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Infighting Among Democrats Over House Power Positions Turns Racial

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While progressives like to act as if they have a leg up on unity and harmony, especially as it involves tolerance in racial issues, the truth of the matter is, they are just as fallen, wicked, and sinful as everyone else.

The newest wave of infighting that has been ripping the Democratic Party at the seams is proof of this truth. It seems individuals in the party are taking the battle over power positions in the House of Representatives in a racially divisive direction.

“Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina on Tuesday accused detractors of using racially-charged ‘dog whistles’ to undermine his bid for the No. 3 slot in House Democratic leadership,” McClatchy’s Emma Dumain reports. “Clyburn, the current assistant Democratic leader and highest ranking black lawmaker in Congress, told McClatchy race was being injected into the competition for House majority whip.”

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While Clyburn didn’t name names, he did provide some more context and suggestions about the kinds of “dog whistling” taking place among his Democratic colleagues.

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“I don’t know where it’s all coming from,” he told McClatchy. “But someone came to me over the weekend and told me that (they heard), when I was whip before, I was a figurehead.”

Such criticisms of the only black member of the Democratic leadership team, he suggested, was “the little dog whistles that have been floating around this side for a long time,” Clyburn said. “What do you mean, I was a figurehead? Nothing could be further from the truth.”

Challenging Clyburn for majority whip, the congressman tasked with solidifying votes to promote the leadership’s agenda, is Colorado’s Rep. Diana DeGette, who served as chief deputy whip for 14 years. Her decision to oppose him surprised Democrats, who expected that Clyburn, who served as whip from 2007 to 2011, would run unopposed.

Clyburn told McClatchy that he does not blame DeGette for what he characterized as racially charged criticisms that are not “complimentary” to the Democratic caucus.

DeGette’s spokesman says the congresswoman “categorically and respectfully rejected” any notion that either she or any of her supporters were promoting any racially charged criticisms of Clyburn. But she’s also making clear that she believes she can be more effective than him in the role.

This is the inevitable end result of identity politics being played out within the Democratic Party. It’s a way of thinking that leads to disunity and discord, ripping away at the fabric of our great nation.

Yet, liberals will still continue to practice this line of thinking with reckless abandon. It’s tragic.

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American Music Icon Dead at 72; Was Set to Tour This Summer

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When it comes to gritty guitars and even grittier songs, there is no act quite like that little ol’ band from Texas. ZZ Top mainlined American blues standards directly into the electric era of 1970’s rock, and then reinvented the genre once again with the synthesizers of the 1980’s.  From there, the band toured the world incessantly, bringing their grimy grooves and unforgettable stage presence to audiences from Dusseldorf to Delaware. Now, just weeks before the band was set to take to the road once again, one member of the holy triumvirate of honky-tonk has passed away. Dusty Hill, the bassist for ZZ Top, has died. He was 72. Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard of the Texas-based trio issued a statement to Variety on Tuesday, writing: “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’” And then, echoing the sentiments of music fans the nation over: “You will be missed greatly, amigo,” the statement added. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, so we’ll just leave you all with a classic. Make sure to turns those speakers up, y’all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5WB5ouP-8c  

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Mask Mandates Coming Back to Capitol Hill After CDC Switcheroo

This isn’t likely to go over well with some lawmakers.

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With the “delta” variant now raging in some parts of the country, and breakthrough infections of vaccinated individuals continuing to be reported, the CDC has made a stark decision, stating that even vaccinated folks should be wearing a mask when they are indoors or in parts of the country with high COVID transmission rates. This has now prompted the House of Representatives to bring back a previously criticized policy themselves. Capitol Attending Physician Brian Monahan said late Tuesday that the House of Representatives is reinstating its mask mandate – and therefore the threat of fines to members who don’t comply – following updated guidance from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the delta variant of the coronavirus. The White House also appears to be going back to mandated masks. A White House press representative was seen Tuesday swapping a sign saying people are required to wear masks if unvaccinated with another saying masks are required regardless of vaccination status. Monahan didn’t leave much room for interpretation. “For the Congress, representing a collection of individuals traveling weekly from various risk areas (both high and low rates of disease transmission), all individuals should wear a well-fitted, medical-grade filtration mask (for example an ear loop surgical mask or a KN95 mask) when they are in an interior space,” Monahan said in a letter sent to congressional staffers. The move will almost certainly see pushback from the far right side of the aisle, where the mandating of masks has been a very unpopular policy, and a point of contention in almost every arena in which it has been implemented.

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