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    After the houseplant heyday of the 1970s, the penchant for potted green companions faded with all but the most dedicated plant parents. But over the past decade, as many young adults began filling their homes — and social media feeds — with indoor plants, a cross-generational audience started to take notice. Then the pandemic hit, and the homebound turned to houseplants for a sense of comfort and a connection to nature. Two years in, the desire to green up our living spaces with “houseplant jungles” is still going strong. But for everything, there is a season: Cactuses, the darlings of the past decade, are waning in popularity as bolder statement plants that impart a sense of hominess and warmth take their place. As we begin a new year, a new crop of houseplant trends awaits. Here are the styles and plants you can expect to see more of in 2022. FENESTRATED PLANTS Steadily growing in popularity over the past few years, split-leaf philodendron (Monstera deliciosa) and Swiss cheese plant (Monstera adansonii) are showing no sign of retreat. “Looks...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Applications are now open for student loan relief for nurses in Pennsylvania — but there’s a problem with demand badly outweighing funding. That’s what Pennsylvania lawmakers are saying about the one-time student loan forgiveness program. Funding is aimed at eligible nurses for up to $7,500 in debt reduction. Applications are open through March 1, 2022 — but the program has already drawn more than 4,800 applications. Assuming that each eligible nurse qualifies for the maximum amount of loan forgiveness, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency says only 666 nurses will receive relief. Board members are now calling on lawmakers to increase funding for the program. Governor Wolf is among those calling for an increase in funding. The goal of the program is to provide loan relief to nurses, in hopes it convinces them to stay in Pennsylvania and not take jobs in other states.
    White House chief of staff Ron Klain has come under fire as Joe Biden's popularity wanes and Democrats struggle to pass the president's huge social safety net legislation.  The litany of complaints against Klain, a longtime Democratic insider, goes as follows: he 'micromanages' the West Wing, he's too deferential to the liberal wing of the party, and he pays way too much attention to cable news and social media. Two reports on Klain, 60, this week - timed to the one-year anniversary of Biden's tenure in office - were filled with complaints about his work. Most are from  anonymous sources, likely because they are about someone in the powerful White House chief of staff position.  Several Democratic lawmakers have said they've gotten unexpected phone calls from Biden praising them for on-air appearances supporting him and his agenda. Moderate Democrats complain that Klain gives too much deference to their liberal colleagues with some saying he needs to be replaced, Politico reported. 'The president was elected because we all thought he was going to be good at governing,' said a House Democratic lawmaker...
    FOX Business host Larry Kudlow joined the "Brian Kilmeade Show" on Wednesday to discuss the current issues plaguing the economy and how President Biden's policies have significantly helped Donald Trump's popularity ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. Kudlow told Brian Kilmeade the problems have helped Trump "immeasurably" as Americans grapple with sky-high inflation.  WASHINGTON POST EDITORIAL BOARD PANS BIDEN'S MESSAGE ON INFLATION LARRY KUDLOW: Well, I think it's helped his popularity immeasurably okay, immeasurably, because the prosperous Trump years look almost calm compared to this, you know, race-baiting Biden years, and the high inflation. Regarding running for reelection… I speak to the former president on a regular basis. Whenever he asks I give him help. I write him some memos every now and then. I don't think he knows. I mean, 2024 is too far away. He doesn't know yet. The midterms are going to be everything, and one of the things you're going to see tonight, Brian, is what strategy Biden is going to choose for the midterms. Is he going to be mean, bitter, you know, racist, that...
    Boris Johnson appears to have rediscovered the concept of border control, having promised to deploy the Navy to secure the channel in a bid to boost his waning popularity. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to deploy the UK military to secure the UK’s English Channel border in order to curb the ongoing migrant crisis, in a move seemingly designed to give the embattled PM’s waning popularity a boost. Johnson, in response to collapsing support from the public as well as within his own party, has reportedly deployed “Operation Red Meat”, involving the implementation of measures that would be hoped to appeal to his voters, such as the rapid reeling in of the channel migrant crisis. According to a report by the BBC, the Royal Navy is to take over operations in the English Channel aiming to stem the flow of illegal migrants from Europe. A report in The Times over the weekend meanwhile claimed that the PM was also looking at sending migrants to Ghana and Rwanda for processing, instead of dealing with them domestically. One government spokesman told the...
    d3sign Robots want to be your next financial advisor. Not too long ago, that notion may have smacked of sci-fi whimsy — "Star Wars" cyborg C-3PO in a power suit on Wall Street, perhaps. But robots, or so-called "robo-advisors," may soon manage more than $1 trillion of Americans' wealth. These aren't actually tangible robots; they're algorithms companies have developed to automate digital investing. Plug some details (age, savings goals, risk comfort) into a computer or phone app and the algorithm assembles and manages a personalized investment portfolio just for you. More from Personal Finance:4 ways to get your retirement savings plan back on trackNew York's eviction ban expires Saturday. What renters need to knowDivorced? You can collect Social Security benefits from an ex-spouse But is a robo-advisor right for all investors? Is a human better-equipped for the task of money management and financial planning? "It's suitable for some people and not for others," Ivory Johnson, a certified financial planner and founder of Delancey Wealth Management in Washington, D.C., said of robo-advisors. "If you play golf, it's just a different golf...
    A sweet and acidic drink trend has been sweeping the mid-Atlantic for more than a decade, according to a report by PennLive. Several chocolate wines are being made at Port of Leonardtown Winery in southern Maryland, which was awarded the state’s Governor’s Cup for its Chambourcin Reserve in Sept, the outlet reports. Winemaker Lauren Zimmerman describes her wine as if you are “biting into a chocolate covered cherry. It is a sweet delicious treat, meant to [satisfy] sweet cravings after dinner. Although sweet, it amazes me how many of our dry wine customers leave with a bottle, or two. They can’t resist the decedent treat,” she suggested to the outlet that it would be good served with chocolate brownies. In fact, many of her customers buy it for baking, according to comments on the winery's Facebook page. Pennsylvania wine-makers are also in on the craze, including in one winery located in Hershey, because it is known as the “sweetest place on earth." Cullari Vineyards and Winery has been making its top-selling wine, Coco Nostra, for more than 12...
    Getty "Dancing With the Stars" Season 30 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” wrapped up in November 2021, to mixed reactions from fans when it came to the winners and runners-up. The way that eliminations have worked for the past few seasons on “Dancing With the Stars” is a mix of a few factors. First, the judges score the contestants during their performances, and that makes up half of their overall score. Then, the number of votes they received is added into that. Those numbers combine to determine the bottom two couples. After all of that, the judges decide which couple stays and which gets sent home. Some fans think the show is a popularity contest because of the weight votes from the public have when it comes to who wins and who is eliminated. Some past contestants have also said the show is a popularity contest.Alan Bersten Does Not Think the Show is a Popularity Contest View this post on Instagram A post shared by Alan Bersten (@alanbersten) Alan Bersten, a professional dancer on “Dancing With...
    Offering one five-letter puzzle per day, it doesn’t sound all that addictive.  But the online brainteaser Wordle has become a surprise hit, exploding in popularity over Christmas.  Hundreds of thousands of fans are playing the game – in which the aim is to guess a single five-letter word known as the ‘Wordle’ within six attempts.  The free puzzle – which is very similar to the TV gameshow Lingo – has just one answer each day, meaning everyone is competing at the same challenge.  This is very different from most popular online games such as Fortnite which attempts to keep players hooked for long periods of time with lots of action and constantly updating challenges.  Instead, Wordle’s simple, once-a-day rule has helped it go viral as many players post their attempts online to see how quickly they were able to find the Wordle compared to fellow competitors.  Hundreds of thousands of fans are playing Wordle – in which the aim is to guess a single five-letter word known as the ‘Wordle’ within six attempts On Sunday more than 300,000 people played,...
    Alua Arthur speaks with Refinery 29 about her work as a death doula. Let’s face it: No one is dying to die. But we all know it’s coming, and what could be more life-affirming than knowing you’ll have a “good death?” Death doulas are prominent figures now at the center of the death positivity movement, and their job is to help support those who are dying or preparing to die.  In the same way that birth doulas help prepare clients for delivery, death doulas help the dying plan for the inevitable.  Alua Arthur is a well-known death doula. She helps her clients and their families become more comfortable with the idea of death.   “Death meditation is an opportunity for people that are struggling with some fears around death and dying to confront those fears head-on," Arthur told Refinery29. "It's not for the faint of heart. It's an opportunity to really think about the body's eventual decline, and to go there to see what the discomfort is, so that we can then talk about that and process that. It’s intended to soften the...
    Betty White a longtime television star who enjoyed a second wave of popularity in her 90s, has died just weeks shy of what would have been her 100th birthday. White, a longtime television star who enjoyed a second wave of popularity in her 90s, died weeks before her Jan. 17 birthday. Law enforcement said White passed away at her home Friday morning, according to TMZ. White was most famous for her lead role as Rose Nylund in The Golden Girls, a sitcom from 1985 to 1992. White had 115 acting credits to her name, including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Betty White Show, The Love Boat, That 70's Show, and several others. White had several awards to her name, including eight Emmys. This story is still developing and will be updated accordingly. News Obituaries Entertainment TV
    Former President Donald Trump would beat President Joe Biden by six points if the 2024 presidential election were held today.  A new poll from Redfield & Wilton Strategies found that 44 per cent of Americans would vote for Trump and 38 per cent would vote for Biden, with a sizable 12 per cent saying they didn't know who they would vote for.  Trump gained two points from a previous Redfield & Wilton poll conducted earlier this month, while Biden's support remained the same.  Former President Donald Trump (left) would beat President Joe Biden (right) by six points if the 2024 presidential election were held today Since late November, former President Donald Trump has surpassed President Joe Biden in support in a hypothetical 2024 presidential race  Trump surpassed Biden in late November in polling for a 2024 hypothetical presidential race.   Large percentages of both candidates' supporters said they would stick with their guys.  Eighty-seven per cent of Trump supporters said they would cast a ballot for the Republican ex-president again, while 75 per cent of Biden supporters said they'd vote for the Democrat.  ...
    TikTok has knocked Google off the top spot as the most popular web address in the world due to a surge in popularity during the Covid pandemic.  The Chinese-owned video sharing app received more visits than Google for the first time, according to annual rankings by Cloudflare, an IT security company. Tiktok gained the top spot in February, March and May but it was after August 10 that the app took the lead from the American site. The surge is quite a feat given that Tiktok was ranked seventh last year behind Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Netflix, Amazon and Google, which was ranked first.   TikTok has knocked Google off the top spot as the most popular web address in the world due to a surge in popularity during the Covid pandemic Top 10 — Most popular domains 2021 1 TikTok.com 2 Google.com 3 Facebook.com 4 Microsoft.com 5 Apple.com 6 Amazon.com 7 Netflix.com 8 YouTube.com 9 Twitter.com 10 WhatsApp.com Source: Cloudflare  TikTok is used by more than 1 billion people worldwide on a monthly basis and provides a space for a wide...
    MANY things can influence baby-name trends such as TV shows, events that happened throughout the year (hello baby Rona) but when name trends from previous generations re-arise, it is usually surprising. However, just like the return of flared trousers, names can re-enter fashion just when you think you have seen the last of them, and you will be shocked to see what is making a comeback in 2022. 1Baby-names from over 100 years are on the riseCredit: Getty A new data-focused study by Consultus Care has revealed that Forrest (Boy) & Doris (Girl) are the most popular vintage baby names that are coming back in style after 100 years. Another surprising discovery from the study was that, unlike period-drama fashion, baby names have a ‘100 year rule’ with some of them coming back into fashion every century, Using data from nameberry.com, we look at the most popular names from the 1920s and look at how each 'olden name' has grown in demand over the past decade. For previously popular girls names that are re-emerging, Doris is in the lead, followed...
    Less than half of Americans approve of the job Kamala Harris is doing as vice president while she continues to face widespread criticism for her first year in office. A new Hill/HarrisX poll released Tuesday shows 43 per cent of registered voters approve of Harris's performance, while 50 per cent say they disapprove. The same poll taken December 6-7 shows 7 per cent of respondents are unsure of their approval of the vice president. This approval rating is very closely aligned with the favorability of President Joe Biden, who saw a massive decline starting in August. Biden's approval average sits at 43.3 per cent, according to FiveThirtyEight, and his disapproval sits at 50.7 per cent. A survey taken August 4-5 found that 47 per cent of registered voters said they approve of Harris, indicating her approval continues to decline as reports ensue of her facilitating a toxic work environment and several staff departures. In November, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll of registered voters showed Harris at a dismal 28 per cent approval. A new poll released Tuesday shows only 43...
    CNN suggested Monday 11 candidates who could replace President Joe Biden on the Democrat primary ticket in 2024. The establishment news network, which the White House has courted to tamp down coverage of Biden’s poor economic record, admitted the president’s “age” and “ongoing political struggles” are a factor in 2024 considerations. Biden’s approval ratings have dipped into the high 30s amid 40 year-high inflation, the southern border crisis, and the deadly Afghan withdrawal that left hundreds of Americans stranded in the country. He will turn 82 years old two weeks after the 2024 election. If Biden does not run, CNN suggested the following 11 candidates might be interested in his job: Vice President Kamala Harris Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) Former Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu (D) Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) Former member of the Georgia House of Representatives Stacey Abrams (D) On Monday White House press secretary Jen Psaki was...
    Tripadvisor user @alessandrofL127YD has posted 358 reviews in 2021 so far, averaging a whisker over one a day. That's one of the many fascinating facts that the platform has revealed in its 2021 Year in Review, alongside many others, from the destinations that have seen surges in bookings and searches to the experiences travellers have been 'obsessed' with. The hard graft of user @alessandrofL127YD at the typeface didn't go unnoticed, with Tripadvisor revealing that their reviews received a whopping 26,259 upvotes from fellow travellers. Punta Cana (pictured), Dominican Republic, saw a 96 per cent increase in searches compared to 2020 And the ranks of users on the site were swelled enormously, with 44million new travellers joining the Tripadvisor community in 2021 and 2.5million travellers posting a review for the first time this year. Other new additions to the Tripadvisor mainframe included 309,270 new accommodations, 109,110 new experiences and 175,286 new restaurants. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Can't persuade your kids to learn French? Combining relaxed... Herefordshire... a food lover's bite-sized tour: Historic... ...
    AFTER 25 years, Amazon is shutting down its Alexa web tracking system on May 1, 2022. But don't be fooled- This won't affect the Alexa devices, though they bear the same name. 1Alexa Internet is shutting down Amazon had used the Alexa Internet to track the popularity of websites. In an announcement post on Wednesday, December 8, the Alexa.com team stated: "Twenty-five years ago, we founded Alexa Internet. After two decades of helping you find, reach, and convert your digital audience, we’ve made the difficult decision to retire Alexa.com on May 1, 2022. "Thank you for making us your go-to resource for content research, competitive analysis, keyword research, and so much more. "We have been proud to serve you as customers." New subscriptions were also halted on December 8, though customers with existing subscriptions will be able to access services until May 1, 2022. Most read in News TechDON'T LOOK Strangest sights on Google Earth – including a 'swastika' and a mystery pyramidLAST CHAPTER See your Facebook 2021 highlights with new 'Year in Review' featureFREAKY! Bizarre fish with SEE-THROUGH...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) — As San Jose city leaders weigh whether several municipal golf courses should be converted into parks or ballfields ahead of a crucial vote next year, the sport’s recent rise in popularity is making the question harder to answer. On this Friday afternoon, San Jose’s Los Lagos municipal golf course is busy as it has been through the pandemic. READ MORE: Approaching Atmospheric River Promises Relief, But Won't End Drought“We refer to Friday as the new Saturday for golf. There are so many people out on a Friday,” said Laura Pease, a golfer who lives in San Jose. After last year’s COVID lockdown, golf was one of the first activities to come back, and it came back big. In 2020 and 2021, San Jose’s four city-owned courses saw a 65 percent increase in rounds played. People working from home often sneaked in a round or two. “Professionals who were probably taking a long lunch hour. We played with sales guys who were taking calls through the entire round so they were still working,” Pease said. It reversed...
    Paulina Porizkova has opened up about the 'shame' she felt after being the first contestant voted off Dancing With the Stars in 2007, saying she had a heartbreaking conversation with her driver later that night that put things into perspective.   The supermodel was 41 when she partnered with dancer Alec Mazo on the ABC competition series in 2007, but her time on the show was short-lived. She took to Instagram on Friday to share a video of her performances while reflecting on her experience.  'Dancing With the Stars changed my life. And that’s not an exaggeration,' Porizkova, 56, wrote. 'I was the first one booted off — not because I was the worst dancer, but because I lost the popularity contest. I was so filled with shame and self-pity after the show, all I wanted to do was crawl into a hole.'  Scroll down for video   Looking back: Paulina Porizkova, 56, took to Instagram on Friday to share a candid post about the 'shame' and 'self-pity' she felt after being booted off Dancing With the Stars in 2007  Ouch: The model...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Grubhub users ordered a lot of comfort and vegetarian-friendly food in 2021, according to the company’s annual “Year in Food” report. Grubhub analyzed orders from over 32 million diners to see what rose in popularity throughout the year. READ MORE: Miami Weather: Warm With A Mix Of Sun And Clouds, Cool Front On The WayThe “Top Food of the Year,” was the Impossible cheeseburger, increasing in popularity by 442%, compared to 2020. Grubhub’s top dishes of 2021 Impossible cheeseburger (+442%) Shredded pork taco (+310%) Apple pecan chicken salad (+287%) Detroit-style pizza (+263%) Margarita (+240%) Pub mac and cheese (+174%) Pork dumplings (+173%) Chicken burrito (+166%) Poke nacho (+158%) Lettuce wrap (+155%) The top side dish was chips and pico de gallo, increasing in popularity by 205% compared to 2020. Here are the other top side dishes. Stuffed garlic knot (+174%) Mac and cheese (+173%) Cornbread (+171%) Chips and queso (+155%) READ MORE: Taste Of The Town: Doya's Modern Aegean Mezza Bar Embodies Food, Lifestyle Of The MediterraneanStrawberry shortcake sundae was the number...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Political leaders like Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and President Joe Biden have encouraged Americans to take advantage of at home rapid antigen COVID-19 tests as an additional way to stay safe over the holidays. The tests give you immediate results at home, and cost about $20 for a pack of two at any local pharmacy. READ MORE: 'This Is What Really Matters': Patriots TE Jonnu Smith Spreads Joy At Boys And Girls Club In DorchesterCVS Pharmacies told WBZ in a statement, “We are well positioned and prepared to meet our customers’ testing needs as we enter the holiday season, specifically with [over the counter] COVID-19 tests.” When a WBZ crew checked out four local pharmacies in one night – two CVS stores and two Walgreens – the shelves were empty, and the stores had run out of at home tests. Doctors say these tests are a great resource for testing yourself and family members just to be sure you don’t have COVID-19, to avoid bringing it into the home before a family gathering. READ MORE: Families...
    A new poll on Vice President Kamala Harris finds her popularity falling further and that only 40 per cent of voters believe she's qualified to take over President Joe Biden's job.  A Rasmussen Reports survey conducted between December 5-6 found that 39 per cent of likely U.S. voters held a favorable opinion of the veep, two points lower than her 41 per cent standing in August.  Fifty-seven percent now view the vice president unfavorably, including 50 per cent of voters who view her very unfavorably.  A new poll on Vice President Kamala Harris finds her popularity falling further and that only 40 per cent of voters believe she's qualified to take over President Joe Biden's job Nineteen per cent of respondents said they held a very favorable view of the vice president.  Additionally, 23 per cent of those surveyed said they believed she was very qualified to step in and become president of the United States, with another 17 per cent calling her somewhat qualified.   But another 46 per cent said she wasn't qualified at all to be president. ...
    During a Friday interview on Fox Business Network’s “Cavuto: Coast to Coast,” National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases head Dr. Anthony Fauci addressed the change of his popularity over the course of the coronavirus pandemic. Fauci pushed back against the “noise,” saying he was “not running a popularity contest. The infectious disease doctor pointed out he was a scientist and his focus was public health. [Relevant portion beginning around the 13:50 mark] “You know, you talk about people put data out like he’s this now popularity. I’m not running a popularity contest for myself. I’m a physician. I’m a scientist. And I’m a public health person,” Fauci advised. “The only thing I care about, Neil, is helping to preserve and protect the health of the American public, and indirectly in that regard since we’re a leader in the world, protecting the health and the safety of the entire world because that’s what we do. That’s what I’ve done for the 50 years I’ve been a physician and for the almost 40 years that I’ve been the director of the institute....
    WHERE did you get the inspiration for your child's name? Maybe it was while you were flicking through baby books or perhaps you'd always wanted to name them after a beloved family member. Well there's no denying that 2020 was the year we all spent watching hours and hours of TV on the sofa - and the current baby name trends certainly reflect that. 1Would YOU name your child after a superhero character?Credit: Alamy As 2021 draws to a close, parenting website BabyCentre has revealed the most popular monikers for the year based on the tens of thousands of parents who register names with them every year. And considering how we've been bingeing all of Disney+ and Netflix in the past 18 months, it'll come as no surprise that the superhero trend continues to soar. Off the back of the Avengers' success, the names Tony (Ironman), Steve (Captain America), Scott (Antman) and Thor all increased in popularity - but didn't break into the top 100. Amazingly, one set of daring parents even registered their baby as Thanos on the website - after the franchise's supervillan....
    Dr. Anthony Fauci says he takes it as a “badge of honor” to be attacked by people like Peter Navarro and Fox News’ Tucker Carlson who spread misinformation about the coronavirus. MSNBC’s Ari Melber spoke to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director on Tuesday night, and he concluded by asking Fauci for his reactions to what people have been saying about him around the Internet. Fauci answered that “I’m not in it for a popularity contest. I have devoted my entire professional career to try and safeguard and preserve the health and lives of the American people.” “As an infectious disease doctors who deals with outbreaks, that gets extended to the rest of the world. That’s what I do,” Fauci continued. “The praise or the arrows and slings are irrelevant. I do what science drives you to do, and that’s what I do. I’m not in it for a popularity contest. I’m trying to save lives. The people who weaponize lies are killing people. So the only question I have is that, when you show Tucker Carlson...
    Biden chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “The Beat” that media figures and politicians who criticize him were “killing people.” During his Fox News Show, Tucker Carlson said, “He decided to unilaterally end Christmas.” During an OAN interview, former Trump administration advisor Peter Navarro said, “We want to take Fauci down and put him in an orange jumpsuit.” Fauci said, “I’m not in it for a popularity contest. I have devoted my entire professional career of 50 years to try and safeguard and preserve the health and lives of the American people. As an infectious disease doctor who deals with outbreaks, that gets extended to the rest of the world. That’s what I do. The praise or the arrows and slings are really irrelevant. I do what science drives you to do, and that’s what I do. I’m not in it for a popularity contest. I’m trying to save lives. The people who weaponize lies are killing people. So the only question I have is that when you show Tucker Carlson and Peter Navarro criticizing me, I...
    President Joe Biden's carefully crafted media strategy of engaging in brief but regular exchanges with the press while avoiding full press conferences and splashy media events is coming in for criticism even from allies amid his lingering low approval ratings. The White House has for months fended off questions from reporters about some of Biden's tactics. He did not hold a press conference last week when leaders of Mexico and Canada visited, for example. With Biden's approval rating at just 43 per cent in a FiveThirtyEight poll average, some of his moves are now being second-guessed, and some allies want Biden to put himself out more to sell his administration's policies.  He has conducted far fewer sit-down interviewers than his predecessor. He has also held fewer press conferences, although often he takes a few questions after individual statements or before boarding Marine One or Air Force One. President Joe Biden, center, speaks as he announces that he is nominating Jerome Powell, left, for a second four-year term as Federal Reserve chair and Lael Brainard, right, as vice chair, the No....
    The early returns for New York Gov. Kathy Hochul are not great since taking over for embattled former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, according to a newly released survey from Morning Consult. In the new survey, Hochul was ranked as the fifth-least favorable governor in the US, with less than half of those polled expressing approval of her time since taking over for Cuomo, who resigned amid multiple investigations in August. Related story - Hochul Sees Big Change In Approval, Brand-New Poll Reveals Hochul - whose polling numbers are only reflective of the time she took office beginning on Aug. 24 - had a 48 percent approval rating, ahead of only four other top lawmakers. The survey conducted by Morning Consult, a technology platform that focuses on data collection, included daily interviews of residents with more than 5,000 registered voters polled. Share of voters in each state who approve of the job performance of their governors: Phil Scott (Republican - Vermont): 79 percent approval; Charlie Baker (Republican - Massachusetts): 72 percent; Larry Hogan (Republican - Maryland): 70 percent; Chris Sununu...
    Skiing holidays are back on the agenda for thousands of winter sports fans after the majority of hotspots remained closed last year, new research has revealed. A number of locations have soared in interest in recent weeks with Geneva seeing an increase of nearly 300 per cent in searches over the last month alone, according to Skyscanner. Other popular destinations include Turin and Salt Lake City in Utah. While many would hope to be skiing in Austria, the country is now in a national lockdown until mid-December.  Many people missed out on winter sports trips last year after a number of leading ski chalets cancelled holidays thanks to coronavirus.  Many holidaymakers are looking for winter sports holidays after being unable to go last year However, a number of locations are now back taking bookings, which will be music to the ears for those who love skiing and snowboarding.  The surge in interest comes at a time when it is not clear if all resorts will be open to visitors.  For instance, despite the fact Austria is now in a national...
    Senate Democrats are increasingly concerned that President Joe Biden's slumping poll numbers pose a threat to the party's control of Congress, with several Senate seats in play after months of party infighting. Biden's approval rating was at just 36 per cent in a Quinnipiac University poll last week – just the latest survey to show his numbers down.  Democrats lost the governor's race in Virginia and were able to cling on in New Jersey – and finally started to wrench free major policy achievements in recent weeks, with Biden signing bipartisan infrastructure legislation last Monday. Amid the backdrop, Senate Democrats huddled with pollsters and advisors last week to try to assess the situation. Among them was Anita Dunn, a former senior White House advisor to Biden.    President Joe Biden's low approval ratings have Senate Democrats concerned about their prospects of maintaining a majority 'We're just talking about how we're going to message. Mostly it was talking about Build Back Better,' Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who convened the meeting, told The Hill newspaper. A source told the paper the pollsters level of concern...
    Unlike celebrity awards shows like the Oscars or Golden Globes, Fox Nation’s Patriot Awards honors everyday Americans who have demonstrated extraordinary patriotism, and this special level of recognition has made it host Pete Hegseth’s "favorite assignment of the year."  Hegseth, who hosted the third Patriot Awards ceremony last week, told Fox News Digital he did not have a favorite among the seven categories of awards. SEE THE EXTRAORDINARY AMERICANS WHO WON FOX NATION’S PATRIOT AWARDS "They were all amazing," he said, making special note of 9-year-old D’Corey Johnson, who sang the national anthem, and 13-year-old Charlotte Bevan, who was awarded the "Young Patriot" award.  next Image 1 of 6 Tucker Carlson introduces the ‘Young Patriot’ award ( ) prev next Image 2 of 6 Laura Ingraham presents ‘Most Valuable Patriot’ award  ( ) prev next Image 3 of 6 ‘Fox & Friends’ co-hosts present ‘Modern Warrior’ award at Patriot Awards ( ) prev next Image 4 of 6 Lara Logan presents Lt. Col. Scott Mann the ‘Heroism’ award  ( ) ...
      What’s in the infrastructure bill?   WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed his $1 trillion infrastructure deal into law Monday on the White House lawn, hailing it as an example of what bipartisanship can achieve. The president hopes to use the law to build back his popularity and says it will deliver jobs, clean water, high-speed internet and a clean energy future. Support for Biden has taken a hit amid rising inflation and the inability to fully shake the public health and economic risks from COVID-19. A smattering of Republican lawmakers were on hand for what might be one the last celebratory displays of bipartisanship ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. “My message to the American people is this: America is moving again and your life is going to change for the better,” Biden said. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed his $1 trillion infrastructure deal into law Monday on the White House lawn, with a smattering of Republican lawmakers on hand for what...
    (CNN)From Virginia to New Jersey, Democratic election woes this month had a common thread: the unpopularity of President Joe Biden.Biden's influence on those states' gubernatorial contests was no surprise. In a nationalized, polarized political era, a president's standing offers the most powerful indicator of his party's prospects.That makes lifting Biden's approval rating, now mired in the low to mid-40s in many polls, the core challenge for Democrats in next year's midterm elections and then the 2024 presidential race. It won't be easy.For his first seven months, Biden didn't have a popularity problem. He never enjoyed the 60% levels Barack Obama began with, but he started comfortably above his divisive predecessor, Donald Trump. Replacing Trump's bombast with calm, ramping up coronavirus vaccinations and rushing pandemic relief checks through Congress, the new President steadily drew approval from more than half of Americans. CNN Poll: Majority of Americans say Biden isnt paying attention to nations most important issuesThat changed in midsummer. The unexpected resurgence of the pandemic, the resulting economic slowdown, the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal and congressional infighting over Biden's economic agenda dragged...
    Popular radio host Howard Stern has vowed to run for president if Donald Trump tries again in 2024 - and insists he'll beat his former friend. During his radio show Tuesday morning, Stern claimed he has accepted that he may have to serve his 'civic duty' and run against Trump saying he knows he'll 'beat his a**.' Stern claims he is as prominent in the American public's conscience as Trump, meaning any presidential campaign would quickly gain traction.  The claims came as Stern noted the attention that his statements about Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers vaccine scandal the day before drew in.  Stern slammed Rodgers, who tested positive for Covid last week, for lying about being vaccinated calling him a 'scumbag' and suggesting that he be fired from the NFL.  On Tuesday's show, the shock jock suggested that if his comments on Rodgers were 'big news' then he is sufficiently popular among the public to make a presidential bid.  Howard Stern (left) and his co-host Robin Quivers discussed Stern's potential 2024 presidential campaign against Donald Trump Stern and Trump were...
    VIDEO4:3304:33Bitcoin ATMs can be huge fraud targetThe News with Shepard Smith Criminals are cashing in on bitcoin ATMs around the country, using the convenient, largely anonymous transactions for drug trafficking, money laundering and a variety of fraud, law enforcement officials say. The machines, mostly located in convenience stores and owned by private companies, allow customers to easily buy bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies using cash. The funds are then sent to that customer's crypto wallet. But that convenience also means easy money for fraudsters. The fraud, according to law enforcement, has become more pervasive as bitcoin ATM installations in the U.S. have skyrocketed in recent years. More than 26,000 machines stand today, a spike from 4,212 in January 2020, according to Coin ATM Radar. Well-known companies such as Walmart and Circle K have started installing them.The number of bitcoin ATMs in the US has risen to more than 26,000.Source: CNBCThe FBI warned last week of fraud schemes using cryptocurrency ATMs and quick response, or QR, codes to facilitate payments. "The FBI has seen an increase in scammers directing victims to use physical cryptocurrency...
    Despite the pair's plummeting job approval ratings, the White House insists it is unfazed by President Joe Biden's and Vice President Kamala Harris's poll numbers. The Biden-Harris administration is confident its policies "will improve the lives of nearly every American" by growing the economy and creating jobs, according to White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre. VACCINES FOR CHILDREN LOOMS AS WHITE HOUSE'S NEXT BIG FIGHT "That's our focus: to make sure that we continue to push the president's economic policies," Jean-Pierre, White House principal deputy press secretary, told reporters Monday. "Polls are all over the map. And that's not going to be our focus right now." Emphasizing the economic aspects of Biden's $1.75 trillion social welfare and climate spending framework, Jean-Pierre said components of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal, which the House passed last week after the Senate cleared it months ago, are "very popular." "American families want to see these historic investments in infrastructure," she said. "So that's what we're seeing, and that's what matters as we're moving forward is delivering for the American public." There is...
    The female-led largely millennial government of Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin has sunk to a new polling low this week, with barely half of the country believing the government is doing a good job. The results come from a new poll published by the firm Kantar TNS which states that 52 per cent of Finns have a favourable view of the government, down from March of this year when 62 per cent of Finns supported the government’s actions. According to a report from the Finnish public broadcaster YLE, the poll is the weakest so far for Marin’s government and a full 17 points behind the government’s most favourable poll released in the spring of last year. Meanwhile, opposition parties are gaining in the polls, with nearly a third of Finns saying that opposition parties are doing well in presenting alternative policies to the government, compared to just 25 per cent in March. Finland’s Millennial Feminist Govt Suffers Locals Defeat in First Election, Right Wing Parties Benefit https://t.co/2BhNIwkDgk — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) June 14, 2021 Prime Minister Marin’s Social Democrats are...
    Instagram video communication site has introduced a new feature that Twitter users have been waiting for for 10 years. And “Instagram” announced through its account on its “Twitter” website that previews of “Instagram” posts can now be viewed on “Twitter” for the first time in almost 10 years. And with this new feature, you can get automatic change of “Instagram” forms by entering any Instagram link in any tweet on Twitter. Instagram management has previously stated that this feature cannot be allowed on Twitter; Because the Twitter administration refused to do so; But now considering the huge popularity of the video communication site, it seems he has finally agreed. Before buying the Facebook or Meta Instagram site, this feature was in the past; But Twitter later banned it in order not to further increase the popularity of “Instagram” against its rival “Facebook”. Instagram offers a feature that Twitter users have been waiting for for 10 years Sub electronic newspaper Before 2021-11-04 Instagram video communication site has introduced a new feature that Twitter users have been waiting for for...
    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell celebrated Glenn Youngkin's sweeping victory in Virginia's gubernatorial race on Wednesday, calling it a "referendum on the popularity of the Biden administration" and a symptom of growing opposition to the Democrat agenda.  In an appearance on "The Story" Wednesday afternoon, McConnell, R-Ky., told host Martha MacCallum that Democrats would have likely sustained a far greater defeat had their social spending bill been passed at the time of the election.  "I would argue had they already passed this tax and spending bill, they would have lost worse," McConnell said.  DESANTIS BLASTS BIDEN'S AGENDA AFTER MCAULIFFE GUBERNATORIAL LOSS Video"I think the American people are saying don’t do that- don’t double down on taxation and spending. The American people have had enough of all of this excess, and I think they sent a message yesterday: stop. That’s the message that should be taken by the Democrats out of yesterday’s election." Despite this, the Senate Minority Leader said his Democratic colleagues will likely "misinterpret" Tuesday's loss and seek to urgently advance the legislation. "What happened yesterday... I don’t think it was about the Democrats' failure to do it," McConnell said. "I...
    In the game Life is Strange, the main character, Maxine Caulfield, is an 18-year-old high school student with an interest in photography. She has recently moved back to her Oregon hometown, and upon entering a school bathroom, witnesses the shooting of a girl with blue hair. Maxine, who goes by Max, holds up her hand and yells, “No!” Then the scene suddenly rewinds. Realizing she has the power to turn back time, Max returns to the bathroom and pulls the fire alarm, preventing the murder. Eventually, she discovers that the blue-haired girl is an old friend named Chloe. The two team up, determined to figure out what’s behind the sudden disappearance of a fellow student. One of the game’s themes is the butterfly effect, the idea that a small change, like a butterfly batting its wings, can spark a much larger change, like a tornado. And so it is in the game, where the player must make small choices that can alter the story’s outcome. Do you steal the money you and Chloe find in the headmaster’s office? What about...
    A new hit Korean TV show which is on track to gain as much attention as the widely popular Squid Game series is now streaming in Australia. With the hype from Squid Game finally starting to die down after becoming Netflix's most watched series around the world, a new South Korean drama titled My Name is tipped to be the next big hit. The eight-part series centres around Yoon Ji-woo who is seeking revenge after her gangster father was murdered in cold blood on her 17th birthday. She joins the Dongcheon gang, ran by her father's friend and crime boss Choi Mujin who trains her up in his martial arts gym. With the hype from Squid Game finally starting to die down after becoming Netflix's most watched series around the world, a new South Korean drama titled My Name is tipped to be the next big hit Ji-woo then joins the police force undercover as she tries to find the killer responsible for her father's death, taking viewers on a wild ride. My Name first aired on Netflix on October 15 and has...
    Ralph Sun, a USC senior and fraternity member, can detail the ways Greek life has enriched him. The brotherhood gave him an instant friend group for backpacking, tailgating and sorority mixers; a support system during academic and personal struggles; a sense of purpose volunteering at a skid row shelter and at beach cleanups. But he is now confronting the dark side of fraternities as campus outrage explodes over multiple allegations of drugging and sexual assault during parties at the USC chapter of Sigma Nu. Sun said the allegations shocked him and he quickly joined unprecedented and sustained demonstrations to stand with sexual abuse survivors and demand Greek system reforms, including a march of hundreds to fraternity and sorority row on West 28th Street. “The Greek experience has provided a lot to me and I hope it will be here for generations of Trojans to come,” said Sun, a member of a fraternity he declined to name. “In order for that to happen, we have to own up to our checkered past and make our community a safe and inclusive...
    The video featured in the player above is from an earlier, related report.Shiba inu coin soared to a new record on Wednesday, capping a surge of over 60,000,000% over the past year.The parody cryptocurrency - which appears to be inspired by dogecoin, another meme cryptocurrency - is up almost 30% over the past 24 hours, according to CoinGecko. It has pared back some of its gains since hitting its all-time high early morning US time, but remains the 11th biggest digital currency by market capitalization.The token, which was launched last year, has surged roughly 100% in the last seven days, and now has a a market value of about $26 billion.Like dogecoin, shiba inu coin features the Shiba Inu dog as its mascot. Its meteoric rise has made some investors millionaires overnight.The coin has also won a handful of celebrity backers, from former boy band stars to pro athletes.Earlier this year, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin made headlines by donating $1 billion worth of shiba inu coin to a Covid-19 relief fund in India.Its dramatic rise this week coincides with rising...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Apparently, Baltimore is pumped for pumpkins. LawnStarter, a website made to help people find lawn care, compared nearly 200 of the biggest U.S. cities to rank 2021’s Best Cities for Pumpkin Lovers. Out of 197 cities, Charm City ranked No. 14 on the list. READ MORE: Rash Field Park To Reopen In November Following RenovationsThe website ranked the cities based on accessibility and popularity using these factors: Number of pumpkin patches Farmers Markets per 100,000 Residents Bakeries per 100,000 Residents Coffee Shops per 100,000 Residents Average Monthly Google Searches for “Pumpkins” and “Pumpkin Spice” Over October Number of Pumpkin Festivals and Events Baltimore ranked No. 64 in accessibility out of 197 cities, meaning there aren’t that many pumpkin patches and bakeries around here. But the city ranked No. 8 in popularity, meaning Baltimoreans were searching frequently for “pumpkins” and “pumpkin spice,” far more than most other cities. The combined popularity and access scores got our combined ranking of 14. Do you agree that the city is full of pumpkin lovers? READ MORE: Maryland Ranks No. 11...
    TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — Marylanders continue to hold Gov. Larry Hogan in a favorable light. According to the latest Goucher Poll, 68% of residents approve of the job Hogan is doing as governor, with 59% saying the state is heading in the right direction. READ MORE: Towson Shooting Being Investigated As A Homicide, Police SayOf the 700 Marylanders surveyed, 22% said they disapproved of the Republican governor’s performance and 7% said they did not know. Hogan’s approval rating has remained pretty consistent over the last several years, despite Maryland being a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by roughly 2 to 1. In October 2020, 71% of respondents gave Hogan a favorable review, and in September 2019, it was 64%. In the latter poll, only a plurality of Marylanders–46%–thought the state was going in the right direction, compared with 35% who thought the state was on the wrong track. Support for President Joe Biden in Maryland is not nearly as strong. Only 53% of respondents said they approve of the job the president is doing, a 9-point drop from March, according...