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McConnell: Killing Filibuster Means ‘Scorched Earth’ Senate

The following is taken from a March 16 speech by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) from the floor of the Senate, in response to calls from Senate Democrats to eliminate the filibuster rule. Mr. President, today I’d like to begin with a few quotations: “The legislative filibuster is the most important distinction between the

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New York Gov. Cuomo is the textbook example of how not to apologize

Cuomo deflected responsibility during his public apology. Office of the NY Governor via AP Lisa Leopold, Middlebury New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s two apologies for alleged sexual misconduct are straight out of a master class in how not to say you’re sorry. The governor, who had become something of a celebrity during his nationally broadcast

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How 18 million Americans could move into rural areas – without leaving home

Lawrence, Kan., is one of the communities that would go from being considered urban to rural. Ian Ballinger via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA Devon Brenner, Mississippi State University and Jesse Longhurst, Southern Oregon University About 46 million Americans – 14% of the nation’s inhabitants – are currently classified as living in rural areas. That number

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Sinema faces blowback for minimum wage vote; long-term damage unclear

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said she still believes the Senate should take up a higher minimum wage, but that didn’t keep critics from lighting into her after her Friday vote to keep the higher wage out of the latest pandemic relief package. Sinema was one of seven Democrats who joined Republicans to reject an amendment to the

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