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    Some royal family members were “quietly pleased” that Meghan Markle did not attend Prince Philip’s funeral in April because they “didn’t want a circus” and suspected that her presence would “create a spectacle,” sources close to the Duchess of Sussex claim. These royal concerns about Meghan coming to the funeral are recounted in an updated version of “Finding Freedom,” the sympathetic biography of her and Prince Harry that was published in 2020, the Daily Mail reported. A new chapter in the book by authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand will be published Aug. 31 and was leaked to the UK newspaper, The Independent, the Daily Mail reported. According to the chapter, Meghan also was concerned about an explosive report that alleged she had bullied staff at Kensington Palace. The report in the Times UK was “more worrying” for the Duchess than other “defamatory reports” about her. The timing of the report also didn’t go unnoticed, Scobie and Durand wrote. It was published a few days before the couple’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey on March 7. The report led the...
    Retired Acting ICE Director Tom Homan slammed DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and the Biden administration for their continued "open borders agenda." Homan told "Fox & Friends First," Monday, it is time for Democrats to "let the American people know what is going on the southern border." TOM HOMAN PERSONALLY ‘DISGUSTED’ WITH MOUNTING BORDER CHAOS, WARNS ICE MORALE IS ‘IN THE TOILET’ TOM HOMAN: The Democrats control Congress, they need to let the American people know what is going on at the southern border. Look, and believe me, the administration is not going to be upset with Secretary Mayorkas because he's doing exactly what they designed, right? They created this crisis. They knew they were creating this crisis. This is an open borders agenda. Mayorkas is a hero to the administration because he's continuing down that road, open borders. They're not apologetic.  They haven't done one thing to stop this crisis, not one thing they've done to slow the flow. Matter of fact, they've sent hundreds of Border Patrol agents down there from the northern border to do what? To process aliens...
    Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pursuing a select committee investigating the January 6th riots at the Capitol, but a top Republican who pushed for a 1/6 commission isn’t happy with this plan. Congressman John Katko (R- NY) was one of a few Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump. He is also the Republican ranking member on the House Homeland Security Committee, and worked with Chairman Bennie Thompson (D- MS) on a deal for the commission that Republican senators ultimately rejected. In a statement Monday, Katko said that the select committee “would have a skewed” bent that goes against what a commission would have been. “It would be a turbo-charged partisan exercise,” he said, “not an honest fact-finding body that the American people and the Capitol Police deserve. For those reasons, I will not support its creation when voted upon.” Katko also made it clear he wouldn’t have interest in participating, after Pelosi’s office said she would consider a Republican for one of her eight appointments. Rep. Katko, the R who negotiated the now-scuttled 1/6 commission deal, comes...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed an animal cruelty bill Monday that he said would have created "over-criminalization." Senate Bill 474 would have added restrictions on how pet owners could restrain their dogs when left unattended. "Texans love their dogs, so it is no surprise that our statutes already protect them by outlawing true animal cruelty," Abbott said in a statement. "Yet Senate Bill 474 would compel every dog owner, on pain of criminal penalties, to monitor things like the tailoring of the dog’s collar, the time the dog spends in the bed of a truck, and the ratio of tether-to-dog length, as measured from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail. Texas is no place for this kind of micro-managing and over-criminalization." TEXAS GOVERNOR VETOES FUNDING FOR LEGISLATURE AFTER DEMOCRATS BLOCK VOTING BILL The bill would have made it illegal for dog owners to restrain their dogs with a chain when leaving them unattended outdoors and would have made stricter requirements on the length of any tether used. Owners also would have had to...
    Appearing Thursday on CNN’s New Day, voting rights activist and failed Georgia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams expressed support for Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) voting rights compromise proposal. BREAKING: "Absolutely."@staceyabrams says she could support @Sen_JoeManchins voting rights compromise.pic.twitter.com/54X5mwZT9D — John Berman (@JohnBerman) June 17, 2021 A transcript is as follows:  JOHN BERMAN: People have been asking Joe Manchin what he could support. He has now laid it out. Some of those proposals would be significant changes and requirements from state to state. Is that a comprise you could support? STACEY ABRAMS: Absolutely. What Senator Manchin is putting forward are some basic building blocks that we need to ensure that democracy is accessible, no matter your geography. Those provisions that he’s setting forth are strong ones that will create [a] level playing field, will create standards that do not vary from state to state, and I think will ensure that every American has improved access to the right to vote, despite the onslaught of state legislation seeking to restrict access to the right to vote.
    New York (CNN)A New York bill that would allow people to use a gender-neutral "X" as a gender marker on driver's licenses and birth certificates passed the New York State Assembly on Thursday and now goes to the governor for final approval.The Gender Recognition Act, which previously passed the state Senate, would also allow New Yorkers to attest to their own gender identity when petitioning a court or updating an identification document, and no longer requires medical evidence. The bill would also eliminate the requirement to publish name changes in a local newspaper, according to the text of the bill.The bill would also allow parents the choice to be designated as "father," mother" or "parent" on their child's birth certificate.The push for an "X" option has been part of a long effort by the transgender community and others to provide for easier changes to gender markers on documents. Correct gender identification on official documents helps protect the safety of transgender people and allows them better access to housing, employment or other public benefits, according to the National Center for Transgender...
                        COLUMBUS, Ohio – Over 3,200 pages of Dr. Anthony Fauci emails contain at least one reference to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) doctor – Peter Kilmarx – sent an email in April 2020 stating that DeWine would be part of a group of Republican governors who would be “most interested and helpful” to “encourage implementation and create demand” for a COVID-19 Response Corps. Images of emails obtained by BuzzFeed News via FOIA request. See more at: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/20793561-leopold-nih-foia-anthony-fauci-emails The email was sent after an Op-Ed written by Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA) was published on the Centers for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) website.  The email reads like a tactical command to tap U.S. governors, among others, to drum up demand for a global COVID response force. The Op-Ed is here. In the email, DeWine is listed along with Republican governors Charlie Baker (MA) and Larry Hogan (MD); Democrats mentioned were Andrew Cuomo (NY), J.B. Pritzger (IL), Gavin Newsome (CA), Gretchen Whitmer (MI),...
    Meghan Markle's childhood sweetheart has praised the 'courageous' Duchess for speaking out about the ’history of racism’ in the royal family during the bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview despite knowing it would 'create tension.'  Joshua Silverstein, a Los Angeles-based actor, who was Markle's first kiss, aged 13, and dated her throughout that summer, appeared on Lorraine today and commended Meghan, 39, for handling recent criticism 'well.'  Silverstein, now a married father of two, appeared via video link and told the Scottish presenter: 'Meghan did Oprah and was very honest and transparent with her experiences in the royal family.  'There's a history of racism within the royal family that goes way back to the transatlantic slave trade. The fact Meghan is able to get on TV and bravely talk about that is awesome.'  Joshua Silverstein (pictured), a Los Angeles-based actor, who was Markle's first kiss, aged 13, and dated her throughout that summer, appeared on Lorraine and opened up about how he thought the Duchess of Sussex had dealt with recent criticism Silverstein (as a child, left), met...
    A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Sens. Rand Paul and Richard Blumenthal, introduced a bill on Thursday that aims to make a new category of temporary visas to allow family members to visit the United States for major life events such as weddings, funerals, and births more easily. The Temporary Family Visitation Act would create a new 90-day B-3 visa category for family members of American permanent residents and citizens. Under the current system, many family members must apply for a B-2 tourist visa to attend major life events in the country or visit their family. But the current system's measures to prevent visa overstays include assessing those with personal ties in the U.S., having the effect of high denial rates to family members and keeping families apart. "We've heard constant complaints from our members that they have such a difficult time trying to get visitor's visas for family members to come and visit them for special occasions," said Morad Ghorban, director of government affairs and policy at the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans, which was instrumental...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and other left-wing politicians are hoping to create a Civil Climate Corps modeled after  Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps. The redux would have fighting so-called climate change as its mission with a $10 billion taxpayer-funded price tag. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: The Civilian Climate Corps aims to employ 1.5 million young Americans – putting them to work remediating blight, maintaining our parks and natural lands – and ultimately put them on a path to a long-term career, providing support like student loan relief and child/eldercare. “Much like the CCC of the New Deal-era, the GND’s Civilian Climate Corps closes the gap between those who need work and work that needs to be done,” she tweeted. Much like the CCC of the New Deal-era, the GNDs Civilian Climate Corps closes the gap between those who need work and work that needs to be done. https://t.co/4SVPP2NlSz — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@RepAOC) May 4, 2021 Ocasio-Cortez’s partner in introducing the radical Green New Deal, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), is in charge of the Senate version of  the legislation. He told...
    More On: instagram Instagram star cat dies from injuries after boy trips on leash Instagram fights back, tries to curb abuse on platform Actress jailed in Ghana after posting naked photo with her son on his 7th birthday Jason Momoa gifts The Rock’s daughter an ‘Aquaman’ birthday surprise Ever since its launch back in 2010, Instagram has forbidden any child under the age of 13 from using the app. But now, Facebook, which bought the social media platform in 2012, is reportedly developing an Instagram 2.0 that specifically targets youths under that age threshold.  In an internal company post obtained by BuzzFeed News last month, Vishal Shah, Instagram’s director of product, cheerily declares that the company “will be building a new youth pillar within the Community Product Group to focus on two things: (a) accelerating our integrity and privacy work to ensure the safest possible experience for teens and (b) building a version of Instagram that allows people under the age of 13 to safely use Instagram for the first time.” But don’t worry, folks, the new Insta will...
    The Wisconsin plant former President Donald Trump promised would create 13,000 American jobs will actually create less than 1,500 jobs. The State of Wisconsin and Foxconn, the technology company building the factory, announced a new deal that cuts the company’s investment in the project from $10 billion to $672 million Tuesday evening, according to The Wall Street Journal. The deal allows Foxconn, which manufactures Apple iPhones, to qualify for up to $80 million in incentives if the plant creates 1,454 jobs with an average wage of $53,875 by 2025. “When I ran to be governor, I made a promise to work with Foxconn to cut a better deal for our state—the last deal didn’t work for Wisconsin, and that doesn’t work for me,” Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said in a statement announcing the new contract. (RELATED: Foxconn Says It Will Be Up And Running By 2020 After Trump Talks) Former President Donald Trump and former Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou tour a Foxconn facility at the Wisconsin Valley Science and Technology Park on June 28, 2018 in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. (Brendan...
    President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan — marketed as an “infrastructure” proposal by Democrats — would create a “Soviet-style economy” if enacted as law, Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) said on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Sunday with host Joel Pollak. Perry said the Biden administration’s proposal to spend $10 billion to create a “Civilian Climate Corps” and $20 billion to advance “racial equity” and “environmental justice” do not qualify as “infrastructure.” “This is not infrastructure,” he determined. “This is the same bait and switch that the Democrats always do when the current definition of theft or malfeasance doesn’t sit well with the American people, and so they just change the definition. In this case, most Americans support infrastructure investment and spending.” He added, “[The Biden administration is] not interested in infrastructure, either. This is all forcing us into an economy and a lifestyle that the liberals demand that we accept and embrace, even though we don’t want to. This is more of them governing it against the will of the American people.” LISTEN: Democrats and their political allies are deceptively marketing...
    There is a push to allow Illinois community colleges to offer a bachelor’s degree program for child care. Illinois is one of 23 states to allow community colleges to award bachelor’s degrees. In 2009, Illinois established a collaborative grant program to deliver bachelor’s degree programs offered by four-year institutions at a location closer to students served by community colleges. During a virtual news conference Wednesday by Illinois Action for Children, state Rep. Cristina Pacione-Zayas said the change would benefit thousands of Illinoisans. “This is much larger than any individual or one single partnership,” Pacione-Zayas said. “This is a systemic issue and this also part of our economic recovery in this state.” There is growing policy attention these days on expanded access to higher education and the role community colleges play. Enrollment at community colleges around the state dropped nearly 14% from the fall of 2019 to the fall of 2020. Steven Nacco, president of Danville Area Community College, said a person shouldn’t have to pay thousands of dollars in tuition for a job that...
    President Joe Biden's $2.25 trillion infrastructure package would create about 2.7 million jobs, a fraction of the more than 19 million touted by some West Wing officials — including the chief executive himself. Asked about that discrepancy, White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday cited a report by Moody's Analytics, a Wall Street firm, that estimated that Biden's American Jobs Plan would create 3 million jobs over a decade if passed as is by both chambers of Congress and signed into law. "So that is what the impact would be of the American Jobs Plan, 2.7 million, to be totally clear," Psaki said Monday. "We see that as a positive, but we also will be very clear and articulate exactly what numbers of jobs it will create." BIDEN BEGINS SALES PITCH OF $2.25 TRILLION INFRASTRUCTURE BILL WITH APPEAL TO GOP During media appearances over the weekend, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese said Biden's American Jobs Plan would "create" 19 million jobs. Biden also made a similar claim days earlier while announcing his proposal,...
    Florida governor Ron DeSantis has signed an emergency order banning Covid-19 vaccine 'passports' claiming they are 'completely unacceptable' and would create 'two classes of citizens'.  The executive order signed on Friday prevents any state-run organization and private business from demanding that their staff or customers show a vaccine passport to work there or gain services.  It follows a frenzy earlier this week from lawmakers and local leaders over the prospect of coronavirus vaccine passports, after an app was rolled out in New York, but some Republicans denounced it as the 'mark of the beast' and 'dystopian'.  The Biden administration said there are currently at least 17 different passport initiatives being developed by public and private entities, while the World Health Organization is working to develop a 'smart vaccination certificate.' The White House, however, said Monday that it would not be imposing any restrictions at the federal level related to vaccine passports, like keeping a nationwide database of those inoculated. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, pictured March 22 at a press conference at the Eau Gallie High Schoo, has signed an executive...
    Amtrak released a new map on Thursday that it said showed the new routes that would be funded if the White House's $2.2 trillion infrastructure plan becomes law.  Amtrak stated that under the proposed plan, they could create more than 30 new routes connecting 160 more communities in the United States. Cities such as Las Vegas, Nashville, Columbus, Ohio, Montgomery, Ala., Macon, Ga., and Phoenix that haven't been connected to the railroad services before, would be connected under the plan.  Amtrak also said the proposed plan will be more energy efficient and bring more economic benefits to regions of the country. In a statement shared with the Business Insider, Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn said “President BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - GOP pounces on Biden's infrastructure plan Biden administration unveils network of community leaders to urge COVID-19 vaccinations Pompeo 'regrets' not making more progress with North Korea MORE’s infrastructure plan is what this nation has been waiting for. Amtrak must rebuild and improve the Northeast Corridor our National Network and expand our service to more of America.”  “With this federal investment, Amtrak...
    As the border crisis continues to roil the Biden administration, a bipartisan bill introduced on Thursday would demand the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) come up with a plan to deal with migrant surges -- and create a $1 billion fund to allow it to quickly respond. The Border Surge Response and Resilience Act, introduced by Reps. John Katko, R-N.Y., and Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, would require the agency to put in place a plan to "respond to irregular migration surges at the border." GOP REP URGES HHS TO HALT REPORTED PLAN TO RELEASE CHILD MIGRANTS BEFORE BACKGROUND CHECKS COMPLETED   The bill would also create an "irregular migration surge border response fund," by which supplemental funding would be activated by metrics related to the border. The initial pot would be for $1 billion and would be topped up each year depending on how much had been spent the previous year. It’s a rare bipartisan move in a political environment that has frequently seen Republicans blaming the Biden administration for the crisis, and the White House and Democratic allies downplaying it as a "challenge" and blaming...
    New York (CNN Business)Two of North America's largest railroad companies announced a merger Sunday that would connect freight customers to Canada, the United States and Mexico on a single network for the first time in history.Canadian Pacific (CP) agreed to purchase Kansas City Southern (KSU) in a deal worth about $25 billion after discounting $3.8 billion of KCS debt that Canadian Pacific will take on. It would combine two of the industry's fastest-growing rail companies at a time when online purchases have soared, overwhelming ports and delaying shipments.The companies said in a statement that the deal would help them become more competitive. That could become increasingly important as the USMCA -- the revised NAFTA trade deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico -- takes hold. The combined company would operate 20,000 miles of rail, employing nearly 20,000 people and generating annual sales of about $8.7 billion. "The new competition we will inject into the North American transportation market cannot happen soon enough, as the new USMCA Trade Agreement among these three countries makes the efficient integration of the continent's...
    New York state Sen. Samra G. Brouk, a Democrat who represents western parts of the state, introduced a bill this year that would "ensure all pupils receive, as an integral part of education in grades kindergarten through twelve, comprehensive sexuality education." Public schools in New York can currently decide for themselves the level of sexual education they want to provide students beyond certain requirements around HIV/AIDS, but this bill would establish a universal curriculum for kids as young as five.  Brouk said the new curriculum would cover issues "like healthy relationships, body image, and self-esteem." CALIFORNIA OKS NEW SEX-ED GUIDELINES FOR TEACHERS DESPITE OBJECTIONS FROM PARENTS, PROTESTERS "In kindergarten, that looks like basic lessons about friendship and communication, providing students with the building blocks they need to tackle issues like consent and sexual health years later in middle and high school," she wrote in justifying the bill. "At older ages those lessons include health matters like preventing unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections." Brouk did not respond to a request for comment Saturday.  Not everyone is thrilled about the proposal though. Assemblyman Michael...
    House Democrats are on the verge of passing sweeping campaign finance and voting rights reforms that would establish a new public financing system for certain federal elections. The For the People Act of 2021, known as H.R. 1, is expected to clear the Democratic-led House later Wednesday. It would provide public matching funds for qualifying congressional and presidential candidates at a rate of 6:1, among many other provisions. The 6:1 match would kick in for each grassroots contribution to a candidate up to $200. For example, a $200 donation to a House candidate would garner a $1,200 match in public funds for a total contribution of $1,400. The program would begin in the 2028 election cycle and would be voluntary. Candidates would opt in by meeting donation qualifications and would be subject to certain contribution limits.  SQUAD AMENDMENT TO RESTORE VOTING RIGHTS TO FELONS, INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS FAILS IN HOUSE Backers of the bill say this small-dollar match program is the anecdote to getting big money and corporate interests out of elections and to allow candidates to focus on garnering support from their neighbors rather than catering to high-dollar donor fundraisers...
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill that would grant state recognition for a second band of Maliseet Indians is running into opposition from leaders of other tribes, who say a lack of a formal standard for tribal recognition is a recipe for trouble. Former Houlton Band of Maliseets tribal Rep. David Slagger is seeking state recognition for the Kineo Band of Maliseet, which derives its name from 1,788-foot (545-meter) mountain on a peninsula in Moosehead Lake. A previous effort in 2012 stalled after some of the state’s federally recognized tribes opposed it, fearing the loss of federal funds, according to the Bangor Daily News. This time, those tribes are once again opposed. A letter signed by all five tribal chiefs, including Chief Clarissa Sabattis of the Houlton Band of Maliseets, argues that the state lacks a process for state recognition. Absent that, it's unclear where the bar would be set for state recognition and people without indigenous ancestry could potentially gain access to services and exploit their culture, they wrote. “The individuals attempting to subvert a real process for recognition...
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill that would grant state recognition for a second band of Maliseet Indians is running into opposition from leaders of other tribes, who say a lack of a formal standard for tribal recognition is a recipe for trouble. Former Houlton Band of Maliseets tribal Rep. David Slagger is seeking state recognition for the Kineo Band of Maliseet, which derives its name from 1,788-foot (545-meter) mountain on a peninsula in Moosehead Lake. A previous effort in 2012 stalled after some of the state’s federally recognized tribes opposed it, fearing the loss of federal funds, according to the Bangor Daily News. This time, those tribes are once again opposed. A letter signed by all five tribal chiefs, including Chief Clarissa Sabattis of the Houlton Band of Maliseets, argues that the state lacks a process for state recognition. Absent that, it’s unclear where the bar would be set for state recognition and people without indigenous ancestry could potentially gain access to services and exploit their culture, they wrote. “The individuals attempting to subvert a real...
    Apple would work fully on the development of its Augmented Reality device and created microLED screens to make it work. Manzana Apparently he has multiple very ambitious projects running in parallel that will take some time to develop. The perfect example of this we have with the matter of your electric car. Where everything indicates that they are working on something big. But not with Kia Motors or Hyundai. Meanwhile, at the same time, we have this curious issue with their Augmented Reality (AR) device where now everything indicates that they would have created a new class of mini screen. MicroOLED for the future Rumors have been running for quite some time that the Cupertino guys are developing a Virtual Reality (VR) device and an Augmented Reality (AR) device. So these gadgets, despite having the code names of N301 and N421 respectively, they are popularly known as Apple VR and Apple AR. Now, friends at Nikkei Asia say Tim Cook’s company is working with TSMC to develop ultrathin, energy-efficient micro OLED displays for their AR devices. The...
    Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak plans to introduce legislation that would permit technology companies to establish separate local governments within the Silver State, according to a draft of the proposal. Sisolak pushed for the creation of so-called Innovation Zones, which would reportedly provide ways to bolster the state's economy without the need for corporate tax breaks, a draft of the proposal obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal read. Sisolak's draft bill suggested the existing local government model is "inadequate alone to provide the flexibility and resources conducive to making the State a leader in attracting and retaining new forms and types of businesses and fostering economic development in emerging technologies and innovative industries." If the legislation were to pass, large companies in industries such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, and renewable resources would have the option to create local governments with the same privileges and responsibilities as counties. Innovation Zones could tangibly form their own county clerk, district attorney's office, sheriff's office, court system, and school boards, as well as collect taxes. Tech companies that want to apply for Innovation Zone status...
    Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has proposed a gun control bill that would create a national firearm registry, set a minimum gun ownership age at 21 and both require licensing and psychological evaluations. The proposed Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act would make it a crime to possess a firearm or ammunition without the new license or sell one to someone who doesn’t have the license. The bill is named for an exchange student from Pakistan who died in a Texas school shooting in 2018. REP. JACKSON LEE CLAIMS GOP, NRA HAVE MADE 'GETTING GUNS OUT OF NEIGHBORHOODS...VERY DIFFICULT'' It also requires gun owners to pay for insurance and bans ammunition of .50 caliber or greater, except for law enforcement and a limited range of security personnel. WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 17: House Homeland Security Committee member Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (D-TX) questions witnesses during a hearing on 'worldwide threats to the homeland' in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill September 17, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Pool/ABACAPRESS.COM (Reuters) The bill would give...
    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Planned legislation to establish new business areas in Nevada would allow technology companies to effectively form separate local governments. Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a plan to launch so-called Innovation Zones in Nevada to jumpstart the state’s economy by attracting technology firms, Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Wednesday. The zones would permit companies with large areas of land to form governments carrying the same authority as counties, including the ability to impose taxes, form school districts and courts and provide government services. The measure to further economic development with the “alternative form of local government” has not yet been introduced in the Legislature. Sisolak pitched the concept in his State of the State address delivered Jan. 19. The plan would bring in new businesses at the forefront of “groundbreaking technologies” without the use of tax abatements or other publicly funded incentive packages that previously helped Nevada attract companies like Tesla Inc. Sisolak named Blockchains, LLC as a company that had committed to developing a “smart city” in an area east of Reno after the legislation has...
    BOSTON (CBS) – A state senator has filed emergency legislation that he says could end the confusion surrounding vaccine registration in Massachusetts. Senator Eric Lesser wants to create a one-stop online sign up for both desktop and mobile devices. He also wants a 24-hour free hotline in several languages to help people through the process. “This is a country you can order a pair of jeans and get it delivered to you in two days from Alaska,” Sen. Lesser said. “We should be able to figure out how to set up a one-stop online portal and a corresponding 24/7 helpline for people who need to get these urgent and lifesaving medications booked.” The legislation already has more than 30 cosponsors. If passed, it would go into effect immediately. Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday the state is working to set up a call center. Visit Mass.Gov/CovidVaccine to find out when you’re eligible and to book an appointment.
    The former president of the United States intends to form his own party after the Republicans’ rejection of him, due to the events that occurred on January 6 at the Capitol. | 01/20/2021 | ionicons-v5-c23: 06 | Noé González | U.S. – The message of the outgoing president of the United States has been clear and forceful on the last day of his administration. A contest that is far from over for today I do not re-elect President for the second term. However, Trump has been left without the support of his fellow Republicans, Mike Pence himself chose to follow what democracy marks and put aside his support for the New York businessman. It is no surprise that Trump has enough support for people to join his party and follow him in pursuit of the presidency in 2024. That is why in recent days the versions of the creation of his own party have become stronger and stronger, because after the separation from his position and the acts that stained the end of his administration, he now no longer...
              Metro Nashville officials are evaluating whether to spend $13.8 million in new infrastructure costs to allow a private company, Oracle, to set up shop in Davidson County. Metro Nashville At-Large Council Member Steve Glover told The Tennessee Star that council members on Tuesday approved an agreement — on the second reading — to invest the money. They then referred it for a final reading. “The money basically was already committed. The governor and the state are dumping a lot of [state] money in it. It will create more jobs,” Glover said. “Believe me, with the mess that we’re in financially we come out ahead on it. But I don’t understand why we are debating it so hard because we basically had the money that we have already approved. The basics were already done.” The project is in District Five Council Member Sean Parker’s district. Parker declined to speak to The Star. Oracle spokesman Greg Lunsford also declined a request for comment Wednesday. Staff for Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee also did not return a...
    In a proposal that would shake up the city’s day-to-day response to its homelessness crisis, San Francisco community leaders on Tuesday unveiled a plan to take police out of the equation. Under the new framework, police would no longer respond to complaints about encampments or aggressive panhandling, reports of an unhoused person trespassing and other non-emergency calls involving homeless San Franciscans. Instead, those calls and more would be rerouted to civilian members of a new Compassionate Alternate Response Team, known as CART. The proposal is another step in San Francisco’s ongoing police reform effort, and comes as cities throughout the Bay Area and around the country are grappling with demands to “defund” their police departments and reinvest in alternative programs. “What we are doing right now as a city is completely failing,” San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney, who supports CART, said Tuesday during a Zoom call announcing the proposal. “A police-led response to homelessness is costly, it’s dangerous, it’s ineffective and it should end.” San Francisco police responded to more than 65,000 calls related to homelessness in 2019. CART supporters...
    “It would create gigantic frustration,” he said on the Dutch public broadcaster NPO’s “Buitenhof” on Sunday. The idea of ​​introducing a passport for vaccines was put on the table earlier this week by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Mitsotakis, who wants to revive his country’s important tourism sector as soon as possible after the pandemic crisis, does not want to make vaccination an explicit condition for travel. However, the Greek prime minister argues that a guarantee of unhindered travel could motivate people to opt for a vaccine. Charles Michel understands that this is a sensitive issue, because some might have the impression that vaccination would become de facto compulsory. “But it is not because a debate is complicated or sensitive that it should be avoided”, he qualified on Sunday. According to the President of the European Council, the real debate will be open next week. There have already been informal discussions between leaders of Union countries in recent weeks, he said. Two questions arose there, according to him: “Do we agree with the principle of the introduction of a...
    Former National Security Adviser John Bolton said Thursday on CNN’s “The Lead” that while President Donald Trump has blood on his hands, the 25th Amendment should not be invoked to remove him from office because it could create a dispute causing there to be two presidents. Anchor Jake Tapper said, “Let me just ask you, do you think President Trump has blood on his hands?” Bolton replied, “I think he does. Look, I agree with Bill Barr. I think he did incite this mob, with the clear intention of having them disrupt the Electoral College certification, and delay it to give him more time.” He continued, “But let’s just take the 25th Amendment for a second. It says that if the vice president can round up a majority of the Cabinet, they can write saying that the president is unable to fulfill the powers and duties of his office. In response…Section 4 says the president can then write a letter saying, I can too. And if the vice president and this majority of the Cabinet write back again and say, well, we...
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently laid out his opposition to proposed cryptocurrency regulation, stating that it would create “perverse incentives for cryptocurrency customers to avoid regulated entities for cryptocurrency transactions.” The Verge reports that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently expressed his opposition to  proposed cryptocurrency regulations which he believes will hurt his payment processing company Square and create “unnecessary friction and perverse incentives for cryptocurrency customers to avoid regulated entities for cryptocurrency transactions.” Square purchased $50 million in bitcoin in October and has moved heavily into the cryptocurrency sector in recent months. A new regulation proposed by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) would require financial institutions such as Square to collect personal information about the parties involved in cryptocurrency transactions. More information on these regulations can be found here. The regulations propose that financial institutions collect the name and physical address of both parties of any large transaction that they’re involved in. The regulation is aimed at preventing the illegal use of cryptocurrencies for crimes such as drug trafficking, money laundering, and “international terrorist financing.” Dorsey claims in a letter that...
    Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter and Square, isn’t happy about the new proposed cryptocurrency regulation. He emphasized how the regulation would hurt Square, a financial services company, in a letter posted to the company website. In October, Square bought $50 million in bitcoin. The company also has invested heavily in the cryptocurrency ecosystem, so Square has plenty of skin in the game. The regulations create “unnecessary friction and perverse incentives for cryptocurrency customers to avoid regulated entities for cryptocurrency transactions,” Dorsey writes. The regulation could end up driving customers “to use non-custodial wallets or services outside the U.S.” The regulation, proposed by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), would require financial institutions (like Square) to collect personal information about the parties involved in cryptocurrency transactions. You can read a deep-dive on them here, but the more important requirement is for financial institutions to collect the name and physical address of both parties of any large transaction they’re involved in. The regulation aims to help prevent some of the illegal uses of cryptocurrencies, such as drug trafficking, money laundering,...
    VIDEO3:4903:49How traders are watching the split in semiconductor stocksTrading Nation Two of this year's best-performing semiconductor stocks have hit a wall. Chipmakers Nvidia and AMD have diverged from their competitors this month, falling nearly 2% and 0.5%, respectively, while the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) has climbed nearly 4.5%. The lag could make for a near-term buying opportunity, JC O'Hara, chief market technician at MKM Partners, told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Wednesday. "This is a market where you want to own leadership. That's the only way for you to outperform a benchmark," he said. "When we look at the 19 semiconductor names within the S&P, we find leadership in Nvidia and AMD." As of Wednesday's close, Nvidia was sitting on a year-to-date gain of nearly 123.5% and AMD was up over 101%. Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwards "In the short term, they might become victims of their own success," O'Hara said. "If you're an institution and you own these names and these names doubled in size, come the end of the year, you need to rebalance. You need to resize....
    Princess Diana feared she had made a mistake by agreeing to her dramatic Panorama interview with Martin Bashir and made a frantic call to a close friends 24 hours before it aired, it has been revealed. Astrologer Debbie Frank says Diana phoned her and said she was having last-minute doubts about going public on the state of her marriage.  She made the call despite realising it was too late to stop the interview being aired, said Debbie, who added that the princess only calmed down when she saw polls that showed the public had reacted well to it. However, Debbie, who was one of Diana's closest confidantes before the Princess of Wales' death in 1997, has now slammed Bashir for manipulating the royal.  Princess Diana was worried the interview with Martin Bashir on the state of her marriage could turn the public against her The BBC has launched an independent inquiry to look into the controversial 1995 Panorama interview It comes after the BBC launched an independent inquiry into the 1995 Panorama interview.  Bashir, now the BBC's religion editor, has already...
    Lionel Messi is wanted by Chelsea for next season (REUTERS / Albert Gea) “I wanted a winning project and win titles with the club to continue expanding the legend of Barcelona at the title level. And the truth is that there has been no project for a long time and there is nothing, they are juggling and covering holes as things go by “ Lionel messi, with that phrase, made it clear what must happen to agree to continue at Barcelona, entity with which he has a contract until June 2021 (in January he could start negotiating with other teams as if he were a free player). In this way, what happens in the next presidential elections in the Catalan club will be key. With this scenario raised, there are several clubs that are crouched to try to seduce him. An important fact is that the entities interested in hiring him will only have to pay him the salary, since he would have the pass in his possession. According to The Sun, Chelsea began to...
    SAN JOSE — A slender residential tower is in the works for downtown San Jose that will create a unique blend of affordable housing for senior citizens, along with retail and office spaces, and preserve a historic building on the site. The 25-story housing highrise is being proposed for 19 N. Second St. in downtown San Jose and would feature a rooftop rotunda that would be a focal point in a gathering area for the residents, plans filed on Wednesday with city officials show. The project proposal also would retain the historic building and add the tower behind the existing structure, said Kurt Anderson, principal executive with Anderson Architects and the designer of the development. “We are playing off the existing historic building, playing off the nearby Bank of Italy tower,” Anderson said. “It’s a historic building, a historic district, and this is going to be eye-catching.” The housing would consist of 210 units of affordable residences for seniors. The lower levels of the development would create ground-floor retail in the historic building and three floors of offices. Then, floors...
    The Better Government Association is exploring what Illinois Congressional districts might look like if they were drawn by an independent panel, rather than politicians.Marie Dillon of the BGA joined ABC 7 Chicago Saturday to talk about the project.The completion of the census triggers a new round of redistricting. Dillon said voters would have a better opportunity to elect a representative that reflects their community, if an independent panel drew district lines.Individual political races would also be more competitive, she said.When legislators draw district maps, they tend to favor their own party, according to the BGA.Read the full BGA story online at bettergov.org.
    Among the many municipal items on the Denver ballot this November is a measure that would effectively end the Mile High City's three-decade-old prohibition of pit bulls. But while proponents of the concept typically focus their arguments on the general ineffectiveness of breed-specific legislation and how the proposal will not only allow pit-bull owners to emerge from the shadows but give authorities better ways to enhance safety, Teresa Browning has another reason why the ban should go. She says a former domestic partner reported that she was illegally sheltering a pit bull that was actually registered as an approved breed — but because of the Denver law's vague language, she was terrified that the dog would be taken away from her, anyway. "It's something I still worry about," Browning says. "I'm praying that November will end my fear of that happening."Related Stories Here's What Denver Residents Will Be Voting On This Election Denver Campaign to Legalize Pit Bulls Revs Up Cheering, Mourning After Denver Pit Bull Legalization Bill Falls One Vote Short Earlier this year, when Denver City Council...
    Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday pushed forward forward a city-led rezoning plan for Soho and Noho that would bring 3,200 new apartments including 800 affordable units to the upscale area plus an update of 50-year-old regulations for business owners and artists. “This is a rezoning that’s been proposed to really create substantial community benefit, and there’s a lot of support on the ground for the idea that there needs to be affordable housing in every community, including those that are upper income,” de Blasio said about the plan during his daily press briefing from City Hall. The proposed rezoning area sits roughly between Canal Street and Astor Place to the from Avenue of the Americas to the Bowery. Three “housing opportunity zones” on the edges would provide space for the new apartments and a “commercial corridor” between Broadway and Lafayette Street would allow for more retail. James Power, a partner at law firm Kramer Levin who specializes in land use, said Soho and Noho have “the most anachronistic zoning in all of New York,” dating back to the 1970s. “Most...
    Nicole Karlis October 1, 2020 9:56PM (UTC) Those who took high school civics may recall that our democracies lives on fractions. A majority vote — one-half plus one — is what it takes to pass a bill in most legislative bodies. The constitution requires a "supermajority," meaning two-thirds of a governing body, for only the most important and crucial matters: to override a presidential veto, or remove an officer via impeachment, say. If two-thirds seems like a high threshold for a congressional body, what about seven-eighths? That's the super-duper-majority that would be required to overturn Proposition 22 — the Uber- and Lyft-funded ballot measure that will appear on California ballots this November — should it pass this fall. : You read that right: the astroturf ballot measure written by some of Silicon Valley's biggest corporations, which is written to keep these companies' contractors from achieving benefits or a stable, salaried job, would require a seven-eighths majority of state legislators in both state chambers in order to be overturned — such a difficult threshold to meet that experts say it would be effectively permanent. The origin of Proposition...
    Democratic nominee Joe Biden declined to say if he would "pack" the Supreme Court during Tuesday’s debate and critics are irked that his refusal to answer isn’t a bigger story for the mainstream media. “Whatever position I take on that, that will become the issue,” Biden said. “The American people should speak. You should go out and vote.” President Trump chimed in, repeating moderator Chris Wallace’s question about if Biden would “pack the court” but the former vice president didn’t answer. Biden’s refusal to answer the question seemed like it would be among the news-making moments from the debate, but it received little attention in The New York Times and Washington Post. "Biden's refusal to comment on packing the Supreme Court, as other prominent Democrats are advocating, is monumental news as it goes to the Democrats' willingness and desire to unwind one of the fundamental norms of our judiciary and political system, a 9-member Supreme Court,” Cornell Law School professor and media critic William A. Jacobson told Fox News. BIDEN REFUSES TO SAY WHETHER HE WOULD ADD SEATS TO SUPREME COURT  The Times briefly mentioned Biden’s non-answer when noting he...
    Baker Mayfield, the NFL quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, completely flip-flopped on whether he would join the national anthem kneeling protest after issuing a defiant message to angry fans. Mayfield had previously said that he would kneel alongside some of his teammates and he didn't care if it angered the fans. "You know, right is right and wrong is wrong," he said at the time. "It's a human rights issue. It's been going on for a long time and I believe in that." On Saturday, Mayfield released a statement saying that he had changed his mind after watching how other teams handled the controversy in the first game of the NFL season. "Also after reading many letters and messages over the past weeks... I have been showed that a gesture such as kneeling will only create more division or discussion about the gesture, rather than be a solution towards our country's problems at hand. With that being said, I am choosing to stand for both anthems to show respect, love, and...
    Baker Mayfield reversed his stance on the national anthem and announced Saturday he plans to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Cleveland Browns take on the Baltimore Ravens. Mayfield wrote in a statement he’s heard from fans and believes that kneeling would just add more division. FLASHBACK: BROWNS' BAKER MAYFIELD PLANS ON KNEELING DURING NATIONAL ANTHEM: 'IF I LOSE FANS, THAT’S OK' “After reading many letters and messages ... I have been showed that a gesture such as kneeling will only create more division or discussion about the gesture, rather than be a solution towards our country's problem at hand,” he wrote. “My heart is even more passionate than it was months ago, due to the fact that we are not close to being where our country needs to be. I love this country, but these challenges and adversity are an opportunity for much needed change for issues that have been going on for far too long. It is going to come down to how we handle adversity and taking advantage of our opportunities. CLEVELAND BROWNS: WHAT TO KNOW...
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler is under fire for a Thursday speech laying out a vision for the agency that critics warn would unleash untold environmental devastation should it come to pass. Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, delivered the remarks at the Nixon Library in southern California to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the EPA. The agency was established under the Nixon administration. Wheeler also framed as positive steps the administration’s environmental protection rollbacks and attacks on science. The EPA chief said that “members of former administrations and progressives in Congress have elevated single issue advocacy—in many cases focused just on climate change—to virtue-signal to foreign capitals, over the interests of communities within their own country.” “Communities that deal with the worst pollution in this country—and tend to be low-income and minority—face multiple environmental problems that need solving,” Wheeler said. He suggested President Donald Trump’s “opportunity zones” plan—recognized by experts as a giveaway to the rich—as a remedy to environmental injustice. Wheeler declared it “very disappointing to see governors on the East Coast, such as [New York] Governor Cuomo, unilaterally block pipelines that...
    Back-to-school season is upon us and while American students attempt to return to the classroom, in-person learning for many has been canceled.  Aside from the impact on the individual student, this lack of child care can create a huge drag on the economy. Nobel laureate Esther Duflo suggests the U.S. subsidize child care for a few reasons aside from the benefit to the children themselves. The first is that child care requires constant attention by ideally qualified and highly trained professionals, creating a source of jobs that cannot be outsourced internationally to China nor automated away. "You're always going to need to take care," she said. To pay for this attention and investment in our children, Duflo recommends a straight transfer of funds to the child's guardian. The U.S. currently offers a tax credit of up to $2,000 per child under 17 years old or $1,400 per child as a tax refund if the credit is larger than the taxes the family owes. The federal government offers a credit of up to $500 for other dependents, including college students ages 19...
    Rishi’s tax trap WE’VE admired Chancellor Rishi’s Sunak’s efforts to keep Britain standing over the past six months. The furlough scheme was well designed and, after a few early hiccups, generally well executed. 2Chancellor Rishi Sunak must cut taxes to nurture the economy - not increase themCredit: EPA Eat Out to Help Out, meanwhile, has worked a treat. It likely saved countless hospitality jobs, gave Brits the confidence to come out of hibernation — and in the grand scheme of Government spending, wasn’t even that expensive. But giving away money was the easy bit. And the Chancellor’s latest proposals — which include raising corporation tax — fill us with dread. His instinct to recoup some cash is natural: Britain’s debt now stands at a whopping £2trillion. And tightening the Government’s belt makes sense. Bloated departments could do with a trim. But hiking corporation tax would be a mistake. Even a small rise would cripple small firms desperately trying to get back on their feet after lockdown — and job-creating big companies now eyeing up Brexit Britain as a competitive...
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