Tag: Kyrsten Sinema

Kyrsten Sinema Wore A Denim Vest On The Senate Floor, And The Jokes Are Writing Themselves

Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema appears to be a Democrat in name only these days, and she’s taken her quirky ways to the extreme lately. After all, there’s nothing quite like giving a dramatic thumbs-down on a minimum-wage vote while wearing a cutesy backpack, and The Daily Show recently roasted her for changing views like wigs, but […]

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There’s One (at Least) Big Difference Between Kyrsten Sinema and John McCain

And yet McCain was no RINO, and his choices had serious implications. There’s a direct line between McCain’s rash and terrible decision to pick Sarah Palin as his running mate in the 2008 presidential election and the rise of Donald Trump (Palin bucked backing Ted Cruz, helping to elevate Trump to lead the Republican Party). […]

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Corporate Taxes Will Not Go Up, and Guess Who’s Entirely to Blame?

High taxes and high rates of union membership are what made this country great. And I don’t recall a lack of innovation between 1942 and 1964 because high tax rates made budding entrepreneurs not want to create. Quite the opposite: This was the era when nearly every important invention and innovation was American-made. So, it’s […]

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The Democrats Are Losing Their Nerve on Taxes

Even if you think the spending level in the reconciliation bill should be zero, you can’t logically call yourself a fiscal conservative and oppose higher marginal tax rates for both individuals and corporations. You just can’t. In 1990 a budget deficit of $221 billion (about $476 billion in current dollars) was enough to scare the […]

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The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Respectfully…

From: TurnpikeIkeTo: Michael Harriot Y’all get around them white folks and demean black ppl for making choices that they believe. Sad I thought some of you ppl were better then that. What ever happened to herd immunity, technically if Kyrie is the o ly one unvaccinated everyone should be fine Advertisement Dear sirs or madmen, […]

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The Democrats’ Dilemma: Build Back Faster or Build Back Longer?

Extending programs in the short term could amount to a high-risk, high-reward scenario—if a program like the expanded child tax credit becomes entrenched, benefiting voters of both parties, it would be far more difficult politically for Republicans to allow it to expire. Glassman compared the idea to tax cuts implemented under the Bush administration, which […]

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Has the Time Come for Biden to Knock Some Heads on Capitol Hill?

At the same time though the White House has moved to a different phase of negotiations. Susan Rice, the director of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council, has become more visible in negotiations on the Hill, oftentimes spotted going in and out of meetings with White House National Economic Council director Brian Deese. Rice, according […]

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Why Isn’t the Democratic Reconciliation Bill More Popular?

That this bill is big is the one constant of mainstream press coverage, which often skips over what it actually is doing. There is, in some of this, a familiar critique of the issue-allergic, deficit-obsessed mainstream press: Given the choice between covering public policy and covering a messy political fight, it’s unsurprising that many have […]

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Kyrsten Sinema, We’re Sick of Your Act

They won’t do that I guess, but here they are, after 25 years, finally on the cusp of lowering prescription drug prices. And Sinema and a few others may kill it. If the Democrats don’t manage to include prescription drug price reform in this bill, I hope every one of the Democrats who derailed it […]

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Here Come the Bathroom Protesters!

Kyrsten Sinema has spent the last year participating in a Beltway social experiment that might determine whether an intellectual nullity, clad in Instagrammable vintage wear, might be passed off as a brave and serious centrist ideologue. And it should be said, this plan has been working out spectacularly for the Arizona senator. Of late, she’s […]

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Kyrsten Sinema Is Bathroom Alligator Trash

Advertisement We don’t even have to describe the pro-alligator people. Y’all know who they are. They are the people who are more concerned about Sea World’s mass incarceration of Orcas than they are about America’s mass incarceration of Black bodies. They truly believe that “all lives matter” but not really. Killing an animal that kills […]

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Kyrsten Sinema Is So Bad at This

What does Kyrsten Sinema want? Nobody knows; she won’t say. The Arizona Senator is known for living out loud in plenty of other ways—she favors patterned dresses, gaudy accessories, and profane jewelery (literally); her identity is bound up in attention-seeking hobbies (fancy wine, triathlons). But when it comes to her actual job, which is being […]

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Let’s Call Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema What They Are: Extremists

It’d be difficult to call Joe Biden, whose full agenda Gottheimer has been attempting to block, the member of a “small far-left faction.” If anyone’s earned the title of moderate, it’s him. And actual voters seem to like the $3.5 trillion package a lot. In late August, polling from Data for Progress found that 65 […]

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Big Pharma’s Revolving Door Is Imperiling Democracy

Drug companies’ status as titanic moneymakers directly impedes the regulatory process, as their sizable paychecks constantly beckon employees away from government agencies and send them back into higher positions, forming one of the most cynical “revolving doors” in politics: One recent study found that a majority of workers who exited the Food and Drug Administration […]

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The Reconciliation Bill Is About Saving Democracy

Jayapal should stand her ground. However, she also has to recognize that unfortunately, it’s a sad fact that Manchin and Sinema have more leverage than she and the progressives do, because each of them can singlehandedly kill the bill. But she rose to the occasion. She has greatly enhanced her status and reputation, and I […]

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‘SNL’ Tapped Cecily Strong To Do Her Best Kyrsten Sinema In Their Season Premiere Cold Open

In a twist that’s downright Trumpian, the most hated people in D.C. right now are Democrats. Their names are Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, two Senators ostensibly on the left, who refuse to back a a sweeping, game-changing, New Deal-ish bill that’s the bedrock of Joe Biden’s early presidency. It was only right that SNL […]

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Corporate Democrats Are Killing Biden’s Agenda

And, as The Week’s Ryan Cooper documented at length, a similar effort is underway for the Family Act—a simple, straightforward, and universal parental family leave measure that would “provide 12 weeks of paid leave per year for new parents, people caring for family members, or people with serious illness.” Thanks to Representative Richard Neal, the […]

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Kyrsten Sinema Should Reread Her 2009 Manifesto on Compromise

When we let go of our attachment to specific outcomes and instead focus on our shared values, we can think creatively about solutions to the many problems we face today. Articulating our interests, rather than our positions, creates the space for each of us to consider new alternatives, new options, and new ways to reach […]

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The Democrats Can’t Get to $2.5 Trillion? Here—I Just Did It.

For those who say the budget framework I proposed costs ‘too much,’ what would you cut? Combatting climate change? Childcare? Universal Pre-K? Paid family & medical leave? Dental, hearing, and vision? Housing? Long-term home health care? Child tax credit?” —Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, June 28. “Is it childcare you want to take off […]

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Can Pramila Jayapal Stare Down Manchin and Sinema?

The moderates, though, are equally dug in. New Jersey Representative Mikie Sherrill, a member of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition, said she’s stressed to her colleagues that the infrastructure bill had to pass and had to pass now. The reconciliation package had to pass as well, Sherrill said, but when “it is ready to be […]

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Wait—Is Kyrsten Sinema About to Do Something Good?

If Wyden finds a way to rebate the carbon tax’s effect on the entire 98.2 percent of the public on whom Biden promised not to raise taxes, it will hardly be worth imposing the tax at all. Consequently, there’s a decent likelihood Wyden will exempt oil companies from any carbon tax the Senate Finance Committee […]

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This Is the Week for Democrats to Live Up to Their Stated Principles

Today? She sure seems to belong lock, stock, and barrel to her big donors. As Daniel Strauss reported here last week, she’s raked in corporate campaign donations. According to The New York Times’ reporting, she appears to oppose an increase, any increase, in the corporate tax rate. Even Manchin is in favor of raising it […]

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Stop Fretting About the Reconciliation Bill

Manchin as much as said this in his op-ed when he complained that the reconciliation bill was intended not “to solve urgent problems, but to re-envision America’s social policies.” Well, yes. Manchin wants to be seen as someone who’s reluctant to re-envision anything. So does Sinema. The imprecision of their opposition isn’t especially rational. It’s […]

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Kyrsten Sinema Is Corporate Lobbies’ Million-Dollar Woman

 “I don’t think she has one,” a Democratic lobbyist who often deals with the Senate said, when asked about what her position might be on taxes that could hit these interest groups. “I would say she’s in the mid-20s, maybe as high as 28 [percent]. Depends on other issues.” The groups highlighted by Accountable.US are […]

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Moderate Democrats Are Sabotaging the Biden Agenda

It may be hard to remember, but six months ago, Democrats had a kind of super momentum. The euphoria of the early days of a new president, plus a fierce urgency to do what was necessary to slow the pandemic, brought congressional Democrats together to pass a sweeping, $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill, covering everything […]

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