Sen. Joe Manchin Joe Manchin Democrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown The dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations Mark Kelly says he'll back changing filibuster rule for voting rights MORE (D-W.Va.) warned Democrats against trying to change the legislative filibuster and lamented the state of the Senate, hours before a months-long fight over Senate rules will come to a head. Manchin went through a laundry list of reasons explaining why he supports the 60-vote threshold for most major legislation and argued that the pitch from his Democratic colleagues about wanting to restore the Senate is “simply not true.” “For the last year, my Democratic colleagues have taken to the Senate floor, cable news airwaves, pages of newspapers across the country, and to argue that repealing the filibuster is restoring the vision the founding fathers intended for this deliberate body. My friends, that is simply not true. It’s not true,” … [Read more...] about Manchin chides Democrats over filibuster, saying he can’t support ‘such a perilous course’
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Sen. Jacky Rosen Jacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl Rosen Overnight Health Care — Biden faces pressure from Democrats on COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Democrats call on Biden to step up virus response MORE (D-Nev.) led a bipartisan group of eight senators Thursday asking President Biden Joe Biden Biden says he didn't 'overpromise' Finland PM pledges 'extremely tough' sanctions should Russia invade Ukraine Russia: Nothing less than NATO expansion ban is acceptable MORE not to extend Trump-era tariffs on imported solar panels. The Section 201 tariffs, set to expire Feb. 6, have cost more than 62,000 American clean-energy jobs, according to the senators, citing the Solar Energies Industry Association (SEIA). “[W]e believe that extending the tariffs will do nothing but add unnecessary costs to U.S. consumers, hurt American solar jobs, and artificially stymie the deployment … [Read more...] about Eight senators ask Biden to reverse course on Trump-era solar tariffs
It’s usually the images of a violent mob attacking the U.S. Capitol that are associated with the effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election. But as more financial records become public, another image is emerging—of billionaires in MAGA gear writing large checks. And one billionaire in particular. Among the ranks of “dark money” groups and anonymous megadonors who bankrolled the effort is a familiar name in GOP fundraising circles: Dick Uihlein, founder of the multinational Uline shipping company. According to previously unreported tax disclosures , Uihlein’s nonprofit—the Ed Uihlein Family Foundation—poured millions of dollars in 2020 into a sprawling number of groups connected to efforts to challenge Joe Biden’s victory and reimagine election law, as well as other right-wing extremist organizations, including ones designated as hate groups. And the money is pure Uihlein—the foundation’s $16.8 million in 2020 donations came exclusively from Dick Uihlein … [Read more...] about New Filings Reveal Another Billionaire Behind the Big Lie
A convicted sex offender from Rhode Island who faked his own death in 2020 to evade fresh charges was found alive last month at a Scotland hospital—where he was on a ventilator after contracting COVID-19. Rhode Island State Police Maj. Robert Creamer told the Providence Journal that Nicholas Rossi , who was wanted on fraud and sexual-assault charges, was located “about a month ago”—years after a woman claiming to be his wife said he had died of cancer. An obituary from February 2020 had alleged he died with his wife and two kids beside him, and told them “fear not and run toward the bliss of the sun,” just before his passing. But the Utah County Attorney’s Office said in a statement Wednesday that Rossi, who also used the last name Alahverdian, had actually “fled the country to avoid prosecution in Ohio and attempted to lead investigators and state legislators in other states to believe that he was deceased.” The Scottish Sun described Rossi as an “American … [Read more...] about Sex Offender Who Faked His Own Death Turns Up in Scotland—Nearly Dead From COVID
What is a human life worth? You may not want to put a price tag on a it. But if we really had to, most of us would agree that the value of a human life would be in the millions. Consistent with the foundations of our democracy and our frequently professed belief in the inherent dignity of human beings, we would also agree that all humans are created equal, at least to the extent of denying that differences of sex, ethnicity, nationality and place of residence change the value of a human life. With Christmas approaching, and Americans writing checks to their favorite charities, it’s a good time to ask how these two beliefs — that a human life, if it can be priced at all, is worth millions, and that the factors I have mentioned do not alter the value of a human life — square with our actions. Perhaps this year such questions lurk beneath the surface of more family discussions than usual, for it has been an extraordinary year for philanthropy, especially philanthropy to fight global … [Read more...] about What Should a Billionaire Give – and What Should You?
0 Schools For much of the country, an alarming opportunity gap persists, yet some states and districts have been able to shrink or even eliminate it. The 74 Million , News Partner Posted Reply By Shalinee Sharma, The 74 Million October 21, 2021 The pandemic has been devastating for students and families on so many levels. It also produced insights that constitute urgent news for schools, both as they contend with the next wave of coronavirus and in the longer-term future. Today, a quarter of elementary school students in the U.S. use the Zearn platform and they have completed more than 7.5 billion math problems since Zearn's launch in 2016. In the course of doing so, they have allowed us to see patterns that we believe can help get kids' learning back on track. Here are three: 1. School closures are undeniably tough on student learning, especially for students in low-income households . But there are … [Read more...] about Sharma: Acceleration Vs. Remediation, Closing The Achievement Gap, Keeping Academic Growth Going — Insights From Math Learning