Days from launch, Fed officials eye ‘Main Street’ program expansion

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Jerome Powell testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in Washington By Jonnelle Marte (Reuters) – Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Friday said central bank officials are open to expanding the Main Street Lending Program, which is days away from issuing its first loans, to businesses that may not currently […]

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GOP lawmakers push bill to stop states giving stimulus payments to illegal immigrants

Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would stop money being sent to states issuing coronavirus-related stimulus checks or other cash payments to illegal immigrants — even as efforts to do just that are being promoted by House Democrats. The “No Bailouts for Illegal Aliens Act” was introduced by Sen. Tom […]

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‘Family Crisis’ Preview: Pumpkin Worries About How Honey Boo Boo Would Handle Moving 2 Hours Away

Josh tells Pumpkin about a house he wants to buy that’s 2 hours away in this EXCLUSIVE preview of ‘Mama June: Family Crisis.’ Pumpkin doesn’t want to ‘uproot’ Alana’s life after what she’s been through. Josh Efird is ready for a “fresh start” with Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, and little Ella. […]

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White House hits back after Twitter cracks down on Trump’s Minneapolis tweet, reposts censored message

The White House on Friday pushed back against Twitter after the social media giant censored a tweet by President Trump threatening action against rioters in Minneapolis — with Trump accusing the company of double standards, as his team moved to get around Twitter’s restrictions. “Twitter is doing nothing about all of the lies & propaganda being put out by […]

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Conservative groups push diverse slate of GOP House candidates in effort to take back lost ground

As Republicans bask in the success of victories in two recent House special elections and seek to turn the wins into momentum to potentially take back the chamber in November, conservative groups are contributing to what is a historically diverse field of Republican House candidates, with record numbers of women and minorities running in 2020. To date, more […]

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George Floyd case: House Judiciary Dems demand Barr probe into possible ‘pattern’ of ‘unconstitutional’ conduct by Minneapolis PD

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee demanded Thursday that Attorney General William Barr open an investigation into whether there is a “pattern” of “unconstitutional” conduct by the Minneapolis Police Department in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being pinned to the ground by his neck while he […]

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Biden’s support among College Democrats slips amid Tara Reade claims

Several chapters of the College Democrats are refusing to support Joe Biden in his bid for the White House following sexual assault allegations brought forth by Tara Reade, who was a young staffer in his office nearly 30 years ago when Biden was a senator. BIDEN SAYS HE HOPES TO ANNOUNCE VP PICK AROUND THIS DATE […]

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McEnany says Big Tech ‘reluctant’ to go after posts from Chinese officials despite targeting Trump

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany accused Big Tech of being quick to “censor” President Trump but “reluctant” to label misinformation from Chinese officials. “This is bias in action,” McEnany said at a press briefing on Thursday, after Twitter added a “get the facts” link to a Trump tweet about absentee voting on Wednesday. McEnany also […]

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Trump was ‘very upset’ after watching George Floyd video, McEnany says

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Thursday that President Trump was “very upset” when he saw the George Floyd video in Minnesota. It was “egregious, appalling and tragic,” McEnany continued. “He wants justice to be served.” She said that the video prompted Trump to “pick up the phone” while aboard Air Force One and ask the FBI […]

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House Overwhelmingly Approves Revisions to Small Business Program

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved legislation that would relax the terms of a federal loan program intended to help small businesses weather the pandemic, giving companies more time and flexibility to use the money. The measure would alter the Paycheck Protection Program to allow small businesses 24 weeks instead of eight weeks […]

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House passes legislation to give small businesses more flexibility with PPP loans

The House passed bipartisan legislation Thursday to give small businesses more flexibility with the loans they received during the coronavirus pandemic to keep their businesses afloat. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act of 2020, authored by Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., and Chip Roy, R-Texas, passed with a 417-1 vote and now heads to the Senate. “Millions […]

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Pelosi accuses Facebook of pandering to White House, blasts Twitter for not being tougher on Trump

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she is glad Twitter added a “get the facts” warning after President Trump tweeted about mail-in voting but claimed Twitter and Facebook are still being too soft on the president. Pelosi said she still wants to see the social media networks do more, including removing other comments made by the president. ZUCKERBERG KNOCKS […]

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Management of Bailout Money Poses Political Test for Trump

WASHINGTON — When restaurant industry executives gathered at the White House this month, Tilman J. Fertitta pleaded with President Trump to let his chains of high-end eateries gain access to a government loan program meant for small businesses. Mr. Fertitta, the billionaire owner of the restaurant group Landry’s, told Mr. Trump it was unfair that […]

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Dems abandon vote on bipartisan FISA bill after Trump tweets veto threat

House Democrats scrapped plans to vote on a bipartisan bill to reauthorize national security surveillance tools after President Trump issued a veto threat on Twitter Wednesday night. Democrats had already postponed a vote slated for Wednesday because of earlier objections from the president, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer officially pulled […]

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House Pulls Surveillance Measure After Trump Tells Republicans to Vote No

House Democratic leaders on Thursday withdrew legislation that would revive expired F.B.I. tools to investigate terrorism and espionage and add privacy protections for Americans, after a fragile bipartisan compromise on the bill collapsed following an abrupt repudiation by President Trump. The retreat left uncertain the fate of efforts to overhaul national-security surveillance while extending three […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: 2.1 Million More U.S. Workers File for Unemployment Benefits

Here’s what you need to know: The White House won’t update economic projections this summer. The Trump administration will not issue a midyear update to its economic forecasts this summer, breaking decades of tradition amid the uncertainty of a pandemic recession, administration officials confirmed on Thursday. The decision will spare the administration from having to […]

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US to cancel visas for thousands of Chinese grad students with ties to Chinese military schools: report

The White House plans to cancel visas for thousands of Chinese graduate students affiliated with Chinese universities tied to the People’s Liberation Army, according to a report. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the plan with President Trump during a meeting Tuesday, The New York Times reported, citing officials with knowledge of the discussions. The plan to […]

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Slash tax rate in half for corporations returning to US, White House adviser suggests

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Friday floated the idea of cutting the corporate tax rate in half for US companies that bring their operations back from other countries. “Why not provide a 50 percent discount for the corporate tax rate if you’re moving from outside the US to the US?” Kudlow told reporters […]

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Pelosi tries to rally support for $3T coronavirus relief bill in face of veto threat, GOP ridicule

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday pushed to rally support for Democrats’ latest $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill, even as the White House has threatened to veto the legislation and Republican lawmakers have blasted it as a “parade of absurdities.” The White House, in a formal veto threat overnight, said the bill is packed with “ideological […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Congress Debates New Relief as State Budgets Are Ravaged

Here’s what you need to know: A test used by the White House to detect infection may produce false negatives, according to the F.D.A. Image President Trump inspecting an Abbott Labs testing kit during a coronavirus briefing at the White House in March.Credit…Al Drago for The New York Times The Food and Drug Administration said […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Southeast Asia’s Lockdowns Lead to Safer Roads

U.S. roundup: The C.D.C. releases checklists for schools and businesses seeking to reopen. Image Customers at the International House of Food in Phoenix. The C.D.C. released a set of guidelines to help businesses decide whether to reopen.Credit…Adriana Zehbrauskas for The New York Times The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released six flow charts […]

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Trump to Name Brooke Rollins as Domestic Policy Adviser

President Trump is naming Brooke Rollins, a conservative lawyer and long-serving White House official, as acting domestic policy adviser, according to two senior administration officials. As the acting director of the Domestic Policy Council, which oversees the president’s domestic agenda, Ms. Rollins will lead one of the least visible but most crucial bodies during Mr. […]

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Pelosi calls $3T coronavirus relief bill Democrats’ starting offer as White House issues veto threat

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acknowledged Thursday the long odds of the Democrats’ $3 trillion coronavirus relief legislation of becoming law and suggested the massive bill could be a starting point of negotiations with the White House and Senate. “We’re putting our offer on the table, we’re open to negotiation,” Pelosi said Thursday on the eve […]

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