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    As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded we’ve heard an awful lot from the right—a near-constant refrain, in fact—about their “freedom.” The word itself has become a shibboleth, wielded like a bludgeon against any attempts to rein in the virus: Vaccine mandates? An infringement on our freedom! Closure of businesses? They’re killing our freedom! Masks? Social distancing? How dare you impose on our freedom?  The Republican Party, we are told, is the party of freedom: freedom of  enterprise, freedom from government, freedom from regulation. So many freedoms are being claimed by these people, it’s getting hard to keep up. Interestingly, the word “freedom” never appeared in the original Constitution of 1787 (the watchword for that document was “liberty”) but was added in the Bill of Rights, specifically the First Amendment, to apply to various universal principles such as the “free” exercise of religion and freedom of speech.  The Second Amendment, according to the founders, was necessary to ensure the security of a “free” state, but beyond those two amendments there was really nothing explicating exactly what “freedom” was supposed to mean. As...
    An elderly Jewish couple says they were kicked off an American Airlines flight and left stranded in Miami ahead of a hurricane after they refused to put their Tallit prayer shawl on the floor under their seat, which would violate their religion.   Roberto and Elena Birman were flying from Miami to Newark, New Jersey in August when they were 'subjected to illegal and discriminatory conduct' by a flight attendant, according to a lawsuit filed on November 29. The unnamed stewardess was checking the overhead compartments when she came across Roberto's Tallit bag, which contained a shawl worn by Orthodox Jewish men during prayer.  The attendant put it on his lap and told him to stuff it under his seat. When the Brooklyn couple refused, the attendant and pilot allegedly kicked them off the plane. American Airlines told DailyMail.com that they are 'reviewing the details of the lawsuit.' Orthodox Jewish couple Roberto and Elena Birman of Brooklyn, New York say they were kicked off a flight in August for refusing to put their Tallit bag under their seat The clear 8.5-in-by-8.5-in...
    We celebrate Christmas "because God gave us the gift of His son to show us the way toward salvation," says Lauren Green in the new book All American Christmas by Rachel Campos-Duffy and Sean Duffy.  It's an important point that often gets lost in all the hustle and bustle associated with this time of year. Fortunately, co-authors Rachel Campos-Duffy and Sean Duffy have devoted an entire section of their new book to the real reason we celebrate Christmas.  "All American Christmas" by Rachel Campos-Duffy, along with her husband, Fox News contributor Sean Duffy, is available now.  In a section of the book called "The Joy of Faith," the Duffys share their own strong faith beliefs and practices as they raise their nine children to know and understand the religious meaning of Christmas.  In addition, they've invited other Fox News personalities, contributors, and staff to share their beliefs, stories, and convictions about Christmas as well. Some of the Duffy children are shown honoring the true meaning of the Christmas season. This photo and many others appear in ‘All...
    She plays the manipulative neoliberal daughter of media magnate Logan Roy in HBO's Succession. And now Sarah Snook has revealed her favourite scene to film from the critically-acclaimed series. Speaking to news.com.au this week, the 34-year-old that she loved filming her character Shiv Roy spitting on her brother Kendall's desk. Surprise: Sarah Snook has revealed her favourite scene to film from the critically-acclaimed HBO series Succession  The outrageous moment played out after Kendall had blasted Nirvana's Rape Me during her debut speech as Waystar Royco's new president. 'Shiv has been publicly humiliated by her own brother at a moment I think she was really looking forward to,' Sarah told the publication. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next No family drama here! Succession's Nicholas Braun is the... EXCLUSIVE: Inside Succession star Sarah Snook's sprawling... Share this article Share 'She’s not being made CEO at this point, but she has this title of president. She’s a person who uses whatever resources she can to grasp power or leverage. And she’s been undercut in the most...
    If Roe goes down, there will be more at stake than access to abortion. In the absence of federal protections, state governments would be free to regulate trans rights, “sodomy” and even condoms. “Once you pull on the loose thread of Roe,” Editorial Board contributor Anthony Michael Kreis said on Thursday, “the rest of the stitches holding the right to privacy and sexual liberty together are easier to unravel.” The threat to individual rights doesn’t end there. All civil liberties are in danger. Roe’s death would signal a high court prepared to restore the power of states to discriminate against their residents, wrote historian Heather Cox Richardson. “Make no mistake,” she said this week, “it is not just reproductive rights that are under siege. If the Supreme Court returns power to the states to legislate as they wish, any right currently protected by the federal government is at risk.” Such threats should goad us into being clear about the language we use to describe what’s going on in the United States. Our democracy is not “backsliding.” What’s backsliding is a...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Native American high school athletes from across the country will be heading to the U.S. Bank Stadium for the Indigenous Bowl this weekend. On Friday, the Minnesota Vikings announced that the fourth annual event is the result of a partnership with the 7G Foundation. Players are already in the Twin Cities for practices and team-building activities. The Indigenous Bowl began in 2017 to create opportunities for Native American athletes to compete at a high level, develop leadership skills and instill “values needed for multigenerational change.” Michael Stopp, 7G Foundation board member, says traveling out of state will be a first-time experience for many of the student athletes. “We are extremely thankful for the hospitality the NFL and Vikings have shown us and will be looking to build upon our partnership for the future,” Stopp said. “The NFL is dedicated to create more opportunities for our Native American youth to be successful and this is only the start to something big. Indigenous Bowl rosters are set with all Native American and First Nations high school seniors...
    Conservative lawmakers are mad the stopgap funding bill won't defund COVID-19 safety requirements. A total of 212 House Republicans voted against a bipartisan agreement on Thursday to avert a federal government shutdown. The far-right House Freedom Caucus said a shutdown was needed to stop COVID-19 safety rules. The continuing resolution, which passed 221-212, will allow the government to continue operating until Feb. 18, 2022. Just one Republican — Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger — voted in favor. "We all have a responsibility to make sure that the government function," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters before the vote. But several House Republicans aligned with the Freedom Caucus — a coalition of many of the most conservative members of the House Republican Conference — disagreed. For weeks, they have argued that because President Joe Biden's administration wants to require individuals working for businesses with 100 or more employees to get vaccinated or get tested weekly for COVID-19, Congress should defund the entire executive branch. "No Member of Congress exercising their authority to control...
    Mother Jones illustration; Getty Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.I thought this assignment would be easy: Call a few scholars and settle the question of how to pronounce “omicron” in English, once and for all. Since the new coronavirus strain was discovered last week in South Africa, I’ve heard newsreaders and leaders alike use at least half a dozen variations, with accent-inflected mutations—a mix of oh’s and ah’s, me’s and my’s. President Joe Biden added to the confusion Monday morning when he said “omni-chron,” throwing in an extra consonant that lent the air of a secret island lair where an evil genius hatches a dastardly plan. Dr. Anthony Fauci says it the so-called American way. A patriot! His interviewer, CNN anchor and notable American Jake Tapper? The British. But my search for a correct pronunciation was soon snagged in the crosscurrents of academic traditions and linguistic pickles dating back millennia. Eager to issue their takes, top classicists inundated my inbox. Let’s begin: Google. Here, as in the...
    Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, spoke at the annual National Menorah lighting ceremony in Washington DC on Sunday. Emhoff, 57, is the first Jewish spouse of a US president or vice president and was chosen as the special guest to speak at this year's lighting, a tradition that started in 1979.  In his speech, he noted the importance of Jewish history in American culture as well as putting an end to anti-Semitism in the modern world.  Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, was chosen as this year's guest speaker at the annual National Menorah lighting ceremony in Washington DC 'Let us remember always that Jewish history is American history; our values, American values,' Emhoff said in his speech This year's ceremony, a tradition started in 1979, was the first to feature a Jewish spouse of a US president or vice president 'On this first night of Hanukkah, Jews all around the world are going to light their menorahs in the windows of their homes -- just like the vice president and I are going...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The evacuation of American citizens and others from Afghanistan didn’t end with the departure of the last U.S. troops on Aug. 30, but it did slow to a trickle. The U.S. airlifted 124,000 people from Kabul, the capital, over about six weeks as the American-backed Afghan military and government fell to the Taliban. Since then, several thousand people have managed to get out, mostly on flights arranged by the State Department or private groups and individuals. That includes some high-profile efforts, such as the Nov. 18 flight chartered by reality TV star Kim Kardashian West for members of Afghanistan’s women’s youth development soccer team and their families. Most of the departures, however, have been carried out quietly for remaining American citizens, U.S. residents or people with the special immigrant visa for those who worked as military interpreters or otherwise aided the 20-year, Washington-led war effort. But people involved in these efforts are calling on the United States and other nations to do more to help people escape Taliban rule. A look at the current...
    When I first met Katie Seawell, she was draped head to toe with PPE. A full body suit, rubber gloves, shoe covers—the works. You’d think she was preparing to walk into a COVID unit for patients, but we were about as far away from a healthcare facility as you can get, in a building located within a drab-looking office park under a bridge in Kearny, New Jersey. From the outside, it didn’t seem like there could be anything worthwhile going on here. Inside, however, were rows and rows of fruits and vegetables on top of each other in what looked like skyscrapers of produce. I saw lettuce, radishes, mustard greens, and a whole host of other crops easily found in a local grocery store. It was what the future of food is supposed to look like—at least, one version of it called vertical farming. For Bowery Farms, the company that runs this project, this is a critical part of the fight to keep people fed during tumultuous changes caused by climate change and supply chain challenges. The company’s leaders see...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Finding Indigenous cuisine in the Chicago area can be a challenge and one Native American executive chef is working to change that one dish at a time."As a native woman, and as a native chef, I felt it was my obligation and responsibility to bring Indigenous cuisine to the forefront of Chicago's culinary scene," said Jessica Pamonicutt, the executive chef and owner of Ketapanen Kitchen.She said it's the only Native American catering company in Illinois.Pamonicutt began cooking as soon as she could see over the stove."For me growing up, it was such a big part of our family, cooking together and sharing meals," she said. "And my mom always taught me about cooking that it not only nourishes your body, it nourishes your soul."She said some of the staples of the American diet come from Native Americans and she wants people to reflect on that as they gather around the table with their families on Thanksgiving -- a holiday that brings mixed emotions for many Indigenous people."Most people eat Indigenous food every day and do not realize,"...
    "The US Capitol and the national Mall, seen from the Washington Monument on November 21, 2021 in Washington DC." In a truly historic win late last year, a measure establishing a Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino (along with a second measure establishing the American Women's History Museum), was passed into law. It was an effort years in the making, with the first bill seeking to establish a Latino museum introduced nearly two decades ago.  Dozens of bipartisan legislators in both the House and Senate are now urging Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch to ensure both museums are built on or near the National Mall.  Lawmakers wrote this intent in legislation last year, but said in the letters that they wanted to “take this opportunity to re-emphasize” the importance of the location, which apparently can still be up to the museum boards. “Per the legislation that was signed into law, the location of the future museum must be determined within two years of the passage of the bill, meaning December 2022,” Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino said. “The urgency is clear.” “With more than 25 million...
    (CNN)The United Arab Emirates' de facto ruler landed Wednesday in Turkey's capital as part of a diplomatic spree to end regional rifts that have defined the Middle East for over a decade. The Ankara meeting brings together two regional powerhouses that have long viewed one other as ideological foes: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, known as MBZ, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The rivalry between the UAE and Turkey has played out on some of the most lethal battlefields in the region over the past decade, reshaping the Middle East in the process. A détente between the former foes could have a similarly transformational effect. The roots of the recent feud go back to MBZ's campaign to stamp out the conservative Muslim Brotherhood movement across the region. Erdogan, for his part, has been the Islamist group's most powerful supporter.MBZ has long been a key backer of Egypt's military, which overthrew the country's first democratically elected president -- Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsy -- in the aftermath of the Arab Spring in 2014, then installed former general...
              moreby Alexa Schwerha   Two University of Oregon alumni spearheaded an hour-long discussion Thursday titled “Thanks, But No Thanks-giving: Decolonizing an American Holiday.” The event description promoted the virtual workshop as a discussion about how we can “continue to show gratitude while raising our critical consciousness and identifying ways to decolonize the holiday.” “The main messages are that of gratitude, food, and family; however, Thanksgiving is, foundationally speaking, a celebration of the ongoing genocide against native peoples and cultures across the globe,” the description reads. Alumna and activist Dakota Maccoll and Native American Liaison University Counselor Jorney Baldwin, a university Native American Liaison, led the conversation, which began with the playing of the University of Oregon Land Acknowledgement. During the presentation, attendees were encouraged to reflect upon their own experiences with Thanksgiving, and how they can “Indigenize” the holiday. “I’ve begun healing from Thanksgiving by going into the woods and camping, harvesting, meditating, and reading,” one participant said. Maccoll recounted her own holiday plans, detailing her intent to observe the National Day of Mourning by visiting Alcatraz. The presentation also discussed colonialism and...
    I have since spent my entire career trying to help low-income people of all races to overcome poverty as I did: BOB WOODSON ‘In this country, you can even kill white people and get away with it if those white people are fighting for Black lives. This is the legacy of 1619,’ tweeted Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of The 1619 Project, in reaction to a jury’s decision to acquit Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges related to the shooting three men in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  That same flawed worldwide – one that traces the cause of nearly all of society’s ills to America’s so-called ‘original sin’ of slavery – is also perpetuated in the latest iteration of her work.  But that’s not say the newly released 'The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story' should be dismissed in its entirety. Recently, I spoke to a gathering in northern Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. The gentleman who introduced me noted that at one time, the Commonwealth-approved guidelines for teaching history required that American slavery be taught to school children as a benign institution in which...
    (CNN)For many, Thanksgiving involves traveling to spend time with family and loved ones around the dinner table eating turkey and green bean casserole. It's a time to watch football and reflect on everything you're thankful for.But for international students in the US, Thanksgiving is an unknown territory.That was the issue for Susana Orrego Villegas and her husband, Edward White, who recently moved from Colombia to Brookline, Massachusetts, a few miles southwest of Boston.Both of them are international students on student visas. Orrego Villegas is studying medical sciences at Harvard Medical School, while White studies English."After this post I realized that people are super kind and welcoming," said Orrego Villegas.When Orrego Villegas's fellow classmates began discussing their Thanksgiving plans she got curious about this American tradition, since Colombia does not have a holiday like Thanksgiving.Read MoreSo, she opened her Nextdoor app to ask for some help.On October 26 she posted a photo of her and her husband asking if anyone was willing to share Thanksgiving dinner with them. In the post she wrote, "We are a super lovely couple and want...
    Eleven U.S. Senate Democrats have called on President Joe Biden to do something about rising gas prices while also expressing support for policies that energy industry says are contributing to seven-year high costs at the pump, including oil and gas tax increases embedded in the Build Back Better Act. The 11 senators wrote this month that they support the president’s commitment to the development of “clean renewable energy” but “must ensure that Americans are able to afford to fill up their cars at the pump in the meantime.” The average cost for a gallon of gasoline Friday was $3.41 a gallon, according to AAA. That's $1.20 more a gallon than this time last year. Under the Trump administration, the U.S. led the world in oil production and was energy independent. Under the Biden administration, gas prices are the highest they’ve been since 2014 within eleven months of him taking office. In their home states, the Democratic senators write, “high gasoline prices have placed an undue burden on families and small businesses trying to make ends meet, and have proven especially...
    DEAR HARRIETTE: I am originally from Jamaica, and my husband is American. Because of my upbringing, I only really know how to make Jamaican cuisine; I’m not good at cooking anything else. Harriette Cole  My husband doesn’t like the food that I make. I would describe him as having a limited palate. He only likes traditional American food and fast food. I think it’s slightly offensive that he can’t even be bothered with the foods that I grew up eating. My cooking represents so much of who I am and my culture, but I cannot force him to eat anything. Should I try to learn to cook the foods he likes? Or should he try to become accustomed to eating what I cook? Jamaican Wife DEAR JAMAICAN WIFE: In the best of worlds, the two of you will sit down together and agree to learn how to cook each other’s cuisine. There is something about you that attracted you to your husband in the first place — and vice versa. Culture has to be at the core of it, and...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden has offered multiple responses to spiking inflation: investigating gas prices, smoothing supply chains, touting benefit programs. None offers Americans much immediate relief.At the same time, Biden has resisted one step that would: Lifting tariffs on Chinese imports would save the average household hundreds of dollars a year. Just as tempting, it would reverse the failed trade war policy of his discredited predecessor, Donald Trump.But strategic and political considerations outweigh the allure. Whatever the benefit to rattled consumers, the implications at home and abroad for America's diciest international relationship raise the stakes higher than that."The reason to do this or not to do this should not be inflation," said Richard Haass, a top State Department aide under President George W. Bush who now heads the Council on Foreign Relations. "The impact on US-China relations, and the domestic politics of US-China relations, would be larger than any impact on inflation." President Joe Biden visits the Port of Baltimore, November 10, 2021.Those powerful crosscurrents swirled last week when Biden met virtually with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Before the meeting, an...
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    (CNN Business)Vinfast, a car company based in Vietnam, unveiled a pair of electric SUVs Wednesday that it plans to begin selling in the United States next year. The VinFast VF E36 electric SUV.A subsidiary of Vietnam's enormous VinGroup conglomerate -- which owns companies in technology, healthcare, amusement parks and even a university -- Vinfast unveiled its first models, a pair of gasoline-powered luxury sedans, at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Both sedans used engineering from German luxury automaker BMW, including its engines. The company now also offers gas-powered SUVs in Vietnam with BMW engines, including a high performance model called the President.But the company has much bigger ambitions."We want to become a global brand," said Vinfast Global CEO Michael Lohscheller, "and if you want to become a global brand, you have to come to the US."The two electric crossovers unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday, the VF e35 and VF e36, were designed by Italy's Pininfarina, which has also designed other gasoline-powered cars for VinFast. Pininfarina is most famous for its history designing classic Ferraris. More...
    Tennessee state Rep. Gloria Johnson (D-TN) opined on Twitter that giving voice to “Let’s Go Brandon,” a derogatory phrase in reference to President Joe Biden, should be viewed similarly to burning the American flag. “As a friend said, I think it should be equated with burning the flag,” Johnson wrote in the online missive. “In essence, that’s what they are doing.” She was responding to an anonymous Twitter account that said the phrase was “like chanting ‘overrated!’ at a team even after they kicked your ass.” The phrase arose after a NASCAR event in Talladega, Alabama as fans chanted a vulgar phrase about Biden as an NBC reporter attempted to interview driver Brandon Brown. “As you can hear the chants from the crowd, ‘Let’s go, Brandon!’” the reporter informed viewers. Desecrating the U.S. flag was illegal in most of the country until 1989, when the Supreme Court ruled in Texas v. Johnson that such laws violated the First Amendment. I think if we held “let’s go brandon” up against burnt American cities, it would be obvious which one was...
    SEVEN of the popular ladies from the Real Housewives franchise are coming together for the ultimate vacation. The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip is available for streaming now. 8Real Housewives superstars from various cities come together for this new reality spin-offCredit: NBCUniversal Media When does The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip start and how many episodes are there? Although it was originally supposed to air on Thursday, November 18, 2021, The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip was dropped three days early. The first three episodes are now available for streaming. In total, there will be eight episodes of the debut season. Over a total of eight days, the seven women from the Real Housewives universe filmed their vacation in Turks and Caicos. Most read in EntertainmentTRAGIC LOSS Actor said he saw 'big changes coming' in final posts 'before death aged 41'ExclusiveKEEP OUT! Pregnant Kylie is 'hiding out away from $36.5M mansion' after Astroworld tragedyTONED Khloe Kardashian shows figure in leggings and takes daughter True to gymnasticsOOPS! Lady Gaga's sexy cut-out dress flies up as she...
    U.S. House to have enough votes to pass Build Back Better after CBO estimate - Rep. Kildee Congress has until December 15 to avoid the catastrophe of the US refusing to pay its bills, Janet Yellen says $200 Sign Up Bonus Just In Time For The Holidays Ad Microsoft Refi With No Hidden Fees/Points – As Low as 2.02% APR Ad Microsoft Spend $500, Pocket $200 Fast with This Top Card Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/24 SLIDES © Jason Merritt / Getty Images The American Music Awards will air for the 49th time on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. To celebrate the night where the best musical artists and their songs are celebrated, Wonderwall.com is rewinding to 2011 to see which stars attended the 39th...
    WARRINGTON TWP., Penn. -- As Sgt. Quentin Little Bear Fuller III trains alongside his fellow officers in his Pennsylvania police department, he reflects on the career that, to him, was a calling."It's part of my culture that we help those in need," said Fuller, who is part of the Seminole Tribe, often known as the "Unconquered People.""We're called the 'Unconquered People' because we forced the U.S. government into treaties, not the other way around," Fuller said.His beliefs are part of what drives him when he's on duty with the police department of Warrington Township, a Bucks County suburb of Philadelphia."We are the caretakers of this earth," he said.But he said his Native spirituality can also be what makes being a police officer difficult at times."It's difficult to be Native and be a police officer," he said. "It's like, if I don't immediately say something is wrong on face value, then I condone it, just because I wear the uniform. That's not the case."At the same time, Fuller's measured approach to his job is part of what has made him so...
    Clothing Gifts for Men That Hell Actually Wear Virginia Tech, football coach Justin Fuente part ways after six seasons $200 Sign Up Bonus Just In Time For The Holidays Ad Microsoft Refi With No Hidden Fees/Points – As Low as 2.02% APR Ad Microsoft Spend $500, Pocket $200 Fast with This Top Card Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/23 SLIDES © Jeffrey Mayer / WireImage Can you believe it's been 20 years since this iconic photo of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears was taken?! That era's prince and princess of pop made fashion history at the 2001 American Music Awards. In honor of this year's AMAs on Nov. 21, 2021, Wonderwall.com is looking back at the fashion from 2001, starting with the most iconic look: the all-denim...
    Halfpoint Images | Moment | Getty Images More than a year and a half into the Covid-19 pandemic, many American workers are burned out. The remedy may be a four-day workweek, according to a survey from Eagle Hill Consulting. Of those U.S. employees polled, 53% said they are experiencing burnout, with women and younger workers showing the highest levels, at 56% and 62% respectively. Fully 83% said a shortened workweek would help. The survey included 1,010 respondents from a random sample of employees across the U.S. "Employee burnout has been simmering for years — and the twin problems of the pandemic and workforce shortage have exacerbated the problem," said Melissa Jezio, president and CEO of Eagle Hill Consulting. While not new, the idea of a four-day workweek has slowly been gaining ground since the Covid-19 pandemic struck. In July, Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., introduced a bill that reduces the standard workweek to 32 hours, from 40. More from Invest in You:The 'Great Resignation' is burning out those who stayUse these resume strategies to stand out to recruitersSwitching jobs can boost...
    The Muppets got a new neighbor on Sesame Street. Ji-Young is the first Asian American muppet to debut on the children's show in 52 years, and her name is representative of the moment, said the muppet herself. In Korean, Young means "brave or courageous and strong," and Ji means "smart or wise and sesame." DID KAMALA HARRIS USE A FRENCH ACCENT IN PARIS? Ji-Young is a 7-year-old Korean American who rocks out on her electric guitar and skateboard. The muppet is voiced by 41-year-old Kathleen Kim, a Korean American puppeteer. "I feel like I have a lot of weight that maybe I'm putting on myself to teach these lessons and to be this representative that I did not have as a kid," Kim said. The newest resident on Sesame Street moved in as a response to anti-Asian hate incidents to "meet the moment," said Kay Stallings, executive vice president of creative and production for Sesame Workshop. "When we knew we were going to be doing this work that was...
    A version of this piece first appeared on UnHerd.com  Historically speaking, empires on average last for around 250 years, after which they tend to either slowly — or very, very quickly — fall apart due to overreach and internal conflict. Somewhat ominously, the 250th birthday of America is coming up in 2026. Yet when, towards the end of Trump's presidency, a radical friend of mine told me that he thought America was headed for civil war, I dismissed the argument out of hand. Why? How? It takes a unique confluence of mistakes and crises for civil war to appear possible, and an even longer list of mistakes, crises and elite screw-ups for them to happen. But 2021 is a different world to 2015. Talk of insurrection, secession, civil conflict and civil war is no longer the chatter of the gullible and the mentally ill. It's entering the fringes of polite society. Some support this 'national divorce'; others are opposed to it. Others claim they would actually prefer to declare war on their recalcitrant countrymen rather than let them go their...
    Celadon Development Corporation “Celadon” will invest more than $155 million in opening a North American headquarters and a state-of-the-art recycling and advanced manufacturing facility in Chatham County, creating 117 jobs in the Savannah area. This represents Phase 1 of Celadon’s major investment project in Georgia. “As the top state for business, supporting innovation and removing unnecessary hurdles that prevent companies from solving problems remains a key priority of my administration,” said Governor Kemp. “Celadon choosing Georgia for their North American headquarters, along with a state-of-the-art recycling and advanced manufacturing facility, highlights our state’s ability to recruit companies on the cutting edge of their respective industries. Partnering with our robust economic development efforts at the state and local levels – Savannah, the Port, and our coastal region are magnets for jobs and investment!” In addition to establishing a North American headquarters and a recycled brown pulp manufacturing facility, Celadon will open a second production line of its recycling and manufacturing operations during Phase 2 of its expansion to Georgia. Additionally, the...
    The blockbuster, worn by Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, shows the biggest drop in the second week of Marvel movie distribution. Evidence that even Marvel superheroes can never overcome the force of gravity, The Eternal fell at the North American box office, grossing just $ 27.5 million in theaters for its second weekend, according to provisional estimates. Disney distributed $ 71 million from Friday to Sunday last week, one of the biggest falls for Marvel in its second week of distribution. Variety. Created by Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao, The Eternal Provides five star cast including actresses Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Gemma Chan but star of the series Game of Thrones, Richard Madden, and has a legion of timeless superheroes sent by a large force to Earth to protect humanity. A family picture in second place Clifford, The adventures of a big red dog and his young mistress in New York, are in second place with 16.4 million in its first week. Adapted from Norman Friedwell’s children’s books, the film recorded a good performance for a family film, especially one...
    Proof that even Marvel superheroes can never overcome the force of gravity, “The Eternal” crashed at the North American box office, reportedly grossing just $ 27.5 million in theaters for its second weekend. On Sunday. Read more: Box Office: Over $ 330 Million in Doon Read more: “Eternal” superheroes dominate the North American box office Variety says the film, which was distributed by Disney, which grossed $ 71 million from Friday to Sunday last week, shows the biggest drop for a Marvel film in its second week of distribution. The work of Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao, “The Eternals” features five-star cast including actresses Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Gemma Chan but features Richard Madden, the star of the “Game of Thrones” series, and timeless. The superhero regiment was sent to Earth by a superior force to protect humanity. “Clifford”, a big red dog and the adventures of his young mistress in New York, is in second place with 16.4 million in its first week. Adapted from Norman Friedwell’s children’s books, the film recorded a good performance for a family film,...
    Chef Crystal Wahpepah This month (Nov. 13 to be exact) Chef Crystal Wahpepah will finally see her dream come to fruition when Wahpepah’s Kitchen has its grand opening in East Oakland, California. Born and raised in Oakland, but a registered member of the Kickapoo Tribe in Oklahoma, Wahpepah says as a little girl she wondered why among all the different restaurants in the city, none offered her food—Indigenous food.  “I knew at a young age what was wrong,” she tells Nosh. “They took away our food.”   Since the time she was a little girl, Wahpepah has been in the kitchen. Spending summers in Oklahoma with her grandmother or sharing meals with the multi-tribal urban Native community at Oakland’s Intertribal Friendship House—a place established in 1955 to serve the needs of those who’d been relocated from reservations to the San Francisco Bay area.  “I’ve seen so many different beautiful tribes and different foods,” Wahpepah says to KQED. “So all these foods that I cook, it’s something that I grew up with and something that means a lot to me.” After studying at...
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    But Manchin said that he did not back Califf's nomination in 2016 and he will not do so now. "Dr. Califf's nomination makes no sense as the opioid epidemic continues to wreak havoc on families across this country with no end in sight," Manchin said. "2020 was the deadliest year on record for drug related overdose deaths with 1,386 West Virginians and nearly 95,000 Americans dying from a drug related overdose. "I have made it abundantly clear that correcting the culture at the FDA is critical to changing the tide of the opioid epidemic. Instead, Dr. Califf's nomination and his significant ties to the pharmaceutical industry take us backwards not forward. His nomination is an insult to the many families and individuals who have had their lives changed forever as a result of addiction. I could not support Dr. Califf's nomination in 2016 and I cannot support it now," the senator said in the statement. My statement on the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to serve as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner:pic.twitter.com/vuhcx3Kcs7 — Senator Joe Manchin (@Senator Joe...
    Vice President Kamala Harris promoted the administration’s $1.75 trillion Build Back Better bill on Friday, claiming it would not cost anything to American taxpayers, despite the bill introducing dramatic tax hikes. “I think it’s important to also stress that it’s not going to cost anything for the American taxpayer,” Harris said. The vice president spoke about the bill and the ongoing inflation concerns of the American people during a press conference in Paris. It is unclear what costs Harris was referring to, as the House version of the Build Back Better bill raises taxes on several income brackets to pay for it. “Build Back Better is not going to cost anything. We are paying for it,” she added. The House version of the bill would raise taxes on roughly 20 percent to 30 percent of middle-income households, according to a recent analysis released by the Tax Policy Center. NEW: Weve released our model estimates of the latest House version of the Build Back Better plan. In 2022, higher-income earners would see a significant tax increase, while the average household in...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, say President Joe Biden’s reported plans to give $450,000 payouts to each border crosser subjected to former President Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” policy are “offensive to the American people.” Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Health and Human Services (HHS) are working to settle with a number of border crossers represented by the ACLU, who claim they have suffered trauma as a result of the Zero Tolerance policy. As part of the settlement, attorneys with the DOJ, DHS, and HHS are considering a plan that would give each border crosser about $450,000 and family units about $1 million. The total cost of the payouts would reach $1 billion. In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, McConnell and Grassley call the payouts “outrageous” and ask, “Are these settlements under consideration or are they not?” “It should not surprise you to learn that we find these reports outrageous. Any settlements to illegal aliens because they violated the law are...
    Having played Kazaam, Steel and various roles in Adam Sandler movies, Shaquille O’Neal is no stranger to acting on the big screen. But Shaq had his chance at a role that was eventually nominated for an Oscar and the NBA superstar said no thanks. Shaq joined Andrew Marchand and John Ourand on their sports media podcast this week, and the four-time NBA champion was asked if he ever turned down a prominent movie role. The answer was shocking. “That was my role in Green Mile,” Shaq said. “I turned it down.” Shaq was referring to the role of John Coffey, played by the late Michael Clarke Duncan. “I didn’t want to play the down-South African American guy during slavery,” Shaq explained. “I didn’t want to play that role. But the guy who played it, Michael Clarke Duncan, did an excellent job. I think I made the right decision because he did way better than I could have done, but I got offered that role.” Clarke Duncan’s portrayal of Conner was nominated for best supporting actor at the 2000 Academy...
    No writer has tracked recent shifts in the Republican Party and evangelical political movement with as much understanding as David French, a constitutional lawyer and conservative Christian. French, who started his career as a religious-liberty attorney, is my guest on this week’s episode of The Interview. After serving in Iraq as an Army officer, he eventually turned to writing, emerging as a prominent conservative voice in 2015. His ascent coincided with the rise of Donald Trump, who he has consistently opposed. David was even floated as a potential third-party presidential candidate to run against Trump in 2016. In the years since, French has remained a steadfast critic of the former president, even as many of his fellow conservatives have hopped aboard the Trump train and embraced radical ideas in service of it. French is now a senior editor at The Dispatch, one of the most popular politics outlets on Substack. Last week, The Atlantic announced that it was launching nine fresh newsletters and that French had been tapped to write The Third Rail, which will tackle the complex issues...
    The American Airlines pilots’ union rejected the company’s offer to double employees’ pay during the holiday season to prevent further delays and cancellations. The Allied Pilots Associated, the union representing American Airlines pilots, rejected the airline’s offer to increase pay by as much as 100% during the 19 day period between the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years holidays, the APA said in a press release. “While understanding that its rejection creates a disparity among our fellow work groups that have accepted management’s proffered incentives, the board concluded that the need to achieve meaningful permanent improvements in a new collective bargaining agreement must remain APA’s focus,” the union said in the statement. “We’ve been talking with them about this for months. And they say, ‘We’ll get back to you in a couple weeks,’” CA Dennis Tajer told @MacyJJenkins of @FOX4 in Dallas. “Well now suddenly there is a sense of urgency. You think?” https://t.co/WY9g5GzM0d — Allied Pilots (@AlliedPilots) November 11, 2021 American Airlines has been negotiating new holiday bonus deals throughout the airline, which employs over 100,000 workers. The...
    Fox News host and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson engaged in a fiery debate with Ohio Republican Rep. Mike Turner Wednesday night on whether the United States should send additional troops to Ukraine to defend the country from Russian aggression. Turner was a signatory to a letter to President Joe Biden urging his administration to increase assistance to Ukraine, an ally of NATO. According to Ukrainian officials, Russia has left more than 90,000 troops on its border after recent training exercises. “May I just ask really quick – so the lesson of 20 years in Afghanistan, and the tragic and cowardly and counterproductive exit from Afghanistan, is that we need more troops in Ukraine?” Carlson asked Turner, who cited Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal as a reason to be tough on Russia. “Why should the average American care about the territorial integrity of Ukraine? Sincerely.” “Ukraine is a strategic import of the Black Sea, most of the reports that you’ve been seeing of Russia being aggressive with our ships, being aggressive with our planes, are in the area of the Black...
    Vice President Kamala Harris continued the administration's push to try to sooth relations with France after the clash over a US submarine deal on her diplomatic visit Wednesday – and by all outward signs was enjoying the task.  'I'm very happy to be in Paris,' she exclaimed when a reporter shouted a question about whether she had to make 'amends.'   She was warmly greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron on the steps of Elysee Palace – just days after President Joe Biden also sought to mend fences with the nation often called America's oldest ally.  Macron walked down the steps to greet her as her motorcade arrived. The two exchanged a warm greeting, with Harris smiling and grinning as they first shook hands. France's President Emmanuel Macron (L) welcomes Vice President Kamala Harris prior to a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on November 10, 2021. Harris is on a charm offensive to try to reset relations between the U.S. and Paris after tensions flared over a new U.S. security arrangement with Britain and Australia Asked if she needs to...
    Removing the $80 billion would leave a $400 billion question mark over how Build Back Better would be paid for Democrats are reportedly close to dropping a provision from President Joe Biden's $1.75 trillion Build Back Better bill that would allocate $80 billion toward strengthening Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax enforcement.  White House and Treasury Department calculations estimate the investment would bring in $400 billion over 10 years as part of Biden's promise that his sweeping social and environmental agenda would be 'fully paid for.'  Moderate Democrats in the House and Senate have said they won't vote for the progressive-backed bill until they know where the money for it will come from. That could be a problem for Biden, since Congressional Budget Office guidelines wouldn't allow for a concrete estimate on how much money the IRS funding would bring in. When calculating projected cost of a bill CBO analysts are not able to officially count money that's being spent as also bringing revenue in, though an unofficial estimate from the office only had the proposal netting about $200 billion over a...
    South Bay Asian American leaders are calling on Cupertino Vice Mayor Liang Chao to apologize for a series of comments she made that they believe appear to defend the Chinese Exclusion Act. The vice mayor, however, says her words are being taken out of context. In an email thread among Cupertino Union School District parents about critical race theory, Chao wrote, “the Chinese Exclusion Act was not even based on race, since only Chinese laborers are excluded.” “It was really a labor issue where American laborers wish to keep cheaper Chinese laborers out, for good reasons,” Chao said in a Nov. 5 email shared with this news organization. “We are doing similar things today, through the H1 visa process. We don’t want to give work visas to people that will take American jobs.” The Chinese Exclusion Act, which was signed into law by President Chester A. Arthur in 1882, prohibited Chinese workers from immigrating to the U.S. and banned all Chinese immigrants from becoming U.S. citizens. Chao says she was using the “Chinese Exclusion Act as an example to show that critical...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Finding hope through early detection, education and research. That’s the goal of a multi-day conference about Alzheimer’s and Dementia and how these diseases impact the African American community. READ MORE: 'You Can't Use Up Creativity': Maya Angelou Mural Unveiled At Chesapeake Arts Center“Our memories are what connects us to our family and friends,” said Ernestine Jolivet. And unfortunately, memory is what’s impacted when someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Ernestine Jolivet is all too familiar with the disease. Both of her parents had dementia and that’s what motivated her to get involved with the Alzheimer’s Association. “We want to encourage people to do what they can now, be proactive, to make sure they have the best quality of time with their loved ones, but while they’re doing that take care of themselves as well,” said Jolivet. READ MORE: President Joe Biden Set To Visit Baltimore Wednesday To Discuss $1 Trillion Infrastructure DealHer service is evident in the numerous awards she proudly displays in her home and in honor of her parents, she created the Pythias and...