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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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Politico.com accidentally let the cat out of the bag when it leaked Joe Biden's choice for his vice president running mate: California Senator Kamala Harris.

Harris posted this Instagram photo of herself and Biden together a few days ago. In the caption, she urged her followers to get their "friends, family, neighbors and complete strangers" to vote for Biden on Nov. 3.

Originally published on Monday morning, Politico.com's story "Running-mate rundown: Tracking Joe Biden's VP pick" summarized 12 women that Biden could choose from, but when it came to Kamala Harris's entry, the title read, "Biden's VP Pick."

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In the biographical summary, Politico wrote about the 55-year-old senator, who is mixed-race (Indian and Caucasian):

"Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris to become his running mate for the 2020 election on Aug. 1, two weeks before the Democratic National Convention, after keeping his choice close to the chest for months.

In his announcement, Biden, 77, called Harris "a worthy opponent and a worthy running mate," alluding to the pair's rivalry during the earlier stages of the Democratic primary. She will bring her experience as a prosecutor, household name recognition, and skill as a debater to the ticket."

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The Internet's response to Biden's pick was mixed. Many Blacks were relieved when Harris dropped out of the presidential race because of her tough-on-crime stance in California.

A Coli.com reader wrote:

"Kamala would be a terrible choice. She's already shown that's she's awkward around black folks (peep that Breakfast Club interview). I'm not sure she'd help him turn out blacks. She's not Latina, so no help there. Technically she's Indian, but she's dark and West Indian.....so East Indians aren't really trying to listen to her....they think she's black."

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was Biden's top pick for a hot minute, but she fell out of favor with the Biden camp over her response to Rayshard Brook's murder and the death of an 8-year-old child at the hands of Black Lives Matter demonstrators.

Question: What do you think of Biden's choice for VP? Will you still vote for him, knowing that he will step down (due to senile dementia) and Harris will become your president?
 

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There are only 100 days to go until Election Day. 100 days to get your friends, family, neighbors, and complete strangers to turn out the vote to flip the Senate and elect @JoeBiden to the White House.?? ? The stakes could not be higher. The decision voters make on November 3rd will shape the country and the world our children and grandchildren will grow up in. The future of the Supreme Court, health care, the climate crisis, and more are all on the ballot. ?? ?? We have a lot of work to do before November 3rd. Let’s register everyone we know to vote, donate to campaigns when we can, and turn out at the ballot box to defeat Donald Trump and elect Joe Biden as President of the United States.

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Joe Biden accused President Trump of being the first racist to be elected U.S. president. The Democratic nominee for president made the remark during a virtual townhall from his basement in Delaware on Wednesday.

The 77-year-old Democrat chastised Trump for repeatedly referring to the COVID-19 pandemic as the "China virus" or the "Wuhan virus".

Biden said, "the way he deals with people based on the color of their skin, their national origin, where they're from, is absolutely sickening."

Biden added, "No sitting president has ever done this. Never, never, never. No Republican president has done this. No Democratic president."

Ignoring the fact that past U.S. presidents have owned slaves, Biden said, "We've had racists, and they've existed, and they've tried to get elected president. But he's the first one that has."

President Trump responded to a reporter's question about Biden's statement during a press briefing on Wednesday. Trump said he'd "done more for black Americans than anybody with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln. Nobody has even been close.”

Former U.S. presidents who've bought and sold African slaves include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson.

The former vice president made headlines earlier this year when he suggested Black people who don't vote Democrat "ain't Black".
 

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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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