Will Bunch: Trump, TV pundits don't have a fracking clue about Pennsylvania and fossil fuels
Both President Donald Trump and a small army of TV talking heads were on full alert at Thursday night’s debate for a Joe Biden “gaffe” that could change the dynamic of an election that the incumbent seems to be losing by a large margin. And when the Democratic nominee said near the end of the 95-minute session that a Biden administration would “transition from the oil industry” while fighting climate change, Trump and the pundits pounced.An unusually animated Trump claimed that “basically what he’s saying is he’s going to destroy the oil industry. Will you remember that Texas? Will you remembe...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Congress should let Puerto Ricans' vote count on statehood
There’s a massive get out the vote campaign in the United States, with both major political parties stressing that every vote should count.Contrast that to Puerto Rico. It also has an election Nov. 3, but none of the votes will really count on the major issue:Should the U.S. territory become a U.S. state?Millions of island residents will weigh in on that question. The problem is that question has been asked repeatedly and the answer has never carried any actual weight.The U.S. does not have to abide by the decision. The referendum is just another show vote, the third in the past eight years.It...
How a group of Seahawks donated — perhaps unwittingly — to politicians who oppose their views
SEATTLE — Republican Sen. Thom Tillis and Congressman Anthony Gonzalez aren’t exactly known for supporting the actions or wishes of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.Tillis, of North Carolina, has openly scolded players for “commandeering” football games in support of racial equality and against police brutality, while former NFL wideout Gonzalez, of Ohio, maintains he always stood at attention out of “gratitude” for the nation’s troops and “how lucky” he was to be an American. When a House bill was put forth in June to curb police powers after George Floyd, an unarmed Black man,...
The Seattle Times
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...
The Mercury News
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...
Tribune News Service
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