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The stock market reacted negatively to the news that Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief plan contains $1,400 stimulus checks.

The market was unhappy that the plan doesn't include the $2,000 that the president-elect promised if the Democrats swept Georgia in the Senate runoffs.

Biden announced his 2-step plan of "rescue and recovery" on Thursday, Jan. 14. The $1.9 trillion stimulus plan will include $400 billion for vaccine distribution and Covid-19 testing, $130 billion to reopen schools, as well as billions in economic aid to small businesses run by Black and brown people.

The plan also includes a hike in the minimum wage to $15 per hour, extending unemployment benefits and the federal ban on evictions, both of which are set to expire in March.

"We have to act and we have to act now," Biden said.

His proposed bill is more than double the $900 trillion recently passed by Congress that included $600 stimulus checks for Americans, while billions were sent overseas to foreign countries.

About those stimulus checks: Americans were expecting Biden to keep his promise of additional $2,000 checks if the Democrats swept the Georgia Senate runoffs in early January.

Instead, the plan includes $1,400 stimulus checks, on top of the $600 checks already sent out -- for a total of $2,000.

  • $400 per week in supplementary unemployment benefits through September.
  • $350 billion to bailout mismanaged states, cities and territorial jurisdictions.
  • $160 billion to create a national program to mobilize vaccinations to 100 million people vaxxed in the first 100 days of the Biden administration.
  • $30 billion to help landlords pay their bills while their tenants live rent-free.
  • $25 billion for childcare providers.
  • Expanded food assistance, expanded child tax credits, and expanded medical and family leave of absence for illness.
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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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    President Donald Trump has promised an "orderly transition" of power after President-elect Joe Biden won the majority electoral college vote on January 6, 2021.

    The outgoing President, who has repeatedly accused the Democrats of orchestrating a coup against him and stealing the November 2020 election, issued a statement on Thursday.

    "Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20," Trump confirmed.

    "I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it's only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again."

    Trump released the statement through his deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino's Twitter account at 3:50 am ET Wednesday.

    Trump spoke to his followers via his official accounts on conservative social media platforms GAB.com and Parler.com late Wednesday.

    Trump's personal Twitter account was locked for 12 hours after he shared tweets and a video telling MAGA protesters to go home amid riots and bloodshed in Washington, D.C.

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    Earlier in the day, MAGA protesters forced their way into the Capitol building and broke through doors leading to the offices of Congressional lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Activists scrawled notes on Pelosi's desk and one protester walked off with her lectern.

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    DC police sprayed tear gas at the protesters. One lawmaker reportedly suffered chest pains during the assault on the Capitol building.

    Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, of Ocean Beach, Calif., was shot in the face by a DC police officer when she and others forced their way through a locked door.

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    Babbitt, 37, was unarmed and on the other side of a locked door when the officer shot her through the door. The officer has not been identified. Babbitt was later pronounced dead.

    Prior to the incident, Trump addressed his followers, who gathered maskless on the Ellipse near the White House: "We're going to walk down to the Capitol. We're gonna cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we're probably not going to be cheering, so much for some of them, because you'll never take back our country with weakness, you have to show strength and you have to be strong."

    After Vice President Mike Pence refused Trump's direct order to block the electoral college vote by Congress, Trump called Pence a traitor and locked Pence's chief of staff out of the White House.

    Trump was widely condemned on social media, with calls to have Trump removed from office by impeachment or through the invocation of the 25th Amendment.

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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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    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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    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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    State Rep. Cynthia Johnson was stripped of her House committee seats after she appeared to threaten Trump supporters in a viral video.

    In Facebook videos posted over the weekend, Johnson warned Trump supporters to "be careful" and "walk lightly."

    Johnson, a Democrat, also mentioned "soldiers" and appeared to suggest that they take up arms against Trump supporters.

    "And for those of you who are soldiers, you know how to do it. Do it right. Be in order. Make them pay," Johnson said in the video.

    In a subsequent post, Johnson clarified that she meant "soldiers against racism," not armed militants.

    She claimed she received "death threats" after her aggressive questioning of Rudy Giuliani during a hearing last week on election fraud.

    But State House Speaker Lee Chatfield, a Republican, said Johnson's behavior in the viral video was inappropriate, unacceptable and un-American.

    Chatfield said Johnson would be stripped of her seats on the Agriculture; Oversight committee; and Families, Children and Seniors committees.

    "Threats to Democrats or Republicans are unacceptable and un-American," Chatfield said. "They're even more unbecoming of an elected official. Rep. Johnson has been stripped of her committees and we're looking into further disciplinary action as the proper authorities conduct their investigation."

    Johnson did not respond to a reporter's request for comment.
     

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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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    Maxine Waters is deeply hurt to see young Black men exercising their rights to vote for the presidential candidate of their choice.

    The California Democrat who represents the 43rd congressional district disowned young Black men who vote for President Donald Trump.

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    Waters, posing here with singer Janelle MonĂ¡e in September, is panic-stricken that young Black males are leaving the Democratic Party in droves.

    During an appearance on "The Joe Madison Show" on SiriusXM on Friday, Waters said it is "shameful" that more Black men might vote for Trump on Nov. 3.

    "It just hurts me so bad to see blacks talking about supporting Trump. I don't know why they would be doing it. I don't know why it is on their minds," she said.

    The 82-year-old grandmother said Trump "does not have any appreciation for black people and black women in particular. He has no respect for us. He is not doing anything for us."

    She added she will never "forgive" young Black men who vote for Trump this year.

    "For those black young men who think somehow they can align themselves with Trump - not only are they terribly mistaken - any of them showing their face, I will never, ever forgive them for undermining the possibility to help their own people and their own communities."

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    A lifelong Democrat on the Flint, Michigan City Council is endorsing President Donald Trump for reelection.

    Flint City Council member Maurice Davis, 64, announced his endorsement for Trump on Wednesday, saying, "I'm not an Uncle Tom."

    Vice President Mike Pence called Davis to the stage during a campaign rally at Michigan's Flint Bishop Airport on Wednesday.

    "Vice president of the City Council in Flint. Where are you, Maurice? Let's hear it for Maurice. I'm partial to vice presidents. Thank you, Maurice," Pence said as the crowd applauded.

    "Right now, the narrative has been spent: 'President Trump is full of hate.' Let me tell you something, the Democrats are full of hate," Davis said. "I'm tired, I've been a Democrat, I am a Democrat all my life, 64 years. Last four years I voted for Hillary Clinton. This year I decided to go with President Trump. I'm not a bootlicker, I'm not an Uncle Tom. I'm none of those things. I'm somebody that's in a poor, impoverished community."

    Davis added, "People are losing everything, and when Mr. Trump says 'What the hell do you got to lose?' he was talking to me. But this is what I got to gain: Instead of being a divided state of America, it's time to be the United States of America.

    "We're tired of suffering and nobody give a damn about poor folks. President Trump, they reached out with nothing but love from y'all all over this nation."

    Davis is not the first notable Black Democrat to support Trump. The president has been endorsed by Georgia state Representative Vernon Jones, and other Black Democrats.

    Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and six mayors in Minnesota, all Democrats, are supporting Trump's re-election.