After being prodded higher by inflation fears, mortgage rates were dragged down this week by recession concerns. According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average dropped to 5.7% with an average 0.9 point. (A point is a fee paid to a lender equal to 1% of the loan amount. It is in addition to the interest rate.) It was 5.81% a week ago and 2.98% a year ago. Freddie Mac, the federally chartered mortgage investor, aggregates rates from around 80 lenders across the country to come up with weekly national averages. The survey is based on home purchase mortgages. Rates for refinances may be different. It uses rates for high-quality borrowers with strong credit scores and large down payments. Because of the criteria, these rates are not available to every borrower. The 15-year fixed-rate average also moved lower, falling to 4.83% with an average 0.9 point. It was 4.92% a week ago and 2.26% a year ago. The five-year adjustable rate average … [Read more...] about Mortgage rates held in check as recession fears mount
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This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 11 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday that he would support an exception to the Senate filibuster to protect access to abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. "If the filibuster gets in the way, it's like voting rights," Biden said during a press conference in Madrid, where he was attending a NATO summit. The Democratic president said there should be an “exception to the filibuster for this action to deal with the Supreme Court decision.” As a former senator, Biden has been reluctant to support changes to the filibuster, which allows any member of the 100-member chamber to block action on legislation unless it receives 60 votes. However, earlier this year he endorsed sidestepping the rule on the issue of voting rights, and his latest comments make clear that he's willing to do the same for abortion. … [Read more...] about Biden backs filibuster exception to protect abortion access
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 5 LOS ANGELES - The day she found out that her group Eurythmics had its first No. 1 single in America, Annie Lennox was at a hotel in San Francisco. The hotel was Japanese-inspired, and its windows appeared to have a rice-paper-like translucency. Lennox was already beginning to struggle with the early onset of fame-related anxiety, and this didn't help. "It felt like I had nowhere to hide," Lennox says now. "I was so conscious of earthquakes, because I had never really been to San Francisco before. Maybe once. And I was just thinking, 'Oh my God, I feel so vulnerable. Now we've got rice-paper windows and earthquakes happening.' It was like being naked in front of the world." The single that kick-started the duo's pathbreaking, almost decade-long run up the pop charts - the galvanic synth-pop classic "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" - will turn 40 next year. In the run-up … [Read more...] about Annie Lennox beguiled us in the MTV age. Now she calms us down online.
0 Politics & Government Democrats on the panel said Jackson's record as a federal trial judge and appeals judge on the D.C. Circuit Court showed she was impartial. Daily Montanan , News Partner Posted Reply Daily Montanan March 27, 2022 Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday sharpened their criticisms of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, probing her work as a public defender on behalf of terrorism suspects, the judicial sentences she has handed down for child pornography offenses and her views of critical race theory. Jackson defended her record in a handful of tense exchanges with Republican members, clearly disagreeing with accusations from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz that she was too lenient in the child pornography sentencing decisions. Democrats on the evenly split panel said Jackson’s record as a federal trial judge and appeals judge on the D.C. Circuit Court showed she was an … [Read more...] about Ketanji Brown Jackson defends her record under grilling from U.S. Senate Republicans
Populist firebrand Marine Le Pen has alleged that discussions on abortion in France, seemingly prompted by the recent Supreme Court decision in the United States, are being used to distract from the more domestically relevant issue of mass immigration. Heated mainstream discussion in France surrounding the right to an abortion is being used to distract from the issue of widespread immigration into the country, populist leader Marine Le Pen has alleged. With the overruling of Roe v. Wade in the United States, politicians from French President Emmanual Macron’s La République En Marche have expressed a desire to enshrine abortion in the French constitution seemingly in the hopes of preventing future pro-life legislatures from easily clamping down on the practice. However, according to a report by Le Figaro , Rassemblement National’s new parliamentary leader and long-time populist firebrand Marine Le Pen has lambasted such a move as a mere distraction from the real issues of … [Read more...] about Establishment Using Abortion to Distract from ‘Out of Control’ Immigration
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 Crafted out of a hermit crab shell, a googly eye and a pair of pink Polly Pocket tennis shoes, Marcel the Shell leaves an outsize impression that belies his one-inch stature. Dean Fleischer Camp realized as much in the summer of 2010, when the first audience was introduced to the stop-motion character's trembling timbre and infectious positivity. After promising he'd make a video for a friend's Brooklyn comedy show, the filmmaker got his then-partner, "Saturday Night Live" alum Jenny Slate, to riff in character as a minuscule mollusk in a big world. (One quip: "Guess what I do for adventure? I hang-glide on a Dorito.") Dropping Slate's voice in Marcel's roughly sketched mouth, Camp delivered a three-minute mockumentary that played as amusing, absurdist and, to his surprise, delightfully disarming. "It was kind of an arty, judgmental crowd there, so I was not expecting them to melt … [Read more...] about ‘Marcel the Shell’ made it to the big screen by staying small