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Stimulus Package Negotiations on the Verge of Collapse as Talks Break Down

After nearly two weeks of discussions, an agreement on COVID-19 relief funding is on the brink of collapse after little progress was made on several outstanding issues like expanded unemployment benefits, $1 trillion in aid to state and local governments, and liability protections. “Theres a handful of very big issues that we are still very far apart” on a deal, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the lead White House negotiator, told reporters on Thursday. He cited disagreements on aid to state and local governments, as well as the extra additional unemployment benefits of $600 per week. “My frustration is that we couldve passed a very skinny deal that dealt with some of the most pressing issues,” White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told CNN Thursday evening. President Donald Trump recently announced that his administration is considering issuing executive orders to address unemployment benefits, evictions, and student loans. If the talks fail, it would put at risk $1,200 stimu..

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Kansas City Council Votes in Favor of Painting Black Lives Matter Street Murals

Kansas City officials on Aug. 6 adopted a resolution that would allow Black Lives Matter street murals to be painted at six locations in the Missouri city. The resolution, introduced by Kansas City Councilman Eric Bunch, will see Black Lives Matter murals painted on six streets in the city. They will be painted by local artists and volunteers with the backing of city staff and local organizations. The streets include Briarcliff Parkway and North Mulberry Drive, Baltimore Avenue and 10th Street, 18th and Vine streets, Troost Avenue and 31st Street, Brookside Boulevard and 63rd Street, and Meyer Boulevard and Troost Avenue. City Council members on Thursday voted 12-1 in favor of the resolution, saying the city “recognizes the importance and significance of the Black Lives Matter movement and desires to commemorate the message through painting street murals.” Bunch said that the legislation is a “symbolic step” and “a step forward towards helping elevate the conversation and bring mor..

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Trump Lays Out Second Term Economic Agenda in 6 Promises to US Workers

President Donald Trump, during his visit to the crucial battleground state of Ohio on Aug. 6, laid out an economic plan with six promises to U.S. workers if he is reelected for a second term in November. Addressing a crowd of workers a Whirlpool manufacturing facility in northwest Ohio, Trump unveiled his second term economic agenda as he pledged to make the United States “more prosperous and resilient than ever before.” “Today, to define our path forward, Im making our incredible workers six more promises that I will keep over the next four years, and Im very proud to make them at your plant and in the state of Ohio,” the president said. Ohio is a critical swing state that Trump won in 2016 by 8 percentage points. Polling shows a tight race with presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the state ahead of this years Nov. 3 presidential election. Trump trails the former vice president in national polls and is competing with him for blue-collar working-class voters. The president..

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Facebook Bans Pro-Trump PAC From Advertising, Citing False Content

Facebook announced Thursday it is banning ads from The Committee to Defend the President, a pro-Trump super PAC, The Hill reports. A Facebook policy spokesperson, Andy Stone, said in a statement, “As a result of the Committee to Defend the Presidents repeated sharing of content determined by third-party fact-checkers to be false, they will not be permitted to advertise for a period of time on our platform.” Facebook did not say how long the ban would last. According to Fox Business, the page will lose advertising privileges for a minimum of 90 days. The advertising ban will take effect on Aug. 10, and is set to end around Nov. 1. The Committee to Defend the President has nearly 1 million followers on Facebook and has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars on ads since 2018. A statement from its Chairman Ted Harvey on Thursday claimed Facebooks fact-checkers “restrict free speech” by failing to accurately check their claims. “Facebook is determined to restrict free speech and at..

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Joe Biden Backtracks After Saying Black Communities Not As Diverse As Latino Communities

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday backtracked after he claimed “the African American community is a monolith.” “By the way, what you all know but most people dont know, unlike the African American community with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things,” Biden said during a pre-taped interview hosted by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists. “You go to Florida, you find a very different attitude about immigration in certain places than you do when youre in Arizona. So its a very different, a very diverse community.” Bidens remarks came in response to a question from NPR reporter Lulu Garcia-Navarro regarding whether he would engage with Cuba and on the differing immigration concerns between Cuban and Venezuelan Americans. Biden did not apologize for his comments but said in a series of Twitter post..

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Tests Negative For COVID-19 In Second Test

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has tested negative on a second COVID-19 test, just hours after announcing he had tested positive on Thursday, just before he was scheduled to greet President Donald Trump at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland. As part of standard protocol, everyone who is scheduled to come into contact with the president is tested for COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. DeWine and his wife Fran returned to Columbus to be tested. However, DeWines official account announced on Twitter later that evening that a second test administered in Columbus had provided negative results. First Lady Fran DeWine and staff members have also all tested negative. “A PCR test was administered to the Governor and members of his staff this afternoon. The PCR test looks for the specific RNA for the SARS CoV-2 —in other words, the genetic material specific for the virus that causes COVID-19,” the announcement said. “The PCR test is known to be extremely sensiti..

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One in 5 Mail-In Ballots Not Counted in New York City Primary

Approximately 20 percent of mail-in ballots sent in by voters in New York City were not counted, according to new certified election results. Some 318,995 mail-in ballots were counted in the June 23 Democratic presidential primary, the city Board of Elections said in the new certification. Approximately 414,582 voters in New York City voted by absentee ballot in the primary, Robert Brehm, the co-executive director of the states Board of Elections, said in court last month. That means more than one in five ballots were rejected for one reason or another. “Wow. Over 84,000 New Yorkers did not have their voices heard in the June 23rd primary—many due to no fault of their own,” Suraj Patel, a candidate for New Yorks 12 Congressional District, said in a social media statement. The issues stemmed in part from more than 10 times the number of absentee ballots being used than in a normal year after Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo mandated in June that any voter who wanted to could v..

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Fauci Says No Need For Lockdown If All Americans Follow Five or Six Fundamental Measures

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that the United States does not need another lockdown to contain COVID-19, provided that Americans embrace “five or six fundamental public health measures.” Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, told Politicos “Pulse Check” podcast on Wednesday that he thinks “we can get through this without having to revert back to a shutdown,” but only if everyone follows such basics as wearing masks, social distancing, and thorough hygiene. “You dont have to lock down again, but everybody has got to be on board for doing these five or six fundamental public health measures,” he said. In its guidance on preventing COVID-19 infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists six measures to stay healthy and stem the spread of the potentially deadly bug: hand-washing, avoiding close contact with other people, covering the nose and mouth when around others, always cove..

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US Offers $10 Million Reward for Info on Foreign Cyber Election Interference

The Department of State on Aug. 5 offered a $10 million reward for anyone who identifies or locates hackers who work for a foreign government to interfere in the U.S. election. The United States is specifically looking for information on people who may have violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act while targeting local, state or federal elections. Special counsel Robert Mueller charged 12 Russian nationals in 2018 with violating the same statute in connection to the theft and dissemination of Democratic National Committee emails. “The ability of persons, as well as foreign powers, to interfere in or undermine public confidence in United States elections, including through the unauthorized accessing of election and campaign infrastructure, constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” the wanted notice states, referencing an executive order signed by President Donald Trump in September 2018. The U.S. intelligence c..

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Law Professor on Senate Hearing: Antifa Is Winning on College Campuses

Jonathan Turley, the constitutional law professor who served as the sole Republican witness during the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, has now warned about an anti-free speech movement on college campuses. Turley, who teaches at George Washington University, testified on Tuesday before a Senate subcommittee during a hearing that aimed to examine the protection of free speech and prevention of violent demonstrations. According to Turley, far-left anarcho-communist group Antifa, unlike other extremist groups that also commit violence during protests, is particularly dangerous because its part of a nationwide anti-free speech movement that uses intimidation tactics to prevent ideological opponents from expressing their views. “If you go through the Antifa handbook and look at their literature, its quite express, as stated in the handbook, they reject the premise of what they call a classical liberal view of free speech,” Turley said. “Specifically they object to statemen..

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