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Biden wins Democratic primary in Hawaii – NBCNews.com

Former Vice President Joe Biden won Hawaii’s Democratic presidential primary Saturday, NBC News projected.

The race pitted Biden against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who ended his presidential campaign last month.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic the Democratic Party of Hawaii canceled in-person voting and mailed ballots to all registered party voters in the state.

Biden, who is poised to take on President Donald Trump in the general election, apologized Friday for saying in a radio interview with African American personality Charlamagne tha God, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

He later called the remarks “unfortunate.”

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Dennis Romero writes for NBC News and is based in Los Angeles.

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Democratic senators propose $2,000 monthly payments to most Americans – POLITICO

Sen. Kamala Harris, along with Sens. Bernie Sanders and Ed Markey, wants to drastically increase the amount of money Americans receive to weather the coronavirus crisis. | Andrew Harnik/Getty Images

A trio of Democratic senators are pitching a big idea: pay most American families thousands of dollars each month until the coronavirus’s economic crisis subsides.

On Friday, Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) will release their Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act. It would dramatically expand upon the $1,200 sent to Americans as part of March’s gargantuan coronavirus response bill.

The legislation would send a monthly $2,000 check to people who make less than $120,000. It would expand to $4,000 to married couples who file taxes jointly and also provide $2,000 for each child up to three. Harris said the bill is a reflection that Congress’s efforts so far were not “nearly enough to meet the needs of this historic crisis” and Markey called the massive cash infusion “the most direct and efficient mechanism for delivering economic relief to those most vulnerable.”

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