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Save the Biden agenda from Joe Manchin

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Boxing great Muhammad Ali is believed to have said, “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” A bunch of other folks said a variation of this decades before him, but the meaning remains the same. When you’re trying to do monumental things, or even just something basic but absolutely necessary, that pebble can be a real pain.

Now, if you had on thicker socks, you could ignore the pebble. Heck, you might not even know it’s there. Which brings me to Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), the pebble in President Biden’s shoe. And the midterms, that opportunity for Democrats to put on a pair of thick socks.

Once again, Manchin has driven Democrats mad by roadblocking a legislative avenue to the sweeping policy goals of the president of his own party. This time, Manchin objected to climate and tax provisions of what was being billed as “Build Back Manchin.” This $1 trillion economic package was a slimmed down version of the $2........

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