A top House lawmaker announced November 12 that Congress will pass a government-wide temporary spending bill to keep the government running through December 20, forestalling a government shutdown as the House turns its focus to impeachment hearings.Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., made the announcement after meeting with Senate counterpart Richard Shelby, R-Ala., in hopes of kick-starting long-delayed efforts to find agreement on $1.4 trillion worth of agency spending bills.A fight over President Donald Trump's demands for up to $8 billion in new funding for his U.S.-Mexico border fence project is largely responsible for an impasse on the huge spending package, which would implement the details of this summer's hard-won budget accord.Close The politically explosive impeachment hearing and the possibility of impeachment and a trial aren't making the jobs of dealmakers like Lowey any easier. It's yet another layer of complications for senior lawmakers pressing not … [Read more...] about Pact reached to avert government shutdown through Dec 20
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(CNN)House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Wednesday that the House is expected to pass a spending bill next week to fund the federal government through December 20, just before a November 21 deadline to prevent another government shutdown. Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby and House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey met on Tuesday to figure out a way forward in that chamber. The new short-term spending bill would kick negotiations squarely into the midst of expected House votes on impeachment. That timing threatens a potential repeat of last winter's record-breaking shutdown over the holidays, which dragged into January amid a standoff over border spending. President Donald Trump eventually agreed to reopen the government despite failing to secure billions of dollars for his long-promised border wall. If passed, the bill would also postpone Congress' holiday plans. Members were recently told not schedule any travel the week of December 16. … [Read more...] about House expected to pass spending bill next week as shutdown deadline looms
By & by emily belfiore | Wed., 13 Nov. 2019 8:58 AM Share Tweet Email move close Now PlayingUp NextGreen Day Reads Mean Tweets on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Burn!Jimmy Kimmel Live's fan-favorite "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets: Music Edition" is back—and the tweets are scalding. For its sixth installment, superstars like Billie Eilish, Green Day, Leon Bridges and more unearthed some of the internet's meanest tweets about them. A teaser for the full segment was released ahead of Wednesday night's episode and these stars are definitely going to be needing some ice for these zingers.Billie kicked things off, reading, "Billie Eilish dresses like she got her clothes stolen at the gym so they gave her what they had in the lost 'n found bin."And tweets only got worse from there, especially when it came to the one that was aimed at Green Day's drummer Tré Cool. "Why does Tré Cool from Green Day look like the emo version of Ted Cruz?" he … [Read more...] about Billie Eilish, Green Day & More Have the Best Clap Backs to These “Mean Tweets”
Email 7.30 By Laura Tingle and Laura Francis Posted November 14, 2019 05:58:16 Photo: Stacey Price and Richard Gough, pictured with their sons, identify as Quiet Australians. (ABC News) Related Story: When politicians talk about 'Quiet Australians', they're sending a troubling message Map: Australia Claiming victory on election night six months ago, Scott Morrison said it was "the Quiet Australians who have won a great victory tonight". Key points: Prime Minister Scott Morrison dedicated his win at the last election to the Quiet AustraliansPollster Jim Reed said Quiet Australians do not engage with politics on social media and do not join protestsRichard Gough said he identifies as a Quiet Australian because he's too busy working to get involved in politics "It has been those Australians who have worked hard every day, they have their dreams, they have their aspirations; to get a job, to get an apprenticeship, to start a business, to meet someone amazing," he said."To … [Read more...] about Quiet Australians evaluate Scott Morrison’s Government six months after election victory
The nurse applied a series of numbing drops to my eyeball, each stronger than the previous. The doctor clamped my lids back with a metal tool. I felt a bracket hold my eye down and someone in the operating room gave the order, "Suction." A whirring sound commenced and my eyeball felt like it was being sucked up and out of my skull, elongated like a green grape between a Roman emperor's fingers, ready to burst. The bright blue-white light grew closer. As the pressure killed circulation in the eye things went black and I felt an arcing slice in the surface of my cornea—I did not move my jaw or tongue or mouth, but deep in my throat I uncontrollably whimpered, "THAT HURT!" and hoped no one heard me. I hoped the other eye would not feel the same. It did not, as the drops had actually taken full effect by the time it was sliced open with a beam of light. The rest was, as they said in the brochure, physically painless.A few days earlier on Linda Del Mar beach, a wave knocked me off my … [Read more...] about What Does LASIK Really Feel Like?
The pillars of society - law, justice and enforcement - are being snatched from the hands of our elected leaders. Algorithmic rules set by international corporations have exploded into the limelight with the Christchurch massacre. But it goes far beyond social media. AI (Artifical Intelligence) judges your resumes, credit history and performance metrics. AI chooses what you read and watch. AI punishes your credit ratings. But many of the rules now being imposed by international corporate algorithms have little or no government oversight. Now futurists are warning civilisation itself is at a crossroads: will we be citizens - or consumers? Australian political philosopher and futurist Dr Tim Dunlop, who recently authored the book The Future of Everything, warns our digital destiny is ominous: “The technologies of control are increasingly being deployed in ever-more draconian ways, from the workplace to the ballot box.” And society is barely even aware of the immense impact of … [Read more...] about Citizens, or consumers? How AI has put the future of government in the balance