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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Barack Obama’s Filibuster Hypocrisy – Politics Article

In April of 2005, Sen. Barack Obama took to the floor of the United States Senate and passionately spoke out against Republican efforts to end the filibuster. Then a rising star in the Democratic Party, Obama noted that despite the pressure partisans might feel, it was imperative to “rise above an ‘ends justify the means’ mentality because we’re here to answer to the people—all of the people—not just the ones wearing our party label.” Last week, Obama made precisely the…

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Roger Marshall defeats Kris Kobach in Kansas primary – Politics Article

Rep. Roger Marshall is running well ahead of Kris Kobach in the Republican Senate primary in Kansas. The AP projects that Marshall is the winner. Kobach, Kansas’ former Secretary of State, is something of a conservative hero for his positions on immigration and his tireless work in opposition to voter fraud. However, many Republicans harbored doubts as to whether Kobach could hold the seat for the GOP, considering that he lost the 2018 governor’s race to a Democrat. Thus Majority…

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Obama Encourages Senate Democrats to Eliminate Filibuster – Politics Article

Democrats are looking again at eliminating the filibuster so that they can pass legislation in the Senate without difficulty if they retake the majority, and they gained an ally this week in former President Barack Obama.  Obama said during a politically charged eulogy Thursday at the Atlanta funeral service for Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., that it may be necessary to do away with the filibuster and inaccurately called the procedure a “Jim Crow relic.”  First, Obama called for legislation giving…

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Georgia Senator Is Criticized for Ad Enlarging Jewish Opponent Jon Ossoff’s Nose – Politics Article

ATLANTA — Senator David Perdue of Georgia’s re-election campaign was assailed on Monday for a Facebook advertisement that enlarged the nose of his Democratic opponent, Jon Ossoff, who is Jewish, in a portrayal that critics immediately denounced as anti-Semitic. The Republican senator’s fund-raising ad, which surfaced after The Forward published an article about it on Monday, included grainy photographs of Mr. Ossoff and the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, who is also Jewish. “We must not let Schumer and the…

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Senate GOP Grows Weary with the White House – Politics Article

“Frustration among many Senate Republicans, not to mention Democrats, toward the White House has hit a fever pitch, with many lawmakers — including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — admitting they could break for the August recess without a stimulus bill,” Axios reports. Said one congressional aide: “They came in at the back end with a ton of unrealistic requests, like zeroing out funding for testing and forcing the FBI building into the package.” “Republican leaders privately admit that if negotiations…

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Republicans, Deeply Divided on Virus Aid, Near Agreement on an Opening Offer – Politics Article

Now, with the coronavirus surging, jobless aid set to expire in 10 days, and their re-election races less than four months away, they are stuck assembling a $1 trillion measure that they privately concede will probably grow substantially before their negotiations with Democrats conclude, ideally before both chambers are scheduled to leave Washington in August. “Everyone assumed months ago schools would be reopening, the economy would be re-engaging. That is not necessarily true in many places,” Senator James Lankford, Republican…

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Alabama’s Senate Race Most Negative in the Country – Politics Article

Picking up on the football cues, the Club for Growth’s closing ad in the runoff proclaims Mr. Tuberville “tough as nails” in an ad heavy on graphics that hew closely to the style of a Sunday N.F.L. pregame show. The ad closes with two red helmets colliding at the crown, with a narrator saying, “It’s game time Alabama, send Trump a senator.” Mr. Sessions, who before joining the Trump administration had served as Alabama’s senator for over 20 years, has…

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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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If Democratic fundraising dollars could talk, they’d speak of massive hate for Mitch McConnell – Politics Article

One of those fellow Republicans is South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, who’s also got to be taking a close look at his unfailing allegiance to both McConnell and Trump now that his Democratic opponent, Jaime Harrison, has racked up $14 million total in the second quarter. That doubled what Harrison raised in the first quarter of the race—and that total set a fundraising record in South Carolina. In Maine, where the primary is next week, Democrat Sara Gideon brought in more than $9…

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Don’t Let Fear of COVID-19 Stifle US Election Process – Politics Article

While President Donald Trump has endured criticism from some for planning to hold one of his first political campaign rallies Saturday evening in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when many parts of the country are reopening after being shut down due to the COVID-19 threat, political observers should remember that Liberia managed to hold political rallies in 2014 during the much deadlier Ebola epidemic that was sweeping West Africa.  One could legitimately ask: Why can’t the United States do the same with our…

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What to Watch in Kentucky Election Results and Colorado Senate Race – Politics Article

The Democratic presidential primary may be effectively decided, but there are still elections left on the calendar. And Tuesday brings a handful of new contests, as well as some long-awaited results. There are competitive Democratic Senate primary races in Kentucky (which voted last Tuesday) and Colorado. A governor’s race in Utah. And House Republican primaries in Utah and Colorado as the party chooses candidates to run in highly competitive congressional contests in November. Results may be delayed, with many voters…

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Speaker Pelosi’s Embarrassing Impeachment Blunder – Politics Article

America is the midst of an imaginary impeachment standoff between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Both have drawn firm lines in the sand. Someone’s got to give,” one reporter recently declared. There is, of course, nothing to “give.” Pelosi has no standing to dictate the terms of a Senate trial; no constitutional right or political leverage. Why she has put herself in a position that will ultimately end, one way or another, with her surrendering…

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Another reminder Moscow Mitch is an unprincipled, hypocritical, power-hungry danger to the republic – Politics Article

Rep. Adam Schiff has a reminder for Moscow Mitch McConnell of 2020 on what Mitch McConnell of 1999 had to say about how to conduct an impeachment trial in the Senate: There have been 15 impeachments in the history of this country. Two of them were cut short by resignations, and the other 13 impeachments, there were witnesses. It is not unusual to have a witness in a trial. It is certainly not unusual to have a witness in an…

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Senate GOP In No Hurry To Hear From Bolton For Impeachment Trial – Politics Article

Republican senators held back on Monday from saying whether they would be willing to subpoena former National Security Adviser John Bolton, instead alternately advocating for making that decision after the upcoming impeachment trial’s opening phases or accusing House Democrats of presenting an incomplete case against President Trump. As they returned to Washington Monday evening, many Republicans spoke to the press for the first time since Bolton announced Monday morning he’d be willing to testify if subpoenaed by the Senate. Multiple…

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