Only a month ago, appeals for Democrats to do the right thing were not enough. They held the line on supporting Nordstream 2. There is a simple explanation for why: follow the money.
Now that Putin has made himself an international pariah by declaring war in Ukraine, the excuses for the continued support of his pipeline have run dry. But until that point, Democrats had three big reasons to keep backing it despite all of the arguments arrayed against it.
Ted Cruz, you will remember, forced a vote in the Senate. And Democrats felt so strongly about blocking these sanctions against Nord Stream 2 that they dug deep into their bag of Jim Crow era tricks and invoked the filibuster to keep the vote from going ahead in mid-January.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s bill to sanction the Nord Stream 2 pipeline received 55 of votes in favor and 43 votes against, falling short of the 60-vote hurdle to pass even as the vote remained open on Thursday evening. A handful of Democrats, some of whom face tough reelection campaigns in the 2022 midterm cycle—including Sens. Tammy Baldwin, Maggie Hassan, Jacky Rosen, Raphael Warnock, and Catherine Cortez Masto—strayed from the party line and voted for Cruz’s bill but not enough to advance it.– Foreign Policy
But now, the facts on the ground have changed.
Three firms, Roberti Global, BGR Government Affairs, and McLarty Inbound are cutting their lobbying ties with Putin’s pipeline.
The three American lobbying firms led the charge on Capitol Hill to block sanctions and allow completion of the pipeline. Their chief claim was that Putin would not exploit the pipeline for geopolitical gain and that Germany supported it to meet its energy needs.
Vincent Roberti, the chairman of Roberti Global, contributed heavily to Democratic leaders such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.). Roberti advised Biden during his 2008 presidential campaign. Lobbyists at McLarty used their positions at the Atlantic Council, a prominent foreign policy think tank, to make the case against sanctions. —WashingtonFreeBeacon
Psalms of War: Prayers That Literally Kick Ass is a collection, from the book of Psalms, regarding how David rolled in prayer. I bet you haven’t heard these read, prayed, or sung in church against our formidable enemies — and therein lies the Church’s problem. We’re not using the spiritual weapons God gave us to waylay the powers of darkness. It might be time to dust them off and offer ‘em up if you’re truly concerned about the state of Christ’s Church and of our nation.
Also included in this book, Psalms of War, are reproductions of the author’s original art from his Biblical Badass Series of oil paintings.
This is a great gift for the prayer warriors. Real. Raw. Relevant.