Secy. Mnuchin: Treasury, Fed working on new $3T relief package

FILE – In this April 21, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump listens as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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According to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, his department and the Federal Reserve are preparing a new round of coronavirus related stimulus. On Sunday, he announced the new relief package could amount to $3 trillion going into the economy.

The secretary noted he’s focused on reversing the devastating effects that the pandemic has had on the country and getting the economy back to where it was.

“We’re working with the Federal Reserve on close to another $3 trillion of facility and liquidities. These are all beginning to have a very positive impact, so the president has said and wants to make sure before we rush back, do the next bill and spend more taxpayer money. We just want to be thoughtful, so there’s a lot of things we’re considering that are on the table.” – Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the U.S. Treasury

Additional stimulus will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

In this April 23, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump’s name is seen on a stimulus check issued by the IRS to help combat the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Mnuchin has also said the country’s unemployment rate is expected to peak before sharply going down.

During a recent interview, he stated the unemployment rate could rise to as high as 25 percent this quarter. At least half of the workforce has reportedly been affected by coronavirus shutdowns, which in turn hurt supply chains and long-term economic activity.

The U.S. economy has shed 20.5 million jobs so far. Business owners across the country are now calling for more support to keep them afloat.

“To keep it going, you can’t afford to pay people when people aren’t spending money. It sets a trickledown effect: you have money, you spend it, it boosts the economy. If there is no money coming down to people’s pockets, they can’t spend it, so how do you expect to pay your employees?” – Unnamed resident

According to Mnuchin, relief money is already going into the economy and paving way for a gradual recovery starting this quarter.

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Fmr. FDA head touts ability of new antigen tests to ‘dramatically expand testing’

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Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb has called the newly approved antigen tests a “game changer.” On Sunday, he stated thousands of doctors already have the capacity to do the tests.

This method tests the antigens produced by the virus, prompting the body to begin producing antibodies. According to Gottlieb, the tests show a result in about five minutes for a cost of around $5.

However, the tests are around 85 percent effective and aren’t as sensitive as the tests that take longer to process.

“These antigen based tests aren’t as reliable, meaning they’re not as sensitive. So, they’re going to miss some patients who have COVID. But in the hands of a doctor who already has a high index of suspicion that the patient may have the disease, and if they get a negative test and they still think the patient may be infected, they’ll send off a PCR-based test. They allow you to dramatically expand testing.”

– Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA Commissioner

He has said the company behind the tests will be able to produce 200,000 right away, and likely up to 1.5 million a week over the next several weeks.

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Ga. announces state’s lowest recorded number of COVID-19 cases

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Despite heavy criticism of Georgia’s decision to reopen certain parts of the state’s economy in late April, Republican Governor Brian Kemp remains optimistic about the latest coronavirus statistics.

On Saturday, he announced, “Today marks the lowest number of COVID-19 positive patients currently hospitalized statewide since hospitals began reporting this data” in early April.

There are just over 1,200 confirmed cases in the state, with the lowest number of ventilators in use since the onset of the outbreak.

This came after many in the media, as well as President Trump, criticized Kemp’s early opening. The president expressed it might have been too soon.

“I told the governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, that I disagree strongly with his decision to open certain facilities, which are in violation of the phase one guidelines for the incredible people of Georgia,” he stated. “At the same time, he must do what he thinks is right.”

Jason Godbey hangs a banner over the entrance of Madison Chop House Grille as they prepare to shift from take out only to dine-in service Monday, April 27, 2020, in Madison, Ga. Gov. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Kemp has credited increased testing for his state’s success in controlling the virus. According to the governor, his team is working to help labs keep up with new recommendations for expanded testing.

“We’re working on increasing our lab capacity, our efficiencies, expanding labs. We’re looking at a lot of different options. We’ve had a whole team working on that, over the last two or three days, to really solve that problem.” – Brian Kemp, Governor of Georgia

RELATED: President Trump: I Never Gave Gov. Kemp An ‘Okay’ To Reopen Businesses

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President Trump touts armed forces during cabinet meeting

President Donald Trump meets with senior military leaders and members of his national security team in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Saturday, May 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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President Trump met with senior military and security officials this week. Saturday’s cabinet meeting featured a number of the president’s top personnel, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and many more.

Officials did not specify the topics they discussed, but President Trump has said it was a very productive meeting. While speaking to the press, he touted the state of America’s armed forces.

“Our military is very strong, more so than it’s been in many, many years,” he stated. “We’ve spent $1.5 trillion rebuilding our military and it shows.”

The gathering came after the president cancelled previous plans to hold the meeting at Camp David.

President Donald Trump meets with senior military leaders and members of his national security team in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Saturday, May 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

He also recently touted the White House’s response to the pandemic. In a tweet, President Trump wrote, “We are getting great marks for the handling of the coronavirus pandemic, especially the very early ban of people from China.”

He also criticized the previous administration, saying “compare that to the Obama sleepy Joe disaster known as H1N1 swine flu.” He added, “Poor marks, bad polls and didn’t have a clue.”

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Republican officials call foul play in Calif. special election

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GOP officials have challenged a Los Angeles County election official’s decision to open a voting center in an area where Democrat support is dense. L.A. County Registrar Recorder and County Clerk Dean Logan announced Friday the district will open a polling station at the Lancaster National Soccer Center in the second week of a special election.

The election is for an open congressional seat in California’s 25th district, which was formerly held by Katie Hill. She resigned following several scandals, which involved leaked nude photos and allegations of an inappropriate relationship with one of her staffers.

Democrat Assemblywoman Christy Smith and defense contractor Mike Garcia are vying to fill the vacant seat.

“We’ve used a lot of traditional campaign methods. Of course, we’re sending out mail, we’ve got a robust TV program running ads on cable as well as broadcast, and we’re doing a lot of work by telephone. We have the benefit of hundreds of volunteers.” – Christy Smith, U.S. Representative (D-Calif.)

FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2020 file photo, 25th District congressional candidate and former Navy combat pilot Mike Garcia greets supporters in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael Blood,File)

GOP officials blasted Logan’s decision to open up the voting center. RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and President Trump have claimed Democrats are attempting to rig the election.

The request to open the voting center was reportedly made on behalf of the Democrat Party, leading Republican supporters to believe Logan’s decision was swayed. His announcement followed California Governor Gavin Newsom’s reveal of efforts to send mail-in ballots to all voters in the state and require in-person voting centers to open.

“People that otherwise are not familiar with mail in ballots, are uncomfortable with them, may have disabilities (or) other issues that may preclude that as an appropriate option, we still want to have the appropriate number of physical sites for people to vote as well,” stated Newsom.

In the meantime, county election officials confirmed there will be six in-person voting centers when residents cast their ballots May 12th. The winner of the special election will finish out Hill’s term, which ends in January.

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Iran says it’s ready for a full prisoner swap with U.S.

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Iran has announced it’s ready for a prisoner swap with the U.S. without any preconditions. On Sunday, an Iranian spokesperson said the government has been waiting months for the U.S. to respond to its offer.

The official also noted the country considers the U.S. responsible for the health and lives of Iranian prisoners detained in the U.S.

Both countries have been seeking the release of their prisoners, due to the current state of the coronavirus outbreak.

“It is America that has so far refused to respond,” stated spokesman Ali Rabiei. “We hope that in the face of the outbreak of COVID-19, which threatens the lives of Iranian citizens in American prisons, the American government should prefer the care of human life to politics and return to this path.”

Mourners wearing face masks and gloves, pray over the body of a victim who died after being infected with the new coronavirus, in the outskirts of the city of Babol, in north of Iran, Thursday, April 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

It’s unclear how many Americans are being detained by Iran.

According to reports, U.S. Navy veteran Michael White, who has been in Iranian custody for two years, is a likely candidate for a prisoner swap.

RELATED: Iran Says United States Yet To Respond About Prisoner Swap

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Vice President Pence signals support for Flynn’s return to Trump admin.

Vice President Mike Pence listens as President Donald Trump holds a meeting about the coronavirus response with Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Vice President Mike Pence has said he would be happy to welcome General Michael Flynn back to the White House. During a recent interview, he announced he would support Flynn’s return to the administration.

President Trump also appeared to agree and has said he would certainly consider it.

This came after the Justice Department dropped its case against Flynn this week. Both Pence and the president have praised Flynn’s character and condemned the case against him as partisan entrapment.

“I think General Michael Flynn is an American patriot. He served this country with great distinction in uniform. I believe the decision by the Justice Department lays bare what was clearly prosecutorial abuse. For my part, I’d be happy to see Michael Flynn again.” – Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States

Flynn served in the administration as the president’s first national security adviser back in early 2017.

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Newly released video sheds light on fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery

Family photo of Ahmaud Arbery.

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The witness to the Ahmaud Arbery killing has reportedly received threats. William Bryan’s attorney responded to the threats on his client’s behalf Friday, claiming his client was merely a witness.

Bryan’s video of Gregory and Travis McMichael shooting Arbery in Georgia has been circulating over the past week and has raised questions about the man behind the camera. According to his lawyer, Bryan only recorded the video to show police. The footage is now an essential piece of evidence in the case.

The newly released video depicted a man, believed to be Arbery, just minutes before he was shot and killed. The man walked in and around a house under construction for several minutes. He appeared to take nothing with him.

The tape happened to also describe a 911 call that coincided with the time the video was taken. The witness described the figure as a “black man in a white t-shirt running through the neighborhood.”

The suspects, Gregory and Travis McMichael, claimed they thought Arbery was the suspect in a string of burglaries in the neighborhood. The McMichaels then pursued him, believing him to be fleeing the scene.

A deadly confrontation followed.

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Glenn County Police have since confirmed there were no reports of burglaries in the area from the beginning of January to the time of the Arbery’s death.

“We base our decisions on two things: one are facts and the other is the law. Whatever the facts are, we apply the law to it. If the law says what the facts are, it’s a felony murder, then we take the warrants for it. I’m very comfortable in telling you that there’s more than sufficient probable cause in this case for felony murder.” – Vic Reynold, Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation

This photo combo of images taken Thursday, May 7, 2020, and provided by the Glynn County Detention Center, in Georgia, show Gregory McMichael, left, and his son Travis McMichael. (Glynn County Detention Center via AP)

Gregory and Travis McMichael are facing murder and aggravated assault charges. They are being held without bond.

Many people believe the pair should also be charged for a hate crime, but the state of Georgia is one of the four states in the nation that does not have hate crime laws in place.

“There are two justice systems in America, one for black America and one for white America,” stated Arbery’s family attorney. “Until we come together as the United States of America, we see this is going to continue to happen.”

The state’s Bureau of Investigation is currently reviewing the case and Georgia’s attorney general has vowed to “further” investigate the death of Ahmaud Arbery.

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Houston man charged with shooting firearm in direction of first responders, hiding evidence

Authorities investigate the scene of a helicopter crash at an apartment complex in Houston, Saturday, May 2, 2020. (Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

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A 19-year-old has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, discharging a firearm and unlawful carry in Houston.

This came after suspect Josue Claros-Trajedo allegedly fired five shots at a two backup helicopters earlier this week. The choppers were providing aid to a separate HPD helicopter, which had crashed into an apartment complex.

Photo of Josue Claros-Trajedo via Houston Police Department.

“The aircraft went down, we don’t have any idea why it went down at this time. We’ve established a crime scene and a perimeter. The pilot and copilot were trapped in the wreckage for an extended period of time.” – Art Acevedo, Chief of the Houston Police Department

According to authorities, no civilians were hurt in the crash. However, tactical flight Officer Jason Knox was killed and Senior Officer Chase Cormier was critically injured.

Officials have said the two were responding to a call about bodies floating in a nearby bayou at the time.

Following the crash, Claros-Trajedo reportedly aimed and fired at responding helicopters above the scene of the wreckage. Police quickly shifted gears to respond to the situation.

When Claros-Trajedo heard police approaching, he attempted to hide the firearm in an air vent. According to court documents, he later admitted to drunkenly firing five shots into the air.

The 19-year-old is currently held on a $100,000 bond and an immigration hold.

Police confirmed the cause of the helicopter’s crash could take weeks to determine, but they have not ruled out foul play as a possibility.

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CDC Director: Reopening guidelines had not been approved, they were shared prematurely

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield has set the record straight after the Associated Press reported the Trump administration is not prioritizing the agency’s advice when it comes to reopening the economy.

In a statement released by the White House, Redfield confirmed the CDC’s reopening guidelines had never been officially approved. He noted the document was shared prematurely in its “draft form and had not been vetted through the interagency review process.”

Redfield went on to say “this is an iterative effort to ensure effective, clear guidance is presented to the American people.” The secretary emphasized he “had not seen a version of the guidance incorporating interagency and task force input and, therefore, was not yet comfortable releasing a final work product.”

The report, which cited government emails, claimed the Trump administration had buried pages of detailed health advice intended for states, business owners, faith leaders and local officials.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Friday, May 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has since blasted the media on Twitter for insinuating that the Trump administration did not value recommendations from top officials.

She reiterated “as she noted Friday” during a press briefing, “the leaked CDC guidelines were in the editing process.”

“We have put in place the guidelines that our experts have put forward to keep this building safe, which means contact tracing. All of the recommended guidelines we have for businesses that have essential workers we’re now putting in place here in the White House. As America reopens safely, the White House is continuing to operate safely.” – Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary

She thanked the CDC director for underscoring this and added, “No thank you to some members of the press, who ran with inaccurate and dramatic headlines.”

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Gunfire at Afghan protest leaves 6 dead

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At least six people are dead after protesters and police clashed in western Afghanistan. According to reports, people gathered outside the provincial governor’s office Saturday to protest alleged unfair food distribution during the pandemic.

Witnesses claimed protesters opened fire at police officers, sparking the gun battle that killed four civilians and two police officers.

Meanwhile, protesters argued food distributors are favoring those with ties to people in positions of power.

“We want justice, we want our rights, we want our freedom,” stated one demonstrator. “The government is ruining our motherland, we are protesting to replace our governor (and) we want our rights.”

Afghan Volunteers prepare a free Iftar meal for needy people during the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, May 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

A radio presenter, who was in attendance at the protests, was reportedly among those killed.

Reports stated many Afghans rely on day labor, which has become non-existent after non-essential businesses were closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Attorney General Barr: Concerned Steele dossier used to ‘inject’ Russian disinformation

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Attorney General William Barr has called the use of the infamous Steele dossier during the Mueller investigation “troubling.” During an interview this week, Barr noted during testimony on Capitol Hill, he was concerned about the dossier and former British spy Christopher Steele’s work.

He was worried both were being used as a “vector by Russians to inject disinformation into a political campaign.”

He added Special Investigator Robert Mueller was responsible for looking at potential Russian influence, but it was ignored.

“One of the things you have to guard against, both as a prosecutor and I think as an investigator, is that if you get too wedded to a particular outcome and if you’re pursing a particular agenda, you close your eyes to anything that sort of fits with your preconception,” stated Barr.

According to the attorney general, Mueller should have investigated the dossier further. He declined to comment whether he saw additional evidence of political bias in the Russia investigation.

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President Trump endorses Navy pilot Mike Garcia for Calif.’s 25th District

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The president has endorsed former Navy pilot Mike Garcia for Congress. President Trump took to Twitter on Saturday, where he announced Mike has his complete and total endorsement.

He called the congressional candidate for California’s 25th district a great fighter pilot, a hero and a brilliant Annapolis graduate. The president added that Mike “will never let you down.”

Garcia has said he is running to ensure Californians do not fall victim to socialist and far-left Democrat policies, which he claimed have already devastated much of the state.

“I left the 25th district in 1994 to serve my nation. I was blessed to attend the U.S. Naval Academy and fly combat missions over Iraq as a 5-18 pilot. I came home in 2009, because there’s no better place to live in this world. After 10 years of a career in real estate and aerospace, I’m called again to serve my nation, this time in Congress.” – Mike Garcia, Republican congressional candidate

A special election is set to take place on May 12th, when Garcia will have to beat out Democrat candidate and current state assemblywomen Christy Smith. The winner will replace Rep. Katie Hill, who resigned from the seat in November of 2019.

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Pa. state leaders push back against lockdown orders

FILE – In this April 20, 2020, file photo, protesters demonstrate at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., demanding that Gov. Tom Wolf reopen Pennsylvania’s economy even as new social-distancing mandates took effect at stores and other commercial buildings. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

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County leaders in Pennsylvania have taken steps to reopen their communities, despite the governor’s lockdown orders. According to recent reports, local officials are fed up with Governor Tom Wolf’s lengthy reopening plan, which includes phasing counties in over the next several months.

Several county officials, as well as state lawmakers, recently sent a letter to Wolf, saying they will instead be taking reopening efforts into their own hands.

This included Central Pennsylvania, which houses the state capitol building and the governor’s house.

“We were really being flooded with e-mails and phone calls of folks who were terribly upset that their livelihoods were being really taken away from them in this process,” stated Butler County official Leslie Osche. “Everybody’s rights are being denied in many different ways.”

According to one county commissioner, almost 1.8 million residents have lost their jobs since the state was closed. Meanwhile, 0.4 percent of the state’s population has died from coronavirus.

WATCH: Anti-Lockdown Protests On The Rise Across U.S.

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San Francisco Health Dept. gives out alcohol, drugs to homeless housed in quarantine hotels

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San Francisco is reportedly handing out drugs and alcohol to its homeless population. According to reports, the city’s public health department has provided alcohol, marijuana and methadone for free to those seeking shelter in hotels during the pandemic.

The department has argued the handouts were meant to help homeless hotel guests successfully complete their quarantine and was offered to self-described addicts only.

Locals noted the coronavirus has presented a unique challenge to the overpopulated, at-risk community.

“I think it’s a complex thing to be able contain all these homeless people in a situation like we are in right now, because on a normal day it’s very hard to cope with so many homeless people in the city,” explained one resident. “Then in this situation, it’s even worse.”

Pedestrians walk to the edge of the sidewalk to avoid stepping on people in tents and sleeping bags on Monday, April 13, 2020, in the tenderloin area of San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

One former addict believes the move will encourage substance abuse, blurring the line between harm reduction and enabling.

Housing the homeless during the pandemic has been part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s ‘Room Key‘ project, which provided self-isolation and temporary housing options for at-risk populations.

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Protests break out after Indian chemical plant leak kills 12

A crowd gathers outside the LG Polymers plant from where chemical gas leaked in Vishakhapatnam, India, Thursday, May 7, 2020.(AP Photo)

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Indian police have filed charges against a South Korean owned chemical factory after a gas leak killed 12 people and left hundreds sick. Workers were preparing to restart the LG Chem facility Thursday after coronavirus lockdown orders expired in the area, but were exposed the chemical Styrene during the leak.

Styrene has been used to make plastic and rubber, but in gaseous state can be fatal, immobilizing people within minutes of inhalation.

Protests broke out in response to the leak. Demonstrators demanded justice and for a permanent closure of the factory.

Firefighters walk with oxygen cylinders outside LG Polymers plant, the site of a chemical gas leak, in Vishakhapatnam, India, Thursday, May 7, 2020. (AP Photo)

“After the leakage, we locked our doors, but the smell was coming into the house. We could not breathe. We came out and ran on the road, but so many fell down…they are unconscious. They did not know what they were doing.” – Laxmi, gas leak victim

On Saturday, the company apologized to those affected by the incident and said it would extend all support to ensure those affected were taken care of.

Local authorities have accused the plant’s operators of endangering the public through negligence. Environmental courts have also requested the company pay a $6 million dollar fee.

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Smoke rises from LG Polymers plant, the site of a chemical gas leakage, in Vishakhapatnam, India, Thursday, May 7, 2020. (AP Photo)

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Sen. Schumer to push for vote-by-mail provisions in next COVID-19 relief bill

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According to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), vote-by-mail provisions will be an important part of the next coronavirus relief bill. On Friday, he said he feels very strongly about voting-by-mail and added that Democrats plan to “fight like the devil for it.”

Schumer suggested Republicans may use the pandemic to prevent people from voting, particularly poorer Americans and minority groups.

He also emphasized the pandemic should not stand in the way of free and fair elections.

“We feel extremely strongly that everyone should be able to vote. The COVID crisis should not stand in the way of what is the hallmark, the wellspring, of America, which is free, fair and open elections. That will be a very important part of the legislation that we’re going to put forward, and we are going to fight like the devil for it.” – Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader

The House is expected to vote on a Democrat version of a relief bill next week.

WATCH: Lawmakers On Capitol Hill Feud Over Mail-In Voting

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Federal court clears the way for church services to resume in Ky.

FILE – In this Sunday, May 3, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during a news conference at the state’s Emergency Operations Center at the Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., about the coronavirus pandemic. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

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A federal court has granted a temporary restraining order in Kentucky, which will allow in-person church services to resume in the state. The Friday ruling prevented Governor Andy Beshear’s administration from enforcing the ban on mass gatherings, including in-person church services that followed CDC guidelines.

Beshear previously announced that church congregations could return to their places of worship beginning May 20th, but cautioned against returning before they were prepared.

“Just because you can on May 20th doesn’t mean that you’re ready, have all the materials to make it safe, or that you’ve had time to communicate with your congregation, especially about the safety of the most vulnerable population,” stated the governor.

This came after a federal appeals court cleared the way last week for churches to hold drive-in services.

Beshear’s office has not yet issued a statement regarding the order.

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Tara Reade claims she reached out to Warren, Harris campaigns about Biden allegations

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Tara Reade claimed she was written off by the campaigns of several former Democrat presidential candidates when she reached out to them to tell her story. During an interview Friday, Reade stated she took claims Joe Biden sexually assaulted her to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) 2020 campaigns.

According to the former staffer, she sought a safe place to get her story out to the public, but neither candidate responded to her.

However, both campaign advisors have said they have no record of Reade’s request.

“Kamala Harris is my representative, so I tried to reach out to her in particular for help,” explained Reade. “I wanted to get a safe place to tell what happened and I didn’t get a response, so I kept trying to get it out.”

Earlier this week, Sen. Warren called the former vice president’s complete denial of the allegations “credible and convincing.”

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Fitton: Gen. Flynn got justice because lawyers fought back

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UPDATED 9:33 AM PT — Saturday, May 9, 2020

According to the president of Judicial Watch, it took the right lawyers to finally get justice for General Michael Flynn. During a recent interview, Tom Fitton told reporters the former national security adviser got justice because he had a couple of lawyers who were willing to push back against D.C.’s “entire political class.”

“This FBI, this Justice Department, they would’ve sent Flynn to jail. I appreciate these documents were released, I appreciate Barr did the right thing in the end, but lets be clear: it wasn’t voluntary. He only got justice because he had a lawyer that insisted upon it.” – Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch

He went on to call the outcome “disturbing” and said it “shows you that officials are willing to distort the law to destroy their enemies.”

FILE – In this July 10, 2018, file photo, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, following a status hearing. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany commended the Justice Department for requesting to dismiss the FBI’s three-year-long investigation into the former national security adviser.

During Friday’s press briefing, McEnany expressed her dismay over the agency’s handling of the case, citing newly disclosed emails and handwritten notes that alleged Flynn’s entrapment.

“The FBI exists to investigate crimes, but in the case of Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, it appears as though they might have existed to manufacture one,” stated the press secretary.

She said “agents appeared to paint a target on his back” and went on to describe one of several instances that led up to the dismissal.

“In December 2016, Flynn spoke to the Russian ambassador and, as customary, the call was recorded. But in a highly irregular move, the Intelligence Community unmasked his identity. Michael Flynn is a United States citizen who is entitled to Fourth Amendment rights and due process, but he received none of that.” – Kayleigh McEnany, United States Press Secretary

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Friday, May 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

According to the secretary, it was also revealed that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper privately disclosed he saw “no direct empirical evidence” that the Trump campaign was conspiring with Russia to mettle with the 2016 election.

“If the top leadership of the FBI can target a three star general who served this country for three decades, make no mistake, they can target you,” said McEnany. “Hard to believe that this happened in the United States of America.”

A court must still approve the department’s request to dismiss the case. Meanwhile, McEnany reaffirmed President Trump will consider working with Congress to create a ‘phase four’ bill, which would deal with the rising unemployment rate caused by the ongoing pandemic.

“I can tell you this: the president that got us to the hottest economy in modern history, he’s done it once and he can do it again,” she said.

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