We need big, bold COVID relief. At least $1.5 trillion, including $1500 checks mailed to every American. We have a strong federal government for exactly these types of historical moments. Cost of stimulus greatly exceeded by cost of inaction/inadequate action.

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A giant question hanging over President Biden has been whether he can hold the political center, or whether he will be pulled away from it toward the left, writes @GeraldFSeib 

here’s the latest on government hotel quarantine plans - subject to tomorrow’s Covid O committee meeting....

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The #GameStop  game never stops. GameStop short-sellers reload bearish bets after $6bn loss. Short interest remains >100% even as GameStop surges. The stock borrow fee jumps to 23.6%.

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Democratic @SenatorLeahy , the Senate president pro tempore, is expected to preside over Trump’s impeachment trial, according to a source

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The Treasury department is taking steps to resume the effort to put Harriet Tubman on the $20, @jrpsaki  says

Pfizer's move is indefensible. Yes, squeeze every dose we can. But cutting deliveries from 40M to 33M vials for the same price cannot be justified. Especially when many places lack the special "low dead space" syringes needed to get the "extra" dose.

Comey says the Republican Party must be "burned to the ground"? Frightening that this unhinged partisan hack wielded so much power. Of course he pines for the old ways, he's the personification of a Swamp creature, profiting massively as a "counselor to the oligarchs" my TV...

Unprecedented; never happened in all of American history. So there isn't a Senate rule or constitutional provision authorizing this. How does a Senator preside, like a judge, and serve as juror too? #conflictofinterest 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has lifted regional stay-at-home orders across the state, meaning hair salons and outdoor dining at restaurants could reopen in many counties

Delays in vaccine deliveries and uncertainties about yet-to-be-approved shots mean Europe is unlikely to have inoculated a substantial portion of its population by summer, raising the spectre of many more months of lockdowns

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