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ap215 wrote: Tue Dec 07, 2021 3:06 pm Lawmakers reach compromise on annual defense policy bill

Lawmakers released the text of the compromise reached on the annual defense policy bill on Tuesday in a new effort to get the sweeping bill across the finish line.

The compromise on the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), released by the House and Senate armed services panels, includes a $768.2 billion top line for discretionary funds and addresses a wide range of issues, from the U.S.’s withdrawal from Afghanistan to military justice reform.

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/5847 ... omise-bill
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Tokyo plans to recognize same-sex marriage starting next year

Japan's capital plan to create a system that will recognize same-sex marriage in the next fiscal year, Reuters reported.

Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike said Tuesday the city’s government plan to introduce a “same-sex partnership,” after its local assembly unanimously called for an initial move.

https://thehill.com/policy/internationa ... rting-next
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Roku, Google settle messy battle over YouTube distribution

Roku and Google have agreed to a multi-year extension for both YouTube and YouTube TV apps to be distributed on Roku.

Why it matters: Roku's deal with Google to distribute YouTube was set to expire this month. Without a deal, YouTube would've been removed from Roku's channel store, creating a big competitive disadvantage, especially during the holiday season.

https://www.axios.com/roku-youtube-goog ... ed762.html
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New York City gives noncitizens right to vote in local elections

New York (CNN) New York City on Thursday became the largest municipality in the US to allow noncitizens to vote in local elections

In a vote of 33 to 14, the Democrat-controlled city council passed the measure known as "Our City, Our Vote."

https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/09/politics ... index.html
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Arizona Coyotes pay overdue bills to avoid arena eviction

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes are all caught up on their bills. No eviction necessary.

The hockey team in the desert paid off its overdue taxes and other bills Thursday, a day after receiving word the city of Glendale was going to lock the Coyotes out of Gila River Arena if all outstanding debts to the city and the management company for the arena are not paid.

https://apnews.com/article/nhl-sports-b ... f5f24756b0
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Joe Biden To Make First Late-Night Appearance As President On ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’

Joe Biden will make his first late-night appearance as president when he guests on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday.

Fallon made the announcement on his show Thursday. A White House spokesperson said that the appearance will be virtual.

https://deadline.com/2021/12/joe-biden- ... 234888396/
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NYC Mayor-elect Adams names David Banks as next schools chancellor

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- NYC Mayor-elect Eric Adams announced the first major appointee to his administration this morning.

He has tapped longtime advisor David Banks for the position of chancellor of the New York City Department of Education.

https://abc7ny.com/david-banks-chancell ... /11314964/
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Biden to sign order to streamline government services to public

President Biden is signing an executive order on Monday intended to cut back on the bureaucracy around government services for the public such as renewing passports, applying for loans or changing names.

The order, which Biden will sign on Monday afternoon on camera, affects 36 "customer experience improvement commitments" across 17 federal agencies. The order targets various government services dealing with travel, retirement, business, health and updating personal information, according to a White House fact sheet.

https://thehill.com/homenews/administra ... -to-public
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Despite GOP efforts, Lucy Koh confirmed as the first Korean American federal appeals judge

Nationwide, members of the Asian American Pacific Islander community are turning their pain into action. They are running for office and being elected in record numbers for seats from the local to federal level, many as firsts in their states and nationally. Most recently, the Senate confirmed the country’s first Korean American woman to serve as a U.S. federal appeals court judge. After being appointed by President Joe Biden, Lucy Koh was confirmed by a vote of 50-45 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday.

Koh was formerly a U.S. district judge in the Northern District of California. That position made her the first Asian American U.S. district judge and the first U.S. district judge of Korean descent in the U.S.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/1 ... ourt-judge
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3rd Circuit's Ambro to take senior status, giving Biden third vacancy

U.S. Circuit Judge Thomas Ambro is stepping down from active service on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a court official said Wednesday, creating a new judicial vacancy for President Joe Biden to fill on the Philadelphia-based court.

Ambro, a former bankruptcy lawyer in Delaware and appointee of former Democratic President Bill Clinton, notified the White House on Tuesday that he will take senior status upon the confirmation of a successor.

https://www.reuters.com/legal/transacti ... 021-12-15/
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North Shropshire: Lib Dems pull off shock win as Tory by-election defeat piles further pressure on Boris Johnson

The Conservatives have lost the North Shropshire by-election, a shock result that puts more pressure on Boris Johnson after a difficult few weeks for the prime minister.

Lib Dem candidate Helen Morgan overturned a huge Tory majority to triumph in the contest, which was sparked by the resignation of Owen Paterson amid a lobbying scandal.

https://news.sky.com/story/north-shrops ... n-12497814
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Senate powers through nomination votes in marathon session

WASHINGTON (CN) — The Senate burned the midnight oil Friday as Democrats pushed for a slew of nominees to executive and judicial positions to be confirmed, but pushback from Republicans and the lack of a bipartisan deal led to gruelingly long votes and a handful of confirmations before midnight.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had lobbied throughout the week for Republican leaders to cut a deal with his party and quickly confirm around 20 of President Joe Biden's nominees, or face late-night votes and a congressional agenda that could bleed into many senators' planned vacations.

https://www.courthousenews.com/senate-p ... n-session/
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Redistricting is Going Surprisingly Well for Democrats

Conventional wisdom suggests that, because Republicans control more of the redistricting process than Democrats, they will inexorably benefit from this redistricting cycle. But an analysis of each of the fifty states’ specific or expected outcomes leads to the opposite conclusion: when redistricting is finished, more districts in 2022 will be to the left of Joe Biden’s 4.5-point national margin against Trump than in 2020, and there is an outside chance that the median seat will be to the left of the nation as a whole.

The following analysis only looks at whether a seat is to the left or right of Joe Biden’s margin in 2020 and not whether a “seat” is gained or lost in redistricting, as Cook Political does. Given the significantly reduced power of incumbency, the key question for determining power in a given congressional election is the partisan lean of the tipping point congressional district. This is also the most relevant small-d democratic concern: in an election that results in a 50.1% to 49.9% split, are the voters in the 50.1% able to elect the Congress of their choosing?? Even if Democrats lose power this year, the partisan valence of the map may allow them to regain the House in 2024 - unlike in 2012.

https://www.dataforprogress.org/blog/20 ... -democrats
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Navajo council votes to send big checks to tribal members

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation’s tribal council has voted to send $2,000 checks to each qualified adult and $600 for each child using $557 million in federal coronavirus relief funds.

The vote to send the checks to about 350,000 tribal members still needs approval by Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez to take effect. Nez has approved previous rounds of relief checks using money from federal coronavirus relief funds.

https://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/nav ... 6/?cat=500
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Biden says Chile 'powerful example' for world in first call with president-elect

President Biden called Chile's 35-year-old President-elect Gabriel Boric on Thursday to congratulate him on his electoral victory, lauding the country's election as a "powerful example" for the rest of the world.

Last Sunday, Boric became the youngest-ever person to be elected as Chile's president. The leftist millennial rose to prominence as the leader of anti-government students protests. Boric beat his opponent, José Antonio Kast, by more than 10 points.

https://thehill.com/policy/internationa ... -president
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2 ticketholders win Powerball jackpot of $632.6 million -- 7th largest in game's history

Two tickets sold in California and Wisconsin were the lucky winners of the Powerball jackpot on Wednesday night.

Both tickets matched all six numbers in Powerball's drawing and the winners will split the $632.6 million jackpot — the seventh largest in the American lottery game's history. The grand prize had climbed beyond earlier estimates of $630 million due to "strong ticket sales," according to a press release from Powerball.

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/2-ticketholde ... 00678.html
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Exclusive: Biden administration raises minimum wage for federal employees to $15

Federal agencies are being directed to raise the minimum wages for government employees to $15 an hour, according to new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management shared first with Axios.

Why it matters: The guidance will impact almost 70,000 federal employees, most of which work at the Departments of Agriculture, Defense and Veterans Affairs. OPM is directing agencies to implement the new wage by Jan. 30.

https://www.axios.com/minimum-wage-incr ... 98f50.html
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Billie Farrell Becomes First Woman Commander Of USS Constitution

CHARLESTOWN (CBS) – For the first time in its 224-year history, the USS Constitution has a woman as commander.

Commander Billie Farrell became the first woman to serve as captain of Old Ironsides Friday after a change-of-command ceremony at noon.

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2022/01/21/ ... stitution/
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FTC sues to block Lockheed's purchase of supplier Aerojet

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are suing to block Lockheed Martin Corp.'s $4.4 billion bid for Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, saying it would limit competition and drive up prices for components used in missiles that Lockheed and other defense contractors build for the Pentagon.

The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that Aerojet is the last independent U.S. supplier of some key missile parts, and the acquisition would let Lockheed cut off supply to rival.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/compani ... ar-AAT8nMo
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ap215 wrote: Mon Dec 13, 2021 10:13 am Biden to sign order to streamline government services to public

President Biden is signing an executive order on Monday intended to cut back on the bureaucracy around government services for the public such as renewing passports, applying for loans or changing names.

The order, which Biden will sign on Monday afternoon on camera, affects 36 "customer experience improvement commitments" across 17 federal agencies. The order targets various government services dealing with travel, retirement, business, health and updating personal information, according to a White House fact sheet.

https://thehill.com/homenews/administra ... -to-public
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Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano to Meet in Historic Boxing Clash on April 30 at Madison Square Garden on DAZN

Press Release: January 27, 2022 By DAZN – Pound-for-pound stars are first ever female fighters to headline an MSG event in the iconic venue’s 140 years of boxing history

Taylor and Serrano will come face-to-face for the first time next Wednesday, February 2 live from NYC.

http://www.theboxingtruth.com/2022/01/k ... t.html?m=1
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Here, kitty: Bidens welcome cat named Willow to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden have finally added the long-promised cat to their pet family.

Her name is Willow, and she’s a 2-year-old, green-eyed, gray and white farm cat from Pennsylvania.

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-ji ... cd9319ce11
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ESPN planning all-woman crew to cover NBA game in Salt Lake City

An NBA game next week featuring the Golden State Warriors versus the Utah Jazz on ESPN will be announced and directed by an entirely female crew, a first for the network.

Play-by-play broadcaster Beth Mowins, who was the first woman to call a “Monday Night Football” game in 2017, along with ESPN analyst Doris Burke and reporter Lisa Salters will work the Feb. 9 game, along with 33 other women in production roles both on site in Salt Lake City and in the network's control room at its Connecticut headquarters, ESPN announced on Thursday.

https://thehill.com/homenews/media/5926 ... -lake-city
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Biden to sign executive order boosting rights of 200,000 construction workers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Friday requiring "project labor agreements" in federal construction projects over $35 million, a potential boost to construction workers and unions that negotiate these deals, and a shift the administration says will speed up building times.

The order will apply to $262 billion in federal construction contracting and impact nearly 200,000 workers, according to a draft of the executive order seen by Reuters.

https://www.rawstory.com/exclusive-bide ... n-workers/
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