This morning’s jobs report — the final one voters will see before Election Day — offered discouraging news about the strength of the economic recovery. But it also served as a wake-up call to policymakers that the need for a new economic aid package hasn’t gone away.

In mid-May, House Democrats saw the CARES Act’s expiration on the horizon and took steps to stay ahead of the problem. The lower chamber approved an ambitious aid package, carrying a price tag of over $3 trillion, which would extend benefits to struggling families, businesses, and communities through the end of the year.

As we’ve discussed, Republicans soon after responded with very little. GOP officials said they didn’t like the Democratic plan, but they couldn’t even agree among themselves on an alternative.

Last night, House Dems tried anew to keep the process moving.

The House of Representatives passed a $2.2 trillion Covid-19 relief

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WASHINGTON DC — House Democrats have rolled out a new $2.2 trillion stimulus package that includes a wide variety of small-business relief programs, including billions of dollars in grants for live-venue operators and a second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans.

The legislation is the latest in a series of bills introduced by both Republicans and Democrats from both chambers in recent months. This new legislation is an updated version of the HEROES Act passed by the House in May, but not voted upon by the Republican Senate. The fate of this package, if it passes the House in the coming days, is equally unclear on whether it would receive a vote in the Senate.

Proponents hope its smaller scale, reduced from more than $3.4 trillion in the HEROES Act, could reinvigorate efforts in Congress to break the stimulus logjam. Democrats and Republicans have been divided over the size and

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  • Democratic candidate Amy McGrath’s challenge against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky is raking in a ton of cash from donations.
  • However, her chance of beating McConnell is slim, and these donations would be much better suited in closer races.
  • Zachariah Sippy is a student from Lexington, Kentucky studying political history and legal philosophy at Princeton University.
  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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In a rush following Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, Democratic candidates and groups across the country raised more than $100 million to boost their chances in November.

Much of the rush of funds was motivated by anger against Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s announcement that he will hold a vote on President Trump’s nominee to replace Ginsburg, despite the fact that there are only a few weeks between now and the election. The

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Democratic state Sen. Terry Link is quitting the legislative seat he’s held for more than two decades, roughly a month after he was charged with a federal count of income tax evasion, he said in a resignation letter Friday.

Link’s resignation takes effect at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Link has not commented publicly since a criminal information was filed in U.S. District Court on Aug. 13 accusing him of not reporting income on his 2016 tax return. He did not immediately return a call seeking comment Friday afternoon.

He resigned his position on the Legislative Ethics Commission the same day the charges were made public.

The Tribune reported last year that Link wore a wire for the FBI as part of an investigation of former state Rep. Luis Arroyo, who prosecutors said had sought a state senator’s support on video gambling legislation that would have benefited one of Arroyo’s lobbying

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Saucon Valley Massage owner Westley Morris knew his business would take a hit after Gov. Tom Wolf’s March 19 coronavirus mitigation business shutdown order, and he thought his insurance policy might cover it.


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Morris, whose business is in Hellertown, called his insurance representative and learned he was wrong.

“He said they do not cover business interruption due to a national pandemic,” Morris said. “My argument was I wasn’t shut down by the pandemic, I was shut down by Gov. Tom Wolf.”

Many business owners across the state have had similar experiences, and some state lawmakers want to change that. Several bills related to insurance for “business interruption” situations like the pandemic have been put forth in Harrisburg.

Democratic state Sen. Pam Iovino of Allegheny County recently floated a bill that applies specifically to policies with business interruption coverage that includes a “civil authority” clause.

The bill seeks to

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Joe Biden will need powerful allies in Congress if he wins the White House and expects to chalk up big legislative wins. 

Lucky for the Democratic presidential nominee, he’s poised to start a first term with a vast network of political connections forged during his 36 years in the Senate and eight years in Barack Obama’s White House. 

But his resume will also only get him so far. Biden left Congress more than a decade ago to become vice president. During that intervening time, the faces and political factions on Capitol Hill have changed dramatically.

Biden’s potential agenda is ambitious. Apart from responding to the coronavirus pandemic and the dramatic US economic slump, Democrats are eyeing meaty and expensive legislation designed to tackle everything from infrastructure and climate change to health care, election security, and racial justice.

To help out a new administration, Biden can claim to have powerful friends

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Longtime state Sen. Terry Link, the Vernon Hills Democrat who was charged last week with a federal count of income tax evasion, is stepping down as chairman of the Lake County Democratic Party.


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Link announced his resignation, effective Sept. 15, in a Thursday email to fellow county party leaders.

Link has held the chairman position for 29 years, and said in his email he has been thinking about resigning his chairman post “for quite a while.”

“While some of you might assume my resignation is related to what you may have read in the news, those who truly know me and know my character and loyalty to the Democratic Party know there has to be more to the story,” Link wrote.

“I can assure you that there is a lot more to the story. Unfortunately, at this time I am unable to comment on any of this. I

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Thursday marked a historic moment in the life of Joe Biden. After years of being roundly rejected in one presidential run after another by primary voters, Biden finally was able to take the stage at a Democratic convention as the party’s nominee for president.

Unfortunately for him and the nation, however, two dark shadows were cast over what should have been Biden’s moment in the sun: father time and the Democratic Party’s far-left radicalism, which seems to infect virtually every part of the former vice president’s platform.


Throughout the address on Thursday night, Biden did his best to inject energy into his presentation to America, but for the most part, his attempts fell flat. Throughout much of the speech, Biden looked and sounded —

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  • The Democratic National Convention took an unprecedented virtual approach to the political event amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden formally accepted the Democratic party’s nomination for president on the final night of the four-night event.
  • Biden’s running mate Sen. Kamala Harris made history as the first woman of color to accept a major party nomination on Wednesday after she accepted the Democratic party nomination for vice president.
  • A mix of prominent political figures and US citizens delivered remarks at the convention, encouraging Americans to vote in November and praising Joe Biden.
  • Here are highlights from the four nights of the DNC:
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Night 1

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Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks in a frame grab from the live video feed of the all virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention as participants from across the country are hosted over video links to the

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  • Joe Biden officially accepted the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday night with the most significant speech of his career.
  • The former vice president used his speech to lay out his broad policy agenda, ranging from healthcare to climate change, and framed himself as a bipartisan leader for a fractured country. 
  • “America’s entered an inflection point: a time of real peril, but also extraordinary possibilities,” he said. “This is a life-changing election. This will determine what America will look like for a long, long time.”
  • He accused Trump of failing to address four concurrent crises: the pandemic, the economic collapse, racial inequity, and climate change. 
  • “Our president has failed in his most basic duty to the nation: he’s failed to protect us,” he said. “And that is unforgivable.”
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Joe Biden officially accepted the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday night with the most significant speech

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