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CNN’s Manu Raju debunks GOP claims that unemployment benefits in coronavirus relief bill are a ‘drafting error’

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On CNN Wednesday, congressional correspondent Manu Raju swatted down the claim from Sens. Rick Scott (R-FL), Ben Sasse (R-NE), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that the temporary unemployment benefit increase in the $2 trillion stimulus bill was a “drafting error.”

“Are these three Republican senators saying that the bill might incentivize companies to lay off workers because the unemployment benefits are too generous?” said anchor Jake Tapper. “Explain what is going on here.”

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“That is exactly what they’re saying,” said Raju. “They’re contending it is a drafting error, but it is not a drafting error. This is negotiated by Republican senators and the White House and Democratic senators, who believe that it is essentially necessary. They don’t think that it would lead to layoffs. In fact, this is a temporary enhanced unemployment benefit for those that do lose their job.”

“The question is how far are they willing to take this and drag this out for days, which they could do under the Senate rules, and prevent final passage for several days,” added Raju. “They are not saying they’re willing to go that far. I pressed all of them about that. They said they want a vote, an amendment vote to try to change that. So if that goes down, which it probably will, will they allow for quick passage of the measure? That is uncertain. That is one of a number of wrinkles that continue to come up through the course of the day as they try to push this massive far-reaching historic measure through Congress.”

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Democrats win another voting rights victory as absentee restrictions struck down in South Carolina

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On Monday, voting rights attorney Marc Elias reported that a federal court has blocked a restriction on absentee ballots for the upcoming South Carolina primary.

The ruling undoes a requirement that mail-in ballots be accompanied by a witness.

BREAKING: @DCCC, @TheDemocrats, and @scdp score major voting rights victory in South Carolina. Federal Court blocks witness requirement for absentee ballots in June primary.

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GOP ripped for refusing to remove Trump from office: ‘Folly of that failure becomes clearer by the day’

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Republicans seeking to keep control of the United States Senate were harshly criticized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for failing to remove President Donald Trump from office during impeachment.

"For four years now, as both a candidate and president, Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked America’s voting system, falsely claiming voter fraud any time it suited his needs. In a new low, last week he threatened the federal funding of two states over their reasonable moves to facilitate mail-in voting," the newspaper noted in an editorial published online on Memorial Day. "What does it say that the head of the world’s leading democracy is so intent on undermining that democracy?"

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Fox News commentator slammed for mocking Joe Biden’s decision to wear a mask

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On Monday, during his observance of Memorial Day, former Vice President Joe Biden donned a face mask in accordance with CDC guidelines — a contrast with President Donald Trump, who has frequently refused to wear a mask even in some places that require them.

But Fox News senior analyst Brit Hume went out of his way to mock how Biden looked wearing it.

This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public. Biden today. pic.twitter.com/9l1gw1ljBE

— Brit Hume (@brithume) May 25, 2020

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