Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump may be vying for the same undecided voters, but after their Party’s conventions over the past two weeks, it’s clear they’re offering sharply different ideas for America’s economic future.

Spurred on by the left-wing of his party, Biden is proposing to invest the federal government with sweeping new powers to tax, regulate, and spend its way to his version of a Green New Deal.


Trump is talking about doing exactly the opposite, devolving power to businesses and workers through lower taxes, less regulation and a lighter touch from the federal government.

Both Biden

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  • Brayden Harrington, a 13-year-old kid who met Joe Biden at a campaign event earlier this year, spoke at the Democratic National Convention about how Biden helped him overcome his stutter.
  • “Without Joe Biden, I wouldn’t be talking to you today,” Harrington said, adding that Biden told him they were “members of the same club: we stutter.”
  • Harrington went on to say Biden gave him tips on how to overcome his stutter.
  • “I’m just a regular kid, and in a short amount of time, Joe Biden made me feel more confident about something that’s bothered me my whole life.”
  • Scroll down to watch a clip of Brayden Harrington’s speech.
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Brayden Harrington, a 13-year-old boy from New Hampshire, spoke at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday about how Joe Biden helped him overcome his stutter after the two met earlier this year.

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Tonight is the final evening of the Democratic National Convention, and barring some last minute changes, the virtual gathering will end without the voices of high-profile elected officials from Texas in prime-time spots.

This strikes us as a missed opportunity. Polls indicate that Texas, a solidly red state for decades, is trending purple faster than anyone would have imagined four years ago. Yet convention organizers did not symbolically highlight this emerging role of Texas Democrats, especially Hispanic officials, in national politics during the four-day event to formally anoint Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the party’s standard-bearers.

Understandably, Texas Democrats are perplexed. “I don’t understand that,” Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa recently told NBC affiliate KXAN-TV in Austin. “Somebody messed up. Somebody dropped the ball.”

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo made a cameo appearance. U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar of El Paso announced the Texas delegation’s votes. State Rep. Victoria

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Sen. Sherrod Brown interviewed three small business owners who said they’ve suffered economically under President Donald Trump in a video that marked the third night in a row the Democratic National Convention featured an Ohio politician.

Brown, who flirted with running for the presidency himself, appeared during the section focusing on the economy, leading into speeches by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former President Barack Obama.

Brown’s pre-recorded video featured two Northeast Ohio businesses and their owners: Kevin and Molly Johnson of Fischer Special Tooling in Mentor and Gurneé Green of Chemistry 11 Boutique in Cleveland Heights. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also interviewed a restaurant owner while Iowa Rep. Cindy Axne interviewed a farmer.

The three Ohio small-business owners told Brown they were struggling under Trump’s economic policies while large corporations were thriving.

The Johnsons said their business was facing closure as the coronavirus pandemic

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Dan Katt didn’t think 2020 could get any worse. For more than a year, the co-founder and owner of the Milwaukee restaurant and craft brewery chain Good City Brewing had been looking forward to the boost his business would get from the Democratic National Convention, taking place at the Wisconsin Center, just steps away from one of Good City’s locations. The week-long media spectacle, which was expected to attract 50,000 visitors to the city and deliver a $200 million economic impact to the region, is now an online event because of the pandemic and only expected to draw about 300 visitors to the city itself. What’s more, Milwaukee doesn’t have any assurances that it’ll get another shot at hosting in 2024, according to a spokesperson for the DNC. The city will be required to apply again with everyone else in 2022.

The downsized affair has left many area business owners

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One local business owner found himself leading a series of socially distant interviews conducted Monday over the internet as part of a very unconventional Democratic National Convention kick-off.

“It was great,” said Swarthmore resident Scott Richardson, co-owner of the Occasionally Yours restaurant. “I got to talk about our business and do it in a non-political fashion.”

Richardson, who has owned the business since 1989 with his wife, Theresa, came about 11 minutes into the broadcast hosted by “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria. Richardson was seen sitting inside the small boutique eatery as he answers Longoria’s question about how his business is doing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s been rough,” Richardson told her. “Rough is a nice (way) to say it. My wife and I, 31 years ago, began our business and, quite honestly, over all these years, we’ve faced some adversity and challenges, but … nothing like what we are

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Billionaire Meg Whitman was among four Republicans to endorse Joe Biden for president on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC).

The DNC is taking place online this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and in a pre-recorded segment on Monday Ms Whitman shared her support for the presumptive Democratic nominee.

The 64-year-old businesswoman said: “I’m a longtime Republican and a longtime CEO. And let me tell you, Donald Trump has no clue how to run a business, let alone an economy.

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“Joe Biden, on the other hand, has a plan that will strengthen our economy for working people and small-business owners. For me, the choice is simple. I’m with Joe.”

The current CEO of short-form streaming platform Quibi was one of four Republicans who spoke at the convention on Monday

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At every major shift in media technology, there’s the stubborn temptation to mimic the technology that’s being subverted.

At the advent of talkies, producers attempted to use actor inexperience in voice, sometimes with hilarious results as lampooned in the stage play Once In A Lifetime and later in the film Singin’ In The Rain. Enter the actor from Broadway, schooled in elocution, but tethered to spectacles that made little use of the more interesting elements of acting in the new medium. And when radio gave way to TV, producers attempted to replicate the old radio play, high on elocution, low in visual production values. Then, in the nineties, when the Web first became a staple of corporate marketing, Web pages were little more than digital brochures. And the rule applies to technology forced on us at times of major disruption or crisis. Before the Coronavirus, the average person was

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  • Andrew Yang has been added to the speaking roster for the August 17-20 Democratic National Convention, he announced on Thursday.  
  • “I’ve got to be honest I kind of expected to speak,” Yang tweeted on Tuesday after the initial DNC speaker lineup was unveiled and he wasn’t included on it. 
  • Yang ran for president in 2020 and gained national attention with his unique policy platform, which included a universal basic income of $1,000 a month for every American adult. 
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Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, has been added to the speaking roster for the Democratic National Convention after previously expressing disappointment on Twitter that he wasn’t included. 

“I’ve got to be honest I kind of expected to speak,” Yang, who has 1.6 million Twitter followers, tweeted on Tuesday after the initial DNC speaker lineup was unveiled. He later joked, “maybe

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