What’s everyone joking about at Davos? George Santos, of course. At a marquee event hosted by Lally Weymouth and the Washington Post, Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein quipped that the congressman couldn’t join the World Economic Forum because he was busy receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom for discovering the COVID-19 vaccine. In the eyes of global business leaders here in the Swiss Alps, the whole affair seems like another darkly comedic episode in American democracy’s slide to dysfunction. Rubenstein is a Semafor investor.
But enough about the daily drip of Santos news. With abortion opponents gathering in Washington today for this year’s March for Life, Shelby Talcott has a piece on how Mike Pence is hoping to win the movement’s support as he considers a 2024 run — and why it might be tough, despite his devotion to their cause. Meanwhile, Joseph Zeballos-Roig has the scoop on a creative bipartisan bill in the works to save Social Security’s finances that may involve creating a sovereign wealth fund.
PLUS: One good text with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor on why Ukraine needs tanks so badly.
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