January 21, 2021

A liberal Democrat and a QAnon-backing Republican converge on Capitol Hill for freshman orientation.

first_imgBy Friday, Ms. Bush took to Twitter that say that some of her Republican colleagues apparently were unfamiliar with Ms. Taylor, who was killed by the police in Kentucky in a case that drew international attention and sparked massive protests. – Advertisement – “It’s Day One, so I’m wearing my ‘Breonna Taylor’ mask,” she wrote. “A few of my Republican colleagues have called me Breonna, assuming that’s my name. It hurts. But I’m glad they’ll come to know her name & story because of my presence here. Breonna must be central to our work in Congress.” For her part, Ms. Greene, who was seen briefly removing her American flag mask upon checking in at orientation and declined to talk to reporters, ridiculed her new colleagues on Friday for promoting the wearing of face coverings to stop the spread of the coronavirus.“Our first session of New Member Orientation covered COVID in Congress,” she tweeted. “Masks, masks, masks …. I proudly told my freshman class that masks are oppressive. In GA, we work out, shop, go to restaurants, go to work, and school without masks. My body, my choice.”- Advertisement – On of the most striking features of the new class is the large number of Republican women. Of the 10 incumbent Democrats who lost their seats in last week’s election, eight were defeated by Republican women. “It’s not just Democrat women that have the monopoly on breaking glass ceilings; Republican women have been doing it all their lives,” said Representative-elect Nancy Mace of South Carolina, who knocked off a centrist Democrat. Ms. Mace is the first woman to graduate from the Citadel and the first to represent her state in Congress. “To see us double the number of Republican women in the House this year is pretty phenomenal. It doesn’t matter what your political affiliation is. If you want women to have a seat at the table, if you want to be in office, we have to run in order to win,” she said. “That’s what we did this year.” She appended the hashtag “#FreeYourFace.” The virus is surging in Georgia. Over the past two weeks, deaths are up 56 percent, hospitalizations are up 10 percent and new cases are up 26 percent. About 300 people died of the virus in Georgia in the past week. Representatives-elect Cori Bush, a progressive Democrat wearing a Breonna Taylor face mask, and Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon-promoting Republican whose entourage sported MAGA gear, arrived at freshman orientation in Washington within minutes of each other on Thursday, offering vastly different visions for their parties and for a new Congress.The freshman class of the 117th Congress — featuring a surge of conservative women who stunned centrist Democrats at the polls last week, but also an ascendant left that ousted establishment Democrats in primaries — is undergoing an unusual pandemic-era orientation process on Capitol Hill. – Advertisement – Despite their deep ideological differences, many of the first-year lawmakers said they were hoping to collaborate. “We’re going have to be able to work together,” Ms. Bush said. “We have districts that have needs that are similar. Hopefully, they’re willing to listen to me. I’m willing to listen to them. I’m already seeing Make America Great Again hats, but I have on my Breonna Taylor. So we’re going to talk and hopefully this 117th, it will show the diversity.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Trump’s actions show he needs to go

first_imgWhy is he so paranoid? I hope Trump gets charged with obstruction, along with campaign collusion and money laundering with the Russians.It’s time we rethink how the nation’s attorney general is chosen. Our state has the best model: Let the taxpayers elect the attorney general. That will bring accountability and a degree of trust back into how the federal government operates.Trump is void of leadership skills. He has established a “tone at the top” which is anti-government, anti-environment and anti-democracy, and he should be removed from office. His coordinated FBI and Justice Department smear campaign with the House Republicans will hopefully backfire.Remember when the GOP was the law-and-order and deficit-spending hawks party? No more.Raymond HarrisGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Comrade Trump’s meddling in the Russia investigation should be of considerable concern to us all. However, it appears that the majority of taxpayers are ignoring what is going on because Trump’s unpresidential distracting antics are boggling our minds. His constant denigration of our intelligence institutions, because they refuse to show unbridled “loyalty” to him, is both unpatriotic and anti-democratic. As president, he does get the privilege to nominate the attorney general and the FBI director. But historically, those functions serve the country, not the president like a cabinet appointment. Some say he’s just learning the role of president, which even some of his complicit Republican colleagues don’t buy.Firing FBI Director James Comey and presumably leaning on Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein to apparently fire Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller in order to stop the Russia investigation is another obstruction of justice example.It sure seems like he has a lot to hide. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Ecuador exceeds 30,000 confirmed coronavirus cases

first_imgPresident Lenin Moreno said last week that the number of new coronavirus cases had stabilized and death counts were falling after the outbreak overwhelmed sanitary authorities in Guayaquil and ravaged the economy.Following a month of strict quarantine to curb the pandemic, the government said it would now allow some businesses to operate through phone and internet services for home deliveries, while also extending the hours of operation for taxis.The International Monetary Fund on Saturday confirmed it had approved $643 million in emergency assistance for Ecuador, citing the devastating effects the virus had on economy by plummeting oil prices and global demand.The country will maintain a 15-hour curfew, keep its borders closed and prohibit public transport. Ecuador on Monday exceeded 30,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, while the government launched a plan to start gradually relaxing quarantine measures that have been in place since mid-March.The South American country has confirmed 31,881 cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, with 1,569 reported deaths and a further 1,336 deaths likely a result of the virus. Authorities have carried out 80,171 tests, which includes both rapid tests and molecular biological (polymerase chain reaction or PCR) testing.The government has warned the actual death toll is much higher than reports indicate, particularly in the largest city of Guayaquil, where corpses were left in homes or on streets for hours. Topics :last_img read more

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Demarai Gray says Arsenal ‘were playing backwards’ against Leicester City

first_imgThe winger came off the bench in Saturday’s win over the Gunners (Picture: Getty)Leicester City winger Demarai Gray says it is a measure of how good the side are performing that they forced Arsenal to ‘play backwards’ in Saturday’s Premier League victory.The Foxes have now won five straight matches in all competitions after goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison secured a 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium at the weekend.As well as piling the pressure on beleaguered Arsenal boss Unai Emery, the result also moves Leicester up to second place in the table – eight points behind leaders Liverpool. Demarai Gray says Arsenal ‘were playing backwards’ against Leicester City Second-half goals from Vardy and Maddison secured the win for Leicester (Picture: Getty)Arsenal lined up with a back three for the match – which more often looked like a back five – and Gray was keen to highlight how much more positive Leicester played than their opponents.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It was a nice win. It was a different kind of game,’ Gray told LCFC TV after the match.‘We had to be patient as they sat off us but we knew as long as we kept playing, we’d get the opportunities and Vards [Jamie Vardy] got us going.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I said on the bench at the start of the game to JJ [James Justin], “If you look at them, they’re quite deep”.‘It’s kind of a compliment as we’ve got a team like Arsenal playing backwards. Arsenal fans have criticised Emery for his tactics and decisions in recent games (Picture: Getty)‘We’re a possession team, we keep the ball and keep it moving and, as I say, we had to grind them down and we did that in the end.’On opponents adjusting to stifle Leicester, he added: ‘We know every game in this league is going to be difficult and the opposition are going to set up differently every week. I think because we are doing so well, and teams know what we’re about.’MORE: Brendan Rodgers praises Unai Emery after Arsenal’s defeat to Leicester CityMORE: Patrick Vieira issues warning to Arsenal fans who want Unai Emery sackedMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Commentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 12 Nov 2019 1:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link300Shares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Estafa suspect falls

first_imgILOILO City – Charged with estafa, a manwas arrested in Barangay Aglibacao, Calinog, Iloilo. The court recommended an P18,000 bailbond for the suspect’s temporary liberty./PN The 26-year-old Niniel Bolivar wascaught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 11, apolice report showed. center_img He was detained in the lockup cell ofthe Calinog police station. last_img

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Russia 2018: Ekweremadu Charges Eagles to Help Heal Wounds of Division

first_imgEkweremadu, who stated this in a goodwill message to the Super Eagles as they prepare to trade tackles with Croatia in their opening qualifying match Saturday, expressed absolute faith in the Gernot Rohr-tutored team.According to him, “Nigeria is more divided today than at any other time in her history. But, for us, football is the tonic that heals old wounds. We need a truly super and brilliant outing by the Super Eagles at the ‘mundial’ to help reunite a divided nation.“They have the experience, skill, and the indomitable Nigerian spirit to do the nation and Africa proud. They also have the prayers and goodwill of the over 180 million Nigerian population behind them.”Ekweremadu therefore urged the team to go for goals and the cup, saying: “There is absolutely nothing beyond the Super Eagles at this stage.”While wishing the Super Eagles the very best, he also enjoined Nigerians not to relent in their prayers for the team.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Deji Elumoye in AbujaThe Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu Friday emphasised that a brilliant outing by the Super Eagles at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia would help to heal the wounds of the divisions in the country.He has therefore charged the 23-man team to go for early goals in all their matches.last_img read more

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Cazenovia volleyball denied sectional Class C title by Skaneateles rally

first_imgHelped by some tremendous serving, Cazenovia rattled off seven consecutive points at two different times in the opening set, building a 20-7 margin and, though Skaneateles did make up some ground, the set ended 25-16.The drama really started in the second set. Despite another 7-0 run and several different leads, including 20-18, Cazenovia found itself trailing 24-22 and ready to have the match go even. But it got the serve back, fought off another set point and then got two more points to snatch the set 26-24.Such a momentum shift seemed impossible to recover from, and Cazenovia jumped out 13-6 in the third set. But Skaneateles started to get its serves in good spots and, like the second set, caught up to take a 24-22 lead.Just as in that previous set, Cazenovia denied Skaneateles on two set points. Then, at 26-25 and again at 27-26, a match point was at hand, and one more good serve, or successful rally, would produce a sectional championship.Despite all that had gone wrong before, though, Skaneateles would not surrender. It fought off those match points, pulled out the third set 29-27, and kept the match alive.Initially, Cazenovia wasn’t rattled, for it resumed its strong all-around play and built a 16-5 lead in the fourth set. Once again, though, it was a string of serves that allowed Skaneateles to eat into that margin.Still in front 21-19, Cazenovia saw Skaneateles use a timeout and, out of that break, notch four consecutive points, and this time the top seed did finish off the set, 25-22, and suddenly it all came down to a fifth set.The two Lakers sides went back and forth for most of that last set, with eight early ties. But at 13-13, Skaneateles put together a 7-1 run and never got caught.Fittingly, Kristen Henry, who had eight aces, closed it out with the last of those aces on match point, Henry also earning nine kills and 16 digs as Maeve Canty had 21 kills and 23 digs, with Emma Keady getting 34 assists.One bright spot for Cazenovia is that it graduates just three seniors – setter Josie Avery, Julia Bauder and Mackenzie Waite. Maddie Waite is back for 2020, as are Kylie Fenton, Helen Hausser, Maren Smith, Quinilan Emhoff, Natalie Tresco and other Lakers primed by what they did this fall, and bent on writing a different ending. The fact that Cazenovia did gain such complete control of the match was not a total surprise. It had pushed Skaneateles hard in both of their regular-season meetings – a four-set defeat on Sept. 12 and a five-set loss on Oct. 8.In the latter of those two matches, Cazenovia was up 2-1 after three sets but could not hold on to it, a harbinger for what happened in the sectional final.Both sides had overcome season-ending injuries to key players – Mackenzie Waite on this Lakers’ side, Lily Delasin on the other Lakers’ side. They also had gone through long layoffs before the sectional final, though Cazenovia’s 10-day break after its semifinal win over Jordan-Elbridge paled next to the 17 days off Skaneateles had after its regular season ended. Tags: Cazenoviavolleyball All seemed in place for the Cazenovia girls volleyball team Friday night at Fayetteville-Manlius as the crowd was on its feet, anticipating the match point that would cap off a superb performance and produce a Section III Class C championship at the expense of its top-seeded Laker rivals from Skaneateles.An hour later, though, Cazenovia was still on the court, its moment of triumph turned into one of sadness and disbelief.Somehow, someway, Skaneateles had made its way back from several large deficits, not to mention two match points, to defeat Cazenovia in five sets and earn the sectional title. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

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McGrath says: Skis plus weaponry? Talk about walking in winter wonderland

first_imgMcGrath’s take:Since the days of ancient man, before such novelties as toilet paper and waffles were invented, we earthlings have had an obsession with weapons.Whether we are talking about scrawlings of spears on cavemen’s walls or including the right to bear arms in the constitution, one of the understood rules of the world is that everything is better with weapons. I’m not sure who first came up with the concept, though it was probably some genius like Aesop or Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the fact is that when firearms are thrown into the equation, more fun is bound to happen.Upon the foundation of this premise, the biathlon is unquestionably the best Olympic sport.In the biathlon, competitors ski through a cross-country course that is usually somewhere between 10 and 20 kilometers in distance. The track is broken up into two or four areas where racers must pull out their rifles and hit targets. Now, this is like putting the banana in front of a gorilla on a treadmill. I mean, who wouldn’t mind taking a little ski through the countryside if you knew that just down the course you were going to get to blow away some cheaply-made targets? You can’t top that for motivation.The biathlon actually used to be called “military patrol,” which would be awarded the title of coolest Olympic sport name, if it were still used today. Why did they change it? Probably to keep the lid on what is the best sport around. I mean, if everyone really knew about it, why would they flock to other sports like football and golf when they could play in the snow with rifles instead?The worst thing about the biathlon is the name itself, especially since it sounds like a Summer Olympics game. Nothing is worse than the Summer Olympics … except, of course, Richard Simmons.last_img read more

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Two foes on tap for USC

first_imgThe USC women’s tennis team returns home this weekend to host a pair of Pac-10 rivals at Marks Stadium.The No. 17 Women of Troy (11-7, 3-1) face off against No. 21 Arizona State (12-3, 4-1) first in a match today and then host No. 56 Arizona (12-6, 1-4) on Saturday.Second shot · Freshman Valeria Pulido and the Women of Troy lost a close battle with Arizona State 4-3 earlier this season. The Sun Devils come to Marks Stadium on Friday with Pac-10 positioning at stake. – Geo Tu | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy return to Los Angeles after a long weekend in the Bay Area, where rain stopped the Women of Troy from completing their match against then-No. 12 Stanford. With forecasted rain, the teams played singles first but rain postponed the doubles play with the singles tied 3-3. The deciding doubles point will be resumed only in the event that it becomes a determining factor in the 2010 Pac-10 title. USC lost to the then-No. 11 Cal 5-2 that weekend.“This past weekend we played two of the best teams in the country, and both times we were extremely close to winning. This showed our potential while also giving us confidence by realizing how good we can be,” freshman Valeria Pulido said.In the individual rankings released March 30, junior Maria Sanchez moved up in the singles ranks from No. 3 to No. 2. Sanchez holds a 15-2 singles record in dual-match play.No. 26 sophomore Alison Ramos for USC saw her ranking come in just outside the nation’s top 25. She is followed closely by Women of Troy freshmen No. 30 Danielle Lao and No. 103 Pulido. In doubles, Lao and Sanchez hold the No. 46 ranking after their first week playing together, while junior Lyndsay Kinstler and Sanchez are ranked No. 62 and Pulido and Sanchez rank No. 63.Meanwhile, ASU is fresh off an upset victory over California.Even though USC is 42-20 all-time against ASU, the Sun Devils will bring some tough conference competition for the Women of Troy today.ASU’s Nadia Abdala was named ASU’s Female Athlete of the Week after her performance against Cal, in which she captured a victory over Cal’s Kasia Siwosz. Abdala’s win allowed ASU to clinch the match and complete the upset. In addition, ASU has No. 80 Kelcy McKenna ranked in singles, but no ranked doubles duos.USC played ASU last month in Tempe, Ariz., over spring break. Although USC lost 4-3 to the Sun Devils, the match was not a conference-counting match and therefore did not count toward either team’s Pac-10 record.“By playing ASU again, and now at home, we feel that is our chance to really show ourselves,” Pulido said.But these matches this weekend are conference matches, and if USC wants a chance at the Pac-10 title, it will need to win both. In addition, if USC wins, it will be able to host the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament; and considering its record this season is 8-3 at home, that would be very beneficial to them.“Although we are no longer undefeated in the Pac-10 conference, it is still vital we bring our best to every match,” said Lao. “Of course we have to somewhat rely on the rest of the conference to not be undefeated; we still have to concentrate on what we can do if that does happen in order to give us the best shot and opportunity at the title.”Today’s match against ASU will start at 1:30 p.m., while the match on Saturday against Arizona will begin at noon.last_img read more

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