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We’re Drafting Executive Orders, Considering Reemployment Benefits

On Friday’s broadcast of “PBS NewsHour,” White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow said that the White House is taking a look at issuing executive orders on evictions, a payroll tax cut student loans, extending unemployment benefits, “and possibly added benefits for reemployment.” Kudlow also said that he has “been engaged in a lot of the drafting of these orders, and particularly the payroll tax cut.” And “the lawyers up in the White House Counsel’s office are poring over a payroll tax cut draft.”

Kudlow said, “Chief Meadows has said, if nothing is achieved by Friday, we might conceivably walk away from it. That is, the Trump people might walk away from it. And the president has said, repeatedly — and he said it again today — that he can do a lot of important things on unemployment extensions, on preventing evictions, on a payroll tax cut, he can do many things by executive order or presidential fiat. And he doesn’t necessarily need these negotiations.”

He added, “I think he’s quite serious. And I myself have been engaged in a lot of the drafting of these orders, and particularly the payroll tax cut. But we are, again, looking at the eviction stuff, student loans, and various unemployment, employment reforms, and possibly added benefits for reemployment.”

Kudlow further stated, “Right now, the lawyers up in the White House Counsel’s office are poring over a payroll tax cut draft.”

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Joe Biden Tries to ‘Clarify’ Remarks About African Americans; No Apology

Former Vice President Joe Biden attempted to “clarify” his remarks earlier Thursday about African Americans, in which he said — twice, before two separate audiences — that they were not “diverse,” unlike the Latino community.

On Thursday morning, in a pre-recorded video interview with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), Biden said: “Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community, with incredibly different attitudes about different things … it’s a very diverse community.”

Later, in a virtual address to the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO), Biden said: “Now, what I mean by full diversity, unlike the African American community and many other communities, you’re from everywhere.  … different backgrounds, different ethnicities, but all Latinos.”

President Donald Trump criticized Biden’s remarks, as did many black leaders, such as Ken Blackwell:

On Thursday night, Biden attempted to walk back his remarks:

Earlier today, I made some comments about diversity in the African American and Latino communities that I want to clarify. In no way did I mean to suggest the African American community is a monolith—not by identity, not on issues, not at all. Throughout my career I’ve witnessed the diversity of thought, background, and sentiment within the African American community. It’s this diversity that makes our workplaces, communities, and country a better place. My commitment to you is this: I will always listen, I will never stop fighting for the African American community and I will never stop fighting for a more equitable future.

Notably, Biden did not apologize.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His new book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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Biden Beats Trump in ‘Mental Acuity’ — He Is Ranting, ‘May Be Impaired’

Thursday on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” anchor Chris Cuomo said President Donald Trump was pointing to his opponent former Vice President Joe Biden’s “mental acuity” because something was lacking in his own mental acuity.

Cuomo said, “We had assumed the president was refusing to help us with testing because he was making a political calculation, but, regrettably, we may have been wrong. Today this president gave us reason to believe that his judgment may not just be bad. It may be impaired. Did you hear this?”

In a clip, while discussing Joe Biden, President Trump said, “He is going to do things that nobody would ever, would ever think even possible — take away your guns, destroy your Second Amendment, no religion, no anything, hurt the Bible, hurt God. He’s against God.”

Cuomo said, “Those are the rantings of someone shouting at the sky and hoping for spare change. A man responsible for your and my family really believes that a political opponent is trying to hurt God and hurt the Bible? Whatever that means? I mean, do you find that wisdom in that 2 Corinthian part of the book that he made up?”

He continued, “He’s the only Christian I’ve ever known who says he’s never needed God’s forgiveness. He’s the only Christian I know who’s almost never been seen attending a service. But the time has come to look past his faith. It is time to look at this man’s behavior through the lens not just of a man who simply lacks moral agency but, perhaps, basic cogency.”

He added, “I mean, is this about being devout or just dumb? He doesn’t know whose it is. He doesn’t know what’s in it. He certainly doesn’t know how to live by the message. But he wants to talk about being a good Christian? A man who puts kids in cages because he likes the message it sends? I don’t think, though, this is just about faith. I really believe it is time to take a look at his fortitude.”

In a clip, Trump said, “And to avoid liability, shifting production to ‘thigh land’ and Vietnam.”

Cuomo said, “Thigh land? Hooked on phonics much?”

He continued, “I don’t know if it’s phonics or basic brain function… this man messes up words more than any sober talker I’ve ever heard.”

In a clip, Trump said, “When they gaze upon Yo-Semites towering sequoias.”

Cuomo said, “You talk about the whole ball game, 2 Corinthians? Yo-Semites? Are you kidding me? Twice? Did he really just declare Yo-semite a park only for Jewish people? At least he is embracing a minority. Let me ask, is Yo-semite park found in Thigh-land?”

He continued, “I mean, is there something going on? I mean, has he awakened to reality here by saying it about Biden, is he really revealing something about himself? This is the man who congratulated the Kansas City Chiefs on their Super Bowl win for representing the great state of Kansas, also known as Miss-ow-ri. That’s okay. I can still be president. Look, the question, why is this happening with him? Is it what he puts on his hair and face? Is it seeping into his brain, devouring his intellect, taking reason prisoner?”

He added, “Oranges, origins—should the president of the United States know the difference? Should he see the spelling of Thailand and know it’s not thigh-land? Should he know that a very famous park is not Yo-semite? I think they’re pretty fair questions. Certainly, the president does. If this comes down to a battle with Biden about mental acuity, I don’t know that’s a race he wants to run. There very well could be something going on here even though this president is desperately trying to prove there isn’t, and this is desperate.”

He concluded, “The president has raised a really important issue. I had assumed that he wasn’t doing what is so obvious in this pandemic, what is being told him by the people around him on the task force, Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, people coming to him saying, rapid testing. I need more help with rapid testing. That’s going to be the future. Seeing the UK, they’re not doing great, I know, but apples to apples on speed of testing they’re ahead of us. I had assumed that it was about a political calculation, but what if the truth is this president doesn’t have the ability to calculate? Looking through that lens, maybe that’s why all this crazy talk comes out of his face. Maybe that’s the answer.”

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Bodies Pilling Up in Refrigerated Trucks and TX Gov. Abbott Is Opening Schools

Thursday on MSNBC’s “The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell,” former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) criticized Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) for moving forward with opening schools while Texas has a coronavirus positivity rate of 17%.

Host Ali Velshi said, “I want to talk about is the coronavirus. You have been raising the alarm for months in Texas about the dangers, about how things are going wrong, about the Rio Grande Valley, and everything you warned was going to happen has happened.”

O’Rourke said, “My fellow Texans have lost their lives to this pandemic and who didn’t have to if the governor had shut down this state earlier and kept it shut down until we had a contract tracing and test testing regimen that we could aggressively follow to contain the spread of this virus until our positivity rate came down. It is still at 17% right now. As you just mentioned, he’s going to open up the schools in Texas and in fact will not allow local school districts, including those in the Rio Grande Valley to delay their reopening even when they have uncontrolled spread and deaths so bad that they’re piling up the bodies in refrigerated trucks. Today we reported 306 deaths. And when you look at the entire United States, I think that the U.S. was a little over 1,200 deaths. So we’re almost a quarter of the deaths reported in the United States. And there is still no plan whatsoever to get this under control and to save the lives of our fellow Texans.”

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Packers Ban Fans at Lambeau Field for First Two Home Games of 2020 Season

Aug. 6 (UPI) — The Green Bay Packers won’t allow fans into Lambeau Field for their first two home games of the 2020 NFL season because of the coronavirus pandemic, the team announced Thursday.

The decision means the Packers’ iconic stadium will remain empty in Week 2 against the NFC North rival Detroit Lions and Week 4 versus the Atlanta Falcons on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

Packers President Mark Murphy previously said he was hopeful the team could allow between 10,000 and 12,000 fans to attend games at Lambeau Field.

“Lambeau Field will not be the same without our fans’ energetic support in the stands,” Murphy said in a statement Thursday. “Given the extraordinary circumstances this year and the additional protocols in place, though, we determined it was best to take incremental steps to start the regular season. These two games will allow us to focus our attention on safely conducting games inside the stadium with all necessary participants.

“We are hopeful that we will be able to host fans for games later in the season, should conditions allow. We will continue to consult with community healthcare and public health officials on the pandemic conditions in our area. We ask our fans to continue to help by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing guidelines.”

The Packers’ first potential home game with fans in attendance at Lambeau is now Nov. 1 against the division rival Minnesota Vikings.

Green Bay has a streak of 350 consecutive regular-season sellouts at Lambeau Field.

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Trump’s Economic Executive Orders ‘Will Be Litigated in Court’

During a press conference on Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stated that if President Trump issues the executive orders on the economy that he has vowed to issue if Congress can’t reach a deal on the next round of coronavirus relief, the orders “will leave most people out, will not cover the broad expanse of what’s needed, will be litigated in court, and be awkward and difficult to implement.”

Schumer said, “I would say, right now, the president only has two choices: The first is to negotiate with Democrats. He knows Republicans can’t pass a bill, and you probably can’t even a majority of Republican senators to vote for any bill, let alone the House. So, the — one choice, the best choice, is to continue negotiating with us and realize he has to meet a compromise in the middle. It can’t be all his way or 95 or 90 percent his way. The second choice is to try these executive orders, which will leave most people out, will not cover the broad expanse of what’s needed, will be litigated in court, and be awkward and difficult to implement. It’s not a good choice at all.”

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Trump Wins in TN as Bill Hagerty Wins GOP Nomination for U.S. Senate

GALLATIN, Tennessee — President Donald Trump completed his perfect record in U.S. Senate primaries this election cycle on Thursday night as his former U.S. ambassador to Japan, Bill Hagerty, defeated Dr. Manny Sethi in the GOP primary here for U.S. Senate.

Breitbart News was granted exclusive access to Hagerty’s campaign headquarters war room, where dozens of staffers in a local hotel conference room shouted out county-by-county results as they rolled in from across the state. For the first half hour, not a single county went Sethi’s way. and cheers were so loud that campaign staff closed the door so those in the hotel lobby more than 30 yards down the hall could not hear them.

An all star lineup of Hagerty’s biggest supporters joined him here on election night, including Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Tom Cotton (R-TN) as well as Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN).

“Hey, everybody, a major reason for tonight—Sen. Blackburn,” Ward Baker, the top adviser for the Hagerty campaign, yelled to the room when the senator joined the war room staff shortly after 7:30 p.m. as Hagerty opened a major lead over Sethi in the early returns.

Baker gave similar heroes’ welcomes to Cotton and Fleischmann, as well as to Breitbart News—whom he told the staff in the war room is the nation’s leading conservative publication and a “must-read.”

“I haven’t seen a war room like this ever,” Fleischmann said as the staff shouted out county results as they were confirmed.

“Neither did Mitt Romney,” Baker joked in response–a not-so-subtle shot at the 2012 GOP presidential nominee and now U.S. Senator from Utah who has been the subject of Sethi attacks against Hagerty over the course of the campaign. Sethi repeatedly falsely claimed that Romney endorsed Hagerty–Romney did not, as even the New York Times confirmed this week–and Hagerty even returned a donation that Romney’s PAC attempted to give Hagerty early in the campaign.

The president personally recruited Hagerty, a longtime Trump loyalist, to leave his post in Japan and come back to run for the vacant Senate seat left open by the retiring longtime Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). Trump even endorsed Hagerty several days before he officially announced his campaign, making Hagerty his first endorsement of the cycle in 2020—and one that the president has worked hard at over the more-than-a-year since ensuring Hagerty was successful. Trump has done multiple virtual events with Hagerty, and his son,Donald Trump, Jr., campaigned with Hagerty in Tennessee before the coronavirus pandemic upended in-person campaigning. He’s flooded social media with pro-Hagerty messages, and sent his top surrogates in on Hagerty’s behalf. Trump had been planning to hold a campaign rally in Tennessee with Hagerty, but since he is not doing the rallies anymore during the pandemic, the president held a series of tele-townhalls with his former ambassador to Japan, including one the night before the election. Vice President Mike Pence also endorsed Hagerty, meaning the White House—and Trump and his team—were all in on this one.

It paid off. Thursday’s results saw Hagerty win by more than 13 percent when the race was called by the New York Times and the Associated Press. When Baker and others announced to the room that the Times had called the race for Hagerty, the war room erupted in applause.

Hagerty’s message was nearly identical to Trump’s message: Tough on China, law and order, rebuilding the economy, and sending a fighter to Washington.

“We’ve got a great message to deliver,” Hagerty said in his last Breitbart News interview before the election on Breitbart News Tonight on Tuesday night. “We stand for law and order, getting our economy back again; we’re going to stand up against China, we’re going to deliver strong conservative Tennessee values to Washington where they are desperately needed.”

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But Hagerty’s win was not always certain. Sethi, a doctor who had moved back Tennessee after time in Massachusetts, had been on the upswing against him the past six weeks or so, surging in polls and picking up endorsements of key U.S. Senators like Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY). Radio host Mark Levin also endorsed Sethi, all fueling energy behind the candidate who portrayed himself as the “real conservative” in the race.

But, then, a Breitbart News investigation uncovered that Sethi’s entire senior campaign team were Never Trump political consultants. His campaign chairman, his campaign manager, and his general consultant all had made a number of disparaging comments about the president. At the same time, two of Trump’s top allies in the U.S. Senate—Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), the freshman senator and top conservative from here in Tennessee—rode in behind Hagerty, endorsing him, bolstering his credentials over Sethi. Cotton campaigned with Hagerty in Tennessee a couple weeks ago, and Blackburn aggressively campaigned for him statewide after her endorsement. Cotton’s Super PAC blanketed Tennessee airwaves with ads helping Hagerty across the finish line.

While this happened, a vicious ad war hit the airwaves in Tennessee. Video of Sethi defending Obamacare when he was a Massachusetts doctor surfaced, only to be used in campaign ads against him. The political attacks against Blackburn on behalf of Democrat Phil Bredesen in 2018 from Sethi’s allies at nonprofits in Tennessee also resurfaced, still fresh wounds to Republicans in the state. Sethi’s refusal to denounce his colleagues disproved the narrative that he would always stand up against the left, something Blackburn reinforced in an interview with Breitbart News.

At the urging of Cruz, Sethi’s team attempted to frame the attack ads against him as the “establishment” coming after him. It fit Sethi’s pre-crafted narrative of being an outsider crusading in against the vaunted “establishment.” But Hagerty and his team, with the president’s, Cotton’s, and Blackburn’s help, successfully countered this framing with framing of their own: That this was a race between economic nationalist populists and a different establishment, the old guard conservative establishment.

Hagerty spent the majority of the campaign showing off his credentials on battling the Chinese Communist Party, “China is a concern for America and has been for a long time,” he said on Breitbart News Tonight on Tuesday. “For too many years, we’ve seen administrations both Democrat and Republican look the other way while China has continued to mount its aggression. It’s not until 2016, during that presidential race, did I hear a candidate say he was ready to stand up to China. That was then-candidate Donald Trump. I figured it was time for me to step up and volunteer. I volunteered full time for six months for then-candidate Trump. Then as you know I went in to help seed the cabinet. Then when it came time to talk about what I could do to be helpful President Trump decided to send me to Japan to be the U.S. ambassador there, to be the senior American there, because that is the cornerstone of how we deal with Asia. We have more military based in Japan than anywhere else in the world outside of America. We’re dealing with China. We’re dealing with North Korea. We’re dealing with major threats in that region and China is by far the biggest threat we’re facing. It’s not just economic, it’s militarily and diplomatic as well.”

Then, in the final weeks of the campaign as the coronavirus pandemic receded and the focus shifted to the economic recovery, Hagerty began adding a “Made in America” focus to his message.

As Breitbart News reported from Clarksville, TN, a couple weeks ago, as Hagerty campaigned with Cotton touring local stores:

In one store, Hagerty asked the shop owner how much of what she sells is made in America—and how much of that stuff is made in Tennessee. She said almost everything in her store was made in America, and nearly half of everything was made in Tennessee. “We’re talking about making ‘made in the USA’ the theme of America again,” Hagerty said.

In an interview on election day with Michael Patrick Leahy of the Tennessee Star Report on local radio in Nashville—Leahy is also a Breitbart News contributor—Hagerty echoed the “made in America” message.

“We have to get our economy going back again,” Hagerty said. “And we’ve got to get our supply chains back from China. We can no longer be dependent on China for medical supplies. For antibiotics and high technology. I know where to hit China where it hurts. I want to make Made in the USA the theme of America again.”

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I’m Tired of Being Called a Racist for Not Kneeling

Ferrari Driver Charles Leclerc is striking back after critics slammed him for refusing to kneel during the national anthem.

Leclerc is one of only six Formula One drivers who have refused to bow to the Black Lives Matter movement by kneeling during the anthem this year. Still, despite remaining standing during the anthem, Leclerc has worn an “end racism” shirt during the period the anthem is played, ESPN reported.

Before the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix, Leclerc issued a statement saying that he favors “ending racism.”

“I believe that what matters are facts and behaviors in our daily life rather than formal gestures that could be seen as controversial in some countries,” he said.

Despite his explicit proclamations against racism, Leclerc feels he has been maligned by Black Lives Matter fanatics who continue to call him a racist for refusing to kneel.

This week, Leclerc wrote several sharp tweets addressing the attacks.

“It is very sad to see how some people manipulate my words to make headlines, making me sound like a racist,” he said. “I am not racist, and I absolutely hate racism. Racism is disgusting.”

“Stop putting me in the same group as these disgusting people that are discriminating others because of their skin color, religion, or gender. I’m not part of them, and I never will. I’ve always been respectful to everyone, and that should be the standard in today’s world.

“And to whoever is using my image to promote their wrong ideas, please stop. I’m not into politics, and I don’t want to be involved in that.”

At a news conference ahead of the Silverstone, the driver added that he posted the tweets, “Because I just don’t want to be judged anymore.

“As I’ve said many times, I’m active on social media, and I don’t accept to be called the way I’ve been called in the last few weeks, negatively obviously, just because of not kneeling. I wanted to make a straightforward tweet just to express my feelings, and that’s it,” he explained.

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Kamala Harris Was ‘A Thud’ in the Democrat Presidential Primary

President Donald Trump on Thursday weighed in on the idea of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as a possible vice presidential choice for former Vice President Joe Biden.

“I think she’s fine. She did very poorly in the race, she was expected to be one of the winners, one of the potential stronger candidates, and she ended up going out with nothing, so she was a thud,” Trump said.

The president spoke about Harris in an interview with radio host Geraldo Rivera, who asked him about his opinion of Harris and other possible candidates.

“I’m fine with any of them frankly,” Trump said. “I would have said she’d probably be the one, but she did very poorly.”

Harris ended her White House bid in December before any of the votes were cast despite announcing in September that she was “fucking moving to Iowa” to build momentum for her campaign.

The California senator made a brief debate splash after she attacked former Vice President Joe Biden’s record of opposing busing for the sake of desegregating public schools in June 2019.

Biden was caught by surprise by the attack and was not pleased.

“She is as smart as can be, and she feels strongly. It came out of nowhere, didn’t seem to be consistent with anything I’ve been accused of before,” he said about Haris after the attack.

Despite their moment of contention on the debate, Harris remains at the top of the list of potential vice presidential candidates.

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Portland Police Chief Calls for End to Violent Protests: ‘Enough Is Enough’

Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell called for an end to the almost nightly violent protests in the city during a news conference on Wednesday.

“We continue to have some nightly violent criminal activity that’s taking place in our city. This has been problematic for us. It’s a drain on resources and we have people who, they’re dedicated to provoking a police response,” he told reporters.

Lovell continued:

That response is taking away from our ability to go out and give people the service that they expect from the police bureau. People expect to get their calls for service answered, they expect us to be able to answer their calls for service, respond to the shootings that we’ve been having and things of that nature. So we’re really calling on people to come out and just really say that that activity needs to stop.

We’re pushing almost 70 straight days of protests here in Portland. Officers are tired, and they keep coming back every night because they love this city. They’re working hard to keep the city safe, protect people, and give people the right to exercise their free speech but also protect property from those who are committed to try to destroy it and to try to do things that are disruptive to the functioning of our beautiful city.

The chief said Portlanders, including business owners, faith leaders, and elected officials, needed to “send the strong message that enough is enough.”

“This is not forwarding the goals of things that are going to lead to better outcomes for people of color. This movement’s very powerful and I feel like the violence has taken away from it in a really, kind of concerning way,” Lovell noted.

The riots continued this week after federal law enforcement officials withdrew from the area, according to Breitbart News.

Although more than 400 people have been arrested since the protests began, Lovell explained that “This is not a situation where you can arrest your way out of it,” adding that despite the arrests, the violence had not stopped.

“To me that’s just an attempt to either lash out against government or the establishment in general, or to provoke a response from the police,” Lovell concluded.