White House, Democrats Both Support Coronavirus Stimulus Checks, Kudlow Expects Republicans To Fall In Line

KEY POINTS

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said stimulus talks appear to be at a standstill
  • Larry Kudlow says talks are not dead 
  • Kudlow insisted the U.S. is in a V-shaped recovery but certain sectors still need help

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow says he expects Republicans to fall in line if the White House reaches agreement with Democrats on the next round of coronavirus stimulus relief.

Negotiations appeared at a standstill after President Donald Trump agreed to boost the size of the package to $1.8 trillion – a move rejected by Democrats who called it inadequate and Republicans who said it was too expensive.

Kudlow told CNN’s “State of the Union” he talked with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Saturday night and is convinced stimulus talks are not dead, noting Senate Republicans unanimously passed their own version of coronavirus relief – albeit a modest $500 billion measure – and “they will go along with it” once a deal is struck between Democrats and the White House.

House Democrats earlier passed a $2.2 trillion package, a slimmed down version of the more than $3 trillion measure they approved in May.

“We’re asking for targeted assistance,” said Kudlow, ticking off a list: enhanced unemployment benefits, aid to small businesses and direct stimulus checks to individuals.

“Those are things everybody absolutely wants,” Kudlow said.

Among the sticking points is the size of enhanced unemployment benefits. Democrats wants Americans who lost their jobs due to the pandemic to receive an extra $600 a week – the same amount that was approved as part of the CARES Act in March – while the White House has supported $400 a week.

Democrats also want funds for cash-strapped state and local governments, which bore the brunt of coronavirus costs, help for schools for COVID-19 testing and cleaning, and funds for the postal service to ensure smooth operations through the election.

“I don’t understand the intransigence from my Democratic friends,” Kudlow said, insisting the U.S. is in the midst of a V-shaped recovery from the coronavirus-induced recession.

In a note to her caucus, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday President Donald Trump still is not taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously, offering just $45 billion in new money for meeting health needs, “about 60% of what is needed, according to medical experts. More importantly, it is not spent strategically.”

She also noted there still is no national plan for testing, tracing and treatment.

“It is hard to understand who is shaping their approach, which to date has been a miserable and deadly failure,” Pelosi said.

“Until these serious issues are resolved, we remain at an impasse.”

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White House’s line on economic aid descends deeper into incoherence

It was six days ago when Donald Trump, after weeks of confusing and contradictory messages, announced that he was pulling the plug on bipartisan talks on an economic aid package. White House officials said the process was over and negotiations would not begin anew before the elections.

It was four days ago when the president, realizing he’d “messed up tactically,” began calling for renewed talks on economic aid.

And it was three days ago when Trump told Rush Limbaugh that his newest position was the opposite of the one he’d held earlier in the week.

“I would like to see a bigger stimulus package than, frankly, either the Democrats or the Republicans are offering,” Trump said on an appearance of the Rush Limbaugh Show on Friday, acknowledging it was “the exact opposite” of his initial demands.

I realize that the president doesn’t generally keep up on current events, but when he mentioned the package “Republicans are offering,” he was referring to the proposal floated by his own White House. It’s his own team that’s responsible for making the “offer,” which in turn created an awkward dynamic: Trump effectively told Limbaugh that he’s against Team Trump’s plan.

While the president was delivering that message, his team was extending a new pitch to congressional Democrats: a $1.8 trillion aid package, well below the $2.4 trillion package House Democrats recently approved, and roughly half the $3.4 trillion proposal Democrats pushed several months ago.

Trump told Fox News yesterday that GOP lawmakers are fully on board with the $1.8 trillion offer. That wasn’t even close to being true: Senate Republicans actually wasted little time letting the White House know they’re staunchly opposed to the latest proposal, as are House Democrats. In fact, if Trump’s comments to Limbaugh were sincere, even he’s against his own White House plan.

If this is all starting to sound like an incoherent mess, it’s not your imagination. The Tax Policy Center’s Renu Zaretsky explained this morning, “In just the past week, Trump has said he wants a big bill, then no bill, then a small bill, then a $1.8 trillion bill, and now, perhaps, an even bigger bill than that. Or not.”

Meanwhile, Larry Kudlow, the top economics voice in the White House, told CNN yesterday that Trump is prepared to accept a deal worth more than $2.2 trillion — effectively killing the $1.8 trillion offer the White House extended on Friday — even as GOP senators tell anyone who’ll listen they want the administration to move in the opposite direction.

Many Americans are wondering if a much-needed economic lifeline is on the way. Alas, I think they should keep their expectations low.

Postscript: Senate Republicans also reportedly complained to the White House on Saturday that Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell “had gone too far in demanding Congress approve sweeping economic relief and that he went out of his lane in making his demands publicly known.”

It’s an odd thing to complain about: Republican senators don’t want to

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Hope Hicks returned to the White House to pull Trump across the finish line. Then coronavirus hit.

Two days later, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a national pandemic.

Since then, the virus has claimed more than 212,000 American lives, tanked the economy and forced millions out of their jobs or school, imperiling the president’s reelection prospects. But it may never have been more palpable for Trump than the moment last week when Hicks took ill — closely foreshadowing his own sickness.

Hicks is rarely seen — her disdain for the spotlight is matched by her loyalty to the man who loves nothing more. But for the president she is ever-present. Whatever her title, her unspoken job description has been to prevent reality from intruding on him. She has managed his moods and counseled him on nearly everything, from the most substantive to the trivial. Until last week, she spent more time with him than almost anyone else outside his family.

“She is trusted because she isn’t driving her own policy agenda. She is looking out for him,” said former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who has worked closely with Hicks. “It’s so important for him to have a voice in the room that’s not trying to do anything other than be strictly helpful to him. She is a confidante, an adviser and a strategist.”

But when a reporter broke the news of Hicks’s coronavirus diagnosis last week, it exposed a contagion at the White House that has presented Trump with his biggest challenge at the defining moment of his presidency. It has placed exactly the kind of scrutiny on Hicks that she abhors and put her movements at the center of a conversation about the president’s handling of the nation’s most deadly pandemic in a century.

This story is based on interviews with 12 current and former administration officials or others close to Hicks, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak about her and her recent diagnosis.

Hicks had tested negative last Wednesday, the morning after Trump’s first debate with Joe Biden, but she started feeling unwell at a rally in Duluth, Minn., that night. She quarantined herself on Air Force One on the return trip, discreetly enough that other staffers did not know she was ill. When the plane landed, she exited from the rear entrance.

The next morning, Hicks reported for work at the White House and tested positive for the coronavirus. She returned home to begin isolating — but told only the president and a small circle of senior staff, including chief of staff Mark Meadows. Many colleagues, including one aide who had been near her during her potentially contagious period, were enraged when they only learned about it several hours later through the gossip vine or White House contact tracers; two said they would have curtailed their contact with other people and taken a test immediately had they known sooner. Several aides said they suspected there might be a positive case in the West Wing when co-workers started wearing masks, but by the time they learned

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Baltimore Ravens upgrade interior offensive line

A quarter of the way through the 2020 season and we have a brand new 2021 NFL Draft mock. In it, the Baltimore Ravens get themselves a brand new center.

Draft order courtesy of nfl.com, with picks 31 and 32 matched as a Super Bowl matchup.

1. New York Jets: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

The Jets might not win a football game in 2020. Thankfully, this lands them the number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and the “winners” of the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes. Sam Darnold is far from the problem in New York, but you can’t pass up a prospect like Lawrence. The Jets will auction off Darnold to the highest bidder and take the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck with the top pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

2. Miami Dolphins (via Houston Texans): Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

The Dolphins just drafted an offensive tackle in the form of Austin Jackson during the 2020 NFL Draft, but the team cannot pass up the potential that is Penei Sewell. Sewell is seemingly flawless and a future All-Pro at the position. Adding Sewell would allow Miami to kick Jackson to the right side permanently and give the offensive line bookend tackles.

3. New York Giants: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

The Giants could easily grab a quarterback here with the underwhelming play of Daniel Jones. Instead, they’ll get a top-flight wide receiver in Ja’Marr Chase and give Jones the opportunity to throw to a legit X-receiver. Chase would have been WR1 in the 2020 NFL Draft had been eligible. Chase is the do-it-all kind of guy quarterbacks dream of throwing to.

4. Atlanta Falcons: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (FL.)

Despite investments to improve its pass rush, the Falcons simply can’t get it right. Gregory Rousseau could finally be the answer the franchise has been looking for off the edge. Rousseau is long and athletic and can even kick inside to give the defensive front more versatility. Rousseau will finally make Atlanta’s pass rush a respectable one.

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Buydeem Launches Award-Winning Line of Sleek Kitchen Products in the US

NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Buydeem has announced the launch of its award-winning line of multi-functional and beautifully designed kitchen products in the US, bringing nearly two decades of experience in Asia to American homes for the first time.

Buydeem’s flagship product is the multi-functional glass Kettle Cooker, which can be used to boil water but also make stew, rice, yogurt, and more. The Kettle Cooker has long been #1 in its category on Tmall, China’s premier high-end eCommerce portal owned by Alibaba. With its friendly design and superb quality, it is a popular and perfect addition to any home.

On the heels of the Kettle Cooker’s success in China, Japan, and South Korea, Buydeem quickly expanded its product line to include a mid-century-inspired 4-slice toaster, a classic enameled cast-iron Dutch oven, a sleek food steamer, and an instant hot water boiler conveniently sized for any home or office.

Buydeem also offers a line of food containers including a ceramic cocotte, variously sized glass jars and bottles, and a convenient travel mug for customers who find themselves often on the go or in need of storage solutions.

While designed for small spaces, aesthetics are also a key element to Buydeem’s line of products with all appliances available in a range of corresponding hues including white, retro green, niagara, light yellow, and pale dogwood.

Buydeem’s unique combination of functionality and design has been recognized around the world. Its products have received Germany’sRed Dot Design Award and iF Product Design Award, and the Industrial Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America.

Since first launching the Kettle Cooker in 2013, Buydeem has sold more than 1 million products and offered customers in the Asia-Pacific market additional products including bonus recipes and a line of healthy pre-packaged food.

American customers are also able to purchase Buydeem’s popular instant soup lines, with flavors including Peach Barley, Longon, and Snow Pear Fig through Buydeem’s website.

ABOUT: Founded in 2003, Buydeem first established a following in Asia around its flagship Kettle Cooker. Over the past two decades it has expanded its line of award-winning kitchen products to include appliances and storage solutions. For more information please visit: www.buydeemglobal.com  

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Dash Teams Up With Delish To Launch New, Multi-Product Kitchen Line

The first product to be released from the line is the Delish by Dash Stand Mixer, available in five striking colors to complement any kitchen decor. Perfect for every cooking and baking need, the mixer is equipped with five-speed power and includes two beaters and two dough hooks. The beaters release with the touch of a button and the bowl is removable for easy clean up. 

“When we launched Delish, our mission was to make cooking easy and fun,” said Joanna Saltz, Editorial Director for Delish. And our Delish by Dash products are the perfect extension of that strategy—they’re packed with personality and are so simple to use. Plus, they make any kitchen feel like a party.”

“Our licensing partnership with Dash exudes quality products and a path to wellness by making delicious, healthy meals at home fun and entertaining, which is what the Delish brand stands for,” said Steve Ross, head of brand development and chief licensing officer for Hearst Magazines.

Dash is one of a range of housewares brands developed and produced by StoreBound. “We’re thrilled to partner with Delish and engage with an even wider audience of home cooks through this innovative new kitchen line,” said StoreBound Founder and CEO Evan Dash of the collaboration. “We’ve created Delish by Dash products to appeal to passionate and adventurous foodies who’ve come to trust Delish as an authority on recipes and cooking.”

Included with the Stand Mixer and with every Delish by Dash product is a booklet of top-rated recipes from Delish, along with some of the Delish food editors’ favorite dessert recipes from their second cookbook, Insane Sweets.

The new Delish by Dash Stand Mixer is available now at by Dash.com and on Amazon.

To stay up to date on the latest, visit www.bydash.com and follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

About Delish
Delish.com is the destination for recipes, videos, and the latest food news that get people excited to cook. Delish is the fastest-growing food media brand on the internet with more than 42 million unique monthly visitors and 3 billion video views a year. Delish.com is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst, a leading global, diversified media, information and services company.

About Dash
Dash is committed to helping people make healthy, unprocessed food at home. The brand is grounded in the belief that taking small steps every day to live a healthier life can make a big impact, and that the best path to wellness is eating whole, natural foods. In the store, in the kitchen, and online, Dash provides the tools and content to help consumers make delicious healthy meals. That’s what living unprocessed is all about.

About StoreBound
StoreBound is a family of brands bound by innovation. Leveraging a fully integrated model of concept development, engineering, manufacturing, logistics, sales, marketing, and business management, StoreBound develops quality products and manages their performance at key retailers. With thoughtful, well-designed home and housewares products, StoreBound’s aim is to

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Williams Sonoma Just Teamed Up with Ghetto Gastro and Crux for a Bold New Kitchen Line

Photo credit: CRUGG
Photo credit: CRUGG

From House Beautiful

This new bold kitchen collection won’t just stand out on your countertops, but will raise awareness about social injustice issues, too: Williams Sonoma just launched its new collection CRUXGG. Created in collaboration with Bronx-based cooking collective, Ghetto Gastro, and kitchen design and manufacturing company, CRUX, the collection features seven sleek simple-to-use appliances like the BRED, a two-pound bread maker, or the TRNR, a double-rotating waffle iron.

Photo credit: CRUGG
Photo credit: CRUGG

But what makes this collection so unique and powerful is the work Ghetto Gastro does behind the scenes. The collective started as a group formed to showcase the culinary excellence of the Bronx, but later added social injustice to its agenda and dubbed itself the “Black Power Kitchen,” according to its Instagram page. Founded by South Bronx natives Jon Gray, Lester Walker, and Pierre Serrão, Ghetto Gastro works to empower, educate, and entertain through food. As the trio often says, “food is a weapon,” and can be used to strike up conversations around race, class, food inequality, and more.

Each product in the CRUXGG collection has a black matte finish complemented with red accents and a fun name. For example, the DRIP is a 14-cup coffee maker; the MUSA is an airpro cook and fry; the NEFL is a six-slice digital air frying toaster oven.

The best part? All proceeds of sales from the collection through October will go to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp, according to this Instagram post. This campaign works to empower the next generation of leaders of color. You can shop the collection below.

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White House reportedly pushed CDC hard to fall in line on sending kids to school, sought alternate safety data

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began working in early summer on guidance for sending children back to school, and the White House then “spent weeks trying to press public health professionals to fall in line with President Trump’s election-year agenda of pushing to reopen schools and the economy as quickly as possible,” The New York Times reported Monday night, citing documents and interviews with current and former government officials.

This “strikingly political intervention in one of the most sensitive public health debates of the pandemic” included searching for “alternate data” that suggested children were at little or no risk from the coronavirus, the Times reports, and trying to swap in guidance from a little-known Health and Human Services Department agency, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

SAMHSA was focused on the emotional and mental health toll remote school could have on children, but CDC scientists found multiple problems with the agency’s assertion that COVID-19 posed a low health and transmission risk for children. That’s the language the White House was most interested in, though, and throughout the summer the CDC won some battles and lost others trying to keep it out of public guidance, the Times documents.

Olivia Troye, one of Vice President Mike Pence’s envoys on the White House coronavirus task force until leaving the administration in July, told the Times she regrets being “complicit” in the effort to pressure the CDC to make children look safer than the data supported. She said when she tried to shield the CDC, Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, charged “more junior staff” to “develop charts” for White House briefings.

In early July, several prominent medical groups, including the American Association of Pediatrics, advised sending kids back to school with stringent safety measures, in part because the data at the time suggested lower risk for kids. “More recently, data compiled by the academy from recent months shows that hospitalizations and deaths from the coronavirus have increased at a faster rate in children and teenagers than among the general public,” the Times reports. Read more at The New York Times.

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Man killed in dispute over line at Michigan haunted house

PONTIAC, Mich. — A dispute over cutting in line led to a fatal shooting outside a popular haunted house in southeastern Michigan, police said.

Investigators were looking for a suspect Monday after the early Sunday shooting at Erebus in Pontiac. The victim was a 29-year-old man from Detroit.

“The victim and his girlfriend had been waiting in line to enter Erebus Haunted House when a male subject in line ahead of them would not move,” the Oakland County sheriff’s office said.

“The victim and the suspect exchanged words as the suspect thought the victim had cut in line ahead of him,” the sheriff’s office said.

Both men went to their vehicles and shots were heard. The victim was struck in the side, neck and chest, the sheriff’s office said, and a witness reported that a blue sedan fled the scene at high speed.

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White House fails to defend Trump’s line on honoring election results

Even those who’ve come to expect the worst from Donald Trump were taken aback this week when he refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power in the event of an election defeat. The president added that if officials would simply “get rid of the ballots,” there would be “a continuation” of his hold on power.

Not surprisingly, reporters had a few questions about this at yesterday’s White House press briefing. Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany had a specific phrase she used several times.

“The President will accept the results of a free and fair election…. The President will accept the results of a free and fair election. He will accept the will of the American people. I’ve answered your question. He will accept the results of a free and fair election.”

At first blush, this may have seemed like a satisfying resolution. The United States will soon administer national elections — indeed, in much of the country, voting is already underway — in a free and fair system, and according to the president’s chief spokesperson, the Republican incumbent is committed to accepting the results.

But the phrasing matters: McEnany didn’t say Trump would honor the results of our elections; she instead added caveats and fine print, insisting that he would only honor the results of “a free and fair election.” The problem, of course, is that this posture leaves it up to the president to decide what he considers “free and fair” — and he’s already told Americans he considers his own country’s system to be “rigged.”

In other words, Trump still hasn’t committed to the peaceful transfer of power that’s been a hallmark of the American system for more than two centuries.

Indeed, not long after the press briefing wrapped up, the president himself told reporters during a brief Q&A, “We want to make sure the election is honest, and I’m not sure that it can be.” (In his next breath, Trump whined a bit about Hillary Clinton for reasons that weren’t entirely clear.)

All of which leaves us in a difficult position: Trump touched off a crisis of sorts on Wednesday, and the White House doubled down on his position a day later.

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