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COVID-19 Relief Talks Falter As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Pushes Back Against State Aid

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The last few days have seen an increase in optimism concerning Congress finally getting their act together and passing another round of stimulus aid for folks who are in desperate need of financial help due to loss of income from measures taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Unfortunately, those hopes are about to be dashed. Again.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democrats are clashing on the point of providing federal aid for state and local governments.

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“While Democrats hold the Paycheck Protection Program hostage over controversial state government bailouts, family businesses are closing their doors,” McConnell, R-Ky., said in floor remarks Thursday. “Our Democratic colleagues have not even let us pass non-controversial money to invest in vaccine distribution. Not unless the two parties settle a whole list of issues that are controversial the way they want.”

The signal from McConnell, likely to tamp down on optimism congressional leaders have expressed in recent days, comes as Fox News is told that the bipartisan Senate coronavirus plan, sponsored by a group that includes Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and Susan Collins, R-Maine. is just “talk.”

Fox News is told that rank-and-file Republican senators criticized the plan during a meeting earlier this week and that many in the Senate Republican caucus still oppose the “controversial” efforts to send money to state and local governments.

And hey, I bet none of you had President Trump, Sen. Josh Hawley, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez working together to push for a second round of stimulus checks on your 2020 Bingo cards did you?

And yet, that’s exactly what is happening.

The end is nigh.

Here’s to hoping something gets done soon to help people who have lost their jobs and businesses thanks to the insanely oppressive measures used by many Democratic leaders in state governments to tackle the coronavirus.

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Obama Remarks on GOP Voting Law Gets Fierce Rebuke

The former President was simply WRONG, and he got called out for it.

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Of all the large narratives still churning in the political ether these days, the fight for electoral security continues to produce some of the most heated narratives that we’ve seen.

Republican lawmakers around the nation have been working to tighten voting regulations across the board after the security of the 2020 election became a hot topic of conversation.   They claim that voter fraud is an issue that could affect any and all elections for years to come, and their hope it to get out ahead of that.

The Democrats, however, have suggested that this electoral integrity stance is merely a ploy to disenfranchise voters in predominately Democratic districts, alleging that voter fraud is not a prevalent enough issue for this response.

This week, former President Barack Obama weighed in on the debate, and his comments are causing him to take serious heat.

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Former President Barack Obama slammed Republicans as “systematically” trying to prevent Americans from voting in a campaign speech for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.

“All across the country, Democrats are trying to make it easier to vote, not make it harder to vote, and push back on Republicans who are trying to systematically prevent ordinary citizens from making their voices heard,” Obama said Saturday in Richmond.

“You have to ask yourself, why is it Republicans don’t want you to vote?” he asked.

Glenn Youngkin, the candidate running against McAuliffe, fired back at the former Commander in Chief through a spokesperson.

“Glenn has addressed this multiple times before Obama came to Virginia to bail Terry out, but instead of writing a story about the former President’s false statements, the press is indulging Terry’s fantasies and lies because he can’t run on his failed record and radical vision for the future,” Youngkin spokesperson Christian Martinez told Fox News.

Obama’s office did not immediately respond to a request for clarification on his comments.

Of all the large narratives still churning in the political ether these days, the fight for electoral security continues to produce some of the most heated narratives that we’ve seen. Republican lawmakers around the nation have been working to tighten voting regulations across the board after the security of the 2020 election became a hot topic of conversation.   They claim that voter fraud is an issue that could affect any and all elections for years to come, and their hope it to get out ahead of that. The Democrats, however, have suggested that this electoral integrity stance is merely a ploy to disenfranchise voters in predominately Democratic districts, alleging that voter fraud is not a prevalent enough issue for this response. This week, former President Barack Obama weighed in on the debate, and his comments are causing him to take serious heat. Former President Barack Obama slammed Republicans as “systematically” trying to prevent Americans from voting in a campaign speech for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. “All across the country, Democrats are trying to make it easier to vote, not make it harder to vote, and push back on Republicans who are trying to systematically prevent ordinary citizens from making their voices heard,” Obama said Saturday in Richmond. “You have to ask yourself, why is it Republicans don’t want you to vote?” he asked. Glenn Youngkin, the candidate running against McAuliffe, fired back at the former Commander in Chief through a spokesperson. “Glenn has addressed this multiple times before Obama came to Virginia to bail Terry out, but instead of writing a story about the former President’s false statements, the press is indulging Terry’s fantasies and lies because he can’t run on his failed record and radical vision for the future,” Youngkin spokesperson Christian Martinez told Fox News.…

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Biden Administration Halts Release of JFK Files

Their excuse wasn’t sitting well with some in Congress, however.

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We cannot examine the modern day conspiracy theory culture in America without giving credit to perhaps the most pervasive and permeating conspiracy-laden event of the last century:  The death of US President John F. Kennedy.

Kennedy, who was shot and killed in his motorcade, and whose alleged killer was then killed during a perp walk, was one of the most influential Presidents of his day, and his disdain for parts of the American government itself has led many to believe that he may have been taken out by forces within the political or intelligence spheres.

Now, some 57 years later, the Biden administration is still interested in keeping some aspects of the event under wraps, and it’s irking Americans who’ve long clamored for transparency. 

Secret files concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy will not be released to the public by next week after all. The national archivist asked for more time to review them, White House officials announced, blaming the delay in part on the pandemic, CBS reports. President Biden issued a statement calling postponement “necessary to protect against identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations.” The files will instead be released in two installments, per the Washington Post.

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Not everyone was buying it, however.

The editor of JFKFacts.org, who once sued the CIA for assassination documents, said it’s clear the Biden administration isn’t going to follow the law. Calling Biden’s statement a “COVID dog ate my homework” excuse, Jefferson Morley said Congress should intervene. A group of House members wrote Biden this month calling on him to release the 520 documents that are still secret and 15,834 others that have been made public but include redactions. “Excessive secrecy surrounding President Kennedy’s assassination continues to inspire doubt in the minds of the American public and has a profound impact on the people’s trust in their government,” they wrote.

Theories on who was ultimately responsible for the death of JFK vary wildly, with everyone from the CIA to a Cuban hit squad being pondered as possible perpetrators.

We cannot examine the modern day conspiracy theory culture in America without giving credit to perhaps the most pervasive and permeating conspiracy-laden event of the last century:  The death of US President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy, who was shot and killed in his motorcade, and whose alleged killer was then killed during a perp walk, was one of the most influential Presidents of his day, and his disdain for parts of the American government itself has led many to believe that he may have been taken out by forces within the political or intelligence spheres. Now, some 57 years later, the Biden administration is still interested in keeping some aspects of the event under wraps, and it’s irking Americans who’ve long clamored for transparency.  Secret files concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy will not be released to the public by next week after all. The national archivist asked for more time to review them, White House officials announced, blaming the delay in part on the pandemic, CBS reports. President Biden issued a statement calling postponement “necessary to protect against identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations.” The files will instead be released in two installments, per the Washington Post. Not everyone was buying it, however. The editor of JFKFacts.org, who once sued the CIA for assassination documents, said it’s clear the Biden administration isn’t going to follow the law. Calling Biden’s statement a “COVID dog ate my homework” excuse, Jefferson Morley said Congress should intervene. A group of House members wrote Biden this month calling on him to release the 520 documents that are still secret and 15,834 others that have been made public but include redactions. “Excessive secrecy surrounding President Kennedy’s assassination continues to inspire doubt in the…

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