Jason Sudeikis won his first Golden Globe for his role as ‘Ted Lasso’ on Apple TV+. If you haven’t watched the hilarious show yet you’re missing out.
Iran said “no thank you” to meeting with the United States with the European Union as a facilitator to discuss a nuclear deal and sanctions.
Court hearings began today for 47 pro-democracy advocates who were arrested in Hong Kong. The U.S. has condemned these arrests and hundreds gathered to chant their support for those charged. The government says that these protests are an illegal gathering.
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The Lead: Senate’s Turn on Stimulus
President Biden’s Covid relief package is now in the hands of the Senate after it passed the House of Representatives on Friday. It is not coming up as a regular floor vote, which would need 60 votes to pass. It will be proposed through a process called reconciliation, which only needs 51 votes.
The $1.9 trillion bill is expected to get a vote straight down party lines with Democrats voting in favor and Republicans voting against. If that happens, Vice President Harris will be the tie-breaking vote for the bill to pass.
There isn’t much time now that the calendar has struck March. Current unemployment benefits expire on March 14. The bill on the floor would offer an extra $400 per week in unemployment payments plus a one-time payment of $1,400. This bill still has a federal minimum wage increase but it is expected to be removed after the senate rule checker declared that it cannot be included in a reconciliation process.
You would think that with all of this run-up to the bill, the Senate would be ready to vote straight away but they are not. It could take days or weeks to get to the voting part because Senators have to bicker publicly amongst themselves first and that takes time.
“Do you miss me yet?” the former President asked as he began his speech.
And you know what? We kinda did. Shock and outrage are empowering emotions and we admit we were a little addicted to them. And guess who else missed him? The media. News channels cut away from programming to run the former President’s speech full of his greatest hits: 2020 election fraud claims, rhetoric about Mexican immigrants, shots at President Biden’s mental state, credit grabbing for the Covid vaccine, and laments over the current administration’s foreign policy including starting wars rather than ending them.
Trump said that his fight for the Republican Party is not over. He floated the idea of running for President again in four years and rejected the notion that he would do so under his own political party.
“I am not starting a new party,” he said. “That was fake news.”
The former President has been largely silent since leaving office and a little busy with legal fights over impeachment and his tax returns. The speech scratched an itch for those who have been missing the former President’s voice and there were plenty of those people. The conference sold out tickets that started at $330 per person.
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Doctors discovered that little Liza has three severe malformations in her brain that cause seizures. Her single mother had to buy supplemental health insurance to pay for the extensive care that Liza now needs. But medical bills are not the half of what this family will have to bear. They will have to travel to Boston from their home in Alabama, find childcare for Liza’s 3-year-old brother, and take time away from work. Those expenses will add up.
It would seem that the additional insurance her mother bought will cover Liza’s surgeries but still, people are asking if the medical system is failing this family. Politicians are using this story to promote Medicare for all.
But would Medicare for all really be the way to go for such a severe medical need? Even in countries that have socialized medicine, many citizens opt for private insurance for access to better care. But premiums for private insurance in other countries do not cost anywhere near the cost of private insurance in the U.S. In most countries, private insurance costs just a small fraction of what it costs in the U.S.
What would help this little girl is the full deregulation of the medical and insurance industry. The problem is inflated insurance premiums that are used to pay for inflated care costs. But even if those were fixed, Liza’s family would still need to foot the bill for travel and living expenses through this major life disruption. Thankfully, her story has touched the hearts of many and an online fundraiser has raised over $240,000 thus far.
The Healing Power of Mayonaise
Israel is trying to clean up a disastrous oil spill and thousands of volunteers are trying to rescue wildlife. Turtles that have been doused in oil are being treated with mayonnaise of all things.
Mayonnaise can dilute and remove the oil from the turtles’ digestive tracts. Volunteers have also used vegetable oil to remove the tar-like oil from the turtles’ bodies. After two weeks of mayo-med, they are expected to be returned to the wild. Hopefully, they will have some wild to return to by then.
2,200 pounds. That was the size of a World War II bomb that was detonated this weekend in the UK. The bomb was found on Friday and a nearby university evacuated. Residents within a 1,310 feet radius have not been let back into their homes as police try to secure the cleanup.
646 million. That is how many times the Russell Crowe movie “The Next Three Days” has been viewed on Netflix since it launched.
3. That is how many wheels this electric RV has. It is pretty dinky. In fact, it’s built on the body of an electric tuk-tuk and it only goes about 25 miles per hour. It’s not exactly for big family trips but maybe smaller couples camping trips?
The latest in Covid fashion: the Pajama Suit. It looks professional enough for a Zoom call but it is made of PJ fabric. Fooled ya!
A variation of this fashion, if you can even call it that, are the WFH Jammies. The maker calls it “business on top, loungewear on the bottom.” The top is presentable for a virtual meeting but if your coworkers could scroll down, they’d see that you were in PJ pants. Fooled ya again!
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