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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,

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

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,

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

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