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Kanye West is defying President Trump's request to drop out of the 2020 presidential race to avoid allegations that Trump and West are colluding against Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

TMZ reports West has filed with the Federal Election Commission -- declaring that the Kanye 2020 committee will serve as the "Principal Campaign Committee" with West as its candidate.

West's independent party is listed on the form as BDY ... which stands for The Birthday Party.

According to TMZ, West has yet to file the more important Form 2 -- Statement of Candidacy -- which shows he's raised or spent more than $5,000 in campaign activity and triggers candidacy status under federal campaign finance law.

Earlier, West ended his bid for the presidency, allegedly after receiving a call from his pal Trump asking him to drop out.

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The 43-year-old rapper announced his intention to run for president on July 4. Democrats immediately accused West of conspiring with Trump to help him siphon off Democratic votes.

According to New York Magazine's Intelligencer magazine, Steve Kramer confirmed the Yeezy rapper won't be running against Trump and Joe Biden for the POTUS position.

"He's out," Kramer said, according to the publication.

When asked for more details on what had happened, Kramer replied: "I'll let you know what I know once I get all our stuff canceled. We had over 180 people out there today."

But Washington insiders say Trump called West and convinced him to drop out of the race because his campaign was hampered by the controversy surrounding West.

"Trump asked him to drop out, so Kanye's out," said the insider.

West reportedly took out a PPP loan for $2 million to pay his staff. He later donated that money to the daughter of George Floyd.

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Kanye West dropped out of the 2020 U.S. presidential race - after a heart-to-heart talk with President Donald Trump.

According to Washington insiders, Trump convinced his good friend to drop out of the race because the publicity surrounding West's run was negatively impacting his own campaign.

The 43-year-old rapper announced his intention to run for president two weeks ago. Democrats immediately accused West of conspiring with Trump to help him siphon off Democratic votes.

"So Trump got Kanye to try to split the Black vote," tweeted @DrBFPalmer on July 5.

And @JB93621 tweeted: "Yep gonna try and split young votes from Biden and help his buddy trump get re-elected."

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According to New York Magazine's Intelligencer magazine, Steve Kramer confirmed the Yeezy rapper won't be running against Trump and Joe Biden for the POTUS position.

"He's out," Kramer said, according to the publication.

The election strategist added: "I have nothing good or bad to say about Kanye. Everyone has their personal decision about why they make decisions."

Kramer joined West's campaign team to get the rapper on the ballot in Florida and South Carolina.

When asked for more details on what had happened, Kramer replied: "I'll let you know what I know once I get all our stuff canceled. We had over 180 people out there today."

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But Washington insiders say Trump called West and convinced him to drop out of the race because his campaign was hampered by the controversy surrounding West.

"Trump asked him to drop out, so Kanye's out," said the insider.

West tried to put some distance between himself and Trump by claiming he no longer supported the president after he "caught wind that he hid in the bunker" during the Black Lives Matter uprising in Washington, D.C. last month.

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Trump, 73, brushed aside news that West was gunning for his job in a recent chat with Fox News' Sean Hannity. The president expressed confidence that his job was safe.

"He is always going to be for us, and his wife is going to be for us," Trump said, referring to the rapper and reality TV star Kim Kardashian West.

"[He's a] very good guy. He is a person that I get along with very well," Trump said. "At the end I think he would support us over anyone else, we have to stop the radical left from taking over our country."

Tesla boss Elon Musk, who was West's campaign adviser, reportedly also asked the rapper to drop out of the race. Musk later said West wasn't ready to run for president until 2024.

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Joe Biden held his first press conference in 89 days in a gymnasium in his hometown on Tuesday.

The former vice president walked gingerly to the podium, wearing a black face mask which he removed before speaking to the half dozen journalists in attendance.

Biden, 77, immediately attacked President Trump for his handling of the coronavirus, saying Trump is "waving the white flag" and refusing to lead the country by mandating that everyone wear a mask or face covering.

Biden, who says he has not been tested for the virus, said, if he wins the election, he would ask Dr. Anthony Fauci to continue serving as the lead expert on the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden accused Trump of losing the war against the coronavirus.

"What happened? Now it's almost July, and it seems like our wartime president has surrendered -- ramped, er, waved the white flag and left the battlefield."

At the conclusion of his speech, Biden took a few questions from reporters, including one question about increasing his public appearances, declaring he "can hardly wait" to debate Trump.

The Democratic nominee slammed Trump's "cognitive capability," saying, "This president is um -- he talks about cognitive capability - he doesn't seem to be cognitively aware of what's going on."

"You know the steps you've taken so far haven't gotten the job done, Mr. President. Fix the shortage of PPE for our health care workers before you tee off another round of golf," Biden said.

Biden slurred many words and seemed to lose his train of thought multiple times during the hour-long presser.

Still, his campaign says Biden is not suffering from senile dementia or mental decline.
 

 

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Apparently, Joe Biden is considering controversial conservative commentator Candace Owens for Vice President.

Owens stunned her followers when she made the announcement Friday that she was in talks with Biden's team.

"I can confirm I am in advanced conversations with the Biden team," Owens tweeted in response to a tweet on Friday.

Owens retweeted standup comic Tim Dillon, who wrote, "If Biden picks @RealCandaceO it would be wild. She would destroy Pence."

Biden previously vowed h would pick a woman as his running mate on the presidential ticket.

There is mounting pressure on Biden to pick a Black woman as his vice president.

Last week: Biden reportedly narrowed his choices down to six women -- Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California, Susan Rice, who served as former President Obama's national security adviser, Florida Rep. Val Demings, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Latina.

Question: Would you vote for Joe Biden if he picked Candace Owens as his running mate?

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LeBron James voiced his concerns about the plethora of glitches that marred Georgia's primary elections on Tuesday.

The Lakers star questioned whether the faulty machines and long lines were "structurally racist."

"Everyone talking about "how do we fix this?" They say "go out and vote?" What about asking if how we vote is also structurally racist?" James tweeted.

James responded to a reporter who noticed the lack of problems voting in the suburbs: "I come over to this side of town, and white folks are strolling in. On my side of town, we brought stadium chairs."

An investigation has been launched into the voting machine breakdowns and long lines which resulted.

Atlanta voters were forced to wait as long as four hours to vote.

Multiple counties reported problems with the voting machines, and confusion reigned over coronavirus rules.

Georgia also received over 1.2 million mail-in ballots -- a record for elections in Georgia.

Georgia usually receives around 40,000 mail-in ballots in any given election, UPI reported.
 

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President Donald Trump angered Black Americans when he refused to hang former President Barack Obama's portrait in the White House.

Trump is departing from the tradition of unveiling his predecessor's portrait and hanging it in the White House.

Trump is reportedly planning to skip the White House portrait ceremony, where the current president traditionally hangs up a portrait of his predecessor in the East Room.

According to NBC News, Obama is not interested in attending the ceremony while Trump is occupying the White House. So Obama's portrait unveiling will have to wait until 2025 -- when Trump is out of office.

The tradition was established by former Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.

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Former Democratic California Rep. Katie Hill says she "cried for days" after a Republican flipped her old congressional seat in last week's special elections. She called the loss "f**king devastating."

Hill was forced to resign from Congress in disgrace last October amid allegations that she had improper relationships with male and female staffers.

Hill blamed an ex whom she says sold nude pictures of her "to the [people] who wanted this seat - people who were backing Garcia when he was my opponent."

Hill tweeted Sunday after Republican Mike Garcia easily won her Senate seat in the May 12 special election, turning Hill's old seat red for the first time in 28 years.

"So yeah it really hurt to have my old seat flip back to Republican for a ton of people & also for me. In fact, it was f*cking devastating. I went offline & cried for a few days but, as always, getting ready to stand back up & keep fighting. Hope you are too."

Garcia, a former Navy pilot who had no political experience, said his surprise victory is a sign that California is turning red for the first time in decades.

Lawsuits have been filed in blue states across the country by small business owners who say Democrats have gone too far.

California alone faces at least a dozen lawsuits that include claims that Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, has unjustly closed down gun shops and religious services, infringing on freedoms of speech and the right to assemble.

California Rep. Maxine Waters told Black people to "Keep your ass at home" to prevent the spread of the virus.

In a podcast interview last week, Waters, a Democrat, said:

"These small businesses that are in direct contact with people: nail shops, beauty shops, barbershops, flower shops, these are people in touch with folks every day, and they're risking their lives. And we don't want them opened up."

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Joe Biden held a "virtual roundtable" on Thursday afternoon after fellow Democrats begged him to come out of the basement and speak to the people.

Biden, who reportedly suffers from senile dementia, struggled badly while trying to discuss the coronavirus.

The roundtable featured Biden along with embattled Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, discussing the coronavirus pandemic.

When it was Biden's turn to talk, the 77-year-old struggled while trying to read off a teleprompter. He said more than 85,000 jobs have been lost and millions of people have died from the coronavirus. The numbers should have been the other way around.

It was sad to watch.

"We're ... in the middle of a pandemic that has cost us more than 85,000 jobs as of today. Lives of millions of people. Millions of people. Millions of jobs. You know, and we're in a position where, you know we just got new unemployment insurance, this morning, uh, numbers — 36.5 million claims since this crisis began."

President Donald Trump -- who has no pity for Biden's mental decline -- belittled the former vice president on Thursday.

Trump said, "Joe has absolutely no idea what's happening... He doesn't know he's alive."

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Americans are critical of President Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic so far, as challenger Joe Biden polls eight points higher among voters.

56% of adults disapprove of Trump's handling of the crisis while 41% approve.

According to the poll, many disapprove of Trump's performance after Dr. Anthony Fauci said there will be more suffering and deaths if the country reopens too soon.

Trump has ignored calls to fire Dr. Fauci, whose incorrect coronavirus models led to multi-state shutdowns.

Dr. Fauci spoke remotely during a virtual Senate Committee hearing on Tuesday, saying reopening the country too soon would lead to "avoidable suffering and death".

Fauci said states should wait until a vaccine is available before reopening fully and allowing citizens to return to work.

When pressed about reopening schools, Fauci cautioned that schools and colleges could reopen in the fall -- if a vaccine is available.

Despite no school closures when hundreds of children die from influenza every year, Fauci claimed children must stay home or countless people will die from Covid-19.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson compared the U.S. to Sweden which never shut down schools or businesses during the pandemic. The death toll there is less than in the U.S.

Georgia reopened 2 weeks ago, and coronavirus hospitalizations decreased to the lowest level since January.

Twitter users vented their frustrations at Dr. Fauci and President Trump.

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Nancy Pelosi announced a new $3 trillion stimulus package on Tuesday that contains billions in tax cuts and other cash freebies for the wealthy.

The bill also includes billions for "mandatory" vaccines and mail-in ballots to vote from home in November.

More than 30 million Americans have been let go from their jobs amid the coronavirus shutdown. The stimulus bill will provide up to $6,000 in cash direct to families and a second round of $1,200 checks to individuals -- some of whom are still awaiting the first round of checks.

But, as usual, the wealthy will profit from the Democrats' new HEROES Act.

The House Speaker is accused of "sneaking" tax cuts for the rich into the proposed bill, as well as allowing high-income earners to pawn off part of their state and local tax burden onto lower income workers.

The package includes billions for "mandatory" Covid-19 vaccines and $3.6 billion will go toward helping election officials prepare to count the 200+ million mail-in ballots the Democrats hope to send out.

Additionally, the bill includes a 15% increase for food stamps for illegal immigrants, $200 billion in "hazardous pay" for essential workers, and $175 billion in housing assistance for illegal immigrants and low-income wage earners.

Pelosi responded to criticism from lawmakers who say the new stimulus bill is stuffed with pork for the rich.

"To those who would suggest a pause, I would say the hunger doesn't take a pause, the rent doesn't take a pause," Pelosi said on Monday.

A House vote is expected on Friday. But Senate Republicans say they will not approve the package because they are in no rush to add more trillions to the federal budget deficit.

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Nancy Pelosi unveiled a new $3 trillion aid package with massive new spending for city, state and tribal governments impacted by the coronavirus shutdowns.

The new round of stimulus aid called the Heroes Act will include up to $6,000 cash direct to families and $200 billion in "hazard pay" for essential front line workers like medics, police and firefighters.

The package will offer another round of $1,200 checks to individuals who qualify. But 20 million Americans say they still have not received their checks from the IRS since checks went out in April.

The House Speaker announced the new spending bill on Tuesday after meeting with House Democrats. "We must put more money in the pockets of the American people," she said Tuesday afternoon.

Majority Leader Steyn Hoyer said Congress needs to act to approve the new aid package. "This is an unprecedented time in our history," he said.

The House is expected to vote on the new stimulus package on Friday.

But Senate Republicans are not planning to vote on any new stimulus bills until June, after a Memorial Day recess.

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Russell Simmons claims a reliable inside source told him Joe Biden has already picked Stacey Abrams as his running mate.

Biden's camp announced a selection committee that will vet all of his choices for VP and that an announcement would be made in July.

But Simmons told his 1.6 million Instagram followers that a "very reliable top inside source" told him Biden chose Abrams as his VP.

"America's next VP From a very reliable top inside source... Great news," Simmons, 62, wrote in the caption of a photo of Abrams.

The failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate has made several public appearances as she shamelessly advocated to become Biden's vice president.

Abrams was a potential top pick along with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Abrams, 46, will launch the New Hampshire Democratic Party's virtual state convention on Saturday.

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Joe Biden's team suggests that his choice for vice president won't be a Black woman. According to Politico.com, Biden's presidential campaign announced their VP selection committee on Thursday. The four-member committee is majority Caucasian.

The committee which is tasked with vetting Biden's VP choice includes Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Biden's longtime friend and Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, and former White House Senate counsel Cynthia Hogan.

The only Black person on the committee is Delaware congresswoman Lisa Blount Rochester. Biden says he hopes the vetting process will be completed by July.

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Rumors are running rampant that Biden has already made his choice: Hillary Clinton who enthusiastically endorsed him earlier this week.

Stacey Abrams, who initially stated she did not want the VP job, changed her mind after she heard Biden's announcement that he would choose a woman.

The failed gubernatorial candidate has been campaigning ever since for the VP pick -- even though political strategists frown upon any candidate campaigning for vice president.

South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, who has advocated for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms as VP, seems to have his doubts.

When asked by MSN if having a Black woman on the ticket is a must, Clyburn said. "I'm among those who feel that it would be great for him to select a woman of color. But that is not a must."

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Stacey Abrams escalated her pressure on Joe Biden after rumors swirled that he will pick failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as his running mate in July.

After losing the 2016 election to Donald Trump, Clinton has positioned herself to be president of the United States after all.

On Tuesday, Clinton enthusiastically endorsed Biden, whom many say has senile dementia.

According to Politico.com, Abrams "has been privately calling Democratic power brokers, asking them to tell Biden campaign officials that she should be vice president..."

In numerous interviews, Abrams, who unsuccessfully campaigned for Georgia governor, has said she "would be an excellent running mate" for Biden.

Unlike other candidates, Abrams, 46, has loudly campaigned for the VP job.

Some political insiders say Abrams' behavior appears "desperate." They say her actions are an unprecedented and shameless attempt to shoehorn her way into the White House.

According to Politico, "overt campaigning for the vice presidency has traditionally been frowned upon".

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, another candidate for VP, said "You don't run for that. That is a selection of the top of the ticket, and everyone else should be just busy doing their jobs."

Democratic strategists say Abrams lacks foreign policy experience, but Abrams has cited her "independent study" of international affairs as a qualification for the role of VP.

Her only political experience includes being minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives.

Abrams stubbornly refuses to concede the governor's race to Gov. Brian Kemp after losing the race by 55,000 votes in 2018.

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Stacey Abrams says America "can't survive another four years with Donald Trump" in the White House.

The failed gubernatorial candidate disparaged President Trump during an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

"Vice President [Joe] Biden has done this job," Abrams said. "He knows what he needs to do to win and what he needs to do to help our country recover from four years of incompetence and chaos."

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Abrams went on to say she believes Biden will make the right choice in picking a woman of color -- specifically her.

She said Biden choosing a woman of color for VP would promote "trust" with the Black community. "Women of color are the strongest part of the Democratic Party."

But Black people are wary of Biden's racist past and reports that he suffers from senile dementia.

"I want to make one thing very clear," said Abrams, "Joe Biden enjoys the trust of communities of color, and he will take no one for granted. I believe he will make the right choice based on what he understands and what his team recommends that he do."

She added, "Vice President Biden understands how critical this election is. With four decades of experience, he also knows the tricks Republicans will use to block change. We can't survive another four years with Donald Trump, and that's why my organization, Fair Fight 2020, is working nationally in 18 states to ensure that we have a president who actually believes in and trusts the American people."

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According to OAN News, Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to endorse Abrams for VP later this week.

Sharpton believes Biden needs help "connecting" with Black voters. He cites Abrams' ability to drive voter turnout as her greatest strength.

"I've said openly that there are Black women that can be on that ticket..." said Sharpton. "I'm excited about Stacey Abrams, who I think brings a lot to this country."

The hashtag #DropOutBiden trended on Twitter over the weekend, driven by the #MeToo movement and progressives who believe Biden's accuser Tara Reade was sexually assaulted by Biden in 1993.

CNN quietly deleted a 1993 episode of Larry King Live from Google's play store that featured Reade's mother calling in to the show to say her daughter had "problems" working for a "prominent senator".

The woman said her daughter did not want her to go to the press out of respect for the unnamed senator.