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    WE CAN all agree that peanut butter is universally loved – or at least, by most people. Everyone can say that they've indulged in a variety of ways – adding it to baked goods, desserts, and even eating it straight out of the container. 3You've been storing peanut butter all wrongCredit: Getty 3Natural peanut butter tends to separate if stored wrongCredit: Getty But did you know that this entire time you've been storing it all wrong? Assuming you eat the natural stuff, you'll notice the oil and spread tend to separate quite easily. I mean, even sometimes the regular stuff tends to get tiny pools of oil at the end if you've had it for a long (and reasonable) time. And when that happens, you'll probably spend a few good minutes just mixing it all together before indulging. Talk about an arm workout. Well, in order to prevent this, you should have been storing it upside down! According to PureWow, if you store it upside down, the oil will distribute throughout the spread and you won't...
    After the Supreme Court ruled to block a vaccine-or-test mandate for large businesses, many employees wonder whether companies will continue to impose COVID-19 jab requirements. The Biden administration vaccine measure, halted by the Supreme Court on Thursday by a 6-3 vote, would have affected employers with 100 or more workers. The decision, split along ideological lines, came days after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s emergency measure took effect. Had the Supreme Court not issued a ruling by Feb. 9, the measure would have required more than 84 million workers in the private sector to either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or subject themselves to weekly testing, to which justices ruled Congress should have been in charge of implementing such a measure. "The Supreme Court has stood up for small businesses by staying this illegal employer vaccine mandate," said Alfredo Ortiz, CEO of the Job Creators Network, a conservative advocacy group that filed one of many lawsuits against President Joe Biden's OSHA-enforced mandate. Representing the National Federation of Independent Business during oral arguments over the mandate was attorney Scott Keller,...
    On Jan. 15, around 36 million households with children won’t get a payment that many had come to rely on over the previous six months. Thanks to Sen. Joe Manchin and every single Senate Republican, the expanded child tax credit lapsed, and Democrats aren’t sure how to move forward on restoring it. Senate Democrats have shifted to bashing their heads against the problem of getting voting rights—another top priority—passed. They and the White House continue to hope for a way to get Manchin and fellow problem Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on board with some version of President Joe Biden’s signature Build Back Better agenda. But that means getting through Manchin’s right-wing—but also notably boneheaded—opposition to the most successful anti-child poverty program in decades over his offensive and inaccurate view that the benefit is being used to buy drugs. Thanks to Manchin’s specific opposition to the child tax credit, even attempting to pass it as a stand-alone bill while the rest of Build Back Better is negotiated would be unlikely to work. Meanwhile, not just the poor families that Manchin has...
    Rennie named mayor Rob Rennie was appointed mayor of Los Gatos for 2022 during a special town council meeting Dec. 14. Rennie was elected to the council in 2014 and served as mayor in 2018. He served as vice mayor in 2021. Maria Ristow, who was elected to the council in 2020, was appointed vice mayor. Bay Area Open The Los Gatos Art Association is accepting submissions for the next Greater Bay Area Open, a contest for artists across the Bay Area’s nine counties. Winning entires will be exhibited in the New Museum Los Gatos’s main gallery. This year’s theme — “Listen, Learn, Change, Grow” — encourages participants to think about inclusivity. It was chosen after the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce started its own initiative to make the town more welcoming to all residents. Artists can submit up to four pieces for consideration through Jan. 9, 2022 at tinyurl.com/GreaterBayAreaOpen2022. Winners will be announced mid-January. Measure B passes The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters’ Office officially certified the results of the Los Gatos Union School District Measure B election...
    Olaf Scholz, Germany’s new left-wing political leader, has said that he remains “chancellor of the unvaccinated”, despite his support for mandatory vaccination. Olaf Scholz has claimed that new restrictions aimed at tackling the Chinese Coronavirus have not divided the country, and that he is also “chancellor of the unvaccinated” just as much as he represents vaccinated Germans. This is despite the fact that Scholz advocates for making COVID vaccination mandatory for the entire population, as well as lockdowns for unvaccinated individuals only, a measure that has been referred to by one Austrian politician as “Corona Apartheid“. During an interview with Bild, Scholz was keen to emphasize that, despite much controversy, he did not think that Germany had become divided over restrictions. “Germany is not divided! Most of the citizens have had themselves vaccinated. Many more want to do so soon because they have overcome their concerns,” Scholz told the paper. “And of those who do not get vaccinated, there are very few who believe that they have to demonstrate their resistance to the vaccinations with martial torch marches.” The chancellor’s comments...
    Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council measure that would’ve labeled climate change a threat to security worldwide in a first for the international body. Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia explained that the resolution would’ve politicized “a scientific and economic issue,” the Associated Press reported. He added that the council should instead focus on “genuine” areas of conflict, arguing the climate measure could give the UN leeway to intervene more in nations’ affairs. “This approach would be a ticking time bomb,” Nebenzia said, according to the AP. The first-of-its-kind resolution was sponsored by the delegations of Ireland and Niger which urged the council to approve the measure. The Irish delegation slammed Russia following the veto, saying the move signaled that the council needs to be reformed. “Let me be clear – the veto is an anachronism,” Irish Ambassador Byrne Nason told reporters. “This is a Security Council which sorely needs reform. We regret the use of the veto in all circumstances, and we absolutely regret its use today. Its use is a stain on the legacy of the Council.” (RELATED:...
    The Labor Department's producer price index was expected to rise 9.2% in November from a year ago, according to FactSet. This is breaking news. Please check back here for updates.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    DENVER (CBS4) – All of Colorado’s 27 larger ski areas will get snow in the coming days while Denver struggles to get the first accumulating snow of the season about 7 weeks later than normal. The storm will initially arrive Wednesday night with snow spreading across the mountains mainly west of the Continental Divide. The snow will then spread east across all mountain areas on Thursday followed by the heaviest snow arriving late Thursday into Friday. The snow will end in the high country by late Friday night so it will be a 48 hour storm. The highest snow totals in the state will likely be in the San Juan Mountains where up to 36 inches of snow is possible over Wolf Creek Pass and at the Wolf Creek Ski Area. That area along with all areas above about 9,000 feet west of Vail and Monarch Passes are under a Winter Storm Watch from Wednesday afternoon through Friday afternoon. While Wolf Creek could get 3 feet of snow, most mountain areas will 1 to 2 feet. Regardless, when the snow is...
    The House passed legislation late Tuesday that will pave the way for Democrats to unilaterally raise the nation’s borrowing limit. The measure authorizes fast-track consideration of a debt ceiling increase bill and will allow it to pass the Senate later this month with only 51 votes instead of the usual 60 votes. The House passed the bill following weeks of negotiations in the Senate, where Republicans have refused to support a long-term increase in the debt limit. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said he agreed to the deal because it will not require any GOP lawmakers to vote to pass a debt limit increase. But the measure passed by the House Tuesday will require at least 10 Republicans in the Senate to overcome one procedural hurdle. “I think this is in the best interest of the country by avoiding default,” McConnell said. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has warned Congress the federal government would run out of money to make payments by December 15 unless lawmakers acted to raise the debt ceiling. ...
    In a groundbreaking move, in 2020, Oregon voters approved the decriminalization of personal use amounts of all illicit drugs, with Measure 110 passing with a healthy 59 percent of the vote. That made Oregon the first state in the U.S. to make this dramatic break after decades of the war on drugs. Now, as other states are pondering a similar move and are looking for evidence to bolster their case for drug decriminalization, some of the initial results in Oregon are looking pretty impressive and promising. Measure 110 promised not only thousands of fewer drug arrests but also a move away from a punitive system to a more compassionate one, with hundreds of millions of dollars for “greatly [expanded] access to evidence-informed drug treatment, peer support, housing, and harm reduction services, without raising taxes,” according to a November 2020 press release from the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). These services would be funded through “excess marijuana tax revenue” (more than $45 million) and savings accrued “from no longer arresting, incarcerating, and prosecuting people for drug possession,” said the press release. State...
    Monday on FNC’s “Fox & Friends,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) reacted to President Joe Biden announcing a travel ban on eight African countries over the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The travel ban, which went into effect on Monday, was announced on Friday. Cotton said the Biden administration was taking an “incompetent half-measure” by delaying the start of the travel ban. He argued the administration should have put the ban into effect immediately. “What President Biden did over the weekend is a typical half-measure that reflects the incompetence of this administration,” Cotton declared. “If you want to implement a travel ban, it needs to go into effect immediately. That’s what most European nations did that implemented that travel ban. If you don’t want to implement a travel ban because you think the virus is already here or that it’s counterproductive, then you shouldn’t do so, but this is yet another incompetent half-measure.” “[L]ast January when the Democrats were wasting the American people’s time with the impeachment trial of President Trump, I was trying to sound the alarm about this...
    MORE than a quarter of Brits have all their Christmas shopping done by the start of December - but more a third admit they leave it to the last minute. A study of 2,000 adults found a sixth of the 'super organised' start early because they 'just can't wait' to begin their festive purchasing. 2The average Brit is expected to spend £446 on Christmas presents and £256 on Christmas food, which is £167 more than last year And a third simply enjoy buying presents and will average at least five Christmas shopping trips before the big day. As many as 54 per cent keep a note of what they are planning to buy people for Christmas throughout the year to make things easier when they do their present shopping. Although, the research, on behalf of M&S Credit Card, found 50 per cent plan to leave their wrapping to the third week of December. However, while four in 10 try to get all their presents bought and wrapped by the end of November, most fail to actually do this. Paul Stokes,...
    MARTINEZ (KPIX) — Signature-gathering has begun to place an initiative on the 2022 ballot that would force the legislature to fund more water storage in California. But even supporters admit, the success of the measure may depend on the weather. With many reservoirs in the state drying up and no guarantee of a wet winter, some Central Valley farmers and Southern California water districts are pushing an initiative called the ‘Water Infrastructure Funding Act of 2022.’ If passed by the voters, it would require the state to spend two percent of the general fund on projects that would expand water supplies. READ MORE: Kelp Forest Loss An Ecological Disaster Requiring Creative Solutions In Age of Climate Change“That would be $3-to $4 billion per year to fund water supply projects. And we don’t choose specific projects, but we define categories that are eligible for funding,” said Edward Ring, a co-organizer and spokesperson for the campaign known as More Water Now. The effort to qualify the state-wide measure has just begun and many Bay Area water agencies aren’t even aware of it...
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Wednesday warned that rising prices for housing and food were affecting the readiness of U.S. armed forces. Inflation has emerged as one of the biggest issues facing the Biden administration, as ordinary Americans complain about the price of everyday items - from gas to bread.  During a Pentagon briefing, Austin said he was temporarily increasing payments to help troops pay for off-base housing in places where rents had increased by 10 percent or more.  'This is a readiness issue, and that’s why I’m focused on making sure that our service members and our families have what they need to thrive,' he said. Last week the Labor Department revealed that prices were rising at their fastest pace in more than 30 years. It said prices had increased 6.2 percent year-on-year.  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said inflation was a 'readiness issue' on Wednesday as he announced help for troops struggling with the rising cost of rent Inflation has seen prices of ordinary goods rocketing during the past 12 months Feeding America, which coordinates the work of food...
                                  Presented by ExxonMobil     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Wednesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 763,092; Tuesday, 764,365; Wednesday, 765,913.  The Democratic agenda is piling up ahead of the Thanksgiving break as lawmakers plan to vote on the Build Back Better package in the coming days and President BidenJoe BidenIdaho state House passes worker vaccine compensation bill Biden sends 2016 climate treaty to Senate for ratification Rubio vows to slow-walk Biden's China, Spain ambassador nominees MORE hits the road to sell his agenda despite potential stumbling blocks.    Democratic leaders said on Tuesday that a House vote on a $1.75 trillion...
    FOX News anchor Trace Gallagher appeared on Fox News’  “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Wednesday to discuss the failed attempt by Democrats in Minneapolis to replace their police and instead implement a “safety department.” Fox News host and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson kicked off the segment, saying, “so about a year and a half ago, a lot of unhappy SoulCycle moms started screeching about how we needed to defund the police, they are mean! And some cities kind of went along with it. We learned last night what voters think of this. We have election results that prove it.” (RELATED: Geraldo Torches Rep. Omar: ‘Maybe The Cops Cannot Do Their Job Because They Burned Down The Precinct’) Gallagher responded, saying, “The people of Minneapolis did not have to imagine what would happen with no police because they have been watching it unfold in real time. Over the past two years, the city has lost almost a third of its police officers and crime has exploded. So, this measure to defund and dismantle the police was given a bold kick in...
    Residents in three Bay Area counties hit the polls Tuesday for a city council race and several measures affecting school district funding and zoning changes. Here are the results so far. In Alameda County, a seat on the Emeryville city council went to Courtney Welch, who defeated Charlotte Danielsson-Chang in a special election. Out of 1,158 votes, Welch received 55.35 percent of the vote. A communications and policy director at the Bay Area Community Land Trust, a nonprofit that advocates for affordable housing, Welch will be the first Black woman elected to the Emeryville City Council in over 30 years. She ran on a platform of bolstering Emeryville’s revenue stream, addressing homelessness, expanding access to affordable housing and increasing communication between law enforcement and city residents. In San Mateo County, Measure A in the town of Woodside that would allow for more outdoor gathering and dining areas by changing existing zoning rules is a nail biter, with 848 voting yes and 828 voting no. A Measure B parcel tax that would raise an estimated $4.6 million per year for the...
    On Tuesday night, the results of three contentious ballot measures in Minneapolis became known: a measure to strengthen the mayor’s office by vesting most executive power in it passed, a measure to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a Department of Public Safety failed, and a measure allowing the City Council to enact a rent control ordinance passed. Those were the overall results. But looking at how Minneapolitans voted on a ward by ward basis reveals some interesting geographic patterns about how the vote shook out. Article continues after advertisement Question 1: Strong mayor Minneapolis’ Ward 13, an affluent area in the city’s southwest, usually has the city’s highest voter turnout, a distinction it maintained in Tuesday’s election. Ward 13 also delivered a decisive margin in favor of strengthening the mayor’s office, with more than twice as many voters supporting the question as opposing it. In other wards, support and opposition was more evenly divided. Ward 7, on the west side of the city, including neighborhoods like Kenwood, Bryn Mawr and parts of downtown, also backed the question decisively....
    Minneapolis residents overwhelmingly rejected a measure to replace the city’s police department with a public safety force on Tuesday. Voters rejected the measure by a margin of roughly 56% to 43%, according to the Minnesota state database. The measure proposed to alter the Minneapolis City Charter to completely eliminate the existing police department and replace it with a Department of Public Safety that would combine “public safety functions through a comprehensive public health approach.” “I like the police. We need the police,” Minneapolis resident Wynn Wever, who only voted to oppose the measure, told the Star Tribune. Askari Lyons, another city resident, said defunding the police would be “unwise,” according to The Associated Press. (RELATED: Ilhan Omar Votes To Abolish Minneapolis Police Department And Replace It With Department Of Public Safety) Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison endorsed the amendment while Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey joined Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith in opposing it, The New York Times reported. “The election next week in Minneapolis is no less than a fight of hope vs. fear, of...
    Minneapolis (CNN)The pledge to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department made by city councilors in Powderhorn Park after the murder of George Floyd has come to represent all manner of political and media aspirations over the future of policing in America.The nearly 18 months since Floyd's death on Memorial Day 2020 has been marked by protests and court battles and political grandstanding by elected officials across the country. On Tuesday, voters in Minneapolis will have their first chance to weigh in on a concrete proposal to begin overhauling policing there. Passage of the measure, requiring 51% of those voting on the question to answer "Yes," would lead to the creation of a "Department of Public Safety." If the city continued to employ police officers, then they would be organized under that department. It would also remove a requirement to employ a minimum number of officers and would split authority for the new department between the mayor and city council. Exclusive: Derek Chauvin jurors speak out for the first time, recalling traumatic experience and that light-bulb momentBut from there, it's not clear....
    People walk past the Federal Reserve building on March 19, 2021 in Washington, DC.Olivier Douliery | AFP | Getty Images As inflation escalates, traders are expecting a more aggressive response from the Federal Reserve than policymakers are currently indicating. The market Thursday morning briefly priced in a slightly better-than-even chance that the Fed hikes interest rates three times in 2022 as price pressures increase. In their most recent economic projections, Fed officials indicated a slight tilt to a hike next year, but only one. Traders see a 65% chance of the first hike coming in June, the second as soon as September (51%), and a 51% likelihood of a third move in February 2023, according to the CME's FedWatch tool. The most recent probability for December 2022 was 45.8%, but it had been above 50% earlier in the morning. The switch comes with inflation as measured by the consumer price index excluding food and energy increasing 4% year over year, and up 3.6% as measured by personal consumption expenditures prices. That 0.4 percentage point gap between "core" CPI and PCE,...
    CLAIM: “Not only that, more people are working today than just before the pandemic started,” President Joe Biden said at campaign event with Terry Mcauliffe in Virginia last. VERDICT: False. This one is not even close. Many people lost their jobs when the pandemic struck and still have not found work. No matter how you count it, there are fewer people working than just before the pandemic. In February 2020, just before the pandemic took hold and lockdowns were issued, there were 158,732,000 people employed in America, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s broadest measure of employment. In September, there were 153,680,000 people employed. That’s a decline of just over five million.   Another measure of employment, called nonfarm payrolls, also shows the decline. This measure excludes proprietors, private household employees, unpaid volunteers, farm employees, and the unincorporated self-employed. Prior to the pandemic, there were 152,523,000 people on nonfarm payrolls. Today, there are 147,553,000 on nonfarm payrolls. That is a gap of just under 5 million. So what about the private sector? Employment on private payrolls stood at...
    ONE Mum and blogger has revealed the reasons why you should always keep an eye on your child's height, and it's not just for sentimental reasons. As many parents have a designated wall in their homes to keep up to date with their child's growth spurts, many do not realise that this can be an indicator of their child's wellbeing. 2A mum-of-two explains the importance of measuring your childCredit: Getty Mum-of-two and author of Muminthemadhouse Jen Walshaw, alongside More Than My Height, have posted about the importance of keeping up to date with your child's growth at home. Jen said: "Parents of children in the UK will remember their baby and toddlers red book where health visitors recorded our children’s weight and height and plotted it on a graph." She added: "It wasn’t the specific height and weight they focussed on but their percentile and how it changed. This was an indication of their general health and wellbeing." Jen says that measuring your child's height on regular basis will help you be on the lookout for a growth order deficiency allowing for early intervention....
    (CNN)On November 2, voters across the nation will head to the polls for an array of state and local elections. Although 2021 is considered to be an "off-year election," there is no shortage of high-profile political positions up for grabs.In addition to New Yorkers deciding who will take over managing America's largest city, the races for governor in New Jersey and Virginia will likely dominate the election night media coverage. Pundits will be in overdrive, dicing and dissecting exit polls and voting data in search of clues that might give some indication about what this all means for the pivotal 2022 midterm elections, as well as the 2024 presidential race. Arick WiersonYet, there may be one issue looming larger than any one of these high-profile races this November: Question 2 on the Minneapolis ballot, perhaps better known as the referendum on "Defunding the Police." This controversial ballot measure, sparked by last year's killing of George Floyd at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, asks voters to decide whether to essentially dismantle and defund the city's current police...
    Friday, FNC host Tucker Carlson commented his view that some of the punishment doled out to some of the January 6 U.S. Capitol protesters was “unequal” and that in some cases, prosecutors were using their opinions on COVID-19, vaccines and other personal information not relevant to the January 6 event in the court trials. Carlson noted how similar crimes were handled by the federal courts, including Code Pink protesters during Supreme Court confirmation hearings, and argued that was “unequal justice.” Transcript as follows: CARLSON: So on Tuesday, three days ago, a 53-year-old hair salon owner from Indiana called Donna Bissey was sentenced in a federal courthouse in Washington. As the day began, it seemed pretty obvious that Donna Bissey was not going to go to prison even Joe Biden’s Justice Department recommended probation. That’s because the crime she was accused of committing was not serious by any measure. The crime was quote, “parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol Building.” That would be on January 6. Donna Bissey did not set fire to any property, she didn’t attack police officers....
    The media should be helping Democrats pass a stalled massive social welfare package. That was one of the messages House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered to reporters when the House convened briefly on Tuesday to pass an extension of federal borrowing authority. New polling shows few people know much at all about the massive proposal and that even fewer people believe the legislation would do anything to help their lives. RETIRED JUSTICE ALLEGES 'SOME EVIDENCE' ELECTION OFFICIALS DID NOT FOLLOW STATE LAW That’s the media’s fault, Pelosi, a California Democrat, suggested. “I think you could all do a better job selling it, to be frank,” Pelosi said. Pelosi last month failed at wrangling her divided caucus to reach an agreement on both the social welfare spending package and a critical bipartisan infrastructure bill. Two Senate centrist holdouts want a much smaller package and price tag, and the division has left the two measures hopelessly stalled despite a new Oct. 31 deadline. Pelosi suggested the public simply doesn’t know enough about the broad...
                        Residents of Cleveland will vote in November on Issue 24, an amendment to the city’s charter that would give citizens the power of oversight of the police force. The amendment, which has been endorsed by several progressive groups, would establish an “independent” council of community members to review “everything from disciplinary oversight to recruiting and training.” “The Cleveland Division of Police has been under a consent decree since 2014 after a DOJ investigation found a pattern of excessive use of force and other unconstitutional policing practices. The consent decree is poised to expire in 2022, and families affected by police brutality in Cleveland, along with a diverse coalition of community advocates, including former police officers — view this initiative as a way to ensure permanent accountability over a police department that has failed to properly discipline its officers,” claimed Citizens for a Safer Cleveland, the group supporting the ballot measure. However, opponents argue that the dramatic changes would result in a commission that is unresponsive to voters and...
    LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to enact one of the nation's strictest vaccine mandates -- a sweeping measure that would require the shots for everyone entering a bar, restaurant, nail salon, gym or even a Lakers game.The ordinance requires proof of full vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours for indoor restaurants, bars, gyms, shopping malls, entertainment venues (like the Staples Center) and personal care establishments (like nail salons) starting Nov. 4.Retail establishments, including grocery stores and pharmacies, are not included.The ordinance passed with 11 votes, just short of the 12 votes needed to pass with an urgency clause that would allow it to take effect immediately.This is a breaking news update. A previous version of this report is below.Los Angeles leaders on Wednesday were poised to enact one of the nation's strictest vaccine mandates - a sweeping measure that would require the shots for everyone entering a bar, restaurant, nail salon, gym or even a Lakers game.The City Council was scheduled to consider the proposal after postponing a vote last week to deal...
                        A group behind a proposed ballot initiative to Florida’s Constitution in 2022 is seeking to legalize marijuana growth for personal, recreational use. However, the plan would only allow for 18 plants grown per household. The organization behind it, Sensible Florida, filed the ballot measure and has a long way to go before it can be validated for approval to the 2022 general election ballot. The measure needs to have 891,589 petition signatures before February 1, 2022, for it to make a ballot position. It currently has zero official signatures. The text of the ballot summary specifies that it does not legalize selling marijuana. “Legalizes Marijuana for adults age twenty-one or older for personal use, to possess, use, process, transport marijuana, marijuana products and marijuana accessories, permits cultivating nine live marijuana plants per adult with eighteen plants maximum per household. Preserves current medical marijuana law by repealing Note 1 A. of Florida Statute 381.986 2020. Prevents legislature from limiting marijuana Tetrahydrocannabinol percentage. Does not permit selling marijuana. Does not...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — A series of new laws will hit the books Friday after being passed during the legislative session that ended in April. Many new laws took effect July 1, the start of the state fiscal year. Topping the list is a bill (HB 1080) that creates a state regulatory framework for the sale of electronic cigarettes. Among other things, the bill will raise the state’s legal age to vape and smoke tobacco to 21, a threshold already established in federal law. READ MORE: Miami-Dade PD: American Airlines Passenger Detained After Opening Emergency Exit, Walking On WingHouse bill sponsor Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa, said before the measure was approved that it was “necessary to stop youth vaping.” But it drew opposition from prominent health groups, in part because it will prevent local regulations on such things as the marketing and sale of vaping products and tobacco. Groups including the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association unsuccessfully implored Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto the measure. “By blocking the power of elected officials...
                        A measure to guarantee that all political campaigns report their fundraising and expenditures online passed the Pennsylvania Senate State Government Committee on Tuesday, along with several other election reforms. All Pennsylvania candidates who raise or spend more than nominal amounts of money for their campaigns must establish fundraising committees, and those that have done so must file campaign finance reports periodically. At least 32 states presently demand that all candidates who fundraise must report their finances online. In Pennsylvania, candidates for state office must submit online filings but most local campaigners can legally avoid it. Changing this state of affairs has been a longstanding priority for the bill’s sponsor, State Sen. Pat Browne (R-Allentown). Browne, still in recovery from a motorcycle accident that occurred earlier this month, did not himself testify at the committee hearing.  “Paper filing of campaign finance reports is outdated, costly, and inefficient,” the senator wrote in a memorandum on the legislation. “Requiring all filings to be electronically filed would greatly improve government transparency and...
    House Democrats reportedly removed a provision to give Israel $1 billion toward its Iron Dome defense system from the continuing resolution to keep the government open and funded past September 30 after opposition from the Squad.   Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan are leading the blockade, according to Politico reporter Andrew Desiderio. The outlet was also first to report that House Democrats pulled the measure after the progressive pushback.  DailyMail.com has reached out to all three progressives' offices but has not yet heard back.  The House was aiming to pass a stopgap funding bill to keep the government running until December 3 as early as today.  But during the House Rules Committee's Tuesday morning session, Chairman Jim McGovern of Massachusetts unexpectedly called a recess before getting to the legislation. 'We just have one [thing] to resolve, I hope it won't take very long,' McGovern said. The push to remove funding for Israeli defense from the stopgap spending bill reportedly comes from Squad members Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Streaks...
    (CNN)The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Thursday that voters in Minneapolis may decide on abolishing the police department in the upcoming municipal elections.The measure, if approved, would amend the city charter to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new Department of Public Safety. The DPS would employ a "comprehensive public health approach to the delivery of functions" of public safety, according to the amendment, and "could include licensed peace officers (police officers), if necessary, to fulfill its responsibilities."Essentially, the measure would also remove the police chief and the mayor's power over the agency, and would be led by a commissioner appointed by city council.The order reversed a ruling on Tuesday by Hennepin County Judge Jamie L. Anderson striking down the charter amendment. Read MoreThere was an urgency to the appeal filed to the Minnesota Supreme Court as early voting on the Minneapolis municipal elections -- set for November 2 -- begins Friday.In the order signed by Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, it noted that the challenge to the ballot measure "does not meet the high standard" set in a previous ruling....
    Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot is taking a new approach to combatting gang violence  by proposing a new Victims' Justice Ordinance that would allow the city to sue gang members in civil court and seize their property. The ordinance, which would hold gangs accountable by suing members for the damage they inflict and allow authorities to size their property, is the latest effort from the mayor to tame the out of control violence in the city that is overrun by gangs.  Lightfoot introduced the ordinance on Tuesday and Chicago police leaders said they supported the measure that could allow judges or court officers to impose up to $10,000 fines per offence and seize 'any property that is directly or indirectly used or intended for use in any manner to facilitate street gang-related activity,' the Chicago Tribune reported.  Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot (pictured) proposed a new 'Victims' Justice Ordinance' that would allow the city to sue gang members in civil court and seize their property Just this weekend, at least 64 people were shot, including several children, and nine people were...
    (CNN Business)Moody's is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to better evaluate the cybersecurity risks that face America's largest corporations. The announcement from the company — whose credit ratings can influence global markets — comes as Biden administration officials are urging major firms to be more transparent about the security of their software. Several high-profile supply-chain hacks and ransomware attacks have rattled businesses and other organizations over the past year, costing companies millions of dollars and compromising their operations. How Taiwan is trying to defend against a cyber World War IIITo better assess the risks that ransomware and other digital threats pose to Fortune 500 firms and government agencies, Moody's is investing $250 million in BitSight, which uses an algorithm to assess the likelihood that an organization will be breached. Moody's shared the news first with CNN Business. As part of the deal, Moody's will become the largest minority shareholder in Bitsight. In addition, BitSight will acquire a cyber risk rating system created by Moody's and Team8, a company which bills itself as a "think tank" focused on global cybersecurity...
    MinnPost file photo by Jessica LeeThe Charter Commission, above, proposed the amendment. If passed, the government structure amendment would more clearly establish the City Council’s role as a legislative body while “centralizing executive and administrative responsibilities in the mayor.”There is no single boss in Minneapolis. Under the current city charter, the responsibility for picking who runs city departments — and thus whom those directors and city staff report to and what they prioritize — is overseen by a committee made up of the mayor and members of the 13-person City Council. The one exception to that is the police department, for which the mayor has sole responsibility. While some city officials view the system as more democratic, others see it as lacking accountability, and a recipe for confusion among city staff and voters alike, with critics often referring to it as “the 14-boss problem.” All that would change with a ballot measure Minneapolis voters will be voting on this fall. If passed, the government structure amendment would more clearly establish the council’s role as a legislative body while “centralizing executive...
    Remembering 9/11 The Flame of Liberty Veterans Foundation in Los Gatos will host a remembrance ceremony Sept. 11 at the veterans memorial site on the Civic Center lawn, 110 E. Main St. The free event, billed as “a tribute to survivors, victims and heroes,” will mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a concert at 12:30 p.m., followed by a program at 1 p.m. Laboring on roadways This Labor Day weekend, contractors with the Town of Los Gatos will seal pavement cracks on the stretch of Winchester Boulevard between Blossom Hill Road and Albright Way, sporadically disrupting traffic Friday-Monday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The street will eventually be resurfaced at the end of the month in preparation for the new bikeways to be installed in October. Best foot forward Members of the National Charity League Saratoga-Los Gatos Chapter wrapped up their senior class project last month. The class, which consists of 26 high school seniors, partnered with Shoes that Fit to donate more than 250 pairs of shoes to students at LUCHA Elementary School in San Jose....
    The media meltdown over a Texas law banning abortions after six weeks stretched into its second day with no end in sight Thursday, with analysts comparing the measure to slavery, terrorism, and the end times. The Texas Heartbeat Act, or SB 8, not only bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, but it gives individuals the right to sue abortion clinics or those who help women obtain abortions in the state. Groups challenged the constitutionality of SB 8, but the Supreme Court rejected an attempt to halt the measure. As a result, news networks spent much of Wednesday and Thursday morning predicting disaster for women. "The dark dystopian undertones of this just cannot be overstated," CNN's Alisyn Camerota commented Wednesday. CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin shared Camerota's doomsday predictions, saying Wednesday that it looked like the "sky is falling" after the law went into effect. "There are five justices…who seem like solid votes to overturn Roe v. Wade," Toobin said. "We've been accused, those of us saying that Roe is about to be overturned as being Chicken Little,...
    The Federal Reserve's preferred measure of US inflation has hit its highest level since 1990, as Fed Chair Jerome Powell faces increasing scrutiny over his easy money policy. Federal data on Friday showed the personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index rose 4.2 percent over the past 12 months, the largest annual gain since November 1990. The core PCE index, which excludes volatile food and energy, rose 3.6 percent on the year, the largest 12-month gain since 1991 and up from 3.6 percent in June. On Friday, Powell will deliver a widely anticipated speech at the influential Jackson Hole economic symposium, which will be watched for clues about when the Fed plans to scale back its $120 billion in monthly bond purchases. The personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index is seen since 1960 above. July's increase of 4.2 percent annually was the largest 12-month gain since 1990 On Friday, Fed Chair Jerome Powell (seen last month) will deliver a widely anticipated speech at the influential Jackson Hole economic symposium RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Wholesale...
    CNN reported on Thursday that the Taliban has been vowing to take “every measure to catch the culprits” in the attacks that day outside the airport in the Afghan capital of Kabul. CNN international diplomatic editor Nic Robertson noted that the Taliban released a statement that said that 13 people have been killed and 52 others have been wounded in the two explosions. “The Taliban do say that this happened in a civilian area. They use that language. It happened in a civilian area. But they also say that this was an area where U.S. Forces operated as well,” said Robertson. “And their statement goes onto say, and this is a bit where I think we need to really take note about how things proceed forward from here, they say that they will take attack every measure to catch the culprits.” The Taliban’s official statement, according to a Google translation of the Arabic, was that “The Islamic Emirate strongly condemns the bombing of civilians at Kabul airport, which took place in an area where US forces are responsible for security....
    Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) announced on Tuesday that she was mandating new masking requirements for residents of her state, regardless of their vaccination status. “I’m continuing to take actions to protect Oregonians and save lives,” Brown said in an announcement video. “Masks will be required in all public, outdoor settings where physical distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination status.” She called the new mandate “a necessary measure” to respond to Covid-19, and called on residents to wear masks even in gatherings at their homes. “Oregon health authorities strongly recommend masking at outdoor gatherings at private residences where people from different households do not maintain physical distance,” Brown said. The governor’s office clarified that the new rule would “not apply to fleeting encounters, such as two individuals walking by one another on a trail or in a park,” and would not apply in situations that include homeless people or anyone delivering a speech. The requirement makes Oregon the first state to require a universal outdoor mask mandate that does not take vaccination status into account. Ten more states have masking...
    'I can't resist it. Every time the sex is over, we both agree we must never do it again. Two weeks later, we're back there again.' 'He cheated, didn't pay for a thing and all my friends hated him and I put up with all of it for the sex. I still have sneaky sex with him and don't tell a soul.' J-Lo isn't the only one who never did stop thinking about her ex – almost two-thirds of married people agree their ex is on their mind far too often. Forty-three percent of single women in another study took it further than just thinking: they regularly had sex with ex-partners while looking for a new lover, along with 47 per cent of men. Just about all of us admit to having sex with an ex on at least one occasion. It's extremely common - but why is it so damn appealing? I asked people to tell me the reasons why they went back, even if the break-up was painful. The first is sheer laziness mixed with alcohol… J-Lo...
    The capital Ana Victoria Polo will have a very important factor in her favor, the corner; Well, his coach Alejandro Camacho, has defeated his rival, Diana ‘La Bonita’ Fernández, from Juarez, with whom he will face in a duel with pink gloves this Friday the 27th at the Josué Neri Santos Municipal Gymnasium. Camacho, known as ‘El Calaco’ is one of the most recognized coaches in the Mexican capital; thanks to the achievements made leading the team of world champions Mariana ‘Barby’ Juárez and Lourdes ‘La Pequena Lulú’ Juárez, who have already defeated Diana Laura in world title duels and in their own home. As one of the trainers who teach at the mythical Pancho Rosales Gym; has shown to possess the key to beat ‘La Bonita’, two of them from the controls of ‘Little Lulu’ in 2017 and 2021 and in one under the command of the ‘Queen of Queens’ in 2019, duels that created few expectations times seen among the growing number of female boxing fans. The explosive card that Promociones del Pueblo presents in association with...
    The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● CA Ballot: State Judge Frank Roesch on Friday struck down Proposition 22, which designates drivers for "App-Based Transportation and Delivery Companies" as independent contractors with some benefits rather than as employees. Uber, which was a major contributor in the more than $220 million campaign to pass Prop. 22 last year in what was the most expensive ballot measure campaign in Californian—and perhaps American—history, quickly vowed to appeal. The initiative passed by a wide 59-41 margin over opposition from labor groups and prominent state and national Democrats, but the SEIU and several drivers continued their fight in court. Those plaintiffs scored a win on Friday as Roesch took issue with a provision that requires seven-eighths of each chamber of the legislature to make any amendments, an unprecedented threshold that makes major alterations all but impossible. "If the people wish to use...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Proposition 22, which classifies app-based drivers as independent contractors with their own labor and wage policies, was ruled unconstitutional on Friday by a California judge. California Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch’s ruling comes nearly 10 months following a multi-million dollar ad blitz by companies like Uber pushing for voters to approve the ballot measure, and six months after California rideshare drivers and unions advanced their push to show Prop. 22 violates the state constitution. The measure was approved by 58% of votes in November. Roesch found that the measure encroaches on the government’s power to set workplace standards, making it unconstitutional. The proposition would establish drivers as independent contractors rather than employees which worker advocates argue limits those workers’ access to appropriate benefits such as access to the minimum wage, employer-provided health care and union bargaining rights. Bob Schoonover, President of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California State Council, issued the following statement in response to the ruling: “Today’s ruling by Judge Roesch striking down Proposition 22 couldn’t be clearer: The gig industry-funded ballot initiative was...