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Donald Trump demands his own signature be on coronavirus stimulus checks to every American: report

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On Friday, President Donald Trump signed into law a record $2 trillion stimulus bill to help those suffering from the coronavirus pandemic — part of which involves one-time cash payments being sent out to tens of millions of American households.

But according to The Wall Street Journal, Trump wants those checks to be sent out explicitly in his name.

“Mr. Trump has told people he wants his signature to appear on the direct payment checks that will go out to many Americans in the coming weeks, according to an administration official,” wrote Siobhan Hughes and Natalie Andrews. “Normally, a civil servant — the disbursing officer for the payment center — would sign federal checks, said Don Hammond, a former senior Treasury Department official.”

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The White House declined to comment on the report.

Trump’s name has already appeared on the recent CDC mailers giving information about COVID-19. And according to Maggie Haberman of The New York Times, the president reportedly also wanted to appear in public service ads discussing the opioid crisis.


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Mike Pence praised by evangelical conservative for being ‘like a very supportive, submissive wife to Trump’

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In a deep dive into how Donald Trump has managed to hang onto Christain evangelicals despite his multitude of moral failures, one Christian conservative told the New York Times' Elizabeth Dias that Vice President Mike Pence doesn't get enough credit for being supportive of the president.

Speaking with Christians in Sioux Falls, Iowa, Dias found Trump support remaining strong despite his ongoing travails unsuccessfully battling the coronavirus pandemic and the collapsing economy that shows little signs of rebounding.

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How a mind-controlling, sexually transmitted fungus turns cicadas into ‘zombies’

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A new study reveals that male cicadas, when infected with a mind-controlling fungus that devours large parts of their bodies, will trick other male cicadas into being infested by the same horrifying parasite — thanks in part to a psychoactive chemical found in hallucinogenic mushrooms.

This article first appeared in Salon

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Trump facing massive electoral vote wipeout as campaign continues to flounder: MSNBC election analyst

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Based upon current state-by-state polling, which is naturally subject to change, MSNBC's resident election analyst predicted Donald Trump will suffer an embarrassing defeat in November unless his campaign can come up with something to stop his collapsing approval numbers.

Standing before a US map, analyst Steve Kornacki broke down for host Yasmin Vossoughian the president's uphill battle to get within striking distance of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

"What we have here is our first look from NBC at what the electoral map looks like right now," he explained before adding, "Things could change."

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