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Changes to small business pandemic aid program being voted on by the House

Changes to small business pandemic aid program being voted on by the House

The US House of Representatives on Thursday voted to pass bipartisan legislation aimed at making changes to the Paycheck Protection Program. The Program seeks to help struggling small businesses with emergency loans during the coronavirus crisis. The legislation will reportedly make loans more accessible by ensuring greater flexibility in its terms of use.

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Wisconsin will mail absentee ballot applications to 2.7M voters

Wisconsin will mail absentee ballot applications to 2.7M voters

Wisconsin will send absentee ballot applications to more than 2.7 million registered voters, the state’s election commission said on Wednesday. The commission is yet to approve the content of the mailing, which excludes voters who already have absentee ballot applications on file with the state and 158,000 people flagged as having moved address.

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Texas Supreme Court blocks ruling that expanded voting by mail

Texas Supreme Court blocks ruling that expanded voting by mail

The Texas Supreme Court has blocked a decision that allowed mail-in balloting for voters who feared for their health because of COVID-19. ’We agree with the state that a voter’s lack of immunity to COVID-19, without more, is not a ’disability’ as defined by the Election Code’, the Chief Justice said in a ruling. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton welcomed the decision.

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House pulls FISA bill after Trump says he would veto legislation

House pulls FISA bill after Trump says he would veto legislation

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Democrats postponed a vote on Wednesday to reauthorize key parts of the federal surveillance program (FISA), after an 11th hour revolt by Republicans and progressive Democrats. The decision came a little over 24 hours after Trump threw his weight into the House’s FISA debate by calling on Republicans to oppose the bill.

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Trump threatens to regulate or shut down social media companies

Trump threatens to regulate or shut down social media companies

President Trump threatened to regulate or shut down social media companies. This comes a day after Twitter singled out Trump and added a ’warning’ to some of his tweets. ’Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen’, Trump tweet

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Biden hopes to announce VP pick by Aug 1

Biden hopes to announce VP pick by Aug 1

Joe Biden has said he hopes to announce his pick for VP around Aug. 1. Biden said Wednesday his committee has already interviewed the contenders on his shortlist of candidates, which include Sen. Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

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White House press secretary has voted by mail 12 times in 12 years

White House press secretary has voted by mail 12 times in 12 years

A review of state records shows that White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has voted by absentee ballot every time she has voted since 2008, a total of 12 times. McEnany, voted most recently in this manner, in March in the 2020 presidential primary. She defended her own record of mail-in voting saying that she has long been absent from her state of residence.

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US ends waivers for Iran’s civil nuclear programs

US ends waivers for Iran’s civil nuclear programs

The State Department announced that the US would stop allowing foreign companies to facilitate Iran’s civil nuclear activities, the latest effort by the Trump administration to dismantle an Obama-era accord with Tehran. Companies from Russia, China and Europe will have 60 days to wind down their operations converting nuclear plants for peaceful purposes, as allowed under the 2015 nuclear agreement

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Attorney general launches new ’unmasking’ investigation around 2016 election

Attorney general launches new ’unmasking’ investigation around 2016 election

Bill Barr has asked US Attorney of Texas John Bash to review instances of ’unmasking’ done around the 2016 election. ’Unmasking’ refers to revealing the identity of a person whose name is collected in intelligence reports monitoring the communications of foreign agents. Earlier this month, a list of names of Obama admin officials was declassified who had requested the ’unmasking’ of Michael Flynn.

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Trump says he’s ordered DOJ, FBI to investigate George Floyd’s death

Trump says he’s ordered DOJ, FBI to investigate George Floyd’s death

President Trump Wednesday said he has ordered both the FBI and the DOJ to investigate the death of George Floyd, tweeting that the death was ’tragic’. The president’s tweet came after Joe Biden called on the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division to investigate the death. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has terminated the services of the four officers at the scene and called the FBI to investigate the incident.

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’Very sad milestone’ of 100K COVID-19 deaths marked by President Trump

’Very sad milestone’ of 100K COVID-19 deaths marked by President Trump

United States President Donald Trump said on Thursday morning that the United States had reached a ’very sad milestone’, by crossing 100,000 deaths caused due to the novel coronavirus. Taking to Twitter, the President expressed sympathy for those who had lost their loved ones to the pandemic.

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White House spokesperson says Trump will sign an executive order on social media

White House spokesperson says Trump will sign an executive order on social media

President Trump is set to sign an executive order ’pertaining to social media’ on Thursday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Wednesday. She did not offer any further details. The announcement follows a multi-day feud between the president and Twitter after Twitter tagged two of his tweets with fact chacks.

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Defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton dropped by Tulsi Gabbard

Defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton dropped by Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic congresswoman from Hawaii has reportedly decided to drop a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton for defamation. The complaint, which was filed at a New York federal court in January, sought $50 million from Ms. Clinton in damages, after she reportedly suggested that Russians were grooming a Democratic presidential candidate for a third party bid.

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Twitter exec in charge of fact-checking comes under criticism

Twitter exec in charge of fact-checking comes under criticism

After Twitter implemented a fact check on some of President Trump’s tweets, some reports have emerged around the background of one official responsible for the fact-checking policy. As per Fox News, Yoel Roth previously referred to Trump and his team as ’ACTUAL NAZIS’, called Mitch McConnell a ’personality-free bag of farts’. Twitter clarified that ’no one person is responsible for policies’.

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