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Three days before the Fourth of July, Columbus, Ohio, kicked out its namesake.

The town removed a statue of Christopher Columbus from its City Hall because, according to Mayor Andrew Ginther, it represents “patriarchy, oppression and divisiveness” to some.

But neighbors in Newton Falls, Ohio, are ready to give it a home.

“We are in the running,” Newton Falls City Manager David Lynch told The Post. “We would give [the monument] a place of honor.”

Across the country, cities and institutions are struggling with how to get rid of statues that people no longer want to celebrate. But even in this climate, there are takers ready and willing to rescue rejects.

The leaders of Newton Falls have declared their town a “sanctuary city” for unwanted statuary.

“History is a big part of this community’s identity — you can still dig up arrowheads in the fields — and we have acres of parks,” said Lynch. “Buying statues would be an expensive proposition. But by taking them from municipalities that would only put them into storerooms, we ­provide a good alternative.”

Brandenburg, Ky., Mayor Ronnie Joyner took in a Confederate statue that Louisville discarded.Jessica Ebelhar

Different cities have various ways of disposing of their relics. Boston authorities removed a beheaded statue of Christopher Columbus and placed the remains in storage. In Mobile. Ala., a statue of Confederate Navy officer Raphael Semmes was taken down by the city and transported to the History Museum of Mobile, to be displayed with context.

While Newton Falls’ Lynch considers ­George Washington, Christopher Columbus and Theodore Roosevelt tributes to be no-brainers, he draws the line at statues that honor Confederate soldiers. Other communities have no such qualms.

Decision-makers at the University of Louisville in Kentucky became queasy about a monument ­commemorating Confederate soldiers killed in the Civil War and, according to historian Gerald W. Fischer, “were going to store it in a landfill.” Then the town of Brandenburg, Ky., claimed it to go with its Civil War Discovery Trail.

Still, the memorial didn’t leave its controversy behind when it moved.

“Around the middle of June, we [heard] something about the BLM people coming down here, tearing down the statue and throwing it in the river,” Mayor Ronnie Joyner told The Post. “Word got out to the community and our downtown was littered with people walking with AKs and ARs. I’m glad nothing came of it. But it shows us how loved the statue is in our town and we don’t want anyone messing with it. We’re proud of it.”

A statue of Theodore Roosevelt in front of NYC’s American Museum of Natural History will be taken down after objections that it symbolizes colonial expansion and racial discrimination.AP

It’s not just cities taking in rejects. Collectors are looking to scoop monuments they see as art.

When the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan announced in June that it was doing away with “Equestrian Statue of Theodore Roosevelt” — a 1939 bronze of the former president flanked by a Native American and an African American that has stood in front of the building for 81 years — one man’s ears perked up.

“Theodore Roosevelt is a cousin on my dad’s side of the family so, heck yeah, I’m in the market,” said Glenn Johnson, a Houston real estate developer who has one of the world’s largest Elvis Presley collections, valued at some $4 million. “I would put a million on the Roosevelt deal. Then I’d probably put it in my yard.”

As of now, the statue — which, according to the Mayor’s Office, has been deemed “problematic” because those alongside Roosevelt are depicted as “subjugated and racially inferior” — is not for sale. A spokeswoman for the Mayor’s Office told The Post, “We are still determining next steps.”

There are also individuals collecting discarded statues for reasons unknown. According to Fox News, when the city of Dallas didn’t know what to do with a tribute to Robert E. Lee, Lone Star Auctioneers put the Confederate general’s bronze likeness on the block — and it sold for $1.43 million. The buyer was identified only as LawDude. The auction house did not return calls for comment.

Darren Julien of Beverly Hills-based Julien’s Auctions sees a market for emotion-stirring statues. “They are works of art and controversy makes things more valuable,” Julien told The Post. “The one in front of the museum in New York is an historical monument. Who would think you could own something like that?”

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Pelosi will only resume stimulus talks with Mnuchin if GOP offers another $1TR – putting $1,200 checks in doubt

HOUSE MAJORITY Leader Nancy Pelosi said during her weekly briefing Democrats will not budge on the coronavirus stimulus package unless Republicans offer $2 trillion.

Pelosi addressed reporters this morning saying she and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have attempted to negotiate with Republicans and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin - but neither are willing to double their $1 trillion original offer.

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2Speaker Pelosi pointed out the differences between the two parties' proposed stimulus packages during her weekly briefing

"We’re not inching away from their meager piecemeal proposal.. The press says, why can’t you come to an agreement? Because we are miles apart in our values," the speaker told reporters who asked why Democrats weren't coming down from their proposed $2 trillion COVID-19 HEROES Act.

Pelosi said she was surprised to hear Treasury Secretary Mnuchin's comments earlier this morning saying the second round of $1200 stimulus checks were stalled due to Democrats unwilling to meet at the Republicans' proposed $1 trillion plan.

"They called yesterday, the Secretary, and said would you like to sit down and we said what we said all along: we come down a trillion, you come up a trillion," Pelosi said, referencing the current Democratic package would require $3 trillion in spending but they are willing to negotiate to $2 trillion if the Republicans should do the same.

"But we're not sitting down at the table to validate what you have proposed because it does not meet the needs of the American people," she said. "And we will not contribute to your waving a partial benefit to the public at the expense of everything else we want to do and to the benefit of the high end."

2Pelosi said Democrats were willing to negotiate with Republicans if they both can meet in the middle and pass a $2 trillion stimulus packageCredit: Rex Features

Pelosi has high expectations Republicans will be able to meet negotiations, with top officials say Americans can start receiving stimulus checks as soon as next week should a deal be struck by tomorrow.

"We have said to them, we are ready to compromise. We know our first offer is not something they would not necessarily accept because frankly, we do not share values," Pelosi said during the briefing, using the pandemic as a dividing line between Democrats who want to aid Americans and Republicans who want to aid corporations.

"So we can't wait until September 30. I know some have said well people will die. Well, 77,000 have died since this bill. So we've said to them, we're here, come to two trillion, let's sit down and divide how we would spend that," she said.

"But as a practical matter, where do we find common ground? So Leader Schumer and I said we'll come down a trillion if you come up a trillion. We'll meet you halfway," she continued as she pointed to a chart displaying both the Republicans' and Democrats' plans for how they would divide spending their individual stimulus packages.

When asked if Americans can wait for negotiations, Pelosi responded the HEROES Act was proposed more than three months ago. "Well first of all let me just say we passed the bill over 90 days ago. It took them until two weeks to come back with a meager piecemeal bill that they put forth."

"They said 'oh yall work better up against a deadline.' No, the virus doesn't have a deadline and nor does it take a pause," the said, putting on a slight southern accent in imitation of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "The American people don't want this uncertainty and you're always there to give certainty to the markets, let's give some certainty to America's working families."

"They called yesterday and said do you have more money-- the needs of the American people are not changing," she said, referencing Republicans' call for negotiations. "They're only getting more so, they're not lessening."

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Pelosi continued railing on Republicans, telling reporters "Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gave a damn," she said when asked why the Republican side has been unwilling to budge "Unless they see the reality of what it means in the lives of the American people, what good is it for us to agree to something that has no relationship to meeting the demands of the American people?"

When asked when she would be speaking with Mnuchin next, Pelosi responded: "I don't know, when they come in with $2 trillion."

As she was departing, a reporter asked the speaker if a package below $2 trillion would be passed. She did not respond.


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