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Sen. John Thune, opposing $15 min wage, says he earned $6 as a kid—that's $24 with inflation

Sen. John Thune, opposing $15 min wage, says he earned $6 as a kid—that's $24 with inflation

ShareIn a tweet voicing his opposition to raising the national minimum wage to $15 an hour, Republican South Dakota Senator John Thune said he made $6 an hour working at a restaurant as a "kid." Adjusted for modern inflation, that would be $24 an hour today.Congressional have largely opposed the Democratic proposal to raise the minimum wage. They argue a wage hike will harm small businesses who have already been economically harmed during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic."I started working by bussing tables at the Star Family Restaurant for $1/hour & slowly moved up to cook – the big leagues...

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Will COVID-19 become endemic? Experts and vaccine producers warn of yearly shots

Will COVID-19 become endemic? Experts and vaccine producers warn of yearly shots

ShareAs medical professionals and epidemiologists discuss how to stop from Brazil, South Africa, the United Kingdom and elsewhere, experts say that the coronavirus' ability to mutate quickly may make the virus endemic, that is, a regular presence in society. As such, staying immune to it may require annual vaccinations designed to help people maintain resistance to new variants, a strategy similar to that used to combat the flu."Every time it mutates, it's almost like another click of the dial so to speak where we can see another variant, another mutation that can have an impact on its...

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United Airlines investigating who leaked Ted Cruz's Cancun flight Info

United Airlines investigating who leaked Ted Cruz's Cancun flight Info

ShareUnited Airlines has begun investigating who leaked Republican Texas Senator 's flight information for his retrurn trip from Cancun, Mexico to Texas earlier this week.Cruz faced widespread criticism for traveling to the Mexican beach spot while millions of his constituents in his home state went A few Texans during the storms.Around noon on Thursday, Edward Russell, lead airlines reporter at the travel industry publication Skift, said on that a source at told him that "Senator Ted Cruz rebooked his flight back to Houston from Cancun for this afternoon at around 6 a.m. today...

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Biden says administration "committed" to $1400 stimulus checks, pressures Congress to pass legislation

Biden says administration "committed" to $1400 stimulus checks, pressures Congress to pass legislation

ShareDemocratic President said on Friday that his administration remains "committed" to releasing $1,400 stimulus checks. He said the checks will arrive "as soon as passes my legislation."Biden made his comments in a brief video in which he answered questions about the checks, COVID-19 vaccinations and his morning breakfast."You can get your stimulus check as soon as the House and Senate pass my legislation," Biden said. "We committed to you, Democrat and Republican, a $2,000 stimulus check. $600 came forward last time around. Another $1,400 will be coming."Biden said the checks would go to...

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Donald Trump thinks smaller $600 stimulus checks lost Republicans control of Senate

Donald Trump thinks smaller $600 stimulus checks lost Republicans control of Senate

ShareFormer President has blamed Minority Leader 's push for $600 stimulus checks for losing Georgia's January 5 special Senate runoff election that lost the GOP control of the congressional upper chamber.In a blasting McConnell, Trump referred to the January 5 election as "the Georgia disaster," adding, "We should have won both U.S. Senate seats, but McConnell matched the Democrat offer of $2,000 stimulus checks with $600. How does that work? It became the ' principal advertisement, and a big winner for them it was."Trump then claimed that many of the political advertisements also featured...

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Progressives push for Joe Biden's $1,400 stimulus checks on President's Day: "44 days"

Progressives push for Joe Biden's $1,400 stimulus checks on President's Day: "44 days"

ShareOn President's Day, progressive politicians and journalists on social media pushed and President for the $1,400 stimulus checks that have promised to deliver to Americans.Before taking office, Biden said that he to get the checks passed through Congress. "We don't have a second to waste when it comes to delivering the American people the relief they desperately need," he said. But weeks have gone by since Biden's inauguration and the instalment of a new Congress, and the president's stimulus plan has still not been passed.On , former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner wrote, "44 Days,"...

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Trump lawyer raises eyebrows by meeting "very friendly" GOP senators on eve of impeachment defense

Trump lawyer raises eyebrows by meeting "very friendly" GOP senators on eve of impeachment defense

ShareOn Thursday, three Republican Senators—Ted Cruz of Texas, of South Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah—reportedly met with former President 's impeachment defense attorneys, according to Cruz and Trump attorney David Schoen.Schoen called the three senators "very friendly," a comment which raised eyebrows seeing as senators are often thought to serve as impartial jurors during impeachment trials. In other criminal and civil trials, jurors are forbidden from meeting with or expressing overt favor to lawyers involved in the case.Schoen claimed that the senators met with them to ensure that they...

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Marjorie Taylor Greene claims Capitol riot ruined GOP effort to overturn election: "Trump's the victim"

Marjorie Taylor Greene claims Capitol riot ruined GOP effort to overturn election: "Trump's the victim"

ShareIn tweets made during the Tuesday impeachment trial of former President , in which he stands accused of inciting the January 6 insurrection, Republican Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene claimed that the insurrectionists were not in fact or Trump-supporters but merely anti-government.To back up her argument, she said that the insurrectionists tried to stop Congressional Republicans' efforts to challenge Biden's electoral victory."If the organizers were Trump supporters, then why did they attack us while we were objecting to electoral college votes for ? The attack RUINED our...

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Joe Biden says $15 minimum wage likely won't be in COVID plan, suggests standalone bill

Joe Biden says $15 minimum wage likely won't be in COVID plan, suggests standalone bill

SharePresident has said that he doesn't expect his proposal for a national $15 minimum wage to be passed in his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill as originally planned because of rules. Instead, he has said it might need to be passed as its own standalone bill.When asked by CBS Nightly News anchor Norah O'Donnell whether he'd be willing to negotiate with Republicans who have opposed his minimum wage proposal, Biden said, "Apparently, that's not going to occur because of the rules of the United States Senate."Biden might've been referring to congressional Democrat plans to pass the bulk...

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Missouri state Rep. Tricia Derges indicted for selling fake "stem cell shot"

Missouri state Rep. Tricia Derges indicted for selling fake "stem cell shot"

ShareTricia Derges, a Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives, has pleaded not guilty after being indicted by a federal jury for allegedly offering a fake COVID-19 stem cell cure from clinics that she runs in the southern part of the state. She also faces other charges of illegally prescribing controlled substances and making false statements to federal investigators.The 20-count indictment against the 63-year-old state lawmaker said that she used seminars, media interviews and social media to promote a "stem cell shot" marketed as Regenerative Biologics, something she...

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Mitch McConnell comes out against Marjorie Taylor Greene with removal efforts underway

Mitch McConnell comes out against Marjorie Taylor Greene with removal efforts underway

ShareRepublican Minority Leader has criticized Republican Georgia House Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene for her belief in extremist conspiracy theories.He is one of the few to openly speak against the freshman congresswoman, even as Democrats move to get Greene removed from her recent assignments to the House Committee on Education and Labor and the House Budget Committee as well as preventing her from getting placed on any other influential congressional committees in the future."Somebody who's suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were...

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Sandy Hook parents slam "hoaxer" Marjorie Taylor Greene's assignment to education committee

Sandy Hook parents slam "hoaxer" Marjorie Taylor Greene's assignment to education committee

ShareParents of two children gunned down in the December 2012 mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School have criticized the placement of Georgia Republican House Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene onto the House Education and Labor Committee, a committee that oversees issues of school safety. Their criticism stems from the fact that Greene has previously suggested that the Sandy Hook and Parkland school shootings were staged events meant to increase firearm regulations.Mark Barden, father of Daniel Barden, and Nicole Hockley, mother of Dylan Hockley, two children gunned down in...

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CNN's Don Lemon rips Josh Hawley for cancel culture claims, asks "Do you need a binkie?"

CNN's Don Lemon rips Josh Hawley for cancel culture claims, asks "Do you need a binkie?"

ShareCNN anchorman Don Lemon on Monday evening mocked Missouri Senator Josh Hawley for claiming that he's a victim of left-wing "cancel culture" over backlash he has experienced following his opposition to certifying President 's election win.Hawley's critics say that his opposition to Biden's victory helped inspired insurrectionists who ransacked the Capitol on January 6. The insurrectionists had hoped to prevent Congress from certifying Biden as the election's winner.In a cover essay published by the New York Post on Monday, Hawley claimed he had been "canceled" and "muzzled" in the U.S....

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Eric Munchel, zip tie rioter, had arsenal at home, took arms stash to Capitol, FBI says

Eric Munchel, zip tie rioter, had arsenal at home, took arms stash to Capitol, FBI says

ShareEric Gavelek Munchel—the 30-year-old insurrectionist who was and after being pictured in viral videos wearing a tactical vest and carrying zip ties around the congressional chamber during the January 6 riot on the Capitol—stashed weapons before entering the building and also had a home arsenal which included numerous firearms, a sniper rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition."When Munchel entered the Capitol, he was dressed for combat: he wore combat boots, military fatigues, a tactical vest, gloves, and a gaiter that covered all of his face except for his eyes," a Department of...

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GOP lawmaker claimed "Democratic machine" paid Capitol rioters to make Trump look bad

GOP lawmaker claimed "Democratic machine" paid Capitol rioters to make Trump look bad

ShareAs rioters supporting President attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, newly elected Republican North Carolina Congressman Madison Cawthorn told conservative talk radio program The Charlie Kirk Show that the "Democratic machine" had placed "agitators" among the mob in order to make Trump and his followers look bad."I believe that this was agitators strategically placed inside of this group—you can call them Antifa, you can call them people paid by the Democratic machine—but to make the Trump campaign, the Trump movement, look bad, and to make this look like it was a violent outrage,...

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41 percent of Republicans are unconcerned with violence before Biden inauguration: Poll

41 percent of Republicans are unconcerned with violence before Biden inauguration: Poll

ShareAs law enforcement agencies prepare for possible violence leading up to the January 20 inauguration of President-elect , a new poll has found that 41 percent of are unconcerned about such violence. Only 17 percent of feel unconcerned.The poll, conducted between January 8 and 11 by the Washington, D.C. newspaper The Hill and the market research company HarrisX, asked 2,854 registered voters whether they were concerned about possible violence before Biden's inauguration.While 73 percent of all respondents said that they felt very or somewhat concerned, 27 percent said they felt not very...

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Georgia man arrested in pro-Trump capitol riot dies by suicide

Georgia man arrested in pro-Trump capitol riot dies by suicide

ShareChristopher Stanton Georgia, a man from the state of Georgia who was recently arrested for participating in last Wednesday's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, died on Saturday by suicide after a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.Georgia had been charged with "entering certain property, that is, the United States Capitol Grounds, against the will of the United States Capitol Police" past the set Washington D.C. curfew of 6 p.m. local time. He was arrested with three other men in his group.Georgia was just one of 70 of the arrestees who have been charged for their role in last...

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Ted Cruz faces mounting backlash, possible censure as top aide resigns abruptly

Ted Cruz faces mounting backlash, possible censure as top aide resigns abruptly

ShareFollowing the resignation of his communications director, Republican Texas Senator is facing a potential congressional censure as and some have accused him of being partially responsible for the attempted coup at the Capitol last Wednesday.Cruz's communications director Lauren Blair Bianchi resigned because she was reportedly "unhappy with the direction the office had taken" following Cruz's opposition to ' January 6 certification of President-elect 's Electoral College win, according to The New York Times."Senator Cruz and Lauren agreed that it would be best to part ways," Cruz's...

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Donald Trump impeachment won't remove him from office, Mitch McConnell memo suggests

Donald Trump impeachment won't remove him from office, Mitch McConnell memo suggests

ShareThe won't even start 's impeachment trial until Joe Biden is president unless all 100 senators agree to a hearing, outgoing Majority Leader said in a memo.Nancy Pelosi gave Trump by the House of Representatives for inciting a mob that stormed the Capitol on Wednesday to prevent Joe Biden from being certified as president-elect.But even if the House succeeds in ramming through articles of impeachment in the 10 remaining days of Trump's term, the Senate is in a pro-forma session in which it conducts no business.According to McConnell's memo, first reported on by The Washington Post, the...

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Proud Boys leader banned from D.C. as members attend pro-Trump protests incognito

Proud Boys leader banned from D.C. as members attend pro-Trump protests incognito

ShareAfter being arrested on Monday for destroying a (BLM) banner at a historic Black church in Washington D.C., on Tuesday, Magistrate Judge Renee Raymond ordered the conditional release of Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio provided that he stay out of the District of Columbia.However, last week Tarrio announced on the right-wing social network Parler that he and other Proud Boys planned to attend a January 6 protest in Washington D.C. incognito to support the election overturn efforts of President Donald Trump.On December 12, Tarrio tore down a BLM banner from Asbury United Methodist...

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Louie Gohmert should be disbarred over election fraud lawsuit, lawyers' group says

Louie Gohmert should be disbarred over election fraud lawsuit, lawyers' group says

ShareLawyers Defending American Democracy (LDAD), a group that claims to represent 5,000 lawyers nationwide, has publicly asked for disciplinary bodies responsible for overseeing lawyers to censure Republican Texas Representative Louie Gohmert and any other lawyers who supported Gohmert's lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of the presidential election in favor of President ."Even if a client wants it, a lawyer must never represent a client in a way that is frivolous, dishonest, untruthful, and malicious and an attorney must not knowingly induce them to do so," LDAD wrote in a public...

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GOP congressman-elect to oppose Biden win certification, says "no question" Trump won

GOP congressman-elect to oppose Biden win certification, says "no question" Trump won

ShareRepublican Utah Representative-elect Burgess Owens has said he'll join other Republicans on January 6 to challenge the congressional approval of the Electoral College's final vote in favor of President-elect Joe Biden.Owens told The Salt Lake Tribune that he believes President actually won the November election, stating, "There's no question in my mind that I think he won.""I think it's the right thing to do," Owens said of Republican attempts to oppose the electoral vote. "Seventy-plus percent of conservatives say that this [election] is not fair. We the people should have this...

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Satanic Temple challenges 18 states' abortion laws with religious exemption claim

Satanic Temple challenges 18 states' abortion laws with religious exemption claim

ShareThe Satanic Temple, a national religious rights organization with chapters in 21 states, has recently erected two billboards in Texas and Florida encouraging followers to challenge state restrictions on abortions conducted during the first trimester by claiming that the restrictions violate their religious beliefs as Satanists. Over 18 states have such restrictions.The group, which claims not to believe "in the existence of Satan or the supernatural" and regularly advocates for all beliefs and non-beliefs to be treated equally under the law, has also released a "religious abortion...

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Arizona GOP chair's online remarks could hasten demise of election lawsuit against Pence

Arizona GOP chair's online remarks could hasten demise of election lawsuit against Pence

ShareA YouTube video of Arizona Republican Party chair Kelli Ward is being used to undermine a lawsuit she filed with Texas Republican Representative Louie Gohmert and 11 other Republicans in the state to overturn the election in favor of President .The lawsuit, filed on December 27, seeks to challenge the 1887 Electoral Count Act, a law that requires Vice President to oversee a congressional approval of the Electoral College's final votes for president. The lawsuit, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District, argues that the law violates the 12th Amendment of the U.S....

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Scottish leader tells EU "Scotland will be back soon," renewing talks of independence

Scottish leader tells EU "Scotland will be back soon," renewing talks of independence

ShareIn a tweet issued late Thursday night, Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, suggested that her country could emerge as a nation independent of Great Britain, just as the three-nation union has finalized "Brexit", its formal disjoining of the 27-nation European Union."Scotland will be back soon, Europe. Keep the light on 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿❤️🇪🇺❤️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿" Sturgeon tweeted on Thursday near 11:40 p.m. local time.The tweet echoed comments she had made during a November 30 virtual meeting of the Scottish National Party (SNP) of which she is the head. During her comments, she argued that...

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