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Senate Passes Bill to Stop Virus Relief Payments From Going to Dead People

The Senate passed a package this week meant to stop taxpayer dollars from going to people who are deceased. Federal authorities sent checks totaling $1.4 billion from the virus relief package to over 1 million dead people, a government watchdog said. The new package—containing two separate bills, S.4104 and S.1333—requires the U.S. Treasury to use Social Security data to reclaim stimulus money sent to dead people. It also requires federal agencies to use a database of those reported to have died that the Social Security Administration maintains. “Congress owes it to the American people to be fiscally responsible with their resources, and I am pleased my legislation passed without objection to implement an easy fix to let Treasury reclaim $1.4 billion in money that was improperly sent out in the first place,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who introduced one of the bills, which passed by unanimous consent after no lawmakers blocked it. “As elected officials, one of our most important..

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Biden Vows to Roll Back Trumps Tax Cuts if Elected

Former Vice President Joe Biden promised to roll back tax cuts enacted by President Donald Trump if hes elected president. “Im going to get rid of the bulk of Trumps $2 trillion tax cut and a lot of you may not like that but Im going to close loopholes like capital gains and stepped up basis,” Biden, 77, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, told people during a virtual fundraiser this week. Biden also said hed raise corporate tax, currently at 20 percent, to 28 percent, which would raise some $1.3 trillion over 10 years. “We have a lot to do and we have a lot of other things were able to do—cap deductions and sanction tax avoidance etc. We have to think as big as the challenge we face,” he continued. “But this is America, there is nothing we cannot do if we do it together. But I think the country is ready.” “I think people are ready to do things that they werent before and I think we can significantly grow the economy, grow the GDP, but also do it in a way that we prov..

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McEnany: CHOP Area in Seattle Was Liberated From the Anarchists

The so-called CHOP area in Seattle was “liberated” in a victory for “law and order,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said after police officers cleared the autonomous zone. Activists and agitators took over an area of multiple city blocks that was alternately known as CHOP and CHAZ, blocking police officers from entering as response times soared. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, a Democrat, declared the occupation an unlawful assembly after two teenagers were shot, one fatally. Police officers arrived early Wednesday and forced occupiers out before standing watch as city workers dismantled the area. “I am pleased to inform everyone that Seattle has been liberated. The capital hill autonomous zone, CHAZ, was a failed four-week Democrat experiment by the radical left and the results are in. Anarchy is anti-American. Law and order is essential. Peace in our streets will be secured,” McEnany told reporters in Washington later Wednesday. She brought up comments Durkan made short..

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Judge Lifts Injunction on Publisher of Tell-All Book by Trumps Niece

A judge ruled on Wednesday that the publisher of Trumps nieces memoir is not bound by a confidentiality agreement that she signed. As such, publisher Simon & Schuster can print and distribute the 240-page book by Mary Trump, Judge Alan D. Scheinkman of the New York Supreme Courts appellate division said in a ruling on Wednesday (pdf). The book, titled “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the Worlds Most Dangerous Man,” was scheduled to be published on June 28. The book reportedly offers an unflattering portrait of her relationship with her uncle and other family members. The book was promoted to contain an “insiders perspective” of “countless holiday meals,” “family interactions” and “family events.” However, its publication was held back on June 30 when a judge issued a temporary restraining order against Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster. Robert Trump and Donald Trump at an event in New York on Nov. 3, 1999. (Diane Bonadreff, File/AP Photo) The restraining order was r..

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Trump Supports Direct Stimulus Payments Larger Than $1,200 in Next Bill

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he supports direct payments to Americans larger than $1,200 in the next piece of legislation, which lawmakers will debate in July. “I support actually larger numbers than the Democrats, but its got to be done properly,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business. “I want the money getting to people to be larger so they can spend it. I want the money to get there quickly and in a non-complicated fashion,” he added. House Democrats in their HEROES Act have said they want to distribute $1,200 payments to eligible Americans and children, although GOP leaders have said the bill contains too many unnecessary measures that are unrelated to economic recovery. The CARES Act, passed in March, included $1,200 payments and checks as well as $500 payments to children. The $2.2 trillion CARES Act was passed to offset economic losses suffered during the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, which prompted numerous states to issue stay-at-home orde..

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Trump Campaign Says It Raised Record-Breaking $131 Million in June

NEW YORK—President Donald Trumps re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee raised $266 million during the second quarter, including $131 million in June, a joint committee said on Wednesday. The June figure is the largest monthly haul of 2020 for Trump. The committees fundraising numbers suggest the Trump campaign is still increasing its re-election war chest despite the health and economic damage done by the novel coronavirus pandemic and nationwide protests against racism that have deeply disrupted American life and hurt the president in opinion polls. The committee said the figures underscore Trumps ability to raise money online and through grassroots fundraising because he was only able to hold two in-person fundraisers in the quarter because of the pandemic. “The Trump campaigns monumental June fundraising haul proves that people are voting with their wallets and that enthusiasm behind President Trumps re-election is only growing,” said Trump 2020 Campaign Man..

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House Dems Push Through $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill That Republicans Blast as Green New Deal Giveaway

House Democrats approved on July 1 a massive $1.5 trillion, 2,300-page “Moving Forward Act” that Republicans blasted as little more than a Green New Deal boondoggle disguised as a roads and highways measure. “The more than $1.5 trillion proposal rebuilds U.S. communities with infrastructure and innovation that is smarter, safer, and made to last,” House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said in a statement prior to the final vote. The measure was approved decisively by the House on a 233–188 vote. Three Republicans joined the majority Democrats in supporting the measure, while two Democrats voted with Republicans against the measure. The measure includes $494 billion for surface transportation projects to fix “our crumbling roads and bridges,” as well as $130 billion to rebuild public schools in impoverished districts, $100 billion to “create or preserve 1.8 million affordable homes,” $100 billion for creating broadband access in areas th..

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As House Votes, Republicans Say No to Democrats Infrastructure Legislation

As House members debate Democrats $1.5 trillion infrastructure spending package, Republicans have voiced opposition, saying it is not a true bipartisan infrastructure bill that addresses the needs of their districts but rather a socialist wish-list largely taken from the Green New Deal. “The Speaker has chosen to spend the Houses time this week on a cousin of the Green New Deal masquerading as a highway bill,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Twitter. “You dont have to take my word for it. The Chair of the @TranportDems said, This is the application of the principles of the Green New Deal.” The Democrats package, The Way Forward Act, includes more than $300 billion of investment in renewing roads and bridges and $100 billion in transit to zero-emission buses. It triples the funding for Amtrak to $29 billion, allowing for upgrades and expansion of the rail network. It also plans to modernize U.S. postal service infrastructure, which includes a zero-emission posta..

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MoveOn Endorses Biden, Says Hes Running on Progressive Platform

The political action committee MoveOn said members voted to endorse Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, for president. Biden, 77, won 82.4 percent of votes case by MoveOn members, the group announced Wednesday. MoveOn endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in 2016. Sanders lost to former First Lady Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary. “MoveOns millions of members are ready to mobilize together in support of Joe Biden, working to turn out voters in key states and ensure that Donald Trump is a one-term president,” Rahna Epting, the groups political action executive director, said in a statement. “Donald Trump is racist, corrupt, immoral, and incompetent. He must be voted out. Joe Biden is a leader who listens, who is running on the most progressive platform in Democratic Party history, and whose election would create an opportunity for the big, structural changes this country needs.” MoveOn was launched in 1998. Its initial focus was to convince lawmakers..

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Czech President Says All Lives Matter Calling Black Lives Matter Slogan Racist

Czech President Milos Zeman said “the slogan Black Lives Matter is a racist slogan because all lives matter,” in a speech delivered at the celebration of U.S. Independence Day at the American Embassy in Prague on June 30. “I am here not only as an independent citizen, I am here also as a friend of America. … And in both positions, I say that the slogan Black Lives Matter is a racist slogan because all lives matter,” Zeman said at the celebration. “We celebrate the independence of citizens, of the faith, and of the nations,” he said. He said the independence of citizens is under attack in both the Czech Republic and the United States. “This danger cannot be omitted. And we must face it,” he added referring to recent street riots, toppling monuments, and burning cars taking place in both countries. Some people who take part in these events declare themselves “value leaders, or even opinion leaders,” Zeman said. “We need free thinking, we need common sense,” he said, we “do not need ..

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