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    Don’t expect to cruise and roam anytime soon. As cruise lines prepare to return to the waters, the industry is considering a variety of safety measures and adjustments to keep guests safe during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But these changes won’t just affect how passengers behave on the boat – they might also affect what they’re allowed to do off the boat. One of the proposals sent to the CDC would reportedly limit passengers from freely roaming around towns connected to ports that ships dock at. (iStock) A number of proposals have been provided to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in hopes of convincing the agency to refrain from extending the current no-sail order, the Sun-Sentinel reported. The order, which had already been extended earlier this year, currently expires on Sept. 30, although major cruise lines have pledged not to return to the waters until after Oct. 31, at the earliest. ROYAL CARIBBEAN CEO WARNS OF...
    By LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Conceding after years of chaos and dispute that its costly asylum system is broken, the European Union announced Wednesday a major overhaul of the rules in the hope that more countries will finally be prepared to share responsibility for people landing on Europe’s shores seeking sanctuary or better lives. The arrival in Europe in 2015 of well over 1 million migrants, most of them refugees fleeing conflict in Syria, sparked one of the EU’s biggest political crises. The bloc, which now numbers 27 nations following Britain's departure earlier this year, has been riven by disputes over who should take responsibility for them, and whether every member state, including those with limited or no sea access, should be obliged to help. The arguments rage on even though the entry of unauthorized migrants into the world’s biggest trading bloc has dwindled to a relative...
    Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee introduced a resolution condemning those who have called for Joe Biden to pack the Supreme Court if President Trump replaces Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Republicans argued that Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler was wrong to call on Biden to pack the courts if Ginsburg's seat is filled by Trump. They noted that there have been just nine justices on the Supreme Court for 151 years and that Ginsburg herself was opposed to adding justices. "Any attempt to increase the number of justices on the Supreme Court of the United States or 'pack the court' would undermine our democratic institutions and destroy the credibility of our nation's highest court," the resolution states. #BREAKING: @JudiciaryGOP just introduced a resolution condemning Democrats’ calls to pack #SCOTUS. pic.twitter.com/FyVjHmIwBY— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) September 22, 2020 Democrats have floated several strategies to stop Trump from replacing Ginsburg....
    NORTH LAWNDALE — None of the city’s latest Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grants went to North Lawndale businesses, despite the neighborhood being one of the 10 areas the program is supposed to prioritize. Applications for the next grants to help entrepreneurs on the South and West sides improve and expand their businesses are now open, and local leaders are encouraging previous applicants to refile their proposals and try again. In the most recent round of applications, the city selected 32 finalists for more than $5 million in grants. The majority self-reported as minority-owned, and more than half of the businesses were Black-owned, according to Chicago Department of Planning and Development records. Half of the projects were also in areas targeted by Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s INVEST South/West initiative, which aims to make good on her promise of equity by funneling development toward 10 historically under-resourced neighborhoods. When the initiative...
    (CNN)Joe Biden's presidential campaign has made character its centerpiece, as the Democratic nominee casts the 2020 presidential race as a test of the "soul of the nation" against President Donald Trump. But he has also released a stream of policy proposals outlining what he would try to accomplish in office. And that platform is likely to be a focus Thursday night as Biden appears on CNN for a town hall in which he'll face questions from voters. Visit CNN's Election Center for full coverage of the 2020 raceBiden won the Democratic primary advocating more moderate policies than many of his competitors. He has since embraced some proposals from former rivals, including climate plans first offered by Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee and bankruptcy ideas advanced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. His campaign and that of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont also jointly crafted a policy road map in the...
    Igloos, greenhouses, a parking lot food hall – Chicago’s winter dining scene could look a little different this year as the city works to find a way to keep restaurants open during the coronavirus pandemic. The city announced Monday night that it received more than 600 submissions to its design challenge that launched last month and asked residents to come up with alternative solutions for alfresco dining during the colder months. “From architects to designers, restaurateurs, waiters and food enthusiasts, the city has received 643 innovative and exciting ideas for cold weather alfresco dining in the first ever Chicago Winter Design Challenge,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office at a statement. Ideas include sliding-wall dining tents, inflatable igloos, and even enclosing a multi-level parking lot to transform it into a dining room for multiple restaurants. Some suggested greenhouses or pneumatic pods or an outdoor event...
    HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — The Maine Public Utilities Commission is soliciting so-called “standard offer” proposals for customers of Central Maine Power and Versant Power. The standard offer is the default that consumers pay for electricity unless they elect to choose a different provider for themselves. The PUC said the standards offers cover for the coming year, and proposals are due next month. PUC Chairman Bartlett noted that standard offer prices have been 18 to 20% lower this year compared to last year reflecting electricity supply and demand conditions in New England. The new standard offer prices that result from this process will be announced later this year. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Maine
    DENVER (CBS4)– The Colorado High School Activities Association, or CHSAA, says it is resubmitting proposals for football and other sports to Gov. Jared Polis’ office. The announcement follows a day of protests over CHSAA’s decision to push the fall football season to the spring due to COVID-19 concerns. (credit: CBS) Polis says his office is working with CHSAA to approve variances for football. At a news conference Friday, he said there might be a window open for a fall season, but it would depend on if enough districts are ready to play. Student athletes at a protest on the corner of Colorado Boulevard and University Boulevard on Friday afternoon said they’ve been ready for a long time. High school football players are used to getting ready for the big game on Friday. Instead, Denver metro area players and parents protested CHSAA’s decision to delay fall football to spring. “Today would...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– On Thursday, a handful of proposed ordinances to limit the Aurora Police Department use of some military grade equipment as well as non-lethal chemicals like tear gas, failed to move from committee. Aurora City Councilman Juan Marcano first introduced the measures last month, not long after concerns were raised about the department’s use of force polices. (credit: CBS) In particular, how officers responded to a violin vigil held in memory of Elijah McClain that ended with officer in riot gear dispersing crowds with pepper spray. One of the proposals would ban police from using any gases on citizens. An idea Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman was quick to speak out against. “I think it’s an important tool for police officers to have because then it’s going to be rubber bullets, or wooden batons, and more lethal means,” Coffman said. (credit: CBS) A second proposal would have required police...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) plans to allow members of the public to submit proposals for how to use some train cars after they’ve been decommissioned, agency officials said Thursday. The transit agency is currently in the process of swapping its old train cars, some of which have been in service since BART’s founding in the 1970s, for new, upgraded cars with features like modular seating and better air flow. While many of the old train cars will be dismantled and recycled, the public will have the chance in January to propose turning some of the cars into options like museum exhibits, restaurants, training tools for law enforcement and public safety officials and a potential BART merchandise store. Multiple BART Board directors said they have seen constituents expressing hope that the old cars will stick around in some capacity and not be scrapped...
    Photo by Dave DeckerDuring Tampa City Council’s budget hearing last Thursday, Councilman John Dingfelder surprised many by making a motion for the city to invest up to $1 million into the development of a pilot mental health response program for more effectively managing crisis calls. So far, the response to this motion has been overwhelmingly positive, earning praise from City Council members like Luis Viera—who thanked Dingfelder for “leading the way” on this issue—as well as local racial justice and mental health advocates involved in the Black Lives Matter movement. “This is a huge development and a testament to our protesting and mobilization,” community activist ErrDaisha Floyd wrote in an social media post shortly after the first budget hearing. And Dingfelder seems to think the city and Tampa Police Department are on board, too. In a phone call with Creative Loafing Tampa Bay on Wednesday, Dingfelder said he expects TPD...
    Sen. Ben Sasse is making an argument that big changes are needed to make the Senate functional. "The Senate in particular is supposed to be the place where Americans hammer out our biggest challenges with debate. That hasn’t happened for decades — and the rot is bipartisan," the Nebraska Republican wrote in a Tuesday op-ed for the Wall Street Journal. Among the changes Sasse proposed was the repeal of the 17th Amendment. Ratified in 1913, the amendment ended the practice of state legislators electing senators to send to Washington. Instead, senators are now elected directly by the people. "The old saying used to be that all politics is local, but today — thanks to the internet, 24/7 cable news, and a cottage industry dedicated to political addiction — politics is polarized and national," the senator wrote. Sasse also argued that cameras should be taken out of committee...
    The Department of Defense on Friday opened yet another chapter in the ongoing Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative (JEDI) saga, again selecting Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) to fulfill the potential $10 billion cloud contract. But don’t expect it to be the last word.  After nearly a year of legal dueling with Amazon Web Services, DOD officials said they had corrected an evaluation flaw that may have favored Microsoft during the acquisition process. JEDI had been under remand since April. The flaw centered on how the companies priced their proposals for application and data hosting, making it likely that the DOD incorrectly scored Microsoft’s data storage plan as meeting the contract’s technical requirements. That correction allowed defense officials to move forward with the award. “The Department has completed its comprehensive re-evaluation of the JEDI Cloud proposals and determined that Microsoft’s proposal continues to represent the best value to the government,” defense… Read the...
            by Del. Rob Bloxom (R-East Shore)  The Virginia House of Delegates was under Republican control for more than twenty years. This year, the Democratic party is in control of the House of Delegates, along with the Senate, and the Governor’s Mansion. This is the first time in three decades in which one party has had complete control. The Republicans left the present Democrat controlled house with the title of being the number one rated state to do business, according to CNBC. We were also rated the third safest state in which to live and first in recidivism in the United States. Some may say the Republicans were too pro-business, and that may be true. Some may say we were too pro-law and that could be true as well. However, what we are witnessing in Richmond now is an assault on our businesses and on the...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tensions flared as Virginia lawmakers took up a series of reforms that Republicans denounced as anti-police and Democrats insisted are long overdue. The House of Delegates advanced more than a half-dozen police reform bills Thursday. They included legislation to prohibit the use of chokeholds and no-knock search warrants, and to make it easier to decertify police officers for misconduct. But before the debate on those bills even started, Republicans clashed with Democrats over whether the proposals are unfair to police. The special legislative session was called to address the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the police reform proposals. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Republican Congressman Brian Mast, who was accused last week of making inappropriate Facebook comments about sex with 15-year-old girls, is just the latest in a long line of congressmen and candidates of both parties in Florida's 18th U.S. House District t entangled in scandalous behavior.  There's more than one reason  the 18th, where both Democrats and Republicans have successfully vied for office, is known as a 'swing district.' The 18th District, which stretches along the Atlantic Ocean coastline from the northern party of affluent Palm Beach County to impoverished Fort Pierce 70 miles north, has been the playground of politicians who've had more on their minds than bettering the lives of constituents for two decades. 'The district tends to invite people who are not from the area to run for office,' said Rick Asnani, a West Palm Beach political consultant. 'It's a highly competitive district, a Republican district where Democrats...
    NASA last week announced that it has picked five proposals for concept studies of missions that will help improve our understanding of the Sun and the way it interacts with the Earth in space. The agency revealed the five proposals last Friday. The aim is to gain information that will help protect astronauts, satellites and communications signals in space, NASA said. A stream of particles and energy from the sun drives space’s weather system near Earth and can affect the activity of spacecraft and astronauts. (NASA) “Each one of these proposals offers the chance to observe something we have never before seen or to provide unprecedented insights into key areas of research, all to further the exploration of the universe we live in,” Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said in a statement. The proposal will each receive $1.25 million to fund a nine-month concept...
    White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsTop Senate Democrat requests German ambassador nomination pulled over past inflammatory comments Mnuchin says McConnell may introduce new coronavirus bill next week Trump says he isn't meeting with Blake family because they wanted 'lawyers involved' MORE on Tuesday touted "real progress" in talks with Democrats and Republicans on coronavirus relief legislation, but he continued to reject the broad proposal from Democratic leaders, calling into question the chances of a deal. Meadows spoke to CNBC shortly after a Senate Republican leader indicated the conference hoped to vote next week on a "targeted" relief bill. The chief of staff expressed optimism that the two parties could reach an agreement on a more narrow set of issues, even as they have struggled for weeks to advance broader negotiations.  "As we’ve had discussions with Democrats on Capitol Hill, as we’ve continued our discussion with Republican senators, we’re...
    The Ravens released a detailed plan Thursday for changing how police work is done in Baltimore and across the country. They laid out their wish list of reforms in a tweet thread, joining advocates and lawmakers who have been pushing for similar measures. The team called for the arrests of the officers who killed Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky., last March and the officer who shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., on Sunday. It also instructed citizens to “act with respect and compliance when engaging with the police.” “With yet another example of racial discrimination with the shooting of Jacob Blake, and the unlawful abuse of peaceful protesters, we MUST unify as a society.” (Emphasis the team’s.) “It is imperative that all people — regardless of race, religion, creed or belief — come together to say, ‘Enough is enough!'” the Ravens said in the opening of their statement. MORE: Goodell regrets not listening Kaepernick earlier One of the reforms...
    NATURIST and registered nurse Victoria Vantage says nudity isn't sexual– and that she's gotten a few proposals from fans watching her videos online. Vantage, 29, said she first fell into naturism after she volunteered to be a nude model for a life drawing class in 2009 while she was at university. 3Victoria Vantage says she hopes people will stop thinking of nudity as sexual and instead learn it to be naturalCredit: MDWfeatures/@thenaturalistgoddess The Columbus, Ohio native said the modeling liberated her and allowed her to feel comfortable being naked and natural. The modeling career took off for Vantage as it sparked her passion for naturism and she continued nude art modeling, saying she has always been interested in the human form and the art gigs allowed her to discover her own relationship with her body. Vantage, a naturist advocate and influencer in addition to being a registered nurse, said she...
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Gov. Tom Wolf is urging the legislature to quickly pass his plan he says will make elections safer and more secure. He says 1.5 million people have signed up to vote by mail, along with 200,000 people already signed up for absentee ballots. “I think we were successful in our primary election,” Gov. Wolf said Thursday afternoon. “It showed that we were right to have confidence in our voting system, but I think there are some changes that still need to be made that could make a good system even better.” Based on experiences in the primary, he’s calling on the legislature to take “immediate action.” He wants to allow counties to start pre-canvassing ballots — which includes scanning and verifying ballot envelopes, matching signatures, opening mail and scanning the ballot — 21 days before the election instead of at 7 a.m. on election day. This is...
    Opinion: NBA players using their power and influence to try and create meaningful change What Happens to Your Body When You Eat a PB&J Sandwich VW CEO Backs Bill Gates’s Proposals for Greener Transportation (Bloomberg) -- Volkswagen AG’s chief executive officer encouraged Bill Gates to advise governments on how to lower carbon emissions from transportation and renewed his criticism of Germany’s slow abandonment of coal power. © Bloomberg Empty electric automobile charging bays sit in an employee parking lot at the Volkswagen AG headquarter factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. German companies have turned slightly more optimistic that the economy will continue on its long road to recovery, after the pandemic eroded spending and investment in the first half of the year. “You thoroughly understand the CO2 logic of the mobility sector. You know what we have to do and you could and should advise governments...
    CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Keke Palmer, 27; Macaulay Culkin, 40; Chris Pine, 40; Melissa McCarthy, 50. US actor Macaulay Culkin (Photo by Valerie MACON / AFP)(Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)  Happy Birthday: You’ll encounter winning proposals this year. Don’t let emotional issues stand between you and the changes you want to make. Maintain equality and fair trade, regardless of what you face. Let go of a personal problem to pursue your dreams. You’ll have to spend money to make money, but the experience will enrich your life when all is said and done. Your numbers are 3, 12, 23, 28, 34, 37, 48.  ARIES (March 21-April 19): A positive attitude will help you excel. Put your energy into perfecting whatever you want to pursue. Take on a challenge, or sign up for a course that interests you. An emotional encounter will bring you closer to someone you...
    Former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said Tuesday that both the Trump and Biden campaigns get "an incomplete" on communicating their visions for the future. Messina, speaking after the first night of the Republican National Convention, said President Trump and the GOP have not put enough emphasis on policy ideas ahead of November, especially in light of the some 54 million Americans who have filed for unemployment since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. "As you know, [Trump] trails Biden by 17 points, and it's not just enough to rip down Joe Biden. If you're the incumbent, you gotta kind of paint a picture of where you're going to take the future, and last night, he didn't do that. He's got three more days to do it," Messina said on FOX Business' "Mornings with Maria." He added that "both campaigns get an incomplete" in terms of laying out a future "vision for where they're going...
    The president’s party tried to link Joe Biden with “communism” and the “extreme left”, but did not specify what proposals of the democrat would justify the signal Trump Jr. advocates continuing to limit immigration to “protect American workers.” Photo: Chip Somodevilla / EFE The first night of the Republican national convention was marked – unsurprisingly – by the attacks on the Democratic Party and its candidate Joe Biden and for the praise of the almost four years of Trump Administration. Donald Trump Jr. was in charge of fully embracing the flag against immigrants that his father agitated during the 2016 campaign and that he has translated into measures since he occupies the White House. Trump Jr. repeated at least a couple of times in his speech the idea to continue putting barriers to immigration in order – according to him – to favor American workers. The...
    Illinois legislators have a set of principles for what Gov. J.B. Pritzker is looking to do with the state’s energy sector as he vies for 100 percent renewables by 2050. Associations representing various sectors impacted by the ideas have mixed reactions. The principles range from phasing out so-called “dirty power” to making the state’s transportation sector more electric based. The plan also lays out ways to increase transparency and ethics in the wake of the patronage scandal involving utility ComEd and House Speaker Michael Madigan. “When it comes to clean energy innovation, Illinois is a leader in the Midwest, and by working together we can build on that progress to protect consumers and the climate,” Pritzker said in a statement. “With these principles as a starting point, we will ensure any legislation on energy includes robust consumer protections as we work to increase transparency and restore the public’s...
            Republican legislators in Virginia are sounding the alarm about risks with new provisions providing prepaid postage and drop boxes for absentee ballots. The provisions come as part of a budget amendment proposed by Governor Ralph Northam. The amendment provides $2 million to create the ballot drop boxes and to pay postage so that voters do not have to pay to return their ballots. The General Assembly will consider the amendments sometime near the beginning of next week. Virginia state Senator Scott Surovell (D- Fairfax) warned that no matter what Democrats do to allay fears, Republicans will still claim voter fraud. The Republican concerns and the Democratic responses around voter fraud are common messages across the nation. Virginia state Senate Minority Leader Press Secretary Jeff Ryer detailed three Republican concerns about the proposals: First, ballot drop boxes create a potential for ballot harvesting. Ballot harvesting...
    During an interview with The Washington Post on Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) reiterated his prior statements that if 2020 Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden implements the policy proposals that came out of the Biden-Sanders task forces, Biden will end up being the most progressive president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Sanders also stated that he expects those policy proposals to be the ones “at the very least, that will be implemented” if Biden is elected. Sanders said, “As you know, Bob, my campaign worked with Biden’s campaign on six different task forces, dealing with the major problems facing America, from the economy, to health care, to climate change, to education, immigration reform, criminal justice reform. And while we didn’t get everything we wanted out of those proposals, nor did the Biden camp, the proposals were fairly progressive. In fact, if those proposals were to be implemented, as I...
    (CNN)Dog owners in Germany could be legally required to let their pets out at least twice a day for a total of one hour under the terms of a proposed new regulation.Outdoor exercise is already required under the Animal Welfare and Dog Regulation Act, but the changes will stipulate frequency and duration, according to a press release from the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Proposed changes would mandate that dogs are allowed out of kennels, for example into a garden or out for a walk with their owner.Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Julia Klöckner will present an amendment to existing regulations, and an announcement is expected in early 2021.Tougher rules on breeding are also part of the proposals. "Pets are not cuddly animals -- their needs must be taken into account. It is necessary to ensure that dogs are kept in a manner appropriate to their...
    LAST month a romantic wedding proposal went dramatically wrong when a man lit over 100 tea light candles and set his house on fire. Albert Ndreu, 26, from Sheffield, lit the candles before driving to pick up girlfriend Valeria Madevic and bring her to his flat where he planned to pop the question - but when they arrived the apartment was up in flames. Albert Ndreu went the extra mile to set his flat up for his proposal to girlfriend Valeria Madevic But his stunt went awry when he accidentally burnt the flat down - amazingly, Valeria still said yes Luckily no one was hurt - but it's not the first time something catastrophic has happened during a proposal. Here, three Sun readers share their disastrous stories. A monkey stole the ring and my husband was hospitalised chasing it Baby clothing boutique owner Lynette Morse, 38, is married to Cameron,...
    Briahna Joy Gray, former national press secretary for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and outspoken progressive, expressed disappointment on the lack of policy proposals offered during the first night of the Democratic National Convention. Speakers of Monday’s convention focused primarily on racial issues and touted Joe Biden (D) as a unifier. However, they failed to issue concrete policy proposals, which did not go unnoticed. “Truly would love to hear about policy. Did I miss it?” Gray asked as the convention was underway: Truly would love to hear about policy. Did I miss it?#DemConvention2020 — Briahna Joy Gray (@briebriejoy) August 18, 2020 It was not until Sanders delivered his headliner speech that Gray expressed relief. “Policy, finally,” she said, listing a variety of proposals he mentioned in his speech — from a $15 minimum wage to climate change: Bernie: Video quality: YES (@miafermindoza)Wood backdrop: YES Message: Thank you for acknowledging...
    Virginia Senate Democrats released a series of proposals aimed at addressing law enforcement and criminal justice reform amid the continued widespread protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. The Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus Justice Reform and Racial Equity package comes on the heels of an Aug. 18 special session for the General Assembly. A large portion of the legislation tackles policing across the commonwealth and includes a host of ideas proposed by Caucus Chair Mamie E. Locke, D-Hampton. They include bans on no-knock warrants, chokeholds, and sex between officers and those under arrest. Other proposals require police to attempt to de-escalate encounters with citizens before use of force, issuing warnings before shots are fired and forbid law enforcement from firing at moving vehicles. “Our package is more focused on the entire system and not just policing,” said Caucus Vice Chair Scott Surovell, D-Mount Vernon, during a...
    By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's secretary of state has offered a preliminary election plan that calls for expanded early voting but excludes no-excuse absentee voting by mail for all voters amid the coronavirus. His proposal would allow Kentuckians to cast mail-in ballots if they decide their age or health condition makes it too risky to vote in-person, Secretary of State Michael Adams said Tuesday. That option also would apply to people living with them or caring for them, he said. Adams' proposals on how to conduct the November election amid the global pandemic were submitted to Gov. Andy Beshear this week. The Democratic governor and Republican secretary of state are expected to begin negotiations soon. Beshear has said he supports no-excuse absentee voting for November. The state's June primary included widespread absentee voting by mail. Kentucky's handling of the primary won praise, but Adams said...
    National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said Sunday that Democrats have stuffed a variety of non-coronavirus related material into a “very liberal-left” COVID-19 stimulus package. “I don’t want to get overly political,” Kudlow told ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” “For Heaven’s sake … one-third of the Democratic proposals had absolutely nothing to do with COVID.” “They’re talking about harvesting mail-in votes, mail-in votes themselves, no signatures, no ID, sending assistance to illegal aliens, letting felons out of jail. I mean it’s really a very liberal-left democratic wish list that had nothing to do with COVID.” (RELATED: Here Is What Republican Senators Say They Want In A Phase 4 Stimulus Package) “If they can remove that stuff we might have better grounds on which to negotiate,” Kudlow said. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that the Democrats’ $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package was “a non-starter.” President Donald Trump...
    Arsenal is cutting 55 jobs due to the financial damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen fans shut out of stadiums. In a statement issued Wednesday, head of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham pointed to severe drops in broadcast revenue. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM They also moved to assure supporters that investment into the team will continue, despite the loss of jobs, which will come across some soccer departments as well as commercial and administrative roles. “In line with other football clubs and many other businesses operating in the sport, leisure and entertainment arena, we have been impacted directly by COVID-19,” Sanllehi and Venkatesham said in the statement. “Our main sources of income have all reduced significantly. Revenue from broadcasters, matchday and commercial activities have all been hit severely and these impacts will continue into at least the forthcoming 2020-21 season....
    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and police Chief Carmen Best said Tuesday they are against proposals by City Council members to reduce the police force by as many as 100 officers this year through layoffs and attrition. In a remote news conference, Durkan and Best urged the council to hold off on additional cuts until the 2021 budget, arguing reductions would be too hard to make right away and ill-advised. The Seattle Times reports that has been the stance of the mayor and police chief since Black Lives Matter demonstrations began in Seattle following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Defunding advocates say the department’s budget is bloated and reforms have failed and to stop police killings. Durkan and Best objected last month when seven of nine council members agreed to support a “defunding” road map laid out by Decriminalize Seattle and King County Equity Now. Those...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s police chief urged the City Council to tell protesters to stop visiting the homes of elected officials and others during emotional debates over reducing funding for police. Chief Carmen Best wrote a letter to the council after protesters showed up at her home Saturday night. Best said council members need to “forcefully call for the end of these tactics.” Protesters recently appeared outside the homes of Mayor Jenny Durkan and some people on the City Council as demonstrations continue following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Seattle Times reports residents blocked a road into Best’s neighborhood during the demonstrations. Her letter said her neighbors “were concerned by such a large group” and didn’t allow protesters to “trespass or engage in other illegal behavior in the area, despite repeated attempts to do so.” Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney said most of the protesters were...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s police chief urged the City Council to tell protesters to stop visiting the homes of elected officials and others during emotional debates over reducing funding for police. Chief Carmen Best wrote a letter to the council after protesters showed up at her home Saturday night. Best said council members need to “forcefully call for the end of these tactics.” Protesters recently appeared outside the homes of Mayor Jenny Durkan and some people on the City Council as demonstrations continue following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Seattle Times reports residents blocked a road into Best’s neighborhood during the demonstrations. Her letter said her neighbors “were concerned by such a large group” and didn’t allow protesters to “trespass or engage in other illegal behavior in the area, despite repeated attempts to do so.” Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney said most of the protesters were...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s proposals for the next coronavirus aid package show she is “still living on Fantasy Island,” Sen. John Barrasso said on Monday. “She is proposing truly runaway government spending. Not aimed at coronavirus but spending at its worst,” Barrasso, R-Wyo., told “America’s Newsroom.” Barrasso said that Pelosi wants to “spend money to bail out states that have been failing long before the coronavirus” pandemic damaged them and send direct checks to illegal immigrants and pay people more for not working than they are paid to work.” PAYROLL TAX CUT WON'T BE INCLUDED IN FOURTH CORONAVIRUS BILL, MNUCHIN SAYS Senate Republicans unveiled the “HEALS Act,” their version of a fresh round of coronavirus relief last week. HEALS stands for the package’s focus on Health, Economic Assistance, Liability protection and Schools. The $1 trillion Republican bill is the alternative to the House’s “Heroes Act,” the $3 trillion relief legislation passed in May. The “Heroes...
    By SAM METZ, AP/Report for America CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers passed three resolutions on Sunday that propose changing provisions of the state Constitution that cap the amount of taxes that can be levied on the mining industry and require two-thirds majorities in the Legislature to raise taxes. Battles over how to tax mining in Nevada have raged since prospectors first struck silver in the 19th century. The state Constitution requires mining businesses be taxed at less than 5% of what are called net proceeds — profit minus deductions for certain costs. The resolutions passed through both the state Senate and Assembly and constitute a first step to increasing taxes on mining businesses. To amend Nevada’s Constitution, lawmakers must approve proposed amendments in two legislative sessions and then seek approval from the majority of voters in a subsequent election. Democrats have long argued that mining businesses don't pay...
    Democrats “just want to waste your money,” Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday, two days after talks on phase 4 coronavirus relief stalled in the Senate as boosted unemployment benefits expired. Senate Republicans unveiled the  “HEALS Act,” their version of a fresh round of coronavirus relief last week. HEALS stands for the package’s focus on Health, Economic Assistance, Liability protection and Schools. The $1 trillion Republican bill is the alternative to the House’s “Heroes Act,” the $3 trillion relief legislation passed in May. The “Heroes Act” was the most expensive legislation approved by that body in history and includes $915 billion in state and local aid that could prevent layoffs of public workers, like first responders and teachers. “I would like to get something done,” Scott said on Sunday. “I know the Republicans in the Senate want to get something done.” “Let’s help those that have lost their jobs, get...
    The effort to create a new landmark in downtown San Jose has reached an important stage, with all 963 proposals submitted to Urban Confluence Silicon Valley — including 47 recommended by a community panel — available for public viewing and ready for a 14-person jury to pick three finalists The ideas came from 72 countries and include everything from infinity loops, ramps, towers and arches. Some are covered in plants and greenery, others are made of stone and metal. Some have light features, some have water accents and some reach 200 feet into the sky. There’s a walkway that reacts as people move along it, a translucent dome that looks like an alien egg, and a giant, illuminated California grizzly bear. “We worked so hard to spread the word to the entire world that I always expected they’d be all over the place,” said Steve Borkenhagen, the longtime San Jose...
    A top campaign aide for Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is urging his supporters on the DNC convention rules committee to not push their proposals as part of an apparent agreement between the senator and the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Sanders supporters on a conference call were told by the senator's senior adviser Jeff Weaver to "drop their proposals" on superdelegates, telling them "they'd be going against the movement" if they did, according to a Thursday report from Jordan Chariton, the co-founder of the progressive news outlet Status Coup. "They made a deal with the Biden campaign and that they are asking all Bernie people on the committee to drop their proposals," Weaver reportedly told the Sanders supporters on the committee. "This is what Bernie wants." The deal that was apparently struck between the Biden and Sanders campaigns was extending the second ballot of superdelegates to 2024. POLITICO ACCIDENTALLY REPORTS BIDEN...
    Martha Stewart says more than dozen people proposed to her after she posted a sexy poolside selfie to Instagram last week. “I’ve had 14 proposals, I don’t know what for, but they’re proposals,” the 78-year-old recently told E! News, adding, “I haven’t checked lately, that was the first day.” Last week, the lifestyle expert made headlines after she posted the now-viral thirst trap from her East Hampton pool. Stewart has since shared why she decided to post the sultry snap. “[I] just thought I looked great coming out of the pool,” she recently told “ET.” “My camera came on backwards, you know, selfie mode, and I looked so nice. The sun was on my face. I thought, ‘Oh, that looks pretty,’ so I took the picture. It looked good.”
    Martha Stewart says more than dozen people proposed to her after she postedd a sexy poolside selfie to Instagram last week. “I’ve had 14 proposals, I don’t know what for, but they’re proposals,” the 78-year-old recently told E! News, adding, “I haven’t checked lately, that was the first day.” Last week, the lifestyle expert made headlines after she posted the now-viral thirst trap from her East Hampton pool. Stewart has since shared why she decided to post the sultry snap. “[I] just thought I looked great coming out of the pool,” she recently told “ET.” “My camera came on backwards, you know, selfie mode, and I looked so nice. The sun was on my face. I thought, ‘Oh, that looks pretty,’ so I took the picture. It looked good.” Filed under celebrity selfies ,  martha stewart ,  7/30/20
    MARTHA Stewart has boasted she received 14 marriage proposals in one day after the 78-year-old posted a sultry swimming pool snap. The chef turned media personality posted the picture on Instagram on July 21, and it showed her in a full face of makeup gazing into the camera from the edge of the pool. 5 Martha Stewart has admitted her sexy pool selfie was a ‘thirst trap.'Credit: Instagram And it turns out, men have been happily sliding into Martha's DMs ever since. She told E!: "Oh I’ve had 14 proposals. I don’t know what for but they’re proposals." But she admits that was only on the first day as she hasn't "checked lately" to see what else nay have come in. The thirst trap was later emulated by Chelsea Handler, who joked: "If I look this good at 78 I better still have a pool to show myself off in.”...
    Martha Stewart has surprised fans with her latest pool selfie, taken just over a week in advance of her 79th birthday. So substantially so, 14 males have slid into her dms with “proposals”, she discovered this week. Final 7 days, the US life style expert and most effective pal of Snoop Dogg shared a sultry snap taking pleasure in a sunny working day in her East Hampton pool, pouting to the digital camera with her lush garden just seen in the background. Speaking to E! On line’s podcast Everyday Pop this 7 days the 78-calendar year-outdated mentioned it mustered a reasonable bit of attention. “I’ve experienced 14 proposals, I really don’t know what for, but they are proposals,” Martha instructed E!’ s Morgan Stewart. ”I have not checked currently, that was the first day.” Related: Martha Stewart around-unrecognisable following glam makeover The star — whose Instagram is dotted with glamorous...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles City Council is considering plans to pay Angelenos who test positive for COVID-19 to stay home. A motion introduced Wednesday by Councilmember David Ryu would establish a $25 million “wage replacement program” for any Los Angeles resident – regardless of income, immigration status, or criminal record. To be eligible, individuals would have to agree to self-isolate and provide public health information to Los Angeles County contact tracers, Ryu said. The councilman’s proposal cited data showing communities of color, low-income communities and immigrants are more likely to become infected with COVID-19 and suffer from a higher mortality rate. They are also more likely to work in essential jobs that cannot be done from home and interface regularly with the public, according to Ryu. “The only way out of this crisis is through increased testing and staying home if you’re sick,” Ryu said. “If we...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' college and university professors are pushing back against their school’s proposals for reopening schools amid the pandemic, prompting officials to adopt new norms to accommodate faculty recommendations. Faculty concerns are becoming more urgent after reports say that students returning to college towns are spreading the coronavirus, the Chicago Tribune reported. But despite the risks, some students want to return to campus and get their money's worth since most schools are not discounting tuition. Illinois State University’s “Redbirds Return” plan that was rolled out in June received immediate push back from faculty members. A proposal, signed by more than 500 employees, students, parents and community members, called for more precautions when students return in the fall. “Since releasing the plan, we’ve received a great deal of feedback,” ISU President Larry Dietz said earlier this month. “Many faculty and staff members have also made it clear they would...
    Democrats put names "on the complete opposite of what they do," said Rep. Louie Gohmert on Tuesday, when comparing the Republican and Democrat coronavirus stimulus proposals on “Fox & Friends First.” Gohmert, R-Texas, made the comment referencing the Democrats’ $3 trillion “HEROES Act” from mid-May, which they hailed as the unprecedented response needed to deal with the pandemic and its economic fallout. On Monday, Senate Republicans unveiled the “HEALS Act,” their version of a fresh round of coronavirus relief. HEALS stands for the package’s focus on Health, Economic Assistance, Liability protection and Schools. Republicans claim the HEALS Act is more targeted than the previous CARES Act, as it is tailored to an economy that has “one foot in the pandemic and one foot in the recovery,” according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. VideoHOUSE DEMS UNVEIL CORONAVIRUS BILL ESTIMATED TO COST $3T, IN LARGEST STIMULUS PACKAGE YET When asked what are the differences between the two...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden announced a series of policies on Tuesday that aim to address the massive racial economic disparities in the country. In his plan, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is pushing for a surge in funding for low-income housing, increases in capital for minority-owned small businesses, and greater infrastructure spending directed towards Black communities. BIDEN UNVEILS $2 TRILLION PLAN TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE, BOOST INFRASTRUCTURE Biden will formally unveil his plan Tuesday afternoon during a speech in his hometown of Wilmington, Del. “To address the racial wealth gap, the opportunity gap, and the jobs gap for Black and Brown people, Biden will launch a historic effort to empower small business creation and expansion in economically disadvantaged areas,” states a Biden campaign document released ahead of the former vice president’s address. The plan is the fourth in a series of policy rollouts titled “Build Back Better” that Biden...
    By Joseph Ax (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will explain how he would address systemic racism and racial economic inequality in a speech on Tuesday, outlining the fourth and final plank of his sweeping plan to revitalize the coronavirus-hit U.S. economy. At an event in Biden's hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, the former vice president will again seek to draw a contrast between his vision for economic recovery and what he has criticized as a disastrous response to the pandemic from Republican President Donald Trump, his opponent in the Nov. 3 election. Months of protests following the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man in Minnesota, have thrust the issue of race to the forefront of the campaign. Biden last week called Trump the first racist to become U.S. president, a statement Trump's re-election campaign quickly denounced. Biden unveiled the first three parts of his "Build Back Better"...
    Charming towns In a corner of the province of Guadalajara are the towns of the Black Architecture, a group of tiny towns that stand out for the beauty of their slate buildings. The surroundings are also great for hiking and mountain routes. Other towns that we recommend are Alcaraz, Letur, Riópar or Alcalá del Júcar in the province of Albacete; Sigüenza -who chooses to be soon in the select group of World Heritage cities-, Atienza, Hita, Brihuega, Mondéjar and Pastrana in Guadalajara. Alarcón, Uclés, Belmonte or San Clemente in Cuenca; Villanueva de los Infantes, Almagro or Campo de Criptana in the province of Ciudad Real; and Consuegra, Oropesa, Tembleque, or Ocaña in that of Toledo.
    SEATTLE (AP) — Workers on Monday managed to attach two large platforms to the underside of a damaged commuter bridge. But officials still don't know whether the repairs they are set to start will permanently fix the bridge or not. The West Seattle Bridge that links the West Seattle neighborhood with the rest of the city has been closed since March after officials said cracks in its underside were growing rapidly and it's possible the bridge may need replacement. The platforms were put in place to allow crews to begin work to stabilize the bridge, KOMO-TV reported. Engineers and officials from the city’s Department of Transportation are considering six proposals about the bridge's future. Three involve continuing repairs that would last through 2022 and make the bridge usable for at least 15 more years. Three proposals involve replacing the structure with a new bridge or tunnel that would not open...
    BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed its version of the police accountability bill late Friday night on a vote of 93 in favor to 66 against. House lawmakers have been deliberating since Wednesday, following Senate passage of its version last week. Both bills require law enforcement officials to intervene and report instances when other officers use excessive force. Both also bar police from using crowd-control measures like tear gas, rubber pellets and dogs, except under certain life-threatening situations. They also both seek to establish a statewide system to certify and decertify officers. But while the Senate version sharply curtails the state's qualified immunity law that shields officers from personal liability for misconduct, the House legislation keeps the controversial statute largely intact. “Change is never easy, but with this vote, the House of Representatives acts to ensure fairness and equality,” House Speaker Robert DeLeo said in a statement....
    ABCToledo Updated: 07/23/2020 10: 02h Save The president of the Popular Party of Castilla-La Mancha, Paco Nunez, held a meeting on Wednesday with representatives of Fedeto Talavera de la Reinwhere he promised to offer your “grain of sand” for the business sector to advance in a city that “has suffered the pandemic with great intensity.” The leader of the Castilian-La Mancha PP took advantage of his visit to thank the “immense work” of the Talavera businessmen, who “have worried day by day about the hospital situation and the health situation.” Now – he pointed out – it is time to talk about the “deep problems” of Talavera de la Reina, which already existed before the health crisis but which have worsened in his opinion after the last few weeks. He also added that the city should “get a boost” and return to “normality”, being Talavera a municipality “one of...
    Throughout his 15-month campaign for the presidency, Joe Biden has showcased his longtime support and friendship with organized labor. "I make no apologies, I am a union man,” the former vice president said at his first campaign rally after announcing his candidacy, which was held appropriately at a union hall near Pittsburgh, Pa. BIDEN UNVEILS $2 TRILLION PLAN TO BOOST CLEAN ENERGY, REPAIR INFRASTRUCTURE Fast forward to this week – and the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee once again stressed that “unions built the middle class” as he took part in a virtual discussion with members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). It’s no surprise that Biden – who spotlights his working-class roots and middle-class values – has won the lion’s share of union endorsements as he challenges President Trump in November’s general election. Just this week, the National Treasury Employees Union and the American Federation of Government Employees, the two...
    By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police officers rallied outside the Connecticut Capitol on Thursday to protest portions of a law enforcement accountability bill as legislators were scheduled to debate the proposal. Hundreds of people gathered in Hartford, shouting, “Back the blue!” and holding American flags. Many also held signs, including ones saying “blue lives save other lives” and “blue lives matter.” “We think this is an assault or an attack on law enforcement period. It's a national trend,” said Andrew Matthews, executive director of the Connecticut State Police Union, which represents state troopers. The state House of Representatives was set to meet in a special session Thursday to debate a wide-ranging police accountability bill that calls for reforming police practices and training in the wake of the police killings of George Floyd and other Black people. About 50 or so Black Lives Matter protesters also gathered...
    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared on CNN’s Amanpour on Wednesday and spoke to host Christiane Amanpour about his claim that Joe Biden will be the most progressive United States president since Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR). As reported by Breitbart, Sanders said his comment reflected Biden’s own claim in which he reportedly pointed to FDR. “He understands the severity of this moment,” Sanders said. “We have tens of millions of people who have lost their jobs, lost their health care, people who are hungry today. We have an educational system, which is lacking for low-income and working-class kids. Climate change is out there.” According to Sanders, Biden understands the “existential threat” that the planet is currently facing and will begin to propose bold solutions to the “crises” that are currently facing working-class families. When Sanders was Biden’s opponent in the presidential primary, he pushed progressive policies, defended democratic socialism, and compared...
    1 of 2FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2020 file photo Virginia State Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, speaks during a debate in the Virginia Senate inside the State Capitol in Richmond, Va. Lawmakers are beginning to hold hearings this week on criminal justice proposals that have been suggested by the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, the Democratic Senate Caucus and a group of liberal-leaning county prosecutors. Surovell said some House lawmakers “wanted to go a little slower and take a little harder look at things" earlier this year, but he's hopeful the events of the last few months have brought the need for immediate reform into focus. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP, File)1 of 2FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2020 file photo Virginia State Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, speaks during a debate in the Virginia Senate inside the State Capitol in Richmond, Va. Lawmakers are beginning to hold hearings this...
    (CNN)Two couples had their eyes on the sky when getting engaged, capturing a rare comet the moment the question was popped. The Neowise comet is a rare comet that only comes around every 6,800 years, according to NASA, and will only be seen in the sky until July 23. To make their proposals to their girlfriends even more special, two different men -- with the same idea -- decided to use the comet as a backdrop.Here's how the proposals came together.A last minute masterpieceRead MoreFor Nicotera the cosmic event ended up being a plan B. His original plans to propose to his girlfriend, Erica Pendrak, 26, in Oregon, fell through due to Covid-19. "I've been very bummed because I was going to do it a Crater Lake and it was going to awesome," he told CNN. Nicotera, who is a self-proclaimed "space junkie," had been following the comet, and after...
    Madrid, Jul 20 (EFE) .- The PP and United We can take this Monday to San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid) their proposals on European reconstruction and the 2030 Agenda, respectively, in two courses in which leaders of the two parties, including their leaders, Pablo Casado and Pablo Iglesias. All the ministers of Unidas Podemos will participate in the course on the 2030 Agenda, which will be closed next Wednesday by former President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. The head of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya, will also attend, according to the programming. For their part, the majority of positions in the PP staff will participate in the course dedicated to European reconstruction after the coronavirus crisis. “Let’s activate Spain with Europe” is the title of the seminar organized by the European People’s Party and which will be led by its spokesperson in the EU Parliament, Dolors Montserrat. It will last...
    It’s another Sunday, so for those who tune in, welcome to a diary discussing the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. If you’ve missed out, you can catch up any time: Just visit our group or follow the Nuts & Bolts Guide. Every week I try to tackle issues I’ve been asked about. With the help of other campaign workers and notes, we address how to improve and build better campaigns, or explain issues that impact our party. In an alternative universe the Democratic convention would be behind us, having been scheduled for July 13 through July 16. The discussion at Daily Kos and all of the media sites would be about the push with our team as Vice President Biden would have named his choice for a running mate, and we would be off to the races. Alas, after a push back to August followed by the stripping down of the convention, things are now...
    BAMAKO (Reuters) - An influential opposition group in Mali rejected a proposal by regional mediators on Sunday aimed at ending a political crisis in which at least 11 people have been killed this month during protests against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. ECOWAS, which represents countries in West Africa, sent a delegation to Mali last week to try to help end the crisis, with the protesters calling on Keita to resign over what they say is his failure to halt violence by jihadist groups or address the disputed results of recent legislative elections. Issuing its recommendations on Sunday, the delegation proposed that Mali's Constitutional Court examine the contested elections and that Keita create a new government including opposition members and civil society. The M5-RFP coalition, which has led the protests, dismissed the recommendations. "(ECOWAS) came to support Keita and threaten the M5-RFP. All they want is their vision, Keita's vision, but...
    It is possible that your excursion or summer vacation is considered somewhat differently in this 2020 compared to other previous years because the coronavirus pandemic continues to be a great concern throughout the world, as it is still far from being controlled in all the planet. Throughout Europe, for example, Governments have begun to open their borders after weeks of closure during the pandemic. With the summer holiday season already here, citizens from all over Europe and the world have begun to wonder if they can escape this summer and how far they can go, as each country is imposing its own rules and its own schedule for reopening. Hence in some countries it is not mandatory or not to be quarantined unless they have been in another country in the 14 days prior to their arrival in that country. Spain reopened its borders with the EU Member States, the...
    VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Friday he rejected the current proposal for a mass economic stimulus to help lift EU economies from recession brought by the coronavirus pandemic. "Our most important central demand is that there should be no long-term debt union... but that what is decided here remains a one-time action," Kurz told broadcaster ORF. Kurz said he just had talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of a summit of all 27 national EU leaders in Brussels. "There will be new proposals over night," he said. "There is a dynamic in our direction," he said. (Reporting by Kirsti Knolle, Writing by Gabriela Baczynska) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Teslas zooming through a tunnel? Battery-powered shuttles gliding over roadways? Autonomous mini-trains delivering you straight to your destination? The ideas may sound fantastical, but San Jose thinks they’re worth a closer look. With one of the nation’s fastest-growing airports and a booming development scene in and around its downtown core, San Jose is taking a renewed interest in its longtime goal of creating a transit system to connect some of Silicon Valley’s largest attractions and employers, mostly along the Stevens Creek Boulevard corridor — from De Anza College to Main Street Cupertino and the Apple headquarters to Valley Medical Center to Valley Fair and Santana Row. About a year after the Valley Transit Authority and the cities of San Jose, Cupertino and Santa Clara asked companies to submit proposals for innovative transit modes between Mineta San Jose International Airport, Diridon Station and destinations along Stevens Creek Boulevard, a consultant hired...
    Alfredo Ortiz of Job Creators Network writes in FoxBusiness that Joe Biden’s clean energy plan amounts to a series of unrealistic policy proposals that will cripple economic growth by imposing unnecessary regulatory barriers, underscoring the importance of reelecting President Trump: Instead of fixing climate change, Biden’s policies expand an already bloated government bureaucracy and make it difficult for businesses to create new jobs and offer innovative products. While presented as being about climate change, Biden’s ideas are a progressive effort to take over the economy. . . . Some of the more extreme elements in Biden’s plan include a goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, the creation of a civilian climate corps and plans to spend trillions retrofitting cars and buildings to be energy efficient. These proposals would kill energy jobs by choking the fossil fuel energy to death with red tape. Read the rest of the article here.
    Do look down. A new proposal for revamping the Brooklyn Bridge would replace the span’s wooden promenade with see-through glass. The design — envisioning a “glass surface above the bridge’s girders,” with more space below for biking, walking and lounging — is just one of several newly-announced finalists in the City Council’s Brooklyn Bridge redesign contest. Another finalist would expand the walkway with “planks sustainably sourced from a partner community in Guatemala that protects a 200,000-acre rainforest,” and place parks on the Manhattan and Brooklyn sides of the bridge, according to the Van Allen Institute, which co-sponsored the competition with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. That design and several others suggest banning cars from the bridge, which was built for initially cable cars and pedestrians when it opened in 1883. One submission from firms BIG and ARUP proposes “to return the bridge to its original state” by devoting the...
    The Prime Minister in the Commons on Wednesday – UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/REUTERS Boris Johnson has accused the SNP of attempting to erect trade barriers between England and Scotland as he firmly rejected claims that his government had launched the “biggest power grab” of the devolution era. The UK Government will on Thursday unveil plans it says will ensure seamless trade within the UK after the Brexit transition period ends next year.  Under the proposals, which will be put out to consultation, products meeting standards set by legislators in one part of the UK would have to be accepted in the other UK nations. The measure is designed to provide simplicity for businesses and to make it easier for Britain to strike trade deals with other nations. UK ministers fear trade agreements will be harder to negotiate if foreign companies have to meet different regulations or standards in England, Scotland,...
    Do look down. A new proposal for revamping the Brooklyn Bridge would replace the span’s wooden promenade with see-through glass. The design — envisioning a “glass surface above the bridge’s girders,” with more space below for biking, walking and lounging — is just one of several newly-announced finalists in the City Council’s Brooklyn Bridge redesign contest. Another finalist would expand the walkway with “planks sustainably sourced from a partner community in Guatemala that protects a 200,000-acre rainforest,” and place parks on the Manhattan and Brooklyn sides of the bridge, according to the Van Allen Institute, which co-sponsored the competition with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. That design and several others suggest banning cars from the bridge, which was built for initially cable cars and pedestrians when it opened in 1883. One submission from firms BIG and ARUP proposes “to return the bridge to its original state” by devoting the entire...
    Washington (CNN)Before President Donald Trump began reading out a list of policy positions he called "extreme," he said: "These are actual key elements of the Biden-Sanders unity platform."Actually, many of them were not. In a rambling Tuesday speech in the White House Rose Garden, Trump systematically twisted and exaggerated the policy recommendations made by the "unity task forces" appointed by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his longest-lasting rival in the party primary, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.The task forces came up with 110 pages worth of recommendations for a Biden presidency, which were released last week. Many of the proposals were further to the left than Biden's own proposals during the primary, when he was running as a relative moderate against the democratic socialist Sanders and other ardent progressives. But while Trump accurately described some of the new proposals -- such as ending cash bail, mandatory minimum sentences and...
    On Tuesday’s “PBS NewsHour,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stated that 2020 Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden’s proposals are “a significant step forward,” and, if implemented, would make him “the most progressive president since FDR.” Sanders also stated that he doesn’t think Biden’s proposals “go far enough” and that the solution is to elect Biden and then “strengthen our grassroots movement to make sure that…we have a government that represents all of us, and not just the few.” Sanders said Biden’s proposals are “not only a significant step forward, but are going to win widespread support from the progressive community.” He added, “I don’t think they go far enough. And the people who are on representing the progressive community on the task forces don’t think these proposals go far enough. But the answer is to elect Joe Biden, and then to strengthen our grassroots movement to make sure...
    BOSTON (AP) — Public school teachers across Massachusetts are asking for a phased in approach to the reopening of schools this fall, similar to the state's multi-phased economic restart. The plan is outlined in a Public School Reopening Proposal released Monday by the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the American Federation of Teachers of Massachusetts, and the Boston Teachers Union. The first phase is a period of preparation for teachers and support professionals, that could include setting up classrooms and learning about new health and safety protocols. The second phase would allow teachers to set up one-on-one meetings with students and their families, either in-person or remotely, to prepare them for the new health and safety protocols and for evaluating each student's needs. The third pase is a six-week resumption of lessons, either in-person, remotely or a hybrid model to establish the school climate and culture and set expectations and rules. The...
    Black players allege racial divide in South African cricket Three Things to Look for When Buying a Dehumidifier Canadas Calfrac rejects Wilks Brothers proposals to buy U.S. business (Reuters) - Calfrac Well Services said on Tuesday it had rejected two proposals submitted by share and debt holder Wilks Brothers to buy the Canadian oilfield services firm's U.S. business in exchange for some of the company's debt. Calfrac said the two non-binding proposals submitted last month "significantly undervalued" the unit and would leave its first-lien senior creditors with less than one-third of the collateral they currently hold, with no debt reduction. Last month, the Canadian company said it would work with advisors to examine its options as its market value had collapsed and it deferred an interest payment on debt that does not mature for six years. The company, which had a net debt of C$987.4 million ($725.34 million) as...
    White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said it’s “increasingly clear” there will be a fourth stimulus package as the country attempts to recover after the financial devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he has been in discussion with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on the next phase and said the Senate could take up the proposals next week. “As you read the reports and talk to people on both sides of the aisle on the Hill, it is increasingly clear that there will be an additional package,” Kudlow told Fox Business’ “Varney and Co.” on Monday. “We will try to make it targeted, we will try to incentivize not just work, although work is crucial, and going back to work. We want to incentivize investments, we want a pro-growth package.” Kudlow said President Trump has publicly supported proposals like a payroll tax holiday,...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden is proposing that the federal government spend $7 trillion in new outlays — three times what former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposed in new spending in her unsuccessful bid for president in 2016. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Biden has developed a massive spending plan that includes policies aimed at dealing with racial inequality and “systemic racism”: Mr. Biden’s plan to address what he frequently calls “systemic racism” is grafted onto nearly all aspects of the $7 trillion-plus in new federal spending that the former vice president has proposed for the next 10 years, according to campaign and think-tank estimates. That is triple the new spending that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton proposed in her 2016 campaign for president. The Biden campaign has specified about $4 trillion in tax increases to help pay for his proposals, chiefly by raising rates on corporations, investments and...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The City of Pittsburgh is asking for curriculum proposals that would train Public Safety officials in cultural competency. City officials say this training would be under the purview of the Multicultural Liaison Unit (MLU) and Mayor William Peduto’s Welcoming Pittsburgh initiative. “The curriculum will be taught by public safety personnel and incorporated into regular and new recruit trainings for each of the bureaus so that first responders are appropriately equipped to address and support the public safety needs of Pittsburgh residents with various cultural backgrounds and English language proficiency,” city officials said in a release. “The goal is for all officials in Police, Fire and EMS to have the skillset and resources required to appropriately understand, respect, interact, protect and respond to our immigrant and refugee communities.” In the official request, the budget for this curriculum training is not to exceed $50,000 and the City...
    By JASON BLEVINS, The Colorado Sun DENVER (AP) — It’s been 23 years since trains rumbled through the tunnel atop Tennessee Pass. That could change as interest in the dormant Tennessee Pass Line between Cañon City and Dotsero grows. A fledgling railway project in Utah’s Uinta Basin and a billionaire New York City developer with thousands of acres of wheat and an existing rail operation in southeastern Colorado are circling the tracks, hoping to revive the state’s 208-mile transmountain railway. If either get their wish, trains carrying freight, crude oil and, possibly, passengers, could be rolling through the Royal Gorge, Salida, Browns Canyon, Buena Vista, Leadville, Minturn, Avon, Eagle and Gypsum. The Surface Transportation Board that safeguards the nation’s rail network has spent the last three months working with the Tennessee Pass Line owner Union Pacific as the longtime rail operator negotiates with suitors for the stretch of railroad it...
    This article was paid for by AlterNet subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. With the presidential election less than four months away, more specifics are emerging about the policy agenda of former Vice President Joe Biden — who has been making an effort to unite the centrist and liberal/progressive wings of the Democratic Party. Many on the left were critical of Biden’s centrist record during the Democratic presidential primary, including Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. But some liberals and progressives now find themselves warming up to Biden’s policy agenda, and Sanders recently told MSNBC that the “compromises” Biden has in mind on health care, the economy and other issues would, if implemented, make him “the most progressive president since FDR.” Some of the specifics of Biden’s policy agenda are outlined by liberal Washington Post columnist Greg...
    President Donald Trump has accused his opponent in the upcoming general election — presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden — of plagiarizing his economic proposals. The president made the claim on Friday while speaking with reporters, according to Politico. “He plagiarized from me, but he could never pull it off,” Trump said in response to a question about about Biden’s recently revealed plan for the economy. “He likes plagiarizing. It’s a plan that is very radical left. But he said the right things because he’s copying what I’ve done, but the difference is he can’t do it.” The Biden campaign had unveiled the former vice president’s “Build Back Better” economic strategy 24 hours earlier. Biden’s plan includes a “made in all of America,” component, which focuses on the revitalization of American manufacturing, the retaining and creation of “well-paid” manufacturing jobs in the U.S. and a prompting to buy American goods....
    President Trump on Friday took a swipe at presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden over his “buy American” proposals unveiled Thursday, saying Biden “plagiarized” from him — and hinting at past accusations of plagiarism that have dogged the former vice president. “He plagiarized from me, but he can never pull it off,” Trump said. “He likes plagiarizing.” BIDEN PUSHES POPULIST 'MADE IN AMERICA' PLAN TO PUMP UP ECONOMY Biden had unveiled his “Build Back Better” plan in Pennsylvania on Thursday, a populist plan that seeks to create 5 million new jobs and is the first of four economic proposals Biden is expected to roll out over the coming weeks. It included a $400 billion investment by the federal government to purchase American products such as cement, concrete, steel and other materials to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. On top of that, it includes a $300 billion investment in research for new technologies, such as...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City If New Yorkers remember the Genius Challenge from 2017, as the “summer of hell” loomed, 2020 looks worse but not different for the MTA as the financial crisis from COVID-19 pushes the agency once again into the arms of the private sector. On Wednesday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority put out the call to the tech industry for help keeping the trains and buses of New York City Transit virus free in order to redeem a decimated ridership, currently just over a quarter of what it was pre-pandemic. But unlike the Genius Challenge – which handed out $2.5 million – there will be no financial incentive for companies submitting to the Transit Innovation Partnership which will be evaluated by transit leaders as well as academic and private sector experts. In return for...
    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is proposing spending $700 billion on American products and research in the hopes of bringing back millions of jobs lost by an economy flattened by the coronavirus pandemic. The former vice president will formally unveil his plan Thursday during a speech at a metal works factory in Dunmore, Penn. The plan, which also seeks to create 5 million new jobs, is the first of four economic proposals Biden’s expected to roll out over the coming weeks. AS NATION PASSES ANOTHER GRIM CORONAVIRUS MILESTONE, BIDEN TAKES AIM AT TRUMP Promoting his proposals on Thursday, Biden tweeted that the nation’s “in the middle of an economic crisis. But it's not enough to just turn things around — we have to build back better. We have to revitalize American manufacturing and make sure the future is made in America — by all of America.” The American-centric proposals spotlighted by Biden will compete in this year’s White...
    Sen. Bernie Sanders’ most progressive ambitions will largely be bypassed in the next Democratic party platform, but he stands by the largely moderate proposals regardless. The Biden-Sanders Unity Task Forces, which was created to combine the platforms of the two Democratic primary frontrunners, unveiled its list of policy recommendations for the party Wednesday. Those recommendations do not include “Medicare-for-all,” arguably Sanders’ (I-Vt.) most widely known policy proposal, tuition-free public college or the Green New Deal. The Democratic socialist acknowledged the differences between himself and Biden as it related to the platform in a statement Wednesday, saying, “While Joe Biden and I, and our supporters, have strong disagreements about some of the most important issues facing our country, we also understand that we must come together in order to defeat Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in modern American history. “Though the end result is not what I or my supporters...
    Reuters July 8, 2020 0 Comments Groups assembled by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and former rival for the nomination Bernie Sanders proposed policies on Wednesday aimed at uniting the party, including putting the United States on a path to cut carbon emissions to zero by 2050. Biden and Sanders, a liberal who was his last major primary opponent, formed the six groups in May to resolve friction between the party’s progressives and centrists as they head into the Nov. 3 election against Republican President Donald Trump. The group on climate brought together Democratic U.S. Representative and Sanders ally Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as well as former Secretary of State John Kerry, who had supported Biden. The recommendations will inform the Democratic Party platform, a statement of goals the party will run on once they have been adopted at its August convention. The documents propose several new policies that build on...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden will deliver a speech Thursday in which he will lay out his economic proposals — what is being billed as a “New New Deal.” We already know most of the elements (and it is no accident that the New York Times offered its own left-wing economic manifesto just days before). Biden has said that he sees the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to “fundamentally transform” America, through “revolutionary institutional changes.” The Biden plan — “new” after 50 years in Washington — offers a more centrally planned economy. He will raise taxes on his first day in office, he says — not to raise revenue (which it won’t), but because of fairness. He will end the fossil fuel industry, revoking the Keystone XL pipeline, slapping new regulations on coal and fracking; and providing new subsidies to “green” solar and wind companies (an idea that led to spectacular...
    GPs should be paid extra to send 12million fat Brits to slimming classes, an NHS watchdog says. They will get the cash for each obese adult they refer to “weight management programmes” within three months of them being measured. 1Being too heavy increases the chances of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and liver disease, and several cancersCredit: Alamy The idea is contained in proposals from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence and revealed by GP magazine Pulse. With one in four adults obese, a body mass index over 30, it could lead to 12million people being offered help. Tam Fry, from the National Obesity Forum, welcomed plans to pay GPs. He said: “It is a move in the right direction, although the sooner GPs intervene the better. "If GPs are not incentivised they will not do it, so we need to make these extra payments.” Kent...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican federal government has warned five states against proposals to allow a kind of parental veto over school curriculum that deals with gender issues and sex. Legislators in five states have put forward proposals favored by conservatives that would require schools to let parents pull their children from classes where gender identification, sex, birth control or other sensitive issues are discussed. Legislators in the states of Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, Aguascalientes, Queretaro and Mexico City have put forward the proposals, dubbed “Parental PIN” bills in reference to codes used to control what kids watch on TV. The Interior Department and several other government departments said in a statement Sunday that the proposals would be unconstitutional and violate children’s right to an education, and strongly suggested they would be struck down by the Supreme Court if passed. The Chihuahua bill proposes that parents must be given at...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — Gov. Ron DeSantis has endorsed six Florida counties and three cities that hope to land the command headquarters of the U.S. Space Force. In a letter Monday to Air Force Assistant Secretary John Henderson, DeSantis supported the proposals by Jacksonville, Pensacola, Brevard County, Miami-Dade County, Orange County, Pinellas County, Seminole County and a joint proposal from Tampa and Hillsborough County. “Our state has a long history of support for our nation’s effort in space through the operations of the Kennedy Space Center, the 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,” DeSantis wrote in the letter released late Wednesday by his office. “These installations provide great support to our national defense and provide a significant economic impact to our state. Equally important as our military installations, is Florida’s robust commercial space industry.” The deadline to apply with the governor’s endorsement was...
    Virginia Democrats are eager to declare open season on law enforcement by downgrading an assault on a police officer from a felony to a misdemeanor. Fox 5: According to a document shared by multiple local reporters and retweeted by the Virginia Senate Democrats, the proposals include downgrading the charge of assault on a police officer from a felony to a misdemeanor. […] Currently, assaulting an officer is a Class 6 felony with a minimum penalty of six months in jail and a maximum of five years. Misdemeanors carry a one-year maximum and no minimum. In other words, you can hurl a brick at a police officer, or gang tackle a police officer, and the worst case scenario is one year in prison, which means about six months in prison … or a monetary fine. How can anyone interpret this move as anything other than Virginia Democrats showing their cards in...
    Leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on Wednesday announced the next phase in their strategy for fighting institutional racism, presenting a long list of reform proposals they're hoping to move this year following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. The group has led the charge for Democrats in the wake of Floyd's death on May 25, drafting expansive police reform legislation that was whisked quickly to the House floor last week, where it passed easily. The next round of CBC reforms is broader still, touching on issues that run a spectrum from health care and education to voting rights and reparations for slavery. The proposals are hardly new — the CBC has been pushing them for years. But the group is hoping they'll get a boost from the national protest movement that's followed the death of Floyd, an unarmed African American man, while in...
    Virginia Democrats are proposing a long list of criminal justice reforms in response to the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, but while some of them – such as banning chokeholds – are aimed at protecting citizens, at least one measure could reduce protection for officers. According to a document shared by multiple local reporters and retweeted by the Virginia Senate Democrats, the proposals include downgrading the charge of assault on a police officer from a felony to a misdemeanor. RICHMOND POLICE HIT WITH PAINTBALLS, OTHER OBJECTS NEAR LEE STATUE; 6 ARRESTED “The Senate Democratic Caucus has led and is continuing to conduct a series of community conversations to discuss these issues and we have heard from the public that now is not the time for studies or delay and that changes must be made during our Special Session,” says the document, which is titled, "Senate Democratic Caucus Police Reform...
    Breaking News — Madrid, Jun 30 . .- The projects “Hydrangea”, “Ad Fontes” and “Treading the Earth” have been the winners of the Driehaus contest to recover the historical heritage of Santiago de Compostela, Alzira (Valencia) and Guadix (Granada ), respectively, while that of Santa Cruz de la Palma has been deserted. More than 100 national and international architecture studios submitted their design proposals to the Richard H. Driehaus Architecture Competition, which seeks to help recover the traditional architecture of forgotten areas in Spanish towns. In a first phase, the City Councils submitted their proposals for the rehabilitation or remodeling of different architectural spaces to the competition and among them were those of Alzira, Santiago de Compostela, Guadix and Santa Cruz de la Palma. The Driehaus contest is an initiative promoted by the American financier Richard H. Driehaus that bets on the work of local artisans and workers. As...
    Breaking News — Madrid, Jun 29 (FE) .- The Federation of Young Researchers (FJI / Precarios) has denounced the “contempt” of the Ministry of Universities and has reproached that this department prepare a Statute of Teaching and Research Staff without having made any consultation with them . In a press release released today, this organization has referred to the plan of the Ministry of Universities to approve that statute in the coming months to update the legal situation of university teaching staff. “The news would be good if it were not for the preparation of this statute has been done entirely behind the back of the investigating staff, without seeking dialogue and without evaluating proposals together,” said the FJI / Precarios. The department headed by Manuel Castells has neither given voice nor listened to his proposals, they maintain in the press release, which is “especially puzzling” because, as they...
    We can has warned this Thursday in the plenary session of Congress that you don’t intend to give up pushing a tax on big fortunes, Despite not including it among their reconstruction proposals registered this Wednesday: “Let it be clear to everyone,” stressed the spokesman for En Comu Podem, Jaume Asens. During his intervention in the debate on the validation of the decree law approved by the Government to regulate the regulatory framework once the state of alarm due to the coronavirus crisis has ended, Asens said that, once the measures of the “social shield” were concluded, in the reconstruction phase measures such as the already approved minimum vital income, “shielding” are “essential” public health, “but also the solidarity tax on great fortunes.” “We are not going to give up that tax Because, without it, we can hardly sustain the social policies that we need to promote in this new...
    The king Philip VI He highlighted the concrete proposals of business leaders to emerge from the crisis during the closing this Wednesday of the CEOE Business Summit. The monarch praised that a voice has been given to all sectors and the leadership demonstrated by large companies. Felipe VI stressed that “together we will go further and in better conditions” and encouraged entrepreneurs to continue on the path of social dialogue. The monarch has encouraged “always move forward” in the development of new businesses, to stand up when it fails. “The day after is to continue to risk, to create companies, strengthen alliances, to undertake and start again if necessary, to generate well-being and wealth for the whole of society,” he stressed. “We are playing a lot, and in the global market things move very fast; Let us take advantage of all possible tools within our reach, without wasting time and...
    The king Philip VI He highlighted the concrete proposals of business leaders to emerge from the crisis during the closing of the CEOE Business Summit. The monarch praised that a voice has been given to all sectors and the leadership demonstrated by large companies. Felipe VI stressed that “together we will go further and in better conditions” and encouraged entrepreneurs to continue on the path of social dialogue. The monarch has encouraged “always move forward” in the development of new businesses, to stand up when it fails. “The day after is to continue to risk, to create companies, strengthen alliances, to undertake and start again if necessary, to generate well-being and wealth for the whole of society,” he stressed. “We are playing a lot, and in the global market things move very fast; Let us take advantage of all possible tools within our reach, without wasting time and with the...