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    Even by Washington standards, it has been a particularly shameless week. With millions of Texans freezing in their homes, Sen. Ted Cruz fled to a Mexican beachfront, offering his constituents little more than political clichés in wanting to be “good fathers”. (Apparently, flying your daughters to Cancun is just like carpooling – if your minivan was a Ritz-Carlton resort.) Sign up for the New York Times Gov.’s Morning Newsletter. Greg Abbott of Texas attributed the complete slowdown of the state’s infrastructure. Lack of preparedness from leaders in the state but the Green New Deal – a liberal policy proposal that is not even close to becoming law. His predecessor, Gov. Rick Perry, suggested that Texans would bear the days of blackouts voluntarily “to keep the federal government out of their business”. It seems hard to believe that any Texan – or indeed any human – would have to melt ice for water. Abusive behavior beyond the Lone Star State. In New York, a state legislator said Gov. Andrew Andrew had vowed to “destroy” him for criticizing nursing home residents over the past year for dealing with deaths – an issue that remains under investigation by the Justice Department . And Wisconsin senator, Ron Johnson, said the armed attack on the Capitol did not seem to be properly armed at all. Apparently, he missed several videos of the attackers, carrying guns, bats and other weapons. And yet, beneath all this noise was an even more unusual sound: silence. For the past six years, former President Donald Trump has dominated political dialogue with almost every tweet to stop the outrage, finger pointing and general news cycle. The audacious behavior of other politicians was often lost amid an obsessive desire to dominate Trump. Okay, the former president is now almost silent, leaving a Trump-size void in our national conversation that President Joe Biden has little desire to fill. It has been a rude awakening for some other politicians, who find themselves suddenly surrounded in controversies that have not survived quickly in a deluge of Trump news. It is unclear whether anyone will pay a significant political price for their actions. The previous administration delivered a relentless stream of anarchy, which could radically change the kind of fact-based rhetoric and norm-observant behavior expected of our political leaders. Already, some politicians have adopted Trump’s playbook for the survival controversy: blame the liberals, never make a mistake, and admit no mistake. Biden, at least, seems determined to set a different tone. TJ Ducklow, a deputy press secretary who allegedly used abusive and sexist language along with a female reporter, resigned last Saturday – reflecting Biden’s inauguration day promise not to offend anyone Must have heard of And on Tuesday in his first presidential town hall, Biden repeatedly used two words that many people in Washington haven’t heard in a while: “Forgive me.” Democrat in disarray. One of a kind? After a few weeks of party unity, Democrats are showing some new signs of division. During the past week, Biden indicated that he was not fully sold on two offers backed by his progressive base: waiving a $ 50,000 student loan for each borrower and raising the minimum wage to $ 15 per hour. There are some high-profile champions in both schemes. New York commander Major Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have called on Biden to use his executive authority to cancel 80% of student loans run by nearly 36 million debtors. And the party is fairly united over the $ 15 minimum wage, with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont currently committed to include it in the COVID-19 relief package to make his way through Congress. The issue for Democrats is how to move quickly. Biden favors a more gradual phase-in of the $ 15 minimum wage to assimilate concerns from business owners. And on student loans, Biden is not convinced he can wipe out that much with a flick of his executive pen. He Has also indicated that the proposals should include an income cap. “My daughter went to Tulane University and then got a master’s in Penn; He paid $ 103,000 in debt at GranthshalaTown Hall on Tuesday. “I don’t think anyone should pay for it, but I think you should be able to shut it down.” Biden will just be looking at some political realities. Surveys indicate both proposals are popular, though voters support $ 15 wage drops regarding potential economic impacts – such as the Congressional Budget Office’s forecast that it could cost more than 1 million. For student loans, prominence reverts to a $ 50,000 relief, but when the plan is targeted at lower-income families, support increases. According to a new analysis by Daily Kos, the number: by 16 it was the number of crossover districts – congressional districts where the results split between the president and Congress in 2020. This is the lowest number in a century. This article originally appeared in The New York Times. © 2021 New York Times Company

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