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Amid Newsom’s ‘recall reopening,’ it’s time to restore checks-and-balances

If there’s one thing that’s consistent with Gov. Gavin Newsom during the pandemic, it’s inconsistency. Constantly moving goalposts have caused more economic harm in California than anywhere else in the country. While our unemployment rate hovers at around nine percent, one of the highest, more than 19,000 business have closed their doors forever.  Many others remain on the brink of collapse. Understandably, the frustration and anger is palpable among businesses owners, parents, students, and millions of Californians struggling to access unemployment benefits. The ever-changing and inconsistent rules do not appear based on science or data as the governor promised.  One week we are bogged down by complicated and obtuse rules based on color-coded tiers, and the next we are told things look so

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State should help Californians through the pandemic, not cut lifelines

With Californians now seeing light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, there still are many things the state government should do to help residents and businesses make it through – but cutting a lifeline that allows people to have food and other necessities delivered to their doorsteps definitely isn’t one of them. Unfortunately, that’s what would happen under Assembly Bill 286, introduced by Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, and Alex Lee, D-San Jose. The bill would place a statewide cap on food delivery service commissions – an unnecessary restriction that would make it financially impossible for technology platforms like DoorDash, UberEats, Postmates, and GrubHub to continue serving Californians in many areas. These delivery services have been very beneficial to Californians,

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Even After Brownies, My Favorite Bakeware Remained Unstained

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/Made InScouting Report: This bakeware set isn’t just beautiful, it’s sturdy, and has the potential to last a lifetime. I’ve been baking a lot more recently, and so when I found out that one of my favorite cookware companies and makers of my favorite skillet, Made In, was coming out with a new bakeware set, I was excited as can be. Now that I’ve tried it, I’m here to say the only issue is if you get these pieces, you’ll want to use them every single day. When I first got the set in the mail, I was blinded. The set is so white, thanks to its porcelain design, made from a 202-year old recipe, and features a red or white trim that is a beautiful touch. But I thought, there’s no way this will stay this white. Low and behold, after baking brownies, ...

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Chris Wallace Confronts GOP Senator for Questioning Biden’s Mental Fitness: ‘Is That Helpful?’

Fox NewsFox News anchor Chris Wallace pressed Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) on his recent tweet that questioned President Joe Biden’s mental fitness and seemingly suggested Biden’s a Manchurian candidate, asking the senator on Sunday if comments like that are “helpful.” Circling back to the concerted efforts during the 2020 election by Republicans and conservative media to paint the 78-year-old Biden as struggling with cognitive decline, Cornyn referenced a recent Politico article while pondering that someone else is actually in charge of the federal government. “The president is not doing cable news interviews,” he tweeted. “Tweets from his account are limited and, when they come, unimaginably conventional. The public comments are largely scripted. Biden has opted for fewer sit down interviews...

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Boehner said the Capitol riot was ‘one of the saddest days’ of his life and he would rather set himself ‘on fire than run for office again’

Summary List PlacementFormer Republican US House Speaker John Boehner said he would rather set himself on fire than run for office again in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.  "I'd rather set myself on fire than to run for office again," Boehner of Ohio replied to show moderator Chuck Todd. In response, Todd said that he asked Boehner that question "because I expected an answer just like that." "You're a sh-t," Boehner chuckled.  WATCH: @SpeakerBoehner: “I’d rather set myself on fire than to run for office again.”@chucktodd: “The only reason I asked that question is because I expected an answer just like that.”John Boehner: “You’re a shit.” pic.twitter.com/t7JEbDNGJ5 — Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) April 18, 2021 Boehner, who was speaker between 2011 and 2...

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Capitol Rioter Who Pretended to Be Antifa and Ransacked Pelosi’s Office Released From Jail

Shannon Stapleton via ReutersDespite the fact that Capitol insurrectionist William Robert Norwood III allegedly stole body armor, lied to the FBI, and “led a pack of rioters through the inner sanctum of Speaker Pelosi’s office space” where he lifted a paper coaster, he has been released pending his trial, according to Department of Justice documents seen by The Daily Beast. He is charged with two felonies: obstruction of an official proceeding and theft of government property. Norwood, who goes by Robbie, boasted to family members about assaulting a law enforcement officer, according to court documents. “It worked,” he wrote to family members. “I got away with things that others were shot or arrested for.” He went on to brag of his bounty. “I got a nice helmet and body armor off a cop for...

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SpaceX’s NASA contract has sparked reaction from industry figures seeking details. Blue Origin says it is ‘looking to learn more about the selection.’

Summary List PlacementMany figures in the space and science communities are seeking more details about how NASA chose only SpaceX for its return to the moon, when the agency's stated plans called for two commercial partners.  SpaceX had been competing against Blue Origin and Dynetics for a pair of contracts for NASA's Artemis program. But NASA on Friday announced SpaceX would get an exclusive $2.9 billion contract. Blue Origin had partnered with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Draper to form "The National Team."  A Blue Origin spokesperson told Insider via email on Saturday: "The National Team doesn't have very much information yet. We are looking to learn more about the selection." Elsewhere, celebrations were in order.  "NASA Rules!!" Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, said. "We are...

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The pandemic stopped my business and hurt my self-confidence, and I don’t know what to do

I am an 80-year-old widow and have owned my own business for 30 years. For the past five years, I moved my storefront business to a showroom opened several times a week. That stopped due to the pandemic. As my customers are calling me, I cannot decide if I should reopen my business or just retire. I am fearful — driving downtown and even making big decisions. The pandemic has removed some of my self-confidence. What should I be considering in deciding to return to my work – or not? A.N. Dear A.N. In a recent story in this newspaper, a pastor was quoted saying, “It isn’t easy to come out of a cocoon, just as it wasn’t easy to climb into it in the first place.” Indeed, we are re-emerging to a new normal with little experience or practice. Formerly easy-to-make decisions seem more complex and

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Fauci says ‘kids of any age’ should be able to get vaccinated for the coronavirus by the first quarter of 2022

Summary List PlacementDr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases specialist, said on Sunday that all he predicts all kids will be able to receive a vaccine against the coronavirus by the beginning of 2022.  Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said "kids of any age" should be able to get a vaccine by the first quarter of 2022.  Fauci says on @CNNSotu that he expects all high school students to be able to be vaccinated by the fall term and says “kids of any age” should be able to vaccinated by the first quarter of 2022. “Hopefully before then,” he tells @DanaBashCNN — Manu Raju (@mkraju) April 18, 2021 "Hopefully before then," he said on the show.  Schools across the country a...

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Office rules: Work from home vs. corporate reality

The grand revolution known as working from home in sweats with pets on your lap could be one of the pandemic era’s lasting employment legacies. I might be old and jaded, but when I hear whispers of a workplace “revolution,” my antennae of skepticism tend to pop up. Now, desperation is often fuel for the best inspiration, but I’ll argue there’s too much pull from the “corner office” to think “WFH” — a social-media acronym for work from home — will remain widespread in the long run. Yes, studies claim workers and employers highly value remote work. But too often “what ifs” run afoul of the wall of corporate realities and humans’ overall dislike for change. So, as a work-from-home veteran of two-decades-plus, let me share some of my skepticism … Boss or bottleneck? Most senior executives are

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Fauci hopeful on upcoming Johnson & Johnson vaccine decision: ‘We will get it back in some manner or form’

Summary List PlacementDr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said he hopes there's a decision on the paused Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Friday. "I do think we will get it back in some manner or form, but what I hope that we don't see anything beyond Friday," Fauci told Dana Bash on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday. Dr. Fauci says he hopes a decision about the pause on the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine will be made after CDC advisers meet on Friday.“I do think we will get it back in some manner or form, but what … I hope, that we don’t see anything extended beyond Friday.” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/2m3aeaacmz — State of the Union (@CNNSotu) April 18, 2021 Fauci's remarks come after the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19...

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Insurrectionists who posted social media footage of the Capitol riots are claiming to be journalists in their legal defenses, report says

Summary List PlacementSeveral defendants charged in the Capitol riots have self-identified as journalists in a bid to justify their attendance at the deadly insurrection, according to the Associated Press. Individuals who might have posted potentially self-incriminating photographs or videos of them storming the Capitol are claiming they were only there to "record history" and absolve themselves of criminal responsibility, AP reported. At least eight of those charged with the Capitol siege have claimed to be journalists or documentary makers to mount a First Amendment free speech defense, experts told the news agency. Read more: Trump and his advisors are shrugging off DOJ's Capitol riot probe. But they see danger in the Georgia and New York investigations. One defendant, Shawn Witzema...

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Fauci: ‘I Doubt Very Seriously’ We’ll Cancel Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

NBC NewsThe nation’s top infectious disease expert struck a cautiously optimistic chord on Sunday, saying that he doubts “very seriously” that the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine will be canceled outright in the United States after federal health agencies called for a pause on the vaccine’s rollout last week. Following reports of six blood-clot cases among people who had received the J&J shot, the Food and Drug Administration recommended a temporary halt in administering the vaccines as regulators examined any possible link between the vaccines and the disorder. At the time of the pause, federal health officials said the rollout of the J&J vaccine could resume within a matter of days. During appearances on both NBC’s Meet the Press and CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday,...

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You should eat more filet mignon

Summary List PlacementLike a lot of you, the pandemic has had me cooking a lot more at home. I must have made Ina Garten's lemon chicken breasts about 50 times. If I'm feeling more indulgent, I bake Martha Stewart's crispy apricot pork chops. (As with any pork chops recipe, it's important to buy good, not-too-lean chops.) I have improved my braise game: I make chicken cacciatore, chicken thighs with mushrooms and tarragon and wine, chicken thighs with fennel and lemon, chicken curry, pork stew with clear broth ... let's just say my Le Creusets have been seeing a lot of action. Of course, sides are important, too. I have indulged repeatedly in Mark Bittman's potatoes au gratin. I boil broccoli and toss it in olive oil. I blanch broccoli rabe and sauté it with whole cloves of garlic. I sa...

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Planned Parenthood CEO calls out founder for her ‘association with white supremacist groups and eugenics’

Summary List PlacementPlanned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson called out the organization's founder in a New York Times op-ed, saying she had ties to "white supremacist groups and eugenics." Margaret Sanger, founder of the reproductive healthcare nonprofit organization, is known for having devoted her entire life to expanding access to birth control. Since her death, some historians and biographers have been characterizing her as a proponent of the eugenics movement, meant to control populations for "desirable" characteristics while weeding out so-called undesirable ones.  "Up until now, Planned Parenthood has failed to own the impact of our founder's actions. We have defended Sanger as a protector of bodily autonomy and self-determination, while excusing her association with whit...

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