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Congress is close to making a Covid relief deal that could include $600 checks for Americans who face hardship if their unemployment benefits expire on Dec. 26.

Congressional leaders were close to making a $900 billion Covid relief deal on Wednesday morning. Negotiations include a new round of stimulus checks.

Sen. John Thune told reporters he believed stimulus checks of $600 or $700 were part of discussions. He said the amount of the checks would be "double that for family and kids."

He added that the extra unemployment benefit under discussion was about $300 per week -- half of the $600 per week sent out earlier this year.

Lawmakers say the Corona relief package could "hitch a ride" on the government spending bill that must pass by Friday to avoid a government shutdown.

The $600 stimulus checks could arrive in the mail or via direct deposit by Dec. 31 if lawmakers can make a deal this week.

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The mayor of a small town in Kansas resigned her position after receiving death threats following a city commission vote forcing residents to wear masks.

Dodge City Mayor Joyce Warshaw resigned Tuesday, citing concerns for her safety. Her resignation is effective immediately, Yahoo News reports.

Warshaw was one of the city commission members who voted to force a mask mandate on the town. But town residents didn't take the news sitting down.

"I understand people are under a lot of pressure from various things that are happening around society like the pandemic," Warshaw said in her resignation letter. "I think it's best for me and the city that I love to remove myself from the commission at this time and from the mayorship so that the city can move forward and be the best that it can be because I believe in the city."

Warshaw tendered her resignation following the Dec. 11 publication of a USA TODAY article in which she tried to shed a positive light on the mask mandate.

"We just felt like we had to do something so everybody was aware of how important it was for everybody to be responsible for each other’s health and well-being," said Warshaw in the USA TODAY story.

After the article was published, the mayor received a flood of hate emails and phone calls from residents, some making threats on her life. The threatening emails were turned over to police.

In an interview with the Dodge City Daily Globe, Warshaw broke down in tears as she explained her reason for resigning.

"This is harder for me than people realize. I really love this city with all my heart. I still believe in this city and I believe in their ability to not harm one another."

Unlike blue states where the Corona "cases" are surging despite forced mandates, corona deaths remain low in Georgia and Florida where there are no mask mandates or lockdowns.

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Keyontae Johnson's medical condition took a turn for the worse after he collapsed on the court during a game at FSU on Saturday.

Johnson collapsed as he returned to the court after a timeout. He appeared to trip and fell face first at mid court.

The 21-year-old was taken off the court on a stretcher and rushed to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where he was listed in critical condition, according to ESPN.

Johnson's grandfather provided an update on his grandson's condition in a telephone interview with USA TODAY Sports on Monday.

Larry DeJarnett said doctors placed Johnson in a medically-induced coma and they hoped to bring him out of a coma by Monday afternoon.

"They're just not sure. He may have had activity in the brain, so they induced the coma. They put him on medication to keep him sedated."

Johnson, the SEC's preseason player of the year, tested positive for Covid-19 earlier in the year. Coach Mike White said the team paused activities last month after several other players tested positive for the flu-like virus.

"Please keep praying for @Keyontae and his family. We all love him," Coach White tweeted on Saturday.
 

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Black Twitter expressed outrage over Joe Biden's dismissive demeanor during a Dec. 8 Zoom call with Black civil rights leaders.

According to those who listened to the nearly 2-hour audio, Biden "talked down" to the civil rights leaders, including Rev. Al Sharpton, who later defended Biden, saying he was not dismissive at all.

The presumptive president-elect reportedly said the "defund the police" movement "beat the living hell out of" Democrats during the November elections.

He also said Hispanics, who are double the population of Black people in America, will outnumber white people soon.

One group that was not invited to the table was Black Lives Matter, who continue to complain that Biden is ignoring them.

Here are some of the YouTube comments in response to the leaked audio:

"I don't think a lot of people realize how racist Joe Biden is. It's impossible for him to talk 'to' black people, he's always talked 'at' us."

"Biden has a tone of SCOLDING them as though he was expecting nothing but praise. I thought the point of the meeting was to SPEAK about the issues."

"Omg. You can't have a conversation with the guy. Nothing will get done. He's defensive because he knows he's not on the side of the working class."

"Biden is commit to raising up dozens of already affluent black people, while continuing the tradition of screwing over millions of poor black people."

"This is embarrassing. He's speaking to ppl as though they are children."
 

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Kim Kardashian said she muted her phone during her final call with condemned inmate Brandon Bernard, so he couldn't hear her sobbing on the phone.

The reality star used her fame and clout to appeal to U.S. President Donald Trump to stay the execution of Bernard, which took place on Thursday night.

Kardashian took to Twitter to share her ordeal after she claimed she spoke to Bernard hours before he was put to death.

"Just spoke to Brandon for what will likely be the last time. Hardest call I’ve ever had," she tweeted. "Brandon, selfless as always, was focused on his family and making sure they are ok. He told me not to cry because our fight isn't over."

Bernard, 40, had been on death row since being sentenced in 2000 for his involvement in a carjacking and robbery that led to the deaths of Todd and Stacie Bagley on the Fort Hood military base in Killeen, Texas in 1999.

He was convicted of killing Stacie Bagley by setting her car on fire while she was still alive in the trunk.

Kardashian embellished the details of their final call, saying jailers offered the condemned man a "Sedative" before he went to the "chair."

Bernard died from a lethal injection containing a sedative and a drug to stop his heart. The lethal drugs are infused while the inmate is strapped to a gurney, not a chair.

Kardashian said:

"When he told me he's claustrophobic and they offered to give him a shot of Sedative to calm him down before they put him in the chair and he just didn't want to panic, I literally lost it. I had to mute my phone so he wouldn't hear me cry like that."

"(We) didn't say goodbye (because) we wanted to be hopeful that we would talk again," she added drastically. "We said talk to you soon!"

Bernard was pronounced dead at 9:27 p.m. after the Supreme Court denied his last-minute stay of execution.

Four more inmates are scheduled to die at the Indiana federal prison. Alfred Bourgeois will be executed on Friday, Dec. 11. Bourgeois was sentenced to death for the torture and murder of his 2-year-old daughter.

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A Pee Wee league coach who punched a 9-year-old boy during a youth championship game has been banned for life from coaching in the league. Cell phone video shows the coach punch the boy like a man, knocking the child down twice.

When the little boy began to cry, the coach kicked him off the field and called another player off the bench to replace him.

Equally as bad are the grown Black men standing around watching the abuse and doing nothing to stop it.

The incident occurred during the American Youth Football Championships in Kissimmee, Florida, according to EURweb.com. The unnamed coach apologized for his behavior.

A loyal reader writes:

Sandra,

Have you seen the video of the little league coach, violently assaulting one of the boys he coaches? I would be UNDERNEATH the jail.

It reminds of something that happened years ago when I lived in Columbus, Georgia. Both my friend and I were single mothers and our sons played on a little league football team. Something very similar to this happened to her son. She did nothing, even participated in calling her own son "a p-ssy a-girl" for crying AFTER the coach slapped him around for fumbling the ball. Her son was 7 at the time. The coach was in such a rage he cursed me out for telling him that was foul for how he ABUSED her son. He was later arrested and found guilty of causing bodily injury to a child, she was charged with something too, I don't recall what it was. Our sons are all around 23-26 years old now. My sons are both in the military and doing very well. The son that she didn't defend that day on the field, is a known woman beater, and is in and out of jail, her eldest son, has very little to do with her.
While I know this is WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY to the left of this story, we as mothers, (if we're single mothers) have a greater responsibility of protecting our sons from abusive men (coaches and the like) and not allowing toxic masculinity to be disguised as "manning up" our sons.

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Miami's ultra wealthy parents are reportedly "losing their minds" over where the privileged children of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner will attend private school if they leave Washington, DC.

Page Six reports the Kushners purchased land on Miami's exclusive Indian Creek enclave where they plan to build a mega mansion if they're forced to leave Washington, DC.

Miami's mega-rich parents exchanged a flurry of text messages after the news broke of the huge land purchase. "I must have gotten 10 texts [about this] yesterday," one parent told Page Six.

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"The closest good Jewish school to where they bought their land is Lehrman, which is about 5 minutes away. Otherwise, Ransom Everglades, which would be far for them, Miami Country Day — which is about 15 minutes — and Cushman are all very good private schools. Pinecrest is a very good school, but super far. If they are going Jewish and plan to in the meantime rent or live in that area near where they are building the house, I bet Lehrman."

The well-to-do parent said they don't expect to meet their neighbors any time soon since construction crews have yet to break ground.

"The thing is, they bought a plot of land and building a mansion on Indian Creek is no small job — the houses are enormous," the parent said. "How long does it take to build a house from scratch? So who knows when they'd actually be in that house."

The Kushners have three children: daughter Arabella Rose, 9, and sons Joseph, 7, and Theodore, 4.

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State Rep. Cynthia Johnson was stripped of her House committee seats after she appeared to threaten Trump supporters in a viral video.

In Facebook videos posted over the weekend, Johnson warned Trump supporters to "be careful" and "walk lightly."

Johnson, a Democrat, also mentioned "soldiers" and appeared to suggest that they take up arms against Trump supporters.

"And for those of you who are soldiers, you know how to do it. Do it right. Be in order. Make them pay," Johnson said in the video.

In a subsequent post, Johnson clarified that she meant "soldiers against racism," not armed militants.

She claimed she received "death threats" after her aggressive questioning of Rudy Giuliani during a hearing last week on election fraud.

But State House Speaker Lee Chatfield, a Republican, said Johnson's behavior in the viral video was inappropriate, unacceptable and un-American.

Chatfield said Johnson would be stripped of her seats on the Agriculture; Oversight committee; and Families, Children and Seniors committees.

"Threats to Democrats or Republicans are unacceptable and un-American," Chatfield said. "They're even more unbecoming of an elected official. Rep. Johnson has been stripped of her committees and we're looking into further disciplinary action as the proper authorities conduct their investigation."

Johnson did not respond to a reporter's request for comment.
 

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Rashida Jones was named the next president of MSNBC news network. She becomes the first Black woman to run a major cable news network

Jones, who is currently senior vice president of MSNBC News, replaces longtime MSNBC president Phil Griffin, 64.

Jones, 39, will assume her new position in February 2021, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The other famous Rashida Jones, daughter of legendary music composer Quincy Jones, congratulated her namesake in a social media post.

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"Congrats to Rashida Jones!! The FIRST BLACK PERSON EVER to run a major cable news network!! I'm so proud to share a name with you and also take this #myelf challenge to the next level. Rashida Jones on Rashida Jones INFINITY. ZOOM IN."

Rashida Jones (Quincy's daughter) hosts a podcast with Bill Gates, who hopes to inoculate 300 million Americans with the Coronavirus mRNA vaccine.

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Boosie Badazz is planning to file a $20 million racial discrimination lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, which owns Instagram.

The "Wipe Me Down" rapper told Vlad TV that he believes he was banned from Instagram because of his skin color.

He claims the ban led to him losing lucrative business ventures - to the tune of $20 million. "You're f***ing up my income. I have to feed my kids."

Boosie was reportedly banned from the photo sharing app due to repeated violations of Instagram policies.

During his banishment Boosie made a plea to Mark "Zuckinberger" to reinstate his account. He even offered Zuckerberg $100,000 cash to reinstate his page.

Boosie told Vlad TV that he believes the unintentional mispronunciation of Zuckerberg's last name has led the Facebook chairman to hold a grudge against him.

Boosie said Zuckerberg's actions left him no choice but to file suit.

"(Zuckerberg) made some of my business ventures go down, so I'm suing him now. I'm filing a lawsuit against him now," he said. "He stopped me off Instagram and he didn't put me back on Instagram. And that's affecting my business.

Boosie registered another Instagram account -- @BoosienewIG -- but he said Instagram disabled his ability to go live on IG stories. "I can't go live on my new page at all. I can't go live!"

Boosie said other IG influencers have committed "way worser things" without repercussions or ramifications.

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"This is my first time my Instagram ever been taken from me! So you can give other two million people their Instagram back for derogatory things they did and I didn't do nothing but post a girl with an emoji over her? This is discrimination! Something is wrong. Somebody must be mad because I said they name wrong and they trying to chastise me."

The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) is also suing Zuckerberg for discriminating against American IT workers by reserving over 2,600 high-paying jobs for foreign workers holding temporary H1B visas.

The Facebook jobs which offered an average salary of $156,000 were not available to qualified American IT workers.