Will Bunch: I dissent: Shut America down if Trump, McConnell proceed with post-RBG power grab
The final fight of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s remarkable 87-year life — to beat cancer long enough for a president who shared her commitment to equality and decency to pick her replacement — came to an end Friday just as the sun was setting on Washington, D.C., signaling the end to the Jewish calendar year 5780 and the start of Rosh Hashanah. Her longtime friend, the NPR Supreme Court journalist Nina Totenberg, wrote on Twitter that “(a) Jewish teaching says those who die just before the Jewish new year are the ones God has held back until the last moment (because) they were needed most & w...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tired of blah desserts? These four are worth the calories
It’s so disappointing.You go to a restaurant or a friend’s house for dinner. All meal long, you are anticipating the grand event, the crowning glory — a superb dessert, rich and sweet, the perfect ending to an enchanting meal.And then the dessert comes. And it’s, you know, OK. Could be better. Mediocre or not even that. Suddenly, the meal is no longer quite as enchanting.It’s so disappointing, especially when you consider the calories that you needlessly consumed on a dessert that was ordinary. Run of the mill. Inadequate.Fortunately, you don’t have to take it anymore — at least not when you’r...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Biden warns in Philly that confirming a new Supreme Court justice now would cause 'irreversible damage'
PHILADELPHIA — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden urged Senate Republicans on Sunday not to confirm a new Supreme Court justice before the results of the election are known, warning that doing so would cause “irreversible damage” to American democracy.“To jam this nomination through the Senate is just an exercise in raw political power,” Biden said in an address from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, two days after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “And I don’t believe the people of this nation will stand for it.”Speaking directly to a small number ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Lindsey Graham reverses 2016 declaration that justices shouldn't be pushed through in an election year
Senate Judiciary chairman Lindsey Graham’s Saturday announcement that he intends to support the president’s Supreme Court justice nomination during an election year pits him against one of the most prominent voices in the Republican party.That would be his 2016 self.As debate swirls on whether President Donald Trump should replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the election, progressive activists are circulating video of the South Carolina senator stating in 2016 that Republicans were setting precedent against appointing new justices with an election on the horizon by blocking President Ba...
New York Daily News
¿Regalo para Florida? Trump aprobaría pronto importación de medicamentos de Canadá
A pesar de las objeciones de las farmacéuticas, se espera que la administración Trump finalice, en pocas semanas, el plan que permitiría a los estados importar de Canadá algunos medicamentos de venta bajo receta.Seis estados —Colorado, Florida, Maine, New Hampshire, New México y Vermont— tienen leyes que les permiten solicitar la aprobación federal para comprar medicamentos de Canadá a fin de dar a sus residentes acceso a medicamentos de menor costo.Pero los expertos dicen que la importación de medicamentos propuesta por el gobierno se ha hecho pensando en Florida, el estado más poblado y disp...
Kaiser Health News (Espanol)
Election Gift for Florida? Trump Poised to Approve Drug Imports From Canada
Over the objections of drugmakers, the Trump administration is expected within weeks to finalize its plan that would allow states to import some prescription medicines from Canada.Six states — Colorado, Florida, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Vermont — have passed laws allowing them to seek federal approval to buy drugs from Canada to give their residents access to lower-cost medicines.But industry observers say the drug importation proposal under review by the administration is squarely aimed at Florida — the most populous swing state in the November election. Trump’s support of the ide...
Kaiser Health News
NY Republicans rebuke Trump administration for defunding FDNY 9/11 program as rest of GOP silent
NEW YORK — Most of New York’s congressional Republicans broke party ranks this week and condemned the Trump administration for stripping millions of dollars from the FDNY’s 9/11 health care program — even as GOP leaders and lawmakers from other states remained conspicuously silent.As first reported by the New York Daily News last week, the Treasury Department has over the past four years siphoned about $3.7 million from the FDNY’s World Trade Center Health Program, which covers medical services for New York firefighters and other first responders suffering from 9/11-related illnesses.Treasury ...
New York Daily News
Harp society teaches students via Zoom in pandemic
PHILADELPHIA — Elizabeth Steiner watched closely on a laptop as Chanah Nielson positioned her fingers on the strings of a six-foot-tall concert grand harp. The Philadelphia High School for Girls junior was about to play Two Guitars, a piece by the esteemed harpists Linda Wood Rollo and Susann McDonald.“Your hands look very good,” Steiner said. “But your audio is a little low for some reason.”Welcome to another live, screen-mediated, analog-digital mashup of the sort that have become an essential part of music education in the pandemic era. This 30-minute session in August was conducted via Zoo...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Lincoln Project Slams Sen. Susan Collins In New Ad, Calling Her ‘Trump Stooge’
The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump super PAC, released a video called “Trump Stooge,” attacking Sen Susan Collins (R-Maine) for not speaking up against President Donald Trump and ultimately helped him keep his job during the impeachment trial. Collins, who video describes as “Trump stooge,” is one of a few Republican swing votes in the Senate.“Sen. Collins never stands up to Donald Trump,” the narrator says. “Sen. Collins isn’t an independent. She’s a fraud. Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump control her voice.”“Susan Collins doesn’t work for Maine. She works for them. And Maine deserves a leade...
August is open season for hunting invasive insects
AUSTIN, Texas — It’s a busy time of year for the Texas A&M Forest Service — many highly destructive pests are emerging in their adult form to reproduce and lay eggs. One such pest on the Forest Service’s most wanted list is the emerald ash borer.“I’ll be out in the woods all day tomorrow chasing something down,” Allen Smith, regional forest health coordinator, said on a recent summer day.Shining in the sun, the wings of the emerald ash borer catch the light and reflect back iridescent shades of green and blue. As the insect prepares for flight, its wings part to reveal an equally shimmering ru...