Budget Accord, Andrew Cuomo, World Series: Your Thursday Night Briefing
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Have a good evening. Here is the latest at the end of Thursday.
1. President Biden unveiled his framework for a $ 1.85 trillion economic and environmental bill. Now he must persuade his party to support him.
By late afternoon, the president’s appeal appeared to have failed to break the deadlock among Democrats. Crucial details of the legislation remained in motion, and progressives were resisting pressure to swiftly support a separate $ 1,000 billion bipartisan infrastructure package that has already been passed by the Senate.
The largest key provision commits $ 555 billion to climate programs. Some $ 400 billion is spent on universal preschool and childcare costs reduction. Some Democratic priorities like paid family time off, free community colleges, and lower prescription drugs for seniors have been dropped.
The package includes nearly $ 2 trillion in tax increases on corporations and the rich, but proposals to slow dynastic wealth have been rejected. Here is what is in the bill.
The new executive comes days before Biden heads to a world climate summit in Glasgow, where he hopes to highlight the deal as proof of America’s commitment to tackle climate change.
2. A complaint for forced touching has been filed against former Governor Andrew Cuomo, according to a spokesperson for the New York State justice system.
The complaint, signed by an Albany County Sheriff’s Office investigator, said Cuomo “forcibly” placed “his hand” under the victim’s blouse “and touched the victim’s left breast” for the purpose of to degrade and satisfy his sexual desires, all contrary to the provisions of the law.
The complaint, which was signed on October 25, says the incident took place on the afternoon of December 7, 2020, on the second floor of the Governor’s Executive Mansion in Albany. There was today some confusion around the complaint, which was allegedly filed in error.
Cuomo has repeatedly denied the charges that ultimately led to his resignation in August.
3. The leaders of some of the most powerful energy companies in the world asked about climate change during a House hearing.
House Democrats have grilled executives at Exxon Mobil, Chevron, BP and Shell over allegations they are spreading misinformation about the role of fossil fuels in global warming in order to slow action against climate change. Representative Carolyn Maloney urged businesses to recognize their “central role in this crisis” and to commit “to take meaningful and immediate action.”
The leaders denied the claims, promoting their support for a clean energy transition, including the Paris agreement.
In other climate news, China’s new commitment changes little, which could bode ill for next week’s global climate summit. The country is also rushing to burn more coal to deal with an energy shortage.
4. Goodbye Facebook, hello Meta (sort of).
Facebook changes its corporate name to Meta in a nod to its push into the âmetaverse,â a unification of the online, virtual and augmented worlds. The change comes with a new logo designed as an infinity symbol. Facebook, Instagram and other apps will remain, but under the umbrella of Meta.
The move punctuates how Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive, plans to refocus his business on what he sees as the next digital frontier. The change can also help steer the company away from its many controversies, including the way it disseminates hate speech and disinformation.
5. How common are breakthrough cases of Covid really?
Federal data shows notable differences in age-specific death rates and slight differences in case and death rates by vaccine brand, trends that experts say are important to consider as Americans assess. if they should receive a reminder. While the data indicates that immunity to infection may slowly decline for those vaccinated, vaccines continue to be very protective.
Separately, China is the only country to pursue the complete eradication of the coronavirus, playing its political legitimacy on controlling it better than other countries.
7. There is a new generation of employees who determine the standards and styles of work.
People in their twenties looking up to the habits of their seniors is a long-standing trend, but many employers say there’s a new daring in the way Gen Z dictates taste. Generational frictions are now particularly apparent in companies run and aimed at a population that is largely millennial.
âThey celebrate human emotion, instead of having an outdated framework of what the business should be like,â said a 42-year-old official.
The coronavirus pandemic has spawned a new type of worker who wants an office outside, but close to home. Here’s why coworking spaces rely on the suburbs.
8. The World Series are tied at one game apiece as they head to Atlanta.
The Championship hasn’t been in town since 1999 and the atmosphere should be electric, writes our baseball columnist – not least because Atlanta fans perceive the Houston Astros and Major League Baseball as bad guys. Matches 3 and 4 take place Friday and Saturday.
9. How did elephants and walruses get their tusks? It’s a long story.
Researchers have dated the first emergence of tusks 255 million years ago to a family of related mammals known as dicynodonts – tusked, turtle-billed herbivores varying in size from the size of a gopher. to behemoths weighing six tons. A new study determined that two key adaptations allowed teeth to evolve into defenses: ligament-like attachments supporting teeth appeared, and like modern mammals, dicynodonts did not continually replace their teeth.
Today, New York City is seeing a surprising return of native wildlife. A naturalist called it “the greenest big city on the planet”.
10. And finally, dress up your bagels and schmear.
According to one account, New York City had over 1,500 Jewish delicatessens in the 1930s. With changing demographics, dietary trends, and rising rents, that number declined in the 10’s. But as the extinction was approaching, a new species emerged: the designer deli.
As part of our special design section, we are looking at the decor of the new sandwich shops. Our editors also take a look at a Parisian apartment in a classic neighborhood with a very personal makeover, explore the return of the Memphis design movement, and offer tips for decorating, cleaning and warming your home.
Have a cozy night.
David Poller photos compiled for this briefing.
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