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    The House passed Wednesday an upgrade of the old Electoral Count Act in an effort to prevent another criminal president from staging another attempt at a procedural coup. The Senate has its own version with sufficient sponsors among the Republicans. All signs point to reconciliation before the measure goes to the president. Nine House Republicans were for the bill. All the others were against it. Their rationale appears to be that if Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney is for something, as she was for this legislation, then the Republican conference is against it – out of spite for her high-impact role on the committee investigating Donald Trump’s attempted coup. In another time and place, voting for a bill that protects democracy from democracy’s enemies – anti-democrats – would be easy, as easy as voting for an anti-crime bill. No member of Congress wants to be seen on the other side, looking like they’re pro-crime. Voting for an anti-crime bill is a twofer. You can look tough while paying nothing. READ MORE: 'A sad state of affairs': How 'mainstream' Republicans are enabling...
    Comic and pundit Bill Maher had to tell activist and filmmaker Michael Moore to “shut the f**k up” after five solid minutes of Moore excitedly gushing about a midterm landslide for Democrats. Political conditions have improved significantly for Democrats over the summer, but Moore — the guest on Friday night’s edition of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher — took it to eleven when the host asked for his take on the midterms: MICHAEL MOORE: But I honestly believe, Bill and you know, you and I are are two well-known pessimists, I think, and and I have never felt this optimistic. And I, and, you know, I was on your show here, what’s, now six years ago when I said that Trump was going to win. And the audience booed me and you stood up for me. I was just saying, when I look, I’m out, I’m around. You know, I’m from the Midwest. I think I had a pretty good sense of what was going to happen. I think the opposite is going to happen this time. I think that that there is...
    The pope added, "How can an act that suppresses an innocent and helpless life as it blossoms be therapeutic, civil or, simply, humane?" Pope John Paul II, recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church in 2014, condemned abortion and euthanasia as moral "crimes," which he suggested had been misconstrued as individual rights in a growing "culture of death." Building on his predecessor's thematics, Pope Francis has since criticized a "culture of indifference and waste" and urged families not to allow themselves "to be poisoned by the toxins of selfishness." "We are victims of the throwaway culture. ... Today [abortion] has become a 'normal' thing," he said in an address on September 27, 2021, "a habit that is very bad; it is truly murder." This summer, the pope told Reuters that he respects the Supreme Court's June 24 ruling, which overturned Roe v. Wade. While admitting he did not understand the full legal significance of the court's ruling from a "technical point of view," he emphasized that abortion "is a problem." He suggested that the science is clear....
    Republican Rep. Nancy Mace is one of the numerous conservative critics of fellow South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) proposed national abortion ban, telling CNN on Friday that her own experience with rape gives her pause about the bill. Speaking to John Berman on New Day, Mace pointed out multiple specific issues she has with Graham’s proposal including a requirement for a rape to be reported in order for it to merit an exception in the rule. “We have to have exceptions for women who have been raped, for girls who have been victims of incest,” Mace said. Mace said a requirement for women to come forward is a “non-starter” for her. “The devil’s always in the details. Having a woman who’s a victim of rape, requiring her to report it to police is a non-starter for me. I was raped when I was 16. I know how traumatic that experience can be,” she said. “It’s harrowing. It’s been a life a lifetime of trauma for most women like myself. I can’t imagine the judgement, the fear, that women have...
    Mother Jones illustration; Mandel Ngan/AP; Hans Gutknecht/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News/Getty Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.Thanks to an epic organizing campaign by the United Farm Workers (UFW), which began in the 1960s and faced violent opposition, California became a farm labor paradise, relatively speaking. Its farmworkers have the right to form unions without overt meddling from bosses, and can expect time-and-a-half overtime pay—rights denied to peers in most states, thanks to racist exemptions to New Deal-era labor reforms. California is also one of the few states that has enacted rules to protect outdoor workers from heat stress—a potential lifesaver in an era of increasingly frequent and brutal heatwaves.  Still, farm labor unionism is on the ropes even in the Sunshine State—the source of more than a third of US-grown vegetables and three-quarters of America’s fruits and nuts. UFW membership peaked at about 70,000 a half-century ago. Now, in a state with more than 400,000 non-management agriculture workers during the high season, this storied labor union counts fewer than 7,000...
    Live from Music Row, Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) to the newsmaker line to explain the Restoring Law and Order Act he introduced with Senator Marsha Blackburn and discuss working with Democrats in Washington. Leahy: On the newsmaker line right now. U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty. Good morning, Senator Hagerty. Hagerty: Good morning, Michael. Leahy: This week, you and Senator Blackburn introduced the new act called Restoring Law and Order Act. Tell us about that bill. Hagerty: Senator Blackburn and I have been deeply concerned, Michael, about the crime wave that’s moving the state and the federal lack of response to it, if you will. So what our bill does is several things. They’re very common-sense. Hire more police officers and detectives that allow states to better target violent crime. We put funding into law enforcement agencies that allow them to target drug-related crimes, particularly fentanyl. Think about it, fentanyl killed...
    Former Secretary of State John Kerry said publicly that President Biden's Inflation Reduction Act doesn't have 'much' to do with inflation – even as he praised the law's billions in climate funding. Kerry was referring to the bill title that Senate leaders stuck onto the resurrected legislation after Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer was able to hammer out a deal with West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who had raised repeat concerns about potential impacts on record inflation. Negotiators scrubbed Biden's proposals, many from his original Build Back Better plan, and slapped on the Inflation Reduction Act moniker, although many of its most ambitious programs that the administration cheered had to do with carbon emissions reductions and new funds to promote electric vehicles. Kerry, the Biden administration's special envoy for climate, emphasized those provisions of the new law. The law includes $375 billion in programs intended to tackle climate change. 'And I'm not sure how much it has to do with inflation, but that's OK,' climate envoy John Kerry said of the new Inflation Adjustment Act 'And I'm not sure how...
    White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre avoided addressing President Joe Biden's recent comments on a 2024 reelection bid, claiming, "It is so important to focus on what's at hand." Jean-Pierre joined the ladies of The View Thursday and was pressed right away about Biden's 60 Minutes interview, in which he said a firm decision on 2024 "remains to be seen." The press secretary said the president is focused on the issues people are facing, such as the economy. According to her, the administration is working on "living up to the promise we made to the American people when it comes to the economy." GOP EYES BIDEN FAMILY BUSINESS DEALINGS AS PRESIDENT INSISTS THERE'S NOTHING TO SEE She further claimed that his campaign promises are "what his focus is," along with "making sure that the economy works for everyone." On the economy, host Sara Haines asked Jean-Pierre about inflation, noting that it is voters' No. 1 issue and is hurting a lot of people. "He understands how much that's crushing families, he...
    A Florida man allegedly shot his ex-wife and her son in front of his two young children during an argument over the electric bill in the home the divorced couple shared. Michael D. Williams, 47, of Deland - near Orlando - was arrested on September 18 by the Volusia Sherriff's Office after he called 911 and admitted shooting her ex-wife Marsha Ebanks-Williams, 48, and her son Robert Adams, 28.  'Yes, I shot him and his mother,' Williams told the dispatcher, according to the 911 recording, obtained by WESH. 'I had my weapon on me and while they were attacking me, I basically, I had to, basically. I shot them.'  The Sheriff's Office questioned his narrative that he was punched in the face and kicked by the mother and son, citing his mugshot photo showing no visible signs of injuries.  'He claims he was violently attacked by these two, now, I don't see anything on this guy,' Chief Deputy Brian Henderson said at a press conference. 'This does not look like a violent attack that warrants being shot multiple times.'  Williams - who...
    Republican leader Kevin McCarthy is releasing a new strategy ahead of the 2022 midterms in the bid for his party to retake the House with a plan that includes piling forces into the overwhelmed border, combatting 'woke' policies and taking on China.  The GOP's Commitment to America, set to be rolled out during an event led by McCarthy in Pennsylvania on Friday, includes a five-point plan to secure the border, which would fully fund border enforcement and put an end to catch-and-release loopholes. It also places a huge emphasis on reducing spiking crime rates by allocating more resources toward hiring local and state law enforcement and a crack-down on prosecutors who refuse to pursue cases against violent criminals. The strategy, according to Republicans familiar with the project, would establish a select committee solely focused on China and the rising threat from the communist nation. House Republicans also want to implement a 'Parents' Bill of Rights' to give parents more say in their children's public school education.  The minority leader's strategy aims to address all the major issues facing the country...
    Frontline communities and climate campaigners on Wednesday reiterated their opposition to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's "dirty deal" after the West Virginia Democrat unveiled the full text of his proposal to overhaul federal permitting for energy projects. Since Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) agreed to force through the previously unreleased permitting legislation after passing the Inflation Reduction Act, climate and environmental justice advocates have joined with progressive lawmakers to sound the alarm. "Manchin's new legislation is even more reckless and dangerous than previous drafts," declared Collin Rees, United States program manager at Oil Change International. "The bill would devastate communities and the climate while making a mockery of Congress and the Biden administration's commitments to environmental justice." "'Permitting reform' that drastically reduces public input and regulation is an attack on bedrock environmental laws and critical protections. This entire exercise is a vehicle for Manchin and his fossil fuel donors to lock in new fossil fuel infrastructure and force through a massive gas pipeline," Rees added, referring to the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). Noting that residents of West Virginia...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images The House passed the Presidential Election Reform Act introduced by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) on Wednesday with nine Republicans voting in favor of the measure aimed at preventing another Jan. 6. The bill introduced by two senior members of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol would amned the law that governs how Electoral College votes are counted by the U.S. Congress. “Notably, the legislation would make it more difficult for members of Congress to muck up the certification process with objections that aren’t based on legitimate concerns, and would clarify that the vice president’s role in counting electoral votes is strictly ministerial,” noted National Public Radio’s summary of the bill. The nine GOP members who voted for the bill have all either announced they are not running for reelection or lost GOP primaries over their votes to impeach then President Donald Trump over his role on Jan. 6. Those nine GOP members are: Cheney Kinzinger Meijer Herrera Beutler Upton Katko Jacobs Gonzalez Rice “Our bill reaffirms what...
    On “The Rubin Report” Tuesday, BlazeTV host Dave Rubin — who will be joining Maher's "Club Random" podcast for a two-hour uncensored conversation this week — played a video clip of the conversation and reacted with: "Pothead Woody from 'Cheers' making some sense, going the libertarian route!" Watch the video clip below to hear more from BlazeTV's Dave Rubin. Can't watch? Download the podcast here. Want more from Dave Rubin?To enjoy more honest conversations, free speech, and big ideas with Dave Rubin, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution, and live the American dream.
    CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Alfonso Ribeiro, 51; Nancy Travis, 61; Bill Murray, 72; Stephen King, 75. Alfonso Ribeiro (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)  Happy Birthday: Expand your mind and incorporate your skills into something you enjoy doing. Take the initiative to explore the possibilities, learn all you can from experts and sign up for courses that will encourage you to broaden your skills. Use your imagination to build a future that gives you the freedom to achieve your dreams. Your numbers are 6, 11, 20, 28, 31, 36, 45. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Retreat and rethink. If you act in haste, you’ll make a mistake. Take your time and get things right the first time. You’ll become a valuable commodity if you are patient and direct from the beginning. 5 stars TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Absorb whatever information you can, then use it to your advantage. Put your time and effort where they will bring the highest return. Don’t limit what you can do because someone wants to use your skills or services to their advantage. 2 stars GEMINI...
    Sen. Joe Manchin tore into Republicans and the liberal left for seeking 'revenge' on him by opposing his permitting reform plan as he announced the final text of the bill will be released Wednesday.  'I've been around for a long time and state politics and federal politics. I've never seen stranger bedfellows than Bernie Sanders and the the extreme liberal left siding up with Republican leadership', the West Virginia Democrat said in a news conference Tuesday.  'What I'm hearing is it's like a revenge politics,' Manchin said. 'Basically revenge towards one person - me. I'm thinking, this is not about me.'  He called out his Democratic colleague from Vermont specifically: 'Bernie has never supported anything about permitting reforms,' Manchin said. He held up a piece of paper that had been passed around the room showing common permitting timelines for energy and minerals projects throughout the world. In the U.S., it typically takes 5-10 years to obtain a permit; in Canada and Australia it only takes 1-3 years.  Sen. Joe Manchin tore into Republicans and the liberal left for seeking 'revenge'...
    The Boston Celtics have painted Bill Russell's No. 6 into paint on their fabled parquet floor in tribute to the Hall of Famer, who died this summer.  The 11-time NBA champion and civil rights campaigner Russell died at the age of 88 on July 31.  The Celtics unveiled a new home parquet court ahead of the 2022-23 season to honor him with the season-long tribute to his 'dominant play in the paint'.  Boston added the No. 6 to both lanes, marking the first time numerical text will be displayed within that area on an NBA court. The franchise shared a photo of the on-court tribute showing the area painted green with the No. 6 in a lighter shade over the top.  The Celtics added the caption: 'Be on the lookout for a special tribute to Bill Russell on the parquet this season.' The Boston Celtics have painted Bill Russell's No. 6 into the in the free throw lanes of their court in tribute to the Hall of Famer who died this summer Boston unveiled the tribute on social media as...
    It will soon be illegal for California employers to let workers’ offsite and outside-of-work marijuana use be a factor in hiring or firing decisions, according to a new state law. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday signed into law a bill that makes California the seventh state in the United States that does not allow employers to discriminate against workers who smoke weed “off the job and away from the workplace.” The new law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2024. The law prohibits employers from making hiring, firing or other employment decisions based on a drug test that finds “nonpsychoactive cannabis metabolites” in someone’s hair or urine, which do not indicate current impairment, but that someone consumed cannabis recently, up to weeks prior, according to Assembly Bill 2188 that Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) sponsored. “Urine tests are a highly offensive invasion of workers’ personal bodily privacy,” said Dale Gieringer, director of California’s NORML chapter, which advocates for progressive marijuana policies, about the bill after it passed. “Workers should have the same right to use cannabis as to use other legal...
    Republican senators who voted to ban abortion nationwide have changed their tune as their positions on the issue threaten their midterm election prospects. A number of Republican senators who just two years ago voted to ban abortion nationwide are now trying to distance themselves from that position as polling shows their anti-abortion stance could sink their chances in the November midterm election. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and GOP Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, John Thune of South Dakota, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin all voted for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act when it was introduced in the Senate in 2020 and 2018. That bill, introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), made it a crime to perform an abortion after 20 weeks' gestation. But after Graham on Sept. 13 introduced S.4840, listed officially as "A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to protect pain-capable unborn children, and for other purposes," which would criminalize abortion after 15 weeks' gestation, those same Republicans now say regulation of abortion should be left to the states. Asked whether Republicans would put...
    He added that presentism is “just a way to congratulate yourself about being better than George Washington because you have a gay friend, and he didn’t. But if he was alive today, he would, too; and if you were alive then, you wouldn’t." Maher also pointed out a 2019 movie "The Aeronauts" — about scientists who broke the record for the highest balloon altitude. While both scientists who broke the record were men, Maher noted that in the movie the scientists were portrayed by a man and a woman. When asked why that change was made to the historical record, the director replied that "representation is important," Maher told his audience. Megyn Kelly agreed with Maher's presentism assessment, saying that he "nails it": \[email protected] nails it. Such a great piece on the pathetic woke mob.\u201d — Megyn Kelly (@Megyn Kelly) 1663535767 (H/T: The Daily Wire)
    Bill Clinton, 76, said that Republicans are only able to 'close' in midterm elections because 'they scare people' into thinking they need to vote in right-leaning politicians. The former Democratic president said that his party could hold onto the House and Senate in November's election if they 'say the right things' – suggesting that Republicans are better at embellishing to make their cause seem more dire. While early predictions pointed to a Republican bloodbath in the 2022 midterms, more recent polling has shown Democrats and the GOP at a tie or close to one when asked which party likely voters would rather see control Congress. An often-repeated historical pendulum pattern shows Congress flipping to the opposite party than a new president in the midterms two years after they are sworn into office. President Clinton, who was in office from 1993 to 2001, thinks the pattern can be broken this year. 'We could hold both of these houses,' Clinton said to CNN's Fareed Zakaria in a Sunday interview. Former President Bill Clinton said Sunday that Democrats could keep majorities in the...
    South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham is forging ahead with his bill to ban abortion nationwide after 15 weeks, declaring confidently that 'the people are with us' during a Sunday television interview. It comes despite a growing number of his fellow GOP Senators distancing themselves from the legislation after being forced to confront it by the press and -more importantly - by midterm voters who want to know where their representatives and candidates stand on the lightening rod issue. Just as Graham was defending his bill on Fox News Sunday, Republican Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota shot it down with a blunt 'no.' Rounds told CNN's State of the Union, 'No, I think right now, we should allow the states to explore the different possibilities about the appropriate way.'  The bill is a curveball in Republicans' carefully laid election strategy to tacitly support the pro-life movement without taking an overt stance that would turn off independents and moderate Democrats in November. Graham dismissed that argument on Sunday, stating: 'I'm pro-life, even in an election year, and to those whose...
    Former President Bill Clinton believes Democrats can retain both houses of Congress in the fall, but fears the GOP will employ scare tactics in the closing days of the campaign. Speaking with Fareed Zakaria on CNN, the former president noted the strategy he believes propelled candidates like Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) to victory last year. “We could hold both these houses,” Clinton said. “But we have to say the right things. And we have to note the Republicans always close well. Why? Because they find some new way to scare the living daylights out of swing voters about something. That’s what they did in 2021 — where they made critical race theory sound worse than smallpox. And it wasn’t being taught in any public schools in America. But they didn’t care. They just scare people.” Clinton believes that for all that has happened in the country since he left office in January 2001, “the break point in American politics is not much different,” and independent voters determine the outcome of elections. “You still have to get those people,” he said....
    Comic and pundit Bill Maher confronted Trump fan and country singer Trace Adkins with what has become a loaded question in America: Who won the 2020 election? A week ago Thursday, President Joe Biden delivered a speech entitled “The Continued Battle for the Soul of the Nation” that was largely a rebuke of former President Donald Trump and those who support the insurrection that culminated in the attack on the Capitol on January 6. Opponents and media figures criticized the speech as “political” or “divisive.” On Friday night’s edition of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, the host renewed his criticism of that speech as he closed out his interview with Adkins, but not before he quizzed Adkins on the outcome of the 2020 election: BILL MAHER: Who won the last election? I’m sorry I didn’t… just thought I’d sneak that in. TRACE ADKINS: Joe Biden won the last election. BILL MAHER: Oh, there you go! And you know, TRACE ADKINS: What did you think I was going to say? BILL MAHER: I don’t know. But, you know, I thought Joe Biden made a bit of a mistake in the speech he made a...
    Bill Maher says that woke schools' lessons on critical race theory and decision to conceal transgender students' new identities from their parents is driving liberal voters into the arms of Donald Trump and the Republican party.   During a discussion screened Friday with Trace Adkins, Julia Ioffe and John Meacham, Maher stated that his two biggest issues when it comes to voting are democracy and the environment. But he admitted that the doesn’t have kids, and that his friends who do ‘don’t like it when they come home and say they divided the class today into oppressors and oppressed.’ Maher, a Democrat who has donated millions to his party, went on: ‘And if I change my sex I don’t have to tell my parents. There’s s*** like that going on that makes people go, you know I agree Donald Trump is a creep. ‘He is everything wrong that could be stuffed into one man, but I have these other considerations, that’s all. ‘That’s why, you know, you seem like you have such contempt for half the country. I don’t think that’s...
    watch nowVIDEO4:3304:33Republicans weigh plans to fight Biden's student loan forgivenessThe News with Shepard Smith If you're expecting relief from President Joe Biden's plan to forgive up to $20,000 in student loans, you may have state income tax liability, depending on where you live.  While legislation is evolving, it's possible that seven states — Arkansas, California, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina and Wisconsin — may tax student loan forgiveness, according to a Tax Foundation analysis.  It depends on state conformity with federal laws, including the provision from the American Rescue Plan of 2021 that makes student loan forgiveness federally tax-free through 2025.  More from Personal Finance:These states may tax student loan forgivenessWhen to apply for student loan forgiveness — 4 key dates to knowMillions may get a refund for student loan payments made amid Covid "For the states that don't conform, things could certainly change," said Annette Nellen, a CPA and spokesperson for the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. "There's going to be some pressure."How state income taxes workGetty ImagesWhile some states charge a flat percentage for income taxes, others...
    A West Virginia Republican state lawmaker angry the anti-choice lobby in his state is supporting legislation that includes exceptions for rape and incest bragged that he is voting against the bill because it is not a complete and total ban on abortion. News outlets call it a “strict,” and “near-total abortion ban.” “This bill will pass,” Republican state Senator Eric Tarr lamented on the floor of the West Virginia Senate this week. “It’ll save lives but it does it at the sacrifice of others.” “I’ve heard arguments, if you go out in a burning building and you can save almost all the children but not all of them would you do it?” Tarr, the chair of the West Virginia Senate Finance Committee said, using a gruesome argument. “I’d burn the building,” Tarr, with no remorse or care, bragged. READ MORE: Martha’s Vineyard Welcomes Planes of Migrant Families Sent ‘Like Cargo’ by DeSantis: ‘We’re Going to Take Care of You’ Sen. Tarr also seemed to be more concerned with lambasting the right-wing anti-choice lobby and how they “score” lawmakers’ votes than...
    ‘Teacher of the Year’ and devoted South Jersey mom Erin Semus died at her home in Williamstown on Tuesday, Aug. 16 following a brief illness. She was 39. A native of Vineland, Erin attended St. Mary Elementary School before graduating as the Valedictorian of her 2001 class at the Sacred Heart School, her obituary says. Erin then went on to earn her B.A. in Elementary Education and a Minor in Music at Rowan University before starting her teaching career at the Vineland School District, where she stayed for a total of 17 years, according to her memorial. Meanwhile, Erin also earned an M.A. in Reading and Literacy at Fairleigh Dickinson University and was named D'Ippolito Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year in 2012. Erin loved spending time with her family members and many close friends — particularly, eating spicy food with her father and getting massages with her mother. Above all, Erin considered her biggest accomplishment to be her nine-year-old daughter, Cara Theresa, a fourth-grade student at St. Mary School. In addition to her daughter, Erin leaves behind her parents,...
    South Jersey ‘Teacher of the Year’ and devoted mom Erin Semus died at her home in Williamstown on Tuesday, Aug. 16 following a brief illness. She was 39. A native of Vineland, Erin attended St. Mary Elementary School before graduating as the Valedictorian of her 2001 class at the Sacred Heart School, her obituary says. Erin then went on to earn her B.A. in Elementary Education and a Minor in Music at Rowan University before starting her teaching career at the Vineland School District, where she stayed for a total of 17 years, according to her memorial. Meanwhile, Erin also earned an M.A. in Reading and Literacy at Fairleigh Dickinson University and was named D'Ippolito Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year in 2012. Erin loved spending time with her family members and many close friends — particularly, eating spicy food with her father and getting massages with her mother. Above all, Erin considered her biggest accomplishment to be her nine-year-old daughter, Cara Theresa, a fourth-grade student at St. Mary School. In addition to her daughter, Erin leaves behind her parents,...
    Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) referred to the battle against the anti-abortion movement as “literally a call to arms in our country.” In a speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday, the senator from Hawaii used choice rhetoric as part of a scathing criticism of Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) proposal for a nationwide ban on abortion after 15 weeks. “This is an outright attack on women in this country,” Hirono said. “That is how I see it. That is how more and more women — and those who support our right to make decisions about our own bodies — that is how we see it.” Hirono went even further as she wrapped up her address. “Clearly, this is literally [a] call to arms in our country,” she said. Graham’s bill has widely been panned not only by Democrats, but many Republicans as well. Not only does Graham’s bill run counter to his own previous position that abortion should be left up to individual states, but many on the Right believe the proposal will ultimately damage the GOP’s midterm chances. Yet some...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) abortion ban proposal is having trouble finding support, even among fellow Republicans. Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk added himself to the chorus of conservative critics, equating Graham’s announcement to possible “election interference” and worrying the senator could be helping to sabotage Republicans in the midterm elections. Kirk tackled Graham’s announcement on his podcast and assured people that he is unapologetically pro-life. “I am 100 percent pro-life. I am outspokenly pro-life,” Kirk said. “I’m so pro-life that I’ll debate anybody on the topic anytime. The only exception I could possibly imagine is the life of the mother, and I will defend that position morally, scientifically, biologically, and philosophically.” Despite having a stance on abortion that actually goes further than Graham’s bill — which includes exceptions for rape and incest and puts a 15-week cap on abortion procedures — Kirk declared the legislation is doomed for failure. The fact that it was Graham behind the proposal seemed to particularly bother Kirk, who admitted he could have seen the proposed legislation coming from other Republicans. “The only...
    The View’s Alyssa Farah Griffin blasted Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Wednesday over his proposed “Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act”, which would ban abortions after 15 weeks. The bill, which was introduced on Tuesday has virtually no chance of passage in the Democrat-controlled Senate, has exceptions for the mother’s life in danger, rape or incest. It would allow states with stricter abortion laws to keep those laws on the books. During Wednesday’s The View, Griffin called out Graham and those in the GOP for changing their view that abortion should be left to the states. It’s bad politics for Republicans. For a long time, my party has argued that states should decide abortion rights. When [Roe v. Wade] was knocked down that was what most of the statements were. This should have always been decided by the states, so Lindsey Graham just went completely rogue by saying this should be federally, we should have a federal restriction on abortion. Griffin said that she believed Graham proposed this bill since the senator “thought it was going to give...
    In comes McConnell and company, and they plan to strategically have the CR expire on Dec. 16, right before Christmas while members are rushing to leave the Capitol but before Republicans control the House. This will allow Democrats to permanently control the FY 2023 budget and every policy of the federal government all the way through next September, thereby undercutting the entire purpose of Republicans winning back the House. This lame-duck omnibus will not only fund all of the current odious policies but will likely add new ones to the mix. Republicans are willing to fund all the current bad policies in the short-term CR and are only fighting over how much new funding for Ukraine and COVID they are willing to accept. But in any lame-duck omnibus, there is no limit to what Republicans are willing to accept. Thus, Democrats long for power as a treasure to be immediately harnessed and used, whereas Republicans shun the opportunity to control power, particularly the key leverage of the budget process. They are deathly afraid of a February 2023 budget...
    Former Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday affirmed his support for new efforts to ban abortion – even as some senior Senate Republicans were keeping their distance from Sen. Lindsey Graham's new bill to outlaw abortion nationwide at 15 weeks. 'I welcome any and all efforts to advance the cause of life in state capitals or in the nation's capital,' Graham said, when asked a federal abortion ban. 'And I have every confidence that the next Republican president, whoever that may be, will stand for the right to life,' he told Real Clear Politics on a day he spoke to a gala in Washington for a group that backs abortion restrictions. 'It is imperative that Republicans and conservatives resolve, here and now, that we will not shrink from the fight,' said Pence, who has long staked out pro-life positions as Indiana governor, a House GOP leader, and then as Donald Trump's vice president. Former Vice President Mike Pence spoke Tuesday at the Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington. He said afterward he backed 'any and...
    Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) stepped in it on Tuesday by unveiling a bill that would ban abortion in the United States after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The bill includes exceptions for cases of rape, incest, and the health of the woman. It would allow stricter state laws on the books to remain in effect. Some Republicans fear Graham’s timing is poor, considering midterm elections are less than two months away. Appearing on Tuesday’s The ReidOut, McCaskill said the bill places vulnerable Republicans in a tough position. “It’s clear that Republicans have gotten the memo that even the media hasn’t quite gotten yet, that this is a mobilizing issue, a foundational issue for women,” Joy Reid stated. “What do you make of this as just a political move?” “Lindsey, Lindsey, Lindsey,” McCaskill replied. “I think what Lindsey thought he was doing was somehow shifting the debate over trying to make Democrats look extreme.” Instead, the former senator explained, Republicans, do not want abortion to be a widely discussed issue going into the midterms. “Republicans in...
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) offered a tepid defense of the Inflation Reduction Act during an interview on Fox News on Tuesday evening. Hours after August’s Consumer Price Index report showed inflation rose year-over-year by 8.3%, the Inflation Reduction Act came under the microscope. Manchin was instrumental in passing the bill. The West Virginia Democrat killed the Build Back Better Act late last year by announcing on Fox he would not support it. His decision to work with his party on the inflation bill revived a stalled Democratic agenda. The White House celebrated the bill as a victory not just for Democrats, but for all Americans Tuesday afternoon. After the celebration, which took place as the stock market devolved into a selloff, Manchin joined Special Report for a wide-ranging interview with host Bret Baier. Baier noted the Inflation Reduction Act has yet to lower prices for Americans struggling to pay for essential commodities. “For people at home, we are talking about the inside politics about how to get these deals done,” Baier said. “They look at what they are seeing at...
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said Vice President Kamala Harris is “dead wrong” on the issue of whether the southern border with Mexico is secure. Appearing on Tuesday’s edition of Special Report with Bret Baier, the West Virginia senator was asked for his reaction to remarks made by the vice president on Sunday’s Meet the Press. “The border is secure, but we also have a broken immigration system, in particular, over the last four years before we came in, and it needs to be fixed,” she said. Baier asked Manchin for his reaction. “Vice President Harris said this weekend the southern border is secure,” the anchor stated. Manchin responded: It’s wrong. She’s dead wrong on that and I have said this: if we don’t secure–I voted every time for the wall. But we need the wall and a lot more. Technology, more agents. The 2013 immigration bill was still the best piece of legislation I think that we’ve ever had before us. We couldn’t get it passed through the Republican House at that time because of some politics involved there. Amnesty...
    Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier sounded the alarm for Republicans on Tuesday, warning the party that they are “going down the wrong road” electorally after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) proposed a nationwide abortion ban. Despite recent polls and special-election results suggesting the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade has energized Democratic voters ahead of the midterms, Graham decided to introduce legislation on Tuesday federally outlawing abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Additionally, Graham opened himself and the GOP to accusations of hypocrisy as he previously claimed he believed abortion was an issue that should be left to individual states. To be fair, a number of Republicans have already tried to distance themselves from the bill. Appearing on Fox News mid-afternoon program America Reports, Baier and co-anchor John Roberts first suggested that recent polls possibly overstate Democrats’ current strength in congressional races. “Democrats are polling well in exactly the places where the surveys missed the most in 2020,” Roberts noted, referencing a recent New York Times analysis of a possible “blue mirage” in polling. “He is...
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tore into GOP opposition to codifying gay marriage, invoking similarly harsh rhetoric to President Joe Biden's controversial stream of attacks against 'MAGA Republicans.' The House of Representatives returned from its summer recess on Monday after having passed the Respect For Marriage Act in mid-July. Senators now have about three weeks until another week-long state work period where they'll be gone from the US Capitol to follow suit. Same sex marriage is already legal in all 50 states after the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges overturned the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.  But the legislative push comes amid Democrat concerns that the Supreme Court and Republican-led state legislatures could move to infringe on more privacy rights after the high court's reversal of Roe v. Wade in June. 'Let's remember why a vote on the Respect for Marriage [Act] is necessary,' Schumer said on Wednesday last week, just after the Senate returned to session. 'Millions upon millions of American women had their right taken away by the extremist MAGA Supreme Court in the Dobbs...
    Real Time host Bill Maher took a jab at Meghan Markle as he joked that her Archetypes podcast was the cause of Queen Elizabeth's death.  Dedicating his opening monologue to the queen on Friday night, Maher immediately jumped at mocking the British Royal Family. 'You all know the big story. Sad day for inbreeding,' Maher said as he sarcastically bowed his head.  'Queen Elizabeth died at 96, they say the cause of death was Meghan Markle's podcast,' he added, taking a jab at the Duchess of Sussex's Archetypes, which fell off Spotify's No. 1 spot this week after accusations that its position was inflated.  Maher added that while his British friends and guests condemned jokes about the queen, he predicted that her death meant the end of the United Kingdom's reverence towards the Royal Family. Real Time host Bill Maher (above) dedicated his opening monologue to Queen Elizabeth's death, mocking the British Royal family as he called it a 'Sad day for inbreeding'  Maher immediately quipped that the queen (left) died due to Meghan Markle's podcast Markle's Spotify series is...
    A COIN collector recently showed off a one dollar bill that he claims can be worth up to $2000. The video posted by TikTok user Eric Miller, who goes by TheCoinChannel, pointed out the serial number to look for on the one dollar bill to know if you've got the same valuable bill. 1A bill from 1985 could be worth big moneyCredit: TikTok / thecoinchannel In the video posted to his over four million followers, Eric showed what it is about the bill that makes it so valuable. He started his video by saying that a fan of his recently inherited a collection from their grandfather and decided to look through to see what was there. From there, Eric showed the video that his follower sent to him in which she showed a dollar bill with the serial number 00000002. The bill is visibly a bit beat up, but is kept in a protective case to prevent any further damage. Read More on Rare CoinsPRETTY PENNY I’m a coin collector – your 90s Lincoln penny could be worth up to $1,000CHA CHING I'm...
    Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter each acknowledged the Queen's dignity and grace in statements Thursday on on the death of the monarch each of the presidents had met personally while in office. 'Hillary and I mourn the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and we join with people across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, and all around the world, in giving thanks for her extraordinary life,' former President Bill Clinton, 76, said in a statement that also referenced former first lady Hillary Clinton. 'Throughout her remarkable 70-year reign, she led Britain through great transformations with unfailing grace, dignity, and genuine care for the welfare of all its people. In sunshine or storm, she was a source of stability, serenity, and strength,' said Clinton, in a statement released by the Clinton Foundation that he posted on Twitter. Former President Bill Bill Clinton praised the Queen's 'unfailing grace, dignity, and genuine care' in a statement. They toasted during events in Portsmouth in 1994 to mark the 50th anniversary of the D-Day invasion Clinton also pointed to two visits he...
    Millions of Californians got a long-awaited financial boost last month when the Biden administration announced that it would cancel up to $20,000 in federal student debt for low- and moderate-income borrowers. But California tax policy could throw a wet blanket over the party. That’s because the loan forgiveness may be taxable under current state rules, even though it’s tax-free under federal law. Federal and state tax laws generally classify any debts that are forgiven as income unless the borrowers are bankrupt. There are multiple exceptions, however, and the federal government added another one in the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act. That law exempted student loans (and parent loans) forgiven by the end of 2025. California, however, did not change its tax law to conform with that provision, Kathryn Zdan, editorial director of Spidell Publishing, said in a podcast last week. So unless you qualify for one of a handful of exceptions, you may have to treat the amount of debt forgiven under the new Biden initiative as income subject to state taxes. Ouch. World & Nation Student loan forgiveness: A...
    A sign for a hydrogen fuel pump at a train refueling station in Germany. Hydrogen has a diverse range of applications and can be used in a number of industries.Krisztian Bocsi | Bloomberg | Getty Images A tax credit tucked into Inflation Reduction Act could turbocharge the nascent clean hydrogen industry and turn it into a multi-trillion dollar business in the coming decades. The tax credit will spur hydrogen producers to develop cleaner ways to synthesize hydrogen, which is used to make fertilizer and in other industrial processes. But it could also catalyze a whole new category of companies looking to use clean hydrogen as a replacement for fossil fuels in areas such as shipping, aviation, heavy industry, and as a way to store and transport energy.related investing newsThis EV charging station stock can surge 50% thanks to climate billSarah Mina day agoCurrently, 98 percent of hydrogen is made in a way that uses fossil fuels, according to the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. But "all the current hydrogen producers are looking to produce clean hydrogen," explained Elina...
    (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Wednesday that he intends to hold a vote on a bill to codify same-sex marriage into federal law "in the coming weeks," and hopes there will be enough Republican support to pass it. Schumer also said he would prefer to bring it to the floor as a separate piece of legislation, and not attached to a must-pass government funding bill."Let me be clear a vote will happen -- a vote on marriage equality will happen on the Senate floor in the coming weeks, and I hope there will be 10 Republicans to support it," Schumer said at a news conference on Capitol Hill. The Senate returned to Washington after the August recess this week and Democrats, who control the chamber, must decide how and when to hold votes on several key items ahead of the upcoming November midterm elections where control of Congress is at stake. The main must-pass legislative item on the to-do list is a bill to extend government funding past a September 30 deadline and avert a shutdown, but Democrats...
    Former Attorney General Bill Barr predicted the Department of Justice is 'very close' to having enough evidence to indict Donald Trump, though he said he hopes they will not take such action.  Barr said the DOJ is faced with two questions - whether it has the evidence to indict Trump and whether it should.   'I think they're getting very close to that, frankly,' Barr said on Fox News of the DOJ having the evidence for indictment.  He added: 'I think at the end of the day, there's another question that is do you indict a former president? What will that do to the country? What kind of precedent will that set- will the people really understand that this is not, you know, failing to return a library book that this was serious?'  Barr said he hopes DOJ will not indict Trump to avoiding igniting further tensions throughout the country.   Former Attorney General Bill Barr predicted the Department of Justice is 'very close' to having enough evidence to indict Donald Trump, though he said he hopes they will not take such...
    U.S. Attorney General William Barr, December 10, 2019.Mark Wilson | Getty Images Former Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday he thinks the Justice Department is "getting very close" to having the evidence to indict Donald Trump — but hopes the agency declines to charge the ex-president. Barr, who served under Trump, again criticized a judge's order authorizing a so-called special master to review the thousands of documents that the FBI seized last month in a raid of Trump's Florida home Mar-a-Lago. Barr said the battle over those materials — many of which bore classification markings — currently boils down to two questions: whether the DOJ can make a case to charge Trump, and whether it should. "Will the government be able to make out a technical case, will they have evidence by which — that they could indict somebody on, including him?" Barr said in a Fox News interview, his third appearance on the network in five days. "That's the first question, and I think they're getting very close to that point, frankly," said Barr, who led the Justice Department...
    (CNN)August will be one to remember for all the worst reasons. From epic flooding in Pakistan and along the Mississippi, to drought in China and out-of-control fires in Europe, the climate crisis is wreaking havoc on planet Earth on a new scale. Paul Hockenos Yet, these disasters and their fallout are not evenly distributed. The Global South -- low or middle income countries in Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean -- is suffering disproportionately, as climate scientists say it will for years to come. If indeed it is global warming that is causing or even simply aggravating these extreme weather events, as scientists generally concur, then the South's ever angrier nations are completely justified in their demands that the world's wealthier regions -- those ultimately responsible for this made-in-the-developed-world crisis -- pay for its losses. In particular, the historically largest emissions sinners -- the United States and Europe.But these poorer countries shouldn't count on it because not only is most of the Global North in denial about its oversized role in creating the crisis -- it is...
    OAKLAND – Held up by several McClymonds students a little before sunset, a banner with Bill Russell’s many accomplishments was both expansive and far too short to list all the basketball legend had done. Flanking the display honoring Russell, who died this summer at the age of 88, was a collection of Oakland’s public figures and former McClymond icons. A McClymonds staff member said the banner would be displayed at a prominent location at the school, a constant reminder of the consistent excellence Russell embodied. McClymonds paid tribute to Russell (Class of 1952) before the school’s season-opening football game Friday night against Bellarmine, a game the home team dramatically won in overtime. Afterward, McClymonds football coach Michael Peters said Russell was looking down on them. “There’s a lot of great people who came out of McClymonds high school,” said Peters, himself an alum of the school. “But for him to win all the championships, and then to be the first African-American coach in the NBA is huge for the area.” Russell has a resume beyond reproach, both as a man...
    Donald Trump's former attorney general kept up his criticism of the ex-president on Tuesday, saying the evidence against him was clear and that it was plain 'wrong' for a judge to appoint a special master to review documents seized at Mar-a-Lago. A day earlier, a federal judge in Florida gave Trump a win by agreeing to his request for a special master, slowing the pace of the investigation. But Bill Barr blasted the decision and said it would likely be overturned if the government appealed. 'The opinion, I think was wrong, and I think the government should appeal,' he told Fox News. 'It is deeply flawed in a number of ways.' In any case, he said, such was the weight of evidence, 'I don't see it fundamentally changing the trajectory.' It comes after he last week said Trump had 'jerked around' investigators and had no legitimate reason to keep government documents at his Florida home.  Fox News Network, LLC Privacy Policy Bill Barr kept up his criticism of Donald trump on Tuesday, saying the evidence against him was clear...