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Now that a new administration has been installed in the White House, struggling Americans are wondering when they can expect their $1,400 stimulus checks.

According to reports, the earliest Americans can expect their checks will be midFebruary or mid-March.

That's because Congress has to vote on the new $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill, and the earliest the bill can be approved is mid-February.

Democrats promised $2,000 checks if they swept the Georgia Senate run-offs in early January. The promises of $2,000 checks continued even after former President Trump signed the $900 billion stimulus package on December 27.

There was never a mention that the $2,000 checks included the $600 stimulus checks that were direct deposited in bank accounts on December 30, 2020 and mailed out on January 6, 2021.

Georgians who blanketed neighborhoods campaigning for the Democrats are angry and disappointed.

"I was on the ground and I knocked [on] over 1,000 doors," Atlantan Rogelio Linares told Mediaite in an interview. "At the doors, I was literally telling people, '$2K checks, you can rely on this.' I'm a man of principle and morals and I feel like shit. I lied to them. I was lying to them the whole time. I was lying to people that were relying on this. At the time I didn't know it was a lie. But that was not the reality."

In more disappointing news, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday there will be no $15 federally-mandated minimum wage included in the $1.9 trillion stimulus package.

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Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat representative from Missouri, sparked controversy when he ended a prayer with "amen and a-woman."

On Sunday, Cleaver, who served as pastor at St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Mo., for 37 years, was asked to lead the opening prayer to start the new session of Congress on Sunday.

"We ask it in the name of the monotheistic god, Brahma, and god known by many names by many different faiths," Cleaver said at the end of his prayer.

As theologians pointed out on Monday -- "amen" does not refer to the male gender.

Pastor Cleaver was rebuked by Republican lawmakers in Congress.

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.) tweeted: "Amen is Hebrew for 'so be it.' It's not a gendered word. Unfortunately, facts are irrelevant to progressives. Unbelievable."

A Twitter follower asked Cleaver: "Bruh you do know what Amen means right?"

And a man of the cloth tweeted:

"Dear Representative, As a fellow UMC pastor I am shocked at your [sic] not knowing that amen is a Hebrew word meaning 'so be it.' It has nothing to do with gender or masculinity. I believe you made an honest mistake in ending your Invocation today but please correct it."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also sparked outrage when she announced new gender-neutral house rules for the 117th Congress.

The new rules strips all mention of gender-specific pronouns and terms such as "man," "woman," "mother," "grandmother," "grandfather, "sister," "brother," "daughter" and "son."

Gendered terms are replaced with "parent," "child," "sibling" and "parent's sibling," etc.
 

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The House passed a standalone bill to boost stimulus checks from $600 to $2000 for struggling Americans under the CASH ACT.

The House voted 275-134 to increase the coronavirus relief checks to $2,000. Two House Democrats voted NO to increase direct payments to $2,000.

The bill now heads to the Senate where Republicans hold the majority.

Last week, House Republicans rejected President Donald Trump's demand to increase the $600 stimulus checks to $2,000 in the $900 billion Covid relief bill.

On Sunday night, Trump signed the Covid-19 relief package -- with $600 checks -- into law.

Trump issued a statement afterward saying he signed the pork-filled package to restart unemployment benefits and a federal ban on evictions, as well as to avoid a government shutdown.

In addition to calling on Congress to pass $2000 checks, Trump also called on Congress to eliminate Big Tech's protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and to investigate incidents of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

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President Donald Trump signed the Senate Democratic's pork-filled $900 billion coronavirus relief package into law on Sunday night.

The package includes $600 stimulus checks for qualified Americans and some non-citizens. Trump issued a statement afterward saying he signed the pork-filled package to restart unemployment benefits and a federal ban on evictions, as well as to ward off a government shutdown.

He urged Congress to approve his demand for $2000 stimulus checks to struggling Americans.

Trump also called on Congress to eliminate Big Tech's protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and to investigate incidents of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

The Democrats plan to vote on a separate, standalone bill to boost stimulus checks to $2000 on Monday, Dec. 28 at 3 p.m.

Senate and House Republicans have rejected a previous proposal to increase the checks to $2000.

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After weeks of negotiations, Congress has finally reached an agreement on a $900 billion Covid relief package that includes $600 for each adult and child.

The deal also includes an additional $300 per week in unemployment benefits and $25 billion to extend the eviction moratorium into 2021 to keep unemployed renters in their homes.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement on Sunday night.

"Today, we have reached agreement with Republicans and the White House on an emergency coronavirus relief and omnibus package that delivers urgently needed funds to save the lives and livelihoods of the American people as the virus accelerates.

"The House will move swiftly to pass this legislation immediately, so it can quickly be sent to the Senate and then to the President’s desk for his signature. With the horrifying acceleration of daily infections and deaths, there is no time to waste.

"We are going to crush the virus and put money in the pockets of the American people..."

As part of the agreement, Democrats have secured provisions that include:

  • Accelerating vaccine distribution, specifically to communities of color
  • Direct payment checks worth up to $600 per adult and child
  • Additional $300 a week unemployment insurance
  • $25 billion for rental assistance
  • Strong support for small businesses
  • $284 billion for 1st and 2nd forgivable PPP loans
  • $15 billion for movie theaters, live venues, arts centers
  • $9 billion for minority deposit institutions (MDIs)
  • Tax credit to employers offering paid sick leave to employees
  • Tax credit to help keep workers in jobs
  • $13 billion in increased SNAP and child nutrition benefits
  • $82 billion in funding for schools, colleges
  • $10 billion for child care assistance to keep child care providers open
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    Democrats Ritchie Torres (right) and Mondaire Jones became the first openly LGBT Black men elected to Congress.

    Torres will represent New York's 15th District and Jones will represent New York's 17th Congressional District.

    "It is the honor of a lifetime to represent a borough filled with essential workers who risked their lives to that New York City could live," said Torres in a statement. "My pledge to the district is simple: I will fight for you. The Bronx is my home, it is what made me who I am, and it is what I will fight for in Congress."

    Jones, 33, previously served under the Obama administration in the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice.

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    Also on Tuesday, Sarah McBride, a Democrat, became the first openly male-to-female trans ever elected to Congress. McBride won the election in Joe Biden's home state of Delaware.

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    House Democrats sparked fury and indignation on Black Twitter yesterday by wearing tribal kente cloths while taking a knee to show solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats took a knee for exactly 8 minutes and 46 seconds in tribute to George Floyd, the 46-year-old Black man who died in Minneapolis police custody.

    It was meant to be a show of support for racial equality after the House introduced a bill to defund police and put an end to police brutality.

    But the gesture backfired badly, as Black Twitter protested the Democrats's condescending "publicity stunt."

    "This is fukkin embarrassing as a country," wrote user Oldschooler All Star on TheColi.com.

    "Do these people really think we are so stupid that they'll earn our respect by wearing kente clothes, kneeling and putting black squares on Instagram. This insults our intelligence to say the least. Black people in this country need action from politicians not pandering. I dont want to hear no more invitations to cookouts unless that person has done something tangible for us.[sic]"

    "Excuse me, Democrats," tweeted author Obianuju Ekeocha.

    "Don't treat Africans like we're children. These fabrics and these colorful things that we have within our culture and tradition, they all mean something to us. I know you look at us and you say, 'Oh, Africans are so cute in all of your colorful dresses.' Well, some of those dresses and patterns and colors and fabrics actually do mean something to us."

    Ekeocha went on to ask why Democrats were using the kente cloth for their "own show of non-racism."


     

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    Bernie Sanders is endorsing rapper Cardi B for Congress. The Vermont Senator praised Cardi and said "it would be great" for her to run for Congress.

    "Cardi B is deeply concerned about what's happening in the country," Sanders said, according to TMZ.

    "She knows what it's like to live in poverty and struggle, and it would be great for her to bring that experience to politics."

    Cardi shocked her social media followers when she announced her plans to go back to school and run for Congress.

    "I think I want to be a politician," she tweeted on Jan. 12. "I really love government even tho I don't agree with Government."

    The "Bodak Yellow" rapper followed up with another tweet:

    "I do feel like if I go back to school and focus up I can be part of Congress, I deadass have sooo much ideas that make sense. I just need a couple of years of school and I can shake the table."

    Twitter's response to Cardi's post was a mix of ridicule and disbelief. Some Twitter users believe no amount of schooling can help Cardi achieve her political goals.

    One teacher corrected the poor grammar and spelling errors in Cardi's tweet.

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    Cardi B, 27, is inspired by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 30-year-old former bartender who was elected to Congress in 2018 because most voters in her district stayed home.

    Cardi, who was born Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, doesn't expect to have that kind of luck, but she thinks she has a chance - and so does her close friend, Sanders, 78.

    One roadblock in Cardi's path to Capitol Hill is an assault charge in NYC. Cardi faces prison time for assaulting 2 female bartenders at a strip club in August 2018.

    If she is convicted and sentenced to prison - and IF Sanders is elected president - Cardi will need a full presidential pardon in order to run for Congress.

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    U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has inspired at least one high school dropout to pursue a career in politics.

    Ocasio-Cortez, aka AOC, is a former bartender who was elected to Congress because voters stayed home in New York's 14th congressional district in 2018.

    AOC's surprising rise in politics garnered the attention of rapper Cardi B, a former stripper who is inspired to go back to school to run for Congress.

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    "I do feel like if I go back to school and focus up I can be part of Congress," Cardi tweeted on Sunday.

    "I deadass have sooo much ideas that make sense. I just need a couple of years of school and I can shake the table."

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    Twitter's response to Cardi's post was a mix of ridicule and disbelief. Some Twitter users believe no amount of schooling can help Cardi achieve her political goals.

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    Question: Do you think Cardi can pass a GED test? Would you vote for her if she did?

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    President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry has officially begun after a majority of Democrats voted to pass the House resolution for impeachment on Thursday, Oct. 31.

    Every Republican and 2 Democrats voted against the House impeachment resolution.

    After the vote on Thursday, Republican lawmakers rushed to the White House. An Instagram user posted this photo that shows lawmakers forming a prayer circle around Trump, whose presidency has been under attack by the Democrats since his landslide victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

    Trump reacted immediately to the vote, calling the impeachment effort "The Greatest Witch Hunt In American History."

    Trump then asked his spiritual advisor, televangelist Paula White to join his White House staff on Thursday.

    White, who has known the deeply religious president since 2002, will work in the Office of Public Liaison, MSN reports. In addition to praying over Trump daily, her duties will include overseeing outreach to Trump's prayer warriors around the country.

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    In advance of a possible forced retirement, Trump announced he and his family are leaving New York City for good. In a series of tweets on Thursday, Trump said he and his family are moving to Palm Beach, Florida permanently.

    "I cherish New York, and the people of New York, and always will, but unfortunately, despite the fact that I pay millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year, I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state. Few have been treated worse," Trump tweeted on Thursday.

    The Democrats are anxious to remove Trump from office before the 2020 election. They will stop at nothing to impeach the president, who has survived all other challenges thrown at him since 2016.

    Twitter founder Jack Dorsey gave the Dems a much needed boost by banning all political advertising on the social media platform until after 2020. The reason? Trump has raised more money in campaign donations than all 19 Democratic candidates combined.

    Question: who is your choice for President if Trump is impeached?

    1. Mike Pence
    2. Nancy Pelosi
    3. Hillary Clinton
    4. Maxine Waters
    5. None of the above
     

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