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Trump won’t sign a COVID-19 relief bill unless it has a tax cut for the rich

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President Donald Trump has told Republicans that he has no intention of signing a COVID-19 relief package if it doesn’t include a payroll tax cut, Politico reported Thursday.

Payroll tax cuts overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest Americans and have been proven to do very little in actually helping save an economy, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy explained.

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“GOP and Democratic congressional leaders are trillions of dollars apart in funding goals for the package, as well as how those funds will be spent,” said Politico.

Democrats have put things in their version of the bill that they can use as leverage to negotiate as have Republicans. The GOP wants to overhaul liability laws, which Democrats want no part of because it would remove responsibility employers have to keep their workers safe from the virus. The Dems want unemployment benefits enhanced for state and local governments, which Republicans are against because they think the payments are incentivizing people from going to work when the reality is businesses are still closed.

Trump has been obsessed with the payroll tax for months, but it isn’t likely to do much in the way of helping the millions of Americans who have no payroll to tax and desperately need money to pay rent or stay in their homes. For the third month in a row, the country had over 30 percent of Americans who couldn’t afford to pay their rent or mortgages.

Read the full report at Politico.


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GOP bracing for ‘a string of defeats’ as Dems crush them in ad spending: report

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With one week to go in the 2020 presidential election, House Republicans are staring at the possibility that their numbers might get even smaller.

Politico reports that the GOP is "bracing for a string of defeats" next week after watching Democrats crush them in ad spending.

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe demands producers take down White House whitewash of Jared Kushner’s ‘racist’ remarks

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough didn't want to hear the White House attempt to clean up Jared Kushner's "racist" comments.

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser told Fox News on Monday the administration's policies could help Black Americans who wanted success, and Scarborough and his "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski were appalled.

"Wow," Brzezinski said. "So the White House responded in a statement that read in part, quote, 'It is disgusting to see internet trolls taking senior adviser Jared Kushner --"

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Here’s why the 2020 election has been so painful

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Donald Trump is not the central problem in American politics, and neither is the 2020 presidential election, as dire and urgent as those things seem at the moment. Our real problem is that our democracy is not a democracy, and that many Americans — most of them, I would argue — feel powerless, disenfranchised and despairing, confronted with a dysfunctional system that thrives on massive inequality and serves the interests only of the richest and most powerful. Those systemic problems made Trump's presidency possible in the first place, and created the circumstances that make this election seem like a last-ditch struggle against autocracy.
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