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‘Historic moment’ in Canada as Ontario strikes deal for $10-a-day childcare

Canada’s most populous province has signed a long-awaited deal with the federal government for subsidized childcare, paving the way for a nationwide plan that Justin Trudeau hailed as a “historic moment”.

Unveiling the plan on Monday, the prime minister pledged that fees will eventually drop to C$10 a day by 2026, but experts caution that the plan must reckon with the reality of chronic staff shortages, fierce demand for limited spaces and murky funding agreements.

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2022/ ... o-signs-on
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Biden honors Transgender Day of Visibility: "Your President sees you"

President Biden issued a statement Wednesday to mark March 31 as the Transgender Day of Visibility and "recognize the resilience, strength, and joy of transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people."

The big picture: The proclamation comes as conservative states continue to introduce and pass new anti-trans legislation, with dozens of bills targeting trans youth. 2021 was the deadliest year on record for trans people in America.

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Senate unanimously confirms Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism monitor

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Senate in a voice vote unanimously confirmed Deborah Lipstadt, the Holocaust scholar who endured delays and a contentious hearing in her nomination to be antisemitism monitor

The vote late Wednesday took mere seconds. “The ayes appear to have it,” Sen. Tammy Baldwin, the Wisconsin Democrat who was presiding over the session, said after calling for a vote. “The ayes do have it. The nomination is confirmed.” There were no “Nos.”

https://www.jta.org/2022/03/31/politics ... sm-monitor
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A California first: woman signs bill into state law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For the first time in California's 171-year history, a woman has signed a bill into state law.

Gov. Gavin Newsom normally signs the laws in California, but he left the state on Wednesday night for a family vacation in Central and South America. State law requires Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis to act as governor until he returns.

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Comedian Jerrod Carmichael comes out as gay – then nails SNL debut with ‘homophobic cousin’ joke

Jerrod Carmichael came out publicly as gay in a candid HBO special ahead of his SNL hosting debut over the weekend.

The comedian recalled moments from his family history which influenced his coming out journey in his new special Rothaniel, which aired on Friday (1 April) but was taped earlier this year.

https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2022/04/04/j ... t-gay-snl/
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Giants' Alyssa Nakken becomes first woman to coach on field in regular-season MLB game

In the third inning of Tuesday night's game between the Padres and Giants (SD-SF GameTracker), San Francisco's Alyssa Nakken made MLB history when she stepped in to the fill the role of first-base coach:

Richardson was ejected in the top of the third by first-base umpire Greg Gibson while apparently instructing the defense. As for Nakken, here she is fulfilling some of the usual duties of the first-base coach:

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/gian ... -mlb-game/
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How 'everyday New Yorkers' say they helped police find Brooklyn shooting suspect

The suspect in Tuesday's chaotic Brooklyn subway shooting was arrested Wednesday following a strange and confusing series of events that involved scores of law enforcement, concerned bystanders and the suspect himself.

Authorities have not yet said who will get the promised $50,000 reward for information leading to Frank R. James' arrest – if anyone.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nat ... 312352001/
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NYC honors transit heroes who helped save lives during Brooklyn subway shooting

NEW YORK -- MTA workers who helped save lives during Tuesday's subway shooting in Brooklyn were honored by the city on Friday.

Gut-wrenching videos and images of panicked subway riders escaping the northbound N train have appeared all over social media. But now we're getting to see the transit workers who brought them to safety.

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What Have Dems Done for Us Lately? GLAD YOU ASKED! - Good News Roundup, April 20

Good Day, Gnuville! Today, I’ve decided to do a bit of repeat good news that may have gotten lost in the barrage of war news PLUS a bonus section of new good news. 😁 I’ve pulled just 10 of the amazing items from Goody’s epic list of 100 accomplishments of the Biden administration in just one year — because we need to celebrate and remind people of just how much better things are now, thanks to the Democratic sweep in the 2020 elections (and the Georgia runoff).

Come on in and read all about how great Joe and the Democrats are!

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Jon Stewart: Authoritarian governments a threat, not comedy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jon Stewart, accepting the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, warned Sunday night that speculation about the future of comedy amid increased audience cultural sensitivity was ignoring a true and enduring threat: authoritarian governments around the world.

“Comedy doesn’t change the world, but it’s a bellwether,” Stewart said. “When a society feels under threat, comedians are who gets sent away first.”

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2022 Freep Film Festival kicks off with premiere of Detroit bankruptcy documentary
...The lingering effects of Detroit's bankruptcy case were on display during the discussion as several attendees made impassioned jabs at members of the panel — especially Orr, who one critic accused of "robbing Black people" of pensions and healthcare.....
An interesting exchange here after orr tries to dominate the conversation.

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The panel will include directors Sam Katz, James McGovern along with Kevin Orr, who was appointed emergency manager of the City of Detroit by then Gov. Rick Snyder, and Monica Lewis-Patrick, President & CEO, We the People of Detroit, and former Michigan House of Representative member Tommy Stallworth III.
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Senate confirms batch of US attorney and US marshal nominations after Cotton lifts long-standing holds

The Senate confirmed a batch of US attorney and US marshal nominations on Wednesday after GOP Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas lifted long-standing holds he had put in place to raise concerns about the treatment by the Justice Department of several deputy US marshals who had been involved in protests in Portland, Oregon, in 2020.

The nominations were confirmed by voice vote.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics ... li=BBnb7Kz
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1 ticket in Arizona wins massive $473M Powerball jackpot

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Somebody woke up a big winner after Wednesday night's Powerball drawing.

One jackpot-winning Powerball ticket was sold at a quick-trip convenience store in Gilbert, Arizona. The winning ticket is worth more than $473 million, with a cash option of $283 million.

https://abc7ny.com/powerball-winning-nu ... /11799936/
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Karine Jean-Pierre to become White House press secretary, the first Black and out LGBTQ person in the role

(CNN) Karine Jean-Pierre will become the new White House press secretary when Jen Psaki departs her role next week, President Joe Biden announced in a statement Thursday, becoming the first Black and out LGBTQ person to hold the position.

Jean-Pierre currently serves as the White House's principal deputy press secretary.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/05/politics ... index.html
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Senate Confirms Alvaro Bedoya to Vacant FTC Seat

The Federal Trade Commission has a Democratic majority, thanks to a razor-thin Senate victory for nominee Alvaro Bedoya.

The Senate voted to confirm Bedoya to the commission, meaning as soon as he is sworn in, he will be round out a full complement of commissioners, three Democrats and two Republicans.

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Adm. Linda Fagan has become the first woman ever to lead a military service.
The Senate confirmed Adm. Linda Fagan as the next Coast Guard commandant this week, making her the first woman to lead a military service.

Fagan's historic promotion, along with those of five other Coast Guard officers, was agreed upon unanimously by senators in a vote late Wednesday.

Fagan has been serving as the Coast Guard's vice commandant since June 2021, when she became the service's first four-star admiral.

Fagan has served in the Coast Guard for 36 years. A 1985 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, she was named the first-ever Gold Ancient Trident, a title that refers to the longest serving active-duty Marine Safety Officer. Among other positions, she has lead the Coast Guard Defense Force West and served as deputy commandant for operations, policy, and capability.
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Port Authority Will Regulate Airport Food and Drink Prices After Travelers Report $27 Beers

The Port Authority is regulating the pricing standards at three New York City airports after reports of airport restaurants charging $27 for a pint of beer.

A tweet from last summer exposing a pricey beer at LaGuardia Airport resulted in new Port Authority policies on pricing at not only LaGuardia but also at John F. Kennedy Airport and Newark Airport, reports nj.com.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez confirms she's engaged to longtime partner Riley Roberts: 'Yep! It's true'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez confirmed to Insider on Thursday that she's engaged to her longtime partner Riley Roberts.

"Yep! It's true," Ocasio-Cortez told Insider of an unconfirmed report that she and Roberts were engaged.

https://www.businessinsider.com/aoc-eng ... rts-2022-5
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Rihanna Gives Birth to Baby Boy

Rihanna is officially a new mom.

The pop star gave birth to a baby boy on May 13 in Los Angeles, TMZ reports. The infant is her first child with ASAP Rocky.

https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2022/0 ... o-baby-boy
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‘It’s about time’: Biden welcomes Adm. Linda Fagan, first female officer to lead branch of military

President Biden on Wednesday took part in a traditional ceremony to mark a change of command for the U.S. Coast Guard.

And for the first time, a woman took the oath as commandant of the Coast Guard, as Adm. Karl L. Schultz was relieved by Adm. Linda Fagan.

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ap215 wrote: Thu Jun 02, 2022 9:07 am ‘It’s about time’: Biden welcomes Adm. Linda Fagan, first female officer to lead branch of military

President Biden on Wednesday took part in a traditional ceremony to mark a change of command for the U.S. Coast Guard.

And for the first time, a woman took the oath as commandant of the Coast Guard, as Adm. Karl L. Schultz was relieved by Adm. Linda Fagan.

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Biden to make first late night appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

President Biden will make his first in-studio late night talk show appearance since taking office with a scheduled appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this week.

“Our very elected President @JoeBiden visits @JimmyKimmelLive Wednesday night,” Kimmel said in a tweet on Sunday. “No malarkey.”

https://thehill.com/news/administration ... mmel-live/
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The Carolina Panthers have hired Justine Lindsay as it's first transgender cheerleader.
Justine Lindsay and the Carolina Panthers have made history.

Lindsay has been hired by the Panthers as the league’s first openly transgender cheerleader, joining the Topcats for the upcoming season. Lindsay gave an interview this week with Buzzfeed News about the accomplishment, and what it means for not just the NFL, but society writ large:

Lindsay was relieved when her coach told her she could keep her bald head, and said she is happy to “inspire other young girls who may be insecure rocking their bald look.”

Chandalae Lanouette, who directs the Topcats, noted that it was Lindsay’s talent that landed her on the squad. “My goal is to create a team of individuals that are absolute fire on the field but are incredible human beings in the locker room, good friends, good people, and at the end of the day, you have to walk through the door first to get to that spot,” Lanouette said.
https://sports.yahoo.com/carolina-panth ... 40053.html
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Google pays out $118 million to female staff who earned less than their male colleagues to settle lawsuit

Google has agreed to pay $118 million to more than 15,500 employees to settle a longstanding lawsuit over gender discrimination and equitable pay, court documents show.

The settlement covers female employees in 236 job titles in California since September 14, 2013, the plaintiffs' legal firms Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein and Altshuler Berzon said in a press release.

https://www.businessinsider.com/google- ... men-2022-6
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He's not perfect & being president is a tough job but he's way way better than Trump & any GOP'er for President

Leave Joe Biden Alone

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Any evaluation of a president’s performance usually begins with a soul-baring about whether the writer voted for or against the incumbent. I voted for Joe Biden, and I like him.

I am not, however, a partisan Democrat, and I was never a member of the Democratic Party. (My parents were typical Depression-era, blue-collar Democrats turned post-1968 Republicans.) In college, I became a New England moderate-conservative Republican, but I worked for a centrist Democrat on Beacon Hill and for a moderate Republican, the late John Heinz, in the Senate. And so I always kind of liked Biden as someone to whom I could relate: a working-class centrist who spoke his mind, even when his thoughts were garbled or when he seemed comically full of himself.

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