Joe Biden is proving progressives wrong. And they’re loving it.

WASHINGTON — Progressives were frequently aghast at candidate Joe Biden’s instinct for moderation, his nostalgia for a bygone era and a record they perceived as too corporate-friendly and out of touch with his changing party.

But nearly 100 days into his term, some are happy to admit, they may be wrong.

“Many of us were disappointed when President Biden got the nomination,” said newly elected Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., who defeated a 16-term incumbent in a primary last year. “When you look at Biden’s career, he’s definitely someone we would call a moderate Democrat.”

He is less disappointed today.


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Fishing opener turns political in Otter Tail County

In this era of red vs. blue, even a walleye can become a political football.

The Governor’s Fishing Opener, set for May 15 in Otter Tail County, has drawn criticism from some residents who aren’t fans of Gov. Tim Walz.

Nick Leonard, deputy Otter Tail County administrator, told the County Board this week that he’s fielded a few phone calls from residents who aren’t thrilled to have Walz visit.

“There will be folks who want to make this about the governor,” Leonard said at a board meeting. Walz got about 36% of the vote in the 2018 election while his

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The Washington PostAs he reemerges onto the public stage, Pence sticks to the same strategy he used by Trump’s side: Total fealtyDuring a swing through South Carolina, the former vice president praised Trump's record and did not address how Trump supporters attacked …20 hours ago

The Washington PostAs he reemerges onto the public stage, Pence sticks to the same strategy he
used by Trump’s side: Total fealtyDuring a swing through South Carolina, the former vice president praised
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‘I Got Obama’d’ – POLITICO

But it seemed to work. In most cases, he could help people come to a solution—one that left their dignity intact. “I had no trouble getting clients,” he said. “People often came against the advice of lawyers. They wanted somebody who was going to be different.” Eventually, he and other colleagues helped invent the field of conflict mediation—which is now popular worldwide.

That’s how it came to pass that Gary Friedman, at age 71, drove his forest-green Mini Cooper to the county elections office and filed the paperwork. He ran for a five-year term on his local Community Services District

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Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene team up to battle political opposition

They’ve now formed a joint fundraising committee and are making plans to travel the country together on what they are calling an “America First” tour.

The pair were early and passionate supporters of former President Donald Trump, and they have no problem challenging the establishment leaders within their own party. As the pressure on each grows, they have formed an unsurprising bond, often seen talking to each other on the floor of the House of Representatives, and they back each other up when others in the GOP aren’t rushing to their defense.

Earlier this month, when Greene flirted with the
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Fulton County DA has grown frustrated with Georgia Secretary of State’s office cooperation in Trump probe, source says

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In this Feb. 24, 2021, file photo, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis poses among boxes containing thousands of primal cases at her office in Atlanta.

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Investigators in Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ office have grown frustrated with the level of cooperation they are receiving from staffers in the Georgia Secretary of State’s office regarding a probe into former President Donald Trump’s efforts to influence the 2020 election, according to a source familiar with the criminal investigation.

The recent lack of cooperation has prompted the office to consider whether it rises to obstruction and to

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A collection of Chinese contemporary art falls prey to politics

CHINA’S LEADERS seem sure that innovation can co-exist with authoritarian rule. Their confidence looks more rational than it once did: Chinese firms dominate some high-tech fields. Still, they have to explain a counterpoint: when freedoms increased in China over the past 40 years, greater creativity always followed.

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Uli Sigg, a Swiss businessman and diplomat, first reached China in 1979, as reformers began to dismantle the Mao-era planned economy. Later, he spent decades building an

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Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C) often talks about his grandfather and cotton. There’s more to that tale.

“At today’s equivalent of first grade, Artis dropped out of elementary school to help on the farm and pick cotton.”

“Like many other black children at the time, he dropped out of elementary school to work in the fields and pick cotton.”

— Scott, in his book “Unified,” written with Trey Gowdy, published 2019

As regular readers know, we’re often interested in the “origin stories” of politicians — regular lines that they use over and over to explain their political motivations.

For Scott, the only Black Republican in the Senate, it’s the story of

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Florida bill would allow students to record professors to show political bias | Florida

Republicans in Florida have stepped up their assault on what they call “Marxist professors and students” in the state’s public universities and colleges with a bill that encourages the reporting of lecturers perceived to be stifling “viewpoint diversity” on campus.

The bill, currently awaiting the signature of the Florida governor and Donald Trump ally Ron DeSantis, will allow students to make recordings of lectures without their professors’ consent, and present them as evidence of political bias.

It requires all 40 of Florida’s state-funded institutions of postsecondary education to conduct an annual survey of faculty and students to establish how well

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The Takeaway from the Most Political Oscars Ever? Political Movies are Hard.

Which isn’t to say that they’re all great. Or even, in some cases, good.

This group might not suffer from the stodgy grandeur that “political” Oscar-bait movies often cloak themselves in (hello, “The Ides of March”), but they have plenty of their own flaws on display. Even the best of them illuminate how difficult it is to simultaneously pull off both trenchant social critique and emotionally satisfying storytelling.

Historical dramas like “Judas and the Black Messiah” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7” stumble over genre tropes that blunt their impact. “Nomadland,” adapted from

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