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Moderate Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) suggested on Sunday that Democrats in the Senate should not make a habit of passing legislation without any Republican support — as they did when they approved President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package — and he will continue to support keeping the filibuster in place.

Why it matters: Many of the Senate Democrats' top priorities, like an expansive election and anti-corruption bill which passed the House on March 4, will need 60 votes to pass with the filibuster in place.

What he's saying: "Can you imagine not having to sit down, where there's no reason for you to sit down with your colleagues on both sides and have their input?"

  • "And now if you want to make it a little bit more painful, make him stand there and talk, I'm willing to look at any way we can. But I'm not willing to take away the involvement of the minority."
  • “I'm not going to change my mind on the filibuster. I’ll change my mind if we need to go to a reconciliation, to where we have to get something done … But I'm not going to go there until my Republican friends have the ability to have their say also."
  • "There's no need for us to go to reconciliation until the other process has failed. That means the normal process of a committee, a hearing, amendments, Chuck. And that's where I am," Manchin said.

On Fox News Sunday, Manchin added: "I'd make it harder to get rid of the filibuster. I'm supporting the filibuster ... but it should be painful if you want to use it."

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Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Virginia attorney general fires Jan. 6 investigator from university post

McIntire Amphitheater at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. Photo: Robert Knopes/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The lead investigator for the Jan. 6 House select committee investigating the Capitol riot has been fired from his position as the University of Virginia's counsel by the state's new Republican attorney general, per the Washington Post.

Why it matters: Democrats say the removal of Tim Heaphy from his post after some three years while he's on leave from the university to investigate the insurrection is likely "retribution" for the House probe — an accusation strongly denied by the office of state Attorney General Jason Miyares (R).

5 hours ago - World

Taiwan's military scrambles jets after detecting 39 Chinese warplanes

J-20 stealth fighter jets in Zhuhai in the Guangdong Province of China last year. Photo: Chen Jimin/China News Service via Getty Images

Taiwan's defense force said 39 Chinese warplanes flew into its Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Sunday.

Why it matters: The largest Chinese air force incursion into the zone since October came a day after the U.S. and Japanese navies conducted a joint exercise in the Philippine Sea.

6 hours ago - Sports

Gonzaga University revokes NBA great John Stockton's tickets over mask stance

Former Utah Jazz player John Stockton during a 2017 press conference in Salt Lake City. Photo: Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

Gonzaga University suspended the season tickets of notable alumni John Stockton after the NBA Hall of Famer failed to comply with the school's basketball games mask mandate, the Spokesman-Review first reported.

Driving the news: "Basically, it came down to, they were asking me to wear a mask to the games and being a public figure, someone a little bit more visible, I stuck out in the crowd a little bit," the former Utah Jazz point guard told the outlet in an interview Saturday.