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POLITICO Playbook: America in limbo By ANNA PALMER and JAKE SHERMAN 12/26/2020 09:17 AM EST Presented by Facebook DRIVING THE DAY IF YOU’RE A GIG WORKER or a freelancer or you’re self-employed, your jobless benefits run out today. Yes. Today. There’s a bill that would fix this that passed both chambers with massive bipartisan majorities — and it’s in Florida awaiting President DONALD TRUMP’S signature. This same bill, of course, would prevent the looming government shutdown the day after tomorrow. WE GOT A SLIVER OF INSIGHT into the president’s thinking. Sen. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-S.C.) spent “some time” with TRUMP on Christmas. He tweeted: “I am convinced he is more determined than ever to increase stimulus payments to $2000 per person and challenge Section 230 big tech liability protection.” TRUMP himself tweeted this: “Why would politicians not want to give people $2000, rather than only $600? It wasn’t their fault, it was China. Give our people the money!” TRUMP, of course, could’ve gotten $2,000 checks, had he been involved in the negotiations, but instead he got $600, which his administration and top allies on Capitol Hill agreed to. The Senate is out until Tuesday — after the funding deadline. THE PRESIDENT, who is at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, continued tweeting this morning attacking the NDAA for protecting third-party tech companies, making false election fraud claims and pushing for $2,000 relief checks. REAL-LIFE CONSEQUENCES — “Struggling renters face avalanche of evictions without federal aid,” by WaPo’s Jonathan O’Connell and […]