Co-founder of Zero Hour, Zanagee Artis, focuses on policy, climate education and storytelling to create a sustainable world
Co-founder of Zero Hour, Zanagee Artis, focuses on policy, climate education and storytelling to create a sustainable world
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told his fellow Republicans during a closed-door caucus lunch Tuesday he can't support a Jan. 6 commission in its current form, two sources familiar with his remarks tell Axios.Why it matters: Senate Republicans are bracing for a House vote Wednesday. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) opposes the commission but several Republicans are expected to buck leadership — making it more difficult for Senate Republicans to dismiss it.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeWhat we're hearing: McConnell made comments to his colleagues along the lines of, "There’s 41 of us who could change this, and I think we should,” according to one of the sources. A second source confirmed the nature of the comments.When McConnell finished, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) — who's retiring in 2023 — also stood up and questioned aspects of the deal.The senators did not indicate the deal is DOA in the Senate, the sources said, but made clear they would want to see substantive changes.Such changes being discussed more broadly among some Republicans include ensuring the panel is truly bipartisan.Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), who struck the deal with Democrats in the House, voted to impeach Trump — raising concerns among his fellow Republicans.McConnell spoke publicly following the lunch and said he is "pushing the pause button" on the legislation, adding the GOP conference is “undecided."He also noted the Justice Department and other congressional oversight committees are investigating the insurrection.McConnell questioned whether a new commission would interfere with that work.Between the lines: Most Republican members are wary of the commission and want to reframe the narrative away from the insurrection.A prominent concern is that it could be weaponized to subpoena members.There's also concerns it might alienate members of the GOP base, as well as former President Trump — who was impeached by the House for inciting the riot.Alternatively, they recognize that if an investigation is going to take place, it's better to have a hand in investigating it than to allow Democrats to be fully in control.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
May 18—Larissa Villa hit two home runs as Heritage softball rolled to a 15-6 over Prairie in a 4A/3A Greater St. Helens League game on Monday. Villa went 2 for 4 and drove in four runs. Lydia Schwenker went 4 for 5 and Makenzie Misner also homered for the Timberwolves, who had 18 base hits. Heritage improved to 5-4 on the season. Eme Cecil had three RBI for Prairie. Stars of the day — Mallory ...
A conservative anti-tax group views President Biden’s proposal to increase funding for the Internal Revenue Service as a means to sink his tax-and-spend infrastructure package. Why it matters: By launching a six-figure cable and local TV buy for an ad against first-year Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-Ga.) and Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.), the group is testing a broader potential line of attack against the $2.3 trillion package.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.“If Joe Biden gets his way, they are coming: IRS agents,” warns the ad’s narrator. “Biden’s massive tax increase plan includes a staggering $80 billion to help recruit an army of IRS agents.”The ad is being run by the Coalition to Protect American Workers, a group with ambitions of raising up to $25 million to prevent the plan from passing Congress.“We plan to make sure that voters hold accountable any member who votes for these massive tax increases,” said Marc Short, who founded the group and formerly served as Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff.The big picture: Paying for Biden’s infrastructure proposal is emerging as one of the key stumbling blocks to a potential bipartisan deal. Republicans are expected this week to offer their second counterproposal, which could climb as high as $800 billion for hard infrastructure projects like roads, bridges and waterways. While some Democrats, including Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, have suggested user fees to help fund the spending, the White House has rejected them.It argues they would "violate" Biden's promise not to raise taxes on Americans making less than $400,000 annually. Go deeper: Biden plans to raise $700 billion by investing another $80 billion into tax enforcement at the IRS, to focus on Americans making more than $400,000.The ad conflates Biden’s stated positions — such as increasing funding for the IRS — with accusations “congressional Democrats want to defund the police."That leaves the false impression Democrats want to take money away from police departments so they can shift it to IRS enforcement.What they're saying: “A massive, bipartisan majority of the American people support making the richest Americans and biggest corporations pay the taxes they owe — without increasing the rate of audits on any people or small-business owners earning less than $400,000 a year — so can we use that money to invest in the middle class," said Michael Gwin, director of White House Rapid Response."A few special interest-funded ads won’t change that fact or a single mind.”By the numbers: The conservative group poll-tested their IRS message in both Georgia's 7th District, represented by Bourdeaux, and New Jersey's 5th District, represented by Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.).The two districts voted for Donald Trump in 2016 but flipped to Biden in 2020.The group claims 63% of Georgians would oppose a lawmaker who voted for Biden’s IRS plan. In New Jersey, the number was 69%.But, but, but: The White House likes a poll from Data for Progress, which puts support for increased IRS enforcement at 60%.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
Data: Quorum via Congress.gov; Chart: Danielle Alberti/AxiosRep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) votes against her party most often, at a rate of 16.3%, compared to all other freshman members in the House and Senate, data collected by Quorum reveals.Driving the news: The top five freshman members who voted against their party the most are all Republicans — and four of the five are House Republicans.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.By the numbers: Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) leads the Senate freshmen, bucking his party 15.8% of the time.Among Democrats, Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) leads in the House at 3.55% (she's No. 38 among all freshmen in Congress), and Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) leads Senate Democrats at 1.57%.The other side: Alternatively, the following freshman members are in a four-way voting tie for voting with their party 100% of the time. Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.)Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.)Rep. Troy Carter (D-La.), who was sworn in only earlier this monthRep. Troy Nehls (R-Tex.)What they're saying: “I’ll start voting 100% with my party when the GOP votes for conservative America First policies 100% of the time,” Greene told Axios.A spokesman for Tuberville said the senator "promised to be an independent thinker and a common-sense conservative."The former football coach's record shows "he’s a strong conservative who fights for the state of Alabama but isn’t here to go along just to get along.”Worth noting: The newest members of the 117th Congress are majority Republican — 57 Republicans vs. 23 Democrats.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
Governors are seeing their pandemic-related broad reach and executive powers wane as the public health emergency subsides and the necessity for restrictions and emergency action ends.Why it matters: Governors took on outsize roles from Maine to California as much of the burden fell to the states. In some, their powers are about to revert to the norm. In others, their expanded reach is triggering a re-examination of whether they should have such authority in the future.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeIn Texas, led by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, the state House and Senate have been deliberating laws that would move the needle away from the Executive Branch and toward the legislature in a future pandemic. In Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont’s expanded pandemic powers will be extended until mid-July.The Democrat's ability to enforce the waning number of COVID-related executive orders was set to lapse on May 20, local media reported. Between the lines: Emergency situations often test the limits of executive reach, regardless of political party. And it’s usually met with opposition from the other side of the aisle. In the case of the pandemic, such sweeping executive powers allowed governors to close schools and businesses, apply mask mandates and issue stay-at-home orders.The totality of the measures has sparked debates in the states about the reach of gubernatorial power.In Pennsylvania, voters will decide today whether the governor should continue to have the same powers that have been executed this past year.The vote effectively was a referendum on Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's pandemic response — but at the same time, it will shape the extent of the governors’ power for the future, a Pennsylvania paper notes.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, another Democrat, has faced significant backlash in the exercise of his gubernatorial power.He is facing federal and state investigations, including one looking into his reporting of nursing home deaths during the pandemic.Such revelations have sparked bipartisan ire and prompted legislators to introduce a series of resolutions to revoke his executive orders. “The reality is we had this power to do this since Day One … when the governor was granted these unprecedented and unconstitutional executive powers,” New York state Sen. George Borrello, a Republican, said during a floor debate.Of note: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, entered the pandemic with polls consistently showing him as the most popular governor in the country.His reputation took hits as the state experienced troubles with its unemployment assistance computers and vaccine registration program.He rebounded as the state went on to be one of the nation's leaders in vaccination delivery.Baker announced this week he will end the pandemic state of emergency on June 15 — dissolving his sweeping emergency powers, Massachusetts Playbook author Lisa Kashinsky noted.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
Datadog, Inc. (NASDAQ: DDOG), a monitoring and security platform for cloud applications, today announced support for application monitoring with AWS App Runner, joining Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a Launch Partner for the new fully managed service. This new functionality will help engineering and product teams scale, deploy, and monitor their apps without the burden of managing their own infrastructure.
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It will be a Saturday start, one that will come with gold uniforms but not overwhelming opposing respect, for the Miami Heat in the NBA playoffs. The Heat on Tuesday were given a Saturday start date for their best-of-seven opening-round Eastern Conference playoff against the Milwaukee Bucks, with that the only schedule element initially released Tuesday by the NBA. As the league works this ...
As Biden calls for $174 billion for electric vehicles, Republican lawmakers have opposed that piece of his infrastructure plan.
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(Bloomberg) -- Shortages in the semiconductor industry, which have already slammed automakers and consumer electronics companies, are getting even worse, complicating the global economy’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.Chip lead times, the gap between ordering a chip and taking delivery, increased to 17 weeks in April, indicating users are getting more desperate to secure supply, according to research by Susquehanna Financial Group. That is the longest wait since the firm began tracking the data in 2017.“All major product categories up considerably,” Susquehanna analyst Chris Rolland wrote in a note Tuesday, citing power management and analog chip lead times among others. “These were some of the largest increases since we started tracking the data.”Chip shortages are rippling through industry after industry, preventing companies from shipping products from cars to game consoles and refrigerators. Automakers are now expected to lose out on $110 billion in sales this year, as Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and others have to idle factories for lack of essential components.The industry and its customers watch lead times as an indicator of the balance between supply and demand. A lengthening of the gap indicates that buyers of semiconductors are more willing to commit to future supply to avoid a recurrence of shortfalls. Analysts track these numbers as a harbinger of hoarding that can lead to the accumulation of too much inventory and sudden declines in orders.“Elevated lead times often compel ‘bad behavior’ at customers, including inventory accumulation, safety stock building and double ordering,” Rolland wrote. “These trends may have spurred a semiconductor industry in the early stages of over-shipment above true customer demand.”The situation has been complicated by a resurgence of coronavirus cases in Taiwan, a key location for chip manufacturing. The country has closed schools, curbed social gatherings, and shut many adult entertainment venues, museums and public facilities. While businesses and factories are operating, the government may have to consider broader restrictions.The country is home to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., which is the world’s most advanced chipmaker and counts Apple Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. among its many customers. Local manufacturers also produce less glamorous -- but equally critical -- chips, such as display driver ICs that have been a particularly painful bottleneck for global production.The current level of 17 weeks climbed from the 16-week level Rolland had previously said was the top of the “danger zone” and marks a fourth consecutive month of “sizable” expansion, he wrote.Lead times for some products, such as power management chips, expanded by as much as four weeks in April from the prior month. Industrial microcontrollers order lead times extended by three weeks, some of the steepest increases Rolland has seen since he began tracking the numbers in 2017, he wrote.More stories like this are available on bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
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The Beachbody Company, LLC ("Beachbody"), a leading subscription health and wellness company, today announced that Beachbody’s management team is participating in the 16th Annual Needham Virtual Technology & Media Conference on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
RADNOR, PA / ACCESSWIRE / May 18, 2021 / The law firm of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP reminds investors of FibroGen, Inc. (NASDAQ:FGEN) ("FibroGen") that a securities fraud class action lawsuit has been filed against on behalf of those who purchased or acquired FibroGen securities and/or sold put options from October 18, 2017 through April 6, 2021, inclusive (the "Class Period").
May 18—TRAVERSE CITY — A Traverse City area man has been placed on house arrest after pleading not guilty to several misdemeanor charges after authorities said he made threatening phone calls to several people and engaged in a May 6 incident in which he is accused of assaulting reporters from a local media outlet. In addition to a $5,000 personal recognizance bond, Michael Thomas Harrison will ...
May 18—TRAVERSE CITY — One of Traverse City's leaders will step down from office two years early. Commissioner Roger Putman will resign on Nov. 8, according to a release from the city. He cited ongoing and mounting health issues in a letter to city Clerk Benjamin Marentette. Putman wrote he plans to keep serving as circumstances allow. "While I regret having to make this decision, I feel it is ...
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