The Daily Populous

Friday March 5th, 2021 evening edition

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"When Sen. Johnson voted to cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans, he didn't force staff to read the bill," tweeted Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.).

"But now that working people need help, he's forcing a delay.".

518,000 Americans are dead from this pandemic, struggling families desperately need help – and every single Senate Republican just tried to stop the COVID-19 relief bill.

The package will then return to the House, which will have to decide whether to make changes or simply push through the Senate's version.

"Historically what's happened is... we offer a couple of hundred amendments on the Republican side," Johnson said Thursday.

"If the polls are any judge, the only political points they're scoring with obstruction are against themselves," said Funk.

They are doing this for a relief package that 76% of Americans support—including 60% of Republicans. »

Bolsonaro tells Brazilians to ‘stop whining’ after Covid-19 deaths hit record high

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After two straight days of record COVID-19 deaths in Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday told Brazilians to stop “whining” and move on, in his latest remarks attacking distancing measures and downplaying the gravity of the pandemic.

Brazil also recorded 1,699 deaths, decreasing slightly from the previous two days of record deaths.

Nevertheless, Bolsonaro’s popularity has been supported by 322 billion reais ($57.7 billion) in emergency aid payments to poorer Brazilians last year. »

Organization founded by LeBron James and other Black athletes turns focus to fighting GOP-backed bills restricting voter access

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What our voices made possible," James says as images and video of activism ahead of the 2020 elections plays.

The Brennan Center for Justice found last month that more than 250 bills aimed at limiting voter access have been filed since the election.

The basketball star recently got into a spat with Swedish soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who said athletes like James should stay out of politics. »

FBI: Trump appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot

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The FBI on Thursday arrested former State Department aide Federico Klein, a Trump appointee who worked on the former president's 2016 campaign, on charges related to the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol, according to a court filing.

Why it matters: The 42-year-old Klein is the first member of the Trump administration to be arrested in connection with the insurrection, which led to the former president's second impeachment and charges against over 300 people.

Surveillance video from Jan. 6 allegedly captured Klein attempting to enter a Capitol tunnel with a mob of rioters. »

Ron Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor

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Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer Chuck SchumerRon Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor Senate panel splits along party lines on Becerra House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade MORE (D-N.Y.) formally offered the 628-page Senate bill on Thursday after an initial vote to take up House-passed legislation, which is being used as a vehicle for the chamber's debate.

Johnson was sitting on the floor as the Senate staff started their reading on Thursday afternoon and a GOP senator will need to remain on the floor throughout the reading.

After Johnson objected, Sen. Bernie Sanders Bernie SandersABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent Ron Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor GOP pulling out all the stops to delay COVID-19 package MORE (I-Vt.), the chairman of the Budget Committee, was overheard joking "I want to stay to hear the reading. »