President Joe Biden defended Monday his bi-partisan meeting at the White House on infrastructure, despite Republicans dismissing the event as more empty “window dressing.” Sens. Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Deb Fischer (R-NB) met with Biden, as well as Reps. Don Young (R-AK) and Garret Graves (R-LA). Four Congressional Democrats also joined the meeting. When reporters asked about Republican criticism of the meeting, Biden replied, “I’m not big on window dressing, if you’ve observed.” But at this point, Biden remains unwilling to publicly offer any major compromise on his multi-trillion-dollar spending plan proposed as “infrastructure.” “I’m prepared to negotiate as to how — the extent of the — my infrastructure project, as well as how we pay for it,” Biden said before the meeting began. Biden acknowledged Republicans had disputed whether the majority of the spending in the bill was actually infrastructure. “It’s going to get down to what we call infrastructure,” he said, … [Read more...] about Joe Biden: Infrastructure Meeting with Republicans Not Just ‘Window Dressing’
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CHEERS! Pub gardens reopened today, and hordes of thirsty Brits enjoyed an open-air drink. But the prospect gives me the chills, especially as snow, hail and the usual April showers are said to be on the way. So today I reveal how to keep warm and dry without splashing out. Here are my pub garden gear ideas . . . LOW-LOLLY BROLLY: We all know a trusty brolly is an essential for pub gardens this week. If yours has seen better days, you needn’t splash out a fortune on one. Nab a smart, windproof golf umbrella from susino.co.uk for just £9.99 — under half the price of the popular Fulton Stormshield brolly, £28 at John Lewis. SAVE: £18.01 WELLY GOOD: When it pours down, Wellington boots are indispensable. Thankfully you can grab some slightly more elegant, black patent Festival rubber wellies on ebay.co.uk for £24 — and they’re very similar to designer brand Hunter’s riding wellies at £125. SAVE: £101 COLD PINT, WARM HANDS: For chilly evenings, order the … [Read more...] about Now pubs have reopened, make sure you’re prepared for any weather with our guide
WASHINGTON—Thursday morning on Fox News, President Donald Trump said openly he’s using the U.S. Postal Service funding to essentially alter the election outcome. “Now they need that money in order to make the post office work, so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” Trump said, discussing funding for mail-in voting as part of coronavirus relief measures that he has repeatedly threatened to veto. “Now, if we don’t make a deal, that means they don’t get the money. That means they can’t have universal mail-in voting, they just can’t have it.” Trump had made a similar point Wednesday evening at the White House. But he sent a mixed message at an evening press conference Thursday when he said he wouldn’t necessarily veto any post office funding bill, but that he opposes universal mail-in ballots as potentially fraudulent, and that if the coronavirus relief package is not passed including the funding, then mail-in balloting won’t be feasible. “It would end up … [Read more...] about Here’s how Donald Trump could attack mail-in voting and claim a second term
Do Van Chien named President of VFF Central Committee Do Van Chien, President of the VFF Central Committee for the ninth tenure, speaks at the meeting in Hanoi on April 12 Do Van Chien, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and Secretary of the Party Delegation of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF), has been assigned as President of the VFF Central Committee for the ninth tenure (2019-2024). The VFF Central Committee held a meeting in Hanoi on April 12 to discuss the appointment of its President and additional members to its Presidium. All in attendance agreed to assign Chien as a member of the VFF Central Committee and its Presidium, and President of the VFF Central Committee for the ninth tenure. His predecessor, Politburo member Tran Thanh Man, was recently elected Vice Chairman of the 14th National Assembly (NA). In his inauguration address, Chien said the VFF should push ahead with performing its duties in the election of deputies to the 15th NA and all-level … [Read more...] about VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES APRIL 13
It seems that NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are everywhere right now, with more companies jumping on the NFT bandwagon to offer one-off digital assets for sale. Special feature Special report: How blockchain will disrupt business (free PDF) This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature, looks at how blockchain is shaking up the economy and changing the way individuals and enterprises conduct business. Read More Non-fungible tokens are used to verify unique items such as digital art and digital ownership of other items. Now, NFTs can be used to verify ownership of physical items. Several stories have recently caught my eye, as companies scramble to lead the way with unusual NFT sales and auctions. But do Americans view the emerging concept of NFTs positively, or do they think the impact on climate change means that celebrities should act responsibly when offering NFTs for sale? Celebrities such as Jack Dorsey, Beeple, and the Kings of … [Read more...] about Are NFT collectibles the new trading cards or a hype bubble soon to burst?