Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Each the election and the pandemic go on and on and on…


ABC News:

Biden receives excessive marks on COVID-19, lags on immigration, weapons: POLL

As he confronts a set of concurrent challenges, President Joe Biden receives excessive marks on his prime priorities — the coronavirus pandemic and the financial restoration. Nonetheless, there are warning indicators for different areas of his agenda the place exterior occasions have imposed new urgency, a brand new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds.

The president’s approval lands at 72% for his dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic, numerically larger than the 68% of Individuals who said the same earlier this month simply earlier than Congress handed his $1.9 trillion aid bundle, his first major legislative achievement. Solely 28% disapprove of his response within the ballot, which was carried out by Ipsos in partnership with ABC Information utilizing Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel.


David Rothkopf/Each day beast:

We’re Quantity One? The U.S. Is Extra Like Quantity 19 These Days.

From start, we right here within the US are raised to consider this as the best nation on the planet. Nicely, it’s time to assume once more. We not dwell as much as our personal hype by virtually any metric.

This previous week has seen two new research that have gotten to chop flag-waving Uncle-Sam-has-abs-of-steel boosters to their jingoistic fast. Within the newest World Happiness Report, America ranked nineteenth. In the newest Freedom Home World Democracy Rankings, the US plummeted to a place proper behind Argentina and Mongolia and on a par with Panama, Romania and Croatia. On prime of that at President Biden’s inaugural press conference, he made reference to how poorly America’s infrastructure ranks when in comparison with different international locations—thirteenth on the planet because it seems.

Ruth Marcus/WaPo:

Georgia’s shameful new voting legal guidelines are a product of GOP desperation

The tableau of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signing a brand new elections legislation mentioned all of it: six White legislators flanking the Republican governor, his pen poised above a gleaming wooden desk. Behind them, a painting of the white-columned Callaway Plantation.

Not proven: the enslaved individuals who as soon as picked cotton and raised livestock on the three,000-acre plantation.

Not proven, both: Black state legislator Park Cannon, arrested by White state troopers after she knocked repeatedly to achieve entrance to the bill-signing. Amongst different issues, the brand new legislation makes it against the law — sure, against the law — to offer water or meals to individuals ready in line to vote.


Paul Kane/WaPo:

The recognition of Congress is at its highest stage in additional than a decade as stimulus checks hit financial institution accounts

Final spring, after a flurry of bipartisan coronavirus rescue packages totaling almost $3 trillion, greater than 30 % of Individuals accepted of the job Congress was doing for 2 consecutive months, the first time the Gallup poll recorded that stage since 2009. Republicans, Democrats and independents all confirmed good points in approving how Congress dealt with the early days of the pandemic, when greater than 25 million jobs vanished and hospital wards have been flooded.

However the public shortly soured on Congress once more because the late spring, summer time and fall have been dominated by partisan sniping and no legislative outcomes forward of the bitter November elections.

By mid-December, as President Donald Trump and almost 150 congressional GOP allies ready to contest Biden’s clear victory, simply 15 % of Individuals accepted of Congress — and the rejection was throughout the ideological spectrum. Democratic voters have been probably the most scornful, as simply 11 % accepted of the efficiency on Capitol Hill, in accordance with the month-to-month Gallup ballot.


Jeremy Farrar: COVID-19 pandemic ‘is nowhere close to its finish’

New waves of coronavirus infections in international locations the world over function a reminder that the pandemic is much from ending, Wellcome Director Jeremy Farrar mentioned Tuesday on the fifth assembly of the Facilitation Council for the Entry to COVID-19 Instruments Accelerator, or ACT-A.

“We’re all drained. We now have all had pals, members of the family world wide who’ve been in poor health or died of this COVID-19. However that is the time we’ve got to recommit,” he mentioned throughout the assembly, attended just about by policymakers and assist group officers.

“There stays in my opinion an excessive amount of optimism that there will likely be a single magic bullet that solves all of it,” Farrar mentioned.


Philip Bump/WaPo:

Increasing voting is just not merely the political inverse of limiting voting

In some ways, the controversy over entry to casting a poll in the US is extra difficult than it must be. It may be distilled at its most elementary to at least one query: How a lot do you care about getting as many individuals as potential who’re eligible to vote to really achieve this?

Some persons are simple, arguing that not everybody who can vote ought to. Arizona state Rep. John Kavanagh (R) took that place when talking to CNN earlier this month, saying that “everyone shouldn’t be voting.” It’s advantageous to not encourage turnout from those that are “completely uninformed on the problems,” he mentioned, although polling shows that it’s usually Republicans who’re uninformed or misinformed about key political points.

Others specific the identical sentiment in different methods, from saying that solely those that own property ought to vote to delineating extra nuanced boundaries for participation. There are those that imagine that each grownup citizen ought to have the franchise and there are those that assume that there are crucial boundaries, comparable to prohibitions for these with legal convictions.

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