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McConnell pours cold water on Trump’s plea for an election-saving stimulus deal

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at CPAC in 2013. Image: Gage Skidmore/flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

President Donald Trump, just days after calling off negotiations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on a deal to provide relief to Americans who are struggling amid an economic recession and the coronavirus pandemic, has now reportedly changed his tune.

Politico’s Jake Sherman reported on Friday that the White House “is now completely set on striking a Covid stimulus deal with Speaker Pelosi” and that “they expect working all next week on getting a deal.”

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Just hours later, however, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) poured cold water on any potential deal by saying he doubted the Senate could pass a relief package and confirm Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett in time for the November 3rd election.

Per Axios, McConnell said that any stimulus package is “unlikely in the next three weeks,” and he instead wanted to concentrate on getting Barrett on the Supreme Court.

Axios also comments that “Senate Republicans remain far apart on what they want as a conference” and “also view Trump and Mnuchin as far more willing to give more to Pelosi than what they’re comfortable with — both numbers-wise and on policy.”


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Colorado governor and husband test positive for COVID — and all Broncos QBs are benched amid outbreak

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The COVID-19 pandemic hit Colorado hard on Saturday.

"Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and his husband, Marlon Reis, have tested positive for COVID-19," The Colorado Sun reported Saturday. "The governor’s office says both are asymptomatic and isolating in their home."

The governor and first gentleman aren't the only people testing positive.

This evening I learned that First Gentleman Marlon Reis and I have tested positive for COVID-19. We are both asymptomatic, feeling well, and will continue to isolate at home. pic.twitter.com/Ttzxi72ThC

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‘Trump endangered America’s democracy’: President’s delusion broken down in brutal WaPo analysis

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President Donald Trump's refusal to accept the fact that he lost the 2020 presidential election was the focus of a Washington Post deep-dive published online Saturday night.

The story, by Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey and Amy Gardner, was titled, "20 days of fantasy and failure: Inside Trump’s quest to overturn the election."

"The facts were indisputable: President Trump had lost. But Trump refused to see it that way," the newspaper reported. "Sequestered in the White House and brooding out of public view after his election defeat, rageful and at times delirious in a torrent of private conversations, Trump was, in the telling of one close adviser, like 'Mad King George, muttering, ‘I won. I won. I won.'’"

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Female kicker makes college American football breakthrough

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Vanderbilt University kicker Sarah Fuller made collegiate American football history Saturday as the first woman to play in a "Power Five" contest in the Commodores' 41-0 loss to Missouri.

Fuller, goalkeeper for the school's Southeastern Conference champion women's soccer squad, was given the chance to play on the gridiron after Covid-19 testing left Vanderbilt without a kicker.

"I was really excited to step out on the field and do my thing," Fuller said.

Because Vanderbilt's offensive unit sputtered, her contribution was limited to a single play -- the second-half kickoff. She punched the ball to the Missouri 35-yard line, a tricky low offering compared to the usual deeper kicks, where the Tigers fell upon it.

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