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Republican leader claims ‘there’s not a need’ for additional stimulus — but only because bill has vote-by-mail funds

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Republican leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he would oppose her latest coronavirus stimulus package.

According to CNN’s Manu Raju, McCarthy said that he opposed the vote-by-mail provisions in the bill, which allocates $2 billion for election assistance for those who can’t get to the polls.

“There’s not a need for it now,” McCarthy said.

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When the two met, McCarthy said he told Pelosi: “I’m not holding a bill up because you want to” impact the election.

The election in Wisconsin this week was a disaster, with absurdly long lines and people horrified that if they went to vote they could get coronavirus.

President Donald Trump revealed on Twitter and in his Wednesday press conference that more people voting disproportionately helps Democrats, so he doesn’t want voters to be able to cast a ballot by mail.

About one in five voters vote by mail, including President Donald Trump, who cast his ballot by mail last month.

See his comments below:

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Make cops pay for their crimes and end ‘qualified immunity’: conservative columnist

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Writing for the conservative Bulwark, the vice president for criminal justice at the Cato Institute explained that the time has come for police officers who have been accused of crimes be treated like any other Americans and not be handed the shield of "qualified immunity" that protects them from paying the price for breaking the law.

As Cato's Clark Neily wrote, in light of the death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers -- now all fired -- it is time for a reappraisal of legal protections provided to law enforcement personnel.

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Big hints lie in the official complaint against Derek Chauvin — and surprising details are left out: ex-prosecutor

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In a column for CNN, former federal prosecutor Elie Honig reviewed the criminal complaint filed against ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and said it gives clues as to the direction prosecutors are likely to follow to convict the alleged killer of Georg Floyd -- but it also leaves out  key elements of the case that should be brought before a jury.

As Honig wrote, the case against Chauvin is strong but may not go far enough.

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Trump security advisor goes off on Antifa rant to duck grilling on president’s ‘vicious dogs’ protester threat

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Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien ducked directly defending the president's Saturday threat to use "vicious dogs and ominous weapons" of Washington D.C. protesters, by instead talking about supposed Antifa activity during the George Floyd protests.

After reading the president's tweet, host Tapper pressed,  "Do you think messages like that are helping to unite the country and calm fears?”

With O'Brien noting, "[Trump] was trying to de-escalate. He didn’t want violence, he’s trying to stop the violence that we saw that took place overnight," he then went on to drag in reports being pushed by Donald Trump's administration that Antifa -- which he mentioned frequently during the entire interview -- had taken over the protests.

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