NEWS AND OPINION:
News organizations went into quick hypothesis mode upon listening to that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was retiring. Eager journalists related all of the dots and concluded that Vice President Kamala Harris was the doubtless decide to change the outgoing justice, citing the truth that President Biden beforehand vowed that he would nominate a Black girl for the excessive court docket.
Some protection, nevertheless, discounted the concept that Mr. Biden would nominate Ms. Harris for the position. It was an “unlikely theory” stated Yahoo News whereas the Daily Beast deemed the concept “wild speculation.”
At the second, the vice chairman is due in Honduras to attend the inauguration of the nation’s President-elect Xiomara Castro on Thursday. The two have pledged to “advance economic growth, combat corruption, and address the root causes of migration,” in accordance to Sabrina Singh, deputy press secretary for the vice chairman, in an announcement.
Amid all of the hypothesis in regards to the Supreme Court, some select to confront a distinct actuality.
“President Biden has promised to only appoint justices who support abortion on demand through birth. Should he follow through on this promise, we will vigorously oppose the president’s nominee,” stated Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a nationwide grassroots pro-life group.
“The news of this vacancy comes as we await the Court’s ruling in Dobbs this summer followed by the pivotal midterm elections. The stakes have never been higher in the fight to secure legal protections for unborn children and return the issue back to the people to decide through their elected representatives, not unelected judges,” Ms. Dannenfelser famous.
‘RED-HANDED’ RULES THE ROOST
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REPUBLICANS: WHAT ARE THEY GOOD FOR?
Significant polling constantly means that the Republican Party is now having fun with some unusual reputation with voters that would pay off handsomely when the midterm elections roll round 10 months from now.
One shut observer has some sensible recommendation for Republicans: Prepare to do one thing vital, proper wrongs, assist working-class voters and higher the situation of the nation.
“Republicans cannot simply rally voters with a promise not to make it worse. Republicans cannot, in other words, do what they have largely always done with a Senate majority: set it on a shelf, polish it, and admire it from afar while checking off a Beltway-driven agenda designed solely to protect incumbents,” wrote Rachel Bovard, a senior columnist for The Federalist.
“Rather, a majority must be used. Not only for the purpose of giving new GOP voters a reason to stay, although that is a benefit, but because it’s the right and urgently necessary thing to do,” she suggested.
“If Senate Republicans cannot find it in them to stand up for their voters now, when the stakes are so perilous and the moment so fraught, then what are they good for?” Ms. Bovard later concluded.
THE FRAIL GOP ADVANTAGE
There are different the explanation why Republican lawmakers want to polish up their good intentions, shore up their political mission and put some muscle into their public outreach. Their benefit over Democrats is not minimal, it is frail and topic to change.
“Few Americans believe that either political party truly cares about the average family’s pocketbook. Specifically, just 23% say the Democrats in Congress are very concerned with looking out for the economic well-being of average Americans,” experiences a brand new Monmouth University ballot launched Wednesday.
“The public is almost evenly split between saying they would rather see the Republicans (35%) or the Democrats (33%) in control of Congress. However, pushing those who initially say party control does not influence which direction they lean adds 15% to the GOP column versus a smaller 10% for the Democrats. Just over half of the public (54%) says it is very important to have their preferred party in control of Congress. This number is slightly higher among those who want to retain Democratic control (61%) than among those who want a change to Republican control (56%),” the evaluation stated.
And, oh sure. The ballot reveals that simply 19% of the general public approves of the job Congress is doing.
The survey of 794 U.S. adults was carried out Jan. 20-24.
TODAY’S BRIEF DIVERSION
National Trust Tours — a division of the National Trust for Historic Preservation — has introduced an uncommon journey, and right here it is.
“Cruise all five Great Lakes by 5-Star small ship!” the group says in a brand new outreach, advising that the emphasis is on maritime historical past, unspoiled magnificence, North American innovation and historic appeal.
Milwaukee, Mackinac Island, Sault Ste. Marie, Tobermory, Detroit, Niagara Falls and Toronto are among the many stops.
The ship in query is the 430-foot M.S. Dumont D’Urville — which has 92 deluxe cabins and represents “a new generation of unprecedented design, technology, and standards in comfort and elegance, and caters to the most discerning passengers.”
Find the small print at NationalTrustTours.com
POLL DU JOUR
• 72% of Americans have worn a face masks when outdoors of their properties up to now seven days.
• 56% have averted giant crowds up to now seven days.
• 46% have averted touring by airplane, bus, subway or practice in that point interval.
• 41% have averted public locations up to now week in that point interval.
• 34% have averted small gatherings in that point interval.
Source: A Gallup ballot of 1,569 U.S. adults carried out Jan. 3-14
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