The Trash Panda of the Senate, Joe Manchin, is all over the news this morning. In no particular order:
“Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), a crucial centrist vote in the Democratic caucus, is signaling to colleagues that won’t derail a $3.5 trillion budget resolution that contains many of President Biden’s legislative priorities.
“Senate Democrats say Manchin has indicated he will not stand in the way of the measure moving forward and will be generally supportive as long as he’s kept in the loop on his top concerns: how to pay for the bill and a clean energy provision.”
“Manchin said he wouldn’t carve out an exemption to the chamber’s filibuster rule for voting rights legislation, effectively dashing chances that Democrats could maneuver around Republican opposition to overhauling the nation’s elections laws.”
“A political action committee for Fox News’ parent company donated money to moderate Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) reelection campaign.”
If you are cynical as I am often accused of being, you might put the CNBC item first and suddenly see cause and effect.