Democrats removed paid parental leave and the state-and-local tax deduction from the stimulus bill only to put it right back on Wednesday. The party doesn’t have full agreement on the bill so they might as well go big on their wish list.
“I have asked the Ways and Means Committee for its legislation for Paid Family and Medical Leave to be included in this morning’s hearing,” said a letter on Wednesday from Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The state-and-local tax deduction (SALT) removes a $10,000 cap on writing off state taxes on federal taxes. This cap was instated by former President Trump and hit Democratic states the hardest. Most Democrats have been asking for its removal but progressive Democrats do not.
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has said he will not support the smaller bill that Democrats thought they had consensus on so now they will re-write yet again. The House will convene another hearing on the rewrite, after which time it can be brought to the floor for a vote.
The American Heart Association updated its dietary guidelines for the first time in 15 years. It asks Americans to create sustainable eating habits rather than go on fad diets like a hop-on-hop-off bus.
The guidance also addresses sustainability for the first time, “noting that heart-healthy eating patterns are also good for the environment.” For example, the guidelines suggest using “non-tropical plant oils” rather than, say, palm oil, which contributes to deforestation and isn’t good for you anyway.
The guidelines take into account the American habit of eating out and encourage Americans to follow the same principles wherever they eat. Other guidelines include an emphasis on fruits and vegetables, plant proteins such as nuts and legumes, limiting red and processed meats and limiting alcohol consumption and “if you don’t drink, do not start.”
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There is a growing trend to move away from the avocado but it’s not because we don’t love them. Of course we do!
It’s just that avocados have a large carbon footprint because they are in demand all over the globe, shipped to places that they do not grow. They also require 320 liters of water each.
One restaurateur called avocados the “blood diamonds of Mexico” and created an alternative using artichokes. Other chefs are trying to create knockoffs with fava beans, some use peas, pistachios and fermented gooseberries. The hashtag #noavocado has over 3,220 posts, according to The Guardian and counting as people seek out other things that they can put on fancy toasts.
A new report shows that the cost of going to college is 169% more expensive than it was in 1980. But has the return on that investment paced the rising cost?
Simply put: No.
In fact, the average pay for college-educated young people is up by just 19% in the same time frame.
“Today, two out of three jobs require postsecondary education and training, while three out of four jobs in the 1970s required a high school diploma or less. Yet while young people today need more education than ever to compete in the labor market, a college education is more expensive than in the past,” the report said.
The report estimate that people with a college degree earn around $45,000 per year while people without average $30,000.
The authors of the report call on the Build Back Better act to fix the “disjointed approach” to education in the U.S. It asks for free college to help low-income students but we already know that was thrown out of the bill so what is the next best thing? Undetermined.
$500. That is how much it cost to buy a ticket to a “public dissection event” in Oregon where a group called Death Science dissected the body of a 98-year-old man who died from Covid. His family did not consent to this and was, understandably, upset about it.
$25,000. That is how much prize money 14-year-old Akilan Sankaran won for writing software that could speed up computational tasks by calculating antiprime numbers.
A depressing new study shows that smart women are more likely to end up single because men prefer their women a bit dimmer.
In a survey of 121 British participants, men said that they did not want to have relationships with high-intelligence women because they are “problematic.” Meanwhile, women DO want to have relationships with high-intelligence men.
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