HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans in Pennsylvania’s GOP-controlled Legislature are advancing legislation to reinstate work-search requirements for people claiming unemployment benefits, with one survey showing that workers aren’t taking open jobs at a record rate. The bill cleared the House Labor and Industry Committee on a party-line vote Tuesday. READ MORE: Businesses Hope Partial Closure Of Fort Duquesne Boulevard Will Breathe Life Back Into Downtown Lawmakers suspended the work-search requirement through 2020 amid the pandemic last year, and Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, extended the waiver administratively into this year. The bill would reinstate the requirement starting June 8. Wolf’s office did not say whether he supports or opposes the bill, only that he would review it should it pass the Legislature. Wolf’s office also did not say whether he plans to reinstate the work-search requirement, even as his administration prepares to drop his remaining pandemic restrictions … [Read more...] about Pennsylvania GOP Wants To Restore Work-Search Rule For Unemployment Benefits
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(CNN) The common complaint about celebrities delivering "woke" lectures from the comfort of their pampered lives receives a well-calculated brush-back pitch with "Citizen Penn," a documentary looking at Sean Penn's humanitarian efforts in Haiti and the organization that grew out of them. Penn might be a polarizing figure, but he's by no means a dilettante, having rolled up his sleeves and put his time where his mouth is in addition to his money. In the process, he has tart words for people who attend glitzy fundraisers but don't ante up for deserving groups and those desperately in need that they're designed to serve. Director Don Hardy weaves an extended interview with Penn together with footage of the work undertaken in Haiti after it was devastated by a massive earthquake in 2010. As a credit-sequence bonus, the film tacks on Penn's efforts in distributing Covid-19 tests and later vaccinations in Los Angeles, reflecting the growth of the organization he birthed -- originally … [Read more...] about ‘Citizen Penn’ displays the hard work behind Sean Penn’s celebrity activism
What he does in the shadows. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images Less voluble, less gaffe-prone, more focused: In many ways, President Biden has been a very different political figure than the Joe Biden America has been familiar with for decades. I spoke with national correspondent Gabriel Debenedetti about Biden’s so-far successful communications strategy, and whether it can last. Ben : Our colleague Jonathan Chait wrote this of Joe Biden recently: “Biden’s advantage is that he’s not just nice; he’s also tedious. He is relentlessly enacting an ambitious domestic agenda … while arousing hardly any controversy. There’s nothing in Biden’s vanilla-ice-cream bromides for his critics to hook on to. Republicans can’t stop Biden because he is boring them to death.” This is true. It’s also true that, right now, many Republicans don’t even seem interested in going after Biden, or his policies. Instead, they’re focused on shoehorning whatever grievances they have … [Read more...] about Can Biden’s Low-Key Strategy Work Forever?
Wednesday, FNC host Tucker Carlson opened his program in support of those skeptical of the COVID-19 vaccine, who in some cases have been maligned by politicians, the media, and other aspects of American culture. Carlson said the vaccine was not without some level of risk, and the discussion of that risk was being shut down. Transcript as follows: CARLSON: Here’s a very simple question. How many Americans have died after taking the COVID vaccines? That’s not Americans who have been killed by the virus? That’s a huge number. It is how many Americans have died after getting the vaccines designed to prevent the virus? Do you know the answer to that question? Do you know anything about the downside? We know a lot about the upside of vaccines, we’ve been completely in favor of vulnerable people taking vaccines. But what about the potential risks? You think you would know more about that than you do? We talk a lot about vaccines constantly, not just on this show, but in this … [Read more...] about FNC’s Carlson: Americans Have an ‘Absolute Right’ to Question Vaccine Without Being Silenced, Censored or Mocked
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Would you want to live to 120 if you were healthy? What about preventing Type 1 diabetes before it ever strikes? As CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reported Thursday, both might be possible and are being worked on by scientists as described in a Vatican conference he helped organize and moderate. READ MORE: Wine Waste: The New Superfood? This is the fifth International Vatican Conference and this year it’s all virtual. For three days, more than 100 global leaders in science, faith, medicine and technology are discussing the latest breakthroughs in medicine, health care delivery and prevention, as well as the human implications and cultural impact of technological advances. One of the high-interest sessions deals with a very active research area — anti-aging or longevity. “We can really achieve what we’re trying to — living healthy until 120,” said Dr. Nir Barzilai of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine . But that’s not a desirable goal for many … [Read more...] about Global Leaders At Fifth International Vatican Conference Working On Ways For People To Live Healthy Lives Well Past 100