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Senate To Propose Two Bills That Might End Government Shutdown

"It's like bargaining for stolen goods."

Since Dec. 22, more than a handful of federal workers have yet to clock in. Under Donald Trump's order, agencies that fall within the federal government's banner were closed until a resolve concerning immigration and a border wall between Mexico and the United States was agreed upon by Democrats and Republicans in the Senate.

While on the latter's end a proposal of $5.7 billion to fund the wall was met with contention by the Democrats, both parties plan to meet on Thursday (Jan. 24) to propose two bills that might speed up the end of the shutdown. According to TIME, the Republican's proposal still includes the multi-billion dollar request for the wall, but they would agree to give Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients a "three-year reprieve" from being deported. The Democrats want to re-open the government until Feb. 8 as a means of gathering more time to reach a resolution.

TIME also notes that the Democrats might not agree to the GOP's plan because, on the subject of DACA and TPS recipients, a formidable plan of action to protect them has yet to be implemented. "The President's proposal is one-sided, harshly partisan, and was made in bad faith. It's like bargaining for stolen goods," Senator Chuck Schumer said.

Per ABC News, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stressed the dire position the country is in under Trump's position. "We can't have a president, every time he has an objection, to say I'll shut down government until you come to my way of thinking," Pelosi said. "Understand, that is part of the point of this. If we hold the employees hostage now, they're hostage forever."

The proposals both need 60 votes, which would possibly lead to ending the shutdown.

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Kamala Harris “Honored” To Join Joe Biden As Vice Presidential Running Mate

After much anticipation, Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his running mate for vice president on Tuesday (Aug. 11), and the former Senator is “honored” by the opportunity.

“Joe Biden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals,” tweeted Harris. “I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

[email protected] can unify the American people because he's spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he'll build an America that lives up to our ideals.

I'm honored to join him as our party's nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 11, 2020

Biden revealed Harris as his running mate on Twitter calling the former prosecutor a “fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants.” Harris, who is biracial, is the first Black and South Asian woman nominee from a major party.

I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate.

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020

The political rivals-turned-running mates previously faced off during Democratic debates last year. Harris suspended her bid for president in December 2019 and went on to endorse Biden’s presidential campaign.

In response to the VP news, former President Barack Obama tweeted in part that he’s known Harris for a years, and that she’s “more than prepared for the job” of VP.

“This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing,” Obama added of the upcoming November election.

I’ve known Senator @KamalaHarris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake. This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing. pic.twitter.com/duJhFhWp6g

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 11, 2020

Read more reactions to the VP announcement below.

Thrilled to support @KamalaHarris as next VP. I was honored to speak with @JoeBiden at length over the weekend and again today. His focus on reaching out to every corner of our country speaks to how he will lead us. I look forward to doing all I can for Team #BidenHarris!

— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) August 11, 2020

Cookie and I are very happy with Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s decision to select Senator @KamalaHarris as his running mate. We have happily supported Kamala throughout her career over the years!

— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) August 11, 2020

History made. @KamalaHarris 👏🏾

— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) August 11, 2020

👏🏾🙌🏾👏🏾🙌🏾✊🏾Congrats and well deserved Sen. Kamala Harris!! Love to see and support it! Appreciate you JB https://t.co/OErXQ5TqQL

— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 11, 2020

Very happy for our friend and Senator and future Vice-President, @KamalaHarris, and very much looking forward to voting for the Biden-Harris ticket to begin the difficult work of recovering from this nightmare presidency and building an even better future.

— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 11, 2020

The bells are tolling! So proud and so excited at Kamala Harris's naming by our future president, Joe Biden! She will undoubtedly chew and spit out any male OR female who takes her on. Well done, VP Biden!! Love and kisses, Rita Moreno, newly joyous Puerto Rican 🌹💐❤️☝🏽👍🏾

— Rita Moreno (@TheRitaMoreno) August 11, 2020

America is crying out for leadership, and what has Donald Trump done? Ignored science, fanned the flames of racism, and employed tactics from the playbook of fascists and dictators. Electing @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris isn't just an electoral imperative—it's a moral obligation.

— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 11, 2020

Congratulations to @KamalaHarris, who will make history as our next Vice President. She understands what it takes to stand up for working people, fight for health care for all, and take down the most corrupt administration in history. Let’s get to work and win.

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 11, 2020

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Andrew Gillum Opens Up About Depression, Alcoholism Following Rehab Stint

Andrew Gillum shared a “personal update,” following a rehab stint for alcohol addiction. In an 11-minute video posted to Instagram on Monday (July 20), Gillum thanked supporters and opened up about his addiction.

“I know its been a while since we’ve had an opportunity to connect but as many of you know I decided to take some time away to work on myself,” he says in the recording.

“I went away to rehab to focus on my issues with alcoholism. Having grown up in a household where my father battled addiction to alcohol, and later died from complications from that deadly addiction, I know well the tole that alcohol can take not only on the individual but also on the family.”

The 40-year-old political and married father of three entered rehab after being found in a hotel room with a reported friend who allegedly suffered a drug overdose in April.

Therapy created an outlet for him to talk about repressed emotions, Gillum said. He went on to explain how losing the Florida gubernatorial race sent him into a deep depression. “I had totally underestimated the impact that losing the race for governor had had on my life, and the way those impacts started to show up in every aspect of my life.”

“Don’t suffer in silence,” advised Gillum. “Get access to the help that you need. So many of us think that we have to perpetrate this image of perfection…but the truth is nobody has it all together. That’s the big secret. All of us are struggling and trying and clawing at trying to be something else when we really ought to be trying to be at home in ourselves. That’s really the journey that I’m on right now.”

Watch the full video below.

 

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I am thankful to so many of you who have wished me well during this especially challenging time. I wanted to provide a personal update on how I have been doing. Take good care of yourselves during this season and I will see you on the other side. Warmest, Andrew

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San Francisco Lawmaker Proposes CAREN Act To Criminalize Racist 911 Calls

A California lawmaker introduced an ordinance that could criminalize racist 911 calls. San Francisco supervisor Shamann Walton presented the CAREN Act during a Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday (July 7).

“Racist calls are unacceptable,” Walton tweeted. “That’s why I’m introducing the CAREN Act at today’s SF Board of Supervisors meeting. This is the CAREN we need. Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies.

Racist 911 calls are unacceptable that's why I'm introducing the CAREN Act at today’s SF Board of Supervisors meeting. This is the CAREN we need. Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies. #CARENact #sanfrancisco

— Shamann Walton (@shamannwalton) July 7, 2020

The measure is similar to a bill proposed by a New York Senator in 2018, and another proposed by California Assembly member Rob Banta last month to help end “discriminatory 911 calls motivated by an individual’s race, religion, sex, or any other protected class by designating such reports as a hate crime.”

Making a false police report is a criminal misdemeanor offense under California law, but there is currently no legislation criminalizing discriminatory 911 calls.

In related news, a white New Yorker named Amy Cooper could face criminal charges for calling 911 on a birdwatching Black man in Central Park after he informed her that her dog needed to be leashed. Chris Cooper, who has no relation to Amy Cooper, filmed the viral video in May. However, Chris has refused to cooperate with the District Attorney efforts to bring charges against Amy because she “already paid a steep price,” and “Bringing her more misery just seems liking pilling on.”

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