Grocery prices are down from their COVID-19 summer peaks. But here's why your food bills are still stubbornly high.
Eva Rosol was stunned during the summer when a rotisserie chicken that she could normally find on sale for $6 suddenly set her back $15.Rosol, a resident of the Chicago suburb Westmont, Ill., who lost her job as a substitute teacher when COVID-19 shut schools in March, could afford it thanks to the extra $600 per week in unemployment benefits the federal government offered during the first four months of the pandemic. But those extra benefits expired in late July.Now Rosol, 54, who has a business degree and is seeking a job in sales, receives $108 weekly in unemployment aid. Meanwhile, her hus...
Emailed threats in Florida dry up as congressional delegation asks for FBI briefing
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Threatening emails claiming to be from a pro-Trump group called the Proud Boys that were sent to voters in Florida and other states earlier this week appeared to have come to a halt after the FBI accused Iran and Russia of being behind attacks to influence the U.S. election.But two Florida members of Congress are now requesting an FBI briefing for the Florida delegation and at least seven local election officials say they have not been given any information from authorities on the scope of the issue other than what has been publicly reported.“This request is in direct respo...
Two congresswomen created social media buzz when they played 'Among Us' on Twitch
In one of the more fascinating moments in gaming, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., were trying to find murderous imposters on a spaceship. They weren’t alone. The two congresswomen were joined by popular streamers such as Imane “Pokimane” Anys, Ben “DrLupo” Lupo and Hasan “Hasanabi” Piker as they all played hit social deduction game “Among Us” on Twitch. For the uninitiated, think of it as a murder-mystery dinner party played on computers and without four-course meal.The experience was surreal to say the least as the lawmakers took to Twitch in order to encourag...
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The Texas congressional delegation doesn't reflect the state's diversity. Will the election change that?
WASHINGTON — The Texas congressional delegation long hasn’t reflected the demographic diversity of the state. Currently, Anglos occupy roughly two-thirds of the Texas seats in the U.S. House, while Anglos make up 41% of the Texas population. Latinos, on the other hand are severely underrepresented, with 19% of seats and comprising 40% of the population.This year, amid a national reckoning of systemic racism in all aspects of American life, candidates of color are running in 24 of the state’s 36 congressional districts, including 10 districts where both Democrat and Republican are nonwhite.Yet ...
Renaming “urgent bills” backdoor is no improvement | Daily FT
In many countries the people are afforded many opportunities to check whether the Legislature is doing what it should do and to see whether laws are consistent with the Constitution. In Sri Lanka, there is only a small window within which this can be done. What the amended 20th Amendment seeks to do is narrow that window even further. The Cabinet is still trying to get its way by playing word games – Pic by Shehan GunasekaraThe Cabinet wants us to believe that it has backed off from restricting the limited opportunity given to the public to challenge bills prior to approval. But it has retaine...
Daily Financial Times
John M. Crisp: We have a right to know more about Barrett
By all accounts, Amy Coney Barrett is a fine human being, but it’s disconcerting to consider how little we actually know about her after the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings last week on her nomination to the Supreme Court.It’s not unreasonable for Supreme Court nominees to decline to reveal how they would rule if faced with specific cases that could reach the court. Indeed, Barrett declined often, relying on the so-called Ginsburg rule, which Barrett summed up as follows: “No hints, no previews, no forecasts.”But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was entirely transparent about where she stood on...
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Washington's mandatory sex-education referendum tests conservative power at the ballot box
SEATTLE — This spring, as the coronavirus spread across Washington, a team of stalwart volunteers set up signature-gathering drive-thrus outside churches and stores. Their aim: to put a referendum on the November ballot overturning a new law that required public schools to teach comprehensive sexual health education.Thousands of voters streamed to these impromptu drive-thrus. By June, more than 264,000 people had signed, more than double the number needed for the referendum to qualify for the ballot.But in the roughly four months since then, the campaign has moved mostly online. Those who favo...
The Seattle Times
Trump lashes back at Nebraska senator in a sign of GOP fissures
President Donald Trump is back to hurling insults at the people who are supposed to be his allies as the campaign heads into the home stretch.Trump trashed Sen. Ben Sasse Saturday as “rather stupid and obnoxious” after the Nebraska Republican slammed the president for botching the national response to coronavirus and “kissing dictators’ butts.”“Little Ben is a liability to the Republican Party, and an embarrassment to the Great State of Nebraska,” Trump tweeted, deriding the conservative Sasse as a RINO, or Republican in name only.Trump waited barely two hours to follow up by effectively prono...
New York Daily News
3 prominent Buddhist monks call on President to reconsider 20A | Daily FT
The 3 members of the clergy who staunchly backed the election of the President write expressing concerns about the 20A BillSay the Amendment will create a powerful Executive; weaken Legislature, Judiciary and CabinetAsks for several clauses in Bill to be removed before it is enactedOpposition to the 20th Amendment to the Constitution from members of the Buddhist clergy grew yesterday with three prominent monks writing to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa urging him to reconsider passing the Bill in its current form.The three members of the clergy – namely Bengamuwe Nalaka Thera, Muruttettuwe Ananda...
Daily Financial Times
Sen. David Perdue purposefully flubs Kamala Harris' name, drawing sharp criticism
MACON, Ga. — U.S. Sen. David Perdue purposefully flubbed the name of his colleague Sen. Kamala Harris at a rally Friday for President Donald Trump in Macon, drawing immediate criticism from his Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff and others who called it a “racist tactic.”As Perdue warned that the Democratic presidential ticket of Joe Biden and Harris would bring “radical socialism” to the country if elected, Perdue dramatically struggled with Harris’ name, to the delight of the crowd.“Kamala? Kamala? Kamala-mala-mala? I don’t know. Whatever.”Harris and Perdue have served together in the U.S. Sen...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution