Stocks rally as McConnell introduces competing $2,000 stimulus check bill

U.S. stocks were higher in Wednesday morning trading, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a competing $2,000 stimulus check bill. McConnell’s bill that would combine increased direct payments with a repeal of the online liability protections known as Section 230 and the establishment of a commission to study voter fraud.

Scott Lehtonen for Investor’s Business Daily:

Stocks rally as McConnell introduces competing $2,000 stimulus check billThe stock market rally hit a roadblock Tuesday, reversing from record highs, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked efforts to increase stimulus checks. Apple stock briefly hit a new buy point before reversing sharply lower.

Late Tuesday, McConnell introduced a competing bill that would increase the size of the payment checks to $2,000, repeal Section 230, and set up a commission to study election fraud. These are the three requests that President Donald Trump made as he signed the stimulus package over the weekend.

Earlier Tuesday evening, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tweeted that $600 stimulus payments would start going out Tuesday night. Paper checks will be mailed starting Wednesday. Meanwhile, the battle for $2,000 stimulus checks continues in the Senate.

MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, a $1,400 increase in individual stimulus payments bodes well for the economy (not so much for the U.S. national debt) as well as for makers of coveted products and services such as Apple, but it’s tied to other provisions that may make it a nonstarter.

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  1. Twitter, Facebook, etc. are biased known leftists whose actions make them, by definition, publishers and therefore ineligible for Section 230 protection.

    Anyone who is against a commission to study election fraud simply wants to continue their once-again proven methods of defrauding elections (dead people “voting,” mass-mailed ballots with no chain of custody, late-night vote pauses to allow for fraudulent ballot dumps in the face of landslide vote totals, electronic voting machine manipulation, etc.)

    1. Democrats Pat Toomey, Rand Paul, and Ron Johnson have made it known that they oppose $2,000 payments under any circumstances. And, they’ll do whatever needed to stop it from becoming law. So it’ll never be brought to a vote.

      1. Those three Senators are all Republicans. You are, however, correct that there is no chance of a bill passing and being signed before this Congress dissolves no later than noon next Monday. There is just as little chance that a bill introduced in the next Congress could get through committee hearings and floor readings for passage in both houses and a signature before January 20.

        The President-Elect would support the raise to $2000 and would probably support a commission to investigate fraud, since a balanced commission would conclude that actual fraud in recent election cycles has been minimal.

        However, an outright repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is a poison pill. It would just give rich public figures like Peter Thiel and Donald Trump an additional tool for using “strategic litigation” to silence public criticism. Do you think that MDN can afford to defend itself from suits for user comments? It would be much cheaper simply to ban them. There would be more censorship, not less. Section 230 needs review and fine tuning, but flat repeal would be a disaster for free speech.

          1. Your “expert witness” is a notorious crank who used to hold himself out as an expert on archeology until he was caught promoting the sale of fake Roman swords. He has also been an “expert” in half a dozen other unrelated fields. Nobody has ever heard of him in connection with election systems until he proclaimed himself an “expert” on that, too.

            https://ahotcupofjoe.net/2019/10/fair-use-as-a-blogger-who-reviews-critiques-and-educates/

            It isn’t just Biden supporters who are easily misled.

            1. I’m sure he’s getting paid well to be an “expert witness”. In fact, being an “expert witness” is a profitable business in conservative circles. You just have to be willing to repeat whatever batshit insane theory being provided on a given day.

              It’s probably not worth it if you have an ounce of integrity, so If you’re well regarded in your field, just pass it up. However, if you, too are already patently batshit insane, then here’s a money making opportunity for you! Plus, you could probably parlay this into a regular gig on Newsmax or ONN!

            2. First, I quit reading your virus-laden docdroid crap after the assertion on page 8 that Trump did not lose Arizona because the indigenous peoples were dying like flies of COVID while Trump was minimizing the threat and, at one point, only sending them aid in the form of additional body bags. No, your “expert witness” claims that the poor dumb savages were trading their votes for shiny jewelry and Visa cards (presumably to buy firewater). I don’t need to go on to predict the claim that Biden bribery also explains why the colored people didn’t shuttle down to the polls to vote for Marse Donald.

          2. Which was in place in 2016.
            So you’re now admitting all the dismissal of the theft of 2016 is completely partisan bullshit?

            Four bills brought to congress to fix election security since the 2016 theft issue was raised.

            Republicans blocked every single one.

            Don’t claim you care about security or honesty in elections. It’s sickeningly obvious to everyone what you’re doing.

        1. What’s funny is that this is actually a thing FOX news has been doing for years. Whenever there’s bad news, they put up the politicians name with a (D) intentionally. Yes, it’s weakly retracted later, but the image is already burned into their little conSnowflake brains 🙂

          I’m quite sure that there are folk that read that and went off on a tirade in their minds about how Democrats are always blocking stuff without ever even looking it up. A few probably even tweeted about how those Democrats need to be voted out of office LOL

          Such is the brain of a Trump supporter. I say that instead of conservative because it’s really Republicans that gave Trump the boot while maintaining their hold in the Senate.

          1. “Such is the brain of a Trump supporter.”

            Thank you for acknowledging supporters have a “brain.” Unlike the dimwit Democrats easily programmed and told what to do, how to act, what to say by the media and Hollywood.

            The “boot” is fraud in many forms in five Democrat battleground states, gee, what a surprise!…

            1. Not as easily programmed as Republicans though! 🙂 who, rather than adopt a principled party platform, just went with “Whatever Trump says”. Trump could say that he should be President because he’s actually the REAL Joe Biden, and WITHOUT BLINKING you’d have all his supporters pushing that narrative.

              Democrat support for such a candidate would crater. They’re programmable, but only to a point.

            1. Get on your hands and knees to pray from the bottom of your hard heart for the mythical Kraken to make a theophany just to gratify you and to reverse Joe’s legitimate win and give Donald the illegitimate win.

          1. Fair and square?🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

            That’s the Democrat cheerleaders in the media covering for Biden and totally ignoring reality that told you what to think.

            How many in-depth Pulitzer winner investigative reporters at NYT & WP spent weeks in depth examining the issue? Or in-depth reporting analysis at CNN instead of incessant cheerleading and nothing there, day after day, since the election. Let me know when you find one…

            1. Journalists only investigate stories when there are facts to report and credible witnesses to quote. As you say, with regard to this story, “there is nothing there.” There is only going to be a story examining the issue when a credible witness with first-hand information appears. “Let me know when you find one.”

            2. There is NOTHING. You think every court has simply joined into some kind of massive conspiracy, including all the Trump appointed judges that have thrown every single one of these frivolous cases out the door? Hell, Trump will turn on the GOP, when that happens, will he create a third party with you dweebs pouring money into his con game? If the right gets divided you will never win another election. Ever.

        1. Donald is heard in a whistleblower audio conspiring to do election fraud by telling the GA secretary of state to find the votes to overturn the GA election to give hm the win so, yes, I agree with you that there is election fraud, and in process.

    2. Three cases of election fraud were indeed found in PA. Three people got caught casting dead relatives’ votes for Trump. Yet for some reason, the LT Gov from TX refuses to pay the $1 million bounties he’s offered for evidence of voter fraud. So far, that’s the most evidence that’s been uncovered to support IPOTUS’s claims.

      1. Republicans are corrupt to their core, so it makes sense that they see corruption where there isn’t any. They think that, because THEY would cast dead relatives votes for their candidate, they KNOW Liberals have to be doing the same thing. Projection writ large!… or.. YUGE! 🙂

  2. U.S. Senator. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) Will Object to the Electoral College Certification

    Following both the 2004 and 2016 elections, Democrats in Congress objected during the certification of electoral votes in order to raise concerns about election integrity. They were praised by Democratic leadership and the media when they did. And they were entitled to do so. But now those of us concerned about the integrity of this election are entitled to do the same.

    I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws. And I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden. At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections. But Congress has so far failed to act.

    For these reasons, I will follow the same practice Democrat members of Congress have in years past and object during the certification process on January 6 to raise these critical issues. – U.S. Senator. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)

    1. The 12th Amendment says, in relevant part, “The Electors shall … make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and all persons voted for as Vice-President and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate; The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted…” (Emphasis added)

      Question: “The Electors” obviously refers to the persons lawfully certified as Electors by their state, not some other group. So if there is more than one certificate purporting to come from a single state, how must the President of the Senate determine which one to open?

      Answer: The seal.

      In 1800s-speak, “sealed” did not mean that somebody licked an envelope. It meant that the document had been authenticated by the application of an appropriate seal, in this case the official State Seal used to verify documents such as acts of the Legislature or orders of the Governor. That is why elections in most states are administered by the state Secretary of State, the official who has custody of the State Seal. He or she seals only the state-certified election results.

      The Electoral Count Act of 1888 makes this explicit. An electoral certificate is “conclusively presumed” to be valid if it bears the
      State Seal and a certification by the Governor that the selection of the electors was made pursuant to state laws adopted before Election Day and that the selection was final under state law no later than December 8. The role of Congress (including the President of the Senate) is just to confirm that the seal and certification are present, not to relitigate a state election after it is final. That would be an unconstitutional federal invasion of state sovereignty.

      Certainly any Member or Senator can file an objection, but only concerning whether the Governor’s signature and State Seal are authentic. If they are, the certification is conclusively assumed to be valid. Any other objection should be ruled out of order as a violation of our federalism.

  3. Trump has brought about fifty cases to court in an attempt to reverse the results of the election, all of which have been thrown out of court due to lack of evidence. Trump is desperate and terrified of being branded a “loser” because in the world of Trump that is the worst thing you can be. He knows that once he leaves office he will no longer have the Justice Department serving as his personal law firm. He faces rape charges, tax-evasion charges, and prison time, and possibly up to one billion dollars in personal debt. If things don’t go his way in the Supreme Court the public will see just how corrupt his is (not that his corruption hasn’t been on display for many years now).Trump desperately wants to be a dictator like his buddies Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-Un, and Xi Jingping. Unfortunately (for Trump anyway), we have a Constitution that has served us well for about 250 years such that that, no matter how hard Trump has tried to destroy it, will see Trump marched out of the White House on January 20th whether willingly or by force.

    For those who think this election was a “fraud,” just look at the many cases that were thrown out of court. Trump’s attorney’s knew that should they lie in court on Trump’s behalf they faced prison time for purgery.

    If you think the election was a fraud, you are living in the deluded world of “Trumpville,” where whatever the insane rantings of a corrupt, treasonous raving of a madman is taken as truth, and where truth is taken as delusion. Biden won the election. Understand it, and deal with it.

    1. Trump’s not the ONLY one terrified of being labeled a loser. All his supporters are, too. The fact of the matter is that a LOT of Republicans voted for their Senatorial and Congressional candidates, but flat out rejected Trump.

      UNLESS, of course, the Republicans would like to have their wins in Congress and the Senate overturned? No, the ONLY folks unhappy are the ones that see Trump going out the door WHILE GAINING SEATS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE.

      1. Stanford Researcher Hacked Georgia Voting Machine, Confirms ‘Pump And Dump’ Vote Manipulation Possible

        “Someone can actually siphon off that data, modify the data, and then feed it right back into the system, or kind of do a pump and dump in real time.”

        In his testimony, Pulitzer – who has published 65 academic papers – debunked media claims that hacking into voting machines for the purpose of manipulating votes is impossible, and exposes gaping flaws in the narrative of “fact-checkers” who insist that no voter fraud could have occurred during the 2020 presidential election.

        1. Now, why would Donald’s people want to manipulate the votes in favor of Joe? Part of the reason might be that he never wanted to be pres. as he admitted early on so now he wants to lose but without having to admit that it was due to his bad performance; He can blame the machines instead. All of his huffing and puffing is all for show, performative.

        2. Again, this “expert” is a notorious crank with no known expertise in election systems. I cited a article above about the time he was promoting the sale of fake Roman swords. Here is another article on his spotted history:

          https://www.dallasnews.com/arts-entertainment/2016/04/05/dallas-inventor-of-infamous-cuecat-is-now-erm-a-full-blown-treasure-hunter/

          I can find no connection between him and the Stanford Investigations Department, perhaps because there is no such department. He must have had some connection with the University, since he is using it to host his website, but that is the only connection I can find.

    2. Disloyal might be a better word because treason — although you are probably using it as a charged insult — is punishable by execution which is too severe while disloyalty has a lesser penalty.

        1. There is no penalty for pure stupidity because one can be an island of stupidity without effecting anything but there is for willful stupidity that causes material damage, or personal injury, or subversion.

            1. Unfortunately, there ARE none when Hal’s not stupid. 🙂 They’re just mad that after 4 years of “sticking it to the libs” the hot poker is pointed in the other direction and it’s wayyyy more uncomfortable than their conSnowflake skin can take!

              Hey Hal, Joe Biden’s your President, brought to you in part by a TON of Republicans that were sick of Trump’s nonsense. 🙂

            2. Zero Leverage, You and the other libturds just elected a corrupt, racist dementia patient and you think you are smart. Just precious, you fucking idiot.

            3. “You and the other libturds just elected a corrupt, racist dementia patient”
              Sooo, basically, status quo!

              Ahh, the conSnowflake tears are delicious, Hal. Keep them coming!

  4. “Late Tuesday, McConnell introduced a competing bill that would increase the size of the payment checks to $2,000, repeal Section 230, and set up a commission to study election fraud.”

    All three notable goals, good work and Godspeed Mitch! Talk about changing the media narrative in less than a day.

    Regarding the over the top vitriol and hatred of President Trump as the most corrupt politician ever, the stupidity just makes me laugh.🤣

    Same people either never heard or don’t care swamp Biden for five decades and son Hunter became multi millionaires involved in questionable quid pro quo China, Ukraine and Russia dealings.

    Same partisan ignorance regarding Hillary’s illegal server, foundation donations, destruction of government e-mails and Russian dealings. Lastly, the false evidence FISA court approved paid by DNC and Hillary, crooked FBI investigations and deep state intel agencies spying on the president with false trumped up charges and Mueller exonerated the president whether he said or not is irrelevant.

    Anyone who does not see it certainly not fair and balanced simply reduced to look the other way enablers. Democrat media consistently on cue says nothing to see here and drops it in a day or two. No intense investigative journalist teams working in depth for months, just ignore until it fades abdicating your journalist responsibilities.

    The double standard hypocrisy of the Democrats and the media is UNBELIEVABLE! President gets impeached over one source and a phone call to a foreign leader, not a cent made in Ukraine for himself
    or his family and the biased media blows it out of proportion fanning the flames daily for months.

    Only an idiot cannot see Democrat scandals and the multiple times the media simply covers for them while hanging on Trump’s every word manufacturing FAKE scandals one after another for over four years.

    Channeling Superman: Democrats killed Truth, Media killed Justice and the radical socialist Democrats want to kill
    The American Way…

      1. How nice dog not gone. Like you are privy to While House and Senate strategy, right. Things can change on a dime as Mitch has already proven. Addicted to CNN and NYT’s you need to expand your mind and media sources. Probably not, fallback meet your buddy Busted at a fire hydrant to do your thing…

  5. “The double standard hypocrisy of the Democrats and the media is UNBELIEVABLE!”
    That someone that supports Trump can seriously type this is hilarious. 😀 Republicans apparently have no double standards and aren’t partisan at all.

    Prepare for 4 years of “whataboutism”.

    1. “Hilarious” that you are in disbelief of reality and not concerned regarding one of the various scandals mentioned and justice not served. 🤔

      Never said Republicans are immune, but certainly NOT 50-50% as defensive defenders often use tactic to muddy the truth.

      Prepare for 4 years of “whataboutism”.I certainly hope so!

      We just endured daily “whataboutism” of President Trump for the last five years from Democrats and the complicit media. Two gold standard examples are Russian collusion and Impeachment total waste of taxpayer money and time and the president was vindicated.😄👍🏻🇺🇸

      When it comes to Hunter and his father, fingers crossed someday justice will be served. Most likely not with Hillary, she has defenders and excuse makers in the deep state as we witnessed with James Comey scolding press conference and NOTHING. Republicans have been prosecuted for much less, but since when is the media fair?

      Let’s not forget the Hillary overwhelming media adulation, not as strong as Obama because of the philandering corrupt husband baggage, still the media promoted her as the smartest women in the world to become the first female president in a landslide.

      Yeah right, just as smart as the Liberal media, FAKE polls, Democrat operatives, overwhelming newspaper endorsements, celebrity hero and magazine cover worship — ALL the smartest people in the world were JUST WRONG and never saw defeat coming.

      Particularly biting for the crowd that never got over it (above) she was trounced by a brass businessman first time politician with zero political experience out of nowhere. If justice is not served, I can take solace in that FACT…😎

  6. Electronically or manually changing the ballot numbers is election fraud while voter fraud is when a voter somehow cheats. Therefore, that “expert” witness is not an expert, hence not credible on the voter/election issue. Election fraud is also when the Donald’s queers are stuffing the courts with cases without showing instances of fraud.
    That they are trying to disqualify Black votes at all, worse, that they based their cases on a 19th C. law that helped to effectively end Reconstruction shows how reactionary, quasi-racist they are behaving. It stripped away the newly acquired rights of Black people and ushering in the violent, segregationist Jim Crow era. That’s bad, very bad for race relations when de-racializing the criminal justice system should be a focus.

  7. How to determine that nominally Republican McConnell and nominally Democratic Pelosi are one and the same: When both reject the people’s $2,000 relief during the Trump pandemic and the outraged poor from both parties peacefully vandalize both legislator’s front doors.

  8. In the mind of Trump supporters, if a Democrat wins, it’s invalid. They’re embarrassing themselves and, while it plays well to the base, independents/undecideds are looking at this and have not missed the fact that not once have Democrats ever challenged an election into January.

    https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/spl/jim-brewster-pennsylvania-senate-gop-refuse-to-seat-nicole-ziccarelli-20210104.html

    This is who they are, take a goooooood look. Maybe capture some video clips for future elections.

    🙂

    1. I have quoted Sen. Graham many times: “if the Republican Party nominates Donald Trump knowing what we know about him, we are going to end up looking like folks who bought a ticket on the Titanic after they saw the movie.”

      As a long-time never-Trumper Republican watching a mob attack the Capitol, I can’t disagree.

  9. Thank the lord for the excellent iPhone’s reception/transmission abilities.
    Fascist rioters, at the cajoling of bad Donald, stormed and breached the Senate building in inapparent attempted coup which the corporatized NPR merry calls a protest. Broken glass; gas masks and gas deployed. Remember the Brooks Bros who stopped the count? My ancestors experienced Hitler’s Fascist, anti-Jew Glassnocht while the US industry supported him.

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