WASHINGTON — A small but growing number of Democrats in Congress want to move ahead with the climate portion of President Biden ’s stalled spending bill, saying the urgency of a warming planet demands action and they believe they can muster enough votes to muscle it past Republican opposition. Faced with the possibility that Democrats could lose control of Congress in November’s midterm elections, the party is now looking to salvage what it can from the $2.2 trillion Build Back Better Act. The sweeping climate-change and social-policy bill passed the House but came to a halt last month when Joe Manchin III, the West Virginia Democrat and swing vote in the Senate, said he opposed it . However, Mr. Manchin has suggested that he might back various climate provisions in the legislation, leading some Democrats to say the party should regroup around a climate bill. “The bottom line is that we are running out of time and the only thing that can pass is a package that has the votes,” … [Read more...] about ‘Build Back Better’ Hit A Wall But Climate Action Could Move Forward
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Beach city commissioners are set to discuss on Thursday the fate of the historic Deauville Beach Resort. They are considering demolishing it after the building was declared unsafe and unable to be saved due to structural defects in a Structural Condition Assessment Report. READ MORE: 'The Great Resignation': A Look At Where Workers Are Going The Deauville Hotel. Image dated February 16, 1964. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images) The hotel closed in 2017 after a fire in its electrical room. The city reportedly sued the owners for not making the necessary repairs. READ MORE: Police: Fort Lauderdale Bicyclist Shot, Killed By Someone In Passing Vehicle NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 16: The Beatles perform at the Deauville Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida for THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW. From left: Ed Sullivan, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and John Lennon. Image dated February 16, 1964. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images) The celebrated beachfront … [Read more...] about Miami Beach Commission To Discuss Fate Of Historic Deauville Beach Resort
1 Schools Some observers suggested there's room to negotiate amounts over the big-ticket provisions, such as pre-K and free community college. The 74 Million , News Partner Posted Reply By Linda Jacobson, The 74 Million October 3, 2021 With Congress tackling overlapping budget issues this week, advocates are most focused on saving President Joe Biden's bold agenda for schools and families. The proposed $3.5 trillion "Build Back Better" plan, which Biden says would lower costs that are "squeezing families month after month and year after year," includes major increases for early-childhood education, teacher and principal preparation, school construction and community college. But Democrats don't have enough support to pass it, even though they're using a process known as reconciliation, which doesn't require a single Republican vote. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who along with fellow Democrat Krysten Sinema of … [Read more...] about With Democrats Divided, Advocates Push To Save Key Education Priorities In Biden ‘Build Back Better’ Plan
The good ol’ days. Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images Other than two weeks of magnificent Linsanity in 2011 and last year’s surprising playoff run , Knicks fans have had little to celebrate the past couple of decades. The MSG crowd has been so desperate for something to cheer about recently that the throwaway use of an insider catchphrase on a 60-second Instagram show became, however briefly, a riotous rallying cry. Yet throughout years of seemingly never-ending mediocrity, the fan base has never lost its passion. The kind of loyalty the Knicks inspire is by no means inherent to New York sports teams; even on the rare occasions that the Jets or the Mets are good, their supporters don’t quite lose their minds the way Knicks fans do. Where does this devotion come from? In his new book, Blood in the Garden , Sports Illustrated writer (and former Knicks beat reporter for The Wall Street Journal ) Chris Herring argues that it is a relatively recent … [Read more...] about The Decade That Defined the Knicks
5 LOS ANGELES - When Judy Baca and a team of 80 kids began painting "The History of California" in 1976, almost no one considered the 1,000-foot-long mural project a monument. Since then, the painting has grown to more than 2,750 feet, and is known as the Great Wall of Los Angeles. It is monumentally scaled, running about a half mile along the west face of a San Fernando Valley flood control channel, but it breaks almost all the old rules about how monuments are made and function in public space. It is not located in a civic center. It is not framed in an open plaza or surrounded by an expanse of manicured grass. It is not raised high on a plinth nor made of things like metal or stone that convey architectural permanence. It is not devoted to one person, event or idea, and it conveys no unalloyed message of either celebration or mourning. It is not dedicated to a man who enjoyed political or military power. But it is listed on the … [Read more...] about Judy Baca’s nearly 50-year-old Great Wall has never been more relevant to the monument wars
0 Politics & Government The agency under-counted abandoned wells by more than half, which means the effort covers only a fraction of the cost. High Country News , News Partner Posted Reply By Nick Bowlin , High Country News Jan. 20, 2022 In January, the Department of the Interior stated what many have suspected: there are far more orphaned oil and gas wells in the U.S. than previously estimated. In a memo, the agency wrote that more than 130,000 documented wells exist across the country that lack a responsible company on the hook to pay for cleanup – the remnant of more than 150 years of extracting oil and natural gas. This figure, based on data provided by the states, is two-and-a-half times the agency's 2019 estimate, which put the figure at 56,000. This ballooning estimate comes in response to Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that President Biden signed in November, which includes $4.7 billion to plug … [Read more...] about Interior Devotes Billions To Plugging Old Oil Wells. Is It Enough?