Trump Threatens to Bypass Congress as Stimulus Talks Fail Again

Crisis negotiations between the White House and top Democrats teetered on the brink of collapse on Friday, as both sides said they remained deeply divided on an economic recovery package and President Trump threatened to bypass Congress and act on his own to provide relief if no deal could be reached.

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Senate Democrats refuse to play McConnell’s game on policing bill, get back up from NAACP

The opposition of the NAACP to this bill takes that away from McConnell. It makes it clear that the bill is useless and not worth Democratic votes, not unless they’re allowed to help shape it. Democrats don’t feel any need to play McConnell’s game. Hawaii’s Mazie Hirono summed it up perfectly: “I’m not going to vote on a half-ass bill.”

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Never-Trump GOP Group Dumps On Puny Tulsa Rally In New Ad

The Republican Lincoln Project pounced on President Donald Trump’s “size problem” — the mediocre turnout at his Tulsa, Oklahoma, campaign rally — in an attack ad titled “Shrinking.”

“Hey, Donald,” the ad begins. “Your campaign manager told you a million fans wanted to come to your first big rally. Turnout in Tulsa? A dud.”

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Who is Geoffrey Berman, the powerful US attorney refusing to step down?

Berman was an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel during the Iran-Contra investigation, where he prosecuted a former CIA employee for tax fraud, before serving as an assistant US attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1990 to 1994.

During his first run as a US attorney, he handled criminal prosecutions involving tax securities and computer hacking violations, according to the department’s website.

He went on to practice in the private sector before helming the US Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York. After Attorney General William Barr tried to oust him from that position late Friday, saying Berman was set to leave the office, Berman released a remarkable statement refusing to step down.

“I will step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate,” Berman said. “Until then, our investigations will move forward without delay or interruption.”

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Wisconsin GOP plots to block Dem governor’s power to veto new gerrymanders

Democrats have blasted the GOP’s maneuver as a ploy to circumvent Evers’ veto power by enabling the partisan Republicans who control Wisconsin’s Supreme Court to adopt new gerrymanders. They’ve specifically charged that, under these proposed rules, the Supreme Court majority could draw new districts “without discovery, a trial, or the presentation of any evidence or input by anyone other than partisan politicians.”

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