When the going gets tough, the GOP looks to the border

WASHINGTON – After President Biden told GOP governors this week to ‘step aside’ if they don’t try to defeat the coronavirus in their states, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis retaliated:

“Why don’t you do your job, why don’t you secure this border and until you do, I don’t want to hear about Covid from you.”

If this “and the border? The return sounds familiar, it is. Over the past decade, GOP candidates and incumbents have frequently invoked the border on a multitude of different topics.

As in the 2014 Ebola crisis: “Senate candidate Scott Brown (right) said in a press release Thursday that Ebola ‘underscores the need to secure our borders’, especially with Mexico,” The Washington Post reported during the ’14 to mid-term.

Or with this caravan of migrants during the mid-sessions ’18. “It’s an invasion. I don’t care what they say. I don’t care what the fake media say. It is an invasion of our country, ”said former President Donald Trump. said at the time (and did not mention again after the end of the elections).

Or now with the coronavirus. “It’s a guy [Biden] who ran for president saying he would stop the virus, ”DeSantis said on Fox News. “Yet what is he doing?” He brings people from over 100 different countries across the southern border.

Let’s be clear: the current migrant / asylum situation at the border is one of the thorniest political issues facing the Biden administration, and its low poll numbers on the subject (Republicans, Democrats and Independents) attest to this.

But when the border situation starts to turn into something else – Ebola, the mid-term politics or now the spread of Covid in unvaccinated parts of the country – then it’s not really about what happens at the border anymore.

Here is the CBO score

The Congressional Budget Office released its long-awaited score on the bipartisan infrastructure bill on Thursday. The result of the report: The bill will add $ 256 billion to the deficit over 10 years, according to NBC’s Garrett Haake and the NBC Capitol Hill team.

Keep in mind that supporters of the legislation have said it will be paid for in full. Are they wrong? Or ?

Well, it depends on how you do the math, Haake adds. “The authors of the bill used what is called ‘dynamic scoring’ to arrive at this conclusion, in which they include the estimated economic growth that the bill would generate. This generates more theoretical income. The authors of the bill pre-empted this report and believe that the impact on the deficit would be much smaller. “

Plus: “CBO doesn’t use this method. If this all sounds familiar to you, maybe it’s because Republicans relied on dynamic scoring to claim that their 2017 tax cuts would not add to the deficit either. “

Here is the roadblock in the Senate

Due to this CBO score, GOP Senator Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., Last night blocked accelerating the timeline for considering final amendments to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill, report Julie Tsirkin and Leigh. NBC’s Ann Caldwell.

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Downloading data: the numbers you need to know today

943,000: The increase in salaried employment in July, by BLS.

565 square miles: The size of the area consumed by the Dixie Fire, that the AP notes is bigger than Los Angeles.

270 million: The number of people estimated to be at or at high risk of food insecurity, according to a UN report detailed in a New York Times article on hunger in the world.

35 589 310: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the most recent data from NBC News and health officials. (That’s 118,899 more than yesterday morning.)

619 158: The number of deaths in the United States from the virus so far, according to the most recent data from NBC News. (That’s 588 more than yesterday morning.)

348 966 419: The number of doses of vaccine administered in the United States, by the CDC. (It’s 836 941 since yesterday morning.)

49.9%: The share of all Americans who are fully immunized, by the CDC.

60.8%: The share of all U.S. adults 18 years of age or older who are fully immunized, by CDC.

Youngkin is always ready to attend the “Election Integrity” event

The campaign of GOP government candidate Glenn Youngkin tells us that the candidate is always ready to attend the “Regional Assembly Integrity Election ” at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The two GOP nominees vying for the statewide ticket with Youngkin – Lt. Gov. nominee Winsome Sears and GA nominee Jason Miyares – will not be present.

The Virginia Democratic Party will hold a conference call with reporters at 10:30 a.m. ET today to discuss Youngkin’s participation in the event.

ICYMI: what else is happening in the world

President of the AFL-CIO Richard Trumka passed away.

Conor Lamb is Senate candidate in Pennsylvania.

9/11 survivors and their families are calling on President Joe Biden to declassify documents that could link Saudi leaders to the attack, or not to attend a memorial this year.

The new guidelines on the delta variant made vaccinated parents wonder if they could infect their unvaccinated children.

Olympic officials expelled two Belarusian coaches from the Olympic Village after a Belarusian sprinter tried to flee their custody and not return to his home country out of fear.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the FDA is work on a plan for potential Covid booster injections, which could be ready by September.

The House Oversight Committee is submission of interviews to the January 6 committee that the latter trace its course.

The Census Bureau says it publish redistribution data Next Thursday, the next step in the high-profile process.

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