Ruh roh: Capitol Police Inspector General report details all manner of ball-dropping at the January 6 attempted coup, including the former Chief's apparent ignorance of reports spelling out what would likely happen, and the Capitol Police's orders not to use their "most serious crowd-control weapons" as the attempted coup took place. Of course, if the seditionists really were Black Lives Matter or antifa, instead of right-wingers easily identifiable from social media, the Police would have used all the weapons.
IRS Commissioner tells Senate panel that tax cheats actually cost America as much as $1 trillion annually, which not only calls for yet another reminder that our IRS could catch more tax cheats if we would but fund it properly, but also a reminder that $1 trillion would have wiped out the deficit each year from 2013 to 2019 (when the Trump tax-cuts-for-the-rich blew up the deficit), as well as every year before 2009 (right after the bankster financial Armageddon). Of course, a great nation doesn't refuse to invest in our future simply to balance a budget, either.
Ludicrous as it sounds to people who have a working brain, the Republican push to rebrand itself as "the party of the working class" could actually work! Democrats have branded themselves the party of the smartypantses, after all. But if Democrats actually use their power for good, rather than let their so-smart-they're-dumb moderates scuttle all their initiatives, all the Republican rebranding in the world might not matter. (Also, it'd help if NPR moved that fifth-from-the-bottom paragraph a lot closer to the lede, or could see through Marco Rubio's "support" for unions as a mere attack on Amazon for not carrying a few right-wing books.)
Ho hum, Fox News -- with the conspicuous exception of Geraldo Rivera, has he finally remembered where he came from? -- ran the gamut of stupidity in "covering" the Daunte Wright shooting, saying we should keep the officer who shot him in our thoughts and pointing out Mr. Wright's previous arrests as if they were convictions. This is why people hate Fox News: it seems like they never, ever fucking learn. Although the truth is far worse: of course they're not stupid, and they know better, and they refuse to do better. As you may recall from yesterday, this is one way to starve the beast. Cutting the cord is another.
When I hear that former Gov. Terry McAuliffe leads the Democratic primary for Virginia Governor by a huge margin, I wonder what Virginia Democratic voters are thinking. Mr. McAuliffe is the kind of classic Clinton-era moderate who should never win an election again, and he barely beat Ken Cuccinelli in 2013 (he won by 2.5 points in 2013, in a race where the Libertarian candidate got 6.5%), and though we think Mr. McAuliffe will face someone worse in 2021, ah, we thought it couldn't get any worse than Mr. Cuccinelli in 2013. Folks should maybe pick someone who'll energize voters rather than someone who "can win." I can't believe, after what happened in 2016, that I should have to keep saying that. (And no, the 2020 election doesn't prove me wrong -- yes, Mr. Biden won, but Democrats barely kept the House and barely won the Senate.)
Finally, put me down as someone who agrees that the FDA and CDC should tell states to pause giving out the J&J vaccine, as Joan Walsh argues at The Nation. As Ms. Walsh says, telling the truth about what happened is better than pretending everything's all right, not just as a moral matter but a practical one. Folks who disagree say it delivers a critical PR hit to vaccine at a time vaccines need all the good PR they can get, but I would agree more with that if the J&J vaccine were the only vaccine on the market (it's not even one of the preferred vaccines on the market!). And personal to Nate Silver: "understand(ing) cost-benefit analysis" doesn't help you if you've died of a blood clot.