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    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) appears burnt out from his perch on the Senate hot seat, a position from which he has frequently served as a key swing vote on divisive subjects. The West Virginia centrist is "praying" that the midterm elections will usher in an end to the 50-50 Senate, in which he has served as the Democratic linchpin on a plethora of critical votes, at times drawing ire from liberals for bucking his own party. He even suggested a GOP majority would be preferable to the current gridlock. MANCHIN AND SCHUMER DROP PERMITTING REFORM, CLEARING WAY FOR STOPGAP SPENDING BILL “I’m just praying to God it’s not 50-50 again,” Manchin told NBC News. “I’d like for Democrats to be 51-49. But whatever happens, I hope it’s not a 50-50.” Hailing from a ruby-red state that former President Donald Trump won handily by nearly 40 points, Manchin is rated more conservative than at least two of his Republican colleagues, according to GovTrack. Alongside Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), he is also responsible for tanking multiple iterations of...
    The House of Representatives passed legislation to keep the government funded until Dec. 16, sending the bill to President Joe Biden's desk hours before an Oct. 1 deadline. The continuing resolution cleared the lower chamber 230-201 in a largely party-line vote on Friday, the House's last legislative day before lawmakers head home for October to campaign in the midterm elections. The Senate comfortably passed the bill on Thursday. Congress will need to revisit government funding again in the lame duck session after the Nov. 8 elections. MANCHIN AND SCHUMER DROP PERMITTING REFORM, CLEARING WAY FOR STOPGAP SPENDING BILL Energy permitting reforms backed by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) had threatened to derail the stopgap spending bill after garnering bipartisan opposition, but Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) dropped it from the legislation Tuesday. Though Republicans typically support measures that bolster domestic energy production, they saw it as a concession from Schumer to Manchin that bought his crucial vote on the Biden-backed Inflation Reduction Act. Progressives opposed it over environmental concerns. In the...
    Former Democratic President Bill Clinton said the United States cannot sustain a countless number of illegal immigrants crossing its border. Speaking with CNN’s Global Public Square host Fareed Zakaria, the former president discussed how years ago, immigrants used to go back and forth across the border for agricultural work, saying “it worked for people.” However, he conceded that today’s situation is very different, as the immigrants are “gaming” the system. "There is a limit to how many migrants any society can take without severe disruption and assistance, and our system is based much more on an assumption that things would be more normal," Clinton said. “Now, you've got the largest number of refugees since World War II because of Syria and now Ukraine and other problems.” Is the economy working for enough people? What can we do about America's broken refugee-asylum system?Part 3 of my interview w/ former Pres. @BillClinton: pic.twitter.com/mRcReMwZXr— Fareed Zakaria (@FareedZakaria) September 18, 2022 WATCH: SEN. TED CRUZ HAS LIVID LAUNDRY LIST OF WHY HE THINKS BIDEN IS RACIST Clinton noted...
    The House passed a package of antitrust legislation that would provide regulators with more power to rein in tech giants by increasing merger fees in a 242-184 vote on Thursday after conservatives openly sparred over its provisions. The measure combines three bills — the State Antitrust Enforcement Venue Act, the Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act, and the Foreign Merger Subsidy Disclosure Act, which were spearheaded by Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) and Joe Neguse (D-CO) — that would allow state attorneys general to select which courts they want to hear antitrust cases while preventing defendants from requesting a change of venue; increase fees for larger, more complex mergers while lowering them for smaller deals, with a review process conducted by the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department's Antitrust Division; and require merging companies to disclose any funding or subsidies received from foreign governments. MIDTERM MEMO: THE DEBATE OVER WHICH PARTY HAS THE MIDTERM UPPER HAND In the days leading up to the vote, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, took to...
    The Senate passed a stopgap spending bill ahead of a deadline to fund the government before Friday at midnight. The measure easily cleared the upper chamber Thursday and now heads to the House, where it is expected to pass. The bill, known as a continuing resolution, would keep federal agencies funded at current levels until Dec. 16, when a lame duck session would have to vote again on government spending. Among its provisions, the legislation provides billions in additional aid for Ukraine and reauthorizes the Food and Drug Administration's drug user fee program. MANCHIN AND SCHUMER DROP PERMITTING REFORM, PAVING WAY FOR STOPGAP SPENDING BILL Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, expressed confidence that the bill would make it through the lower chamber in time to avert a government shutdown. "I think we're on track to be able to move forward with funding the government in advance of the deadline," Jeffries said at a Thursday press conference. Jeffries said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) has been working with...
    Five months after being attacked and bitten by a fox near the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA) is introducing legislation that would reduce the costs of rabies treatment for uninsured people. Rep. Ami Bera. (Ting Shen/AP) The bill, Affordable Rabies Treatment for Uninsured Act, would establish a program to reimburse healthcare providers for administering costly doses of the human rabies immune globulin and rabies vaccine to people not covered by a health insurance plan. EXPERIMENTAL ALZHEIMER'S DRUG SLOWS COGNITIVE DECLINE IN LATE-STAGE STUDY "Despite being a fatal disease, rabies is preventable if treated quickly. After being bit by a rabid fox, I was fortunate to have access to readily available and low-cost vaccines. But for too many Americans, the costs of treatment would break their banks," said Bera. "I encourage all Americans to remain vigilant around wild animals and to seek medical attention if bitten or scratched. Costs should never be a barrier for individuals seeking life-saving treatment.” Bera, a physician, received a five-course rabies treatment in April after a wild fox bit him....
    Bill Maher, who this spring predicted that Democrats would lose big in the midterm elections, now says abortion "is going to be the turning point for this midterm election" and that the party may be able to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. In a recent interview, Maher said "things have really turned around” since his last prediction. INFLATION AVALANCHE: 71% OF WORKERS SAY COST OF LIVING OUTPACING PAY IN NEW POLL "I think what we’re finding out is: Kids are brats, and no one wants them,” he told the Hill. “The Republicans are the dog that caught the car with abortion," he explained. He further claimed that Republicans have been attempting to ban the procedure for half a century and added that they backtrack when asked about the issue. Bill Maher arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP “We already know that there’s so many new voters who have registered because of that very reason,” Maher continued. “And not just women. There’s lots of men also...
    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said in leadership meetings he does not plan on backing the STOCK Act. The Maryland Democrat’s comments come as some members of the Democratic caucus ramp up calls to pass legislation curbing lawmakers' ability to trade on information they receive as part of their positions. In a statement, Hoyer's office argued the stock trading bill does not go far enough. "Leader Hoyer absolutely agrees insider trading must continue to be illegal and substantially penalized; he would like to see increased penalties for Members of Congress who violate these laws including an ethics citation and potential expulsion from Congress for such violations,” it said. “He has also not seen final legislation, and will reserve his official decision until that time.” HOUSE MAY CONSIDER LEGISLATION NEXT WEEK THAT WOULD BAN MEMBERS FROM STOCK TRADING A blueprint of the legislation was unveiled by House Administration Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) in a “Dear Colleague” letter. The measure would bar lawmakers, their spouses, and dependent children in addition to Supreme Court justices from...
    Mac Jones suffered a brutal ankle injury after throwing his third interception against the Baltimore Ravens, and social media had a lot to say.  It has not been a good day for the New England Patriots and Mac Jones against the Baltimore Ravens, but things got much worse. After throwing his third interception, Jones hobbled off the field with an apparent ankle injury and went straight to the locker room. Mac Jones throws his 5th INT of the season at the end of this game. Jones then limped off the field and went straight to the locker room afterwards.pic.twitter.com/xODwfTYvzK — Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 25, 2022 Needless to say, the Twitter world was buzzing, most being Patriot fans very concerned about the health and potential future of their franchise quarterback. I think @MacJones_10 is done for the year after that play and I’m very upset! — bella pelletiere (@Bellapell__) September 25, 2022 Heal up @MacJones_10 …I hope its not as bad as it looks.#PatsNation https://t.co/kBYuSCy8RC — BuddhaMan(Mike King) (@Buddhaman4) September 25, 2022 NOT GOOD https://t.co/9ftJlLPJM3 —...
    The House passed a series of police reform bills Thursday after last-minute negotiations among Democrats delayed the effort. LIZ CHENEY BLASTS PARTY FOR TREATING TRUMP ‘AS THOUGH HE WERE A KING’ The deal ultimately united centrist and progressive lawmakers in the party on a key issue ahead of the midterm elections. The Senate is unlikely to take up the deal before Nov. 8. The bills resurrected a previous attempt to reach a deal on a package of pro-policing bills centrists sought to counter the narrative that Democrats widely support so-called “defund the police'' efforts embraced by some progressives. “Today, we will witness with our own eyes who actually wants to fund the police,” Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) said in remarks on the House floor, adding, “Join us in backing the blue.” One House Democrat told the Washington Examiner there is an understanding among the party that “front-liners needed it,” a reference to vulnerable Democrats in tough races. The vote was delayed for several hours as Democratic leadership sought to ensure they could pass...
    Former Attorney General William Barr slammed a lawsuit against his onetime boss, former President Donald Trump, highlighting its political undertones. Barr contended that it is hard not to conclude that the suit, announced Wednesday by New York Attorney General Letitia James, is a "political hit job" and jabbed at James for engaging in "gross overreach" by dragging Trump's children into the suit, hypothesizing that the legal tiff will backfire against her. NEW YORK AG LETITIA JAMES ANNOUNCES FRAUD LAWSUIT AGAINST TRUMP AND CHILDREN "It's hard for me not to conclude it's a political hit job," Barr told Fox News. "I'm not even sure if she has a good case against Trump himself. But what ultimately persuades me that this is a political hit job is she grossly overreaches when she tries to drag the children into this." James unveiled a massive $250 million civil lawsuit against Trump, three of his adult children, and management at the Trump Organization, alleging they engaged in a pattern of fraudulent and deceptive business practices. Bill Barr tells Fox...
    Republican senators who voted to ban abortion nationwide have changed their tune as their positions on the issue threaten their midterm election prospects. A number of Republican senators who just two years ago voted to ban abortion nationwide are now trying to distance themselves from that position as polling shows their anti-abortion stance could sink their chances in the November midterm election. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and GOP Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, John Thune of South Dakota, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin all voted for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act when it was introduced in the Senate in 2020 and 2018. That bill, introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), made it a crime to perform an abortion after 20 weeks' gestation. But after Graham on Sept. 13 introduced S.4840, listed officially as "A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to protect pain-capable unborn children, and for other purposes," which would criminalize abortion after 15 weeks' gestation, those same Republicans now say regulation of abortion should be left to the states. Asked whether Republicans would put...
    Former President Bill Clinton slammed the outrage over critical race theory as manufactured in a new interview, claiming his political counterparts in the Republican Party made the threat out to be "worse than smallpox" and that "it wasn’t being taught in any public schools in America.” “They made critical race theory sound worse than smallpox," he told Fareed Zakaria on his CNN podcast. He added that "the Republicans always close well," attributing it to them consistently finding "some new way to scare the living daylights out of swing voters about something." WATCH: BILL CLINTON'S AWKWARD REACTION WHEN ASKED ABOUT KEN STARR'S DEATH What does former Pres. @BillClinton think of Democrats' midterm chances, overcoming political divisions, & America's culture-war politics?Part 1 of our wide-ranging interview from today's GPS: pic.twitter.com/Pv69ZVgPp5— Fareed Zakaria (@FareedZakaria) September 18, 2022 He explained that “they didn’t care” whether the controversial theory was actually being taught or not. “They just scare people," he said. Despite the Republicans' ability to "close," as Clinton noted, he believes the Democratic Party can "absolutely" break the pattern...
    Comedian and talk show host Bill Maher slammed the idea of comparing historical figures to modern woke culture ideology. During the "New Rules" segment of his HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, on Friday, Maher discussed a recent essay by American Historical Society President James Sweet that sought to highlight how judging historical figures according to modern-day identity politics “ignores the values and mores of people in their own times.” Sweet apologized for writing the essay, but Maher said the writer shouldn’t be sorry for drawing attention to historical “presentism.” ‘JACKPOT’: DESANTIS GETS STANDING OVATION AFTER SENDING MIGRANTS TO MARTHA’S VINEYARD “Being woke is like a magic moral time machine in which you judge everyone by what you think you would have done in 1066, and you always win,” Maher said, noting that it is “just a way to congratulate yourself about being better than George Washington because you have a gay friend and he didn’t.” “But if he were alive today, he would too, and if you were alive then,...
    Former President Bill Clinton broke his silence on the news of former prosecutor Ken Starr's death Sunday. Starr died nearly a week ago of a long-time illness at the age of 76. He was most well-known as the independent counsel investigating the Whitewater real estate controversy and the Lewinsky affair, which led to Clinton's impeachment. "[Starr] never filed a charge on Whitewater, but put your presidency—your second term—upside down," CNN's Fareed Zakaria asked Clinton in a televised interview. "Do you have any thoughts? Any reflection?" EX-CLINTON INVESTIGATOR KEN STARR DIES AT 76 Former Pres. @BillClinton on the rise of populism: part 4 of our interview pic.twitter.com/nYTWjXO8DX— Fareed Zakaria (@FareedZakaria) September 18, 2022 “Well, I read the obituary, and I realized that his family loved him, and I think that’s something to be grateful for, and when your life is over, that’s all there is to say,” Clinton said. "But I was taught not to talk about the people that — I have nothing to say." Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, the other...
    Outgoing Arizona state House Speaker Rusty Bowers slammed Republican candidates who back former President Donald Trump's false claims that the 2020 election was stolen. Bowers, who lost his bid for the state Senate last month, shared his concerns regarding the slate of GOP nominees, as well as proposed legislation he says would make it easier for the state legislature to reject election results. TRUMP CRITIC RUSTY BOWERS LOSES GOP PRIMARY FOR OPEN ARIZONA STATE SENATE SEAT "The legislature, after the election, could dismiss the election ... And I said, welcome to fascism,” Bowers told CNN for its documentary American Coup: The January 6th Investigation. As House speaker, Bowers effectively killed the bill by sending it to all 12 House committees for review. The process will likely take too much time for the bill to be brought up for a vote in the current house. Bowers also said depending on how the upcoming elections turn out, "It is very possible that the bill that I assigned liberally to my committees will be back." "The...
    Late night talk show host Bill Maher insisted former President Donald Trump is guilty of violating the Espionage Act on his latest show. Maher hosted a panel with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham and reporter Julia Ioffe. He asked their opinions on what could happen to Trump’s legal problems after the midterms. He was referring to the currently paused criminal investigation into the documents taken from Trump's Mar A Lago residence and a civil investigation into his real estate company. Maher was met with a long silence. Meacham concluded that should all the current election deniers running in this year's midterms win their prospective races, it would lead to "civic chaos." WATCH: BILL MAHER RIPS BIDEN FOR 'NOT GOOD' SPEECH SLAMMING MAGA REPUBLICANS "That’s the beginning of the end of the Constitutional order," Meacham said. The host insisted Attorney General Merrick Garland would still have sway over Trump's legal fate even following the midterms. "Trump is guilty," Maher said. “European countries indict all the time,” Ioff said, seemingly agreeing with...
    Senate Democrats on Thursday argued a bill proposed this week by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) signals Republicans will seek a nationwide ban on abortion should they take the majority in November. 15-WEEK BAN SPLITS GOP AS ABORTION LOOMS OVER MIDTERM ELECTIONS Graham this week proposed a bill that would prohibit the procedure nationally after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother. After the Supreme Court struck down its previous ruling in Roe v. Wade, the issue went back to the states to legislate, resulting in varying levels of restrictions. But Republicans are split on the proposal, and it does not appear to have the backing of Senate GOP leadership. In comments about the bill, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters this week, "I think most of the members of my conference prefer that this be dealt with at the state level." Democrats, including Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, argued the bill is proof Republicans would move to ban the procedure if in the majority. ...
    Fox News host Jesse Watters confronted Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on air over the timing of his bill to ban the procedure nationwide after 15 weeks. In the tense exchange, during which the senator raised his voice as he defended his actions, Watters pressed Graham to respond to Republicans who are "angry" at him for giving Democrats an "out" when they were faced with bad inflation numbers. The senator said he has no apology, arguing he refuses to sit idly by while in his view the United States takes on a more extreme stance on abortion as some other nations, citing China and North Korea in particular. "No one is saying you need to sit on the sidelines, but yesterday wasn’t the day to do that. Yesterday was the day they lost all momentum when this inflation thing punched them right in the face and you gave them an out," Watters shot back. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER "A lot of people don’t like that," he added. "You could have done it on any...
    A group of House GOP members has introduced legislation that would give pharmacists the power to refuse to provide abortion-inducing drugs, undermining recent guidance from the Biden administration warning that pharmacists who do not provide the medications could face legal and financial penalties. The Pharmacist Conscience Protection Act, introduced by Reps. Buddy Carter (R-GA), Diana Harshbarger (R-TN), and Blake Moore (R-UT), aims to protect healthcare providers from any repercussions or consequences if they decide not to fill a prescription or make a referral for a drug to terminate a pregnancy. SENATORS PRESS BIDEN ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS ON MONKEYPOX RESPONSE MISSTEPS "Your First Amendment rights don’t go away when you put on a white coat," said Rep. Buddy Carter. "This legislation will ensure that pharmacists are able to make the medical decisions that are best for the health of the mother, the life of the child, and the integrity of their practice without threats from non-medically trained bureaucrats. Medical decisions should be made between doctors, pharmacists, and patients — not the federal government.” The Department of Health and...
    Trump ally Roger Stone criticized Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) sweeping proposal to ban abortion nationwide after 15 weeks of gestation, fretting that the measure could tip the Senate to the Democrats. Highlighting concerns that other prominent conservatives have raised about the abortion ban distracting voters from other GOP-friendly topics, Stone argued that abortion policy should be relegated to the states and accused Graham of "purposely helping the Democrats." 15-WEEK BAN SPLITS GOP AS ABORTION LOOMS OVER MIDTERM ELECTIONS "Willful sabotage. The states must decide whether to regulate or ban abortion. This federal election is about our safety, security, health, food supply, economy, free speech, and the corruption of our Justice system unless RINOS and Democrats try to make it about federal abortion policy," Stone wrote in a scathing post to Truth Social. "Lindsey Graham is purposely helping the Democrats to ensure that we do not take back the US Senate," he added. Graham unveiled the Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act on Tuesday, which includes exceptions for instances of rape, incest, and safeguarding...
    A woman who claims to have undergone an abortion at 16 weeks confronted Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Tuesday when he unveiled a bill to ban the procedure nationwide after 15 weeks. Ashbey Beasley, who survived the Highland Park mass shooting that killed seven and injured dozens more in Illinois in July, pressed the senator about the apparent lack of exceptions for fetal abnormalities in his proposed legislation. LINDSEY GRAHAM TO PROPOSE NATIONAL ABORTION BAN "We were allowed to make that choice for him," Beasley exclaimed, referring to her son who had a fetal abnormality, per the Daily Mail. "You would be robbing that choice from millions of women." Graham unveiled the "Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act" Tuesday, which would enact a sweeping ban on abortions nationwide after 15 weeks of gestation, with exceptions for instances of rape, incest, and safeguarding the life of the mother. Senator Graham’s press conference was interrupted at the end by Highland Park shooting survivor Ashby Beasley, who said she had an abortion at 16 weeks due...
    Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was broadly accused of hypocrisy for introducing a bill to ban abortions around the country after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Graham held a press conference on Tuesday to announce the legislation to broadly restrict the procedure following the Supreme Court’s repeal of Roe V. Wade. The bill will allow exceptions to the abortion ban after 15 weeks in cases of incest, rape, or if the mother’s life is at risk. “We will introduce legislation…to get America in a position at the federal level I think is fairly consistent with the rest of the world,” Graham said. “I look forward to the debate, I look forward to the vote. If we take back the House and Senate, I can assure you we’ll have a vote on our bill. If the Democrats are in charge, I don’t know if we’ll ever have a vote on our bill.” Graham’s bill tightens up his previous legislative efforts to have abortions banned after 20 weeks of pregnancy. His proposal comes after the Dobbs V. Jackson ruling rolled back federal protections...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is set to announce his plans to introduce a bill that would ban abortions nationwide just months after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, returning the question of legality to the states. The proposed bill would likely ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, which he refers to as “late term,” according to reports. The announcement is expected to elicit criticism and anger from Democrats, who have pushed for more abortion protections since the Supreme Court decision was announced in June. Graham is set to announce the bill during a news conference at noon on Tuesday. He will be joined by Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, and other anti-abortion advocates. More from Examiner FDA schedules meeting to discuss over-the-counter birth control pill September 13, 2022 12:05 PM Democrats are aiming to score an own-goal by abolishing the filibuster September 13, 2022 12:04 PM Daily on Energy: Falling energy prices not enough to keep inflation down September 13, 2022 12:02 PM ...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is set to announce his plans to introduce a bill that would ban abortions nationwide just months after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, returning the question of legality to the individual states. The proposed bill would ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, which he refers to as “late-term”, according to reports. The announcement is expected to elicit criticism and anger from Democrats, who have pushed for more abortion protections since the Supreme Court decision was announced in June. Graham is set to announce the bill during a news conference at noon on Tuesday. He will be joined by Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, and other anti-abortion advocates. More from Examiner Daily on Energy: Falling energy prices not enough to keep inflation down September 13, 2022 12:02 PM 'Finish your sentences': RNC memo outlines messaging strategy for midterm elections September 13, 2022 11:59 AM Twitter employees worried about Chinese access to user data, whistleblower says September 13, 2022 11:58 AM ...
    The bill would ban abortion at 15 weeks' gestation, no matter what a state's laws mandated. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is set on Tuesday to propose a nationwide restriction on abortions, media outlets were reporting, in a bill that, if passed, would place federal restrictions on the procedure even in states where it is currently legal. The bill would ban abortion at 15 weeks' gestation, according to the Washington Post, long before fetal viability, which occurs between 23 and 24 weeks. The 15-week mark is five weeks before pregnant people generally undergo an ultrasound referred to as an anomaly or anatomy scan, through which major fetal abnormalities can be detected. The bill shortens the window for obtaining an abortion even more than legislation Graham introduced in 2021, which sought to ban abortions nationwide at 20 weeks' gestation. That bill made it a crime to perform an abortion after 20 weeks, punishable by a fine or up to five years in prison. It also is an about-face from comments Graham made in June after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade,...
    The Walt Disney Company's CEO, Bob Chapek, says he believes his staffers saw his "resiliency and consistency" as the company sustained attacks after entering the debate over Florida's Parental Rights in Education bill this past spring. "I think our staff saw how I stood firm during the ultimate barrage of attacks from certain political constituencies and, frankly, I think it was much stronger and much longer and much harder than they ever could have imagined and we stood our ground," he said in a Monday interview with the Hollywood Reporter. WATCH: NEW DOCUSERIES ON THE LINCOLN PROJECT COVERS ANTI-TRUMP SUPER PAC'S SCANDALS Disney CEO Bob Chapek. Charles Krupa/AP "So I think it’s safe to say that actions speak louder than words, and they saw resiliency and consistency no matter how strong the attacks," he continued. Of the controversy over the bill, Chapek said, "These are complex social issues where we absolutely, positively want to represent the needs and the expectations of our cast members." However, he said sometimes those needs are not consistent across...
    Thousands of first responders who have experienced medical conditions since working through the 9/11 terrorist attacks could be out of healthcare due to a funding shortage. The World Trade Center Health Program is experiencing financial shortfalls that have attracted the attention of Congress and activists alike, but so far, no solution has been found. The initiative will be about $3 billion short sometime before 2025, John Feal, founder of the FealGood Foundation, said, according to Fox News. US: RUSSIA TO PURCHASE ROCKETS AND ARTILLERY SHELLS IN ARMS DEAL WITH NORTH KOREA The program, which was established in 2011 as part of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, had its funding authorized through 2090 in 2015 but said the minds behind the planning did not account for inflation and the rise in healthcare costs. "Congress has a responsibility to uphold our promises," about a dozen Republican lawmakers wrote House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ). "We implore you not to turn a blind eye to the hardship 9/11 responders and survivors are facing and urge you to...
    Bill Russell's ring from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is expected to fetch up to $250,000 at auction. The ring belonging to the late Boston Celtics great is up for auction through SCP Auctions, according to reports, and is being sold along with other items in Russell's personal collection. Its design appears to be as grand as Russell's career. ASTRONOMER PLANS $1.5M EXPEDITION TO RECOVER POSSIBLE ALIEN TECHNOLOGY IN OCEAN The ring features the Basketball Hall of Fame spire on a bed of diamonds with another diamond set on the spire's apex, a report noted. Russell's ring is in good condition, and it comes with its initial presentation box. Over the course of his career, Russell won a total of 11 Championships. He won nine as a player and two as a coach. In 1975, he became the first black player to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. He did not attend his induction ceremony and finally accepted his ring in 2019. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...
    Four of the largest Big Tech companies have invested millions into lobbying since 2021, including increased opposition to Sen. Amy Klobuchar's (D-MN) legislation regulating the companies through antitrust policy. Apple, Google, Amazon, and Meta significantly invested in opposing Klobuchar's American Innovation and Choice Online Act, meant to prevent large tech companies from giving undue preference to their own products on their platforms. The four companies invested almost $95 million since 2021 into lobbying, according to Bloomberg. The bill faces the prospect of failure, as it has not yet been scheduled for a vote with little time left on the legislative calendar. "What has slowed us down is the incredible onslaught of money, and that's what happens with monopolies," Klobuchar said during an appearance Tuesday at the Code Conference. "The senators are talking about it, about the ads running in each state." FAUCI AND JEAN-PIERRE ORDERED TO TURN OVER EMAILS SENT TO SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES The bill is supposed to get a floor vote in September after getting approved by the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, but...
    (CNN)Lawmakers are returning to Washington after the August recess for a pre-midterm elections sprint when preventing a government shutdown will be their top legislative item, but positioning before voters go to the polls will be their driving political priority.The political environment has shifted in the weeks since Congress left town, impacted by the Supreme Court's decision on abortion rights, a batch of legislative wins for Democrats earlier in the summer and signs the inflation-laden economy is improving. Democrats are now far more confident they can stem expected losses in President Joe Biden's first midterm elections. They are hopeful they can retain majority control in the Senate, while preventing Republicans from gaining a broad majority in the House.Passing a short-term spending bill before a deadline of September 30 at midnight when government funding is set to expire will be a top concern for both chambers and will need the support of some Republicans in the Senate to get the 60 votes needed to pass. Democrats want to demonstrate to voters they can govern responsibly and not allow a damaging shutdown --...
    Mom, lock up your china, the boys are at it again! Two brothers who have not spoken to each other in 30 years are facing off in a mayor's race. Bill and Charles Steele are both on the ballot to be the next mayor of Port Colborne, a Canadian city in Ontario that sits 20 miles west of Buffalo, New York, according to a report. DEATH ROW INMATE HAS SHOCKING LAST WORDS FOR STATE GOVERNOR Bill is the incumbent and has served in elected office for over two decades, but Charles said it is time to see "regular people" in office. "If I hadn’t run, then my brother would have been acclaimed mayor because nobody else is running," Charles said. "A lot of politicians have silver spoons in their mouths. We could use some new thinking." Bill has never spoken about his prior political opponents and said his brother will not change that, the report noted. "I'm here to get Bill Steele elected. I've got a great campaign team, we've got more...
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) became the 10th Republican in the upper chamber to sign on to bipartisan legislation aimed at reforming the Electoral Count Act of 1887, potentially providing a filibuster-proof majority on the bill. The legislation, led by Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), looks to clarify “ambiguous provisions” on the vice president’s role in overseeing the process of certifying an election after former President Donald Trump and his allies pressured Mike Pence to reject certain states' electors in a bid to overturn the 2020 election. DOJ MAR-A-LAGO RAID PHOTO EXPLAINED Under the legislation, the threshold for objecting to electors would be raised “to at least one-fifth of the duly chosen and sworn members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate.” Currently, only one lawmaker from each chamber must object to an elector. Grassley’s office did not respond to a request for comment. The bill also looks to strike language in the law that could allow state legislatures to overturn the popular vote. The measure currently has 17 co-sponsors,...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — City councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson’s summer minor curfew is now in effect in Philadelphia on Thursday. Mayor Jim Kenney signed the bill on Wednesday and submitted it back to Darrell Clarke, the president of City Council. The bill modifies the minor curfew for teenagers 16 and older from midnight to 10 p.m. until Sept. 29. READ MORE: Caught On Camera: 62-Year-Old Man Violently Carjacked By Group Of Teenagers In Olney“We are in a state of emergency in the City of Philadelphia, and no one is suffering more than our young people,” Councilmember Gilmore Richardson said in a release. “Residents are asking us to do more, and the updated curfew will help keep more young people safe. We already have two Community Evening Resource Centers up and running and there are two more that should be open by August. These are safe spaces we have created for young people to connect with mentorship, career training, homework help, and more. We have to use every tool in our toolbox to protect our young people during the most violent time...
    Charges against a Texas woman who was arrested for murder after allegedly terminating her own pregnancy were dropped Sunday by the local district attorney. Lizelle Herrera, 26, was arrested Thursday after police alleged she violated the state's new, restrictive abortion law in 'knowingly causing the death of an individual by self-induced abortion,' police said. But District Attorney Gocha Allen Ramirez wrote in a statement Sunday that he was dismissing the charges 'immediately,' adding that the incident was 'not a criminal matter.' 'It is clear to me that the events leading up to this indictment have taken a toll on Ms. Herrera and her family,' Ramirez wrote. 'To ignore this fact would be shortsighted.' 'The issues surrounding this matter are clearly contentious, however based on Texas law and the facts presented, it is not a criminal matter.'   The recently passed Texas Heartbeat Act, under which Herrera was originally arrested and charged, bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, with no exceptions for rape or incest.  The law's unusual enforcement measures were meant to insulate it from legal challenges - anyone...
    A Texas woman was arrested and charged with murder after she allegedly terminated her own pregnancy. Lizelle Herrera, 26, was arrested Thursday after she 'intentionally and knowingly caused the death of an individual by self-induced abortion,' police said.  It is unclear how far along Herrera was in her pregnancy, but Texas ban all abortions after the first detection of an embryonic 'heartbeat,' which can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Herrera is currently being held at the Starr County Jail on a $500,000 bond while authorities investigate, KVEO reported.  The Starr County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com's request for comment.  Lizelle Herrera, 26, was arrested Thursday after she 'intentionally and knowingly caused the death of an individual by self-induced abortion' Herrera is currently being held at the Starr County Jail on a $500,000 bond while authorities investigate the details surrounding her abortion La Frontera Fund, a Texas-based abortion assistance fund, held a protest outside of the Starr County Jail on Saturday morning demanding Herrera's release. 'This arrest is inhumane. We are demanding the immediate release of...
    It could only be a matter of months until adults can buy marijuana in Virginia without a prescription. Sales of recreational marijuana could begin this September – before the full legal market opens in 2024 – under a bill passed by the state Senate. More Virginia General Assembly News More Virginia News   “It ensures that consumers can purchase safe, regulated products legally until the full market is open,” said the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria. The measure must get approval from the state’s House of Delegates. Under the bill, adults would be able to buy marijuana from an existing dispensary, without a prescription, come September. Under current law, adults need a prescription to buy marijuana, though they may legally possess up to an ounce of it.
    BILL Clinton was discharged from the hospital on October 17, 2021, after having been struck down by sepsis. Dr. Alpesh N. Amin the Executive Director at UC Irvine Health made a statement saying that Bill Clinton has been released and will return to his home in New York. 2Bill Clinton has been keeping up his work in philanthropy and politics despite no longer being in office Where is Bill Clinton now? In October 2021, Bill Clinton, 75, received treatment in the ICU department of the University of California Irvine Medical Center for an "infection." He was admitted on October 12, 2021. He was discharged on Sunday, October 17, 2021. According to his spokesperson on October 16, 2021, "President Clinton has made excellent progress in the last 24 hours." "He will remain at UC Irvine Medical Center overnight to continue to receive IV antibiotics before an expected discharge tomorrow." His spokesperson said in a statement: "On Tuesday evening, President Clinton admitted to UCI Medical Center to receive treatment for non-Covid-related infection. "He is on the mend, in good spirits, and...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The House of Representatives voted Monday night to posthumously award a Congressional Gold Medal to 13 U.S. service members, including Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo of Lawrence, who were killed in an August suicide bombing in Afghanistan. The bipartisan legislation passed unanimously. “We feel Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo’s absence in Lawrence and across the Third District every day,” said Massachusetts Congresswoman Lori Trahan. “There is no one more deserving of this distinction than Johanny and her fellow servicemembers who made the ultimate sacrifice so thousands of Americans and our Afghan allies could get to safety. I’m grateful to my colleagues for joining with me to unanimously honor their heroic service.” Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo. (Image credit Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade) In September, Sen. Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored a similar bill in the Senate. Warren co-sponsored the bipartisan bill with Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines. Rosario Pichardo, 25, was a Marine for eight years. She was one of 13 U.S. troops killed August 26 in the suicide bomber attack during the evacuation mission at the...
    President Joe Biden repeated the claim that his multi-trillion-dollar agenda in fact costs $0 yet again at CNN’s town hall on Thursday. Numerous high-level Democrats, including Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have claimed that Biden’s American Jobs Plan will cost nothing. In reality, the price tag on the infrastructure bill and the budget reconcilliation plan would cost more than $4 trillion. Biden repeated the claim to CNN host Anderson Cooper on Tuesday, describing the various programs in his agenda. “By the way, all of it is paid for,” Biden said of the spending plan. “Every single penny. It’s not gonna raise [the debt] one single cent.” WATCH: The Biden administration claims the pay-fors included in the agenda counterbalance every dollar of spending, but watchdog organizations have disagreed. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget found that Biden’s agenda will require the U.S. to borrow roughly $2.4 trillion, while the tax hikes included in the bill would only cover for $1.1 trillion. (RELATED: Biden Defends His Administration’s Record Amid Low Approval Numbers, Multiple Crises) The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has yet...
    Soaring inflation is hitting consumers in the wallet, with new data released this week showing the categories where prices are rising the fastest including groceries, gas and other key staples. Overall inflation hit 5.4 percent in September from a year ago, matching the 13-year high hit in June and July, according to data released on Wednesday by the Labor Department. Supply chain chaos, a labor shortage, and the Federal Reserve's easy money policies have all contributed to driving up prices, and if the current rate holds, the purchasing power of a dollar will be slashed in half in a little more than 13 years. In other words, what $20 buys you today would only buy $10 worth of goods in 2034, if the current unusually high inflation rate were to hold steady.  Fed Chair Jerome Powell and the White House continue to insist that soaring inflation is transitory, but as the crisis drags on, more and more Americans are seeing the impact of rising prices on their grocery bills, travel plans, and holiday shopping lists.  Meat and price tags...
    Violent crime has continued to escalate in New York City, with assaults climbing 18.5 percent and robberies up 6 percent in September as the NYPD revealed it has made more than 3,400 gun arrests so far this year.  Stark data released by the NYPD Wednesday shows crime rose 2.6 percent overall in September 2021 compared to the same month in 2020, with an extra 243 incidents reported.  It comes as Mayor Bill de Blasio tries to lure tourists and office workers back to the COVID-ravaged Big Apple, with the data likely to deter many over personal safety concerns.  The biggest increase was for felonious assault - or assault with a dangerous weapon - which surged by a shocking 18.5 percent from 1,802 in September 2020 to 2,135 in September 2021, as New Yorkers have been plagued by random attacks in the streets of the city.  The data also reveals a concerning trend in other criminal activity, with robberies up 6 percent, car theft up 4.1 percent and grand larceny up .7 percent within the same timeframe.   Over the last year,...
    Tom Brady is gearing up for one of the most highly anticipated matchups of his career. That’s saying a lot for a quarterback who appeared in nine Super Bowls, but returning to New England to face Bill Belichick and the Patriots as an opponent undoubtedly has extra meaning for Brady. While the 44-year-old Brady still looks like himself on the field, he didn’t sound like himself Thursday afternoon. Brady appeared legitimately sick during his press conference, sounding extra raspy and struggling to keep his voice from breaking while speaking with reporters. “I don’t know. I’ve had a few of these days. I don’t know what the deal is, so I gotta try to figure this out,” Brady said after being asked about his health status. “I said my throat’s more tired than arm. Imagine that.” Brady is reportedly vaccinated against Covid-19, as Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians previously stated the entire team is fully vaxxed. But wide receiver Antonio Brown did test positive for Covid with a breakthrough case last week. Brown was reactivated from the team’s Covid-19 list...
    NANCY Pelosi has served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives on two separate occasions. As speaker of the House, Pelosi is second in the presidential line of succession, after Vice President Kamala Harris. 2Nancy Pelosi has served as speaker of the House since 2019, and previously from 2007 to 2011Credit: EPA Where is Nancy Pelosi today? Pelosi attended the annual Congressional baseball game on September 29, 2021 where Democrats and Republicans are meant to put down their swords, and pick up the bat. The ball game is a tradition started in 1909 for charity and in recent years has raised over $1million for charity. Republicans beat the Democrats 13-12 in the annual baseball game and was attended by both President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. However, with the infrastructure bill hanging in the balance and a decision due to be made on September 30, 2021, a video shows a busy Pelosi working throughout the game. From her front row seat at National Stadium, Pelosi is seen in an intense conversation on her cellphone in...
    New York Giants head coach Joe Judge made a very strange comment Wednesday. According to Pat Leonard, Judge was talking about analytics when he took a jab at Bill Gates for seemingly no reason at all. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) “Analytics is just a tool…You can look at a stat sheet all ya want. I promise ya if Excel was gonna win football games, Bill Gates would be killing it right now. But you’ve got to take those numbers,” Judge explained. Joe Judge, asked about how analytics factors into his 4th down decisions: “Analytics is just a tool … You can look at a stat sheet all ya want. I promise ya if Excel was gonna win football games, Bill Gates would be killing it right now. But you’ve got to take those numbers … — Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) September 29, 2021 Furthermore, Judge wanted people to know that he doesn’t live in fear and passionately explained just how gutsy he is when it comes to his calls. “I’m not afraid to...
    Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) said he stopped negotiating with Democrats because they wanted to defund the police. National police organizations say that's false. Two of the largest police organizations in the country suggested that a Republican senator lied about negotiations over a police reform bill, which fell apart last week despite months of negotiations between Democrats and Republicans in Congress. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) — the lead Republican negotiator on the since failed police reform legislation — said Sunday that talks fell apart because Democrats wanted to "defund the police." "Many provisions in this bill [Democrats] wanted me to agree to limited or reduced funding for the police," Scott said on CBS News' "Face the Nation." However, a statement released Tuesday from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police said that's not true. "Despite some media reports, at no point did any legislative draft propose 'defunding the police,'" the statement says. "In fact, the legislation specifically provided additional funding to assist law enforcement agencies in...
    (CNN)Did you go to bed angry? Experts have real, tangible tips on what to do (and what not to do) when a little steam comes out your ears. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. CongressDemocratic factions are splintering as party leaders desperately try to keep President Biden's legislative agenda afloat. Some progressives are revolting over Speaker Nancy Pelosi's plan to hold a vote tomorrow on a roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill before striking a deal on a multi-trillion-dollar spending package expanding the social safety net. The infrastructure bill is a priority for moderate Democrats, while the spending package, known as the Build Back Better Act, is championed by progressives. As patience wanes, Democratic leaders want Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, two key moderates, to make their intentions on these important agenda items known so Dems can gauge their likelihood of success. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking on a government...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As the warm weather winds down, your heating bill may go up. Natural gas prices increased by 180% since last September. In Minnesota, two out of three households heat with natural gas. READ MORE: Dogs Enduring 'Extra Bad' Year For Allergies, Veterinary Dermatologist SaysThe Bruglers moved into a larger home in Forest Lake last year, and expected a higher natural gas bill to heat the home. “We’ve never had the high ceilings and that much space,” John Brugler said. But they didn’t expect less than a year later, prices would go up so dramatically. “Anticipating a large jump, it’s gonna be a big bill,” Brugler said. CenterPoint Energy reports natural gas last September was 60 cents per therm. This month, it’s $1.09. And CenterPoint says it’s caused by a few factors, but primarily supply and demand. Supply was up during the pandemic, while demand was down. And now that natural gas is again in demand, supply is still catching up. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Minneapolis Pairs With Community Media Outlets To Spread COVID Vaccine Info To...
    Meghan McCain slammed President Joe Biden’s “asinine” claim that his $3.5 trillion spending bill has a price tag of “zero” dollars  and she said the American public isn’t “stupid.” “The bill will cost 0 dollars is the most asinine talking point since ‘I voted for it before I voted against it,'” McCain tweeted Tuesday to her hundreds of thousands of followers. (RELATED: ‘Dragged’: Meghan McCain Blasts ‘Every Single Person In Biden Administration’ Over Fall Of Kabul) “The American public aren’t stupid,” she added. “There’s nothing in this world for free.” The bill will cost 0 dollars is the most asinine talking point since “I voted for it before I voted against it”. The American public aren’t stupid. There’s nothing in this world for free. https://t.co/iigT5JPtAq — Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) September 28, 2021 The former co-host of “The View” included a clip of White House press secretary Jen Psaki repeating the administration’s claim that the “president’s commitment remains” to not raising taxes for “anyone making less than $400,000″ a year.” (RELATED: ‘I’m Just Going To Rip The Band-Aid Off’: Meghan McCain...
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