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Sen. Sherrod Brown insists Dems "gonna make it happen" when it comes to $15 minimum wage

Sen. Sherrod Brown insists Dems "gonna make it happen" when it comes to $15 minimum wage

ShareSenator Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, insisted that in are "gonna make it happen" in regards to raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, despite the 's parliamentarian ruling that this proposal could not go through the budget reconciliation process.Progressive Democrats have pushed for the $15 minimum wage, which is backed by President , to be passed as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan that will provide further COVID-19 relief amid the ongoing pandemic. But the Senate parliamentarian ruled last week that the wage hike doesn't fit with the complicated rules...

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Ex-RNC chair urges Trump voters to leave GOP to form new party: "There's the door"

Ex-RNC chair urges Trump voters to leave GOP to form new party: "There's the door"

ShareMichael Steele, the former chair of the Republican National Committee, welcomed the idea of former President organizing a new political party that his voters could join to leave the GOP.Recent polls have shown that a significant number—if not a majority—of Republican voters would follow Trump and leave the GOP if the former president chose to form a new political party. However, that appears to be an unlikely possibility as most Republican voters remain loyal to Trump, with those opposed to him appearing to be a relatively small minority within the political party. Steele commented on...

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Biden adviser says Congress is only place where GOP doesn't support $1.9 trillion stimulus

Biden adviser says Congress is only place where GOP doesn't support $1.9 trillion stimulus

ShareCedric Richmond, a senior adviser to President , pointed to significant support for the administration's proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package among Republican voters as well as among GOP mayors and governors on Monday—calling out congressional for not backing the package."We have many Republican mayors, we have Republican governors, we have more than 50 percent of Republicans in this country—46 percent of Trump supporters [backing this bill]," Richmond said during an interview with . "There's just one place that we don't have anybody that has signed on yet and that's in the...

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GOP Gov. Larry Hogan urges party to leave "cult of Donald Trump," hails conviction votes

GOP Gov. Larry Hogan urges party to leave "cult of Donald Trump," hails conviction votes

ShareMaryland's Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, suggested on Sunday that he would have voted to convict former President if he had been serving as a juror in the , while also urging the GOP to leave the "cult" of the former commander in chief.Hogan has and clashed with Trump. The Maryland governor called on Trump to resign or be removed from office following the violent insurrection by the then president's supporters against the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Although Trump was impeached a week later by the House of Representatives, he remained in the White House until the end of his term...

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Lindsey Graham warns Kamala Harris may be impeached if Republicans take back House

Lindsey Graham warns Kamala Harris may be impeached if Republicans take back House

ShareSenator , a South Carolina Republican and close ally of former President , threatened on Sunday that Vice President will face impeachment if take back the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm elections.The GOP lawmaker—along with some other Republicans—has repeatedly compared Harris' decision to support bailing out demonstrators who had been arrested last spring to Trump's actions ahead of the January 6 insurrection against the U.S. Capitol. Following the vote to acquit Trump on Saturday, Graham again reiterated this comparison—arguing that Harris was guilty of inciting...

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Geraldo Rivera asks "what the hell" Trump expected supporters to do on January 6

Geraldo Rivera asks "what the hell" Trump expected supporters to do on January 6

ShareGeraldo Rivera, who has been personal friends with former President for several decades, condemned the former commander in chief's actions and words ahead of the January 6 insurrection by his supporters against the U.S. Capitol.The is currently carrying out a trial for Trump after the House of Representatives impeached the then president last month for helping to incite the riot targeting . The former president had repeatedly pushed that President won the election through widespread voter fraud and urged his supporters to come to Washington, D.C., for "wild" demonstrations on January...

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Progressives frustrated by Biden's willingness to compromise on $1,400 stimulus checks

Progressives frustrated by Biden's willingness to compromise on $1,400 stimulus checks

ShareProgressives in have expressed frustration at President 's willingness to discuss lowering the income threshold for Americans to be eligible for $1,400 stimulus checks.Some and moderate have raised concerns that Americans who have not been economically disadvantaged by the received the first and second round of stimulus checks. These lawmakers have suggested that a third round of direct payments should be more targeted, going to individuals earning $50,000 or less and couples making up to $100,00—instead of $75,000 and $150,000 respectively as was previously done."Further targeting...

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Josh Hawley is the only Republican senator to vote against all of Biden's Cabinet nominees so far

Josh Hawley is the only Republican senator to vote against all of Biden's Cabinet nominees so far

ShareSenator Josh Hawley is now the only Republican to have voted against confirming every Cabinet nominee put forward by President thus far.Hawley, who represents Missouri, declined on Tuesday to support the confirmation of Transportation Secretary , who made history as the first openly gay person to be confirmed to the Cabinet, and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, the first Latino and first immigrant to be confirmed to that post.Twelve other joined Hawley in voting against Buttigieg, and 43 Republican senators voted against Mayorkas. But only Hawley has voted "nay" for...

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Bernie Sanders confident Dems can pass $1.4K stimulus checks, COVID relief without Republicans

Bernie Sanders confident Dems can pass $1.4K stimulus checks, COVID relief without Republicans

ShareSenator expressed confidence that can pass President 's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package—which includes $1,400 stimulus checks— without Republican support after GOP senators put forward a significantly smaller package.A group of 10 , led by Senator Susan Collins of Maine, sent a letter to the White House on Sunday requesting a meeting with Biden that they believed could pass quickly through with bipartisan backing. The proposed package is significantly scaled back, totaling $600 billion—or less than a third of Biden's proposal—with just $1,000 direct payments.Although Sanders, a...

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Adam Kinzinger says Trump is "desperate" to look like he's still leading GOP

Adam Kinzinger says Trump is "desperate" to look like he's still leading GOP

ShareRepresentative Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, described former President as "desperate," saying the ex-commander in chief wants to appear as the continued leader of the GOP.Kinzinger, one of 10 Republican House lawmakers Trump alongside earlier this month, made the remark during a Sunday interview with News' Meet the Press. The GOP congressman was commenting on the photo released by Trump after a Thursday meeting with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, at the former president's Mar-a-Lago private club."It shows that the former president is desperate...

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AOC calls out Josh Hawley's "muzzled" claim: "You're just deeply unpopular"

AOC calls out Josh Hawley's "muzzled" claim: "You're just deeply unpopular"

ShareRepresentative , a New York Democrat, called out Senator Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, for claiming in a widely read op-ed that he's been "muzzled."In a cover essay published by the New York Post on Monday, Hawley claimed that he'd been "canceled" and "muzzled" in the U.S. The title of Hawley's essay is "It's time to stand up against the muzzling of America." The GOP lawmaker, who has been widely criticized for formally objecting to Arizona's and Pennsylvania's electoral votes when they were certified by earlier this month, linked to the article in a tweet Ocasio-Cortez later...

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Chris Christie condemns Republicans still lying about election: "It's shameful"

Chris Christie condemns Republicans still lying about election: "It's shameful"

Share, the former GOP New Jersey governor, strongly criticized fellow who continue to baselessly claim that President won the election through widespread voter fraud.Former President and his loyalist supporters have alleged, without evidence, that Biden and the "stole" and "rigged" the election. There is no basis to this extraordinary claim, and lawsuits attempting to overturn the election results filed by the former president and his supporters have in state and federal courts.Although Christie was a longtime ally to Trump, he has forcefully criticized the ex-president's claims about the...

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MLK's son, on MLK day, endorses Andrew Yang to be NYC mayor

MLK's son, on MLK day, endorses Andrew Yang to be NYC mayor

ShareThe son of legendary Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. endorsed New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang on Monday, coinciding with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.Martin Luther King III shared his endorsement in a video message posted online by Yang, a former Democratic presidential hopeful and New York City-based businessman. King III highlighted his father's calls for universal basic income—a signature policy position Yang has popularized—in his endorsement of the mayoral candidate.Describing Yang as "my friend," King III said he would serve as co-chair of the mayoral...

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Trump "accelerated extremism around the world": former CIA counterterrorism official

Trump "accelerated extremism around the world": former CIA counterterrorism official

SharePhilip Mudd, a former counterterrorism official, warned that President has "accelerated extremism around the world" during his tenure in the White House.A mob of pro-Trump rioters, many of whom were white supremacists carrying Confederate flags or other racist symbols, stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Five people died in the violence, which was aimed at overturning President-elect 's victory in the Electoral College. The images were reminiscent of other demonstrations that have taken place since Trump took office, such as the 2017 Charlottesville, Virginia "United the Right...

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Chinese state media declares U.S. "most failed country of 2020"

Chinese state media declares U.S. "most failed country of 2020"

ShareA prominent Chinese tabloid has concluded that the United States was the "most failed country of 2020."The Global Times, an English-language tabloid published by the Chinese Communist Party, took aim at the U.S., its political upheaval and bungled response to the COVID-19 pandemic in a Wednesday editorial. The article was titled, "While China fights virus, U.S. indulges in power struggle," referencing President 's unconstitutional efforts to remain in power despite losing the election."The U.S.' political focus is always far away from the public's urgent needs," the editorial said."If...

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GOP congressman calls on Christian leaders to "admit their mistakes" in pushing Trump's conspiracies

GOP congressman calls on Christian leaders to "admit their mistakes" in pushing Trump's conspiracies

ShareRepresentative Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, called on Christian leaders who have pushed President 's baseless claims of widespread voter fraud to "admit their mistakes," suggesting this was necessary to lead their followers to the truth.Hundreds of Trump's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday as convened to certify the election victory of President-elect . At a rally earlier in the day, Trump had to the Capitol and "fight" as he continued to push unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud. These baseless allegations have been thoroughly litigated, with more...

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"You did it": Fox News' Jeanine Pirro blasts pro-Trump Capitol rioters, says don't blame antifa

"You did it": Fox News' Jeanine Pirro blasts pro-Trump Capitol rioters, says don't blame antifa

ShareFox News host Jeanine Pirro didn't mince words in calling out pro-Trump rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week, condemning those who have baselessly claimed that antifa was responsible for the violence.A mob of hundreds of President 's supporters on Wednesday as met to certify President-elect 's victory in the election. They carried out the assault—which left five dead—after the president told them at a Washington, D.C. rally to march to the legislative building and "fight" for him, while his personal lawyer said he wanted "trial by combat" to overturn the election results.The...

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"2020 election is over": bipartisan group of senators denounces GOP colleagues' objections

"2020 election is over": bipartisan group of senators denounces GOP colleagues' objections

ShareA bipartisan group of 10 senators, including four Republicans, issued a statement Sunday criticizing planned efforts by some of their GOP colleagues to challenge the election results from key battleground states in Congress this WednesdayPresident and his loyalist supporters that President-elect won the November 3 election due to widespread voter fraud. These allegations have been rejected or dismissed in more than 50 legal challenges brought to state and federal courts. Even multiple judges appointed by Trump and other Republicans have ruled against the president and his...

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GOP-controlled Senate rebukes Trump, joining House in overriding NDAA veto

GOP-controlled Senate rebukes Trump, joining House in overriding NDAA veto

ShareThe Republican-controlled Senate joined the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives in rebuking the White House with the first veto override vote of President 's tenure as commander-in-chief, 81-13, on New Year's Day."It's a serious responsibility," Senate Majority Leader said of the $741 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Friday afternoon. "But it's also a tremendous opportunity: to direct our national security priorities to reflect the resolve of the American people and the evolving threats to their safety, at home and abroad."The NDAA, which will keep the...

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Ex-Pence aide "very concerned" about Trump inciting violence on January 6

Ex-Pence aide "very concerned" about Trump inciting violence on January 6

ShareOlivia Troye, Vice President 's former homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, warned that she is personally "very concerned" about the possibility of violence from President 's supporters on January 6—the day Congress formally counts the electoral votes.The Electoral College voted on December 14 to certify President-elect 's win against Trump. But the president and his supporters continue to claim, without evidence, that Biden won through widespread voter fraud. Legal challenges brought by lawyers for the president and his supporters have nearly all failed. Former Attorney...

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Stacey Abrams says Warnock, Ossoff "leading kind of turnout" Democrats need in Ga. runoffs

Stacey Abrams says Warnock, Ossoff "leading kind of turnout" Democrats need in Ga. runoffs

ShareDemocratic activist and organizer Stacey Abrams praised Georgia senatorial candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff for "increasing" voter participation and "leading the kind of turnout" that Democrats need to win in the traditionally conservative state.Warnock and Ossoff will face off against Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in the January 5 runoffs, after none of the contenders secured more than 50 percent in the general election on November 3. Under Georgia's constitution, candidates must garner the majority of votes, not just a plurality, to win their race. The...

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California church with over $1 million in COVID fines received PPP loan worth $340,000

California church with over $1 million in COVID fines received PPP loan worth $340,000

ShareA California church with hundreds of attendees has received just over $340,000 in Paycheck Protection Program forgivable federal loans while also being fined more than $1 million for defying public health orders against holding indoor gatherings amid the surging COVID-19 pandemic.Calvary Chapel San Jose went forward with an indoor Christmas Eve service despite Santa Clara County's public health order against such gatherings, NBC Bay Area Thursday evening. The northern California church had already racked up fines of more than $1 million for previous violations of state health orders....

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"Should be scary" that lawmakers don't know fate of COVID stimulus, congressman says

"Should be scary" that lawmakers don't know fate of COVID stimulus, congressman says

ShareRepresentative Andy Kim, a New Jersey Democrat, said it "should be scary" that lawmakers don't currently know what will happen with the bipartisan $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus package passed by Congress this week.After the White House reportedly told congressional Republicans to back the stimulus package, President released a video message on Tuesday evening describing the bill as a "disgrace." The president to raise the $600 stimulus checks for most Americans included in the legislation to $2,000. He also took issue with other government spending included in the omnibus funding...

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5,000-page funding bill including COVID relief also has section detailing reincarnation of Dalai Lama

5,000-page funding bill including COVID relief also has section detailing reincarnation of Dalai Lama

ShareThe 5,593-page government funding bill that includes the COVID-19 stimulus legislation also includes a section outlining the reincarnation and succession of the Dalai Lama.The massive legislation was after months of back-and-forth negotiations between Democratic and Republican lawmakers, who announced Sunday that they had reached an agreement to provide further economic relief to Americans amid the surging coronavirus pandemic. The stimulus bill has been included with the appropriations bill that will keep the government funded moving forward. Due to the length of the legislation and...

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Arizona GOP chair calls for Trump to "cross the Rubicon" in tweet shared by Michael Flynn

Arizona GOP chair calls for Trump to "cross the Rubicon" in tweet shared by Michael Flynn

ShareKelli Ward, the chair of Arizona's Republican Party, urged President to "cross the Rubicon" in a Saturday tweet, referencing the historical act by Julius Caesar which led to the Roman civil war and Caesar becoming a dictator. Retired General , who was recently pardoned by Trump, shared Ward's tweet Sunday.Trump and his supporters have baselessly claimed that President-elect won the 2020 election due to widespread voter fraud. There is no evidence to support these allegations, and state and federal judges have consistently dismissed or rejected dozens of lawsuits filed by the president...

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