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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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Alabama Newspaper Editor Calls On KKK To Lynch Democrats In Washington D.C.

The editor of a failing Alabama newspaper made news after he penned an editorial pleading for the KKK to “night ride again.” Goodloe Sutton, editor and publisher of the Democrat-Reporter, a small weekly paper in Linden, Ala., doubled down on his racism in an interview Monday (Feb. 18).

"If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we'd all been better off," he told the Montgomery Advertiser. "We'll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them.”

Sutton added that he’s not asking for “Americans”  to be lynched. “These are socialist-communists we’re talking about.” He also compared the KKK to the NAACP. “They didn’t kill but a few people. The Klan wasn’t violent until they need to be.”

In his editorial, Sutton lashed out against Democrats in the Republican party for “plotting to raise taxes in Alabama.”

“They do not understand how to eliminate expenses when money is needed in other areas,” he wrote. “The socialist-communist ideology sounds good to the ignorant, the uneducated, and the simple-minded people.”

Later in the piece Sutton put a bird call out to the KKK. “If you haven’t noticed, they did away with the draft so their sons would not have to go into battle. Seems like the Klan would be welcome to raid the gated communities up there.

Sutton’s editorial is obviously catching backlash and calls for his resignation. The Alabama Press Association’s Board of Director’s condemned Sutton and suspended the newspaper’s membership. Auburn University’s Journalism Advisory Council voted to revoke his award in community journalism and the University of Southern Mississippi took him off their Journalism Hall of Fame.

Sutton's paper is doing so badly that he was forced to move the publication to an old barbecue restaurant. This new round of publicity could officially put the paper out of its misery.

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Another One: Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Presidential Run

After months of speculation, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders officially announced his second Presidential run.

According to CNN, Sanders, 77, made his official bid known in an interview with Vermont Public Radio, and affirmed his 2020 run in a statement to supporters shortly after.

"I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least a million people from across the country," he said in the statement.

Sanders won the support of many Americans with his progressive policy agenda, which includes free higher education and health care expansion. He's also reportedly planning to "[transform] the country" with a campaign based upon foundational principles of "economic, social, racial and environmental justice."

In an email sent out to supporters Tuesday (Feb. 19) announcing his run, Sanders called out Donald Trump, stating that he is "a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction."

“Women and men, black, white, Latino, Native American, Asian American, gay and straight, young and old, native born and immigrant," he continued in his email. "Now is the time for us to stand together.”

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Will Be The First Guest On Showtime's 'Desus & Mero'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic U.S. Representative and Bronx native, will be the first guest on Desus & Mero's new show. The number one show in late night will have its first episode on Showtime on Thursday, Feb. 21.

In the promo for the episode, Ocasio-Cortez says, "I am proud to announce that I will be forming an exploratory committee to be the first guest on Desus & Mero!” The hilarious duo pop up, and start hyping her and the show up. Ocasio-Cortez ends the clip with a resounding "yerrrr," because if you know...you know.

It was announced in mid-2018 that the Bodega Boys would be ending their show's Viceland run after two seasons for bigger and better things. When the Showtime deal was announced, the network's president and CEO praised the Bronx natives and said they're a welcome addition to the family.

"We have waited a long time to enter the talk show space, and we were only going to do it if we felt like we had the next big thing,” he said in a release. “Desus and Mero feel like exactly that: They have knockout comedic voices, they’re brilliant interviewers and they always have a unique take on culture both high and low."

Upcoming guests on the show this season reportedly include Vince Staples, Pusha T, Issa Rae and Ben Stiller.

BREAKING NEWS from @SHODesusAndMero & @AOC pic.twitter.com/3ELkgjcFGS

— Desus Nice (@desusnice) February 13, 2019

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