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The House has voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time by a margin of 232-197 for "inciting violence" in the nation's Capitol.

In addition to House Democrats, top Republicans who voted on Wednesday to impeach Trump include Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming), Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) and 8 others.

Trump is now the first President in American history to be impeached twice.

The article of impeachment accuses Trump of "willfully inciting violence against the government of the United States" in violation of his oath and duty.

The voting began after a lengthy debate on the House floor that started at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Thousands of National Guard secured the Capitol building and the grounds as the House debated Trump's fate.

Afterwards, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the impeachment articles will be sent to the Senate immediately for a quick conviction.

Hoyer blamed Trump for the political theater that overshadows Joe Biden's inauguration, scheduled for January 20.

"The timing was thrust upon us by the actions of the president of the United States," Hoyer told MSNBC. "The fact that he is leaving should not divert us from holding accountable behavior which many of us believe is treasonous behavior and criminal behavior."

If Trump is convicted by the Senate, he will lose the ability to run for office again, as well as his Secret Service detail, his severance pay, and a $1 million annual travel allowance, among other perks.
 

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Retired Air Force Lt. General Thomas McInerney confirmed that a laptop taken from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during last week's Capitol riots is in the hands of military special forces.

"I've seen the laptop our special forces took out," McInerney told a group of reporters at the White House on Saturday.

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Pelosi and other top Democratic lawmakers are in a state of panic after laptops, USB drives, and sensitive documents were stolen from their offices while they huddled together inside the Capitol building during the riots on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

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Terrified Congressional staffers barricaded doors as lawmakers were ordered to evacuate their offices -- leaving their laptops and other sensitive documents unsecured while rioters ransacked their offices.

In addition to Pelosi's missing laptop, an aide tweeted that a laptop that was "only used for presentations" was removed from a conference room.

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat, also reported a laptop was stolen from his office during the Capitol riots.

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House Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from Brooklyn, is very vocal that President Trump be removed from office "immediately." Jeffries is the leading contender to succeed Pelosi as House speaker.

"Donald Trump represents a clear and present danger to the health and safety of the American people, as well as our democracy," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "That's why House Democrats are united in demanding and seeking his immediate removal."

Trump was permanently kicked off Twitter, Facebook and Instagram last week. The Trump campaign's email server was shut down by its host to prevent dissemination of sensitive contents. And conservative social media websites Parler and Gab.com were threatened by their hosts.

Theft of property from Congressional lawmakers is a federal crime -- unless the theft is covered under a presidential executive order.

In 2018, Trump signed an executive order calling for the seizure of assets from anyone who "directly or indirectly engaged in, sponsored, concealed, or otherwise been complicit in foreign interference in a United States election."

Trump has loudly and repeatedly accused the Democrats of engaging in election fraud. But 60 lower courts found no evidence of voter fraud.

"We have a constitutional responsibility to serve as a check and balance on an out-of-control executive branch," Jeffries told Meet the Press on Sunday. "Donald Trump is completely and totally out of control, and even his longtime enablers have now come to that conclusion."

He said a resolution will be introduced on Monday, charging Trump with inciting sedition.

"It's my expectation that on Monday, a privileged resolution will be introduced that will charge the President of the United States with inciting sedition."
 

 

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President Donald Trump has 12 days left in office before he departs Washington, DC for good.

It is customary for outgoing presidents to issue pardons for friends, non-violent inmates and VIPs who are convicted but awaiting sentencing.

According to Bloomberg.com, Trump is considering pardoning rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black before he leaves office.

Rapper Lil Yachty and Baltimore Ravens star Lamar Jackson have pleaded with Trump to pardon Kodak Black, 23, who is serving 46 months in prison on firearms charges.

Lil Wayne, who pleaded guilty to firearm possession in December, is awaiting sentencing later this month. He faces 10+ years in prison if Trump doesn't come through with a presidential pardon.

Wayne was detained at a Miami airport in December 2019, after agents found a loaded gun, cocaine and opioids in a Coach bag on Weezy's private jet.

Wayne shocked his fans by announcing he was endorsing Trump in the November 2020 election. The rapper paid the price for his political affiliation: in addition to losing followers and friends, Weezy lost his girlfriend, Denise Bidot.

Trump will announce his list of pardons on January 2019, after clearing his things out of the White House.

Trump's first round of 26 pardons in December included his friends Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner.

In addition to Kodak and Weezy, Trump may issue a pardon for himself -- just in case he faces charges after he leaves office. A sitting president can't be arrested or charged with a federal offense.

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Candace Owens is tired of sitting on the sidelines while America is taken over by communists, Marxists and globalists.

The 30-year-old political commentator tells Glenn Beck she is planning to run for public office.

Owens, who is pregnant with her first child, teased the announcement on Twitter just minutes before joining Beck on his radio program.

"You know, I was talking to my husband about this, and my frustration about all these governors and how dishonest they've been," she said. "I'm just getting sick of it. So I said I said to my husband, you know, I think I should get into politics. I think I should run. I should surprise run, and take somebody for everything they have, and expose people."

"I'll tell you something else, Glenn, I'll win," she said. "They won't know what hit them ... they're being dishonest, and they lie, and I've had enough of it."

Owens didn't announce the public office she plans to run for.

"I am eyeing a seat right now," she said. "I'm not going to say whether it's in the Senate, whether it's in the House, whether it's for governor, whether it's for president."

"But I am serious about it. I am very serious about it," she added. "We have too many people that are too scared to look people in the face and tell them the truth, and I'm not one of them."

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President Donald Trump urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to fast-track a standalone bill that would increase stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000.

McConnell angered Senate Democrats by blocking an attempt by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to fast-track the bill to the Senate floor for a vote on Tuesday.

"Unless Republicans have a death wish, and it is also the right thing to do, they must approve the $2000 payments ASAP. $600 IS NOT ENOUGH!," Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

On Monday, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders threatened to block McConnell's attempt to override Trump's veto of the defense bill unless the Senate holds "an up or down vote to provide the working people of our country a $2,000 direct payment."

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A growing list of Senate Republicans are in support of $2,000 stimulus checks to struggling Americans after the House voted to approve a standalone bill on Monday night.

The legislation now moves on to the State for a vote. If approved, checks and direct deposits will go out by the end of the week. A family of 5 could get $10,000.

President Donald Trump signed the $900 billion Covid-19 relied aid package into law on Sunday night. He called on Congress to remove the pork payments to lobbyists and foreign governments and to approve $2,000 checks to Americans in need.

"Much more money is coming," Trump tweeted on Sunday. "I will never give up my fight for the American people!"

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Marco Rubio of Florida (pictured), Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and David Perdue of Georgia all expressed their support for $2,000 stimulus checks on Monday.

"I agree with the [p]resident that millions of working-class families are in dire need of additional relief, which is why I support $2,000 in direct payments to Americans struggling due to the pandemic," Rubio said in a statement.

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Loeffler told Fox News that she stands by "the president 100 percent of the time. I'm proud to do that and I've said absolutely, we need to get relief to Americans now and I will support that."

Other Republicans who have come out in support of $2,000 payments include Josh Hawley of Missouri and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

The Senate will meet on Tuesday to vote on the legislation after rejecting a similar legislation last week.

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

House Republicans blocked a proposal to increase the payments in a vote on Thursday, Dec. 24, according to the Associated Press.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer agreed to increase the paltry $600 direct payments to $2,000 after Trump criticized the Covid relief package as a "disgrace" last week.

But the Democrats effort to amend the relief package failed on Thursday.

Trump left Washington DC on Wednesday without signing the massive, pork-filled legislation. If House Republicans had approved the Democrats' proposal, some Americans could have received $10,000 for a family of 5 in direct payments by January 6th.

House Democrats will vote again on Monday to pass an amended stimulus package, with a new stand-alone bill for the $2,000 checks. The House will also attempt to override Trump's veto of the $750 billion National Defense Authorization Act, as a government shutdown looms.

In addition to a government shutdown, a federal ban on evictions will also run out by Dec. 31, as will the $300 per week in additional unemployment benefits.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer agreed to President Donald Trump's demand to increase the paltry $600 direct payments to $2,000 per American or he would refuse to sign their $900 billion pork-filled Covid-19 relief package.

If Trump signs the bill this week, some Americans may receive $6,000 for a family of three or $10,000 for a family of 5 in direct payments before Christmas.

The 5,593-page legislation was criticized by both Republicans and Democrats for providing only $600 per American while giving billions of dollars to corporations, lobbyists and foreign entities (read the pdf here).

In a video statement on Tuesday evening, Trump called the Covid relief package a "disgrace", saying it contained tons of pork-barrel checks to corporations, lobbyists and foreign countries, while providing only $600 to Americans who have suffered through lockdowns and evictions.

"Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists, and special interests, while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it," Trump said.

Some of the pork contained in the bill includes $453 million to Ukraine, $700 million to Sudan, $10 million to Pakistan for "gender programs", and tens of millions to the Smithsonian and Kennedy Arts Centers - neither of which are open to the public.

Pelosi called the $600 direct payments "significant", but she changed her tune when Trump called her out on Tuesday.

"Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the President wanted for direct checks. At last, the President has agreed to $2,000-Democrats are ready to bring this to the Floor this week by unanimous consent. Let's do it!" Pelosi tweeted on Tuesday night.

"We spent months trying to secure $2,000 checks but Republicans blocked it," Schumer tweeted. "Trump needs to sign the bill to help people and keep the government open and we're glad to pass more aid Americans need. Maybe Trump can finally make himself useful and get Republicans not to block it again."

Neither Schumer or Pelosi admitted that Trump blocked their earlier proposals because of the massive payments to Democrat states that allowed rioters and looters to burn down their cities over the summer.

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President Donald Trump is refusing to sign the pork-filled Covid-19 relief package that the House and Senate adopted on Monday.

The 5,593-page legislation was criticized by both Republicans and Democrats for providing only $600 per American while giving billions of dollars to corporations, lobbyists and foreign entities.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the $600 direct payments "significant."

Referring to the Covid relief bill as a "disgrace," Trump demanded that the $600 direct payments be increased to $2,000 per eligible American.

"Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists and special interests, while sending the bare minimum to the American people, who need it, “ Trump said on Tuesday evening.

"I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple," as well as "immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation."

The legislation, which Trump said "nobody in Congress has read because of its length and complexity," was made public just hours before the House and Senate vote on Sunday.

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Family members of undocumented immigrants who are in this country illegally will receive $600 stimulus checks in the new Covid aid package.

Congress reached a $900 billion deal on Covid relief aid on Sunday after months of negotiations. The legislation includes a second round of economic-impact payments to Americans and non-citizens.

According to the Wall Street Journal, households will receive $600 for each adult and $600 for each child or dependent, instead of $1,200 and $500, respectively.

Eligible households include individuals with adjusted gross incomes under $75,000 and married couples who earn under $150,000.

The new deal, ironed out by the Democrats, includes direct payments for "mixed households." Mixed households refers to "ineligible non-citizens" or people who are in the country illegally and were shut out of the $1,200 stimulus payments in the first round.

The new legislation means non-citizens could get $600 checks plus $1,200 checks retroactively. Undocumented immigrants are eligible to receive a minimum of $1,800 before Christmas.

Unemployed workers are eligible for a $300-a-week subsidy in addition to weekly state unemployment benefits.

The legislation also extends to 50 weeks the amount of time unemployed workers can claim benefits. Most states typically provide 26 weeks of jobless benefits.

Additionally, the bill contains $25 billion to extend the federal eviction ban moratorium.

$22.4 billion was also set aside for Covid "testing, contact tracing, surveillance, containment, and mitigation."

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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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    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stalled negotiations on a $900 billion Covid-19 aid relief package during a Senate session on Friday.

    McConnell's staff told reporters the GOP leader won't support $160 billion in aid for Democrat stronghold states that allowed rampant riots and looting over the summer.

    Following a rare Senate session on Friday, McConnell said he will not support funding for local and state governments in Democratic strongholds.

    McConnell's staff say he sees "no path to an agreement" on a "liability shield" for companies and organizations facing potential Covid-19 lawsuits by employees who contract the virus on the job.

    Lawmakers proposed a slimmed down version of the liability shield -- in exchange for funding for blue states and local governments, but McConnell won't budge.

    McConnell criticized "controversial state bailouts" during a speech in the Senate. It's a point that he and President Donald Trump both shared.

    Trump insisted on a fresh round of $600 stimulus checks for Americans. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused.

    Trump also proposed an extra $300 a week for Americans on unemployment -- half of the $600 a week they received earlier this year, but Pelosi wouldn't go for that either.

    Another pressing issue is government funding to avoid a government shutdown on Saturday.

    The next deadline for a vote on Covid-19 relief aid is December 18. Unemployment benefits for most unemployed Americans are set to expire by the end of this month.

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    Eric Benet says President Donald Trump will do anything to win the 2020 election. The 36-year-old was seen leaving a polling place on Nov. 3.

    The R&B crooner told Backgrid.com Trump will "lie, cheat and steal," to win the election. So far, the presidential race is too close to call.

    Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Arizona are still counting votes.

    Trump supporters are stunned that Trump didn't win in a landslide on Tuesday. When America went to bed Tuesday night, Trump was comfortably in the lead in battleground states.

    Unfortunately, those states paused the vote count and resumed in the morning with hundreds of thousands of ballots counted for Joe Biden.

    In his victory speech after 2 a.m., the president called the newly found ballots "a fraud on the American public."

    He added: "This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election, frankly we did win this election."

    Trump vowed to challenge the outcome in the Supreme Court where the conservatives have the majority.

    "Our goal now is to ensure the integrity for the good of this nation, this is a major fraud on our nation," he said.

    "We want the law to be used in a proper manner. We will be going to the US Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop. We don't want them to find any ballots at four o'clock in the morning and add them to the list. It's a very sad moment. To me this is a very sad moment. We will win this. As far as I am concerned, we already have won."