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Conservatives threaten to upend stimulus negotiations with last minute demand for payroll tax cut

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On Friday, enhanced unemployment benefits and a moratorium on evictions both expired despite America’s economic crisis.

“Today’s meeting was more productive than our previous discussions, but no agreement can be reached yet,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said of Saturday’s negotiations.

Pelosi said negotiations would continue at the staff level on Sunday, with the Speaker meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

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However, after returning from the golf course, Trump tweeted that he wanted a payroll tax cut.

Jeff Stein, the White House economics reporter for The Washington Post, reported that conservatives are launching a “six-figure ad buy” to push for a payroll tax cut, an idea that he noted was widely considered to be dead.

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The group paying for the ads is the “Committee to Unleash Prosperity.”

One co-founder of the group is Arthur Laffer. In 2019, Trump presented Laffer with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Another co-founder is former Club for Growth President Stephen Moore, who advised Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Steve Forbes is also a co-founder.

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If Trump loses two more states it’s ‘ballgame over’: AP reporter

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Appearing on MSNBC's " Morning Joe," Associated Press White House correspondent Jonathan Lemire explained Donald Trump's chances of being re-elected have reached the point where, if he loses the electoral votes of one more, he will be out of luck and out of office.

Speaking with co-host Joe Scarborough, Lemire was asked where Trump stands in the battleground states he so desperately needs.

"Both campaigns agree that there are six battleground states to decide this election: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, North Carolina, Florida," he began. "Now the president has to play defense and has had to spend resources and had to go the past week to places like Ohio, Texas -- Georgia is another one where he has to play defense. We don't see, outside of perhaps New Hampshire, a place where Democrats have to do the same now that the Trump campaign has ceded Michigan."

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Trump’s executive orders are confusing and unconstitutional — and likely to hurt his own voters. He doesn’t care.

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As we went into the weekend, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had washed his hands of the negotiations over the vitally necessary COVID-19 relief package, leaving Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and former Tea Party zealot turned White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to try to hash out a deal. Word was that the Democrats had come down from their demand for $3 trillion in various relief programs to $2 trillion, while the White House stuck to its offer of $1 trillion and not a penny more. By Friday, the Senate was going home and the talks had irretrievably stalled.
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Trump administration says US would share COVID vaccine with world after America’s needs are met

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On Monday, Fox News reported that Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is offering to share any potential COVID-19 vaccine with other countries, after it stabilizes public health in the United States.

"The U.S. will share any coronavirus vaccine it develops with the globe after American needs are met, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Monday during a visit to Taiwan," reported Evie Fordham.

"Our first priority of course is to develop and produce enough quantity of safe and effective FDA-approved vaccines and therapeutics for use in the United States," said Azar. "But we anticipate having capacity that, once those needs are satisfied, those products would be available in the world community according to fair and equitable distributions that we would consult in the international community on ... After our departure from the WHO, we will work with others in the world community to find the appropriate vehicles for continuing to support, on a multilateral and bilateral basis, global public health on the order that the United States has done in the past."

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