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Schumer's Success

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has presided over a 50-50 split Senate longer than any other previous majority leader, and led his caucus of 48 Democratic and 2 Independent Senators (Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine) along with Vice-President Kamala Harris' tie-breaking vote to pass the historic, Inflation Reduction act of 2022.

What does the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 Do?

  • Lowers out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs, bringing prices down and capping drug costs at $2,000 per year.
  • Locks in lower premiums under the Affordable Care Act, saving 13 million families an average of $800 a year.
  • Powers transition to a clean energy future and fights the climate crisis.
  • Invests in reducing the deficit by nearly $2 trillion over two decades, driving down inflation in the long-term.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY)
This is one of the most comprehensive and impactful bill's congress has seen in decades.
It will help every citizen in this country and make America a much better place
The time is now to move forward with big, bold package for the American people. To fight inflation and make it easier for people to afford everything from trips to the doctor's office to trips to the pharmacy. To hold drug companies accountable and empower medicare to negotiate the cost of prescription drugs. To help families pay their utilities with the boldest clean energy package in American history.

Manchin Senate maneuvers by Dave Granlund, PoliticalCartoons.com

Garland's Mar-a-Lago Gauntlet

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NEWSBITE: AG Merrick Garland on Filing Motion to Unseal Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant

Attorney General Merrick Garland

First, I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter.
Second, the Department does not take such a decision lightly. Where possible, it is standard practice to seek less intrusive means as an alternative to a search, and to narrowly scope any search that is undertaken.
Third, let me address recent unfounded attacks on the professionalism of the FBI and Justice Department agents and prosecutors. I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked.
Former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Largo home in South Florida raided Monday
The New York Times reported that the search seemed focused on documents Trump brought from the White House after he left Washington.

Al Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahiri Killed

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NEWSBITE: President Biden on a Successful Counterterrorism Operation in Afghanistan

President Joe Biden

After relentlessly seeking Zawahiri for years under Presidents Bush, Obama, and Trump, our intelligence community located Zawahiri earlier this year.  He had moved to downtown Kabul to reunite with members of his immediate family.

After carefully considering the clear and convincing evidence of his location, I authorized a precision strike that would remove him from the battlefield once and for all.
Who was Ayman al-Zawahri? Where does his death leave al-Qaida and what does it say about US counterterrorism?
Haroro J. Ingram, George Washington University; Andrew Mines, George Washington University, and Daniel Milton, United States Military Academy West Point Ayman al-Zawahri, leader of al-Qaida and a plotter of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has been killed in a drone strike in the Afghan city of Kabul, a…

NATO Plus Two

President Joe Biden

The Senate overwhelmingly endorsed our close partners Finland and Sweden joining NATO. This historic vote sends an important signal of the sustained, bipartisan U.S. commitment to NATO, and to ensuring our Alliance is prepared to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. I thank the members of the Senate – especially Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, Senator Menendez and Senator Risch — for their leadership and for quickly advancing the ratification process, the fastest Senate process for a NATO protocol since 1981. Finland and Sweden joining the Alliance will further strengthen NATO’s collective security and deepen the transatlantic partnership.

Riding with Biden by Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune, UT

Senate Elections

Some 40 years ago, 1 female from FL was elected to the U.S. Senate. Will Val Demings be #2?
by Issac Morgan, Florida PhoenixAugust 10, 2022 It’s been about four decades since a Florida woman — Republican Paula Hawkins of the Orlando area — was elected to the U.S. Senate for one term. What followed was a lineup of male-senators-only to represent Florida in the Senate chamber. Now,
Ron Johnson Medicare Social Security Phone by Ed Wexler, CagleCartoons.com

Energy & Environment

How climate change spurs megadroughts
The atmosphere is like a sponge: It sucks up water from soils, plants, rivers, oceans, and lakes.
EPA Action Boosts Grassroots Momentum to Reduce Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’
Public records show the chemicals have turned up in water samples collected from home water wells, churches, schools, military bases, nursing homes

The City

Polio in NYC

Polio Identified in New York City Wastewater
Sewage samples in New York City provided to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified presence of polioviruses indicating a risk of community transmission The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) tod…
Mayor Adams Announces Largest Composting Program in Nation, Providing Every Household in Queens With Weekly Curbside Composting
New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Commissioner Jessica Tisch today announced the launch of the nation’s largest curbside composting program starting this fall the composting program will collect yard waste and food scraps for all Queens residents, provi…
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Says His State Is Now Busing Migrants to New York City
Texas is now busing migrants from the Mexican border to New York City, the state’s latest confrontation with an East Coast city over the influx at the border.
How Does Congestion Pricing Work? What to Know About the Toll System Taking Manhattan
The idea: You charge people money to drive in certain places. That fee, in theory, discourages some drivers from getting on the road, potentially reducing overall traffic.
Things I Hate About Dining Out
Restaurant Week has been going on for a month in New York City, so I’ve been eating out a lot. Taking advantage of the fixed price menus,

The Nation

Kansas

No Place Like No by Christopher Weyant, CagleCartoons.com
Kansas abortion-rights activists emphasized attack on personal rights to defeat amendment
by Sherman Smith, Kansas ReflectorAugust 3, 2022 TOPEKA — For Ashley All, the effort to defeat a constitutional amendment that would have eliminated abortion rights is the most consequential campaign the Kansas political veteran has worked on. The issue is personal, All told news reporters during…

The Globe

Pelosi in Taiwan by Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News, NY
Taiwan: Beijing reacts to Pelosi’s visit with live-fire exercises prompting fears of escalation
The areas chosen for these exercises are unprecedented in their proximity to Taiwan, coming much closer than those of the previous Taiwan Straits Crisis in 1995-1996 and dramatically raising tensions in the region.

Sanction effect on Russia by Paresh Nath, U.T. Independent, India

In Memoriam

David McCullough (1933 - 2022)
Author and historian David McCullough died on Sunday, August 7, surrounded by his family, at home in Hingham, Massachusetts. He was 89. Journey through history with David McCullough Simon & Schuster CEO Jonathan Karp Simon & Schuster has been honored to be David’s publisher for 54 years,…
Browse David McCullough's Books
How Vin Scully scored his Dodgers gig at 22 years old
Vin Scully, who died on Aug. 2, 2022, is widely viewed as the greatest baseball announcer of all time.
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