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Andrew Yang's "People's Bank" to help distribute basic income to half a million New Yorkers

Andrew Yang's "People's Bank" to help distribute basic income to half a million New Yorkers

Share, the front-runner in the race for New York City's next mayor, announced the creation of the People's Bank of New York City, which, if he wins, will be responsible for distributing cash payments to some New Yorkers.Along with its distribution of a , the People's Bank of New York City is intended to help underserved communities. Yang's goal is to use the People's Bank to expand access to bank accounts and help entrepreneurs who may be overlooked at other financial institutions."I wake up and I feel privileged that I may have a positive impact on the lives of other people," Yang said...

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$1,400 stimulus checks headed to Senate after House passes Biden's $1.9T relief package

$1,400 stimulus checks headed to Senate after House passes Biden's $1.9T relief package

ShareThe House of Representatives passed President 's $1.9 trillion package on Friday, setting the up for a vote on his critical campaign promise of another round of stimulus checks.Votes fell largely along party lines with 219 and 212 supporting the package. The Democratic caucus in the Senate is poised to pass the package by way of reconciliation, but that could require it to undergo some changes, including cutting the $15 minimum wage plan.While not an exact replica of what Biden outlined in his proposal in January, the package that passed the House bears a close resemblance. It includes...

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Who could receive a third stimulus check? Eligibility debate could lower cutoff

Who could receive a third stimulus check? Eligibility debate could lower cutoff

SharePresident has no plans to waiver from his promise to deliver $1,400 payments. However, he is open to limiting who will receive one, and a current proposal from would cut out thousands of people who received the first two.After winning the presidential election, Biden used COVID-19 relief as a means to turnout voters in last month's Georgia's crucial runoff elections, calling it vital that Democrats win and gain a majority. Voters came through for Biden, and it appears they'll get a return on their investment as the Senate looks to pass his package with a simple majority. But just how...

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These GOP senators are Democrats' best bet to vote for a Trump conviction

These GOP senators are Democrats' best bet to vote for a Trump conviction

ShareSenate aren't likely to get support from the 17 they need to convict former President in his upcoming impeachment trial. However, there are five GOP members who have left the door open and two others who don't have to worry about what their constituents think.A month after 10 House Republicans voted to impeach Trump, the former president's trial is set to begin in the . While a conviction won't have an immediate impact on Trump, as he's already left office, it could bar him from ever holding office again, dashing any hope for a potential 2024 run against President .It's highly unlikely...

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Trump leaves office with 13.5 million Americans vaccinated for COVID, falling short of 35 million goal

Trump leaves office with 13.5 million Americans vaccinated for COVID, falling short of 35 million goal

SharePresident will leave office with Operation Warp Speed failing to vaccinate 35 million people, the second time the administration fell short of a self-imposed vaccination rate goal since inoculations started.Trump came through on his promise to deliver a new coronavirus vaccine in record time, an accomplishment experts attribute to the administration's significant financial investment and modern technology. A working vaccine has little impact without people being inoculated and while more than 15 million people have been vaccinated, that number is about 22 million shy of the...

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House charges Donald Trump with impeachment for "inciting an insurrection"

House charges Donald Trump with impeachment for "inciting an insurrection"

ShareThe House of Representatives is moving forward with plans to impeach President a second time, charging him with inciting violence against the United States government by challenging the election results.In a congressional document, in the House of Representatives accused Trump of engaging in high crimes and misdemeanors when he encouraged the "lawless action" that took place at the Capitol on January 6. To actually remove the president, though, Democrats still need to get enough members of their own party, as well as two-thirds of the on board, which is a tall order.Unlike in 2019 when...

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Full text of Mitch McConnell's speech before "most important" vote of his career

Full text of Mitch McConnell's speech before "most important" vote of his career

ShareSenate Majority Leader came out guns blazing as the Senate debated objections to certifying 's electoral college win, criticizing fellow and saying the Senate doesn't have the power to declare itself a "national board of elections on steroids."McConnell stood by President for weeks after the election but officially recognized Joe Biden as president-elect when the Electoral College voted to certify his win on Wednesday. Although disappointed with the election results, McConnell said voting to object to the results would set a dangerous precedent that would "damage our republic...

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What polls say about David Perdue and Jon Ossoff 4 days before the Georgia election

What polls say about David Perdue and Jon Ossoff 4 days before the Georgia election

ShareGeorgia Senate candidates have just days to sway the remaining registered voters who have yet to cast their ballot before the election and polls show neither candidate has a strong enough lead to indicate how the race will go.Senator David Perdue garnered more votes than Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff in November, but his failure to breach the 50 percent threshold forced the election into a runoff. If Perdue loses his re-election bid, Democrats will be one seat closer to gaining control of the Senate.The most recent poll, released on Wednesday from gave Ossoff a seven-point lead over...

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Dr. Deborah Birx to retire after family gets "dragged into" Thanksgiving travel criticism

Dr. Deborah Birx to retire after family gets "dragged into" Thanksgiving travel criticism

ShareDr. Deborah Birx, a member of President 's coronavirus task force, announced plans to retire amid a controversy over her Thanksgiving travel.Birx, who has worked in the federal government since 1980, was thrust into the spotlight this week as news broke that she had traveled and visited with family over the Thanksgiving weekend, even though officials urged people to stay home. The longtime civil servant is just one of several officials to face criticism for their apparent "Do as I say, not as I do" behavior during the coronavirus pandemic.On Tuesday, Birx told Newsy that it's been a...

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Nearly 50,000 people have cast ballots in Georgia runoffs after not voting in November

Nearly 50,000 people have cast ballots in Georgia runoffs after not voting in November

ShareGeorgians turned out in record numbers to cast their votes in the November general election and it's possible there could be even more ballots cast in the two Senate runoff elections.As of Tuesday, 49,249 people who didn't vote in November had already cast ballots in the January 5 runoffs, according to the U.S. Election Project, including 31,000 who voted in the past week. Democrats and Republicans have a vested interest in the outcome of the elections, as it will determine control of the Senate, and in what's expected to be a close race, every vote matters.About 5 million people cast...

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Is Trump pardoning Julian Assange? Pastor Mark Burns' tweet sends rumors flying

Is Trump pardoning Julian Assange? Pastor Mark Burns' tweet sends rumors flying

SharePresident still has time to pardon , but a rumor swirling around on social media that he had plans to pardon the founder of Wikileaks turned out to be based on faulty information.It's customary for outgoing presidents to issue pardons and with President Donald Trump heading into the final weeks of his presidency, there's been a push by some for the president to pardon Assange. On Monday, Pastor Mark Burns, an early supporter of Trump, posted on Twitter that the president was going to pardon Assange.However, it turned out not to be true, according to Burns, who posted a subsequent tweet...

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Two weeks after Thanksgiving, U.S. coronavirus cases up 20 percent; deaths top 300,000

Two weeks after Thanksgiving, U.S. coronavirus cases up 20 percent; deaths top 300,000

ShareHealth officials worried that Thanksgiving would add to the nation's already increasing cases of coronavirus, and now, two weeks after the holiday, America's new cases and deaths are breaking records.In the two weeks since Thanksgiving, the record for the highest number of new cases in a single day has been broken four times, according to Johns Hopkins University's data tracker. The new record, 231,775 cases, was set this past Friday. While an increase in testing could contribute to more cases, the positivity rate (the percentage of people who test positive for the virus) is also...

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Donald Trump least trustworthy source on COVID vaccine, poll finds

Donald Trump least trustworthy source on COVID vaccine, poll finds

SharePresident is touting the speed at which a new coronavirus vaccine has been developed as a historic accomplishment for his administration, but when it comes to being a trusted source of information, the president ranks last on people's list.As America gears up for vaccine distribution, people remain skeptical about the vaccine and fewer than ⅔ of Americans plan on being vaccinated. Those who have read or heard about the development of the vaccine are more likely to plan on being vaccinated, according to an Associated Press-NORC released on Wednesday.The most trustworthy source of...

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WH chief of staff Mark Meadows tests positive for COVID after attending Trump election night party with hundreds of others

WH chief of staff Mark Meadows tests positive for COVID after attending Trump election night party with hundreds of others

ShareWhite House chief of staff Mark Meadows is the latest member of the Trump administration to test positive for the new coronavirus, raising concerns about the potential exposure of others.Bloomberg was first to report Meadows' positive diagnosis, which was confirmed by the Associated Press. It's unclear when he tested positive, but Meadows attended a party at the White House on Election Night on Tuesday. His own positive diagnosis comes a month after President tested positive.White House officials are tested on a regular basis and it's also unclear when Meadows became infected or if...

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Biden launches transition website as Trump claims victory in key battleground states

Biden launches transition website as Trump claims victory in key battleground states

ShareBoth President and former Vice President are planning on occupying the White House come January 21.A day after polls started closing, the presidential election is still too close to call, although Biden is within six points of victory, according to the Associated Press. Even if the former vice president reaches the 270 electoral college votes needed to win, lawsuits could prevent a winner from being declared for weeks, and at this point in the game both candidates are expecting to be declared the winner.On Wednesday evening, the Biden campaign launched the Biden-Harris transition...

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Trump supporters more confident in election victory than Biden supporters, polling suggests

Trump supporters more confident in election victory than Biden supporters, polling suggests

ShareCurrent polling points to former Vice President becoming the next president of the United States. However, his supporters and Democrats aren't as confident in their candidate as President and his supporters are in theirs.Going into the final week of the election, Biden has about an 8 percentage-point lead over Trump, according to a RealClearPolitics average. The gap poses a problem for the president winning the Electoral College, according to experts, But Trump is far from giving up and has a busy rally schedule in the days until November 3. Trump's supporters are still waiting in line...

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Trump says AG Barr has to "act fast" to uncover Biden's "major corruption" 14 days before election

Trump says AG Barr has to "act fast" to uncover Biden's "major corruption" 14 days before election

SharePresident is putting the pressure on Attorney General to investigate former Vice President 's alleged involvement with international deals regarding his son, Hunter, and to do it before November 3."We've got to get the attorney general to act and he's got to act fast," Trump told Fox News' Fox & Friends on Tuesday. "He's got to appoint somebody. This is major corruption and this it has to be known about before the election."At the center of Trump's renewed claims for Biden to be investigated and potentially prosecuted is a New York Post report that the former vice president financially...

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Donald Trump calls for AG Barr to indict Joe Biden with 26 days until election

Donald Trump calls for AG Barr to indict Joe Biden with 26 days until election

ShareWith less than one month until the election, President is calling for his attorney general to indict his challenger, former Vice President , for the "greatest political crime in the history of our country."Russia has plagued the Trump administration since he took office and accusations he colluded with one of America's top adversaries to win the election called the validity of his victory into question. Democrats and Republicans both use a report from special counsel to fuel their arguments in favor or against Trump, but recently declassified documents prove the improper behavior falls...

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Portland mayor decries "anarchist behavior" after protesters tear down Roosevelt, Lincoln statues

Portland mayor decries "anarchist behavior" after protesters tear down Roosevelt, Lincoln statues

SharePortland Mayor Ted Wheeler criticized people for co-opting Indigenous Peoples Day to engage in violence that saw the toppling of two statues and damage to multiple buildings, including one that the mayor considered an ironic target.On the eve of Indigenous Peoples Day, as Portland has traded Columbus Day for, a group of about 300 people ventured downtown intent on "criminal acts of violence and mayhem," Police Chief Chuck Lovell said. In an event marketed as the Indigenous Peoples "Day of Rage," the group used straps, chains and a vehicle to tear down statues of Presidents Abraham...

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With one month until election, Biden's swing state leads point to victory over Trump in popular vote, Electoral College

With one month until election, Biden's swing state leads point to victory over Trump in popular vote, Electoral College

ShareOne of the most important elections of our time, as both campaigns have referred to it, is only one month away, and polls are pointing to at least a popular vote victory for former Vice President .With a month until the election, Biden holds a 7-point lead nationally over President , according to a Real Clear Politics average. The president's first campaign was filled with polls underestimating his ability to win, and he's dismissed 2020 polls that once again place him as the underdog."The Trump Campaign has more ENTHUSIASM, according to many, than any campaign in the history of our...

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Jerry Falwell Jr. will only wear face mask he designed featuring Virginia Governor Northam's blackface photo

Jerry Falwell Jr. will only wear face mask he designed featuring Virginia Governor Northam's blackface photo

In honor of the 100,000 American lives lost to the pandemic, Newsweek’s iconic logo is grey.ShareLiberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. said he would "reluctantly comply" with a face mask requirement, but only if his mask has a photo of Governor Ralph Northam in blackface on it.Falwell posted on Twitter on Wednesday that he "adamantly opposed" Northam's recent mandate that required people to wear masks in public spaces. However, if he is ordered to wear a mask, he said he would only do so by wearing one he designed himself that included a photo from Northam's 1984 Eastern Virginia...

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Can the government force you to get a coronavirus vaccine?

Can the government force you to get a coronavirus vaccine?

In honor of the 100,000 American lives lost to the pandemic, Newsweek’s iconic logo is grey.ShareState and federal governments can't force people to receive a new coronavirus vaccine against their will, experts said, but lawmakers may be able to create a mandate that imposes consequences for not being vaccinated.Vaccine research for a new coronavirus is moving forward at an unprecedented rate and experts champion high rates of immunity in a population as a solution to stopping a virus from spreading. But a recent Reuters poll found about a quarter of the American public isn't interested in...

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Will there be a second stimulus bill for Americans? Treasury Secretary Mnuchin says "strong likelihood"

Will there be a second stimulus bill for Americans? Treasury Secretary Mnuchin says "strong likelihood"

ShareTreasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said there's a "strong likelihood" America will need another stimulus package because of the new coronavirus outbreak. However, he didn't express confidence in the plan that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi championed.Mnuchin told in an interview Thursday that officials were going to "carefully review" the impact of the CARES Act, a nearly $2 trillion stimulus package passed in March. Decisions about future stimulus packages won't be made until officials can "step back" and carefully consider how the money will be spent. But Mnuchin said he thought...

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North Korea calls it irresponsible for countries that ignored coronavirus warnings to blame WHO

North Korea calls it irresponsible for countries that ignored coronavirus warnings to blame WHO

ShareNorth Korea's delegation at the World Health Assembly threw its support behind the World Health Organization (WHO) and criticized countries that blamed the United Nations agency for the coronavirus outbreak.In a statement during the assembly, the delegation said WHO member states should be "wary" of countries that are trying to use the "catastrophe for their impure political purposes." The North Koreans didn't mention any country by name but said it was an "expression of irresponsibility" to blame the WHO or one of the member states for the outbreak if a country ignored "the warnings...

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Michigan's reopening plan explained: Governor Whitmer releases six phases to ease coronavirus lockdown

Michigan's reopening plan explained: Governor Whitmer releases six phases to ease coronavirus lockdown

ShareGovernor Gretchen Whitmer's six-phase plan to reopen Michigan will ease the state back into normalcy based on the status of the outbreak, hospital capacity and the state's ability to conduct testing and contact tracing.Whitmer has faced heavy criticism for her stay-at-home order, which was among the strictest in the country and was the target of protesters calling for her to reopen the state. As she unveiled the reopening plan on Thursday, Michigan was reporting 45,646 cases and 4,343 deaths, the seventh largest outbreak in the country.In announcing the Whitmer said Michigan was in the...

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