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Manchin's Move

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin announced an agreement to add significant climate change and clean energy provisions to the FY2022 Budget Reconciliation Legislation, now called the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.

Senator Joe Manchin

“I now propose and will vote for the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. Rather than risking more inflation with trillions in new spending, this bill will cut the inflation taxes Americans are paying, lower the cost of health insurance and prescription drugs, and ensure our country invests in the energy security and climate change solutions we need to remain a global superpower through innovation rather than elimination. Whether it is the threats to our energy security, high inflation, exploding national debt, persistent income inequality, supply chain chaos or the emergence of a new Cold War, it is time to put away the partisan swords and advance legislation that is in the best interests of the future of this nation and the American people we all represent – not just one party.

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 Includes:

  • Historic deficit reduction to fight inflation
  • Lowers energy costs increases, cleaner production, and reduces carbon emissions by roughly 40 percent by 2030
  • Allows Medicare to negotiate drug prices and caps out-of-pocket costs to $2,000
  • Lowers ACA health care premiums for millions of Americans
  • Make biggest corporations and ultra-wealthy pay their fair share
  • There are no new taxes on families making $400,000 or less and no new taxes on small businesses – we are closing tax loopholes and enforcing the tax code.

Read the legislative text for the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 here.


Uncovering The Uber Files

‘The Uber Files’: 124,000+ Leaked Files Expose Global Dirty Dealings of Ride-Hailing Giant
A detailed look at the ride-hailing juggernaut that aggressively lobbied governments around the world to ease regulations and pass legislation.

The House

Raskin's Reason

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NEWSBITE: Representative Jamie Raskin

Representative Jamie Raskin

“Mobs and demagogues will put us on a path to political tyranny Lincoln said.
“--this very old problem has returned with new ferocity today as a president who lost an election deployed a mob which included dangerous extremists to attack the constitutional system of election and the peaceful transfer of power..
How to Stop a Conspiracy
Coups, murder plots, and plans to topple governments are as old as recorded history. Strategic management of information in ancient Rome saved the day, for a while, and holds invaluable lessons for today. By Josiah Osgood, Openmind magazine “No one believes in a conspiracy against an emperor until…
Stephen K. Bannon Found Guilty by Jury of Two Counts of Contempt of Congress
Jury Finds He Failed to Comply With House Subpoena From Select Committee Investigating Jan. 6 Capitol Breach Stephen K. Bannon was found guilty by a jury today of two counts of contempt of Congress stemming from his failure to comply with a subpoena issued by the House Select Committee investigat…

U.S. House on bipartisan vote passes bill protecting right to same-sex marriage
Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. House voted Tuesday to enshrine the right to same-sex and interracial marriages in federal law

The Globe

Bye Bye Borris

Boris Johnson Exit Brexit by Ed Wexler, CagleCartoons.com

Shinzo Shot

RIP Shinzo Abe by Jeff Koterba
Shooting of Shinzo Abe is a huge shock for Japan and the world
Japan is reeling from the assassination of its longest-serving former prime minister, Shinzo Abe. He was campaigning for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party for the Upper House elections due on Sunday, in the city of Nara in western Japan, when he was shot from behind with an apparently home-made sa…

WHO Monkeypox Warning

WHO Director-General Tedros

Under the International Health Regulations, I am required to consider five elements in deciding whether an outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.

First, the information provided by countries – which in this case shows that this virus has spread rapidly to many countries that have not seen it before;

Second, the three criteria for declaring a public health emergency of international concern, which have been met;

Third, the advice of the Emergency Committee, which has not reached consensus;

Fourth, scientific principles, evidence and other relevant information – which are currently insufficient and leave us with many unknowns;

And fifth, the risk to human health, international spread, and the potential for interference with international traffic.


The Final Frontier

Waiting for Webb

NASA’s Webb Produces the Most Detailed Image of the Early Universe to Date
A cosmic time machine: how the James Webb Space Telescope lets us see the first galaxies in the universe
The broad range of infrared wavelengths detectable by JWST allow it to see galaxies Hubble never could.

The Arts

BookBite

The Ballad of Reading Gaol, by Oscar Wilde

LISTEN to "The Ballad of Reading Gaol, By Oscar Wilde"

Ada Limón named Nation's 24th U.S. Poet Laureate

Librarian of Congress Names Ada Limón the Nation's 24th U.S. Poet Laureate
The End of Poetry, by Ada Limón
Watch Ada Limón reading “The End of Poetry” Enough of osseous and chickadee and sunflowerand snowshoes, maple and seeds, samara and shoot,enough chiaroscuro, enough of thus and prophecyand the stoic farmer and faith and our father and tisof thee, enough of bosom and bud, skin and
Patrick Radden Keefe Gets to the Bottom of It
Keefe’s recent output has cemented his reputation as one of the most popular and thrilling journalists at work today.

The City

Manhattan Loses Businesses as Brooklyn Gains in Stark Tale of Two Boroughs
Manhattan’s share of the city’s private establishments dropped below 50% for the first time, as Brooklyn gained 1,267 over the same period —
Inflation and Variant Surge by Kevin Siers, The Charlotte Observer, NC

Body & Mind

How Polio Crept Back Into the U.S.
U.S., public health agencies generally don’t test sewage for polio. Instead, they wait for people to show up sick in doctor’s offices or hospitals
University of Idaho researchers find a correlation between pesticides and cancer
The studies found a possible relationship between agricultural pesticides, particularly fumigants such as metam, and cancer incidences through analyzing data.
FTC Official: Antitrust Push in Health Care Must Focus on a Merger’s ’Human Impact
President Joe Biden has ordered the Federal Trade Commission to combat consolidation in the health care industry, saying that it is driving up prices for consumers and limiting their access to care.

Energy & Environment

Record high temps by Dave Granlund, PoliticalCartoons.com
Monarch butterflies are officially endangered
The iconic monarch butterfly has been listed as Endangered by the (IUCN), a global authority on the conservation status of species.

Columns & Commentary

The saga of Emmett Till has once again returned to the public sphere.
Till was a 14-year-old boy from Chicago who was visiting relatives in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, during the summer of 1955. He was kidnapped under cover at night, mercilessly beaten, shot, and thrown into the Tallahatchie River for having the “supposed audacity” to flirt with a white woman.…
Who Killed Ivana Trump?
Who Killed Ivana Trump?0:00/5:421× On July 20 the once-famous power couple arrived separately. He with a protected detail. She in a casket. My wife is convinced that Ivana Trump, the 73-year-old former wife of the 45th President was murdered. The New York City Medical Examiner’s

The Web

Pass The CHIPS Plus Please

Congress Passes CHIPS Plus Bill by R.J. Matson, Portland, ME

President Joe Biden

The CHIPS and Science Act is exactly what we need to be doing to grow our economy right now. By making more semiconductors in the United States, this bill will increase domestic manufacturing and lower costs for families.  And, it will strengthen our national security by making us less dependent on foreign sources of semiconductors.
This bill includes important guardrails to ensure that companies receiving tax payer dollars invest in America and that union workers are building new manufacturing plants across the country.

Buyer's Remorse by Randall Enos, Easton, CT
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