The numbness of American politics


WASHINGTON – Congressional Republicans are rush towards a government shutdown just before Christmas.

The former President of the United States tested positive for Covid-19 before his debate with Joe Biden (before a subsequent negative test), confirm NBC’s Kristen Welker and Monica Alba.

A former Trump Justice Department official plans to invoke his 5th Amendment rights as part of the Jan.6 House inquiry.

And to top it off, more than 2,000 Americans died from the coronavirus on Wednesday.

While these stories made headlines, outrage and heartbreak, they also produced collective numbness in the face of stories that would have rocked the world of politics ten years ago.

No more congressional dysfunction? I was there, I did that.

Former President’s Dangerous Protocol – With Its Standard Denial? Tell us about it.

Block an investigation into what happened on January 6? A familiar story.

Thousands more dead in the event of a pandemic? Sure.

We’re all so used to congressional dysfunction, elected officials’ bad behavior, people not wanting to tell investigators what they know, and death from a pandemic – that they have become spots on our sons. news and our websites.

Rather than full-fledged stories that shake us to the core.

Biden to announce plans to fight omicron variant

Earlier this week, we told you that Biden’s White House had the opportunity to reset its messaging and handling of the coronavirus. And it looks like they took it.

At 1:40 p.m. ET at the National Institutes of Health, President Biden delivers remarks on the administration’s plans to combat the omicron variant of the coronavirus, which has been detected in California, the CDC said on Wednesday.

These plans include:

  • require all international travelers to the United States to test negative for Covid one day before their departure;
  • demand that private health insurers fully reimburse Americans for the purchase of home Covid tests;
  • launching a nationwide campaign for fully immunized adults to get a booster;
  • and promote vaccination of schoolchildren across the country.

But as NBC’s Heidi Przybyla, Shannon Pettypiece and Lauren Egan report, these measures fall short of what Israel and other European countries are already doing.

“Many foreign governments require proof of vaccination for air travel and restaurant meals, as well as stricter rules for travelers from southern Africa, where the omicron variant was first detected.”

Georgia will have it all in 2022

Democrat Stacey Abrams’ announcement on Wednesday that she will run as governor of Georgia confirms that Peach State will have it all in 2022.

A competitive race in the general election for governor? To verify.

A Trump-led campaign to deny GOP Governor Brian Kemp the party’s nomination against Abrams? Yeah.

A Senate race between incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock and (most likely) Herschel Walker who could help decide Senate control? Absoutely.

A Democratic versus Democrat battle in which the current incumbent MP (Lucy McBath or Carolyn Bourdeaux) will represent the suburbs of Atlanta as part of the new state redistribution map? It looks like it.

Even a battle for the post of secretary of state between the now well-known state, Brad Raffensperger, and Trump-backed representative Jody Hice, R-Ga. ? Recheck.

And it’s all happening in a state that President Biden won by just 11,779 votes in 2020, as well as a state where there is a full-fledged criminal investigation into Trump’s efforts to overturn Biden’s victory there. ? You bet.

Tweet of the day

Downloading data: the numbers you need to know today

19: The number of House Democrats who have announced their retirement or running for another job – after Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., Said he would not stand for re-election.

4: The death toll in Michigan’s school shooting this week after the death of a 17-year-old on Wednesday morning.

$ 750 million: The amount former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says his philanthropy gives to charter schools.

48 708 331: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the most recent data from NBC News and health officials. (That’s 141,250 more since yesterday morning.)

787 212: The number of deaths in the United States from the virus so far, according to the most recent data from NBC News. (It’s 2,053 since yesterday morning.)

462 263 845: The total number of vaccine doses administered in the United States, according to the CDC. (It’s 1,490,337 since yesterday morning.)

41 933 410: The number of booster doses given in the United States, according to the CDC. (It’s 807,346 since yesterday morning.)

59.4%: The share of all Americans who are fully immunized, according to the CDC.

71.2%: The share of all Americans 18 and over who are fully immunized, according to the CDC.

ICYMI: what else is happening in the world

Symone Sanders, chief spokesperson for Vice President Harris, is leaving the administration before the end of the year.

The Jan.6 committee recommends that the House hold Jeffrey Clark, head of Trump’s Justice Department, in contempt of Congress.

U.S. and Mexican government officials told the Washington Post that the two governments have agreed to revive the policy that asylum seekers stay in Mexico while their claims are processed in America.

Republican Senator from Maine, Susan Collins, supports the codification of Roe v. Wade into law as the court examines the future of abortion access in America.

The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee raised the possibility that the reconciliation bill could be delayed until 2022 due to more immediate concerns such as raising the debt ceiling and funding the government.


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