Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

Then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris listens to questions after the Democratic primary debate at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art in Miami, June 27, 2019.

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Joe Biden named Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, embracing a former rival from the Democratic primary and making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump.

Harris, a 55-year-old first-term senator, is also one of the party’s most prominent figures and quickly became a top contender for the No. 2 spot after her own White House campaign ended.

Harris joins Biden in the 2020 race at a moment of unprecedented national crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 150,000 people in the US, far more than the toll experienced in other countries. Business closures and disruptions resulting from the pandemic have caused an economic collapse. Unrest, meanwhile, has emerged across the country as Americans protest racism and police brutality.

Trump’s uneven handling of the crises has given Biden an opening, and he enters the fall campaign in strong position against the president. In adding Harris to the ticket, he can point to her relatively centrist record on issues such as health care and her background in law enforcement in the nation’s largest state.

Harris’ record as California attorney general and district attorney in San Francisco was heavily scrutinized during the Democratic primary and turned off some liberals and younger Black voters who saw her as out of step on issues of systemic racism in the legal system and police brutality. She tried to strike a balance on these issues, declaring herself a “progressive prosecutor” who backs law enforcement reforms.

Biden, who spent eight years as President Barack Obama’s vice president, has spent months weighing who would fill that same role in his White House. He pledged in March to select a woman as his vice president, easing frustration among Democrats that the presidential race would center on two white men in their 70s.

Biden’s search was expansive, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a leading progressive, Florida Rep. Val Demings, whose impeachment prosecution of Trump won plaudits, California Rep. Karen Bass, who leads the Congressional Black Caucus, former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, whose passionate response to unrest in her city garnered national attention.

A woman has never served as president or vice president in the United States. Two women have been nominated as running mates on major party tickets: Democrat Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and Republican Sarah Palin in 2008. Their party lost in the general election.

The vice presidential pick carries increased significance this year. If elected, Biden would be 78 when he’s inaugurated in January, the oldest man to ever assume the presidency. He’s spoken of himself as a transitional figure and hasn’t fully committed to seeking a second term in 2024. If he declines to do so, his running mate would likely become a front-runner for the nomination that year.

Born in Oakland to a Jamaican father and Indian mother, Harris won her first election in 2003 when she became San Francisco’s district attorney. In the role, she created a reentry program for low-level drug offenders and cracked down on student truancy.

She was elected California’s attorney general in 2010, the first woman and Black person to hold the job, and focused on issues including the foreclosure crisis. She declined to defend the state’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage and was later overturned by the US Supreme Court.

As her national profile grew, Harris built a reputation around her work as a prosecutor. After being elected to the Senate in 2016, she quickly gained attention for her assertive questioning of Trump administration officials during congressional hearings. In one memorable moment last year, Harris tripped up Attorney General William Barr when she repeatedly pressed him on whether Trump or other White House officials pressured him to investigate certain people.

Harris launched her presidential campaign in early 2019 with the slogan “Kamala Harris For the People,” a reference to her courtroom work. She was one of the highest-profile contenders in a crowded Democratic primary and attracted 20,000 people to her first campaign rally in Oakland.

But the early promise of her campaign eventually faded. Her law enforcement background prompted skepticism from some progressives, and she struggled to land on a consistent message that resonated with voters. Facing fundraising problems, Harris abruptly withdrew from the race in December 2019, two months before the first votes of the primary were cast.

One of Harris’ standout moments of her presidential campaign came at the expense of Biden. During a debate, Harris said Biden made “very hurtful” comments about his past work with segregationist senators and slammed his opposition to busing as schools began to integrate in the 1970s.

“There was a little girl in California who was a part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day,” she said. “And that little girl was me.”

Shaken by the attack, Biden called her comments “a mischaracterization of my position.”

The exchange resurfaced recently one of Biden’s closest friends and a co-chair of his vice presidential vetting committee, former Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, still harbors concerns about the debate and that Harris hadn’t expressed regret. The comments attributed to Dodd and first reported by Politico drew condemnation, especially from influential Democratic women who said Harris was being held to a standard that wouldn’t apply to a man running for president.

Some Biden confidants said Harris’ campaign attack did irritate the former vice president, who had a friendly relationship with her. Harris was also close with Biden’s late son, Beau, who served as Delaware attorney general while she held the same post in California.

But Biden and Harris have since returned to a warm relationship.

“Joe has empathy, he has a proven track record of leadership and more than ever before we need a president of the United States who understands who the people are, sees them where they are, and has a genuine desire to help and knows how to fight to get us where we need to be,” Harris said at an event for Biden earlier this summer.

At the same event, she bluntly attacked Trump, labeling him a “drug pusher” for his promotion of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the coronavirus, which has not been proved to be an effective treatment and may even be more harmful. After Trump tweeted “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” in response to protests about the death of George Floyd, a Black man, in police custody, Harris said his remarks “yet again show what racism looks like.”

Harris has taken a tougher stand on policing since Floyd’s killing. She co-sponsored legislation in June that would ban police from using chokeholds and no-knock warrants, set a national use-of-force standard and create a national police misconduct registry, among other things. It would also reform the qualified immunity system that shields officers from liability.

The list included practices Harris did not vocally fight to reform while leading California’s Department of Justice. Although she required DOJ officers to wear body cameras, she did not support legislation mandating it statewide. And while she now wants independent investigations of police shootings, she didn’t support a 2015 California bill that would have required her office to take on such cases.

“We made progress, but clearly we are not at the place yet as a country where we need to be and California is no exception,” she told The Associated Press recently. But the national focus on racial injustice now shows “there’s no reason that we have to continue to wait.”

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As Election Day nears, it’s not just about winning the ‘Latino vote.’ It’s about making a real connection.

As Election Day nears, it's not just about winning the 'Latino vote.' It's about making a real connection.

A sense of belonging — meaning, how society perceives you — along with feeling respected and valued — can be powerful forces to mobilize or discourage voting.

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To be Latino during an election season can feel like landing on a movie set of a suspenseful, high-stakes drama. It’s a story of contradictions. You are a star of the show — Latinos are projected to become the largest, nonwhite racial or ethnic electorate in 2020 — but it is usually set to a predictable, one-note soundtrack: “immigration, immigration, immigration.” An audience of pundits dissects the “Latino vote,” while advocates recite well-rehearsed lines: “Latinos are not a monolith. Ignoring the Latino vote will cost candidates at the polls.”

And perhaps the only reason the Latino vote narrative captivates political writers, pundits and especially candidates is because they want to know: “How does the story end?”

Related: Getting out the vote for the 2020 election: Lessons from Bernie Sanders’ Latino outreach

Sure, action sequences turn on whether Democrats can rally Latinos or whether an incumbent president, whose political emblem is a border wall, has alienated Latinos who vote for Republicans. But it’s a story that comes down to the question: Will they show up on Election Day?

The answer depends, in part, on whether our stars feel like heroines on camera or specimens under a microscope, and whether they feel they are part of the US electorate or outsiders: “them,” “the other.”

“It matters a great deal, especially for those who are not politicized who have not developed an interest to engage or desire to engage with politics.”

Angela X. Ocampo, author 

“It matters a great deal, especially for those who are not politicized who have not developed an interest to engage or desire to engage with politics,” said Angela X. Ocampo, author of the forthcoming book, “Politics of Inclusion: A Sense of Belonging and Latino Political Participation.”

Before our stars became Latino voters, say researchers and voting rights advocates, daily experiences informed their enthusiasm for casting a ballot. To reach the ballot box, Latinos often must first traverse a battlefield of messages from the political left and right that casts Latinos as the perennial outsider. They will have shielded themselves from media coverage often portrays Latinos as rootless newcomers and asks that all-too-familiar question: “Where are you from?” Which presumes that the answer is: “Not here.” They will have faced a barrage of rejecting encounters, with nearly 38% of Latinos reported to the Pew Research Center in 2018 that they had been told to “go back,” chastised for speaking Spanish, or been on the receiving end of offensive slurs in the previous year. They will have pushed through the psychological impact of violent events, such as the 2019 mass shooting in El Paso, which was provoked by racist backlash against Latinos as a growing political force in Texas.

Related: The pandemic upended this Latino teen’s senior year. Now it’s upended his politics.

“After that terrible event, we were left at the mercy of a fear created for us,” writes Ilia Calderón, a national news anchor for Univision, in her new memoir, “My Time to Speak: Reclaiming Ancestry and Confronting Race.” The fear extended far beyond El Paso or Texas, beyond Mexicans and Mexican Americans, reaching Calderón, an Afro Latina thousands of miles away in Miami and but to Latinos across the country.

“We already had to deal with how the color of our skin makes some look at us a certain way when we walk into a store, what it means to be a woman walking around certain areas at certain times, but now we have to add our papers, last names, or nationality to the mix,” Calderón said.

From these experiences, “many Latinos in the U.S. learn that their standing in the U.S. social fabric is limited and below that of others,” writes researcher Ocampo, adding that it holds true for people whose roots run generations deep, or who arrived decades ago and raised their children.

A sense of belonging — meaning, how society perceives you — along with feeling respected and valued — can be powerful forces to mobilize or discourage voting. In his eulogy for the late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis on July 30, former President Barack Obama said a central strategy to voter suppression is to convince people to “stop believing in your own power.”

Though Latinos possess a strong American identity, researchers have found Latinos register a lower sense of belonging than whites but slightly higher than Blacks. And given the nation’s racist hierarchy, Latinos, who can be of any race, with darker skin have a more tenuous sense of belonging than lighter-skinned Latinos. In 2018, the Pew Research Center found that following the election of Donald Trump, 49% of Latinos had “serious concerns” about the security of their place in the US. The implications can be significant. Ocampo found that a strong belief in belonging to US society can change the probability of voting by up to 10%, translating into tens of thousands of votes.

Demographics, though, seem to have little effect. Even in a state like Texas, where Latinos will soon become the largest demographic, they are underrepresented in nearly all areas of leadership. A forthcoming, statewide study by the Texas Organizing Project about Latinos’ relationship with the electoral system turned up a solid strain of unbelonging, particularly among working-class Latinos in urban areas.

“We are an ‘other.’ We still feel it,” said Crystal Zermeno, director of electoral strategy for the Texas Organizing Project.

That perception becomes a challenge when trying to convince eligible voters that the ballot box belongs to them.

“A lot of times working-class Latinos, they feel like voting is for other people. It’s not where they belong.”

Crystal Zermeno, Texas Organizing Project

“A lot of times working-class Latinos, they feel like voting is for other people. It’s not where they belong.”

Political campaigns may run on promises of better access to health care, tighter border security and help with college tuition. But to get the message across, candidates and parties need to make an authentic connection.

“I needed to make an emotional connection with an old, angry, white, Jewish man from Vermont [Sanders] with a demographic with an average age of 27, to say, ‘I understand your plight,’” said Chuck Rocha, a senior adviser during Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign effort to turn out Latino voters and recently released the book, “Tío Bernie: The Inside Story of How Bernie Sanders Brought Latinos into the Political Revolution.”

Sanders’ immigrant roots may have opened a door. But the connection comes from communicating, “You are part of our community and we’re part of your community,” Rocha said.

Related: Trump, Biden boost efforts to reach Texas Latino voters

Belonging, or at least the semblance of it, is a tool that Republicans use — including President Trump. With Trump’s “build that wall” chant; fixation on border security, and derogatory references to asylum-seekers and other migrants, Trump has drawn clear and powerful boundaries on belonging. Contained within his rhetoric, rallies and campaign videos is a choreography for performing American identity, patriotism and citizenship.

“Who do you like more, the country or the Hispanics?” Trump asked Steve Cortes, a supporter and Hispanic Advisory Council member, during a 2019 rally in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. During his 2020 State of the Union Address, Trump momentarily paused his typical vilification of asylum-seekers and other migrants to recognize one Latino: Raul Ortiz, the newly appointed deputy chief of the US Border Patrol  — a servant of surveillance.

“He’s putting forth a clear version of what it means to belong and not to belong and who is a threat and not a threat,” said Geraldo Cadava, author of “The Hispanic Republicans: The shaping of An American Political Identity from Nixon to Trump.”

In the long term, Cadava says, Trump’s strategy is untenable because of the demographic direction of the nation. But in the immediate term, it is meant to rally his base and solidify support among voters in key states. Inviting Robert Unanue, CEO of Goya Foods, a major food brand favored by Latinos, to the White House in July, provoked backlash when the CEO praised the president. Still, for Latino Republican voters, it suggested that the White House is open to them.

This, combined with a weeklong, Hispanic outreach campaign that centered on promises to play up Latino business opportunities, in the eyes of Trump’s supporters, Cadava said, “he looks like a perfectly electable candidate.” It’s an image tailored for an existing base, which stands in contrast to the scene of Trump tossing rolls of paper towels to survivors of Hurricane Maria.

Overtures of belonging can also be seen in a move by Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican of Texas, who is up for reelection, to co-sponsor legislation to fund a National Museum of the American Latino. But advocates warn such messages ring hollow when matched with policies. Cornyn, a Trump supporter and lieutenant to Sen. Mitch McConnell, has aggressively backed repealing the Affordable Care Act even though his state has the highest uninsured rate in the nation — 60% of the uninsured are Latino. With news coverage of Latinos generally centered on border and immigration issues, and 30% of Latinos reported being contacted by a candidate or party, according to a poll by Latino Decisions, the lasting image is likely a photograph of a museum. This may explain why Cornyn is 10 points behind his Democratic challenger. To this, some say Democrats have failed to summon a vision of the nation that includes Latinos.

“We [Latinos] are part of the America, the problem is we haven’t made them part of the public policy and politics of our country because we don’t spend the time to reach out and make the connection to that community.” 

Chuck Rocha, senior adviser during Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign

“We [Latinos] are part of the America, the problem is we haven’t made them part of the public policy and politics of our country because we don’t spend the time to reach out and make the connection to that community,” said Rocha, who led a campaign by Sanders that scored record turnout among Latinos.

Related: This young Afro Latino teacher and voter wants to be a model for his students

Missing in American politics for Latinos is “a showman, somebody who stands up and who isn’t afraid of consequences to stand for our community the way [Trump] stands for racist rednecks. We haven’t seen that.”

Left is a roadmap of patriotism, of citizenship that positions Latinos in a neverending border checkpoint, not located in South Texas or Arizona, but built around the notion of an American.

“There are these tests being administered to see where these people are going to fit in the greater scheme of things if we have to deal with them,” said Antonio Arellano, acting executive director of Jolt Institute, a voter mobilization organization in Texas. “Patriotism can be displayed in many different ways, this administration has tainted nationalism by dipping it into the red cold racist filled paint that has been emblematic of America’s darkest moment in history.”

In a scathing opinion piece for The New York Times, Alejandra Gomez and Tomás Robles Jr., co-founders of Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) accused political leaders of deserting Latino Arizonans, leaving them as scapegoats to a right-wing political agenda that was built on excluding and attacking immigrants and Latinos.

“The thing is, people want community. They want to belong to something that helps them make sense of the political world,” they wrote. “But they don’t trust politics or Democrats because both have failed them.” 

While unbelonging may drive some people from the polls, it can also be a mobilizing force.

Following the 1990s’ anti-Latino and anti-immigrant campaign in California, that resulted in policies, such as denying education and housing to undocumented imigrants political groups harnessed the outrage and pain among Latinos in that state. In the 2000s, facing deportation, the young Latinos known as the “Dreamers” transformed their noncitizen status into a political asset and became a reckoning force across the nation. Millennials, in particular, reported to Ocampo their outsider status was a catalyzing force for political participation.

LUCHA and other advocacy groups have provided something candidates and parties have not: belonging. “We are reminding them and they are true leaders in our community, creating spaces to be themselves authentically in the world,” Gomez told me.

These advocacy groups have become a political force in Arizona, backing progressive candidates and galvanizing Latinos, not by stoking party loyalty but as “independent power organizations,” Gomez told me. In a state where Latinos are nearly a quarter of eligible voters, LUCHA and other groups helped roll back anti-immigrant laws and elected community leaders and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema to the US Senate by promoting a platform created not by a party, but by their community.

In late summer, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, made belonging a central feature in “The Biden Agenda for the Latino Community.”

“President Trump’s assault on Latino dignity started on the very first day of his campaign. … Trump’s strategy is to sow division — to cast out Latinos as being less than fully American.” 

“The Biden Agenda for the Latino Community”

“President Trump’s assault on Latino dignity started on the very first day of his campaign. … Trump’s strategy is to sow division — to cast out Latinos as being less than fully American,” it says.

Biden’s agenda includes a host of policy offerings including a public option for health care, immigration reform and addressing climate change. It remains to be seen if that’s enough, if the strategy will amount to policies wrapped up in an anti-Trump message. And this brings to mind a critical point that Rocha made about appealing to Latino voters: Latinos changed Sanders himself, by courting them he gained a more complete portrait of the nation. Belonging, after all, is reciprocal.

Come Election Day, whether someone coming off a double shift or mourning family members who died in a pandemic, or a student facing down a deadline for a paper will take a few hours — Latinos stand in lines that are twice as long as whites — a ballot cast will be the end result of a long journey, an epic drama that began long before a campaign season. 

John Bolton: Trump doesn’t understand ‘the gravity of responsibility’

John Bolton: Trump doesn’t understand ‘the gravity of responsibility’

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US President Donald Trump made controversial remarks Tuesday about the nature of a major explosion in Beirut. The blast has been blamed on several tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse in Beirut’s port.

But Trump indicated the explosion was an attack. 

“I met with some of our great generals and they just seem to feel that it was not some kind of manufacturing explosion type of event. This was a — it seems to be according to them, they would know better than I would — but they seem to think it was an attack. It was a bomb of some kind,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday.

This type of convoluted, often erroneous messaging is detailed in a book by Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, released in June titled, “The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir.

The volume, published over objections from the White House, provides an insider account of Trump’s “inconsistent, scattershot decision-making process,” according to the publisher. Bolton was fired by Trump last September amid simmering differences on a wide array of foreign policy challenges.

The World’s host Marco Werman spoke with Bolton about Trump’s response to the Beirut crisis; his order to pull 12,000 troops out of Germany, and the geopolitical consequences of Trump’s decision-making style. 

Related: Nicholas Burns: Bolton allegations on Trump ‘as damaging as any in modern American history’

Marco Werman: Are you surprised when you hear your former boss make that sort of comment that doesn’t later align with what seem to be the facts on the ground?

John Bolton: I don’t think that the gravity of the responsibility really weighs on him that much. I don’t think he fully understands it. So, it’s perfectly natural that he makes comments like the comment about the destruction in Beirut, or saying that maybe Microsoft should pay a fee to the US Treasury if he allows them to proceed with the purchase of TikTok’s US assets, or what he said this morning in an interview that it could be years before the November election is decided and his earlier comment that maybe the election should be delayed. 

These are incredible things for a president to say. And whether they are motivated by his own personal interest or just an inability to discipline his comments, it’s still very disturbing.

Well, let’s come back to that in a moment, how he functions and behaves. I want to get to the troops in Germany and President Trump’s order to pull 12,000 of them. You said the decision showed “a broad lack of strategic understanding.” What do you think the president does not understand about these troops, about what they represent in that part of the globe?

If anything, we should be increasing our deployments in Europe and in different places because of the threat that Russia poses in Eastern and Central Europe and the Baltics. The president himself gave his reasons for moving these troops, over half of whom will come back to the United States. And it was to penalize Germany for our trade deficit with Germany and for Germany not making progress toward the NATO target of spending 2% of its GDP on defense.

Do you see that as a legitimate move, to pull troops to punish Germany?

Of course, it’s not legitimate, but it’s the way Donald Trump operates. He’s not able to in many, many cases to distinguish his own personal interests and feelings from the national interest. He sees them essentially as the same thing. So for him, it’s legitimate to do. And apparently his advisers were not successful in talking him out of that.

So, if Trump wants to reduce troop numbers, US troop numbers in Germany, where else is he thinking about doing that? In South Korea? There are more than 23,000 troops there.

Well, I think if he wins a second term and is free of the political constraint of having to be elected again or depending on Republican majorities in Congress, really it’s hard to predict what he would do. He has said in recent days that the number of troops in Afghanistan is going to go below even the 8,600 that he announced when he announced the so-called peace deal with the Taliban. I think his number was between 4,000-5,000. And that’s on the way to zero. I think that’s a huge mistake that causes real risk for the United States if Afghanistan returns to its pre-9/11 status under the Taliban as a host for terrorist groups who could strike us or our friends around the world.

This is not anything like a well-thought-out strategy, and it’s not necessarily going to happen all at because he doesn’t think systematically. But it’s indicative of what may happen if he succeeds in winning a second term.

So, just how the White House functions with Trump: Does he see others around him as being the ones responsible for grasping the geopolitical implications of big decisions and just giving him bullet points on his options? Or is it that he can’t grasp them? You wrote that Trump once asked if Finland was part of Russia.

Well, I don’t think he’s very well-informed. And I think that means almost automatically he doesn’t really see the bigger implications. But even more disturbing than that, he’s not especially interested in learning. What you expect from a president is that he will become familiar with the issues and the background in areas that were not part of his own personal experience so that his decisions can be as fully informed as possible. And Trump just shows no interest in that.

It’s, I think, demonstrated by his disdain, almost, for intelligence briefings and his feelings that his gut really is the place where the decisions are made. He sizes people up. He sees decisions in personal terms, doesn’t need extensive briefings, and he gets things quickly and he makes his decision. And, you know, further study really isn’t necessary.

He gets things quickly. Does he always get them right?

Well, no, of course not. And I think it’s dangerous to think that, let’s say, in connection with the nuclear talks now underway with Russia to decide what to do as the New START treaty comes to an expiration point next year, if he’s still in office, what his thoughts are on what the appropriate strategic weapons capability for the United States ought to be because he doesn’t study that either.

Do you view his response to the pandemic as a national security concern?

I do. I think he’s failed. I think he in the early days did not want to hear anything critical of China, even though NSC staffers and the Centers for Disease Control staffers in early January were sounding the alarm because he didn’t want to concede that the pandemic, as it turned out to be, could have a dramatically negative impact on the US economy and therefore his ticket to reelection. I think we’ve all suffered the consequences as a result. And you know, his attitude toward China, his rhetoric, at least now, is very harsh. The administration has taken some tough steps, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins a second term. After the election, he’ll be right back on the phone with Xi Jinping talking about the trade deal.

And now the current national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, has tested positive for COVID-19. Does it surprise you that the virus has traveled that close to the Oval Office?

It doesn’t because I think they weren’t taking adequate protections. We have to hope it doesn’t spread further. You don’t want the top decision-makers of the country incapacitated.

Finally, you’ve said on several occasions that Donald Trump is unfit to be president. What do you mean by unfit? And where does that concern take you?

Well, I don’t think he fully understands the office or what it entails. He doesn’t consider the consequences of his decisions. He doesn’t proceed on the basis of philosophy or grand strategy or even consistent policy. And I think in the national security space, that’s very, very dangerous. I think the country can recover from the damage that Trump has done in his first term, actually fairly quickly. But I’m more worried about the corrosive effects of two Trump terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

The makings of modern conservatism in the US

The makings of modern conservatism in the US

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The Republican Party has a reputation for being the party of small government — of keeping bureaucrats out of our lives, homes, and churches. Indeed, President Donald Trump has spent several weeks advocating for the end of the government-sanctioned quarantine in order to reopen the economy. However, the Republican party didn’t always embrace the idea of a whittled-down state.

According to Kathryn Olmsted, professor of history at the University of California Davis, and author of “Right Out of California: The 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism,” up until about a century ago, conservative business owners saw themselves as allies with the government. The relationship was symbiotic, and corporations viewed the federal government as beneficial to business.

“Corporate agribusiness was used to relying on the government to help it control its workers,” Olmsted said. “And it was very much in favor of a strong government because it was a strong government that built the dams and irrigation canals and tunnels and roads that it needed.”

Related: ‘Farming While Black’: Cultivating justice in upstate New York

In the 1930s, though, a shift began. As Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal began encouraging the formation of unions, the government suddenly became the enemy.

There was an irony to this: Despite misconceptions in the fields, the federal government did not actually aim to extend union protections to farm workers. Instead, they got a helping hand from somewhere else.

“The more conventional union leaders, the American Federation of Labor, they were not interested in trying to organize the farm workers,” Olmsted said. “So, who was left to organize them? It was the Communist Party, which had an ideological commitment to the idea of organizing the least privileged members of society in hopes of turning them into a revolutionary force.” 

Agribusiness watched their workers go on strike and saw their positive relationship with the government crumble.

Related: How immigrant workers are preparing for automation in agriculture

“The corporate growers in California began to sort of wake up and say, ‘This whole program, which at first we thought was fine because we were getting agricultural subsidies and we were getting more infrastructure projects, we see the government now as a force for evil instead of a force for protecting the markets,’” Olmsted said.

With this realization, California conservatives began to organize against the labor movement to great effect. Some of the tactics that were created in this era are still employed today. There was fake news, a brand-new political consulting firm, and even dark money at play. Olmstead said that conservatives claimed that FDR was a threat to traditional gender and racial hierarchies, that he was “friendly to communistic ideas,” and that he would destroy the family and the church as they knew it.

Despite these new political maneuvers (which did win big elections for conservatives at the time), Olmsted said that modern historians have largely thought the “Old Right” of the 1930s, which championed isolationism and nationalism, had lost. But today, the echoes of the “Old Right” aren’t hard to find in our politics. While there’s been a split in conservatism, where neo-conservatives are largely divorced from the anti-semitic and nationalist roots of the 1930s, there are also paleo-conservatives who stay closer to the original Great-Depression approach. 

Related: US migrant farmworkers deemed essential but lack protections

“The ‘Never Trump’ conservatives, I think, oppose Trump now because they see him as the direct heir of the conservatives that I write about in the 1930s. That he’s more of a paleo-conservative than a neo-conservative, and he’s not a betrayal of the conservative movement; he’s a betrayal of the neo-conservative movement,” Olmsted said.

Today, there are some who see “big-government conservatives” gaining power in the party, but it may be that the current White House shows the impact of the past.

Sarah Leeson is associate producer on Innovation Hub. Find her on Twitter at @sarahbration.

Lockdowns in Germany; Trump considering moving US troops from Germany to Poland; The Democratic Republic of Congo declares Ebola outbreak over

Lockdowns in Germany; Trump considering moving US troops from Germany to Poland; The Democratic Republic of Congo declares Ebola outbreak over

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Germany’s populous Guetersloh and Warendorf regions became the first in the country to return to strict restrictions against the coronavirus, angering many residents. The lockdown measures enacted yesterday are meant to halt an outbreak in the northwest of Germany after more than 1,500 workers at the Toennies meatpacking plant tested positive for the virus. Another outbreak at a meat-processing factory in Wildeshausen alarmed health authorities with 23 people testing positive. Bavaria announced a ban on the roughly 640,000 residents from Guetersloh and Warendorf from entering the southern German state and Austria has issued a travel warning.

News of the lockdown in Germany comes as US President Donald Trump announced he’s considering moving some of the 9,500 US troops he’s pulling from Germany to Poland. Trump previously blindsided US allies in the region in announcing the withdrawal of troops from Germany. Yesterday’s comments from Trump came during a visit with Polish President Andrzej Duda at the White House — a meeting with no clear official purpose that appeared aimed at boosting Duda’s chances to win in Poland’s Sunday elections.

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The Democratic Republic of Congo said today that the Ebola outbreak in the east of the country is over. The outbreak, which killed 2,280 people over nearly two years, is the second deadliest Ebola outbreak on record. The end of the epidemic there may offer lessons as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sergei Khrushchev, the son of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, died on June 18 at his home in Rhode Island at the age of 84. The former Soviet rocket scientist moved to the US before the collapse of the Soviet Union to lecture at Brown University and became a naturalized US citizen in 1999. The World spoke to Khrushchev last year about the US-Soviet space race.

And while Germany is facing a new test to contain an outbreak of the coronavirus, France and the UK are starting to loosen restrictions.  The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre are set to reopen after lockdown, and pubs in England will open their doors — though likely not to Americans.

Black history is ‘integral part’ of British culture, says Black Curriculum founder

A teacher reads children a story on the grounds of St. Dunstan’s College junior school as some schools reopen following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London, Britain, June 1, 2020.

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What do students learn in the classroom about race and history? In the UK, an organization called The Black Curriculum has been pushing for Black history to be taught nationwide.

How Russia laid the groundwork for future disinformation campaigns

Russian BMPT armored fighting vehicles drive during the Victory Day Parade in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, June 24, 2020. The military parade, marking the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, was scheduled for May 9, but postponed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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In one chapter of her new book, “How to Lose the Information War,” Nina Jankowicz describes how relocating the Bronze Soldier statue in Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, exposed divisions between Russian speakers and Estonians. The Bronze Soldier was a controversial Soviet World War II memorial, which also served as a reminder to many of the 50 years Estonia spent under Soviet occupation. 

Jankowicz spoke with The World’s Marco Werman about how this controversy made Estonia vulnerable to a cyberattack over a decade ago that laid some of the groundwork for Russia’s future disinformation campaigns.

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Following the restoration work to Elías García Martínez’s Ecce Homo resulting in the infamous Monkey Jesus at a church in Borja, Spain, the country now has another painting debacle on its hands.

Experts call for regulation after latest botched art restoration in Spain.

Immaculate Conception painting by Murillo reportedly cleaned by furniture restorer. https://t.co/YjtgTSohWB pic.twitter.com/iIkBDsKEkm

— Ticia Verveer (@ticiaverveer) June 23, 2020In case you missed itListen: Trump’s visa ban has technology companies worried

US President Donald Trump talks to reporters before boarding Marine One helicopter from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, June 23, 2020.

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US President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order targeting several visa programs for foreign workers, including programs US tech companies rely on to hire highly skilled foreign workers. Experts say changes to the H-1B and other programs will push those workers, and potential innovation, to other parts of the world. And, the Lebanese economy is tanking, which has put tens of thousands of domestic workers in a tough situation. Also, a new exhibit at Spain’s Cervantes Institute looks at some of the most important — but largely ignored — women writers of Spain’s 16th and 17th centuries.

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Will Voice of America’s new Trump pick protect the agency’s independence?

Will Voice of America’s new Trump pick protect the agency’s independence?

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The Voice of America (VOA) got its start in 1942 during World War II, with the aim to provide news in more than 40 languages to nearly 300 million people around the globe. 

It’s a US taxpayer-funded agency, and its charter insists that its journalism be “accurate, objective and comprehensive.” 

President Donald Trump has not been a big fan of VOA. At an April 15 White House news briefing, the president lambasted VOA’s coverage — especially on its treatment of the coronavirus in China: “If you heard what’s coming out of the Voice of America, it’s disgusting. What — things they say are disgusting toward our country,” Trump said. 

Related: Violence toward journalists is rising around the world

Now, Trump has picked Michael Pack to head the broadcast agency. Pack, who has been confirmed by the Senate, is a close ally of conservative political strategists including Steve Bannon, once a top aide to Trump and former executive chairman of the right-wing website Breitbart News. Meanwhile, two top VOA officials resigned this week

David Ensor, a radio and TV journalist who headed up the VOA from 2011-2015, talks with The World’s host Marco Werman about what lies ahead for the taxpayer-funded media outlet. 

Related: Journalist Maria Ressa says democracies are fragile

Marco Werman: First of all, David, about this new pick to run the VOA, Michael Pack. He is an ally of former White House strategist Steve Bannon. What else is Michael Pack known for, and what is his vision for VOA?

David Ensor: Well, he’s a documentarian. He did a recent documentary on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. He’s on the right, politically. No surprise there. But we really don’t know what his plans are — if he has them. He did say in his hearings that he would honor the charter of the Voice of America that sets up a firewall protecting VOA’s independence from the rest of the government.

There were two top VOA officials who stepped down this week. Why?

I don’t know why they’ve resigned just now, but I presume they feel that the era of a Trump appointee running the agency is not one they want to be part of.

There are reports about Michael Pack misusing funds at the Public Media Lab and diverting them to his own organization. Is that something that the two VOA officials who stepped down this week were incensed with?

No, I don’t think so. That was an issue that Senator [Bob] Menendez, the ranking Democrat in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was looking into and was concerned about. And I don’t know all the details, but it was an allegation of financial impropriety. Menendez said that there ought to be fully looked into and he shouldn’t be voted on before it was. But the chairman went ahead and held a vote. And then, of course, it went through the full Senate.

President Trump, as I said earlier, has never been a big backer of VOA. In recent months, he’s really been lashing out at VOA, criticizing it for, among other things, its coverage of China during the coronavirus outbreak. What has VOA been doing that’s really gotten under Trump’s skin?

Well, the White House suggested that VOA had praised the way China has handled the pandemic, which, in my understanding, is simply not true. There were all sorts of reports on Voice of America in Mandarin and other languages about the many problems, about the period of weeks, if not months, in which the Chinese hid how serious the problem was. Unfortunately, we have a president who lies a lot.

There are a lot of things that Trump has revealed since he came into office about what he does not understand about the federal government. Do you have a sense that he does not understand what VOA is or supposed to be?

Well, I think a lot of Americans don’t really understand Voice of America. They think it’s a Cold War relic, no longer relevant. It’s extremely relevant. Its audience has grown dramatically in the last 10 years, because I think people are looking for reliable news sources.

What do you see coming in the months ahead for VOA? Can it avoid becoming a mouthpiece of the White House?

I hope so. It depends very much on Mr. Pack’s approach.

Interesting scenario. What will happen if Joe Biden clinches the presidency while VOA could potentially be staffed by executives who have more in common with Breitbart news?

Well, if that were to happen, I would hope that the new president’s people would move fairly quickly to replace those individuals. Breitbart is not an objective news source. I’m all for a variety of voices coming from different perspectives, but there’s such a thing as facts and news organizations that don’t try to get the facts right, I don’t have a lot of respect for.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Reuters contributed to this report. 

Twitter purges state-backed disinformation accounts; US sanctions ICC staff, Syria

Twitter purges state-backed disinformation accounts; US sanctions ICC staff, Syria

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Twitter has purged and archived more than 32,000 accounts linked to state-backed disinformation operations coming out of China, Russia and Turkey. All of the accounts have been removed for violations of Twitter’s platform manipulation policies, which prevent users from utilizing the platform “to artificially amplify or suppress information or engage in behavior that manipulates or disrupts people’s experience.”

Nearly 24,000 of the accounts Twitter purged were removed for pushing “deceptive narratives” about Hong Kong and “spreading geopolitical narratives favorable to the Communist Party of China.” The social media platform also removed more than 1,100 accounts linked to Russian state-backed political propaganda promoting President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party, and more than 7,300 accounts targeting users in Turkey with narratives favoring President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his party.

Earlier this week, the European Commission blamed Russia and China for engaging in “targeted influence operations and disinformation campaigns,” with the goal of undermining democracies and projecting distorted views of China’s response to the pandemic. The commission called on social media companies to report monthly on how they are addressing COVID-19 misinformation. 

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In an attempt to strong-arm the International Criminal Court and undermine an investigation into possible US war crimes, the Trump administration has authorized sanctions and new visa restrictions on ICC personnel. The tribunal has called the move “an unacceptable attempt to interfere with the rule of law and the Court’s judicial proceedings.” 

And in Syria, where the currency has fallen 70% since April, new US anti-war crimes sanctions could squeeze what remains of the country’s economy, devastating Syrians facing a horrific war and critical food shortages. In neighboring Lebanon, there are increased calls for the government to resign as the currency there depreciated by more than 25% in two days, and protesters took to the streets in some of the most widespread demonstrations in months.

Meanwhile, after countries and states pushed reopening, some are seeing concerning spikes in COVID-19 infections. More than 7.5 million people are confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 — and more than 2 million of those cases are in the US. 

 

Also: What South Africa can teach the US about racial justice and reconciliation

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A massive Asian drug bust has stirred a fentanyl mystery

Barrels of chemicals seized from a drug lab in northern Myanmar.

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A recent bust on the Myanmar-China border was too massive to fit inside any room. The police had to spread out their haul in a pasture. The seizure netted 18 tons of meth, mostly in the form of tiny pink pills, nearly 200 million of them stuffed into bulging sacks. But the story behind the raid is quite messy — one involving double-crossing traffickers, Chinese mafia and even the White House.

This Zimbabwe rom-com could be your next Netflix binge

Tendai Ryan Nguni and Tendaiishe Chitima star as Prince and Anesu in the Zimbabwean film, “Cook Off.”

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Sometimes, you just need to kick back in front of the TV and watch a rom-com. Here’s a suggestion: “Cook Off.” It’s the story of a single mom who enters a TV cooking competition that might just change her life. And last week, it became the first film from Zimbabwe to get picked up by Netflix.

“It’s a huge milestone for Zimbabwe,” the film’s producer Joe Njagu told The World. “It’s the first time ever a film from this side has been seen on such a platform. For us, we see this as a chance to introduce Zimbabwean films to the world.”

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Who knew bath time could be so much fun? 🐼🛀

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— Back To Nature (@backt0nature) June 11, 2020In case you missed itListen: The coronavirus crisis is pushing millions into extreme poverty

The coronavirus pandemic could set the planet back on decades worth of progress in securing access to food for millions of people living in poverty. And, protests against police brutality and racism in the US and elsewhere are resonating in South Africa, which has its own complicated history of police violence. Also, Russian emergency teams are still working to contain an oil spill in the Arctic before it reaches the Atlantic Ocean.

 

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Never before have threats to US democracy been so grave, says political scientist

Never before have threats to US democracy been so grave, says political scientist

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US President Donald Trump holds up a Bible as he stands in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church across from the White House after walking there for a photo opportunity during ongoing protests over racial inequality in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody, at the White House in Washington, DC, June 1, 2020.

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Tensions over race may seem at an all-time high, following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who perished while in police custody in Minneapolis. But what makes this moment of national unrest especially significant, in a country with a long history of racial division, is that racism has become a threat to our democracy, according to scholars such as Suzanne Mettler, a professor of government at Cornell University.  

It has “been like this underground stream through all of American history. It’s always there, kind of waiting to be tapped, and sometimes it comes to the surface more than others,” explained Mettler. 

In this instance, racial conflict has been layered on top of an already deeply-polarized political system, “with one side insisting upon law and order … and the other side saying we need racial equality in the United States and police brutality is a huge problem and it’s against what the United States is supposed to stand for,” said Mettler. 

Related: Systems of oppression in health care long made ‘invisible,’ Harvard prof says

She believes the way US President Donald Trump has used racial divisions for political gain, is similar to a period in the 1890s when the Democratic Party — with the support of white supremacists — tried to dominate the political scene in the South. In the mixed-race community of Wilmington, North Carolina, the results were far from pretty. There was rampant voter fraud followed by a coup d’état and a massacre on November 10, 1898.

The true story of the massacre was not told in student history books, according to David Zucchino, the author of  “Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy.” He went to high school and college in North Carolina but never heard about the tragic events in Wilmington until the hundredth anniversary of the coup.

The story is of great interest to Mettler, who has also written about it, because of the way in which democracy was curtailed in Wilmington — much as it had been in the 1790s and in the lead up to the Civil War, during the Great Depression, during Watergate and now, she explained.

Mettler, the co-author with Robert Lieberman of Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy, has identified four issues that have historically undermined American democracy. For the first time in US history, all four factors: expansive presidential power, political polarization, rising economic inequality and racism or nativism, are at play at the same time, the authors claim.

Related: The slow burn of a long-term slowdown

While the threats are not new, they are convinced that their confluence under Trump has led to the weakening of the very necessary checks and balances built into our political system. The pillars of American democracy, including the rule of law, the legitimacy of opposition and free and fair elections, are under attack now like never before, Mettler explained. 

She is especially concerned about the forthcoming presidential election because of the added crisis of the coronavirus pandemic. “There’s just a lot more opportunity for politicians to then play with electoral rules and procedures in ways that could help them to gain advantage,” Mettler said.

The political scientist fears there could be hotly contested results in November and even violence. If Trump is re-elected, Mettler predicts damage to the integrity of civil rights and liberties and potentially the emergence of a so-called “competitive authoritarian regime” which only bears the “outer look of democracy.”

The fate of the country’s future has also been on the mind of presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden who — in a recent speech in Philadelphia in which he criticized the president for his response to the protests against police brutality — condemned him for “sweeping away all the guardrails that have long protected our democracy.”

At the same time, Biden tried to offer hope by recalling how, during some of the darkest moments of despair in US history, the nation has made some of the greatest progress. Still, it may be a while before we can see what progress, if any, comes from this difficult moment.

Elizabeth Ross is the senior producer of Innovation Hub. Follow her on Twitter: @eross6

Fauci says leak concerns fueled his White House revelation of Gilead drug results

Fauci says leak concerns fueled his White House revelation of Gilead drug results

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Concerns over leaks compelled the top US infectious disease official, Dr. Anthony Fauci in the Oval Office on Wednesday, to reveal positive data on Gilead Sciences experimental drug remdesivir, the first in a scientifically rigorous clinical trial to show benefit in treating COVID-19.

The dramatic announcement by Fauci prompted concerns among scientists that the Trump administration was raising hopes about a coronavirus treatment before sharing the full data with researchers.

As a cautionary example of inflating the potential value of a therapy, some pointed to President Donald Trump’s repeated endorsements of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment, with no evidence that it works.

Newer data suggests the malaria treatments may carry significant risks for some sufferers of the respiratory disease caused by the virus.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which is running the trial, said he took the first opportunity to get the word out that patients taking a dummy treatment or placebo should be switched to remdesivir in hopes of benefiting from it.

He expressed concern that leaks of partial information would lead to confusion. Since the White House was not planning a daily virus briefing, Fauci said he was invited to release the news at a news conference with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.       

“It was purely driven by ethical concerns,” Fauci told Reuters in a telephone interview. “I would love to wait to present it at a scientific meeting, but it’s just not in the cards when you have a situation where the ethical concern about getting the drug to people on placebo dominates the conversation.”         

An independent data safety and monitoring board, which had looked at the preliminary results of the NIAID trial, determined it had met its primary goal of reducing hospital stays.

On Tuesday evening, that information was conveyed in a conference call to scientists studying the drug globally.    

“There are literally dozens and dozens of investigators around the world,” Fauci said. “People were starting to leak it.” But he did not give details of where the unreported data was being shared.       

Several scientists interviewed by Reuters felt the White House setting seemed inappropriate for the release of highly anticipated government-funded trial data on the Gilead therapy.

They had expected it to be presented simultaneously in a detailed news release, a briefing at a medical meeting or in a scientific journal, allowing researchers to review the data.    

Information from various trials of remdesivir has been leaked to media in recent weeks. In a statement on Wednesday, Gilead said the NIAID’s much anticipated trial had met its primary goal, but gave no details.

Data in a separate NIAID statement after Fauci spoke detailed preliminary results showing that patients who got the drug had a 31 percent faster time to recovery than those who got a placebo, cutting hospital stays by four days.

The trial also came close to showing the drug helped people survive the disease, but the data fell just short of statistical significance.

“I want to see the full data. I want to understand the statistics. I want to understand the benefit and risk. I want to understand the structure of the study, and all of it,” said Dr. Steven Nissen, the chief academic officer at the Cleveland Clinic.

“Am I encouraged from what I’ve heard? Yes, I’m encouraged. But I want to get a full understanding of what happened here, and not get it via a photo opportunity from the Oval Office.”     

Data Gilead released on its own trial of remdesivir drew less attention, as it did not compare outcomes between those receiving therapy and those who did not.

Results from a third study in China suggesting remdesivir failed to help COVID-19 patients were released in the British medical journal the Lancet after review by a peer group of scientists.        

“That’s the only thing I’ll hang my hat on, and that was negative,” said Dr. Eric Topol, director and founder of the Scripps Research Translational Institute in La Jolla, California.    

He was unimpressed by remdesivir’s modest benefit.

“It was expected to be a whopping effect,” Topol added. “It clearly does not have that.”    

At the Oval Office news conference, Fauci compared the study findings to AZT, the first drug to show any benefit against HIV, decades ago.    

“We know that was an imperfect drug. It was the first step,” Fauci said in the interview.

“Similar to AZT, it’s (remdesivir) the first baby step towards what hopefully will be a number of better drugs that will come in and be able to treat people with COVID-19.”

By Julie Steenhuysen/Reuters

Trump to push for reopening US as millions more seek unemployment aid

Trump to push for reopening US as millions more seek unemployment aid

US President Donald Trump addresses the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, April 15, 2020.

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Despite concerns from health experts, governors and business leaders about a resurgence in cases without more testing and protocols in place, US President Donald Trump is expected to announce new guidelines to reopen the economy after a monthlong shutdown over the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump announced his decision to push states to lift stay-at-home and other restrictions that were imposed last month to halt the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus as the number of deaths in the United States approached 31,000 on Wednesday — more than any other nation.

States’ orders have also crushed the nation’s economy to levels not seen since the Great Depression nearly a century ago as a record more than 20 million Americans have sought unemployment benefits amid shuttered stores and restaurants, including another 5.2 million who filed for aid in the past week, pushing the US unemployment rate to 8.2%.

The president is scheduled to hold a call with the nation’s governors at 3 p.m. and said he would announce his plan at a news conference later on Thursday. The White House coronavirus task force is scheduled to hold its daily public briefing at 5 p.m.       

Thursday’s unemployment data comes on the heels of retail data one day earlier showing a record drop in sales and the lowest factory output since the end of the Second World War, further pressuring Trump, who had staked his re-election in November on the strength of the US economy.     

Discussion: Coronavirus conversations — taking your questions to the experts

On Wednesday, Trump said data suggested new cases have peaked and that industry leaders in a round of calls offered him good insights into how to safely restart the economy. But the head of a major union warned the president not to reopen unless worker safety can be ensured, and chief executives from some of the nation’s biggest companies told Trump more testing was needed to guarantee safety, according to multiple media reports.

“We’re in a strong place, and I can assure you that the guidance being put out today is in line with what the experts are saying, it’s in line with what the data is showing and it’s a plan to put this economy back on track,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told Fox News on Thursday.

Related: Racing to develop a drug to fight COVID-19

More than 635,000 total US cases have been reported across all 50 states. But not all states have been struck equally, as New York and others have been hit particularly hard. Even within states disparities are being seen in more urban and poorer areas.

That divide has inflamed political divisions as political leaders debate how and when to begin unwinding unprecedented lockdowns and prompting protests organized by conservative and pro-Trump groups against some state leaders who opted to keep residents at home.

Earlier this week, Trump said he had the power to override state governors who did not move to restart activity, before later saying he would work with them on their efforts to reopen.

States meanwhile are seeking $500 billion more in immediate fiscal relief from Congress to help fight the pandemic as lawmakers weigh a potential fourth coronavirus spending bill.        

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Jaden Smith – Ninety lyrics

[Part I]
[Intro]
Love
The United States and the White House, smile!

[Chorus]
Come here, mama, I know you want me
Food from the soul, I know you’re hungry
Gave you my two cents, ain’t got money, but
I’ll take you somewhere fun and tell you something funny, hey
It’s something funny, baby

[Verse 1]
When I open my eyes, I wish to see you
But your phone doesn’t ring and you’re gone all the time
Well I guess you’re somewhere with your crew
Isn’t the first time, but the worst time, and I’m feeling so blue
You sit in your room and you listen to tunes
And I’m feeling embarrassed, it’s true
You out there in Paris with who?
When I open my eyes (eyes), I wish to see you
But your phone doesn’t ring and you’re gone all the time
Well I guess you’re somewhere with your crew
I’m at the SOHO House
If you wanna come through, there’s a seat just for you
My prettiest secret, I hope that you keep it
I’m blue as a piece of the moon and I know I’ll be seeing you soon

[Bridge]
She said “Jaden, you are my soulmate”
You only say that when you’re lonely
Girl, I’m suprised you even know me, ay
I’m not gon’ fuck, but we can kick it like we homies, ay
‘Cause we just homies, baby

[Verse 2]
(Life is a puzzle)
It isn’t picture perfect
You could miss perfection in it because it is subtle
The storm is coming and it’s raining cats and dogs, stay away from all them puddles
I’m keepin’ it humble and noble
I spit that radiation like I’m Chernobyl
On Indus Valley, man, I’m in the valley, crying myself to sleep on the sofa (When you’re lonely)
I told ya I’m more than the kid with a chauffeur
Who don’t know the life of a soldier, I’m older now
The world’s a lot colder now
The MSFTS are stayin’ up, I’m tryna hold it down
They stay attackin’ us, I’ma just weep on my willow
I look what they sayin’, they playin’ as I go to sleep on my pillow
But then when I open my eyes, I wish to see you
But your phone doesn’t ring and you’re gone all the time
Well I guess you’re somewhere with your crew
This ain’t the first time, but the worst time, and I’m feeling so blue
I’m at the SOHO House
If you wanna come through, got a seat just for you
Girl, and whether you do, I ain’t proud of you so

[Chorus]
Come here, mama, I know you want me
Food from the soul, I know you’re hungry
Gave you my two cents, ain’t got money, but
I’ll take you somewhere fun and tell you something funny, hey
It’s something funny, baby

[Verse 3]
You need to stand for something or else you’ll fall for nothing
Girl, this not my country, we all come from Africa
Now we’re up to something
Girl, you’re hella grumpy
I think you’re just hungry
Cause right now you’re actin’ up
I don’t think you want me
You just want my company
While your man is—
All these girls who laugh at us
Girl, you got me running
From you, I want nothing
Cloudy days aren’t sunny

[Segue]
Girl, you make me wanna dance, dance, dance
Put me in a trance, you never wanna hold hands
But I guess I just missed the chance
Miss one text she gets pi—
(Fuck this, not recording anymore…)

[Part II]
[Bridge]
Sometimes I feel like a stone, sometimes I’m feelin’ like
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a stone, sometimes I’m feelin’ like
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a stone, sometimes I’m feelin’ like
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a slave, sometimes I’m ridin’ a wave
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a star, sometimes I feel like a star
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a star, sometimes I feel like a
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a star, sometimes I feel like a
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a star, sometimes I feel like a
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a star, sometimes I feel like a
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a star, sometimes I feel like a
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a star, sometimes I feel like a
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a star, sometimes I feel like a
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a star, star
(I’m rolling)
Sometimes I feel like a star, yeah

[Chorus]
Saying that we’ll run away
I doubt that we’ll ever go
I hope the sunset will stay
We’ve traveled too far from home
Saying that we’ll run away
I doubt that we’ll ever go
I hope the sunset will stay
We’ve traveled too far from home
Saying that we’ll run away
I really doubt that we’ll go
I hope the sunset will stay
We’ve traveled too far from home
Saying that we’ll run away
I really doubt that we’ll go
I hope the sunset will stay
We’ve traveled too far from home

[Verse]
I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna live a lie
I don’t wanna know
You could be my bride, you could let me come inside
You could be my home
I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna fantasize
I don’t wanna go
But baby, you could be the one I’m telling all my secrets when I’m all alone
Baby girl, you know I’m rollin’
Get you without any clothes, I’m focused
Our love is drowning in the ocean, hopeless
I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna fantasize
I don’t wanna know
But baby you could be the one I’m telling all my secrets when I’m all alone
Baby girl, you know I’m rollin’
Get you without any clothes, I’m focused
Our love is drowning in the ocean, hopeless
Rollin’, rollin’
Rollin’, rollin’
Baby girl, you got me rollin’
Damn out of your control and
I touch your body in the ocean
Then you feel these raw emotions

[Interlude]
Syre
Passion, Pain and Desire just like my big bro’
What you didn’t know it’s this young kid’s been in limbo
Since that gunshot wound on that hidden road
Lost, broken, invisible
But when that light gets low, he’s invincible
So much soul that he redefined inevitable
So it’ll never go
So the sun never set at all instead of setting slow
And as the legend goes Syre lived forever on
And never and forever alone, Syre

[Bridge]
I’m rollin’, I’m rollin’
I’m rollin’, I’m rollin’
Saying that we’ll run away
I doubt that we’ll ever go
I hope the sunset will stay
We traveled too far from home
Baby, we don’t need a hero
I have never been a hero
I have always been a zero
Baby, you should be the hero
Baby, you should be the hero

[Outro]
Legend says Syre still exists in the mist, in the fog
Poets say he ascended to the Gods
Skeptics say he pretended to be gone
But I say that he’s eternally lost

Black Eyed Peas – Ring The Alarm lyrics

Part 1

Wake up!

[Vesre 1: will.i.am.]
I wanna say is I’ma mothaf*ckin’ conscious
The whole world right now is f*ckin’ bonkers
The internet is the brand new conquerer
So watch out for the motherf*ckin’ monsters (yikes!)
The trolls are the [?]
Whoever controls, that daddy got the answers
They the one that got the cold to the launcher
And maybe having dinner with the folk and the mobsters
Ain’t no the cure for the cancer
Cure for the aids and they prolly kill the cancers
Put us in the cage, got us sippin’ like hamsters
Put us in the dark when I got me a lantern
Opened up my third eye, then I luminate
Willie got a bird eye view, wanna elevate
No Illuminati baby, I’m god body
The rapture like blindly wakin’ up zombies
Wake up!

[Chorus]
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Revolution time has come
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Tell the people here come the storm
Wake up
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Revolution time has come
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm

[Refrain]
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm
Wake up!

[Verse 2: Taboo & will.i.am]
A wise man said knowledge is king
Know thy self and you can do anything
Know thy self and you could shine like bling
Know thy self and you’re the king, you’re the ring
But they don’t teach kids nothing
All they know is I’ll pass sugar in they muffins
They don’t know division, won’t add to nothing
Send them off to prison when you know they did nothing
He in the streets cause they always cuttin’
The teacher ain’t teaching him nothin’
All they do was stuffin’ him and stuffin’ him
Stuffin’ him and stuffin’ him and stuffin’ him
Stuffin’ him and stuffin’ him and stuffin’ him
Stuffin’ him with stuff he can’t use
So he sell crack, that’s what he know to do
His daddy was a hustler, so he hustle too
And that’s why you see a lil’ killer in the news
It’s kinda like they got us in a trap
It’s kinda like they knowin how we act
I’ll be like “f*ck ya f*ckin’ laboratory, I ain’t not a rat!”
I am light, and god, body wise, it’s a fact
Wake up!

[Chorus]
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Revolution time has come
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Tell the people here come the storm
Wake up!
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Revolution time has come
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm

[Refrain]
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm
Wake up!

[Bridge]
Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up
Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up, wake-

Pt.2
[Intro]
Wake up!
Wake up!

[Verse 3: apl.de.ap]
Eyes open, who’s watching the watches?
Clock ticking like we’re running out of options
Villains in White House, heroes seen in coffins
Leaders stumbled cross while we leading to our crosses
Whose policin’ the police, why they socking?
All eyes matter to your color what’s the target
Folks shrining up the ship for the startup
Money over people while they reaching for that dollar
All I see is slice on the shrimp
Lenin the three but what the f*ck is three?
What is the cost to let a nigga breath?
King had a dream but we all still asleep, huh
They ride a blind, but now they just a crime
The sh*t’s designed to keep you on the grind
Rise and shine, cause now it’s the time
We all god body if you open up your mind
Wake up

[Chorus]
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Revolution time has come
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Tell the people here come the storm
Wake up!
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Revolution time has come
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm

[Bridge]
Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up
Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up, wake-

Pt.3
[Verse 4: will.i.am.]
Ain’t nothing impossible, I tell myself
That I am possible I know that devil is
Out there and plottin’ those plan
Just stopped me and put me in hospital bed
I said “Yo, I would not be toppled, I’m down with here Susan roll with apostles, we got that big love, that love that’s colossal”
We meditate ain’t no need to get hostel
You cannot penetrate me with that hate
We got that good vibration on vibrate
Stay on and way up cause we elevate
We got that big love, the love have you wait?
Waitin’, waitin’
Gospel, the gospel

That’s the motherf*ckin’ gospel
Huh, that’s the gospel
That’s the motherf*ckin’ gospel
I tell them yo, the movement’s unstoppable
Pausing the flow ,that is not optional
I let him know everything solvable when you use science everything is possible
I am a fiant, I am so logical
Politicians be trippin’ the chemical
So I sit back and listen to audios, spiritual hip-hop I call that hypnotic cause, we boot up
Boy, we boot phenomenal
We [?] kill zombies and chronicals
We ain’t falling cause we ain’t dominos
A revolution is on go, go
Go, that’s the gospel

That’s the motherf*ckin’ gospel
Yup, that’s the gospel
That’s the motherf*ckin’ gospel

The Black Eyed Peas – RING THE ALARM Pt.1, Pt.2, Pt.3 lyrics

Pt.1
[Intro]
Wake up!

[Vesre 1: will.i.am.]
I wanna say is I’ma mothafuckin’ conscious
The whole world right now is fuckin’ bonkers
The internet is the brand new conquerer
So watch out for the motherfuckin’ monsters (yanks!)
The trolls are the [?]
Whoever controls, that daddy got the answers
They the one that got the cold to the launcher
And maybe having dinner with the folk and the mobsters
Ain’t no the cure for the cancer
Cure for the aids and they prolly kill the cancers
Put us in the cage, got us sippin’ like hamsters
Put us in the dark when I got me a lantern
Opened up my third eye, then I luminate
Really got a bird eye, you wanna elevate
No Illuminati baby, I’m god body
The rapture like blindly wakin’ up zombies
Wake up!

[Chorus: Fergie]
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Revolution time has come
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Tell the people here come the storm
Wake up
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Revolution time has come
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm

[Hook: Fergie]
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm
Wake up!

[Verse 2]
A wise mam said knowledge is king
Know that stuff and you can do anything
Know that stuff and you could shine like ring
Know that stuff and you’re the king, you’re the ring
But they don’t teach kids nothing
All they know is I’ll pass sugar into muffins
They don’t look at vision, no anti-nothing
Send them off to prison when you know they get nothing

Hittin the streets cause they always cuttin’
They teaching it, teaching him nothin’
All they do was stuffening and stuffening
Stuffening and stuffening and stuffening
Stuffening and stuffening and stuffening
Stuffening what stuffen you can use?
Sold yourself crack, that’s what you know they do
His daddy was a hustler, so we hustle too
And that’s why you see a lil’ killer in the news

It’s kinda like they got us in a trap
It’s kinda like they know how I react
I’ll be like “fuckin’ fuckin’ laboratory, I ain’t not a rat!”
I’m white, and god, body wise, it’s a fact
Wake up!

[Chorus: Fergie]
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Revolution time has come
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Tell the people here come the storm
Wake up!
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Revolution time has come
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm

[Hook: Fergie]
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm
Wake up!

[Bridge]
Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up
Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up, wake-

Pt.2
[Intro]
Wake up!
Wake up!

[Verse 3]
Eyes open, who’s watching the watches?
Clock ticking like we’re running out of options
Villains seen on White House, heroes seen in coffins
Leaders stumbled cross while we leading to our crosses
Whose police in the police, why they socking?
All eyes [?] to your color what’s the target
Folks shrining up the ship for the startup
Money over people while they reaching for that dollar
All I see is slice on the shrimp
Lenin the three but what the fuck is three?
What is the cost to let a nigga breath?
King had a dream but we all still asleep, huh
They ride a blind, but now they just a crime
The shit’s designed to keep you on the grind
Rise and shine, cause now it’s the time
We all god body if you open up your mind
Wake up

[Chorus: Fergie]
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Revolution time has come
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Tell the people here come the storm
Wake up!
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Revolution time has come
Wake up, wake up sound the alarm
Ring the alarm, ring the alarm

[Bridge]
Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up
Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up, wake-

Pt.3
[Verse 4: will.i.am.]
Ain’t nothing impossible, I tell myself
That I am possible I know that devil is
Out there and plottin’ those plan
Just stopped me and put me in hospital bed
I said “Yo, I would not be toppled, I’m down with here Susan roll with apostles, we got that big love, that love that’s colossal”
We meditate ain’t no need to get hostel
You cannot penetrate me with that hate
We got that good vibration on vibrate
Stay on and way up cause we elevate
We got that big love, the love have you wait?
Waitin’, waitin’
Gospel, the gospel

That’s the motherfuckin’ gospel
Huh, that’s the gospel
That’s the motherfuckin’ gospel
I tell them yo, the movement’s unstoppable
Pausing the flow ,that is not optional
I let him know everything solvable when you use science everything is possible
I am a fiant, I am so logical
Politicians be trippin’ the chemical
So I sit back and listen to audios, spiritual hip-hop I call that hypnotic cause, we boot up
Boy, we boot phenomenal
We [?] kill zombies and chronicals
We ain’t falling cause we ain’t dominos
A revolution is on go, go
Go, that’s the gospel

That’s the motherfuckin’ gospel
Yup, that’s the gospel
That’s the motherfuckin’ gospel

Hannibal Abdullah-El – Gangster Fairytales lyrics

Chorus:

Gangster,
Gangster Fairytales
You meet us
Ya greet us
You see us everyday
We natural born leaders

Verse: 1

I can tell ya kind
Delusions from tv on ya mind
Eatin’ swine
Sippin on cheap wine,
Ya ass crack showin
Thats why we far behind
Its cool
Thats why im hear
To raise the deaf, dumb and blind,
You think your handsome
Get kidnapped
Held for ransom,
You ya wife, momma, daughter, grandparents and grandson,
Ever heard the sound of automatic gunfire?
Seen a life expire?
Or somebody beat with barbwire?,
Weirdo,
Who wanna be a hero
Probably shit on ya self
If you seen a whole kilo,
Armchair revolutionaries
Act hard but scary
I’ll cast the first stone
Nobody has to dare me,
Are you a man or a mouse
Im looking for soldiers
Like that cat
Who started dumpin on the White House,
Are you a man or a mouse
Im looking for soldiers
Like that cat
Who started dumpin on the White House,
That’s gangster

Chorus:

Gangster,
Gangster Fairytales
You meet us
Ya greet us
You see us everyday
We natural born leaders

Verse: 2

Watching videos
Don’t get caught up in the glamour and glitz
Fat rides
Half naked women and tight spits
I prefer to drop science
Create a tight alliance
Change the system from within
Sort of a silent defiance
On this world wide monopoly
From here to Tripoli
Ain’t no stopping me im free
Not state property
Slanging yo asshole and lyrics
Like commodities
No tellin’ on myslef on a record
Thats an atrocity
Like a bumblebee
Only stinging when attacked
Counter attack
To yo head, legs, arms and back
Ranaway so fast people thought you ran track
Mess with me you’d rather smoke crack
Or jump in needle haystacks
Thats gangsta!

Verse: 3

On my way to school
I dodged murder plots
Crooked cops
Never knew my moms
The streets were my pops,
Use to get called a nerd
Didn’t faze me
Cuz some knew in my pocket
That I packed a .380,
Calm before a storm
Like a soldier in Vietnam
Ready to set it off
And get it on,
Fudge packers
Black crackers
Back packers
And bisexual B-Boys
Need to be sued for malpractice,
Giving no repreive
Keeping tricks up my sleeve
Slaying Adam and Steve
Who hate Adam and Eve,
It gets scary to them
They can not stop us
On warships, submarines,
Planes, tanks and helicopters,
Think what would happen
If we said sam i quit
Working for you
By the way this is our shit,
Like corporate takeovers
Give em a makeover,
Get bush drunk
Put em’ on house arrest
Then beat him till he sober,
Daz gangster!

Chorus:

Gangster,
Gangster Fairytales
You meet us
Ya greet us
You see us everyday
We natural born leaders

Post Malone – Broken Whiskey Glass lyrics

[Verse 1]
I done drank codeine from a broken whiskey glass
I done popped my pills and I smoked my share of grass
Slaved for the man and I broke my fuckin’ back
So you can take your nine-to-five and shove it up your ass
And I won’t go on, like a highway to hell
Going too damn fast, I spilled drink on my Chanel
And I woke up and my room’s fuckin’ trashed like a damn hotel
Where I go next, now, only time will tell

[Chorus]
Whoa-oh
Whoa-oh
Whoa-oh
Whoa-oh

[Verse 2]
I done spent some time chasin’ women that don’t give a shit
I done learned my lessons and I ain’t never gon’ forget
Started callin’ this shit, started ballin’ and shit, started flickin’ that wrist
They ain’t never listened, now I’m makin’ them hits so I’m fuckin’ your bitch
No, it ain’t nothin’ fickle for me to forget that you ever exist
Bet you remember my name when I pull up in that whip that doesn’t exist (skrrt)
Spill lean on Supreme last Saturday
Let that shit splash, motherfucker talk saucey
Pass me the drugs, motherfucker let me shine
At the White House, call my homie Joe Biden, he flyin’ out weed
Smokin’ my dope, beggin’ that that be the code
Man, don’t be silly, that shit you rockin’ is old
Like it’s been years since you been to the store
Feel like Meek Milly but I ain’t from Philly
I’m poppin’ a wheelie, I show off my grillie
I do this for real-y and for my fam-ily
Some shade every night, man, it’s all so famil’-y
The bitches they killin’ me
Like, bitch are you kiddin’ me?
Ballin’, that shit Jason Kiddin’ me
You can’t get rid of me
Now you want my chain and my jeans but you no good at chemistry

[Chorus]
Whoa-oh
Whoa-oh
Whoa-oh
Whoa-oh

J Cole – BRACKETS lyrics

[Intro: Richard Pryor]
Lotta shit happens, like, being in show business
A lot of shit happens, like, like, I make a lot of money, you know
And I’m really happy about it
And I’m not bragging, I just wanna say something
I make a so—fuck, it’s ridiculous
But wait, wait a minute, wait a minute
Hey, if my father was alive today, I would go home and say
“Dad, I wanna tell you how much money I made”
You know what he’d say? “You’s a lying motherfucker
Joe Louis didn’t make that much money
Come in here, get your ass out the house
Coming here with that bullshit,” hah

[Verse 1]
Niggas hating on me, I ain’t used to that
Know a couple people wanna shoot for that
I say “No, no, no, chill, it ain’t no need for that”
Them niggas tryna blow and ain’t need me for that
And if it work for them, well shit, I’m cool with that
‘Cause how they feel, I ain’t got shit to do with that
I just sit back on cool and watch my paper stack
And trip off how much bread them crackers take from that

[Chorus]
(Whoa whoa whoa whoa, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
(Whoa whoa whoa whoa, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
(Whoa whoa whoa whoa, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
(Whoa whoa whoa whoa, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

[Bridge]
It’s been a long time since I have felt this way
About something but now, but now
I’m controlling my mind, the days are warm
The nights are cold, the lost is found, I’m found
Lord knows I need something to fill this void
Lord knows I need something to fill this void
Lord knows I need something to fill this void
Lord knows I need something to fill this void

[Interlude]
Hell yeah boy, I’m a goddamn millionaire now
Hell yeah, nigga, they can’t tell me shit now, bro, hell no, fuck that
Bitch, got my first motherfuckin’ million dollar check nigga
I’m goddamn lit boy, you crazy as hell
Hold up, it’s my phone real quick, it’s my Unc’
Uncle Sam and shit
“What’s up Unc’? Yup. Hey, I told you that check was coming in, I gotchu when it came in. Goddamn, I’m a man of my word. Goddamn, I told you I’ma have it, and goddamn, I’ma have it for you. Hell, shit, damn right. Now, how much was it though? Uh huh. Huh? Half? Half nigga? You crazy, boy, you crazy. Bitch, you crazy as fuck. Bitch, bitch, you better suck half my dick!

[Verse 2]
Yeah, I pay taxes, so much taxes, shit don’t make sense
Where do my dollars go? You see lately, I ain’t been convinced
I guess they say my dollars supposed to build roads and schools
But my niggas barely graduate, they ain’t got the tools
Maybe ’cause the tax dollars that I make sure I send
Get spent hirin’ some teachers that don’t look like them
And the curriculum be tricking them, them dollars I spend
Got us learning about the heroes with the whitest of skin
One thing about the men that’s controlling the pen
That write history, they always seem to white-out they sins
Maybe we’ll never see a black man in the White House again
I’ll write a check to the IRS, my pockets get slim
Damn, do I even have a say ’bout where it’s goin’?
Some older nigga told me to start votin’
I said “Democracy is too fuckin’ slow”
If I’m givin’ y’all this hard-earned bread, I wanna know
Better yet, let me decide, bitch, it’s 2018
Let me pick the things I’m funding from an app on my screen
Better that than letting wack congressman I’ve never seen
Dictate where my money go, straight into the palms of some Money-hungry company that make guns that circulate the country And then wind up in my hood, making bloody clothes
Stray bullet hit a young boy with a snotty nose
From the concrete, he was prolly rose
Now his body froze and nobody knows what to tell his mother
He did good at the white man schools unlike his brother
Who was lost in the streets all day, not using rubbers
So right now, he got two on the way
Still sleep on covers in his mama house
She can’t take this shit no more, she want him out
On the morning of the funeral, just as she’s walking out
Wiping tears away, grabbing her keys and sunglasses
She remember that she gotta file her taxes, damn

[Chorus]
(Whoa whoa whoa whoa, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
(Whoa whoa whoa whoa, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
(Whoa whoa whoa whoa, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
(Whoa whoa whoa whoa, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

Jazz Cartier – Right Now (feat. Ktoe)

[Intro]
This is a KTOE beat

[Chorus: KTOE & JAZZ]
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you (want you), right now (right now)
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you, right now
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you (want you), right now (right now)
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you, right now

[Verse 1: Jazz Cartier]
Nize it, pipe down
I’m shinin’, no lighthouse
You last week, I’m right now
I’m up late, no night owl (no)
My shawty, she naughty (she naughty)
I put her on timeout (sit)
Go OT, she fly out (she fly to me)
She DC, no White House
I walk in, she lie down
I Gucci’d my lifestyle
I’m on road, no hideout
In High Park is my house
The Lambo raise eyebrows
Do donuts, don’t wipe out
I need you right now
No dress, no nightgown (yeah)

[Chorus: KTOE & JAZZ]
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you (want you), right now (right now)
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you, right now
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you (want you), right now (right now)
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you, right now

[Verse 2: Jazz Cartier]
I’m up now, just face it (yeah)
I’m joggin’, you racin’ (joggin’)
You testin’ my patience
Just send me location (aw, yeah)
Got a Pisces, she the nicest (she the nicest)
And I only get to see her when the night shift (on the night shift)
My wrist too hot, I iced it (I iced it out)
Can’t knock if you ain’t tried it’
Cameras flash (flash)
See what you can catch
She lookin’ back, we ain’t livin’ in the past
Somebody turn these lights (down)
Take control and bite (down)
She ain’t playin’ nice
‘Cause she need me like right now

[Chorus: KTOE & JAZZ]
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you (want you), right now (right now)
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you, right now
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you (want you), right now (right now)
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you, right now
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you (want you), right now (right now)
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you, right now
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you (want you), right now (right now)
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you, right now

Jazz Cartier – Right Now Lyrics

[Intro]
This is a KTOE beat

[Chorus: KTOE & JAZZ]
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you (want you), right now (right now)
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you, right now
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you (want you), right now (right now)
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you, right now

[Verse 1: Jazz Cartier]
Nize it, pipe down
I’m shinin’, no lighthouse
You last week, I’m right now
I’m up late, no night owl (no)
My shawty, she naughty (she naughty)
I put her on timeout (sit)
Go OT, she fly out (she fly to me)
She DC, no White House
I walk in, she lie down
I Gucci’d my lifestyle
I’m on road, no hideout
In High Park is my house
The Lambo raise eyebrows
Do donuts, don’t wipe out
I need you right now
No judge, no nightgown (yeah)

[Chorus: KTOE & JAZZ]
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you (want you), right now (right now)
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you, right now
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you (want you), right now (right now)
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you, right now

[Verse 2: Jazz Cartier]
I’m up now, just face it (yeah)
I’m joggin’, you racin’ (joggin’)
You testin’ my patience
Just send me location (aw, yeah)
Got a Pisces, she the nicest (she the nicest)
And I only get to see her when the night shift (on the night shift)
My wrist too hot, I iced it (I iced it out)
Can’t knock if you ain’t tried it’
Cameras flash (flash)
See what you can catch
She lookin’ back, we ain’t livin’ in the past
Somebody turn these lights (down)
Take control and bite (down)
She ain’t playin’ nice
‘Cause she need me like right now

[Chorus: KTOE & JAZZ]
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you (want you), right now (right now)
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you, right now
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you (want you), right now (right now)
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you, right now
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you (want you), right now (right now)
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you, right now
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you (want you), right now (right now)
Right now, I just (I just)
Want you, right now

Stalley – Holy Quran

[Intro]
(Swiff D)
Holy Quran
Holy Quran
Holy Quran
Holy Quran

[Chorus]
They want me to change but some things just can’t be rewritten
God of gods, light of light, they all true and living
Authentic like this book I hold in palm
With mercy, embrace all things, (through this) Holy Quran
Ho-Holy Quran
Holy Quran
Holy Quran
Ho-Holy Quran

[Verse 1]
They want me to change, want me in reins
Locked up in cage, head full of rage
It’s insane, the percentage of my niggas that’s gone
And all my niggas that’s home, hold your head and stay strong
What’s hatnin’ in the White House got my black thoughts runnin’
Deeply rooted in this evil, I’m tryna crop out somethin’
And plant these good seeds of mine, hope they see the signs
Why my people dyin’ on Vine, swear that Facebook live
Desensitized by murder, murder, bloody murder
Likes and retweets don’t help in hands, just all observers
Hype converters, wave surfers, they don’t serve no purpose
Government at the service, God save us, we out here livin’ worthless

[Chorus]
They want me to change but some things just can’t be rewritten
God of gods, light of light, they all true and living
Authentic like this book I hold in palm
With mercy, embrace all things, (through this) Holy Quran
Ho-Holy Quran
Holy Quran
Holy Quran
Ho-Holy Quran

[Verse 2]
They tryna crucify me for my originality
They say a man’s worth depends on salary
But what’s money but selfish ways and no one’s proud of me
The ugly truth, got fat pockets and high calories
A gluttonous approach, with a selfish mentality
The wicked ways of sin, I be fightin’ all these Jinns
Fake friends, backstabbers, they be knifin’ at my skin
I rose from the ghetto without a thorn in my stem
I’m written and unbothered, completely who I’m ‘posed to be
Comfortable in my own skin, even if no one notice me
But notably, I’m known as King, someone who control this dream
And broke free of every iron hand that had a hold on me

[Chorus]
They want me to change but some things just can’t be rewritten
God of gods, light of light, they all true and living
Authentic like this book I hold in palm
With mercy, embrace all things, (through this) Holy Quran
Ho-Holy Quran
Holy Quran
Holy Quran
Ho-Holy Quran

Jeremih & Chance – Big Kid Again

[Intro: Jeremih & Chance The Rapper]
Still asleep I’d rather open presents with you baby (uh huh)
Canyon, Canyon
Wake up early I Just wanna open presents with you baby
(uhuh)
Kensli Kensli (IGH)

[Hook: Jeremih]
Grown but I feel like a big kid again
Got everything that I wanted on my christmas list
Copped a new toy, it can’t fit under the Christmas tree
If you ain’t up to nothing babe run a couple blocks with me
Grown but I feel like a big kid again
Got everything that I wanted on my christmas list
Copped a new toy, it can’t fit under the Christmas tree
If you ain’t up to nothing babe run a couple blocks with me

[Verse 1: Jeremih]
Can’t wait till I get home yeah ’tis the season
Greens and them hamhocks
Yeah where’s the seasoning
Hope that aunty come wrap Santas gifts yeah
Hope that none her fam wasn’t round to see that
I saw mummy kissing Santa Claus
They snuck in and out the halls
On my wrist my neck deck the halls
If I ain’t say nun’ no one else does

[Hook: Jeremih & Chicago Childrens Choir]
Grown but I feel like a big kid again
Got everything that I wanted on my Christmas list
Copped a new toy, it can’t fit under the Christmas tree
If you ain’t up to nothing babe run a couple blocks with me
Grown but I feel like a big kid again
Got everything that I wanted on my Christmas list
Copped a new toy, it can’t fit under the Christmas tree
If you ain’t up to nothing babe run a couple blocks with me

[Verse 2: Chance The Rapper]
Growing up we had it hard
Santa rarely at the door
Daddy worked to keep us warm
But you know we just wanted more
But look at how far we ran, look what I am
Daddy used to work that streets [?]
Put a black man in the White House damn!
Name me one teacher that was right about Chance
Right about Kim or right about Cam
Right about Jan. I write down plans
Put it on the drawing boards like y’all kids
And get it done if not right now when?
We was broke now we not now
Santa loud when he knock now
Getting bands like The Rock now
Shaking hands with Barack now
Smoking woods like a chimney
Green faces all grinchy
Tryna give her that Disney
Merry Christmas lil’ Kensli

[Hook: Jeremih & Chicago Childrens Choir]
Grown But I feel like a big kid again
Got everything that I wanted on my Christmas list
Copped a new toy, it can’t fit under the Christmas tree
If you ain’t up to nothing babe run a couple blocks with me
Grown But I feel like a big kid again
Got everything that I wanted on my Christmas list
Copped a new toy, it can’t fit under the Christmas tree
If you ain’t up to nothing babe run a couple blocks with me

[Outro: Jeremih & Chance The Rapper]
Still asleep I’d rather open presents with you baby (uh huh)
Canyon, Canyon
Wake up early I Just wanna open presents with you baby
(uhuh)
Kensli Kensli

2 Chainz – OG Kush Diet (Pretty Girls Like Trap Music Album)

[Intro]
Sunbathing with a Rollie on, tan all on my tattoos
All my 16s cashews, V12 when I pass you
Reminiscing about the Motorollas
Weed stronger than a Coca-Cola
Wait up, bitch, hold up, hold up
You ain’t there to hold the pole up

[Chorus]
OG kush diet, OG kush diet
OG kush diet, OG kush diet
My partna just died, my partna just died
Nothin’ else to do but get high, fuck

[Verse 1]
I’m ’bout to pour out some liquor
I’m ’bout to pour out some lean
I got blue cheese in my jeans
I bought my queen Celine
I got my team Supreme
It ain’t no in between
You either in or you out, I took a different route
I had to figure it out, I went to picking them out, you, you

[Refrain]
Fuck what you thinking, fuck what you thinking
Come to the bank, come through like Brinks
I might take a can of paint and go paint the white house
I might take a can of paint and go paint the white house

[Verse 2]
Presidential prolly tickled, laughing ’bout who popped the pistol
That’s the issue, just got a rental, just for instrumentals
I’ma keep the bitch ’til December
And park it on Broadway, away from the hallway
Away from the ‘partments, away from the arcades
We don’t play games with them boys
We bring the pain to them boys
I caught a plane with them boys
I taught the game to them boys
I am ashamed of them boys
Blame it on fame, blame it on whatever you wanna blame
I’m smart and insane, imagine a genius that don’t have a brain
That live off of resources, that learned off of geek sources
I do play with 3 persons, I got it from researching
I’m fresher than detergent, I’m fresher than each person
I walk out and eat Church’s, gig without rehearsing
Watch how I resurface, watch how I rework it, gas
Im fresher than detergent, I’m fresher than each person
I walk out and eat churches, gig without rehearsing
Watch how I resurface, watch how i rework it, Gas

[Chorus]
OG kush diet, OG kush diet
OG kush diet, OG kush diet
My partna just died, my partna just died
Nothin’ else to do but get high, fuck

[Refrain]
Fuck what you thinking, fuck what you thinking
Come to the bank, come through like Brinks
I might take a can of paint and go paint the white house
I might take a can of paint and go paint the white house

[Verse 3]
Yeah, your favorite rapper’s got no talent
Homeboy got coke habits
Used to drive a Porsche ’til I found out it was made by Volkswagen
This here is a toe tag ’em, Tity Boi gon’ and toe tag ’em
Go ahead, hook they ass up to the tow truck
Let them know this a throat slashing
Your baby mama got no passion
Her best friend act old fashioned
Tell her take them panties off when she walk around my boat laughing
I’m V.I.P. at the yacht club, nigga you look like you not loved
Stars in my double R so clean I drive in white gloves
Sea bass with the white sauce, hopped out, get wiped off
Presence been felt everywhere
Except let me see, yeah the White House
Space age like 8 ball, MJG, Nate Dogg
Sippin’ quavo, ridin’ offsets, guess I’m ’bout to take off

[Chorus]
OG kush diet, OG kush diet
OG kush diet, OG kush diet
My partna just died, my partna just died
Nothin’ else to do but get high, fuck

[Refrain]
Fuck what you thinking, fuck what you thinking
Come to the bank, come through like Brinks
I might take a can of paint and go paint the white house
I might take a can of paint and go paint the white house

GoldLink – Pray Everyday (Survivor’s Guilt)

[Hook]
Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
Keep the haters, keep the demons ‘way, fam
Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
Keep the haters, keep the demons ‘way, fam

[Verse 1]
Hold my black nina in the sky shoot it high
Maybe hit an angel watch it fall down, fam
Free the whole posse, free the guys
All my life been addicted to the pussy that’s my vice, yeah
Drinkin’ drinkin’ drinkin’ all my problems
I don’t need nobody, I just need my bottle that’s for certain
Put the pussy on the pedestal
I don’t got no industry friends, cause I’m rude
So I told myself

[Hook]
Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
Keep the haters, keep the demons ‘way, fam
Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
Keep the haters, keep the demons ‘way, fam
Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
Keep the haters, keep the demons ‘way, fam
Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
Keep the haters, keep the demons ‘way, fam

[Verse 2]
Momma pray everyday, head straight
Kept my head right, round my whole state
You know you gon’ have to keep a bad bitch
You know that the younger niggas look at you
Ride with a nigga, yeah they feel you
Cactus for my Citron, know I had to
But the music business think that you gon’ take our chance nigga
Pass Kanye, and be the man, cool
DC, yeah you know they fucking proud of you
Wilding out, shout out Luciano, yeah we’re fine now
Out this motherfucking, prolly be up in the White House
White bitch talking ’bout she love her niggas blacked out
From the north than begin the south
Went to Penthouse suite from sleeping up on momma couch on momma house
And momma gave him momma slave and now her son is getting paid
And papa was a rolling stone now his son on Rolling Stone
And all I said was shit

[Hook]
Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
Keep the haters, keep the demons ‘way, fam
Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
Keep the haters, keep the demons ‘way, fam
Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
Keep the haters, keep the demons ‘way, fam
Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
Keep the haters, keep the demons ‘way, fam
Pray everyday, say your grace nigga
Keep the haters, keep the demons, keep the haters
Keep ’em, keep ’em

[Outro]
Lord I pray for wealth and power over all these motherfuckers
For the DMV to reign for many moons
Fuck these rappers. Fuck these labels
Fuck these bitches. Fuck these bitches, you hear me
They killed my nigga and I pray for revenge
Control me and use me the way you would allow me to
Amen

Sheryl Crow – Steve Mcqueen

Well I went to bed in Memphis
And I woke up in Hollywood
I got a quarter in my pocket
And I’d call you if I could
But I don’t know why
I gotta fly
I want to rock and roll this party
I still want to have some fun
I want to leave you feeling breathless
Show you how the west was won
But I gotta fly
I gotta fly
Like Steve McQueen
All I need’s a fast machine
And I’m gonna make it all right
Like Steve McQueen
Underneath your radar screen
You’ll never catch me tonight
I ain’t takin’ shit off no one
Baby that was yesterday
I’m an all American rebel
Making my big getaway
Yeah you know it’s time
I gotta fly
Like Steve McQueen
All I need’s a fast machine
And I’m gonna make it all right
Like Steve McQueen
Underneath your radar screen
You’ll never catch me tonight
Like Steve McQueen
Like Steve McQueen
We got rock stars in the White House
All our pop stars look like porn
All my heroes hit the highway
They don’t hang out here no more
You can try me on my cell phone
You can page me all night long
But you won’t catch this free bird
I’ll already be long gone
Like Steve McQueen
All we need’s a fast machine
And we’re gonna make it all right
Like Steve McQueen
Underneath your radar screen
You’ll never catch us tonight
Like Steve McQueen
All we need’s a fast machine
And we’re gonna make it all right
Like Steve McQueen
Underneath your radar screen
You’ll never catch me tonight

Alan Grattan – There’s A New Tenant lyrics

There’s a new tenant in town
In that White House on Pennsylvania Ave
After much debate the landlord said
You can stay, for four
Take good care of “The property”
And maybe you can stay four more

At the end of the day what will people say
About the state of the flag
Does it fly bright and proud all
Red, white and blue
Or is it tattered and worn from the storm
Time will tell it all to you

There’s a new tenant in town
In that White House on Pennsylvania Ave
The landlord has dealt with all sorts before
The good, the bad, and … well
Some stayed for four, some stayed for more
And others didn’t stay so long

At the end of the day what will people say
About the state of the flag
Does it fly bright and proud all
Red, white and blue
Or is it tattered and worn from the storm
Time will tell it all to you

There’s a new tenant in town
In that White House on Pennsylvania Ave
No one knows, everyone cares
And only time will tell
If the landlord was right, or
Wrong

At the end of the day what will people say
About the state of the flag
Does it fly bright and proud all
Red, white and blue
Or is it tattered and worn from the storm
Time will tell it all to you
Yes time will tell it all to you

Jeezy – Going Crazy

Heard that new Jizzle, boy he going crazy
Dropped some new s**t got them going crazy
Dropped it in the spot and they was going crazy
Brought it back from the top and they was going crazy
Real ni**as at the spot and they was going crazy
Real ni**as bang up top you know we going crazy
Young Jizzle from the block you know he going crazy
When they play this at the spot you know they going crazy

Said I’m just that ni**a, I’m just that ni**a
And this is me talking, it ain’t the liquor
Diamonds in my damn chain, I’m going crazy
I talk to your bi**h like a politician
Told her give me brain, take me
You know that you’re the one try some new things
You know she ate it up just like a cutter board
I’m counting old paper, call it dinosaur
Gotta….then gotta….to Fresno
Said she like the taste, she drinking light Prosecco
I’m killing with the field I’m Charlie Manson
Exactly what you want, I’m strapped and handsome

Montana from the block got em going crazy
My youngings slanging white like it’s still the 80’s
You claim that you the realest when your watch fugazy
Show me whose your jeweler man, that boy crazy
She tried to charge me for the box man, shawty crazy
I ain’t tryna blow your spot up but this s**t is crazy
All I wanted was a mil and a new Mercedes
Now I’m jumping on these ni**as like the new McGrady
White House, black Rollie
In South Bronx they know me
You can’t talk, gotta show em
The brown bags, ya own em
Take these then call me
That brain freeze ain’t on me
You can’t hate, can’t hold me
I whip foreigns like I stole em

The smoke up by my weed got…serious
She thinking we together? She delirious
From the cradle to the grave, the cradle to the grave
Who made this beat? A sound like me it tailor made
You know I’m in that bi**h just like expensive suits, money
Bi**h I’m in that mansion just like the Yeezy boots
I got rich off butter…that Betty Crocker
It ain’t my fault just like I’m Silkk The Shocker

Juicy J – Ballin (feat. Kanye West) letras

[Intro: Juicy J]
Play me some pimpin’, mane

[Hook: Kanye West + Juicy J]
And I’m ballin’, I’m, I’m, and I’m ballin’, I
And I’m ballin’, and I’m ballin’
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, off the glass
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, blow the whistle
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, off the glass
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, blow the whistle
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, off the glass
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, blow the whistle

[Verse 1: Juicy J]
Let ’em all in
Let them fall in it
Let them play with all the dollars
Let them bathe in it
House so large, put a maze in it
I’m the type that take your chick out for lunch
In the middle of the White House lawn
Then switch up, start filming porn
Might tell the First Lady she can join
Do what I want when I want
Nigga you can keep them two pennies
I got a tub so big you can come and take swimmin’ lessons in it
Now I’m peelin’ off in a spaceship, with the ceiling
She just want to show her titties off
Carpet roll out, wanna hop off
Bout to hit the club like golf balls
Paparazzi tryna catch a nigga off guard
Nigga got me off the chain like guard dogs
Come on, dog
I’m too high, hot air balloon
All star, I’m on another planet
I just joined the fortune five hundred
Now I’m in the boardroom in pajamas

[Hook: Kanye West + Juicy J]
And I’m ballin’, I’m, I’m, and I’m ballin’, I
And I’m ballin’, and I’m ballin’
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, off the glass
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, blow the whistle
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, off the glass
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, blow the whistle
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, off the glass
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, blow the whistle

[Verse 2: Juicy J]
And I’m ballin’
When you’re boss you don’t take shit, you don’t call in
So fresh to death like I got dressed in a coffin
Folks ain’t never gonna get it, I’ve been holding out long enough
Scratch that, now I’m on to somethin’
Fuck that, I ain’t letting up
Cats gonna copy this shit
They gonna wanna hold my awards
Poor lil’ Juicy J, this year I’m declaring war
Fuck they upset with me for?
Shut up J and be a decoy
Who the fuck they thinkin’ we are?
M-Town ride smokin’ blunts
We up, keep up, my chips, cheese puffs
That’s real dope
See us Gd up, money talks, speak up
Sleep, what for?
I get some rest when I croak
I want a new island to dock my new boat
I went to the action and bought me a chopper
Now I need a new helipad for my home

[Hook: Kanye West + Juicy J]
And I’m ballin’, I’m, I’m, and I’m ballin’, I
And I’m ballin’, and I’m ballin’
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, off the glass
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, blow the whistle
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, off the glass
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, blow the whistle
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, off the glass
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, blow the whistle

Juicy J ft. Kanye West – Ballin Lyrics

(Intro – Juicy J)
Play me some pimping, mane

(Chorus – Kanye West & Juicy J)
And I’m ballin, I’m, I’m, and I’m ballin, I
And I’m ballin, and I’m ballin
And I’m ballin, and one
And I’m ballin, off the glass
And I’m ballin, and one
And I’m ballin, blow the whistle
And I’m ballin, and one
And I’m ballin, off the glass
And I’m ballin, and one
And I’m ballin, blow the whistle
And I’m ballin, and one
And I’m ballin, off the glass
And I’m ballin, and one
And I’m ballin, blow the whistle

(Verse 1 – Juicy J)
Let em all in
Let them fall in it
Let them play with all the dollars
Let them bathe in it
House so large, put a maze in it
I’m the type that take your chick out for lunch
In the middle of the White House lawn
Then switch up, start filming porn
Might tell the First Lady she can join
Do what I want when I want
Ni**a you can keep them two pennies
I got a tub so big you can come and take swimming lessons in it
Now I’m peeling off in a spaceship, with the ceiling
She just want to show her titties off
Carpet roll out, wanna hop off
Bout to hit the club like golf balls
Paparazzi tryna catch a ni**a off guard
Ni**a got me off the chain like guard dogs
Come on, dog
I’m too high, hot air balloon
All star, I’m on another planet
I just joined the fortune five hundred
Now I’m in the boardroom in pajamas

(Chorus – Kanye West & Juicy J)
And I’m ballin, I’m, I’m, and I’m ballin, I
And I’m ballin, and I’m ballin
And I’m ballin, and one
And I’m ballin, off the glass
And I’m ballin, and one
And I’m ballin, blow the whistle
And I’m ballin, and one
And I’m ballin, off the glass
And I’m ballin, and one
And I’m ballin, blow the whistle
And I’m ballin, and one
And I’m ballin, off the glass
And I’m ballin, and one
And I’m ballin, blow the whistle

(Verse 2 – Juicy J)
And I’m ballin
When you’re boss you don’t take s**t, you don’t call in
So fresh to death like I got dressed in a coffin
Folks ain’t never gonna get it, I’ve been holding out long enough
Scratch that, now I’m on to something
Fuck that, I ain’t letting up
Cats gonna copy this s**t
They gonna wanna hold my awards
Poor lil Juicy J, this year I’m declaring war
F**k they upset with me for?
Shut up J and be a decoy
Who the f**k they thinking we are?
M-Town ride smoking blunts
We up, keep up, my chips, cheese puffs
That’s real dope
See us Gd up, money talks, speak up
Sleep, what for?
I get some rest when I croak
I want a new island to dock my new boat
I went to the action and bought me a chopper
Now I need a new helipad for my home

(Chorus – Kanye West & Juicy J)
And I’m ballin, I’m, I’m, and I’m ballin, I
And I’m ballin, and I’m ballin
And I’m ballin, and one
And I’m ballin, off the glass
And I’m ballin, and one
And I’m ballin, blow the whistle
And I’m ballin, and one
And I’m ballin, off the glass
And I’m ballin, and one
And I’m ballin, blow the whistle
And I’m ballin, and one
And I’m ballin, off the glass
And I’m ballin, and one
And I’m ballin, blow the whistle

Juicy J – Ballin’ lyrics

[Juicy J]
(Play me some pimpin’, mane)

And I’m ballin’, I’m, I’m, and I’m ballin’, I
And I’m ballin’, and I’m ballin’
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, off the glass
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, blow the whistle
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, off the glass
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, blow the whistle
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, off the glass
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, blow the whistle

Let ’em all in
Let them fall in it
Let them play with all the dollars
Let them bathe in it
House so large, put a maze in it
I’m the type that take your chick out for lunch
In the middle of the White House lawn
Then switch up, start filming porn
Might tell the First Lady she can join
Do what I want when I want
Nigga you can keep them two pennies
I got a tub so big you can come and take swimmin’ lessons in it
Now I’m peelin’ off in a spaceship, with the ceiling
She just want to show her titties off
Carpet roll out, wanna hop off
Bout to hit the club like golf balls
Paparazzi tryna catch a nigga off guard
Nigga got me off the chain like guard dogs
Come on, dog
I’m too high, hot air balloon
All star, I’m on another planet
I just joined the fortune five hundred
Now I’m in the boardroom in pajamas

And I’m ballin’, I’m, I’m, and I’m ballin’, I
And I’m ballin’, and I’m ballin’
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, off the glass
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, blow the whistle
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, off the glass
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, blow the whistle
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, off the glass
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, blow the whistle

And I’m ballin’
When you’re boss you don’t take shit, you don’t call in
So fresh to death like I got dressed in a coffin
Folks ain’t never gonna get it, I’ve been holding out long enough
Scratch that, now I’m on to somethin’
Fuck that, I ain’t letting up
Cats gonna copy this shit
They gonna wanna hold my awards
Poor lil’ Juicy J, this year I’m declaring war
Fuck they upset with me for?
Shut up J and be a decoy
Who the fuck they thinkin’ we are?
M-Town ride smokin’ blunts
We up, keep up, my chips, cheese puffs
That’s real dope
See us Gd up, money talks, speak up
Sleep, what for?
I get some rest when I croak
I want a new island to dock my new boat
I went to the action and bought me a chopper
Now I need a new helipad for my home

And I’m ballin’, I’m, I’m, and I’m ballin’, I
And I’m ballin’, and I’m ballin’
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, off the glass
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, blow the whistle
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, off the glass
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, blow the whistle
And I’m ballin’, and one
And I’m ballin’, off the glass
And I’m ballin’, and one

(And I’m ballin’, blow the whistle…)