McCarthy blames Pelosi’s ‘personal wish list’ for coronavirus stimulus bill failure

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Sunday heaped the blame on Congress’ failure to pass another coronavirus stimulus bill on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “personal wish list” and defended President Trump’s use of executive orders to defer payroll taxes and replace an expired unemployment benefit with a lower amount. “Remember, every time we’ve done […]

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Schumer blasts Trump’s executive orders as ‘a big show’ that ‘won’t do the job’ for coronavirus relief

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Sunday blasted President Trump’s recent executive orders as “a big show” that won’t “do anything” as lawmakers continue to voice their discontent over the president’s moves following the collapse of negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package. Schumer, who appeared on ABC’s “This Week,” is one […]

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This wanted mobster ‘killed enough people to fill a small cemetery’

Few would recognize Matteo Messina Denaro on the street, but the Cosa Nostra leader is one of the most sought-after fugitives on the planet. His reign of terror amped up in 1993, after authorities tracked down and arrested Sicilian mafia boss Salvatore “Toto” Riina, who had spent 23 years on the lam, in Palermo, Italy. […]

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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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Republicans warn mail-in voting rhetoric could backfire as Trump modifies stance

In the Trump era, it’s rare to see a GOP leader in Congress publicly disagree with President Trump on an issue of great importance to the president. But that’s what happened this week when Sen. John Thune of South Dakota – the second highest-ranking Republican in the Senate – pushed back when questioned about Trump’s monthslong […]

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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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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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McConnell mocks Malibu for seeking stimulus funding to help with electric car conversion

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., expressed incredulity on Wednesday after receiving a letter from the tony beachside California city of Malibu asking that funding be included in the next coronavirus stimulus bill to help with the “conversion to an all-electric city fleet” of cars and other priorities. Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell mocked […]

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McConnell slams Democrats for moving ‘1 inch in 8 days’ on coronavirus bill – Schumer responds

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed Democratic leaders on Wednesday for moving “one inch in eight days” on coronavirus relief negotiations, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer responded by calling the comments “potshots.” “Speaker Pelosi herself called this crisis a wonderful opportunity, and it’s clear they view it that way because while Americans are struggling, […]

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McConnell open to extending $600 unemployment boost in coronavirus stimulus deal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he could support extending the extra $600-a-week unemployment benefit in the next coronavirus relief package — so long as President Trump backs the measure. Democratic leaders and White House officials are trying to finalize another round of emergency aid this week and hold a vote in Congress next week. If […]

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Cori Bush Defeats William Lacy Clay in a Show of Progressive Might

ST. LOUIS — Cori Bush, a progressive activist and a leader of the swelling protest movement for racial justice, toppled Representative William Lacy Clay Jr. of Missouri in a Democratic primary on Tuesday, notching the latest in a stunning string of upsets against the party establishment. Ms. Bush, 44, had captured nearly 49 percent of […]

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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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Why Kentucky might be the key to the Senate majority

Description: Amy McGrath is keeping Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell on his toes, after she won the Democratic nomination for Kentucky Senate earlier this summer. Now, the Republican establishment is having to spend time and money to ensure one of their party’s top leaders stays in office. Chris Cillizza explains why this is so important. […]

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Dr. Birx says U.S. in ‘new phase’ of pandemic; Pelosi gives doc no confidence vote

White House coronavirus task force leader Dr. Deborah Birx says widespread coronavirus infections in urban and rural America mark a “new phase” for the pandemic as she doubled down on calls to wear face masks and observe social distancing measures. Birx, speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning, said “What we are seeing […]

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This day in sports: Yankees catcher Thurman Munson killed in plane crash

Thurman Munson, the catcher and team leader of the New York Yankees, was killed in a plane crash on this date in 1979 while he was practicing takeoffs and landings at Akron-Canton Airport near his home in Ohio. Munson was trying to land his Cessna Citation twin-engine jet which he had recently purchased, but the […]

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Iran Says It Detained Leader of California-Based Exile Group

TEHRAN — Iran on Saturday said it had detained an Iranian-American leader of a little-known, California-based opposition group for allegedly planning a 2008 attack on a mosque that killed 14 people and wounded over 200 others. Iran’s Intelligence Ministry also asserted that the detained man, Jamshid Sharmahd of the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, planned more […]

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Iran Will Expand Nuclear Program and Won’t Talk to U.S., Ayatollah Says

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has said in a televised address that Iran will expand its nuclear program and will not negotiate with the United States, doubling down on his defiance of the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” policy. In a Friday speech for the Eid al-Adha holiday, Ayatollah Khamenei said that entering talks with […]

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Hang-ups, lies and wrong numbers: Contact tracers’ uphill fight against COVID-19

Erik Garcia is a manager at the South Side Walk-In and Express Clinic and a leader with the contact tracing team at the Howard Brown Health Clinic. | Victor Hilitski / Sun-Time The state of Illinois wants 90 percent of infections traced within 24 hours of a diagnosis, but officials in some areas admit they […]

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Mexican megachurch leader charged again with child rape

The leader of a Mexican megachurch has been charged a second time with child rape after earlier charges were thrown out By ROBERT JABLON Associated Press July 31, 2020, 4:06 AM 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article LOS ANGELES — California on Wednesday charged the leader of a Mexican megachurch with […]

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McConnell suggests Dems are trying to ‘sabotage’ the next coronavirus bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday said that Democrats were trying to “sabotage” the coronavirus bill currently being worked on by lawmakers for political reasons the same way, McConnell said, that they stymied Senate Republicans’ police reform efforts last month. McConnell, R-Ky., made the remarks just days before Americans will lose their boosted unemployment benefits from […]

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‘I Just Don’t Get It’: Republicans Balk at Funding F.B.I. Building in Virus Bill

WASHINGTON — Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate majority leader, looked startled on Monday when first asked why Republicans had agreed to a White House demand that $1.75 billion for a new F.B.I. building be tucked into their emergency coronavirus relief bill. Senator Richard C. Shelby of Alabama, the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, framed […]

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Schumer says $600 unemployment benefits nonnegotiable, after Hoyer says it is

Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said a $600 per week federal unemployment boost was not negotiable in moving forward with a coronavirus package, after the Senate rolled out relief legislation offering $200 per week. Earlier Tuesday House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said his party could be willing to compromise on the $600 number. “Look, […]

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