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Planes, Trains, and Working Women

Planes, Trains, and Working WomenThe carpenters training facility near Pittsburgh looked just like the sort of place where President Joe Biden would roll out a jobs and infrastructure plan. There was the circular saw perched on a workbench, easy to spot near the phalanx of American flags behind Biden’s lectern. The emblem of the carpenters’ union, a jack plane within an interlocked ruler and compass, hung high on the wall, perfectly framed in photographs of the president in profile. And then, of course, there was the location itself: Pittsburgh, a city still synonymous with the grind and glow of steel manufacturing more than half a century after much of the industry had left. The setting matched the string of Bidenisms the president unspooled early in his remarks. “Wall Street didn’t build this country,” Biden declared. “You, the great middle class, built this country, and unions built the middle class.” But…

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The Many Lives of Grandmaster Jay

The Many Lives of Grandmaster JayPhotographs by Mark Peterson / ReduxWhen Grandmaster Jay walked into Million’s Crab, a seafood joint in suburban Cincinnati, the waitstaff looked alarmed. Million’s Crab is a family restaurant, and on that placid November evening, Jay—the supreme commander of the Not Fucking Around Coalition—was wearing body armor rated to take a pistol round directly to the chest. Dressed from mask to shoes in black, he was four hours late to our meeting, and remorseless. “My time is scarce,” he said, making aggressive eye contact. Indeed, of the two of us, I was the one who felt sheepish, not because I was wasting his time but because it occurred to me that while I waited, I could have warned the servers that my dining companion was often armed and that he might look as if he had just stepped out of The Matrix. He sat across from…

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Poll Shows 69 Percent of Americans Favor Legal Weed, a New Record High

Poll Shows 69 Percent of Americans Favor Legal Weed, a New Record HighPublic support for marijuana legalization has reached a new high. According to pollsters at Quinnipiac University, 69 percent of all Americans and clear majorities in every demographic group now favor the legalization of marijuana. That’s up from 51 percent of Americans who said they favored legalization in 2012, the first year Quinnipiac included questions about marijuana in their national surveys, and up from 60 percent who backed legalization in 2019. The trend is unmistakable. Support isn’t just growing, it is broadening. The Quinnipiac poll found that 78 percent of self-identified Democrats, 62 percent of self-identified Republicans, and 67 percent of self-identified independents favor legalization. The only age demographic where support for legalization falls short of 70 percent is for respondents who are 65 and older—though even that cohort supports legalization by a slim margin (51 percent). The Quinnipiac…

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Reform the US low-income broadband program by rebuilding Lifeline

Reform the US low-income broadband program by rebuilding LifelineRick Boucher Contributor Share on Twitter Rick Boucher was a Democratic member of the U.S. House for 28 years and chaired the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and the Internet. He is the honorary chairman of the Internet Innovation Alliance. “If you build it, they will come” is a mantra that’s been repeated for more than three decades to embolden action. The line from “Field of Dreams” is a powerful saying, but I might add one word: “If you build it well, they will come.” America’s Lifeline program, a monthly subsidy designed to help low-income families afford critical communications services, was created with the best intentions. The original goal was to achieve universal telephone service, but it has fallen far short of achieving its potential as the Federal Communications Commission has attempted to convert it… ….. Read More.TECHCRUNCH –…

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Bank CEOs to testify as US Congress ramps up scrutiny of Wall Street

Bank CEOs to testify as US Congress ramps up scrutiny of Wall StreetThe virtual hearings scheduled for May 26 and 27 could determine how much legislative and political risk the biggest banks will face through 2022 ….. Read More.FOX BUSINESS – Latest | Business & CommerceFri, April 16, 202114 hours ago

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