For John, BLUF: good news on Capitol Hill. Nothing to see here; just move along.
The sub-headline is:
Democrats opt for 'big tent' over bare knuckles.The Politico reporters are BURGESS EVERETT and SEUNG MIN KIM.
Here is the lede plus one:
It’s been hard to tell lately that Harry Reid and Joe Manchin even belong to the same party. When Reid attacked Donald Trump after the election, Manchin called his own party leader an “absolute embarrassment”; Reid fired back that Manchin was just “running for a Cabinet spot” in Trump’s White House.I admit to looking forward to seeing Senator Schumer at the tiller of the Senate Democrats. He promises he will work with Mr Trump when it will help the working class. That is the Democratic Party of yore.
Then there’s Chuck Schumer. He not only tapped Manchin to join his leadership team, but also backed the West Virginian's gambit that threatened a government shutdown over coal miners' benefits — a showdown that Reid declined to endorse in his final days as party leader.
Hat tip to Memeorandum.
Regards — Cliff