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Nancy Pelosi is under fire for getting a blowout at a San Francisco hair salon that was shuttered amid the coronavirus.

The House Speaker is seen on leaked surveillance video having her hair done while not wearing a face mask or social distancing - actions she criticized President Trump for just hours after getting her hair done.

Pelosi's team issued a statement on Wednesday, blaming the salon owner for telling Pelosi the city said she could have one client at a time in the salon.

But salon owner Erica Kious disputed that explanation. She said she received a text message from one of the stylists who rents a booth at eSalon, asking her to open the shuttered salon because he had Nancy Pelosi coming in on Sunday.

"I'll be there at 2:45 tomorrow," the stylist texted. "Pelosi assistant just message me to do her hair."

Kious said, "I was like, are you kidding me right now? Do I let this happen? What do I do?"

Overreaching coronavirus restrictions prohibits salons from opening for business in San Francisco.

After seeing Pelosi on surveillance video inside her salon the next day, Kious shared the surveillance footage with Fox News.

"It was a slap in the face that she went in, you know, that she feels that she can just go and get her stuff done while no one else can go in, and I can't work," Kious told Fox.

"We have been shut down for so long, not just me, but most of the small businesses and I just can't – it’s a feeling – a feeling of being deflated, helpless and honestly beaten down," she continued. "I have been fighting for six months for a business that took me 12 years to build to reopen."

The news spread like wildfire under the viral hashtag #Pelosimustgo.

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President Trump tweeted: "The Beauty Parlor owner must really dislike Crazy Nancy Pelosi. Turning her in, on tape, is a really big deal. She probably treats him like she treats everyone else...And she strongly supported a Kennedy who just lost in, of all places, Massachusetts!"

Voters expressed their frustration with the Democratic Party for shuttering small businesses and ruining the economy just so they can return to power in November.

"The only things that 'matter' to Democrats is money and power," said one frustrated social media user.

@CongressmanHice wrote: There's one set of rules for the liberal elite, and another for the rest of us. Brazen hypocrisy. Double standards. #PelosiMustGo."

@w_terrence tweeted: "Nancy Pelosi think she's more important and better than the American people. She can go to Salons but other people have to stay home and not go to work or church. Raise your hand if you are ready for Pelosi to go!"

Others expressed similar outrage. Twitter marked all of their tweets as "Not helpful."

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Nancy Pelosi added her voice to the chorus of Democrats who express concern about Joe Biden debating President Donald Trump next month.

Former Vice President Biden, the 77-year-old Democratic nominee, and Trump, 74, will meet for their first presidential debate on Sept. 29.

Democrats are extremely concerned after President Trump demanded Biden take a drug test before they face off.

Speaker of the House Pelosi is desperately trying to cancel the debates altogether.

"I don't think that there should be any debates," Pelosi said on Thursday.

"I wouldn't legitimize a conversation with [Trump] - nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States," she added.

Pelosi said Trump was "disgraceful" when he "stalked" Hillary Clinton all over the stage during the 2016 debate, and that he will probably "act in a way that is beneath the dignity of the presidency."

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Pelosi fears Trump will dominate Biden and make him look weak in front of 300 million Americans.

"I think he will also belittle what the debates are supposed to be about," she said. "And they're not to be about skulduggery on the part of somebody who has no respect for the office he holds, much less the democratic process. I don't think that he should dignify that conversation with Donald Trump."

Pelosi suggested eliminating the debates in favor of each candidate holding separate "conversations" with voters, saying: "Let that be a conversation with the American people, not an exercise in skulduggery."

Democrats around the country are pressuring the Biden campaign to call off all debates with Trump due to the coronavirus pandemic. They don’t think Biden has the stamina to go toe-to-toe with Trump for an hour and a half.

Former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart warned Biden, "whatever you do, don't debate Trump."

Biden has said he will campaign from his basement until November amid the coronavirus pandemic -- leaving his running mate, Kamala Harris, to do his campaigning for him.

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President Trump says the 2nd round of economic impact payments may be "way higher" than the $1,200 most Americans received earlier this year.

Phase 4 of the comprehensive Coronavirus relief bill will not be voted on by tonight's deadline (July 31). The White House and Republicans in the Senate are working on a smaller bill than the one proposed by House Democrats.

The Republican's economic stimulus bill would extend the federal unemployment benefits - but at a lower amount: $200 per week in addition to state benefits. The bill would also provide protection for renters who face evictions.

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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday to offer 4 proposals.

One proposal would extend the $600 federal benefits for one week to give more time for negotiations. But Pelosi and Schumer rejected the proposals.

On Friday, Trump said, "The Democrats do not care about the people of our country."

But Pelosi said Trump and the Republicans don't care about the American people. "They resent America's working families."

Republicans say the extra $600 benefit is a "disincentive" for Americans to go back to work because some people are making more money on unemployment than they would if they were working.

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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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The White House has revealed there is no plan in place for succession of power should both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence contract the coronavirus and die.

If the worst happens, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could possibly be sworn in as acting president. The Supreme Court would take up the legalities of succession.

Constitutional experts say Pelosi can't be sworn in as president because she doesn't fit the definition of "officer" as required in the Constitution.

The Constitution defines an officer as part of the executive branch. Pelosi is part of the legislative branch.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told London's DailyMail.com: "That's not even something we're addressing," when asked what is the plan if both the president or vice president are incapacitated by the virus.

McEnany assured DailyMail.com: "We're keeping the president healthy. We're keeping the vice president healthy and you know they're healthy at this moment and they'll continue to be."

She added: "I think that's something all reporters should be celebrating and the American people as well."

Supporters lined the road as President Trump arrived to tour medical equipment distributor Owens & Minor in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Thursday.

Trump did not wear a face mask. Many of his supporters were also bare-faced. All factory workers wore face masks and matching neon t-shirts.

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The Democrats have a problem on their hands. Their only candidate, Joe Biden, is forced to campaign from his basement during the coronavirus pandemic.

That leaves the Democrats with only one option: mailing ballots to every registered voter in the country -- and hope they mail them back.

The House Democrats' latest coronavirus stimulus package contains billions of dollars to allow local officials in blue states to mail out voter ballots to every registered voter and to legalize the process known as ballot harvesting.

Election officials will be counting over 100 million ballots long after the November election is over.

28.4 million mail-in ballots went missing during the 2012 elections, and the Trump administration fears more shenanigans involving mail-in ballots in November.

President Trump accused Nancy Pelosi of attempting to steal the election for 77-year-old Biden, who reportedly suffers from senile dementia.

The new stimulus package bans states from requiring an ID or social security number from a registered voter requesting an absentee ballot.

States would also be banned from requiring witness signatures on absentee ballots.

A House vote on the new bill 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 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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Millions of Americans who were counting on receiving coronavirus relief checks from the federal government next month are out of luck.

The Democrats delayed President Trump's coronavirus economic stimulus bill in a Senate vote on Sunday night.

The vote came while at least five Republican senators were in self-quarantine after coming in contact with infected colleagues such as Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

The bill includes relief checks that range from $1,200 to $4,500 to help individuals and small business owners who are financially impacted by the virus.

Corporations and individuals earning over $99,000 in 2018 are not eligible to receive help from the government.

Many Democrats complained that the relief bill did not go far enough to provide healthcare and unemployment aid for Americans.

The Democrats also pushed for food security aid, small business loans and said that three months of unemployment insurance offered was insufficient.

After the vote failed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ripped into the Democrats, accusing them of backing out of a partisan agreement after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer intervened.

McConnell claimed Pelosi, who is a multimillionaire, took "a week off" and "poured cold water on the whole process."

He said the Senate will re-vote on the massive $1 trillion stimulus bill on Monday afternoon.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi angered Trump supporters when she ripped up her copy of President Trump's State of the Union Address before he was done speaking last night.

Pelosi, who is still angry over her failed impeachment bid, tore up Trump's speech after he addressed the nation and the two chambers of Congress on Tuesday night.

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Afterwards, Pelosi held up the torn papers to cheers from her fellow Democrats.
 

 
"What is wrong with her?" asked Kellyanne Conway, political counselor to the President. "Who mutters to themselves during the State of the Union?" Conway referred to Pelosi as "an incorrigible child" for ripping up Trump's speech.

In response to criticism that Trump "snubbed" Pelosi, who offered a handshake after he had already turned away from her, Conway said Trump simply didn't see Pelosi's hand.
 

 
Among Trump's critics was openly homosexual actor Billy Porter, who labeled Trump's U.S. presidency as "one of the biggest crises of my lifetime" in his LGBT+ State of the Union address on Tuesday.

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The Pose star's speech for Logo's second annual event came just hours before President Trump delivered his third State of the Union address to the nation.

In his hard-hitting speech, Porter targeted topics such as Trump's ban on transgender people enlisting in the U.S. military, and a rule that allows healthcare professionals to refuse medical procedures to LGBT+ people.

"Last year, I told you that the state of our union is strong,” he began. "While it certainly has been battered, our union is far from broken. Now, in 2020, our responsibility as citizens has been more evident," Porter said.

Urging viewers to use their feet to vote in 2020 to bring an end to Trump's time in the White House, Porter continued:

"Donald J. Trump has painted himself as a friend of the LGBTQ community, while revealing his true colors at every malicious turn. This heinous violence against trans people, which disproportionately affects trans women of color is nothing short of an epidemic. We must confront it as a community and as a country, and we must elect officials who recognize it for the crisis that it is."

Porter concluded: "The fate of the entire country is in the balance. I know it sounds dramatic, but if now is not the time for drama, chile, when is?"

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The first full day of Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial adjourned at 1:50 a.m. Wednesday after 13 hours of intense debates.

In December, House Democrats voted to impeach President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of justice. Now it's the Senate's turn to either vote to remove Trump from office or acquit him of all charges.

The Senate passed Mitch McConnell's impeachment trial rules after heated debates on the Senate floor.

McConnell's rules gives each side 24 hours to argue their cases. Then the Senate will quickly vote to either convict or acquit the President of the United States.

The trial is expected to end next week without calling any witnesses.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (left) slammed the rules set by Senate Majority Leader McConnell (right), which she claims are a cover-up attempt by President Trump.

Pelosi criticized McConnell's rules as a "dark of night impeachment trial," claiming that he has "misled the American people."

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In a statement on Tuesday, Pelosi said: "Leader McConnell's process is deliberately designed to hide the truth from the Senate and from the American people."

All 11 of the amendments introduced by the Democrats on the Senate floor were shot down by Republicans on Tuesday.

The Democrats wanted to subpoena key witnesses who have insider knowledge of the phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president last year.

One of the amendments introduced by the Democrats sparked a heated exchange between House Judiciary Committee chief Jerry Nadler and Trump's high-powered legal team.

Nadler accused Trump's lawyers of attempting a cover-up by blocking key witnesses, including Ambassador John Bolton, NBC News reported.

"Will you bring Ambassador Bolton here?" Nadler asked. "Will you permit us to present you with the entire record of the president's misconduct? Or will you instead choose to be complicit in the president's cover-up?"

Nadler further accused "a lot of senators" of "voting for a cover-up... a treacherous vote."

Nadler said Senate Republicans were traitors who should be embarrassed.

His accusations irked Trump's lead attorney Pat Cippolone, who clapped back, saying it's Nadler who should be embarrassed.

"The only one who should be embarrassed, Mr. Nadler, is you for the way you've addressed [the Senators]. This is the United States Senate. You're not in charge here!"

The heated exchange earned a rebuke from Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, who reminded both parties that they are "addressing the world's greatest deliberative body."

Roberts added: "I do think those addressing the Senate should remember where they are!"
The Senate impeachment trial will resume at 1 p.m. Wednesday with opening arguments from House Democrats.

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President Trump's long-awaited Senate trial is underway on Capitol Hill. After dispensing of pre-trial procedures last week, the Senate opened Trump's impeachment trial on Tuesday. The trial is expected to wrap up as soon as next week.

Trump was impeached by Nancy Pelosi's House Democrats in December for asking the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden for corruption and interfering in the 2016 elections.

High-powered attorneys Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr head Trump's legal team. Starr prosecuted Bill Clinton during his impeachment.

Adam Schiff said Trump has the right to call witnesses, but Schiff warned Trump's high-powered defense team not to call Hunter Biden as a witness.

Schiff, who heads the Democratic managers for the House, insisted that calling Biden as a witness would amount to "abuse".

Republicans accused Biden of using his power to enrich his sons who earned tens of millions of dollars while Biden was vice president to Barack Obama.

"It would not be appropriate for the president to seek to call witnesses merely to try to perpetuate the same smear campaign that was foiled when his plot was discovered," Schiff said in an interview on the CBS Evening News.

"Hunter Biden, for example, can't tell us anything about whether the president withheld military aid, whether he withheld that aid to coerce Ukraine to conduct political investigations or how he wouldn't meet with the president of Ukraine."

Schiff added: That's an illegitimate abuse of the trial. The chief justice, who may have an opportunity to rule on material witnesses, as well as senators should not permit that kind of abuse."

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is ready to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate, after sitting on the documents for three weeks. Pelosi said she will transmit the articles next week.

The House Democrats voted unanimously to impeach President Donald Trump in December. But Pelosi delayed sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate for the second phase of the impeachment process - the trial.

In a letter to her Democratic colleagues on Friday, Pelosi said she asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to prepare a resolution to appoint managers to transmit the articles of impeachment next week.

Pelosi was under increasing pressure from both sides of the aisle to transmit the articles, after she claimed impeaching Trump was "urgent" and "necessary" to preserve the legitimacy of the 2020 elections.

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The House has no control over the Senate trial, but Pelosi refused to send the documents until Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell advised her of the steps he would take to try Trump. Pelosi is pictured with McConnell in a photo dated Dec. 8, 2016.

"Every Senator now faces a choice: to be loyal to the President or to the Constitution," Pelosi wrote in the letter to her colleagues. "No one is above the law, not even the President."

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The House voted unanimously on Thursday to approve a war powers resolution that, at least in theory, limits President Trump's use of military force in Iran.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 224-194 to pass the resolution which would restrict Trump's ability to start a war against Iran unless he receives approval from Congress.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drafted the resolution in response to the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike at the Baghdad Airport on Jan. 3.

Pelosi and other Democratic lawmakers were furious that Trump didn't inform them before he ordered the strike.

The House resolution is non-binding meaning even if it is approved by the Senate, it would not go to Trump's desk for a signature.

"This is a statement of the Congress of the United States. I will not have that statement diminished by having a president veto it or not," said Pelosi during a press conference on Thursday.

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The Senate will go forward with the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (right) announced Tuesday.

McConnell said 51 Senators voted to move forward with the trial without the articles of impeachment, which House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (left) has refused to send to the Senate after House Democrats voted to impeach Trump last month.

"We have the votes," McConnell said in a press conference on Tuesday.

McConnell said the Senate will follow the precedent set by the Clinton impeachment trial 22 years ago.

"What's good for President Clinton is good for President Trump," McConnell said in response to a question about the Senate vote to call witnesses.

"We'll get around to discussion of witnesses," he added. "51 Senators determine what we do."

Pelosi previously said she would turn over the articles of impeachment to the Senate when she was assured there would be a fair trial.

During a meeting with the visiting Greek Prime Minister on Tuesday afternoon, Trump said he is ready for the Senate trial.

"It's a hoax; the impeachment is a big hoax," he said. "It's become a laughing stock all over the world... In many ways, it's one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpetrated on our country," he told reporters.