Congressional map drawn by Kansas Republicans is unconstitutional, Wyandotte County judge rules

This post was originally published on this site Wyandotte County District Judge Bill Klapper ruled Monday that Kansas Republicans violated the state constitution by targeting residents on the basis of politics and race when drawing new congressional districts. Klapper’s order, which is certain to be appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court, blocks the state from […]

US sending diplomats back to Ukraine, looking to reopen embassy

This post was originally published on this siteThe Biden administration intends to return its diplomats to Ukraine in the coming days with the goal of reopening its embassy in Kyiv over the next few weeks. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Kyiv over the weekend, making them the highest ranking […]

Dow sinks 400 points, oil prices slide amid fears of economic slowdown

This post was originally published on this siteThe blue-chip index extends a sell-off that set it back nearly 1,000 points.

Joe Manchin’s approval rating is up 16 points since Biden became president

Democrats can rage all they want — Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) seemingly isn’t going anywhere.
According to a new Morning Consult poll, Manchin’s job approval rating among West Virginia’s registered voters has jumped 16 percent since President Biden took office, by far the largest increase of any senator.
In the past year, his approval rating among Republicans rose from 35 percent to 69 percent, more than enough to offset his decreased approval rating among Democrats, which fell from 63 percent to 44 percent. West Virginia’s Register-Herald reported last year that there are about 4,300 more registered Republicans than registered Democrats in West Virginia.
These partisan shifts likely result from Manchin’s high-profile votes against Biden’s Build Back Better bill and voting rights legislation, in which the centrist Democrat joined with Senate Republicans to kill two major pillars of the administration’s legislative agenda.
Writing for The Week, David Faris argued on Thursday that “Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and his allies should make life so unbearable for Manchin and [Arizona Sen. Krysten] Sinema … that they leave the party sometime before the 2022 midterms if one last push for even a microscopic version of the Build Back Better social investment package fails because of them.” Faris, however, admitted that although Democrats could likely unseat Sinema, they have little chance of primarying Manchin or of defeating him in a general election if he joins the Republican Party. Former President Donald Trump won West Virginia by nearly 40 points in 2020.
The Morning Consult polls surveyed at least 2,057 registered West Virginia voters in the first quarters of 2021 and 2022 with an error margin of two percent.

Twitter shares jump 5% on reports it’s close to a deal with Elon Musk

This post was originally published on this siteTwitter might be more open to considering Elon Musk’s bid for the company after the billionaire outlined his plan to finance the deal.

Biden’s approval rating drops further with young Americans in new poll

This post was originally published on this siteJust 41% of young Americans approve of President Joe Biden’s job performance, according to a new Harvard Institute of Politics poll of adults ages 18-29 released on Monday. That’s down from 46% in fall 2021 and a 59% majority last spring — a trend also seen in other […]

Lawmakers return to a busy week in Washington. Here’s what we’re watching.

This post was originally published on this siteLawmakers return to Washington this week with a lot to consider.

New election laws could create barriers for voters with disabilities

This post was originally published on this siteNew laws with identification requirements, restrictions on voting by mail and other changes could limit voting access for people with disabilities.     

US officials promise Zelenskyy more military aid in Kyiv meeting: Live Ukraine updates

This post was originally published on this siteAntony Blinken and Lloyd Austin promised more aid in a secretive meeting with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy in Kyiv: Live updates     

Ukraine war: US wants to see a weakened Russia

This post was originally published on this siteUS Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said he hoped to see the Russian military depleted in Ukraine.