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The Daily BeastAug 04, 2020
If Democrats Take the Senate, Our Democracy Is in a New Kind of Danger
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyThe best hope for America to get past Trumpism and experience a return to normalcy is for Republicans to hold the U.S. Senate.

Sounds crazy, right? Indulge me. Imagine this scenario: Joe Biden wins the presidency, and Democrats take the U.S. Senate. After enjoying a whirlwind of Biden's executive orders, progressives grow frustrated. Despite controlling everything, Democrats still can't pass most of their top agenda items (on the Green New Deal, say, or police reform, or immigration reform, or gun control) because of congressional gridlock as Republicans launch filibusters—the only tool at the minority party's disposal. And so Democrats, declaring that they can't let the party that gave us Donald Trump continue to impede progress, simply eliminate the filibuster, which can be done with a simple majority vote.

If you're a progressive, this all sounds great. By adopting any means necessary to advance your goals, you believe you are defeating Trumpism. I see it differently. I would see such a move as embracing Trumpism—or, at least, a form of it. That's because Trumpism is also about advancing authoritarian tendencies, prioritizing your base over the nation, and violating norms and institutions to consolidate power. That's not a "return to normalcy," and it's certainly not change we can believe in.

Politics - U.S. SenateAug 04, 2020
Today's Primary Elections: What to Watch For
Kris Kobach is competing in a Senate primary in Kansas that has Republicans nervous, and Rashida Tlaib is hoping to hang on against a Democratic challenger in a Michigan House race.

Kris Kobach riles establishment Republicans in Kansas Senate primary (Fox Politics)

New York Times PoliticsAug 03, 2020
Kansas Senate Primary Has Arrived, and the Anxiety Over Kobach Is High
Republicans worry that if Kris Kobach, a polarizing figure in the state, wins the nomination, it would pave the way for Democrats to capture the seat and perhaps gain control of the Senate.

PoliticoAug 03, 2020
Senate under growing pressure to reach coronavirus relief deal
Democrats seek to extend a $600-per-week federal benefit into 2021, while Republicans want to dramatically scale back the payment.

Drudge ReportAug 03, 2020
America may not know who wins -- until Thanksgiving?

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Yahoo PoliticsAug 03, 2020
Who CARES about the unemployed? How COVID benefit bill died in the Senate
Democrats passed a bill extending them in May, but Republicans were unable to agree on their own legislation that would have extended the benefits while also cutting them.

Reuters PoliticsJun 15, 2020
Trump says U.S. pulling some soldiers out of Germany over NATO spending feud
President Donald Trump said on Monday the United States would cut the number of U.S. troops deployed in Germany to 25,000, a reduction of about 9,500, in a move likely to upset both his fellow Republicans in Congress and NATO allies.
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