Eight Democrats joined the Republicans in blocking Bernie’s $15 minimum wage amendment to the COVID relief bill. Plus, a look at who those Democrats were, and Justice Democrats’ response. Arizona Senator Kristen Sinema votes no in the most cringeworthy way possible. Another Democratic Senator, Tina Smith from Minnesota, joins the call to eliminate the filibuster after previously vowing to uphold it. Charlotte Bennett speaks out on TV about Cuomo’s harassment in a moment CNN legal analysts see as a “very strong witness.” Meanwhile, new reporting on how Cuomo Aides rewrote nursing home reports to hide higher death tolls. Georgia Republicans advance a bill to criminalize giving water to voters waiting in line.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott blames COVID spread on undocumented immigrants while criticizing Biden’s “Neanderthal” comments. Senate Democrats are working out a deal to whittle $400 unemployment benefits down to $300 because centrists are agreeing with Mitch McConnell. A bill in Kentucky, authored by a former cop, says anyone that “accosts, insults, taunts, or challenges a law enforcement officer with offensive or derisive words” is committing a crime. Stockton’s experimental SEED program proved successful in helping people better their lives in just about every way possible. The creator of a viral GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $100,000 is being sued by a California woman who shamed a barista online for asking her to wear a mask inside a San Diego Starbucks store.
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