WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Friday passed a sweeping healthcare, tax and climate change bill. Now they have to sell it. The vote was 220 to 207, with all Democrats voting in favor and all Republicans opposing it. With the midterm elections quickly approaching, congressional Democrats have had a series of legislative victories in recent weeks — expanding NATO, securing healthcare and benefits for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, investing nearly $53 billion into the U.S. semiconductor industry and passing bipartisan gun safety legislation. That momentum has culminated in the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, an offshoot of the many versions of President Biden’s failed Build Back Better Act. The Inflation Reduction Act, which the Senate passed Sunday with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking a tie, now heads to President Biden’s desk for his signature. With Biden poised to sign the bill into law in the coming days, House Democrats say their focus should now … [Read more...] about House Democrats pass sweeping healthcare, tax and climate bill
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Seventeen-year-old Anthony Templet shocked the nation when he shot his father three times in their Louisiana home. However, the dark secrets that would soon emerge would be even more disturbing. The 2019 murder is the subject of a three-part, Netflix documentary, " I Just Killed My Dad ," which premieres on Tuesday. At the center of the crime is the unassuming four-bedroom, three-bathroom house in a quiet Baton Rouge, LA , neighborhood where Anthony alleges years of abuse and isolation occurred before the situation erupted violently. On June 3, 2019, Anthony said he was sleeping in his room in the house when his father, who was drunk, woke him up around 3 a.m. Burt Templet was going through Anthony's cellphone to see if his son had been communicating with Burt's estranged wife. (She had taken out a 55-page restraining order against Burt, alleging physical abuse and threats.) Anthony claims his father then tried to hit him, but he escaped to his father's bedroom. Anthony … [Read more...] about What Happened to the House of Horrors at the Center of Netflix’s ‘I Just Killed My Dad’ Documentary?
Illustration: Michael Houtz When we think about the economy, there’s a tendency to rush headfirst into the swirl of numbers moving up or down each month, plot them on angular charts, and spin out a story of what it all means. Inflation, unemployment, pay raises, gas prices — together, these indicators are supposed to jell into a coherent narrative and tell us where we’re going. The problem with the current economy is that the numbers don’t make any sense. Less than a month ago, some commentators were claiming we were already in a recession , thanks to two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth. Then the July jobs report hit, showing that the economy had added a staggering 528,000 jobs and that the unemployment rate hit a 53-year low. Prices are high, everything is expensive, and it’s sometimes impossible to find baby formula on the shelves — but for many workers, the pandemic economy has seen the balance of power shift in their favor with more people switching jobs … [Read more...] about Are We in a Recession or a Vibecession?
Photo-Illustration: The Strategist; Photos: Barbara Potts Everyone knows that person who spends weeks sniffing around travel blogs, going deep into Tripadvisor rabbit holes, collecting Google docs from friends of friends, and creating A Beautiful Mind– style spreadsheets to come up with the best vacations /itineraries possible. In this recurring series, we find those people who’ve done all the work for you and have them walk us through a particularly wonderful, especially well-thought-out vacation they took that you can actually steal. As her maternity leave was coming to an end this spring, Barbara Potts, co-founder of Saks Potts , was eager to book a relaxing trip with her boyfriend and their 7-month-old before heading back to work. “Sort of like a baby honeymoon ,” she jokes. Potts, who’s based in Copenhagen, was committed to traveling somewhere restorative — a destination that would satisfy her hankering for peace and quiet, locally produced food, hiking … [Read more...] about I Hiked, Swam, and Picked Capers on Pantelleria for 4 Days
There was another preseason game, August, when the Jets quarterback tried to make a play and ended up on the ground with a bad knee. The quarterback was Joe Namath. He threw an interception to Mike Lucci of the Lions and the play he tried to make — not with the ball, but on the ball — was on a Detroit Lions linebacker named Mike Lucci. Namath wasn’t lost for the season after the resulting surgery on his left knee. But that Jets season was lost in that moment. And even though not everything has been bad for the Jets since that August game 51 years ago, a lot has been bad. Things were never the same for Namath in New York and the Jets have been looking for the next Namath ever since, and are now hopeful that they might have found one in Zach Wilson. Who tried to make a play on Friday night against the Eagles in the Jets’ first preseason game for this season. With the ball. Not on the ball. Wilson’s the Jets’ hot kid, and sometimes plays like a hothead, and he was running toward the … [Read more...] about Mike Lupica: Jets hope Zach Wilson’s August knee injury doesn’t doom season the way Joe Namath’s once did
Big banks that use their vast financial assets to oppose the fossil fuel industry in the name of reducing climate change are doing damage control as state treasurers and lawmakers take action against woke environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. By taking environmental concerns into account in their investment decisions, large financial firms such as BlackRock , Goldman Sachs , JPMorgan , Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley are operating what some policy experts, GOP lawmakers, and state treasurers say is an effective boycott of the fossil fuel industry. Republican state treasurers have taken note of this practice, and many are pushing back. In July, West Virginia State Treasurer Riley Moore blocked five major financial firms from doing business in the state. (RELATED: ‘Complete Collapse’: Here’s How ESG Destroyed One Nation’s Economy) “Pursuant to West Virginia Code §§12 1C 1, et seq., the West Virginia State Treasurer is authorized to prepare and … [Read more...] about Wall Street Does Damage Control After GOP Targets Woke Capital
It turns out you can stage a great infomercial for baseball, Iowa and Hollywood without the presence of the New York Yankees or a walk-off home run by Tim Anderson. Field of Dreams 2.0 once again lived up to expectations , though expectations were considerably lower this year with the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds playing a game that had no bearing on the National League playoff race. As a special TV event, the Fox telecast hit all the marks — plenty of stories about dads, videos of players shucking corn, a glowing full moon rising above the field and a sunset so Instagramable you’d think it was CGI. And if you lived in Chicago and also were able to catch the postgame news conference on Marquee Sports Network, you were treated to someone asking the Cubs how an organization could be so “blessed” as to get invites to both the Field of Dreams game and next summer’s game in London against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs marketing department couldn’t have scripted a question … [Read more...] about Column: Kevin Costner’s absence, Chicago Cubs executive cameos and other observations on the Field of Dreams telecast
0 Arts & Entertainment The working-class neo-noir thriller "Emily the Criminal" lights up the big screen. Horror-comedy "Bodies Bodies Bodies" expands nationwide. Beau Behan , Patch Staff Posted Reply This weekend, movies with generational themes and social commentaries dominate the big screen. Care for a working-class neo-noir thriller? "Emily the Criminal," which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, shines a spotlight on the world of student debt, starring Aubrey Plaza in the title role of a Millennial trying to make ends meet in a service gig economy. If you're looking for a Gen Z horror-comedy, look no further than "Bodies Bodies Bodies," which expands nationwide this weekend. The film stars Pete Davidson, Amandla Stenberg, Chase Sui Wonders, Myha'la Herrold, Maria Bakalova, Rachel Sennott and Lee Pace as a group of friends suddenly propelled into a dangerous web of mistrusts. Related … [Read more...] about Aubrey Plaza Electrifies In ‘Emily The Criminal’
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, the Arizona Democrat who single-handedly thwarted her party’s longtime goal of raising taxes on wealthy investors, received nearly $1 million over the past year from private equity professionals, hedge fund managers and venture capitalists whose taxes would have increased under the plan. For years, Democrats have promised to raise taxes on such investors, who pay a significantly lower rate on their earnings than ordinary workers. But just as they closed in on that goal last week, Sinema forced a series of changes to her party’s $740 billion election-year spending package, eliminating a proposed “carried interest” tax increase on private equity earnings while securing a $35 billion exemption that will spare much of the industry from a separate tax increase other huge corporations now have to pay. The bill, with … [Read more...] about Sinema took Wall Street money while killing tax on investors
Each week, our inbox runneth over with news of gear, apparel and tech releases from around the world. In this feature, we’ll parse through the best of it. Today: Samsung drops its newest lineup of new-age flip phones, Uijo showcases a condiment for your coffee and Bowlus debuts the world’s first all-electric Volterra RV. MEC Classics Collection Dipping into their archives, Candian outdoor label MEC has remade a capsule of their classics in new, sustainably-minded fabrics — most of the pieces are made with materials that are either recycled, organically grown, Fair Trade certified, or bluesign-approved. Basically, it’s gear you can feel good about…and look good in, too. Shop Here Bowlus Volterra Trailer Branded as “the world’s first all-electric RV,” the Bowlus Volterra is a luxury travel companion indeed; with an emergency EV charger, AeroSolar charging technology, Starlink Satellite Internet and a bevy of other features that make camping and travel a breeze, … [Read more...] about Foldable Phones, Java Hot Sauce and an All-Electric RV