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Swiss voters dismiss proposal to stop free movement of people from EU

Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected on Sunday a right-wing party’s attempt to scrap a pact allowing the free movement of people from the European Union, opting for stability amid the economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Swiss People’s Party (SVP) had forced a referendum on the EU agreement in a bid to curb immigration to the country where foreigners make up a quarter of the population.

The measure lost, as expected, by a 62%-38% margin. “The bilateral path is the right one for Switzerland and for the EU. The Swiss people have confirmed this path again today,” justice minister Karin Keller-Sutter told reporters in Bern.

“Today is a great day for the relations between the European Union and Switzerland,” European Council President Charles Michel tweeted. “The Swiss people have spoken & sent a clear message: together we have a great future ahead of us.”

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Trump Woos Black Voters With ‘Platinum Plan’ For Loans, Juneteenth Pledge : NPR

Ja’Ron Smith, a top Trump adviser, says Republicans are focused on economic empowerment issues for the Black community.

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Ja’Ron Smith, a top Trump adviser, says Republicans are focused on economic empowerment issues for the Black community.

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President Trump is leaning into his economic record as he attempts to attract Black voters with a plan to try to secure more lending for African-American business owners.

Trump will be unveiling what he calls the “platinum plan” for Black economic empowerment at a campaign event in Atlanta on Friday.

Ja’Ron Smith — a White House adviser who spoke to NPR in his personal capacity ahead of the event — said the goal is to have the federal government invest in institutions that lend to Black businesses. The campaign believes that a sizable federal investment of about $50 billion could ultimately

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Trump to Court Skeptical Black Voters With Small Business Plan

He plans to outline a policy the White House calls the Platinum Plan to increase Black employment and give Black-owned businesses access to $500 billion in capital, according to people familiar with the proposal. The people asked not to be identified discussing the proposal before the president announces it.

His plan also calls for the government to encourage greater “activity” in Opportunity Zones, a program created by the 2017 tax overhaul Trump signed, according to a memo obtained by Bloomberg News. Under the law, investors can reap tax benefits by investing in areas states designate as low-income.

Yet the program has drawn criticism for luring investment to neighborhoods that were already improving and for encouraging gentrification, displacing some Black residents who were supposed to benefit.

Trump will also promise further action along the lines of a law he signed in 2018 to reduce federal sentences for some non-violent offenses.

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Undecided Florida Voters Starting to Favor Trump, But Biden Still Leads in New Poll

Undecided voters in Florida are leaning towards casting their votes for President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, according to poll findings released Tuesday. However, voters who have made up their minds gave Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden a slight edge over President Trump.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden are within 5 points of each other in Florida, according to polling released Tuesday.


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President Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden are within 5 points of each other in Florida, according to polling released Tuesday.

Long regarded as a battleground state, Florida voters handed Trump a victory in the 2016 election. Democrats gained a victory in 2012 when incumbent President Barack Obama won re-election. Polling numbers in Florida this year are close, meaning undecided Florida voters might hold the key to a second consecutive Republican victory.

Data from a Florida Atlantic University College of Business poll of likely voters found Biden and Trump less than three percentage points away from each other. If the election

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This week’s TV: A socially distanced Emmys, all eyes on voters, and Nurse ‘Ratched’

On Sunday at 8 p.m., a very different looking Emmy Awards telecast will air on ABC. The ceremony will be live, as always, but with no audience and a socially distanced crew. It will not be preceded by a red carpet, that gaudy parade of unwearable fashion and self-promotion, and none of the nominees will be onsite, which will be a small stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the non-event event, with the nominees waiting — and being filmed — at their homes. There may be a few socially distanced celebrity guests to help break up the night, and I’m betting one of them will be Matt Damon, Kimmel’s famous nemesis.

Last year, a record low number of viewers — 6.9 million —tuned in to the hostless Emmycast. That was a 32 percent drop from the previous year’s 10.2 million. So even though, in

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Biden travels to Michigan to appeal to voters in state that sided with Trump

The surtax would apply to the profit that companies reap from U.S. sales of products or services rendered abroad instead of domestically. It would result in a 30.8 percent tax rate on such profit, Biden’s campaign said.

The move marked Biden’s latest attempt to appeal to working-class voters in the Upper Midwest, where Hillary Clinton suffered stunning losses four years ago that handed the presidency to Trump. The plans come on top of Biden’s previously released “Build Back Better” economic blueprint, which was designed to counter Trump’s “America First” agenda.

“He now hopes we won’t notice what he said, or won’t remember,” Biden said of Trump in a scathing speech that accused the president of not living up to the promises he made to protect workers and their jobs. “He’s failed our economy and our country.”

Biden’s remarks were part of an angry rebuke to Trump on issues including the

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