Jul 29, 2017

Trump's Senate obsession: get rid of 60-vote rule

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President Trump tweeted in July: "The very outdated filibuster rule must go. Budget reconciliation is killing R's in Senate. Mitch M, go to 51 Votes NOW and WIN. IT'S TIME! ... Republicans in the Senate will NEVER win if they don't go to a 51 vote majority NOW. They look like fools and are just wasting time ... 8 Dems totally control the U.S. Senate. Many great Republican bills will never pass, like Kate's Law and complete Healthcare. Get smart! ... If the Senate Democrats ever got the chance, they would switch to a 51 majority vote in first minute. They are laughing at R's. MAKE CHANGE!"

And a few days prior as well: He tweeted that the Senate should "immediately go to a 51 vote majority, not senseless 60."

This is a pattern for the president: He's tweeted several times about his belief to shift from the 60-vote rule, which Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to keep in place.

  • May 2: Trump said that there should be more Republicans elected in 2018, or "change the rules now to 51%."
  • May 30: "The U.S. Senate should switch to 51 votes, immediately...Dems would do it, no doubt!"
  • July 18: "The Senate must go to a 51 vote majority instead of current 60 votes."
  • July 22: Trump says the Democrats "are obstructionists," and that "it is solely up to the 52 Republican senators!"

One more thing: A 51-vote majority wasn't able to save the Republican's "skinny repeal" Friday morning — only 49 Republicans voted in favor, killing the bill.

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House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

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The House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to pass legislation to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.

This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.

Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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