Two Democratic Senators Take Aim at ‘Zombie’ Campaigns

When Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) left Congress in 2017—with the eight-term lawmaker destined for a D.C. lobbying gig—he had something at his disposal that most people don’t: a campaign bank account.
Crenshaw went on to use that account for pricey dinners, stays at the Walt Disney World Four Seasons, a luxury resort in Colorado Springs, the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, even his membership dues at the Capitol Hill Club.
Using a campaign account for those expenses is, of course, illegal. And Crenshaw got caught.

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Two Democratic Senators Take Aim at ‘Zombie’ Campaigns

When Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) left Congress in 2017—with the eight-term lawmaker destined for a D.C. lobbying gig—he had something at his disposal that most people don’t: a campaign bank account.
Crenshaw went on to use that account for pricey dinners, stays at the Walt Disney World Four Seasons, a luxury resort in Colorado Springs, the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, even his membership dues at the Capitol Hill Club.
Using a campaign account for those expenses is, of course, illegal. And Crenshaw got caught.

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Democrats may let the best weapon against child poverty fade away

The expanded child tax credit, a policy passed in March 2021 that beefed up monthly payments to most families with kids, has already had a massive, positive effect on the lives of America’s children. After just one monthly payment, it cut child poverty by 25 percent — and should the larger payments continue, it could slash child poverty by more than 40 percent in a typical year, according to the Urban Institute.
This is a huge decline in a very short time frame.

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Michael Goodwin: Manchin, Sinema are a dying breed. Progressives have won Democrats’ civil war

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The Wall Street Journal wrote Tuesday that President Biden was making another attempt to salvage his stalled legislative agenda by meeting separately with progressive and moderate Democrats. 
The next sentence was more telling: The moderates were Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. The progressives were too numerous to mention.

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Biden Has Put the Child Tax Credit Extension on the Chopping Block

An extension of the expanded child tax credit may seem like an obvious contender for  inclusion in the Democrats’ massive reconciliation bill that’s set to contain a host of President Joe Biden’s key priorities. Unlike several other proposed programs, the expanded credit has already been implemented and has yielded a clear and measurable impact on child poverty. 
The credit’s proponents have argued in favor of a permanent extension, and a House version of the Build Back Better Act followed through, extending it through 2025.

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Moderate Democrats all but extinct: Goodwin

The Wall Street Journal wrote Tuesday that President Biden was making another attempt to salvage his stalled legislative agenda by meeting separately with progressive and moderate Democrats.  
The next sentence was more telling: The moderates were Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). The progressives were too numerous to mention.

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Moderate Democrats all but extinct: Goodwin

The Wall Street Journal wrote Tuesday that President Biden was making another attempt to salvage his stalled legislative agenda by meeting separately with progressive and moderate Democrats.  
The next sentence was more telling: The moderates were Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). The progressives were too numerous to mention.

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Moderate Democrats all but extinct: Goodwin

The Wall Street Journal wrote Tuesday that President Biden was making another attempt to salvage his stalled legislative agenda by meeting separately with progressive and moderate Democrats.  
The next sentence was more telling: The moderates were Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). The progressives were too numerous to mention.

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Joe Manchin Might Single-Handedly Upend the Child Tax Credit

The expanded child tax credit has been enthusiastically embraced by most Democrats as an easily promotable example of a social policy that aids families in tangible ways. On the surface, the policy would appear to be one of the few things Democrats across the ideological spectrum might agree on as they undertake the messy business of crafting a bill amenable to moderates and progressives. Here’s the basic concept: “Giving money to families on a monthly basis can cut child poverty and provide us with an easy campaign talking point.

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