The Senate Joins The House In 1.9T Stimulus Approval

The Senate ended their unholy stimulus war with the House on the Sabbath giving way to $1.9t in covid-19 relief. The bill skimmed by with a 50-49 vote that is expected to be finalized by President Joe Biden on Monday. Biden reacted to the narrowly bipartisan approval via a Twitter retweet.

“When I took office, I promised help was on the way. Thanks to @SenSchumer and Senate Democrats, we’ve taken one more giant step forward in delivering on that promise. He continued saying “I hope the American Rescue Plan receives a quick passage in the House so it can be sent to my desk to be signed. “

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Who Qualifies?

Third stimulus checks may not exactly be a charm for hard hit Americans but will provide aid for some of it’s most vulnerable citizens & families.

-Individuals who earned $75,000 or less last year are eligible for the full $1400 payment.

-Married couples with combined incomes that were beneath 150,000 during their most recent tax year also qualify for the full $1400 stipend. While the head of household remains eligible with earnings of $112,000 or less. Adults who earned $80,000 & married couples who’s income tallied beyond $160,000 are exempt from receiving payments.

-Parents will also net an additional $1,400 check per dependent child claimed on their taxes. This round is also more inclusive of older dependents and now include college students and some individuals older than 17 with disabilities.

-Undocumented immigrants are not included in direct payments but may be apart of a household that is eligible for a single payment if a citizen resides within.

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Biden’s $1.9T Stimulus Plan Proposes $1B To Aid Disenfranchised Black Farmers

Black farmers are on Biden’s executive radar. The $1.9 trillion covid-19 stimulus package proposes $1 billion to assist racially maligned farmers and includes special commissions, agriculture training and other aid to balance the systemic injustice that is present in farming.

A photo album is captured at the History House museum in Tillery, North Carolina which chronicles the experiences of relocated Black farmers. Tillery was one in a nonet of states where the government offered land for sale to former Black sharecroppers as part of a farming gentrification program.

“By denying or delaying Black farmers the same, loans, subsidies and other payments made to white farmers, USDA engaged in systematic racism that led to a dramatic decline in the number of Black farmers. This is not in dispute” stated the president of the National Black Farmers Association namely John Boyd to Fox News.

“Sadly, this long legacy of discrimination is baked into USDA programs, including how payments to Black farmers like me continue to be calculated” Boyd expounded.

Evangeline Grant is seated in her Tillery, North Carolina home which originally belonged to her parents. Grants family fought the government for 30 years in attempts to keep control of the land after their family farm was foreclosed on in 1978. Source: Madeline Gray

USDA statistics reveal that Black farmers accounted for about one sixth of farmers in the early 1900’s but less than 2% of farms were Black owned leading up to 2017.

The “debt relief bill” was suggested by Sen. Raphael Warnock and assesses “equal to 120 per cent of the outstanding indebtedness of each socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher as of January 1, 2021, to pay off the loan directly or to the socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher.” It’s set to offer “loan assistance” by using “however much otherwise unappropriated FY 2021 funds” that are deemed “necessary” according to Fox News & The Counter.

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1st Black US Gymnastics Champion Dianne Durham Dies at 52

Gary, Indiana has produced a variety of prominent public figures. Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and family are some of the most notable mentions but doesn’t limit the city to it. The list of remarkable names range from economist (Joseph E. Stiglitz) and reach to former NBA players including Glenn Robinson then stretched all the way to rappers such as Freddie Gibbs. This small midwestern town has produced some of the greats and also was the birth place of one of the 1st Black gymnast in the country namely Dianne Durham who has died at 52.

Durham was only 14 years old when she performed in front of thousands of people on America’s largest gymnastics platform in 1983. In less than two minutes she would soar through a polished floor routine and fly through the air to land in a double twist with her hands raised as only a champion would. Her performance would earn her a resounding round of applause and four gold medals. It also penned her name in the history books as the first Black gymnast to ever achieve such victories. Her career was short and sweet but inarguably set an exemplar for ethnic athletes.

The Gold medalist’s would later suffer an ankle injury that catapulted her to coaching & gym ownership as a way to still take part in the sport. Her husband spoke to CNN regarding his late wife saying “Her personality was bubbly and she was a very charismatic individual who was respected and admired by a lot of people. Whether highest level or recreation class, all the students admired her because she treated them the same.”

June 5, 1983- Dianne Durham right is pictured giving autographs in Gary, Indiana after winning the women’s title at the Mcdonald’s U.S.A. Gymnastic Championship at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Source: Associated Press

The departed champion previously spoke on her home town stating the city of Gary was behind me 100,000%. She also released a statement following the death of George Floyd that read:

“In my own life and gymnastics career I encountered discrimination and prejudice. It didn’t stop me from reaching all of my goals, but it did play a role in preventing me from reaching some of my biggest goals.

“As an icon and trailblazer in our sport, Dianne opened doors for generations of gymnast who came after her, and her legacy carries on each day in gyms across the country,” said USA Gymnastics CEO Li Li Leung in a statement.


Simone Biles, Dominique Dawes and Gabby Douglas are successors of Durham who was reported to have passed peacefully in a Chicago hospital with her spouse and sister at her side according to US NEWS.

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Is she receiving late flowers?

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South African Covid-19 Variant Surfaces in South Carolina & Maryland

The Covid-19 mutation first identified in South African has now surfaced in South Carolina & Maryland. Maryland announced it’s first case on Saturday and has ensured citizens that thorough contact tracing is underway. While South Carolina acknowledged the variants presence on Thursday. Health officials in both states are concerned due to the variation being more contagious and easier to transmit than the original virus.

The CDC released a statement on the South African variant saying the “CDC is aware that the first US documented cases of the B .351 variant of SARS-CoV2, which was first detected in South Africa, have been identified in South Carolina.

“CDC is early in it’s efforts to understand this variant and will continue to provide updates as we learn more. At this time we have no evidence that infections by this variant cause more severe disease. Like the UK and Brazilian variants, preliminary data suggests this variant may spread more easily and quickly than other variants.”

Source: Bebeto Matthews/AP

Clinical trial results have shown that the mutations are reducing the vaccines potency and fear it will undermine efforts to vastly vaccinate. Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke on the Covid-19 variants stating “Clearly, the mutants have a diminishing effect on the efficacy of the vaccines. We can see that we are going to be challenged.”

A researcher for Harvard’s medical school namely “Dr. Dan Barouch said “it’s a different pandemic now.” Pfizer’s Chief Executive said the variants have a “high possibility” of causing the currently crafted doses to be ineffective but did remain optimistic saying “science will prevail” according to the Business Insider.

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White House Is “exploring ways” To Fast Track Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

The Biden administration has renewed efforts to fast track the face of Harriet Tubman on the upcoming $20 bill. This action was laid aside during Trumps time in office.

One of the many designs that have appeared in the effort to give a nod to the civil rights icon and freedom fighter Harriet Tubman.

“The Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 notes” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki during a press briefing.

She added “It’s important that our notes, our money…reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that. So we’re exploring ways to speed up that effort.”

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The Treasury Department first initiated Tubman on the $20 bill in 2016, during the Obama administration. In an effort to replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the currency. Shortly after former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said the new bills would be unveiled in 2020. That proposal loss traction under former president Donald Trump who cited the change as “pure political correctness.”

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Democrats Drafting Bill That Includes a $3k Tax Credit Per Child

House Democrats plan to use child tax credits as a catalyst to aid millions of American families. The lawmakers are currently drafting The American Family Act. That bill would increase the annual tax credit to $3,000 per child and would be sent to families in recurring $300 monthly increments. Those tax credits would be 100% refundable and the IRS would issue $300 checks per month for children under 6 years old and $250 a piece for those ages 6-17.

“Reps. DelBene and DeLauro are planning to reintroduce the American Family Act soon. We are currently working through technical changes to the bill, including discussions with the Biden administration on how this would be implemented to get benefits to families quickly and efficiently” said congressional spokesperson Nick Martin.

Martin went on to say “The president’s support for this policy is a game changer. The one year expansion is important pandemic relief policy but permanently expanding the benefit could give millions of children the opportunity to succeed. The permanent expansion is estimated to lift 4 million children out of poverty and cut deep poverty among children in half.”

The present child tax credit goes up to a maximum of $2,000 per child for ages 16 and under. Only 70% of those credits are currently refundable. The credit diminishes for single parent families who earn over $200,000 per year or couples who have a combined income that exceeds $400,000 according to Fox.

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Day 3: Biden’s Set to Sign Duo Orders Which Aid Families Affected by Covid-19

Covid-19 has “hit hard” and the commander in chief is scheduled to strike back on Friday by signing two executive orders that help affected families. Biden is set to pen his John Hancock in support of expanding the federal food program benefits (SNAP) by 15% while increasing federal contract workers pay to $15 per hour. His support of federal workers is multi dimensional & also includes but isn’t limited to revoking Trumps rules that stripped vulnerable civil servants.

Biden is also requesting the Labor Department to clarify job workers rights to deny jobs that threaten their health during the pandemic. Saying “These actions are not a substitute for comprehensive legislative relief…but they will provide a critical lifeline to millions of American families” to reporters.

Vehicles lined up at a food giveaway in Utah during the global pandemic. Source: Rick Bowmer/AP

He has further plans to successfully transition a 1.9 trillion aid package through Congress in the coming months.

As soon as the fireworks stopped exploding on Inauguration day the President got swiftly to work to ensure Americans aren’t. He immediately signed actions that extend the federal eviction moratorium through March, and paused student loan repayments & interest until September according to NBC.

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Statistics Show a 100% Increase in Expressway Shootings in Chicago-2020

Driving on the expressway has gotten deadlier for Chicagoans and it’s not for the reason most would think. Travelers previously worried about getting in a vehicular accident or traffic jam but 2020 has added fatal gunfire to that list. Early reports are indicating a 100% surge in expressway shootings in Chicago for 2020. Ending last year with a total of 128 gunshot victims while only 12 of those shootings resulted in an apprehension. The previous year (2019) was less than half of that number (52). One third of those incidents took place on the Dan Ryan according to Illinois state police.

Chanel Crespo holds a memorial for her brother John Ortiz, who was fatally shot while driving on the Eisenhower expressway in Chicago Illinois. Source: Reuters-Jim Young

Community stakeholders are slamming those shootings as unacceptable. A spokesperson (Beth Hundsdorfer) for the state police said “Expressway camera footage has produced evidence that was useful in obtaining criminal charges pursuant to expressway-related investigations.”

While a community member namely Alma Hill is crying foul and insisting more can be done. “I feel we’re being neglected. I feel we’re being put on the back burner because they can use the excuse of COVID.” Hill went on to say “I do believe more people have to stand up and let the public and especially the government know that this is important to us.” I know they’ve got a lot on their hands but that’s no excuse. This is ridiculous people are dying.” As originally reported by The Chicago Tribune.

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Melania Trump Breaks White House Tradition Ashley Biden Calls it “Unfortunate”

On Tuesday President-elect Joe Biden’s daughter reacted to Melania Trump not offering her mother Jill Biden a “House” tour. The “tea and tour” is a tradition that allows the outgoing First Lady to show the successor around the White House. Biden’s daughter Ashley said “No, I don’t think they’re doing the traditional protocol, which is unfortunate, but I think we’re all OK with it” according to NBC.

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This keeps with the Trumps tradition of disregarding protocols and follows her husbands refusal to attend Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. A notion that President-elect Joe Biden welcomed calling it “One of the few things” they ever “agreed” on and a good thing.”

Melania Trump did find the time to post a digital “farewell” where she described her time in the White House as “unforgettable.” While asking American’s to “focus on what unites us.

Despite Trumps impending inaugural absence or Melania’s lack of hospitality power will be transferred on January 20 and former Presidents Barack Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton are scheduled to be in attendance.

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Is Colin Kaepernick being called a “son of a b**ch, nonexistent federal mask mandates in the midst of a global pandemic something you’d be thrilled to forget about? Or was it the terms of endearment to Capitol Hill invaders for you?

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“Injustice Anywhere is a Threat To Justice Everywhere” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Source: Jack Thornell/AP Images

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a minister and social justice activist who made vital contributions to the Civil Rights movement from the 1950s until his assassination in 1968. Although his life was cut short his selfless acts are still alive and well today. Dr. King fought for Black Americans to be recognized as humans who deserved equal rights and the impoverished. His peaceful protest included the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington in 1963. Those demonstrations would later manifest into legislation known as the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts. He was a man of the cloth and one of the most influential speakers of all times. The Nobel Peace Prize winner laid the very groundwork for the peaceful protest that are seen today.

George Floyd protest in Baltimore 2020. Source: Twitter

The icons legacy is indisputably upheld through his children who haven’t wavered in continuing the fight for social justice. His heirs have stayed ten toes down on behalf of the causes their father championed and ultimately died for. So lets honor them as well today.

“He didn’t have a large quantity of time, but the quality of time was remarkable.”-Coretta Scott King speaking of husband Dr. Martin Luther King Jr…King family 1966/ /Source: MBR/AP
L to R- Martin Luther King III, Dexter King, Yolanda King and Bernice King stand next to a crypt dedicated to their parents in Atlanta on November 20, 2006. Source: Wilfred Harewood-AP

What’s your favorite Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quote? Ours is “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied.”

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California Has 2M Covid-19 Cases Los Angeles Has Confirmed 1M

California has surpassed New York as the deadliest state due to covid-19 after a month long increase in cases. It’s health department reported 669 coronavirus deaths on Saturday bringing the states total fatalities to 32, 960. Los Angeles’s spiraling covid-19 infections rates pushed California over the top claiming half of the states totals. LA has one million people who are covid-19 positive. Those numbers make them the first U.S. city to attain the landmark. Scientist are rationalizing how the grim milestone was reached.

Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo is a epidemiologist at the University of California San Francisco and stated “L.A. is a pretty large, complex county with factors like overcrowding, poverty and a large essential workforce. Those things came together at a time in the pandemic where we also see a lot of fatigue and the lessening of adherence to the basic things one has to do to stay safe, like wearing a mask.”

Source: Los Angeles Times- Francine Orr

Public Health officials have credited the ease of restrictions in November as the reason for the rise which included celebrations that ensued when the Dodgers won the World Series @ NBC.

Source: California’s state dashboard- Covid19.CA.Gov

As of Sunday morning California had confirmed 2.97 million covid-19 cases and 33,393 deaths. Los Angeles slightly upticked with 13,996 new cases and 252 additional deaths.

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Historic VP-Elect Kamala Harris Will Be Sworn In By Historic Justice Sonia Sotomayor

We the people have made history once more in the US. The country will shatter two glass ceilings on next Wednesday welcoming it’s first woman into the oval office who is also of African, Asian and Indian descent. Since three times a charm the Vice President-elect has selected Justice Sonia Sotomayor to administer her executive vows. Sotomayor is a fellow history maker herself. She will be the first Latina woman on the Supreme Court to swear in the first woman of color according Biden’s transition team.

Ms. Harris chose Sotomayor due to her extensive civil rights background and past work as a prosecutor which is a shared history for the two. The Vice President-elect has continually expressed her admiration for attorneys. “Some of my greatest heroes were lawyers: Thurgood Marshall, Charles Hamilton Houston, Constance Baker Motley-giants of the civil rights movement,” she detailed in her memoir entitled “The Truths We Hold.” The former HBCU graduate has consistently spoken highly of Sotomayor.

“Judge Sonia Sotomayor has fought for the voices of the people ever since her first case voting against corporations in Citizens United.” Harris didn’t stop their in 2019 stating “As a critical voice on the bench, she’s showing all our children what’s possible.”

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor- Source: Alex Wong/ Getty

The incoming second in command will be a first for the country and a win for women everywhere. She will take her oath on two Bibles. With one belonging to Thurgood Marshall who was the first Black Supreme Court Associate justice. While the other is affiliated with Regina Shelton. Shelton was a childhood caregiver and neighbor to Harris and her sister growing up as reported by ABC.

Are your tissues ready?

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Donald Trump’s Pro Life Administration Executes 13th Inmate- Dustin Higgs

With less than one week before Inauguration Day Trump has given his stamp of approval to execute another inmate. The self proclaimed “pro life” outgoing President seems to be holding a basket of cherries as the 13th captive has lost their life during his tenure. On Saturday Dustin John Higgs 48 was killed shortly before dawn after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the stay on his execution the day prior. Higgs was murdered at a Terre Haute prison for allegedly orchestrating a hit on three women in 1996. The individual who committed the slayings was not sentenced to die.

Higgs was Covid-19 positive according to the Bureau of Prisons who informed his Attorney Shawn Nolan on Thursday. Nolan fervently defended the deceased and slammed his execution.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor & Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan Source: Alex Wong/ Getty Images

“The government completed it’s unprecedented slaughter of 13 human beings tonight by killing Dustin Higgs, a Black man who’s never killed anyone, on Martin Luther King’s Birthday. Nolan went on to say “There was no reason to kill him, particularly during the pandemic and when he, himself, was sick with Covid that he contracted because of these irresponsible super spreader executions.”

Nolan questioned Higgs representation throughout his trial. He also revealed how the defendant loss his mother to cancer at the age of 10 saying “Mr. Higgs difficult upbringing was not meaningfully presented to the jury at trial.” He also said “It is arbitrary and inequitable to punish Mr. Higgs more severely than the actual killer.”

Mr. Dustin Higgs at the federal prison in Terra Haute, Indiana which host the only execution chamber in the U.S.. Indiana is also the home state of outgoing Vice President Mike Pence. Source: Attorneys for Dustin Higgs

Justice Sonia Sotomayor shared her disdain with the courts decision stating “This is not justice, after waiting almost two decades to resume federal executions, the Government should have proceeded with some measure of restraint to ensure it did so lawfully. When it did not, this Court should have. It has not.” Sotomayor also listed the names of the fallen under Trumps administration and continued “To put that in historical context, the Federal Government will have executed more than three times as many people in the last six months that it had in the previous six decades.”

The execution was initially scheduled on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. His son wrote a article in The Washington Post on Thursday invoking his fathers words, excerpts read “I do not think that God approves of the death penalty for any crime…capital punishment is against the better judgement of modern criminology and above all against the highest expression of love in the nature of God.” The civil rights icon’s daughter Bernice King also tried to assist in halting Higgs execution.

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Dustin John Higgs is the final man to be executed under Trump’s hypocritical administration. He maintained the assertion of his innocence until the day of his death.

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GOP Lawmaker Discusses Viral Prayer Video During Capital Riot

Trump supporters flooded Capitol Hill but could not drown American values as congress members resiliently joined hands to denounce fear. While chaos ensued a video of Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester would go viral. Now the GOP member is speaking out explaining why she chose faith in a national moment of uncertainty. The viral video shows Rochester travailing in prayers as Trump intruders breached the House Chamber.

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The Capitol riot was due to Trump supporters who wished to alter the Nov. election results that elected Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris. The congresswoman detailed the experienced saying “We knew that something was going to happen, but I don’t think anyone expected what we saw. Prior to that day she’d requested a special seat in the House Chamber to have a special view of Biden’s Presidential affirmation. She described the day as suspicious stating that House members were receiving packages that prompted a building evacuation. “And the next thing we know, the rioters were right there at the chambers typically , I think I would just be scared or nervous. But it was more of a react, react. ‘Where do I go? How do you open this gas mask?” While others were bunkered to safety Rochester’s special seat didn’t allow such so she was instructed to hide.

I don’t know if they forgot we were in the balcony and all the doors were locked. So we got to that other side and I looked over the balcony and I saw law enforcement with their guns drawn at the door. And that’s when it really, really hit what this moment was all about. I saw these two poofs..come through the window and I didn’t know if it was a gunshot or not. But that was when it really hit how much we were in jeopardy.”

From there she divulged the range of emotions she was feeling, from fear to faith. Also sharing that her best friend in Congress namely U.S. Rep. Val Demings was in agreement with her in those moments.

“She grabbed my arm, and I grabbed her arm and she just looked at me and said: ‘Lisa…we know God is in control or God is bigger than this’…but that was the moment where I just kind of laid down my sadness and my anger, and I just started to pray–pray for healing, pray for peace pray for everyone’s safety.”

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Later in the evening when Congress was secure to reconvene she made a statement via social media excerpts said “We came back and didn’t let that chaos that hate deter or destroy our purpose and so I’m just grateful.”

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UK Covid-19 Variant Surfaces In Illinois Could Intensify Pandemic according to CDC

On Friday Gov. J.B. Pritzker lifted some pandemic restrictions in Illinois but that action may be short lived due to the highly contagious virus that’s in town. The “Land of Lincoln” has documented its first case of the UK’s variant of Covid-19 according to Chicago public health officials. The SARS-CoV2 strain B.1.1.7 was first discovered in the United Kingdom during a study of Covid-19 samples by Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. This Covid-19 mutation spreads easier but is not currently presumed to be deadlier or more severe. The “B.1.1.7″ strain has the potential to dominate in the United States according to the “CDC” which reported that it had already been found in 12 states and throughout more than 30 countries.

“Modeling data indicate that B.1.1.7 has the potential to increase the U.S. pandemic trajectory in the coming months” according to the CDC’s report.

They went on to say “The modeled trajectory of this variant in the U.S. exhibits rapid growth in early 2021, becoming the predominant variant in March.” The CDC is also keeping a close watch on a different variant seen in South Africa (B.1.1.28) acknowledging that these divergents host a “constellation of genetic mutations” @CNN.

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Biden Proposes New $1.9T “Rescue” Package

President- elect Joe Biden revealed details of his proposed “American Rescue Plan” that totals $1.9 trillion. The incoming commander in chief plans to allocate $400 billion to address the covid-19 pandemic. With $20 billion going to further the national vaccination program and $50 billion set to support expanded testing. This third stimulus package will also include another round of direct payments to Americans to the tune of $2,000 a piece. While unemployment recipients will receive $400 per week in addition to child tax credits being bolstered. Rental relief is also spoken for in this bill alongside childcare credits and sick pay.

No child is scheduled to be left behind with $130 billion being set aside for grade schools to safely reopen within 100 days. It also includes a suggestion to raise the national minimum wage to $15 an hour and ensures food stability by widening the SNAP food assistance program. The $1.9T plan is only half of his proposed two part “initiative.” Which means that more helped would be on the way if this passes Congress in February.

Notably infrastructure, manufacturing and clean energy provisions are also cited in the objective.

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Jacob Blake Gives First Interview Since Receiving 7 Police Bullets

Jacob Blake (29) sat down with Michael Strahan because he has little ability to stand after Kenosha police partially paralyzed him. Jacob Blake and his ex were uniting to celebrate their child’s 8th birthday when a dispute ensued with a neighbor. Blake said the altercation put a damper on his son’s party who tearfully asked him “daddy you sure it’s my birthday?” That query prompted him to leave to distract his son by “going back to the store.” Wanting to add joy to his child almost subtracted his life when police shot him seven times in the back. A miscommunication with his ex Laquesha Booker caused the police call. When officers arrived Blake didn’t realize they were their for him since he hadn’t committed a crime. He proceeded to Booker’s rental vehicle to secure his three children in their car restraints. Moments later he felt someone tugging his arm and flinched due to “human reaction.”

That moment made Blake realize he was the target. The next minute without verbal warning Blake says he was “slammed” against the car and tased. He responded by getting up to remove the “taser prongs” and pick up his dropped belongings which included a pocket knife. After garnering his things Blake tried to return to his “babies” in the vehicle. Blake said he walked away but in hindsight shouldn’t have picked up the knife due to the hostile climate. Still oblivious to his life being in danger since he was going in the opposite direction. Blake said he was not resisting arrest but the fate of being the “next George Floyd.” Trying to ensure the well being of his three kids almost turned fatal when a white police officer decided to shoot him seven times from behind.

Jacob Blake felt death was imminent. So he went on to give presumed final words to his children saying “Daddy love you no matter what.” Those children would later “facetime” their father in his hospital bed in awe that he was alive. Blake ended the interview thanking GOD for his life.

The families attorney, Ben Crump spoke about the smearing of Jacob Blake since the incident. Explaining how Black people have to be “perfect” to receive empathy.

Kenosha authorities identified the shooting officer as “Rusten Sheskey.” Who claimed Jacob Blake’s pocket knife had him in fear for his life. Sheskey said he thought he was going to be stabbed so he walked in closer to shoot him seven times. The officer’s attorney Brandan Matthews defended the publicly funded shooter saying he “acted according to his training.” His legal instruction has Jacob Blake heading into his 37th surgery as reported by “Good Morning America.”

Peaceful protestors taking to the street after Jacob Blakes shooting. Source: Instagram

Despite the international outcry Kenosha’s District Attorney, Michael Graveley decided not to charge the officer.

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Feds Put Americans on Notice of Planned Armed Protest Preceding the Inauguration

Inauguration Day is fast approaching and so is the threat of “armed protest” according to the FBI. “On 8 January, the FBI received information on an identified group calling for others to join them in “storming” state, local and federal government courthouses and administrative buildings in the event POTUS is removed as President prior to Inauguration Day. This identified group is also planning to storm government offices including in the District of Columbia and in every state, regardless of whether the states certified electoral votes for Biden or Trump, on 20 January. They went on to say “armed protest are being planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January and at all the US Capitols from 17 January through 20 January.

Source: Dept. Of Homeland Security Web Portal

On Monday President Trump invoked a state of emergency for Washington DC until January 24 which allows the Department of Homeland security to act in prevention of a “catastrophe.” Over 10,000 National Guards members have been deployed to the capitol with 5,000 additional on standby in an effort to peacefully transfer Presidential power. Donald Trump has said he will not attend the Biden-Harris Inauguration which effectively obstructs a 150 year tradition. Biden has welcomed that notion saying it’s a “good thing” following the attempted Capitol coup that took place by his base that left 5 people dead on Capitol Hill. Notably former President Barack Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton are scheduled to be in attendance alongside sitting Vice President Mike Pence.

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Donald Trump Defends His Capitol Riot Response & Warns Big Tech

During an impromptu interview on Tuesday President Trump answered several questions regarding his possibility of a consecutive impeachment and whether he played any role in the Capitol Hill insurrection that took place on last week by his supporters which caused five casualties and countless injuries.

Trump described the possibility of a second formal House rebuke as “a terrible thing” that was placing the country in great “danger.” When reporters asked if he felt any “personal responsibility” for inciting the invasion he chose to stand by his remarks “If you read my speech, and many people have done it and I’ve seen it both in the papers and in the media, on television, it’s been analyzed and people thought that what I said was totally appropriate.”

US President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn on Tuesday. Source: Drew Angerer-Getty Images

Trump also credited the House leaders for continuing “the greatest witch hunt in political history” by initiating his second impeachment which would be a first for any sitting US President. “This impeachment is causing tremendous anger, and you’re doing it and it’s really a terrible thing that they’re doing.” He continued “For Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to continue on this path I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country and it’s causing tremendous anger. I want no violence” @NBC. He also suggested that large social media platforms were causing “problems” by suspending his account. And said a “counter move” would take place but did not clarify the assertion further.

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Bill Belichick Says No Thanks to Trumps Presidential Medal of Freedom Offer

The New England Patriots head coach namely Bill Belichick has revealed his declination of Trumps Presidential Medal of Freedom offer in light of “the tragic events of last week.” The honor was scheduled to be bestowed upon Belichick on Thursday but the recent Capitol Hill disrespect by Trump supporters made the coach have a change of heart. “Recently, I was offered the opportunity to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which I was flattered by out of respect for what the honor represents and admiration for prior recipients.” Belichick stated while continuing “Subsequently, the tragic events of last week occurred and the decision has been made not to move forward with the award. Above all, I am an American citizen with great reverence for our nation’s values, freedom and democracy.”

A supporter of US President Donald Trump is captured trespassing in the US Capitol Rotunda on January 6 2021. Source: AFP

An official spokesperson for the White House told CNN that they were aware of the decision. Belichick is a decorated coach whose won six Super Bowls during his more than 20 year tenure with the Patriots. His decision to break with the President comes after the Capitol Hill invasion which left five people dead including a federal officer.

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MAGA Mugshots: FBI Apprehends Arkansas Man Photographed At Speaker Pelosi’s Desk

The Federal Bureau of Investigations is keeping “law & order” by arresting Trump supporters that upended Capitol Hill on Wednesday. In the latest round of “white nationalist” invade sacred U.S. grounds, Richard Barnett has surrendered to the police after being identified as the squatter who was photographed at Nancy Pelosi’s desk. Barnett is also alleged to have obstructed Pelosi’s mail.

Richard Barnett assumes the desk of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday during the riot at the U.S. Capitol. Source: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

The shocking images of Mr. Barnett with his boots up on a desk in the Speaker of the House’s office on Wednesday was repulsive” according to United States, Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen. He continued saying “Those who are proven to have committed criminal acts during the storming of the Capitol will face justice.”

The recent detainee spoke to KFSM about the felonious incident prior to his arrest. “I threw my feet up on the desk at that point. I realized some a**holes had cut me also and I bled on her envelope, so I picked up the envelope and put it in my pocket, and I put a quarter on the desk cause I’m not a thief .”

Mr. Barnett has been charged with “knowingly entering or remaining on restricted grounds without authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds in addition to theft of public property. If found guilty he could face a year in prison.

A West Virginia lawmaker namely Derrick Evans has also been taken into custody after seemingly participating in the invasion. He is vehemently denying any criminal responsibility despite being captured on video amongst rioters. Evans colleagues who are also Virginia lawmakers are calling for his removal from public office.

West Virginia House of Delegate member Derrick Evans. Source: Perry Bennett/West Virginia Legislature/AP

Adam Johnson has likewise been arrested in connection with the Capitol Hill invasion and was the man who was pictured carrying Nancy Pelosi’s lectern. He was booked into the Pinellas county jail on Friday evening as reported by The Hill.

Adam Johnson carrying the House Speakers podium. Source: Win NcNamee/Getty Images-Pinellas County Jail

Are you wondering how people can break and enter into a federal United States property cause multiple casualties and only face one year in prison? Is this systemic racism striking again?

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Michelle Obama Speaks On Capitol Hill Desecration By Maga Mob

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If Trump supporters intentions was to “Make America Great Again” by busting out windows on Capitol Hill and ransacking Congress members offices then making spaghetti great again wouldn’t include noodles nor tomato sauce. The blatant disrespect that took place on Capitol Hill Monday was crystal clear despite the onlookers political view. With former first lady Michelle Obama being the latest person to speak out against the criminal invasion that transpired and the “painful” hypocritical response to it.

All I know is that now is a time for true patriotism. Now is the time for those who voted for this president to see the reality of what they’ve supported–and publicly and forcefully rebuke him and the actions of that mob.” She went on to say the invasion “left me with so many questionsquestions about the future, questions about security, extremism, propaganda and more. But there’s one question I just can’t shake: What if these rioters had looked like the folks who go to Ebenezer Baptist Church every Sunday? What would of been different? We saw peaceful protestors met with brutal force. We saw cracked skulls and mass arrests, law enforcement pepper spraying it’s way through a peaceful demonstration for a presidential photo op.. Seeing the gulf between the responses to yesterday’s riot and this summer’s peaceful protests and the larger movement for social justice is so painful it hurts.”

Source: Three women protestors are drenched with tear gas while protesting against systemic racism & police killings.-Source: Robert Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images

President Elect-Joe Biden also sounded off on the stark contrast between how Black Lives Matter protestors were savagely handled in comparison to Trump supporters who invaded Capitol Hill. “You can’t tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protestors yesterday they wouldn’t have been treated very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol. We all know that is true and it is totally unacceptable. Totally unacceptable, the American people saw it in plain view.”

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Obama concluded with a optimistic message saying “I pray that every American, especially those who disagree with them, will give our new Congress, President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris the chance to lead us in a better direction.”

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Elon Musk Overtakes Jeff Bezos Becoming The Richest Man Alive

Elon Musk was on the pandemics create 3 digit billionaires side of 2020 and has dethroned Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to become the richest man in the world. While the covid-19 crisis and social distancing directives created an unprecedented influx in online shopping the shipping craze came up fiscally short to the automakers. The South African entrepreneur began 2020 with a $27 billion net worth but assumed the richest person spot on Thursday when his accumulated wealth surpassed Bezos to total $185 billion. That donned the Tesla owner as the fastest person to attain the worlds richest mark in recorded history. Tesla’s profits were up 8% for the year at $816 per share (with a $760 billion market value) when Wall Street closed on Thursday. Billionaire investor Chamath Palihapitiya instructed investors “not to sell a share” while talking with CNBC cautioning short sellers that the stock has the potential to triple. A result that would make Elon Musk the worlds first trillionaire. Are you heading to Robinhood in the morning?

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Disgraced Officers Fired In the Shooting Death of Breonna Taylor

The Louisville Metro Police Department has terminated a duo of police officers for their negligence that caused the shooting death of Breonna Taylor according to their termination paperwork. Taylor was a first responder and healthcare worker who was shot dead when two Louisville police officers forcefully entered her apartment in a botched raid. The emergency room technician’s killing prompted a national outcry that activated impassioned summer protest and aching calls to “defund the police.” While the police weren’t defunded officers Joshua Jaynes and Myles Cosgrove have lost their public funded pay after being served their walking papers on Tuesday according to Louisville Police Chief Yvette Gentry.

L to R Joshua Jaynes/ Myles Cosgrove

Cosgrove and Jaynes violated a plethora of department policies that included but wasn’t limited to circumventing standard operating procedures, failing to turn on worn body cams and unlawfully attaining the deadly search warrant. Breonna Taylor thought she was secure in her home alongside her significant other Kenneth Walker on March 13 when Louisville police stormed in without uniforms to serve a no-knock warrant. A legal action that was intended to be carried out against two individuals who had no sort of criminal history and assumed they were being home invaded on. Walkers assumption that he and his partners life was in danger resulted in him utilizing his licensed to carry gun to shoot presumed self defense shots. The returned fire killed Breonna Taylor horrifically validating his initial trepidations.

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Officer Cosgrove was responsible for spraying 16 rounds into the couples home. The police chief spoke about the cowboy action saying “The shots you fired went in three different directions, indicating you did not verify a threat or have target acquisition. In other words, the evidence show that you fired wildly at unidentified subjects or targets located within an apartment.” Adding “I can not justify your conduct nor in good conscience recommend anything less than termination.” Jaynes was not present during the horrific exchange but was responsible for securing the “untruthful” search warrant that led to the fatal shooting. Chief Gentry credited Jaynes failure “to inform the judge that you had no contact” with the postal inspector for his newly employed status. Following the ex officer’s false assertions of having insider knowledge of drugs being sold by Breonna’s ex boyfriend by way of the USPS which they refuted. His “sworn information was not only inaccurate” but “untruthful” according to Gentry.

The “Fraternal Order of Police” which is funded by the officers say they intend to appeal the decision as reported by CNN.

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One Person Shot After Trump Supporters Storm US Capitol- Biden Speaks Out

Source: Jason Andrew for The New York Times

President-elect Joe Biden took the mic denouncing the actions of alleged Trump supporters who trespassed on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon demanding the election be altered. In a recorded message Donald Trump reiterated his notion that the election was “stolen” while saying “go home we love you, you’re very special you’ve seen how people were treated.” He also said “go home in peace.” Vice President Mike Pence demanded for the protestors to “leave the building” saying “The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now.”

A protestor unlawfully sitting behind a desk in the Senate’s chamber. -Source: Win McNamee, Getty Images

Democrats began to plead with the President to unapologetically deescalate his base.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement that read “We are calling on President Trump to demand that all protestors leave the U.S. Capitol and Capitol Grounds immediately. Biden called the crowds actions an “insurrection” that was “threatening the safety of duely elected officials.” It has been reported that someone was shot in the midst of the armed standoff.

Black Lives Matter kneeling in a peaceful protest against systemic racism/police killings of unarmed Black men and women. Source: Willis Ryder Arnold/ Maine Public

UPDATE: ABC News has reported that the Capitol building has been secured and is now safe.

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Officer Eludes Charges In the Shooting of Jacob Blake

A Kenosha police officer put a bullet hole in Jacob Blake’s back for everyday of the week and will not face charges. The cities District Attorney Michael Gravely has refused to indict the officer (Rusten Sheskey) who shot Jacob Blake from behind seven times saying “I do not believe the state would be able to prove that the privilege of self defense is not available.”

Attorneys for the Blake family spoke out calling the absence of charges “immensely” disappointing and unfortunate for all of the peaceful protestors who allowed due process to take place only to witness another miscarriage of justice.

“We feel this decision failed not only Jacob and his family, but the community that protested and demanded justice. Attorney Ben Crump went on to say Officer Sheskey’s actions sparked outrage and advocacy throughout the country, but the district attorney’s decision not to charge the officer who shot Jacob in the back multiple times leaving him paralyzed, further destroys the trust in our justice system. This sends the wrong message to police officers throughout the country. It says it is OK for the police to abuse their power and recklessly shoot their weapon, destroying the life of someone who was trying to protect his children.

Jacob Blake pictured with his family. -Source: Facebook

Attorney Crump also detailed their intentions to push forward by pursuing legal recourse in the form of a civil lawsuit.

“This is not the news we were hoping for, but our work is not done and hope is not lost, It is now our duty to broaden the fight for justice on behalf of Jacob and the countless other Black men and women who are victims of racial injustice and police brutality in this country. We will continue to press forward with a civil lawsuit and fight for systemic change in policing and transparency at all levels. We urge Americans to continue to raise their voices and demand change in peaceful and positive ways during this emotional time.”

Gravely argued that his decision was “laser focused” on what would have been permissible to a jury saying “It means that this case is all about self defense and can it be proven that it doesn’t exist. It’s about the perspective of Officer Sheskey.”

According to Kenosha PD, Sheskey is still gainfully employed via administrative leave while Mr. Blake is paralyzed from the waist down.

Once the news @ CNN broke regarding Kenosha’s decision to reject charges a wide range of reactions began to disburse across social media that spanned from exasperation to grief and celebrities were apart of those downcast and dismayed. Many public figures sounded off about the perceived refusal to acknowledge Black Americans as humans with rights and not carnage in the legal system. Did Kenosha make a “Gravely” mistake? Can it be fixed at the polls?

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Covid-19 Mutation Forces U.K Citizens Back In the House

A new strain of covid-19 will have Britons pulling out the monopoly boards and updating their laptops starting Monday as recent lockdown restrictions reinstate. England’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson released a statement regarding the highly contagious covid-19 variant saying “As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from Covid than at any time since the start of the pandemic” according to the AP. Despite Britain’s efforts to speed up it’s vaccination program the virus has still managed to pummel London’s healthcare system with 26,626 people currently hospitalized marking a 30% increase from last week. Many people were already under binding restrictions due to the current strain being easier to transmit. The head medical officer warned that without swift action “there is a material risk of the National Health Service in several areas being overwhelmed over the next 21 days.” The U.K.’s covid-19 spinoff has also been detected in Saratoga Springs, New York marking the first case in the state.

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Kenosha Braces for Unrest Preceding The Charging Decision In The Shooting of Jacob Blake

This city of Kenosha, Wisconsin is bracing for potential protest and civil unrest pending the charging decision in the police shooting of Jacob Blake. The charging verdict is anticipated to happen within the first two weeks of January according to the cities Mayor John Antaramian and Chief of police Daniel Miskinis. A statement was released Sunday saying “Mayor Antaramian has been informed that the decision is likely to be announced within the first two weeks of January and is working with Chief Miskins and other partners to protect peaceful demonstrations and to guard against unlawful activity.”

Jacob Blake afflicted in his hospital bed after being shot from behind by Kenosha police. Source: Agence France-Presse via Att. Ben Crump

Some of the precautions being taken include restricting city bus routes, implementing curfews and blocking off certain roads and areas. Jacob Blake sustained serious injuries after being shot multiple times in his back by a Kenosha police officer. The blindsided shooting sparked nationwide outraged but was not the only casualty in Kenosha after Kyle Rittenhouse traveled to the city from Antioch, Illinois and fatally shot two protestors.

Kyle Rittenhouse kneeling with his firearm. Source: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The victims loved ones are now demanding monetary justice for their lost and wounded family by requesting $20 million be paid for civil damages.

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Congress Leaders Homes Defaced Following Stimulus Disappointment

The residences of the two most powerful members in Congress namely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have been defaced according to police. The deviant actions took place after the Senate postponed a vote to increase stimulus checks to $2,000 which many seen as allowing Americans to hemorrhage after a already 9 month financial bleed that was triggered and sustained by the current covid-19 pandemic. McConnell released a statement after discovering his home was painted with graffiti saying “Vandalism and the politics of fear have no place in our society. My wife and I have never been intimidated by this toxic playbook. We just hope our neighbors in Louisville aren’t too inconvenienced by this radical tantrum.”

House Leader Nancy Pelosi alongside her San Francisco property. Source: Zach Gibson/Getty Images/KPIX-TV

Louisville Metro Police are currently looking into the matter and have yet to identify any suspects according to the offices spokesman Dwight Mitchell and CNN. McConnell is the second legislative members home to be targeted and comes after Pelosi’s on last Friday. The San Francisco Police Department described the scene as having “painted graffiti on the garage door” which accompanied a “pig’s head” that was left on the sidewalk. Seems like someone isn’t too happy about the House Speaker turning down the 1.8 trillion dollar GOP offer that included $1,200 checks to hurting Americans nor McConnell’s recent senate stall on expanded stipends. Are you happy their okay but hoping they take continual steps to ensure Americans are?

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