Today’s Buzz features the ideaological reasons why Democrats have neglected local politics, California lawyering-up, and the next SCOTUS showdown. ICYMI Bernie Sanders took to the Senate floor yesterday with one of Trump’s tweets and the internet decided to have some fun with it–enjoy.
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bernie continues to speak truth to power pic.twitter.com/dpLQx8nBzr
— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 4, 2017
Dylann Roof on S.C. church massacre: ‘I do not regret what I did’ In a journal, the Charleston shooter lamented his loss of freedom but felt the massacre was “worth it.” Prosecutors focused on the journal as the sentencing phase of Roof’s trial began.
California Hires Eric Holder as Legal Bulwark Against Donald Trump Girding for four years of potential battles with President-elect Donald J. Trump, Democratic leaders of the California Legislature announced Wednesday that they had hired Eric H. Holder Jr., who was attorney general under President Obama, to represent them in any legal fights against the new Republican White House. The decision by the Legislature to retain Mr. Holder, who is now a prominent Washington lawyer, is the latest sign of the ideological battle that may play out over the next four years between this predominantly Democratic state and Washington. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate for president, defeated Mr. Trump by more than four million votes here.
Bernie Sanders teaching everyone a valuable lesson pic.twitter.com/I5dUHSPgs6
— Gavin Somers (@gaviiins) January 4, 2017
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Bernie is still working hard in the Senate, talking about the important issues pic.twitter.com/DDbedMjHJJ
— maple cocaine (@historyinflicks) January 4, 2017
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Civil Rights Activists Arrested For Protest Over Jeff Sessions As Attorney General Activists with the NAACP staged a sit-in at the senator’s office in Mobile, Ala, criticizing his record on voting rights, among other things. Some of the protesters were arrested.
Obama: The Ocean President: In August 1961, Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, thousands of miles from the American mainland. He spent 14 of his first 18 years on those islands, bodysurfing off Sandy Beach Park, surrounded by the expansive blue of the Pacific. He later moved inland, to Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and eventually the White House. But he never lost his childhood connection to the sea.When he leaves the Oval Office this month, he will have safeguarded more of the ocean than any other president, and increased the amount of protected waters around the U.S. by four times. His administration has also worked to improve American fisheries, clamp down on illegal fishing, and create national policies for protecting the oceans.
Trump sides with Assange, Russia over U.S. intelligence: President-elect Donald Trump is freshly questioning U.S. intelligence assessments of election-season hacking, appearing to side instead with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Russia in comments that are rattling the American spy world as well as many of his fellow Republicans.
Schumer, McConnell trade shots ahead of SCOTUS showdown: The Supreme Court war between Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer has begun. The two Senate leaders on Wednesday launched their opening volleys in what is sure to be a contentious battle to confirm Donald Trump’s future nominee to the Supreme Court. This time, it’s Republicans who are vowing to press forward with the eventual nomination — and Democrats already threatening to block the person chosen to replace deceased Justice Antonin Scalia. The Senate majority leader latched onto Schumer’s remarks from Tuesday night that Democrats were “absolutely” prepared to keep the current Supreme Court vacancy open. McConnell, who spent most of last year engineering his own blockade of Merrick Garland, was quick to criticize his new counterpart’s pledge. “Apparently, there’s yet a new standard which is to not confirm a Supreme Court nominee at all,” McConnell told reporters Wednesday at the GOP leadership’s weekly news conference. “I think that’s something the American people simply will not tolerate.”
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The Ideological Reasons Why Democrats Have Neglected Local Politics After making it to the top, Barack Obama is looking down. In October, the outgoing president signaled that he will focus on state-level politics when he leaves office. This promise took on new urgency after the election, which left Republicans in control of 32 statehouses and 33 governor’s mansions, not to mention both chambers of Congress and the White House. “One of the big suggestions that I have for Democrats as I leave … is how do we do more of that ground-up building?” the president told NPR in December. “What I’m interested in is just developing a whole new generation of talent.” Obama seems to be taking part in the larger process of soul searching among Democrats. “I wonder, sometimes, whether the Democratic Party has contributed to [a decline in local politics] by making the president and the federal government the fulcrum of so much, and suggesting that we can solve these problems from the top down,” said David Axelrod, the former senior Obama administration advisor, during a recent panel discussion at the University of Chicago. “Democrats have ceded a lot of statehouses and legislatures. Congress has been gridlocked. And the notion has been: What can the president do with the power that he has to try and create some progressive action? It just puts a lot of weight on the presidency, when maybe we have to be a bit more innovative.”