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    If Election Day 2021 — which Democratic strategists have been describing as a major wake-up call for their party — is any indication, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy stands a good chance of replacing Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House speaker come January 2023. But journalist Olivia Beavers, in an article published by Politico on November 12, emphasizes that even if Republicans do retake the House in the 2022 midterms, becoming House speaker won't necessarily be a done deal for McCarthy. "The toughest trial Kevin McCarthy faces on his way to becoming House speaker isn't reclaiming the majority," Beavers explains. "It's what comes afterward. McCarthy and his allies are elated by the strong GOP showing in this month's elections, ambitiously projecting a midterm gain next year to rival the 63-seat wave that swamped House Democrats in 2010. But if Democrats can tamp down the number of Republican victories next fall, then some of McCarthy's own members say the Californian could hit potholes on his road to the gavel." It isn't hard to understand why Democrats, especially the more progressive ones, are...
    After a disappointing start and unspeakable tragedy, Utah has found its footing. The Utes (4-2, 3-0 Pac-12) are the only undefeated team in conference play and sit atop the South Division. If they follow this trajectory, they could be in position to vie for a first-ever Rose Bowl appearance. “We seem to be a little stronger in the second half this year,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. “Each year is a little bit different. But that’s been our M.O. I don’t have a great answer for you, other than our guys do a really good job of hanging in there, overcoming adversity and handling adversity. That’s been the storyline this year.” The team has been playing through grief since the tragic death of defensive back Aaron Lowe in a shooting at a party in Salt Lake City last month. The Utes persevered, with a dramatic victory over USC — their first victory in Los Angeles against the Trojans since 1916 — and then a come-from-behind win over Arizona State last weekend. Normally a strong defensive team, the Utes have...
    From his perch in the coaches box, Oregon State offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren surveyed the scene Saturday night at the L.A. Coliseum. There was plenty to like: The Beavers were leading by 25 points early in the fourth quarter. USC’s defense had no answers, the crowd had no hope, and 61 years of frustration and futility in the venerable stadium were melting away. Lindgren glanced at his call sheet from OSU’s sixth touchdown drive: Eight plays — all of them runs. It was a dream scenario in an alternate universe. Oregon State was bludgeoning USC at the line of scrimmage to a degree rarely seen in the Coliseum. “You’re always hoping it would be like that,” Lindgren said Sunday. “But I had envisioned the game going down to the wire and us having to be a lot more patient: This run for four yards; that run for three yards; then maybe pop one. But it was was 45-17, and I was thinking, ‘This is pretty cool.’” The Beavers’ first victory over USC in the Coliseum since 1960 featured plenty of...
    During the Obama years, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio was a frequent source of irritation to then-Rep. John Boehner and his successor as House speaker, former Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Neither Boehner nor Ryan appreciated the Ohio congressman's abrasive, in-your-face tactics. But Jordan's prominence among House Republicans only increased during Donald Trump's presidency, and journalist Olivia Beavers examines that prominence in an article published by Politico this week. The 57-year-old Jordan, who was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006, was a founding member of the far-right House Freedom Caucus — which, Beavers notes, "made legislative life hell for (House Minority Leader Kevin) McCarthy's two predecessors in Republican leadership," Boehner and Ryan. Boehner has described Jordan as a "legislative terrorist." Combative, overbearing and shrill, Jordan fit right in with the MAGA movement after Trump won the 2016 presidential election. Jordan has been a vigorous Trump defender, from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation to the former president's two impeachments. And since becoming House minority leader, McCarthy has, according to Beavers, found it expedient to...
    EVANSTON, Ill. -- There's a mystery behind the deaths of three popular beavers that made their home at the Evanston campus of Northwestern University."They were getting regular visits. A lot of people in Evanston were excited about them," said Margaret Frisbie, director of Friends of the Chicago River.RELATED | Chicago River beavers captivate residents during COVID pandemic When the beavers were found dead recently, their bodies were too decomposed for veterinarians to test for a cause of death, Northwestern University spokesman Jon Yates said in an emailed statement.It's unclear if there were any surviving beavers. They reportedly began living on campus in 2018. "We plan to work with the county in the future should this unfortunate situation occur again," Yates said.The beavers had likely migrated from the Chicago River and settled around the Lakefill on campus, according to Frisbie. She said beavers are making a comeback in the Chicago area."There's some real enthusiasm about beavers. Beavers can have real impact on their environments, particularly in rivers," she said.Beavers can help shore up water levels in drought-prone areas out west. And...
    Way back on March 1, before Wayne Tinkle was permitted entrance into the esteemed college basketball coaches’ club, he was in charge of an Oregon State program that had reached one NCAA Tournament in his first five seasons, wasn’t going to make it in his sixth even if there had been a March Madness and now owned a 13-11 record after a two-game Pacific-12 Conference winning streak. And if you’d posed the question of whether Tinkle could coach to anyone in the game — coach, analyst, particularly anyone who had opposed his teams — you almost certainly would have been treated to a lecture about how gifted he really was. MORE MARCH MADNESS: Live scores | Updated bracket | TV schedule While many in the public continue to judge college basketball coaches by their ability to make this tournament or achieve something extraordinary once there, fellows like Tinkle keep making their teams better — until, perhaps, someone in an athletic director’s office or a president’s suite calls to say it is time for someone else to try taking the program to...
    Ethan Thompson understood the moment. Maybe that’s why he couldn’t stop smiling. Oregon State’s senior guard had just led the Beavers to a spot in the Sweet 16, the latest milestone for a team picked to finish last in the Pac-12 at the start of the season. “We knew it was in us, this success,” Thompson said, the smile plastered on his face. “We pictured it from the beginning.” No. 12 seed Oregon State will now face eighth-seeded Loyola Chicago on Saturday in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament. The winner earns a spot in the Elite Eight against the winner of the game between second-seeded Houston and No. 11 Syracuse. The Beavers are one of four Pac-12 teams in the Sweet 16, joined by sixth-seeded USC, No. 7 Oregon and No. 11 UCLA. The Trojans face the Ducks on Sunday in the West Region, while UCLA meets second-seeded Alabama in the East. The Pac-12 hasn’t won an NCAA title since 1997 — the longest drought for a major conference. But the Beavers are perhaps the most surprising of...
    As Oregon State’s players celebrated their unlikely Pac-12 tournament title, former teammate Tres Tinkle was in the stands with his arms raised, one finger extended on one hand and two on the other. It’s clear what the “12” he was signaling meant. That’s where the Beavers were picked to finish in the conference. Instead, the first-time Pac-12 tourney champions are headed to the NCAA Tournament. As the 12th seed — ironically enough — the Beavers will face fifth-seeded Tennessee on Friday in the Midwest Region. The number 12 has become something of a talisman for the team from Corvallis. It’s even on a patch sewn inside the team’s jerseys. “That was kind of our rally cry down the stretch. And then when they saw that we popped up as the 12th seed, everybody looked like, ‘Yep. This is going to mean something, something special.’ So we’ll keep milking it,” coach Wayne Tinkle said. “We’ll keep milking it for sure.” Oregon State (17-12) is among five Pac-12 teams in the tournament, joining Oregon, which has made the field for seven straight...
    (CNN)Ten years ago following Darren Clarke's win at a wild and wet 2011 Open tournament, one of the world's top golf courses embarked on a modernizing mission.This isn't a tale, however, about technological upgrades and a futuristic vision, instead Royal St George's in Kent embarked on a journey back to how it looked a century ago: a duneland paradise for flora and fauna.With assistant greenkeeper Paul Larsen promoted to head in 2012, work with Natural England began in earnest in 2013 to improve the course's 'unfavorable' Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) rating. Easier said than done considering Larsen and his troops look after a 500-acre nationally protected estate of which the course itself comprises roughly 10%.But after consultation with Natural England's Phil Williams and Dr. Graham Earl, invading species of grasses more commonly found on inland, parkland golf courses were burnt down and thinner, wispier fescue grasses have returned alongside wild orchids in their abundance.Read More"I think people are going to be surprised in a good way when they see it this time compared to 2011," Larsen told CNN."The...
    Freshman Talia von Oelhoffen had 19 points and Oregon State advanced in the Pac-12 tournament with a 71-64 quarterfinal victory over No. 19 Oregon on Thursday. Aleah Goodman added 13 points and seven assists for the Beavers (12-6), who will face the winner of the game between USC and top-seed Stanford set for later in the day. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Fifth-seeded Oregon State defeated surprisingly resilient California 71-63 in the opening round on Wednesday when Von Oelhoffen scored a career-high 20. The fourth-seeded Ducks, the defending champions, got a first-round bye. Taylor Mikesell had 24 points for the Ducks (13-9), who had never before played their in-state rivals in conference tournament. Oregon State led by as many as 15 points in the second half, but Nyara Sabally's layup got Oregon within 60-52 with just over five minutes left. Aleah Goodman answered with a jumper for the Beavers. Mikesell had a jumper and a pair of free throws to get Oregon within 64-58 with 2:24 left. Sabally added another layup to make it a four-point game....
    Devon, England (CNN)Among the quiet bends of the River Otter in Devon, England, something remarkable is taking place. After a 400-year absence, beavers are once again roaming wild.Several hundred years ago, beaver populations suffered because of hunting. Beaver fur hats were the height of men's fashion in Europe and the demand was such that the animal's numbers were decimated, becoming extinct in Britain. Their return to this part of southwest England is thanks to the Devon Wildlife Trust. It began a trial a decade ago, releasing a pair of captive beavers into a three-hectare enclosed site in west Devon. They radically altered the landscape. "We wanted to see whether the beavers would help tip the balance back in favor of the open habitats, which is so important for lots of butterflies and wildflowers and a whole range of species," says Mark Elliott, one of the Trust's ecologists.JUST WATCHEDWhat are these beavers doing on the River Otter? ReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHWhat are these beavers doing on the River Otter? 03:38 Read MoreBeavers build dams to protect themselves. By raising the water...
    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Although it’s no longer called the Civil War, the rivalry between Oregon and Oregon State is still heated even in a short and unusual season. The two teams will meet Friday for the 124th edition of the rivalry, which dates back to 1894. This season and going forward, however, the game — or the meetings between the two schools in any sport — will not be known by the Civil War nickname. Amid racial injustice marches nationwide, the universities came together this summer and decided the name, while unintended, was too closely associated with a war meant to perpetuate slavery. Former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon led the effort to drop the nickname, and former Oregon State players Ken Simonton and Steven Jackson joined in. This season’s rivalry game is important to the ninth-ranked Ducks, who are undefeated and — potentially — vying for a spot in the College Football Playoff if everything breaks their way. Oregon (3-0) was ranked No. 15 in the first CFP rankings released this week. Although it’s most...
    Oregon State’s family tree has been shaken a bit now that Tres Tinkle has graduated from his dad Wayne’s program. But there’s still a Thompson. Guard Ethan Thompson, son of assistant Stephen Thompson, returns to the Beavers this season after averaging 14.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists as a junior last season. But it’s no doubt that the Beavers will miss Tres Tinkle, who finished his career under his father as the school’s all-time leading scorer. There were hopes that as a senior, Tres Tinkle would help lead the Beavers to an NCAA berth for the first time since 2016. But it wasn’t to be. The Beavers were about an hour away from leaving their Las Vegas hotel for their Pac-12 tournament game against the rival Ducks when the event was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. At least the Beavers ended last season on a high note. In their opening game of the conference tournament, Oregon State downed Utah 71-69 on Jarod Lucas’ 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left. Wayne Tinkle’s daughter, Joslyn,...
    While the offense is still coming together with presumed starting quarterback Tristan Gebbia, it’s Oregon State’s defense that should worry opponents. The Beavers’ D is led by senior outside linebacker Hamilcar Rashed Jr., who had a school-record 14 sacks last season and led the nation with 22.5 tackles for loss. Rashed said he returned to the Beavers for this strange season out of loyalty. “I feel like I wasn’t done yet. And my team, of course, needs me. I feel like I’m supposed to be here now,” he said. “God put me on this earth to play another year, I’m gonna finish my career. That’s the big thing. I feel like I wasn’t just gonna leave my team hanging. I’m a team player. I want to be here for my team and the guys that look up to me.” Fellow linebacker Avery Roberts returns after a team-high 83 tackles, while Omar Speights had 72 tackles last season as a freshman. Addison Gumbs said he’s healthy after sitting out most of the 2019 season with an injury. ...
    A beaver, a set of bottle feeders and a gender-inclusive Santa Claus are among the new emojis to be unleashed with Apple iOS 14.2 next month, it has been revealed. While some of the new additions were teased back in July, yesterday's release of iOS 14.2 beta 2 to developers has unveiled more of the upcoming options. These include a comically disguised face, a 'happy crying' emoji, a boulder, a sink plunger and gender options for the tuxedo and wedding dress-with-veil emojis.  A beaver, a set of bottle feeders and a gender-inclusive Santa Claus are among the 100 new emojis — pictured — to be unleashed with Apple iOS 14.2 next month, it has been revealed MAKING NEW EMOJI The working list of emoji are determined by the California-based Unicode Consortium. Third parties can make applications in support of new emoji. Candidates must work well at emoji sizes, convey new meaning and must appear to be in demand. Patterns of existing emoji usage are used to help guide the uptake of new additions to the Unicode Standard. In total,...
    LONDON (Reuters) - The first beavers to live naturally in the wild in England for over 400 years have been given the green light to stay after a five-year trial showed their dam-building activities were good for wildlife and people. Beavers, semi-aquatic vegetarian mammals, were hunted to extinction in Britain more than four centuries ago because people wanted their meat, fur and castoreum, a secretion that was used in medicine and perfumes. But in 2013 a family of beavers was found to be living on the River Otter in Devon, a rural county in southwest England. It is not clear where the beavers came from and at first they were threatened with eviction. Instead, they were allowed to stay for five years under a trial spearheaded by the Devon Wildlife Trust charity which studied their behaviour and impact on the environment. The beavers thrived, successfully breeding and dispersing throughout the river's catchment area. They have built 28 dams and are now estimated to consist of 15 family groups. The five-year trial found that other creatures such as fish, insects, birds...
    (CNN)The beaver may be an unlikely agent of climate change, but the cuddly-looking creatures are transforming the Arctic landscape in a way that could be exacerbating global warming, a new study has suggested. With their sharp teeth, beavers fell trees and shrubs and build dams, which flood small valleys and form new lakes that can cover several hectares of land. These new water bodies contribute to the thawing of the frozen permafrost soil, which is a huge natural reservoir of methane — a potent greenhouse gas. Scientists are concerned that as the permafrost degrades, the climate-changing methane and carbon leak into the atmosphere.Arctic permafrost is melting so fast its damaging the equipment scientists use to measure it.In the past few years, scientists have spotted beavers in the Alaskan tundra where they've previously never been seen before — and the animals have been enjoying a dam-building boom in their new neighborhood, according to the study of high-resolution satellite imagery published in the journal Environmental Research Letters Monday. Read MoreThey also seem to be building their dams and creating new lakes in...
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