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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White House, Democrats look to cut coronavirus relief deal on unemployment, evictions by end of week

After days of closed-door coronavirus relief negotiations, Democratic leaders and White House officials are aiming to finalize a deal by the end of the week as pressure mounts on both sides to pass another round of emergency aid. MCCONNELL OPENS DOOR TO EXTENDING $600 UNEMPLOYMENT BOOST The effort to cut a deal by week’s end — with the hopes […]

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Amazon’s ‘The Last Narc’ suggests CIA helped kidnap, murder DEA agent

When DEA narcotics agent ­Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was kidnapped and interrogated in 1985 by the leaders of Mexico’s Guadalajara Cartel, it was like a party. They allegedly held him in a house filled with spectators and depraved participants, including Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, then a foot soldier in the syndicate. “You had a bunch of […]

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Bipartisan leaders of Problem Solvers Caucus predict deal on horizon for coronavirus stimulus bill

The leaders of the House Problem Solvers Caucus Friday expressed optimism that Republicans and Democrats will soon come together on a major coronavirus deal to continue supplemental unemployment benefits, help struggling small businesses and fund the reopening of schools. Reps. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., and Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., predict an agreement will come within a matter of days. […]

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L.A. Olympic officials ask IOC to allow athlete protests

The head organizer for the 2028 Summer Games in Los Angeles has asked Olympic leaders for a rule change that would allow athletes to protest against racism either from the podium or at other times during the international competition. Casey Wasserman, chairman of the LA28 organizing committee, made his request in a letter delivered to […]

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Portland, Oregon, protests relatively calm after US drawdown

Leaders in Portland, Oregon, caught their breath and moved forward with cautious optimism Friday after the first nightly protest in weeks ended without any major confrontations, violence or arrests. The dramatic change in tone outside a federal courthouse that’s become ground zero in clashes between demonstrators and federal agents came after the U.S. government began […]

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‘This Is a New Phase’: Europe Shifts Tactics to Limit Tech’s Power

LONDON — In Brussels, European Union leaders are pursuing a new law that could make it illegal for Amazon and Apple to give their own products preferential treatment over those of rivals that are selling on their online stores. In Britain, officials are drawing up a law to force Facebook to make its services work […]

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County-based witness protection program will help solve violent crimes, victims’ families say

Flanked by faith leaders, Sharita Galloway, whose 16-year-old son Elijah Siims was shot to death in 2016, calls for a more robust witness protection program in Cook County during a press conference outside the Cook County Administration Building in the Loop, Tuesday morning, July 28, 2020. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times Victims’ relatives and faith leaders […]

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Efforts underway in Alaska to remove statues of colonialists

As many in the Lower 48 call for statues of Confederate leaders to be removed amid a national reckoning on race, some Alaska residents are conducting a similar movement demanding statues tied to colonization be eliminated or relocated. A statue of Russian colonialist Alexander Baranov will be taken out of public view in one city […]

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Colorado Rep. Ken Buck says big tech CEO hearing will cover privacy, antitrust and bias allegations

The leaders of America’s most powerful technology companies will soon be grilled by House lawmakers about everything from privacy violations and antitrust behavior to content moderation and political bias allegations. “I think it’s a very important hearing to bring in the leaders of these large platforms and figure out whether we need to update the […]

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AOC-Yoho clash prompts responses from Pelosi, McCarthy, other lawmakers

Leaders of the U.S. House spoke out Thursday in reaction to this week’s clash between Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez D-N.Y. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called for women to be “treated with respect,” while House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., called for Ocasio-Cortez to accept Yoho’s apology. Earlier in the week, Yoho allegedly called Ocasio-Cortez a “f—— […]

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Pac-12 is finalizing a 10-game plan for football season

As conference leaders scramble for scheduling solutions ahead of the tentative start to college football, the Pac-12 is finalizing a plan for a 10-game, conference-only slate, amid a backdrop of rising COVID-19 cases across the region. The Pac-12’s proposal would call for a Sept. 19 start to the season, two weeks after most of the […]

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Rep. Dan Bishop urges police and politicians to renew their public oaths: ‘Citizens are not subjects, they are the served’

Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., on Thursday urged police and political leaders around the country to truly embrace their role as public servants, in an effort to help repair the societal stress caused by a growing mistrust of law enforcement and government within the United States. During a phone interview with Fox News, Bishop was asked about instituting […]

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Senate approves defense bill with provision to change names of Confederate bases

A provision to rename military bases that are named after Confederate leaders has been included in the annual National Defense Authorization Act that the Senate passed on Thursday. The bill, which passed 86-14, earned enough votes to override a veto President Trump has threatened amid the controversy over renaming the bases. The House earlier this week […]

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Counties ask Congress for ‘surge’ of federal aid: ‘We literally have to process the dead bodies’

Leaders from the National Association of Counties (NACo) on Thursday made an urgent call for “direct and flexible” federal funding to help the local governments deal with the economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis as Congress negotiates another relief package. Citing the need to fund their health departments, hospitals, long-term care facilities and more — as […]

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Break-up no more: Euro exit gauges signal calm on recovery fund boost

© Reuters. EU leaders summit in Brussels By Dhara Ranasinghe and Ritvik Carvalho LONDON (Reuters) – Market gauges measuring euro zone break-up risk have fallen silent after this week’s deal among European leaders on a fund to tackle the coronavirus fallout, suggesting fears of another existential crisis for the currency bloc have eased. The European […]

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Ambiguous conditions on EU deal set to embolden Hungary and Poland

2/2 © Reuters. EU leaders summit in Brussels 2/2 By Marton Dunai and Joanna Plucinska BUDAPEST/WARSAW (Reuters) – The European Union’s agreement on a coronavirus recovery fund is likely to embolden nationalist leaders in Poland and Hungary because it sets no mechanism for tying the disbursement of money to democratic norms. EU leaders agreed a […]

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EU leaders strike ‘historic’ $2 trillion deal to rebuild Europe’s economy

After almost five days of fraught discussions, European leaders have agreed to create a €750 billion ($858 billion) recovery fund to rebuild EU economies ravaged by the coronavirus crisis. The European Commission will borrow the money on financial markets and distribute just under half of it — €390 billion euros ($446 billion) — as grants […]

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Political capital from EU recovery deal dwarfs cash prize

© Reuters. European Union leaders summit in Brussels By Jan Strupczewski and John Chalmers BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The economic recovery package agreed on Tuesday after a marathon EU summit ticks most of the political boxes sketched out by the bloc’s jubilant leaders – but its financial achievements appear far less substantial. After 90 hours of […]

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EU sets $2.1T virus aid plan, US deal at risk as cases soar

EU leaders thrashed out a $2.1 trillion plan to aid their pandemic-ravaged economies Tuesday while U.S. lawmakers remained far apart on a deal to provide more financial relief for Americans. Meanwhile, testing of an experimental vaccine showed it may protect people against the coronavirus. The urgency of such research is rising with the pandemic still […]

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European Union leaders agree on $2T recovery spending plan

BRUSSELS — European Union leaders agreed on a $2.06 trillion spending package aimed at containing an unprecedented economic downturn by resorting to new measures that could ultimately deepen the bloc’s economic integration. US KEPT OFF EUROPEAN UNION ‘SAFE LIST’ FOR RESUMPTION OF NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL The package, built around the bloc’s first-ever issuance of hundreds of billions of […]

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EU reaches ‘historic’ deal on pandemic recovery after marathon summit

2/2 © Reuters. EU leaders summit in Brussels 2/2 By Jan Strupczewski and John Chalmers BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders clinched an “historic” deal on a massive stimulus plan for their coronavirus-throttled economies in the early hours of Tuesday, after a fractious summit that lasted almost five days. The agreement paves the way for […]

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Conte: EU recovery fund gives chance to ‘change the face’ of Italy

© Reuters. EU leaders summit in Brussels ROME (Reuters) – Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Tuesday the EU stimulus plan would allow his government to transform Italy and help the bloc as a whole face the COVID-19 crisis with “strength and effectiveness”. [nL5N2ES0EV] Conte said that 28%, or 209 billion euros, of the 750 […]

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EU reaches ‘historic’ deal on post-pandemic recovery after marathon summit

2/2 © Reuters. EU leaders summit in Brussels 2/2 By Jan Strupczewski and John Chalmers BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders reached an “historic” deal on a massive stimulus plan for their coronavirus-hit economies at a pre-dawn meeting on Tuesday after a fractious summit that lasted almost five days. Summit chairman Charles Michel tweeted “Deal” […]

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