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    By Fatima Hussein and Josh Boak | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The federal government is on track to max out on its $31.4 trillion borrowing authority as soon as this month, starting the clock on an expected standoff between President Joe Biden and the new House Republican majority that will test both parties’ ability to navigate a divided Washington, with the fragile global economy at stake. Once the government bumps up against the cap — it could happen any time in the next few weeks or longer — the Treasury Department will be unable to issue new debt without congressional action. The department plans to deploy what are known as “extraordinary measures” to keep the government operating. But once those measures run out, probably mid-summer, the government could be at risk of defaulting unless lawmakers and the president agree to lift the limit on the U.S. government’s ability to borrow. The expected showdown over the debt limit would be a stark display of the new reality for Biden and his fellow Democrats, who enjoyed one-party control of Washington for the...
    SEVERAL changes are coming to programs handled by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and beneficiaries will want to keep them in mind for the new year. According to the federal agency, roughly 70million Americans rely on Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. 1From payments to limits, SSA claimants will want to keep several things in mindCredit: Getty As just weeks remain in 2022, SSA claimants will want to get used to the following changes. 1. Retirees get an 8.7 percent boost Perhaps the biggest and most important one is the 8.7 percent boost to monthly checks. Known as the cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA), the mechanism is in place to protect Social Security payments from inflation. As a result, the rate adjusts each year based on data from the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), which measures changes in the cost of popular goods and services. READ MORE ON SOCIAL PAYMENTS CASH BOOST Will Social Security and SSI claimants get a fourth stimulus check?MORE MONEY Next $1,657 check to be paid out in a week - when you’ll get the cash In 2022, the...
    The Democrat running for governor in Arizona next month said that she doesn't support any limitations on abortion after Republicans proposed a nationwide ban after 15 weeks. Arizona is one of the 13 with trigger laws, which effectively banned abortion in June when the Supreme Court overturned the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade. An 1864 Arizona law is behind upheld and went into effect on September 24 that bans all abortions except for in the case where the mother's health and life is put at risk by carrying the pregnancy to term. 'I do not support the 15 week ban,' Arizona's Secretary of State Katie Hobbs told CBS News Face the Nation host Major Garret on Sunday morning. 'I support leaving the decision between a woman and her doctor and leaving politicians entirely out of it,' she said. Hobbs is running against Republican Kari Lake for Arizona GOP Governor Doug Ducey's seat after serving his two consecutive four-year terms. Pro-abortion groups in Arizona sought an injunctions to stop Arizona's old abortion law from being reinstated with the end of...
    CONOR BENN has piled on the pounds with a high-calorie diet ahead of his catchweight clash with Chris Eubank Jr. The pair are set for a sensational fight for the ages on Saturday, almost 30 years after their dads' famous rematch. 4Conor Benn weighing in to fight at welterweightCredit: Reuters 4Conor Benn ahead of his catchweight clash with Chris Eubank JrCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun The bout is set at 157lb, meaning Benn will have to jump up 10lb from his usual 147lb division of 10st 7lb. And although he faces fighting up in weight, the unbeaten welterweight will at least not have to watch what he eats. Benn, 26, said on BBC Radio: after the fight confirmation: “I don’t have to cut, it is about making sure I’m refuelled for my sessions and gaining a little bit of muscle. “I’m eating a lot. There’s plenty of things you can eat. I don’t eat a lot of meat, I’m not a massive fan but I’ll have steak on Saturdays. READ MORE in BOXINGWORTH THE WEIGHT Benn and Eubank...
    Children who spend less than an hour on iPads and other gadgets each day develop better brains than their peers, a study suggests. Researchers in Illinois found two-year-olds who capped screen time at 60 minutes and engaged in traditional play for at least 15 minutes a day had better executive function than toddlers spent more time on electronics. They had higher scores than their peers for memory, attention span, decision-making and multi-tasking ability. It is thought that playing outside or with traditional toys floods the brain with blood, increasing blood vessels and strengthening the neuron connections, allowing children to more easily gain cognitive development. Staring at electronics, on the other hand, does not stimulate the brain, and is believed to thin the brain’s cortex, which manages critical thinking and reasoning. Toddlers in the US spend two and a half hours of time watching TV, iPads, mobile phone or video games a day, on average, figures suggest.  In the UK, Ofcom estimates that three-to-four-year-olds spend three hours a day watching screens. Children’s screen time is thought to have increased significantly during the pandemic when...
    CHRIS EUBANK JR vs Conor Benn's cracking announcement is being held up over their rehydration clause. The brilliant catchweight bout is set to happen on October 8 at the O2, once the complicated contract is ironed out. 2Conor Benn and Chris Eubank Jr are poised to fight in a catchweight bout on October 8Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd 2Eubank Jr is considerably heavier than Benn, who usually competes at 147lbsCredit: Getty The launch press conference was targeted for this Thursday but looks set to be delayed as they go back-and-forth about the crucial bout details. The 25-year-old welterweight son of British boxing legend Nigel Benn usually competes at 147lbs, while Chris Eubank Sr's boy, 32, has boxed as high as the super-middle limit of 168lbs.  The pair plan to clash at around 156lbs - which they will have to make at a Friday October 7 event. But Eubank Jr is set to have restrictions placed on how heavy he can enter the ring the following evening also, to prevent a dangerous mismatch. READ MORE IN BOXINGBRITISH BEEF Fury vows to...
    Q: I have a FasTrak-related story. After our EV lease ended, I returned our CAV toll tag by certified mail. I mailed it from the Tahoe City post office on June 21. FasTrak received it on June 24. I found a $27 toll on our FasTrak statement for crossing the Bay Bridge on June 22 using the CAV toll tag. My best guess is that the toll resulted from the postal truck crossing the bridge with our toll tag onboard. I contacted FasTrak about the errant toll and, thankfully, they credited our account. Donna Wheeland, Campbell A: This is another good example of why it’s important to check your account. Q: My wife and I are driving from Seattle through Vancouver to the Whistler resort area in British Columbia, which we have never done. Any recommendations on a road/traffic app that is a must while driving in Canada? Greg Carlsted, San Jose A: My sources did not offer many ideas on this one. Readers, if you know of a good traffic app for Canada, let us know. Q: Here’s an idea: Make the...
    Three massive pharmaceutical companies are facing a lawsuit in Arkansas over allegations they helped drive up the cost of insulin in the state - just as discussions over potential insulin price caps heat up nationwide. Leslie Rutledge, attorney general of the Razorback state, announced the lawsuit on Wednesday, targeting Eli Lilly, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Novo Nordisk, a Danish company, and Sanofi, from France. The price of insulin has famously soared in recent years, making the drug that many diabetics need to manage their condition daily the poster-child for the crisis of American drug pricing. Reigning in the price of insulin has even developed into a rare issue with bipartisan support, with both Republicans - like Rutledge - and Democrats - like President Joe Biden and Senator Raphael Warnock - showing support. Leslie Rutledge (pictured) is suing three major pharmaceutical companies for allegedly driving up the cost of insulin, her office announced this week 'Thousands of Arkansans rely on insulin every day to live their best life. These drug manufacturers and PBMs have inflated the price of insulin and other...
    Tunis, Tunisia (Reuters)Tunisia will work with other countries that have offered to help it to prevent environmental damage after a merchant ship carrying up to 1,000 tons of oil sank in Tunisian waters, the defense ministry said on Sunday.The ship was heading from Equatorial Guinea to Malta when it sank seven miles off the coast of the southern city of Gabes on Friday. The Tunisian navy rescued all seven crew members following a distress call.It was carrying between 750 tons and 1,000 tons of fuel, officials said.The defense ministry did not name the countries that had offered to help, but local media said Italy was expected to send a naval vessel specialized in dealing with marine disasters.A specialized marine diving team has begun work around the ship to check for any oil leakage.Read MoreOfficials said the salvage operation would need to be "delicate and sensitive" to prevent leakage. "The situation is reassuring and under control, and no leakage of gasoil has been recorded until now from the tank of the sinking ship," Rabie Majidi the transport minister said.He said the...
    SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — In France there is an annual frenzy surrounding the seasonal bottling of Beaujolais Nouveau. In Santa Rosa, it’s the limited Spring release of a cherished brew named Pliny The Younger. After a forced absence during the COVID pandemic, hundreds of craft beer connoisseurs camped out outside Santa Rosa’s Russian River Brewing Company early Friday for a chance to down a pint or three of the prized brew. READ MORE: 3 Injured In San Francisco Bayview District ShootingChris Karamillo from Montclair was among those who gathered in the chilly pre-dawn darkness. “I usually always come on the first day,” he told KPIX. “We usually are always here at 2:30 a.m. or 3 just so we can get in in the first wave.” As the clock counted down to the 11 a.m. opening, hundreds had joined Karamillo with the line spanning several blocks. And why the wait? READ MORE: State Auditor Rips Regulators Over Wildfire Safety Plans By PG&E, Major Utilities“It’s really smooth, it’s a triple IPA like a 10.25 percent (alcohol) I think,” he said. “It’s...
    A summer wheat harvest in Chernihiv, Ukraine, on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.Vincent Mundy | Bloomberg | Getty Images Wheat futures reached new multiyear highs Wednesday, as war between major exporters Russia and Ukraine continued to raise concerns about the global supply of the commodity. The moves in the commodity market come amid reports that Russian forces have surrounded two key cities in southern Ukraine. Wheat futures hit $10.59 per bushel, up 7.62%, as of 9:39 a.m. ET. Wednesday's price marks the highest level since wheat traded at $11.19 on March 25, 2008. For a second consecutive day, wheat was at "limit up," meaning it reached the highest amount the price of a commodity is allowed to increase in a single day. "Look at what's happening to wheat prices right now. We could be talking about a major food inflation story," Helima Croft, RBC Capital Markets' head of global commodity strategy, told CNBC's "Worldwide Exchange" on Wednesday morning.Loading chart... Russia is the largest exporter of wheat and Ukraine is among the four biggest exporters of the commodity, according to JPMorgan. Of...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Two weeks after the proposal passed the House, the Florida Senate this week will consider a bill that would prevent doctors from performing abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The Senate is scheduled to take up the bill (HB 5) on Wednesday and could vote on it Thursday. READ MORE: Wilton Manors Apartment Explosion, One Person InjuredThe House voted 78-39 on Feb. 17 to pass the measure, which is similar to a Mississippi law that is being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Gov. Ron DeSantis has indicated he supports a 15-week limit. READ MORE: MLB To Make 'Best Offer' Before Lockout Deadline PassesThe Senate Appropriations Committee last week voted 13-6 to approve the bill, one of the most-controversial issues of the 2022 legislative session. The full Senate on Wednesday also is scheduled to consider a heavily debated bill (SB 1808) that seeks to bolster immigration enforcement, a priority of DeSantis. MORE NEWS: Rep. Ted Deutch: No Endorsement For Successor 'At This Point'(©2022 CBS Local Media. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten,...
    TikTok is to ditch its three minute limit on videos and will soon allow all users to upload clips up to 10 minutes long, the Chinese social network has confirmed. It brought in the existing limit in July 2021, upping it from 60 seconds, having initially expanded it from the original 15 seconds. The app has long been seen as a short-form video platform but is now manoeuvring itself to rival the likes of YouTube, Instagram and Facebook even more. The expanded video length will allow TikTok users more flexibility when filming clips such as beauty tutorials, cooking demos and comedic sketches.  Currently anyone creating clips has to encourage viewers to follow them for a 'Part 2' or longer video.   Update: TikTok is to ditch its three minute limit on videos and will soon allow all users to upload clips up to 10 minutes long, the Chinese social network has confirmedHOW TIK TOK HAS GROWN  INTO THE MOST POPULAR ONLINE DESTINATION TikTok is a Chinese social media app where users can live stream, create short videos and music videos and Gifs...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Florida senators next week will start considering a proposal that would prevent physicians from performing abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, one of the most controversial issues of the 2022 legislative session. The Senate Health Policy Committee is scheduled Wednesday to take up the proposal (SB 146), filed by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland. READ MORE: Former BSO Deputy Scot Peterson Allowed To Visit Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School To Prepare For TrialThe proposal is modeled after a Mississippi law that is being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices heard arguments last month in the case, which could overturn or scale back the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion-rights decision. READ MORE: 'This Is Really Just The Beginning': State Infrastructure Money Going Toward Sea Level RiseA House version of the Florida bill (HB 5), sponsored by Rep. Erin Grall, R-Vero Beach, and Rep. Jenna Persons-Mulicka, R-Fort Myers, was approved Thursday in a 10-5 vote in the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee. It also earlier cleared the House Professions & Public Health Subcommittee. It needs approval from the House...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A House panel is scheduled Thursday to consider a controversial proposal that would prohibit doctors from performing abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The proposal (HB 5), sponsored by Rep. Erin Grall, R-Vero Beach, and Rep. Jenna Persons-Mulicka, R-Fort Myers, will go before the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee after passing the Judiciary Committee last week. READ MORE: 'Much More Dire': Coast Guard Ramps Up Search For 38 Missing Boaters Missing For Five DaysIt is one of the most controversial issues of the 2022 legislative session and is modeled after a Mississippi law that is being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices heard arguments on the constitutionality of the law last month. READ MORE: Getting To Know New CBS4 News Co-Anchor Kendis GibsonA similar Senate bill (SB 146), filed by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, has not been heard in committees as the 60-day session nears the end of its third week. Gov. Ron DeSantis has signaled he would sign the measure if lawmakers pass it, saying he is “supportive of 15 weeks”...
    Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to take up a case that could limit the federal government's jurisdiction over wetlands protected under the Clean Water Act. The case comes as the Biden administration is actively redefining the boundaries of the waters of the US in an effort to undo Trump-era rollbacks to federal protections.The petitioners in the case, Michael and Chantell Sackett, are asking the court to revisit a 2006 decision that resulted in two ways of interpreting where the Clean Water Act's domain ends. The Sacketts argue that the plurality opinion in that case, led by the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, concluded that the law's requirements encompasses actual navigable waters and wetlands only with a "continuous surface connection." Supreme Court to consider landmark challenge to Harvard and UNC affirmative action policiesThe Sacketts' attorneys say if the justices decide to back Scalia's narrower test of wetlands, the couple could avoid obtaining costly federal permits to build on their property.In the 2006 case, former Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote a separate concurring opinion that concluded the rule should apply...
    JAKE PAUL has been dubbed 'without question' the 'biggest up and coming star in boxing' by his trainer. Former cruiserweight contender and now retired boxer BJ Flores has guided the YouTube star to five wins, with four knockouts. 2Jake Paul after knocking out Tyron WoodleyCredit: Getty Images - Getty And having most recently KO'd ex-UFC champion Tyron Woodley in a rematch, Flores insisted the 'sky is the limit' for unbeaten Paul. He said: “Jake is a superstar. He has exciting one punch power, speed and has an incredible work ethic. "He has that X factor. He is can’t miss entertainment. Remember, he is only 5-0. Jake is without question the biggest up and coming star in boxing. "He has massive potential. The sky is the limit. We have an excellent team in place. There is much more to come in 2022.” Paul has knocked out every opponent he has faced, having sparked Woodley, 39, in December, four months after initially winning on points. It added to KO's over YouTuber 'AnEsonGib', ex-NBA player Nate Robinson,...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham warned his Senate Republican colleagues in a private lunch Wednesday that they would face the wrath of President Donald Trump if they voted in favor of the debt ceiling deal. The Hill newspaper reported Thursday that Graham said the deal Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer would get GOP lawmakers 'shot in the back.'  Graham also warned them that 'the president,' meaning Trump, 'is going to be engaged on this issue.  Still, 14 Republicans, including McConnell and other thorns-in-Trump's-side, like Sens. Mitt Romney, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, voted with all 50 Democrats on cloture for a bill that will allow lawmakers to lift the debt ceiling before the December 15 deadline using only Democratic votes.        Sen. Lindsey Graham (right) reportedly told his GOP colleagues at a private luncheon Wednesday that if they voted for the debt ceiling deal Thursday they would face the wrath of former President Donald Trump  In a vote of 64 to 36, the Senate cleared a procedural hurdle on a bill that delays Medicare sequestration cuts for...
    (CNN)The Senate will begin considering a bill on Thursday that would create a fast-track process allowing Democrats to raise the federal debt limit without votes from Republicans, a crucial next step as lawmakers race the clock to avert a catastrophic debt default.A first-ever default would trigger financial disaster and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has warned the debt limit could be reached on December 15, leaving little time left to act. Party leaders on both sides of the aisle have made clear that default must be prevented, but Republicans have insisted that Democrats should bear the burden of raising the limit on their own.The House took the first step to implement the fast-track plan on Tuesday by voting to pass new legislation that will set up the process. Now the action moves to the Senate. The chamber will first have to clear a procedural hurdle to advance the measure that will require at least 10 Republican senators to vote with Democrats. If lawmakers clear that hurdle, a final Senate vote to approve the fast-track process could take place as soon as...
    In this article LCID TSLA People test drive Dream Edition P and Dream Edition R electric vehicles at the Lucid Motors plant in Casa Grande, Arizona, September 28, 2021.Caitlin O'Hara | ReutersLucid Group CEO Peter Rawlinson believes there's a long runway for the electric vehicle start-up's stock and market value to surpass traditional automakers and to eventually be valued more like industry leader Tesla. Rawlinson, an ex-Tesla executive, regularly compares Lucid to his former employer in terms of in-house technologies and overall development of electric vehicles. He and CFO Sherry House on Wednesday both said the company's recent run-up in stock is proof Wall Street is already viewing Lucid more like Tesla than a traditional automaker. The company's shares popped by more than 11% just before the market open Tuesday. "I think the sky's the limit in terms of valuation, but it's all about execution," he told CNBC during an interview Monday night following Lucid reporting its first quarterly financial results as a public company. "It's all about execution, it's all about scaling volume. And that's my focus. And...
    President Biden delivered his plans for cutting carbon emissions with a dose of hot air on Monday, as organizers of a global climate summit 'gonged' him for blasting past his allotted three minutes. The famously talkative president pushed the benefits of a green economy saying the U.S. would lead by example.   Ignoring the audible warnings, he said the 'eyes of history' were on the delegates and unveiled a detailed plan to cut emissions on the path to a net zero carbon economy by 2050. It will demonstrate to the world, he said, 'the United States is not only back at the table, but hopefully leading by the power of our example.  'I know it hasn't been the case. And that's why my administration is working overtime to show that our Climate Commitment is action, not words.' World leaders were told to stick to three minutes for their speeches by organizers. Transgressors were reminded of the limit by a gong ringing out every minute once their time was up. Eight times it sounded for Biden. The warning made little difference and...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Biden signs short-term debt limit increase, averting federal default but setting up new standoff in December. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The backlash Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse votes to raise debt ceiling On The Money — House kicks debt ceiling standoff to December Pelosi says proposal to take debt ceiling authority away from Congress 'has merit' MORE (Ky.) received from fellow Republican senators last week is a wake-up call to the GOP leader that he doesn’t have any more political capital to spend on helping Democrats raise the debt limit again, say GOP aides and strategists. McConnell is still secure in his position as Senate Republican leader, despite regular attacks from former President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to raise debt ceiling Georgia reporter says state will 'continue to be a premier battleground' Elections administrator in Texas county Trump won resigns after campaign to oust her MORE, who has called for him to be replaced. Yet at the same time, Senate Republican aides and strategists say McConnell’s reputation took a hit last week when he agreed to a two-month increase of the debt ceiling after saying for weeks that Republicans wouldn’t help Democrats on the issue.  McConnell didn’t announce...
    The House voted Tuesday to extend the nation’s borrowing limit until early December, clearing the measure for President Joe Biden’s signature and averting a default that Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned could happen as soon as Oct. 18. The measure, which passed 219 to 206 with no Republicans voting in favor, provides Yellen $480 billion in new borrowing authority, but the temporary extension means Congress must address a major fiscal cliff in a matter of weeks. A short-term measure to keep the federal government funded also expires on Dec. 3. RETIRED JUSTICE ALLEGES 'SOME EVIDENCE' ELECTION OFFICIALS DID NOT FOLLOW STATE LAW Democrats used a special procedure to pass the increase by rolling it into a procedural measure. Conservatives balked at the move, which averted a direct vote on raising the debt limit. Adam Brandon, president of the advocacy group Freedomworks, called it “a cowardly way to deal with America’s financial troubles.” Democrats and Republicans remain at odds over raising the nation’s borrowing limit. The GOP refuses to back a long-term increase,...
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer dared Republicans to block a critical debt limit and government spending bill that is up for a vote late Monday afternoon. “There is no scenario in God's green Earth where it should be worth risking millions of jobs, trillions in household wealth, people's social security checks, veterans benefits, and another recession, just to score short-term meaningless political points,” the New York Democrat warned in a Senate Floor speech on Monday. “That's what Republicans seem fixated on doing.” Senate Republicans said they would not provide the votes needed to advance legislation to raise the debt ceiling and provide temporary federal funding. DEMOCRATS SET UP SPENDING SHOWDOWNS Republicans want Democrats to de-link the two spending measures because they staunchly oppose raising the debt limit while Democrats plot to pass up to $3.5 trillion in new spending on social welfare programs that the GOP opposes. “There is no chance Republicans will help lift Democrats’ credit limit so they can immediately steamroll through a socialist binge that will hurt families and help China,”...
    Senate Republicans are expected to block a bill on Monday that would fund the government and head off a U.S. debt default as part of a strategy to saddle Democrats with a hike in the nation's borrowing ceiling ahead of next year's midterm elections. While both sides agree the $28.4 trillion limit on borrowing must be raised before the federal government defaults on its loans or has to stop paying military personnel or social security benefits, they are deadlocked over who should act. The result is increasingly dire warnings of financial catastrophe and recession that could cost up to six million jobs.  The first deadline in a high-stakes week, with President Biden's vast spending plans on the line, comes on Monday evening.  Republicans have made clear they will not back a bill to fund the U.S. government through Dec. 3 and suspend the nation's borrowing limit until the end of next year.       'This could not be simpler,' said Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell last week. 'If they want to tax, borrow, and spend historic sums of money without our input,...
    Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden pushes back at Democrats on taxes Yarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Of partisan fights and follies, or why Democrats should follow Manchin, not Sanders MORE (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week CEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden MORE (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump seeking challenger to McConnell as Senate GOP leader: report Budget chairman: Debt ceiling fight 'a ridiculous position to be in' Buckle up for more Trump, courtesy of the Democratic Party MORE (R-Ky.) are playing a risky game of chicken over funding the government and raising the nation’s borrowing limit. Pelosi and Schumer upped the stakes Monday by announcing they will force Republicans to vote next week on a short-term government funding measure that includes legislation to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. The legislation will also include about $20 billion to respond to recent disasters, ranging from...
    By Clare Foran, Daniella Diaz and Annie Grayer | CNN When the House of Representatives comes back into session this week, averting a government shutdown and addressing the debt limit will be front and center as Democrats contend with divisions within their own ranks over President Joe Biden’s sweeping economic agenda. Congressional Democratic leaders announced on Monday that they will attach a suspension of the debt limit to a must-pass spending bill to keep the government funded, a move that would essentially dare Republicans to vote no and spark a shutdown. The issue is expected to trigger a major showdown as Republicans so far have not been willing to budge and have repeatedly said they will not vote to raise the debt limit. “The legislation to avoid a government shutdown will also include a suspension of the debt limit through December 2022 to once again meet our obligations and protect the full faith and credit of the United States,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement Monday. The House has been...
    Democratic leaders announced Monday that they will pair a critical government funding bill with a provision to raise the nation’s borrowing limit, triggering a fiscal showdown with Republicans. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said they’ll add language suspending the debt ceiling until December 2022, ignoring warnings from Republicans who have vowed to vote against any legislation that lifts the federal borrowing limit. “Addressing the debt limit is about meeting obligations the government has already made, like the bipartisan emergency COVID relief legislation from December, as well as vital payments to Social Security recipients and our veterans,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement. FIVE REASONS BIDEN’S APPROVAL RATINGS HAVE TAKEN A POUNDING Congress must pass a temporary government funding bill by Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned lawmakers separately that the debt limit must be increased by early October in order to ensure the government can continue to pay back money already spent. Republicans are opposed to raising the borrowing...
    NCAA officials are set to pass a one-year waiver next month to expand the 25-man football signing limit. Sources are reporting that the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee is finalizing a proposal that would change the signing limit this cycle in what’s being described as a one-year waiver of relief until a permanent policy is created. The transfer portal has become a touchy subject, but a compromise between programs and the NCAA seems to be emerging. Under the new waiver, teams will be able to replace up to seven players who leave via the portal, raising the max signing number from 25 to 32 players. A school that loses fewer than seven players will only be allowed to replace up to the number which transferred—so a team that loses five players can sign only 30 players, not 32. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Relaxed transfer policies of late have left many schools well short of the overall 85 scholarship limit (a transfer used to be a big deal due to the automatic loss of eligibility). While...
    After voting for more than $8.5 trillion in spending, Mitch McConnell and his gang don't want to let the government pay interest on their debt. Senate Republicans are refusing to do anything to raise the limit of the debt they've helped accumulate over the past two decades. Instead, they want Democrats to take a politically tough vote to do so unilaterally, through the budget reconciliation process. "Democrats want Republicans to help them raise the debt limit so they can keep spending historic sums of money with zero Republican input and zero Republican votes. Imagine a friend tells you he's flying to Las Vegas to blow all his money," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell grumbled in a Monday floor speech. "Democrats have all the existing tools they need to raise the debt limit on a partisan basis. If they want 50 lock-step Democratic votes to spend trillions and trillions more, they can find 50 Democratic votes to finance it," the Kentucky Republican continued. "If they don't want Republicans' input, they don't...
    Washington — Lawmakers are facing the prospect of a bitter battle over increasing the nation's debt limit in the fall, with Democrats seeking to pressure Republicans to go along with a hike as GOP leaders vow to resist it. Senate Democrats did not include an increase to the federal debt ceiling in their newly unveiled $3.5 trillion budget resolution, which can pass without Republican support. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated Monday that GOP senators would not support an increase, citing "reckless" spending by Democrats. "Our friends across the aisle should not expect traditional bipartisan borrowing to finance their nontraditional reckless taxing and spending spree," McConnell said on the Senate floor Monday. "That's not how this works." In 2019, Congress suspended the debt limit until July 31 of this year, and the ceiling was reinstated at about $28.5 trillion on August 1. The debt ceiling is the total amount the federal government is authorized to borrow to pay its bills, and Congress decides whether and when the limit will be increased.  The Treasury Department has already begun deploying "extraordinary measures"...
    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen testifies during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to examine the FY 2022 budget request for the Treasury Department on June 23, 2021 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.Greg Nash | AFP | Getty Images It's all but certain Congress won't raise the debt ceiling before the Senate leaves for summer recess, setting the stage for a bitter partisan face-off over the borrowing cap later this fall. Some economists had hoped Senate Democrats would include a debt ceiling increase as part of the $3.5 trillion budget proposal party leadership unveiled Monday morning. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., hope to pass their budget, focused on climate change and poverty, with or without Republican support. But the party's budget left out any mention of the ceiling, meaning that the U.S. government will be near the brink of default when the Senate returns from its summer recess halfway through September. It also means that Democrats and Republicans will have to act fast next month to come to an agreement over one of the...
    Bridgerton author Julia Quinn has suffered a double tragedy after her father and younger sister were killed by a drunk driver in an horrific car accident. The 51-year-old American novelist announced the shocking news to fans in a heart-rending Facebook post, telling them: 'I have lost my father and my sister. Because a catering company did not secure their load and canvas bags spilled onto the highway. 'Because a pickup driver thought nothing of driving while his blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit. 'I have lost my father, and I don't have my sister with whom to grieve.' Ms Quinn – real name Julia Pottinger – said her father, Steve Cotler, 77, and cartoonist sister Violet Charles, 37 – real name Ariana Elise Cotler - died on June 29 in the crash in Utah, along with Violet's dog Michelle. The crash, at 8.30pm on Interstate 15 in David County, involved multiple vehicles according to the State Highway Patrol. After the lorry shed its load of bags, various vehicles, including the Prius containing the Cotlers, came to...
    By Caroline Kelly and Ariane de Vogue | CNN The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up a major abortion case next term concerning a controversial Mississippi law that banned most abortions after 15 weeks, rekindling a potentially major challenge to Roe v. Wade at the majority conservative court. Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, which then-Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican, signed into law in 2018, made exceptions only for medical emergencies or cases in which there is a “severe fetal abnormality,” but not for instances of rape or incest. A federal judge in Mississippi struck down the law in November 2018, and the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling in December 2019. After being rescheduled for the court’s consideration in conference over a dozen times, the case could present a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationwide prior to viability, which can occur at around 24 weeks of pregnancy. This story is breaking and will be updated. The-CNN-Wire ™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company....
    Senate Democrats are ramping up their work on reining in President BidenJoe BidenBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' Conservative group sues over prioritization of women, minorities for restaurant aid MORE's war powers, after years of watching the fights stall-out on Capitol Hill. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezDemocrats reintroduce legislation to ban 'ghost guns' Juan Williams: A breakthrough on immigration? Biden rebuffs Democrats, keeps refugee admissions at 15,000 MORE (D-N.J.) told The Hill on Thursday that he will hold a vote on legislation from Sens. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineHow leaving Afghanistan cancels our post-9/11 use of force Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders On The Money: Incomes, consumer spending soared in March | Harris, senators work behind scenes on jobs package | Biden cancels some border wall construction MORE (D-Va.) and Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungSenate panel approves bill that would invest billions in tech Senate to vote on bill aimed at countering China's influence this month House...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Indoor dining in New York City got a boost in capacity Friday, as the statewide positivity rate continues to plummet to levels not seen in months and more residents get vaccinated against COVID-19.Restaurants can now welcome customers at 75% of capacity, though social distancing regulations are still in place.More good news is that these new limits will be in place for less than two weeks before they are lifted entirely, as all capacity restrictions are set to be lifted on May 19.Governor Andrew Cuomo said the statewide positivity rate is now 1.22%, the lowest since October 22, while the seven-day average has dipped to 1.53%, marking 32 straight days of decline and the lowest level since October 30."As the COVID-19 numbers improve and more residents get vaccinated, we're reopening our economy and getting New Yorkers back to work," Cuomo said. "Our progress is a function of what New Yorkers do to slow the spread, so washing hands, wearing masks and social distancing remain important behaviors each of us can practice to keep everyone safe. We're also...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The vaccination percentages across the Tri-State continue to trend up while the test positivity percentages continue in the opposite direction.So, the reopening process advances Friday.The new capacity restrictions will be in place for less than two weeks before they are lifted as well.While restaurants in New York City can now have 75% of their restaurant occupied, they still must keep 6 feet distance in between parties.With many smaller restaurants, they might not be able to have many more people indoors.Six feet of distance must be maintained, even on May 19th when all capacity restrictions are lifted in New York and New Jersey."We get people from New Jersey. We get people from Connecticut. We operate on a Tri-State basis. Yes, we're in New York, but that's not how the region functions. So, we've been functioning to the best we can coordinating with New Jersey, Connecticut," Governor Cuomo said.In New Jersey, they're allowing a return of indoor bar seating today.They were working on guidance regarding partitions and ways to avoid having congregating at bars.Buffet service also resumes.As we...
    Italy wants to ban ice cream makers from pumping mixtures full of air and adding cheap ingredients in an attempt to preserve the integrity of its famed gelato stands. Plans under review by the Italian senate propose strict definitions of what constitutes 'gelato' and who can claim to be an artisanal ice-cream maker. Under the rules, ice cream must contain no more than 30 per cent air and be made using high quality ingredients and methods to qualify as gelato - with those caught passing off cheap imitations as the real thing facing fines up to £8,000. But while plans to protect one of Italy's best-known cultural exports have been welcomed by some, others say focusing too closely on what goes into gelato is nothing more than hot air.  A new bill before the Italian senate wants to define 'gelato' by law and restrict who can call themselves an 'artisanal maker' in an attempt to preserve the famous foodstuff (file) Alberto Manassei, one of Rome’s 'gelato masters', told The Telegraph that air in ice cream - which can be naturally...
    Q: What has happened to the CHP budget over the last 20 years and how do changes compare to the rise in vehicles and drivers in California over that period? I am sure you will find that the number of CHP officers has fallen far behind the growth in the number of cars and drivers. There were about 35.8 million vehicles registered in California in 2020, up 29 percent from 27.7 million just since 2000. I know for darn sure that there are not 29% more CHP officers to watch them. That means, unfortunately, that there is nobody out there to pull over the dangerous drivers, so they can get away with it indefinitely. Dan Smith, Moraga A: The number of CHP officers has increased 14 percent in the past 20 years, from 5,622  to 6,417 officers. Are more needed? Yes. The number of registered vehicles in the state grew 30 percent over those two decades, from 27,381,403 in 2000 to 35,820,417 in 2020. Over that same period, the number of licensed drivers grew about 25 percent, increasing from 21,404,109...
    Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., walks down the House steps at the Capitol.Bill Clark | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images A group of House members applied more pressure to repeal the state and local tax deduction cap on Thursday, as the policy emerges as a possible stumbling block in efforts to pass President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan. Lawmakers from both parties announced the SALT caucus, which aims to scrap the $10,000 limit on state and local deductions set as part of the 2017 Republican tax law. The roughly 30 House members in the group largely represent the high-tax states of New York, New Jersey and California. Members of Congress from those states have pushed to get rid of the tax deduction cap since the GOP passed it. The formation of the caucus shows repealing the policy has gained traction, even as lawmakers in both parties oppose the change and question whether it will help wealthy taxpayers most. A handful of lawmakers have tied the push to repeal the limit to Democrats' next legislative priority: a more than $2 trillion infrastructure...
    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain joined other European nations on Wednesday in limiting the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine to the elderly due to concerns over links to extremely rare blood clotting. Spanish Health Minister Carolina Darias announced after meeting with regional health chiefs that authorities would limit shots to those over 60 years old. Until now, Spain has used AstraZeneca on its younger population, limiting it those under 65 years old. Darias said that authorities would now consider lifting that upper limit on the shot that forms a key pillar of the nation’s vaccination scheme. “Our strategy with AstraZeneca is pivoting,” Darias said. The decision comes hours after the European Medicines Agency said it had found a “possible link” between the shot and the rare clots. Last week Germany and France limited the vaccine to elderly groups, and earlier on Wednesday British authorities recommended that the vaccine not be given to adults under 30. The EMA advised no such age restrictions, while emphasizing that the benefits of the vaccine far exceed the very...
    CANELO ALVAREZ opened up on his sole career defeat to Floyd Mayweather, which he put down to inexperience and a lesson learned. The Mexican superstar was just 23 when he faced Mayweather in 2013, which sold a then-record 2.2million pay-per-views. 1Canelo Alvarez was beaten by Floyd Mayweather in 2013Credit: Getty - Contributor Canelo, the WBC light-middleweight champion at 154lb at the time, was also made to fight at a catchweight 152lb limit. Mayweather later put on a masterclass over 12 rounds, but it proved to be the last blemish on Alvarez's record. Canelo, 30, said on Mike Tyson's podcast: "I know what happened, I'm going to be with my trainer all my life, because I know. "When I fought with Floyd, I was 23. I always think I need to fight first with Cotto, Lara and all of those guys and then Floyd. "But that's what it is. I needed more experience, more mature. I don't take that fight like a loss, I learned from that fight." Mayweather, now 44, showcased expert counter...
    By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The coronavirus vaccine will be available to anyone in Ohio 16 years and older by the end of the month, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday. A significant increase in vaccine supplies expected in the state warrants the eligibility expansion, the governor said. Currently, Ohioans 50 and older are eligible, along with a variety of others such as nursing home residents, front line medical workers, and people with certain congenital health issues. "It’s a moral imperative that we move as quickly as we can to vaccinate all Ohioans who wish to be vaccinated," DeWine said in a tweet. Beginning Friday, people 40 and older and those suffering from heart disease, cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and obesity will be eligible. All those over the age of 16 will be eligible beginning March 29. More than 2.3 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine in Ohio as of Monday, or about 20% of the population, according to the state Health Department. About 1.4 million people have...
    VIDEO1:1001:10Economist Stephen Roach: 'Significant long-term scarring' faces services sectorTrading Nation Economist Stephen Roach said Monday he believes Wall Street is overestimating a consumer comeback. According to the Yale University senior fellow, demand will snap back like a rubber band later this year as the V-shaped recovery loses momentum. "With vaccines rushing out together with a lot of stimulus, you can just sense this instant gratification of a long-deferred pent-up demand," Roach told CNBC's "Trading Nation." "But as I look at the numbers, you know, most of that surge has probably already occurred." He's building part of his case on the consumer durables share of GDP data. "We're back to levels of consumer durables that we haven't been at in about 13, 14 years," said Roach. "We've done the pent-up demand to a large extent, and it looks like it's borrowing from growth that might have otherwise occurred in the second half of this year or early 2022." Roach said he does not believe that as more people get vaccinated, they'll go from spending wildly on furniture and cars to spending wildly on...
    By BEN NADLER, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s state Senate is set to vote on a slate of legislation that would roll back voting access Monday, the deadline that bills must generally pass out of one chamber to remain alive for the session. Senate Bill 241 would limit absentee voting to people 65 and older, those with a disability and people who will be out of town on Election Day — ending broad no-excuse absentee voting introduced by the Republican-led legislature in 2005. It would also require an ID for those who are able to vote absentee, among many other changes. The bill has faced pushback from some Republicans, including Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, who are uncomfortable with the idea of scraping no-excuse absentee voting entirely after more than a million Georgians used the option in November as the coronavirus pandemic raged. The chamber is also set to vote on a separate bill that would end automatic voter registration when a person gets a driver’s license, as well as several other voting measures. The bills are part of a...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s state Senate is set to vote on a slate of legislation that would roll back voting access Monday, the deadline that bills must generally pass out of one chamber to remain alive for the session. Senate Bill 241 would limit absentee voting to people 65 and older, those with a disability and people who will be out of town on Election Day — ending broad no-excuse absentee voting introduced by the Republican-led legislature in 2005. It would also require an ID for those who are able to vote absentee, among many other changes. The bill has faced pushback from some Republicans, including Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, who are uncomfortable with the idea of scraping no-excuse absentee voting entirely after more than a million Georgians used the option in November as the coronavirus pandemic raged. The chamber is also set to vote on a separate bill that would end automatic voter registration when a person gets a driver’s license, as well as several other voting measures. The bills are part of a push by Republicans to change...
    (CNN) — Fully vaccinated people can now skip quarantine if they’ve been exposed to COVID-19, according to new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the agency acknowledges there’s a lot researchers don’t know about how vaccines impact transmission. The new quarantine exemption applies to those who: Have had both doses of the vaccine. Had their final dose between two weeks and three months ago. Are not showing symptoms of coronavirus infection. “It’s important to note that CDC is not suggesting someone who is vaccinated cannot spread COVID-19 within the first 90 days of being fully vaccinated, nor are we suggesting that expected protection from COVID-19 vaccines wears off after 90 days,” CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund told CNN. “The three months aligns with what CDC currently recommends for persons with natural infection, and we will continue to evaluate this period as we get more information on duration of protection from the vaccines.” She added: “There is currently limited information on how much COVID-19 vaccines might reduce transmission or how long the duration of protection lasts....
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) warned New Yorkers on Monday to limit their social gatherings to curb the spread of the Chinese coronavirus, stating that increased infections, resulting in lower hospital capacity, will trigger regions to close down. Cuomo provided an update on Monday, stressing the importance of sufficient hospital capacity, categorizing it as the “redline.” “You are limited ultimately to your hospital capacity,” he said, noting that no region, currently, has less than 30 percent capacity. When any region gets within “striking distance” of 15 percent, it is “going to be a red zone, closed down for that region,” the New York governor said. “If the infection rate increases, then the region closes. And that’s the last thing anybody wants. So if you don’t want that, then don’t bemoan reality,” he said, urging New Yorkers to “do something about it.” “Be smart and reduce the infection rate,” he said. “How do we defeat COVID? We defeat COVID the way we been controlling COVID for the past year,” he continued, contending that it is a “function of our activity”...
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