Congress has 14 working days to keep government funded, provide COVID-19 relief

Posted On Nov 20 2020 by

first_imgAlready, House Republicans are resisting an omnibus bill, and raising questions about whether Trump would even sign one. It’s also a question whether he’d sign another CR or a coronavirus stimulus package, when it comes down to it. If Trump really wants to upend the nation and the election (states have to certify the election by Dec. 8, the electoral college votes Dec. 14, the formal joint session of Congress to declare the official results is Jan. 6) he can refuse to fund the government. Whether enough Republicans in Congress would be nihilistic enough to refuse to override his veto is an actual question. Because it is 2020 and anything, absolutely anything, could happen.On coronavirus relief, McConnell has yet to budge in his rhetoric and he and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi haven’t had any recent talks. Trump did tweet out one of his usual exhortations on Saturday: “Congress must now do a Covid Relief Bill. Needs Democrats support. Make it big and focused. Get it done!” Never mind that “big” and “focused” are in direct opposition right now—Pelosi wanting “big” and McConnell wanting “focused.” Who knows what Trump wants, other than to magic away election results and pretend like he’s not going to be vulnerable to prosecution in New York State in 64 days.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Who knows at this point what any of this means for the next month. The only thing certain is that as cases and hospitalizations and deaths from coronavirus surge, as states increasingly have to shut down again, the economic pain increases even more. Thousand upon thousands of people face hunger, eviction, and financial ruin. And the obstruction of McConnell is making it worse. “More businesses will be at risk of permanently going out of business, which would dampen labor demand and potentially spur new rounds of layoffs. This suggests the labor market recovery could meaningfully slow or even reverse in coming months as the country tries to get the virus under control,” economists at Bank of America warned last week.That apparently is a feature and not a bug of McConnell’s plan to obstruct assistance. He wants to hamstring the Biden administration before it even begins. He doesn’t care who—or how many—suffer in the offing.last_img read more

Trump must start acting like an adult

Posted On Oct 20 2020 by

first_imgI am wondering when our elected national officials are going to do something about the adolescent ravings of POTUS.Does anyone really care that he has a bigger button or any other appendage? He sounds like the 11-year-old that Steve Bannon referred to several days ago when commenting on CNN. Grow up Mr. Trump. Develop a little dignity.Norrine ThompsonNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Man arrested over fatal shooting in Kentucky park at center of protests

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgPolice arrested a man over a weekend shooting that killed one person in a park in Louisville, Kentucky that has become a center for protests against the police killing of a Black woman in her home in March.The suspect taken into custody had opened fire at a crowd in Jefferson Square Park late on Saturday.He was wounded in the shooting himself and taken to a hospital in police custody, Assistant Police Chief Robert Schroeder told a press briefing on Sunday. Topics : Officers entered her apartment bearing a “no-knock” arrest warrant. One of the three officers involved in her shooting was fired last week.Taylor’s killing drew renewed attention after the May 25 death of George Floyd, an African-American man killed after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes while detaining him in Minneapolis.The two incidents and others have become a rallying cry in nationwide protests against police brutality and racial bias in the US criminal justice system.center_img “The man has been participating in the protest since the beginning and he had been arrested a couple of times in the past several weeks,” Schroeder said.He said the suspect had been repeatedly asked by other people in the park to leave due to his disruptive behavior.Police said on Saturday homicide detectives were investigating the shooting. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said he was saddened by the incident.The park has been a focal point of protests against the death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician who was killed in a hail of gunfire when drug investigators burst into her home in Louisville on March 13.last_img read more

David Duncan tells Kotoko fans: “Don’t expect consistent victories yet”

Posted On Aug 28 2020 by

first_imgUnder fire Kotoko coach David Duncan has urged fans to be patient with the team in these torrid times.The former Hearts of Oak boss made these comments as further pressure increases following Kotoko’s capitulation at Dansoman last Sunday.Duncan is quick to remind fans that despite having three trophy-laden seasons, different circumstances require different outcomes.”It is going to be difficult to assure fans that the victories are going to be consistent as they used to be because the circumstances under which we are working now are different. In the sense that [with] these are players [we have now] you will need to adapt to and improvise in so many ways,” Duncan told Joy Sports.When quizzed to pinpoint the exact failings at the club, the coach demurred. “Being level headed and being on top of your job you should know what I am talking about. I don’t have to go into details of all of that.”Kotoko are currently 10th and 12 points behind Ashantigold with 11 games to go. Related news…CLICK HERE for “ANALYSIS: To what extent must Duncan take blame for Kotoko woes?”CLICK HERE FOR “FA Cup quarterfinal preview: Kotoko v AshGold”–last_img read more