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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon was the victim of a carjacking in South Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon.
Police say it happened around 2:45 p.m. on the 1900 block of Pattison Avenue in FDR Park after a tour including members of Congress.
Scanlon was walking to her parked vehicle and was approached by two men driving a dark-colored SUV.
Both men, who were armed, demanded the keys to her vehicle, police say.
Read more: https://6abc.com/mary-gay-scanlon-carjacked-congresswoman-carjacking-philadelphia-fdr-park/11372337/
why not break it up so that each program is in an individual bill? Then bring up each bill for a vote.
Kyrsten Sinema supports the elections reform bill that Democrats are considering a year-end push to pass. She doesn't support a shortcut around the filibuster to get it done.
The Arizona moderate is making clear that she intends to keep protecting the Senates 60-vote requirement on most legislation and she isnt ready to entertain changing rules to pass sweeping elections or voting legislation with a simple majority. Her Democratic colleagues have been discussing those revisions as they weigh dropping their focus on President Joe Bidens $1.7 trillion climate and social spending bill and pivoting to voting rights, though its not clear that avenue will be any more successful.
In a statement to POLITICO, a spokesperson said that Sinema continues to support the Senate's 60-vote threshold, to protect the country from repeated radical reversals in federal policy which would cement uncertainty, deepen divisions, and further erode Americans confidence in our government. Since joining the Senate in 2019, Sinemas been a fierce defender of the filibuster and warned that reversing it could lead to terrible outcomes for Democrats down the line.
Sinema continues to support the Freedom to Vote Act, which was negotiated with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), as well as the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, even as she raises questions about how to pass those bills in an evenly divided Senate. Democratic senators have mostly focused on lobbying Manchin to try and sway him to pass elections legislation with a simple majority, but Sinema isnt there yet either.
Read more: Sinema pops Democrats' filibuster trial balloon on voting rights
Source: New York Times
ALBANY, N.Y. Former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was ordered to turn over roughly $5.1 million in proceeds from his 2020 pandemic memoir within 30 days, after a state ethics board found that he had run afoul of state ethics laws.
The board, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, directed Mr. Cuomo on Tuesday to relinquish the money to the state attorney generals office, and authorized the office to enforce the collection.
Mr. Cuomo has vowed to fight the resolution, which owing to its unique circumstance would seem to have little precedent, in court. JCOPEs actions today are unconstitutional, exceed its own authority and appear to be driven by political interests rather than the facts and the law, said Jim McGuire, a lawyer for Mr. Cuomo. Should they seek to enforce this action, well see them in court.
The order, which is sure to set up a protracted legal fight, could be complicated by the fact that Mr. Cuomo already donated $500,000 of the books proceeds to charity, and placed another $1 million in a trust for his daughters.
Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2021/12/14/nyregion/andrew-cuomo-book.amp.html
Source: Detroit Free Press
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, in her strongest public remarks to date about President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for employers, said Monday that the requirement is "a problem" for her and state government, according to a published report.
The Daily News in Greenville reported Whitmer as telling business leaders in Montcalm County that she had the same concerns as some of them that the mandate, if enforced, could lead to workers, including those in state government, walking off the job.
"Were an employer too, the state of Michigan is," Whitmer was reported as saying. "I know if that mandate happens, were going to lose state employees. Thats why I havent proposed a mandate at the state level. Some states have. We have not, were waiting to see what happens in court."
Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.freep.com/amp/6423638001
Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) on Friday criticized The New York Times for a string of pieces related to fellow Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's (D-Ariz.) clothing.
The three female senators pointed to four stories recently published by the Times one style section piece published last month and three opinion section pieces in the past three weeks from one writer saying they "cannot imagine The Times printing similar pieces on the fashion choices of any of our male colleagues."
"Senator Sinema is a serious, hardworking member of the Senate who contributes a great deal to the policy deliberations before us. Your repeated focus on how she dresses, rather than what she says and does, is demeaning, sexist and inappropriate," the senators wrote in a letter to the editor published Friday.
Asked about the criticism from the senators, Danielle Rhoades Ha, a spokeswoman for The Times, said, "the aim of our Opinion coverage is to invite intelligent discussion from informed people with a diversity of opinions and ideas. We believe in open debate and always welcome reactions such as the Senators' letter to the editor."
Source: New York Times
WASHINGTON The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday evening that President Bidens sprawling climate change and social policy package would increase the federal budget deficit by $160 billion over the next 10 years.
That determination is at odds with Mr. Bidens pledge to fully pay for the legislation but is unlikely to stop House Democrats from approving the bill as soon as Thursday evening.
The budget offices analysis found that the bills tax cuts and spending programs were almost but not entirely offset by new revenue and spending cuts. The package would be largely paid for with tax increases on high earners and corporations, which was estimated to bring in nearly $1.5 trillion over 10 years. Savings in government spending on prescription drugs were estimated to bring in another $260 billion.
The fact that the bill could slightly add to the federal deficit over the next 10 years is unlikely to dissuade House lawmakers from proceeding to vote for the bill, in part because the analysis boiled down to a dispute over a single line item: how much the Internal Revenue Service would collect by cracking down on people and companies that dodge large tax bills.
Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2021/11/18/us/politics/cbo-biden-spending-bill.amp.html
Source: FRESH TAKE FLORIDA
The winning Republican in this weeks congressional primary in South Florida is a convicted felon who did not go through the states process to restore his civil rights after his imprisonment, interviews and records show. That step is required under Florida law for a candidate to hold political office.
Jason Mariner, 36, of Palm Beach Gardens, an advertising executive and self-described America First conservative candidate, won Tuesdays GOP primary with 58 percent of votes in the heavily Democratic 20th Congressional District.
It wasnt immediately clear whether the elections outcome would be challenged. The general election will be Jan. 11. Democrats have held the seat one of the most Democratic districts in Florida for more than two decades.
Mariner had served roughly two years total in the Palm Beach County Jail over 2007 and 2012 on charges that included felony theft, burglary, cocaine possession, obstruction and violently resisting arrest, records show. He was open during his campaign about his criminal background, telling voters, Before running for Congress, I ran from the law. He also promised he would be tough on crime.
Read more: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article255548606.html
President Joe Biden on Wednesday dismissed the idea that immigrant families separated at the southern border under his predecessors zero-tolerance policy could receive payments of $450,000 per person in monetary settlements, calling the report garbage.
Following remarks at the White House about Covid vaccines for children, Biden was asked by a Fox News reporter whether the payments would incentivize more people to cross the border illegally.
If you guys keep sending that garbage out, yeah, Biden said. But its not true.
When pressed on the matter, Biden appeared surprised by the $450,000 figure.
Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/news.yahoo.com/amphtml/biden-says-450k-payments-families-232647254.html
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