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Mitch McConnell is trending on Twitter.com for uttering a Freudian slip that many are considering racist.

The Senate Republican Minority Leader, 79, suggested Black voters aren't real Americans at a news conference on Wednesday after the voting rights bill died on the Senate floor.

Two Democrats - Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema voted with Republican senators to defeat the voting rights bill 52-48.

During the debate, McConnell accused Democrats of "fake hysteria" over their failed attempt to end the filibuster.

The Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would have ensured early voting, more drop boxes and mail-in ballots, etc.

When reporter Pablo Manríquez asked McConnell what he would say to Black voters who are concerned about access to voting, he replied:

"Well, the concern is misplaced. Because if you look at the statistics, African American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans."

He continued: "A recent survey, 94 percent of Americans thought it was easy to vote. This is not a problem. Turnout is up, biggest turnout since 1900... they're being sold a bill of goods to support a Democratic effort to federalize elections... this has been a Democratic Party goal for decades."

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Twitter has responded to reports that its image cropping algorithm is biased to favor Caucasian people over Black people in the same photo.

Twitter was criticized last year after some users noticed the image cropping algorithm favored Caucasian people over Black people in the same photo.

In a new post on Twitter's official blog, the leftist social media platform admitted its image algorithm favored white people and women.

"We tested for bias before shipping the model & didn't find evidence of racial or gender bias in our testing," a Twitter engineer wrote. "But it's clear that we've got more analysis to do. We'll continue to share what we learn, what actions we take, & will open source it so others can review and replicate."

The statement was in response to a 2020 post comparing two images of Barack Obama and Sen. Mitch McConnell.

In both examples, the Twitter algorithm favored the senator over the former president -- even though their positions are switched in the two photos.

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In March, Twitter made a change to the mobile version of the platform that shows the full photo instead of a cropped image.

The image cropping algorithm will soon be removed from Twitter, Complex.com reports.

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The inspector general's office is investigating Elaine L. Chao for allegedly using her office to financially benefit her family.

Chao, wife of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), is accused of asking her office staff to make arrangements for her father's company, which has ties to China.

In 2019 the NY Times reported that Chao asked her staff to make business arrangements for herself, her father, James Chao, and sister, including a 2017 trip to China that was later canceled.

Her father, who owns a successful shipping business, was dubbed "Chinese Ship King," according to the Times.

Chao was transportation secretary under former President Donald Trump. The investigating was referred to the U.S. Justice Department, but they declined to look into the matter, according to the NY Times.

"A formal investigation into potential misuses of position was warranted," said Mitch Behm, deputy inspector general for the Transportation Department.

Chao resigned the day after the Capitol Hill riots on Jan. 7, but she claimed the investigation into her father's business dealings was not a factor in her decision to quit.

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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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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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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dropped a bombshell on Tuesday as the Senate impeachment trial enters the next phase.

McConnell told fellow senators he does not have enough votes to block new witnesses after Trump's high-powered defense team made their closing arguments on Tuesday.

In the next phase of the impeachment trial on Wednesday, senators will submit written questions. The questions phase can last 2 days.

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McConnell, pictured right with Trump, previously said Trump's Senate impeachment trial would end with a quick acquittal this Friday. But now it seems the Democrats will get their wish to call witnesses to give sworn testimony against Trump.

Democrats need four Republicans to vote with them to subpoena witnesses such as former White House aide John Bolton, whose new book supposedly contains evidence that would undermine Trump's defense that he didn't withhold military aid to Ukraine.

Three Republican senators, including Mitt Romney and Susan Collins, have indicated they will cross the aisle to call witnesses.

The Republicans will most certainly call Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden to testify about the work he performed for Ukraine's energy company Burisma in exchange for $3 million.

But some senators don't believe a call for witnesses will happen.

"I believe that on Friday, when we get to a decision whether we're gonna have witnesses, we're not gonna do it," said Florida Senator Rick Scott on Tuesday.

"I don't believe we're gonna have any witnesses. I think we're gonna listen to the questions, we'll see, uh, and after what happens with that, I believe we'll see no witness."

President Trump was impeached in December for abuse of power for allegedly withholding $391 million in military aid to Ukraine.

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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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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 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.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is sitting on the documents required to impeach President Donald Trump until 2020. In an unprecedented move, Pelosi is refusing to send over the articles until next year.

The House Democrats voted to approve 2 articles of impeachment against Trump on Wednesday night. The 2 articles accuse Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of justice.

But Trump is not officially impeached until Pelosi transmits the articles to the Senate - which she has refused to do.

The articles of impeachment are typically transmitted electronically immediately after the vote to impeach. If Pelosi doesn't send over the articles, it would mean Trump is not officially impeached.

The Democrats have a lot to lose if Pelosi sends over the articles, and Trump gets the long Senate trial that he wants.

A long Senate trial would give Trump the opportunity to call witnesses to testify under oath.

Trump's list would include presidential candidate Joe Biden, disgraced ex-FBI agent James Comey, and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

Republicans were quick to respond with laughter and ridicule on Thursday. They accused Pelosi of obstructing justice herself by not handing over the articles.

GOP members say Pelosi is holding onto the articles because she knows she has a "weak case" against Trump, and she is concerned that Trump will have the upper hand.

She has said she will not turn over the articles until she knows McConnell will proceed with a "fair" trial.

"It's beyond me how [Pelosi] and [Hoyer] think withholding the articles of impeachment and not sending them over gives them leverage," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Thursday.

McConnell has the only say on whether Trump gets a trial in the Senate. He has previously indicated that he will acquit Trump without a trial and without calling any witnesses.