Nancy Pelosi blasts the White House’s $1.8 trillion stimulus offer and lists 8 areas with ‘deficiencies’



Nancy Pelosi wearing a blue shirt: The House passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus to help keep the US economy afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images


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The House passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus to help keep the US economy afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped into the Trump administration’s virus relief proposal on Tuesday.
  • “A fly on the wall or wherever else it might land in the Oval Office tells me that the President only wants his name on a check to go out before Election Day and for the market to go up,” Pelosi said in a letter to House Democrats.
  • She listed eight areas where Democrats said it had “deficiencies,” among them state and local aid, virus testing, and tax credits for low-income individuals.
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi fiercely criticized the Trump administration’s $1.8 stimulus offer for the third time on Tuesday, and outlined eight areas where Democrats say the plan falls woefully short.

She argued that President Donald Trump’s interest in an economic relief package stems from a desire to send another wave of $1,200 stimulus checks and juice the stock market.

“A fly on the wall or wherever else it might land in the Oval Office tells me that the President only wants his name on a check to go out before Election Day and for the market to go up,” Pelosi said in a letter to House Democrats.

The White House plan includes $1,200 direct payments, $400 weekly federal unemployment benefits, $300 billion in aid to state and local governments, and funds for virus testing and tracing.

The California Democrat listed eight areas with significant “deficiencies:”

  • Aid to state and local governments.
  • Coronavirus testing.
  • Tax credits for families and low-income individuals.
  • Rental assistance.
  • Workplace protections and childcare.
  • Federal funds for states to conduct safe elections.
  • Relief for small businesses.
  • Census funding.

Pelosi called for “significant changes” to the White House plan.

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Negotiations on another stimulus package appear to be deadlocked once again after the Trump administration bumped up its stimulus offer to $1.8 trillion on Friday. Both parties panned the proposal over the weekend. Republicans assailed it as a costly package while Democrats contended it didn’t do enough to address the public health and economic crises.

The on-again, off-again talks between Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin entered a volatile period last week after Trump ended them and revived the discussions a few days later. But there’s been no major headway with Democrats calling for at least $2.2 trillion in spending. The Democratic-led House approved an economic aid package earlier this month.

Trump is doubling down on his efforts to secure a coronavirus relief package with three weeks to go before Election Day as polls indicate he is trailing his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden.

The president called on Republicans to approve a federal rescue package on

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Mushroom-shaped house lists for $2.2 million in Texas

Depending on who you ask, the house looks like a giant mushroom or a landed UFO.

The owners prefer “the sand dollar house,” noting the resemblance from above. They’ve listed the distinctive home overlooking the Colorado River just upstream from Lake Travis outside Austin, Texas, for $2.2 million.

This distinctive house outside Austin, Texas is on the market asking $2.2 million. (JP Morales of JPM Real Estate Photography)

This distinctive house outside Austin, Texas is on the market asking $2.2 million. (JP Morales of JPM Real Estate Photography)

The iconic Lakeway, Texas, property dates to 1979 and was designed for the artist Eugenia Hunt by John Covert Watson, who studied architecture under Frank Lloyd Wright during the construction of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

The seller, Liz Bradford, told Austin 360 this summer that she first saw the property from a boat on the lake.

This distinctive house outside Austin, Texas is on the market asking $2.2 million. (JP Morales of JPM Real Estate Photography)

This distinctive house outside Austin, Texas is on the market asking $2.2 million. (JP Morales of JPM Real Estate Photography)

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“I saw this amazing house on the lake and thought, ‘What in the world was that?” she told the news outlet.

The 2,240-square-foot home includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms and one half-bath, according to the listing.

This distinctive house outside Austin, Texas, is on the market asking $2.2 million. (JP Morales of JPM Real Estate Photography)

This distinctive house outside Austin, Texas, is on the market asking $2.2 million. (JP Morales of JPM Real Estate Photography)

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The interior is just as distinctive as the exterior. The home features sleek white curved walls made of steel and gunite, a material typically used for swimming pools. There are tear-shaped skylights, helping to give the home its sand dollar-like appearance.

The living room has a floating wood bench off a curved wall and a kiva-like fireplace. The round kitchen is suspended over a deck.

This distinctive house outside Austin, Texas is on the market asking $2.2 million. (JP Morales of JPM Real Estate Photography)

This distinctive house outside Austin, Texas is on the market asking $2.2 million. (JP Morales of JPM Real Estate Photography)

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All the rooms offer views of the lake. Sliding glass doors open to balconies, patios and stairs down to the water. The bedrooms sit on the lower level and also open to porches.

Michelle Jones of Compass holds the listing.

This distinctive house outside Austin, Texas, is on the market asking $2.2 million. (Compass)

This distinctive house outside Austin, Texas, is on the market asking $2.2 million. (Compass)

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Bradford, the seller, told Austin 360 that she found the house was even more impressive than she expected when she first saw it from the lake.

“Every day, I walk up the spiral staircase … It still takes my breath away,” she told the website. “When visitors come to the front door, they have this same look.”

This distinctive house outside Austin, Texas is on the market asking $2.2 million. (Compass)

This distinctive house outside Austin, Texas is on the market asking $2.2 million. (Compass)

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Marvel director Anthony Russo lists Pasadena’s famous Culbertson House for $6.25 million

Anthony Russo is on a selling streak. A month after shedding his Los Feliz Cape Cod for $3.3 million, the Marvel director is asking $6.25 million for his historic home in Pasadena.



a large brick building with grass in front of a house: Built in 1911, the single-story home known as the Culbertson House is found in the National Register of Historic Places. (Realtor.com)


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Built in 1911, the single-story home known as the Culbertson House is found in the National Register of Historic Places. (Realtor.com)

Russo — who’s best known for directing four Marvel movies with his brother Joe — paid $5.8 million for the property two years ago. The listing comes about a year after he made a major upgrade, dropping $15.58 million on Pasadena’s Palladian-inspired Arden Villa.

This home is a bit humbler, but it’s still seeped in history with a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Known as the Culbertson House, it was built 109 years ago by Charles and Henry Greene, the famed brother architects behind the nearby Craftsman masterpiece known as the Gamble House.

Somewhat of a departure from the brothers’ usual style, the low-slung home spans a single story and incorporates Asian style and a bevy of windows across 8,559 square feet. Shaped like a “U,” it wraps around a dramatic courtyard garden with exotic geometric landscaping and an octagonal fountain.

Past an exterior of stucco and tile, the interiors blend original details such as herringbone floors and dramatic moldings with modern finishes such as marble bathrooms. Highlights include a window-lined living room, a sunny center-island kitchen and an owner’s suite with a custom closet and spa bathroom. In total, there are six bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

Russo, 50, is known for co-directing four films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his brother Joe: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame,” which became the highest-grossing movie of all time. Previously, they produced the sitcoms “Community” and “Arrested Development,” for which they won a Primetime Emmy.

Crosby Doe and Michael D. Phillips of Crosby Doe Associates hold the listing.

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Homes are five years away from being ‘finished’ with painting and garden makeovers topping our ‘to do’ lists

THE average home is five years and five months away from being ‘finished’ – with painting, a garden revamp and redecorating the living room topping the nation’s ‘to do’ lists.

Researchers who polled 2,000 adults found 43 per cent are a perfectionist when it comes to their dwellings – desperate to get their décor and furnishings just right.

One in seven (14 per cent) have a "vision" for their homes

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One in seven (14 per cent) have a “vision” for their homesCredit: Alamy

And 14 per cent even have a ‘vision’ for their homes – including everything from the wallpaper to the windows.

But despite their best efforts, 39 per cent admitted they don’t think their homes will ever be truly complete.

The study was commissioned by Independent Network powered by VEKA, which has created an interactive infographic showing just how house proud Brits are.

A spokeswoman for Independent Network powered by VEKA, said: “What we want from our homes continually evolves so there probably is no such thing as a finished home.

REWARDING

“But that’s part of the fun of owning a home – you can change it as you change, plus it’s rewarding to have a project on the go.

“And perhaps with the likelihood that more people will work from home from now on, we’ll have even more we’ll want to do to improve our homes.”

The study also found that three quarters of homeowners described themselves as house proud, with 71 per cent adding that their homes are more important to them now than ever before.

As a result, 54 per cent are more motivated ‘than ever before’ to improve their homes.

What we want from our homes continually evolves so there probably is no such thing as a finished home.”

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And there is no sign this drive to finish off their homes will slow anytime soon with 85 per cent wanting to get more jobs done this year.

Among them are painting walls and ceilings, giving the garden a revamp and getting the living room done.

Despite this, 70 per cent of those polled are happy with their homes, with a fifth claiming to be most proud of their bathroom.

However, the living room is the area of the home they are most proud of, followed by the kitchen and the garden.

HOUSE PROUD

Four in 10 admitted they are so proud of their homes they ‘can’t wait’ to invite people over as restrictions are reduced – so they can give them a grand tour of all the improvements they’d made.

The Independent Network powered by VEKA study carried out through OnePoll also explored the typical life cycle of different areas of the home.

On average, master bedrooms get redecorated every five-and-a-half years, bathrooms every six years and three months, while windows tend to get replaced every eight years.

The garden gets a revamp after five, the kitchen after six years and four months, and the living room after five years and four months.

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