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Gaffe?: Biden Appears to Struggle Over his Words At Delaware Press Conference

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Joe Biden held a press conference on Thursday in Delaware after a virtual meeting with several governors, where he spoke about a national mask mandate and his decision on who he would nominate for Treasury Secretary.

A video from the press conference is circulating of Biden stumbling over his words. As he was speaking about Title 32 funding for the National Guard, he is unable to complete his sentence.

“We discussed the need to help states with Title 32 funding for the National Guard,” he began.

But the former vice president, who has been open about suffering from a stutter, struggled to explain what Title 32 funding was.

President Donald Trump has questioned whether Biden’s verbal stumbles are evidence of cognitive decline. 

During Biden’s time on the campaign trail, there were many instances where he was forgetful.

Last month, Biden was mocked during a virtual rally for forgetting Trump’s name.

“Four more years of George, er, George, er, he – we’re going to find ourselves in a position where, if Trump gets elected, we’re going to be in a different world,” Biden said.

During a campaign event in Philadelphia he wore a jacket featuring the logo of the University of Delaware. Biden told rallygoers that he was wearing a jacket of the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I know Philadelphia well, I married a Philly girl, by the way, and by the way, I got my Eagles jacket on,” Biden said. 

Biden has described himself as a “gaffe machine.”

Today is Biden’s 78th birthday, making him the oldest US president to take office.

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New York City Dems Push Law to Allow 800,000 Non-Citizens to Vote in Municipal Elections

The New York City Council will vote on December 9 on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections

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New York’s Democratic party is battling over the constitutionality of voter laws. On December 9, the New York City Council will vote on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections.

“Around 808,000 New York City residents who have work permits or are lawful permanent residents would be eligible to vote under the legislation, which has the support of 34 of 51 council members, a veto-proof majority” reports Fox News.

“It’s important for the Democratic Party to look at New York City and see that when voting rights are being attacked, we are expanding voter participation,” Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, a sponsor of the bill and Democrat who represents the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, told the New York Times. Rodriguez immigrated from the Dominican Republic and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.

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Laura Wood, Chief Democracy Officer for the mayor’s office, said at a hearing on the bill in September that the law could violate the New York State Constitution, which states that voters must be U.S. citizens age 18 or older.

Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated he could veto the bill following the September hearing.
“We’ve done everything that we could possibly get our hands on to help immigrant New Yorkers—including undocumented folks—but…I don’t believe it is legal,” de Blasio told WNYC radio at the time.

Mayor-elect Eric Adams, however, submitted testimony to the September hearing in favor of the bill. “In a democracy, nothing is more fundamental than the right to vote and to say who represents you and your community in elected office…Currently, almost one million New Yorkers are denied this foundational right.”

The legislation was first introduced two years ago, but had not yet gained traction due to the legal concerns.

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