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Zack Rosebrugh

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SCOTUS update

Metals.com scam

Amazon attrition

At the movies

Fashion forward

Reshaping society

Electric cars make their mark

2019 was the year electric vehicles grew up. From budget Kias to fleets of e-trucks, this was the biggest year for vehicular electrification yet—but several blockbuster launches belie a hard road ahead as automakers are forced to reinvent themselves.

2019 was the year electric cars grew up

Tesla flexed its muscle in the market even as overall EV sales softened. Global automakers have committed $225 billion toward electrification -- well past the point of no return despite 2019's worrying dip in EV sales (at least for cars not built by Tesla). Overall, it was the year things got serious

Tesla flexed its muscle in the market even as overall EV sales softened. Global automakers have committed $225 billion toward electrification -- well past the point of no return despite 2019's worrying dip in EV sales (at least for cars not built by Tesla). Overall, it was the year things got serious for EVs.Tesla has done the yeoman's work of proving you can sell a million or so electric cars to the masses. Its Model 3 accounted for 1 out of every 6 EVs sold worldwide. Now VW, GM, Ford, and others have painted a giant target on Tesla's back. Let the race begin.

Record low unemployment

Americans locked up abroad

Canopy branches out

Get smart about parenting

Raising a child is hard. But the “parenting is hard” trope, which feeds memes and dinner conversations, can be dangerous. It frames the problem as the individual failure of a single parent rather than as a social issue.

The hardest part of being a parent has nothing to do with raising kids

I always say we have to raise our girls to be brave, not perfect. But it's not enough for parents to try to do this work alone, we have to change as a society because our kids are getting messages from everywhere - media, school, classmates - so it's on all of us together.

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Senate Leaders Plan Competing Bills to End Shutdown

Senate Leaders Plan Competing Bills to End Shutdown

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Contributions

  • Why does anyone actually care about the $5.7 billion for a wall? I mean really. It’s a border to another country. Who actually gives a shit. We have spent over 420 TIMES THAT MUCH on the war in Afghanistan. Enough with the political chess match for the 2020 election. It’s petty and embarrassing. We are

    Why does anyone actually care about the $5.7 billion for a wall? I mean really. It’s a border to another country. Who actually gives a shit. We have spent over 420 TIMES THAT MUCH on the war in Afghanistan. Enough with the political chess match for the 2020 election. It’s petty and embarrassing. We are messing with people’s paychecks for no reason.

  • A government shutdown should not be used as a tool to force a singular course of action down citizen’s throats. The administration needs to put the priorities of its constituents before their personal agendas. That means paying workers for doing their jobs.

  • This was well played by Schumer, who was starting to face an impossible choice between playing for legacy (no wall) and the real human costs (and therefore political costs) of the shutdown.

  • The furloughed workers have access either to unemployment, or zero interest loans, with an already approved full back pay upon re-employment. The current operational reduction is ONLY 25%, and entirely the non essential portions of government... It's basically a trial separation to determine overhead

    The furloughed workers have access either to unemployment, or zero interest loans, with an already approved full back pay upon re-employment. The current operational reduction is ONLY 25%, and entirely the non essential portions of government... It's basically a trial separation to determine overhead necessity, and the majority of Americans have discovered it's had absolutely zero effect on their lives (other than the perpetual background media whine.)

    The employment markets are hot... Time for the furloughed fed workers to get employed OFF taxpayer dime, and permanently reduced the taxpayer's burden.

  • Trying to dodge due process for funding the wall by taking the country hostage is economic terrorism. If Trump wants the wall, follow the process every other president has. Submit proposals to Congress for debate and vote. This is a gross attempt to undermine the democratic process for a project that

    Trying to dodge due process for funding the wall by taking the country hostage is economic terrorism. If Trump wants the wall, follow the process every other president has. Submit proposals to Congress for debate and vote. This is a gross attempt to undermine the democratic process for a project that no industry experts support.

  • Most of the illegal migrants and drugs enter our country through established ports of entry not through the desert so in reality building a wall of any kind will be a ridiculous waste of money that would be better spent on our veterans that are homeless and in need of medical care! No

  • I live in a border state and want the wall. Those of you who don't live in a border state have no idea what it is like to live with vagrants, panhandlers, increased crime, etc. Albuquerque is the auto theft capital of America because of it. Yes they do travel through the deserts. Why do you think there

    I live in a border state and want the wall. Those of you who don't live in a border state have no idea what it is like to live with vagrants, panhandlers, increased crime, etc. Albuquerque is the auto theft capital of America because of it. Yes they do travel through the deserts. Why do you think there are coyotes!

    Any attorney will tell you it's a win/win if both parties are unhappy at the end. The difference here is that Pelosi is driven by ego and not by true negotiations. She will never be happy unless she gets her way. Her own party and also the public, including those furloughed, are putting pressure on her to get off her soap box and negotiate. Schumer is helping Pelosi save face here. Trump will not be happy because of the smaller things he is fighting for but in the end if he makes progress that the American people want he will deal with it. Most importantly Trump wants to keep his word to the American people and what he says he does, one way or another. Democrats don't understand this concept from what I can tell.

  • “Later” means “Never” if working with Democrats to get any progress on a wall. At least fund the $5.7 B! If that truly does help then build more. If a significantly portion of the wall makes no improvement in illegal crossings and the staffing needed for enforcement then stop building. Stop playing politics

    “Later” means “Never” if working with Democrats to get any progress on a wall. At least fund the $5.7 B! If that truly does help then build more. If a significantly portion of the wall makes no improvement in illegal crossings and the staffing needed for enforcement then stop building. Stop playing politics and get to work protecting the citizens of the USA!!!

  • The new power switch in the house is really what is happening here. The house wants to set precedent showing they are in control. For the Democrats it’s about the win, not about the wall. They want to ensure Trump blinks, which will provide them with a much needed win in the eyes of all Democrats.

    The new power switch in the house is really what is happening here. The house wants to set precedent showing they are in control. For the Democrats it’s about the win, not about the wall. They want to ensure Trump blinks, which will provide them with a much needed win in the eyes of all Democrats.

    The wall is not even of importance to the Democrats. They have shown this by stating they will not vote for anything the President puts forward.

    The country needs the wall, in the same way that every country around the world needs them, and are building them. Migrants are a huge problem, growing worse, and a wall can help funnel people to the ports of entry.

    The countries the migrants are fleeing need to be held responsible on the world stage, that’s real change. That would be meaningful.

    A lifeboat can only hold so many people before it gets swamped.

  • Continue with the shutdown until Congress solves the entire Immigration System problems that addresses both Legal and Illegal immigration. This can has been kicked down the road for more than 25 years.

  • This is an interesting approach -- Thursday should be an eventful day as McConnell is putting rival bills up for votes on the floor. Then, the questions become: Which one will pass? Could both pass? And will President Trump sign or veto them?

  • In an earlier era this would be called a 'show trial'. Does anyone believe the Dems will take it up later. Remember: if you like your insurance,you can keep it? Looks to me like the Dems are willing to throw DACA under the bus if necessary to maintain the flow of illegal immigrants & voters.

  • When the Senate votes, each one will now be on record. Those Democrats in Trump Country May feel some angst. It is good political theater, even though the house may be a journey too Far!

  • No way will the $5.1B wall funding fly. Why bother even including it?

  • What wall? There is no wall. No wall is worth the money. It won't work. Any local cities can try it on their own dime. Poor people from Mexico will find ways to enter U.S. and we must receive them. Move away from the border if you can't understand. Walls don't fix things, they delay the necessity to

    What wall? There is no wall. No wall is worth the money. It won't work. Any local cities can try it on their own dime. Poor people from Mexico will find ways to enter U.S. and we must receive them. Move away from the border if you can't understand. Walls don't fix things, they delay the necessity to share. Once a wall is in place the resulting damage to the potential solution would be additional problem, not a fix.

  • "The procedural move by Sens. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, and Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, is the first time the parties have agreed to do virtually anything since the shutdown began Dec. 22. With most Republicans united behind Trump’s insistence that any legislation

    "The procedural move by Sens. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, and Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, is the first time the parties have agreed to do virtually anything since the shutdown began Dec. 22. With most Republicans united behind Trump’s insistence that any legislation to reopen the government include money for a border wall and most Democrats opposed to the linkage, neither measure is expected to draw the 60 votes required to advance.

    That means Friday is likely to come and go without action to end the shutdown, forcing 800,000 federal workers to go without a paycheck for the second time this month."

  • Check out the White House's web and FB pages. The $5.7 will be used to repair about 124 miles of existing wall and build 100 new miles. There is NO PLAN for a continuous wall from the Texas coast to California coast. Both sides need to get together and get something done.

  • It is disgraceful that the American public are party to the worst disregard for 800,000 of their fellow citizens by a group of politicians ( both Republican and Democrat) who have trashed the reputation of the USA as a pillar of justice and freedom in the world ! Pelosi and Trump, shame on both of you !!

  • Great, now they'll have something else to dicker over.