Today is January 11. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room. And don’t forget to download the free DML App from the Google Play or Apple App Store to remain connected to me throughout the day.
1 – Biden to Cast Election-Law Votes as ‘Turning Point’ for Nation in Speech
The Wall Street Journal reports: President Biden plans to throw his weight behind congressional Democrats’ push to pass long-stalled elections bills, even if it requires changing Senate rules, in a speech in Atlanta on Tuesday designed to build support for the imperiled legislation with votes just days away.
While House and Senate Democrats support the proposals, the bills need 60 votes to advance in the 50-50 Senate. Both are expected to fall well short of that mark due to opposition from GOP lawmakers, prompting a parallel effort by Democrats to change the filibuster procedure to ease their passage. But two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, have resisted such an approach, leaving any progress uncertain.
In his speech Tuesday, Mr. Biden will argue Democrats’ case that new federal laws are needed to counter recent state measures, which party lawmakers paint as a threat to access to the polls, particularly for minority voters. Republicans characterize the proposals as federal overreach and say Democrats are giving a distorted picture of states’ attempts to bolster election integrity.
Mr. Biden will say that the votes “will mark a turning point in this nation,” according to excerpts released by the White House. “Will we choose democracy over autocracy, light over shadow, justice over injustice? I know where I stand,” Mr. Biden’s speech reads. “And so the question is where will the institution of [the] United States Senate stand?”
January 6, 2021 made it clear: there is a dagger at the throat of our democracy.
Tomorrow, I’m headed to Atlanta where I will discuss the road ahead in our fight for voting rights.
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 10, 2022
DML: We better do all we can to encourage Manchin and Sinema to stand FIRM against this Democrat takeover or you’ll never see another fair election again!
2 – VP Harris’ new comms director said George W. Bush ‘stole’ election from Gore, was ‘illegitimate’
Fox News reports: Vice President Kamala Harris’ new communications director repeatedly wrote on Twitter that his former boss, Al Gore, won the 2000 presidential election and that George W. Bush was an “illegitimate” president.
Jamal Simmons, a longtime Democratic operative and political analyst, was announced last week as the replacement for Ashley Etienne, who left the vice president’s office last month along with other staffers.
Between 2012 and 2021, Simmons tweeted multiple times about how he believes Bush “stole” the election from Gore in 2000. Simmons, who was the deputy communications director for the Gore-Lieberman campaign, also called Bush’s first term “illegitimate.”
“@jpodhoretz I worked for Gore 2000 & believe W’s 1st term to have been illegitimate,” Simmons tweeted. “Yet when in the room w/him I stood and gave ofc respect.”
@jpodhoretz I worked for Gore 2000 & believe W’s 1st term to have been illegitimate. Yet when in the room w/him I stood and gave ofc respect
— Jamal Simmons (@JamalSimmons) June 15, 2012
I worked for Gore. Thought W was illegitimate. Still stood for him in respect for office. Members of Congress should go to inauguration.
— Jamal Simmons (@JamalSimmons) January 6, 2017
The Trump vs Biden equivalency is wrong. Trump was an anti-Democratic huckster grifting the country while unleashing our demons. Biden is the #Democratic version of McCain – a good man I disagreed with. I thought W stole the 2000 elex but I still stood when he entered a room. https://t.co/d2xHkgvCZh
— Jamal Simmons (@JamalSimmons) January 21, 2021
DML: Oh… so it’s perfectly ok if Democrats don’t accept the results of an election, but not for conservatives?
3 – Rachel Maddow Show’ producer’s big mistake reveals network’s fear of debating firebrand GOP rep
Fox News reports: A producer for “The Rachel Maddow Show” accidentally copied Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s, R-N.C., office on an email Monday worrying Cawthorn might ask to come on the MSNBC program if they asked him for comment about a story.
A senior “Maddow” producer emailed a Capitol Hill NBC News colleague regarding an Associated Press piece about a small North Carolina group disputing Cawthorn’s re-election candidacy because he addressed the pro-Trump Jan. 6 rally last year.
According to Cawthorn’s office, apparently unaware the congressman’s team was copied on the message, he asked his colleague to request comment from Cawthorn for fear that if a “Maddow” representative did it, “he might ask to come on and explain … don’t want to take that risk.”
“We are kinda interested in this AP story (below) that just dropped about Rep. Madison Cawthorn. A group of voters in NC is challenging his candidacy based on his ties to the insurrection,” the producer wrote, according to the email obtained by Fox News Digital. “1. Do you or any other NBC Hill folks plan to ask him for comment on this story? 2. If not, is that something you guys could do? We don’t have a relationship with his office and between you and me are a little worried that if we did inquire he might ask to come on and explain. I know that is HIGHLY doubtful, but don’t want to take that risk. Luke Ball (?) I guess is the spox quoted?”
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) January 10, 2022
DML: MSNBC just got BUSTED… and they did it to themselves. This is RICH!
4 – Jake Tapper Criticizes ‘Misleading’ COVID Hospitalization Data
The Daily Caller reports: CNN’s Jake Tapper criticized the release of COVID-19 hospitalization data Monday as “misleading” after it showed roughly 40% of COVID-19 patients in New York were admitted to the hospital for something else.
“So, the hospitals are still stretched thin because of this so I’m not trying to take away from that, but if 40% in some hospitals, 40% of the people with COVID don’t necessarily have problematic COVID, they’re there because they got into a car accident, they’re there because, you know, they bumped their head, and they’re being included as in the hospital with COVID, that number seems kind of misleading,” Tapper said Monday.
CNN’s Jake Tapper rips into “misleading” COVID hospitalization numbers.
“We’re 2 years into this … if somebody’s in the hospital with a broken leg and they also have asymptomatic COVID, that should not be counted as hospitalized with covid, clearly.” pic.twitter.com/rZhcANyYaW
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) January 10, 2022
DML: What took you so long to wake up, Tapper? We’ve known this for two years!
5 – Pope Francis calls for widespread COVID-19 vaccination, says health care is a ‘moral obligation’
The Hill reports: Pope Francis on Monday called for widespread COVID-19 vaccination, stating that people had a responsibility to care for themselves and others, according to The Associated Press.
“And this translates into respect for the health of those around us. Health care is a moral obligation,” he said.
The pontiff made the comment during a speech to diplomats at the Holy See, an annual event where the pope lays out the Vatican’s foreign policy goals for the year. The pontiff said the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was still causing social isolation and taking lives, noting that vaccinations were lowering the risk of the disease. He said it’s important to vaccinate as much of the general population as possible, according to Voice of America.
DML: Why isn’t he telling people to care for themselves and others by BOOSTING THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEM???
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