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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that the White House has 48 hours to reach an agreement on COVID-19 relief before the November 3 election.

“I’m optimistic,” Pelosi told ABC News “This Week’s” host George Stephanopoulos. “Because we’re been back and forth on all of this.”

When asked if the Americans would see a COVID aid package adopted before the November 3 election, Pelosi said “it depends on the administration.

“With all due respect to some of the people in the president’s administration, they are not legislators,” Pelosi said. The speaker then said that “we now agree on the language,” although talks continued.

When you say ‘must’, you are giving the president a slush fund. When you say ‘must’, you go with what science tells us must happen, “Pelosi said, explaining the legislative semantics.

Pelosi also urged President Donald Trump’s leadership of a crowd to sing “Lock her in!” about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during a demonstration in Muskegon, Michigan Saturday night as “irresponsible.” The president’s call comes just over a week after federal agents said they opposed a plot to kidnap the governor.

“The president needs to realize that the words of the President of the United States weigh a ton. And in our political dialogue, it is so irresponsible to inject fear tactics into it, especially a female governor and her family, ”the speaker said.

“The biggest antidote to his poison is the vote,” Pelosi said.

– Matthew Brown

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Trump loses a $ 20s fist in the Las Vegas church collection bucket

When churchgoers in Las Vegas prayed for good political happiness, President Donald Trump was not shy when the fundraiser came around.

Trump placed the witnesses who called a handful of $ 20 bills in the bucket during a friendly service at the International Church of Las Vegas.

“The Lord said, ‘he is ready for the next four years, and he will have another wind,'” preacher Denise Goulet, church leader.

At one point, she asked Trump, who sits in the front row, “do you love your job?”

“Yes,” Trump replied, “I love my job.”

The service also featured musical performances with a band on stage and members spinning American flags.

The event began a busy one for Trump. After church, he headed to Newport Beach, California, for fundraisers. Later Sunday, it’s back to Nevada for an airport rally in Carson City.

– David Jackson

Biden pushes Democrats in NC to come out and vote

Former Vice President Joe Biden appeared at an election rally in Durham, North Carolina on Sunday. The visit comes as Democrats invest deep in the battlefield and see strong pick-up opportunities throughout the vote.

“Do not just vote for me and Senator Harris,” Biden said to a socially distant crowd. “You have a gubernatorial race, a senate race, a record number of black women on the ballot.”

Biden stressed his health care and job policies and linked them to his criticism of the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“People are worried about making their next mortgage, whether their health care will be torn away during a pandemic, worried about sending their children to school … that’s Donald Trump’s presidency,” Biden said.

Biden also addressed the protests and unrest that are still evident in the country, claiming that “We do not need militias patrolling our streets.” The former vice president also referred to some of Durham’s history while talking about the need for greater economic opportunities.

“It was right here in Durham, on Parrish Street, that an oasis of black-owned businesses flourished, even under Jim Crow,” said Biden. “A place that gave the country a glimpse of what we could become if we chose to live up to our core values. “

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised the bar in North Carolina, prompting a record number of absentee ballots in the state. Republican incumbent Senator Thom Tillis was given COVID-19 in early October, just as it was revealed that his Democratic rival, Cal Cunningham, had apparently exchanged romantic texts with a woman who was not his wife.

– Matthew Brown

Whitmer: Trump’s rhetoric encourages ‘domestic terrorism’

Michigan Government Gretchen Whitmer, the target of a recently alleged kidnapping plan, accused President Donald Trump of inciting domestic terrorism on Sunday on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” in his strongest criticism of Trump to date.

“It is incredibly disturbing that the President of the United States, 10 days after a plan to kidnap, put me on trial and execute me … is at it again and inspires and encourages and encourages this kind of domestic terrorism,” he said. Whitmer.

During a Trump campaign appearance in Michigan on Saturday, the crowd shouted “unlock her” as Trump criticized the Democratic governor.

“Lock them all up,” Trump said.

On Sunday, Trump campaign adviser told CNN that her father-in-law did nothing at all to provoke people to threaten this woman.

“He was having fun at a Trump meeting,” she said of the “state of the union.”

– William Cummings

Campaign Advisor: Packed Trump rallies don’t stop despite COVID-19 resurgence

WASHINGTON – More and more people are attending President Donald Trump’s airport rallies, many of the supporters packed together without masks despite a resurgence of COVID-19.

Do not expect this to change during the last two weeks of the campaign.

“People do not want to live in fear,” said senior campaign adviser Jason Miller, Trump campaign, when asked about the demonstrations during an appearance on Fox News Sunday.

Trump survived a battle with COVID-19 earlier this month. There is evidence that some of his followers got coronavirus after attending his campaign events.

The Minnesota Department of Public Health reported that it has tracked 16 COVID cases for a Sept. 18 demonstration in Bemidji (plus four more for an anti-Trump rally just outside the event). Three more cases have been traced to a Trump event in Duluth on September 30, less than two days before Trump tested positive for the virus.

In the Fox interview, Miller said, “we hand out masks at the conventions.” He also said that the campaign carries out temperature control of participants and provides hand cleaning – and will continue to do so right up until the election.

– David Jackson

Pelosi smashes Trump’s irresponsible rhetoric over Whitmer

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admonished President Donald Trump, who led a crowd to sing “Lock her in!” about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during a demonstration in Muskegon, Michigan Saturday night as “irresponsible.” The president’s call comes just over a week after federal agents said they opposed a plot to kidnap the governor.

“The president needs to realize that the words of the President of the United States weigh a ton. And in our political dialogue, it’s so irresponsible to inject fear tactics into it, especially a female governor and her family, “the speaker said Sunday on ABC News'” This Week. “

“The biggest antidote to his poison is the vote,” Pelosi stressed.

On Saturday, Whitmer said Trump’s burning tone must be stopped.

“This is exactly the rhetoric that has endangered the lives of me, my family and other government officials as we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans,” the governor tweeted after Trump’s demonstration.

– Matthew Brown

Trump heads to Nevada, Biden to North Carolina

With only sixteen days before the November 3 presidential election, there is no shortage of drama in the final stretch, as President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden make their final pitch for voters as campaigns up and down the vote pour resources into important races.

Both candidates will continue to stumble around the country today. Trump, once again on the campaign trail after being hospitalized for COVID-19, will attend a worship service in Las Vegas at 9:00 PDT, then a campaign rally in Santa Ana, California in the middle of the day. He concludes his Sunday at a campaign rally in Carson City, Nevada at. 19:00 PDT.

Biden travels to North Carolina on Sunday, where he will attend an event in Durham that encourages North Carolinans to plan to vote by mail and in person during the state’s early voting period, which began Thursday and ends Oct. 31.

– Matthew Brown

Trump goes after NBC reporter Welker, moderator of the final debate

WASHINGTON – The next (and final) debate is not until Thursday, but President Donald Trump is already trying to pressure and intimidate the moderator, NBC News White House Correspondent Kristen Welker.

“She’s always been horrible and unfair, like most fake news reporters, but I’m still playing the game,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “People know that!”

Welker has not commented, but plenty of colleagues and competitors testified to her fairness and professionalism. They said she will do well when she moderates Thursday’s showdown between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden in Nashville, Tenn.

“Kristen is one of the toughest and fairest journalists you will ever meet,” tweeted Kathryn Watson, a White House reporter for CBS News.

Trump, who criticized moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News ahead of the Sept. 29 debate with Biden, also went after Welker during a Saturday night in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Still, many people have praised Welker’s reporting during the Trump administration – including Trump himself.

Calling Welker during a news conference in Switzerland in January, Trump complimented her for landing a weekend anchor on NBC’s show today.

“They made a very wise decision,” Trump told Welker.

– David Jackson

GOP senators are trying to save the majority by distancing themselves from Trump

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republicans have taken deliberate steps to distance themselves from Trump, as recent polls and independent analysis show Democrats have a 50-50 chance of flipping the required number of seats (three if Biden wins, four if Trump does) to repeat the upper chamber.

It is a balancing act for Republican Senate candidates fighting for re-election in battlefield states that need the GOP base to win, as well as a significant percentage of independents who can be turned off by Trump’s rhetoric, behavior and policies.

“These senators are being pulled in two different directions,” Jessica Taylor of the non-partisan Cook Political Report said. “They can not annoy the very conservative Trump base, but they also need independents to win the parliamentary election. It is a no-win situation for them in many respects.”

– Phillip M. Bailey and Ledyard King

Contributions: Bart Jansen and Sean Rossman, USA TODAY; Paul Egan. Detroit Free Press

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