3 NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Tim Scott has a memoir out this summer that he says will explain the two words that have shaped his life: hope and redemption. “No matter how great the darkness, these truths always light the way home,” the South Carolina Republican said in a statement issued Tuesday through his publisher, Thomas Nelson. “And while there are hard moments in this book, more than anything, I have endeavored to tell a story brimming with the beauty, magic, and wonder of life. Because this is how we are meant to live.” Thomas Nelson, an imprint of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, announced that Scott's "America, A Redemption Story” is scheduled for release in August. Scott is up for re-election in November. Scott, 56, has spoken of sharing a single bedroom with his mother and brother after his parents divorced. He was elected to the Charleston City Council in 1995 and rose steadily over the next two decades, joining the U.S. Senate in 2013 … [Read more...] about Sen. Tim Scott memoir ‘America’ coming out in August
ROME — The U.K.-based Guardian newspaper wondered aloud Tuesday why Joe Biden is one of the most unpopular presidents in U.S. history, calling his low esteem a “puzzle.” “Joe Biden ends his first year in office at a particularly bleak moment for a US president who promised competency and normalcy,” writes Lauren Gambino for the notoriously left-wing Guardian . “After winning more votes than any presidential candidate in American history, Biden is now – just 12 months later – one of the country’s most unpopular presidents,” Gambino asserts, noting that a Quinnipiac poll released last week found Biden with a “dire” 33 percent approval rating. As signals of his end-of-year blues, much of Biden’s domestic agenda “is stalled on Capitol Hill,” the virus is “once again raging out of control,” his vaccine mandate for large employers “was blocked” by the Supreme Court, inflation is at “a nearly 40-year high,” and diplomatic talks have “failed to pull Russia back from the brink of … [Read more...] about The Guardian: Joe Biden Is One of America’s ‘Most Unpopular Presidents’
The president of the NAACP is pressing senators to pass voting rights legislation as the upper chamber considers the issue this week, telling the lawmakers “with your vote, you will decide who defines America, and who has a voice in America.” Derrick Johnson penned a letter to all U.S. senators on Tuesday, asserting that “our democracy may be standing in its final hour” which is why it is essential that they approve voting rights reform. “The bedrock of freedom in America lies in our sacred right to vote. Without it, everything else crumbles. We still have time to act, but the window of opportunity is rapidly narrowing,” Johnson wrote. “Let’s not miss this critical moment to pass federal voting rights protections, what may be our last hope to save our democracy.” ADVERTISEMENT The letter comes on the same day Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer Chuck Schumer The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Voting rights week for Democrats (again) … [Read more...] about NAACP president presses senators on voting rights: ‘You will decide who defines America’
At Chez Ma Tante in Brooklyn, the first restaurant Aidan O’Neal and Jake Leiber ran together, early press reports portrayed Mr. O’Neal as the executive chef and Mr. Leiber as his second in command. But in interviews they gave — always in tandem — it was clear that they were equal partners and that they agreed about everything from their preferred cooking surface (Teflon) to the ideal art to hang in the dining room (none). They share the job of executive chef at their second restaurant, Le Crocodile , also in Brooklyn. This is probably fortunate for them, given how popular the place has become since it opened in December. It is definitely fortunate for us, because another thing Mr. O’Neal and Mr. Leiber apparently agree about is how the food at a modern New York brasserie should look and taste. The menu’s long, single page cascades from one category of appetizer to the next, from shellfish to snails, before arriving, about midway down, at Entrées. That’s a head fake: the word … [Read more...] about Le Crocodile Shows How a New York Brasserie Should Look and Taste
ST. CHARLES, Mo. — The flavors at the Peruvian restaurant Jalea are electric. The location? A bit more unassuming. The nearest major city, St. Louis, is 23 miles away. But on a quiet cobblestone street, sandwiched between a Pilates studio and a financial services consultancy, you’ll find ceviche with delicate slices of grouper and plump corn kernels, all swimming in a tart, ginger-heavy leche de tigre; and lomo saltado whose soy- and vinegar-laden sauce arrives lacquered onto chunks of rib-eye. Jalea’s owners, the siblings Mimi and Andrew Cisneros, recognized the risk in choosing this quaint street over a city known for its vibrant restaurant scene . But they saw opportunities in the suburbs that they wouldn’t find in St. Louis. Yes, the rent was lower. And St. Charles, where the Cisneroses spent their teenage years, is also one of the fastest-growing counties in Missouri. “St. Charles is not just the white suburbs where we grew up,” Ms. Cisneros said. “It is becoming … [Read more...] about America’s Next Great Restaurants Are in the Suburbs. But Can They Thrive There?
NEW YORK (AP) — Truist Bank said Tuesday it is reducing its overdraft fees, becoming the latest big bank to announce an overhaul of overdraft policies that often impact the most vulnerable customers. The bank plans to roll out a new checking account this summer that will have a $100 buffer for customers who spend more than they have in their accounts. It will also create a line of credit for those who need to go further into negative territory. There will no individual overdraft fees charged on the account. The bank based in Charlotte, North Carolina, also plans to create a second bank-account product aimed primarily at unbanked or low-income individuals that will not allow customers to overdraw their accounts. The bank is also getting rid of non-sufficient fund fees — more commonly known as bounced check fees — as well as savings transfer fees, which are charged when a bank moves funds from a long-term savings account to a customer's checking account to cover a potentially … [Read more...] about Truist cuts down overdraft fees, joining other big banks