Jerry Zezima: These candidates left voters speechless
Fourscore and seven beers ago, our fathers brought forth, with incontinence, a new notion, conceived in lethargy and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created clueless.It has been 20 years since these immortal and perhaps even immoral words were uttered in a stump speech, which left listeners stumped, for one of the great presidential campaigns in U.S. history.I refer, of course, to the Porky and Zez campaigns of 1992, 1996 and 2000. They are remembered here today as proof that politics not only makes strange bedfellows, but can be practiced by jolly good fellows who don’t have to ...
Tribune News Service
Thinking of stealing money from the feds? First, meet Jeff Grant, an ex-con who committed loan fraud
Thinking about stealing the government loan money you received in pandemic help?Before you do, listen to Jeff Grant’s story.After his opioid addiction, his theft of U.S. loan funds, and a federal prison sentence, Grant’s life as a lawyer and business professional was over.But according to him, his new life was just beginning. And for small business owners feeling desperate — enough to steal — he’s created a safe place to talk anonymously and seek guidance.Now clean and sober, remarried and out of prison, Jeff Grant, 64, co-founded the online organization Progressive Prison Ministries, what cou...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Ann McFeatters: Recusal in potential election case up to Barrett
If the 2020 presidential election goes to the Supreme Court, as happened just 20 years ago, whether Amy Coney Barrett helps Donald Trump get a second term is totally up to her.Refusing to vote on a case before the Supreme Court because of a conflict of interest (in this case that Trump nominated her just as he is running for reelection after promising he would expect his nominee to support him) is not governed by any ethics code. The justice himself or herself decides whether to recuse or rule.Twenty years ago, Amy Coney Barrett worked to get George W. Bush elected over Al Gore, who won the po...
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Melinda Henneberger: Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley would rather not talk about the GOP's 'Josh Hawley problem'
On the day that Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court was announced, I wrote that it would be wrong as well as politically unwise for Democrats to attack her on religious grounds. And they haven’t.Instead, in the days since, Democrats have talked about everything but Barrett’s faith. They’ve argued against confirming her during an election. They’ve argued against confirming her during a pandemic. Again and again, they’ve warned that Barrett would, if confirmed, side with those who want to kill the Affordable Care Act and overturn Roe v. Wade. Not because of her religious beliefs,...
The Kansas City Star
Curacao borders reopening to East Coast residents Nov. 1
Curacao will open its borders to residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut beginning the first week of November, the first international visitors allowed into the country since the Dutch Caribbean nation closed its borders to U.S. visitors in July due to the COVID-19 outbreak.Beginning next month, the Curacao Tourist Board (CTB) will require visitors from the three East Coast states to present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of traveling and complete a Digital Immigration Card prior to travel.Travelers will be required to submit their negative test re...
Motormouth: How to dispose of this old stuff?
Q: I found six cans of STP in my garage that are so old the cans are rusted. Can I dump them in my gas tank once in a while or how do I dispose of them?A.S., Minneapolis, Minn.A: I wouldn’t put it in my gas tank. You can safely dispose of it at a community hazardous waste collection event. If there are none in your area, go to www.earth911.com and click on the “Where to Recycle” tab. Just for grins, I searched the Internet and found people selling vintage STP stuff, including gas treatment. One seller was offering an empty, rusty can for $10 on eBay!Q: Here’s my theory on tire punctures. Objec...
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Sen. Pat Toomey won't run for reelection or for Pennsylvania governor, sources say
PHILADELPHIA — Sen. Pat Toomey has decided not to run for reelection or for governor of Pennsylvania in 2022, according to two people familiar with his plans, a surprise decision by the Republican with significant implications for the next elections in the state.He will serve out his current Senate term but won’t run for either of those offices, seemingly ending his career in elected office, at least for now. A formal announcement is expected Monday.Toomey’s office on Sunday neither confirmed nor denied the senator’s plans. The people familiar with his plans spoke on condition of anonymity bec...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Congress OKs Nassar-inspired reform bill to protect athletes from assault
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House approved bipartisan legislation Thursday intended to guard Olympic and amateur athletes from abuse — a measure spurred by an 18-month Senate probe into the case of disgraced Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar.The Senate unanimously passed the package in early August, so the bill next heads to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature.Lawmakers said the bill would bolster legal liability and accountability for Olympic officials and amateur athletic organizations for misconduct, including sexual abuse by coaches and other employees.Olympic offi...
The Detroit News
With half their faces covered, mask-wearing teachers innovate to communicate with students
One holds up a smiley face. Another crinkles her eyes extra squinty to show she’s grinning. A third goes for “expressive” eyes.The eyes are all they’ve got, but the lack of full facial expression certainly poses a challenge for teachers, especially when teaching students whose hearing is impaired, or whose first language is not English.As students return to in-class learning, the challenges of communication using only half of one’s face highlights the degree to which facial cues, in addition to spoken words, are key to understanding what someone is saying.The eyes and mouth are the most expres...
New York Daily News
Mothers are 3 times more likely than fathers to have lost jobs in pandemic
Mothers of small children have lost work at three times the rate of fathers in the pandemic, a situation that threatens not only progress toward gender equity but middle-class income gains that have become increasingly dependent on working women.Mothers of children 12 years old and younger lost nearly 2.2 million jobs between February and August, a 12% drop, a Stateline analysis found. Fathers of small children saw a 4% drop of about 870,000 jobs.The loss was even worse for single mothers of young children, who lost 16% of jobs they held in February, compared with a 6% drop for single fathers,...