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Why did the pronunciation of caramel change over the years?

Growing up in the 80's, people pronounced it car-mel. Then in the early 90's or so, I started hearing people calling it car-a-mel, and it became the norm. Today, the car-mel pronunciation is all but dead. I rarely hear anyone call it that anymore, except for the occasional senior. But why did it change?

Words that change pronunciations are extremely rare. The only other one that I know of is the planet Uranus. Today, it's pronounced Ura-niss. I won't say how we 80's kids pronounced it.

My DC statehood compromise proposal

Some of you may not like this proposal, but hear me out.

DC will be admitted to the Union to become our 51st state by January, 2022. The governor's of West Virginia and Virginia will pick the two Senators. If that looks legally sketchy, then the Senate Majority and Minority leaders pick them. One gets a 4 year term, and the other a 6 year term, since states don't vote on two Senate races in the same election (unless it's a special election). All other elected officials will be voten on by the people.

While this would ensure that one of the Senators will be a Republican, let's get to the cold facts:

1) DC statehood needs 60 votes to pass, and we don't have even 50. This will likely get enough Republicans to reach the 50 threshold.

2) It doesn't change anything regarding majority. Each Party gets one new Senator.

3) The Republican will certainly be voted out of office in 4 or 6 years. After that, it's a free ride for us.

So, what do you think? It's either this, something similar, or nothing. Take your pick.

Supreme Court Weighs Crack Cocaine Sentencing Disparity

Source: NPR

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on a case involving sentencing disparities between people found guilty of possessing crack versus powdered forms of cocaine, and whether recent changes in federal law should apply retroactively to those given long prison terms for small amounts of crack.

The cases stems from changes to the 1986 Anti Drug Abuse Act, which put in place sentences for crack cocaine possession 100 times more severe than for the powered form of the drug. The disparity was seen by many as a racially motivated, as those sentenced for crack possession were proportionally more likely to be Black.

In 2010 Congress and the Obama administration amended the law to reduce the sentencing disparities between the two forms of cocaine to 18-1, and in 2018 lawmakers and the Trump administration made the change retroactive, affecting those still serving time under the original statute.

But Congress left out sentences for low levels of crack from the retroactive provision, and justices across the ideological spectrum indicated Tuesday they were skeptical that the court could change that.

Read more: https://www.npr.org/2021/05/04/993518328/supreme-court-weighs-crack-cocaine-sentencing-disparity

Susan Wright advances to runoff in Texas' 6th District special election with tight race for second s

Source: CNN

(CNN)Republican Susan Wright will advance to a runoff in the special election for Texas' 6th Congressional District, CNN projects, in a race that has been an early window into the fight over the future of the Republican Party in the aftermath of former President Donald Trump's attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election and the attack on the US Capitol.

GOP state Rep. Jake Ellzey and Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez are locked in a tight race for the second spot.

Sanchez advancing would set up a potentially competitive contest and give Democrats a chance to give their narrow House majority a bit more breathing room. Ellzey coming in second would ensure Republicans hold the seat.

The district has been without representation in Congress since February, when GOP Rep. Ron Wright died following a Covid-19 diagnosis.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/02/politics/texas-6th-district-special-election/index.html

Looks like two Republicans will make the runoff.

Democratic senator raises concerns over Biden's agenda

"Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said he is concerned by the amount of potential spending involved with President Joe Biden's sweeping progressive agenda."


Video in link.

Manchin pumps brakes on Biden infrastructure plans

Source: The Hill

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is emerging as the chief obstacle to quick passage of President Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure package that Democrats want to move through Congress sooner rather than later.

Manchin is ramping up discussions with Republicans about what a scaled-down infrastructure package should look like, and some GOP senators are even optimistic that the moderate Democrat can be persuaded to block efforts to raise the corporate tax rate.

That means Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) will likely have to wait for the negotiations to reach some kind of conclusion before moving ahead with the budget reconciliation process, as Manchin is expected to be the critical 50th Democratic vote needed to avoid a GOP filibuster.

“For the sake of our country, we have to show we can work in a bipartisan way,” he said Monday evening. “I don’t know what the rush is.”

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/550382-manchin-pumps-brakes-on-biden-infrastructure-plans

Supreme Court ruling will make it easier to sentence juveniles to life sentence without parole

Source: CNN

(CNN)The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the sentence of life without parole for a juvenile offender in a 6-3 decision, rejecting arguments that such sentences should have additional limits.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh penned the decision for his conservative colleagues, holding that a sentencer will not have to make a separate finding that the juvenile offender was incapable of being rehabilitated.

The ruling will make it easier for those who committed their crime under the age of 18 to be sentenced to prison for life without parole.

It also highlights the impact of the court's new conservative majority. Starting in 2005 when then-swing Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote an opinion barring the death penalty for juvenile offenders, the court had been putting limits on sentences for juvenile offenders. Thursday's decision, with three of former President Donald Trump's nominees in the majority, reverses that trend.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/22/politics/supreme-court-jones-mississippi-kavanaugh-sotomayor/index.html

Black Rob, East Harlem rapper whose punishing 'Life Story' went platinum, dies at age 51, was battli

Source: Daily News

Black Rob, the East Harlem rapper whose “Life Story” stirred and inspired listeners, died Saturday. He was 51.

The artist, whose legal name was Robert Ross, was battling kidney failure, according to accounts from longtime friends DJ Self and Mark Curry. He died in an Atlanta hospital.

“A story teller. An MC. A gentleman every time I saw him,” LL Cool J wrote in a tribute. “Rest in power my brother.”

Black Rob’s debut album, 2000′s “Life Story,” went platinum that year on the strength of its hard-charging lead single, “Whoa!” The album was praised for its storytelling, which drew heavily on its artist’s own life.

Read more: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-black-rob-dies-20210418-u42i53tkerfrvooifgoaehhgwq-story.html


Defense Department confirms leaked video of unidentified aerial phenomena is real

Source: CNN

(CNN)The Defense Department has confirmed that leaked photos and video of "unidentified aerial phenomena" taken in 2019 are indeed legitimate images of unexplained objects.

Photos and videos of triangle-shaped objects blinking and moving through the clouds were taken by Navy personnel, Pentagon spokeswoman Sue Gough said in a statement to CNN. She also confirmed that photos of three unidentified flying objects -- one "sphere" shaped, another "acorn" shaped and one characterized as a "metallic blimp" -- were also taken by Navy personnel.

"As we have said before, to maintain operations security and to avoid disclosing information that may be useful to potential adversaries, DOD does not discuss publicly the details of either the observations or the examinations of reported incursions into our training ranges or designated airspace, including those incursions initially designated as UAP," Gough said.

She also said that the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, created in August to investigate UFO sightings observed by the military, has "included these incidents in their ongoing examinations."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/15/politics/unidentified-aerial-phenomena-defense-department/index.html

Video in link. Really odd. What can these be?

Democrats to introduce bill to expand Supreme Court from 9 to 13 justices

Source: NBC News

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats will introduce legislation Thursday to expand the Supreme Court from nine to 13 justices, joining progressive activists pushing to transform the court.

The move intensifies a high-stakes ideological fight over the future of the court after President Donald Trump and Republicans appointed three conservative justices in four years, including one who was confirmed days before the 2020 election.

The Democratic bill is led by Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee. It is co-sponsored by Reps. Hank Johnson of Georgia and Mondaire Jones of New York.

The Supreme Court can be expanded by an act of Congress, but the legislation is highly unlikely to become law in the near future given Democrats' slim majorities, which include scores of lawmakers who are not on board with the idea. President Joe Biden has said he is "not a fan" of packing the court.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/democrats-introduce-bill-expand-supreme-court-9-13-justices-n1264132

This is huge, but it’s gonna take 60 votes to pass, so I wouldn’t get my hopes up much...
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