The sixth and latest hearing from the House’s Jan. 6 Committee was, undoubtedly, its biggest blockbuster yet. But where one audience saw a Watergate-level historic event in former Trump aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony , another key audience likely saw... nothing. Amid the cable TV and social media frenzy that unfolded before, during, and after Hutchinson’s testimony, Republican members of Congress were largely silent. One reason why is hardly a secret: When it comes to Jan. 6, silence has always been the safest political option for the vast majority of Republicans. Another reason, though, has been less explored. GOP lawmakers have not really been paying close attention to the hearings, if they’ve been paying attention at all. Over the first two weeks of the select committee’s public hearings , The Daily Beast asked a dozen Republican congressmen and senators—staunch Trump critics, MAGA faithful, and those somewhere in between—if they had been watching any of … [Read more...] about Republicans in Congress: Hearings? What Hearings?
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic has decided to reverse plans to halt mining in a key black coal region to help the country safeguard its power supply amid high demand and the energy crunch prompted by the Russia's war in Ukraine. Finance Minister Zbynek Stanjura said Thursday that the state-owned OKD company will extend its mining activities in north-eastern Czech Republic until at least the end of next year, with an analysis to be made on a possible further extension until 2025. The original plans called for mining to be halted there this year, but “demand for black coal is enormous,” Stanjura said. Some other European Union countries are turning back to coal as a replacement for reduced deliveries of Russian natural gas, threatening climate goals in Europe. Russia has trimmed gas flows to EU countries like Germany, Italy and Austria on top of its gas cutoffs to France, Poland, Bulgaria and others. OKD's chief executive, Roman Sikora, said the Czech company was planning to … [Read more...] about Czech Republic to extend coal mining amid high demand
WASHINGTON — The most intriguing politician in the Republican Party is an uncharismatic governor who’s trying to make the GOP’s culture war appealing to suburban mothers. Ron DeSantis, the 43-year-old governor of Florida, has been on a tear. Originally a tea party-style fiscal conservative, he’s embraced a series of hard-edged positions that have boosted him into second place in early — OK, way-too-early — polls for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. (First place is still occupied by former President Donald Trump.) “He’s taken on the left more aggressively than any U.S. governor in modern history,” Fox News pundit Laura Ingraham enthused last month when she devoted an entire hour of her prime-time program to DeSantis. Politics Essential Politics: Conspiracy theories and fear of immigrants — a toxic mix Conspiracy-minded Americans provide powerful support for some pernicious ideas. The political establishment has lost its ability to keep such ideas at … [Read more...] about Column: Ron DeSantis is setting the agenda for the GOP, and Democrats should worry
0 This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own. Arts & Entertainment Are you ready for this? Jennifer Perez , Community Contributor Posted Reply Vancouver-based musician Danny Echo combines brit-pop melodies, classic rock vocals with the alt-pop excitement of a SpaceX launch. Locked up and locked down during a particularly rainy night endlessly scrolling and clicking, Echo’s new single “Zeros and Ones” took shape on an acoustic guitar. Drawing comparisons between the weather and online world, watch and share the video on YouTube . A dystopian yet sanguine look of our modern civilization today, through the coded eyes of the internet. Having embraced a number of projects and collaborations, including The Ryecatchers, Clementine, The Walk-Ins, and The Swimming Hammers, his debut solo single “Tomorrow Today” recorded with Jeff Dawson (Daniel Powter) and mixed by Mike Fraser … [Read more...] about Danny Echo Lures You in on “Zeros and Ones”
0 This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own. Arts & Entertainment A standout track for 2022 Jennifer Perez , Community Contributor Posted Reply Hailing from Vancouver’s North Shore, Rose Ranger’s creative process is inextricably linked with the ocean and mountains that are just a stone’s throw away from her front door. Combined with her love of all musical genres and her utmost appreciation for all the creative arts – the blend creates a dynamic vibrancy in her songwriting process. Now with six albums under her belt, the multi-talented and seasoned songwriter is thrilled to be releasing new music into the world. Her new song, “Power,” is about speaking truth to those who are abusing their power. From the personal to the collective – it’s about justice and to finally stand up for oneself and to speak your own truth. It's about how pain can be transformed into power and … [Read more...] about Rose Ranger Reveals Glorious Single, “Power”
0 This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own. Arts & Entertainment A captivating release for your new music radar Jennifer Perez , Community Contributor Posted Reply Vietnamese/Chinese Canadian singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Windsor, Ontario, Roye Trout, is returning with a propulsive and catchy new single entitled “Sugar Boy.” Inspired by the experience of misleading, unrequited love, “Sugar Boy” pays homage to the classic romantic-style pop song, juxtaposing heartbreak with vigorous indie rock. Thank Reply Share The views expressed in this post are the author's own. Want to post on Patch? Register for a user account. Roye Trout Entices with "Sugar Boy" The rules of replying: Be respectful. Be transparent. Keep it local and relevant. Review the Patch … [Read more...] about Roye Trout Entices with “Sugar Boy”