Joe Manchin slammed in hometown paper: He ‘wins’ — we ‘lose’

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) // CBS News

Senator Joe Manchin’s intransigence in negotiations with members of his own party over a massive bill to develop America’s infrastructure was blasted in an op-ed in his hometown newspaper — just days after the same paper ran an op-ed from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who also took him to task.
On Sunday, Sanders wrote, “The Build Back Better plan is not only vitally important for seniors, but it is enormously important for working families and their children.

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Democrats Are Turning Their Big Spending Bill Into Absolute Trash

It feels like Democrats are losing the plot.
As the party began trying to piece together its big social spending and climate package, a split emerged between lawmakers who wanted to pass fewer programs (but do them well) and those who wanted to pass more programs (even if it means doing them poorly). A big part of this argument boiled down to how long policies should be funded for. The less-is-more crowd, dominated by party moderates, wanted to set policies in place permanently.

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Democrats Are Turning Their Big Spending Bill Into Absolute Trash

It feels like Democrats are losing the plot.
As the party began trying to piece together its big social spending and climate package, a split emerged between lawmakers who wanted to pass fewer programs (but do them well) and those who wanted to pass more programs (even if it means doing them poorly). A big part of this argument boiled down to how long policies should be funded for. The less-is-more crowd, dominated by party moderates, wanted to set policies in place permanently.

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What Democrats are still fighting over in the budget bill

Democrats are pretty optimistic about their budget reconciliation bill, but they’re not quite at an agreement.
“I do think I’ll get a deal,” President Joe Biden said Thursday. “We’re down to four or five issues. … I think we can get there.”
Whether Biden is correct remains to be seen. So far, Democrats aren’t sure what will and won’t be in the bill, or how much it will cost. But, for the first time in weeks, they appear to be making some real progress.

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Democrats must embrace the power they have to save democracy — or risk losing both

There is no point in having political power if you don’t use it. This is one of the first lessons of realpolitik.
Donald Trump is a political gangster who has learned this lesson well.
Under his command, the Republican Party is a de facto political crime family. They too understand power and how to use it.
Some time ago, Democrats understood this lesson as well. Now they appear to have unlearned it, at least as it applies to resisting the rise of the Republicans’ neofascist movement.

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The recent rise in inflation, explained in 600 words

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If you’ve been watching the news lately, you probably have a good sense that inflation is going up — that, in other words, things are getting a bit more expensive.
Only it’s a little more nuanced than that.
It’s true that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 5.4 percent in the 12 months ending in September.

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The recent rise in inflation, explained in 600 words

This is an excerpt from The Weeds newsletter. To subscribe for a weekly dive into policy and its effects on people, click here.
If you’ve been watching the news lately, you probably have a good sense that inflation is going up — that, in other words, things are getting a bit more expensive.
Only it’s a little more nuanced than that.
It’s true that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 5.4 percent in the 12 months ending in September.

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I Was Wrong About Joe Manchin

Back in winter 2021, the media-industrial complex evaluating conservative Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin was devoted to predicting the role he would play in the Biden administration. It was still a time when we weren’t sure what the most conservative Democrat in the caucus—the last major Dem standing in his deep-red state, one who’d voted with Republicans about 50 percent of the time during the Trump years—would do now that his party was in power. Longtime D.C.

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I Was Wrong About Joe Manchin

Back in winter 2021, the media-industrial complex evaluating conservative Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin was devoted to predicting the role he would play in the Biden administration. It was still a time when we weren’t sure what the most conservative Democrat in the caucus—the last major Dem standing in his deep-red state, one who’d voted with Republicans about 50 percent of the time during the Trump years—would do now that his party was in power. Longtime D.C.

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