Elections

McConnell Endorses Herschel Walker For GA Senate Because, Well, What’s The Point Of Anything Anymore?

This is what happens when Republicans feel confident they've rigged the vote.

Mitch McConnell has come around on Herschel Walker as the GOP candidate for next year's US Senate race in Georgia, and we're sure it's a coincidence that the GOP establishment is rallying behind such an obviously terrible candidate so soon after Republicans killed yet another Democratic voting rights bill.

McConnell released this glowing review today:

I am happy to endorse Herschel Walker for U.S. Senate in Georgia. Herschel is the only one who can unite the party, defeat Senator Warnock, and help us take back the Senate. I look forward to working with Herschel in Washington to get the job done.

You'll recall that McConnell originally had some reservations about the former football star with zero political experience. He considered Walker's past a vulnerability. This summer, McConnell's crony Josh Holmes shared a link on Twitter to an Associated Press article detailing Walker's violent behavior, which included allegedly putting a gun to his ex-wife's head. Holmes tweeted: "This is about as comprehensive a takedown as I've ever read. My lord." That didn't seem like praise.

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Class War

No Tax-*Rate* Increases On Billionaires, Kyrsten Sinema? Liz Warren Has A Whole New Tax For That!

We love the smell of class war in the morning!

Watch out, bloated plutocrats: Senate Democrats are coming for you. To help pay for the Build Back Better Act, Democrats rolled out two plans that would go after vast wealth that corporations and billionaires try to hide away from ever being taxed; each of the new plans is expected to bring in hundreds of billions of dollars over 10 years.

The first plan, to impose a 15 percent minimum tax on corporate profits over a billion dollars, was introduced by Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Ron Wyden of Oregon, and Angus King of Maine; it has the support of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who has blocked other tax increases that were originally proposed as part of Build Back Better. So that's going to be helpful in moving it along should no other "centrist" Dem decide "nah."

The second plan, from Warren and Wyden, would go after the very richest Americans' "unrealized gains" on assets every year, instead of only collecting capital gains taxes when those assets are sold; it's one of the ways the very wealthy get richer without paying income taxes. (They never sell. They borrow their fuck-you money against their stocks as collateral.)

Both plans, in addition to helping to fund Build Back Better, have some real class war appeal, since they address the tax loopholes that widen the gap between the filthy rich and ordinary American taxpayers. As Wyden said in a statement on the proposed billionaire tax,

There are two tax codes in America. [...] The first is mandatory for workers who pay taxes out of every pay check. The second is voluntary for billionaires who defer paying taxes for years, if not indefinitely.
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WonkTV

LIVE: Merrick Garland In The Senate!

Lock somebody up.

Here's another hearing with Attorney General Merrick Garland in Congress, this time in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Maybe they can get him to lock some MAGA January 6 idiots up or indict Donald Trump. Oh, there's some new John Eastman evidence he could look at maybe! Dunno, just lock somebody up.

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National Politics

Who's Kyrsten Sinema Being A Dick To Now? Oh Just Her Constituents

Same same.

It's really becoming a thing lately that if it's a day, there's probably a story out there about Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, being a dick.

So here's one, though it appears this video was taken yesterday. It's Senator Sinema walking through the airport with GOP Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina, a verified asshole, on her right. And golly, she was just RIVETED by whatever he was saying.

On Sinema's left, a constituent from Arizona, who was calmly but persistently asking her questions, like people do with their elected officials.

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