Politico:

Pelosi eyes combining Covid support with mammoth spending deal

She stated Mitch McConnell additionally agrees on pairing the 2 collectively.

Pelosi stated the $908 billion proposal launched this week by a centrist group of Senate and Home members helped restart the stimulus talks, which fell aside simply earlier than the election after months of dragging on with little actual motion.

“There’s momentum — there’s momentum with the motion that the senators and Home members in a bipartisan means have taken,” Pelosi stated Friday, within the newest signal that negotiators are closing in on a deal. “The tone of our conversations is one that’s indicative of the choice to get the job carried out.”

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Amanda Marcotte/Salon:

Dr. Fauci’s gamble pays off — white-knuckling his means by way of Trump set him as much as steer Biden

For months, Fauci endured calls to resign in protest, but it surely’s good he did not — now he can form vaccine coverage

So as to add insult to harm, Fauci has additionally been referred to as upon to resign his place. Not by Trump’s loyal supporters who need to consider that COVID-19 is someway a “hoax” (though they actually referred to as for Trump to fireside him) however by individuals who do take the virus significantly. For months, Fauci has heard repeated calls to stroll away from his job, in protest of Trump’s malicious and incompetent dealing with of the pandemic.

However Fauci’s technique of hanging in and assembly Trump’s vitriol with bland responses, whereas it could not have been dramatically satisfying, turned out to achieve success: Not solely is President-elect Joe Biden planning to maintain Fauci on in his present position, the incoming president can also be designating the famous disease expert as his chief medical adviser. 

This is not simply excellent news for Dr. Fauci — arguably, it isn’t even excellent news for him personally, since his life is about to get a lot more durable — but it surely’s excellent news for the nation.

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NY Times:

Biden calls on Congress to ‘act now’ to spice up sagging financial system amid stimulus talks.

He went on to induce lawmakers to return again for one more wave of help after Inauguration Day, partly to assist hasten the deployment of a coronavirus vaccine. Mr. Biden additionally stated it will likely be essential for lawmakers to move extra sweeping laws to deal with longstanding wants within the financial system, like rebuilding infrastructure.

“To really finish this disaster, Congress goes to wish to fund extra testing in addition to a extra equitable and free distribution of the vaccine,” Mr. Biden stated. “We’re going to wish extra financial reduction to bridge by way of 2021 till this pandemic and financial disaster are over.”

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David Remnick/New Yorker:

Atul Gawande on Coronavirus Vaccines and Prospects for Ending the Pandemic

The New Yorker employees author discusses when a vaccine is likely to be prepared for distribution, who ought to obtain it, and whether or not eradicating the virus is feasible.

When this started, I learn “The Nice Influenza,” John M. Barry’s ebook about 1918 and the horrendous flu that killed tens of millions worldwide, and plenty of a whole lot of hundreds in the US. I believed to myself, Nicely, it’s not attainable that we might repeat these errors, as a result of, in any case, we study from historical past, even when the President of the US doesn’t. How is it attainable that we made these identical errors on such a mass scale? Do you lay all of it on the ft of the President?

There’s a giant a part of this that I lay on the ft of the President. Think about Pearl Harbor occurred, after which we spent seven or eight months deciding whether or not or not we had been going to battle again. After which, seven or eight months into it, a brand new President goes to return in who says, O.Okay., we are going to battle now. However you now have substantial components of the nation already arrayed towards the concept that combating it’s worthwhile. Within the meantime, some states have fought the assault and different states haven’t, and so they’ve needed to compete with one another for provides. That’s the mess now we have.

Amanda Carpenter/Bulwark:

They’re Superb With It

Republicans don’t have any qualms with Trump’s harmful conspiracy theories—till they get twisted up in them themselves.

Why aren’t extra Republicans standing up and talking out about Donald Trump’s reprehensible acts? It’s the everlasting query of the Trump period and one which’s been renewed this week after GOP officers in Georgia made public pleas to Republicans to rein within the president’s harmful election conspiracies.

After 4 lengthy years, it’s lastly time to cease parsing the motivations behind their collective silence and say what the true reply is, which is nearly too scary to confess.

They’re wonderful with it. All of it.

Actually.

Greg Sargent/WaPo:

David Perdue’s smarmy new Fox Information interview showcases the Trump impact

It’s usually claimed that Republicans who refuse to concede Trump’s loss are affected by “cowardice” or that he has held them “hostage.” On this telling, Republicans secretly know the reality however gained’t say so, just because the political worth of weathering his fearsome rage-tweets is just too nice.

This gained’t do. It badly undersells the bottomless unhealthy religion and dishonorable instrumentalism that Republicans are using right here. Sure, Republicans know Trump misplaced and that contradicting him on this level may cost them a few of his supporters.

However they’re totally embracing the chance to make use of this case to their benefit, not doing so as a result of they see no different possibility. They’re making an attempt to harness and channel all this wicked Trumpian rage to their instrumental benefit, not work round it, regardless of its terribly harmful potential.

The vanity that “cowardice” is the driving motive right here imagines that these Republicans secretly harbor ideas that they’d like to honor if solely they may accomplish that safely. And whereas there have been honorable Republicans who’ve defended our political system at nice private threat, there’s simply zero indication that Republicans comparable to Perdue have any such ideas.

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Jill Lawrence/USA At present:

Georgia, when you’re listening, ignore conservatives peddling socialist Senate hallucinations

It has been a wearying political yr, no query, however solely you may give America this reward: a constructive presidency that may enhance individuals’s lives.

Please don’t tune out these races, particularly when you stay in Georgia. Anybody wherever can ship cash, however solely you’ll be able to vote. It has been a wearying political yr, no query, however when you select, you may give your nation an ideal reward: a constructive presidency that may enhance individuals’s lives.

And no, you didn’t already do this by voting for Joe Biden.