Trump’s Orders on Coronavirus Relief Create Confusion – Politics Article

But there was some acknowledgment that the measures could face legal challenges and were not as potent as congressional action. A number of critical provisions are also left unaddressed without a broader deal, including a lapsed federal program for small businesses, another round of stimulus checks, aid to schools confronting the beginning of the academic year and funds for state and local governments reeling from the toll of the pandemic. “The downside of executive orders is you can’t address some…

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Bill Maher Confronts Ex-Clinton Aide About Former President’s Alleged Visit To Epstein’s ‘Sex Island’ – Politics Article

Things took an awkward turn on Friday night’s episode of “Real Time” when host Bill Maher confronted CNN commentator Paul Begala about his former boss Bill Clinton’s ties to the late billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. “Now, Bill Clinton. People are saying that there are witnesses who saw him on Jeffrey Epstein’s sex island,” Maher began, according to Fox News. “Obviously, it’s denied.” Begala, who had been a White House advisor to Clinton during his presidency, shook his head, but Maher…

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Joe Biden And The Tara Reade Assault Allegations – AN SIONNACH FIONN – Politics Article

Are the wheels starting to come off the Joe Biden campaign? Up to this week it seemed certain that the former Vice President was on route to become the presidential candidate for the Democratic Party, taking on Donald Trump in November. With the leadership of the Democrats and allied news media thwarting a second anti-establishment effort by Bernie Sanders to secure the party’s nomination, and with the great and the good of “liberal America” fuelling the Biden machine in money…

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Trump Campaign Slammed for Running Ad Using Doctored Photo of Joe Biden – Politics Article

President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has come under fire for running an ad using a doctored photo of his opponent, Democrat Joe Biden. The ad falsely depicts Biden as “hiding” alone in his basement using an image that was edited to remove several other people. Deep in the heart of Delaware, Joe Biden sits in his basement. Alone. Hiding. Diminished. pic.twitter.com/0QVsbp2iis — Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) August 5, 2020 But the ruse was noticed almost immediately. The…

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Karen Bass, Susan Rice Rise As Biden’s Search for V.P. Nears End – Politics Article

Ms. Bass has also waged a previously undisclosed campaign to woo influential liberal leaders, telephoning union presidents to seek their counsel and support. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is close with Ms. Bass, whom she named to oversee the recent policing reform bill, and has made her admiration clear in private conversations, including with former President Barack Obama. Ms. Pelosi’s aides said she has not conveyed support for any one candidate, is fond of a number of them and, in speaking…

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Biden Continues to Lead Trump in Swing States – Politics Article

Democrat Joe Biden continues to lead President Donald Trump in two crucial swing states. Biden leads Trump by nine points in the swing state of Pennsylvania, according to the latest Franklin and Marshall College poll. 55 percent of Biden’s supporters in Pennsylvania saying they are voting against Trump. 78 percent of Trump supporters say they are voting for Trump because they support him and not because they’re voting against Biden. 95 percent of liberals said they plan to vote for Biden…

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Health Care Takes Center Stage in Battle for Congress During Pandemic – Politics Article

WASHINGTON — In his two newest campaign advertisements, Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana portrays himself as a health care savior, featuring local nurses who say his expansion of public health insurance rescued Montanans and their hospitals. Steve Daines, the first-term Republican senator whom Mr. Bullock is trying to unseat, has his own ad, accusing the governor, a Democrat, of favoring “government-controlled” health care. The dueling commercials illustrate a reality of the accelerating campaign season, which is entering a crucial period…

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Stop Training Saudi Arabia’s Jihad Pilots, by Michelle Malkin – Politics Article

I’m glad the FBI was able to crack the iPhones of the Pensacola naval air base shooter, which confirmed that radicalized Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani had communicated with al-Qaida to carry out a “special operation.” Three young American patriots died in Alshamrani’s December 2019 attack. The more information we have to prevent the needless slaughter of U.S. military members on U.S. soil the better. But Attorney General William Barr’s announcement of the Pensacola jihadist’s unlocked…

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With Jobless Benefits Set to Lapse, Congress Is at Odds Over an Extension – Politics Article

But some Republicans have vowed to oppose the move. Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, went so far as to ask President Trump to reject any future coronavirus relief package that maintained the benefit. (Mr. Trump made no such agreement.) Republicans argued that the unexpected news on Friday that the unemployment rate had declined and employers had added 2.5 million jobs in May was evidence that the benefit was no longer needed. Congress should redirect its focus to ensuring…

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How to End the Democrats’ Health Care Demolition Derby – Politics Article

Chris Matthews The issue of health care ought to provide Democrats a smooth limousine ride to the White House. Polling shows that health care is tied for first, along with the economy, as the leading political issue for Americans, and among voters in the upper Midwest swing states likely to decide the election, Donald Trump gets worse marks for his handling of health care than for any other issue.  Yet in recent months, health care has been more like a…

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White House Notifies Congress of Suleimani Strike Under War Powers Act – Politics Article

The White House sent Congress on Saturday a formal notification under the War Powers Act of the drone strike ordered by President Trump this week that killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, two congressional officials said. The notification, required by law within 48 hours of introducing American forces into armed conflict or a situation that could lead to war, has to be signed and then sent to Congress, according to the officials with knowledge of the plan. Lawmakers expected the document…

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Schumer, Pushing McConnell to Negotiate, Lays Out Plan for Impeachment Trial – Politics Article

Mr. McConnell has yet to reach out directly to Mr. Schumer. However, on Twitter over the weekend, Senator John Cornyn of Texas, who until this year was the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, said he was certain Mr. McConnell would work with the Democratic leader. “Strictly procedural,” Mr. Cornyn wrote, in pushing back against the assertion that Mr. McConnell was letting Mr. Trump plan his own trial. “Customarily the parties try their own cases. Also I am sure Senator McConnell would…

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Impeach Trump or Work With Him? Democrats Are Pushing Forward on Both – Politics Article

Congressional Democrats “are getting more done in two weeks than the U.S. Senate has done in the last year,” said one vulnerable freshman, Representative Tom Malinowski of New Jersey, adding, “The heart of the Democratic Party right now is the Democratic Congress and the House of Representatives.” With time running out before the end of the legislative year — the House is scheduled to finish its work by Dec. 20 — Democrats are in a rush to get everything done.…

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With White House Absent, Impeachment Devolves Into Partisan Brawl – Politics Article

WASHINGTON — Almost from the moment that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her lieutenants decided this fall to pursue the impeachment of President Trump, they made a fateful judgment: If the president intended to do nothing but stonewall and subvert their inquiry, they were not going to be the ones politely sticking to lofty traditions. Mr. Trump’s lawyers have made a similarly cold calculation. After a year of defying without consequence Congress’s attempts to investigate the president’s conduct, they have no…

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Kamala Harris Says She’s Still ‘in This Fight,’ but Out of the 2020 Race – Politics Article

Senator Kamala Harris of California dropped out of the Democratic presidential race on Tuesday after months of low poll numbers and a series of missteps that crippled her campaign, a deflating comedown for a barrier-breaking candidate who was seeking to become the first black woman to win the presidency. The decision came after weeks of upheaval among Ms. Harris’s staff, including layoffs in New Hampshire and at her headquarters in Baltimore, and disarray among her allies. She told supporters in…

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Democrats Increasingly Vocal in Calling ‘Medicare for All’ a Political Liability – Politics Article

“The politics are horrible for the Democratic Party, that’s my judgment,” said Ms. Heitkamp, who lost her seat representing North Dakota last year and is now heading up an effort to win rural voters. “We’re making the issue about our plan rather than what the president has or has not done.” Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who has said it would be a “terrible mistake” for the party nominee to support Medicare for all, is urging Democrats to embrace a…

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