€ Milley said.
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The long-awaited debut of Texas redistribution proposal revealed that despite Republican influence over the card-making process, the result largely favored cardholders on both sides of the aisle. Additionally, given the state’s rapid population growth, two newly proposed congressional districts – numbered 37 and 38 – were defined in the suburbs of Austin and Houston, respectively.
According to the proposed map, outgoing Democrats – like Rep. Colin Allred and Rep. Lizzie Fletcher – whose current district boundaries would have led to competitive mid-term challenges, have been “packed” into potentially bluer districts. On the flip side, this means that many areas surrounding these districts will also become more Republican-friendly and reduce future chances of competitive races that could benefit Democrats.
Democrats also argue that the current setup does not reflect the increase in the state’s population attributed to people of color.
The political packaging approach is likely to resonate most in the Houston metropolitan area, where the existing districts represented by Democrats have been redesigned to overlap. This allows the newly proposed 38th Congressional District to create a reliable new red district in the suburbs. Meanwhile, the creation of the 37th Congressional District near Austin would expand existing Democratic influence, while strengthening surrounding GOP-controlled districts.
The most visible border change is said to occur in Texas’ 34th Congressional District, currently occupied by retired Democrat Filemon Vela. The current district would essentially be split in two and the southern, bluer region would become the entire district. The old northern part would fall back into the more GOP-friendly 27th District, which is currently occupied by GOP Representative Michael Cloud.
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