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Where Things Stand: Pence Knew He’d Be Whisked Away On Jan 6 Prime Badge
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Then-Vice President Mike Pence refused to get in a car to leave the Capitol building after being evacuated from his ceremonial office on Jan. 6, primarily because he knew it would prevent him from doing his job — certifying President Biden’s electoral college victory.

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Where Things Stand: Taxpayers Are Not Funding TX Dems’ Walkout Prime Badge
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Despite what Texas Gov. Greg Abbott claimed on Monday, the Texas Democrats walkout trip to Washington, D.C. is not a “taxpayer-paid junket.”

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Where Things Stand: It Was Always Going To Be A Lie Prime Badge
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“Just say we won.”

While former President Trump was pushing lies about voter fraud for months leading up to the 2020 election, new reporting on what occurred on election night at the White House is a reminder of the extent to which Trump’s democracy dismantling was rooted in absolutely nothing. That night, Rudy Giuliani was leading the lie-flinging charge.

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Where Things Stand: GOP Fretting About ‘Discrimination’ Against Unvaxxed Reaches New Level Prime Badge
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UNITED STATES - JANUARY 4: Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., is seen during a group photo with freshmen members of the House Republican Conference on the House steps of the Capitol on Monday, January 4, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Conservative Political Action Conference over the weekend provided lots of concerning examples of just how dystopian Republican fearmongering around the COVID-19 vaccine has become.

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Where Things Stand: Schumer Warns Colleagues To Prepare For Late Nights Prime Badge
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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) talks to reporters following the Senate Democrats weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill on March 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. Democratic leadership criticized President Trumps response to the spread of the coronavirus and pushed for relief for individuals that may have to miss work from being quarantined. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chuck Schumer

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) warned his colleagues on Friday that their beloved August recess may be in flux if they are unable to tackle his ambitious agenda in time.

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Where Things Stand: ‘Vast Majority’ Of GOP Believes Trump Incited The Insurrection Prime Badge
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UNITED STATES - JUNE 21: Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., left, and Anthony Brown, D-Md., prepare for television interviews in the Capitol on Friday, June 21, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

They just don’t want to admit it.

It’s not as if you couldn’t speculate — we now know House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) blamed Trump for the insurrection the night it happened, only to crawl back to Trump’s side for the midterms. Several other prominent Republican leaders have taken similar about-face paths since January.

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Where Things Stand: National Teachers Unions Vow To Defend Educators Punished Over Critical Race Theory Prime Badge
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While the conservative fever swamps’ fear mongering over critical race theory intensifies to new, unhinged heights, the nation’s largest teachers unions are vowing to stand behind educators if they are punished due to new state laws that try to limit or outright ban critical discussions on race, discrimination and the role it plays in American history.

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Where Things Stand: Biden To Address Lag In US Vaccination Goals Prime Badge
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Following the July 4th holiday weekend, President Biden has one item on his public agenda today: a speech addressing COVID-19 vaccination progress in the U.S.

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Where Things Stand: Dominion Hits Rudy On All Sides Prime Badge
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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19: Rudy Giuliani accuses people of voting twice as he speaks to the press about various lawsuits related to the 2020 election,  inside the Republican National Committee headquarters on November 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump, who has not been seen publicly in several days, continues to push baseless claims about election fraud and dispute the results of the 2020 United States presidential election. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Dominion Voting Systems is already suing Rudy Giuliani personally for defamation. It’s now pulling the former mayor and currently suspended lawyer into its suit against Fox News.

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Where Things Stand: DeSantis Begs Trumpworld To Cancel FL Rally Prime Badge
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is threading a weird needle.

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Where Things Stand: ‘Somebody With A Pulse’ Prime Badge
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on July 18, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has not publicly disclosed whether she intends to run for reelection after a decade-plus in the Senate.

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Where Things Stand: Trump-Appointed Judge Allows Rep Boebert To Block Twitter Critic Prime Badge

The Colorado gun congresswoman is now allowed to block critics on Twitter.

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Where Things Stand: SCOTUS Quietly Punts On Trans Rights Case Prime Badge
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WASHINGTON DC, UNITED STATES - 2019/10/08: Participant holding a sign outsithe the Supreme Court. 133 protesters were arrested blocking the street across the Supreme Court in an act of non violent civil disobedience, as hundreds of LGBTQ+ advocates convened in Washington, DC for a national day of action as a community response to the landmark Supreme Court hearings that could legalize workplace discrimination, primarily against LGBTQ+ people, on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender presentation. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

As anti-trans rights laws pop up in GOP-led state legislatures across the country, fueling one of Republicans’ top culture wars in the Biden era, the majority conservative Supreme Court decided to not take up a key transgender rights case today, a surprising victory for LGBTQ rights.

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Where Things Stand: A Lot Of Aggression For A Bunker Boy Prime Badge
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The former president hid in his bunker when country-wide protests flared up in Washington, D.C. over the police killing of George Floyd last summer.

He was mocked with a variety of entertaining “bunker boy” related nicknames (not hard to get creative with that alliteration) and ultimately decided to show his strength by violently clearing out Lafayette Square and taking a picture in front of a historic church flinging around a Bible.

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Where Things Stand: Some ‘Accountability’ Prime Badge
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We’ve had a front row seat to Rudy Giuliani’s descent into Trumpy madness over the last several years, falling from his pedestal as America’s Mayor to the dripping, desperate “legal” face of Trump’s big lie.

Once the mayor of New York City, now temporarily banned from practicing law in New York state, Giuliani has had a rough one, brought on entirely by himself.

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Where Things Stand: Most Americans Think ‘Audits’ of 2020 Are Partisan Endeavors Prime Badge
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ARLINGTON, VA - MARCH 03: A woman marks down her vote on a ballot for the Democratic presidential primary election at a polling place in Armstrong Elementary School on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. 1,357 Democratic delegates are at stake as voters cast their ballots in 14 states and American Somoa on what is known as Super Tuesday. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

The majority of Americans can see right through the intentions of the ongoing and impending “audits” of the 2020 election springing up around the U.S.

But a decent chunk — 37 percent — also think that voter fraud is a major problem in the United States.

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Where Things Stand: Trump Will Endorse Literally Anyone Who Challenges GOPer Who Co-Wrote Jan 6 Commission Bill Prime Badge
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UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 15: Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., attends a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee markup in Rayburn Building, September 15, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The former president has vowed to make reelection a living hell for any Republican who voted to impeach him.

But his recent handwritten note to a local county conservative group promising to do just that to take down Rep. John Katko (R-NY) was the encapsulation of Trumpism — just the right blend of outsized ego and transparent desperation.

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Where Things Stand: Dem Calls For GOPers Ouster After Latest Jan 6 Conspiracy Theory Prime Badge
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Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) yesterday called for the removal of three of his colleagues — Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) — from Congress over their promotion of the far-right’s latest wild conspiracy theory surrounding the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Moulton told CNN Sunday the trio were “traitors” who are attempting to “whitewash history” by hyping the theory, which makes the case that the FBI was actually the entity responsible for the Jan. 6 attack.

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Where Things Stand: All The Grievances Prime Badge
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The Senate minority leader is showing a bit more of his cards than usual.

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Where Things Stand: House Probe Of Trump DOJ’s Eyebrow-Raising Data Seizures Begins Prime Badge
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House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) just officially requested documents from Attorney General Merrick Garland on the previous administration’s DOJ and its seizure of records of members of Congress and journalists.

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Where Things Stand: Abbott Is Latest GOPer To Boost Critical Race Theory Hysteria Prime Badge
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on July 8, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed an anti-critical race theory bill into law on Tuesday, and Texas become the latest red state to adopt legislation that bans certain topics on race and racism from being discussed in the classroom.

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What’s Going on on Capitol Hill? Prime Badge

I want to start by thanking everyone who took a moment over the last 22 hours to contribute The TPM Journalism Fund. 310 of you have contributed since we kicked off our drive yesterday. Truly, thank you. And all of us here at TPM thank you. I explained below what the Fund is and why it’s so important. If you haven’t yet, please consider clicking here to become a contributor. More on that later today.

This morning I want to kick off by sharing the Inside Briefing we held yesterday with Adam Jentleson. Adam’s a former Harry Reid staffer and relevant to this present discussion perhaps the most important filibuster reform activist. He’s got a book on it called Kill Switch you can find here. As is usually the case with these Briefings, in addition to wanting to make it informative for readers, I was mainly interested to answer two questions for myself. First, where are we on reforming or ditching the filibuster? and Second, what on earth is happening up on Capitol Hill about passing a big infrastructure bill which is supposed to be the centerpiece of the President’s agenda?

If you’re a member the video of our discussion is after the jump.

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Where Things Stand: McConnell Might Still Be Open To Having A Spine Prime Badge
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Against Trump, that is.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 08: Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) heads to a vote in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol on June 8, 2021 in Washington, DC. The spotlight on Sen. Manchin grew even brighter after declaring that he will vote against the Democrats voting rights bill, the For the People Act, in his op-ed that was published in the Charleston Gazette-Mail over the weekend. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
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