Democrats send mixed signals on oil and border policy: The Note

The TAKE with Rick Klein

There’s a broken promise to face, as well as promises kept that some wishes weren’t. There are Trump policies being affirmed and others about to be revoked.

President Joe Biden’s administration kicks off Earth Week by offering new oil and gas leases on federal lands for the first time under Biden’s presidency. It’s the latest move to address soaring gas prices, but also the latest to enrage conservationists – this time armed with a Biden campaign pledge to the contrary. .

The Biden administration is also weeks away from lifting the Title 42 order that has allowed federal authorities to quickly deport most migrants coming to the United States since the early days of the pandemic. This is in line with the president’s longstanding vow to follow science in an emergency COVID-19 measuresand with Democrats’ aversion to almost everything former President Donald Trump has done during the pandemic.

But a range of Democrats facing tough races this fall worry that’s far from in line with the politics of the day. Incumbent Democrats in states including Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire fear Title 42 will be lifted too quickly.

One chorus in particular could sting if the expected frontier push materializes.

“I haven’t heard a plan from the Biden administration yet,” says Beto O’Rourkethe Democratic candidate for governor of Texas.

“This administration has no plan,” said Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Arizona, warned last week. “It’s going to be a crisis on top of a crisis.”

Plan or no plan, there continues to be broad agreement within the Democratic Party about its bleak political outlook. Where they disagree is on what can or should be done to respond.

The RUNDOWN with Averi Harper

Mass shootings in Columbia, South Carolina and Pittsburgh over the holiday weekend have shone a light on gun violence and, more broadly, violent crime across the country.

The South Carolina shooting at a crowded mall injured 14 people, and the Pennsylvania shooting at a house party killed two minors and injured nine others.

The two came on the heels of the Brooklyn subway shooting, which injured more than two dozen people and led to a manhunt for suspected shooter Frank James.

“It’s a national problem,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams told ABC’s “This Week” George Stephanopoulos when asked about rising crime in the nation’s largest city. “It’s not a red state, a blue state. In fact, red states have a higher murder rate than blue states.”

There have been 138 mass shootings in the United States since the start of this year, according to the Gun Violence Archivesa nonprofit that identifies mass shootings as cases in which four or more people are shot and tracks them through public data, news reports, and other sources.

The Biden administration announced last week that it was moving forward with actions to tackle ghost weapons — guns sold in parts that can be assembled at home and are often not found. The administration has called on Congress to pass legislation that could offer more substantial reforms, but advocates say communities coast to coast cannot afford to wait for Congress, where it remains unlikely that gun reform could pass because many Republican lawmakers strongly oppose such legislation. .

The COUNCIL with Alisa Wiersema

In less than a week, Republicans in Michigan will vote to nominate candidates to challenge incumbent Democrats for statewide positions in November. The event is sure to escalate existing intra-party tensions between Trump loyalists – some of whom continue to question the 2020 election outcome – and Republicans who want to create a way forward without the election denials of the election. former president did dominate their campaigns.

After losing the 2020 battleground by just over 150,000 votes, Trump is now visibly charting paths to remain a dominant figure in Michigan’s political landscape, which includes involvement in state legislative contests. The former president has already endorsed nearly a dozen state Senate nominees and is also backing a top contender for speaker from Michigan’s State House.

Meanwhile, his endorsements for Attorney General and Secretary of State have been vocal in challenging the 2020 election results and, if elected, would be involved in validating future election results.

Divisions within state parties and their implications are microcosms of concerns that extend to Capitol Hill, where, according to incumbent Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, Republicans are on the verge of a majority in the House after midterm elections this year. Even with these prospects, Upton told NBC News that achieving party unity might be difficult.

“I don’t think it’s going to be this wild swing knowing that we won a lot of seats in the last election despite Biden winning. So, you know, what’s the plus/minus? So that’s going to be a big resolve, “, Upton said.

“It will be very difficult for the Republicans to govern if we are less than 230, knowing that we have the [Marjorie Taylor Greene] element that is really not part of a government majority,” he added, referring to a party that needs 218 members to have a majority in the House.

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737. This is the number of calls made to abortion clinics across the country that FiveThirtyEight analyzed, finding that wait times of a week or more for an abortion are already quite common, even in deep blue states. like California and New York. And like FiveThirtyEight’s Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux writesIt’s even worse in states surrounding Texas, where a law that effectively bans abortions after six weeks took effect last September. In these states, waits of two or three weeks for an abortion appointment are very common, which gives us a glimpse of what is potentially in store for the rest of the country if the Supreme Court upholds the ban on abortions. Mississippi abortions after 15 weeks.


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