Trump Prepares to Bypass Congress as Stimulus Talks Fail Again

WASHINGTON — Crisis negotiations between the White House and top Democrats teetered on the brink of collapse on Friday, as both sides said they remained deeply divided on an economic recovery package and President Trump’s advisers said they would recommend that he bypass Congress and act on his own to provide relief. It was not […]

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GOP House candidate’s China coronavirus mask sparks criticism

Virginia House Delegate Nick Freitas was criticized over a face mask his campaign is selling that features a controversial reference. Freitas, a Republican who is running against first-term Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D) for a rural Virginia district, is now selling red face masks with “Covid-19: Made in China” written on the front. The masks are […]

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Last-ditch virus aid talks collapse; no help for jobless now

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, (R) speaks, flanked by US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, after meeting with the White House Chief of Staff and the US Treasury Secretary on coronavirus relief at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on August 7, 2020. | Mandel Ngan/Getty Images A last-ditch effort by Democrats to revive […]

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Last-ditch coronavirus aid talks underway; Trump team at Capitol

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, (R) speaks, flanked by US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, after meeting with the White House Chief of Staff and the US Treasury Secretary on coronavirus relief at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on August 7, 2020. | Mandel Ngan/Getty Images Both sides said the future of the […]

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Fed’s Powell continued regular meetings with Treasury’s Mnuchin in June

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee hearing on oversight of the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve response to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Washington (Reuters) – Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell continued to stay in frequent contact with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and top lawmakers in June, […]

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After pushing for caps on campaign cash, 4 top legislators use ‘millionaire’s exemption’ to avoid them

House Speaker Michael Madigan (left) and state Rep. Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, pushed more than a decade ago with state Sen. Don Harmon, who’s now Senate majority leader, and Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, for what Harmon called “historic contribution caps” on campaign money. Now holding the four most powerful legislative positions in Springfield, all are […]

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House Can Sue to Force Testimony From McGahn, Appeals Court Rules

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee can sue to force the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II to testify before Congress, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said in a 7-to-2 decision that enforcement of congressional subpoenas was crucial to […]

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Pelosi says Democrats willing to compromise at $2T for coronavirus bill, rejected by Trump admin

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that Democrats were willing to compromise at $2 trillion for the fourth coronavirus stimulus package, but that the Trump administration rejected their offer. Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday that Democrats have been “mightily trying to find common ground.” KUDLOW BELIEVES TRUMP WILL USE EXECUTIVE ACTION FOR CORONAVIRUS RELIEF “We’ll take […]

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Washington impasse on coronavirus relief threatens US economy

White House officials and Democratic leaders ended a week of negotiations without a deal on the next coronavirus aid package, or even a clear path forward, amid growing concerns that talks may collapse altogether. “We’re still a considerable amount apart,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Thursday after meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, House […]

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Federal judge dismisses House GOP lawsuit over proxy voting during coronavirus pandemic

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by House Republicans against the House Democratic majority that allows members to vote remotely by proxy during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the judge saying the suit is barred by the Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause. The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives had passed a resolution […]

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Federal appeals court rules House Dems have legal ‘standing’ to enforce subpoena for former WH counsel Don McGahn

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that House Democrats have legal “standing” to bring their lawsuit against the Trump administration to enforce a subpoena for former White House Counsel Don McGahn. The decision comes as a setback for President Trump and the White House’s claims of executive privilege over communications with McGahn during his tenure. […]

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White House, Democrats fail to close coronavirus aid differences, talks to continue

4/4 © Reuters. U.S. Speaker of the House Pelosi, joined by Senate Minority Leader Schumer, speaks to reporters in the U.S. Capitol in Washington 2/4 By Patricia Zengerle and David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress and top aides to President Donald Trump failed to make substantial progress on Thursday on […]

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U.S. Democrats press Postal Service after reports of delayed mail

© Reuters. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Schumer, joined by Speaker of the House Pelosi, speaks to reporters in the U.S. Capitol in Washington By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top two Democrats in Congress on Thursday called on the new U.S. Postal Service head to reverse changes that they say are resulting in delayed […]

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Why Influencers Won’t Stop Partying Anytime Soon

In late July, dozens of social media stars flocked to the Hype House, a Hollywood Hills mansion where several top TikTok creators live, for a birthday party. The décor was glittery and pink, with balloons and silver streamers strewn about. Hello Kitty strobe lights pulsed over a crowded dance floor. The scene, as portrayed on […]

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White House, Congress to resume coronavirus talks on major issues

3/3 © Reuters. U.S. Speaker of the House Pelosi, joined by Senate Minority Leader Schumer, speaks to reporters in the U.S. Capitol in Washington 2/3 By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top congressional Democrats and White House officials will try again on Thursday to find a compromise on legislation that would enable Congress to come […]

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Spotlight on Indonesia’s slow stimulus as economy shrinks

© Reuters. An elderly woman is pictured inside a house at a slum area amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Jakarta By Maikel Jefriando and Tabita Diela JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s efforts to support its economy through the coronavirus crisis were being hampered by the slow disbursement of a $50 billion stimulus plan, economists […]

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White House and Congress Remain Far From Any Stimulus Deal

WASHINGTON — Top Democrats and White House officials on Wednesday remained nowhere close to an agreement for a new rescue package to address the coronavirus’s toll on the economy, growing increasingly pessimistic that they could meet a self-imposed Friday deadline as President Trump again threatened to act on his own to provide relief. Even as […]

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Donald Trump Gushes Over Kim Kardashian As He Denies Trying To Get Kanye West On Ballot

Donald Trump praised Kim Kardashian during a White House press briefing while addressing reports that Republicans are trying to help Kanye West’s election campaign. Donald Trump partly deflected a question about Republicans reportedly working to get Kanye West on the ballot by heaping praise on Kim Kardashian on Aug. 5. During his White House press […]

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5 found dead in suspected arson fire at Denver home

Five people were found dead on Wednesday in a house fire in Denver that authorities suspect was intentionally set and three other people inside got to safety by jumping from the home’s second floor, officials said. Firefighters believe that the victims were a toddler, an older child and three adults, Denver Fire Department Capt. Greg […]

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Trump says he may suspend payroll tax himself: Fox News interview

© Reuters. U.S. President Trump holds a COVID-19 pandemic briefing at the White House in Washington WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he may suspend the payroll tax himself as part of his administration’s efforts to help the economy after the coronavirus shutdown, after the idea faced opposition in Congress in […]

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Former high-ranking state rep handcuffed, arrested in warrant snafu: ‘I said, “You have got to be kidding.”’

Former Deputy House Majority Leader Arthur Turner Sr. sits in front of his home Tuesday. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times A lieutenant recognized former Deputy House Majority Leader Arthur Turner Sr. and told him the warrant was for a man with the same name — but who had tattoos on both arms and is 36 years younger […]

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Trading Concessions on Recovery Plan, Negotiators Set Week’s End Deadline for a Deal

WASHINGTON — The White House and congressional Democrats on Tuesday crept toward an elusive compromise on an economic recovery plan, agreeing to an end-of-the-week deadline to seal a deal that would restore expired jobless aid for tens of millions of Americans even as they remained far apart on the contours of the package. In a […]

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McEnany says Dems ‘unserious’ about coronavirus relief, ‘making a mockery of this process’

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Tuesday that Democrats are “fundamentally unserious” about coronavirus relief negotiations after they rejected two proposals by Republicans to temporarily extend unemployment benefits while talks continue. “They are making a mockery of this process,” the press secretary added. McEnany pointed to a proposal from Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., which […]

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‘Too many are selfish’: US nears 5 million virus cases

Big house parties, no-mask weddings, crowded bars and restaurants — there are reasons the U.S. has racked up more than 155,000 coronavirus deaths, by far the most of any country, and is fast approaching an off-the-charts 5 million confirmed infections, easily the highest in the world. Many Americans have resisted wearing masks and social distancing, […]

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