McConnell breaks from White House-Democratic negotiations, unveils separate bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced he will release a separate stimulus proposal worth $500 billion, significantly lower than the deal Democrats and the White House are negotiating.

“We’re going to go back on the floor next week, again, with a proposal more narrowly targeted,” McConnell said at an event in Kentucky on Tuesday. “I want to give my friends on the other side one more chance to do highly-targeted relief that the country desperately needs.”

The new proposal includes funding for the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), extra unemployment benefits, money for schools, and liability protections for businesses. McConnell is expected to put the proposal for a vote after the Senate returns on October 19.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 20: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L) listens to U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters while hosting Republican congressional leaders and members of Trump's cabinet in the Oval Office at the White House July 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump and the congressional leaders talked about a proposed new round of financial stimulus to help the economy during the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L) listens to U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters while hosting Republican congressional leaders and members of Trump’s cabinet in the Oval Office at the White House July 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

Soon after McConnell made his comments on the new targeted proposal, the president reiterated his support for a larger stimulus deal, tweeting “STIMULUS! Go big or go home!!!” on Tuesday.

The White House’s latest proposal is around $1.8 trillion, up from $1.6 trillion, and closer to the price tag of the Democrats’ latest $2.2 trillion stimulus proposal that passed the House in September.

McConnell’s new proposal has similar provisions to the one the GOP released in early September, which was worth $650 billion, but only $300 billion of that was new spending with the rest being repurposed money. The previous package was rejected in the Senate.

At least 38 states have paid out all their funds available under the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. (David Foster/Yahoo Finance)
At least 41 states have paid out all their funds available under the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. (David Foster/Yahoo Finance)

‘We cannot get an agreement just by folding’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who has been actively negotiating a new stimulus package with the White House, said that the latest offer by the administration falls short, but she still is hopeful for a deal.

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Sticking points for any deal between the White House and Democrats include aid for state and local governments, funding for schools, workers’ protections and child care support, rental assistance, funding for increased testing and tracing as well as funding for small businesses, elections, and the census.

“We really need to have an agreement, but we cannot have an agreement by just folding,” Pelosi said on a conference call with House Democrats on Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported. “I don’t think our leverage has ever been greater than it is now.”

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2020 -- U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the United States, on Oct. 9, 2020. U.S. President Donald Trump has approved a revised COVID-19 relief package in the negotiations with congressional Democrats, White House's National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said Friday. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is expected to discuss a new 1.8-trillion-U.S.-dollar relief proposal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when the two speak Friday afternoon, according to The Wall Street Journal. (Photo by Ting Shen/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/T IngShen/liujie via Getty Images)
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the United States, on Oct. 9, 2020. (Xinhua/T IngShen/liujie via Getty Images)

Any deal reached by Democrats and the White House would likely face stiff opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate, where it would need 60 votes to pass.

In early August, McConnell said that the GOP would

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President Obama’s White House photographer breaks down his photojournalism career (video)

Pete Souza, American photojournalist and former Chief Official White House Photographer for U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan, takes us through his illustrious career. From capturing Reagan’s reaction to Space Shuttle Challenger’s explosion to photographing President Obama’s Cabinet in the situation room during the raid on Bin Laden, Pete breaks down some of his most iconic images. ‘The Way I See It’ is in theaters now and will be broadcasted on MSNBC beginning this Friday, October 16th. See the complete video here.

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A new kitchen that breaks the rules |

You and your partner yeYou and your partner yearn for a remodeled kitchen. Problem is, you prefer a sleek modern look while your significant other insists on a more elaborate classical approach. Fortunately, there’s room for compromise in the form of a transitional kitchen, which was recently voted the most popular kitchen design style (chosen by 88%) among surveyed members of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

Julie Assenberg, owner of Julie Assenberg Interior Design, LLC in Salt Lake City, explains that “transitional” is a fairly new term in the design world that harmonizes elements of both traditional and contemporary design —offering the best of both worlds.

“It’s popular because it fits well in homes of varying architectural styles and can suit almost any aesthetic,” she says. “Transitional design is also appealing because there are no rules, except to ensure that all the elements you choose play well together.”

Danielle DeBoe Harper, interior designer and senior creative content manager with Moen in North Olmsted, Ohio, echoes that thought.

“Warm and inviting, transitional kitchens often blend contemporary elements with the ornate comforts of more classic aesthetics. For example, fixtures and appliances are simple yet sophisticated, featuring either straight lines or rounded profiles. Finishes and textures are mixed throughout the space, such as on countertops, hardware and other details,” says Harper. “Because they offer design flexibility, transitional kitchens are in demand among homeowners who don’t want to confine themselves to a single style.” And it’s a trend that has staying power, too.

“Transitional provides a beautiful level of detail without being gaudy and overdone, thus preventing the design from being dated. It’s a nice, safe choice for homeowners to select —one that promises longevity,” says Dessie Sliekers, interior designer with Ankeny, Iowa-located Slick Designs.

But it’s a look that can backfire if not properly planned, which is why it’s probably best to hire a professional designer who can steer you in the right direction.

“Mixing styles successfully isn’t easy,” cautions Assenberg. “You’ve got to strike the right balance between traditional and contemporary.”

To pull it off with panache, it’s important to select profiles that feature alevel of detail, such as a raised bevel on a cabinet or aturned leg.

“You want to mix these components with a more modern finish — maybe a painted cabinet or a white oak or caramel wood tone,” Sliekers notes. “The melding of a refined, tamed level of detail with more modern colors also helps create a timeless transitional look. But be careful not to go too heavy-handed on the detail and trim or too dark on the finishes. It’s good to have some ornate details in your trim work, but don’t go overboard or you hedge into atraditional style.”

Assenberg recommends selecting a timeless and simple countertop material, like marble, black granite or gray quartz, and using a version of classic subway tile as your backsplash —laid in a brick pattern for a traditional vibe or stacked to evoke a modern chic.

“I would also choose

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House lawyer says Trump’s census order breaks with history

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s directive to exclude people in the U.S. illegally from being counted when the number of congressional seats in each state is determined is an unlawful order and following it would break with almost 250 years of history, an attorney for the U.S. House of Representatives told judges Tuesday.



Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, census worker Ken Leonard wears a mask as he mans a U.S. Census walk-up counting site set up for Hunt County in Greenville, Texas, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)


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Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, census worker Ken Leonard wears a mask as he mans a U.S. Census walk-up counting site set up for Hunt County in Greenville, Texas, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

But attorneys for the Trump administration told a panel of three federal judges in the District of Columbia that the president has the discretion to decide who is considered an inhabitant of the U.S. for the purposes of determining how many congressional seats each state gets, a process known as apportionment.

Tuesday’s court arguments were part of the latest hearing over the legality of Trump’s July memorandum. Arguments already have made heard in federal cases in Maryland and New York, where a three-judge panel blocked the presidential order earlier this month, ruling it was unlawful.

The New York judges’ order prohibits Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose agency oversees the U.S. Census Bureau, from excluding people in the country illegally when handing in 2020 census figures used to calculate apportionment. The Trump administration has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

But the New York judges didn’t rule on the constitutionality of the memorandum, merely saying it violated federal laws on the census and apportionment, leaving open the door for the judges in the nation’s capital to rule on other aspects of the president’s memorandum. Other lawsuits challenging the memorandum have been filed in California, Maryland and Massachusetts.



A briefcase of a census taker is seen as she knocks on the door of a residence Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Winter Park, Fla. A half-million census takers head out en mass this week to knock on the doors of households that haven't yet responded to the 2020 census. (AP Photo/John Raoux)


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A briefcase of a census taker is seen as she knocks on the door of a residence Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Winter Park, Fla. A half-million census takers head out en mass this week to knock on the doors of households that haven’t yet responded to the 2020 census. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

One of the aspects the judges indicated they may consider is whether the Census Bureau will have to use statistical sampling to determine how many people are in the country illegally since there is no citizenship question on the 2020 census that could help answer that. The Supreme Court has ruled that statistical sampling can’t be used for the apportionment count.

To help figure find out that number, Trump issued another memorandum last year, directing the Census Bureau to use federal and state administrative records to find out the citizenship status of every U.S. resident. The Census Bureau hasn’t yet made public how it will use those records to come up with a method for answering that question.

Under questioning from the federal judges, federal government attorney Sopan Joshi said the Census Bureau had no intention of using statistical sampling.

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By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s directive to exclude people in the U.S. illegally from being counted when the number of congressional seats in each state is determined is an unlawful order and following it would break with almost 250 years of history, an attorney for the U.S. House of Representatives told judges Tuesday.

But attorneys for the Trump administration told a panel of three federal judges in the District of Columbia that the president has the discretion to decide who is considered an inhabitant of the U.S. for the purposes of determining how many congressional seats each state gets, a process known as apportionment.

Tuesday’s court arguments were part of the latest hearing over the legality of Trump’s July memorandum. Arguments already have made heard in federal cases in Maryland and New York, where a three-judge panel blocked the presidential order earlier this month, ruling it was unlawful.

The New York judges’ order prohibits Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose agency oversees the U.S. Census Bureau, from excluding people in the country illegally when handing in 2020 census figures used to calculate apportionment. The Trump administration has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

But the New York judges didn’t rule on the constitutionality of the memorandum, merely saying it violated federal laws on the census and apportionment, leaving open the door for the judges in the nation’s capital to rule on other aspects of the president’s memorandum. Other lawsuits challenging the memorandum have been filed in California, Maryland and Massachusetts.

One of the aspects the judges indicated they may consider is whether the Census Bureau will have to use statistical sampling to determine how many people are in the country illegally since there is no citizenship question on the 2020 census that could help answer that. The Supreme Court has ruled that statistical sampling can’t be used for the apportionment count.

To help figure find out that number, Trump issued another memorandum last year, directing the Census Bureau to use federal and state administrative records to find out the citizenship status of every U.S. resident. The Census Bureau hasn’t yet made public how it will use those records to come up with a method for answering that question.

Under questioning from the federal judges, federal government attorney Sopan Joshi said the Census Bureau had no intention of using statistical sampling.

The Washington lawsuit was brought by a coalition of cities and public interest groups, who argued the president’s order was part of a strategy to enhance the political power of Republicans and non-Hispanic whites. The U.S. House of Representatives later offered its support on behalf of the plaintiffs.

The Trump administration on Tuesday asked that the lawsuit be dismissed, saying it was premature since it’s impossible to know who will be affected by the exclusion order before the head count is finished and whether the Census Bureau will come up with a method for figuring out who is a citizen.

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Woman breaks into own kitchen after hungry cats jam the door closed with the food drawer

Cat burglar! Woman has to break into her own kitchen after hungry moggies jam the door closed with the food drawer when they raid it for treats

  • Rachel Straughan filmed the hilarious video in Morpeth, Northumberland   
  • One of her three cats Luna, Mitsy or Effy wanted to get treats from the drawer 
  • It took the pet owner over half an hour to eventually get back into her kitchen 

This is the hilarious moment a woman realises she has been locked out of her kitchen by her cat who had pulled the drawer out to get treats. 

Rachel Straughan realised she was not getting into her kitchen in Morpeth, Northumberland, any time soon as the door wouldn’t open.

As she films her kitchen through the window outside she says one of her pets have lodged the drawer against the door handle, jamming it shut.

One of Rachel Straughan's three cats, Luna, Mitsy or Effy, wanted to get some treats but ended up blocking the entry to the kitchen in Morpeth, Northumberland

One of Rachel Straughan’s three cats, Luna, Mitsy or Effy, wanted to get some treats but ended up blocking the entry to the kitchen in Morpeth, Northumberland

One of her pets have lodged the drawer against the door handle, jamming it shut, as she realises she can't get into her kitchen

Rachel Straughan (pictured) said it took her over half an hour to get into her kitchen after her pet cats had jammed the door shut

One of her pets have lodged the drawer against the door handle, jamming it shut, and Rachel Straughan (pictured) realises she can’t get into her kitchen 

One of her three cats, Luna, Mitsy or Effy, wanted to get some treats but ended up blocking the entry in the process.

The cheeky felines roam around the kitchen counter not realising that they have locked their owner out.

Trying to and gain access into her kitchen, Ms Straughan had to break both the drawer and the door.

She says it took her half an hour to get in, where she found her cats had been tucking into their treats that were sprinkled all across the floor.

They’d burst the packet of Dreamies treats open and had a feast while they had unintentionally locked themselves in the kitchen. 

The annoyed pet owner had to 'shoulder barge the door' to get it open, breaking both the door and the drawer in the process

She found her cats had been tucking into their treats that were sprinkled all across the floor and had burst the packet of Dreamies open

The annoyed pet owner had to ‘shoulder barge the door’ to get it open, breaking both the door and the drawer in the process where she found the cats had been tucking into treats

Their owner asks: ‘Serious?’ As the moggie stays perched on the counter, not realising the hassle it has caused. 

The annoyed pet owner then turns the camera on herself to explain how she managed to break back into the room.

She said she had to ‘shoulder barge the door so that it was open three inches’ so that she was able to get her hand through.

Once her hand was in, she knocked the drawer out on to the floor, causing it to break even further. 

After escaping the event with just a a few bruises on her wrist, she said that she ‘couldn’t believe’ what had happened.  

The cheeky felines roam around the kitchen counter not realising that they have locked their owner out as she films them helplessly from outside the window

The cheeky felines roam around the kitchen counter not realising that they have locked their owner out as she films them helplessly from outside the window 

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Woman claims her son was kicked out of EPIC school for taking too many bathroom breaks

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A parent of a student at EPIC Stonegate says her son was kicked out of school for going to the bathroom too many times during the first day of school. 

Jaqui Hagerman says her son Austin has Cerebral Palsy, and had to have spine surgery over the summer, so right now he’s in a wheelchair. 

Jaqui says after his first day at EPIC Stonegate she got an email from Austin’s teacher asking for a meeting the next morning.  

“I was blindsided,” Jaqui told News 4. “I walked into a meeting and was told immediately that my son went to the bathroom six times yesterday.”

Jacqui says she was told the school couldn’t accommodate Austin’s physical needs, so he was being dismissed from the school. 

A school administrator later emailed Jacqui saying, “dismissing isn’t what is proposed,” but she says it was very clear what was happening in the meeting.  

“There was no misunderstanding. It was just me, a principal, and a teacher in there,” Jacqui said. “She sat down and just said, ‘he cannot go here anymore. We cannot accommodate for his physical disabilities.’”

News 4 did reach out to EPIC, and we were sent the following statement…

Because of federal student privacy laws, a school cannot publicly comment on a particular student matter. We can say that we have not dismissed any students, nor would we, and we comply with students’ special education Individualized Education Plans per federal law. We are committed to working with and ensuring our parents who have students with special needs are pleased with our services. 

Shelly Hickman, M.Ed. Assistant Superintendent, Communications, Epic Charter School

Jacqui says if what EPIC was claiming was true, Austin would still be in school, a place he wants to be.  

“He started telling me that he was willing to not use his wheelchair, and use his walker, if they didn’t like his wheelchair,” Jacqui said. “He was seeing it as he was the problem.”

Jacqui says EPIC called her Thursday morning, 30 minutes after News 4 reached out to the school, offering to make any accommodations necessary for Austin. 

She says right now they are looking into other school, and she has filed an official complaint with the Office for Civil Rights.

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COVID-19 Lockdown: Students at this college can only leave for food and bathroom breaks


Amid the rising cases of the novel coronavirus on campus, one American university decided to take the urgent measure of requiring all of its students to quarantine for the rest of the summer.

Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania issued an “immediate” all-student quarantine this week, according to the college’s website.

“We have begun to receive test results from this week and have more positive cases to report, ” Dean of Students Julie Ramsey stated on the college’s official message. “As of 6 p.m. tonight, of the 348 test results we have received, 25 of those have been positive.”


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Ramsey stated that due to the escalating cases, the college has increased the alert level to “high.”

In order to implement the all-student quarantine, students are instructed to only leave their rooms for four things–to use the restroom, pick up food, go to a scheduled COVID-19 testing appointment or speak with a counselor, according to college’s website.



In the school’s official message, Ramsey stressed the importance of mental health during this time of isolation.

“We understand that a residential restriction will not be easy and that the current situation on campus is not what any of us had in mind when we decided to return residentially,” Ramsey said. “This is a moment when we must join together, support one another, and fully comply with our community health and safety protocols.”


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All classes and labs will be taught remotely. The other significant consideration is that “in-person” student employment is now off the table. Only virtual work is permitted.

Ramsey said that after this week’s quarantine, the school will be better prepared to assess “how we should proceed best as a community” and the protocols in place for the rest of the semester.

“I will say it’s a little hard to be stuck in a room 24/7. Especially mentally. It’s good

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Kitchen fire breaks out at historic Rugby cafe, food service still planned for Labor Day weekend

Staff with the Harrow Road Cafe will still have food available for take-out or to eat outside over the Labor Day weekend, next door to the cafe.

RUGBY, Tenn. — A kitchen fire broke out at Harrow Road Cafe in Rugby early Friday morning, gutting the building according to officials.

An image of the building was posted on Historic Rugby’s Facebook page, with chunks of the roof missing and white smoke still rising. However, the staff also said that a fire wouldn’t keep them from feeding people over the Labor Day weekend.

Officials said staff will set up next door to the cafe to offer food services Sept. 5 – 7, between 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Take-out, picnic tables and other kinds of food services will be available, officials said.

The cafe has been open since 1882, when a group first opened the shop, according to Historic Rugby’s website. Lunch service is still available at R.M. Brooks Store every day except Sunday, officials said.



Enough with work already! Spend your Labor Day with us this Monday. … The Visitor Centre, Harrow Road Cafe, Commissary, Print Shop & more will all be open. Stroll one of our trails or get wet at the Gentemen’s Swimming Hole. See you here!

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