On today's 'BradCast': The controversial Keystone XL Pipeline has been cancelled by its Canadian developer, a victory for the tribes and environmental groups that fought for more than a decade to stop it. President Biden commits the U.S. to donating 500 million doses of COVID vaccine to nations in need, as a new, highly transmissible variant is spreading in the U.K. and U.S. The Biden Administration will move to permanently close the extra-judicial, extra-constitutional detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Sen. Joe Manchin is 'disappointed' that Senate Republicans predictably filibustered his Paycheck Fairness Act, yet still opposes reforming the filibuster to counter GOP obstruction. Manchin is also against the Democrats' For the People Act -- a massive election and campaign reform bill that would strengthen voting rights, end partisan gerrymandering, and curb dark money in campaigns -- because no Republicans support it, even though it is wildly popular in West Virginia. A massive rightwing dark money campaign, led by the Koch Network, is pressuring Manchin to oppose filibuster reform and the For the People Act. West Virginia's own ROBYN KINCAID, host and creator of the progressive Head-On Radio Network and co-founder of the Appalachian Communities Health Emergency Campaign, explains the mysteries of Manchin, the history of his family's political dynasty in the state, and key factors that may be at work in Manchin's inexplicable obstruction of Biden and the Democrats' agenda, which would greatly benefit the vast majority of his constituents in West Virginia. Kincaid also discusses the Appalachian Communities Health Emergency (ACHE) Act, recently re-introduced in the U.S. House, which could end destructive mountaintop removal coal mining 'once and for all.'
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