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If Roe Is Reversed, by the Numbers
If Roe Is Reversed, by the Numbers Margot Sanger-Katz ?Reporting from Washington, D.C.For higher-income women, traveling to another state for an abortion would be more an inconvenience than a major barrier. But substantial evidence shows that’s not the case for low-income women, who are more likely to struggle with transportation, housing, child care or missed work. Studies show closing a nearby abortion clinic and making women travel 250 miles or more to go to another clinic decreases the chances of obtaining a legal abortion by more than 40 percent.
What sommelier Lydia Richards does in a workday
My own passion for wine began after graduating from university in London and living in Paris for a few months to learn the language. Living with one of my closest friends, who was French and a real wine connoisseur, really opened my eyes to the different French wine regions, styles and the culture behind it. After moving to New York, I worked in marketing and PR in the fashion industry, but always kept coming back to wine. I took wine and food pairing classes after work, and slowly but surely, it started taking over my life. In 2015, I decided to fully commit, take sommelier and WSET lessons and make the official career change.
Layer chile relleno’s cheesy goodness into this homey casserole
NOTE: To use fresh rather than canned poblanos, position an oven rack 4 to 6 inches from the oven’s broiler element; preheat to broil. Transfer them to a heatproof bowl and cover with a plate or pan lid to let them steam and cool enough to be handled, at least 10 minutes. When the poblanos are cool enough to handle, use your fingers to carefully remove and discard their skins. Make a vertical slit from the stem end to the tip of each pepper. Gently remove the seeds and stems and open the peppers so the flesh lies flat.
At the Hirshhorn, Toyin Ojih Odutola’s ‘Countervailing Theory’ will leave you transformed
The society consists of a ruling lineage of Amazon-like women warriors called the Eshu and a class of “humanoid men” called the Koba, who exist only to serve the needs of the Eshu through mining and food production. All relationships between the classes — and thus also heterosexual relationships — are forbidden. But an Eshu named Akanke and a Koba named Aldo (each of whom already has a partner from their own social class) manage to transcend these strictures and form a bond, leading to the system’s eventual demise. (The story is explained very briefly in the wall text, but it’s useful to read the artist’s longer synopsis in the exhibit catalogue; it will also be made available on the museum’s website.)
Washington left RFK Stadium for FedEx Field, and its home-field edge disappeared
The result is this: Over the existence of FedEx Field, in both the regular season and the playoffs, Washington is 95-107-1 at home, a winning percentage of .470. Only the Raiders (in both Oakland and Las Vegas), Detroit and Cleveland have worse home records over that span. According to pro-football-reference.com, all 28 remaining NFL franchises — from New England at .786 to Cincinnati at .500 — have won at least half of their home games. (Over that time, Washington ranks 24th in winning percentage on the road at .379. So relative to the league, it plays better on the road than at home.)
At least 59 dead, dozens injured in fuel tanker explosion in northern Haiti
Patrick Almonor, one of Cap-Haïtien’s three mayors, said the fuel tanker capsized shortly after midnight, sending gas spilling into a ditch. As locals came to collect some of the gas, the truck exploded, he said. Firefighters arrived with 1,500 gallons of water, but could not extinguish the flames and had to call for aid from airport firefighters.
Facebook’s latest defense: Social media doesn’t hurt people. People hurt people.
Apple fired engineer Ashley Gjovik in September, accusing her of disclosing confidential information. Gjovik says she was fired after raising concerns about “chemical exposure” at her office in California, which she said is located on a Superfund site. The Labor Department told Gjovik in a letter dated Dec. 10 that it was investigating whether the company retaliated against her, the Financial Times’s Patrick McGee and Patrick Temple-West report. Regulators are looking into issues including whether the company retaliated against Gjovik over claims about occupational safety and hazardous waste.
Report on troubled D.C. forensics department chronicles systematic failures
“We are going to have to do some work in there to determine if we even want to bring those back as things that we do inside our lab, or if we outsource those to reputable firms that are doing it now,” Geldart said.
The filibuster debate is (maybe) coming to a head on voting rights. Here’s what could happen.
But senators need all 50 Democrats onboard for this, and Manchin may not be one of them. He’s said earlier this year that he “can’t imagine” changes like this to the filibuster out of concern — an accurate one, some parliamentary experts say — that it’s a slippery slope to ending the filibuster entirely. What’s to say that Republicans, when they get in power, won’t make carve outs for legislation whenever they please? (Manchin did support a carve out for filibustering the debt ceiling last week, but that was an elaborate and one-time compromise between Senate Democratic and Republican leaders to avoid a default that he had little to do with.)
Biden's FDA pick faces questions about his tobacco response
The power of music: Suicides dropped following the release of a song whose title is the number of the national suicide prevention hotline, a study published in the British Medical Journal reported. The release of the song “1-800-273-8255” by the artist Logic, as well as its performances at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards and the 2018 Grammy Awards, were correlated with an increase in calls to the helpline and a decrease in suicides, Stat’s Maddie Bender reports.
Opinion : When everyone urgently wanted to talk to me, Fred Hiatt just wanted to listen
And so in our very first conversation, I politely told Fred, the editorial page editor of The Post who wanted me to submit a piece for publication, that I didn’t want to see the lives of Afghan women and girls swept up into a news cycle that would, inevitably, spin away from us. I told him that I was deeply frustrated by these words that actively robbed Afghans of our dignity and our agency, and that I hoped The Post would allow me the freedom to tell SOLA’s story at a time when so many others wanted to tell it for us.
Opinion : A federal court has ruled that obstructing the electoral vote count is illegal. Trump should panic.
Too many people have let themselves be sidetracked into looking for a connection between Trump and the violence of Jan. 6. But that evidence is unnecessary because the crime here is the end result — the intended disruption of the House electoral vote-counting. And from every document, news report or tell-all book we have seen, that is precisely what Trump tried to do. Simply because he told the world about his corrupt intent does not make it any less illegal.
Opinion : After Ron Johnson’s Listerine push, no product is certain it won’t be billed as covid-19 treatment
“Maybe we’d better put out a preemptive statement of some kind,” observed the small-business owner of the firm A Box Of Crickets To Feed To Your Snake Or Do Something Else With, Once They’re Yours We Don’t Look Into It Too Closely, The Crickets Are Your Responsibility Now, But We Assume You’re Not Doing Anything Too Weird With Them. “I guess we could put it in the business name. It’s already very unwieldy, and adding ‘Also They Don’t Have Any Effect On COVID-19! In Case That Was Something You Thought Might Be The Case, It’s Not!’ wouldn’t change too much."
Opinion : Fox News hosts grew alarmed about Jan. 6 — after feeding the ‘big lie’ themselves
Or take Stephen K. Bannon. He regularly declares on his podcast that the current “regime” (which includes everyone from the left to rigidly centrist Democrats) is illegitimate. This justifies his own defiance of the lawful investigation into an effort to overturn U.S. democracy and acts as a rallying point for his far-right insurgency. Bannon is only offering a cruder, more explicit version of what that Fox trio serves up regularly.
Opinion : It’s time to entertain the possibility that the Build Back Better bill won’t pass
It would also run afoul of what the bulk of Democrats want from the bill. Progressives have clearly stated all year that they expect a transformational package. They have been willing to compromise thus far primarily on the overall cost, which is why the bill that passed the House has so many programmatic expirations. They have not been willing to admit that there isn’t a Senate majority for a transformational bill. Instead, they have been ramping up the pressure on Manchin to go along with the party majority.
Josh Duggar's siblings speak out about his conviction
(CNN) Some of Josh Duggar's sisters are speaking out in the wake of his recent conviction. "We are saddened for the victims of horrific child abuse. "This reality makes the existence of sex trafficking and child abuse one of the most horrific evils imaginable. Our hearts go out to the victims of child abuse or any kind of exploitation," it read. All of the sisters expressed support for Josh Duggar's wife, Anna, with whom he has seven children.
Opinion: What Elon Musk as 'Person of the Year' says about us
Musk, of course, is the chief executive of SpaceX and Tesla, two businesses at the forefront of innovation. Time's announcement of Musk as its pick for the title began by describing him as "the richest man in the world." What's even worse, Musk has discouraged other people with resources from helping their fellow human beings in need. It's also abundantly clear that Musk is not a man in need of further attention. Join us on Twitter and FacebookWe can all be interested in futuristic advances without venerating boy-men like Musk whose personal behavior is anything but exemplary.
A key inflation measure just hit its highest level on record
New York (CNN Business) A key inflation gauge showed that US prices continued to climb in November as pandemic-era supply chain chaos and a labor shortage continues. Stripping out prices received for food, energy and trade services, the index still climbed 6.9% over the same period, the biggest increase since August 2014. In services, prices for financial products, including portfolio management and investment advice rose. Prices received for goods actually rose at a slightly slower pace in November compared with the prior month. Yet, prices for iron and steel scrap jumped 10.7%, while prices for gasoline, fresh fruit and vegetables also rose.
Rigatoni with a Quick Cherry Tomato Ragu Recipe
This recipe is perfect for when you want to avoid spending too much time in front of the stove. This quick and hearty pasta uses sweet cherry tomatoes to add a burst of fresh flavor to the savory ragu. Pour in the white wine, scraping up any brown bits at the bottom of the pot, then stir in the cherry tomatoes and balsamic. Stir to break up the tomatoes and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Drain and add pasta to the sauce with the parsley and basil.
Chipotle-Lime Steak Tacos with Quick Pickled Onions Recipe
Canned chipotles in adobo sauce add smoke and spice to these quick steak tacos. The quick pickled onions add a bright and tangy finishing touch. Add the chopped chipotle, adobo sauce, oil, lime juice and zest from 3 limes, grated garlic, salt and black pepper. In a small bowl, combine the thinly sliced onions, remaining lime juice and zest, cloves and toss to coat. Spread with the cumin-lime mayo, then top with sliced steak, pickled onions, queso fresco and fresh cilantro.
Russia vetoes U.N. resolution linking climate change and security
NEW YORK — Russia on Monday vetoed a first-of-its-kind U.N. Security Council resolution casting climate change as a threat to international peace and security, a vote that sank a years-long effort to make global warming a more central consideration for the U.N.’s most powerful body. The council has occasionally discussed the security implications of climate change since 2007, and the wider General Assembly pronounced itself “deeply concerned” about the issue in 2009. Their envoys said the issue should remain with broader U.N. groups, such as the Framework Convention on Climate Change. Adding climate change to the Security Council’s purview would only deepen global divisions that were pointed up by last month’s climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, the opponents said. “What the Security Council needs to do is not a political show,” Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun said.
Starbucks workers at 2 Boston cafes file for union election after win in Buffalo
Starbucks baristas at two Boston cafes filed for union elections on Monday, becoming the coffee giant’s third U.S. market this year to organize. It comes after a historic win for Starbucks workers last week, when employees at one Buffalo cafe voted to form the first union for baristas who work at a company-owned location under Workers United New York, a branch of the Service Employees International Union. Another Buffalo cafe is waiting to hear the results of its union election due to challenged ballots, while a third voted against unionizing. Related: Starbucks workers form 1st union in Buffalo, NYThe union push has faced strong opposition from Starbucks management. In Buffalo and Mesa, the company has sent executives to locations that are seeking to unionize, a move that Starbucks Workers United has called “union busting.” The company has denied allegations that it was trying to intimidate workers.
Crispy Cereal-Crusted Fish Sticks Recipe
If your kids love fish sticks, definitely make them this perfectly crispy baked fish sticks recipe! I love making this recipe with cod, but most white fish and even salmon will work well with this recipe. In a shallow bowl, whisk together corn flakes, panko crumbs, paprika, lemon pepper, salt and cayenne until combined. In a third shallow bowl, whisk eggs and set aside. Once done coating all fish sticks, liberally spray tops of fish with additional cooking spray.
6 Workplace Lessons from 2021 to Carry Into Next Year
Check out Charter’s Reset Work package of tools, resources, and services to help your team navigate this next phase. Look no further than your employer’s return-to-office timeline (versions one, two, 12…) to understand just how much remains out of our control. What 2022 will demand of workers is not just the acceptance of uncertainty, but an ability to pivot. The Chief Diversity Officer can’t fix everything. Chief diversity officers often have remarkably short tenures, driven out by a lack of resources and lackluster support.
BioNTech/Pfizer protects against hospitalization in South African Omicron wave
While the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine only showed protection of 33 percent against infection, people still had 70 percent protection against hospitalization. That compares to data indicating 93 percent protection during an earlier wave largely caused by the Delta variant. Glenda Gray, president of the South African Medical Research Council, said the analysis was very encouraging. Worryingly, the data indicated that children have a 20 percent higher risk of admission for complications when infected with Omicron. However, Shirley Collie, chief health analytics actuary at Discovery Health, said children were still 51 percent less likely to test positive during the Omicron wave and the risk still remains low.
Olivia Rodrigo: Entertainer of the Year 2021
The air is musty, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is playing on an ancient TV by the door, and Olivia Rodrigo is flipping through racks of slip dresses and flared pants. Halsey sent Rodrigo a cake, Cardi B shouted her out on Twitter, and Taylor Swift offered her props on Instagram. Any questions about whether Rodrigo could repeat the success of “Drivers License” were put to rest when she released Sour on May 21. With moody, confessional lyrics that added chapters to the story told in “Drivers License,” Sour offered something we needed after more than a year of unending distress: an outlet for anger and permission to cry. Together, Nigro and Rodrigo had already made “Drivers License.”Nigro and Rodrigo bonded over shared references: he and her mother are just a few years apart, which meant that his nostalgic favorites were the songs Rodrigo heard at home.
Paul Gosar becomes latest GOP hypocrite to take credit for Covid relief he opposed
On Monday, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona became the latest shameless Republican lawmaker to take credit for a federal Covid-19 relief package he vehemently opposed. He’s effectively declared war on progressive politics of any kind — except when he can use their benefits to earn kudos. Gosar is just a two-faced politician whose self-serving hypocrisy explains, in part, why his own siblings revile him. But Gosar voted against the relief plan — twice. It's clear Gosar is just a two-faced politician whose self-serving hypocrisy explains, in part, why his own siblings revile him.
Joe: Mark Meadows is playing to an audience of one
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., discussed texts from Fox News hosts, Donald Trump Jr., urging then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to press then-President Donald Trump to call off his mob of supporters clashing with police at the Capitol.Dec.
Leonardo DiCaprio 'Had A Problem' With Meryl Streep Character's Nudity In 'Don't Look Up'
“Don’t Look Up” director Adam McKay said “fearless” Meryl Streep “didn’t even blink” at the idea of her character appearing naked in the new Netflix disaster comedy movie. AdvertisementDiCaprio “just views Meryl as film royalty … although maybe royalty is not a compliment … but as such a special figure in the history of film,” McKay explained. Streep “didn’t even blink” or “even bring it up,” he added. AdvertisementIn the movie, Streep, 72, plays a Donald Trump-esque president who downplays an imminent comet strike on Earth. DiCaprio, 47, and Jennifer Lawrence, 31, portray scientists desperately trying to warn the world of the looming threat.
Teens Are Advocating for Mental Health Days Off School
If your child needs time off because they are suffering from crippling anxiety or experiencing a behavioral health crisis, for example, it might not be appropriate for schools or families to label that as a “mental health day” — in fact, doing so might inadvertently minimize mental health disorders, Dr. Koplewicz said. “Everyone has mental health, everyone,” she said. Mott Children’s Hospital said that their teenagers had shown signs of either a new or worsening mental health condition during the pandemic. report found that the proportion of 12- to 17-year-olds visiting emergency rooms for mental health reasons rose 31 percent for most of 2020 compared with 2019. In New York, California and Florida — homes to some of the nation’s largest school districts — there are no state laws specifying that children can take a mental health day.
ECT Can Be a Good Treatment Option for Serious Depression
Half of them had received ECT, while the other half were treated with drugs and psychotherapy. ECT did not seem to increase the risk of serious medical problems, including circulatory, respiratory or genitourinary issues that require a hospital stay, or deaths that were not a result of suicide. In the 30 days after discharge, 105 of the ECT patients had a serious medical problem, compared with 135 among the controls, a statistically insignificant difference. Suicides were rare in both groups, but were significantly lower in those treated with ECT. It contributes a really important element to the discussion about the risk of doing ECT compared to the risk of not doing it in people with severe depression.”
25 Gifts for People Who Have Everything
These merino wool coasters from Graf Lantz look cozy under wine glasses and coffee mugs, and they appear modern when stacked on a coffee table. The felt pads are absorbent so they’re perfect for sweaty glasses. Our gifts editor Hannah Morrill, who has used hers for six years, says their vibrant tones haven’t faded and that coffee spills and smoothie drips wipe readily away. (These coasters do collect dust however, but that’s easily remedied with a swift pass of a lint roller.) We like the rounded-square shape, but they also come in a circular version, as well as a variety of single-color or prismatic options.
Heavy Rain and Snow Are Expected Over Much of California
A sprawling weather system was forecast to bring torrential rain and heavy snow across California on Tuesday, a day after wreaking havoc on the northern part of the state, meteorologists said. The National Weather Service said there was a slight risk of excessive rainfall over parts of Southern California through Wednesday morning, leading to the possibility of flash floods. In addition, heavy snow, which could reduce visibility and create hazardous driving conditions, was expected over the Pacific Northwest before ending Tuesday night, the Weather Service said.
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Holiday Social Anxiety
We both knew that, even in the best of times, holiday social gatherings can be overwhelming. I’m definitely feeling some social anxiety.”That’s a refrain that Paula Zimbrean, a psychiatrist and associate professor at Yale School of Medicine, has heard a lot. “Honestly, if a patient tells me that he or she has no anxiety about resuming life as usual, I start worrying,” she said. “This is to only commit to events where your response is, ‘Hell, yes, I want to do that!’” he said. “If I’m not that excited about it, I will likely pass.” He tells clients that while it may be tempting to dive headlong into the holiday season, it’s important to seek middle ground.
How to Build Resilience in Midlife
In expressive writing studies, college students taught to reframe their college struggles as a growth opportunity got better grades and were less likely to drop out. A Harvard study found that people who viewed stress as a way to fuel better performance did better on tests and managed their stress better physiologically than those taught to ignore stress. We have a tendency to blame ourselves for life’s setbacks and to ruminate about what we should have done differently. “Telling yourself that a situation is not personal, pervasive or permanent can be extremely useful,” Dr. Grant said. While that may be true, you will get a bigger resilience boost by reminding yourself of the challenges you personally have overcome.
The Brain Fog of Menopause
But while these common menopausal symptoms can add to the severity of memory problems, they are not the primary cause of cognitive issues in these women, she said. A six-year study of 1,903 women who were at midlife found that menopause-related symptoms like depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance and hot flashes did not account for declines in memory, learning and how fast the brain processes information during the menopause transition. In fact, symptoms similar to those in menopausal women affect many women premenstrually, when there is a short-lived drop in circulating estrogen. But unlike a normal menstrual cycle, the transition through menopause is gradual and typically takes months and sometimes years, making it harder to recognize its link to cognitive problems. The postmenopausal brain, it seems, adjusts to having little or no estrogen on board.
Fuel Tanker Explodes in Haiti, Killing Dozens
Dozens of people were killed and scores more were wounded before dawn on Tuesday when a tanker truck exploded in northern Haiti, according to government officials. Prime Minister Ariel Henry, writing on Twitter, said around 40 people were killed in the city of Cap-Haïtien and many more were injured when a truck transporting gasoline exploded. No further details were immediately available. The Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste reported that hospitals were overwhelmed as dozens of people sought treatment. Basic services, long in a state of disrepair, have been battered even more as Haiti has been rocked by cascading tragedies.
Oil supply is expected to catch up to demand, offering relief on prices.
Rising production in the United States, Substantial surpluses of oil could accumulate next year, the International Energy Agency said. Credit... Patrick T. Fallon/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesOil production is on the verge of exceeding demand this month, potentially easing pressure on prices, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. “Much needed relief for tight markets is on the way,” the Paris-based forecasting group said in its Monthly Oil Report. Oil prices have roughly doubled over the past year, leading to higher prices at the pump for refined products like gasoline, which have been large contributors to soaring inflation in the United States and other countries. The group said that the key factor in its improved outlook was rising oil production in the United States, Canada and Brazil.
Belarus Opposition Leader Is Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison
MOSCOW — A court in Belarus on Tuesday convicted an opposition leader on charges of organizing mass unrest and inciting social hatred over his attempt to challenge the country’s authoritarian leader, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, in a presidential election last year. It also sentenced him to 18 years in prison. The activist, Sergei Tikhanovsky, 43, ran a popular YouTube channel in Belarus before announcing his candidacy ahead of the 2020 vote. He was on trial along with five other defendants, including Nikolai Statkevich, 65, who ran against Mr. Lukashenko in the 2010 presidential election. The five other defendants were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 14 to 16 years.
NFL Week 15 power rankings: Bucs surge into the top spot
It’s difficult to take the Vikings seriously as a contender for anything, even just a playoff spot, when even a 29-0 lead late in the third quarter at home isn’t particularly safe. They did hold Thursday night to beat the Steelers, but only by breaking up a pass in the end zone as time expired with an eight-point advantage. RB Dalvin Cook was unstoppable. Justin Jefferson remained productive even with the Steelers able to focus on him thanks to fellow WR Adam Thielen’s injury. But even the Vikings seem to realize they can’t keep being so inconsistent and unreliable.
Urban Meyer, Matt Nagy among NFL coaches on the hot seat
What saves him, to a degree, is that he reportedly has a huge contract, meaning it could be an expensive proposition for owner Shad Khan to move on after one season. But look at the problems ahead if he stays. What assistants will want to coach for him if the team parts ways with much of this year’s staff? What players will want to sign with the Jaguars in free agency? How can they address their lagging ticket sales if they don’t start winning?
Rapper Logic wrote the song ‘1-800-273-8255’ to save lives. He may have saved hundreds, study finds.
The song, featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid, begins from the perspective of someone calling the hotline and saying they want to end their life, Logic told Genius. “I don’t wanna be alive,” the first chorus begins. The second chorus channels the voice of someone on the other end of the phone, saying: “I want you to be alive … now let me tell you why.”
For years, a cemetery worker helped bury murder victims. Then her son was killed, too.
Hemphill had saved these cards, along with dozens of programs from the funerals of various family members: his brother who had been stabbed on the block they’d grown up on in 2006; a 15-year-old nephew who had been stabbed in the neck at the Deanwood Metro Station in 2010; his 80-year-old uncle who had been walking down the street last year when he was attacked and beaten by a man high on PCP.
How three D.C. buildings became one — with 16 condos
“The big projects get all the press but we also have a portfolio of smaller properties as well,” said Drew Turner, development and project manager at Douglas Development. “This was one of those buildings where the principals saw it, and said: ‘This is a great building. We don’t know exactly what we’re going to do with it, but we really like this corner. Let’s go after it.’ We maintained … much of the original historic structure, so all the load-bearing walls are still there. We cut large openings in between the buildings to make connections between them.”
Jail worker killed in candle factory tried to keep inmates safe ‘at his own peril’
“It was obvious during the interview process Robert was someone concerned about helping others and doing the right thing for his community,” Workman said. The work-release program that had been stalled by the pandemic — much to the disappointment of an eager Daniel — finally started with its first day on Tuesday, Workman said.
'Spider-Man: No Way Home' finds the sweet spot in Marvel's multiverse
(CNN) After the lengthy buildup, array of teases and alleged leaks, "Spider-Man: No Way Home" impressively lives up to the hype, delivering the kind of unabashed big-screen fun for which theaters have been hungering. Briskly balancing a dizzying assortment of parts, Marvel's latest (by way of Sony) looks destined to do what only a spider can -- namely, lure vast numbers of fans into its web. The extent to which viewers come armed with that knowledge will surely enhance their enjoyment, but the movie has been structured carefully enough that two decades of Spider-Man viewing isn't necessarily a prerequisite. That includes being hounded by the Daily Bugle's J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons), whose crusading shtick has received an identifiable upgrade for the digital age. Strange can't hide his irritation, but as he notes, for all that Peter has weathered, "You're just a kid."
'Return of the Jedi' and 'Selena' part of National Film Registry's eclectic additions this year
(CNN) From a biopic about a beloved singer which made Jennifer Lopez a star to a film set in a galaxy far, far away with tree dwelling Ewoks, the annual selection of 25 influential motions pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress is wide ranging. Among the selections are "Return of the Jedi," "Selena," "Lord of the Rings," "Sounder," "Cooley High" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street." "Films help reflect our cultural history and creativity — and show us new ways of looking at ourselves — though movies haven't always been deemed worthy of preservation. The National Film Registry will preserve our cinematic heritage, and we are proud to add 25 more films this year," Library of Congress librarian Carla Hayden said in a statement. "Ringling Brothers Parade Film" (1902)Read More
Toyota is spending $35 billion on electric cars to close gap on rivals
Hong Kong (CNN Business) Toyota is pumping more than $35 billion into electric vehicles as it tries to catch up with other global automakers in the race to cleaner cars. Tesla TSLA GM GM Volkswagen VLKAF The world's biggest carmaker announced Tuesday that it would invest 4 trillion yen ($35.2 billion) in developing battery-powered electric vehicles between 2022 and 2030 in a bid to mount a more serious challenge to rivals such asandA large chunk of that money will go toward the batteries themselves, with the Japanese company committing another half trillion yen ($4.4 billion) to the technology on top of 1.5 trillion yen ($13.2 billion) previously announced. The automaker currently sells just a few thousand battery electric vehicles each year. But it now plans to roll out as many as 30 new models by 2030, with the aim of selling 3.5 million such vehicles per year by 2030, Toyota President Akio Toyoda said at a press briefing in Tokyo. That would be over a third of the company's sales last fiscal year, which totaled roughly 9 million vehicles worldwide.
Nike buys virtual sneaker maker to sell digital shoes in the metaverse
Nike said on Monday it had bought virtual sneaker company RTFKT for an undisclosed sum, as the sportswear giant looks to quickly expand its footprint in the fast-growing "metaverse." Nike NKE Meta Platforms FB Last month,became one of the first big brands to enter the shared virtual world that gained prominence after Facebook recently rebranded itself toIn such blockchain-based environments, users can buy virtual land and other digital assets such as clothing for avatars in the form of a crypto asset called a non-fungible token (NFT). Formed in 2020 by Benoit Pagotto, Chris Le and Steven Vasilev, RTFKT also makes NFT collectibles and memes, according to its website. "This acquisition is another step that accelerates Nike's digital transformation and allows us to serve athletes and creators at the intersection of sport, creativity, gaming and culture," Nike Chief Executive Officer John Donahoe said in a statement.
'Diet' soda is disappearing from store shelves
Canada Dry and Schweppes ginger ales, 7Up, A&W and Sunkist, made by Keurig Dr Pepper, now label their diet drinks "zero sugar." The reason for the overhaul: The word "diet" has fallen out of fashion — especially for Millennials and Gen Z-ers. The diet soda segment, which includes diet and zero-calorie branded drinks, has ballooned since it first hit the mainstream in the 1960s. Diet soda sales are up about 19.5% from 2018, compared to just 8.4% for regular soda in the same period, making it an attractive segment for soda makers seeking growth. But the arrival of zero-sugar drinks wasn't just about gender: It marked a turning point for the overall popularity of diet drinks.
The travel industry is getting hit again. Can it take it?
But even as scientists urge patience while they assess the severity of the strain and its impact on the efficacy of vaccines, the travel industry is feeling the pain. But industry leaders are making clear that tighter government rules around travel, as well as customer anxieties, are having an impact. Ryanair RYAAY In a letter to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the chief executives of British Airways, Virgin Atlantic,and easyJet said "haphazard and disproportionate" travel restrictions risk "permanent scarring" of the industry. Energy stocks among the year's biggest winnersUS oil prices began 2021 just under $50 a barrel. It should come as no surprise, then, that American energy stocks are among the market's biggest winners this year, my CNN Business colleague Paul R. La Monica reports.
Europe's biggest economy is on the brink of a winter recession
London (CNN Business) Germany is teetering on the brink of recession this winter as supply bottlenecks and a wave of new coronavirus cases hobble the economy. An economy is in recession when it contracts for two consecutive quarters. "Ongoing supply bottlenecks and the fourth wave of the coronavirus are noticeably slowing down the German economy," Timo Wollmershäuser, head of forecasts at Ifo, said in a statement. "The strong post-pandemic recovery that was originally expected for 2022 still hasn't materialized." Consumer prices are not expected to return to normal until 2023, according to Ifo.
'Boost everybody.' CEOs should mandate boosters before returning office workers, Andy Slavitt says
That's why Slavitt, who in June stepped down from Biden's Covid-19 response team , said CEOs should rethink their office reopening plans. In light of the Omicron variant, Slavitt said there's "no question" CEOs should require employees to get boosters. Asked to rank from 1 to 10 how concerned he is about Omicron, Slavitt said he's only a 2 or 3 worried about people who are boosted and in communities where lots of people have boosters. "We're going to be living in most communities with Delta plus Omicron, instead of one superseding the other," Slavitt said. Asked if JPMorgan is right to say 2022 will be the year the pandemic ends, Slavitt said no.
CNN rolls the tape on Fox News hosts' public spin vs. private pleas
As Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Brian Kilmeade were frantically texting Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows on the day of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, CNN's John Berman shows how the Fox News anchors were reporting the event publicly.
Coca-Cola CEO on why he's getting rid of beloved beverages
In October of 2020, Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey announced he was killing off half the company's portfolio. Find out why he didn't feel the decision was particularly difficult. Source: CNN
Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium expected to host Super Bowl LVIII in 2024, per reports
(CNN) Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium is expected to be announced as the of host Super Bowl LVIII in February 2024, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal and ESPN. According to the reports, an official announcement is expected on Wednesday at the National Football League (NFL) owners meeting in Dallas, Texas. SB LVIII was originally scheduled to be hosted by New Orleans, but was relocated out of the city due to game conflicting with Mardi Gras. CNN has reached out to the Las Vegas Raiders for comment. The Raiders moved to Las Vegas in 2020 after its relocation from Oakland, California.
Manchester United vs Brentford postponed as Premier League announces record-high positive Covid tests
(CNN) Tuesday's Premier League fixture between Brentford and Manchester United has been postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak within the United squad as the league grapples with a surge in cases. statement from United said that those who tested positive were isolating and that the club were in discussions with the Premier League over the continuation of the Brentford fixture. Gerrard on signing vaccinated playersThough not to the same extent as Conte, Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard is another Premier League boss wrestling with selection issues caused by Covid. Speaking yesterday to reporters ahead of his side's trip to Norwich tonight, Gerrard confirmed "a couple" of positive cases among players. "I am not concerned because they might cancel the Premier League, I am concerned because the virus is here and people suffer.
Ex-footballer Mohamed Aboutrika calls homosexuality a 'dangerous ideology' against the backdrop of the Premier League's Rainbow Laces campaign
(CNN) Former Egypt international Mohamed Aboutrika has described homosexuality as a "dangerous ideology" amid an English Premier League initiative championing LGBTQ+ inclusion. The Premier League's Rainbow Laces campaign is supported by all clubs in the league and sees rainbow-themed branding, armbands, laces and badges displayed at matches taking place between November 27 and December 2. Speaking about the campaign as a pundit on beIN Sports at the weekend, Aboutrika -- widely considered one of Egypt's greatest footballers -- said homosexuality "is not compatible with Islam." BeIN Sports, which has a large viewership across the Middle East, has a TV rights deal with the Premier League to broadcast matches. "Our role is to stand up to this phenomenon, homosexuality, because it's a dangerous ideology and it's becoming nasty and people are not ashamed of it anymore," added Aboutrika.
This artist uses a frozen Finland lake as his massive canvas
In previous years, he used a shovel to sketch a bear and an owl, always using the same lake as his canvas. Pasi Widgren drew a fox that measures about 295 feet on Lake Pitkajarvi using a shovel. Pasi Widgren / via APWhen he reached Lake Pitkajarvi this month, he tested the thickness of the nice to make sure it was dense enough to walk and work on. A shovel, the tool used to create the fox likeness, is seen by the drawing at Lake Pitkajarvi in Helsinki, Finland. “It’s very important to me also that making this kind of art doesn’t leave any (marks) to nature,” he said.
Human remains found in Texas search for missing girlfriend of ex-NFL player Kevin Ware
Human remains have been discovered in the nearly eight-month search for Taylor Pomaski, the missing girlfriend of former NFL player Kevin Ware. Pomaski, 29, was last seen on April 25 at a party in Spring, Texas, about 25 miles from Houston, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said. Ware, a former tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, has not been charged in Pomaski’s case. Ultimately, he was ordered to be held without bail for violating conditions of the previous bond case. Anyone with information on Pomaski’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at (713) 274-9100.
Gasoline truck explosion in Haiti kills more than 40 people
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A truck carrying gasoline exploded in northern Haiti, killing more than 40 people and injuring dozens of others, officials and news reports said Tuesday. The blast occurred late Monday in the city of Cap-Haitien, Prime Minister Ariel Henry said, adding that he was devastated. He said he observed how some people were using buckets to scoop up gasoline from the truck and the street to take back to their house. The explosion occurred as Haiti struggles with a severe shortage of fuel and spiraling gas prices. Former Prime Minister Claude Joseph also mourned the victims, tweeting, “I share the pain and sorrow of all the people.”
Woman meets 911 operator who helped her deliver baby at roadside
When Charlotte Fatoma suddenly went into the final stages of labor while driving to the hospital, 911 operator Elyce Rivera calmly coached her through delivering her own baby in her car by the side of the highway. TODAY’s Sheinelle Jones reports and, as TODAY’s Season of Giving continues, the two women meet for the very first time live on air. Elyce meets the baby she helped deliver, and says yes when Charlotte asks her to be the child’s godmother.Dec.
CDC director shares update on spread of omicron variant, now in 33 states
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared new data on TODAY Tuesday about the rate of spread of the omicron variant, which has already been detected in 33 states across the country and 77 nations around the world. "It is more transmissible, and we’re seeing that in other countries as well, that it’s rapidly becoming the more predominant strain, but I want to emphasize that we have the tools now," she said about the omicron variant. "We’re starting to see some early data that is demonstrating some decreased severity," Walensky said. The study also found that two dozes of the Pfizer vaccine gave 70% protection against hospitalization from the omicron variant, compared to 90% against the delta variant. As far as whether being fully vaccinated against the omicron variant means two initial doses of the vaccine or two doses plus a booster, Walensky said "the science is still evolving."
Belarus jails opposition leader’s husband for 18 years
A Belarusian court on Tuesday jailed Sergei Tikhanovsky, the husband of opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, for 18 years for inciting hatred and social unrest. Five of his supporters were also given prison terms ranging from 14 to 16 years, according Belarusian state news agency Belta. They’re repressed for the wish to live in free Belarus,” Tikhanovskaya tweeted after the verdict. Tikhanovsky, a video blogger, was detained in May 2020 as he was preparing to run for president against Alexander Lukashenko. Tikhanovskaya has since been leading opposition to Lukashenko from Lithuania.
Bulgaria must issue identity papers to same-sex couple’s child, EU court rules
Bulgaria must issue identity papers to the child of a same-sex couple without requiring a Bulgarian birth certificate, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled Tuesday. Authorities in Sofia had refused to issue a birth certificate for the child, named Sara, because the country doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages. The court said member countries “are free to decide whether or not to allow marriage and parenthood for persons of the same sex under their national law,” according to a statement to the press. But the court did rule that Bulgaria had to recognize the Spanish birth certificate, basing its decision on the right of free movement for Sara and her mothers. “Member States must recognise that parent-child relationship in order to enable [the child] to exercise, with each of her parents, her right of free movement,” the statement reads.
Revelations jolt debate over Trump White House, Jan. 6 culpability
NBC News reported overnight:The nine-member bipartisan committee voted unanimously Monday to advance a contempt referral for Meadows to the full House. A majority vote would result in the Justice Department's being asked to prosecute Meadows, a former House member. The Justice Department acted on a similar House recommendation for former Trump aide Steve Bannon, who faces two criminal charges. The White House knew what was happening during the attack: Cheney read specific messages, written by unidentified Republican members of Congress, who pleaded with Meadows to get Trump to intervene immediately. But during the attack, it was GOP lawmakers who not only recognized the seriousness of the assault on the Capitol, they also all but begged the White House to help save them.
Paul Gosar seeks credit for relief funds he fought to defeat
President Joe Biden signed the Democrats' Covid relief package on March 11, but it was on March 10 when Republican Sen. Roger Wicker celebrated the American Rescue Plan's beneficial "targeted relief" for restaurants. Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, one of Congress' most right-wing members, issued a press release yesterday, touting federal investment in a local airport thanks to the American Rescue Plan. What the press statement neglected to mention is the inconvenient detail: Gosar opposed the American Rescue Plan. Gosar said the relief package was a "Trojan horse for socialism." Or to borrow Gosar's competing assertions, either it's a "Trojan horse for socialism," or it's a relief package that's providing "critical" and "essential" funding to local communities.
Sidney Powell's election lie cash grab must be treated as fraud
Despite his claims to the contrary, then-President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election — but his campaign lawyer Sidney Powell apparently did very well for herself. Since the 2020 election, I have received dozens of email solicitations from Trump or someone writing on his behalf asking for money. Telling someone that Trump won the 2020 election, or that there was enough “election fraud” to flip the results, were false statements, and Powell almost certainly knew as much. Raising money for the purpose of changing the election result was fraud. Lying about nonexistent election fraud to a turbulent crowd ahead of their storming the Capitol and threatening to kill the vice president is incitement of insurrection, which can be criminal.
Pfizer's Covid-19 pill cut risk of hospitalization and death by 89 percent, final results show
“This news provides further corroboration that our oral antiviral candidate, if authorized or approved, could have a meaningful impact on the lives of many," Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement. Pfizer said results showed its treatment appears to work against the Omicron by targeting a protein associated with the strain called 3CL and inhibiting viral replication. Pfizer's treatment consists of three pills taken twice a day over five days. Two of the pills are Paxlovid while the third pill is an HIV drug called ritonavir. The Merck-Ridgeback pill is aimed at adults who have been experiencing Covid-19 symptoms for five days or less.
Caitlyn Jenner Swears Off Beverly Hills Hotel For Denying Her Lunch Over Ripped Jeans
Caitlyn Jenner on Monday blasted the historic Beverly Hills Hotel for denying her a restaurant table because of what she called a “tiny rip” in her jeans. “Fuck your horrible service for not letting me have lunch with this tiny rip in my jeans,” the reality star wrote on an Instagram story with a photo of the tear. No longer.”AdvertisementCaitlyn Jenner Instagram story InstagramJenner shared snippets of TMZ’s account of her dress code dustup, which reportedly occurred at the hotel’s Polo Lounge, an old haunt for Hollywood types. ROBYN BECK via Getty ImagesThe hotel stuck by its decision, referring TMZ to its dress code. AdvertisementCaitlyn Jenner Instagram story Instagram
Khoresh Morgh Nardooni (Pomegranate Chicken Stew) Recipe
Khoresh morgh nardooni (also called anar mosama) is a deeply flavorful dish from the northern provinces of Iran. It is wonderful for Shab-e Yalda, the Iranian celebration of the winter solstice, or for any holiday celebration. Pomegranates on Yalda symbolize a red dawn: the emergence of light and brighter days ahead. Here, the combination of pomegranate molasses and pomegranate seeds showcase the various ways the fruit is used in Iranian cuisine. Featured in: Welcoming Brighter Days On Yalda With Pomegranates.
Midnight Pasta With Roasted Garlic, Olive Oil and Chile Recipe
This recipe is a version of aglio e olio pasta, which is often known as midnight pasta because it can be made quickly with a few pantry staples: garlic, olive oil, red-pepper flakes and pasta. This recipe takes a bit more time because it calls for roasting the garlic first, but doing so adds a complex, mellow flavor to the entire dish. If you’re a planner, you could even roast a couple of heads of garlic in advance. (Roasted garlic will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks and in the freezer for up to two months.) Add whatever vegetables or proteins look good to you.
Fig and Cherry Cookie Pies Recipe
Similar to cucidati, the Italian fig cookies traditionally served at Christmastime, these adorable mini pies are filled with dried figs, dried cherries and almonds, then topped with a pretty almond-flavored glaze. But unlike most cucidati recipes, this one calls for softening the dried fruit in simmering water before it is puréed with nuts and spices. Sometimes dried fruit from the store comes without a drop of moisture left in it, so rehydrating it helps bring back some softness and ensures that the filling doesn’t rob moisture from the pastry as it bakes. Featured in: 24 Days Of Cookies.
Slow-Cooker Goan Pork Vindaloo Recipe
In 1510, when the Portuguese invaded Goa, a region on the west coast of India, they brought with them a dish called carne de vinha d’alho, a sailors’ preserve of pork stored in wine vinegar and garlic. Goan cooks reimagined the dish with local ingredients, like cinnamon, black pepper and coconut palm vinegar, and it came to be called vindaloo. Chiles are always included, but the dish is not traditionally superhot. In this version, the pork benefits from slow cooking in the vinegar and spices, making marination unnecessary. The blender does double duty: It purées the aromatics and grinds the whole spices at the same time.
Review: In ‘Flying Over Sunset,’ Getting High With the Stars
Though sometimes mesmerizing, “Flying Over Sunset,” the new musical about LSD that opened there on Monday, is mostly bewildering, and further proof that transcendence can’t be shared. It admits as much in its structure, which throws into one scenario (by James Lapine) three famous seekers who never actually got high together. Next comes the greatest of all male movie stars, Cary Grant (Tony Yazbeck), demanding the drug — then legal — from his second wife’s psychiatrist. Perhaps recalling Seurat’s pointillistic technique, he writes in a preface to “Flying Over Sunset” that his script “connects the dots” of known history. In Act II, with the philosopher Gerald Heard (Robert Sella) as their “guide,” they indulge that interest together at Luce’s Malibu estate.
Stephen Colbert Comments on the ‘Slides of Sedition’
Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. Here are the 50 best movies on Netflix right now. ‘Slides of Sedition’The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is looking into a 38-page PowerPoint document sent to President Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, that included plans to overturn the 2020 election. “PowerPoint? They weren’t just trying to overturn democracy, they were trying to bore it to death,” Stephen Colbert said on Monday night.
Chocobar Cortés, a Beloved Restaurant From San Juan, Heads for the Bronx
When New Yorkers hunt for well-made chocolate, they go far beyond the tourist-clogged Hershey and M&M stores in Times Square to a wealth of purveyors in every borough. Carlos Cortés, the creative director of a 92-year-old family-owned chocolate company in Puerto Rico, hopes to create a new destination for chocolate enthusiasts in the Bronx. On Friday, Chocobar Cortés plans to open its first brick-and-mortar location on the United States mainland, Chocobar Cortés NYC, on a busy block in the Mott Haven neighborhood. The restaurant and cafe will be not only an expansion, but also a reconnection with the Puerto Rican diaspora. “We want to start where our community is, and then grow from there,” said Mr. Cortés, 34, the scion of the bean-to-bar company, which also operates in the Dominican Republic.
Why Was Haiti’s President Assassinated?
Daniel Guillemette, Austin Mitchell , Rob Szypko and Paige Cowett and Dan Powell andListen and follow The DailyApple Podcasts | Spotify | StitcherIn July, a group of men stormed the presidential compound in Haiti and assassinated the country’s president, Jovenel Moïse. Months later, the case remains unresolved. Investigating the killing, the Times journalist Maria Abi-Habib began looking into Mr. Moïse and discovered some little known facts about his background. She also found that, in the months before his death, Mr. Moïse had begun compiling a list of powerful Haitian businessmen and political figures involved in an intricate drug trafficking network.
A Portrait of Abortion
The Supreme Court seems all but certain to rewrite the country’s abortion laws when it rules in coming months on a case from Mississippi. In another scenario, the ruling could lead to sweeping changes in abortion access and a large decline in abortions. That’s one of the takeaways from a statistical portrait of abortion in the U.S., created by my colleagues Margot Sanger-Katz, Claire Cain Miller and Quoctrung Bui. The narrow path …During oral arguments at the Supreme Court this month, all six Republican-appointed justices suggested that they would uphold the Mississippi law, which bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. It is less clear whether the justices will go further, scrapping Roe v. Wade entirely and allowing states to outlaw all abortions.
Ailey’s New Secret Weapon: The Heroically Unmannered James Gilmer
December is never a breeze for an Alvin Ailey dancer, but recently — amid rehearsals and with a performance looming that evening — James Gilmer found himself in an empty closet on the studio side of New York City Center. Armed with a late lunch, he was using his only break of the day for an interview. So when it comes to his position at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Gilmer has perspective. He settled into “Revelations” after learning the Ailey masterwork from the veteran dancer and associate artistic director, Matthew Rushing. He went on an international tour with the company, and finished his first season at City Center.
Jon Ronson Seeks the Clashes That Led to the Culture Wars
Obviously you’ve got powerful individuals who were prodding at the culture wars for their own reasons, like Trump- — people who knew they could utilize the culture war for their own ends. Social media gave a voice to voiceless people, and suddenly marginalized communities had a way of expressing what had been bubbling up inside, and they didn’t have an outlet for it before. Even if that means allowing the most offensive language to flourish unencumbered, even if it means allowing lies to flourish unencumbered. You’ve written so much about social media and the culture wars. Most culture war stories are partisan, and they’re all about making the culture wars flare even more, but if you’re taking the anger out of it then there’s space for curiosity.
How ‘Survivor’ contestant Shantel Smith would spend a perfect day in D.C.
“I was very terrified to go into the game,” says Smith, 34. “But the very thing that I thought was going to be my Achilles’ heel was actually my superpower. When I was on the island, MS kind of drove me in a weird way. I remember thinking, ‘Shan, just keep going. You’ve got all these people back home that have MS — some of them are disabled, some of them are in wheelchairs, some of them can’t do what you’re doing right now — so just represent.’ It was them that really pushed me and propelled me forward in the game.”
A married man was extorted for having an affair. So he hired a crew that killed his blackmailer, feds say.
Carey and other unnamed accomplices tried to contact Williams and Lanway on March 10, prosecutors said. They showed up at Williams’s apartment, but the attempt to speak with her was “unsuccessful,” according to court documents. That day, they also allegedly tailed Lanway in a grocery store but did not approach him directly.
A baby was taken from her mother’s arms in the Holocaust. The family just reunited.
She had a single photograph of her firstborn child that she sometimes slept with, her daughters recalled. She would cradle the black-and-white framed image tightly in her arms, like a baby. In it, both mother and baby look healthy and cared for, so it is possible it was taken before Rapaport was shipped to a concentration camp, or perhaps mother and daughter were both released from the camp, at least for a time.
The Postal Service secretly built a risky mobile voting system
Pegasus is a moneymaker for NSO, bringing in around half of its revenue. But it’s also highly controversial. It has been used to target journalists, human rights activists and business executives, an investigation by The Washington Post and 16 media partners found. The U.S. government blacklisted the firm last month, blocking it from receiving U.S. technology, after the Biden administration found that it was used to “maliciously target” academics, activists, government officials and journalists.
He thought the vice presidency was useless — until Woodrow Wilson had a stroke
The office is “so small that to survive it is necessary to keep the door open to obtain the necessary cubic feet of air,” Marshall wrote in his book. Capitol guides pointed him out to tourists as if he were “a curiosity,” he wrote; so he “went to the door one day and said, ‘If you look on me as a wild animal, be kind enough to throw peanuts at me; but if you are really desirous of seeing me, come in and shake hands.’ ”
Divided Yemen finds moment of unity in underdog youth soccer victory over Saudi Arabia
“The streets were packed and all people were chanting ‘with souls, with blood, we redeem you, Yemen,’ ” said Alaa Hussein Mohammed, 30, who watched the game with friends in the southern city of Aden, where the Southern Transitional Council, a secessionist group, is also competing with the government for control. “There was no place for politics. We were all one: in the north, in the south, everywhere.”
Vietnam jails its ‘most famous activist’ for nine years
Trang was initially detained in Ho Chi Minh City on Oct. 6 last year, the same day that officials from the United States and Vietnam held discussions on human rights and freedom of expression. Following her arrest, Trang was held incommunicado until Oct. 19 this year, when she was allowed to meet with one of her lawyers.
All roads lead back to Mark Meadows. Says the Jan. 6 panel.
These people told Miroff that “the reception center model represents a possible breakthrough because it would reduce the number of illegal border-crossers issued a notice to appear in U.S. courts, the practice derided by Republicans as ‘catch and release.’ It also potentially offers Democrats a more palatable alternative to the Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ program.”“Katie Tobin, Biden’s top immigration advisor on the National Security Council, said the administration’s goal is to move in a direction ‘where we are testing innovative ideas that are humane, that maintain the due process that’s required in an asylum adjudication, but that get us away from a system where people wait five years for a decision.’”
Dress up chewy oatmeal cookies with tart cranberries and tropical coconut
Equally space out up to 8 cookie dough balls on the second lined baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes, then rotate the pan from front to back and bake for another 8 minutes, or until the edges are caramelized and the centers are puffy, but still a little pale and underbaked (the cookies will set during cooling). Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet until cool enough to handle, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough, making sure your baking sheet is cool before adding more dough.
Israel’s staunch evangelical allies shocked by Trump’s outburst on Netanyahu
Trump, in interviews published this week by Axios reporter Barak Ravid, railed against his onetime ally for congratulating President Biden on his victory once it became clear that the Democrat had won the 2020 election. Trump said the call was a betrayal of their relationship and the several controversial changes in U.S. policy toward Israel that Trump had ordered during his one term, including moving the embassy to Jerusalem.
Why Urban Meyer is failing with the Jacksonville Jaguars
Ever since Meyer was lured off a TV set by Jaguars owner Shad Khan, he has been spouting airy platitudes that have as much substance as a young-adult novel. He could get away with that at Ohio State and Florida, backed by administrations willing to tolerate his mismanagement-scandals, such as 31 arrests among the Gators and coddling an alleged domestic abuser on his staff with the Buckeyes. He recruited top talent, benefited from a lot of mismatches and coated it all with organizational bromides. But it’s becoming clear that he knows absolutely nothing about real-world, elite competitive character. Don’t ever forget that he ran off Joe Burrow in favor of Dwayne Haskins — and labeled Haskins the can’t-miss prospect.
Taxpayers spent billions bailing out airlines. Did the industry hold up its end of the deal?
“Our primary challenge is we just don’t have enough people resources to match up with the effort required to operate flights and serve our customers. The root cause is we just need more people resources, period,” Kelly told analysts. “An assumption that I made was that we were going to call them and say, ‘Okay, it’s time to come back,’ and they were going to show up, and everything’s going to be just like it was. … I personally underestimated that coming into this year.”
Pfizer’s anti-covid pill prevents severe illness and should work against omicron, company says
In an early analysis, a second ongoing study that was designed to test whether the pill, called Paxlovid, relieved covid-19 symptoms faster in people who are not considered high risk found no benefit for symptom relief. But the pill regimen did cause the amount of virus in patients’ bodies to plummet and reduced the already low risk of hospitalization and death, though the result was at the edge of statistical significance, a sign that it could be due to chance.
Tuesday briefing: Tornado outbreak’s toll grows; new omicron findings; Jan. 6 texts; disappointing discounts; and more
is up to 88 people , with 74 in Kentucky, which was hit hardest. At least 109 people in that state are unaccounted for, so that number will probably grow.
Amazon warehouse worker mourns coworkers killed by tornado
Craig Yost said he took shelter with the six colleagues who were killed when a tornado struck their Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois.Dec.
Kayaks cruise Copenhagen canals on Saint Lucia's Day
Hundreds of kayaks decked with Christmas lights and decorations lit up the winter darkness in the Danish capital as they floated through the city's canals to celebrate Saint Lucia's Day.Dec.
Effectiveness of Pfizer's COVID pill confirmed in further analysis, company says
Additional data from Pfizer's clinical trial of its oral COVID-19 antiviral drug confirm the treatment's high level of effectiveness, the company said in a news release Tuesday. In the final analysis of its Phase 2/3 clinical trial, the antiviral, called Paxlovid, was found to be 89% effective at preventing high-risk people from being hospitalized or dying from COVID, the company said. Experts say an antiviral pill for COVID would have a major impact on the pandemic by making treatment available at home. Two of the pills are an experimental antiviral called nirmatrelvir; the third pill is an existing HIV drug called ritonavir. The FDA has yet to authorize the drug, called molnupiravir.
First real-world study finds omicron more vaccine resistant, causing milder illness in South Africa
The first major real-world study of the omicron Covid-19 variant found that it appeared to cause less severe illness in South Africa, where it was first discovered last month, but that two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine offer reduced protection against it. South Africa is the first country to experience an omicron-driven surge. The South African study Tuesday was led by Discovery Health in collaboration with South Africa's Medical Research Council, SAMRC. The study found that two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech provided just 33 percent protection against infection in South Africa compared with unvaccinated people. South Africa has so far used both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
State police investigating Statehouse vaccine-or-test enforcement
State police investigating Statehouse vaccine-or-test enforcementGood Tuesday morning! Phil Murphy refused to even address questions about the State Police’s lack of action during the Assembly Republican Statehouse sit-in. The announcement is the first time the state has revealed how many state employees are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Phil Murphy the scare of his short political career on Nov. 2, some lawmakers are not eager to stir up controversy. Among those taking issue with the bill, NJ A5030 (20R), was Assemblymember Gordon Johnson, a top sponsor.
Revive Your Cashmere And Wool Clothing With These Fabric-Saving Items
Winter and autumn warm cozy sweaters for charity. Is there anything more frustrating than when expensive fabrics like wool and cashmere begin to deteriorate? Luckily, there are a few simple items available that can give these fabrics a much-needed refresh, leaving them looking and feeling practically new despite years of use. Wool or cashmere coats and sweaters are generally big-ticket items that don’t come cheap, but they can last a lifetime if they are properly cared for. AdvertisementWe hunted down the most highly-rated fabric-saving products at a range of price points, so you don’t have to turn to pricey professionals to revive your wool and cashmere items every winter season.
Norway bans serving of alcohol as it tries to slow Omicron outbreak
The ban is part of new COVID-19 restrictions intended to stem the spread of the Omicron variant | JACK TAYLOR/AFP via Getty ImagesNorway will ban the serving of alcohol in bars and restaurants, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said, as part of new COVID-19 restrictions intended to stem the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant. There's "no doubt the new variant changes the rules," Gahr Støre told a news conference Monday, announcing the country's fourth round of measures in two weeks. "For many this will feel like a lockdown, if not of society then of their lives and of their livelihoods," the PM added. Norway has reported the largest outbreak of Omicron in continental Europe, with 958 cases confirmed, according to the daily bulletin of the EU’s disease control agency on Monday. The number of hospitalizations has remained steady with around 30 new patients admitted every day in December.
Hilaria Baldwin Says Alec Baldwin Shushed Her When She Was In Labor
The intimate anecdote about the actor’s boorishness may not help him cope with a recent tragedy. Baldwin fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on a movie set in October while rehearsing with a prop gun he was told was unloaded. Baldwin has been sued, but authorities have not filed criminal charges. Baldwin told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos he did not pull the trigger of the gun and had no idea how a live bullet ended up in it ? or on the set at all. Hilaria Baldwin recently wrote that she had “heart-wrenching” conversations with their older children about the shooting.
First Amendment Doesn't Protect Lies To Fleece MAGA Backers: Ex-White House Ethics Lawyer
Attorney Richard Painter singled out attorney Sidney Powell, who raised at least $14 million for her Defending the Republic nonprofit group using baseless claims about election “fraud,” The Washington Post reported. Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed the financial records of Defending the Republic and other Powell groups in a criminal probe, according to the Post. “There is no First Amendment right to lie to people to get their money,” Painter wrote Sunday in an op-ed on the NBC News site. “Let’s be clear about something: Spreading fake news alone may be protected speech under the First Amendment. But spreading fake news to ask for money is commercial speech, and courts enforce laws criminalizing fraud,” Painter continued.
Gifts Under $10 That Look Like They Cost More
In an ideal world, you have an endless supply of money and can shower everyone in your life with presents without considering the price tag. But in this world, with rent, utilities, car payments and more, you have a pretty firm budget for your holiday shopping. Whether you’re trying to find a sweet but affordable gift for your bestie or need something small but thoughtful to give your new brother-in-law, these gifts under $10 will show you care without breaking the bank. The key for scoring a sweet present for under $10 is keeping it simple, but elevated. To make your online shopping even easier, we’ve rounded up the best bougie-looking presents under $10 to give this holiday season.
Mark Meadows' PowerPoint is about more than Jan. 6
But coups and the states of emergency that follow them have long driven authoritarian history. Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows gave the presentation, which retired Army Col. Phil Waldron circulated to Trump's inner circle, to the House committee investigating Jan. 6. (After an unanimous vote in the House subcomittee Monday night, Meadows is now one step closer to contempt charges.) In fact, some states of emergency, which are meant to be temporary, can stretch on for years. A failed coup often begets a successful one, and we may yet find ourselves hearing about a trumped-up "national security emergency" like the one outlined in Meadows' PowerPoint.
Pfizer Study Confirms COVID Pill's Results, Potency Versus Omicron
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the omicron variant. AdvertisementSeparate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that omicron uses to reproduce itself. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients. Both the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against omicron because they don’t target the coronavirus’ spike protein, which contains most of the new variant’s mutations.
Covid Live Updates: Pfizer Pill Protects Against Severe Disease, Including From Omicron, Study Says
Image Paxlovid, Pfizer’s Covid treatment pill, being produced in a laboratory in Freiburg, Germany. Credit... Pfizer, via Getty ImagesA highly anticipated study of Pfizer’s Covid pill confirmed that it helps stave off severe disease, the company announced on Tuesday. Last month, Pfizer asked the Food and Drug Administration to authorize the pill, known as Paxlovid, based on a preliminary batch of data. These volunteers including vaccinated people who carried a risk factor for severe disease, as well as unvaccinated patients with no risk factors. Among this group of 662 volunteers, Paxlovid reduced the risk of hospitalization and death by 70 percent, the company said.
Firms Push to Make Birth-Control Pills Available Without Prescriptions
approves an over-the-counter version, it will be effectively saying that women with underlying health risks who choose that option will have to do their own research on how the birth-control pill would interact with their condition and any other medications they are taking. to make the switch to an over-the-counter version, and have been in communication with the agency about their plans. But after years of preliminary trials to clear the agency’s research and consumer-testing hurdles, neither has reached the stage of applying yet. defenders say that by asking many questions and demanding rigorous testing, the agency is being prudent about assessing the potential health risks of making the pill available without a prescription. But frustrated supporters of the switch are critical of the agency’s prolonged pre-application process — which at certain points requires F.D.A.
Masayuki Uemura, 78, Dies; Designed the First Nintendo Console
TOKYO — Masayuki Uemura, an engineer who developed the Nintendo Entertainment System, which helped start a global revolution in home gaming and laid the foundation for today’s video game industry, died on Dec. 9. His death was announced by Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, where Mr. Uemura led the Center for Game Studies. Video game consoles had a moment of popularity in the early 1980s, but the market collapsed because of shoddy quality control and uninspiring software that failed to provide the thrills of arcade hits like Pac-Man and Space Invaders. Truckloads of unsold game cartridges ended up in landfills, and retailers decided that home gaming systems had no future. But in 1985, the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System in the United States changed the industry forever.
Feed the Hungry? You’ll Need a Permit for That.
Like cities across the country, Newark—New Jersey’s biggest city, with a population of 311,000 — has seen homelessness worsen during the pandemic. The nonprofit that the city contracts with to do homeless outreach, Bridges, has tallied 1,366 people who have spent an unsheltered night so far this year. He created an office of homeless services last year and appointed a former Bridges official, Sakinah Hoyte, to be the city’s homelessness czar. It was in the context of these new programs that Ms. Hoyte sent out a “public feeding letter” on Nov. 19 announcing an outright ban on giving food to homeless people in public areas. “Feeding people in parks doesn’t encourage any sort of transitioning folks into housing,” Ms. Hoyte said in an interview.
Can We Make Our Granddaughter Give Up Her Scary Dog?
In preparation for the move, my granddaughter brought her dog to stay for a week while she and her mother went back to finish packing. Because my granddaughter needed to leave the dog while she and her mother returned home to pack, she decided to board it. The first night, the dog escaped and caused some destruction. The kennel owner told my granddaughter that someone would have to come and pick up the dog. There are several Akita rescue groups in the area, and my husband wants my granddaughter to give the dog up.
An Encyclopedic New Guide to Cocktails Stirred, Shaken, Rolled, Tossed, Swizzled, Muddled...
Do you know what a “boomerang” means, in bar terms? Before I read “The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails,” edited by David Wondrich with help from Noah Rothbaum, I didn’t. A boomerang is a drink sent by a bartender in one bar to a bartender in another. “The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails” is an enormous and authoritative work of scholarship, nearly a decade in the making. The book covers, in some 1,150 entries across 834 pages, nearly every aspect of its subject matter, from absinthe spoons to maceration to the Zombie.
After a Bumpy Ride, Airlines Prepare For a Busy Christmas
It has been a bumpy ride. After tens of millions people were vaccinated early this year, domestic travel surged. But the Delta variant depressed demand for flights this summer and fall. Last month, the Biden administration eased restrictions on foreign travelers, which has led to increased international travel. Now the Omicron variant is threatening to slow the recovery in that part of the business.
What an America Without Roe Would Look Like
Roughly half of women who are unable to access a legal abortion would probably instead bear children, other research from Texas suggests. In some ways, a post-Roe America would mirror the pre-Roe one. Then, abortion was generally legal in four states, and 13 more allowed abortion for health reasons. Already, many American women order such pills online or cross the border to Mexico, where they are sold over the counter as ulcer medicine. Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, who has studied the history of abortion in the United States.
Who Gets Abortions in America?
Much of the political debate about abortion in America focuses on abortions performed late in pregnancy, but the overwhelming majority of them occur in the first trimester. Forty-three percent of all abortions occur in the first six weeks of pregnancy, and 94 percent in the first 13 weeks. The Mississippi law before the Supreme Court concerns a ban on abortions after 15 weeks. The women who receive later abortions are more likely to be poor or young or to have serious health complications. It may also reflect the growing presence of charities that help poor women pay for abortions in states where public programs don’t.
The ‘Double Whammy’ That Is Slowing New York City’s Job Growth
“It certainly looks to me like we’re going to have a much slower, much more drawn-out recovery,” Mr. Parrott said. In the two previous recessions — those that started in 2000 and 2008 — Wall Street shrank and the city lost tens of thousands of high-paying finance jobs. This time, the job losses on Wall Street have been minimal, helping tax collections to hold up as the city has continued to collect income tax from high-paid professionals who are working remotely. “Wall Street is having a banner year, and they did really well last year,” said Ana Champeny, deputy research director at the Citizens Budget Commission. “That has helped prop up the city’s income tax revenues and business tax revenues.”
Your Inflation Worries Say a Lot About You (and May Affect Prices)
But people’s attitudes about inflation are also shaped by other influences. That is, as with impressions of the overall state of the economy, perceptions of inflation may be shaped by who’s in power. But the inflation rates in the South and the Midwest have, in fact, been somewhat higher than elsewhere. People’s expectations are also influenced by time. This “explains the substantial disagreement between young and old individuals in periods of high inflation.”
Live Updates: The Dozens Killed in Tornadoes Are Mourned
Even as scientists are discovering trends around tornadoes and their behavior, it remains unclear the role that climate change plays. Is climate change the cause? Each of these factors may be affected differently by climate change. Scale is everythingA tornado’s relatively small size also makes it harder to model, the primary tool that scientists use when attributing extreme weather events to climate change. One possible reason is that tornadoes are relatively local weather events.
What It Takes to Understand a Variant
Researchers expect it to become dominant in many countries, though the Delta variant is still the most common around the world. Omicron cases are expected to rise, but, for now, the Delta variant remains dominant in America. Source: “ Data set for Increased risk of SARS-CoV-2 reinfection associated with emergence of the Omicron variant in South Africa ,” Juliet R.C. 21 days after second dose Original strain 155 Omicron variant 6 1 month after third dose Original strain 398 Omicron variant 154 21 days after second dose Original strain 155 Omicron variant 6 1 month after third dose Original strain 398 Omicron variant 154 Source: Pfizer-BioNTechAntibodies are just one component of the body’s immune system. It’s worth noting that several months into a global surge of the Delta variant, researchers are still debating whether that variant is more virulent.
Rising From the Antarctic, a Climate Alarm
Rising From the Antarctic, a Climate Alarm Wilder winds are altering currents. The immense and forbidding Southern Ocean is famous for howling gales and devilish swells that have tested mariners for centuries. In addition, the Southern Ocean is getting warmer, and that has another important climate effect. Researchers have long thought that the Southern Ocean absorbs more carbon dioxide than it releases, with a beneficial effect for climate. Plumes also rise to weaken the shelf from below: Antarctic ice shelves are not only retreating, but getting thinner.
Tornado live updates Biden declares emergencies in Illinois and Tennessee as recovery efforts continue
Kentucky first lady Britainy Beshear, alongside her husband, launched a toy drive for affected children in western Kentucky. “This time of year, we all look forward to being home for the holidays, spending time with those who mean the most to us. Now, many of our families don’t have houses to go home to. Or even worse, they’ve lost someone they love who made their family whole,” she said Monday.
Eager for new border model, Biden officials look to Europe’s reception centers
Tobin and others familiar with the proposals said Biden officials can also draw upon lessons learned from the U.S. effort to resettle more than 70,000 Afghan evacuees through Operation Allies Welcome. While the use of military bases is not likely to be an option for housing asylum seekers, the co-location of federal agencies at a single site and the nondetained status of the Afghans are similar in concept to the reception center model.
An Arkansas waitress served a party that tipped $4,400. It led to her getting fired.
All of it started with Wise’s desire to dine with some of his clients at one of his favorite local restaurants while helping someone with a grand gesture. Wise, president and co-founder of a company that helps real estate agents effectively advertise on Facebook, had enjoyed his meals at Oven & Tap, in no small part because of Brandt, who’d waited on him. He and his wife wanted to share their experience with some of his clients, so they chose the restaurant for a seating of the $100 Dinner Club, whose participants agree to each tip $100 at establishments across town. Others who didn’t eat at Oven & Tap that night added to the tip with donations.
Why you should never ignore a circuit breaker in your home that constantly trips
How does this relate to you and Marcus? He wanted to know if he could mix and match different wire sizes on the same circuit. You need to know that the wires inside the cables in your home come in different sizes much like shoes or T-shirts. The most common wire gauges used in residential buildings in the United States are 14, 12 and 10. It can be confusing because as the number gets smaller, the diameter of the wire gets bigger!
Omicron Is a Dress Rehearsal for the Next Pandemic
When scientists discovered the highly mutated Omicron variant of the coronavirus last month, it set off an eerily familiar chain of events. Virus trackers filled in their maps as the variant was reported in country after country. And the rest of us waited, with increasing unease, to learn more about the threat we were facing. The same sequence unfolded nearly two years ago when the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, was first discovered. “And by that time, it had already circulated widely between multiple states and from coast to coast.”
Omicron is spreading fast. That's alarming even if it's mild
(CNN) The Omicron variant of coronavirus is spreading quickly in several countries where it has been discovered. "Given the current available data, it is likely that Omicron will outpace the Delta variant where community transmission occurs," WHO added. "What we now know about Omicron is that ... it's spreading at a phenomenal rate, something that we've never seen before. "Our findings show that vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic disease with the Omicron variant is significantly lower than with the Delta variant," the researchers wrote. Even without Omicron adding to the spread, the Delta variant combined with an undervaccinated population, is doing plenty of damage.
Only half of US nursing home residents have received a Covid-19 vaccine booster
(CNN) Only about half of fully vaccinated nursing home residents have received a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine, leaving a high-risk group especially vulnerable as Covid-19 cases rise across the country and concern about the Omicron variant builds. By the end of October, a month after the initial recommendation, about a quarter of fully vaccinated nursing home residents had received a booster, according to data published Friday by the CDC. And while earlier waves of community spread led to even worse waves within local nursing homes, more recent waves of community spread have been less severe within nursing homes. Risks from staff and visitors remainBut nursing home residents are far from insulated from the risk Covid-19 continues to pose. Based on CDC data, booster uptake among nursing home residents is about the same as among the general senior population.
Los Angeles Rams hold off Arizona Cardinals for key playoff hunt win on Monday Night Football
Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford threw three touchdowns and the LA defense was able to do just enough to stop the Cardinals to hold on for a 30-23 win on Monday Night Football. After the game, Stafford called Kupp "fantastic." The Rams defense was able to slow down Cards quarterback Kyler Murray and the rest of the red-hot Arizona offense. UptickIn addition to the Rams players added to the Reserve/Covid-19 list, the NFL reported an overall increase in the number of positive cases around the league. This mandate does not apply to NFL players.
Pfizer: Final data on Covid-19 pills for high-risk adults holds strong against hospitalization and death
Pfizer hopes it can eventually offer the pills, under the name Paxlovid, for people to take at home before they get sick enough to go to the hospital. Among 682 who received placebo, 44 were hospitalized, including 9 who died. If given within the first five days of symptoms, the efficacy was similar: 88%. These results hold up against a similar announcement from the company last month, when not all the data had come in yet. The research also showed "an approximate 10-fold decrease in viral load at Day 5, relative to placebo," the statement said.
Former Vaccines Task Force chief raises concerns over UK vaccines strategy
Modified vaccines will likely be needed in light of the new Omicron variant | Rob Pinney/Getty ImagesThe former chair of the U.K.’s Vaccine Taskforce said Tuesday that modified vaccines will likely be needed in light of the new Omicron coronavirus variant — but raised concerns over the country’s vaccines manufacturing capability. “We have to be nimble in how quickly we can manufacture these variant vaccines because I think we’re going to have to produce (them),” she told the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. Bingham, who has been praised for her work in quickly identifying and procuring COVID-19 vaccines when she was chair of the Vaccines Task Force last year, said she was “concerned” about the U.K.'s approach to manufacturing. The U.K. terminated its contract with the small biotech which had gone to the lengths of setting up a production presence in the U.K. as part of its vaccine deal, she said. Having a variant vaccine by March next year “isn't beyond the realms of possibility," she said, "but we need to have that capability to be able to do it."
FTC takes 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli to trial over drug price hike
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and several states are set to take Vyera Pharmaceuticals founder Martin Shkreli to trial on Tuesday for trying to block generic versions of Vyera’s life-saving drug Daraprim, a week after settling with the company. The FTC and the states have accused Shkreli of masterminding an illegal scheme to buy Daraprim and secure a monopoly on it so that Vyera could raise its price to $750 per tablet, from $17.50, a move that made Shkreli infamous as “Pharma Bro” in 2015. The drug is used to treat toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that threatens people with weakened immune systems. The non-jury trial will take place before U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan federal court. Christopher Casey, a lawyer for Shkreli, could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.
California police investigate suspicious death outside Tesla plant
Police in California are investigating a potential homicide outside a Tesla factory. The Fremont Police Department said first responders were called to the Tesla building just before 3:30 p.m. Monday, according to a statement. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment. As many as 10,000 employees work at the factory, according to the electric vehicle manufacturer. Tesla is headed by Elon Musk, who was named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2021 on Monday.
Amazon worker deaths in tornados raise questions about tornado training and cellphone policy
Two employees who work at nearby facilities said they had been given very little tornado-specific training and were expected to work through tornado warnings. She added that during two previous tornado warnings during her overnight shift, she was expected to continue working even when the company sounded alarms. Workers across Amazon facilities also pushed back against a policy that Amazon is bringing back barring phones at work. For years, Amazon has banned workers from carrying their phones in warehouse facilities. The collapse has only stirred the anger of Amazon workers across the country who have been trying to unionize.
Opinion | Timeless Wisdom for Leading a Life of Love, Friendship and Learning
“Today, we are supercompetent when it comes to efficiency, utility, speed, convenience, and getting ahead in the world; but we are at a loss concerning what it’s all for,” Leon Kass writes in his 2017 book “Leading a Worthy Life.” “This lack of cultural and moral confidence about what makes a life worth living is perhaps the deepest curse of living in our interesting time.”[You can listen to this episode of “The Ezra Klein Show” on Apple, Spotify, Google or wherever you get your podcasts.] Kass spent more than 30 years as an award-winning teacher at the University of Chicago, where he gained a reputation among students for his commitment to the big questions of human existence and the study of classic texts. And he’s written books and essays on marriage, sports, ethics, friendship, romance, the philosophy of food, biblical wisdom and more. In many ways, Kass’s career represents a lifelong effort to grapple with the biggest question of all: What does it mean to live a meaningful life? This conversation, between Kass and the New York Times Opinion columnist David Brooks, is an attempt to answer that question.
Opinion | A Squabble at the F.D.I.C. Is Actually a Fight Over Biden’s Entire Economic Agenda
What you may have not realized, however, is that there is a bitter partisan battle brewing for control of the F.D.I.C. that may determine whether your bank survives, whether a financial crisis wipes out your savings and whether presidential elections matter for financial policymaking. The fracas erupted last week when the three Democratic members of the F.D.I.C.’s five-member board of directors voted to request public feedback on the agency’s approach to analyzing bank mergers. On this score, the Democratic directors have a strong case. Robust antimonopoly rules were embedded in the F.D.I.C.’s founding legislation and acts of Congress passed in the 1950s and 1960s.
Opinion | Tornadoes Shouldn’t Be a Workplace Hazard
For the vast majority of Americans, democracy ends when work hours begin. Most people in this country are subject, as workers, to the nearly unmediated authority of their employers, which can discipline, sanction or fire them for nearly any reason at all. In other words, Americans are at the mercy of what the philosopher Elizabeth Anderson calls “private government,” a workplace despotism in which most workers “cede all of their rights to their employers, except those specifically guaranteed to them by law, for the duration of the employment relationship.” With few exceptions — like union members covered by collective bargaining agreements or academics covered by tenure — an employer’s authority over its workers is, Anderson writes, “sweeping, arbitrary and unaccountable — not subject to notice, process, or appeal.”If “private government” sounds like a contradiction in terms, that is only because in the modern era we have lost an older sense of government as an entity that, as Anderson says, exists “wherever some have the authority to issue orders to others, backed by sanctions, in one or more domains of life.” The state, then, is simply one kind of government among others, albeit one with a monopoly on the legitimate use of force. For most of human history, the state itself was essentially private; few individuals outside of the ruling class had any standing to question its decisions or demand accountability for its actions. The extent to which the state is public at all is, as Anderson notes, “a contingent social achievement of immense importance,” the result of a centuries-long struggle for “popular sovereignty and a republican form of government” such that the state is now “the people’s business, transparent to them, servant to their interests, in which they have a voice and the power to hold rulers accountable.”
Opinion | The Anti-Abortion Movement Could Reduce Abortions if It Wanted To
Why would groups that want to end abortion not support the most efficient way to make abortions less common? The answer is that their mission extends beyond abortion and into the regulation of sex, gender roles and the family. Just 11 of those 28 abstinence-stressing states require that students be taught about contraception. A mere 18 states require that sex ed be medically accurate, and only 11 states and Washington, D.C., require teaching students about sexual consent. Abstinence education may not work, but it does conform with a set of conservative political goals.
Covid Live Updates: What the U.S. Vaccination Campaign Looks Like One Year On
The number of fully vaccinated Americans surpassed 200 million — just over 60 percent of the population — earlier this month, but the road to that milestone was not straight or smooth. With virus cases soaring to record levels after the 2020 holidays, officials in many states moved to expand vaccine eligibility. But as the pandemic appeared to dwindle in the United States, so did the appetite for the vaccines. Image In the year since Sandra Lindsay received the first coronavirus vaccine dose administered in the United States outside a clinical trial, 200 million Americans have been fully vaccinated. Do you want it to burn itself out and kill a lot more people and make a lot more people sick?
Tornado live updates Biden declares emergencies in Illinois and Tennessee as recovery efforts continue
, who lived in a mobile home in Mayfield, Ky., were newcomers who had only moved to the city in 2020 with their five children. Part of the local Amish community, the family of seven adhered to ideals of simplicity and were well loved by their neighbors. Searchers found the bodies of the 31-year old couple as well as 7-year-old Marilyn and 4-year-old Daniel over the weekend.
Washington Post Real Estate section, freelancer win awards in national journalism competition
Here’s what the panel of judges from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism wrote about The Post’s entry: “With a stable of ace reporters, The Washington Post delivers thoroughly reported real estate stories with memorable quotes like this one: ‘Banks are thrilled to lend you money when you don’t need it, but not when you do.’ It’s also hard to resist features like the ‘house of the week’ (a mere $2.7 million, 5,400-square-foot French country-style home in this issue). Post journalists ably tackle timely stories, including one on how the rental market adapted to the pandemic with video tours and online leases.”
‘Pink Flamingos,’ a landmark of shock cinema, is honored by the National Film Registry
“Star Wars Episode VI — Return of the Jedi” earned the most public votes, according to the Library of Congress, which took note of the 1983 film’s reputation among fans as “perhaps not quite up to the lofty standards of its two predecessors” but still ranking as an “unquestioned masterpiece of fantasy, adventure and wonder.” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” — celebrating its 20th anniversary this year — shares honors with the landmark 1984 slasher “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” which spawned a sprawling cinematic universe. “Elm Street” is noteworthy not only for its enduring legacy but for establishing the production company New Line Cinema as a major Hollywood player.
D.C.-area forecast: Warming trend this week before weekend cold front
The weekend starts on the warmer and potentially wetter side with Saturday expected to see cloudy skies and periods of rain possible, although the exact location of any steadier rain is still uncertain. Highs should reach the lower to mid-60s. Colder weather returns Saturday night, with more showers possible, as a cold front drops lows into the 30s with an increasing breeze. Can’t rule out a lingering shower early Sunday but with some clearing, especially by afternoon, as breezy winds add a bit of a wind chill to highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium
Blinken warns China to stop ‘aggressive actions’ in first trip to Southeast Asia
Blinken is using his three-country swing through Southeast Asia, which will include stops in Malaysia and Thailand, as a means for spelling out the Biden administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy. Beijing has drawn criticism in the region for laying claim to much of the South China Sea, which is disputed by smaller countries in the region such as Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia. China has also moved military hardware into the waters and dismissed a 2016 international tribunal decision that refuted its historical claim there.
UK bank fined for laundering trash bags full of cash
London NatWest has been fined £265 million ($350.9 million) for failing to prevent the laundering of nearly £400 million, in the first criminal money laundering case against a British bank. A gang deposited hundreds of millions of pounds in cash at around 50 branches of NatWest, prosecutors for Britain's financial regulator said on Monday, with at least one outlet receiving more than £40 million. One person in Walsall, central England, arrived at a branch with so much cash — £700,000 ($926,000) — that it burst the bin liners it was being carried in. The money had to be repacked in hessian bags, the FCA's lawyer Clare Montgomery said, adding the cash did not fit in the branch's floor-to-ceiling safes. The state-backed bank pleaded guilty in October to three criminal charges of not monitoring customer accounts adequately between 2012 and 2016.
Paris 2024 organizers expect 600,000 at Seine opening ceremony
(Reuters) Paris 2024 organizers are expecting at least 600,000 to attend the Summer Olympics opening ceremony on the Seine as athletes and delegations will sail along the river to kick off the Games. "We've been working on it for the past 12 months, it's the result of a collective effort with the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and all authorities. It has to be spectacular," Estanguet told Reuters in an interview. "It will be the first time people have free access to the opening ceremony, and not just in a stadium. While the lower part of the river bank will be subject to ticketing, there will be free access to the upper part with spectators able to see holograms on the water, dancers on the roofs of nearby buildings and aerial shows.
Meet the power couple taking on the world's toughest off-road race
Last month, CNN followed them on the grandaddy of them all: the Baja 1000. Typically, somebody would for this race, especially the 1,227 miles of this Baja 1000," she explains. Kristen Matlock has earned the nickname, "Iron Woman," due to her doing various iterations of the Baja 1000 solo. North America's most dangerous raceThe Baja 1000 is not known as North America's most dangerous race for nothing. But the Baja 1000 is nothing if not unforgiving, and the terrain soon begins to exact revenge on any sense of early optimism.
House expected to vote on Mark Meadows criminal contempt referral
WASHINGTON — The House is expected to vote Tuesday on whether former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows should be referred to the Justice Department for a criminal contempt charge over his refusal to answer questions about the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The House Rules Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning to consider the resolution, the last step before a floor vote. Meadows, a former House member from North Carolina, initially provided numerous documents to the Jan. 6 committee before he decided against further engagement, claiming executive privilege. Meadows' lawyer, George J. Terwilliger III, sent a letter Monday asking the committeenot to proceed with the contempt vote, saying it would be "contrary to law" because Meadows is making "a good-faith invocation of executive privilege and testimonial immunity." A contempt referral would not be the first one stemming from the Jan. 6 investigation.
Henry Winkler Drops The Hammer On Troll In Jimmy Kimmel's 'Mean Tweets'
The Fonz dropped the F-bomb in response to a troll’s nasty tweet on Monday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”Ted Danson, Timothée Chalamet, Allison Janney, Richard Jenkins, Tracy Morgan, Anne Hathaway, Danny McBride, Hannah Waddingham, Tom Holland, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Hart, John Cena, Patton Oswalt and Regina King also didn’t hold back, with many of them cursing out cruel posts aimed their way.
Biden’s rural investments run up against the culture wars in Wisconsin
While he performed slightly better than Hillary Clinton did with rural voters in 2016, Biden lost almost every rural county in the state. Millions in federal aid from Democrats' pandemic relief law have already reached small communities in southwest Wisconsin. As in Wisconsin, Brown’s state has pockets of small communities that once voted Democratic but have since turned deep red. Democrats' last hope for holding the district and their remaining footholds in rural America is a small sliver of rural voters whom they still might be able to persuade. “Republicans face a real challenge in rural Wisconsin explaining to people why they oppose delivering results that make a real difference in people’s lives,” said Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin’s Democratic senator.
Jan. 6 PowerPoint: What we know and what we don't about a pro-Trump election plot
The exact origins of the 36-page PowerPoint document are unknown. The PowerPoint presentation and its allegations and assertions were promoted by ardent supporters of Trump who have repeatedly spread falsehoods about the election. Here's what we know — and what we don't know — about the presentation, its contributors and who may have seen it. In a letter to Meadows on Wednesday, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the chair of the Jan. 6 committee, referred to an email on Jan. 5 about a 38-page PowerPoint briefing titled "Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for JAN 6." That PowerPoint document is two pages longer than the 36-page version circulating online.
U.S. court rejects bid to end Trump-era 'Remain in Mexico' border policy
President Joe Biden, a Democrat, scrapped his Republican predecessor's policy — often referred to as "Remain in Mexico" — soon after taking office in January this year. Biden decried the policy on the campaign trail and immigration advocates have said migrants stuck in dangerous border cities have faced kidnappings and other dangers. The Biden administration re-issued a memo terminating MPP in the hopes it would overcome the legal challenges. In compliance with the court's order, the administration began sending the first asylum seekers back to Mexico again last week. The number of migrants caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has soared to record highs this year, sparking criticism from Republicans.
Indonesia quake rattles residents but only one hurt and minor damage
JAKARTA — A powerful 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia on Tuesday triggering a tsunami warning and sending residents fleeing from their homes but causing only minor damage and injuring one person, authorities said. The tsunami warning was lifted about two hours after the quake struck in the Flores Sea, about 70 miles northwest of the town of Larantuka, in the eastern part of Flores island. “Everyone ran out into the street,” Agustinus Florianus, a resident of Maumere town on Flores, told Reuters. Children hide under a desk during an earthquake in Maumere, Indonesia on Dec. 14, 2021. A powerful 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia near the town of Maumere on Dec 14.
Disgruntled neighbors and dwindling shorebirds jeopardize SpaceX expansion
Pointer said they eventually sold for “substantially more.” Their Boca Chica home is now part of SpaceX’s production shipyard and has been converted into an office dedicated to hazardous environmental safety. But Pointer blames state and county officials, not Musk or SpaceX. The SpaceX facilities are seen behind Airstreams adjacent to the homes in Boca Chica Village, Texas, on Sunday. Newstead conducted a study of the local population of piping plovers, sparrow-sized shorebirds that nest and feed in coastal sand and are protected under the Endangered Species Act. The Starship that SpaceX hopes to get approval to launch from Boca Chica will have at least 29 of them.
Documents link Huawei to China’s surveillance programs
The Post could not confirm whom the Chinese-language presentations were shown to, or when. Some of the slides showcase surveillance functions specific to police or government agencies, suggesting that Chinese government authorities may have been the intended audience. Many of the PowerPoints have a creation timestamp of Sept. 23, 2014, with the latest modifications to the files made in 2019 or 2020, according to the presentations’ metadata.
Tornado live updates Biden declares emergencies in Illinois and Tennessee as recovery efforts continue
Although Kentucky bore the brunt of the storms, several other states sustained damage as tornadoes ripped through parts of the South and the Midwest, leaving behind loss and destruction on a scale difficult to fathom. There were at least six deaths in Illinois, all at an Amazon warehouse, and at least four in Tennessee.
Russia blocks U.N. move to treat climate change as a global security threat
The effects of climate change are already thought to be leading to increased competition for scarce water resources in places such as Africa. And although world leaders agreed to speed up action at a U.N. climate summit in Glasgow in November, the agreement fell short of the transformative breakthroughs scientists say need to happen to avoid the most dire effects of global warming.
Ghana airport will fine airlines if they bring unvaccinated passengers to the country
The operator of Ghana 's main international airport will fine airlines $3,500 for every passenger they fly in who is not vaccinated against COVID-19 or who tests positive for the coronavirus upon arrival, it said on December 13. The rule comes into effect on Tuesday at Kotoka International Airport in the capital Accra, Ghana Airports said. It follows a health ministry move last week to require all people entering Ghana to be vaccinated. The authorities launched a massive vaccination drive this month ahead of the enforcement from January 22 of a vaccine mandate for targeted groups, including government employees, health workers and students. It plans to recruit more health workers to be able to double daily inoculation from 140,000.
Sexual assault, harassment, bullying: Trans students say they're targeted at school
Willow Andring, a 14-year-old transgender high school freshman, said she faces regular harassment at her school, Armstrong Junior-Senior High School in Kittanning, about 45 minutes northeast of Pittsburgh. At least a dozen news articles — from California to Florida — specifically mentioned trans students being harassed or attacked, some of them in bathrooms. Regardless, they and the parents of trans students who have experienced violence say that schools aren’t doing enough to address the problem, and the students themselves say they feel unsafe. She added that trans students do have a bigger issue with bullying and harassment "and we need to do more to address such," she said. A group of high school students who were frustrated with the Berlin Area School District’s response staged a walkout last month in support of Lucas.
NBA and NHL call off games due to Covid-19 protocols
Here's a look at the Covid news from the NBA, NHL and NFL:NBA postpones first gamesWith 10 players and additional staff members in the NBA's health and safety protocols, the league has postponed the Chicago Bulls' two upcoming games. This is the first time this season that NBA games have been postponed because of Covid-19 concerns. A league source told CNN last week that 97% of NBA players are vaccinated, with 60% of eligible players having received a booster shot. Later in November, the New York Islanders had two games postponed due to multiple players in Covid protocol. This mandate does not apply to NFL players.
New F1 world champion Max Verstappen 'not disappointed at all' with controversial way he won title
Some congratulated Max Verstappen following his first drivers' championship , while others complained about the ending to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. "No, I'm not disappointed at all," the Red Bull driver said when asked whether the ending took the shine of his victory at all. There was controversy right from the opening lap, when Hamilton went off track and into the lead after almost colliding with Verstappen. As protests and appeals after races have happened before during this drama-filled season, the end to Sunday's race didn't take the shine off, says Verstappen. A stressful dayWith so much riding on Sunday's race, Verstappen admitted he maybe didn't sleep as well as he might have liked on Saturday evening.
Stephen Colbert Rips Chris Wallace-Less Fox News With Off-The-Rails New Slogan
“The Late Show” host joked about who’s already replaced Wallace (who is off to CNN) on the conservative network; its Christmas tree that was torched last week.
Opinion | Biden’s Big Antitrust Push Isn’t Going to Be Easy
His government experience comprises a couple of years working at the Federal Trade Commission in the late 1990s straight out of law school. Exactly where Kanter stands on these big questions is directionally apparent, but he has so far managed to avoid getting into some crucial specifics. These are not questions that will be as easy to dodge in court filings and courtrooms as they are in roundtables and law journals. Depending on how long this period lasts, an antitrust enforcement program that tries to upend the consumer welfare standard and its focus on lowering costs could prove even harder than it would otherwise already be. Kanter’s ascendance at the DOJ represents the culmination of a long career and the prospect of serious changes.
UK employment continued to mend in 3rd quarter
That's 1.1 percentage points lower than the last pre-pandemic quarter (December 2019 - February 2020) but 0.2 percentage points higher than the previous quarter (May to July 2021). The U.K.'s unemployment rate, estimated at 4.2 percent, fell by 0.4 percentage points compared to the previous quarter but remains 0.2 percentage points higher than before the pandemic. Total weekly hours worked in the U.K. have been on the rise since the easing of coronavirus restrictions, the ONS noted. This article is part of POLITICO’s premium policy service: Pro Financial Services. From the eurozone, banking union, CMU, and more, our specialized journalists keep you on top of the topics driving the Financial Services policy agenda.
Boy Scouts secure $800 million from Chubb insurer for sex abuse settlements
One of the Boy Scouts of America’s primary insurers, Chubb Ltd unit Century Indemnity Company, said on Monday it will contribute $800 million to a deal proposed by the youth organization to settle sexual abuse claims. The money would be used to settle around 82,500 claims from people who say they were sexually abused as children by troop leaders. Under the Boy Scouts’ proposal, those who filed claims in the organization’s ongoing bankruptcy proceeding will receive settlements according to the severity of their cases and when the alleged abuse occurred. Century’s contribution comes after more than a year of back-and-forth between the insurer and the Boy Scouts. The deal, which is subject to court approval, is also backed by the Boy Scouts’ other primary insurer, The Hartford Financial Group, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which previously chartered Scouting groups and activities.
Many Latinos say 'Latinx' offends or bothers them. Here's why.
In fact, recent national surveys of Hispanics/Latinos show that the term Latinx is highly unpopular. A whopping 40 percent found the word Latinx offensive. Democrats, including President Joe Biden, have been deploying the word Latinx, apparently believing that a gender-neutral word that was born among liberal academics and progressive activists would appeal to Latinos. It’s important for companies not to offend their consumers — though of course some of them will prefer Latinx for that reason as well. A couple decades later, that term Hispanic began to lose ground as activists and intellectuals objected to the word’s reference to colonialist Spain.
Opinion | The Truth About Supreme Court Reversals That Brett Kavanaugh Didn’t Mention
In those small number of overrulings, the court has almost always expanded constitutional rights, not constrained them. None involved the kind of wholesale gutting of a recognized right of the kind that’s at stake in Dobbs. Today’s Supreme Court right wing, which was constructed almost deliberately to create a majority capable of undoing Roe, seems far more ideologically minded. To understand the significance of what it would mean to wipe a constitutional right off the books altogether, two concepts are foundational. The sleight-of-hand points to the second foundational concept at stake: what it means to recognize—or obliterate—a constitutional right in the first place.
Emma Raducanu tests positive for COVID-19, out of exhibition event in Abu Dhabi
(Reuters) U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this week's Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition event in Abu Dhabi, the 19-year-old Briton said on Monday. Raducanu , who became the first qualifier to win a major when she triumphed at Flushing Meadows in September, was due to face Olympics singles gold medallist Belinda Bencic at the Dec. 16-18 event. "I was very much looking forward to playing in front of the fans here in Abu Dhabi, but unfortunately after testing positive for COVID-19, I will have to postpone until the next opportunity," Raducanu said. "I'm isolating as per rules and hopefully will be able to get back soon." Organisers said that they are looking at "alternative top female competitors" to replace Raducanu at the event.
Emma Raducanu loses to qualifier in Austria as she announces Torben Beltz as new head coach
(CNN) In the final tournament of her remarkable breakout season, Emma Raducanu lost in three sets at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz to Chinese qualifier Wang Xinyu. The 18-year-old, who stunned the world of tennis by winning the US Open as a qualifier back in September, came into the tournament as the No. 1 seed and was hoping to add to her first two WTA Tour victories at last month's Transylvania Open. "I thought Xinyu played extremely well, especially in that first set," Raducanu, who suffered with an injury in the deciding set, told reporters. "Everything was going her way and she was playing extremely well, so a lot of credit to her for keeping that level out there on the court.
Tunisia’s President Promises Vote on Constitution and Sets Election Date
In a speech on Monday posted to his official Facebook page, President Kais Saied said he would hold a series of online consultations open to the public early next year to gather ideas for revising Tunisia’s Constitution, which would then go to a commission to draft amendments. Tunisians would vote on the new Constitution on July 25, 2022, the one-year anniversary of the day Mr. Saied suspended Parliament and took control. Parliament will remain frozen until new elections on Dec. 17, 2022, he said. “I assume this responsibility before the people and before God,” Mr. Saied said. “We seek to liberate our people and our country.
London Playbook: Not-so-super Tuesday — Fight night — Letter status
By ALEX WICKHAMPRESENTED BYSend tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browserGood Tuesday morning. YESTERDAY’S UK COVID STATS: 54,661 new cases, ?? 5,807 on Sunday. New meaning of fully vaxxed: Tory MPs will queue up to complain about the government in the pre-vote debate. POLITICO UK: Boris Johnson: Down but not outPoliticsHome: Up to 100 Tory MPs could rebel against COVID certification with Commons vote. SUBSCRIBE to the POLITICO newsletter family: Brussels Playbook | London Playbook | Playbook Paris | EU Confidential | Sunday Crunch | EU Influence | London Influence | AI: Decoded | Digital Bridge | China Direct | D.C. Playbook | All our POLITICO Pro policy morning newsletters
China Mobile gets the green light to list in Shanghai after it was kicked out of New York
Hong Kong (CNN Business) China's largest telecom company has received the green light to raise billions of dollars for its 5G ambitions by listing shares in Shanghai, months after it was kicked out of New York. China Mobile said late Monday in a filing with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, where it also trades, that it had received approval from the China Securities Regulatory Commission to move ahead with the share sale. It's not clear yet how much money China Mobile will raise. It said in the filing that it needs to conduct "preliminary price consultations" this week. Based on the stock's closing price in Hong Kong on Monday, that would place the raise at 39.16 billion yuan ($5 billion).
Mary Trump Taunts Cousin Don Jr. Over Jan. 6 Texts To Meadows Instead Of His Dad
The Capitol Police tweet is not enough,” Trump Jr. wrote to Meadows. “I’m pushing it hard,” Meadows replied. He has to lead now,” Trump Jr. countered. “It has gone too far and gotten out of hand.”MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell asked Mary Trump why Trump Jr. had texted Meadows and not his own father. Advertisement“I wish that the answer you had given was the right one, caller ID,” she cracked in response.
Two recent filibuster exceptions expose lie of filibuster as insurmountable hurdle
Rachel Maddow points out that not only was an exception to the filibuster made for raising the debt ceiling but two weeks ago an exception was made for a random Republican amendment. If exceptions are so simple, what was all that fuss for months about the filibuster being too sacrosanct to tamper with? Dec. 14, 2021
From West Virginia to DC, Poor People’s Campaign targets Manchin
Poor People's Campaign in the nation's capitalMARTINSBURG, W. VA.—After decorating their cars with messages and holiday streamers, hundreds of Poor People’s Campaign activists descended on D.C. today in yet another show of support for President Biden’s Build Back Better social programs expansion legislation. Several days before the car caravan, the five leaders of the West Virginia Poor People’s Campaign—including West Virginia native and longtime union organizer Stewart Acuff–demanded Manchin stop ducking meetings and explain his stands to the PPC face-to-face. There was one “virtual” meeting in February, via zoom, and none since, despite repeated demands, rallies, and town halls in West Virginia. We are the 187,000 children living in poverty in West Virginia and the more than 108,000 people without health insurance. 75% of West Virginia voters see the importance of the job creation potential of the Build Back Better Agenda.
The Lost World of Bulgarian Communism
He volunteered to fight in World War II, two days before the official British declaration of war and a year before he was due to be conscripted. They were having a hard time of it because the Bulgarian government was very repressive. E. P. Thompson himself suggested that Winston Churchill may have been purging the ranks of communists, and that was one of the reasons why Thompson wasn’t properly supplied. E. P. Thompson and his mother put together a little collection of writings in 1947 called There Is a Spirit in Europe. I think it had a really profound influence on E. P. Thompson.
Sam Pollard Talks About Arthur Ashe, “The Jackie Robinson of Tennis”
Interview by Ed RampellRight now a vanguard of black documentarians is spearheading a cinematic reimagining and retelling of the African American experience. These filmmakers include Raoul Peck, Stanley Nelson, Ava DuVernay, and Spike Lee. At the forefront of this nonfiction motion picture movement is Sam Pollard, who co-won two Emmys for 2006’s Lee-directed When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts and was Academy Award–nominated along with Lee for 1997’s 4 Little Girls. Pollard, who also received an Emmy for 2009’s By the People: The Election of Barack Obama, began his prolific producing and directing career making two episodes of the prestigious PBS civil rights series, Eyes on the Prize. Codirected with Rex Miller, this ninety-four-minute nonfiction biopic chronicles athlete-activist Arthur Ashe, who broke ethnic boundaries in the so-called “sport of kings” and fought for social justice off the tennis court.
Boris Johnson, Facing Omicron and Scandal, Is in Trouble - The New York Times
People in England are advised to work from home, and masks and Covid passes will be mandatory in more places. The rules, as ever under Mr. Johnson, feel arbitrary and ill thought out. The problem is: Will people follow them when it is likely that Mr. Johnson — if the past is any indication — will not? That parties should come back to haunt Mr. Johnson is ironic, since we liked him for his levity. Ms. Stratton was hired to be the voice of his government and to give a daily briefing in the American style.
Vote For The Best Metropolitan Diary Entry of 2021
This year, for the column’s 45th anniversary, we’d like your help picking the best Diary entry of 2021. You can change your vote as many times as you’d like until then, but you may only pick one, so choose wisely. Click "Vote" to select your favorite Diary entry Click "Vote" to select your favorite Diary entryCool Breeze Dear Diary: One early fall morning some years ago, I decided to walk to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and spend a few hours there before meeting a friend for lunch. – Vern SchrammEmergency Quarters Dear Diary: Every morning before I left for school, my mother would hand me an emergency quarter. “You have any chicken left?” – Carlos MatiasWalking Tour Dear Diary: I stepped out of an East Side funeral home into the bright June sunshine.
Wes Unseld Jr.’s return to Denver quickly goes sideways as the Wizards’ skid continues
“Our offense didn’t click, I thought we were once again generating open shots, and we start the game 3 for 15 from three. That’s demoralizing," Unseld said. "It’s frustrating when you’re able to create the offense you’re looking for, and you don’t get the payoff. So there was a lot of frustration with that, and I thought it affected our efforts and energy, our focus on the other end.”
Matthew Stafford, Rams Remind Rest of the NFC They're Super Bowl Contenders
Norm Hall/Getty ImagesAs it turns out, the Los Angeles Rams were mostly dead after losing three of their last four games. Los Angeles went from the chic Super Bowl pick with Stafford being a frontrunner for MVP to a squad that lost three straight contests to playoff-caliber opponents by a combined score of 95-54. The Rams went through their funk. OBJ showed burst after initially battling through a knee injury upon his Los Angeles arrival. Los Angeles should be favored against the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens before facing the San Francisco 49ers for the second time.
Playbook Paris: Macron et la théorie de la dinde — Castagne en vue à Paris — Terre brûlée Orbán
Viktor Orbán a pour sa part exprimé son goût pour les “débats sérieux”, parfois même “tranchants”, avec Emmanuel Macron. AUSSI À L’AGENDAEmmanuel Macron s’entretient à 16 heures avec Franck Riester, et à 17 heures avec Jean Castex et Gérald Darmanin. Puis à 11h15, à la Tour La Marseillaise, il présente les projets de mobilité du plan “Marseille en Grand”. Les sénateurs élisent de 14h30 à 15 heures un juge suppléant à la Cour de justice de la République. Un grand merci à : Laura Kayali, mon éditeur Jules Darmanin, Pierre-Paul Bermingham pour la veille et Grace Stranger pour la mise en ligne.
Brussels Playbook: Big Tech’s Grinch moment — Sassoli told to sashay away — Rutte’s 4th term
Background: For those who are unfamiliar with the fine details of EU tech regulation, the DMA and DSA are the bedrock of the European Commission’s plans to rein in Big Tech. PARLIAMENT POLITICSSASSOLI’S SLIM HOPES SLIP AWAY: If there was any doubt that the S&D’s David Sassoli has little chance of securing another two and a half years as the European Parliament president, his hopes are likely to dissipate today. — EEAS chief Josep Borrell and Parliament President David Sassoli meet President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo. — European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg. SUBSCRIBE to the POLITICO newsletter family: Brussels Playbook | London Playbook | Playbook Paris | EU Confidential | Sunday Crunch | EU Influence | London Influence | AI: Decoded | Digital Bridge | China Direct | D.C. Playbook | All our POLITICO Pro policy morning newsletters
Map from executed murderer leads to likely remains of sister-in-law
A hand-drawn map offered to authorities a day after the state of Mississippi executed killer David Neal Cox has led to the apparent remains of his missing sister-in-law, authorities said Monday. David Neal Cox, convicted in the 2010 murder of his estranged wife, Kim Kirk Cox, had long been suspected in the 2007 disappearance of Felicia Cox, then 40. Pontotoc County Coroner Kim Bedford on Monday night said those remains, recovered in her jurisdiction Sunday, appear to be the those of Felicia Cox. Miskelly and other relatives of Felicia Cox were present and viewed excavation of the remains, he said. Pontotoc County Coroner Kim Bedford said there is reason to believe remains found there are those of Felicia Cox, 40, missing since 2007.
Hannity Interviews Meadows After Damning Jan. 6 Text Story, Doesn't Mention It At All
“Can he make a statement? Ask people to leave the Capitol?” Hannity had texted Meadows during the riot. “Mark, the president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home,” Fox News host Laura Ingraham wrote. “Please get him on TV,” the network’s Brian Kilmeade messaged. “Destroying everything you have accomplished.”As the Daily Beast first reported, the subject did not come up once during Meadows’ appearance Monday on “Hannity.”
Joshua Bellamy, Ex-Jet, Is Sentenced to 3 Years in Covid-19 Aid Scheme
A former wide receiver for the New York Jets who fraudulently obtained more than $1.2 million in Covid-19 relief money and spent tens of thousands of dollars of that on luxury items has been sentenced to more than three years in prison, federal prosecutors said. The former N.F.L. player, Joshua J. Bellamy, 32, of St. Petersburg, Fla., pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida say Mr. Bellamy obtained a Paycheck Protection Program loan of $1.2 million for his company, Drip Entertainment L.L.C., by using false information. They say he used the loan’s proceeds on personal items, including more than $104,000 in luxury goods from Dior, Gucci and other merchants, and on $63,000 in purchases at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla.At a hearing in federal court in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, Mr. Bellamy was sentenced to 37 months in prison on the conspiracy charge and also ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay $1.2 million in restitution and $1.2 million in forfeiture, according to a statement from federal prosecutors.
Carolyn Hax: Holiday card addressed to one spouse, not the couple
More from Carolyn HaxFrom the archive:Six years in, I fear my wife is getting a degree in career-dodgingShe wants a baby and 8 to 10 hours of sleep. Carolyn has a live chat with readers on Fridays. Read the 2021 Hootenanny of Holiday Horrors here. The final chat of 2021 is Dec. 17. Chat glossary.
Miss Manners: How to respond when someone asks when I was conceived?
Over the years, I’ve helped him overcome a lot of these things — and God knows he’s helped me be a better person, too. But he still refuses to answer if I call him from another room, thinking it’s more expedient to leave his options open like he did with his family. Meanwhile, I have no idea if he’s heard me, and I feel compelled to call him again. He gets annoyed, while I feel disrespected and devalued.
Ask Amy: What can a minimalist gift for a child’s birthday party?
You can make a special card for her, telling her that she can choose her own activity and “spend” this card on: A special “play date” with you; a “cooking lesson,” where you will assist her as she makes a special dish in the kitchen; two-hours with you, ice skating or kicking a soccer ball (the options are fairly endless).
Disbelief in Kentucky as death toll rises and residents survey tornado damage
They returned hours later to find their house destroyed and their neighbors dead. One had been sucked from his home, his body flung into a cornfield. A few lots away, the house was shattered and the couple who lived there were both in the front yard, lifeless. Within a short drive, an additional nine people had been killed, bringing the local toll to 12 — an astonishing number in a community of just 300.
Boosters in wealthy nations come as poorer nations await first doses
Omicron has raised new questions about how far even these doses can go. Given the variant’s apparent ability to evade the antibodies created by vaccinations, some experts are suggesting that the definition of being “fully vaccinated” should include booster shots. Even those who have received vaccines that were highly effective against other variants, such as Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, both of which use advanced mRNA technology, are being told by Britain’s Johnson and other figures they may need additional doses to be fully immunized against omicron.
New York City to mandate Covid vaccines for all private sector workers
New York (CNN Business) All private sector employers in New York City will now be required to implement a Covid-19 vaccine mandate by December 27, the city's mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. "It's unclear if the city has authority to issue such a mandate," Wylde said, adding that the city business leaders are "very supportive" of vaccines. For instance, unlike the city, New York State does not have a vaccine mandate for private employers. And the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for employers with 100 or more workers has been held up by court challenges. Wylde said there is concern over a lack of coordination for federal, state and city health policies.
Get ready for even more bitcoin and other exotic ETFs in 2022
New York (CNN Business) This was a big year for new exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, the popular investments that make it easy to buy a basket of stocks, cryptocurrencies or other assets. Numerous bitcoin ETFs launched in 2021, with more likely in 2022. Several experts even predict that there could be new ETFs for ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. Expect even more esoteric funds to launch as well. Silvergate SI eBay EBAY Funko FNKO The Defiance NFT ETF is based off an index and owns shares of companies like bitcoin bank, pop culture figurines giantand Playboy owner Plby
'We were flown into the air': Kentucky family survives tornado
A mother and her two children survive being thrown into the air by tornado and landing 200 feet away from their home in Dawson Springs, Kentucky. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.
Fox stays silent about new texts that expose Hannity and Ingraham's Jan. 6 hypocrisy
New York (CNN Business) A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. Fox News did not bother to air Monday night's meeting of the House committee investigating the 1/6 attack. "Mark, the president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home," Laura Ingraham texted Meadows. On Monday, Cheney read two other texts from Fox stars to Meadows from 1/6. The other was from Sean Hannity: "Can he make a statement, ask people to leave the Capitol?"
Lyft won't require its staff to return to the office until 2023
(CNN Business) Lyft is giving its employees another year to work remotely, a dramatic step among major businesses that are continuing to delay a return to the office. The rideshare company said Wednesday that it won't require its staff to return to the office until 2023. Lyft did not cite concerns about the new Omicron coronavirus variant in its statement, instead pointing to the "flexibility" desired by its employees. "We've heard from our team members that they value continued flexibility in determining where they work and would benefit from additional time to plan," said Ashley Adams, a Lyft spokesperson. "We're already seeing an increasing number of team members choose to work from the office, and we're excited to offer more opportunities for those interested in getting together," Adams said.
Air Force discharges 27 over Covid vaccine requirement
The Air Force has discharged 27 active-duty members who refused to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as required, a spokesperson said Monday. The Pentagon has required vaccinations for members of the military, and the deadline for active-duty Air Force members was Nov. 2. They are the first active-duty Air Force members to be discharged over the Covid-19 vaccine issue, Stefanek said. Around 97 percent of active-duty Air Force and Space Force members had been vaccinated as of Dec. 7, according to statistics from the Department of the Air Force, which includes the Space Force. More than 1,000 active-duty Air Force and Space Force members are listed as having refused, and about 4,700 are listed as having religious requests in the process of being decided.
Ex-deputy accused of pouring scalding water on mentally ill California inmate
A former sheriff’s deputy was accused Monday of pouring scalding water on a mentally ill inmate at a Southern California jail this year, causing first- and second-degree burns that weren't treated for more than six hours, authorities said. District Attorney Todd Spitzer blamed Ortiz in a statement for “inflicting unnecessary harm on a mentally ill inmate out of frustration.”The inmate was not identified. When the inmate again refused, Ortiz filled a cup from a hot water dispenser and poured it on the inmate's hands, the DA’s office said. The sheriff's department said in a statement that it investigated the incident and asked the DA's office to consider charges. The union representing sheriff's deputies in Orange County did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Former pro wrestler Jimmy Rave dies after triple amputation, struggles with addiction
Jimmy Rave, a former professional wrestling champion who later struggled with drug addiction and lost his legs and an arm to amputation, has died, his agent said Monday. A cause of death for Rave, whose real name was James Michael Guffey, wasn't immediately clear. In a statement co-written with Rave's daughter, his agent, Bill Behrens, said Rave later wrestled in Japan and for S.C.U.M., a group in Ring of Honor. "James had been struggling with drug addiction for many years," the statement said, adding that those struggles resulted in the amputation of his arm and, later, his legs. Rave, who was living in Philadelphia is survived by his daughter, son and parents, the statement said.
China detects first case of Omicron coronavirus variant on the mainland
Hong Kong (CNN) China has detected its first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant on the mainland, posing a fresh challenge to the country's zero-Covid strategy in the lead-up to the Beijing Winter Olympics. Subsequent genome sequencing reviewed by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed it was the Omicron variant, according to state media. The individual is now being treated in isolation in hospital, the report said, without providing further details. The fast-spreading Omicron variant has raised alarms around the world, prompting governments to impose travel restrictions. It has been reported in more than 50 countries since first detected in South Africa late last month.
Elon Musk Q&A with TIME Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal
For Elon Musk, Monday evening was a family affair. Waving to his mother Maye Musk in the audience, and balancing his toddler X Æ A-Xii (pronounced “X”) on his knee, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO sat down for a Q&A with TIME Editor in Chief Edward Felsenthal. Musk had just been named TIME 2021 Person of the Year, and gathered with TIME editors and members of the TIME 100 community in New York City to discuss his selection. “[Few] individuals have had more influence than Musk on life on Earth, and potentially life off Earth too,” Felsenthal wrote earlier, explaining the Person of the Year choice. “In 2021, Musk emerged not just as the world’s richest person but also as perhaps the richest example of a massive shift in our society.”Read more: Why TIME Chose Elon Musk as the 2021 Person of the YearIn a wide-ranging discussion that included democracy and Silicon Valley, the conversation often returned to the subject of risk.
Jan. 7 sentencing set for men convicted in Arbery killing
Bryan, 52, was convicted of three counts of felony murder and one count of aggravated assault, as well as false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. Malice and felony murder convictions both carry a minimum penalty of life in prison. Even if a chance of parole is granted, a person convicted of murder must serve 30 years before becoming eligible. Each count of aggravated assault carries a prison term of at least one year but not more than 20 years. False imprisonment is punishable by a sentence of one to 10 years in prison.
Why aren’t there hearings or investigations about these sex crimes at the C.I.A.? has amassed credible evidence, including confessions, that 10 employees and a contractor committed sex crimes against children and that only one was ever charged with a crime. officer prosecuted for child sex crimes had also mishandled classified information. They were serious sex crimes against children. I know that I sound like a broken record when I ask, “Where is the Congressional oversight?” Why aren’t there hearings or investigations about child sex crimes at the C.I.A.?
Who Actually Owns Corporations, Anyway? ? Current Affairs
Friedman’s essay was about the “social purpose” of corporations, but he added his idea of shareholder ownership almost as an aside. Though it was actually a radical new idea, Friedman posed shareholder ownership as the common sense of economists, simplified for readers of The New York Times. Neither shareholder ownership nor shareholder primacy have any basis in American law. But before we accept shareholder ownership as a de facto reality, we should consider the motivation of this idea’s original purveyor. That the world has accepted shareholder ownership and shareholder primacy as unshakable realities instead of a statement of values is one reason that mission was successful.
California Rep. Devin Nunes leaving Congress to head Trump social media group
Rep. Devin Nunes, a controversial San Joaquin Valley Republican and ardent supporter of Donald Trump, is leaving Congress by the end of the month to head a social media company created by the former president. Shortly after he sent the note, the Trump Media & Technology Group announced that Nunes, 48, would be its chief executive officer beginning in January. Nunes said he was “humbled” that Trump asked him to lead his new company, which is planning on launching a social media platform called TRUTH Social. Politics Twitter fights Justice Department subpoena over Rep. Nunes parody account Twitter is fighting a DOJ subpoena related to the user of an account that parodies Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who has unsuccessfully sought to unmask such users. Such efforts, along with Nunes’ unyielding loyalty to Trump, led to Nunes becoming a top target for liberal scorn across the nation.
Laughlin won't run for PA governor, set to endorse another Republican
State Sen. Dan Laughlin of Erie has decided to forego a run for governor in 2022 and instead endorse a fellow Republican for the job. “I believe we need to come together and focus on the future of the Commonwealth,” Laughlin says in the statement. White told the (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader last month that he's invested $2 million of his own money into his campaign. A few months ago I met Dave White and he's got kind of a similar background to me," Laughlin said. After winning 60% of the vote in his 2020 reelection campaign, Laughlin began discussing a potential run for governor in 2022 to fill the open seat now held by Gov.
Daily News poll: Ivey remains popular, leads on early reelection ballot
By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily NewsMONTGOMERY, Ala. – A new Alabama Daily News poll of Republican voters shows Gov. Kay Ivey with a high approval rating and a big lead over potential opponents in her bid for reelection in 2022. More than 60% of Republican primary voters say they approve of the way Ivey is handling her job as governor, while 28.3% say they disapprove. In a ballot test of the race for governor with potential candidates included, Ivey carried 41.5% while no other candidate was in double digits. The survey, commissioned by Alabama Daily News and conducted by Cygnal, took place August 17-18 among 600 likely Republican primary voters and has a margin of error of +/- 4.0%.
Holness asserts Cherfilus-McCormick is ‘ineligible to hold office,’ asks court to overturn congressional voting results
Planas said the military ballot issue is the one area where Holness might have an argument. However, he said, it doesn’t appear to make a specific enough allegation to avoid getting dismissed. Also, he said, a case cited as precedent in the Holness lawsuit makes clear that even if the Canvassing Board was incorrect, Holness would have to prove that the board abused its discretion. “Whether or not the Canvassing Board was right or wrong in not counting the ballots isn’t the issue. It’s whether the Canvassing Board abused its discretion.”
EMILY’s List Endorses Jessica Cisneros for Congress
For Immediate ReleaseDecember 7, 2021EMILY’s List Endorses Jessica Cisneros for CongressWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Jessica Cisneros in the race to represent Texas’ 28th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILY’s List, released the following statement:“Jessica Cisneros has worked on behalf of Texans for her entire career, and EMILY’s List is proud to stand with her as she runs to represent her hometown in Congress. We know that her work on behalf of Texas’ families will only continue when Cisneros is in Washington. EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. More than 40% of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color.
Trump ally aims for Rep. Bill Foster's seat
Trump ally aims for Rep. Bill Foster's seat Presented by AARPHappy Tuesday, Illinois. TOP TALKERRepublican Catalina Lauf is pivoting her congressional campaign to run in IL-11 in the seat now held by Rep. Bill Foster. We are stronger together in that regard,” Jacob Kaplan, executive director of Cook County Dems, said in an interview. The pledge is only for Cook County candidates, so folks running statewide don’t need to sign the pledge. “I’m a dad and local volunteer who is ready to serve my neighbors on the Cook County Board,” he said in a statement.
Former Huntersville mayor appears set to run for NC’s 13th Congressional district
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (WBTV/AP) – Huntersville’s former mayor appears to have his eyes set on North Carolina’s new congressional district. A Facebook post on John Aneralla’s Facebook page from over the weekend states “HUGE Campaign Announcement coming this Monday! HUGE Campaign Announcement coming this Monday! Aneralla recently served three terms as mayor of Huntersville, from 2015 to 2021, according to his website. Previously, Rep. Madison Cawthorn announced that he would be running for Congress in the state’s 13th District.
Holness plans rematch after losing primary to Cherfilus-McCormick by just 5 votes
The presence of the primaries for governor, along with congressional, state legislative and county posts will make it much more difficult for any candidate in a single race for Congress to attract as much attention as they did when when nothing else was on the ballot. All that political noise will also make it more expensive for candidates to reach a potentially larger pool of voters.
Hochul Continues Early Lead in Growing Democratic Primary Field – Siena College Research Institute
Still, voters support BBB passage 52-28 percent. “A strong majority of Democrats say Hochul possesses each of these attributes, as do a plurality of independents. “Republicans, Democrats, independents, upstaters and downstaters all agree that creating economic opportunity and fighting crime are the top two issues they want Albany to address in the upcoming session. Managing the pandemic came in as third most important issue, more so for Democrats, downstate suburbanites and Black voters,” Greenberg said. The Siena College Research Institute, directed by Donald Levy, Ph.D., conducts political, economic, social, and cultural research primarily in NYS.
Your Illinois News Radar » Busy endorsement day for the IFT: Giannoulias, Budzinski and MKO
* Another one… Today, the Illinois Federation of Teachers announced their endorsement of Nikki Budzinski in the IL-13 Democratic primary. The Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) represent a massive 103,000 members across the state of Illinois. The Illinois Federation of Teacher’s endorsement is the latest in a broad coalition of support that Budzinski is building, including U.S. * And another one… Today, the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) announced the early endorsement for the Illinois Supreme Court (3rd District) judicial race in the June 2022 Primary Election. The Amalgamated Transit Union is the largest labor union representing transit and allied workers in the U.S. and Canada.
Anti-yoga Republican eyes primary bid against governor of Alabama
Republicans across the nation routinely demonize transgender people and the idea of critical race theory, but James’ attack on yoga is much more unusual. Jackson, the 2013 nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia who once suggested it leads to Satan, but James isn’t the only Alabama conservative up in arms about it. The Eagle Forum of Alabama alleged that yoga wasn’t an exercise but was instead done as “an offering of worship” to Hindu deities. Ivey already faces a potential primary challenge from state Auditor Jim Ziegler, who formed an exploratory committee in June. Alabama requires primary candidates to win a majority of the vote in order to avoid a runoff.
Tim James teases run for Alabama governor, lashes out over critical race theory, transgender acceptance, yoga
“They’re like a cancer, metastasizing over time infecting the minds of children,” James said. “They are symptoms of a cultural tsunami that has reached critical mass in America and if left unchecked is toxic to Alabama children,” James said. “And if we lose this cultural war, it’s gone.”School officials say critical race theory is not taught in K-12 schools in Alabama. “It is the responsibility of the leaders of this state to do everything in their power to protect children in schools,” James said. James finished third in the 2010 Republican primary, trailing second-place Bentley by just a few hundred votes after a recount.
Morning Digest: Trump gets his wish in Georgia. Will he get his next victim?
After all, Perdue very nearly won in Georgia last year—and so did Trump. ? NH-Gov: Democratic state Sen. Tom Sherman says he's considering a bid against Republican Gov. ? OH-Gov: Republican Rep. Warren Davidson, who first floated the possibility of running against Gov. Obituaries? Bob Dole, the longtime Republican Senate leader and unsuccessful GOP nominee for president in 1996, has died at the age of 98. While the move might have helped keep Reagan at bay, the Ford-Dole ticket lost a close race to Georgia Gov.
Trump pulls strings behind the scenes to help loyal 2022 candidates
And he has been receptive to the prospect of Alabama Senate GOP candidate Lynda Blanchard challenging Alabama Gov. Trump has been "pulling strings behind the scenes and guiding candidates in the right direction," this person said. Pat McCrory, another GOP Senate candidate, and Budd's supporters think that he could gain on McCrory if he doesn't have to split votes with Walker. "It was my honor to be appointed by President Trump to serve as his Ambassador and I will continue to support the President and his America First Agenda," Blanchard said. The National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee do not support Republican candidates in open primaries, and the Republican Governors Association supports incumbents like Kemp.
Tim James to seek Republican nomination for Alabama governor
Tim James will seek the Republican nomination for governor next year, adding a significant challenger to Gov. “I hate that we find ourselves in this situation because the governor and my family have been friends for more than 40 years,” James said. In 2010, James finished third in the Republican primary, just getting beaten out of a runoff by then-Rep. Robert Bentley of Tuscaloosa, the eventual winner of the race. He had strongly suggested he would enter the race at an appearance at the State Capitol in September. Besides Ivey and James, the Republican field includes Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler; correctional officer Stacey George, and Dean Odle, a minister in Opelika.
Ivey campaign to launch first TV ad during SEC Championship
Kay Ivey’s reelection campaign on Friday announced that it would launch its first TV ad during Saturday’s SEC Championship Game. Viewers tuned in to watch the University of Alabama contend for its second straight SEC title will see Ivey tout the Yellowhammer State’s accomplishments under her administration. The ad begins with a shot of Ivey and a graphic displayed under her name which reads, “Alabama’s Most Conservative Governor.”“Sometimes it’s like the world’s gone crazy. “Governor Ivey has a common sense approach that the people of Alabama are grateful for, so, it’s no wonder she is one of the most popular governors in the country,” said Califf. “Governor Ivey is a conservative fighter who has always stood up for Alabama values.
How to mess up a possible Trump endorsement in one easy step
“President Trump could jump out on Monday and do it, but he is also interested in waiting to make a big splash later on,” said one of the people familiar with Trump’s thinking. A person close to Blanchard dismissed suggestions that the former ambassador or her team had ever inflated her relationship with Trump. Prospective Republican candidates and incumbent GOP lawmakers are engaged in a mad dash to nab his endorsement. And some candidates have simply attempted to flatter their way to a meeting with Trump at his South Florida abode. But that success rate is because — at least so far — Trump has provided endorsements to mainly shoo-in candidates or former aides.
2022 United States Senate election in Alabama
Class III U.S. Senate election in Alabama2022 United States Senate election in Alabama ? 2016 November 8, 2022 2028 ? Party Republican Democratic Incumbent U.S. senatorRichard ShelbyRepublicanThe 2022 United States Senate election in Alabama will be held on November 8, 2022, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Alabama. Incumbent Richard Shelby was first elected in 1986 and re-elected in 1992 as a Democrat before switching to the Republican Party in 1994. [1] In his most recent election in 2016, he was re-elected with 64% of the vote over Democrat Ron Crumpton. [40][41]General election [ edit ]Predictions [ edit ]See also [ edit ]Notes [ edit ]^ The images in this gallery are in the public domain or are otherwise free to use . a b Key:A – all adultsRV – registered votersLV – likely votersV – unclearPartisan clients^ Poll sponsored by Britt's campaign a b c d Poll sponsored by Alabama Conservatives Fund, which supports Britt ^ Poll sponsored by the Alabama House Republican Caucus a b Poll sponsored by Club for Growth Action which endorsed Brooks prior to the sampling periodReferences [ edit ]
Former ambassador Lindy Blanchard exits Senate race, enters Republican race for Alabama governor
WETUMPKA — Lindy Blanchard, a nonprofit director, former ambassador and major financial supporter of former President Donald Trump, entered the gubernatorial race on Tuesday, hitting traditional Alabama Republican issues while sprinkling in the former president's name. Blanchard, who Trump has reportedly encouraged to get into the race, is the second Republican to challenge Gov. James and Blanchard have both hit on themes of being conservative outsiders opposed to the federal government. REDISTRICTING:Montgomery state legislators hope county doesn't lose seats in Alabama redistrictingTim James, a businessman and the son of former Gov. Other Republican candidates for the office include Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler; correctional officer Stacy George and Dean Odle, a minister from Wetumpka.
Tim James is running against Kay Ivey. Will Lynda Blanchard?
James, said he is entering the race because he believes many conservative voters are “anxious” about the state’s recent political decisions. “This is not who the people of this state are,” James said in a telephone interview Monday. Ivey, while personally encouraging people to get vaccinated, has called the federal vaccine mandates ‘un-American, outrageous overreach.’James said he thought the state should do more, including an outright ban on mandates. Republican Lynda Blanchard, who was former President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Slovenia, has scheduled a Tuesday campaign event in Wetumpka. Blanchard filed to run for U.S. Senate but there has been speculation she could switch to the gubernatorial race.
Republican Binnie confirms he’s seriously considering US Senate run in 2022
Advertisement Republican Binnie confirms he’s seriously considering US Senate run in 2022 Media, real estate, investment magnate plans to announce his intention in early January Share Copy Link CopyReal estate, investment and media executive Bill Binnie has been in the discussion of potential Republican candidates to challenge Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan since Gov. Sununu took himself out of contention a month ago.GOP sources have said he is interested – and now he has confirmed that, in fact, he is.“I am actively considering running for the U.S. Senate and will make a decision in the next week or two. I think my life experiences would allow me to add to the discussions in Washington that would be helpful to the citizens of New Hampshire." Gen. Don Bolduc. That is expected to change soon.
First Confirmed Candidate Emerges in GOP Bid to Hold Nunes’ House Seat
On Monday, Nunes, R-Tulare, announced he is leaving the 22nd Congressional District seat at the end of the month. pic.twitter.com/piVm0U6pM3 — Melissa Hurtado (@MHurtadoCA) December 6, 2021Eric Garcia, current 22nd Congressional District candidate, D-Clovis“If there is (a special election), yes,” Garcia said. Gavin Newsom is mandated to call for a special election to fill the remainder of Nunes’ term — through Jan. 3, 2023. Special Election Running Concurrently with Regular ElectionIf a candidate in the special primary election wins a majority — an unlikely scenario with the volume of candidates interested — there would be no special general election in June. Conversely, voters could only be voting on the regular election without potentially voting for the same candidates in the special election.
Florida governor's race: GOP goes after Nikki Fried after she amends financial disclosures
The moves highlight what is already a bitter contest between Fried and incumbent Republican Ron DeSantis. "We each hold positions of public trust," he wrote. "In keeping with that public trust, Florida’s Constitution requires public officers to make full and accurate disclosures of their financial interests and Florida law requires lobbying compensation reports to be true, complete, and accurate. Records show she's amended her financial disclosures before, in early 2020, after realizing she had miscalculated income. "We need to keep fighting the unethical democrats who will stop at nothing to defeat Governor DeSantis and our Republican team," Power said.
Florida Ethics Panel: Nikki Fried Didn't Properly Disclose Income
A Florida ethics panel on Wednesday announced it has found probable cause that Democratic candidate for governor Nikki Fried violated state law for failing to properly disclose her income on financial forms. The Florida Commission on Ethics found probable cause that Fried, who is also the state agriculture commissioner, did not correctly disclose lobbying income on financial forms from 2017 and 2018. A Republican Party official filed a complaint with the ethics board in June after Fried amended her filings to reflect the previously unreported income. Download our local news and weather app for iOS or Android — and choose the alerts you want. He said Fried will request that an administrative law judge dismiss the complaint.
Nikki Fried amended past financial disclosures before jumping into Florida governor's race
Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried speaks during a meeting of the Florida cabinet in Tallahassee, Fla. on June 4, 2019. | Steve Cannon/AP Photo Nikki Fried amended past financial disclosures before jumping into Florida governor's raceTALLAHASSEE — Shortly before jumping into the race for Florida governor this week, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried amended two separate financial disclosure forms, including one showing previously unreported earnings of $351,480. In July 2019, Fried reported that her only salary for the previous year was the money she earned as agriculture commissioner. Several months later — in January 2020 — Fried amended her disclosure to show that she had earned $72,000 from Igniting Florida. Once Scott left office, state legislators repealed the law, arguing it allowed wealthy people to hide their financial holdings.
Morning Digest: Conservative pollster musters up a tie for Matt Bevin
State Sen. Jim Banks, a favorite of anti-establishment groups, raised the most money, though his $161,000 haul was far from eye-popping. Ex-Wisconsin state Sen. Pam Galloway barley did any fundraising, but she lent her campaign $100,000. State Rep. Pam Tucker, who has ties to Granite State conservatives, recently formed an exploratory committee. • NV-04: State Sen. Ruben Kihuen earned Sen. Harry Reid's official endorsement in early September but so far, it hasn't unleashed a fundraising bonanza for him. • OH-14: GOP Rep. David Joyce only beat conservative state Rep. Matt Lynch 55-45 in last year's primary, and Lynch is back for round two.
Bob Etheridge Apologizes for "Poor Response" to Sidewalk Cameramen
"I have seen the video posted on several blogs," Etheridge said in a statement. No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response. In the video, Etheridge is approached by two camera-wielding men who ask if he "fully supports the Obama agenda." In the edited video, as Hotsheet reported earlier today, Etheridge is then shown holding the wrist of one of the questioners and repeatedly asking him to identify himself. "(video at left)"No matter how partisan and no matter how difficult things get sometimes, that's no excuse for my response," he said.
Morning Digest: Despite assaulting a reporter, Republican Gianforte hangs on to win special election
Howey also says that state Rep. Mike Braun is "reportedly making calls" about a possible bid, though he also hasn't said anything publicly. ? GA-Gov: On Thursday, state Rep. Stacey Evans became the first noteworthy Democrat to announce that she would run to succeed termed-out GOP Gov. ? ID-Gov: Wealthy developer Tommy Ahlquist, a former doctor, started airing ads in March even though the GOP primary is about a year away, and he's up with another spot. ? RI-Gov: Back in December, attorney Clay Pell, who lost the 2014 Democratic primary to eventual winner Gina Raimondo, didn't rule out a rematch. ? NH-02: Last year, New Hampshire Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster defeated an underfunded Republican foe by a modest 50-45 as her seat went from 54-45 Obama to 49-46 Clinton.
Trump brokers deal to remake the field in N.C. Senate race
Walker, who was rumored for weeks to be considering a House run, has not formally announced his plans to drop out of the Senate race. The new 7th District congressional seat that Walker would run for resembles the district Walker represented from 2015 through 2020. Both Budd and Walker are campaigning as Trump loyalists, in contrast with McCrory, a Republican with more appeal to moderates. Trump’s maneuvering moves him out of that race and into the 4th District contest, thus clearing room for Walker to run in the 7th. McCrory.”A McCrory internal polling memo from October showed McCrory ahead by 15 percentage points in the three-way race.
Morning Digest: The Club for Growth wants to help tea partiers devour one of their own
However, state Rep. Paul Hollis also says he's considering a bid. McGinty faces ex-Rep. Joe Sestak and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman for the right to take on GOP Sen. Pat Toomey. The more notable Republican candidates to date include conservative radio host Jason Lewis, former state Rep. Pam Myrha, and former state Sen. John Howe. This time, Guinta is already facing a challenge from former business school dean Dan Innis, whom he beat in the 2014 primary, and state Rep. Pam Tucker could also get in. ? PA-16: Businessman Chet Beiler has announced that he'll seek this open Lancaster County seat, where he'll join state Sen. Lloyd Smucker in the GOP primary.
DeFazio's retirement decision triggers political watch for candidates; 2 declare to run – Oregon Capital Chronicle
Rep. Marty Wilde, D-Eugene, told the Capital Chronicle via text that he was considering getting into the race, but hadn’t decided. On the Republican side, Lane County Republican Committee Chair John Large said Alek Skarlatos was the front runner. “The spirit of the corps, the esprit de corps, for Lane County and Lane County Republicans – I’ve never seen it this high,” he said. Lane County Democratic Chair Chris Wig expects the seat will stay with a Democrat. RELATED STORY: After more than three decades, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio is done with CongressThis article has been updated to reflect comments from state Rep. Julie Fahey
Rep. Emilia Sykes to step down as Minority Leader at end of year
On Wednesday afternoon, Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) announced that she will be stepping down as the Ohio Minority Leader. But we know there’s more work to do, more challenges to meet, and more injustices to address.”In 2019, Rep. Sykes was elected as the minority leader. “Though I am stepping down as Minority Leader, I am not stepping away from service—far from it. I love Akron, I love Summit County and I love Ohio, endlessly. During Leader Syke’s three-year job, she faced unprecedented challenges, including the Dayton shooting, COVID-19 pandemic, economic uncertainty and protests with systematic racism.
Pa. House Republicans pick citizen map submission as draft congressional plan
House Republicans released a first draft of Pennsylvania’s 17 congressional districts Wednesday afternoon, using a map with just a handful of municipal splits drawn by a redistricting advocate as their preliminary proposal. The map has to pass both chambers, controlled by Republicans, and be signed by Wolf, a Democrat, to become law. A hearing on the map is planned for Thursday night; a committee vote on map is planned for Monday morning. NEW: Sources tell me this map is making rounds as a draft of the Pennsylvania state Senate compromise map. pic.twitter.com/syyETIjfH9 — Stephen Caruso (@StephenJ_Caruso) December 9, 2021The two, who head the Senate State Government Committee, would then “allow time for public comment” and anticipate a committee vote in January.
Upper Macungie woman's map made the redistricting difference
The 29-year-old Upper Macungie Township woman's work was pivotal to the state Supreme Court's rejection of the map the official state redistricting panel proposed for the next election. AdvertisementOn Friday, the court said Holt's map proved the Legislative Redistricting Commission failed to meet the state constitution's mandate that redistricting should avoid splitting municipalities and wards "unless absolutely necessary." Holt said she isn't particularly attracted to numbers or statistics, but she is intrigued by the relationship of political map lines to genuine representation. AdvertisementShe showed her map to the Redistricting Commission at its Sept. 7, 2011, hearing in Allentown. If defeating the majority-Republican Redistricting Commission ruffled the feathers of her fellow Republicans locally, Holt said she hasn't heard about it.
Congressional map splitting ABQ advances in NM Senate
The remainder of Albuquerque would share the 1st Congressional District with Rio Rancho and Placitas, stretch through the East Mountains and then take in Ruidoso. Democrats would have:• An 8 percentage point edge in the 1st Congressional District, or 54% to 46% over Republicans. • A 6-point edge for Democrats in the 2nd Congressional District, now represented by Herrell, the lone Republican in the delegation. • An 11-point edge for Democrats in the 3rd Congressional District now held by Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez of Santa Fe. The Princeton Gerrymandering Project, by contrast, rated none of the proposed districts as competitive, describing them all as Democratic seats.
Democrats on Ohio Redistricting Commission say Republicans flouted anti-gerrymandering rules in new state legislative maps
The Republican Commissioners, particularly the Republican Legislative Commissioners, did not make this constitutionally required attempt. The final offers from commission Republicans and Democrats were five House seats and three Senate seats apart. The plaintiffs and state officials on the Ohio Redistricting Commission now all have filed documents with the Ohio Supreme Court laying out their legal arguments. The Republicans and Democrats on the Ohio Redistricting Commission are responding separately with their own legal arguments, with the Republicans splitting into two groups, each with their own arguments. The final defendant in the redistricting lawsuits, the redistricting commission as a legal entity, made its own filing on Friday.
Republican Shay Hawkins announces congressional bid in swing district; he’ll face Trump-backed Max Miller in GOP primary
WASHINGTON, D. C. -- Broadview Heights Republican Shay Hawkins on Wednesday announced that he’s seeking a newly reconfigured congressional seat that includes Cleveland’s western suburbs, Akron and Medina County. “I am running this race because I am the best person to win the district for Republicans,” declared Hawkins, whose primary opponents will include former White House aide Max Miller of Rocky River. After Miller entered the race, Gonzalez decided against seeking re-election, and the predominantly Republican district was redrawn to lean slightly towards Democrats. Hawkins argues he’s better equipped to win the district and represent it in Congress than any other candidate. He’s an attorney with a Master of Business Administration degree who heads a trade association for funds that invest in Opportunity Zone projects to spur economic growth in low-income communities.
Morning Digest: Georgia GOP's new gerrymander pits two Democratic incumbents against one another
The map would place Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur, the longest-serving woman in House history, at serious risk. ? NY-Gov: Data for Progress' new Democratic primary survey for consultant Neal Kwatra, who Politico says is working for an unidentified donor, finds Gov. Dan McKee edging her out just 26-24 in the Democratic primary, with Treasurer Seth Magaziner at 16% and no one else hitting double digits. ? TX-Gov: UT Tyler's newest survey of the March Republican primary for The Dallas Morning News shows Gov. The main event in this constituency is the June Democratic primary between Reps. Sean Casten and Marie Newman.
In a bright sign from Georgia, Democrats flip House seat in Atlanta's long-Republican suburbs
(About 22% of Gwinnett County, including its more Democratic areas, was assigned to the safely blue 4th District, while the balance went to the dark red 10th District.) Trump outright lost Gwinnett County 50-44, and while he did win the 7th District, his 51-45 showing in 2016 was a big drop from what the GOP was accustomed to. Bourdeaux, a Georgia State University public policy professor, won the Democratic nomination after a crowded primary, and she proved to be a strong fundraiser. Finally, on the Friday before Election Day, Woodall finally went up with his first TV spot. Ultimately, while House Democrats didn’t make the gains in the suburbs they were hoping for, Bourdeaux pulled off a victory.
Democratic congressional primary in new heavily Latino district starts to take shape with entry of state Rep. Delia Ramirez
“In a time where our families are struggling to recover from the pandemic, and we have attacks on people of color, women’s rights and our voting rights, we need someone who is not afraid to take on these difficult fights on behalf of our communities,” she said. “I am confident that I am the candidate uniquely qualified to do this because I have spent my entire career fighting these fights.”
Andrew Lelling also eyeing run for Massachusetts governor, sources say
Add former U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling to the list of might-be candidates in the upcoming governor’s race — with sources close to the moderate Republican saying he’s “seriously” considering a run. “With Baker and Polito both out, he’s tempted,” a source close to the Trump-appointed former U.S. attorney told the Herald. All eyes are on Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey, who has been mulling a run since the beginning of the year. Sources close to the AG say it’s a decision she’s unlikely to make in the next few days. Pundits say playing the waiting game is unlikely to damage a candidate of Healey’s caliber.
ANOTHER HAT IN THE RING: East Texas native Joe McDaniel is officially running for Texas’ 1st congressional district
TYLER, Texas (KETK) — East Texas business owner Joe McDaniel has officially announced his candidacy for Rep. Louie Gohmert’s 1st congressional seat. We need someone who knows East Texas and has an East Texas mindset. I am from East Texas, and I am ‘All About East Texas.’ Let’s take some East Texas common sense back to Washington D.C.” Joe McdanielMcDaniel is currently the fourth Republican to enter the race for the congressional seat for Texas’ 1st district. McDaniel was born and raised in East Texas and currently resides in Kilgore with his family. He attended Baylor University and Columbia Seminary for his higher education before he returned to settle back down in East Texas.
2018 GOP nominee Buehler endorses independent Johnson in governor's race
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Morning Digest: Terry McAuliffe advances in bid to be Virginia's first two-term Democratic governor
Justin Fairfax ran for governor) is of particular importance in Virginia because the lieutenant governor can break ties in the state Senate, where Democrats have just a narrow 21-19 advantage (the full state Senate isn't up for election again until 2023). ? PA-Sen, PA-06: Democratic Rep. Chrissy Houlahan announced Tuesday that she would seek re-election rather than enter the primary for Pennsylvania's open Senate seat. Laura Kelly, he took his name out of contention this week by endorsing Attorney General Derek Schmidt in the Republican primary. The field includes Broun, state Rep. Timothy Barr, former Georgia Revenue Commissioner David Curry, and wealthy businessman Matt Richards. ? OH-11: Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown is out with a positive ad ahead of the Aug. 3 Democratic primary.
Democrat Rob Sand to seek reelection as Iowa state auditor, won't run for governor in 2022
Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand is running for reelection, he said Tuesday, closing off the possibility of running for governor next year. Sand, a Democrat, will seek a second term in the office he won in 2018, when he flipped the office from Republican control. But Republican Party of Iowa Chair Jeff Kaufmann criticized Sand in a statement Tuesday, saying Sand has used his office to go after his political enemies. Sand was not the only statewide elected official in Iowa to announce a campaign for reelection on Tuesday. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig said in a Twitter post he would seek a second term.
Morning Digest: Florida Republicans are just mild about Marco
? CO-05: If Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn can't win renomination on June 28, he has no one to blame but himself. ? NY-19: The June 28 GOP primary for this 52-46 Obama seat is not looking good for businessman Andrew Heaney. ? NY-22: Businessman Steve Wells may have entered the GOP primary with little name-recognition, but he's been spending big to change that. Myers only had $200,000 on-hand on June 8, which is pretty modest considering that she's had months to raise money without needing to worry about the Democratic primary. This ancestrally Democratic seat is safely red these days.
Morning Digest: Scott Walker's former no. 2 launches bid to avenge his loss
The Evers-Barnes ticket ousted Walker and Kleefisch 50-48, and chatter quickly began that the now-former lieutenant governor would run in her own right. ? IA-Gov: Democratic state Sen. Pam Jochum says she's considering a bid against Republican Gov. ? IL-Gov: Venture capitalist Jesse Sullivan kicked off a bid for the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Gov. He joins a primary field that includes state Rep. Darren Bailey, businessman Gary Rabine, and former state Sen. Paul Schimpf. House? IL-17: Democratic state Rep. Mike Halpin, who'd been considering a bid for Illinois' open 17th Congressional District, announced this week that he'd instead run for state Senate.
2022 race for John Yarmuth's House seat: Who's in, who's out, who's a maybe
He has been a lawmaker since 2012, and he launched his campaign for Yarmuth's seat less than 10 minutes after the longtime congressman publicly revealed he had decided to retire. Kentucky redistricting:Could Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth's seat be in GOP's crosshairs? The day his father said he wouldn't seek reelection, Aaron Yarmuth told The Courier Journal he was considering a campaign. The day his father said he wouldn't seek reelection, Aaron Yarmuth told The Courier Journal he was considering a campaign. , D-Louisville, told The Courier Journal in October she was considering a potential bid for Yarmuth's seat, but ruled out a run in December.
New FOX 5 Poll: Dead Heat between Kemp, Perdue due to Trump endorsement
The poll shows a Trump endorsement of former U.S. Senator David Perdue has made the race between Perdue and incumbent Governor Brian Kemp a dead heat. The survey took place on the evening of Monday, December 6th, a short time before the Trump endorsement of Perdue became official. WHO IS RUNNING IN THE GEORGIA GOVERNOR RACE IN 2022? SENATOR DAVID PERDUE FORMALLY ANNOUNCES RUN FOR GEORGIA GOVERNORIn his endorsement, former President Trump wrote, "Glad to see that David Perdue is running for Governor of Georgia.
Kathy Hochul Wins the Invisible Primary
But the reality here is that Hochul, who only became governor in August after Cuomo resigned, crushed James in the so-called invisible primary. Hochul led James comfortably in every publicly available poll and banked more than $11 million for her run next year. Though I campaigned, in every way, as an anti-establishment progressive, I made aggressive attempts to win the backing of labor unions, elected officials, and political clubs. For James to overcome Hochul, she would need show voters, very clearly, that she had an exciting, far-reaching vision for New York State. It’s possible we will remember December 9th, 2021 as the day Kathy Hochul effectively locked up another four years in office.
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Hogan vetoes Democratic-backed congressional redistricting plan
Larry Hogan Thursday vetoed congressional redistricting legislation favored by Democrats. Hogan noted that the Biden administration is suing Texas over its new congressional and legislative redistricting maps and said he will ask DOJ to also challenge Maryland over its new redistricting map. Hogan said he fully anticipates that lawmakers will vote to override his veto sometime before this week’s special legislative session concludes. Hogan said he felt the veto needed to be issued quickly so that legal challenges to the new law could also begin quickly. Wednesday saw Senate Republicans try to get enough signatures to approve a discharge petition to bring the crime legislation to the floor.
Redistricting in Md. has element of racial friction
Whether or not that process harms the community is not something we’ve adequately considered.”Democrats control redistricting in Maryland. Behind the scenes, several people close to the process say Hoyer will have a big say in how his and other congressional districts are redrawn. Many of Maryland’s legislative lines involving black communities were decided by judges after legal challenges to the state’s redistricting 10 years ago. At a minimum, the heightened tension over the racial makeup of Maryland’s congressional districts promises to have a ripple effect. Aisha N. Braveboy (D-Prince George’s), co-chairwoman of the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus’s redistricting committee, said that with its Democratic ideals, Maryland should hold itself to the highest standard.
Pa. redistricting: Draft congressional map pits Democrats Brendan Boyle, Sharif Street against each other
Pennsylvania Democrats were bracing themselves to fight any Republican efforts to redraw the state’s congressional districts in a GOP-friendly way. Under the map the court imposed instead, Democrats and Republicans each currently hold nine seats. » READ MORE: What to watch as Pennsylvania loses a congressional seat: ‘The stakes are really high’News of the map came hours after state House Republicans released their own redistricting proposal. Pennsylvania is losing a congressional seat because of population changes in the 2020 Census and will have 17 U.S. House members starting in 2023. The draft map would break Philadelphia into four congressional districts, instead of the current three.
Letitia James Drops Out of N.Y. Governor’s Race
Letitia James, the attorney general of New York, announced on Thursday that she was ending her campaign for governor and running instead for re-election, a surprising move that upended the high-profile governor’s race and further solidified Gov. Ms. James had just entered the race in late October, on the heels of her office’s devastating report on sexual harassment claims against former Gov. She was immediately treated as a top contender, buoyed by her record and her historic bid to become the first Black female governor in the country. But recent opinion polls had shown Ms. James trailing Ms. Hochul, the state’s first female governor, by double digits among Democratic primary voters. “I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as attorney general,” Ms. James, a Democrat, wrote in a statement, barely six weeks after entering the race.
Morning Digest: With Devin Nunes bailing, California could see some major special election weirdness
The Times also rattles off a long list of Republicans who could potentially run, including state Sens. Meanwhile, the state AFL-CIO has endorsed former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley's campaign for the Democratic nod. However, state Rep. Bobby DuBose, who finished a distant fifth, won't try a second time. ? IL-13: The Illinois Federation of Teachers, which represents 103,000 member statewide, has endorsed former Obama official Nikki Budzinski in the Democratic primary for the state's open 13th Congressional District. ? TX-01: Republican state Rep. Matt Schaefer, who'd reportedly been considering a bid for Texas' open 1st Congressional District, has instead announced that he'll seek re-election.
Tish James is running for New York governor. Mostly from her office.
Both Hochul and James attended the annual SOMOS convention in Puerto Rico in early November, hobnobbing with fellow New York Democrats. James’ campaign shared a list of more than 50 such events since late October. It has long been the norm for New York‘s non-incumbent gubernatorial candidates to unveil policy platforms immediately after declaring their candidacy. Like Hochul, James can mobilize the powers of her current office to get press. In January, coverage of state politics will focus on Hochul’s State of the State address and budget proposal.
Tish James drops out of New York governor's race
New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks on August 3, 2021 in New York City. | David Dee Delgado/Getty Images Tish James drops out of New York governor's raceALBANY, N.Y. — State Attorney General Tish James has suspended her campaign for governor less than two months after a highly anticipated launch, saying that she will instead focus on reelection to her current job in 2022. “I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as attorney general,” James said in a statement Thursday. Just before she announced her withdrawal from the governor's race, several news outlets reported that she is continuing to pursue her office’s high-profile probes into former president Donald Trump. James' exit from the governor's race will also complicate what was shaping up to be a volatile campaign to succeed her as attorney general.
Letitia James quits race for New York governor
Just six weeks after jumping in the race, James reversed course and said she wants to continue in her current office. "I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as attorney general," James said. What to know New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced Thursday she was ending her Democratic primary challenge to Gov. Just six weeks after entering the race, James reversed course and said she wanted to remain in her current job. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) and New York Public Advocate Jumaane Williams remained in the Democratic primary race.
Morning Digest: New York congressman makes second try for governor after disastrous first bid
Under the proposal, the 1st, which Republican Rep. Nancy Mace flipped last year, would have voted 54-45 for Donald Trump, compared to 52-46 under the present map. Governors? AK-Gov: Freshman state Rep. Christopher Kurka announced Monday that he would challenge his fellow Republican, Gov. Moran has been considering a bid to succeed his fellow Republican, Rep. Louie Gohmert, in this safely red East Texas seat. ? TX-30: Democratic state Rep. Jasmine Crockett on Wednesday launched her bid for this safely blue Dallas seat with an endorsement from her would-be predecessor, retiring Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson. As a result, Republicans will soon see their majority slip to 5-3 after another Republican seat becomes vacant in January.
Letitia James suspends her campaign for governor
In an unexpected development, state Attorney General Letitia James is suspending her campaign for governor. “I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as attorney general,” James tweeted. Although she has been a mainstay at various political insider events, James’ campaign has been notably quiet in the public. Early polling had the attorney general consistently placing second among the declared candidates, but she still trailed significantly behind Hochul. Kathy Hochul said on Thursday that James called her that morning to inform her that she would be suspending her campaign.
Sheriff's race against incumbent Marlin Gusman, Susan Hutson goes to runoff
New Orleanians must wait a few more weeks to learn who their next sheriff will be, with a runoff called between incumbent Sheriff Marlin Gusman and former New Orleans Police Department Independent Monitor Susan Hutson. Whoever wins the runoff will take the position and manage a jail that has been shrouded in controversy for nearly a decade. In an agreement with the Department of Justice, final authority was given to an independent jail compliance officer. Much of that reduction in the jail population has been attributed to pressure from criminal justice reform groups, including the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition. They're doing without lights and water and food to stay in touch with loved ones or to help loved ones in the jail,” Hutson said.
Marlin Gusman, Susan Hutson face fierce runoff supercharged by campaign cash
During a primary campaign that centered on his turbulent 17-year tenure, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman largely avoided attacking Susan Hutson, the city’s former independent police monitor. Whether Gusman succeeds - or Hutson executes the playbook of fellow progressive Jason Williams for a come-from-behind runoff win - could hinge on a torrent of campaign cash. Like Williams, Hutson says she aims to remake the criminal justice system. Cleveland-based Ozanne Construction and its CEO have sent the sheriff’s campaign at least $36,000. The Ehrhardt Group, a New Orleans-based public relations firm, has donated $9,900 to the sheriff’s campaign committee.
Jenna Adams, Andrew Kalloch
Jenna Marie Adams and Andrew Lee Kalloch were married July 8 at Coopers Hall, a winery and restaurant in Portland, Ore. Caitlin McKee, a friend of the couple who became a Universal Life minister for the event, officiated. She graduated from the University of Oregon in Eugene and received a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. She is a daughter of Leona K. Henderson-Burtner of Eugene, Ore. and the late Steven D. Adams, and a stepdaughter of David K. Burtner. The groom, also 32, works as a policy manager for Airbnb and is responsible for trying to get short-term-rental legislation favored by Airbnb passed in New York City. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, from which he also received a law degree.
Potential Candidates Assemble to Succeed Congressman Peter DeFazio
When U.S. Rep Peter DeFazio, the longest-serving congressman in state history, announced his retirement from Oregon’s 4th Congressional District last week, Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle immediately announced her candidacy. Sara Gelser Blouin (D-Corvallis) and James Manning (D-Eugene), both of whom are up for reelection and would have to surrender their seats to run. Gelser Blouin says she’s weighing a number of factors, including family considerations and where she could have the greatest impact. Manning says numerous supporters have encouraged him to seek DeFazio’s seat, which interests him, but he’s also got unfinished business in Salem. Kalloch, who relocated from Portland to Eugene last year, says he’ll make his decision over the holidays.
Mark Zuckerberg-backed group donates $200,000 to PAC targeting New Orleans Sheriff
The donation is the fifth-largest single contribution to a PAC in a Louisiana election this year. NEW ORLEANS — An organization backed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly donated $200,000 to a political action committee aiming to unseat Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman. According to the Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate, the group FWD.us, made the donation to the Pac for Justice, who has flooded airwaves with last-minute attack ads against the long-time sheriff. The newspaper says the donation is the fifth-largest single contribution to a PAC in a Louisiana election this year, and the donation represents more money than Gusman's challenger, Susan Hutson, has raised from donors for her entire campaign. FWD.us vice president Zoë Towns said the group is proud to support the PAC "in their work to ensure that the next New Orleans sheriff is committed to advancing ongoing reforms that deliver safety and justice to more New Orleanians."
Glasgow native and former US ambassador to the United Nations visited her hometown and spoke about current issues - News 40
Glasgow native and former US ambassador to the United Nations visited her hometown and spoke about current issuesShare This StoryemailPrintLinkedinRedditGLASGOW, Ky. – Glasgow native Kelly Craft, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, was visiting her hometown Wednesday and toured the Boys and Girls Club of Glasgow Barren County. Kelly Craft was appointed by Donald Trump as the United States ambassador to the United Nations from 2019 until early this year. Craft is a graduate of Glasgow High School and a Barren County native. The former ambassador made a contribution to the Boys and Girls Club of Glasgow Barren County earlier today saying she believes the organization helps bring the best out in children. So, all of our NATO countries that had their troops, they were panicked,” said Craft.
Mysterious mailer roils Orleans Parish sheriff's campaign before Saturday election
A mysterious, misogynistic mailer purporting to be from Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s reelection campaign drew denunciation from the sheriff and his opponent Susan Hutson over the weekend. Gusman said the mailer didn't come from his campaign — and might even be the work of political operatives trying to undermine him. +8 Marlin Gusman, Susan Hutson face fierce runoff supercharged by campaign cash During a primary campaign that centered on his turbulent 17-year tenure, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman largely avoided attacking Susan …The document states up top that there is “NO comparison” between Gusman and Hutson. Probably put out by some who want to sabotage our campaign," Gusman said. “Let me tell you something else: Who is Susan Hutson?
Court experts' proposed congressional map would draw Spanberger out of 7th District
The Supreme Court of Virginia took control of the state’s redistricting process after the new Virginia Redistricting Commission bogged down on partisan lines and failed to draw maps for either of the legislative chambers or the state’s congressional seats. The commission, made up by party-nominated citizens and legislators, ultimately could not come close to compromise. By contrast, the experts tasked by the courts to draw the maps described a friendlier process. The court will hear public comment on the maps on Dec. 15 and Dec. 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.Below is an initial glimpse at the proposed maps. Congressional seatsMore often than not, Democrats would have a slight edge in Virginia’s U.S. House delegation, but the proposed map doesn’t cement their current 7-4 advantage, according to an analysis by the special masters.
Morning Digest: Vermont's Patrick Leahy, the most senior senator, declines to seek a ninth term
Leahy had no trouble winning the Democratic primary, but he faced a very difficult race that fall against Republican Rep. Richard Mallary. Joe Biden would have won a 25-10 majority of seats in the state Senate and a 46-19 majority in the state House. PPP finds Mastriano edging out 2018 Senate nominee Lou Barletta 18-14, with state Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman in third with 4%. One person who did take his own name out of contention on Sunday, though, is former state Rep. Caleb Jones. ? NE-01: Democratic state Rep. Patty Pansing Brooks said Monday that she would challenge Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, who was indicted last month for lying to federal investigators.
Mark Zuckerberg-backed group donates $200,000 to PAC targeting New Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman
The tax-exempt group, FWD.us, made the donation to the PAC for Justice on Dec. 1. The PAC for Justice has flooded local airwaves and social media with last-minute attack ads accusing Gusman of self-dealing and mismanagement. The single money drop from Zuckerberg’s group represents more money than Hutson has raised from donors her entire campaign, at $131,000. e-mail address * Sign UpGusman has seized on donations to the PAC for Justice as a campaign issue. Over the weekend, a misogynistic, anti-Hutson mailer attributed to Gusman’s campaign drew condemnation from Gusman and Hutson alike.
Morning Digest: Washington court accepts redistricting board's new maps, even though they came late
Almost every congressional district retains its current presidential performance, according to Dave's Redistricting App, including the two most competitive seats, Democratic Rep. Kim Schrier's 8th and Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler's 3rd. Redistricting? MN Redistricting: Minnesota Republicans, who control the state Senate, have released congressional and legislative proposals; Democrats, who run the House, previously shared maps of their own last month. ? RI Redistricting: Rhode Island's Democratic-run legislature has put out new legislative maps, though lawmakers have not yet released a congressional plan. ? NC-07: Republican state Rep. Jon Hardister, who'd been considering a bid for North Carolina's open 7th District, has announced that he will instead seek re-election. Legislatures? VA State House: A recount in Virginia's 85th State House District certified Republican Karen Greenhalgh as the winner over Democratic Del.
Morning Digest: Republican who bashed 'career politicians' switches House races to accommodate one
House? GA-14: State Rep. Kevin Cooke is the latest Republican to jump into the quickly growing primary for this safely red open seat in northwestern Georgia. ECU has a reputation for spending real money on behalf of its endorsees, so the move suggests Gnibus is the frontrunner for the nod to take on GOP Rep. Mike Kelly. ? TX-17: Former Republican Rep. Pete Sessions has launched his first TV ad ahead of the March 3 primary, backed by only a mere $35,000. ? UT-04: Republican Thom Carter, who is the executive director of the Utah Clean Air Partnership, has announced that he won't mount a campaign against freshman Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams. ? WI-07: With Honor Fund, which supported veterans for office from both parties last cycle, has laid down a $117,000 ad buy for Army veteran Jason Church ahead of the Feb. 18 Republican primary.
Two Oregon state legislators headline primaries for new Congressional District 6
The race to represent Oregon's newest congressional district came into further clarity Wednesday as Republican state Rep. Ron Noble of McMinnville officially declared his candidacy. And, like Congressional District 6, House District 24 was an open seat when he ran for it in 2016. Before serving in the Oregon Legislature, Noble was a career police officer, including serving as McMinnville chief of police from 2006 until 2014. Four other Republican candidates were already vying for Congressional District 6 before Noble jumped into the race Wednesday. Reporter Connor Radnovich covers the Oregon Legislature and state government.
With judges’ ruling in recount, GOP cements two-seat majority in Virginia House of Delegates
The outcome, which a panel of three circuit court judges affirmed Wednesday, gives Republicans a 52-48 majority in the House of Delegates just two years after they lost control of the chamber they’d held for a generation. In 2019, Democrats won a 10-seat majority amid a suburban backlash against then-President Donald Trump, but their reign was short-lived. The GOP roared back to power Nov. 2 with a ticket led by Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin and his running mates, Lt. Gov.-elect Winsome Sears and Attorney General-elect Jason S. Miyares.
Morning Digest: Anti-tax ballot measure activist will challenge Washington's Democratic governor
? IN-01: Democratic state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon announced on Thursday that she's entering the race for Indiana's 1st Congressional District, which recently became open thanks to Rep. Pete Visclosky's retirement. Casha currently represents Morris County on the New Jersey Republican State Committee. He joins Islip Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt in the June GOP primary. The narrator continues, "You don't need to be a rocket scientist to be in Congress, but George is a rocket scientist." It doesn't take a rocket scientist to vote for a rocket scientist."
Rizzo’s public financing bid proved costly, filings show
Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Rizzo spent heavily on consultants and media buys through May 7, but his unsuccessful bid for public financing carried a costly toll, filings submitted to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission show. He spent $20,000 with Arsenal LLC, a Muncie, Indiana, consulting firm, for unspecified media expenses. Election law attorney John Carbone was the single largest recipient of Rizzo campaign funds reported in the filing released Tuesday. Over four payments, three of which coincide with filings for New Jersey’s public fund match program submitted by Rizzo’s campaign, Carbone received $42,500, about a fifth of the campaign’s total spending. The Spadea Consulting Group, a firm run by vaccine-denying radio host Bill Spadea, received $1,750 for a March 25 fundraiser.
Here’s why some Republicans are starting to take Phil Rizzo seriously
Some Republicans believe the former president might endorse Rizzo, especially if anyone from his inner circle wind up working for him. That’s a game changer in a GOP primary. A Project Ready poll last December showed that 77% of New Jersey Republicans believed Trump won the 2020 presidential election. Qualifying for matching funds and real support from Trump Republicans will change the race fast. Rizzo, some Republicans say privately, could knock Ciattarelli off what had largely been viewed as an open runway toward November after Doug Steinhardt exited the race.
Morning Digest: Edwin Edwards is gone, but his legacy in Louisiana politics lives
Nathan Deal ahead of next year's Republican primary. If DeJear decides to enter the race, she would join state Rep. Ras Smith as the second prominent candidate to get in the contest. Brown, who left office following his aborted 2006 run for the Senate, re-emerged on the political stage in 2018 when he launched a primary campaign against then-Gov. Makki finished second in the 2020 Republican primary for this Pinellas County-based district, losing to Anna Paulina Luna 36-28. Attorney Virginia Applebaum is the Democratic candidate taking on former GOP state Rep. April Weaver.
Phil Rizzo seeks GOP nod for Congress to challenge Mikie Sherrill
Phil Rizzo, a businessman and pastor who finished second in the Republican gubernatorial primary last June, will take on two-term Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in New Jersey’s 11th district. That has some Republicans viewing the 11th as potentially competitive in next year’s mid-term elections, depending on how Sherrill fares in redistricting. As a candidate for governor, Rizzo raised just enough to qualify for matching funds but missed the deadline by one day. Sherrill demonstrated early fundraising prowess as a congressional candidate, amassing more than $1.2 million by the end of 2017. In total, Sherrill has raised over $17.3 million since becoming a candidate for Congress in May 2017.
North Carolina U.S. Representatives David Price and G. K. Butterfield Endorse Cheri Beasley for U.S. Senate
Representatives David Price and G. K. Butterfield Endorse Cheri Beasley for U.S. Senate RALEIGH: Today, North Carolina U.S. Representatives David Price (NC-04) and G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) announced their endorsement of Cheri Beasley for U.S. Senate. “North Carolinians need a champion in the Senate, fighting for them every day, and Cheri Beasley is the best candidate for the job,” said Congressman David Price, (NC-04). She possesses the character and temperament to fight for North Carolina and its values in the United States Senate," said Congressman G. K. Butterfield, (NC-01). Cheri has outraised every candidate for U.S. Senate in North Carolina since entering the race.
Casha Reflects on the ‘Glory Days’, Launches Campaign for Congress
Casha presented his history lesson to about 100 or so people Tuesday night in a local restaurant as he kicked off his campaign for Congress in the 11th District. Casha, who over the years has been an activist, a fundraiser and a candidate, now represents Morris on the state Republican Committee. Casha’s kickoff was attended by Bill Palatucci, a New Jersey representative on the National Republican Committee. Casha made general comments about the state of today’s national politics. “It doesn’t end tonight, tonight it starts,” Casha said.
Daily Kos Elections' presidential results by congressional district for 2020, 2016, and 2012
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Kentucky elections: Republican state Sen. Max Wise eying possible run for governor
Bruce SchreinerAssociated PressFRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican state Sen. Max Wise, who has played a key role in shaping Kentucky education policy as a committee chairman, said Wednesday he’s strongly considering a bid for governor in 2023. “People right now feel like their values are being trampled upon,” Wise told The Associated Press in a phone interview. The state school board followed up with an emergency regulation requiring masks in public schools. More politics:Five takeaways from Kentucky's GOP-only 2021 Fancy Farm political picnicThough the election is two years away, considerable jockeying is under way among Republicans eyeing the governor’s race. Craft, whose personal family wealth would give her a built-in ability to mount a campaign, has said she’s “seriously considering” entering the governor’s race.
Maryland General Assembly overrides Hogan’s veto of new congressional map
In his veto letter, Hogan offered comparisons of the racial makeup of the districts drawn by his citizens commission versus those drawn by legislators. He said that the citizen plan has four districts in which minorities constitute more than 50 percent of the voting-age population but that the map approved by the legislature has three districts that have the same racial makeup. He said “true representation of Maryland” would allow minority voters to elect a candidate of their choice in at least 50 percent of the districts.
Jackson County Sheriff announces candidacy for U.S. Congress
Victoria, TX (77901)TodayCloudy skies with a few showers after midnight. Areas of dense fog. Winds light and variable. Areas of dense fog. Winds light and variable.
Hogan-Aligned Group Announces Plans for Lawsuit Against Just-Approved Congressional Redistricting Plan – Maryland Matters
Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. announced Wednesday that it will seek to overturn the congressional redistricting plan approved by the Democratic supermajority in the General Assembly. Under that map, crafted by Legislative Redistricting Advisory Committee (LRAC), Democrats would maintain electoral advantages in seven of the state’s eight congressional districts. The biggest changes from the state’s current congressional map involve the Eastern Shore-based 1st District, represented by Rep. Andrew P. Harris (R), a Trump-aligned conservative. In announcing its plan to sue, Fair Maps Maryland spokesman Doug Mayer said, “this level of gerrymandering is voter suppression.”According to Maryland State Board of Elections voter registration statistics, about 55% of Maryland voters are Democrats and 24% are Republicans. “It’s a sad day in Maryland,” said Mayer, a Hogan strategist and former communications director, in a statement.
Michael Cloud one of three Texas Republicans to vote against resolution on Capitol police
A Politico report from earlier Wednesday stated that Congressional Trump allies tried "to scrub references to the insurrection" from the resolution. "Instead of simply being about honoring the Capitol Police who bravely protected the Capitol on January 6th, Speaker Pelosi included damaging language that unnecessarily weighs down the bill. Republican U.S. Reps. Jodey Arrington of Lubbock and Kevin Brady of the Woodlands did not vote, but 30 other House members from Texas, including Democrats and Republicans, backed the resolution. Several Texas members braced themselves that day for hand-to-hand street combat but were able to escape to safety thanks to the police and successful barricades. The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
California Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula charged with child cruelty
The Fresno County district attorney charged California Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) on Tuesday with one misdemeanor count of cruelty to a child, three months after the state legislator was arrested on suspicion of injuring one of his daughters. Arambula said he will take a voluntary leave of absence from the Assembly, according to a statement released by his attorney. AdvertisementThe child said Arambula was responsible for the injury and police called the assemblyman and his wife to the school, where he was taken into custody, Dyer said. “For those of us who know and respect Assembly Member Arambula, we know this has been a difficult experience for him and his family,” Rendon said. His father, Juan Arambula, served in the Assembly and on the Fresno County Board of Supervisors.
Morning Digest: David Jolly busted for trying to scrub Scientology ties from his Wikipedia page
? FL-18: Wealthy physician Mark Freeman is running his first TV ad, well ahead of the August GOP primary for this competitive open seat. ? NJ-07: Rep. Leonard Lance only beat perennial candidate David Larsen by a 54-46 margin in the 2014 GOP primary, and Larsen is back for another round. Babinec unsuccessfully auditioned for a county Republican Party endorsement in February, but it's far from clear which side he'll end up taking more votes from. Scott Walker, while Kloppenburg, who narrowly lost an infamous Supreme Court race five years ago, had the support of state Democrats. The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir and Jeff Singer, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, and Stephen Wolf.
Nail-biter for family leave bill reveals tough realities for working moms
To help pass a new family leave law. The clock ticked as green lights slowly appeared on an electronic board, indicating yes votes next to lawmakers’ names. The Fresno Democrat had tried, as leader of the caucus of moderate Democrats, to water down or block the family leave bill, saying it was too onerous on small businesses. Most moderate Democrats did not vote for family leave job protection, including several who are mothers. Asked if it was because moderate Democrats were rebelling over his support for family leave, Arambula declined to answer.
Arambula Eyeing Congressional Run Following Nunes Exit. Other Moves Afoot.
Fresno Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula is considering a congressional run, multiple sources tell GV Wire. A spokesperson for Fresno City Council president Luis Chavez says he is also considering a congressional run. The most recent city financial reports shows more than $74,000 in his city council account. And, if Esparza decides to run for Assembly, that would create an opening for the District 7 Fresno City Council seat representing central and east Fresno. The proposed congressional seat would include portions of 22nd Congressional District, currently represented by Devin Nunes, R-Tulare.
Morning Digest: Jim Jordan, bellicose Trump defender, eyes a Senate bid in Ohio
Whaley didn't indicate which office she'd prefer but seemed especially motivated to stop Jordan from representing Ohio in the Senate, saying, "If Jim Jordan decides to run [for Senate], it is highly likely he will win that primary. Senate? AZ-Sen: Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich was reportedly likely to run for Arizona's governorship, but with Gov. But Yee hasn't committed to a gubernatorial bid, and in fact she's now also surfaced as a possible Senate candidate. Jones made a bid for Senate once before when he was still a Democrat, losing the 2008 primary in a runoff to former state Rep. Jim Martin. Meanwhile, Republican state Sen. Jim Hendren, a nephew of term-limited Gov.
Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Rand Paul's experimental cloning project a success so far
Last month, Howey Politics also great mentioned Coat's Chief of Staff Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, as well as the other four GOP House members. Should Pence surprise us and depart for New Hampshire, state Sen. Jim Merritt is a potential candidate, and Lt. Gov. Should Pence get chosen as the vice presidential nominee, the Indiana Republican State Committee would need to replace him on the gubernatorial ballot, and Bosma and Ellspermann would definitely get some attention. Peck also gives us some new Democratic names for just MD-06, telling us that state Sen. Brian Feldman, Del. Four years ago, state Sen. Larry Bliss made headlines when he quit his post because he was unemployed and could not find work in his home state.
Philly Lawyer May Join GOP Field Running for US Senate Seat
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — George Bochetto, a prominent Philadelphia lawyer and Republican whose cases have often landed in the public spotlight, said Thursday that he is seriously considering running for Pennsylvania's open U.S. Senate seat. In a brief interview, Bochetto, 69, said he is “looking at it very, very seriously and it’s very likely” that he will decide to run. Bochetto has considered running for mayor many times in the heavily Democratic city of Philadelphia, and ran briefly in 1999 before ending his candidacy. Bochetto also helped write the defense brief in former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial earlier this year, he said. The Republican primary field for U.S. Senate is in flux, with Mehmet Oz — best known as the host of TV’s “Dr.
GOP Braces for Trump to Fuck Up Their Georgia Hopes Again
Like a lot of Georgia Republicans, Karynn Walker reacted with a resigned sigh to the latest turn of her state’s seemingly never-ending GOP civil war. “I’m going to have a whole lot of aspirin beside me, because I really do like both of them.”But Georgia Republicans will have to choose. Trump has never forgiven Kemp for refusing to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 victory in Georgia. There is little pretense, from any corner of the party, that the primary ahead is about anything other than Trump. “I guess we’ll give Donald Trump what he wants,” Shepherd said, invoking an offhand remark from Trump at a rally months ago.
Morning Digest: Suburban Kansas district that flipped to Democrats in 2018 got even bluer last year
Against this backdrop, Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids was able to wrest this seat from Republicans in the 2018 blue wave; they did little to try to win it back last year. If you haven't done so yet, you'll want to bookmark our complete data set with presidential results by congressional district for all 50 states, which we're updating continuously. In response to Fetterman's new comments, former Republican Rep. Ryan Costello engaged in some Twitter trash-talk, declaring, "If I ran I would smoke Fetterman in the suburbs." We also double-checked and can confirm that Costello is the last person who should be talking smack, because in 2018, he huffily abandoned his bid for re-election after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court undid the GOP's gerrymander and made his 6th Congressional District bluer. Aruna Miller has filed FEC paperwork for a bid in Maryland's 6th Congressional District, but she's not planning to challenge Rep. David Trone, a fellow Democrat.
Fredon Mayor John Flora jumps into Republican primary for 5th Congressional District seat
FREDON — Fredon Mayor John P. Flora on Thursday announced his entry into the Republican primary in the 5th Congressional District. Flora, a former township school board member, joins Frank Pallotta as announced candidates for the June primary. A state redistricting commission is currently looking at lines for both congressional and state legislative districts. Previously, Flora served for 10 years on the Fredon Board of Education, including nine as board president. Joining the growing national voice of Republican and conservative office-holders and candidates, he said public school students "are not getting an education; they are getting an indoctrination.
Morning Digest: Keisha Lance Bottoms shocks Atlanta with decision not to seek re-election as mayor
Bottoms was facing a competitive re-election fight in this November's nonpartisan primary, though she insisted it didn't play a role in her decision not to run. Instead, the AJC writes, "Some City Hall insiders say they believe the looming Reed revival certainly factored into" Bottoms' departure. ? MD-Gov, MD-06: Democratic Rep. David Trone had been considering a bid for Maryland's open governorship next year, but he announced on Friday that he'd seek re-election for a third term instead. Just hours before Jackson announced his departure, the field to succeed him grew when City Councilman Basheer Jones launched a mayoral bid. ? New York, NY Mayor: The June 22 instant-runoff Democratic primary in New York City is fast approaching, and three more candidates for mayor have launched their first TV ads.
North Carolina’s Mark Walker staying in Senate race, for now
FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, photo, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Walker poses for a photo in Mount Airy, N.C. Walker said in an interview, Thursday, Dec. 9, he plans to remain in the U.S. Senate race through the end of the year. (AP Photo/Bryan Anderson)FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, photo, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Walker poses for a photo in Mount Airy, N.C. Walker said in an interview, Thursday, Dec. 9, he plans to remain in the U.S. Senate race through the end of the year. Trump in June endorsed U.S. Rep. Ted Budd in the closely watched GOP Senate primary that both Walker and former Gov. Budd and Walker are Trump loyalists competing for his base of supporters, while McCrory generally appeals to more moderate Republicans. Walker pushed back against reports that he had decided after his meeting with Trump to end his Senate bid.
Healey’s big hire
Healey’s big hireSCOOP: HEALEY STAFFS UP — State Attorney General Maura Healey has hired veteran Democratic strategist Mindy Myers as a general consultant for her as-yet-to-be-announced 2022 campaign. She worked with Boston Turnout Project's IEPAC in support of Boston Mayor Michelle Wu's campaign and is a partner at MZL Media. Anthony Collins joins as organizing director after a successful run as field director for Kendra Hicks’ Boston City Council campaign. Emily Neckes joins as finance director, the same position she held on Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell’s mayoral campaign. by Steve Brown, WBUR: "[Baker campaign advisor] Jim Conroy said they are happy to provide refunds to any donors who ask.
EMILY’s List Endorses Tina Kotek for Governor of Oregon
For Immediate ReleaseDecember 10, 2021EMILY’s List Endorses Tina Kotek for Governor of OregonWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Tina Kotek for governor of Oregon. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILY’s List, released the following statement:"Tina Kotek is a proven fighter for opportunity and justice, and EMILY’s List is thrilled to stand with her as she runs for governor of Oregon. When she returned to Oregon, Kotek worked as a policy advocate for the Oregon Food Bank, the policy director for Children First for Oregon, and then was elected to the Oregon state House in 2006. EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. More than 40% of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color.
‘The most contested’ remap in decades
‘The most contested’ remap in decades Presented by AARPTGIF, Illinois. It’s probably the most contested and conflicted process in decades,” said Vargas, referring to our recent report that a draft map showed Ald. “We have no reason to be buying flags of our own state that are made in other countries," state Sen. Steve Stadelmen (D-Rockford), said in a statement. Gilbert Villegas (36th) said the club could not reach terms with Chicago Public Schools, the property owner,” by Sun-Times’ David Roeder. Email to [email protected]HAPPY BIRTHDAYToday: former Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, state Sen. Jacqueline “Jacqui” Collins, Ald.
Wes Moore Picks Ex-Delegate Aruna Miller to Be His Running Mate – Maryland Matters
Aruna Miller’s husband bought her Wes Moore’s book, “The Other Wes Moore,” for her birthday this year. “I completely OD’d on Wes Moore,” Miller recalled in an interview Wednesday. Moore said Miller meets all his criteria for an ideal candidate for lieutenant governor. “I certainly never planned to be a lieutenant governor,” Miller said. Everybody told me, ‘You’ve got to meet Wes Moore,’ and I was like, ‘oh, OK, I’ll meet Wes Moore.’ Not only did he have me at hello, but by the end of our first conversation, I said to myself, ‘This guy is the future of Maryland.
Voting Rights Roundup: New York City may soon grant local voting rights to permanent legal residents
State Supreme Court Elections? NC Supreme Court: North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson announced this week that she would not run for re-election, though even if she'd sought and won another eight-year term, she'd have only been able to serve another year because she'd soon hit the state's mandatory retirement age of 72. J.B. Pritzker signed Illinois' new congressional map on Tuesday, which the state's Democratic-run legislature passed last month. Kevin Stitt signed Oklahoma's new congressional and legislative maps on Monday, following their recent passage along party lines in the state's Republican-run legislature. The legislative maps, meanwhile, replace maps passed earlier this year, prior to the release of 2020 census data, that relied on population estimates. The majority was also unclear as to whether its decision applies only to Wisconsin's legislative maps, or also to its congressional districts.
Morning Digest: Blasting GOP's new map as 'racially gerrymandered,' veteran Black congressman quits
Hours before Spectrum News' Reuben Jones broke the news of the congressman's departure, Democratic state Sen. Don Davis told The Insider he would be interested in running for an open seat. ? OH Redistricting: Both chambers in Ohio's Republican-run legislature passed the GOP's new congressional map on Thursday, sending it to Republican Gov. Neil Parrott has announced that he'll seek a rematch against Democratic Rep. David Trone "no matter what the map looks like." ? MT-01: Democratic state Rep. Laurie Bishop announced Wednesday that she was ending her congressional campaign in order to run for re-election. Little edged out Labrador 37-33, but the defeated congressman soon rebounded by narrowly winning a 2019 race for state GOP chair.
Morning Digest: New GOP gerrymander could elect 11-3 GOP majority in swing state North Carolina
This includes splitting Democratic Rep. Kathy Manning's home county of Guilford between three districts, stranding her in a dark-red 11th District with GOP Rep. Virginia Foxx. Redistricting? AL Redistricting: Republican Gov. ? DE Redistricting: Democratic Gov. The end-goal is to oust sophomore Democratic Rep. Chris Pappas—either at the ballot box, or by convincing him not to seek re-election. ? TX-37: Democratic state Rep. Gina Hinojosa, who hadn't ruled out a bid for Texas' new 37th District, says she'll run for re-election to the legislature instead.
North Carolina Supreme Court delays March primary by two months over lawsuits challenging GOP-led redistricting
The directive delays all primary races across the state, not just those in areas affected by the redistricting. The move also puts a freeze on new candidate filings for anyone running for office in North Carolina in 2022. After the filing period opened on Monday, the State Board of Elections said more than 1,400 candidates filed to run. Those who already processed their paperwork should not have to refile.
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Voting Rights Roundup: Top North Carolina court halts filing, a sign it could block GOP gerrymanders
North Carolina's filing period was set to begin on Monday at 12 PM ET, but a three-judge panel on the state Court of Appeals indefinitely delayed filing for legislative and congressional candidates that morning. Redistricting? Alaska: Officials in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, a fast-growing community of 100,000 residents located north of Anchorage (and often known as "Mat-Su"), have filed a lawsuit in state court challenging the state's new legislative maps. Under state law, the panel was required to produce a new map by Nov. 30 but was unable to do so. Henry McMaster has quickly signed the new state legislative maps passed by the Republican-run legislature with a number of Democratic votes earlier this week. ? Vermont: Vermont's Apportionment Board has advanced proposed legislative maps to state lawmakers, though because the panel is advisory in nature, legislators are not obligated to consider its plans.
Maryland General Assembly passes new congressional map solidifying Democrats’ power
Maryland Democrats repeatedly stressed this week that the new map was drawn to keep as many people in the same congressional districts as possible and to keep the core of the districts the same. In turn, this commitment to minimally disrupting the map also kept incumbents in their districts — in some cases just barely, such as in Districts 2 and 3, where incumbents’ residences in Cockeysville and Towson, respectively, are very close to the boundary lines.
Democrats Could Have Gerrymandered Away a GOP Seat. Why Didn’t They?
Maryland Democrats “should not content themselves with some sort of good-government, everybody-high-five, we-kept-ourselves-pure” attitude, one national Democratic strategist told me. Those Maryland Democrats who staved off an 8–0 Democratic map “should not content themselves with some sort of good-government, everybody-high-five, we-kept-ourselves-pure” attitude, as one national Democratic strategist told me. In the last round of redistricting following the 2010 census, Maryland Democrats went from a 6–2 Democratic map to a 7–1 map. By going for an 8–0 Democratic map, then, Maryland Democrats wouldn’t just be helping the national party offset Republicans’ national redistricting advantage. Had the congressional delegation achieved consensus in favor of an 8–0 map, Democrats might have been able to roll through his opposition.
Years-long dispute over jail size a key issue in race for sheriff
But a debate over the size of the jail facility began more than a decade ago, when the jail was still holding over three thousand people and was seen as a proxy for competing visions of the criminal legal system as a whole. Shortly after, at a forum, Gusman said he thought the jail would need to be at least twice that size. Landrieu’s jail working group also continued to meet in order to come to a final determination on the correct size of the jail. Local detainees have since been returned to the New Orleans jail. “But, instead of that wasteful spending, we have a jail facility that will house the current population.
New Mexico’s Oil Boom: Bounty for One of the Country’s Poorest States
LOCO HILLS, N.M. — At the diner she manages in the heart of New Mexico’s oil country, Joni Moorhead talks to roughnecks all day long about potholed roads, cramped lodging camps, soaring rents — and state politics. “I’d load up my guns for the fighting if we could just secede and join Texas,” said Ms. Moorhead from Loco Hills, population about 125. “They love the money from our oil up in Santa Fe. But they treat us like dirt .”Ms. Moorhead, 42, may sound more extreme than most. A frenetic oil boom is laying bare this divide, while suddenly lifting one of the poorest states in the country into the top ranks of global oil producers.
Morning Digest: No, that Georgia poll showing a 'tied' primary for governor doesn't actually show it
Their intent here is to target Republican Rep. Yvette Herrell, who first won office last year by ousting Democratic Rep. Xochitl Torres-Small 54-46 in a rematch. He ran in 2002 for what was then the 21st District and lost the GOP primary to none other than Nunes 37-33. State Rep. Julie Fahey, though, quickly took her name out of contention. ? TX-01: Businessman Joe McDaniel has joined the Republican primary for this safely red open seat in East Texas. The office will be on the ballot next year for a full four-year term, and the winner of the September Democratic primary should have no trouble in the general election.
State House passes redistricting map supported by Indigenous communities
The New Mexico House of Representatives passed a bill Friday night adopting a redistricting map based on a consensus from Native American communities including Navajo Nation and the Pueblos. House Bill 8, which passed the chamber on a 43-23 vote, draws new lines for House districts and aims to correct past injustices, sponsor Rep. Daymon Ely, D-Corrales, said. Supporters say Native American communities are traditionally undercounted in the U.S. Census and therefore underrepresented in the House of Representatives. The population is based on U.S. Census data, but there can be districts that are undercounted, especially in minority areas. Related: State House map backed by tribal governments heads to House floorRep. Miguel Garcia, D-Albuquerque, who voted against the bill, argued that HB8 would reduce the Hispanic voice in the state Legislature.
Senate Dems at odds with Native American governments over Senate redistricting
The original proposal, SB 2, adopted a Native American consensus plan that was recommended to the Legislature by the state’s Citizen Redistricting Committee to create stronger Native American voting districts. “And so I was approached by the minority party with ideas.”Earlier this year, a statewide Native American coalition presented a consensus map to the newly formed Citizen Redistricting Committee. “I stand in strong support of Senate Bill 2, without the amendment,” Pope said. “I agree that it is really important to honor and respect the incredible work that the Native American coalition has been putting in over the last eight months,” Duhigg said. On Friday, the House approved a proposal to redraw its member’s districts, keeping the tribal consensus map intact.
Listening to GOP lawmakers, Pa. House committee doesn’t vote on citizen-drawn map
The plan, which House State Government Committee Chairperson Rep. Seth Grove, R-York, announced last week, was scheduled for a committee vote Monday but did not come up. Even that Senate draft made use of Holt’s equal population map, which she said no one specifically reached out and requested. She pointed to an Oct. 28 House hearing on redistricting that emphasized the importance of equal population districts in congressional districts. Therefore, drawing equal population districts is “the safest bet, because there is going to be litigation anyway. Citing this hearing, Grove argued a no deviation map was necessary, and defended the Holt map as a non-partisan citizen submission that met that requirement.
Morning Digest: Another suburban surge saw Biden flip key Michigan district that Romney won in 2012
Former state Rep. Tim Kelly raised very little, and Kildee handily beat him 54-42. Veteran Republican Rep. Fred Upton, however, again ran well ahead of the ticket and won his 18th term 56-40. The following year, Ward was selected to run the state Republican Party and quickly brought the organization into disrepute. J.B. Pritzker, Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger tells Politico, "I never rule anything out." House? CA-08: Republican Rep. Paul Cook resigned Monday to take his spot on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
Marlin Gusman faces runoff with Susan Hutson in Orleans Parish sheriff race
With his tenure dogged by questions about conditions inside the jail and Saturday's ballot packed with four challengers, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman is headed for a runoff election. Between 2015 and 2019, 14 people died in Sheriff’s Office custody. +3 Are high New Orleans jail phone call rates necessary? Sheriff Marlin Gusman and challengers at odds When people locked up in the New Orleans jail call their loved ones, the costs add up fast. e-mail address * Sign UpGusman’s critics jeered at a City Council meeting earlier this week when he skipped a planned hearing on his 2022 budget.
NM lawmakers OK new congressional map
Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque JournalSANTA FE – A congressional map that splits Albuquerque and reshapes the political landscape in New Mexico won final approval Saturday from state lawmakers. The 1st Congressional District would continue to cover most of Albuquerque and the East Mountains. The election forecasting website FiveThirtyEight.com – owned by ABC News – rates the proposed district as Democratic-leaning, based on its own analysis. ? The 2nd Congressional District now held by Republican Yvette Herrell of Alamogordo would have a 6 percentage point Democratic lean, according to the Research & Polling analysis of past elections. ? The 3rd Congressional District now held by Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez of Santa Fe would have a 12 point Democratic lean, according to the Research & Polling analysis.
Idaho Lt. Gov. Blames Public Records Mess on Press, Lawyers
AMMON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Lt. Gov. The Idaho Press Club sued McGeachin in July after several journalists said she wrongly denied public record requests for materials relating to her new Education Task Force. He also ordered her to pay the Idaho Press Club's legal fees. The Associated Press accurately reported that the Idaho Press Club requested that the lieutenant governor be held in contempt of court. McGeachin and Macomber also took aim at the Idaho Attorney General's office, saying its bad legal advice led to the public records dust-up.
Susan Hutson defeats Marlin Gusman in Orleans Parish sheriff's race
First-time candidate Susan Hutson toppled 17-year incumbent Marlin Gusman in the Orleans Parish sheriff’s race on Saturday, a stunning rebuke for a seasoned New Orleans politician and a sign that the local progressive movement to reform the criminal justice system is here to stay. Like Williams, Hutson trailed by a sizable margin in the primary. e-mail address * Sign UpAn incumbent with baggageIn contrast to Hutson, Gusman is a blue chip New Orleans politician with local roots. Now back in charge of the jail, Gusman argued he was within reach of finally fulfilling the consent decree — as long as the city builds the special needs jail for people with health problems. She backs Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s plan to renovate part of the main Orleans Justice Center instead.
Brattleboro's Becca Balint adds her name to those running for U.S. House
Associated PressMONTPELIER — The first woman and first openly gay person to serve as the president of the Vermont State Senate said Monday that she's running to occupy the state's lone U.S. House seat. Becca Balint, of Brattleboro, is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the position. "I'm running because I believe that, even with the challenges of today, we cannot back away from fighting for each other," Balint said in a statement. Molly Gray has already announced she will seek the nomination for the House seat. Election 2022:'Vermont families are struggling': Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Welch to seek Senate seat'Uniquely positive figure':Senator Patrick Leahy's legacy of human rights, war reparations
The Point: Once more into the breach for Kaiman?
A large Democratic field developed, and Suffolk County Deputy County Executive Jon Kaiman was one of five candidates to jump in, finishing third to Tom Suozzi, the former two-term Nassau County executive. Now, Kaiman says he’s seriously considering another run for the seat. Speaking to The Point Wednesday, Kaiman said, "I’m looking at my options for putting a run together over the next few weeks. But Kaiman said he’s spoken to Suozzi at length, and thinks he is committed to his Albany run. Josh Lafazan told The Point Thursday he is "seriously considering a run," and will make a final decision soon.
Former San Antonio councilwoman makes it official — she’s running for Congress
San Antonio – It’s official. Former San Antonio Councilwoman Rebecca Viagrán confirmed she will run for Congress. Viagrán kicked off her campaign for the 35th Congressional District seat during a public event on Saturday. The campaign kickoff began at 10 a.m. at VFW Post #76, located on 10th Street in downtown San Antonio. “I have been a faithful servant, a public servant to San Antonio, to my community, and to the region for these eight years and beyond.
Ivey Poll Shows He Has Early Lead in CD-4 Democratic Primary – Maryland Matters
The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP), a liberal-leaning firm based in Raleigh, N.C., had Ivey the choice of 31% of likely Democratic primary voters, compared to 8% who said they were supported former state Del. The automated survey of 403 likely voters, taken Dec. 8 and 9, had a 4.9-point margin of error. He spent two terms as state’s attorney, from 2002 to 2010, and ran unsuccessfully for the 4th District House seat in 2016. The poll did not test the support of former U.S. Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D), who reportedly is mulling the race. Meanwhile, Lewis’ campaign announced last week that he had raised more than $100,000 in just over a month of fundraising.
LUPE Votes backs entrepreneur as progressive candidate for District 15
After launching a search for a progressive candidate to rally behind, LUPE Votes found their candidate for U.S. House District 15 in a young entrepreneur who co-owns one of the most prominent businesses in the Rio Grande Valley. Instead of seeking reelection to his current seat, Gonzalez is now running in neighboring U.S. District 34 after District 15 became more competitive. LUPE Votes reached out to Vallejo along with other community organizers informing them of their search for a progressive candidate through their “We the Pueblo” campaign. In addition to co-owning Los Portales, she also co-owns Hustle + Socialize, a women’s entrepreneurship conference held in San Antonio once a year. “When I think of Los Portales I also think about why I’m running for Congress,” she said.
Campaign Season; A Familiar Name at an Unfamiliar Game
On his campaign stationery, David Scott, the Democratic nominee in Georgia's 13th District, lists Hank Aaron as his campaign treasurer. He is the real McCoy, the Hank Aaron who holds the major league record for career home runs. Mr. Scott is married to Mr. Aaron's sister Alfredia.
Lawmaker who recited words of lobbyist also took payday lenders’ donations • OpenSecrets
In 2008, as the global financial crisis came to a head, the payday loan industry gave Scott more than $17,000, as shown in the table below. CFPB was a creation of Dodd-Frank Act, set up to ensure that credit agencies are lending responsibly to consumers. According to the Federal Trade Commission, payday lenders charge as much as 390 percent annual interest on short-term loans. These loans often go to Americans who wouldn’t be approved for traditional credit through banks, credit unions or credit cards, the Pew Research Center found in 2012. Many of the House members at the hearing last week have received campaign contributions from payday lenders.
A well-known Colorado Republican may run to unseat Lauren Boebert in 2022
A well-known Western Slope Republican may launch a primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert next year. Boebert’s 3rd District, which spans across western Colorado into Pueblo, leans heavily in Republicans’ favor, meaning it would be difficult for a Democrat to dislodge the controversial first-term congresswoman. U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Garfield County, takes the stage at the Western Conservative Summit on June 19, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency in Denver. (Olivia Sun, The Colorado Sun)There’s already a Republican running to unseat Boebert next year: Marina Zimmerman, who lives near Durango. Both would be critical in a bid to unseat Boebert.
Idaho Gubernatorial Candidate Ed Humphreys Talks About Campaign
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Morning Digest: Top-tier Democrat challenging Boebert drops out after Colorado adopts new maps
Redistricting? IA Redistricting: Republican Gov. ? MA Redistricting: Republican Gov. Governors? CO-Gov: A new poll from Democratic pollster Global Strategy Group on behalf of the liberal group ProgressNow Colorado finds Democratic Gov. ? TX-Gov: A new poll from the University of Texas at Austin for the Texas Tribune finds Republican Gov. House? CA-21: Democrat Angel Lara, a former aide to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, has abandoned his bid for California's 21st Congressional District.
Morning Digest: When the disarray is real: Meet the Republican Senate primary in Pennsylvania
? OK Redistricting: Oklahoma’s Republican-run legislature passed new congressional and legislative maps on Friday, sending them to Republican Gov. Josh Green’s allies at 314 Action Fund have released a Public Policy Polling survey that shows him dominating next August’s Democratic primary. ? MA-Gov: YouGov’s poll for UMass Amherst and WCVB again finds Republican Gov. Democratic Gov. : President Joe Biden has appointed Theresa Greenfield, the 2020 Democratic Senate nominee in Iowa, to a U.S. Department of Agriculture post as the state’s director of rural development.
This Georgia congressman is one of the lousiest Democrats in the House—and he may get a primary
Georgia Rep. David ScottGeorgia Rep. David Scott has long been one of the lousiest Democrats in the House, and he may be in for a primary challenge in his safely blue suburban Atlanta seat. Owens opposed Scott once before, in 2014, but he raised very little money and ultimately lost by a lopsided 82-18 margin. Owens took over as chair of the Cobb County Democrats in November of 2016 ahead of a very successful cycle for Team Blue in this ancestrally red county, so if he runs again, he may earn more notice. In 2016, he endorsed Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson’s bid for re-election, declaring of his home-state senator, “He's my friend. It’s not just Scott’s damaging displays of "bipartisanship" that makes him so awful: He’s often a bad vote, too.
Morning Digest: New Maryland map aims to target Republicans and shield Democrats from primaries
But while there's no escaping that this map is a Democratic gerrymander, it's a half-hearted one at best. The plan would shred the swingy, GOP-held 10th District and make it all but impossible for Democrats to hold the open the 17th District while pushing Democratic Rep. Brendan Boyle into Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick's 1st District. Boyle reacted indignantly to the proposal, with a spokesperson accusing Street, the son of former Philly Mayor John Street, of "conspiring with Republicans to push a gerrymandered Republican map for personal political gain." ? NY-Gov, NY-AG: Attorney General Tish James on Thursday abruptly ended her six-week old Democratic primary campaign against Gov. Hutson's most prominent supporter is District Attorney Jason Williams, whose own victory last year represented a big win for criminal justice reformers.
Nancy Pelosi endorses Tom Perez in Maryland governor’s race
“One of the big things facing all of the candidates is name recognition, and … there are a handful of national figures that an average primary voter could identify, and having such a high-profile endorsement like that certainly does help to generate attention on the race,” said Mileah Kromer, an associate political science professor and director of the Sarah T. Hughes Center for Politics at Goucher College. “What will be most significant is not just the endorsement itself: It’s whether the endorsement comes with additional resources, if she helps drive up his fundraising efforts, if she appears alongside him here in the state.”
Spirit Lake Republican Dave Rowley looks to succeed Sen. Zach Whiting
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa -- The race to replace one-term state Sen. Zach Whiting, R-Spirit Lake, is coming into sharper focus. The Osceola County Daily News reported on Nov. 2 that Spirit Lake businesswoman and Dickinson County resident Barb Clayton said that she wanted to run. Kim Reynolds set Dec. 14 as the date for the special election. Under state law, the governor "shall order, not later than five days from the date the vacancy exists, a special election, giving not less than forty days’ notice of such election." So far, Democrats have not nominated a candidate for the special election in the district, where registered Republicans account for the majority of voters.
Morning Digest: Days after praising Idaho's governor, Trump backs his far-right primary foe
Redistricting? AK Redistricting: Alaska's redistricting commission agreed on a new state Senate map on Tuesday, with the board's three Republican appointees voting in favor and its two independent members against. Republican Rep. Scott Franklin, who represents the current 15th, would instead find himself in the redder 28th District. ? NH-Sen: WMUR reports that wealthy businessman Bill Binnie, who took a distant third in the 2010 Senate Republican primary, is interested in another try, but there's no word from Binnie himself. Governors? AR-Gov: Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders lost her last notable Republican primary foe on Tuesday night when Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced that she was switching to the race for lieutenant governor. ? IL-17: Two new Democrats announced campaigns for Illinois' revamped 17th Congressional District on Wednesday, former state Rep. Litesa Wallace and former TV meteorologist Eric Sorensen.
State Sen. Scott Martin of Lancaster joins GOP field for Pennsylvania governor
Read moreHARRISBURG — A Republican state senator from southcentral Pennsylvania said Saturday that he will run for governor, adding to the GOP’s double-digits-deep primary field aiming to take on the presumed Democratic nominee, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, in next year’s election. Sen. Scott Martin, of Lancaster County, announced it in a video on his campaign website and Facebook page. He becomes the second Republican state senator in a field that is roughly a dozen deep and likely to grow. Martin, 49, a former county commissioner, was first elected in 2016, and is the Senate’s Education Committee chair. However, he has the advantage of being from a growing county that has the fourth-most registered Republicans in the state.
Bleeding Heartland
Democratic State Senator Pam Jochum will not be a candidate for governor in 2022, she confirmed to Bleeding Heartland on November 1. The longtime senator from Dubuque seriously considered the gubernatorial race in recent months. In a written statement, Jochum said she had been “humbled by the outpouring of support” for a potential candidacy. Jochum did not endorse any other contender but expressed her best wishes to those seeking to make Reynolds a one-term governor. Other Democrats who have not ruled out the race include State Auditor Rob Sand and U.S. Representative Cindy Axne.
Democratic primary for attorney general fizzles out
A week ago, the Democratic field in the primary for state attorney general was expected to only grow. "After I launched my campaign, Letitia James announced that she is seeking re-election as Attorney General. Tish has been a tireless leader for New York as our Attorney General, including in the fight for reproductive rights," Vullo said in a statement released by her campaign. "I greatly admire the work Tish has done as Attorney General and she has my full and unwavering support for her re-election. State Sen. Michael Gianaris and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez are not expected to run.
violence as redemption
My argument here is not with that essay, or whether or not it is a “Christmas film.” My argument here is that violence as redemption goes way deeper than Die Hard. When any movement (whether USAmerica or Christianity or any other movement) is founded on “violence as redemption” it is difficult to stray far from that core tenet because it gets built into everything that follows. Here we have a scene of sexual violence and child abuse. Attributing her pregnancy to a so-called “holy spirit” of a god-the-father does not mitigate the violence, it makes it even more abusive. Here is more violence: this child is doomed from the start, born into poverty in an occupied land with no prospects ahead but certain death.
Under your feet, the water is rising.
Via MIT Technology ReviewThis is a short post but fairly important to those who live along any coast. Where I live in the UK, winter storms and flooding have caused visible damage, but they always have. More importantly, sewage dumps have become common and problematic. The progressives among us blame it on lax Tory regulation, privatisation, and a lack of investment to update Victorian infrastructure. All of these contribute, but the physical reality of rising groundwater, increasing storm runoff and a culture that tends to blame the obvious doesn’t help.
Tragic Comedy
An old formula of comedy asserts; tragedy plus time equals comedy—aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the show? They have taken what usually would be comedic figures, elevated them, and turned the country’s fortunes into tragedy. In response to an anti-Arab/Muslim bigot, John McCain, vying for the presidency against Barack Obama, said, “No, ma’am. If it were not so tragic, a party in the thrall of a liar, someone less than an intellectual, without principles and legendarily dishonest, would be funny. McConnell reasons, the left will destroy America: “You pass the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, you have fundamentally changed this country, fundamentally changed it into an unproductive place with significant unemployment and huge problems,” McConnell said.
Kagro in the Morning podcast (AUDIO): Monday, December 13, 2021
They’re now modern folk heroes, and congress has slapped on competition knee pads to sprint after all of them. When antifa didn’t show, Trumpanistas had no one to fight but the police. Wouldn't it almost be cool to have a mob kill for you? Mike Pence disagrees and discovers it is equally uncool to have that mob kill you. Peter Navarro tries to pull an Eichmann, which didn’t really work for Eichmann, btw.
Another Covid Death. Meanwhile we're nearly at 800,000 in America
Man whose wife won a court battle to treat his COVID-19 with ivermectin has died. His widow Darla Smith is obviously going through a difficult time, and is dealing with a great deal of anger. Trust me, you do not want this burden.”One of the few things different about this is that Darla Smith is having doubts about God after going through this. Reading through the report of Keith Smith’s death, only one line is given to something that might have made a difference. Meanwhile…Somewhere, sometime very soon now, if it hasn’t already happened, we will hit 800,000 Americans dead from Covid.
The Daily Bucket
a westerly bayThe Daily Bucket is a nature refuge. December 9-12, 2021SalishSea, PacificNorthwestWhere I live in the islands of the Salish Sea, the sky changes radically from day to day in winter. Sometimes it’s just socked in, grey from horizon to horizon, usually raining also, not great days to be out. ??December 9:a southeasterly bay, with first quarter moon visiblesame baythe westerly bay on a moderately calm day?? December 11: and again, this time looking directly west rather than southwest. Our late Bucket is open now for your observations.
Street Prophets Coffee Hour: Arcadia
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Q2 2022 3D Movies Trailer's
Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Fantastic Beast 3, The Bad Guys, Doctor Strange 2, Fireheart, DC League of Super-Pets, Bob’s Burgers movie, Top Gun 2, Jurassic World 3, LightyearWith all the Trailers release for 3D Movies of Q2 2022, I'm proud to release this Thread of embed trailers as the Latest Extension to the 3D Movies of 2022, Citadel of ThreadsYou can see all the 3D Movies of 2022, as well as post ? all your comments and non-spoiler reviews here: 3D Movies of 2022You can read non-spoiler Reviews of 3D Movies of 2K22 (as well as post your spoiler reviews) here:Sonic the Hedgehog 2:Fantastic Beasts 3:Fireheart:DC League of Super-Pets:Top Gun 2:Lightyear:More Trailers coming soon. From Q1’s Turning Red to Q2’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 to Q4’s The Flash, I wonder what will happen if Sonic the Hedgehog and the Flash ran soo fast that they would accidentally merged together with each other.
Biden Decides To Screw Over His Base and Hand Republicans 2022 On a Plate.
He could, today, end student debt for everyone, forever. The average student loan payment is just shy of 400.00 per month. If you are someone with 30,000 in student loan debt, you are paying about 7% interest on that debt, and your payment is about 350.00 per month. Black students owe an average of 25,000.00 more in student loan debt that white people. This was President’ Biden’s campaign promise — "Forgive all undergraduate tuition-related federal student debt from two- and four-year public colleges and universities and private HBCUs and MSIs for debt-holders earning up to $125,000."
How news media responsible for creating many racists. Hal H. Harris raw notes on race & politics
That the media create racists with the angle of coverage is an understatement. Hal H. Harris discusses race & politics. It chose a black and Latino clergy by name as they abstracted the evil deeds of others. They highlighted two preachers, both with checkered practices, as bastions who pay taxes on their expensive properties. Hal H. Harris, the winner of the $10,000 Medium Writers Challenge talk about race and politics.
Within a few years, the Thwaites glacier may crack and shatter, separating itself from Antarctica
Doomsday GlacierA glacier the size of the United Kingdom or the State of Florida may well shatter within three to five years and trigger a domino effect collapsing the great floating ice platforms across West Antarctica warns the International International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration. The land ice of Thwaites ice stream holds two feet of sea-level rise. Currently, the loss of freshwater from Thwaites contributes four percent to global sea rise. The loss of the ice shelf will increase that number to 25% due to the observed changes. Other Antarctica glaciers are also a threat to civilization, as are Greenland and mountain glaciers, all of which are rapidly melting from human-caused global heating.
Weed Smoking Insurrectionist Defense: Certification of Electoral College Not An Official Act!
Ronald "Ronnie" Sandlin Smokin' Weed In the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan 6th. Sandlin’s lawyer argued that the certification of the Electoral College results is NOT an official act of Congress;therefore, how can Sandlin be charged with obstruction? If found guilty and convicted of obstruction, DeGrave and Sandlin could face up to 20 years in prison. Sandlin, DeGrave and a third man, Josiah Colt, met in Washington to attend the president’s “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6. In the video, Sandlin, DeGrave and the third man are eating at a restaurant and talking about their plan.
My country, grandest on earth?
Growing up, I remember learning a song in grade school with the lyrics, ”This is my country, land of my birth. This is my country, grandest on earth.”Until recently, I fervently believed the lyrics were true. As a country and with every individual who selfishly thinks that their rights to do what they please supersedes everyone else’s, I am worried about the threat to our democracy. How do we get people to understand that sometimes, one must do what’s right for the majority? Get the vaccine, let everyone vote, read the Constitution and understand its true meaning!
A Poll: Regarding Senatorial Communications with Mark Meadows
Questions, questions, questions... In today’s article, “National Guard's Jan. 6 role was to 'protect pro Trump people,' Mark Meadows said” by Laura Clawson www.dailykos.com/… She remarks, “(Can’t wait to find out which senator that was. )” when referring to Meadow’s communication with an unnamed Senator. Well, I’m curious also. So here’s the poll:
The GQP Cult and Their Supreme Court
I have been saying for a while now that I don’t see how blue states and blue enclaves will allow themselves to be ruled by a Republican death cult and their compliant Supreme Court. How they are replacing local and state elections officials with cult members who would overturn free and fair elections. And now we have a Republican dominated Supreme Court that is corrupt and illegitimate. The Republican Party is a cult. It’s time for blue states and blue enclaves to separate from the cult and form our own union.
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN---DAY327---Evening-Shade-Monday
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 13, 2021x Today, President Biden will sign an executive order to bring government services into the digital era for things like renewing passports, applying for Social Security benefits, and getting aid after natural disasters. — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 13, 2021KAMALA HARRISx Vice President Harris: "Women will die" if Roe is overturned or curtailed. — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 13, 2021CDCx 60.8%: The share of all Americans who are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. https://t.co/K1tCkwDEiv — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 13, 2021TRUMPx Trump in Sept. 2016: "The mob takes the Fifth. — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 13, 2021
The 1-6 Committee explains Why Meadows should be held in Contempt of Congress
WASHINGTON — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol released a report on Sunday that laid out its case for a contempt of Congress charge against Mark Meadows, the chief of staff to former President Donald J. Trump, presenting evidence of Mr. Meadows’s deep involvement in the effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election. In the 51-page document, the committee said it wanted to question Mr. Meadows about an email he had sent a day before the attack advising that the National Guard would be used to defend Trump supporters . The panel said it also wanted to ask him about an exchange with an unnamed senator about rejecting electors for Joseph R. Biden Jr.[...]The report comes as the committee is scrutinizing a 38-page PowerPoint document containing plans to overturn Mr. Biden’s victory. That document, which Mr. Meadows provided to the committee, urged Mr. Trump to declare a national emergency to cling to power and included an unsupported claim that China and Venezuela had obtained control over the voting infrastructure in a majority of states. Mr. Giuliani has identified Mr. Waldron as a source of information for his legal campaign.
Peter Doocy and FOX News Probe the Burning Issues: Biden's 'ARMAGEDDON' and Flaming Christmas Trees
So Fox dispatched their White House wanker, Peter Doocy, to annoy Press Secretary Jen Psaki. Does the President think that’s good governing?" x Doocy: We’ve seen an arsonist burn down a half a million dollar Christmas tree in New York City back on the streets. Does the President think that’s good governing? Fox News is still obsessing over the torching of their beloved fake Christmas tree by a mentally challenged homeless man.
Kitchen Table Kibitzing, Dec. 13, 2021
Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community seriesfor those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Drop by to talk about music, your weather, your garden, or what you cooked for supper…. Newcomers may notice that many who post in this series already know one another to some degree, but we welcome guests at our kitchen table and hope to make some new friends as well.
Climate Brief: An SOS for the Climate as NYT Publishes Report on Impacts on all 193 Nation States
A New York Times opinion piece yesterday sounds the SOS on what is blatantly clear to all of us: The impacts of climate change are being felt everywhere on earth. But the truth is that we are already living in a world that is being transformed by climate change. That is the idea behind “Postcards From a World on Fire,” a major project from Times Opinion that published this morning. “Postcards” presents a stunning overview of how climate change is impacting each of the 193 United Nations countries. If you are a Times subscriber or haven’t yet met your free monthly limit, this one is a haunting immersive experience.
The Language of the Night: Jordy Rosenberg's Academic Dystopia
One of those, however, is dystopia (weird for a fantasy reader to dislike dystopia, but here we are.) To say I dislike dystopia would be an understatement — I abhor dystopia. A case in point: Jordy Rosenberg’s amazing Confessions of the Fox. Now, give me an unpublished manuscript that plays a pivotal role in a novel, and I’m all in—it’s catnip. It’s also probably the only dystopia you’ll ever read that comes with its own academic bibliography.
'Our City, Our Vote': NYC lawmakers pass bill giving noncitizens right to vote in local elections
If enacted the bill will make New York City the largest jurisdiction in the country to allow noncitizen voting, NPR reported. Supporters of the bill argue that giving noncitizens the ability to vote in local elections allows for more accountability and an accurate representation of what the city’s population wants. According to CNN, the RNC already has filed lawsuits against Winooski and Montpelier, Vermont, over letting noncitizens vote. “I'm finally being heard as part of the political process.”This isn’t the first time the New York City Council made headlines positively for immigrants this year. In November Daily Kos reported that five Asian Americans were elected to the New York City Council.
gofundme for justice for Chrystul Kizer
I like to check my information with Wikipedia, as well:en.wikipedia.org/…Chrystul Kizer was arrested at age 17 for the murder of Randall Phillip Volar III. [1] Kizer was arrested and incarcerated at Kenosha County Detention Facility to await trial. [2][3] Kenosha County prosecutors charged her with first degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, and four other felonies. The man narrating the video, Dr. Rashad Richey, said Chrystul should get some millions of dollars, to pay her defense lawyers, so I looked, to see if she had a gofundme set up. Her gofundme only has a little money in it, and the information says:www.gofundme.com/…November 24, 2021 by Chrystul Kizer, Beneficiary: ALL DONATIONS WILL BE USED FOR Therapy and housing and food.
Colorado State Open Thread, December 13, 2021
The Colorado State Open Thread is for people interested in all things Colorado. I’ve been out of the state for a long weekend and I’ll be back tonight, but I’m posting this early so it is ready and published at 7PM. I hope, by the time I’m able to turn on my computer that I’ll still be awake and energized enough to still participate. Suggestions:Political goings-onBoebert’s latest Faux PasHow much you hate talking about herWhat your plans are for the upcoming holidaysAny favorite foods/drinks/recipes you’d like to share with your friendsAny photos of beautiful ColoradoThe weather — did you get snow? Your favorite holiday moviesThe floor is yours…
Week-end Wrap – Political Economy – December 12, 2021
Groups Never Admit Failure[Naval, via Naked Capitalism 12-9-2021]You get a schism instead. The pandemicHow well masks protect[Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, via Naked Capitalism 12-5-2021]Three metres are not enough to ensure protection. “The Quiet Scandal of College Teaching”Jonathan Zimmerman [Liberties, via Naked Capitalism Water Cooler 12-10-2021]“A majority of college teachers are now adjunct or contract faculty. Recently uncovered software flaw ‘most critical vulnerability of the last decade’[Guardian, via Naked Capitalism 12-11-2021]“Explainer: What caused Amazon’s outage? [Bloomberg, via Naked Capitalism 12-7-2021]Trump’s Next Coup Has Already BegunBarton Gellman, December 6, 2021 [The Atlantic]January 6 was practice.
Conservatives want to ban abortion, while Build Back Better addresses the reasons people have them
What the ACA did was reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, one of the main reasons patients seek abortions. $165 billion for health care spending. The bill would reduce health care premiums under the Affordable Care Act by several hundred dollars a month, making it easier for some people who are currently uninsured to gain health insurance. A 2012 Supreme Court decision upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, but allowed individual states to opt out of the act’s expanded Medicaid coverage. For starters, it will provide reproductive care, reduce unwanted pregnancies, and result in fewer abortions.
Top Comments: Seasonal 2021 Part II (Wrapping It Up) Edition
Our current Christmas Wrapping Paper stockpile. I went to where we keep our wrapping paper — our Attic also multasking as Mr. Brillig’s Office — and brought down our supply. You also need to have heavy duty paper for wrapping weird-shaped things, the kind that doesn’t rip through the minute you’re wrapping something not box-shaped. Some years it’s coded by wrapping paper, meaning a lot of patterns are needed. Do you even use wrapping paper, or are you a gift bag afficianado?
Judge green-lights federal prosecutors’ use of ‘obstructing Congress’ charges in Jan. 6 insurrection
On Friday, District Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled against the effort by two defendants to have their “obstruction of an official proceeding” charges dismissed. And Judge Friedrich—a Donald Trump appointee—had little trouble discerning that the Joint Session of Congress that was interrupted by the attack was, indeed, an “official proceeding” under the law. It’s not clear whether these other judges will follow Friedrich’s ruling or logic, but as Marcy Wheeler observes, the trend in the courts is not going their way. As Wheeler observes, it’s possible he shared information that was central to the expectations of and plans by the militia that organized the assault. Not a lot of people are spending a lot of time in jail," an anonymous Justice Department prosecutor told CNN.
NYPD says while hate crimes rose by 100% in 2020, anti-Asian incidents jumped 361%
The task force examined hate crimes across all five boroughs. According to the NYPD report, anti-Asian incidents jumped 361%, from 28 this time last year to 129 this year. "On the flip side of that, which shows the great work our hate crimes task force is doing, our arrests are up 106%. x Watch as NYPD executives provide updates on the NYPD Hate Crime Review Panel and recent Hate Crime investigations. https://t.co/JjphwfLyyj — NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 7, 2021Police officials noted that the increase in hate crimes has been driven by bias against the Asian community.
Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day: Johnny Teague
Johnny Teague is a challenger to Democratic Congressman Al Green in TX-7 in 2022... and while doing so in 2020, was touting the Qanon Conspiracy Theory. Welcome to what is the 1053rd original profile here at “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day”, where we’ll be discusisng Johnny Teague a candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Texas’ 9th Congressional District in 2020, who was looking to knock off Democratic Congressman Al Green. Oh, and that he tried running for office as a Democrat but failed to get a following because he couldn’t be open to same sex marriage. Johnny Teague only managed 21.6% of the vote in the 2020 elections against Al Green, and already has registered as a candidate to run against him again in the new TX-7 district in 2022. One Year Ago, December 13th, 2020: Kristen Alamo Rowin (TX)Two Years Ago, December 13th, 2019: Lisa Luby Ryan (TX)Three Years Ago, December 13th, 2018: Matt Rinaldi (TX)Four Years Ago, December 13th, 2017: Lamar Smith (TX)… 2017 UpdateFive Years Ago, December 13th, 2016: Lamar Smith (TX)… 2016 UpdateSix Years Ago, December 13th, 2015: Lamar Smith (TX)… 2015 UpdateSeven Years Ago, December 13th, 2014: Lamar Smith (TX)… Original Profile
PowerPoint Doc Spells Out Trump's Failed Scheme to STEAL the 2020 Election: 'BradCast' 12
For me, as after the second shot, not so good (though much better than actual COVID!) Then, also breaking over the weekend, the release of a PowerPoint document called "Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for JAN 6". It was obtained by the U.S. House Select Committee investigating January 6, from Donald Trump's former Chief of Staff Mike Meadows. But the main point is this: Donald Trump and his minions employed a coordinated attempt to steal the 2020 Presidential election. Donald Trump tried to STEAL the 2020 election and this was the "Rosetta Stone" road map for it.
Insomniacs ' Late Night Venthole
This Vent-Hole (hereinafter known as IVH) if lost or stolen will not be replaced or purchase price refunded. Violation of IVH rules will result in expulsion without refund. A copy of IVH rules can be obtained from one or more members wearing tie-dyed Oxford shirts after written requests. Argh I have to get up super early to host an online thing, and you just know it'll be another night of waking up every hour for fear of oversleeping. Bonus First Dog cartoon: It's summer in Australia so look out for snakes!
When You Can't Afford To Live In Your Own Town
Once upon a time in Colorado, the mountain resort town of Aspen became a playground for the rich and famous. Jason Blevins --The Colorado SunHow can local residents, school teachers, restaurant and retail workers afford to live in multi-million dollar homes? Last week, the Aspen city council unanimously passed an emergency moratorium on permits for new home construction, renovation and short-term rentals through 2022. Original research provided by The Colorado Sun:From January through August, visitors staying in short-term rental homes in Aspen spent about $50.7 million. With the city’s 2% lodging tax, the roughly 1,200 permitted short-term rentals generated about $1 million for the city through August.
I Am So Confused -- Who Does this Own Again?
someone please explain this to me??? I mean, it appears somebody didn't get the moral of THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS. Doubling the irony is that the people who put this up thought Dr. Suess was in threat of being canceled when he never was. Yah know, hysteria to own somebody, not sure who anymore. Tripling the irony — they think the left is stealing Christmas.
IAN: Tuesday, December 14, 2021: Return of the Monarchs!
If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here. IAN is a great group to join, and a good place to learn to write diaries. We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone who reads IAN to write diaries for the group! But, when you are ready to write that diary, either post in thread or send FloridaSNMOM a Kosmail with the date. If you live in the Western US and want to know how to help this beautiful species, you can, easily.
Charles M. Blow warns `We're edging closer to civil war' as a result of SCOTUS abortion cases
The Supreme Court’s decision on Friday means that anyone who assists in providing an illegal abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy can still be sued. He then quoted from Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s strongly worded dissent in which the liberal justice went all the way back to the tumultuous pre-Civil War era. At its Dec. 1 hearing on whether to uphold Mississippi’s 15-week abortion, Justice Brett Kavanaugh indicated that he felt states had the right to choose what restrictions they wanted to place on abortion rights. Blow then wrote that it’s not just women who might need abortions, and their relatives and friends, who should be worried about what’s happening with these abortion cases before the Supreme Court. I see this country on the verge of another civil war, as the Calhounian impulse is reborn.
Overnight News Digest: Tornado damage assessment continues
An unforgettable theme song, "Bill, Bill, Bill…" starts ringing in their ears. Manchin will also meet Tuesday with a group of moderate Democrats on voting rights. Voting-rights advocates want to see if Manchin would be open to a ‘carve-out’ to the Senate’s filibuster rule for voting rights legislation. The idea gained more urgency for voting rights advocates after the chamber approved a ‘one-time exception’ to its rules to approve a debt-limit increase by a simple majority vote. The crew of the Overnight News Digest consists of founder Magnifico, regular editors side pocket, maggiejean, Chitown Kev, eeff, Magnifico, annetteboardman, Rise above the swamp, Besame and jck.
Meet Jim Finch: Mayfield KY's Hero With A Grill But No Cape.
So I showed up with some food and some water.” -Jim Finch, December 13th, 2021A man named Jim Finch packed a truckload of food and his grill and took it to Mayfield, KY to help the stricken townspeople at least have food and water. Be like Jim Finch. In hard-hit Kentucky, one man, Jim Finch, is being hailed for stepping up in a major way to aid families during this tough time. That there is one Jim Finch among us, shows that there are still good people among us. If Jim Finch is not interested in fame, or credit, that is just fine.
Jan 6th Committee votes on contempt charges for Meadows
The Jan 6th Committee is meeting as we speak (started at 7:00 p.m. ET) to vote on contempt of Congress charges against Mark Meadows. pic.twitter.com/dZdTJmgc7d — January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) December 13, 2021Follow the link below to watch the proceedings —x . x NEW: US House Select Jan 6 Cmte releases its Contempt of Congress report against Mark Meadows. -@RepPeteAguilar — January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) December 14, 2021The final vote at 7:45 p.m.
New documents show Mark Meadows was "working toward The Donald" or Drumpfprinzip,
x NEW: the FULL house will vote on criminal contempt tomorrow for Meadows. The committee hearing and vote on Meadows are tonight at 7 PM EST. — Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) December 13, 2021x Also, Meadows sent an email saying the National Guard would be there to PROTECT PRO TRUMP PEOPLE. 2/ pic.twitter.com/Y7VGSftCM6 — Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) December 13, 2021x Note the several pages explaining the due diligence & good faith efforts the committee employed to give Meadows every opportunity to comply. pic.twitter.com/9EyWKJ8r0i — Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) December 13, 2021x Trump supporters flooded into DC on 11/14 and 12/12.
Lunatics With AK-47s are Shooting up Pizza Parlors Because Their Pizzas are 10 mins Late
Forget schools, it looks like we're going to need active shooter drills in pizza parlors. As if America's mass shooter crisis isn't bad enough, we now have lunatics shooting up pizza parlors because their pizza pies are 10 minutes late. Pizza Trouble in TennesseeA Tennessee man was arrested for threatening staff at a Little Caesars Pizza with an AK-47 - the favorite gun of Second Amendment Patriots™ everywhere! The suspect, Charles Doty Jrgot upset and demanded a free breadstick order and went outside the business to wait for the pizza. When Doty Jr. returned, he had the rifle in hand and was pointing it at employees, demanding his pizza immediately.
PWB Peeps Open Thread: National Day of the Horse
PWBPeeps is a group that posts a daily diary and nightly open thread for animal lovers. We share photos, seek & give advice about pet health and behavior issues, support each other in times of sadness and stress, celebrate together when times are good, and on most days have an inordinate amount of fun. You are welcome to join us! Here are few not-too-onerous PWB rules
The shenanigans around Greg Abbott's Operation Lone Star scheme continue
With the three visiting judges out and Shahan’s reported pals in, these men can expect continued state detention. One of these groups, Patriots for America, “has claimed it is coordinating with law enforcement,” Human Rights Watch said. While the Texas Department of Public Safety has pushed back on associations with these extremist groups, both Abbott and Lt. Gov. “Abbott said Wednesday that ‘homes are being invaded,’” The Texas Tribune reported in June. The local shelter wouldn’t take people in because they could not help them get out,” Texas Fair Defense Project initially tweeted about Abbott’s order.
Trump official broke the law with attempt to silence government scientists during pandemic
“Documents reviewed by OSC prove that officials at Health and Human Services clamped down on damaging information about the severity of COVID-19 and limited the free speech of its scientists,” Freddy Martinez, a policy analyst at Open the Government, told Buzzfeed News. “When creating its press policies, HHS officials disregarded its employees’ important whistleblower rights in favor of secrecy.”While Caputo was only in that role for part of 2020, the Office of Special Counsel previously said that HHS violated federal law on gag rules on three other occasions in 2017 and 2018. And Caputo’s science adviser, Paul Alexander, made a separate effort to censor the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, an important weekly epidemiological digest from the CDC. I ask it to be stopped now!”Keeping scientists and public health experts from speaking about what was going on was a part of the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response. However, HHS employees are not required to speak to the media.
Jen Psaki tells Peter Doocy to get out of here with that War on Christmas crap
In the wee hours of the morning last week, a man climbed up and set the Fox News headquarters ’ Christmas Tree ablaze. Fox News spent about 36-straight hours lamenting this terrible blow to Hannukah and freedom and Christianity and America in the War on Christmas. Well, according to reports the fire “caused an estimated $500,000 in property damage.” Maybe Steve Doocy parked his son’s Christmas present under the tree? x Doocy: “We’ve seen an arsonist burn down a half a million dollar Christmas tree … back out on the streets. Psaki reminded Doocy that Graham’s CBO score is about as worthwhile as the notepad Peter Doocy pretends to write notes on.
HOLY S***: FOX News Hosts Begged Mark Meadows to Get Trump to Stop the Insurrection on January 6th
Every day there is more evidence of the complicity of Donald Trump and his Confederacy of Traitors who tried to undermine democracy and overturn an election with violence. "As the violence continued, one of the president's sons texted Mr. Meadows, quote, 'He’s got to condemn this shit ASAP. Donald Trump Jr texted. "Still, president Trump did not immediately act. Donald Trump Jr texted again, again, and again.
Here's what you need to know about the No Surprises Act—and why there's a lawsuit to stop it
First, some background on what the NSA actually involves for patients, and how it could play out it in your own life. In short, the NSA creates federal protections for patients who receive medical care that’s actually out-of-network, whether it’s an out-of-network physician, hospital, or vendor they did not choose. Hospitals need these workers, obviously, so they accept their terms—but then patients end up with these surprise (and often enormous) bills. Importantly, the NSA also applies to non-emergency services provided to patients by out-of-network physicians at in-network facilities. As always, every step to protect patients is a step in the right direction, but what we really, ultimately need is Medicare for All.
We deserve better than this, Joe
We’re not the stereotypical hapless millennials the right-wing loves to depict us as; people are literally getting their Social Security checks garnished over student loan debt. https://t.co/RraYkkzijw — Ashley Reese (@offbeatorbit) December 11, 2021x Today is a great day for @JoeBiden to cancel student loan debt. Student loans repayments start January 31st, 2022.”Me: pic.twitter.com/hQvIgcH1KZ — Ken™?? (@__ItsKen_) December 9, 2021x Biden I just got a email about my student loans. They telling me the payment pause on student loans ends at the end of January. I swear you told us you was canceling student loan debt.
'First hot meal they’d had': José Andrés' World Central Kitchen is in Kentucky to aid in recovery
“We have teams all over, scouting and bringing meals, and learning what the folks may need,” Andrés continued in the video. I am proud of our @WCKitchen teams bringing meals all over & identifying food needs. #ChefsForKentucky pic.twitter.com/gRJ4p6fbdU — José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) December 13, 2021x Reporting in from Benton, Kentucky with my new friend Marcella, who jumped into action to support her community with meals after the tornadoes! pic.twitter.com/bjByX0L5pp — World Central Kitchen (@WCKitchen) December 12, 2021Journalist Victor Ordoñez also shared a video of a man who drove to Mayfield “with a grill and a truckload of food” to help. x This man drove half an hour with a grill and a truckload of food and parked right in the middle of #Mayfield, Kentucky.
'Fraud Alert': Republicans tout major investments from American Rescue Plan no Republican voted for
Gosar’s release even included a statement from Kingman Mayor Jen Miles saying how "grateful" the city was for his support. Yeah, let's revisit that spring vote for a second: 219 - 210 in the House, with zero Republicans; and 50-49 in the Senate, with zero Republicans. Gosar was just the latest in a recent rash of Republicans stealing credit for lavishing relief on their constituents. In his statement, Rural Organizing's Hildreth stressed that Democrats need to be clear about who's actually delivering for Americans. Indeed, taking credit is critical for Democrats, who are already facing rough political headwinds heading into next year.
News Roundup: 800,000 American pandemic deaths; Manchin's 'blind trust' coal money not so blind
It turns out the coal baron senator might have personal reasons for scuttling anything that might impede the sale of coal? In the news today: At least 800,000 Americans have now died of COVID-19, and topping the 1 million mark now looks almost certain. Sen. Joe Manchin has long hidden behind claims that his coal wealth was tucked away in a "blind trust"; it now seems the Maserati-driving senator's blind trust isn't as "blind" as he had previously claimed. In the probe of the Jan. 6 insurrection, every new document to emerge has told the same story. Inside the Trump White House last January, Trump, his allies, and other Republican leaders were drafting plans to nullify the last election rather than abide Trump's loss.
Sonnet: Democracy in a Fugue State
still from The General Returns From One Place To Another(Image by Michael Robinson) Details DMCASonnet: Democracy in a Fugue Stateby John Kendall Hawkins. I may be a savage, but at least I'm not a poet, say dumbstrucktyrants, anxious to rub out the cries of freedom --I am, I am, I am, I am, I am, affirmedagainst the growing darkness of false light once termedProgress, vigils of hope blown out one by one, Te DiumLuciferus New Church gargoyles fugue and upchuck. They'll cry, the wheels have fallen off: free thought must die;monotonal megalomaniacal gloamenforced by savage algos of the Meta-physical regime,and it may be that it will take time to redeemthe ancient wisdom from ashes of old Romemixed with new life in old Grecian urns marked Why? In the cathedral's fading light you feel the doomof the once sacrosanct cogito ergo sum.
A tale of two thefts - by Judd Legum
"Wage theft occurs whenever an employer doesn't pay workers according to the law. But it is also a product of grossly inadequate resources for enforcement. it suggests "the total wages stolen from workers due to minimum wage violations exceeds $15 billion each year." That's more than the value of stolen goods in all property crimes, according to the latest FBI statistics. Shoplifting is just a small fraction of total property crime because more than half of the value of all stolen property comes from stolen vehicles and currency.
New Hampshire: Teachers, Parents File Lawsuit Against "Divisive Concepts" Law; by Diane Ravitch
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"Rob Kall's book Bottom-Up: Tapping the Power of the Connection Revolution is both a welcomed manifesto and a guide for rethinking the power of human agency, understanding the connections that both make us human and legitimate human planetary relations. Moreover it is a powerful call for providing the ideas, social practices, and relations that make human connections possible, enable them to work together from the bottom up, and to transform such connections into a powerful movement in which people take control of their lives and create a better future for everyone." Henry Giroux, Director of the McMaster Centre for Research in the Public Interest, author of Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism, America?s Education Deficit and The War on Youth, and dozens more.
Lauren Boebert is the Symptom, Not the Disease
There are now two videos available of Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) telling a made-up story of encountering Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in a Capitol Hill elevator. This assessment could not be further off base; Boebert knows exactly what she is doing. To Boebert and her base, these representatives are not fellow Americans but people "who want to destroy our country." Carl Petersen is a parent advocate for students with special education needs and public education. As a Green Party candidate in LAUSD's District 2 School Board race, he was endorsed by Network for Public Education (NPE) Action.
Mexican Legalizes Abortion While Texas Bans It
By Joel D. JosephMexico is 83% Catholic, yet the Mexican Supreme Court ruled that women have a constitutional right to an abortion. Only about 20% of Americans are opposed to all abortions, yet in Texas, the Texas legislature recently banned all abortions after six weeks. The Palestine Herald Press in Palestine, Texas, reports that Texas leads the nation in child poverty, with 1.5 million kids below the poverty line. A clear majority of Americans, including most Republicans, opposes key provisions of the controversial new Texas abortion law, the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found. The U.S. Courts Keep Texas Law for the Time BeingThe U.S. Supreme Court late Wednesday night refused to block the Texas law that amounts to a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
Real success stories for ivermectin use
Ivermectin has been attacked by pro-vaccine interests despite it being a cheap, safe and proven medicine for COVID treatment and prevention. If you get stricken with COVID and are seriously ill your doctor and hospital will not provide ivermectin. In Illinois it took a court to force a hospital to capitulate to family demands to give a very sick elderly patient IVM. The drug "most definitely" saved the elderly patient's life "because his condition changed right immediately after he took ivermectin," said the attorney. Ivermectin was also at the center of three successful court cases in three upstate counties of New York involving hospitalized COVID patients - 65, 80 and 81 years old.
Elizabeth Samet Thinks She Already Found the Good War
The United States went to war to liberate the world from fascism and tyranny. World War II was a foreign tragedy with a happy American ending. Maybe Looking for the Good War will nudge some people in a good direction, and they won't stop there. Samet does a good job of exposing some of the worst myth builders as concocting fairy tales. Samet is also good at debunking the troop-focused propaganda of more recent years and wars.
The practical justice of Marxism's vision for a workers' state
The version of justice put forth by Karl Marx strikes a practical balance when it comes to the questions of capitalism and the state. It acknowledges the role that the state has in ensuring justice under the present conditions, while not viewing the state as something that will always be needed. This is true for the capitalist state, but not the case for the socialist state. He would argue that the state's extinction is incompatible with justice, because according to him the state is crucial for preventing individual misdeeds. Goldman and the anarchists recognize this flaw in the Hobbesian position that the state is and always will be indispensable for justice.
Neuropsychology of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini II
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini(Image by Bing) Details DMCAI wrote my last article about the Neuropsychology of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini a decade has gone by. However, during last decade we have had access to additional documents about Ayatollah Khomeini and the events surrounding the Iranian Revolution. The purpose of this paper is not to provide an analysis of the historical events surrounding the reign of Ayatollah Khomeini. Ayatollah Khomeini is the youngest of these six children. His oldest brother Ayatollah Pasandideh was about ten years old at that time and was present during the decapitation.
Assange Verdict: Vengeance Is Ours, Saith the Agency
This is not hard to conclude after the High Court decision announced early Friday to bow to the US and extradite Julian Assange. All According to (Updated) PlanAssange's lawyers have said they intend to appeal the High Court decision. Glenn also noted that post-Obama Democrats and their security state allies have a particularly potent reason to exact vengeance on Assange, who published those DNC emails showing that Bernie Sanders was cheated out of the nomination in 2016. The security state had a witches' brew. Here's Javert - I mean Burton:"Move him [Assange] from country to country to face charges for the next 25 years.
Rabbi Dennis S. Ross on Martin Buber (REVIEW ESSAY)
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Over the years from the fall semester of 1964 onward, I took five courses from Father Ong at Saint Louis University, the Jesuit university in St. Louis, Missouri. Ong characterized his mature thought from the early 1950s onward as phenomenological and personalist in cast. In his mature work, he never tired of invoking Martin Buber's famous book I am Thou (1923). By invoking Buber's 1923 classic, Ong signaled the personalist cast of his thought.
Part 1: It's been done to Russia before but this time will be the last
The Turning on Russia SeriesBoris Yeltsin gets the last laugh when he picked Vladimir Putin to become president. If Stanley Fischer, a man who helped bring about a de facto criminal-privatization-fraud to post-empire Russia says the U.S. is on a dangerous course, the time has arrived for post-empire Americans to ask what role Stanley Fischer played in putting the U.S. on that dangerous course. Unknown to Americans is the blunt force trauma Stanley Fischer and the "prestigious" Harvard Project delivered to Russia under the leadership of Boris Yeltsin during the 1990s. It might be unfair to say that hating Russia was his only obsession. Garthoff continues, "The United States had used the alert to convert an Arab-Israeli conflict, into which the United States had plunged, into a matter of East-West confrontation.
Can today’s labor militancy become a transformative political force?
2021 has been a pivotal year for the labor movement. How do we harness the rank-and-file energy driving these actions and use it to build a more robust and powerful labor movement? And can that movement fuse with other struggles for social and economic change to be a formidable political force? These are the kinds of questions that members of Organizing Upgrade are asking on a daily basis—and, in many ways, our future depends on the answers we come up with. Tune in for new episodes of The Marc Steiner Show every Monday and Thursday on TRNN.
Abortion rights advocates want Joe Biden to say more
The Supreme Court appears poised to curtail abortion rights, and federal legislation codifying access is unlikely to make it anywhere. But, with 50 years of abortion rights in the balance, many would like Biden to use the bully pulpit to champion the abortion rights valued by the people who worked to elect him and go on the offensive to protect them. Abortion rights activists demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. Activists like Bracey Sherman worry that Biden’s reticence on abortion rights undermines efforts to reduce the stigma for people who have had abortions. Biden mentioned “protecting women’s health” in his first joint address to Congress in April but not abortion rights specifically.
Why the holidays are the most painful time of the year for prisoners
Since it’s the holiday season, we thought we would have a conversation about the impact of holidays on prisoners in the prison-industrial complex. And I mean, that’s not even close to the kind of isolation that prisoners feel on a day-to-day basis. But most prisoners don’t do that, and most prisoners end up suffering a big, empty space in their life, like 10 years. Every little bit lightens that burden of the massive depression that holiday seasons bring in the prison system. And you will hopefully bring somebody home that’s less damaged than the prison system intended to make them.
The Western Neocons' Crippling Fraud Against Russia
Stanley Fischer, the 73-year-old vice chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, is familiar with the decline of the world’s rich. If anyone knows about the decline and fall of empires it is the “globalist” and former Bank of Israel president, Stanley Fischer. Unknown to Americans is the blunt force trauma Stanley Fischer and the “prestigious” Harvard Project delivered to Russia under the leadership of Boris Yeltsin during the 1990s. After emerging from their Marxist/Leninist cocoon after World War II their movement helped to establish the Cold War. Garthoff continues, “The United States had used the alert to convert an Arab-Israeli conflict, into which the United States had plunged, into a matter of East-West confrontation.
California to Become Abortion Sanctuary If Supreme Court Upends Roe Protections
Lawmakers and abortion providers in California are seeking to make the state a “sanctuary” for all Americans seeking abortion services, amid the disturbing possibility that abortion rights could be completely dismantled next year. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court heard a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade from state prosecutors in Mississippi. Gavin Newsom (D) created the California Future of Abortion Council (FAB Council), a group of organizations and abortion service providers in the state. California already pays for abortion services for individuals in the state who qualify for Medicaid, and requires private insurance companies to provide abortion services. The FAB council made a number of additional recommendations for making abortion more accessible in California.
The word missing from the vast majority of anti-trans legislation? Transgender
The word “transgender” didn’t appear in any of them. More anti-trans bills were introduced in state legislatures in 2021 than in any previous year on record. In Iowa (10 bills) and Montana (seven bills), the word transgender is not mentioned. That definition, at odds with the American Medical Association, has been seen in anti-trans bills across the country. The ADF in part helped kick off the trend of anti-trans legislation.
Abortion Rights Advocates Want to Hear More From Biden Than Just Euphemisms
The Supreme Court appears poised to curtail abortion rights, and federal legislation codifying access is unlikely to make it anywhere. But, with 50 years of abortion rights in the balance, many would like Biden to use the bully pulpit to champion the abortion rights valued by the people who worked to elect him and go on the offensive to protect them. Activists like Bracey Sherman worry that Biden’s reticence on abortion rights undermines efforts to reduce the stigma for people who have had abortions. Biden mentioned “protecting women’s health” in his first joint address to Congress in April but not abortion rights specifically. What is the vision for ensuring that abortion access is guaranteed?
Woman alleges that an assisted living facility denied her admission because she is transgender
A 78-year-old woman has filed a discrimination complaint in Maine alleging that Sunrise Assisted Living denied her admission because she is transgender. Most residents of Sunrise Assisted Living have semi-private rooms, sharing them with a roommate of the same gender. “We haven’t decided whether we want to do that yet,” Klein told The 19th. “In Maine, people have the tools to fight discrimination [against transgender people], but it’s not currently illegal in many other states. If we were to pass the Equality Act, this type of discrimination would be illegal everywhere in the United States,” Tax told The 19th.
Unapologetic Support for Abortion Rights Must Be a Pillar of the Left
Jackson Women’s Health Organization, or the “Pink House,” due to its color, is the only abortion clinic left standing in Mississippi. On Wednesday, both anti-choice and pro-abortion demonstrators from across the country congregated in the nation’s capital, including members of the Pinkhouse Defenders, Shout Your Abortion, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Thank God For Abortion, Abortion Access Front, Plan C and NYC for Abortion Rights. The contours of the abortion hearings and abortion struggle today have shifted dramatically in the nearly 50 years since Roe. The fight against abortion is a pillar of the far right, and it is impossible to understand the growth of one without the other. The abortion and women’s health movements, supported by physicians, and the women’s liberation and gay liberation movements, which came out of the civil rights movement.
The Criminalization of Testosterone Endangers Gender Variant People
Transmasculine and gender variant people have used synthetic testosterone for nearly a century. Many gender variant people, including myself, have experienced discrimination and hostility at the hands of pharmacists. Many gender variant people, including myself, have experienced discrimination and hostility at the hands of pharmacists. Transgender care in the US is gatekept even for gender variant people who have societal privileges like whiteness or wealth. Gender variant people should be more than acknowledged in drug policy reform; we should be prioritized.
On Transgender Day of Remembrance, We Mourn Those Killed. What About the Living?
in New Orleans, have decided to observe “Transgender Day of Resilience” instead of “Transgender Day of Remembrance,” to honor the people who survive against the odds instead of the norm: acknowledging their struggles only when they’re gone. Jemma DeCristo: I think representation has brought, to answer your question, a mass delusion in a certain kind of way. And yeah, so I think that’s where we’re at. And then someone who’s still with us is Tracy Africa, formerly Tracy Norman, who was the first Black, trans model. You know, that’s kind of the one cultural reference people tend to have.
The Vast Majority of Anti-Trans Legislation Excludes the Word “Transgender”
The word “transgender” didn’t appear in any of them. More anti-trans bills were introduced in state legislatures in 2021 than in any previous year on record. While Texas introduced the most anti-trans legislation in 2021, six other states considered at least seven bills. In Iowa (10 bills) and Montana (seven bills), the word transgender is not mentioned. That definition, at odds with the American Medical Association, has been seen in anti-trans bills across the country.
78-Year-Old Woman Says Assisted Living Site Rejected Her for Being Transgender
Originally published by The 19thA 78-year-old woman has filed a discrimination complaint in Maine alleging that Sunrise Assisted Living denied her admission because she is transgender. Most residents of Sunrise Assisted Living have semi-private rooms, sharing them with a roommate of the same gender. “We haven’t decided whether we want to do that yet,” Klein told The 19th. “In Maine, people have the tools to fight discrimination [against transgender people], but it’s not currently illegal in many other states. If we were to pass the Equality Act, this type of discrimination would be illegal everywhere in the United States,” Tax told The 19th.
Warehouse Workers’ Deaths Prompt Renewed Scrutiny of Amazon’s No-Phone Policy
Amazon’s strict no-phone policy is drawing renewed national attention after a tornado in Edwardsville, Illinois caused one of the company’s warehouses to collapse, killing six workers. But because of a longstanding company policy that bans cell phones at worksites, it’s unclear if workers at the Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville ever received that warning. Company representatives told Gizmodo that Edwardsville workers were sent “various alerts” about the tornado that hit the facility on Friday. Many social media users said that Amazon was responsible for the deaths at its Edwardsville warehouse. “The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire was so deadly because management locked the doors to ‘prevent theft’ and keep out union organizers,” said CNN editor Michael Ballaban, sharing a link that referenced the Amazon warehouse deaths.
Jan. 6 Committee Issues Contempt Charges for Former Trump Aide Mark Meadows
The House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack has issued a scathing report on Trump’s former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, asserting that his refusal to testify before the commission requires contempt of Congress charges. Meadows claimed that he couldn’t appear at the deposition because of executive privilege claims made by Trump. Early on, Meadows was one of the few former Trump staffers who was willing to work with investigators after being subpoenaed. But later on, Meadows was threatened with contempt charges for refusing to comply with the commission’s terms for his depositions. The January 6 commission will vote to forward contempt charges to the House of Representatives on Monday; the House is expected to vote on those charges later this week.
Government crisis in Sweden strengthens far-right
A government crisis in Sweden that began earlier this year with the temporary resignation of then Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has gained intensity over recent weeks. The four right-wing parties’ votes amounted to 174, one seat shy of the majority necessary to block Andersson’s election. Later that day, parliament debated two budget proposals for 2022, one drafted by the Social Democrats and another by the right-wing Moderates and Christian Democrats, and far-right Sweden Democrats. This marked the first time ever that a budget put together with the involvement of the Sweden Democrats was adopted. She vowed to impose the 2022 budget drafted by the Moderates, Christian Democrats, and Sweden Democrats.
The Right Is Now Weaponizing Recall Elections at Every Level of Government
Election recall efforts have recently become firmly entrenched in the political playbooks of the right. This year, in Colorado alone, 10 Democratic state legislators are now facing recall efforts. School board members in San Francisco are also facing recall, as is Los Angeles City Council member Mike Bonin. In the country as a whole, Ballotpedia is now tracking recall efforts against more than 200 school board members — an all-time high. Ballotpedia is now tracking recall efforts against more than 200 school board members — an all-time high.
Investigation Finds at Least 48 Members of Congress Have Violated STOCK Act
According to the Insider report, members of both major parties have violated the STOCK Act, with violations between Democrats and Republicans about even. Most of the violations from Capitol Hill staffers and Congress members are due to late reporting, with some disclosures coming as late as four years. This year, Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas) made dozens of stock trades that he disclosed months late, worth around $17.5 million total. Several of the nearly 200 Capitol Hill staffers who violated the STOCK Act gave questionable excuses for not obeying the law. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) has introduced legislation that would ban stock trading for Members of Congress, Cabinet members, top staffers, federal judges and White House officials.
Billionaire executive Charlie Munger proposes windowless dormitory for 4,500 students at UC Santa Barbara
The University of California, Santa Barbara, has unveiled plans for “Munger Hall,” a dormitory for more than 4,500 students, designed by Charles T. Munger, a billionaire and executive at Berkshire Hathaway. The design has been denounced by architect Dennis McFadden, who served as a consultant on the university’s design review committee. UCSB students gathered outside of the library last month to protest the building of Munger Hall, and the December eviction of students. All across the country, the lack of decent, affordable housing has seen many students and their supporters demanding change. At Virginia Commonwealth University, 400 students at a dormitory in Johnson Hall were told to move after dangerous levels of mold were discovered.
Progressive Lawmakers Signal Support for Four-Day Workweek Proposal
The proposal was filed earlier this year by caucus member Rep. Mark Takano (D-California) and would shorten the standard workweek by lowering the threshold for overtime compensation from 40 hours to 32 hours. Though the proposal stands little chance of passing Congress, the caucus’s support is a signal that progressives lawmakers are listening to the demands of the labor movement, which has fought to shorten the workweek for centuries and often succeeded. While the 4-day workweek proposal wouldn’t apply to gig workers and workers who are exempt from overtime, the proposal could dramatically change work culture in the U.S. and spark movements among exempt workers to demand similar change within their own workplaces. A shorter workweek could also free up hours for organizing coworkers for collective bargaining and improving other working conditions. “But to me, a reduction of working hours for the same pay isn’t about those benefits — it’s fundamentally about justice.”Copyright © Truthout.
Columbia student workers begin sixth week on strike, defying university’s strikebreaking threats
Last week saw a sharp escalation of the strike by 3,000 student workers at Columbia University in New York City, which continues in the face of strikebreaking threats by the administration. Picketing at Columbia University (WSWS Media)Columbia workers rejected this attempt at economic blackmail and held out on the picket line. A poll conducted by the Student Workers of Columbia union (SWC) bargaining committee found that 87 percent of union members and nearly 77 percent of supporters of the strike wished for the strike to continue. New York State Senator Robert Jackson also appeared at the picket line Wednesday to declare his support for striking student workers. The Columbia University administration consists of the staunchest representatives of American capitalism.
Soaring social inequality under New Zealand Labour government
Recent reports show that the response of the Labour Party-led government in New Zealand to the economic crisis triggered by the pandemic has further widened the already vast gulf between rich and poor. The number of applicants on the public housing waiting list has increased by two thirds since the pandemic to 24,536. Some members of the ruling class are nervous about the consequences of the extreme inequality that has built up under successive governments. He said it had “done a really good job… financial stability is really strong in New Zealand. The WSWS calls on workers to break from the unions and form rank-and-file committees, controlled by workers themselves, in schools and workplaces.
Workers Struggles: The Americas
The National Union of Workers and Transport Workers (Unott) called the walkout after the latest round of negotiations with the National Association of Bus Road Transport Companies (Anetra) failed to reach an agreement. According to Unott, workers’ wages have eroded by 15 percent and the union proposed recovering “part” of the losses in March, though Anetra has proposed payment in June. United StatesHuntington Beach, California sanitation workers strikeTrash pickup for residents of Huntington Beach and Fullerton, California, was delayed Friday by a strike of 400 workers employed by Republic Services. Fred Meyer workers in Pacific Northwest vote in favor of strikeSome 29,000 Fred Meyer Supermarket and Quality Food Center workers in Oregon and southwest Washington state have voted to grant their union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555, strike authorization. Postal union reaches three-year tentative contract dealThe American Postal Workers Union and the US Postal Service announced agreement on a new three-year contract December 9.
Another Minnesota teenager dead from COVID-19
Last Tuesday, another teenager died from COVID-19 in the state of Minnesota, marking the fourth death among teenagers aged 15–19 from the virus in the state and the second in less than a one-week period. This comes in the wake of two Minnesota teachers dying from COVID-19 at the end of last month. The second case of the more infectious Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the state. As of December 13, the seven-day average of hospitalizations in Minnesota from COVID-19 is 1,786, with 338 in intensive care. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, there have been 956,779 total recorded cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota so far, with over 21 percent of COVID-19 cases occurring in people 19 and under.
Australia: Evan Blake speaks at Committee for Public Education online meeting
The Committee for Public Education (CFPE) held a successful online meeting on Saturday, October 11 attended by educators, parents and students across Australia and internationally, including from New Zealand, the Philippines and the US. The meeting was titled, “COVID -19 spreads through Australian schools: Put lives before profit! Stop the Pandemic!”This is the second CFPE online meeting in the past month organised against the dangerous re-opening of schools that has led to an upsurge of COVID-19 infections and clusters in schools in Victoria and New South Wales. The meeting was addressed by Evan Blake, a member of the Socialist Equality Party from the United States, and a leading writer for the World Socialist Web site. A full report of the meeting will follow in the next few days.
Philippine Supreme Court upholds anti-democratic Anti-Terrorism Law
On December 7, the Philippine Supreme Court ruled that the majority of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 was constitutional, rejecting 37 petitions against it. President Duterte with Philippine Army troops [Credit: Presidential Communications Operations Office]The Anti-Terrorism Law grants sweeping powers of surveillance and arrest to the unelected Anti-Terrorism Council, a government body, composed of military, police and administration personnel, which was created by the law. The Anti-Terrorism law replaced the Human Security Act of 2007 of then President Gloria Arroyo. Twelve out of the 15 sitting judges in last week’s ruling were appointed to the Supreme Court by Duterte. The Supreme Court Justices delayed the court proceedings for months and, during oral arguments displayed open contempt for the concerns that the constitution was being blatantly violated.
An interview with veteran Australian actor, director John Bell: Eliminating Shakespeare is “like having a part of your brain removed”
John Bell (Bell Shakespeare Company)After graduating from the University of Sydney in 1962, Bell worked for the Old Tote Theatre Company, all of Australia’s state theatre companies, and was an Associate Artist of Britain’s world-famous Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1990, he founded the Bell Shakespeare Company. Not long after that, I was working with Paul Scofield and he was preparing to play Othello. JB: I didn’t direct the production, but it was the Bell Shakespeare Company. I went to England when I was 24 and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, so I guess I was part of that establishment.
COVID catastrophe looms as Australian governments lift restrictions
Not least, the Labor Party governments in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory have all “reopened” or set dates to do so. NSW Health reported 804 new cases. There are now 85 Omicron cases officially recorded in NSW—up by 21 in a day. NSW Health expects further Omicron cases to be identified in the coming days as genomic testing results are confirmed. “A number of these cases are likely to be the Omicron variant,” NSW Health said.
Austria ends partial lockdown
The seven-day incidence rate per 100,000 inhabitants rose above 1,000, and in several states and among children and adolescents it was far higher. So far, the vaccination rate of around 67 percent is far too low. Scientists and physicians have strongly criticized the relaxation of measures to contain the spread of infection. The Coronavirus Commission, an expert advisory panel, expects the situation to soon worsen again because of the spread of the Omicron variant. In Texingtal, Lower Austria, where Karner was mayor, there is a museum honouring Engelbert Dollfuss, the Austrian chancellor who paved the way for fascism.
The New York Times’ crude attempt to pit Detroit parents against educators as pandemic rages
The New York Times published an article last week under the headline, “Schools are closing classrooms on Fridays. The Times article conceals this fact and tries to paint a picture of working mothers up in arms over the difficulties of making last-minute child care arrangements to protect their jobs. There would be virtual school only. After the article appeared, Detroit parents and educators responded with disgust. It can be done well!”While Heyward excluded any voices of teachers from her article, educators quickly expressed their opinion on the DPSCD page.
South Dakota teachers scramble at “Dash for Cash” in desperate attempt to fund their classrooms
Anger has exploded across the internet and among educators following a “Dash for Cash” spectacle staged among teachers at a hockey game in Sioux Falls, South Dakota last Saturday. South Dakota teachers at "Dash for Cash" spectacle (Twitter/Annie Todd)A local business, CU Mortgage Direct, sponsored the stunt, arranging to dump a $5,000 cash pile in the middle of the ice rink. The teachers’ schools also participated in providing an audience, receiving $5 for every ticket they sold. But you know they were in the stands making wagers on who would win.”South Dakota teachers are among the lowest paid in the country. It has recently come to light that South Dakota is one of the world’s most lucrative tax havens.
One year of vaccines, but COVID pandemic rages on
It is not the vaccines, but American capitalist society, which has failed to meet the test of the pandemic. The COVID vaccines were presented as the ultimate weapon against SARS-CoV-2 that would end the pandemic once and for all and allow the world to return to normal. However, any illusions that somehow the vaccines would bring the pandemic to heel have since been shattered. The original WHO criteria for COVID vaccines set the bar at 50 percent. This is on top of the current total of close to 150,000 COVID deaths in the UK.
Barbados declares a republic: British imperialism’s legacy of slavery and colonialism
In 1636, British officials in Barbados passed legislation declaring all slaves, later extended to include their children, to be enslaved for life. The highly profitable sugar trade soon made Barbados Britain’s most populated colony and possibly one of the most densely populated places on earth. Equiano also publicized the infamous Zong massacre of November 1781, when the crew of the British slave ship threw more than 130 enslaved Africans overboard after running low on drinking water. As one of its first acts, it passed legislation in 1833 abolishing slavery in all the territories of British rule. These terrible conditions provide the context for the Barbados government’s decision to become a republic after 396 years of allegiance to the British Crown.
As COVID-19 surges, France’s Révolution permanente attacks public health measures
The current surge of COVID-19 is exposing the French website Révolution Permanente (RP), affiliated to Argentina’s Morenoite Socialist Workers Party (PTS). While they criticize the widely-decried inadequacy of French health spending, they align themselves with President Emmanuel Macron’s refusal to implement scientific public health measures necessary to stop mass deaths. (AP Photo/Jean-François Badias)Each week sees over 2 million new cases of COVID-19 and nearly 30,000 deaths across Europe. This social layer is far more concerned about the damage public health measures would deal to their stock market portfolios and to the corporate profits that pay the budgets of the trade union bureaucracies than about saving human lives. This requires a conscious break with the reactionary politics of the pseudo-left, and the building of rank-and-file committees in every workplace and school to fight the Macron government and its political satellites for a scientific health policy.
José Antonio Kast: Chile’s left paves the way for a fascist
This is the significance of fascistic presidential candidate José Antonio Kast traveling to United States at the beginning of December. José Antonio Kast giving press conference (source: Mediabanco Agencia)Very little has been revealed as to the content of the discussions. Over the last three years, the National Intelligence Agency has been revamped to combine military, security and public order divisions, permitting vast intelligence gathering operations. José Antonio is the son of Michael Kast, a Nazi officer who participated in Operation Barbarossa, Hitler’s genocidal war against the Soviet Union. Through the ballot box Kast proposes a police state and authoritarian regime.
German federal and state governments continue “profits before life” policy despite high death toll and spread of Omicron variant
The number of COVID-19 patients receiving intensive care continues to rise and is now just under 4,900. There are currently fewer free intensive care beds than at any other point in the pandemic. The share of free intensive care beds is only 10 percent nationally, which is considered to be the limit of the hospitals’ ability to respond. The intensive care doctor and scientific director of the Divi intensive care register, Christian Karagiannidis, told DPA that the situation worries him, especially due to the Omicron variant. In the intensive care registry, only 921 available intensive care beds were specifically identified for COVID-19 on Wednesday afternoon.
Support the Turkish health care workers’ strike movement!
The TTB and other organizations also criticized it because it did not cover all health care workers. Outraged nurses and other health care workers organized work stoppages last week to protest the bill in hospitals across Turkey. Healthcare workers march during a strike action on December 6 in ?zmir, bearing a banner saying ‘Health care is teamwork. Demanding that care continue for emergency patients, dialysis patients, pregnant women, pediatric emergencies, cancer patients, intensive care patients and COVID-19 clinics, the health care workers called for support from broader sections of the population: “This struggle is not only for physicians and health care workers, but it is for the whole society, for all of us. The burgeoning strike movement among health care workers shows that a counteroffensive by the international working class is emerging.
China’s Zero COVID policy proves that the elimination of COVID-19 is possible
The World Socialist Web Site published yesterday a detailed analysis of China’s Zero COVID policy that demands careful study by anyone who wants to understand what must be done to end the pandemic. The “dynamic zero” policy of China is a confirmation in practice of the viability of a policy aimed at eliminating SARS-CoV-2. There is enormous popular support for the Zero COVID policy, which expresses a level of social solidarity and consciousness that does not yet exist in the United States and Europe. The dilemma that China itself confronts is that the effort to maintain a Zero COVID policy in one country is, in the long term, unsustainable. A common reaction that the WSWS has received from the submission by the scientist is surprise at both the success of China’s Zero COVID policy and its broad popular support.
Quebec authorities left long-term care residents to die in pandemic’s first wave
In public CHSLDs (long-term care homes) and private institutions for the elderly, approximately 4,000 residents died during the first months of the pandemic between March and June 2020, when Quebec recorded one of the highest per capita mortality rates in the world. The report identifies “significant pre-existing and long-known systemic deficiencies” as one of the main causes of the tragedy that occurred in Quebec’s CHSLDs. It was not until April 11, when the situation was completely out of control in the CHSLDs, that these transfers stopped. At the same time, the government also prohibited COVID-stricken residents from being transferred to hospitals for treatment, leaving them facing death without adequate care. Workers in Quebec and the rest of Canada should not expect anything from inquiries commissioned and directed by the capitalist class to absolve itself of any responsibility.
Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows referred for criminal contempt of Congress in January 6 probe
A new report recommending former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows be held in criminal contempt of Congress for his refusal to comply with a subpoena provides new evidence that the White House was directing the stand-down of the military during the January 6 attack on the Capitol. The stunning revelation that Trump’s chief of staff was intimately involved in directing the response of the National Guard prior to the attack on the Capitol was one of many important details Thompson enumerated. Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller played a key role in delaying the deployment of the D.C. National Guard to the Capitol. Another significant detail revealed in Thompson’s report is that Mark Meadows was in “nonstop” communication with Kashyap “Kash” Patel, Miller’s chief of staff on January 6. This is hurting all of us, he is destroying his legacy,” Fox host Laura Ingraham, texted Meadows, according to Cheney.
UK government announces first confirmed Omicron variant death in the world
Britain has announced the first publicly confirmed death globally from the Omicron variant of COVID-19. On Sunday evening, Johnson confirmed in a televised address that there were hospitalisations due to Omicron in Britain. With another 1,576 Omicron cases reported Monday, there were 4,713 confirmed cases of the variant in Britain. South Africa first reported the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) to the World Health Organisation on November 24, 2021. Javid replied, “I think [Bradshaw] makes a very good point, given that we already know that the Omicron variant is fast becoming the dominant variant in our capital city, spreading rapidly throughout the country, the justification for having those rules is minimised.
Fuel leak at Pearl Harbor military base contaminates drinking water on the Hawaiian island of Oahu
A massive contamination of the drinking water supply for residents of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam was discovered on November 20, when 14,000 gallons of jet fuel spilled at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility has a long history of leaks dating back to 1943 when it was first built, during the intensive military build-up for WWII. Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility consists of 20 fuel tanks and an array of pipelines that use gravity to deliver fuel to Pearl Harbor, a short 2.5 miles away. Nearly 16,000 gallons of fuel and fuel-laced water have leaked from Red Hill pipes above the aquifer just this year. “The results of the Red Hill sample showed petroleum hydrocarbons roughly four to ten times below the Hawaii Department of Health Environmental Action Level (EAL).
Over 100 feared dead as recovery efforts continue following massive tornado outbreak across the US Midwest and South
Eight of the deaths were among those killed at the Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory in Mayfield, Kentucky. Workers were told to shelter in place just minutes before the tornado decimated the factory. Governor Beshear has mobilized 300 Kentucky National Guard troops across nine counties to assist in the recovery efforts. The deadliest tornado since 1947, rated an EF5, ripped through Joplin, Missouri in 2011, killing 158 people. However, scientists have so far been unable to determine a direct link between tornado activity and climate change.
How Beijing Influences the Influencers
They also do not mention his and his family’s business ties to the Chinese state. They found that six of the 10 most commonly shared YouTube videos in the tweets were from the pro-China influencers. After The Times asked about the payments and free travel from Chinese state media, YouTube said it would remind the creators of their obligations. This allows some YouTubers to obscure the fact that they work for Chinese state media. As his trips with state media grew longer, the outlets paid him for his time, he said.
Dried fruit can be just as healthy for you as the fresh variety
Sweet and a little crunchy from a seed-filled inside, dried figs are one of the only fruits that provide calcium: Just one serving of five dried figs has 68 mg of this bone-building nutrient. If you notice a white, flaky substance on your dried figs, it is most likely natural sugars that have crystallized on the surface of the fruit instead of added sugars — but you can always check the ingredients label just to be sure.
‘West Side Story,’ now in theaters, shocked Broadway audiences in 1957
Often ranked among the best musicals of all time, “West Side Story” was much less vaunted when it debuted on Broadway in 1957. Audiences and critics were discomfited by the violence and juvenile delinquency portrayed in the show, an adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” that trades rival families for warring street gangs — one Puerto Rican and the other White.
Undermanned Rams come up huge in win over division-leading Cardinals
Stafford has had issues with interceptions at times this season after being obtained in an offseason trade with the Detroit Lions. But he was very good Monday night. He completed 23 of 30 passes for 287 yards and threw touchdown passes to Beckham and fellow wideouts Cooper Kupp and Van Jefferson. Kupp had 13 catches for 123 yards. Beckham had six catches for 77 yards.
Former FDA commissioners endorse Califf as head of agency, citing urgency of addressing omicron
Califf, a well-known cardiologist and researcher who served as FDA commissioner during the last year of the Obama administration, was nominated for a second stint last month by President Biden. That ended a search that took almost a year, during which an overextended FDA scrambled to review and regulate coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments — and to navigate other hot-button issues involving Alzheimer’s treatments, opioids and tobacco products.
Teachers union sues New Hampshire over law barring certain race lessons
But the AFT argues confusion around the law is inevitable. For example, the lawsuit says that a teacher could not be sure whether it was legal to teach students that affirmative action policies, which treat people differently based on race, were adopted because of the historical, and even contemporary, advantages that job or college applicants have when they are White.
Georgia Southern Routs Carver College 133-15; 2nd-Largest Win in D-1 WCBB History
Elsa/Getty ImagesGeorgia Southern fell 11 points of making history Monday. The Eagles' women's basketball team beat Carver College 133-15 at Hanner Fieldhouse in Statesboro, Georgia, recording the second-biggest margin of victory in Division I history. "Hats off to Carver, this is one of our non-DI opponents," head coach Anita Howard said of the performance. Three of those players outscored Carver on their own. Nobody from the Eagles' starting five logged more than 15 minutes, which allowed for the bench to combine for 88 points.
Boris Johnson: down but not out
Johnson’s Conservative MPs are preparing to rebel en masse over new public health restrictions which include vaccine certification for some hospitality venues. Nonetheless, with polls slipping and scandals mounting, this could yet look like the week the shine came off the Johnson circus. “It’s about trust, and it’s broken at the moment,” said one former aide to Johnson. ‘Emperor’s new clothes’MPs on all sides of the Conservative Party confirmed discussions over Johnson’s position are now taking place. If Johnson can’t pull off yet another big comeback, his time really could be limited.
How Europe can calm the crisis in Ukraine
His report “Murky Waters – the Black Sea and European Security” will be published on January 26. Europe cannot afford to sit out the growing crisis between Russia and Ukraine and leave it to United States President Joe Biden alone to try to prevent a war on its own doorstep. Europeans can also do more to offer security and economic support to Kyiv, while pressing both sides to implement the Minsk peace accords on eastern Ukraine. EU experience in fostering cross-border cooperation and people-to-people contact in the Baltic Sea region should be used to strengthen economic and human connection in the Black Sea. Only by taking collective action can the EU facilitate a sustainable peace in the Black Sea region.
South Korea to test AI-powered facial recognition to track Covid-19 cases
Seoul South Korea will soon roll out a pilot project to use artificial intelligence, facial recognition and thousands of CCTV cameras to track the movement of people infected with the coronavirus, despite concerns about the invasion of privacy. The nationally funded project in Bucheon, one of the country's most densely populated cities on the outskirts of Seoul, is due to become operational in January, a city official told Reuters. Governments around the world have turned to new technologies and expanded legal powers to try to stem the tide of Covid-19 infections . China, Russia, India, Poland and Japan as well as several US states are among the governments to have rolled out or at least experimented with facial recognition systems for tracking Covid-19 patients, according to a March report by Columbia Law School in New York. The Bucheon official said the system should reduce the strain on overworked tracing teams in a city with a population of more than 800,000 people, and help use the teams more efficiently and accurately.
States attempt to skirt Constitution
Gavin Newsom suggested he’ll create a gun law modeled after Texas’s severe abortion restrictions, in which enforcement is left up to private citizens. Molly Jong-Fast joins to discuss why this national fight over the future of America could challenge the Constitution.Dec.
US records over 50 million COVID-19 cases
More than 50 million cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the United States as new cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus continue to be identified across the country. The latest million cases were diagnosed in just over three months; the country reported 4 million cases in early September. Cases of the omicron variant had appeared in more than 50 countries as of Thursday. The omicron variant, which was first identified by South African scientists, has since been identified from Australia and Hong Kong to Canada. The first handful of omicron cases in the U.S. have been mostly mild, with most patients reporting symptoms such as cough or a runny nose, a CDC report said.
Emmanuel Macron courts the countryside
More recently, Macron's rural policies have increasingly tallied with the demands of the very lobbies Hulot called out, first and foremost in Brussels. With his farming-friendly policies, Macron is courting more than the farmers' vote. At home too, Macron has morphed into a staunch defender of the terroir who lends an empathetic ear to farmers and hunters. When bird hunters took to the streets of French cities in September, Macron rolled back some restrictions, to their delight. Macron's agriculture minister, Julien Denormandie, also allowed sugar beet farmers more exemptions to use bee-killing insecticides that are banned at the EU level.
Mary Trump: Donald Trump had the power to stop Jan. 6 riot
Author and niece to Donald Trump, Mary Trump, joins Lawrence to discuss the news revealed by the Jan. 6 Select Cmte. that Trump Jr. was texting Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows -- instead of his own father -- during the attack on the Capitol.Dec.
Emmett Till case being closed by DOJ guarantees no one will pay for his lynching
Milam, two white men, who accused him of being sassy with Bryant’s wife in a country grocery store. The Justice Department on Monday closed a recent investigation into Till’s lynching without charging anyone. That’s why the Justice Department’s announcement in 2018 that it had reopened the Till case didn’t cause any excitement. The Justice Department said in a memo Monday that it was impossible to prove that the woman at the center of the country’s most infamous lynching had ever lied to investigators. Though the Justice Department blames the South for Till’s death, we shouldn’t accept its attempt to dismiss the South as some other country.
Fox News Hosts Sent Texts to Meadows Urging Trump to Act as Jan. 6 Attack Unfolded
Three prominent Fox News anchors sent concerned text messages on Jan. 6 to Mark Meadows, the last chief of staff for President Donald J. Trump, urging him to persuade the president to take the riot seriously and to make an effort to stop it. The texts were made public on Monday, shortly before the House committee scrutinizing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol voted 9-0 in favor of recommending that Mr. Meadows be charged with contempt of Congress. Representative Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming, read the text messages aloud. “This is hurting all of us. He is destroying his legacy.”
Israel Finds Planes That Could Be Key to a Strike on Iran Badly Back-Ordered
WASHINGTON — Israel asked the Biden administration last week to speed up the delivery of refueling tankers that could prove critical to striking Iran’s nuclear facilities, but it was told that the aircraft were back-ordered and it was unlikely that its first one would be ready until late 2024, according to U.S. and Israeli officials. The Israeli defense minister, Benny Gantz, made the request last week when he met with Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and other senior officials in Washington. Details were reported earlier by Yedioth Ahronoth, an Israeli newspaper. The request came amid new tensions between Washington and Jerusalem over how to deal with Iran’s nuclear program. Since mid-2018, when President Donald J. Trump pulled out of a deal aimed at limiting Iran’s nuclear activities, Tehran has made significant gains in its nuclear fuel production, despite repeated operations by Israeli intelligence services to sabotage uranium-enrichment sites and a factory that produced nuclear centrifuges.
NFL will require booster shots for coaches, some staffers amid increase in coronavirus cases
“We’ve changed the protocols in the past to make sure that the protocols are at a place that we can say that — that we can say, ‘If we follow these protocols, we’ll make it through the season,’ ” Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter, the NFLPA president, said during a recent interview. “... We have experts and specialists looking at those to advise us on how we make sure our protocols are in a place that we feel confident. Even before the variant, we’re always monitoring those to make sure we’re in a good spot.”
Clemson’s down year helped Tony Elliott become Virginia’s new coach
“It happened so fast, and very rarely do you have an opportunity to get to know the people you’re getting ready to hitch your saddle to,” Elliott said. “So this year, this cycle allowed me to explore more options because we weren’t in the [College Football Playoff]. We had a chance. If we would have figured out a way, I might not be here.”
Opinion: Trump delivers Georgia Democrats a holiday gift
No Republican governor has ever lost reelection since Georgia began allowing governors to run for consecutive terms. Trump is doing a huge favor for Stacey Abrams, the Democrat who Kemp beat by a razor-thin margin in 2018. Ossoff beat Perdue partly because Trump went on a rampage in Georgia after losing in November. Another loss in 2022 would make it clear just how much damage Trump is doing to the party at the polls. That, like so much else about what lies ahead for Trump, the Republican Party and American democracy, remains an open question.
Italy’s succession dilemma: It only wants Mario Draghi
The harmony around Draghi, Italy’s respected banker-turned emergency prime minister, was initially a salve for a pandemic-bruised country. But Draghi as prime minister may also deliver Italy from the pandemic and set it on a more equal economic footing. But Draghi as prime minister may also wear out his welcome, as has happened to others before him. Italy’s president is chosen by just over 1,000 parliamentarians and regional representatives, known as grand electors. Urging Draghi to stayAs the prospect of Draghi departing circulates, Italy’s political parties on the surface seem reluctant to reassume responsibility for running the country.
'Blueprint For A Coup' Is Bared In House Panel's Report On Mark Meadows, Columnist Says
The report issued about former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows last week by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol reads like a “blueprint for a coup,” wrote Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent. The report provides a chilling look at a plot to “thwart a legitimately elected government from taking power,” initially through “corrupt pressure” on government actors and “then through mob violence,” Sargent said. He also sent emails urging the Justice Department to investigate unsupported claims of voter fraud, according to the House committee report. “The whole coup blueprint is right there in black and white,” Sargent warned. “So is the scope and reach of what Meadows and others stonewalling the Jan. 6 committee are so eager to cover up.
Fox News hosts texted Meadows on Jan. 6 saying Trump needed to call off rioters, House panel says
"Indeed, according to the records, multiple Fox News hosts knew the president needed to act immediately" on Jan. 6, Cheney said. "But hours passed without necessary action by the president," Cheney said on Monday. And gotten out of hand,” Trump Jr. said in one of the texts read aloud. A majority vote would result in asking the Justice Department to prosecute Meadows, a former House member. The Justice Department acted on a similar House recommendation regarding former Trump aide Steve Bannon, who faces two criminal charges.
Jan. 6 Committee Recommends Contempt Charge for Meadows
WASHINGTON — Mark Meadows, the last White House chief of staff for President Donald J. Trump, played a far more substantial role in plans to try to overturn the 2020 election than was previously known, and he was involved in failed efforts to get Mr. Trump to order the mob invading the Capitol on Jan. 6 to stand down, investigators for the House committee scrutinizing the attack have learned. From a trove of about 9,000 documents that Mr. Meadows turned over before halting his cooperation with the inquiry, a clearer picture has emerged about the extent of his involvement in Mr. Trump’s attempts to use the government to invalidate the election results. The documents also shed light on Mr. Meadows’s knowledge and guidance of a plan by right-wing lawmakers to try to use Congress to overturn the election, and on how he coordinated with organizers of the rally in Washington that culminated in the deadly riot at the Capitol. Then, according to text messages that members of the panel read aloud on Monday, Mr. Meadows fielded dozens of requests from terrified lawmakers, administration officials and even members of Mr. Trump’s family on Jan. 6 begging for the president to call off the throngs of his supporters storming the Capitol. Mr. Meadows told people that day that he was trying to persuade Mr. Trump to do so.
Denmark and Norway Predict Drastic Spike in Omicron Cases
Public health authorities in Denmark and Norway on Monday released grim projections for the coming wave of the Omicron coronavirus variant, predicting that it will dominate both countries in a matter of days. It’s not yet certain how often Omicron infections will send people to the hospital, or how many hospitalized patients are likely to die. And while Omicron can partly evade immune defenses, researchers have yet to determine how well vaccinations and previous infections will protect people against severe disease. The authors of both new reports also observed that swift actions now, such as booster campaigns and reducing opportunities for Omicron to spread, could lessen the variant’s impact. But experts point out that the country is similar to Norway and Denmark in terms of vaccination levels and certain Covid risk factors, like the average age of the population.
Amtrak Worker Sold Railroad Equipment for Years to Line His Pockets, U.S. Says
For more than seven years, the authorities said, Jose Rodriguez of Brick, N.J., a senior engineer at Amtrak, obtained more than 100 chain saws and hundreds of chain saw parts from the railroad, claiming he needed them for various service projects. But instead, according to prosecutors, Mr. Rodriguez, 49, sold the equipment either through an online auction service or directly to purchasers — and lined his pockets with the proceeds. On Monday, Mr. Rodriguez pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud for using the Postal Service to mail the equipment — which the authorities said was worth more than $76,000 — to buyers across the country, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey. Mr. Rodriguez will face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced on April 19, 2022.
U.K. court date set for American accused in fatal crash that led to a diplomatic standoff
Three weeks later, while an investigation was ongoing, she and her family left Britain to return to the United States. The U.S. government asserted diplomatic immunity on her behalf as the wife of a diplomat. Her lawyer has also said that she had been working as a U.S. intelligence officer.
Biden walks a careful line on climate after tornadoes
But he added, “What is certain: It is one of the worst tornado disasters we’ve had in the country. And the second thing that’s certain is that it is unusual. It is unusual how it happened, how many places it touched down, and the length of the path. So that’s all I’m prepared to talk about right now.”
Md. health department faces second week of disruption from cyberattack
Neil J. Sehgal, an assistant professor of health policy and management at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, said that in the absence of other Maryland coronavirus data, those tracking trends can look at what is happening in the surrounding area. “That is not to say that what is happening in D.C. is exactly what is happening in Maryland,” he said, “but you get a pretty good reflection of what is happening when you look across the border.”
The record-breaking tornadoes that swept the United States, by the numbers
If the path exceeds 150 miles, the tornado would be one of 13 with such a track length. Only four tornadoes have journeyed above 200 miles, although some of the records are debatable. The epic 1925 tri-state twister is generally accepted at the longest track in the nation at 219 miles, but it is questionable as to whether it was one or several tornadoes. It is also possible the quad-state tornado consisted of more than a single tornado.
The Mayfield tornado killed a young married couple and two of their five children, devastating a close-knit Amish community
Now the storm seemed to have passed, and Crawford put on a head lamp and jumped into his ATV to check on them. He saw pieces of his barn’s aluminum roof scattered like torn tissue paper in the trees. When he reached his neighbor’s home, it had disappeared.
Fox News hosts urged Meadows to have Trump stop Jan. 6 violence, texts show
While Ingraham that afternoon called the attack “disgraceful” and said that “the president needs to tell everyone to leave the building,” later that night, she suggested on-air that some of the rioters might have been left-wing agitators rather than Trump supporters. “I have never seen Trump rally attendees wearing helmets, black helmets, brown helmets, black backpacks — the uniforms you saw in some of these crowd shots,” she said.
Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium Reportedly Will Host Super Bowl LVIII in 2024
AP Photo/David BeckerAllegiant Stadium in Las Vegas will host Super Bowl LVIII on Feb. 11, 2024, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Vincent Bonsignore. Super Bowl LVIII was originally slated for New Orleans but was moved out of the city due to the game overlapping with Mardi Gras. If confirmed, Monday's news will cement the next four Super Bowl sites:Super Bowl LVI (Feb. 13, 2022): SoFi Stadium; Inglewood, CaliforniaSuper Bowl LVII (Feb. 12, 2023): State Farm Stadium; Glendale, California*Super Bowl LVIII (Feb. 11, 2024): Allegiant Stadium; Las VegasSuper Bowl LIX (Feb. 9, 2025): Caesars Superdome; New OrleansOnce Allegiant Stadium was constructed in July 2020, Super Bowl hosting duties were inevitable. Beyond the amenities and experience Allegiant Stadium can provide, Las Vegas is no stranger to staging major events, so the wider logistics are already in place. Las Vegas sits at 6-7 and has lost five of six games since its Week 8 bye.
USWNT, US Soccer Agree to End NWSL Allocation System for National Team Players
Howard Smith/ISI Photos/Getty ImagesU.S. Soccer and the players association for the women's national team announced an agreement to dissolve the allocation system for the NWSL. Starting in 2022, members of the USWNT will be free to sign directly with NWSL clubs, and their salaries will be paid by the clubs themselves rather than the federation:This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available. Get the best sports content from the web and social in the B/R app. Get the app and get the game.
Factory Workers Say They Were Told They'd Be Fired If They Left Job Amid Tornado Warning
Workers at a Kentucky candle factory destroyed by a tornado said supervisors threatened to fire them if they left their jobs early to try to avoid the twister’s path. The Mayfield Consumer Products factory in Mayfield was destroyed on Friday after a tornado barreled through the area. AdvertisementHowever, several employees say their supervisors and team leaders told them they could lose their jobs if they left the factory to seek safety, according to NBC News. Elijah Johnson said that when he asked to leave, one of his supervisors told him he’d be fired. AdvertisementWhen the tornado hit, forklift operator Mark Saxton told NBC News, the factory tiles and concrete started falling.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Rips 'Pathetic' Trump For Fury Over Recognition Of Biden Win
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called Donald Trump “pathetic” and “crazy” for profanely attacking Benjamin Netanyahu because he recognized Joe Biden’s presidential victory in November. Netanyahu, who was the Israeli prime minister throughout the Trump administration, did what most world leaders do: He recognized and congratulated the duly elected president of the United States, Olmert suggested in the opening session Monday of the Annual Leadership Dialogue on Israel-UK-Australia Relations. AdvertisementYet Trump reportedly was furious that Netanyahu congratulated Biden after he won the election. He emphasized that he doesn’t like, trust or “believe in [Netanyahu’s] integrity.”AdvertisementNetanyahu was Israel’s prime minister for 15 years, relinquishing the role last June to Naftali Bennett. He served as Israeli prime minister from 2006 to 2009.
Elon Musk is Time's 2021 'Person of the Year.' He doesn't deserve it.
After another year of pandemic mitigation measures, vaccine rollouts and health care inequities, Time magazine announced its Person of the Year for 2021. Time’s writeup claims Musk is “easily cast as a hubristic supervillain,” but it argues that such a negative framing doesn’t capture how he’s using his wealth and power. Even though he styles himself as an entrepreneurial, self-made man, Musk and his companies are the products of vast public subsidies. More recently, he said the Build Back Better Act shouldn’t be passed, and he has opposed additional electric vehicle subsidies. Time’s decision could be seen as the continuation of a more than decadelong trend of the media’s building Musk up to be our savior.
Jeffrey Epstein Under Scrutiny In Trial Two Years After His Death In Jail
Focus is back on Jeffrey Epstein as his alleged accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell faces trial. Epstein’s 2019 death was ruled a suicide, but under “suspicious conditions”. Investigative journalist Vicky Ward, who profiled Epstein and Maxwell, told of her reporting that a defense lawyer for Epstein said even he was “not convinced” Epstein committed suicide.Dec.
Jan. 6 rally organizers sue Verizon to block release of cell phone data to congressional committee
“The Plaintiffs are four private citizens who were not involved in any federal government activities or programs. Investigators are examining connections between the rally organizers and former President Donald Trump, who highlighted the event on social media. “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th,” Trump tweeted on Dec. 19, one of his many tweets calling for people to attend. “The Plaintiffs answered every single question about what happened at the event, who spoke, who the Plaintiffs spoke with, and when. The bipartisan panel investigating Jan. 6 has issued dozens of subpoenas to Trump allies and former White House officials, including former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
Capitol Rioter Who Used Fire Extinguisher On Cops Says He Realizes 'Tyrannical' Trump Lied
HuffPost identified Robert Scott Palmer (center) as a member of the pro-Trump crowd that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. In a letter to Chutkan released in connection with his court case, Palmer wrote that he now realizes he was lied to by Trump and his advocates. He continued posting memes about the election he thought had been stolen. “In the event of a Civil War, I’m not afraid of the 81 Million Biden Voters,” he posted on Jan. 12. (In fact, prosecutors say, Palmer wasn’t shot with a less-lethal round until later, when he approached police “screaming obscenities” and then threw a pole “like a spear” at officers.)
Jan. 6 committee chair: We’ve received revealing info about members of Congress, staff involved in Jan. 6
The Jan. 6 House panel has recommended that Donald Trump's former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, face a contempt of Congress charge. The referral now moves to the full House where it is expected to come up for a vote as soon as Tuesday. Joy Reid and her panel discuss the proceedings, and what might come next. Jan. 6 select committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson also gives us his perspective from the halls of Congress.Dec.
Jan. 6 panel: Fox News hosts texted Meadows amid riot, urged intervention
Before voting to hold Mark Meadows in contempt, the January 6th committee revealed text messages in which Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and Brian Kilmeade begged Mark Meadows to get Trump to call of the riot. Dec. 14, 2021
Opinion | The Bogus Bashing of Build Back Better
It’s important to note, however, that reducing our dependence on fossil fuels wouldn’t just reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. It would also reduce other forms of pollution, notably nitrogen oxides and sulfur, that have negative effects on death rates, illness and crop yields. The most recent important example I can think of is the enactment of the Children’s Health Insurance Program in 1997. I was struck the other day by Elon Musk’s declaration that Build Back Better shouldn’t pass because it would increase the budget deficit. That is, it spent 17 years spending more money than it was taking in, because it was investing in the future.
Charles R. Morris, Iconoclastic Author on Economics, Dies at 82
Charles R. Morris, a former government official, banker and self-taught historian of economics who as a prolific, iconoclastic author challenged conventional political and economic pieties, died on Monday in Hampton, N.H. The cause was complications of dementia, his daughter, Kathleen Morris, said. Mr. Morris wrote his signature first book, “The Cost of Good Intentions: New York City and the Liberal Experiment” (1980), after serving as director of welfare programs under Mayor John V. Lindsay and as secretary of social and health services in Washington State. The book was a trenchant Emperor’s New Clothes analysis of how the Lindsay administration’s unfettered investment in social welfare programs to ward off civil unrest had delivered the city to the brink of bankruptcy, and it pigeonholed Mr. Morris as a neoconservative. But as a law school graduate with no formal training in economics, he defied facile labeling.
Deals Reached on $14 Billion Airport and Rail Projects in New York City
Metro-North, which serves suburbs north of New York City, currently takes riders into Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. Providing service to both of Manhattan’s main rail stations would make it easier for many suburban commuters to reach their offices. In turn, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road, agreed to spend as much as $432 million on the $1.3 billion project to repair the East River rail tunnels. Those tunnels, which are owned and operated by Amtrak but also used by the L.I.R.R., were damaged by flooding when Hurricane Sandy swamped the city nine years ago. “The East River Tunnels are the most important link in the commute of hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders and a problem in one tunnel — like we have seen in the past — creates a nightmarish domino effect for the entire L.I.R.R.
Jail Officer Who Led Others to Safety Is Among the 74 Killed in Tornadoes
Image Robert Daniel, rightAt least 74 people were confirmed dead in Kentucky alone, the youngest 5 months old, the oldest 86 years. So severe were the injuries and so remote some of the areas damaged that officials in Kentucky have not been able to identify 18 of those who died. So wide was the swath of destruction wrought by four separate tornadoes in Kentucky — one of them a monster that cut a 223-mile path through the state — that deaths were tallied in eight counties. With more than 8,000 power poles down, about 25,000 customers were still without power on Monday evening. It may be weeks before we have final counts on both deaths and levels of destruction,” Gov.
Live updates Rams face the Cardinals on ‘Monday Night Football’
It is the second game back in the Cardinals’ lineup for quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins after each missed three games, Murray with a sprained ankle and Hopkins with a hamstring injury. The Cardinals went 2-1 in their absence, with Colt McCoy filling in at quarterback. Murray had two touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns in his return last week in a triumph at Chicago. Hopkins had only two catches for 32 yards in that game.
Senate report details aviation whistleblowers’ safety concerns
The Senate Commerce Committee released the report Monday collecting accounts from seven aviation whistleblowers that detail concerns about the way the government holds the industry to account for safety. The accounts tie back to the development of Boeing’s 737 Max and 787 jets and detail issues some whistleblowers say have persisted despite the spotlight on Boeing and the FAA after two Max crashes in 2018 and 2019 that killed 346 people.
Omicron now in the District, Maryland and Virginia, with first case present for weeks
In addition to the earliest U.S. case, the 40-year-old Maryland woman, the other Maryland cases were in a 22- to 25-year-old man tested on Nov. 27, and a 42-year-old man tested on Nov. 30, according to GISAID. Hogan previously said one of the Maryland individuals was vaccinated and recently traveled to South Africa but lived with an unvaccinated person who tested positive. The third case was not connected to travel.
Opinion : Trump had a scheme to privatize Medicare. The Biden administration isn’t stopping it.
Once their doctor is enrolled, patients receive a letter from the Direct Contracting company informing them of their participation. They are assured they are still in Medicare’s fee-for-service program and can still see any doctor they wish in the Medicare program. “Your doctor asked Clover Health Partners to see that you get the right care at the right time,” reads the missive sent out by that company. “We will coordinate your care according to your individual medical needs and treatment choices.” The program will, it adds, “work to reduce duplicate tests and duplicate paperwork that cost you time and money.”
Opinion : What the pandemic disaster teaches for next time. Masks, sure, but also trust.
The latest health index report, released Dec. 8, offers some insights. At the start of the pandemic, it found, the United States scored poorly on public confidence in government, which undermined adherence to mitigation measures, such as wearing masks, complying with stay-at-home orders and vaccination mandates. “Over nearly two years,” the report says, “U.S. For example, officials who knew the U.S. stockpile of personal protective equipment was short were ignored when they called for funds to replenish it, the report says. We’d add this was not only a Trump issue; such problems in U.S. public health programs and funding are long-standing.
Opinion : Ron DeSantis is paving his path to the White House on the backs of vulnerable immigrant children
The shelter sued over the state’s unexplained stonewalling. On Thursday, on the eve of a court hearing, the new license magically materialized. DeSantis then released a confusing new “emergency rule” the following morning, which said existing shelters could continue operating and renewing their licenses for the next 45 days only. After that period, the state will license or re-license care providers only if the Biden administration agrees to onerous and possibly illegal demands, such as giving shelters new obligations usually handled by other federal contractors.
Release Trump’s financial records to House, in accord with Jan. 6 ruling, congressional lawyers urge appeals court
The case was not resolved before Congress’s term expired in January 2020, but the newly elected House, still under Democratic control, renewed its request this February. In an Aug. 11 opinion, Mehta upheld the subpoena again but whittled down the documents lawmakers could obtain to Trump’s personal financial records from 2017 and 2018, when he was president, and records regarding the Trump Organization’s federal lease for its Washington hotel at the Old Post Office building.
Opinion : Climate change is a disaster, whether or not it caused Kentucky’s tornadoes
It is not unprecedented to see tornadoes this late in the year. But the ones that ravaged Kentucky and neighboring states Friday, killing at least 74, are likely to end up the most powerful and lethal December storms on record. They were fueled by unusually warm air — temperatures in the area were more than 20 degrees above normal, creating atmospheric conditions more like April than the weeks before Christmas. Meteorologists say the path of the jet stream was another key factor.
Group of workers at Citizen, the controversial real-time crime alert app, vote to unionize
(CNN Business) A group of employees at the controversial real-time crime alert startup, Citizen, voted in favor of forming a union. The Communications Workers of America confirmed that "a strong majority" of roughly 70 eligible workers voted to join its union in a National Labor Relations Board election, according to its spokesperson Beth Allen. For the workers, the decision to unionize was reportedly out of fear of job loss in response to outsourced work to contractors. The workers first filed a petition with the NLRB in September indicating their desire to unionize. The CWA union represents hundreds of thousands of workers at public and private companies including CNN's parent company AT&T.
Shahrzad Elghanayan The U.S.-Iran relationship is haunted by my grandfather's death to this day
This excerpt is adapted from “Titan of Tehran: From Jewish Ghetto to Corporate Colossus to Firing Squad — My Grandfather’s Life,” a book by Shahrzad Elghanayan, senior photo editor for NBC News Digital. The book explains the decline of Iran’s once-thriving Jewish community and offers insights into the first months of U.S. relations with the new Islamic Republic. That spring, when I was turning 7, Farsi-language news blared from the radio every day. "Titan of Tehran: From Jewish Ghetto to Corporate Colossus to Firing Squad — My Grandfather's Life." In Tehran that fateful night, Revolutionary Guards pulled into my grandfather’s driveway with large trucks to empty the home of its furnishings.
U.S. records over 50 million Covid cases
More than 50 million cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the U.S. as new cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus continue to be identified across the country. The latest million cases were diagnosed in just over three months; the country reported 4 million cases in early September. Cases of the omicron variant had appeared in more than 50 countries as of Thursday. The omicron variant, which was first identified by South African scientists, has since been identified from Australia and Hong Kong to Canada. The first handful of omicron cases in the U.S. have been mostly mild, with most patients reporting symptoms such as cough or a runny nose, a CDC report said.
Victims of deadly tornadoes remembered; one of the youngest was 2 months old
These are some of the victims:Oaklynn Koon, 2 months oldAs a tornado whipped through Dawson Springs, the Koon family took shelter in a bathroom. Oaklynn was strapped into her car seat, which her parents hoped would buffer her, according to her father, Douglas. Oaklynn Koon. They were working the night shift at the Mayfield candle factory for extra money when the tornado struck. She said she's tried to explain to her children, as well as Ward's children, that he is no longer with them.
8 Ways To Be More Considerate Of Sober People At Weddings
Thomas Barwick via Getty Images Even those who’ve been sober for years find weddings a bit of a challenge, experts say. Even those who’ve been sober for years find weddings to be a challenge. Hinterhaus Productions via Getty Images Giving your sober friend the option of a plus-one so they can bring a sober buddy is an especially considerate thing to do while drawing up your guest list. Ask if there’s anything you can do to make your sober guest feel more comfortable. Acknowledge that your sober guest may have adopted a similar strategy if they duck out early, Hampton said.
California to bring back indoor mask mandate
SAN DIEGO — Amid rising Covid-19 cases and fears that the highly transmissible omicron variant could spark a new wave of infections, the nation's largest state is reimposing its indoor mask mandate, officials announced Monday. California's mandate resumes Wednesday and will last at least a month, at which time the state health department "will make further recommendations as needed," according to a statement. California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said an anticipated wave of gatherings during the year-end holidays — muted by last year's pandemic restrictions — influenced the decision to bring back the mandate. State health officials also recommended Monday that travelers arriving to California or returning home have a negative antigen test that's less than one day old or a negative PCR test that's less than two days old. On June 16, as a result of lower transmission attributed to vaccination, so-called lockdowns and mask rules, the state lifted many of its pandemic regulations.
How a TikToker traded her way from a bobby pin to her dream house
It was all part of the 30-year-old TikToker's "Trade Me Project," which ultimately led to trading her way into a new home. Is this actually my house?’”Skipper’s mission was modeled after Kyle MacDonald, who in 2006 traded a red paperclip all the way to a house. During her last exchange before the house, Skipper drew criticism from her followers for trading three tractors for a Chipotle celebrity card. A year and a half of trading a single bobby pin until I get a house, and I've done it." "I want to donate the next house I trade to a person who needs it, no mortgage, no rental," she said.
Fox News Hosts, Don Jr. Texted En Masse To Get Trump To Do Something Amid Capitol Riot
Ask people to leave the Capitol?” Fox News’ Sean Hannity texted to Meadows during the riot, seeking action from Trump. “Mark, the president needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home,” Fox News host Laura Ingraham texted. “Destroying everything you have accomplished.”Cheney said there were “dozens” of texts encouraging Meadows to intervene to encourage “immediate action by the president.” The Wyoming congresswoman, one of two Republicans on the select committee, said Donald Trump Jr. repeatedly texted Meadows during the Capitol riot. The Capitol Police tweet is not enough,” Trump Jr., texted. He has to lead now,” Trump Jr. said.
House Capitol Riot Panel Recommends Holding Mark Meadows In Contempt Of Congress
The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol voted Monday in favor of a resolution recommending criminal charges be filed against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows for his failure to comply with a congressional subpoena. History will not look at you as a victim,” select committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) And history will also record in this critical moment that some people would not.”AdvertisementCommittee vice chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) AdvertisementMeadows’ off-and-on cooperation with the panel came to an abrupt end Tuesday, when his lawyer sent the committee a letter. The committee suggested that Meadows could take his deposition on a question-by-question basis, deciding which he believed to be covered by various privileges as he went along, but Meadows declined.
Mark Meadows' revealing Jan. 6 House committee flip-flop
ET): The House's Jan. 6 committee voted unanimously Monday to refer Mark Meadows to the Justice Department for contempt of Congress. Trump’s disapproval could affect Meadows’ book sales with supporters, making appeasement not just a political strategy but a business one. In the suit, Meadows trots out the same tired, unpersuasive claim of executive privilege that Trump has — unsuccessfully — tried to use. The law generally deems that a public disclosure of information waives any legal privilege that information might otherwise enjoy. Luckily, it seems the House select committee remains determined to investigate the insurrection fully and thoroughly.
'Latinx' is an unpopular term but Democrats shouldn't panic
Once again, the term “Latinx” is trending — and once again, it is all for the wrong reasons. Just like other polls before it, it found Latinx is not a popular term — like "2 percent support" levels of unpopular. “When Latino politicos use the term, it is largely to appease white rich progressives who think that is the term we use. Yes, Latinx is an unpopular term, but it has greater awareness with younger Latina voters. There is no one label that accurately paints U.S. Latino voters, and there will never be one.
Hugs and Checkered Flags in a Race to Salute British Vets
“Getting the chance to take part in a race, not just a regular track day, was an amazing experience,” said Mr. Binns, a 58-year-old retiree who lives in the Cotswolds of England. On the first day for qualifying, conditions were greasy and damp, and as I felt my way around the first few laps, the car was fast and lively. Within five laps I was facing the wrong way and sliding off the track at about 85 m.p.h., grass and mud flying into the cabin. I waddled back onto the track and did a few more sheepish laps before pitting. Mr. O’Conner, the team leader, had raced plenty of times before and had notched a 1:48 lap.
Promotion Sends Teachers Scrambling to Scoop Up Cash. Critics Give It an F.
As an entire hockey arena of spectators watched, the competitors jostled at center ice, not for the puck but for dollar bills — 5,000 of them to be exact. Ten teachers were selected for a Dash for Cash giveaway at a junior hockey league game on Saturday night in Sioux Falls, S.D., enticed by the opportunity to make extra money for classroom improvements. At the signal, the educators got down on their knees and frantically scooped up as much currency as they could. They stuffed the bills into their shirts as the crowd murmured. The giveaway — organized by the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League, in conjunction with CU Mortgage Direct, a local lending company — was swiftly and widely criticized as being demeaning to teachers.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s Unusual Request: Allow Anonymous Defense Witnesses
The three were among 35 witness names the defense provided to the government — but did not release publicly — on Friday evening, according to a government court filing on Sunday. Ms. Maxwell’s trial is moving much more quickly than expected. Before the trial began, the prosecution estimated in court papers that it would rest within four weeks, but that it could rest as early as the third week. The defense request for privacy for witnesses surfaced in court on Friday, when another of Ms. Maxwell’s lawyers, Christian R. Everdell, cited the need for anonymity because of the publicity surrounding Ms. Maxwell’s case. “We are already getting what I think are valid requests that these witnesses testify anonymously or under some sort of protection, name protection,” Mr. Everdell said.
The Best Poetry of 2021
BLOOD ON THE FOG, by Tongo Eisen-Martin. (City Lights, 107 pp., paper, $15.95.) Reminiscent of June Jordan in their near-embrace of violence, these poems have a powerful ambivalence about what effect they might have in the world; they are very aware of being poems: “A non-future dripping with real people/I mean, real people … Not poem people.” “I write poems today/I kill america today.” “Has the poem started yet?/I will tuck your shirt into the earth.” The language is visionary, sometimes trancelike. It reminds me that poetry can rewire our thinking — can actually change our minds — by using nothing like the rote language we’re so used to hearing in speech and in prose. It can jolt us out of patterns, back into intelligence.
When Did Every Celebrity Become a Creative Director?
It’s getting hard to keep up with the celebrity titles. Every week, it seems, there’s a new creative director or partner or officer of some kind. Just this month, the rapper Cardi B announced that she was joining Playboy as its first creative director in residence. (She is also a partner in Whipshots, a vodka-infused whipped cream that was released in early December.) She joins a growing list of famous brand associates that includes Emily Ratajkowski, partner and creative director at Loops Beauty (face masks); Dakota Johnson, co-creative director and investor at Maude (sexual health and wellness products); Prince Harry, chief impact officer at BetterUp (employee coaching); Kendall Jenner, creative director at Fwrd (an online boutique); Drew Barrymore, creative director at Garnier (hair care and skin care); Jennifer Aniston, chief creative officer at Vital Proteins (supplements); and ASAP Rocky, guest artistic director at PacSun (clothing and accessories).
Lawyers Clash Again Over Subpoena for Trump’s Financial Records
Questions asked by the judges — Ketanji Brown Jackson, Judith W. Rogers and Sri Srinivasan — gave little indication that they were likely to quash the subpoena. In August, a federal trial judge, Amit P. Mehta of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, delivered a split decision in his own second look at the matter. He ruled that Congress could obtain certain records dating back to 2011 but other financial records only as far back as 2017, when Mr. Trump took office. All three judges on the appellate panel were randomly assigned to hear the case and were appointed by Democratic presidents, as was Judge Mehta. But the case appears destined to return to the Supreme Court, which is now controlled by a six-member conservative bloc of Republican appointees.
Manchin Casts Doubt on Quick Vote on Biden’s Social Policy Bill
WASHINGTON — Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, the most prominent Democratic holdout on President Biden’s $2.2 trillion social safety net, climate and tax bill, cast fresh doubt on Monday on his party’s plans to speed the measure through the Senate before Christmas, saying he still had grave concerns about how it would affect the economy. Mr. Manchin outlined his skepticism before speaking by telephone about the bill with Mr. Biden, a discussion that aides to both later characterized as positive. After the call, Mr. Manchin, who represents West Virginia, did not rule out the possibility of supporting the measure this month. He said that “anything is possible here” when asked about a vote before Christmas, and that he was still “engaged” in conversations with the White House. “People have been in a hurry for a long time to do something, but I think, basically, we’re seeing things unfold that allows us to prepare better,” Mr. Manchin told reporters outside his Capitol Hill office on Monday, before the conversation with Mr. Biden.
Covid, Kentucky, Gymnasts: Your Monday Evening Briefing
Covid, two years later: A mood of exhaustion and anger simmers around the world. Sickness from Covid-19 subsides, only to be replaced by long Covid. The feeling grows that the Covid era will go on for years, like plagues of old. “I know it will only get worse, it won’t stop, the pandemic will only turn more life-consuming,” said Natalia Shishkova, a teacher in Moscow. “It is all chaos, like a fantasy film.” Said a French epidemiologist who specializes in mental illness: “We no longer know when we will get back to normal.”
A New Oral History of HBO
james andrew millerThe way I’ve been able to figure it out is I think the oral history takes me twice as long. Same thing with someone like Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Laura Dern or a lot of actors from HBO history. That’s such an obvious and amazing subject for oral history, because you have these incredible personalities and it was such a crazy time. In the case of HBO, HBO was never on its own. james andrew millerShowtime, Starz, The Movie Channel — they never got the traction, particularly early on, that HBO did, because HBO was first to market.
Boris Johnson Is in Trouble. The Question Is, How Much?
LONDON — When Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain warned his country in a televised address on Sunday night that a tidal wave was coming, he might well have been talking about his own political future. The cascade of bad news is so extreme that it has raised questions about whether Mr. Johnson will even hang on to power until the next election. It is an ominous turn for a leader who has long defied political gravity, surviving scandals and setbacks that would have sunk many other politicians. “It’s not the end for him, but I think it’s the beginning of the end,” said Jonathan Powell, who served as chief of staff to a Labour prime minister, Tony Blair. As soon as he ceases to be an asset and the party is facing an election, they’ll get rid of him.”
Kentucky Tornadoes Followed Flash Floods, Ice Storm and a Covid Spike
The gravity of this most recent crisis was evident on Monday as Mr. Beshear strained to hold back tears at a news briefing. He choked up as he noted that the ages of those who died ranged from five months to 86 years. In the morning he reported the death toll as 64; by afternoon that number had risen to 74, with as many as 109 people still unaccounted for. “If dealing with all this isn’t enough, we have a pandemic,” he said. “We’re going to be there as long as it takes to help,” he said at a news conference on Monday.
He was her eyesight. She was his everything.
“No matter the topic, she knew the statutory language, the legislative history, the regulatory language, the regulatory history and all the policy documents by heart,” Deutsch said. “While all of us were fumbling around, in the early years, through our papers and files and in the later years on the computer, Rhonda would immediately know exactly what we were looking for.”
Lawsuit claims Howard University governing board is ‘illegally’ excluding students, alumni and faculty
“I thought it important, especially because I was the person who made the motion in the 1970s to create a position on the board of trustees at Howard for students and for faculty, that I speak out in this compliant to make sure this unlawful act does not go unchallenged,” Jenkins, who graduated from the university in 1960, said in a statement. “I consider the board of trustees at Howard to be arrogant and ignorant and unlawful in the way in which they have reacted.”
This Maryland town needed growth to survive. Nearly 20 years later, some say growth could destroy it.
Thus was set in motion a massive development that only now is coming to pass, and one that has triggered an intensifying and complex battle by environmentalists and neighbors to halt Lakeside at Trappe or reduce its size. Opponents say that if the project goes as planned, the huge development could more than quintuple the town’s population — currently about 1,200 — and transform Talbot County from a quiet, rural enclave into yet another sprawling Washington suburb. They also fear that its proposed system for handling wastewater could leave the town with an even bigger environmental problem.
Republicans warn Biden: The next debt limit increase won’t be so easy
Instead, McConnell and other leaders focused on making sure that it was Democrats, not Republicans, who would bear the political cost of raising the debt limit ahead of the midterms. In August, all but a handful of GOP senators signed a letter demanding that Democrats use a special budget process to raise the debt limit by a specified number with only Democratic votes. The idea was that the large number would give voters sticker shock and could be used against Democrats during the upcoming campaigns even though much of the debt in question was tallied while Trump was president.
Tornado live updates Biden will travel to Kentucky on Wednesday, where governor says 74 are confirmed dead
“So it makes us wonder, and I’ve spoken with legislators who are here, too, about whether or not we need to change code based upon the climate change that we’re seeing all around us. But, suffice to say that’s something that we’re deeply concerned about to make sure that the code is where it ought to be.”
More than 70 people arrested in Capitol protest for low-wage workers
“For too long we have heard promises during campaigns that sound like it’s going to lift up the people, and then once people get elected they disappear at the end and during the congressional session because somebody, somewhere has got some deep pockets say it’s not possible,” the Rev. William J. Barber II, a North Carolina preacher who is co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, told the crowd outside the Capitol. “Well, we refuse to accept the crisis of possibility.”
Tornadoes killed her grandparents. Eight strangers helped her save their photos.
“It gives me a lot of hope,” said Burton, who leaned on her grandparents as a teenager after her mother died. “With all the bad we have going on in the world … there are still great people out there that want these families to have these memories.”
‘Everyone was trapped’: A candle factory survivor tells her story
National‘Everyone was trapped’: A candle factory survivor tells her storySharla Payne was working the night shift at the Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory in Mayfield, Ky., when a tornado hit on Dec. 10, flattening the building and trapping more than 100 people inside. Her son and a family friend, Timothy Townsend, rushed to the scene to assist with rescue efforts.
MGM is selling operations of The Mirage to Hard Rock for more than $1 billion
New York (CNN Business) MGM Resorts International announced Monday that it's selling the operations of The Mirage Hotel & Casino to Hard Rock International for $1.075 billion. "This announcement marks the culmination of a series of transformational transactions for MGM Resorts during the last several years," said Paul Salem, MGM's chairman, in a statement. MGM put The Mirage, which it had owned for 21 years, up for sale in November. The Mirage is located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip and is known for its exploding volcano. MGM owns about a dozen properties in Las Vegas, including the Bellagio, MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay.
Family mourns son who helped Amazon coworkers to safety ahead of deadly tornado
NBC News’ Morgan Chesky speaks with the family of a 29-year-old Amazon employee, who was killed in the tornado disaster after helping coworkers to shelter. OSHA, which investigates all workplace deaths, announced it is now looking into Amazon.Dec.
Paddleboarders spot giant ocean sunfish off California coast
Two paddleboarders saw the giant ocean sunfish about 200 yards off the coast of Laguna Beach in California.Dec.
Report: Washington Football Team Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19 Omicron Variant
AP Photo/Mark TenallyA Tier 3 employee of the Washington Football Team reportedly tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the employee "had limited contact with other members of the organization" and is not a player or member of the football operations group. A Football Team member confirmed Washington followed the NFL's protocols in place for receiving a positive test. Pelissero also reported this is the first known case of the Omicron variant in the NFL, although a record 36 players went on the COVID-19 list Monday because of positive tests. The Football Team is 6-7 following Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
CNN Host Says Dr. Oz Refused Interview Because He Feared Angering Fox
Advertisement“He proceeds to say to me, ‘I can’t possible do that because it would upset everybody at Fox. And I’ll come on your show after the primary.’”Smerconish said he might be “violating a Christmas party confidence” by discussing the meeting with his listeners but said he also told Oz, “Dr. “He said to me, ‘The mission right now is to win the primary,’” Smerconish said, adding, “This was surreal.”AdvertisementHuffPost reached out to the Oz campaign for comment, but no one immediately responded. Fox Television Stations said last week that Oz’s show had been pulled from stations in Philadelphia and New York City after his Senate campaign announcement, USA Today reported. Meanwhile, Oz was on Fox News on Monday, griping about a decision by the Philadelphia Inquirer to not refer to him as “doctor” for consistency among the candidates and to avoid giving him an unfair advantage“They want to silence me,” he told Fox News host Steve Doocy.
California to require indoor masking statewide
| Mario Tama/Getty Images Coronavirus California to require indoor masking statewideCalifornia residents will be required to wear facial coverings in all indoor public spaces from Dec. 15 to Jan. 15 to help fend off a rise in Covid-19 cases as the holidays approach. The indoor masking requirement will affect about 50 percent of the state that does not have a similar mandate, Ghaly said. Many parts of California, including the Bay Area, already have indoor mask rules, but case rates are increasing particularly in areas where masks are not required. The state is also speeding up the testing window requirement for indoor events with more than 1,000 attendees. Daily case rates have jumped from 9.6 cases per 100,000 people to over 14 cases per 100,000 during that period.
Health care workers in Minnesota are 'overwhelmed,' 'heartbroken,' executives say
Your access to health care is being seriously threatened by Covid-19. Executives who signed the letter were from North Memorial Health; CentraCare; Allina Health; Mayo Clinic; Hennepin Healthcare; Essentia Health; Fairview Health Services; Children’s Minnesota; and HealthPartners. According to the most recent state health department data, adult beds in intensive care units at 57 hospitals in Minnesota — or 84 percent — were at capacity. The number of hospitals with non-ICU beds available for adults was 43 percent, or 56, according to the data. According to data collected by NBC News, Minnesota has the 18th-highest vaccination rate in the country, with just over 64 percent of its population vaccinated.
Feds say Texas car dealer hired hitmen to kill mistress and blackmailer
Lanway had threatened to expose Maund’s “relationship” with Williams, the indictment says. Text me when you arrive.”On March 1, 2020, Maund got a text message back from Williams’ number, but the sender was Lanway, and he wanted money, prosecutors said. “Responding to extortion demands was a service that Speartip Security advertised on their website,” the indictment says. Starting March 11, 2020, Maund began wiring the money from his bank account to an account controlled by Peled, prosecutors said. Carey was convicted in 2018 for impersonating a police officer, said Brooke Reese, a spokeswoman for the Nashville Police Department.
Former Immigration Minister in Denmark Sentenced to Prison for Separating Couples
Ms. Stojberg said she was “very surprised” by the 60-day prison sentence, which cannot be appealed. “It’s the only scenario I had not prepared for because I thought it was completely unrealistic,” she told reporters. Legislators will now decide whether she can continue to serve as a member of the 179-seat Folketing, the Danish Parliament. At the center of the trial was a statement Ms. Stojberg issued in 2016, after extensive coverage in the Danish media about so-called “child brides” at asylum centers, that the Danish Immigration Service was going to separate asylum-seekers in marriages where one person was underage, even if they had children. Some 23 couples, many of whom had fled to Denmark to escape wars in Syria and Iraq, were subsequently separated by immigration officials.
A Champion of Liberal Causes in New York to Retire After 52 Years
“People take for granted that Assembly members mail out newsletters,” said Mr. Nadler, who was elected to the Assembly in 1976. Mario M. Cuomo, who was upset because Mr. Gottfried had told an administration official that he believed Mr. Cuomo was at war with the Legislature. Andrew M. Cuomo, who resigned in August following sexual harassment allegations. Mr. Gottfried, who engaged in grueling negotiations with Mr. Cuomo over his medical marijuana bill, took a 20-second pause to choose his words. “I certainly had, as many people did, a lot more friction with Andrew Cuomo because that was often his style,” he said.
Undocumented and Unemployed: The Street Vendors of Queens
The stretch of Roosevelt Avenue in Queens teemed with people weaving their way through carts and stands that offered everything from sweet-scented roast corn to masks. The regular roar of the 7 train often drowned out the sound of haggling.
He Stayed Afloat Selling $3 Tacos. Now He Faces $2,000 in Fines.
Like thousands of New Yorkers, Lucio González lost his job in the pandemic. As an undocumented immigrant, he did not qualify for unemployment benefits or stimulus checks, so he began selling beef barbacoa tacos on Fordham Road in the Bronx. The hustle has been a lifeline for thousands, many of them immigrants, but it has also drawn complaints. In recent weeks, as New York tries to embark on its recovery, city inspectors have been out in force, accompanied by police officers, handing out hefty fines and telling people to pack up their wares. The crackdown on vendors coincides with an aggressive campaign to clean up the homeless encampments that proliferated during the pandemic, as the city tries to promote business and lure back tourists.
Geminid Meteor Shower: How to Watch Its Peak in Night Skies
Night sky enthusiasts are gearing up to enjoy one of the best meteor showers of 2021, the Geminids, which peak on Monday night into Tuesday morning. Along with the Perseids in the summer, the winter Geminids are one of the most anticipated meteor showers of the year, producing potentially a hundred or more spectacular streaks per hour that shoot across the heavens. The Geminids originate from an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon that orbits the sun every 1.4 years, scattering pieces of itself as it travels. As Earth plows into Phaethon’s debris field, the resulting meteors all appear to streak from a spot in the sky, called a radiant, where the constellation Gemini sits, hence the meteor shower’s name. Other showers originate from comets.
Russia Blocks U.N. Move to Treat Climate as Security Threat
Russia on Monday blocked a United Nations Security Council draft resolution, under negotiation for many months, that for the first time would have defined climate change as a threat to peace. The resolution, which enjoyed wide-ranging support, would have significantly expanded the criteria used by the most powerful U.N. agency to justify intervening in armed conflicts around the world. Russia’s derailment of the measure underscored the challenges faced by the United Nations in uniting the global community to combat climate change, which Secretary General António Guterres and others have called an existential threat. Despite progress made to counter greenhouse gas emissions with an agreement reached at the U.N.-sponsored climate summit in Glasgow last month, that accord fell far short of what many scientists say will be required to curb rising temperatures and disastrous changes in weather patterns from a warming planet. Among other weaknesses, the agreement left unclear how the most vulnerable nations will be able to afford the enormous investments needed to adapt.
Vicente Fernández, the King of Machos and Heartbreak
It’s become a musical standard at any special occasion hosted by someone of Mexican descent — everyone knows the lyrics. The Best Music of 2021 From Lil Nas X to Mozart to Esperanza Spalding here is what we loved listening to this year. Best Songs: A posthumous political statement and a superstar’s 10-minute redo are among the 66 best tracks of 2021. Classical Music: 2021 was a year of reawakening for the art form, with performances that spoke meaningfully to the moment. To be sure, after so many decades of influence, Fernández and his work will remain beloved.
What Did Stephen Sondheim Really Think of ‘Rent’?
He generously wanted to honor his sometime protégé for the book that would tell Larson’s story, but he was not overly sentimental. Some songs had a confidence and center to them.”Larson had his own complicated relationship to his mentor. Here is the entire interview with Sondheim, portions of which appeared in the book “Rent”:STEPHEN SONDHEIM I met him at a show called “Superbia.” I don’t remember what brought us together. He worked on “Superbia” for a long time while I knew him, which I think was right after the first draft. He was still finding a voice and I think he still is.
After ‘another really good day,’ Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom could be nearing a return
“Just got to refresh my memory,” he said. “… It’s going to be different [playing games]. But at the same time, I think, yeah, we’ll see how it goes when I start playing and how I’m going to react to everything. In practice right now I’m feeling good, so hopefully that stays the same during the game.”
OSHA investigating Amazon warehouse collapse in Illinois
But seven people on the south side of the building sheltered outside the designated “take shelter” area. Amazon thinks the workers were on the south side of the building “because of the work they were doing at the time,” Nantel said. Six of the people on the south side of the building died, and the seventh was injured.
Anne Rice changed vampires for the better. She also changed her readers.
I can speak to this only as a reader who found “Interview With the Vampire” at precisely the right time and in the right place, as a still-closeted college freshman in New Orleans in the mid-1980s. As a good, Catholic Midwesterner, the city was for me what it had been to so many newcomers before and since: a source of charm and intrigue, wide open to anyone with any predilection yet foreboding nevertheless. The smells and sounds of it stay with you, as they stayed with her: “As soon as I smelled the air, I knew I was home,” one of her vampires effused. “It was rich, almost sweet, like the scent of jasmine and roses around our old courtyard. I walked the streets, savoring that long lost perfume.”
Opinion : If we made other professions ‘Dash for Cash’ like we do teachers
It’s awesome that you want to be president of the United States! If you want your country to have any fighter jets, though, you’re going to need to do a Kickstarter and ask the people you know from other aspects of your life if they will be able to donate! Every little bit helps! The jets you have are pretty old, and it would be good to have a new one because without it a lot of the things you have planned for the country this year will not work!
Alaska Senate candidate challenging Murkowski says she will not support McConnell as GOP leader
“Mitch McConnell is giving the Democrats victory on everything. What is wrong with this Broken Old Crow?” Trump said Sunday. “He’s hurting the Republican Senators and the Republican Party. He didn’t have the guts to play the Debt Ceiling card, which would have given the Republicans a complete victory on virtually everything. Watch, they will use the Debt Ceiling against us at their first opportunity, and they won’t fold.
How one Colorado family is raising their kids without gender expectations
More parents are talking about how to empower their kids to express gender-identity more freely at a younger age. NBC News’ Hallie Jackson spoke with one family in Colorado who embraces raising their kids without gender expectations. Dec. 13, 2021
$380M settlement reached with victims of U.S. gymnastics scandal
Over 90% of the victims, who number more than 500, voted in favor of the tentative agreement reached in September. More than 300 victims were abused by Nassar, with the remaining victims abused by individuals affiliated with USA Gymnastics in some capacity. A series of nonmonetary provisions will make the victims stakeholders at USA Gymnastics going forward. “It’s about an accurate assessment of what went wrong so that it is safer for the next generation.”Denhollander has been one of the most outspoken Nassar victims from the outset of the scandal. The move also forced the USOPC to halt the decertification process it began against USA Gymnastics.
Before and after photos show scale of tornado destruction in Kentucky, Illinois and Arkansas
The Mayfield Consumer Products' candle factory in Mayfield, Kentucky, was among the hardest hit locations in the weekend tornado storm. One survivor, Mark Saxton, said he looked outside Friday night after a third tornado warning had him feeling unsettled. It was then he says that he saw a tornado headed in their direction and he began to back up to a tornado-safe hallway. “Tiles and concrete started falling,” he said. Mayfield, KentuckyOutside of the candle factory, the community didn’t fair much better.
How 'Goldilocks conditions' spawned rare December tornado outbreak
The tornadoes that ripped through parts of the South and the Midwest over the weekend had all the trappings of devastating storms that typically strike at the height of tornado season in the spring. The rare December tornadoes that tore through Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee and Arkansas were shocking in their intensity and their timing, experts said. And they were the kinds of violent storms that raise worrisome questions about what extreme weather events may look like in a warming world. "I remember waking up, looking at the weather maps and saying, 'Geez, this looks a lot more like late April than mid-December.'" Together with La Niña, a naturally occurring climate pattern that creates favorable storm conditions across the South, conditions were ripe to spawn intense tornadoes, Gensini said.
USA Gymnastics, hundreds of sex abuse survivors reach $380M deal in Nassar case
USA Gymnastics says it has reached a $380 million settlement with the sexual abuse survivors of former national team doctor and convicted sex offender Larry Nassar. USA Gymnastics filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and reorganization Dec. 5 "to pave the way toward a settlement with survivors," administrators said. Survivors and USA Gymnastics this summer proposed a $425 million settlement contingent on insurers' approval. A trust fund for survivors will be covered by insurers, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, the administrators said. Kathryn Carson, USA Gymnastics' board chair, said in the administrators' statement that survivors have "used their voices to elicit meaningful change and restructuring within USA Gymnastics, and their impact extends far beyond our sport."
Latino Father's Death By Police In California Is Ruled A Homicide 8 Months Later
Nearly eight months after 26-year-old Mario Gonzalez died at the hands of police in Alameda, California, the county coroner’s office released a report ruling the Latino father’s death a homicide. Then officers put Gonzalez’s hands behind his back and pinned him facedown while at least one officer knelt on him until he became unresponsive. By the time Gonzalez arrived at a hospital, he “had no pulse and was not breathing,” according to the coroner’s the report. Candles and flowers are left at a memorial for Mario Gonzalez, who died after being pinned by police officers on April 19 in Alameda, California. The lawyer added that Gonzalez “would have lived through” the health conditions and substance use highlighted in the coroner’s report “if he had not interacted with police.”
Defense claims politics behind indictment of Rep. Jeff Fortenberry
Fortenberry has denied lying to investigators and has said he was unaware of the true origins of the money. Allies of Fortenberry have said they believe the charges are an effort to drive the nine-term Republican out of Congress in next year’s election. Earlier in the session, the defense attorney also said the timing of the case was suspect. Prosecutors have argued that the case could fairly be brought in Los Angeles because the investigation Fortenberry impacted was being conducted there. However, the congressman’s defense said the focus should be on what he is accused of doing and where he did it.
Opinion | Why Liberals Are the Only Ones Who Care Chris Wallace Left Fox
When Tucker Carlson parroted Kremlin talking points? He was emblematic of Fox only for non-Fox viewers, who thought of him as a professional oasis in the Fox sewer. He popped up occasionally to provide commentary on other Fox shows, but he was never a franchise face like O’Reilly, Carlson, Hannity or even Baier. By leaving Fox for a competitor, Wallace has picked the opportune time and the opportune place for his break. ******Will the Fox cult grow more extreme now that Wallace has left?
Opinion | Education Is Like a Beautiful Garden
This article is part of Times Opinion’s Holiday Giving Guide 2021. Read more about this guide in a note from Katie Kingsbury, the Opinion editor of The New York Times. Nicholas Kristof has left The Times to run for governor of Oregon, but his annual holiday guide to charitable giving lives on in new forms. A flower garden you plant for yourself that also pleases passers-by is another example of something with a positive externality. The existence of a positive externality is the economic justification for government funding of education — or, in this case, charitable funding.
Debate Teaches Kids How to Think - The New York Times
But I was exposed to debate only because I had the good fortune to attend a well-funded public high school that had a successful team. The public schools that excel in debate are often in wealthy suburbs of Boston, Chicago and New York City. The first UDL was founded in the Atlanta Public Schools district in 1985 with the help of debaters at Emory University. With the pandemic, participation in high school speech and debate has dropped at least 25 percent, Scott Wunn, the executive director of the National Speech and Debate Association, told me. The challenges faced by schools that have UDL teams do not differ from those faced by other public schools across the country.
Cardi B’s tweets about going vegan stir up the debate over meat substitutes
Later, she explained what had made her rethink her diet to a fan who wondered how she could give up beloved seafood boils. It seems that Cardi is less interested in the environmental benefits of eating fewer animal products and more interested in her health. “I had a stomach virus not so long ago and I feel like my digestive system haven’t been the same,” the “Bodak Yellow” rapper wrote. “I been drinking probiotics and I don’t see a change much. I be lookin at raw food pages a lot but that will be a huge change for me to do that.”
'Bright Burning Things,' by Lisa Harding book review
What Sonya has to learn can’t be taught in rehab. In the final scene of this hectic and affecting story, we see that she’s come a long way. She understands that it isn’t enough simply to adore her son. She has to care for him, too. Harding’s December novel is, at its foundation, just the right story for this season: a woman who saves herself to give her son the ultimate gift of a healthy parent.
NBA postpones two Bulls games with 10 players in covid-19 protocols
The Bulls’ scheduled home game against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday and their road game against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday have both been postponed, marking the first time that the NBA’s schedule has been disrupted by the coronavirus since February. After shortening its schedules for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons because of the pandemic, the NBA played the entire 2021 playoffs and nearly two months of the 2021-22 season without any covid-related postponements. Last year, the NBA was forced to postpone more than 30 regular season games.
Women doctors earn $2 million less than men in their careers. They want to know: ‘Why is nothing being done?’
The research relied on self-reported salary data that more than 80,300 physicians submitted between 2014 and 2019 to Doximity, a “professional medical network for physicians” that claims to reach more than 80 percent of U.S. doctors. Researchers controlled for factors that may influence pay, including patient volume, specialty, practice location and hours worked, the study notes. It did not account for race or gender identity because Doximity does not collect that data, according to Ishani Ganguli, a primary care doctor and one of the study’s co-authors. (Prior research has found that White men in medicine earn more than men of other races and than all women, and that White women in medicine tend to earn more than women of other races.)
PM Update: Seasonably chilly tonight ahead of another mild day tomorrow
Our average highs are now into the 40s, so a day with sunshine and highs in the low and mid-50s is pretty sweet. It started with a crisp morning that included some frosty spots. It will be another mild day tomorrow. No real winter to be found around here, yet.
Washington adds four more to covid-19 list, including Jonathan Allen, as injuries mount
“Well, I think because the depth we have is pretty good,” Rivera said. “I think the coaches have done a nice job with our guys. I think they’ve been working with them really well. This past week was tough. I love the energy in which they played the fourth quarter, giving themselves a chance to win.”
Fireworks shut down streets near White House
The fireworks were set off Sunday afternoon near 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, according to the Secret Service. The site is near the east side of the White House complex.
Supreme Court won’t stop vaccine mandate for N.Y. health care workers
“The State’s executive decree clearly interferes with the free exercise of religion — and does so seemingly based on nothing more than fear and anger at those who harbor unpopular religious beliefs,” Gorsuch wrote. “We allow the State to insist on the dismissal of thousands of medical workers — the very same individuals New York has depended on and praised for their service on the pandemic’s front lines over the last 21 months … One can only hope today’s ruling will not be the final chapter in this grim story.”
In first for Europe, Malta to legalize recreational marijuana, with several other countries on the cusp
In Europe, the Netherlands was the first to permit the selling, buying and use of marijuana in shops, though cultivation of the plant remains illegal. Some European countries and 18 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., have enacted various laws to decriminalize the sale and consumption of cannabis, or in the case of some U.S. states, to legalize it even as it remains illegal under federal law.
Opinion : Thorough testing is key to a successful opening of the Silver Line extension
The Post’s View | About the Washington Post Editorial BoardEditorials represent the views of The Washington Post as an institution, as determined through debate among members of the Editorial Board, based in the Opinions section and separate from the newsroom. Members of the Editorial Board and areas of focus: Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt; Deputy Editorial Page Editor Karen Tumulty; Deputy Editorial Page Editor Ruth Marcus; Associate Editorial Page Editor Jo-Ann Armao (education, D.C. affairs); Jonathan Capehart (national politics); Lee Hockstader (immigration; issues affecting Virginia and Maryland); David E. Hoffman (global public health); Charles Lane (foreign affairs, national security, international economics); Heather Long (economics); Molly Roberts (technology and society); and Stephen Stromberg (elections, the White House, Congress, legal affairs, energy, the environment, health care). They say no news is good news. But we know some news is good news — and we’d like your help calling attention to it. If there was good news in 2021 that you think we should highlight — here or abroad, in culture or sports or science or any other arena — please let us know, and we may include your suggestion in our end-of-year editorial.
Opinion : The child tax credit is a huge win for Democrats. Will Manchin let it expire?
Manchin sees this as evidence that its “true cost” is being concealed, since there will be pressure to extend the programs. That’s nonsense — the bill’s “true cost” is whatever spending it calls for, and any extensions must be approved by future Congresses — but this is what Manchin is saying.
Opinion : Will Republicans really stop Democrats from lowering insulin prices?
Meanwhile, Republicans have been meeting with the Senate parliamentarian to determine whether the bill’s health provisions would technically qualify under budget reconciliation, a legislative maneuver that allows Democrats to avoid a GOP filibuster and enact policy changes with a simple majority, so long as the legislation is linked to the federal budget. Under the Byrd rule, lawmakers can challenge individual provisions in the bill. If Senate Republicans challenge the insulin provision, some policy experts say they expect the parliamentarian will determine that the plan to cap insulin costs for privately insured Americans is “merely incidental” to the federal budget. In that case, Republicans could call a point of order to strip the provision from the bill.
Opinion : 55 years to fulfill a records request? Clearly, the FDA needs serious reform of its data-sharing practices.
As researchers and lawyers, we have experienced such delays firsthand. For example, it took three years and extensive litigation to get the FDA to provide some — not all — of the clinical trial data used to support the agency’s approval of sofosbuvir, a hepatitis C drug, after one of us requested the data with collaborators at the Treatment Action Group.
Researchers ponder why Friday’s tornadoes led to so many deaths, despite ample warning
The storms shouldn’t have been a surprise. From long-range outlooks to immediate warnings, there was ample notice that trouble was brewing. In the predawn hours Thursday, more than 36 hours before the first twisters developed, the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center placed the hardest-hit areas under a level 3 out of 5 risk of severe weather, later upgraded to level 4. The center noted that “several tornadoes, some strong, will be possible.”
Famous LA shopping center adds barbed-wire-like fence to deter smash and grabs
New York (CNN Business) As a recent wave of mob-led store robberies has put retailers, mall operators and communities on edge, one popular shopping center is keeping an unusual security measure in place through the holiday season. The Grove, a famous open-air shopping complex in Los Angeles, has added a high coil fence barrier that resembles barbed wire at the property's entrances and exits. Management added the "tangled tape" coil fencing, which is made from a custom aluminum-and-steel mesh, ahead of Thanksgiving weekend. The Grove in Los Angeles is using coil wire fencing as a heightened security measure around its property. Walmart WMT "The coil wire is a reasonably new technology in retail crime prevention," said Mike Lamb, an expert in retail security and former vice president of asset protection and safety at, Home Depot and Kroger.
Video: Doctor explains important takeaway about Omicron in South Africa
Dr. Shabir Madhi, professor of vaccinology at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, say that even though Omicron is spreading at a higher rate than the Delta variant, it is killing people at a lower rate indicating an "uncoupling of infection and severe disease and death."
Boris Johnson sounds the alarm over Omicron and boosters
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is sounding the alarm on boosters against Covid-19 after the UK confirmed its first Omicron hospitalization case over the weekend.
Why smash-and-grab theft at pharmacies can be more dangerous for consumers
Many of the items stolen from these vendors are regulated, such as over-the-counter medications and baby formula. “But they might not meet with their fence every day, so they keep [the stolen goods] in their car." Experts agree one of the reasons people steal these items is that there’s a robust market for these types of goods online. “It all comes back to the ease of reselling products online — that’s what has driven the increase we’re seeing. “When it comes to over-the-counter medication or baby products and food, consumers should avoid third-party marketplaces altogether.
Can Peloton sue HBO over product portrayed in 'Sex and the City' reboot?
NBC News' Danny Cevallos breaks down the likelihood that Peloton will sue HBO for disparaging the name after a character in the show suffered a heart attack shortly after using the product. Dec. 13, 2021
Church group creates 'a safe place to escape' for LGBTQ asylum seekers
It’s the ministry’s biggest investment amid long-running efforts to help LGBTQ immigrants, said Al Green, the task force’s director. Groups like the Rainbow Railroad in Toronto, Canada, help LGBTQ individuals escape persecution in their home countries. Temporary shelters like Casa de Luz in Tijuana, Mexico, provide safe havens for gay and transgender migrants on the perilous journey across the U.S. southern border. DHS doesn’t track LGBTQ asylum claims, but a study earlier this year from the Williams Institute estimated LGBTQ individuals filed at least 11,400 applications from 2012 to 2017, with more than half of those coming from Central America. Gay and transgender individuals can seek asylum under the same legal category as those persecuted for their race, religion or political opinions.
For these two Oregon politicians, Afghan refugee resettlement is personal
With no transition from refugee to U.S. resident, he felt like he was starting from scratch. Now, as a state senator helping to facilitate the resettlement of Afghan refugees across Oregon, he wants to make sure that his experiences won’t be repeated in a new generation of immigrants. Courtesy Sen. Kayse JamaFor Jama and state Rep. Khanh Pham, receiving the around 1,200 Afghans settling in Oregon is something that hits close to home. Pham comes from a refugee family herself; her parents met in Oklahoma after fleeing Vietnam after the war. “For me, as the first refugee, first Muslim to serve in the state of Oregon Senate, I don’t want my story to be seen as the exception,” Jama said.
Cooking bestsellers 2021: Most purchased cookware and gadgets we covered
Select is editorially independent. Our editors selected these deals and items because we think you will enjoy them at these prices. If you purchase something through our links, we may earn a commission. Given the ongoing realities around working (and eating) at home, we saw increasing trends around readers seeking to upgrade their cooking appliances and gadgets. As the year comes to a close, we’re looking at the cookware that Select readers chose to add to their kitchens or the kitchens of loves ones.
The pandemic may be leading to more pelvic pain — here’s what to know
Doctors and pelvic floor physical therapists are seeing increasing numbers of people seeking help for pelvic floor pain and dysfunction and believe the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is likely contributing to some of it. “Respiratory function and pelvic floor dysfunction go hand in hand because the respiratory function of the diaphragm is really important and connected to the relaxation and the contraction of the pelvic floor,” Tanouye said. “If you have COVID … you’re going to exacerbate those pelvic floor symptoms even more.”The postpartum population may be sufferingAnother group of people experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction include those who had babies in the pandemic. They might recommend they visit a pelvic floor physical therapist and a specialist, such as a urogynecologist. Pelvic floor physical therapy helps people strengthen their pelvic floor and reduce many of the problems from pelvic organ prolapse, pain and incontinence.
Server says she was fired from restaurant after receiving $4,400 tip
Ryan Brandt found herself unemployed after receiving a $4,400 tip at Oven and Tap restaurant in Bentonville, Arkansas, on Dec. 3. Brandt, who served customer Grant Wise's party of over 40 people with one other server, was surprised when she saw the large tip left on the table. “I was told that I was going to be giving my cash over to my shift manager, and I would be taking home 20%,” Brandt told KNWA. Hola Images / Getty ImagesShe said the restaurant fired her because she wasn't supposed to tell Wise about their policy of pooling tips. "Out of respect for our highly valued team members, we do not discuss the details surrounding the termination of an employee.”But thanks to Wise, Brandt isn't officially out of luck just yet.
How Albania is helping refugees after the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan
Albania opened its doors to Afghan refugees, including to one 18-year-old hoping to continue her father’s legacy and return to her home country. Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama recounted how the European country will continue to help these refugees.Dec.
Cargo ships collide in Baltic Sea, 2 crew members missing
Two cargo ships collided during foggy conditions in the Baltic Sea. One of the ships capsized and flipped over, two crew members are still missing. A rescue mission is underway. Dec. 13, 2021
Officials: Virginia state agency hit with ransomware attack
RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia legislative branch agency has been hit by a ransomware attack, Gov. Cybersecurity researchers who track ransomware say there’s no previous record of a state legislature suffering an attack. “It continues to show that no organization is safe form these ransomware attacks. A top agency official told Virginia legislative leaders in an email obtained by The Associated Press that hackers using “extremely sophisticated malware” had accessed the system late Friday. Brett Callow, a threat analyst at the firm Emsisoft, said Virginia is the 74th state or local government hit by ransomware attacks this year, though the first legislature he’s ever seen attacked.
Macron in Hungary: No rule of law progress until April
“There is very little progress on these issues,” Macron told reporters | Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty ImagesBUDAPEST — Hungary won’t budge in its standoffs with the EU over the rule of law before a general election in April, French President Emmanuel Macron said after meeting Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Budapest on Monday. Macron twice confused Hungary with Poland in his response to questions by reporters but was clear he had explicitly discussed issues related to rule of law, minority rights — including LGBTQ+ rights — and corruption in Hungary in his one-on-one meeting with Orbán. Orbán said there are often “serious debates” and occasionally “sharp debates” between himself and Macron but that he likes the arguments. It also allowed Macron to keep a promise to visit all 26 EU member states before the end of his presidential term. For Hungary, according to Orbán, strategic autonomy means a European defense industry, nuclear energy and a strong agriculture sector.
Supreme Court declines religious challenge to N.Y. vaccine mandate for health care workers
The Supreme Court declined Monday to block New York’s vaccine mandate for health care workers — one that has an exception for medical reasons but none for religious objections. The court denied a request for a temporary order to block the requirement while lawsuits against it proceed. When New York announced the requirement in August, it contained exemptions for both medical and religious reasons. He said the state failed to show that accommodating the religious objectors would make any meaningful difference in protecting public health. Since August, the court has turned down other challenges to vaccine mandates from students at Indiana University, teachers in New York, and health care workers in Maine and Massachusetts.
Doctors expected MIS-C cases to surge after the delta wave. They didn't.
Then the delta variant hit, driving pediatric Covid cases to record highs, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. DeBiasi said her team had about 60 MIS-C cases after the first wave, and approximately 100 following the second, bigger wave. But following the delta surge, they've seen just 40 MIS-C cases. Rates of MIS-C were lower than expected following the delta-driven surge in cases in the summer. CDCCreech, of Vanderbilt, hypothesized that the lower MIS-C rates could be tied to the delta variant itself.
No troops disciplined in U.S. strike killing Afghan civilians
The two commanders agreed with Said’s findings, and did not recommend any discipline, officials said, adding that Austin endorsed their decisions. The Aug. 29 drone strike on a white Toyota Corolla sedan, killed Zemerai Ahmadi and nine family members, including seven children. And he said the military should have personnel present with a strike team, and their job should be to actively question such conclusions. And he recommended that the military improve its procedures to ensure that children and other innocent civilians are not present before launching a time-sensitive strike. Officials said that McKenzie and Clarke largely agreed with Said’s recommendations.
Derek Chauvin Expected To Plead Guilty In George Floyd Civil Rights Case
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin appears to be on the verge of pleading guilty to violating George Floyd’s civil rights, according to a notice sent out Monday by the court’s electronic filing system. The federal docket entry shows a hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday for Chauvin to change his current not guilty plea in the case. AdvertisementAccording to evidence in the state case against Chauvin, Kueng and Lane helped restrain the 46-year-old Floyd as he was on the ground — Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back and Lane held down Floyd’s legs. AdvertisementSpecifically, the indictment says Chauvin kept his left knee on Floyd’s neck even though he was handcuffed and not resisting. Information from the court gave no indication that Chauvin would be changing his plea in that case.
Chauvin expected to plead guilty in Floyd civil rights case
The information sent out Monday gives no indication that the other officers intend to plead guilty. According to evidence in the state case against Chauvin, Kueng and Lane helped restrain the 46-year-old Floyd as he was on the ground — Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back and Lane held down Floyd’s legs. A count against Chauvin alleged he violated Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure and from unreasonable force by a police officer. Thao and Kueng are charged with violating Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure by not intervening to stop Chauvin as he knelt on Floyd’s neck. Specifically, the indictment says Chauvin kept his left knee on Floyd’s neck even though he was handcuffed and not resisting.
Puerto Rican factory worker survives Kentucky tornado, but 'everything is gone.'
A Mayfield candle factory worker who had left Puerto Rico two years ago to work in Kentucky spoke emotionally about surviving a tornado that left her with no job, car or home. She left her family in Puerto Rico two years ago to work at the Mayfield Consumer Products’ factory. “I’ve always been working so hard and now everything is gone — I have no way to support myself right now." Miranda had moved to a sheltering area inside the factory when they got the tornado warnings. Many, like Miranda, work in factory and construction jobs,In an interview with NBC's Nightly News, Mayfield Mayor Kathy Stewart O'Nan said the town is "gone."
President Biden follows through with pro-union message
Negotiations have not gone well: The company announced plans last week to hire permanent replacements for the striking workers. President Joe Biden said Friday that he was "deeply troubled" by reports of Kellogg's plan to permanently replace striking plant workers as the union haggles for a new contract involving 1,400 employees. "Permanently replacing striking workers is an existential attack on the union and its members' jobs and livelihoods. There's some compelling anecdotal evidence to suggest striking workers not only noticed the presidential statement, but also celebrated it. The month before his presidential inauguration, Biden assured workers he'd be "the most pro-union president you've ever seen."
Supreme Court Allows Vaccine Mandate for New York Health Care Workers
“The Free Exercise Clause protects not only the right to hold unpopular religious beliefs inwardly and secretly,” he wrote. “It protects the right to live out those beliefs publicly.”The ruling came in a pair of challenges brought by doctors, nurses and other health care workers who said the requirement violated their right to the free exercise of religion. A federal judge in Brooklyn ruled against the challengers in the case before him, but another federal judge, in Utica, ruled for the challengers in a second case. In a consolidated appeal in the two cases, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York, refused to block the requirement. The medical exemption for vaccination requirement, she added, “is tightly constrained in both scope and duration,” making very few people eligible for it.
Derek Chauvin Appears Likely to Plead Guilty to Federal Crimes
MINNEAPOLIS — A federal court on Monday set a change of plea hearing for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted of murdering George Floyd, signaling that he intended to plead guilty this week to charges that he deprived Mr. Floyd of his civil rights. Mr. Chauvin, who recently began serving a prison sentence of more than 22 years for killing Mr. Floyd in May 2020, has been facing charges that by kneeling on Mr. Floyd’s neck for nine and a half minutes during an arrest, he had also violated his constitutional rights. The killing of Mr. Floyd, who was Black, by Mr. Chauvin, a white officer, led to the largest protest movement in a generation. The federal indictment was a rare instance of the Justice Department pursuing a criminal case against a police officer, particularly following a conviction on state crimes. The change of plea hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning in a federal courthouse in St. Paul, Minn. Mr. Chauvin had initially pleaded not guilty.
Bowl game matchups, betting lines, picks against the spread
Only four teams averaged more yards per play than the Hilltoppers, who advanced the ball 6.8 yards on average with every snap, and only Virginia had more scrimmage plays gain at least 20 yards than Western Kentucky’s 90. But the Mountaineers ranked eighth nationally in defensive success rate and gave up only 11 points per game over their past five games, holding three of those opponents to single digits. They also held Coastal Carolina to 27 points, tying its season low, and a below-average 6.7 yards per play in a three-point win Oct. 20. Western Kentucky offensive coordinator Zach Kittley has accepted the same position at Texas Tech, but Coach Tyson Helton said he expects Kittley to call plays for the Hilltoppers one last time in the bowl game.
Ten teams to watch as NBA trade season opens
Boston Celtics: Jaylen Brown’s eventual return from a hamstring injury won’t cure all that ails the Celtics (13-14), who looked like zombies while losing four of five games during their recent West coast swing. Thanks to a brutal schedule stretch from now until year’s end, things will probably get worse before they get better. “It’s frustrating,” Jayson Tatum said after a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. “The easy answer is we’ve got to be better at that [defensive] end. It’s one thing to say it and know it, and it’s a difference in going out there and doing it.”
A division of Virginia’s General Assembly is dealing with ransomware attack
“Governor Northam has been briefed on a ransomware attack on the Legislative Branch’s Division of Legislative Automated Systems, and has directed relevant Executive Branch agencies to work quickly to offer any help in assessing and responding to this ongoing situation,” spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky said in a written statement Monday afternoon.
USPS built and secretly tested a mobile voting system before 2020
The Postal Service system allowed people to cast votes on an Internet-connected mobile app similar to how they might add items to an online shopping cart or fill out an online survey. The votes were designed to be anonymous and to be recorded in multiple digital locations simultaneously. The idea is that each of those digital records would act as a check to verify the accuracy of the other records. This is essentially the same method that cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin use to ensure transactions are accurately recorded.
Coast Guard calls off search for overboard passenger on Mexico cruise
From 2001 to 2019, 58 passengers and 14 crew died after falling overboard, according to the International Journal of Travel Medicine and Global Health. Cruise Junkie, which tracks overboard deaths, reported one death in 2020 while cruises were largely banned from sailing during the pandemic. The man died after falling overboard from a Royal Caribbean ship that was moored in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Derek Chauvin signals he will plead guilty to violating George Floyd’s civil rights
Chauvin also had been charged federally with violating the rights of a 14-year-old boy during an arrest in September 2017. In that case, he was accused of holding the boy by the neck and hitting him twice with a flashlight. He had pleaded not guilty to those charges, and it was not immediately clear on Monday whether that case would be resolved as part of Chauvin’s plea in connection with Floyd’s death.
Gymnasts abused by Larry Nassar reach $380 million settlement with Olympic organizations
But it comes at an emotional cost for those who said they were abused while being treated by Nassar, many of whom had to reveal the details of that abuse publicly, including gold medalists Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman. It also comes after the leadership of USA Gymnastics and the USOPC were assailed by gymnasts for turning a blind eye to Nassar, who is serving what is essentially a life sentence in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting children and possessing child pornography.
Opinion : Mark Meadows has already established a coup plot. Do we care enough to save the republic?
We also know of Trump’s efforts to force the Justice Department to declare the election was corrupt and “leave the rest to me" and Republicans in Congress. And we have seen the mind-boggling 38-page PowerPoint plan to conduct a coup, including a declaration of “national security emergency” that could halt the voting, if needed. As bizarre as the document was, even more bizarre are the alleged meetings that Meadows and lawmakers had with the plan’s author, none of whom had the common sense and loyalty to report it to the FBI.
Opinion : President Biden’s pen is not enough to fight climate change. Congress must act.
But there are limits to what Mr. Biden can promise with his pen alone. Some 17 million cars, trucks and SUVs are sold in the United States every year, dwarfing the federal fleet. It might be harder than expected to replace all the federal government’s vehicles with cleaner ones or to rebuild special-purpose buildings. Even then, Congress will have to allocate money over the course of decades to see through the transition Mr. Biden has mapped out. President Donald Trump canceled a similar executive order that President Barack Obama issued.
‘We got free food’: He drove from Tenn., meat smoker in tow, to feed a Kentucky town after tornadoes
The Moss family had a similar idea. The large clan of Mayfield natives gathered at the decommissioned gas station where Anthony Moss’s food truck was parked next to Finch. Moss had bought the truck from his uncle and renamed it “Upper Level,” selling ribs, chicken and ice cream in the summertime. The small truck had emerged from the tornado unscathed, which family members said was their sign that they needed to open it and start feeding their neighbors.
Man brings grill and truckload of food to help tornado victims in Kentucky
A man is doing his part to help people affected by the tornadoes that ripped through the South and Midwest over the weekend. A man drove to Mayfield, Kentucky to set up a grill and feed people. “This man drove half an hour with a grill and a truckload of food and parked right in the middle of #Mayfield, Kentucky,” Victor Ordonez captioned the clip he posted on Twitter. “This was the scene right before Jim Finch, the man in the video, set up his grill,” Ordonez wrote. "Jim Finch brings light.
Bulls' Games vs. Pistons, Raptors Postponed amid Chicago's COVID-19 Outbreak
Stacy Revere/Getty ImagesThe NBA has postponed the Chicago Bulls' next two games amid the team's COVID-19 outbreak. The Bulls currently have 10 players in the health and safety protocols. The team previously used hardship exemptions to sign Stanley Johnson and Alfonso McKinnie, with the former also landing in health and safety protocols. These are the first two games postponed because of a COVID outbreak during the 2021-22 season. The CDC is recommending people who took a two-shot vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) shot receive a booster six months after vaccination and those who received Johnson & Johnson undergo a booster two months after their initial shot.
Electric startups Lucid Air and Rivian are snapping up all the awards this year
The new Rivian R1T battery-electric pickup landed one of the auto industry’s most prestigious awards Monday, with Motor Trend magazine naming it Truck of the Year. But the R1T’s win comes barely a month after the influential magazine handed the trophy for Car of the Year to another EV startup, Lucid, and its new Air sedan. 2022 Car of the Year finalist, Lucid Air, takes the stage at the 2021 L.A. Auto Show on Nov. 17, 2021. So far, Rivian and Lucid have delivered only a handful of retail vehicles. The added range, performance and features offered by products like the Lucid Air and Rivian R1T should help, analysts suggest.
So, are we going to need COVID-19 boosters forever?
With the spread of the omicron variant and COVID-19 boosters open to those in the U.S. ages 16 and up, some are wondering what the future holds for boosters. Right now, experts don't know how many COVID-19 boosters we'll eventually need or how frequently we'll need to get them. “In this situation, we’re finding out that even with the COVID-19 vaccines, you do need boosters,” he said.”Researchers are looking at two major factors that will determine whether or not we'll eventually need more boosters. And second, are the current COVID-19 vaccines still relatively well matched to the version of the virus that’s circulating right now? Many experts anticipate that COVID-19 boosters will end up being like your yearly flu vaccine, Kelen said, adding that we may one day have an annual combined flu and COVID-19 vaccine.
Low-FODMAP diet: What is it and can it help with IBS?
Research suggests that most people with IBS experience significant improvement with a low-FODMAP diet, but it’s a complicated plan. Here’s what you need to know before you get started on a low-FODMAP diet. Is a low-FODMAP diet gluten free? It’s not clear if it would be helpful to follow a low-FODMAP diet for other GI conditions, like Crohn’s disease or colitis. If a low-FODMAP diet is recommended, you’ll want to begin by setting aside the high-FODMAP foods you have at home and stocking up on low-FODMAP foods.
Hoda went 10 days without a phone. Here’s how it changed her perspective
Hoda Kotb is opening up about how she not only survived but thrived after spending almost 10 days without her smartphone. "I went to this retreat where they take your phone away — that was one of the things," Hoda told co-host Jenna Bush Hager Monday during the fourth hour of TODAY. Relinquishing the phone wasn't easy for Hoda, 57, who, like many people, had a dependence on her phone that wasn't entirely healthy. Seeing everyone glued to their smartphone screens, Hoda asked herself a simple question about her own phone: "Was I happier with it or happier without it?" After sticking to her new smartphone plan for a while now, Hoda said the results have been wonderful.
12 Christmas cocktail recipes to make the season merry and bright
If you're celebrating the 12 days of Christmas, it's wise to have a cocktail recipe prepared for each one. With cocktails this merry, Santa even ditch the milk come Christmas Eve. Mary McCartney shared her recipe for a straightforward cocktail that tastes bright and festive. Rich white chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka and cream make this cocktail sweet, cozy and ideal for a chilly Christmas night. This is the mulled wine recipe to end all mulled wine recipes.
Supreme Court rejects move to block New York vaccine mandate
A doctor prepares to administer a vaccine injection to Claudia Scott-Mighty, a patient care director at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in Bronxville, N.Y. | Kevin Hagen/AP Photo Supreme Court rejects move to block New York vaccine mandateThe U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request to block New York’s vaccination mandate for health care workers because it doesn't have a religious exemption. The decision was announced Monday afternoon. Three of the court's six conservative justices — Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch — dissented, saying they would grant relief. The mandate covers staff in hospitals, nursing homes and other medical facilities. We the Patriots USA, Inc., which sued the Hochul administration over the mandate, asked the court last month to block the state from requiring those who were previously granted religious exemptions to get vaccinated or show proof of a medical exemption.
Billie Eilish: I Think I Would Have Died From COVID Had I Not Been Vaccinated
Billie Eilish was sick with COVID-19 for nearly two months this year, she told Howard Stern on Monday. I think if I weren’t vaccinated, I would have, like, died, because it was bad,” she said. AdvertisementMeanwhile, Eilish now has a cold and suspects it is because of her appearance as host of “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend. “Lorne was sick, coughing everywhere,” Eilish said of “SNL” producer Lorne Michaels. Lorne was coughing and coughing and coughing.”
Factory workers threatened with firing if they left before tornado, employees say
But at least four workers told NBC News that supervisors warned employees they would be fired if they left their shifts early. Supervisors and team leaders told employees that leaving would probably jeopardize their job, the employees said. A rescue worker and a cadaver dog arrive at the Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory in Mayfield, Ky., on Dec. 11, 2021. Employees can leave anytime they want to leave and they can come back the next day.”He also denies that managers told employees that leaving their shifts meant risking their jobs. The first tornado warning passed without any damage, but several hours later another warning was issued.
Nicki Minaj backs Texas councilman who gave her a birthday shoutout
The queen of rap, Nicki Minaj, is throwing her weight behind the first openly gay Black man elected to office in the state of Texas. This endorsement comes after San Antonio Councilmember Jalen McKee-Rodriguez gave the rapper a heartwarming birthday shoutout during a council session last week, local NBC affiliate WOAI-TV reported. In the now-viral video of that session, which was shared on Twitter by McKee-Rodriguez on Friday, the lawmaker can be seen wearing a T-shirt featuring Minaj. “It was a very special birthday yesterday for a woman who is important to a lot of people worldwide,” McKee-Rodriguez said. I would like to wish a happy belated birthday to the Nicki Minaj.
Why South Dakota teachers' 'Dash for Cash' felt so gross
It was clearly meant to be a moment of levity: 10 South Dakota teachers scrambling on the ice for $1 bills at a minor league hockey game. And the fact that these were teachers — and just shy of being the lowest-paid teachers in the country — really adds insult to injury. (That feels doubly true when you consider how many degrees teachers need, putting them even further below the median average for bachelor’s degree holders.) This is America, where nothing is given out freely, and those who need extra help have to earn that assistance. This is America, where nothing is given out freely, and those who need extra help have to earn that assistance.
Supreme Court Won't Block Vaccine Mandate For New York Health Workers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court refused Monday to halt a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health care workers in New York that does not offer an exemption for religious reasons. The court acted on emergency appeals filed by doctors, nurses and other medical workers who say they are being forced to choose between their jobs and religious beliefs. “Now, thousands of New York healthcare workers face the loss of their jobs and eligibility for unemployment benefits,” Gorsuch wrote in a 14-page opinion that Alito joined. New York is one of just three states, along with Maine and Rhode Island, that do not accommodate health care workers who object to the vaccine on religious grounds. The court had previously turned away health care workers in Maine, who filed a similar challenge, with the same three justices in dissent.
No Troops Disciplined in US Strike Killing Afghan Civilians
WASHINGTON (AP) — No U.S. troops involved in the August drone strike that killed innocent Kabul civilians and children will face disciplinary action, U.S. defense officials said Monday. But he concluded that the strike was a tragic mistake and not caused by misconduct or negligence. The Aug. 29 drone strike on a white Toyota Corolla sedan, killed Zemerai Ahmadi and nine family members, including seven children. And he recommended that the military improve its procedures to ensure that children and other innocent civilians are not present before launching a time-sensitive strike. Officials said that McKenzie and Clarke largely agreed with Said’s recommendations.
Coast Guard Suspends Search for Passenger Who Fell From Cruise Ship
The U.S. Coast Guard suspended a 31-hour search for a passenger who fell off a cruise ship near Mexico, the authorities said on Sunday. The woman, who was not immediately identified, was aboard a Carnival cruise ship when she fell on Saturday morning “from the balcony of her stateroom,” Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement. The company said the ship had been on a three-day cruise to Ensenada, Mexico, and the Coast Guard said the woman fell near there. Carnival did not provide further details of how the woman fell overboard. Crews started searching early in the morning on Saturday and into Sunday, the Coast Guard said.
Omicron is upending the holidays for international travelers
Waits and a few friends were supposed to visit Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, this month for their first major vacation since the start of the pandemic. But after omicron emerged, the group thought through the latest restrictions, weighed the risk of having to self-quarantine over Christmas and then decided to cancel the trip. While they were able to roll over the deposit for the Airbnb rental to a trip scheduled in late 2022, Waits said American Airlines is not offering a refund or rebooking for the flight.
Sentencing hearing delayed in sexual assaults at Virginia high schools
In October, the teen was found responsible for forcing a classmate to perform sex acts on him in a girls’ bathroom at Loudoun County’s Stone Bridge High School in May. Last month, the same teen pleaded no contest to inappropriately touching another classmate in October at Ashburn’s Broad Run High School, where the teen was transferred after the first assault.
Opinion : Please do not put a party hat on my head — and other indignities of old age
One way I’m protesting against the popular image of an old person is to be a showoff. On my 80th birthday, to celebrate my achievement of finally learning how to swim (the crawl, with flippers), I got a tattoo on my right biceps. I’d gotten my first on my left — my kids’ names and images reflecting them — for my 60th. But the newest has not shut me up.
World leaders are still running afoul of their own covid restrictions
In 2020, guideline-flouting officials faced backlash across the world — from New Zealand to Ireland to Canada to the United States. There was California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s attendance at a lavish $350 per person dinner party. Or the British prime minister’s then-top aide Dominic Cummings, who defied a lockdown for a 260-mile road trip while he and his wife were infected with covid-19. And the senator in the Philippines who broke quarantine to visit the hospital where his wife was in labor — all waiting for his coronavirus test result, which ended up positive.
Patricia Cornwell: A surprise visit from the best-selling author
I wrote about Thomas last month, about how addiction and mental illness forced him onto the streets. In 2017, with the help of Miriam’s Kitchen, Thomas was able to move into an apartment. I asked him what he likes to do now that his life is more stable. Read, he said, especially books by his favorite author, Cornwell.
Opinion : Because Trump left the nuclear deal, we might have to learn to live with a nuclear Iran
Letting Iran go nuclear, if that proves unavoidable, might actually be the less dangerous option. The Iranian regime has employed suicide bombers in the past, but it isn’t suicidal itself. Its leaders know that Israel has a large nuclear arsenal — including nuclear missiles reportedly deployed on submarines that could survive any attack on Israel. The United States could further deter Iran by explicitly extending its nuclear umbrella not only to Israel but also to Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other neighboring states. Nuclear weapons would allow Iran to avert a U.S. invasion that isn’t going to happen anyway but would do nothing to protect the regime against the biggest danger it faces: an uprising from its own people.
Crucial Antarctic ice shelf could fail within five years, scientists say
“It’s upwardly mobile in terms of how much ice it could put into the ocean in the future as these processes continue,” said Ted Scambos, a glaciologist at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a leader of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC). He spoke to reporters via Zoom from McMurdo Station on the coast of Antarctica, where he is awaiting a flight to his field site atop the crumbling ice shelf.
OSHA is investigating deadly Amazon warehouse collapse after Illinois tornado
New York (CNN Business) The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into the collapse of an Amazon warehouse in Illinois, after an EF-3 tornado caused major structural damage to the building Friday, a spokesman confirmed to CNN. At least six Amazon workers died at the warehouse building collapse. "I can confirm that OSHA has opened an investigation into the building collapse at the Amazon Warehouse in Edwardsville IL due to a tornado. OSHA, which investigates all workplace fatalities and catastrophes, "has six months to complete its investigation, issue citations and propose monetary penalties if violations of workplace safety and or health regulations are found," Allen added. Amazon AMZN A spokesperson forsaid in an email Monday that the company is supporting OSHA's effort.
No U.S. troops will be punished for mistaken Afghan drone strike, officials say
No U.S. military personnel will be reprimanded for the August drone strike in Kabul that killed 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children, two defense officials said Monday. The strike was launched three days after a deadly suicide bombing outside Kabul airport that killed 13 U.S. military members and scores of Afghan civilians. The review found that the incident did not violate any laws of war but left decisions on punishment up to the commanders. Multiple issues, including execution errors, confirmation bias and communication breakdowns, led to the mistaken drone strike, according to the review. The 10 dead Afghan civilians were all members of the same extended family, relatives told NBC News, and included the seven children, some as young as 2 and 3.
The Golden Globe nominations are out. Does anybody in Hollywood care?
Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Helen Hoehne and the rapper Snoop Dogg read the list of nominees for the 79th Golden Globes. Chris Pizzello / APThe press association is weathering the most intense public relations storm in its history. "We’re writing a new script," the Golden Globes tweeted last week. The best musical or comedy movie race features Joe Wright's "Cyrano," Adam McKay's "Don't Look Up," Paul Thomas Anderson's "Licorice Pizza," Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Tick, Tick ... Netflix — the distributor of "Don't Look Up," "The Power of the Dog" and "Tick, Tick ... Boom" — dominated the film categories, scooping up a total of 17 nominations.
Russell Brand reflects on 19 years sober: ‘There is hope for all of us’
The British comedian, actor and author posted an inspiring message on his Twitter account Monday in honor of being sober for 19 years. “It is possible to live differently if you are a drug addict. It is possible to live differently if you are suffering. It is possible to live differently if you live in a twisted and broken culture,” Brand, 46, said at the start of the video. Brand has been very open about becoming sober after using heroin and going to rehab.
USA Gymnastics, USOPC to Pay $380M to Larry Nassar Survivors After Settling Lawsuit
USA Today's Nancy Armour reported USA Gymnastics and the USOPC will also meet "several other nonmonetary provisions" to settle the suit. Member clubs will also be required to post information in their gyms on how to report sexual abuse and have staff undergo Safe Sport training. The number of victims is at least 265 women, many of whom were minors at the time of Nassar's abuse. Per Murphy and Barr, "Multiple investigations found that officials from USA Gymnastics, the USOPC and Michigan State University failed to stop Nassar's abuse despite years of complaints and warning signs." "This settlement occurred because of a five-year, bare knuckled legal fight the USOPC and USA Gymnastics decided to initiate against me and 500-plus sister survivors.
Vox Media is nearing an acquisition of Group Nine Media
New York (CNN Business) Vox Media, owner of Vox, The Verge, New York magazine and other digital media sites, is nearing a deal to acquire Group Nine Media, CEO Jim Bankoff told his company's staff Monday. Group Nine formed in 2016 as a merger of NowThis, The Dodo, Thrillist and Seeker. In October 2019, the company acquired women-focused digital media brand PopSugar. The month prior to that deal, Vox had acquired New York Media , which includes that company's namesake print magazine along with websites The Cut, Vulture and more. The Wall Street Journal was first to report the acquisition talks, and Bankoff referred to its article in his memo, saying it had sped up the timing of the announcement.
Kim Kardashian Celebrates Passing 'Baby Bar' Exam On 4th Attempt
Kim Kardashian West is on her way to a new professional chapter. The reality superstar and entrepreneur announced on her social media platforms Monday that she’d passed California’s “baby bar” exam, known officially as the First-Year Law Students’ Examination. Advertisement“Looking in the mirror, I am really proud of the woman looking back today in the reflection,” Kardashian West wrote, alongside a series of photos that showed her in a floor-length blue gown. !”Though Kardashian West did not complete college, she has been vocal about her interest in following in the footsteps of her father, the late Robert Kardashian, by pursuing the practice of law. — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 13, 2021In recent years, Kardashian West has emerged as an outspoken advocate for prison reform.
UPS Pays $1 Million To Settle Wage Theft Allegations Over Charitable Deductions
UPS workers in New York will receive more than $1 million from UPS after alleging the company illegally redirected money from their paychecks to a charitable campaign. The wage theft lawsuit revolves around the shipping company’s annual fundraiser for the United Way. The United Way will keep the money that UPS donated. UPS workers around the country chipped in more than $54 million in 2019, according to a UPS Foundation report. AdvertisementIn their lawsuit, the workers faulted the way UPS allegedly incentivized managers to hit contribution targets at their facilities.
Where Succession Can Go Next After Season 3 Finale
This story contains spoilers for season 3 of Succession. If we didn’t know that HBO had already greenlit a fourth season of Succession, the final episode of season 3 could have served as a brilliant series finale. In season 3, episode 9, their father, Logan, threatens to sell the company and spoil any chance of a Roy child ruling over the empire. The moment reminds me of the season 2 finale when Kendall betrayed Logan. Alan Ruck in Succession Graeme Hunter—HBOED: Each season of Succession has belonged to a different Roy sibling.
Dutch parties reach coalition deal after marathon talks
AMSTERDAM — Four Dutch parties reached a coalition deal Monday, bringing an end to the country’s longest talks to form a government and paving the way for Mark Rutte to serve a fourth term as prime minister. Serving another full term would make Rutte the country’s longest-serving prime minister. Talks hit a major snag early on, after Rutte was accused of not telling the truth about remarks made during coalition discussions. The parties eventually came back together to relaunch coalition talks in earnest in October — about seven months after the election. The parties are set to present their coalition deal later this week, after which parliament will debate and vote on the agreement.
Giorgios Bakatsias to Open Two New Restaurants in Raleigh’s North Hills
As 2021 rounds the corner into 2022 and Bakatsias prepares to open restaurants 11 and 12, he's also announcing two more: Las Ramblas, a Spanish tapas bar, and Giorgio Pizza Bar. Both are slated to open in Park & Market in North Hills (near Rosewater Kitchen & Bar) in 2022. Las Ramblas and Giorgio Pizza Bar are both Kane Realty projects. “North Hills diners have been very welcoming to us, and we have found a strong partner in John Kane and Kane Realty. Rosewater Kitchen & Bar, John Kane added, had been a "wonderful addition to the North Hills' restaurant scene."
China’s Market Reformers
China’s Market Reformers China’s Market Reformers While China is often seen as an outlier from neoliberal trends, its transformation in recent decades was not at odds with tectonic shifts in the global system of growth but an essential part of it. The intricacies of this history, captured so effectively in Weber’s book, are essential to interpreting the larger meaning of China’s reform path. China’s reform era involved a fundamental remaking of the social fabric. Because the state was so integral to its process of economic reform, China is better positioned than other major economies to transition to something else. Jake Werner is a historian of modern China and Postdoctoral Global China Research Fellow at the Boston University Global Development Policy Center.
In Sickness and in Wealth
There is a moment in the intense life cycle of every reality show when reality starts to run out. Times columnist Ross Douthat has just published The Deep Places: A Memoir of Illness and Discovery about his battle with Lyme disease. He comes to believe he has Lyme disease. The author, a doctor who regularly treats Lyme disease, finds Douthat “treading on thin ice by describing and implicitly endorsing some potentially dangerous practices without scientific backing.” He writes that Douthat “admits to testing negative for Lyme disease. Does he even have Lyme disease?
In Defense of Hunting
Many people who might be interested in hunting if given the chance have been cut off from the land, tools, knowledge and culture of hunting. Beneath the caricature, though, hunting is troubled by a deeper doubt: While hunting was necessary to our ancestors, social and technological changes have made it irrelevant to our own times. What little more I know of hunting I’ve learned from trying to do it. Possibly an old camp of the Blackfeet, the people who were living and hunting in this area when white settlers arrived, but I don’t know. Hunting is economic in the older meaning of that word — in ancient Greek, oikonomia means ?“thrift” or ?“household management.” Specifically, hunting is a way I manage to get meat inside my household.
The Big Idea: Mandatory Voting
But done right, mandatory voting isn’t about dragging people to the polls against their wills. Belgium was the first democracy to implement mandatory voting — back in 1893 — and its authors saw the policy as a way to empower the working class. Twenty other countries — including Bolivia, Brazil and Australia, but not the U.S. — now have mandatory voting, with uniformly high voter turnout. Mandatory voting became the law of the land down under in 1924, when voter turnout was below 50%. What causes would get a boost from mandatory voting?
With the Fatal Shooting of Two Children Early This Morning, the Bull City's Season of Gun Violence Continues
It was just after 3 a.m. when police were dispatched to reports of a shooting on Mathison Street, near S. Alston Avenue, and within walking distance of N.C. Central University. The shooting was reported around 3:03 a.m. on Monday near the intersection of Mathison Street and Eugene Street. The next month, 10 people, including three children, were shot in a single night at an apartment complex on East Weaver Street. He was one of three fatal shooting victims in Durham that day. Police charged her father Ramir Reams with the child’s death, and the death of her mother, Zhytila Watkins, 20.
The Year in Sports: Athletes Face Backlash but Refuse to Back Down
Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! For more from The Nation, check out our latest issueSubscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! During that year of pandemic and protest, athletes found their voices like at no time since the 1970s, if not ever. We saw the International Olympic Committee hold its infamous Rule 50 over the heads of athletes in Tokyo to threaten them for speaking out. The job of the rest of us is to build social movements of significance, whether athletes are part of it or not.
Nordic Social Democracy Is Good for Everybody Except the Rich
Comparing incomes across countries poses certain difficulties: incomes are paid in different currencies, products have different prices, tax levels are different, and benefit levels are different. With this knowledge in hand, it becomes possible to see, e.g., how Danish GDP stacks up against US GDP or how the median Danish income stacks up against the median US income. The universal welfare state really does provide benefits to everyone even those who are not net beneficiaries of redistribution. For those people, the main benefits of the welfare state are that it smooths out lifetime incomes and protects you from steep income drops. Finally, you might even just care that other people in your society have good lives for less self-serving reasons.
Joe Biden Has No Business Lecturing the Rest of the World on “Democracy”
Such developments explain a recent global survey that found nearly half of people consider the United States a threat to their democracies, more than both Russia and China. And if the United States is unwilling to agree to any limits on its foreign meddling, then why would any other country? In any case, this was still only one of three factors that simply “exacerbated” a preexisting loss of faith in democracy, according to Biden. “There is no perfect system of democracy in the world, nor is there a political system that fits all countries,” the report states. It’s not a great sign for Biden that his supposed rival seems to have a better idea than he does.
Humanitarian Intervention Is a Cloak for Military Aggression
For many people, the disastrous outcomes in Iraq and Afghanistan will be enough to discredit the idea of humanitarian intervention. The question is whether we can justify forcible military intervention from outside the country in question to prevent human rights violations. Upholding Sovereignty We can identify three broad positions on the issue of external military intervention in the name of human rights. However, that does not mean we would be justified in carrying out an external military intervention to overthrow such regimes. If their very existence as a people is at stake, then military intervention can be justified, regardless of what the intervener’s motives may be.
The Latest Argument Against Abortion Rights: It's Not Hard to Be a Working Mom
On the whole, it is still an enormous struggle to balance paid work with child rearing in the United States. Rapp didn’t get any paid leave, so she took 12 weeks off without pay. It’s true that more employers are offering paid family leave to their employees than when Roe was first decided. Just 12 percent of Americans earning in the bottom quartile of the wage distribution — those making about $15 an hour or less — get paid family leave. Women who seek an abortion but aren’t able to obtain one are much more likely to fall into poverty and joblessness.
New Yorkers Need a Utility Consumer Advocate. Gov. Hochul Just Vetoed One.
If Gorenstein had lived in any of forty-three other states, she might not have needed a journalist to raise her case with the company — she could have contacted an independent state consumer advocate office for help. In her veto memo, Hochul argued that the proposed utility consumer advocate would be a “superfluous construct” duplicating the functions of two offices that already exist: the Office of Consumer Services, which Gorenstein had contacted, and the Utility Intervention Unit at the Department of State. The Utility Intervention Unit intervened in twenty utility rate and policy proceedings before the Public Service Commission last year, according to Erin McCarthy, a spokesperson for the Department of State. “In each rate proceeding, [Utility Intervention Unit] advocates aggressively on behalf of consumers with the goal of limiting the utilities’ proposed rate increases,” she wrote in a statement. “In order for the utility advocate to be an effective advocate for consumers — rather than just another gubernatorial appointee carrying out the governor’s policies — that advocate must be completely independent of the governor and the utility commission,” he said.
Europe Is Finally Recognizing That Platform Workers Aren’t Self-Employed
The European Commission — the unelected body of technocrats that designs European Union legislation — isn’t exactly known as a friend of the worker. Often unfairly treated as self-employed, platform workers are now to be considered employees and thus entitled to the labor rights that are standard for most workers in Europe. There are also important new rights for platform workers in respect to algorithmic management. Algorithms are a black box for platform workers who are given no information as to why fundamental aspects of their work are suddenly altered. First, the indispensable backdrop to these reforms is the burgeoning international movement of platform workers getting organized in unions and demanding workers’ rights through protests and strikes.
A Year on a Hinge of History
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How the Taxi Workers Won
What is our city without its chariots?10For decades, a taxi medallion had been considered a blue chip investment—not only for the city but for the New Yorkers who purchased them. As the executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Desai had intimate knowledge of the problems bedeviling her members. By April 2020, just weeks after New York City shut down, only 982 cabs remained on duty. Payments wouldn’t exceed $800 a month.27Officials like New York Attorney General Letitia James and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer backed the plan. Most visible was Assemblymember Zohran Mamdani, a charismatic democratic socialist from Queens who had campaigned on a promise to end excessive medallion debt.
The Making of Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard has long been averse to weaving explicitly autobiographical material into his plays, so it’s only appropriate that one of his more revealing lines about himself would be voiced by a 19th-century liberal literary critic. This retreat into the enigmas and ambiguities of imagination can be found in nearly all of Stoppard’s plays. His view of theater is above all slyly pragmatic, like a magician who takes 50 steps to do one obvious thing.5The creation of Tom Stoppard, the man as well as the artist, began with a kind of extraordinary disappearing act. The two married, and in 1946, when Tom was 8, the family settled in Derbyshire and joined the Church of England. “Actors trusted and liked him.” Broadway producer Manny Azenberg put it succinctly: “Tom Stoppard writes well and behaves well.”13Who could ask for more?
Travel Bans and Boosters Alone Won’t Protect Us From Covid
Thanks to them, the White House has issued a ban on travel from eight countries in southern Africa. Travel bans can slow—but not stop—the emergence of the virus in certain circumstances: where outbreaks are detected early and where the travel bans are tied to a set of broader public health interventions, as one study analyzing travel bans on China in early 2020 found. Punishing South Africa and its neighbors could have other serious side effects. “Today, I spent a big part of my day talking to genomic and biotech companies as soon we will run out of reagents as airplanes are not flying to South Africa!” he tweeted. The notion that we can erect a Fortress America to withstand SARS-CoV-2 based on travel bans and boosters at home is a deadly delusion.
Canadian Communist movement celebrated in new feature-length documentary
Members of the Communist Party of Canada on the march in the late 1970s. | via CPCThe life of a Communist Party, in its everyday intensity and historical specificity, too often eludes commemoration. To celebrate the centenary of the Communist Party of Canada, the Center for Socialist Education has assembled a feature-length documentary tribute to the working people who comprise the strength and resilience of the Communist movement in Canada. The Communist Party’s centrality to the peace movement in Canada and its ongoing support for the cause of Indigenous sovereignty are but two pillars of anti-imperialist struggle depicted here, as popular history and an affirmation of the party’s work in the present. Through these difficult times, the Communist Party of Canada faced liquidation at the hands of a social-democratic faction—but a core group of dedicated comrades fought for its survival and won.
Amazon preparing its next offensive, but it can’t bust unions forever
APThe National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB, just ruled that a historic union vote among Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Ala., was not valid. There, Amazon’s workers are already unionized—and actively demanding better wages and working conditions. In November, unionized Amazon workers in Germany walked off their jobs for higher pay. While Bessemer warehouse workers were being bombarded with anti-union propaganda, the company was practically minting money with record profits. Amazon’s workers have made the company one of the most valuable on earth—and their CEO the second-wealthiest man on this planet.
Was the Kentucky tornado outbreak rooted in climate change?
Andy Beshear of Kentucky, the hardest-hit state, told President Joe Biden over the telephone. “More unpredictable weather can be expected countrywide as rising temperatures result in unseasonable–and unprecedented–weather patterns,” AP and CNN reported. But research hasn’t advanced far enough to link specific storms to global warming, scientists cautioned. “The specific impact on these specific storms, I can’t say at this point. There were fewer twisters in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Kansas and more in Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Rittenhouse acquittal is latest chapter in long and sinister history of racism
Armed vigilante groups have a long history that includes attacks on workers’ movements and especially racist oppression and repression. Before the Civil War, the number of official police was small because the slaveholder class did not want to pay for them. After the Civil War, the KKK in effect fought a guerrilla war of terror and murder to restore, as much as they could, the defeated slaveholder confederacy. The jury’s acquittal was an attack on the Black Lives Matter movement as much as the 1964 murder of the civil rights workers in Mississippi was an attack on the Civil Rights movement. While controlling police conduct is much more difficult, there are at least uniform training of police to respect the civil rights of citizens in many countries.
Thousands without infrastructure after tornadoes kill dozens
A car sits among the remains of a destroyed house after a tornado in Dawson Springs, Ky., Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021. A monstrous tornado, carving a track that could rival the longest on record, ripped across the middle of the U.S. on Friday. He said he and his wife were in the church as a wall collapsed and the ceiling caved in. Four twisters hit Kentucky in all, including one with an extraordinarily long path of about 200 miles (322 kilometers), authorities said. “We’ll get there, but it’s going to take a long time.”CONTRIBUTOR Bruce Schreiner Kentucky reporter for Associated Press.
A Way of Life in Danger
A farmer’s daughter, she worked eighteen years in the printing business before returning to the farm life that her dad ultimately relinquished. Dairy farmers have their own special hell with what’s called “monopsony”—having only a single powerful buyer in their region to process their perishable raw milk. This ugly little farce has played out in the National Organic Program’s power politics. In a powerhouse exposé, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that in 2016 just six of these suspect organic dairy farms in Texas produced almost 25 percent more milk than all of Wisconsin’s 453 organic dairy farms combined. So the Real Organic Project is fighting to both fix the National Organic Program and advance an even more rigorous organic standard.
COVID-19 Robbed Me of the Joys of Teaching
Starting my career as a public school teacher at Austin Independent School District in the middle of COVID-19 wasn’t the best timing on my part. When COVID-19 hit in March 2020 and my former job working on a congressional campaign ended, I decided to go into teaching. On our union chat, fellow teachers shared fundraisers for students who lost parents to COVID-19. It became clear to every educator who returned to school this year and thought COVID-19 was rock-bottom, we were wrong. My best guess at why this happens is that Texas schools are understaffed at all levels—in administration, counseling, teaching.
Congress Slouches as USPS workers Hustle
Nobody wants a repeat of last year’s postal delivery delays during the holidays, especially not my fellow postal workers. Postal Service. In Congress, a mix of Republicans and Democrats are supporting the Postal Reform Act, which would help stabilize USPS by eliminating unnecessary financial burdens that pre-date the pandemic. Six months after a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced the Postal Reform Act, it still hasn’t been brought up for a vote. The holiday rush is exhausting, but postal workers are committed to doing our job.
From West Virginia to DC, Poor People’s Campaign targets Manchin
Poor People's Campaign in the nation's capitalMARTINSBURG, W. VA.—After decorating their cars with messages and holiday streamers, hundreds of Poor People’s Campaign activists descended on D.C. today in yet another show of support for President Biden’s Build Back Better social programs expansion legislation. Several days before the car caravan, the five leaders of the West Virginia Poor People’s Campaign—including West Virginia native and longtime union organizer Stewart Acuff–demanded Manchin stop ducking meetings and explain his stands to the PPC face-to-face. There was one “virtual” meeting in February, via zoom, and none since, despite repeated demands, rallies and town halls in West Virginia. We are the 187,000 children living in poverty in West Virginia and the more than 108,000 people without health insurance. 75% of West Virginia voters see the importance of the job creation potential of the Build Back Better Agenda.
NATO and Lithuania talking tough as EU-Russia tensions loom over Ukraine
Right wing Ukrainian troops patrol areas in the eastern part of the country held by rebels fighting the central government. | Morning StarLithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis called for Western powers to prepare an “unprecedented” response to any Russian attack on Ukraine at an EU foreign ministers’ summit today. The German leader said he was hopeful that “a very good, pragmatic solution” to the standoff was imminent. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the bloc was on “deter mode” over reports of a Russian troop build-up near Ukraine. Russia denies any hostile intent, pointing out that its troops are within its own territory while tens of thousands of U.S. troops are stationed in Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Take Action Now to Curb Inflation - The New York Times
Students used to look at me quizzically when I mentioned the word “inflation,” as if I were reminiscing about the invention of the spinning jenny. But President Biden and Jerome Powell, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, need to take action now. The Covid pandemic delivered supply shocks in the form of disrupted workforces and supply chains. Last year, the Federal Reserve, which oversees interest rates and the nation’s banks and monetary supply, instituted a new framework. It proposed that inflation levels of higher than 2 percent, the Fed’s traditional target, could make up for the lower levels of inflation the economy experienced in the years after the 2008 financial crisis but before the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘A Nightmare’: Kentucky Tornado Victims Sort Through Rubble
“People that we know, just pictures in our yard, that don’t even live around here. Street signs in the back of the yard, I mean, it’s just, it’s literally a nightmare. People ask me, ‘What do we do?’ I don’t know, I’ve never done this, you know? My middle boy is a wrestler, a state-qualifier wrestler, since he was in fifth grade. People that don’t even know you is looking for your personal stuff and helping you find the things that mean a lot.
Nassar Abuse Survivors Reach a $380 Million Settlement
Hundreds of female gymnasts who were sexually abused by Lawrence G. Nassar, the former team doctor of the national gymnastics team, have agreed to a $380 million settlement with U.S.A. Gymnastics and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, ending the latest dark chapter in one of the biggest molestation cases in sports history. The settlement, announced on Monday during U.S.A. Gymnastics’ bankruptcy proceedings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana, is among the largest ever for a sexual abuse case. “No amount of money will ever repair the damage that has been done and what these women have been through,” said Rachael Denhollander, a Nassar survivor and member of a survivors’ committee involved in the settlement negotiations. Gymnasts have battled anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, and some girls and women have attempted suicide because of Nassar’s abuse, which he perpetrated under the guise of medical treatment.
Opinion : Conservatives looking for a hero should turn to Spain’s upcoming star
She won votes even from working-class voters who normally respond to populist appeals. Parla, for example, is a city that has historically voted for Spain’s Socialists even in years like 2011, where Ayuso’s PP won the Madrid region in a landslide. This year, however, PP carried Parla decisively. “People wanted just to work, not to receive money from the administration,” she told me. “All of these people see the government of Madrid as one that supports the people who want a job.” Republicans who want to gain Hispanic working-class votes, take note.
I tried hot Dr Pepper, and it’s better than you might think
Curious about the origins of the drink, I asked the folks at Dr Pepper, who pointed me to a tale enshrined in the Dr Pepper Museum in Waco, Tex. According to company lore, the drink was first dreamed up by a salesman in 1958, who suggested it to the brand’s president, Wesby Parker, when he visited a bottling plant during a blizzard. After he “joked that they needed a hot drink to sell during winter weather since sales dipped so low,” per the museum, the company experimented with and eventually landed on the idea of heating the soda to 180 degrees and pouring it over a thin lemon slice.
The secret settlements that helped a baseball star play on
Puig maintained that the relatively small payout indicated he was innocent. There was, potentially, another reason: because his accuser wanted to get something while she still could. Less than a month earlier, Puig’s attorneys had disclosed to the woman’s attorneys his financial “condition,” which they said showed his limited ability to pay. The documents, reviewed by The Post, showed that Puig’s $50 million-plus in major league earnings had been reduced to overdrawn checking accounts, expired endorsement deals and an MLB retirement account emptied of roughly half a million dollars.
Opinion : Biden wanted to be the most pro-union president ever. He has a long way to go.
And if Build Back Better passes, it will make a difference by shoring up our system of social supports; when you can’t rely on your health insurance or afford child care, you’re much more anxious and powerless at work. Which is part of the reason corporations and Republicans oppose those kinds of programs. On one hand, they fight against any expansion of workers’ rights or wages, and on the other, they oppose social programs that make people feel less insecure. It’s almost as if they want workers to be isolated and powerless.
Pentagon won’t punish any troops over errant drone strike in Kabul that killed 10 civilians
Military officials had said previously that the attack, conducted in the waning hours of U.S. efforts to leave Afghanistan, was not the result of criminal negligence. In November, the Air Force inspector general who led an independent investigation of the incident said that while the strike did not violate the laws of war, the evidence suggested that mistakes were made as a result of what he called confirmation bias on the part of the analysts and commanders involved.
Publix supermarket heiress dies of early-onset Alzheimer's at 65
“The Publix family is deeply saddened by the loss of a great humanitarian and community advocate,” said Publix CEO Todd Jones, in a statement. “In sharing our journey, we hope to provide greater awareness and education of Alzheimer’s disease,” she said in a statement at the time. When the disease impacts a person under 65, it’s considered to be younger-onset Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. How is early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosed? Physical activity, cardiovascular and diabetes treatments, antioxidants and cognitive training may help slow the progress of early-onset Alzheimer's disease, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
These companies dominated 2021
New York (CNN Business) Oil prices began 2021 just under $50 a barrel. Oil and natural gas exploration companyis the best performing stock in the S&P 500 through December 13, with a nearly 180% gain. As long as crude prices remain in the $60-to-$80-a-barrel range, oil stocks should continue to be solid performers in 2022 as well, said Anastasia Amoroso, chief investment strategist with iCapital Network. Other big winners included Bath & Body Works , which is up 145% this year after spinning off Victoria's SecretModerna MRNA Ford F Nvidia NVDA Covid-19 vaccine makerand chip gianthave all more than doubled in 2021, too. Shares offell more than 15%, making it among the worst stocks in the S&P 500 for 2021.
Travis Scott's Cacti spiked seltzer discontinued after Astroworld disaster
Travis Scott’s spiked seltzer Cacti has been discontinued in the wake of last month's deadly Astroworld festival disaster. “After careful evaluation, we have decided to stop all production and brand development of CACTI Agave Spiked Seltzer. We believe brand fans will understand and respect this decision,” a spokesperson for Anheuser-Busch told NBC News in a statement. Over 300 lawsuits have been filed since the Nov. 5 music festival tragedy. "Hopefully this takes a first step for us as artists, having more insight about what’s going on.”After the tragedy, Scott offered to pay for all of the victims’ funerals, but some families rejected the gesture.
Retailers are already gearing up for a huge returns season
“Then in March 2020, there was a giant step change and suddenly retailers had no choice because more people started shopping online and have remained shopping online. “The focus on returns has definitely intensified,” said Bill Inzeo, global retail technology strategist at retail technology company Zebra Technologies. The problem of online returns has only become more pressing under the supply chain crisis that has thinned out retail shelves, Shamiss said. Now, however, it is refurbishing returns items to fold back into a retailer's supply chain to keep up with consumer demand and backfill inventory, he said. Kohl’s holiday return policy lets shoppers return items within 180 days, with the exception of electronics.
Animated and authentic: A Puerto Rican girl's Christmas is focus of new PBS show
A special episode of an animated series will celebrate Christmas through the eyes of a Puerto Rican girl from New York City and introduce children to distinctive holiday traditions. One of the favorite traditions involves going from house to house and serenading families, singing aguinaldos accompanied by traditional Puerto Rican instruments. A preview of "Alma’s Nochebuena/Three Kings Day Do-Over," a special episode of "Alma's Way" that premieres on Monday. The Bronx is home to many Puerto Rican and Latino families, and to keep it authentic, viewers will be able to see the iconic No. Since the show started, Manzano says she's received a great reception for its representation of Afro Puerto Rican and Caribbean culture.
New & Notable from Made In, LifeProof and Soma
Last week, those antsy Kohl’s shareholders announced outright that that’s what they’re hoping for. And, naturally, we continue to publish gift guides for everyone you’re buying for, from cat lovers to your secret Santa. Here are a few recently launched products you could buy today that we've included based on Select reader interest. It’s made from 60 percent recycled materials, is waterproof to 6.6 feet, is drop-, dirt- and snow-proof and has a built-in, touch-sensitive screen protector, according to LifeProof. Sales to consider todayThough the number of year-end sales is dwindling noticeably, you can still consult our guide to December sales.
EU’s Borrell criticizes countries over reaction to Ethiopia conflict
EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell said sanctions should have been imposed on those involved in the conflict in Ethiopia | John Thys/AFP via Getty ImagesEU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Monday scolded the bloc’s countries for not having imposed sanctions on those involved in a bloody conflict in Ethiopia, a move he said might have helped to reduce violence in the East African country. The war in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray, which began about a year ago and has since spread to other parts of the country, has resulted in thousands of deaths. Asked about his remarks, Borrell said he didn’t believe EU sanctions would have managed to stop the conflict, but “would have, in my view, influenced the behavior of the actors.”“Only a political solution can reverse the negative and dangerous dynamic we are seeing now,” the foreign policy chief said. Borrell didn’t reveal which EU countries had been against imposing sanctions but said “many countries felt that it wasn’t an adequate solution.”He added that he wanted to bring attention to the seriousness of the situation in Ethiopia. “The conflict in the country has further worsened and expanded, producing a devastating humanitarian crisis.
Wife of US diplomat to face UK court over death of British teen
The wife of a U.S. intelligence officer will face British court proceedings in January over the death of teenager Harry Dunn, the U.K.’s Crown Prosecution Service said Monday. Anne Sacoolas is accused of killing Dunn in a road crash near Northamptonshire after a car hit the teenager’s motorbike in August 2019. She left the U.K. shortly after the incident, after diplomatic immunity was asserted on her behalf by the U.S. government. The Crown Prosecution Service authorized Northamptonshire Police to charge Sacoolas with causing death by dangerous driving in December 2019. But the subsequent extradition request for Sacoolas to be returned to the U.K. was rejected by the U.S. government, heightening diplomatic tensions between London and Washington.
Alex Murdaugh's bond set at $7M on financial crimes charges
The Murdaugh family also faces lawsuits surrounding a 2019 boat crash in which Paul Murdaugh was charged with boating under the influence causing death. Lee’s bond order surpassed amounts recommended by prosecutors, who had recommended the judge either set bond at the $6.2 million Murdaugh was accused of stealing or a lesser figure of $4.7 million — about $100,000 for each count. Defense attorneys had asked the judge to set bond at a maximum of $200,000 and indicated they would ask Lee reconsider her Monday decision. “He has no money.”Murdaugh has been jailed since October on charges of stealing insurance money from Satterfield’s sons. Circuit Judge Clifton Newman again denied bond in November, citing Murdaugh’s considerable financial resources and mental instability.
Increasing Arctic Fires Are Melting Permafrost That Keeps Carbon Underground
Now scientists have determined that Arctic fires, even milder ones, can reshape a landscape for decades, in ways that may make it even harder to keep global heating from eclipsing international goals. It’s mostly rising temperatures that are thawing out frozen Arctic ground but northern blazes — already increasing — are now understood to play a disproportionate role, according to a study published last week in the journal One Earth. Previous research has shown that higher temperatures, drier soil and more lightning storms will lead to more fires. Permafrost is chock full of carbon and it sits underneath 20% of the world’s land, holding twice as much as the atmosphere. Permafrost melt “is going to make climate change about 10% harder to combat.
How Person of the Year Elon Musk Tests Washington's Power
That’s the take-away from this year’s selection of the billionaire innovator as TIME’s Person of the Year, a role our newsroom has been deciding for almost a century without distinction for good or evil. And his peculiar indifference to the Establishment has made him a favorite target of those in power. Just a few years ago, Musk was largely written off as a fringe eccentric on the verge of poverty. He’s the richest private person on the planet, although he jokes that Russians’ Vladimir Putin probably has him beat in wealth and certainly in military might. And that’s why TIME picked Musk as its Person of the Year.
Harris Reveals Plan to Build 500,000 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
The Biden administration released an ambitious federal strategy Monday to build 500,000 charging stations for electric vehicles across the country and bring down the cost of electric cars with the goal of transforming the U.S. auto industry. The law also provides an additional $2.5 billion for local grants to support charging stations in rural areas and in disadvantaged communities. Biden’s $2 trillion social and environmental policy bill, now pending in the Senate, includes a $7,500 tax credit to lower the cost of electric vehicles. Currently, the U.S. market share of plug-in electric vehicle sales is one-third the size of the Chinese EV market. Even at 2 million, EV sales still would be only about 12% of U.S. new vehicle sales.
'A paper trail of treason': Jan. 6 committee scrutinizes document on overturning election
A report out Sunday that recommends that Trump administration chief of staff Mark Meadows be held in contempt of Congress alleges that he said National Guard troops would keep President Donald Trump’s supporters safe Jan. 6. The panel discusses.Dec.
A tragic new threshold: Pandemic claims 800,000 lives in U.S.
In the spring of 2020, Donald Trump had a dreadful habit of guessing how many Covid-19 fatalities the United States would see. When we cleared that total, Trump moved the goalposts, saying the total would "probably" be between 60,000 and 70,000 people. The United States passed another grim Covid-19 milestone Monday, as more than 800,000 Americans have now died from the virus that's plagued the country for nearly two years. It took the United States 119 days to go from 600,000 deaths to 700,000 deaths. It's an uncomfortable truth to consider as we wonder how long it might take for the United States to reach our 900,000th Covid-19 fatality.
Dr. Oz Ending 14-Year Run On TV To Focus On Run To Be Pennsylvania Senator
Dr. Mehmet Oz won’t be on TV much longer. Sony Pictures announced Monday that “The Dr. Oz Show” will be ending its 14-year run on Jan. 14, so that Oz ? a celebrity heart surgeon with a record of making questionable medical claims ? can focus on his run for a U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania. AdvertisementBut the show replacing “Dr. Oz” will have a familial connection: “The Good Dish,” a spinoff series of Oz’s show, will be co-hosted by his daughter Daphne Oz, formerly of “The Chew,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. After Oz announced his Senate run on Nov. 30, numerous TV stations pulled his show to avoid “equal time” rules that give rival candidates the ability to request matching air time.
With Paige Bueckers Injured, UConn Faces a Tough Few Months
NEWARK — When ESPN announced last month that ABC would televise a regular-season women’s college basketball game for the first time, a matchup featuring U.C.L.A. 3 Connecticut, the network assumed that Paige Bueckers, the UConn sophomore guard and reigning national player of the year, would be starring on the court. But an hour before tip-off on Saturday, Bueckers was on the Prudential Center floor wearing a blue, gray and white UConn sweatsuit and a black brace that extended from her left thigh to her foot. Bueckers had sustained a tibial plateau fracture in her left knee with less than a minute remaining in a Dec. 5 home game against Notre Dame. She is expected to miss six to eight weeks, a timeline that would allow her to return in time to play in the Big East and N.C.A.A.
Vegan Pressure Cooker Red Beans and Rice Recipe
Here’s a vegan version of the classic New Orleans dish that uses smoked paprika, miso paste and soy sauce to add a savory notes. Pressure cookers are ideal for preparing dried beans; even unsoaked beans cook quickly and evenly, so that the beans become creamy but still keep their shape (though we’ve got instructions for a slow cooker approach, too). Here, you want the beans to be very tender, so that the stew is thick — with a few beans that have slightly broken down — and not soupy. This vegan version of “Monday red beans” is not as creamy as the one made with pork, so smashing a few beans against the side of the pot at the end of cooking is particularly important. Louisiana-style hot sauce is key as well.
Inflationary Wave Changes Political Terrain for Right-Wing Populists
But Mr. da Silva has already incorporated the economic crisis into his recent campaign. And prices are now rising at an official rate of more than 20 percent annually, with some unofficial estimates even higher. In the United States, prices are rising at their fastest rate since 1982. And left-leaning populists, such as those in power in Argentina, are also contending with fierce inflationary currents, which have put them on the defensive. That low-growth backdrop allowed powerful central banks in the United States, the European Union and Britain to keep interest rates low.
Penguin Random House Defends Effort to Buy Simon & Schuster
Penguin Random House, the largest book publisher in the United States, said in a court filing on Monday that its plan to buy a competitor, Simon & Schuster, would be a boon for the industry, benefiting authors, booksellers and readers. Last month, it sued to stop the $2.18 billion acquisition, as the Biden administration takes a more skeptical view of corporate consolidation across industries. It documented several bidding wars between Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster that went into six and seven figures and argued that if the proposed merger goes through, those authors wouldn’t have received such lucrative advances. By focusing on authors’ pay, the Justice Department signaled that it is taking a more sweeping view of antitrust law. But in its suit to block Penguin Random House, the government does not claim that the prices for books will rise for readers or for booksellers, but instead argues that if Penguin Random House gets even larger, it will have more leverage over authors.
After 15 Years of Infighting, James Brown’s Estate Is Sold
Even with her spousal status unclear, Ms. Hynie, along with five of Brown’s children, tried after Brown’s death to set aside his will and negotiate a settlement to give themselves significant shares of the estate. For more than a decade, Brown’s heirs and estate administrators, including Mr. Bauknight and Adele Pope, a former executor, have battled in court over the value of his estate. Mr. Bauknight estimated it at about $5 million, but Ms. Pope, who was removed from her position in 2009, put it at $84 million. Asked if the recent sale had not supported Ms. Pope’s valuation, Mr. Bauknight defended it as accurate at the time of Brown’s death. To negotiate the acquisition of Brown’s estate, Mr. Mestel enlisted one of music’s legal heavyweights, John Branca, who was Michael Jackson’s longtime lawyer and is one of the executors of Jackson’s estate.
Will Forte Is Still Waiting for ‘MacGruber’ to Blow Up
“Will really cares about listening to people and making them feel comfortable and heard. There’s a lot of intense stuff going on in his brain, and MacGruber is opening a valve. There are times where we go, ‘No, that’s too gross, that’s definitely over the line.’”Forte said he awaited the release of the “MacGruber” series with a certain glee to see how some of its raunchiest jokes would be received. “And there were a couple of friends on the fence, and we got those friends back with ‘Nebraska.’ This is going to sever it again. The ‘MacGruber’ series is going to get her into trouble.”
Mikio Shinagawa, Who Ran a Fashionable SoHo Haunt, Dies at 66
Mikio Shinagawa, who as a painter studying Buddhism in the 1980s opened the Japanese restaurant Omen, which became a downtown New York canteen for figures in the art and fashion worlds, died on Nov. 17 at a hospital in Kyoto. As fashionable haunts in New York go, Omen was an unlikely candidate, and Mr. Shinagawa, a serene silver-haired man raised in Kyoto who wore Comme des Garçons suits, was its ethereal anti-restaurateur. The menu consists of Japanese country-style food and dishes like chiso rice and udon noodles. Calligraphy framed above the tables contains brushstrokes that evoke the Japanese character mu, which means nothingness. Omen habitués have included Yoko Ono, Susan Sontag, David Byrne, Ingrid Sischy, Rem Koolhaas, Bill T. Jones and Merce Cunningham.
Black Women Make Waves in Hair Care
@naptural85, has posted hair tutorials on YouTube for Black women, like herself, with natural, coily hair. She also taught viewers how to create nourishing shampoos, deep conditioners and hair masks for optimal hair health and growth. Eventually many of her more than two million followers encouraged her to produce her own line of hair products. Now, as the co-founder of Melanin Haircare, she joins the ranks of Black, female-owned companies that sell products that cater to the needs of Black hair. Black-owned hair care companies are growing, increasing their market share to $2.5 billion in 2021, according to Mintel, spawning waves of Black, female hair-care enthusiasts with business acumen.
The Seattle Seahawks’ Boom Is Busted
All the shouting in the world can’t resurrect the 2010s era’s vibrancy, of which Carroll, linebacker Bobby Wagner and quarterback Russell Wilson are the last three culture carriers. Wilson, long obsessed with winning the Super Bowl, could demand a trade if he feels his window for a title in Seattle has passed. General Manager John Schneider, who in his nine seasons in Seattle built these Seahawks, is rumored to be on the hot seat. These Seahawks, same as every Seattle squad since that last Super Bowl appearance on Feb. 1, 2015, live in the formidable shadow cast by an era now long gone. “There was never any kind of backing down for those Seahawks,” says Louis Moore, a professor of history at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
Opinion | Detecting Signs of Trouble in Schools
To the Editor:Re “Teachers Can’t Stop the Shootings,” by Sarah Lerner (Opinion guest essay, Dec. 8):As a recently retired high school principal of 27 years, I understand Ms. Lerner’s concerns. That always included meeting with the student and parents immediately and requiring that the student undergo a psychiatric evaluation. During the meeting the parents would be asked if there were guns in the house and if the student had access to any weapons. No system is perfect, but it needs to be made clear to students and parents that all threats are taken seriously. Lorraine BrooksNanuet, N.Y.To the Editor:I read Sarah Lerner’s essay with great interest and sadness.
Opinion : How higher education can counter the dangerous weakening of American self-governance
He notes that universities are among those increasingly rare places where Americans of different backgrounds are sure to encounter one another, quoting John Stuart Mill: “It is hardly possible to overstate the value … of placing human beings in contact with other persons dissimilar to themselves, and with modes of thought and action unlike those with which they are familiar.” To those who have “adopted a hands-off approach toward campus interaction” or, worse yet, enabled or encouraged self-segregation, Daniels says, “Universities were not built to referee; they were built to educate.” Novel concept.
Storm blasting California with massive mountain snow and flooding rain
As the storm moves south Tuesday, much of Southern California could see one to three inches of rain at the coast and in valleys, and three to six inches in the mountains and foothills, along with one to three feet of snow at the highest elevations. That’s significant precipitation for the region and a welcome shift from a very warm and dry November, which saw increasing fire danger and little or no rainfall at many locations.
Washington Football Team highlights and lowlights from loss to Cowboys
It was BYOB on the sideline for the Cowboys, who arranged for four heated benches to be delivered to FedEx Field for Sunday’s game. ESPN reported that Dallas partnered with Cleveland-based Dragon Seats to provide the benches, which featured the Cowboys’ name and logo, after the Seattle Seahawks alerted them that the heated benches on the visitor’s sideline at FedEx Field malfunctioned during their “Monday Night Football” game in Landover last month. It was good initiative, even if it wasn’t especially cold, and it added some propane-fueled heat to an already spicy showdown.
7 citrus desserts for a little sunshine when daylight is short
Citrus always reminds me of sunshine, which isn’t plentiful these days — perhaps, it’s precisely why it’s so popular this time of year. Among all the rich holiday fare, a pop of bright, juicy acidity — no matter which fruit it comes from — is always a treat. That’s why I pulled some favorite citrusy desserts, ideal for teatime, for closing a holiday meal, with a spark of sunshine on the plate.
Burying power lines isn’t the only way to weatherproof the grid
Repairing downed power poles is the most time-consuming fix after a natural disaster, energy analysts say. One possible solution is to allow cables to drop at the first sign of trouble, which prevents a domino effect where a tree falls on a line, topples a nearby pole and then multiple poles are dragged down as the power line continues to collapse. Designing the line to fail at controlled points would minimize the force pulling on the pole and perhaps keep the first one from toppling over.
‘The deals are just horrible’: Shoppers say a lack of holiday discounts has dampened spending
Analysts say retailers have become more discerning in the types of products they mark down, and by how much. This season’s discounts, which range from 5 percent to 25 percent, are markedly lower than the historical average of 10 percent to 30 percent, according to Impact Analytics and Cowen & Co. Many stores have “the lowest level of clearance goods in five years or more,” Cowen analysts wrote in a recent research note. At Macy’s, executives said promotions across the industry hit a “historical low” in 2021.
Opinion : Democrats should pay attention to Klobuchar
I think people should wear masks, especially when they’re in settings when they’re supposed to. I think part of our duty as civic leaders is actually to model behavior, because it’s not just about masks. And part of what I don’t want to get lost here is why we were there. We were there to honor Bob Dole and his memory. Bob Dole was all about consensus, bringing people together.
'Belfast' leads pack of Critics Choice film nominations
(CNN) The critics have made their choices for best film of the year. The film nominations for the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards were announced on Monday with "Belfast" from Focus Features and "West Side Story" from 20th Century Studios leading the pack, earning 11 nominations each. With the momentum from Monday's Golden Globe nominations , "Belfast," which earned seven Globe nominations, is quickly becoming this season's award show heavyweight. The Critics Choice Awards, which will broadcast on CW and TBS, is set to be held on Jan. 9 with hosts Taye Diggs and Nicole Byer -- the same date as the Golden Globe Awards , which will not be televised this year. The Critics Choice TV nominations were announced last week .
The Golden Globes and Critics Choice faceoff adds off-screen drama to awards season
But that has spurred acrimony and confusion with another presentation, the Critics Choice Awards , which moved into the Globes' Jan. 9 slot and will be televised on the CW and TBS, which, like CNN, is a unit of WarnerMedia. In the interim, though, there will be two award shows on Jan. 9, one (the Globes) with the historically higher profile, the other (Critics Choice) with the benefit of airing on TV. When the HFPA announced its plans in October, Critics Choice CEO Joey Berlin called the move "petty and vindictive" as well as "an insult to the industry." Founded in the 1990s, the Critics Choice Awards don't share the Globes' long history. The lone departure was director Guillermo del Toro's "Nightmare Alley," which was included by Critics Choice members, while the Globes went with the upcoming musical "Cyrano," starring "Game of Thrones'" Peter Dinklage.
Snopp Dogg was the highlight of Golden Globe nominations
(CNN) When it comes to pronouncing a bunch of names early in the morning, it's kid of hard being Snoop D-O-double G.Rocking a red cap and a pair of shades indoors (as one does when one is a superstar), Snoop read off the names with smooth flair and a few pretty funny mispronunciations. After referring to best supporting actor in a motion picture nominee Ben Affleck as "Been Aff-fleck," Snoop was quick to apologize to the Academy Award winner. "My fault," Snoop said. "Sorry about that, Ben."
Starbucks apologizes for selling expired food in Chinese stores
Beijing Starbucks on Monday apologized and said it would carry out inspections and staff training across all its roughly 5,400 stores in China after a state-backed newspaper said two of its outlets used expired ingredients. The Beijing News newspaper, in what it described as an undercover investigation, said the incidents occurred at two stores in the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi. Starbucks SBUX The incident became a trending topic on China's Weibo social media site after the report was published andinitially said it had shut the two stores and was carrying out an investigation. Later on Monday it said it had found that the two stores had indeed committed violations and that the company had not sufficiently paid attention to food safety standards. "We sincerely apologize to all of Starbucks' customers," it said in a statement on its official Weibo account.
The backdoor Roth IRA may be on the chopping block. Here's what you can do now
This month may be the last chance for high-income savers to take full advantage of the 'backdoor' Roth. If the Build Back Better bill, passed by the House in November and now under consideration by the Senate, becomes law, it could limit high-income savers' options to convert their savings into Roth IRAs and Roth 401(k)s, which offer tax-free withdrawals in retirement. The most immediate restriction, unless lawmakers amend the date, would start in 2022, when you would no longer be allowed to convert after-tax contributions -- say from a non-deductible IRA -- into a Roth. Converting to a Roth would let your money not only grow tax-free but also would let you make tax-free withdrawals too. What high-income savers can do nowRead More
Dr. Oz's show will end in January as he seeks US Senate seat
New York (CNN Business) Sony Pictures Television said Monday that "The Dr. Oz Show" will end in its thirteenth season on January 14, 2022. Sony said that "The Good Dish," a show co-hosted by Oz's daughter that focuses on nutrition and recipes, will replace the long-running medical show. The announcement comes as the show's host, Dr. Mehmet Oz, runs as a Republican for the United States Senate in Pennsylvania. Oz amassed television notoriety as Oprah Winfrey's medical expert. In 2009, he parlayed the TV appearances on her show into "The Dr. Oz Show," which has won several daytime Emmy awards.
Covid-19 could eventually be seasonal, scientists say
Eventually, scientists suspect the rise and fall of coronavirus infections could shift into a more typical seasonal pattern. As of Thursday, the US is averaging 121,084 new Covid-19 cases each day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Though Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in the United States dropped off at the tail end of a summer surge , they've risen over the past few weeks. Scientists -- including Jalal of the University of Pittsburgh -- have warned that the United States is likely entering another winter surge of Covid-19 right now. As Covid-19 transitions into an endemic disease, any seasonal patterns the virus might follow warrant discussion, Freeman added.
Most Omicron cases in US have been mild but most were vaccinated, CDC reports
The first CDC report on the Omicron variant in the US shows vaccination does not protect people against infection but it also indicates the first cases to be detected have been mild or moderate. "One vaccinated patient was hospitalized for 2 days, and no deaths have been reported to date," the CDC Covid Response Team reported. "The earliest date of symptom onset was November 15 in a person with a history of international travel," the researchers added. "Fourteen (33%) persons reported international travel during the 14 days preceding symptom onset or receipt of a positive test result." They said 79% of those infected had been fully vaccinated with either two doses of Pfizer/BioNTech's or Moderna's vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine.
Carl Nassib designed rainbow cleats to support the LGBTQ community
Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib, who became the first openly gay active NFL player in June, helped design custom, rainbow cleats to raise awareness and money for the LGBTQ community. Cyd Zeigler, LGBTQ advocate and co-founder of the LGBTQ sports site Outsports.com, celebrated Nassib's support, conceding that visible support for the LGBTQ community is a rarity among NFL players. Before this year, Miami Dolphins receiver Preston Williams was the only NFL player out of hundreds to highlight LGBTQ causes. But Nassib was not the only player to support LGBTQ causes this year. "This is a historic year for LGBTQ athletes because of the LGBTQ athletes — not because of the allies, not because of the people standing beside us," Zeigler said.
Why the West Elm Tencel Sheets are worth the price
As a shopping editor, I buy a lot of things, but the West Elm Tencel Sheet Set is easily one of the best things I purchased this year. The true star of the show here is the Tencel fabric, which is a trademarked version of lyocell produced from sustainably sourced wood, according to West Elm. The West Elm Tencel Sheet Set currently comes in four sizes — Full, Queen, King and California King — and nine colors. You can find highly rated Tencel bedding at some other Select reader favorite shops, too, including Brooklinen and Casper. For a more affordable option, consider the Luxury Tencel Sheet Set from Nest Bedding, which starts at $99 but has a lower thread count than West Elm’s.
Dr. Oz ending his show following Senate run announcement
"The Dr. Oz Show" will come to an end in January as the daytime host runs for Senate in Pennsylvania. The long-running daytime show hosted by Dr. Mehmet Oz will officially end on Jan. 14, series distributor Sony Pictures Television said. It will be replaced by "The Good Dish", a new one-hour syndicated cooking and chat show hosted by Daphne Oz, Gail Simmons and Jamika Pessoa. The show started out as a weekly segment on "The Dr. Oz Show." Dr. Oz announced his run for retiring U.S.
Biden to survey Kentucky tornado damage Wednesday
At a news conference earlier Monday in the state capital of Frankfort, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said there have been 64 confirmed deaths to date but “undoubtedly, there will be more” reported over the coming days. Beshear said the tragedy has weighed on him emotionally but vowed to continue overseeing the lengthy response effort. “Like the folks in western Kentucky, I’m not doing so well today, and I’m not sure how many of us are,” said the governor, who was elected in 2019. “And we are really grateful for it.”Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also praised Biden for acting quickly.
In 1996, 'Jerry Maguire' Gave A Single Mother Permission To Want More — And Get It
Renée Zellweger in a scene from the 1996 film "Jerry Maguire." Columbia TriStar via Getty ImagesThe single mother really went through it in 1990s movies. They are partying in clubs, trying to act stupid, trying to get a man, trying to keep a man. “What do you know about dating a single mother?” Jerry asks Rod. Tom Cruise points to Jonathan Lipnicki in a scene from the film "Jerry Maguire."
The Reimagined ‘West Side Story’ Shows How Much Hollywood Still Needs To Change
The cast, crew and producers of Steven Spielberg's reimagining of "West Side Story" at the movie's Los Angeles premiere. Casting Latinx actors to play Latinx characters (instead of, uh, white actors in brownface); making the characters more than just stereotypes ? these aren’t exactly groundbreaking achievements. Simply reimagining “West Side Story” is a misallocation of his considerable clout. AdvertisementWhile not exactly the same, Spielberg’s new “West Side Story” reminded me of another Hollywood approach to improving representation that is similarly limiting. As with the new “West Side Story,” the problem with those kinds of reimagined properties generally doesn’t lie with the shows themselves.
Biden to travel to Kentucky after tornadoes that left dozens dead
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Monday that he planned to travel to Kentucky this week to survey the damage from the deadly tornadoes that tore through the state over the weekend, leaving dozens dead, towns destroyed and thousands without power. Biden approved a major disaster declaration for Kentucky on Sunday and the federal government is providing aid to at least eight counties. Thousands in the region have also been left without power, and spotty cell service in the area has left family members struggling to check in on loved ones. While Kentucky — where Biden is expected to travel on Wednesday — was the hardest hit state, several people were also killed in Illinois, Tennessee and Arkansas. In Illinois, at least six people were confirmed dead after an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville was destroyed.
Hungary’s anti-LGBTQ+ law breaches human rights standards, say experts
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is accused of inciting hate against the LGBTQ+ community | Andrej Isalovic/AFP via Getty ImagesHungary’s ban on portraying homosexuality to minors violates international human rights standards, a body of constitutional law experts at Europe’s major human rights institution said Monday. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has argued the new measures are designed to protect children and the rights of parents. The amendments contribute to creating a “threatening environment” for LGBTQ+ children and “leave space only for one-sided and biased teaching, opening doors to stigmatization and discrimination of LGBTQI people,” the experts argued. “If parents buy their children under eighteen a youth novel on LGBTQI persons or let them watch a film featuring LGBTQI characters, they violate the law,” the Venice Commission wrote. If the Hungarian government fails to address the concerns, the European Commission could challenge the legality of the measures before the EU’s top court.
EU slaps sanctions on Russian mercenary group Wagner
EU foreign ministers decided Monday to slap sanctions on Russian private military contractor Wagner as well as eight individuals and three entities connected to the group. Since then, it has been involved in conflict zones including in Syria, Sudan, Mozambique and the Central African Republic (CAR). Western officials consider the group to be entangled with the Russian security apparatus, although Moscow has always denied any link. POLITICO reported last week that Brussels was planning to impose sanctions against the group. They present a threat and create instability in a number of countries around the world,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters.
Newsom gives conservatives a taste of their own medicine with gun bill promise
When the Supreme Court first refused to block Texas’ abortion ban in October, legal experts warned it would open the floodgates to copycat laws carefully crafted to nullify other rights previously protected by the Constitution. On Friday, the conservative-leaning court once again allowed the draconian law, known as SB 8, to remain in effect, ruling that legal challenges to it may proceed at the same time. “SCOTUS is letting private citizens in Texas sue to stop abortion? He and other Democratic leaders in California have billed themselves as a progressive alternative to the revanchist conservatism taking hold on multiple fronts in Texas. State lawmakers are set to debate proposals from health experts next month that outline how California could position itself as the nation's primary abortion provider should the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade.
'Dr. Oz Show' will end in 2022 amid host's Senate bid
The "Dr. Oz Show" will end its 12-year run early next year as its host, Mehmet Oz, ramps up his bid for a Senate seat in Pennsylvania, Sony Pictures Television confirmed in a statement Monday. The daytime television show , currently in its 13th season, will air its last episode on Jan. 14, 2022 and will be replaced by "The Good Dish," a cooking show hosted by Oz's daughter Daphne, food writer Gail Simmons and "Let's Eat" co-host Jamika Pessoa. The "Dr. Oz Show" had previously been renewed in September 2020 for seasons 13 and 14. Oz is running as a Republican for the seat being vacated by GOP Sen. Pat Toomey, who is retiring at the end of next year. The Pennsylvania race is widely viewed as crucial to both parties amid jockeying to seize the Senate majority in next year's midterms.
DIANA JOHNSTONE: The Growing Franco-German Estrangement
The party’s two co-leaders will be on top of both domestic and foreign policy. The foreign policy chapter of the Ampel coalition pact is entitled “Germany’s Responsibility for Europe and the World”. She sees foreign policy as a way to promote the crucial German auto industry, which is converting to electric cars. “Transport policy, foreign policy and climate policy must come hand in hand in the future to tackle the climate crisis,” she observed. Foreign Policy DifferencesFrench national concerns are logically leading to other areas of Franco-German conflict.
THE ANGRY ARAB: Macron’s Treacherous Role in Lebanon
Here is an example of a Western power directly intervening to spread the tyrannical rule of Saudi Arabia over other Arab countries, writes As`ad AbuKhalil. Macron secured bilateral political deals with both Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Macron evidently had secured certain concessions from the crown prince prior to his arrival in Saudi Arabia. Miqati is a typical representative of the corrupt Lebanese political class. The Arab people know full well that the West favors tyrannical rule because it serves western political and economic interests.
December 13, 2021 – Consortium News
If the mood expressed by the new German governing coalition is that of a strong, conquering Germany, the mood in France is of national decline which needs to be stopped. Read more ?
WATCH: CN Live! — ‘The Survival of Julian Assange’
Julian Assange’s fiancé, Stella Moris, announced yesterday that Mr. Assange had a “mini-stroke” on October 27, the first day of his latest extradition hearing, according to the Daily Mail. We reiterate that Mr. Assange is in no condition to undergo an extradition trial. This latest medical emergency adds to the already dire state of Mr. Assange’s health owing to his prolonged psychological torture. The health of Mr. Assange and the health of our democracy, which depends on a free press and judicial integrity, are both in serious jeopardy. This shameful and deeply damaging case should be dropped now, and Julian Assange granted his long overdue freedom.
Anti-mandate GOP state senator is missing, weeks after hospitalization for COVID-19
According to a Dec. 10 story in The Bellingham Herald, no information has been available on Ericksen’s whereabouts for three weeks, following news that he was receiving treatment for COVID-19 at a Florida hospital after testing positive in El Salvador. Several of Ericksen’s constituents have written The Bellingham Herald, wondering why there has been no updated information. As for contacting Ericksen’s family, The Bellingham Herald tried that and has heard bupkis. So, yeah, Republicans are doing their level best to make COVID-19 great again, and they’re falling on their spike proteins to make their point. More importantly, though, we should hope that he and other influential GOP lawmakers finally see the light.
Emily Oster is now talking about Heart Disease?
What happens when you’re the Ivy League (Brown) economics professor who wrote successfully in major publications like the NYTimes, Washington Post, and The Atlantic stating schools should be open during the pandemic as “data show they’re safe”? Note success here was in being both published and accepted as valid by the readership. It does not mean being correct. Answer: You get invited to lecture at Harvard about Heart Disease. If this isn’t “New Orleans syndrome,” I don’t know what is.
IAN: Franz Lehar's 'Merry Widow' Waltzes
The Louvre, Paris (h/t Gwennedd)Most people have heard of “The Merry Widow Waltz.” Recently I watched the 1996 New York City Opera production (embedded below the fold) of the whole Merry Widow operetta. The Merry Widow [...] is an operetta by the Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehár. Here’s Kelli O’Hara as the eponymous widow in the 2014 Metropolitan Opera production’s final dress rehearsal:? ? ?Hi! IAN is a great group to join, and a good place to learn to write diaries. We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone who reads IAN to write diaries for the group!
THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS: Debt Limit Cliff 99% Avoided, Meadows & Stone Out, Short In & BBB?
The Rube Goldberg Machine Congress Used To Raise The Debt Limit. As described above, the procedures limit debate, waive points of order, and prohibit amendments with regard to the raising of the debt limit. - S.610 — Debt Limit Procedure — This whole ”procedure” for raising the debt limit cobbled together mainly by Schumer and McConnell is truly bizarre. + VP) and send it to the President for signature, all to happen next week before the current debt limit is reached on December 15. How is this really any different than voting “yes” on a procedural motion to limit debate on the actual debt limit Bill?
"One of the many Marx toys, have you all of them?" part 19 ...'the ultimate bliss state'
In each department, capital is composed of two components: variable capital (v) and constant capital (c). In the given case [...], 200IIs must finally be disposed of to the industrial capitalists of department II. No.8 Department II buys those elements of fixed capital, that were used up during the year, from department I (SG 115). No.13 Payment of wages for the families of labourers in department II/ selling of labour-power to be used by the capitalists for one year. No.14 The families of labourers in department II buy means of life with the money received in wages (No.13) from department II.
There's an MD on Twitter saying school kids shouldn't have active shooter training
It's to keep those kids alive when one happens. — Angela Marx | ? #WarrenDemocrat ? (@AngieinWAState) December 12, 2021He just ignored the fact that his premise — that training kids to live through a violent event in their school is not preventing harm — is bullshit. The idea that we shouldn't prepare our kids for what happens SOMEWHERE in this country about every THREE DAYS now? I care deeply about the psychiatric profession, and the treatment and care of youth and families who need mental health care. pretend that school shooting survival training for kids in schools should be held responsible for PREVENTING school shootings and use THAT as a basis to claim that the training is too harmful to kids?
MF Daily for Monday December 13, 2021
Migrants waiting to board buses in Tapachula, Mexico. Welcome to MF Daily(Formerly known as Mojo Friday’s Weekly Open Thread — MFWOT)All are welcome to hang out and share what is happening in your life today
Anne Rice (of "Interview With A Vampire" fame) Passed Away Last Night
Anne Rice, author extraordinaire, passed away from a massive stroke last night. As a constantly-depressed twenty-something, I used to devour her books to escape, especially the Vampire Chronicles. I was already in the Gothic subculture, wearing black, smoking clove cigarettes and all the rest of the stereotypical Gothic stuff. I wore out the spine of my paperback copy of Interview With the Vampire, eventually replacing it with a hardback version. Interesting little tidbit about Ms. Rice: she was born Oct 4th, the Feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, my favourite saint.
Cheers and Jeers: Monday
De-Worming Paste (with apologies to "O Christmas Tree") De-worming paste, De-worming pasteYou are so very yummyDe-worming paste, De-worming pasteThere's two pounds in my tummy They say it cures the covid, tooSo why am I in ICU? De-worming paste, De-worming pasteYou are so very yummy. JEERS to keeping track of America’s fugliest numbers. On a dark night, near the peak of the shower, you can often catch 50 or more meteors per hour. -Today's Shameless C&J Testimonial ”Bill in Portland Maine’s Cheers and Jeers is the demonstration that, when it comes to families, children, and family education, he doesn’t understand a thing.” —Mary Avola-
Morning Open Thread: The Frost-Fires Kindle
Welcome to Morning Open Thread, a daily post with a MOTley crew of hosts who choose the topic for the day's posting. Before the stars have left the skies,At morning in the dark I rise;And shivering in my nakedness,By the cold candle, bathe and dress. In the warming house, children lace their skates,bending, choked, over their thick jackets. In 1973, she founded the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Harvard Square, which became a meeting place for poets, with weekly readings by both locals and internationally known poets. Thick draws the dark,And spark by spark,The frost-fires kindle, and soonOver that sea of frozen foamFloats the white moon.
Kagro in the Morning is LIVE at 9 AM ET!
*Did you have a good weekend? But it didn’t feel like it. Anyway, Greg Dworkin probably had a decent weekend, so we’ll rely on him for the big roundup, as usual. I’m just going to hold that truth to be self-evident, to bring us back to the politics theme and segue into the show. Even more ways to listen, live or by podcast, below the fold.
365 Days of Climate Awareness 125 – Extreme Events: Cyclones
Weather patterns and storm tracks are governed to a large extent by global wind patterns known as cells, which are organized roughly by latitude (described in post #36). Tropical cells, known as Hadley cells (named after lawyer and meteorologist George Hadley), circulate upward about 10-15 km at the equator and then poleward, descending as cooler air at roughly 30° N/S latitude. Here the Hadley cells are met by the downward circulation of the Ferrell cells, another circulation band which extends from approximately 30-60° N/S. Tropical cyclones are generated within the Hadley cells. Larger versionOver the past fifty years, the efficiency and energy content of the Hadley cells has increased with the increased heat in the atmosphere.
Festivus for the rest of us
Good morning all, let the not-right right have their faux Xmas, compete with assault weapons, tRump toys and MAGA hats. It’s festivus for the rest of us, and I begin with the airing of grievances. To add to my woes, I am traveling for work this weekend and crushing to complete the work before I go. Nice customer service rep checked and confirmed and said not to call the hotel directly, call Hilton’s customer service line. I said if that’s the case, why did the (circular) e-mail list the hotel’s phone # and not the customer service #.
Texas State House Districts (2022): HD 52, HD 54, HD 115
Today, I am going to be looking at three more Texas state house districts: HD 52, HD 54, and HD 115. TX HD 52TX HD 52 is currently located in Williamson County (just north of Austin), covering the community of Round Rock. Under the new boundaries, Trump would have now carried the district by a little more than 4 points in 2020. TX HD 54TX HD 54 is located in the central part of the state (a bit north of Austin) and currently contains all of Lampasas County and the southwestern part of Bell County. TX HD 115TX HD 115 is located in the northwestern corner of Dallas County.
13 is Acadian Remembrance Day
Acadian AccordianThe Acadians were a French people who had settled in Acadia in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Region was a distinct colony of New France and the people had their own history and culture. The British conquered Acadia in 1710 but were unable to force the Acadians into signing an unconditional oath of allegiance to Britain. Approximately one-third perished from disease and drowning - for example on this day in 1758 the deportation ship Duke William sank killing over 360. -On this day in history:-11577 – Sir Francis Drake set sail from England, on his round-the-world voyage.
The Latest Anti-Vaxxer Lunacy: "De-Vaccinate" With Bleach and Electric Shocks
Did your liberal friends and family members force you to get the vaccine by refusing to hang out with your COVID-spewing ass? Messages appearing on TikTok and Telegram and (of course) Facebook are filled with helpful tips on removing that unwelcome yet lifesaving vaccine from your body. Of course, it goes without saying that none of these methods work, and removing the vaccine or undoing its effects are impossible. Facebook and other social media sites are starting to identify and remove these posts before we have mass bleach poisonings or mass self-electrocutions. I suffer from multiple serious health issues including depression, anxiety, chronic pain, limited mobility, and other problems too numerous to list.
West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy Daily Special, River City Hash Mondays
West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy is Now Open! 8am-9am PT/ 11am-Noon ET for our especially special Daily Specials; River City Hash Mondays! After the break, we move to the Chef’s Table where the G7 warned Russia of ‘massive’ consequences if they invade Ukraine; and, satellite images appear to show that Iran is preparing for a space launch. All that and more, on West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy with Chef de Cuisine Justice Putnam. The Netroots Radio Live Player
Dawn Of The Swarm Mind
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federal disaster assistance has been made available to the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Our President in action- I can’t remember other Presidents acting so fast! Spread the word! “Before the federal declaration was issued, The White House said in a release that President Biden has directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal agencies to provide quick assistance to impacted communities.”Read more at: https://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article256511971.html#storylink=cpyWASHINGTON -- FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the Commonwealth of Kentucky to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes beginning Dec. 10, 2021 and continuing. The President's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts to alleviate the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance, to save lives, to protect property, public health and safety and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in Breckenridge, Bullitt, Caldwell, Fulton, Graves, Grayson, Hickman, Hopkins, Lyon, Meade, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Shelby, Spencer and Warren counties.”www.fema.gov/...
The Preservation of American Democracy Requires Biden to be Our “Wartime Leader”
And in that battle – whose centrality and urgency is now increasingly widely recognized – President Biden has largely been MIA. A Wartime LeaderBiden needs to transition into being a wartime leader, because this central political drama is truly a war. As the wartime leader for this political war, President Biden’s task is to defeat fascism in the arena of public opinion. in the 2022 elections -- the Republicans gain control of both Houses of Congress, it may be “game over” for American democracy. For starters, Biden can refrain, when suitable, from saying anything about “Republicans.” Biden can frame his denunciations in terms of the fundamental American values that he is defending against an assault (from wrong-doers who happen to be Republicans).
Is Don Bacon Bi-Partisan?
The Trump Care bill was drafted behind closed doors by GOP party bosses and lobbyists. Bacon voted for a bill that would have kicked 20 million people off insurance and gutted pre-existing condition protections. Trump Care was so bad that Bacon voted to exempt himself from it. In opposing the American Rescue Plan, Bacon voted against the largest middle class tax cut in history, vaccinations and money to open schools. Bacon is a loyal GOP party solider and he has a history of running deeply dishonest and vicious re-election campaigns.
Court rejects GEO Group’s effort to reduce settlement won by immigrants forced to work for $1 a day
GEO Group appealed the decisions, of course. But in a testament to the amoral nature of private prison companies, GEO Group also shut down the work program at NWIPC. The company had been under court order to pay detained immigrants the state’s minimum wage (or higher) for their labor. GEO Group is facing a number of other similar challenges in other states—and Washington’s decision could have serious implications there. Combined, these could mean even more significant financial losses for private prison companies.
Supreme Court leaves pregnant Texans still in danger, but gives abortion providers narrow legal path
In a rare Friday decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Texas abortion providers can sue the state’s “executive licensing officials” to block S.B. 8, the state’s six-week abortion ban. Critically and horribly, the Court refused to put a stay on the law blocking its enforcement in Texas while the litigation plays out. Please help Daily Kos fundraise so that West Fund, Fund Texas Choice, Frontera Fund, The Bridge Collective, Clinic Access Support Network, Lilith Fund, Texas Equal Access Fund, Jane’s Due Process, and Support Your Sistah at the Afiya Center can continue to ensure people can access the care they need—and protect their own staff and volunteers from legal threats. You can also contribute to these abortion funds that provide financial assistance to people seeking abortion care in hostile states.
Activists call Biden’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy expansion a ‘betrayal’ to the Latinx community
The order went into effect Monday, leaving asylum-seekers in Mexico in the lurch and sending shelter providers that were already at capacity scrambling to accommodate individuals and make space without proper funding. Under the Trump administration, many asylum-seekers still had to wait months and sometimes years for a final decision to be made in their case. Under the Trump administration, only 521 people were granted asylum out of the 70,000 that were placed into the first iteration of MPP. Many legal service providers say they refuse to be complicit with this inherently unfair policy, and will not take the cases anymore. “I don’t think there’s any indication that the Biden administration can actually finish these cases in six months, there just isn’t the logistical capacity or staffing to carry that out,” says Kizuka.
Missoula Art Museum: Reclaiming (A Post Nuclear) Eden (art diary)
According to MAM:“Erickson is a pioneer in contemporary fiber arts and internationally celebrated for contributions to the medium. Her large, free-form, quilted animals are her most endearing, and enduring works. For more than 50 years, Erickson has addressed human-animal interactions that explore both conflicts and fantastical folly.”
Glug Glug Glug
He has been totally blind in his right eye for several years. Now he has problems with this eye. I really need some help. I am winding down the GoFundMe because they take a chunk out of the donations and hold off depositing them. I really appreciate you help over the years.
Teachers scramble to shove dollar bills into clothing during hockey game in order to fund classrooms
x Local teachers in South Dakota “Dash for Cash” to help their classrooms by fighting over $5,000 in $1 bills while the crowd hoots and hollers. And it is “all in good fun.” ? https://t.co/UIyJxFuxLb — Alina Stefanescu (@aliner) December 13, 2021x Here’s why I voted no on the NDAA. Photos: @argusleader #SouthDakota pic.twitter.com/mqiI4Jdr9k — Doug Murano ? (@doug_murano) December 13, 2021x South Dakota ranks lowest in the nation for teacher pay. pic.twitter.com/UqSQblB0YJ — ? ?? j????rec?'? ????????? ?????? ?? ? (@joeywreck) December 13, 2021x My mother was a public school teacher in South Dakota. https://t.co/6ZaVXIowjc — Nick Estes (@nickwestes) December 13, 2021x “I’m gonna go teach in South Dakota” said nobody EVER.
Trump's Role in Vaccination Resistance
Since February 2020, Trump has declared at least 38 times that Covid-19 is either going to disappear or is currently disappearing. It’s going to be just fine.” And at a White House meeting on February 27, he said, “It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.” Trump contracted Covid-19; it was so serious that officials thought he would need a ventilator. After his hospitalization, he appeared on the White House balcony, ripped off his mask and while gasping for breath, proclaimed the virus is nothing to fear. It is not coincidental that Trump won 17 of the 18 states with the lowest adult vaccination rates.
Expanding by 150 Members?
Today the National Academy of Arts and Sciences laid out their case for expanding the size of the House of Representatives in an Op-Ed in WaPo and in their full report. After reviewing numerous proposals, they recommend an expansion by 150 members, but do not offer a realistic implementation plan other than lobbying for change. As we pointed out last week in this ESSAY on DailyKos, begging for agreement is too passive an approach. Instead, we recommend a state-by-state ratification of the existing, live 200 year-old Madisonian amendment. More details as we move ahead.
Tomgram: William Astore, Going Nuclear on Pentagon Spending
In that spirit, I’d like to lob seven throw-weighty questions — some with multiple “warheads” — in the general direction of the Pentagon budget. It’s almost as if, in some twisted sense, the Pentagon budget itself were now being “Made in China.”3. A “general” nuclear exchange would end the lives of most of humanity, given the dire impact the ensuing nuclear winter would have on food production. Forty years ago, after Ronald Reagan became president, I started writing in earnest against the bloating of the Pentagon budget. Doing More With LessWhat would real oversight look like when it comes to the defense budget?
School funding
Twitter erupts after South Dakota teachers compete for cash: 'This should not be'here they go...x Here they go! The video showed local teachers in South Dakota wearing helmets scrambling in a hockey rink to grab $5,000 in $1 bills to use in their classrooms as part of a "Dash for Cash" event. pic.twitter.com/G0MH3Y1VXU — Annie Todd (@AnnieTodd96) December 12, 2021 Some national political figures like Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Warren Gunnels, who is the staff director for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), tweeted their responses, which criticized the country's military spending. school teachers scrambling for school funds.
Rising Waters
Rising, a book about climate change in the U.S. By Elizabeth Rush. This book is a excellent series of stories as told by the people living the change. A Staten Islander that lost her father during Sandy. If you are a climate change skeptic, the point being real time climate change this book may reinforce the reality of the changes are happening in real time. The book is written in dialects any can understand.
UK raises COVID-19 Alert Level from 3 to 4
The UK government has raised the COVID-19 Alert Level from 3 to 4 (5 is the highest), citing the growing spread of the Omicron variant in the population. Omicron cases are doubling every 2-3 days. https://t.co/iGyf5bhXSt — COVID19 (@V2019N) December 12, 2021Here is the updated risk assessment of Omicron from the UK. Number of Omicron cases = 3,137 so far. Double down…reduce the spread of all variants inc Delta & Omicron, increase #COVID19 vaccination in at risk groups in ALL countries.
hospitals dropping vaccine mandates
This just up on my LinkedIn feed here:www-wsj-com.cdn.ampproject.org/…Some of the largest U.S. hospital systems have dropped Covid-19 vaccine mandates for staff after a federal judge temporarily halted a Biden administration mandate that healthcare workers get the shots. Hospital operators including HCA Healthcare Inc. and Tenet Healthcare Corp. as well as nonprofits AdventHealth and the Cleveland Clinic are dropping the mandates. A comment on the LinkedIn post said:It was just a matter of time before they blinked.....shutting out 30% of your labor force is a non-starter. This is just mind boggling — maybe hospitals are right to cancel all elective surgery — come in for a surgery, stay for the COVID. Sigh — personally, I just think is a way for hoospitals to avoid having to raise pay with a side benefit of higher usage rates.
Amazon tornado deaths reveal how worker safety may have been sacrificed for productivity
Authorities said they didn't have a full count of employees because it was during a shift change and there were several part-time employees. Authorities received reports of workers being trapped and the fire unit arrived within six minutes, according to Whiteford. A union representing retail employees that has pushed to organize Amazon employees blasted the company for "dangerous labor practices" for having employees work during the severe weather. Cherie Jones, Virden’s partner, said the couple lived 13 minutes away from the warehouse. “But we didn’t want him to die now.” Six employees at the warehouse have been confirmed dead.
From the GNR Newsroom, the Monday Good News Roundup
My dearest friends, its that time again, time for the Monday Good News roundup, that magical time of the year where I bring you the hard work of the GNR Newsroom (Killer300 and Bhu) to brighten up your work week. So lets skip the preamble and get right to the good stuff. That’s good to hear. Its always good to return artifacts back to the people to whom they rightfully belong. And with that our week of good news draws to a close, see you next week as I come back from vacation, and we see what the future holds.
Medicare gets a better raise than you do!
As reported by numerous sources, the Social Security Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2022 will be 5.9%, while actual inflation as reported by the same government this year is 15% higher at 6.8%. Social Security rounds down the actual monthly benefit to the nearest dollar, keeping the nickels and dimes in change from the Medicare deduction — effectively making it even more expensive. Their actual COLA after the Medicare premium is only 4.3% or $38. COLAs need to be calculated differently so that Medicare doesn’t get more of a raise than we do. Medicare went up 15%, much more than inflation, too.
Something's gotta give.
I’ve seen colleagues break down in tears during staff meetings on multiple occasions this year. Just today, for example, I know of at least 10 teachers gone in the district with no substitute coverage — other teaching staff are covering, giving up their prep periods to do so. That, and legislators in my state are pondering introducing a bill that would essentially make doing my job a felony. And of course there is the usual selection of parents who’ve more or less abdicated their child-rearing responsibilities to the school. Some of our staff essentially are not getting a lunch period at this point some days.
Duggar family friend: Jim Bob and Michelle knew about Josh's misdeeds before they went on TV
According to the Daily Mail and The Sun, the Duggars and Holts had been friends for 36 years, dating back to when Jim Bob Duggar and Jim Holt were in high school. There are two reasons that this testimony proves how warped Jim Bob and Michelle’s moral compass really is. For once, Jim Bob and Michelle did what they were morally and legally required to do. It also proves that by failing to get help for Josh, Jim Bob and Michelle put him on a path that will likely end his life as he knows it once he’s sentenced. By all rights, Jim Bob shouldn’t be thinking about a run for state senate.
Dolly Parton told President Trump to go away—twice
In an NPR story posted over the weekend, we discover that Dolly Parton turned down Donald Trump. She didn’t do it once, she turned the former president down twice in his offer of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was scheduled to be honored for many reasons, including her funding efforts toward finding a vaccine for COVID. Thanks in part to her generous donation, the Moderna vaccine was developed. Dolly Parton’s efforts for promising causes give us all a reason to celebrate this American icon.
Actually, You’d Be Better Off Getting Stranded In The Snow With An Electric Car
That makes electric vehicles one of the biggest consumer-facing targets for climate disinformation, an issue that brings otherwise esoteric policy discussions home for many, particularly those in prized suburban voting blocks. When it comes from professionals, it can look very nuanced and mathematically sound, for example Bjorn Lomborg’s citation of a Nature study to falsely claim electric vehicles are worse than combustion engines. But as Oxford associate professor David Howey told Reuters for a fact check , “electric vehicles use very little power when stationary. And, of course, don't forget: an electric F-150 can power a wedding ! A gas car, on the other hand, burns gas just sitting around, making it less efficient than an electric vehicle.
Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Uncertainty about the pandemic is not blocking confidence in mitigation
x I think we may need to recalibrate our idea of typical case numbers as Omicron takes off. Government scientists say there could be between 1,000 and 2,000 daily admissions to hospital within weeks. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that he utterly and repeatedly failed to protect American citizens. “We need to shift the narrative and stop calling this a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Furr-Holden said. And if Republicans themselves won’t tell the voters about their agenda, then it’s incumbent on political journalists to do it for them.
Confirmed: The media is setting a gloom-and-doom tone on the economy
The recovery from the March 2020 crash as the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the country is not yet complete. (Gas prices, however, have started falling.) People have reasons for being worried about the economy, in other words, but the media’s relentless negative focus feeds that. High gas prices drive more headlines than falling gas prices. People in the media tend to deflect criticism on this front by saying they’re just reporting the facts or how regular people perceive the economy.
Morning Digest: Why did Maryland Democrats go soft on redistricting? Here's who's to blame
John Fetterman has publicized a poll from Data for Progress that shows him outpacing TV doctor Mehmet Oz 44-42 in a hypothetical general election. Governors? GA-Gov: In a thoroughly unsurprising development, former Speaker Newt Gingrich is backing his fellow Trump sycophant, ex-Sen. David Perdue, in next year's Republican primary. 3,200), has joined the Republican primary to take on Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer. Also in the running are former state Rep. Dennis Smith and attorney Lynne Torgerson. ? TX-AG: EMILY's List is backing Rochelle Garza, who is a former ACLU attorney, in next year's Democratic primary.
Live: Trial continues for cop who claims she grabbed gun instead of Taser to shoot Daunte Wright
Mychal Johnson testified on Friday that Potter was justified in her use of deadly force. He said in testimony CNN covered that he arrived on the scene after officer trainee Anthony Luckey had stopped Wright and learned he had an active warrant. Officers were trying to arrest Wright when Johnson saw Luckey in a struggle with the Wright, the sergeant testified. Instead, Johnson heard someone say, “Taser, Taser,” and dropped Wright’s arm to avoid the Taser’s probes, the sergeant testified. Gray also asked Johnson what would have happened if Wright had driven off with the sergeant still in the car.
National Guard's Jan. 6 role was to 'protect pro Trump people,' Mark Meadows said
But meanwhile, Team Trump was setting the stage not for demonstrators executing constitutionally protected rights, but for a mob bent on insurrection, and Meadows was a very active part of that. Meadows, he said, said he would pass the list to John Ratcliffe, then the director of national intelligence, though it is not clear Meadows did so. Waldron’s focus on foreign interference aligns with Meadows’ previously reported interest in a conspiracy theory about Italy using satellites to tamper with voting machines. And Meadows was texting with organizers of the Jan. 6 rally that turned into the attack on the Capitol. The report also described what committee investigators would have asked Meadows if he had showed up for his deposition.
Good news! Biden’s new executive order to streamline Social Security, passports, more
Dubbed Transforming Federal Customer Experience and Service Delivery to Rebuild Trust in Government, the new order is designed to “put people at the center of everything the government does.”The order affects 36 “customer experience improvement commitments” across 17 federal agencies. The new order will ensure that those Americans 65+ can claim benefits online more smoothly, and Medicare recipients can better manage online tools to save money on medicine. Passport services will be online, giving Americans the opportunity to renew and pay digitally versus via a personal check or money order. Students and military veterans will have a single portal to pay federal loans or access benefits. Lower-income families will be able to enroll in social service programs without having to manage reams of paperwork and will have the ability to order groceries online.
Do Not Forget the True Purpose of School; by Diane Ravitch
The goal for primary school is not millions of different things but first and foremost education. If that goal is achieved, it certainly also provides other things: life opportunities, education and freedom, social interaction, a place for children to be and so on, but the school's goal is teaching a basic curriculum. Today, the school has become a means for various special interests rather than a goal in itself. To leave the era of panic, we need to navigate an era where school and school institutions and administration can maintain integrity. An era where the school is a cohesive unit that honors its knowledge and education mission - what I call the era of the monolith."
Extremist governor Ron DeSantis targets asylum-seeking children in so-called 'emergency' order
“I just can’t imagine how this decision could be made knowing kids can’t speak for themselves, they need to be protected.” Most unaccompanied children coming to the U.S. already have a relative here. Asylum-seeking children have been placed in facilities in the state for years, including during the previous administration. Nor did DeSantis say anything at that time about the very routine flights bringing these children to facilities in the state. He is issuing an emergency order that bars state licenses for shelters that care for unaccompanied migrant minors in Florida. “He is issuing an emergency order that bars state licenses for shelters that care for unaccompanied migrant minors in Florida.
Republican hypocrisy on disaster relief is a guide for how we should hear anything they say
Paul’s votes against disaster relief bills include opposing funding for recovery from Hurricane Sandy, which struck in 2012; Hurricane Harvey in 2017; Hurricane Maria in 2017; and a 2019 bill including aid for multiple disasters. And, yes, he opposed funding for Sandy—which, he said, “recklessly increases the national debt”—and Harvey and Maria. People like Massie and Paul will never hesitate to act all pious about their opposition to disaster relief for other people while demanding that their state get everything it needs. But everyone else should be clear that this hypocrisy speaks to their basic truthfulness on other issues. We should listen to them on that—which means not listening to the words they spew to justify their actions.
Hedges: The Execution of Julian Assange
Fish, “Mind Games.”By Chris Hedges / Original to ScheerPostLet us name Julian Assange’s executioners. Let us acknowledge that the goal of these executioners, who discussed kidnapping and assassinating Assange, has always been his annihilation. That Assange, who is in precarious physical and psychological health and who suffered a stroke during court video proceedings on October 27, has been condemned to death should not come as a surprise. 74, given to the court on February 5, 2021, which offered “assurances” that Assange would be well treated, overrode the lower court’s conclusions. The video, known as the Collateral Murder video, was leaked in 2010 by Chelsea Manning to Assange.
Biden seizes the chance to make his next moves in the geopolitical chess match with China and Russia
(CNN) President Joe Biden this week has confronted escalating tensions with China and Russia, testing his ability to manage antagonistic leaders and forcing other countries to pick sides. The White House insists Thursday's democracy summit isn't meant as a challenge to any single country or leader, even if some appear to be interpreting it that way. China's state council released a paper over the weekend titled "China: Democracy that works," despite the country not holding elections for its leaders and banning opposition political parties. "Things we did not do in 2014, we are prepared to do now," Biden told Putin, according to Sullivan. Since then, Biden and his team have strived to bring the relationships with Russia and China into more predictable terrain, including by arranging summits between Biden and their leaders.
Do Not Forget the True Purpose of School; by Diane Ravitch
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"Rob Kall gives readers an important wake up call to the bottom up power that they have to protect their rights, powers, and freedoms. This book helps readers see the whole elephant as opposed to the disconnected parts. Kall gives great advice as to intensifying, expanding, prolonging, and deepening connections. This bottom-up leadership will result in power to the people. This is a fascinating and insightful book, especially in this new era of digital hunting and gathering."
Today's Edition: A shift in the constitutional firmament. by Robert Hubbell
"On Friday, the Supreme Court effectively overruled Marbury v. Madison, and addressed only the legal gymnastics employed by the Texas legislature to evade judicial review. It is a truly breathtaking development with staggering implications. If Texas can evade judicial review over an unconstitutional law banning abortion, can California evade judicial review over an unconstitutional law banning assault rifles? ..On Saturday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he ordered his staff to draft legislation banning assault rifles. That is the most pernicious, destructive, and corrosive effect of the Court’s ruling."
Why Do We Ignore How the Other Half Lives?; by Jane Costan
"Confined to our own bubbles, we are less informed about people who lead entirely different cultural, social and political lives. People tend to write about what they know. But what matters to most Americans, period, matters too. What they watch, what they read and, crucially, why and how they vote — or, for almost 80 million Americans, why they didn’t in 2020. This has more significance than what happens at colleges where people like me went or what we watch on television."
Anti-communist atrocity propaganda is fascism's greatest weapon
Then during World War I, when the Bolsheviks were closing in on victory, Mussolini helped organize an ostensibly revolutionary group which utilized the image of the Roman Fasces. In the coming decades, Mussolini would formulate fascism's ideological literature, putting out the Doctrine of Fascism in 1932. As well as for the antisemitic "Judeo-Bolskevism" conspiracy theories that are put forth by this atrocity narrative's more outwardly fascist promoters. And the USA, which was on the path to becoming the center of imperialism following World War II, was the perfect initial proliferator of this weapon. The logical conclusion of promoting anti-communist propaganda is the creation of a fascist state, because a fascist state is what can maximize the suppression of communism.
Russia may find it necessary to take action to secure its borders with Ukraine, according to Dan Kovlik
Steven Sahiounie (SS): There will be an upcoming meeting in Turkey between President Zelensky of Ukraine and President Putin of Russia. In your opinion, will this tension convert to a military conflict between the two? However, some type of military conflict may nonetheless transpire, given the constant provocations from NATO and from Ukraine itself. SS: President Putin of Russia meet with President Modi of India and delivered the S-400 defense system. SS: President Putin of Russia and President Biden of the US meet via video on Tuesday.
Controversy continues over the fatal copter crash of General Bipin Rawat
The most arrests have taken place in Rajasthan one in the hours following the crash and two on Saturday. Death of Gen Rawat in crash has raised doubts in the minds of peopleTellingly, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday said the death of Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat in a helicopter crash has raised doubts in the minds of people. Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force on Friday called for avoiding "uninformed speculation" over the chopper crash that led to the deaths of chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 11 others. India defense chief's death shows flaws in Indian militaryMeanwhile, Chinese Communist Party mouth piece Global Times published two comments on Thursday on the copter crash. A Mi-17V5 helicopter affiliated with the Indian Air Force on Wednesday crashed near southern India's Coonoor, leading to the death of 13 of the 14 people on board, including defense chief General Bipin Rawat, India.
Tomgram: William Astore, Going Nuclear on Pentagon Spending
And all of that turns out to be pretty standard for the losing military commanders of our war-on-terror years. I think you could say accurately, in fact, that that was the moment when each of them finally "turned a corner" triumphantly. TomThe U.S. Military Budget as a Mushroom CloudWhy It's Time to Make Deep Cuts at the PentagonBy William AstoreWhere are you going to get the money? In that spirit, I'd like to lob seven throw-weighty questions some with multiple "warheads" in the general direction of the Pentagon budget. So, here goes and hold on tight (or, in the nuclear spirit, duck and cover!
Democratic polarization fuels modern fascism
A new and insidious form of authoritarian control threatens democratic values and practices. The global proliferation of populist autocracies and hybrid regimes, some propped up by military bureaucracies, reflects the anti-democratic trend. Populist autocracies are becoming increasingly adept at using sophisticated spying techniques and state security apparatus to control their people, not unlike the totalitarian states. The erosion of democratic values and practices in established democracies gives a powerful impetus to various forms of authoritarianism. Yet populist autocracies do not offer a rosy future: Short-term economic progress at the cost of political and individual freedoms is deceiving.
Three Easy Steps to Maintain Your Recovery During the Holiday
red wine for the holidays(Image by lyndawaybi3) Details DMCAThe holidays can be the toughest time of year to stay abstinent from an addiction. The added stress of preparations, family relations, and feeling alone can trigger thoughts about your addiction. But even though it might be the toughest time of year to maintain a recovery program, it doesn't have to be difficult. A few simple steps can keep you safe from being at the mercy of addiction and keep you in charge of your hard-earned recovery. The thought of reengaging in your addiction is a warning signal that something is out of whack in your life.
Can You Spare a Tire?
While waiting for the emergency roadside service truck, I opened the trunk to get the spare tire ready for AAA to install. To my amazement, I was shocked to discover that the space for a spare tire in the trunk was empty. And I argued that for a rental car to be fit for its intended use, that it must have a spare tire. The unbelievable part of this story is that many luxury cars, some costing north of $100,000 don't come with a spare tire. In fact, about 30% of all new cars do not have a spare tire.
The Day America Will End, Part II: The imminent danger
Would you like to know how many people have read this article? Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Best Web OpEds 12/13/2021 at 8:41 AM EST H1'ed 12/13/21Read the rest of the story HERE:At mythfighter.comThe previous post, "The Day America Will End," describes how Donald Trump and the Republican Party are attempted to remake our American democracy into a theocracy, with Trump as the pontiff. His anthology of updated Opednews articles "America is Not Broke" was published by Tayen Lane Publishing (March, 2015) and may be found here:http://www.americaisnotbroke.net/Scott is a former President of Common Ground-NYC (http://commongroundnyc.org/), a Geoist/Georgist activist group. He has written dozens of articles for (more...)
Assange had stroke, says fiancee Stella Moris, warning of ‘dangerous impact’ of imprisonment
Stella Moris, the fiancee of Julian Assange, reiterated demands for his freedom as she revealed Saturday that the WikiLeaks founder suffered a mini-stroke in October. “Julian Assange suffered a stroke on the first day of the High Court appeal hearing on October 27th,” Moris said in a tweet. BREAKING: Julian #Assange suffered a stroke on the first day of the High Court appeal hearing on October 27th. Even the High Court upheld district judge's conclusions, and Biden DOJ is pushing him toward death. His lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, said Assange “doesn’t feel able to attend the proceedings.” Assange’s partner, Stella Moris, said outside court that she was “very concerned for Julian’s health.
American History for Truthdiggers: The Slow, Perilous Shift to Emancipation
Below is the 17th installment of the “American History for Truthdiggers” series, a pull-no-punches appraisal of our shared, if flawed, past. The green Union Army was out-led and, ultimately, outfought at the July 1861 Battle of Bull Run, near Manassas Junction, Va., and fled back to the District of Columbia in disarray. The Union Army would transform overnight into an army of liberation wherever it marched. The Civil War probably did more to expand federal and presidential power than any other war in American history. Though just 1 percent of the prewar Northern population, blacks eventually constituted 10 percent of Union Army volunteers.
Many people with disabilities are paid just pennies. Build Back Better could help end that
Now, a little-known provision in the Build Back Better Act being negotiated in Congress could help catalyze the full federal repeal of the subminimum wage for people with disabilities. Efforts to curb this subminimum wage would be felt most in marginalized communities. “Americans with disabilities should never be paid below the minimum wage.”The Build Back Better provision falls short of mandating a full phase-out of the subminimum wage for people with disabilities. Together, the initiatives should accelerate the trend of moving away from segregated, subminimum wage workspaces. For workers with disabilities, the subminimum wage has strayed far from its original intent.
There Will Never Be Climate Justice If African Activists Keep Being Ignored
Now the Ugandan climate justice advocate and founder of the Rise Up Movement just released a new book. And then, in A Bigger Picture, I really talk about many things that people need to see, beyond what society has showed us, from the climate crisis to climate justice. Many times climate change just ends in being statistics for people, but the climate crisis is more than statistics. So, in A Bigger Picture, I really explain what the climate crisis really means, beyond statistics, and how it impacts the lives of the people, especially the people on the frontlines of the climate crisis. AMY GOODMAN: Vanessa —VANESSA NAKATE: And when we —AMY GOODMAN: Vanessa Nakate is speaking to us from Kampala, Uganda.
Gender-Affirming Health Care Saved My Life. Everyone Should Have Access to It.
Though cast as experimental and harmful, gender-affirming care is life-saving. There is a well-funded and growing movement claiming that gender-affirming health care should be banned. There is a well-funded and growing movement claiming that gender-affirming health care is experimental, that it is harmful, and that it should be banned. When trans people are able to access the gender-affirming health care that we need, our mental health improves dramatically. Gender-affirming health care saved my life, and I will never stop fighting back against those who are seeking to take it away from our community.
Trump Dismisses Jan. 6 Inquiry, Says His Words That Day Were “Extremely Calming”
While speaking to host Laura Ingraham, Trump said he has “nothing to hide” from the House select committee investigating the attack. In fact, Trump is expected to appeal to the Supreme Court soon, in yet another attempt to prevent those materials from being released to the committee. I wasn’t involved in that [the Capitol attack] and if you look at my words and what I said in the speech, they were extremely calming, actually,” Trump said. “The insurrection took place on November 3, which was election day,” Trump said. Trump’s fictionalized account of the day’s events— including his claim that his speech before the attack was not incendiary — is not new.
Abortion Restrictions Could Prompt an Avalanche of Attacks on Bodily Autonomy
The current fight for abortion rights is more than a domestic battle over state’s rights and individual decision making. In addition to affirming the necessity of recognizing abortion rights as fundamental in and of themselves, advocates connect the right to abortion and bodily autonomy to the Constitution’s broader protection of liberty. “Without Roe, even more people across the south and the Midwest regions of the U.S. will be without critical access to abortion care. Broadening the scope beyond fighting simply for abortion access addresses long-standing disparities in health and well-being that impact marginalized communities. Mandatory wait times, multiple clinic visits and laws targeting abortion providers that go beyond what is necessary to ensure patient safety, such as hospital-admitting privileges, all contribute to the burden on abortion access.
Build Back Better Could Help End Subminimum Wages for People With Disabilities
Now, a little-known provision in the Build Back Better Act being negotiated in Congress could help catalyze the full federal repeal of the subminimum wage for people with disabilities. Efforts to curb this subminimum wage would be felt most in marginalized communities. “Americans with disabilities should never be paid below the minimum wage.”The Build Back Better provision falls short of mandating a full phase-out of the subminimum wage for people with disabilities. Together, the initiatives should accelerate the trend of moving away from segregated, subminimum wage workspaces. For workers with disabilities, the subminimum wage has strayed far from its original intent.
Sunrise Movement Says Call Tornado Devastation What It Is: “A Climate Disaster”
As emergency workers and local residents sifted through the wreckage of towns left devastated by the tornado system that hammered six U.S. states over the weekend, the youth-led Sunrise Movement implored policymakers to “call it what it is: a climate disaster” — and act accordingly. “The models that we’re currently using to diagnose the impacts of climate change on these extreme weather events if anything are actually underestimating the impact that climate change is having,” Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State, said in an appearance on MSNBC. “This is going to be our new normal, and the effects that we’re seeing from climate change are the crisis of our generation,” FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell said on CNN Sunday morning. More than 70 people lost their lives last night in the most severe tornado event in Kentucky history — this is a climate emergency. “Kentucky needs direct cash payments and FEMA assistance quickly and to anyone who needs it.
Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant declares “apparent victory” in recall election
The year-long recall campaign against Seattle Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, a member of Socialist Alternative, is coming to a close. The latest results from recall election, which ended December 7, show Sawant with a narrow lead of 50.3 percent opposing the recall. Kshama Sawant [Photo: Seattle City Council]The reversal in the vote count has been attributed largely to late votes coming in from younger voters. Socialist Alternative is itself entirely oriented toward the Democratic Party. Socialist Alternative represents sections of the upper-middle class, not the working class, and thus depends on its relationships with the union bureaucracies and Democratic Party.
West Coast educators and parents support Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic
During discussion, attendees voted unanimously to support the Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic, which has been initiated by the World Socialist Web Site. The Omicron variant has been sequenced in over 68 countries with known community transmission in many major countries including the US. The spread of Omicron not only means continued mass infection, death and long-term illness, but also the ability for the virus to further mutate. The latest data from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shows 133,000 official COVID-19 cases among children were reported in the week ending December 2. This is why we, the West Coast Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committees, join in the international support of the Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic, an important initiative led by the WSWS.
University of Florida investigation finds researchers felt pressured to suppress COVID-19 data, criticisms of Governor Ron DeSantis
Professor Wright noted an atmosphere of pervasive academic censorship and intimidation that prevailed throughout faculty and research spaces. Meanwhile, three professors involved in the initial controversy over not being allowed to testify along with three other UF professors have filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging a violation of their First Amendment rights. She gave DeSantis’ campaign $100,000 two months after the university’s board of governors chose her as a UF trustee in 2019. Given the personal strings tying UF’s board of trustees and DeSantis’ Republican apparatus, there’s a definite political connection behind university’s decision to suppress COVID-19 research data and block criticism of the catastrophic policies DeSantis has enforced throughout the pandemic. The censoring of dissident views relating to Governor DeSantis and his pandemic policies has not been limited to researchers in academia.
Kellogg’s strikers denounce mass firing threat, two-tier wages from the picket lines in Battle Creek, Michigan
Striking Kellogg’s workers remain defiant in the face of mass firing threats by the company, following their rejection last week of a concessions contract brokered by the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM). Striking Kellogg's workers stand outside the Omaha, Neb., cereal plant Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. “I don’t know how much weight that will carry.”Picket sign outside Kellogg's plant in Battle Creek, Michigan (source: WSWS Media)Another worker chimed in on the defense of the younger generation. “They’re also trying to get the lower tier here in the US so it’s cheaper here. They’re the lower tier that Kellogg’s been building up, driving a wedge between us and Mexican workers.
Unionization vote passes at Starbucks in Buffalo, New York
A Workers United unionization drive at three Starbucks coffee shops in and around Buffalo, New York succeeded in establishing the first union at a company-owned Starbucks in the US last Thursday. Starbucks workers had complained of severe problems with understaffing, overwork and faulty machinery even before the pandemic began. Starbucks workers, whom the company patronizingly calls “partners,” have clashed with corporate management throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The unionization vote was hailed as “historic” by a number of high-level Democratic Party politicians. The SEIU, the parent organization of Workers United, has played a particularly nefarious role in betraying workers’ struggles.
Indonesian government scraps planned COVID-19 restrictions despite risk of Omicron spread
As the new Omicron variant spreads through the Asia-Pacific region, Indonesia is proceeding with its pro-corporate reopening agenda and rapidly dispensing with any public health measures to control the virus. Introduced on November 29, after the emergence of Omicron was publicised, they include minimal mobility restrictions on shopping centres, restaurants, parks, and public transport. Travel bans were initially imposed for anyone travelling from 10 southern African countries—where the Omicron variant was first discovered—over the past two weeks. The catastrophic surge was facilitated by government efforts to reopen even as the Delta variant ravaged the population. From November 2, tax incentives have been provided to tourism-related corporations and businesses whose revenues were impacted by travel restrictions.
Papua New Guinea: Ongoing catastrophe amid third wave of Delta virus
At the Port Moresby General Hospital there were 40-50 COVID deaths a day in November, dropping recently to around 10 as people have simply stopped presenting. Capital District Governor Powes Parkop recently refused to implement a lockdown of Port Moresby despite the surge in cases. Outside Port Moresby, Western Province currently has the highest vaccination rate due to more effective community engagement. Port Moresby market vendors held a large rally last month to demand an end to municipal rules restricting access for the unvaccinated. Fearful people want the reassurance of familiar health workers from their local clinics.
Massachusetts hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 surge
As winter weather sets in, Massachusetts is in the midst of a significant surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Hospitals, hit with a “perfect storm” of rising COVID-19 cases, delayed care and staffing shortages, are overwhelmed across the state, and Republican Governor Charlie Baker has asked hospitals to reduce “certain non-essential, elective services and procedures” by 50 percent by Wednesday. There were 1,115 COVID-19 hospitalizations in Massachusetts on December 7, 2021 (a seven-day average). Despite the uptake in vaccines, which has decreased the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19, hospitals are still overwhelmed under the strain of the current wave. However, the new Omicron variant, which was first detected in southern Africa, has spread rapidly around the world.
Australian government, Labor opposition greenlight US rendition of Julian Assange
The Australian Liberal-National Coalition government and Labor Party opposition, however, have given their approval to the show trial ruling, in line with their decade-long participation in the US-led campaign against the publisher and journalist. Under these conditions, DFAT’s statement amounts to a declaration that the Australian government is willing to see Assange die behind bars. As an Australian citizen persecuted abroad, Assange has a clear right to diplomatic intervention under domestic and international law. Labor expects the Australian government to provide appropriate consular support to Mr Assange, as is his right as an Australian citizen.”The reference to “consular support” is revealing. The entire Australian political establishment bears central responsibility for Assange’s dire predicament.
The misunderstood—and misrepresented—Zero COVID policy in China
What measures are used to maintain zero, or close to zero, cases in the country? China controlled its initial outbreak in early 2020 using strict lockdowns, particularly in the epicenter of the outbreak, in Wuhan. Total infections and people in quarantine in China (Data source: China CDC)The image above shows, in blue, the number of daily infections [1] in China since the end of the first wave in April 2020. It quickly became clear that the core of the Chongqing outbreak was a group of employees at a local energy company. The outlook for China in the pandemicDr. Zhong’s statements are in stark contrast to calls by Western media for China to abandon its Zero COVID policy and embrace a US-style “living with the virus” policy.
G7 foreign ministers summit in Liverpool threatens Russia, China
A foreign ministers summit of the G7 imperialist powers in Liverpool, Britain, ended yesterday with the issuing of a bellicose communiqué threatening both Russia and China. Over the last weeks, US intelligence agencies have issued wildly varying claims, ranging from 94,000 to 175,000 for the number of troops Russia is supposedly amassing near the Ukrainian border. The Liverpool summit communiqué served to align the G7 with the violent war propaganda coming from Washington and the NATO alliance, especially against Russia. As COVID-19 deaths mount in the G7 countries, currently running at around 2,500 each day, the denunciations of Russia and China become ever more hysterical and unhinged. In Liverpool Sunday, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss boasted that the G7 was united around such threats against Russia.
“Amazon should absolutely be held liable”: Growing outrage over deaths of workers kept on the job during massive tornado outbreak in US
Six people have been confirmed dead at the Amazon warehouse: Etheria S. Hebb, 24; Larry E. Virden, 46; Clayton Lynn Cope, 29; Deandre S. Morrow, 28; Kevin D. Dickey, 62; and Austin J. McEwen, 26. On Sunday, a spokesman for Mayfield Consumer Products claimed that there are eight confirmed deaths and ten workers still unaccounted for, less than previously feared. Beshear has reported that “dozens” of workers at the plant were killed, among at least 70 fatalities throughout the state. The Mayfield candle factory, which includes Bed, Bath & Beyond as one of its main customers, was operated under sweatshop conditions. Edwardsville Fire Chief James Whiteford said that at least 45 Amazon employees survived.
Dr. Anthony Leonardi discusses the Omicron variant and the COVID-19 pandemic
In this video interview, immunologist Dr. Anthony Leonardi speaks with World Socialist Web Site writers Evan Blake and Benjamin Mateus about the Omicron variant and the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Leonardi has written scientific articles on the topic of Long COVID and has continuously raised the alarm about the dangers of COVID-19, warning against all efforts to downplay the severity of the disease. For more information and explanations of some of the scientific topics discussed in the video, read this two-part interview that Dr. Leonardi did last month with Benjamin Mateus. Dr. Anthony Leonardi discusses the Omicron variant and the COVID-19 pandemicFollow Dr. Leonardi, Evan and Benjamin on Twitter: @fitterhappierAJ, @EvanBlake17 and @BenjaminMateus7References:
Guernica, Lidice, My Lai … and now Talon Anvil
On Sunday, the New York Times published a detailed report chronicling the systematic, years-long mass murder of civilians by the United States in Iraq and Syria, carried out by a death squad called Talon Anvil. Talon Anvil also labeled more and more strikes as “self-defense,” which did not require justification based on intelligence, as opposed to offensive operations, which did. Talon Anvil was the name of a Delta Force unit within the larger Task Force 9, which coordinated US military operations against the Islamic State (ISIS) forces in Iraq and Syria from 2014 to 2019. Bombs rained down for nearly four hours, killing 1,654 men, women and children. Some of the women survived years of slave labor, but 82 children were gassed within weeks at the Chelmno extermination camp.
Germany’s new health minister continues “profits before lives” policies
In view of the escalation of the coronavirus pandemic, the name of the health minister was a source of considerable public and media interest. Scholz introduces Lauterbach as minister (Photo: SPD/Twitter)Scholz has chosen the SPD deputy and health expert Karl Lauterbach as the government’s new health minister. With this nomination of Lauterbach as health minister, the future chancellor clearly hopes to be able to dampen popular anger, without changing his pro-business policies. You wanted him - you’ve got him.”The new health minister popped from the wings during the SPD press conference and immediately made several promises. The outgoing health minister, Jens Spahn (CDU), also immediately congratulated him.
U.K. Court Rules Julian Assange Can Be Extradited to U.S.
LONDON — A British court ruled on Friday that Julian Assange can be extradited to the United States to face charges that could result in decades of jail time, reversing a lower-court decision in the long-running case against the embattled WikiLeaks founder. The ruling was a victory, at least for now, for the Biden administration, which has pursued an effort to prosecute Mr. Assange begun under the Trump administration. Mr. Assange will seek to appeal the decision to Britain’s Supreme Court, according to his legal team. The Justice Department’s decision to charge Mr. Assange under the Espionage Act in connection with obtaining and publishing secret government documents has raised novel First Amendment issues and alarmed advocates of media freedom. But because he has been fighting extradition, those questions have not been litigated and his transfer to the United States could set off a momentous constitutional battle.
Cultivating Olives on the Slopes of Mount Etna
In the summer of 2020, out of the blue, my father told me of a friend of his who, after decades spent working in Milan as a photojournalist, decided to return to his roots and begin producing extra virgin olive oil at a family farm on the slopes of Mount Etna, an active volcano — Europe’s largest — on the eastern side of Sicily. I flew to meet the man, Enzo Signorelli, at the start of the olive picking season, in late October of the same year. It was very wet the first few days, so the harvest was postponed, and there was no certainty that I’d get to photograph it. Luckily, toward the end of my stay, the sky opened up and gave us two warm and bright days.
This Whole Duck Recipe Is Perfectly Imperfect
Cooking duck at home is a classic example of when my quest for perfection undermines the “tasty enough.”For years, I strove to create the idealized vision of roast duck that I held in my head. It had to have crackling, burnished skin as crisp as a potato chip, and ruby-hued breast meat as rare as steak and dripping with schmaltz-glossed juices. The best way to come close to this was through a technique I learned from Ariane Daguin, the founder of D’Artagnan, a gourmet food purveyor specializing in duck. First, I’d roast the duck until the breast was a rosy 130 degrees. Then, I’d pull the steaming bird out of the pan and hold it by the drumsticks to lop off its legs, which returned to the oven to finishing cooking while the breast rested.
Omicron Wave Heads for U.K., but It’s Not Clear How Bad It’ll Be
So far, the number of Omicron cases — 817 confirmed by Thursday, though officials say the real figure is likely much higher — is small compared with the daily average of 48,000 new coronavirus cases overall. But it also seems to cause less severe illness than earlier variants. Britain’s experience with Omicron may be a harbinger of what others can expect. Until now, it has been looser about social restrictions than many other nations in Western Europe, and Britain ordinarily has extensive travel to and from South Africa, so it could be the first wealthy country to be hit hard by Omicron. It also has one of the world’s most robust systems for sequencing viral genomes, so it can identify and track new variants earlier and more thoroughly than other countries.
Merck’s Covid Pill Might Pose Risks for Pregnant Women
But two weeks after a Food and Drug Administration expert committee narrowly voted to recommend authorizing the drug, known as molnupiravir, the F.D.A. Among the biggest questions facing regulators is whether the drug, in the course of wreaking havoc on the virus’s genes, also has the potential to cause mutations in human DNA. Scientists are especially worried about pregnant women, they said, because the drug could affect a fetus’s dividing cells, theoretically causing birth defects. expert committee expressed those same concerns during a public meeting on Nov. 30. “My answer is no, and there is no circumstance in which I would advise a pregnant woman to take this drug.”
Pedro Almodóvar Is Still Making Movies That Shock
“Parallel Mothers” seems poised to bring him more. And now with “Parallel Mothers,” he is directly confronting the legacy of Franco for the first time. At the time “Parallel Mothers” was nothing more than a forgotten file on his computer. A former professor of mathematics, he is one of the first people to read Pedro’s scripts and has done cameos in all of Pedro’s feature films. “The fact that Agustín is the producer for my films makes everything easier for me, in every sense,” Pedro told me.
To Understand Our Future on Earth, Look to the Laws That Govern Nature
We learn that the Taung child, one of the earliest hominins known to science, was eaten by eagles. But if simplifying nature is the cause of so many modern ills, then Dunn’s policy prescription, conversely, comes down to one simple dictum: Diversify. Want to live in modular outcrops of steel, glass and cement, fed by rivers of pavement spanning thousands of miles? They represent life too, after all, and the planet gives not a whit if it’s inhabited by lions or cockroaches. But this isn’t a naïvely rosy vision of the future like some contrarian tracts on the resilience of nature in the Anthropocene.
Amid food-industry upheaval, Baltimore businesses are handing workers the keys
Worker cooperatives operate in many different ways, and Red Emma’s structure is entirely non-hierarchical. Everyone who is hired starts at the same hourly wage regardless of experience or background and is put on a track to ownership. Wages increase with time worked, but the highest-paid worker can never make more than twice the lowest. “Over the years, we became much more focused on and serious about the workplace democracy aspect,” she said. “We really started drilling down into: What does it mean for a business in this sector to be sustainable?
What do we do now that we know just how far Trump was willing to go?
What we currently understand about the White House’s effort is that it was largely focused on the finalization of the electoral vote. On Jan. 6, that culminated with Trump’s attempts to pressure Vice President Mike Pence into rejecting the submitted votes from several states, either overtly declaring them invalid in an attempt to give Trump a victory with what remained or demanding that the states reconsider what had been submitted. This effort sat on the foundation of months of false claims from Trump about voter fraud and operated in parallel with efforts by Trump and his allies to get institutional buy-in on those assertions. His consideration of overhauling the leadership at the Justice Department to put pressure on Georgia, his call to officials in that state, his embrace of debunked allegations from there and elsewhere: all of it was aimed at having states elevate false concerns about the results that could then be used to undercut the submitted electoral votes.
Nancy Pelosi endorses Tom Perez in Maryland governor’s race
“One of the big things facing all of the candidates is name recognition, and … there are a handful of national figures that an average primary voter could identify, and having such a high-profile endorsement like that certainly does help to generate attention on the race,” said Mileah Kromer, an associate political science professor and director of the Sarah T. Hughes Center for Politics at Goucher College. “What will be most significant is not just the endorsement itself, it’s whether the endorsement comes with additional resources. If she helps drive up his fundraising efforts, if she appears alongside him here in the state.”
Geminid meteor shower Monday night is one of year’s best
Despite how bright they appear, most meteors are no larger than the size of a grain of puffed rice. They form from debris left in the wake of since-departed comets or asteroids, which Earth plows through at the same time every year on its annual orbit around the sun. In the case of the Geminids, the source of the debris is a 3.6-mile-wide asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon. Picture driving through a swarm of bugs — that’s sort of how Earth sweeps through the debris fields.
Meadows’s email on military protecting ‘pro Trump people’ on Jan. 6 rekindles prior testimony
It wasn’t the only part of Miller’s comments on the Capitol riot that shifted in a more sympathetic direction toward his former boss. Miller had previously said in comments to Vice News that it was “pretty much definitive” that the riot wouldn’t have happened if not for Trump’s Jan. 6 speech that preceded it — suggesting that Trump had indeed incited the riot. But in his later testimony, he suggested that he was referring only to Trump supporters marching toward the Capitol — and not necessarily breaking into it — even though his initial comment had included both. Miller acknowledged that he had “reassessed” his view of the situation.
Think Biden’s frustrated with the unvaccinated? Meet Jared Polis.
“‘Sesame Street,’ which premiered in 1969, was the project of Joan Ganz Cooney, a TV executive who was originally more interested in the civil rights movement than in education but came to see the connection between the two. ‘The people who control the system read,’ she once said, ‘and the people who make it in the system read.’ And she believed that the best way to get the kids of the 1960s to read, paradoxically, was through TV,” the NYT's chief television critic James Poniewozik writes.
Sustainable gift-giving is on the rise. Here are a few ideas for the holiday season.
An option she recommends is pooling resources for specific gifts. When her mother wanted a particular handbag, for example, Barber and her family members all pitched in to purchase it, rather than each of them getting something that may have been less desired. “My mom was so surprised Christmas morning,” said Barber, pointing to the company Patchwork as one tool that can help folks organize their shared gift-giving.
White House details push to make electric vehicle chargers ‘ubiquitous’
The guidance will “look at where we already have EV charging and where we need — or will need — more of it,” the White House said in a statement. It will focus on needs of disadvantaged and rural communities, and also “catalyze further private investment in EV charging, and ensure we’re smartly connecting to our electric grid,” according to the statement.
Two friends raced to a tornado-flattened Kentucky factory. They helped dig out about a dozen people.
Complete coverage: Tornadoes hit several states, killing dozensOfficials in Kentucky are struggling to assess the extent of the devastation from the weekend’s deadly tornadoes, unsure of how many have perished and who remains missing as the emergency response enters its third day Monday. Live updates: Kentucky struggles to gauge death toll, destruction; thousands without powerPhotos and video: See the damage left by the tornadoesThe storm’s path: Satellite images show leveled buildingsThe candle factory: Family and first responders mount a desperate rescue effortExplainer: How Friday night’s rare and deadly December tornado outbreak unfoldedClimate: A warming world could add more fuel to tornadoes, scientists say
São Paulo says it has fully vaccinated more than 100 percent of its adults. Will it be enough to stop omicron?
Bolstered by shipments of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines, the immunization program in São Paulo drastically reduced the spread of a virus. At the height of the outbreak, the city hospital system was admitting more than 2,000 covid patients every day, filling more than 90 percent of beds in intensive care units. Now only 27 percent of public ICU beds are occupied by coronavirus patients.. In a city that has buried nearly 40,000 coronavirus victims, deaths are down to an average of 13 per day. The private health-care association has stopped counting its covid intake numbers.
Opinion : Chile’s election will define its national identity and political struggles all over Latin America
The first is an influx of more than 1 million immigrants to the country, largely from Haiti and Venezuela, since 2014. The second is the mobilization of Chile’s largest Indigenous group, the Mapuche, to reclaim control of land and resources that were forcibly taken from them during the country’s settlement. The third is the country’s rapidly shifting gender norms and women’s rights, including last week’s legalization of same-sex marriage and recent steps to decriminalize abortion.
Manchin, Biden set to meet this week as Democrats race to wrap up $2 trillion spending package
But the text, released by the Senate Finance Committee, also highlighted the considerable work lawmakers must still do if they hope to bring the bill to the floor before the holiday. One of the most contentious issues — state and local tax relief targeting Americans in higher-cost communities — still has not been resolved. Democrats essentially left the section blank, as they continue to war over the future of that reduction, which some liberals see as too generous for the wealthy.
House Jan. 6 committee poised to vote on holding Meadows in contempt for defying subpoena
The committee did not provide more context on Meadows’s communications regarding the National Guard, and it is unclear whether he had been directed by Trump to call on the guard to protect his supporters. On Jan. 5, hours before the attack, Trump told a room of allies that he did not want violence. Several in the room took that to mean he didn’t want counterprotesters fighting his supporters. Moments later, the former president tweeted a condemnation of antifa, demanding that the loosely knit group of far-left activists “stay out of Washington.”
Billionaire Elon Musk named Time’s Person of the Year for 2021
Edward Felsenthal, Time’s editor in chief, wrote in a profile Monday that the magazine’s Person of the Year — a nearly century-old tradition — highlights people of influence, and that “few individuals have had more influence than Musk on life on Earth, and potentially life off Earth too.”
Kim Kardashian passes California's 'baby bar' law exam at fourth attempt
(CNN) Kim Kardashian has passed a law exam and moved a step closer to being able to practice as an attorney in the state of California. Kardashian revealed that she passed the exam at the fourth attempt in an Instagram post published Monday. "Looking in the mirror, I am really proud of the woman looking back today in the reflection," the post reads. "For anyone who doesn't know my law school journey, know this wasn't easy or handed to me." Kardashian said she was suffering with Covid-19 during one attempt to pass the exam, which is one of two she needs to pass in order to become a practicing attorney in California.
Kyrie Irving Rumors: 'Renewed Optimism' Nets Star Will Return This Season
Rich Schultz/Getty ImagesThere is reportedly "renewed optimism" within the Brooklyn Nets that Kyrie Irving will join the team at some point this season. New York City requires any person entering an indoor building like an arena to have at least one vaccination shot. While Irving is eligible for most road games, the Nets chose not to allow him to be a part-time player before the 2021-22 season began. "But we have to make a team decision. New York City mayor-elect Eric Adams says he has no plans on changing the city's vaccine mandate.
Cowboys' Micah Parsons Says 'I Don’t Really Think the NFL Is Hard' After Win vs. WFT
AP Photo/Mark TenallyDallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons is just 13 games into his professional career, but he is already one of the top defensive players in the league. "I don’t really think the NFL is hard," Parsons said, per Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated. His impact plays make him not only a Defensive Rookie of the Year favorite, but also a contender for Defensive Player of the Year. When I’m going against La’el and I’m challenging him every down, saying, 'What could I do there? Or I’m going against Zack [Martin], and I’m just getting those opportunities, it really just makes those guys [on other teams] not look as good."
Champions League Draw 2021-22: Round-of-16 Schedule Confirmed After Voided Fixtures
Alex Pantling/Getty ImagesAfter some controversy during the first attempt at making the UEFA Champions League last-16 draw, the fixtures are now set. Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain highlights the games, which will feature two-legged ties for spots in the quarterfinals. Manchester United finished first in Group F, while Villarreal earned second place. Though UEFA correctly redrew when Manchester United came up as an opponent, the team wasn't added to the pot for the next draw. Coincidentally, the second draw set up a tie between Manchester United and Atletico Madrid.
What Chris Wallace's big move says about streaming at CNN and Fox
Sunday morning's big surprise in the TV news world, Chris Wallace signing off from Fox News, was followed by a second surprise a few minutes later: Wallace is joining CNN as an anchor on the CNN+ streaming service. Mediaite called Wallace's move to CNN, and to streaming, an "industry shocker." A big statement by CNN+The Wall Street Journal's Ben Mullin is right about this: "Wallace's move to CNN+ is one of the biggest signs yet that CNN is investing heavily in its pivot to direct-to-consumer streaming." Fox is "fully Tucker TV now"Wallace, 74, had multiple options when his four-year Fox contract was approaching its end point earlier this year. As Clive Irving wrote for The Daily Beast on Sunday, "Fox News Is Fully Tucker TV Now.
Bill Gates won't join the space race. He wants to eradicate malaria and tuberculosis instead
(CNN) Some of the world's richest men are squaring off in what's become a rivalry for the ages -- the space race. Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, the two richest men on the planet and the CEOs of SpaceX and Blue Origin, respectively, have grand designs on the cosmos. "The space race, a lot of that is a commercial market. Using observation satellites to see what's going on with agriculture and climate change. "Until we can get rid of malaria and tuberculosis, and all these diseases that are so terrible in poor countries, that's going to be my total focus," he said.
Commercial real estate faces near-record costs from flood damage
The commercial real estate industry faces an intensifying threat from flooding, which is likely to lead to billions of dollars in increasing costs, a new study says. Approximately 730,000 retail, office and multi-unit residential properties face an annualized risk of flood damage in the United States. “How do you plan against these things or ensure that you’re buying into the right commercial real estate assets?”First Street partnered with Arup in order to go beyond simple flood risk, which it has already done for residential properties. By matching its flood modeling on commercial properties with Arup’s knowledge of structure and architecture, the two were able to understand the impact of flood risk on each specific type of commercial building in the country. The risk of flooding to commercial real estate affects not only the property owners and the tenants of the buildings, but the investors in those properties.
New & Notable from Adidas, G-Shock and Kiramoon
If you need something in a pinch to give during the holidays, check out these new releases from Adidas, G-Shock and Kiramoon. New launches from Adidas, G-Shock and KiramoonIf you’re still looking for holiday gifts, here are a few recent launches we’ve selected based on our previous coverage and Select reader interest. The newest Ultraboost shoes are here, and Adidas’ all-women design team updated this shoe with women’s feet in mind, according to the company. Adidas says the new shoe has narrower heel cups and shallower forefoot profiles, as well as heel cushioning to reduce blisters and slippage. This limited edition watch from G-Shock is the company’s second collaboration with Japanese Washington Wizards star Rui Hachimura.
Mariah Carey, queen of Christmas, is giving away free McDonald's for the next 12 days
Mariah Carey is giving the gift of McDonald's this Christmas! Carey, a longtime Mickey D’s fan, teamed up with the fast-food giant to develop the "Mariah Menu," which features some of her favorite McDonald’s items. The Mariah Menu will run for 12 days starting Monday, Dec. 13. A different item will be featured each day on the Mariah Menu. With her McDonald’s collaboration coming just in time for Christmas, Carey is continuing her bid for complete holiday domination.
The Most Popular Shows On Netflix Right Now Besides 'Lost In Space'
“Lost in Space” is the most popular show on Netflix, according to the streaming service’s public ranking system. Inspired by “The Swiss Family Robinson,” the show follows a family of space colonists who struggle to survive after crash-landing on an alien planet. AdvertisementThe second-most popular show of the moment is “The Queen of Flow ” (“La Reina del Flow” in the original Spanish) ? a Colombian musical telenovela set in Medellín. And in third place is the Spanish heist drama “Money Heist.”Netflix "Lost in Space" on Netflix. And if you want to stay informed about everything joining Netflix each week, subscribe to the Streamline newsletter.
Ex-Danish minister convicted over 2016 asylum ruling
Speaking outside the court, Støjberg said the ruling was “very surprising” and went against what she believed her country should stand for. “I think it wasn’t just me that lost today, it was Danish values that lost today,” she told reporters. Støjberg brought in a series of tough new initiatives to dissuade asylum seekers from coming to her country. “For me it is a point of principle that we don’t want to see child brides in Denmark,” Støjberg told reporters in 2016. Støjberg’s time as immigration minister ended in 2019 when her center-right Liberal Party lost power at a general election.
Simone Biles: Athlete of the Year 2021
Around 9 p.m. on July 27, as Simone Biles soared high above the vault at the Tokyo Olympics, she lost herself. At an Olympics in which five gold medals for Biles seemed preordained, she won a team silver and a balance-beam bronze. Colin Kaepernick, no stranger to criticism for taking a stand, praises Biles’ “grace, eloquence and courage.” “Simone Biles has used her remarkable position as the world’s greatest gymnast ever to inspire a long overdue global conversation on mental health,” he tells TIME. That work, Biles felt, mentally prepared her for her second Olympics, which she attended without family because of COVID-19 restrictions. Plummer has noticed that since Tokyo, more personal and professional contacts have initiated conversations about their mental health.
The Year of the Raise Is Coming
There are 11 million open jobs in the US, with just 6.9 million people unemployed and looking for work. Check out Charter’s Reset Work package of tools, resources, and services to help your team navigate this next phase. What Else You Need to Know2022 will be the year of the raise. Bringing on an unreliable team member can be more disruptive to existing employees than leaving an open role unfilled. Bringing on an unreliable team member can be more disruptive to existing employees than leaving an open role unfilled.
It's not just Jan. 6: Navarro wants to hide Covid info from Congress
It's not exactly a secret that Donald Trump and key members of his team are refusing to cooperate with the bipartisan investigation into the Jan. 6 attack. Generating less attention is their lack of cooperation with the House select panel investigating the Covid-19 crisis and the government's response to the pandemic. His son-in-law went to Amazon.com, where he was struck by the title of one book, 'Death by China,' which Navarro co-authored. Kushner cold-called Navarro, a well-known trade-deficit hawk, who joined the team as an economic adviser. It stands to reason that a congressional panel investigating the federal response to the pandemic would have a few questions for Navarro.
College Senior Who Bragged About Her Jan. 6 'Infamy' Didn't Vote In 2020, Lawyer Says
U.S. Attorney's OfficeA Donald Trump supporter who bragged about her “infamy” after storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 didn’t even vote in the 2020 election, her lawyer said in a filing ahead of her sentencing on Friday. XOXO” and that she couldn’t wait to “tell my grandkids” she was at the Capitol on Jan. 6, her lawyer wrote. She didn’t even vote in the election,” her attorney Thomas Abbenante wrote in a sentencing memo over the weekend. Her conduct on January 6th, while admittedly unlawful, was neither aggressive nor malicious,” the lawyer wrote. Her parents were furious with her,” her lawyer wrote.
I Got Caught in a Pandemic Panic 2 Years into Covid. It Felt Like Day 1.
My last afternoon there, South African scientists announced the discovery of the Omicron variant. Hours later, I got on a plane in Johannesburg to head home to Canada. We are going to need to get much better at both if we are to get through the next pandemic with less loss of life, and less suffering. When my plane touched down in Amsterdam, a flight attendant informed us that passengers would need to be tested for Covid before we could continue our journeys. Five hours later, we were still on the tarmac, the plane sealed up tight, with more and more travelers shedding their masks.
You’re Going to Work a Long Time. Here’s How to Build in Breaks.
The primary person in on the decision should be your spouse, if you have one. After all, if you need that person in order to maintain health insurance and a regular stream of income, it puts pressure on them. And if you’re single, silence may be rejuvenating for only so long. Michael Kay, 67, is selling his shares of Financial Life Focus, a planning firm in Livingston, N.J. when it first came into being a couple of decades ago, and do you lack other savings to draw on?
Champions League Repeats Its Draw After a ‘Technical Problem’
They drew the Champions League round of 16 on Monday, and set up a mouthwatering match between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. A “technical problem” meant that the Champions League was redrawn, leading to mostly new matchups — easier for some, harder for others — and shattering fans’ dreams of Paris St.-Germain vs. Manchester United. After the initial draw, fans and teams began posting on social media hyping the matchups. In the initial draw, Manchester United was first matched with Villarreal. But those teams had met in the group stage, so a new name was pulled, giving Villarreal a match against Manchester City instead.
In Liberty County, workers who quit feel liberated, but the community discovers a powerful downside
All across the country, with so many workers quitting, there was a crimping of commerce, an unsettling setback for many business owners. But for Patel, the struggle to find labor felt like a blow to his whole notion of what made America great. An immigrant from India, he believed that the health of the U.S. economy was protected by a constant refreshing of the workforce, an injection of striving immigrants willing to take on some of the unpleasant jobs that many Americans are loath to do — like cleaning hotel rooms.
Many students in Puerto Rico suffer from menstrual injustice. Here’s how activists want to help.
Activists on the island are taking matters into their own hands, wielding social media, education and their community connections to try to effect change. L’Orangelis Thomas Negrón is an activist based in San Juan who runs an Instagram account called Matrilíneo, which raises awareness about menstrual and reproductive justice. For Thomas Negrón, options like a reusable menstrual cup were too expensive, she said, so she bought cheaper disposable products until someone gifted her a menstrual cup. Through Matrilíneo, she is now distributing more than 1,000 menstrual cups on the island in partnership with the Black Women’s Health Imperative Positive Period program, she said.
Why Wyden's tax proposals aren't bolder
Wyden could push for the tax again next year as Democrats are searching for ways to pay for extending the child tax credit, according to the person familiar with the discussions. The current bill includes only a one-year extension of the credit and Biden has pledged to pay for any future extensions — which means Democrats are likely to be scrambling for revenue again next year.
How to make cheap cuts of beef tender and delicious
Some recipe publications have also touted the idea of using baking soda to tenderize beef. To do this, you either briefly submerge smaller pieces of beef in a solution of baking soda and water or rub larger pieces with baking soda and let them rest in the refrigerator for a few hours before rinsing and proceeding with cooking. However, in testing this method with some top round minute steaks, I noticed an off taste with the steaks rubbed with baking soda compared to those without. Even when I thought I rinsed them very thoroughly, I and others were not happy with the flavor. Regardless of how tender a piece of meat is, taste is paramount.
Opinion : Mark Meadows’s coverup of Trump’s coup attempt is falling apart
The report reads like a blueprint for a coup — not just for the attempt that just happened, but also for a future one. It provides a glimpse into the story the committee is piecing together about this effort to thwart a legitimately elected government from taking power, first through almost unimaginably corrupt pressure on many government actors, and then through mob violence.
The 'Fantastic Beasts 3' trailer is here
(CNN) The official trailer for the third "Fantastic Beasts" movie is here. The movie, titled "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore," comes after a video celebrating the 20th anniversary of the franchise had dropped in early December, teasing the new movie. The movie is directed by David Yates, who directed the last four "Potter" films. He also directed the first two "Fantastic Beasts" films." allowfullscreen>"Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore" also stars Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Callum Turner and Ezra Miller.
Keanu Reeves reveals why he turned down 'Speed 2'
(CNN) Keanu Reeves has revealed why he turned down the 1997 movie, "Speed 2: Cruise Control." Reeves and starred with Sandra Bullock in the 1994 film "Speed," about a bus that will explode if it drops below 50 miles per hour. I really wanted to work with Sandra Bullock, I loved playing Jack Traven, and I loved 'Speed', but an ocean liner? Jack Whitehall, who was also a guest on the show, had asked Reeves why he turned it down. Reeves, however, will be in the "The Matrix Resurrections" movie, reprising his role as Neo, who is alive again after dying 18 years ago.
The cheapest stuff is finally available online
New York (CNN Business) Many of America's leading discount chains have sat out the online shopping boom . Grocery Outlet and other discount chains are offering online delivery for the first time. Online delivery is notoriously unprofitable, which clashes with discount stores' low-cost operating models. Online sales are expected to continue growing at a faster pace than physical sales in the coming years. Despite the growth of online shopping, discount chains' move into online delivery through partnerships does come with some risks.
GM may be stuck with the Bolt, even if it makes sense to dump it
GM said 15 Bolt fires have been confirmed, and the company is replacing the battery cells in each car. GM GM officials insist that the Bolt isn't going anywhere any time soon. The Bolt also had the highest " conquest rate " of any Chevrolet car, with about 70% of the Bolt buyers switching to GM from other automakers. If the Biden administration's Build Back Better legislation passes, GM EV buyers would be eligible for federal tax credit on purchases of most other automakers' plug-in offerings. So no matter how damaged the Bolt may be in the eyes of EV buyers, GM will almost certainly start making it again.
Lewis Hamilton says he's 'not comfortable' racing in Saudi Arabia
(CNN) Lewis Hamilton has said he is "not comfortable" racing in Saudi Arabia ahead of the penultimate race of the Formula One season, which takes place in Jeddah on Sunday. "Do I feel comfortable here? I wouldn't say I do," Hamilton told reporters on Thursday. It's the first time F1 has staged a race in Saudi Arabia. But Saudi Arabia's human rights record has been repeatedly criticized, and activists have accused the kingdom of "sportswashing" -- a phenomenon whereby corrupt or autocratic regimes invest in sports events to whitewash their international reputation.
Kim Kardashian says she has passed California's 'baby bar' exam
The 41-year-old, who did not complete college, initially said she had plans to take the bar exam in 2022. I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals," Kardashian wrote in the post two years ago. "So, you guys, I did not pass the baby bar," Kardashian says in a clip from the episode. "If you do law school the way I'm doing it, it is a four-year program instead of your typical three-year program. She thanked Jones, Jackson, Haney and Bar Bri Law School bar prep (where she said she went through "10 hour days, daily 4 hour Zooms, our in person practice tests week after week") for helping her achieve this latest feat.
The health of Asian Americans depends on not grouping communities under the catch-all term
Health data have historically lumped all Asian American people together, obscuring distinct health disparities and leaving vulnerable communities neglected by researchers and policymakers. Asian American communities are essentially averaged-out into invisibility: Good health for some masks poor health for others. Health data have historically lumped all Asian American people together, obscuring distinct health disparities. What would be needed to construct a fuller representation of Asian American communities and their well-being? Reductive myths and stereotypes have allowed health disparities in Asian American communities to go unaddressed for too long.
How can vaccinated people avoid breakthrough infections?
Over the summer, Conrad developed a breakthrough infection, the term for when a fully vaccinated person tests positive for COVID-19. A Washington State study of 4 million fully vaccinated people shows about 1 in 5000 experienced a breakthrough case from mid-January through mid-August. About 1 in 17,000 vaccinated people with breakthrough infections required hospitalization, according to NBC News data from August. Experts stress that being fully vaccinated (and boosted, too) doesn't mean you're immune to catching the coronavirus. Plan any travel carefullyThe CDC recommends delaying any travel, domestic or international, until you're fully vaccinated.
After suffering lung problem due to Covid, Joshua Kimmich says he should have been vaccinated
(CNN) Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich says he should have been vaccinated sooner after suffering a lung problem due to Covid-19. Kimmich had previously expressed a reluctance to get vaccinated due to "fears and concerns" about the vaccine, but says doctors found liquid in his lung which will now keep him out of action until 2022. Kimmich says he was told intense activity could lead to heart problems and long-term effects. "For several reasons, it would have been better to have gotten an earlier vaccination," Kimmich told German outlet ZDF . "In general, it was difficult for me to cope with my fears and concerns.
Bayern Munich stars Joshua Kimmich and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting test positive for Covid-19 as club grapples with virus
(CNN) Bayern Munich stars Joshua Kimmich and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting have tested positive for Covid-19, the German club said on Wednesday. Later on Wednesday, Bayern confirmed that Kimmich had also tested posted and was self-isolating at home. Kimmich was "doing well," according to the Bundesliga club. The Bayern duo's positive results comes as the club grapples with a number of players quarantining due to coronavirus amid Germany's deteriorating Covid-19 situation. Choupo-Moting, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, and Michael Cuisance entered quarantine after a contact person tested positive for Covid-19, according to Bayern on Sunday.
Mark Meadows' lawyer argues against contempt charges ahead of Jan. 6 committee vote
A lawyer for Mark Meadows has sent a letter to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attacks arguing that the former White House chief of staff should not be subject to criminal contempt of Congress charges. The committee is set to vote Monday night to recommend charges against Meadows, who said last week that he would no longer cooperate with the investigation. Meadows’ lawyer did not address that alleged email in his letter and he declined to comment. "The executive privilege for presidential communications is a qualified one that Mr. Trump agrees must give way when necessary to protect overriding interests. In addition to arguing that executive privilege applies, Meadows’ lawyer makes a more narrow argument for why his client cannot be guilty of a crime — that he relied on his lawyers.
'It's heartbreaking:' Survivors speak about tornadoes, destruction caused by storms
After a string of deadly tornadoes tore through six states, survivors in the Midwest are picking up the pieces and trying to move forward amid the devastating destruction. Dec. 13, 2021
Photo from Kentucky tornado-damaged home lands almost 130 miles away
When Katie Posten walked outside Saturday morning to her car parked in her driveway, she saw something that looked like a note or receipt stuck to the windshield. Swatzell 1942.”A few hours later, Posten would discover that the photo had made quite a journey — almost 130 miles on the back of monstrous winds. Katie Posten / APSure enough, that’s what happened. That man was Cole Swatzell, who commented that the photo belonged to family members in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, almost 130 miles away from New Albany, as the crow flies, and 167 miles away by car. In one documented case from the 1920s, paper debris traveled 230 miles from the Missouri Bootheel into southern Illinois.
'It's going to get better': Mayfield residents survey tornado wreckage
Residents of Mayfield, Kentucky, spoke of their losses and hopes for the future after Friday night's tornado struck their small town.Dec.
Washington’s cybersecurity wish list for 2022
Washington’s cybersecurity wish list for 2022 Presented by ManTechQuick Fix— Cyber incident reporting legislation and bolstering the cyber workforce top former officials and industry leaders’ wish list in the new year. David Kris, former head of DOJ’s national security division and current founder of Culper Partners, put this legislation at the top of his list. Liska told MC he wants to see the AmeriCorps program expand to include cybersecurity professionals. — Building on the foundation: For some, they want to see the Biden administration build on the cybersecurity policy and regulatory foundation it built in 2021. Rob Joyce, the NSA’s director of cybersecurity, also said the agency’s open source tool to reverse engineer cyberattacks, called GHIDRA, was affected.
Newsom borrows Texas abortion law’s logic
Newsom borrows Texas abortion law’s logic Presented by Our Health CaliforniaTHE BUZZ — BACK AT YOU: Gov. The Democratic governor situated his decision squarely in the context of Texas’ ‘abortion bounty’ law. A message from Our Health California: Every person deserves access to high-quality, affordable health care when they need it. Our Health California is sponsored by hospitals, health systems, and the California Hospital Association. Our Health California, a grassroots advocacy community of more than 1 million people, is dedicated to building a healthier society.
Why You Eat the Same Thing For Breakfast Every Day
I’ve eaten this combination of breakfast foods for the past two years. If you had oatmeal and fruit and coffee for breakfast on Monday, for instance, how many other times this week did you eat that precise combination of foods for breakfast? Why do so many of us eat the same thing for breakfast day after day, when we do not repeat a lunch or dinner? A reflection of our culture, marketing tends to emphasize the utilitarian rather than hedonic benefits of breakfast foods. Whether the goals we pursue originate in our culture or biology, the different goals we pursue appear to be the psychological driver of our tendency to eat the same breakfast day after day, and we have control over the goals we choose to pursue.
9 money moves to make before becoming your own boss
Amid the “Great Resignation” and ongoing pandemic, millions of Americans are quitting their jobs to become their own bosses. Deciding to leave a steady job to freelance or start your own business generally isn’t something you should do without proper planning. When you’re just starting outThere are even more things to consider once you have taken the leap and gone solo. She also recommends having a good attorney depending on the type of business you’re launching. “I think the fun of being freelance is that you can diversify your schedule.”This article originally appeared on Invest in You: Ready.
Jan. 6 Panel Set To Vote On Holding Mark Meadows In Contempt
Then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters outside the White House, Oct. 26, 2020, in Washington. The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection says it has “no choice” but to move forward with contempt charges against Meadows. Meadows’ testimony could be key, as he was Trump’s top aide at the time and was with him in the White House as the rioters breached the building. The committee’s chairman, Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, scheduled the vote last week after Meadows failed to show up at his deposition. In other texts, sent the day of the attack, Meadows’ former colleagues encouraged him to get Trump to discourage the violence, the committee said.
Biden administration’s higher education rulemaking agenda moves ahead
—The Education Department’s negotiated-rulemaking committee on Friday wrapped up its work after months of debate over the Biden administration’s proposals. —Looking ahead: The Education Department is now bound, with some exceptions, to move forward with the regulatory proposals on which negotiators agreed. — The new timeline for releasing the proposed Title IX rules was included as part of a biannual government-wide regulatory agenda released on Friday. The new Title IX target of April, though not binding for the Education Department, is a month earlier than the agency’s previous estimate of May. — Advocacy groups have been complaining for months that the Biden administration is taking too long to reverse Trump-era Title IX policies.
'Everything is gone': Factory worker survives tornadoes but loses job, car and home
Andrea Miranda, a former Mayfield candle factory worker, describes being stuck under debris for two hours while a string of deadly tornadoes ripped through the Midwest. Miranda recently moved to Kentucky from Puerto Rico and broke down when telling MSNBC's Jose Diaz-Balart that she lost "everything" in the storms.Dec.
Yet another anti-election memo from Team Trump comes to the fore
It's obviously a problem that Team Trump prepared and disseminated anti-election memos in the wake of the 2020 presidential election. Less than a week before the Jan. 6 attack, John McEntee, a White House aide, prepared his own anti-election memo, complete with unfortunate historical inaccuracies. As it turns out, however, the list of anti-election memos doesn't stop there. Politico reported late last week that Ellis actually prepared more than one of these documents. As for the bigger picture, I continue to believe we've arrived at a bizarre point in American history: When the political debate turns to Team Trump's anti-election memo, we now have to ask, "Which one?"
Yes, Your Kids Can Play Outside All Winter
So when one of her daughters feels the chill, “you get to put your hands on mommy’s belly. The Reykjavik, Iceland-based father of a 2-year-old daughter has spent four years leading winter camping and mountaineering trips for scientists in Antarctica. Dress kids in gauntlet-style gloves or mittens that cinch over their jacket’s cuffs, and keep cold winds from sneaking down their necks with a gaiter. A jacket overlapping with bib snow pants will be warmer than shorter layers that can gape open when kids are off and moving. And keep it simple: Kids aren’t likely to listen to complicated instructions while standing around in the cold.
Tinder for Sperm: Even in the Petri Dish, Looks and Athleticism Are Prized
When babies are made the old-fashioned, unassisted way, sperm must navigate an Odyssean journey from cervix through uterus to fallopian tube, confronting fluctuations in temperature, acidity and viscosity along the way. Some research has suggested that olfactory or hormone receptors in sperm cells may act like a GPS, guiding sperm toward the egg. At the time of fertilization, only about a dozen of the 300 million sperm per ejaculate of semen are within the vicinity of the egg, Dr. Muller said. Instead, they pick a single sperm and inject it into the egg, a technique called intracytoplasmic sperm injection or ICSI (pronounced ICK-see). another pioneering ICSI researcher and director of The Infertility Center of St. Louis, said his laboratory uses ICSI 100 percent of the time.
When Your 200-Month-Old Can’t Sleep Through the Night
In a study presented as an abstract at this meeting, researchers looked at national survey data about the sleep habits of 49,050 children from 6 to 17, to see how many were getting enough sleep. guidelines for sufficient sleep: a minimum of nine hours a night for younger children and eight for adolescents. The researchers found that 31.9 percent of the 13- to 17-year-olds did not get sufficient sleep. The study looked at the association between how much sleep kids were getting and whether they appeared to be “flourishing” according to several measures. And in addition to poor concentration, sleep deprivation may contribute to poor executive function, and an increased tendency toward bad judgment.
Opinion | Unvaccinated, and Hospitalized With Covid
Doctor in Michigan, Where Unvaccinated People Are Filling Hospital Beds” (Opinion guest essay, nytimes.com, Dec. 8):Dr. Rob Davidson’s experiences at a small Michigan hospital mirror my own working as a staff pharmacist at a small regional medical center in Minnesota. For more than a month we have seen our patient census at two to three times normal, with anywhere from a third to two-thirds of patients ill with Covid-19. Our emergency room is constantly full with all manner of patients, though those with Covid-19 or suspected Covid-19 make up the majority. Determination to give quality care coexists with fear of missing something important while caring for so many patients.
Golden Globes Nominations 2022: The Complete List
If the Golden Globes aren’t televised, do they still matter? To the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the troubled organization behind the film and television awards, the answer is yes. It plans to release on Monday a full list of nominations for its 2022 ceremony, even though NBC has canceled the broadcast. But the reforms themselves ran into problems, as stars, publicists, filmmakers and others suggested they did not go far enough. Here’s the complete list.
My Daughter and I Were Diagnosed With Autism on the Same Day
Presented at the 2016 International Meeting for Autism Research, their unpublished research involved an online survey of more than 300 autistic mothers. “It should now be a routine requirement for autism researchers to collaborate with autistic people in every project,” Dr. Baron-Cohen said. She was already the mother of five of her six children (three of whom are on the autism spectrum) when she got her autism diagnosis at 38. “Autistic mothers are their own worst critics,” Grant said. She recommends that autistic mothers find a support network of other mothers on the spectrum, including those who are “out and proud” on social media, like her.
N.Y.C. Food Banks Adapt to Pandemic’s Long Haul
“Food Bank for New York City is the largest food assistance organization in New York City. We’re actually moving more food out of the warehouse than we ever have before. And then we also have to balance that with the fact that we’re constantly looking for drivers to put in those trucks. And across the city, we’re seeing a 44 percent increase in New Yorkers who rely on food bank services.” “In my house, there are eight people and two babies. Gratefully, we have the food that we need right now.
As Covid Deaths Rise, Lingering Grief Gets a New Name
The 35-year-old social media manager from Cranston, R.I., left her job and deactivated her social media accounts, and has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and complicated grief. “There’s the number of how many people who have been lost to Covid, but not a lot of focus on how hellish it is in the aftermath,” she said. Grief counselors say that Covid deaths may be as traumatic as losing someone suddenly and violently, like to a suicide, murder or fatal car crash. Prolonged grief disorder is associated with a greater risk for sleep disorders, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, hospitalization and suicide attempts. “None of these will prevent grief, but they can help us integrate and bear with inevitable losses with greater strength, support and wisdom,” he said.
Deadly Tornadoes Slam Six States
“This has been the most devastating tornado event in our state’s history. And for those that have seen it, what it’s done here in Grace County and elsewhere, it is indescribable.” “Everywhere along the line of this tornado that touched down and stayed down for 227 miles over 200 in Kentucky has been severely and significantly impacted.” “I have talked to the secretary of Homeland Security, while I have been here, he has pledged his full support and we are hearing that from every part of the federal administration and from our U.S. senators and from our congressmen.
Opinion : Thousands of incarcerated people deserve to come home. Here’s how prosecutors can help.
Almost one year after I stood outside the prison walls waiting for Love to return home, he is a computer programmer working at a tech company in his hometown, San Jose, and a pillar of the community. And he is not the only one: Alwin Smith, released this year, now interns at a church where he helps provide mobile showers for people who are homeless. Dean Thomas, released last year, is a mechanic who visits and feeds the same birds whose wings he used to mend in the prison yard.
These spiced spelt cookies, with ginger and cayenne, channel the softness of Mexican puerquitos
Spoon the icing into a pastry bag or zip-top plastic bag. If using a plastic bag, cut off one small corner to create a tiny tip opening with which to pipe your decorations. Starting on one edge, pipe a string all the way around the border of the cookie and decorate the rest as desired. If using a cactus cookie shape, it looks good to pipe the edge of each arm to create definition. Then pipe small dots inside the shape to resemble snow.
Debunking credit myths for first-time home buyers
There are a number of factors that can contribute to a low credit score. If you’ve faced financial hardship and struggled to consistently pay down your debts, that negative information is probably on your credit report and bringing down your credit score. If you see incorrect information on your report, that could be dragging down your score, too. You can go to your lender or the credit bureaus and get that information removed, for free.
Opinion : There’s a lot for conservatives to embrace in critical race theory. The question is what we should do with it.
It’s often suggested that White Americans owe something to Black Americans, or that White people should live with guilt over their “White privilege.” But White privilege is not a privilege at all. It’s the range of opportunities that are promised to all Americans. When we fall short of delivering on that promise, it’s incumbent not just on White Americans, but on the United States as a nation — as an institution — to rectify that imbalance. That’s why I have argued in favor of reparations for descendants of enslaved people.
Golden Globe nominations 2022: The award show everyone thought was gone is back with new nods
It remains to be seen whether the notoriously boozy ceremony, which has consistently averaged high television ratings, will attract its usual slew of A-list attendees as well. Ben Fritz, author of the book “The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies,” previously told The Post it would have been risky for the HFPA to try to skip a year and return the next, given that “people could be like, ‘There was no Golden Globes this year and we did just fine.' … Their calculated risk is it’s better to have a shadow of an awards show, but still exist, than no show at all.”
Tornado batters Dawson Springs, hometown of the Kentucky governor’s father
“I think with the governor's love for this town, he will do his best to get the funding and other things we need,” said Coble, adding that she knew seven of the people among the dead so far. “It’s going to take a lot to get people back up on their feet because they won’t be able to do it out of their own pockets.”
Golden Globes 2022: See the list of nominees
(CNN) Nominations for the 79th Annual Golden Globe Awards, celebrating the best in television and film, were revealed on Monday. The movies "The Power of the Dog" and "Belfast" led film nominees, earning seven nods each. The HBO drama "Succession" earned the most nominations for TV series with five, followed closely with Apple's "Ted Lasso" and "The Morning Show" with four nominations each. Rapper Snoop Dogg announced the nominees. The HFPA announced in October its "most diverse" class of new members and plans to carry on with the show -- with or without a broadcast home or nominees in attendance at the Jan. 9 event.
Opinion: How to improve our odds against deadly tornadoes
My colleagues and I work to develop better equations, better computer forecasting models, better ways to warn people and better options for shelter. For about 70% of tornado warnings, no tornado occurs at all. Amplifying this problem of broad tornado warnings is that there is little nuance. Efforts were made several years ago to reduce the false alarm rate with tornado warnings, yet this led to shorter average lead times and even unwarned tornadoes. To start, communities and industries need to improve and expand tornado shelter infrastructure to make buildings more resistant to tornadoes.
Lucid Motors subpoenaed by the SEC over its SPAC deal. Shares plunge
New York (CNN Business) Upstart electric vehicle maker Lucid Motors disclosed Monday it has received a subpoena from the SEC, sending its shares plunging 10% in early trading. The company said the probe "appears to concern" the SPAC deal that took it public earlier this year, along with "certain projections and statements." Lucid LCID raised $4 billion through its combination with Churchill Capital Corp., which was a shell company set up to take a company public without having to go through the typical initial public offering process. The deal was announced in February and shares started trading on Nasdaq in July. Shares of Lucid had nearly doubled since they started trading on the Nasdaq.
Big carmakers show they too can gain from the electric car shake-up
That means electric vehicles are bringing in those always sought after "conquest sales." Among buyers of the new Ford Mustang Mach-E, almost 70% were not already Ford customers, according to Edmunds.com. For customers who have purchased an electric vehicle, that's probably going to mean another electric vehicle, said Tyson Jominy, vice president of data analytics at J.D. GM has more electric models coming but, in the short term, has no electric vehicles to sell at all right now. The first and most important job, though, is making sure the customer is happy with the electric vehicle they just bought.
Lucid Air named MotorTrend Car of the Year
New York (CNN Business) The Lucid Air, the first model from California-based electric car start-up company Lucid Motors, has been named MotorTrend's 2022 Car of the Year. MotorTrend's panel of judges lauded the Lucid Air for its extraordinary range and efficiency -- some versions can go up to 520 miles on a single charge -- as well as its performance and luxurious interior. In its announcement, MotorTrend called the Air "the new [electric vehicle] benchmark." A Lucid Air is the most efficient electric car sold in the United States, according to EPA estimates. The Air is Lucid's first car, and it only recently went into production.
Why return-to-office headlines don't reflect the messy reality
Major tech and media companies have set their third attempt at returning to the office en masse in early 2022. Google on Thursday told staffers that the company will not be fully returning to offices in early January, after all. It will wait until 2022 to assess when workers will head back to a "stable, long-term working environment." Here's what I feel confident saying: The Drudge Report's Thursday banner, "RETURN TO OFFICE CANCELED," was an overstatement. Facebook for example, "is sticking with its previous January 2022 return date," the SF Chronicle reported in a story about Google's delay.
Dubai is switching its work week to align with global markets
Abu Dhabi/London (CNN Business) The United Arab Emirates and its international finance hub Dubai are switching to a four-and-a-half-day work week ending at midday Friday to make it easier to do business globally. The UAE, which has a predominantly Muslim population, said that work will end at 12 p.m. local time (3 a.m. Friday is considered the holiest day of the week for Muslims. From January, prayers will begin at 1.15 pm local, about an hour later than at present. Public sector employees will also be offered the chance to work flexibly on Friday, including from home, the government said.
Volkswagen to put more than half its spending into electric vehicles
(CNN) More than half the money Volkswagen Group spends in the next five years will go towards electric vehicles and other high-technology efforts, the German automaker announced Thursday. By the end of 2026, VW expects that 25% of the vehicles it sells globally will be electric. Currently, electric vehicles account for 5% to 6% of VW sales. This marks the first time VW is budgeting more than half its total spending -- which totals roughly $180 billion -- for EVs. VW's Project Trinity, a new flagship electric car planned for around 2025, will be built at Wolfsburg.
Elon Musk doubles down on ending subsidies as competitors reap more benefits
So you might think he'd support the federal government funding electric vehicle charging stations. Today there are about 45,000 charging stations in the US. The infrastructure bill allocates $7.5 billion for charging infrastructure, which the Biden administration hopes will reach its goal of 500,000 charging stations. Tesla's charging stations in the US can currently only be used by Tesla vehicles. New charging stations will likely be immediately more accessible and affordable for non-Tesla owners.
Walking from your bed to home office now counts as commuting in Germany
London (CNN Business) A man who slipped down the stairs and broke his back while walking from his bed to home office can file a claim on his employer's insurance after a court in Germany ruled that he was commuting at the time. feet qualified as a commute. The ruling by Germany's federal social court came after two lower courts disagreed over whether the journey of a fewfeetqualified as a commute. His employer's insurance initially refused to cover the claim. But because he was walking down the stairs, for the first time that day straight to his home office, the court considered his journey to be "insured as an activity in the interest of his employer, as a commute to work."
Rivian R1T plcks up MotorTrend Truck of the Year Award
(CNN) Some brand new car companies are hitting huge home runs with groundbreaking new vehicles, according to the staff at MotorTrend. The Rivian R1T has just been awarded the 2022 MotorTrend Truck of the Year Award just a month after the Lucid Air won the Car of the Year award. In each case, it was the first time any automaker has won the award with its first vehicle. Tesla won Car of the Year in 2013 with the Tesla Model S, another electric vehicle from a startup automaker, but that was Tesla's second model, after the original Tesla Roadster. The Rivian R1T is also the first truck not made by one of the traditional Detroit's Big Three automakers to win the award since 2008.
Wall Street firm Jefferies returns to remote work and cancels social events after dozens of Covid cases
New York (CNN) Dozens of Jefferies employees have tested positive for Covid-19, forcing the Wall Street firm to ask staff to work from home, stop virtually all travel and cancel social events. The investment bank said that since the start of December, it has experienced nearly 40 new Covid cases. Tuesday alone saw 10 cases, causing nearly 50 employees to quarantine until they test negative. Jefferies is based in New York, but it has nearly three dozen offices around the world, including in London and Hong Kong. The bank pointed out that 95% of all employees are vaccinated and 100% of those who enter its offices are vaccinated.
Opinion: Inflation is out of control. It's time for the Fed to raise interest rates
Prices for everything, from necessities like food, energy and shelter, to luxury goods like autos and vacations, continue to climb. While achieving full employment and price stability are both part of the Fed's dual mandate, it should probably be more worried about these higher prices. The Fed must act now to help prevent faster inflation from scuttling the US economic expansion and eroding consumers' purchasing power. That means it should accelerate the pace of its quantitative easing taper, and raise interest rates a few times next year. And a recent survey of CFOs indicated that companies plan to pass higher costs down to consumers.
Melissa Clark's Spicy Chicken and Orzo Soup Recipe
So cozy and comforting, while still being packed with nutrients. It's extra easy to make since the soup is made of mostly pantry ingredients and leftover chicken. Use my Roasted Chicken Thighs with Garlicky Cucumber Yogurt in this recipe. Technique tip: The key is to have a really rich and tasty chicken stock! Swap option: Swap the orzo out for another type of pasta (macaroni, mini shells, etc.
Melissa Clark roasts chicken thighs, then uses the leftovers to make soup
Roast chicken is just the thing to make to enjoy one night and then turn into soups, sandwiches, potpies, pastas and many more satisfying dishes. Food writer, cookbook author and staff reporter for The New York Times, Melissa Clark is joining TODAY to share one of her go-to make-ahead chicken recipes that can be turned into a second easy dinner. She shows us how to make marinated roast chicken thighs with garlicky yogurt sauce and uses the leftovers to prepare a warming soup with orzo and spinach. I love this recipe because of the boneless, skinless chicken thighs. If you like those make-ahead recipes, you should also try these:
Melissa Clark's Roasted Chicken Thighs with Garlicky Cucumber Yogurt Recipe
Technique tip: Make the cucumber yogurt sauce when the chicken is in the oven to be efficient with your time, but also, the flavors in the sauce will develop more with time. The cucumber yogurt is great the next day! I love this recipe because of the boneless, skinless chicken thighs. While chicken is in the oven, make the cucumber yogurt. Serve chicken accompanied by cucumber yogurt sauce and a drizzle of olive oil over everything.
Biden administration releasing strategy for U.S. electric vehicle charging network
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is releasing a federal strategy Monday to implement an ambitious plan to build 500,000 charging stations for electric vehicles across the country and ultimately transform the U.S. auto industry. The law also provides an additional $2.5 billion for local grants to support charging stations in rural areas and in disadvantaged communities. “President Biden, American families, automakers, and autoworkers agree: the future of transportation is electric,? the White House said in a statement. Currently, the U.S. market share of plug-in electric vehicle sales is one-third the size of the Chinese EV market. The two departments also will launch an advisory committee on electric vehicles that officials hope is up and running early next year.
Vatican official apologizes for taking down LGBTQ resource
A Vatican official has apologized to a leading Catholic LGBTQ advocacy group for having yanked a reference to it from the Vatican website, saying he realized the move caused pain and that the Catholic Church does indeed want to include gays and hear from them. The synod’s communications director, Thierry Bonaventura, said he wanted to apologize “to all LGBT and to the members of New Ways Ministries for the pain caused” and urged them to contribute their reflections on the consultation process. Other U.S. resources alongside it were the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the archdioceses of Boston and Newark. But the New Ways Ministries reference was taken down earlier this month without explanation. Suspicion fell on the U.S. bishops conference, which is headed by conservatives who have kept New Ways Ministries at arms’ length.
Vice President Harris announces private investments in Central America
WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday announced $1.2 billion in commitments from international businesses to support the economies and social infrastructure of Central American nations, as she works to address what the White House terms the “root causes” of migration to the United States. Harris was tapped in March by President Joe Biden to work to counter the social, economic and political forces that drive migrants and asylum seekers to the U.S., including many who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. In May, Harris appealed to the private sector to invest in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras in an effort to improve stability and opportunity in the Central American countries. Monday’s announcement builds on that “call to action,” as she announces new commitments and encourages other companies to continue their investment. Follow NBC Latino on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Israeli prime minister meets with UAE Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed
Israel's prime minister has arrived in the UAE for a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed, the first trip to the Arab state by an Israeli leader a year after both nations established diplomatic relations. Dec. 13, 2021
Kentucky inmate on run after rescue following deadly tornado, police say
An inmate who was working in a Kentucky candle factory when a tornado ripped the building apart is now on the run, according to police. Francisco Starks, 44, was working at Mayfield Consumer Products' candle factory as part of a work release program when a tornado tore through, according to Kentucky State Police. Kentucky State Police Dept. The devastating outbreak, which included more than 30 tornado reports, is an extremely rare event this late in the year. As of early Monday morning, at least 35 people had been confirmed dead in Kentucky following the storm, according to an NBC News tally.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, is Time's 'Person of the Year'
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has been named Time magazine’s "Person of the Year" for 2021. “He is reshaping life on Earth and possibly life off Earth as well,” Edward Felsenthal, Time's Editor-In-Chief, said on the "TODAY" show Monday. In Time's profile of Musk, Felsentahl wrote: “Person of the Year is a marker of influence, and few individuals have had more influence than Musk on life on Earth, and potentially life off Earth too." “In 2021, Musk emerged not just as the world’s richest person but also as perhaps the richest example of a massive shift in our society,” he said. For nearly a century, the magazine has annually selected a Person of the Year.
Bulgarian parliament backs Kiril Petkov as PM
In his speech, the incoming PM Kiril Petkov said the country's top priorities are fighting COVID-19 and an energy crisis | Nikolay Doychinov/AFP via Getty ImagesThe Bulgarian parliament on Monday approved a new government led by political newcomer and Harvard graduate Kiril Petkov, bringing to an end months of political turmoil. In his speech, the incoming PM said the country’s top priorities are fighting COVID-19 and an energy crisis, saying: “We have two options. The other is to urge people to get vaccinated, the only way forward without locking up our children and elderly.”On energy, Petkov said that the “Greek connection” should become a top priority, referring to the construction of a gas interconnector linking the two countries. An April election removed Borissov from power and a second vote in July offered no route to a new government before Petkov emerged in November’s vote. “This government’s mandate will rest on having a zero-tolerance policy for corruption,” Petkov said.
Putin and Biden agreed to hold more talks, Kremlin says
MOSCOW — President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to hold more talks amid tensions over a Russian troop build-up near Ukraine, the Kremlin said on Sunday, and Putin would like to meet in person at some stage too. The Kremlin said Putin and Biden had agreed to hold more talks during a video call on Dec. 7 that focused on East-West relations, which have sunk to their lowest level since the end of the Cold War and are currently strained by the Russian troop build-up near Ukraine. Putin on Dec. 7 told Biden that Russian troops were on Russian territory and did not pose a threat to anyone, Peskov said. However, he said the two leaders had agreed to hold another round of talks, maybe by video link, a format the two presidents liked. "(We will) definitely see each other, I would really want that to happen," Putin told Biden, according to a short video released on state TV channel Rossiya 1.
Biden aims to cut bureaucratic runaround for gov't services
The country has seen a strong economic rebound as coronavirus relief programs sent money directly to Americans. The new executive order should bring government services into the digital era, said Bill Sweeney, senior vice president of government affairs for AARP, an association for older Americans. I think people are accustomed to that now and they’re demanding that government keep up as well.”The goal is to implement most of the order’s changes across 17 federal agencies within the next year. Medicare recipients are to be able to access personalized online tools for saving money on drugs and managing their health care. It should become easier to update mailing addresses with the government or change names with the Social Security Administration.
2022 Golden Globes Nominations Are Here After A Year Of Controversy And Boycotts
If an awards show announces its nominations, but no one is around to watch the ceremony, does it really even matter? That’s the question facing the 2022 Golden Globes. The controversy resulted in a full-blown implosion for the awards show. AdvertisementBut whether the changes will be swift or meaningful enough to attract Hollywood talent remains to be seen. AdvertisementCheck out the 2022 Golden Globes nominations below.
28 Of The Funniest Tweets About Married Life (Nov. 30-Dec.13)
And somehow, the spouses of Twitter continue to find humor in the minutiae of married life ? and sum it up perfectly in no more than 280 characters. Every other week, we round up the funniest marriage tweets of the previous 14 days. Read on for 28 new, relatable ones that will have you laughing in agreement.
Is It Possible To Reverse Gray Hair?
As such, there are products designed to stop those gray hairs from happening ? some supplements promise to prevent gray hair from coming in in the first place, while other topicals claim to reverse the gray. AdvertisementWhile the mechanisms behind hair color are complicated, in the simplest terms, gray hair is caused by the loss of pigmentation. As we age, we produce less hair pigmentation, which results in gray hair. Even hair products — including those used to color or bleach hair — can include ingredients that decrease the melanin in hair. But according to the experts we spoke with, the ability to reverse gray hair or prevent age-related color changes isn’t possible.
Could Texas' abortion ban be used as a model for gun laws?
In all, four states are weighing proposals to adopt the bounty system currently in place in Texas. Gavin Newsom said he plans to use the same tactic as Texas' abortion law to target assault rifle sales after the Supreme Court declined to block enforcement of the law. Keep in mind, Texas' abortion ban broke new legal ground. If Texas' bounty system is ultimately rejected, a related gun law in California would likely run into similar trouble. But if Texas' law is upheld, it may very well inspire unintended copycats.
‘Succession’ Season Finale Recap: Do Not Pass Go
This episode addressed the first of those topics early, after a bit of a tease at the start. Maybe — as Shiv and Connor both insist — they even love him. The “intervention” scene between Kendall and his brothers and sister is the second indication that this episode is going to be something special. Shiv and Roman run to Kendall to get his advice and support, and find their brother still mired in a funk and difficult to rouse. But it’s hard to argue with the results in this episode, as Kendall confesses to Shiv and Roman that he is responsible for a young man drowning to death.
What is the best way to remove ivy from around a chimney?
The Brick Industry Association, a trade group, recommends removing ivy from a test patch, so you can assess whether it’s feasible to proceed with removing all of it or whether you would be better off keeping it trimmed. For the test area, the association recommends against spraying with chemicals, because that could damage or stain the brick. Instead, it suggests cutting off the vines as close to the brick as possible. Leave rootlets embedded in the mortar or bricks until they dry up and turn dark, a process that the association says should take two or three weeks — not years. Once the remnants are dry, scrub them off with a stiff fiber brush and laundry detergent.
‘Sesame Street’ documentary ‘Street Gang’ is as sweet as the show — to its detriment
“Street Gang” is particularly laudatory about the series’ milestones in race, resulting in some of the film’s most frustrating segments. “Sesame Street” was a model of racial integration in its early years — an achievement that got it banned in at least one Mississippi media market. But a brief section on the Black-coded character Roosevelt Franklin — a purple-felt creation by Black cast member Matt Robinson (who also played Gordon) and the target of a letter-writing campaign by unhappy Black parents — underscores the film’s preference for gloss over analysis. Agrelo also praises the series’ inclusion of Latinx characters like Luis (Emilio Delgado) and Maria (Sonia Manzano), without noting, as Davis does in his book, that they were the result of protests about the show’s lack of Brown characters. (For their parts, Delgado voices pride in his stereotype-busting role as a small-business owner, and Manzano remembers the enormous creative input she was allowed by Stone.)
Champions League round-of-16 draw turns into fiasco after numerous errors
The errant draw initially paired Manchester United of the English Premier League with Villareal of Spain even though the teams shared a group in the previous round and thus were ineligible to play each other in the round of 16. Manchester United then was drawn to face Paris St. Germain, which would have given the world another tantalizing matchup between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but UEFA voided the draw about 90 minutes after it happened, blaming the errors on “a technical problem with the software of an external service provider that instructs the officials as to which teams are eligible to play each other.”
Future of Work: Requiring workers to return to the office is a ‘doomed approach’
A: I personally really don’t like the word hybrid. The number of days people spend in the office is not going to be a significant factor in figuring out the workplace dynamics or productivity. The idea that everything’s going to be exactly the same as it used to be except we’ll go to the office two days a week instead of five days a week really misses out on two fronts. From the employer side, you just won’t have access to the broad base of talent that you have if you’re more flexible. One role says you have to be in an office five days a week and the other one says you can be in the office as much as you want to or need to.
Kungfu Kitchen review: Alexandria restaurant serves up a tasty survey of Sichuan, Shanghai and Manchu dishes
Pork also stars in two other Manchu preparations: the spicy shredded pork with cilantro and the homestyle crispy pork loin, a pair of dishes that basically occupy opposite ends of the heat spectrum. The former are thin strips of pork, coated lightly in a cornstarch batter, and stir-fried with dried chiles and what seems like a whole bunch of cilantro, stems and all. Fair warning: The herb’s prime characteristics are on full display, particularly the soapy quality that drives people to create Facebook hate groups, but I find the greens the perfect foil to the electrifying heat of the dish.
Washington Football Team key questions after loss to Dallas Cowboys
In the first half Sunday, the strategy fell apart. Washington struggled to run — Dallas was winning the line of scrimmage, Rivera said — and faced an average third down of 9.8 yards. If the offense can’t rely on what seems to make everyone most comfortable, the quarterback must compensate. Heinicke has had some success throwing in obvious passing situations, most notably in a Week 4 win at Atlanta, but Dallas forced him to hesitate and feel pressure or make risky passes.
Harris announces private-sector investments as she seeks to address migration from Central America
It said, for example, that PepsiCo, the global food and beverage company, would invest $190 million in northern Central America through 2025, including improvements to its manufacturing plans in the region. The company already has a long-standing presence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, including a regional manufacturing hub in Guatemala.
Biden to sign executive order to improve ‘customer’ experience when accessing government services
Since taking office, Biden has repeatedly emphasized his desire to show that government can work for its citizens. Monday’s order will be among the most concrete actions he has taken to seek to deliver on that pledge.
Democrats’ plan to cap insulin prices faces GOP threat, skeptical advocates
One branded insulin drug called Humalog, which cost about $21 per vial when Eli Lilly introduced it in 1996, lists today at about $275 in the United States — an increase that has mystified and angered public health experts, who say the drug formula has not changed, even as its price has multiplied. Patients may need several vials per month of the medicine, which is available at a fraction of the cost overseas. Although Eli Lilly debuted a half-price generic version of the drug in 2019, experts faulted the move as insufficient.
Gift giving: Is it really the thought that counts? Psychologists weigh in.
Take, for example, some people’s aversion to giving cash or gift cards because they believe it is too impersonal. Not only is gifting money accepted, and in some cases expected, within certain cultures, but Steffel said her research also indicates that recipients may prefer gifts with more flexibility, including gift cards that aren’t store specific. “They rather have that Visa gift card or Amazon gift card that allows them to get whatever they want or need.”
Park So Dam, star of 'Parasite,' treated for thyroid cancer
(CNN) South Korean actress Park So Dam, who shot to fame at home and abroad thanks to her role in the Oscar-winning movie "Parasite," has been diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. Park, aged 30, was diagnosed during a regular health check and has undergone surgery, her agency, ArtistCompany, said in a statement sent to CNN on Monday. Papillary thyroid cancer is the most common type of thyroid cancer, according to the UK's National Health Service (NHS). It normally affects people under 40 years of age, particularly women, and tends to be easier to treat than other types of thyroid cancer, the NHS says. "Around 9 in every 10 people are alive 5 years after a diagnosis of thyroid cancer," the NHS says on its website.
Doja Cat, positive for Covid-19, drops out of tour
(CNN) Doja Cat has announced she's dropped out of the 2021 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour after testing positive for Covid-19. The singer posted on her verified Instagram account that some members of her production team also tested positive. "I'm sad to share that I just tested positive as well and will no longer be able to perform on the rest of the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour," her statement read. "While my spirits are down since I can't be there to celebrate the holiday with my fans in Philly, DC, Atlanta and Miami, I'm doing ok and look forward to recovering and getting back out there as soon as I can!"
Time Person of the Year: Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, named most influential of 2021
New York (CNN Business) Time magazine has named CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk as Person of the Year. "Person of the Year is a marker of influence, and few individuals have had more influence than Musk on life on Earth, and potentially life off Earth too," Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal wrote . "In 2021, Musk emerged not just as the world's richest person but also as perhaps the richest example of a massive shift in our society." In 2020, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were picked together as of Person of the Year. For example, Adolf Hitler was named Man of the Year in 1938.
He killed some of Coke's most beloved brands. And he'd do it all over again
As CEO of Coca-Cola, James Quincey killed about half of the brands in the company's portfolio. "In the case of Coke Energy, it was pretty clear that it wasn't going to work in 2020," he noted. "He's allowed experimentation with the brand," he said, adding that "in years past, it would be difficult" to introduce a new Coke brand so quickly. In 2017, the company changed the recipe and the product's name from Coke Zero to Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. Under Quincey's leadership, the company rebranded Coke Zero to Cola-Cola Zero Sugar, changed the recipe and updated the can design.
There aren't enough skilled workers for Biden's big infrastructure plan
Only some small-scale workforce skills and the allocation of transportation funds toward apprenticeship programs. Onlysome small-scale workforce skills measures were included , such as digital trainingand theallocation of transportation funds toward apprenticeship programs. A little more than half of infrastructure workers have a high school diploma or less as compared to nearly 32% of all workers, according to the Brookings Institution. "Mammas didn't want their babies to grow up to be construction workers." Construction workers stand in front of wind turbine blades at a wind farm in Encino, New Mexico.
California to propose reforms to major rooftop solar policy
California is expected to propose changes this week to a state policy that allows owners of private homes with solar panels to sell their excess energy into the electric grid at or near the retail rate. Sunrun RUN SunPower SPWR Any change to the policy could have sweeping impacts on the utility and solar industries -- including big panel installers likeand. California is home to about 40% of the nation's residential solar energy capacity. The state's Public Utilities Commission has been taking feedback on the issue from utilities, solar industry representatives and others, and could make an announcement as early as Monday. The commission last made modest changes to net metering in 2016.
Apple is about to become the world's first $3 trillion company
New York (CNN Business) Apple is on the verge of yet another major milestone. The iPhone maker is close to topping a market value of more than $3 trillion — the first publicly traded company ever to be worth that much. The stock needs to hit $182.85 for Apple to surpass the $3 trillion mark. Apple shares are up more than 35% this year alone. The company has benefited from booming demand for its new IPhone 13 and other older models as well as subscription services such as Apple Music, Apple TV+, iCloud and its popular App Store.
US businesses to lose a collective 3.1 million days of operation from flooding in 2022, report shows
In addition to the direct damage, these businesses would collectively lose 3.1 million days of operation in 2022 as they recover from flood events. In 30 years, damage costs will reach $16.9 billion and the days lost will climb to 4 million, the report estimates. Scientists reported in August that human-caused climate change is making flood events worse around the globe. Among metropolitan areas, Miami bears the highest costs in structural damage due to flooding, according to the report. Eby told CNN that businesses need the ability to plan, invest and grow their operations as climate change intensifies extreme weather.
Why was this weekend's F1 title so controversial?
(CNN) This Sunday, Max Verstappen clinched his first Formula One World Championship by beating Lewis Hamilton in a controversial season finale at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Red Bull then resorted to its Plan B, with Verstappen's teammate Sergio Pérez expertly holding up Hamilton after the Mercedes driver emerged from the pit lane in second. The Brit finally found a way past the Red Bull but not until he had Verstappen back on his heels. A controversial winVerstappen's win prevented Hamilton from surpassing the record he still shares with racing legend Michael Schumacher. Though Hamilton offered his congratulations to Verstappen, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was left visibly furious following the Dutchman's win.
These 5 stocks are driving the market
A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business' Before the Bell newsletter. London (CNN Business) Despite anxiety about inflation and the Omicron variant , the stock market is on track for another banner year. But on the whole, tech and Tesla have remained the undisputed market champions — even if the basket of winners looks slightly different. It was set to start trading as soon as this week, my CNN Business colleague Michelle Toh reports. Firings and layoffs have plummeted as bosses try to avoid staff shortages that could hurt their businesses, my CNN Business colleague Chris Isidore reports.
Search suspended after woman falls overboard from cruise ship
The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a woman who went overboard from a Carnival cruise ship off the coast of Mexico. Officials say the woman, believed to be in her 20s, fell overboard at around 3:30 a.m. Saturday.Dec.
Al Roker shares his favorite keto breakfast — and it's so easy to make
Put in any leftover veggies you have in the fridge. (This week, Al used broccoli.) Then chop and add leftover veggies. Interested in trying the keto diet? Talk to your doctor or a dietitian to figure out if the keto diet could work for you.
Pritzker’s name pops up in presidential plan B
Pritzker’s name pops up in presidential plan B Presented by AARPHappy Monday, Illinois. In a story by The New York Times about what “plan B” might be if President Joe Biden doesn’t run, Pritzker’s name popped up. Foxx’s office is working with the Cook County Regional Crime Task Force to address those crimes. — ENDORSEMENTS: Kari Steele has won the endorsement of four unions representing more than 50,000 workers in her bid for Cook County assessor. — Dan Balanoff has secured endorsements in his bid for a judicial circuit court seat in Cook County.
Revelations raise new questions about Mark Meadows, Jan. 6
When it comes to the investigation into the Jan. 6 attack, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has been a little indecisive in recent weeks. This is among the revelations from a 51-page document released yesterday by the House select committee, in advance of today's vote on holding Meadows in contempt. Politico's report added:In other messages described by the committee, Meadows appears to have asked members of Congress to help connect Trump with state lawmakers shortly after his defeat in November.... It's worth emphasizing for context that Meadows, before his latest reversal, did provide the bipartisan committee with some relevant information. If Meadows was up to his waist in the scandal before, the level has now reached his shoulders.
An Interview with Mayor Michelle Wu
An Interview with Mayor Michelle WuFROM THE HUB — Michelle Wu has been mayor of Boston for almost a month now. Wu hosts a press conference at 9 a.m. at the Boston Public Works Yard on winter-weather preparations. – “Sonia Chang-Díaz: Trust over balance on Beacon Hill,” by Amy Sokolow, Boston Herald: “Now that Republican Gov. This time it’s the city’s chief financial officer, Mary Sahady.”– "Kentucky deadly tornadoes: Massachusetts first responders on the way to help with recovery efforts," by Rick Sobey, Boston Herald: "Massachusetts Gov. HAPPY BIRTHDAY – to Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards and Nancy Jane Fitzpatrick.
California grocers sue to stop animal welfare law that could lead to bacon shortage
“We’re saying this is not going to work,” said Nate Rose, a spokesman for the California Grocers Association. Without that supply, it’s unclear if a state that consumes about 13 percent of the nation’s pork supply will have all the meat it demands. The North American Meat Institute, an industry group, said packers and processors “will do their best to serve the California market.”“What will happen in California? Massachusetts has approved a similar animal welfare law that takes effect next month, but state lawmakers are considering a one-year delay because of supply concerns. The accuracy of the California estimates could depend on how many farmers adopt the new standards and how long the transition takes.
India's Harnaaz Sandhu wins Miss Universe pageant
Harnaaz Sandhu from India was named Miss Universe in the Israeli resort of Eilat during a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the international pageant.Dec.
The four-day workweek gains traction in Congress
But since then, efforts to shorten how much Americans work have largely stalled, work hours have crept up, and the U.S. has fallen behind peer countries. Rather, it would require that employers pay overtime — time and a half — after 32 hours of labor. Rather, it would require that employers pay overtime — time and a half — after 32 hours of labor. The four-day workweek has become a subject of increasing fascination around the world in recent years — and experiments with it tend to look promising. It also seems to help that employees also are able to attend to personal business outside of work hours with the spare time, making any given day more focused.
Former president with a lot to hide says he has 'nothing to hide'
Host Laura Ingraham asked the former president about his expectations regarding his Supreme Court appointees and his claims of executive privilege. And if you look at my words and what I said in the speech, they were extremely calming, actually." First, the idea that Trump delivered an "extremely calming" speech ahead of the insurrectionist riot on Jan. 6 is demonstrably ridiculous. That's because the Republican did not — and did not intend to — deliver an "extremely calming" speech. For a guy who has "nothing to hide," the former president seems to have quite a bit to hide.
Smoked Gouda and Broccoli Flatbreads Recipe
There are equal amounts of cheese and broccoli on this flatbread, but it’s the smoked Gouda that grabs your attention. Its buttery and lightly smoked flavor is accentuated by the scallions, which sweeten and brown as they roast. These are super speedy with the help of store-bought flatbread, naan or pocketless pita, but because the breads vary in size, adjust the quantity of topping to cover yours. (If you have extra toppings, make a melt on toast). Feel free to adapt with what you have: Swap out Gouda for another melting cheese like Cheddar or fontina; and for the broccoli, substitute spinach, kale, thinly sliced brussels sprouts or another quick-cooking vegetable.
Latest Updates: Tornado’s Toll at Candle Factory May Be Lower Than Feared
Image A candle factory in Mayfield, Ky., was flattened by a tornado. Even with early indications that Mayfield’s death toll may be smaller than initially feared, Mr. Beshear braced the public on Sunday afternoon for more victims to be announced in the days ahead. At least four counties in Kentucky have deaths “in double digits,” Mr. Beshear said. A massive search-and-rescue operation is underway after several tornadoes ripped through Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee. Credit Credit... William DeShazer for The New York TimesSome of the rescue workers, Mr. Beshear said, were themselves victims of the devastation.
Israeli Leader Meets Emirati Crown Prince in Abu Dhabi
JERUSALEM — The Israeli prime minister, Naftali Bennett, met the de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, on Monday during a historic official visit by an Israeli leader to the Gulf state. The meeting showcased the consolidation of ties between parts of the Arab world and Israel, which was long ostracized by most Arab governments until last fall, when Israeli officials began to establish formal diplomatic relationships with four Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates. The four-hour meeting, which lasted two hours longer than planned, also highlighted the shifting geopolitical priorities for some Middle Eastern leaders, for whom the possible threat of a nuclear Iran is now of greater concern than an immediate resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
S.D. teachers competed for $1 bills on a hockey rink. Critics called the game ‘terrible’ and ‘dehumanizing.’
A clip of the event went viral over the weekend and had amassed more than 7.7 million views on Twitter as of early Monday. Critics said the image of teachers on their hands and knees, scrambling for low-denomination bills, was “dehumanizing” and even “dystopian,” especially as teachers are paid relatively small salaries in South Dakota and nationwide. Some compared the spectacle to the popular Netflix series “Squid Game,” in which the show’s characters compete in deadly games to win a giant piggy bank full of cash.
Tornado live updates Kentucky struggles to gauge death toll, destruction; thousands without power
Beshear declined to give a precise number at a news briefing, but he said at least four counties have reported double-digit fatalities. He offered a more optimistic best-case scenario than he had during past public appearances. After previously telling CNN that “more than 80 Kentuckians” had died, he said the lowest number of deaths that authorities could hope for is 50. “I think it’s going to be significantly worse than that,” Beshear said. I mean, we’ve got cadaver dogs in towns they shouldn’t have to be in.”
Boris Johnson reports U.K.’s first known death from the omicron coronavirus variant
The new restrictions taking effect this week include a call for people who can work from home to do so and says they should wear face masks in most indoor venues and show proof of vaccination or a negative test for entrance into venues with large crowds. The government also said that daily testing would replace isolating for those who come into contact with someone who has tested positive.
Monday briefing: This weekend’s deadly tornadoes; omicron variant’s spread; Golden Globes controversy; NFL takeaways; and more
humans have flown to space 13 times in 2021 , two more than the record set in 1985. There were a number of firsts: The oldest and youngest people to go to space, the first Chinese woman to perform a spacewalk, the first spaceflight of private citizens and more.
Thursday Night Football: Minnesota Vikings narrowly survive Pittsburgh Steelers fightback
(CNN) The Minnesota Vikings endured a late Pittsburgh Steelers rally to keep their playoff hopes alive with a 36-28 victory on Thursday Night Football . Vikings safety Harrison Smith flew into tight end Freiermuth to force the incompletion, sparing Minnesota blushes and lifting his team to 6-7 on the year. "He's taking it pretty hard," Roethlisberger told reporters. James Washington hauls in Roethlisberger 30-yard touchdown pass. "Another fun night," Zimmer told reporters.
Cristiano Ronaldo hits back at 'lie' after France Football boss stokes Lionel Messi rivalry
(CNN) Cristiano Ronaldo says the editor of France Football, Pascal Ferré, "lied" after claiming the Portuguese forward told him of his ambition to retire with more Ballon d'Or awards than Lionel Messi. "Ronaldo has only one ambition and that is to retire with more Ballon d'Or [awards] than Messi. I know because he has told me," Ferré reportedly told the Times. Ronaldo, who snubbed the event on Monday, posted a message on social media before Messi claimed his record-extending seventh Ballon d'Or, disputing what Ferré had claimed. "Today's result explains why Pascal Ferré's statements last week, when he said that I confided in him that my only ambition was to finish my career with more Ballon d'Or trophies than Lionel Messi," Ronaldo wrote.
Manchester United defeats Crystal Palace in Ralf Rangnick's first game in charge
(CNN) Ralf Rangnick's first game in charge of Manchester United ended in a 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace on Sunday. United dominated possession and enjoyed more shots than Palace -- 11 in the first half alone -- but a goal proved elusive for much of the match. However, Fred's strike from the edge of the box in the 77th minute settled the contest and moved United up to 6th in the Premier League table. The goal came shortly after Palace had squandered its best chance of the match when Jordan Ayew couldn't turn a shot into the net following a corner. "With one training session and quite a few conversations with the team ... what they did today, defensively, we had full control of the game," Rangnick told beIN Sports after the match.
Champions League: Atlético Madrid beats Porto in bad-tempered clash to qualify for last 16
(CNN) Atlético Madrid beat Porto 3-1 in a bad-tempered clash to steal a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League. Three players were shown red cards during Tuesday's match as the two sides squared up on multiple occasions, with Atleti's eventual win moving the team off the bottom of Group B at the beginning of the evening and above Porto into second place. Diego Simeone's side has been far from its intense best in the Champions League this season, winning just two of its six group stage matches, but was able to find a performance just when 'El Cholo' needed it the most. "I've been at this club for 10 years and the team always ends up exciting me even more than it has in the previous 10 years," Simeone told Marca"The difficulties, that we didn't have three central defenders out of four, but there are players with few minutes who are important to us because of the quality of their minutes.
Real Madrid extends La Liga lead with victory against Real Soceidad
(CNN) Real Madrid moved eight points clear at the top of La Liga after a 2-0 victory against Real Sociedad on Saturday. Vinicius Jr. opened the scoring in the second half when he interchanged passes with Luka Jovic, before Jovic got the second 10 minutes later with a header from a corner. It was Real Madrid's 12th win in the league so far this season, opening up a commanding lead at the top of La Liga, and the team's eighth in a row at the Reale Arena. "This is a tough place to come to and they're a strong side," said manager Carlo Ancelotti. "We've got that lead at the top because we're playing well, are showing ourselves to be a solid side and are getting that consistency in our results."
Lionel Messi wins seventh Ballon d'Or, while Alexia Putellas wins her first women's title
(CNN) Lionel Messi won his seventh Ballon d'Or title on Monday, while Alexia Putellas won her first Ballon d'Or Féminin title. It is a record-extending win for Messi, who now has two more titles than his arch rival Cristiano Ronaldo. Although comparatively it might be considered a relatively down year at club level for Messi, he played a vital role in helping Argentina win the Copa América title earlier this year. He also finished as the Spanish league's top scorer and scored two goals as Barca won the Copa del Rey. Before he left for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, Barcelona had finished third in La Liga and had been knocked out of the Champions League in the first round.
Steph Curry closes in on three-point record as Warriors ease past Trail Blazers
(CNN) Steph Curry edged closer to becoming the NBA's all-time leader in three pointers as the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 104-94 on Wednesday night. Curry hit six threes en route to a team-high 22 points, moving the 33-year-old to within nine of Ray Allen's record. An NBA Hall of Famer, Allen made 2,973 three-pointers across a dazzling 18-year career -- putting him over 400 clear of Indiana Pacers legend Reggie Miller at the top -- but the crowning of a new king now seems more of an inevitably than a possibility. Curry's relentless pursuit of Allen's title has been accelerated by his and the Warriors' scintillating form this season -- victory over the Trail Blazers lifted the Western Conference leaders to an NBA best 21-4. Warriors duo Jordan Poole and Otto Porter Jr. chipped in with 20 and 15 points respectively as part of Curry's supporting cast, with Draymond Green adding five points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.
LeBron James becomes fifth NBA player to reach 100 triple-doubles, but Lakers lose to Grizzlies
(CNN) Superstar LeBron James became just the fifth player in NBA history to reach 100 triple-doubles for his career, but his feat was marred by the Los Angeles Lakers' 108-95 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday. The four-time NBA champion put up 20 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists at the FedExForum as the Lakers dropped to a 13-13 record and seventh place in the Western Conference. James joins his fellow Lakers teammate Russell Westbrook in the top five of all-time regular season triple-double leaders , with Westbrook sitting comfortably in first place with 189. The Lakers' season has been blighted by inconsistency as the new 'Big Three' of James, Westbrook and Anthony Davis continue to struggle meshing together on the court. Davis put up 22 points, eight rebounds and one assist on Thursday, but it was another tough night for Westbrook, who recorded just nine points, seven assists and six rebounds, while also recording six turnovers.
Questionable calls at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix do little to stifle the celebrations of Verstappen's orange army
Abu Dhabi, UAE (CNN) The mood among an army of orange clad fans in the north grandstand is sombre. "The world is watching this race in Abu Dhabi and the Orange Army are here to watch it too." And so on Sunday, the Orange Army descended on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix early in the day, bringing with them noise, color and confidence. Fans at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Ralph Swinkels attending his first F1 Grand Prix with his father Peter at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, on Sunday.