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House moderates rebel against Pelosi drug pricing plan, leaving bill's fate uncertain

Source: Stat News

“Unfortunately, I am unable to support one of the 16 titles in front of the Energy and Commerce Committee,” Peters said, referring to the provision that includes Pelosi’s drug pricing plan.

The panel has not yet voted, and the drug pricing vote is expected as soon as Tuesday. If all three members follow through, the measure would fail.

A spokesperson for Energy & Commerce Chair Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) said that the markup is ongoing, and that Pallone is working to ensure all provisions are passed out of committee.

Peters, Rice, and Schrader all voted to pass a nearly identical version of Pelosi’s drug pricing bill in December 2019, and all voted again in June 2020 to pass a health care package including the policy. Those were messaging bills that didn’t have a path to passage in the Republican-led Senate last Congress, however.

Read more: https://www.statnews.com/2021/09/14/house-moderates-rebel-against-pelosi-drug-pricing-plan-leaving-bills-fate-uncertain/?utm_campaign=rss

LeagleEagle celebrates 2 million subscribers by punking Rudi Giulianai

LeagleEagle just posted his celebration video for 2 million subscribers, its fairly epic and would be enjoyed by many Rudy lovers

House fails to extend eviction moratorium ahead of 6-week recess

Source: ABC News

House Democrats' attempt to pass an extension of the eviction moratorium via unanimous consent request failed late Friday ahead of a six-week recess. The moratorium will end Saturday.

"Everybody knew this was happening. We were sounding the alarm about this issue," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y., told reporters in a gaggle outside Pelosi's office. She was joined by Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., who has been outspoken about the time she spent homeless in pushing for the extension of the moratorium.

"The court order was not yesterday, the court order was not Monday, the court order was a month ago," Ocasio Cortez continued. "We had a financial services hearing about it, members were bringing alarms to the administration about it."

"The fact that the [White House] statement came out just yesterday is unacceptable. It is unacceptable," she said. "I want to make that very clear, because the excuses that we've been hearing about it, I do not accept them."

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/house-fails-to-extend-eviction-moratorium-ahead-of-6-week-recess/ar-AAMLwIr?ocid=entnewsntp

I agree with AOC that this is a clusterfuck. In a lot of states if they pass it in two weeks it will be soon enough to prevent evictions, but in many southern states there will be thousands or more homeless in two weeks.

Jon Stewart: Enjoy this small step for man!


A promo for Jon's new show, its worth watching.

Taylor Swift is a DUer...

or someone on her production crew. Look at the spelling of the sign at 2:08 and a few more times in the video. I've only seen that spelling here and DailyKos -- it dates back to Cindy's Gold Star protest at the Bush Ranch.


Supreme Court Lets PennEast Pipeline Sue for Land Rights (Eminent Domain)

Source: Bloomberg Law

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that PennEast Pipeline Co. can sue New Jersey to secure key land-use rights for its 116-mile natural-gas project in a decision that gives the industry new leverage in dealings with state officials.

The justices, voting 5-4, said New Jersey wasn’t protected by sovereign immunity given the federal approval for the PennEast project.

The ruling is a boost for a pipeline that would carry as much as 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from northern Pennsylvania to New Jersey. PennEast, a joint venture of five companies including Southern Co. and Enbridge Inc., still must secure state-level permits, according to Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Brandon Barnes.

At issue at the Supreme Court was a provision in the U.S. Natural Gas Act that lets pipeline companies use the federal government’s eminent domain power. After the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the pipeline in 2018, PennEast sued to gain access to more than 40 parcels that are either owned or partially controlled by New Jersey.

From Scotusblog: https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/penneast-pipeline-co-v-new-jersey/

Holding: A certificate of public convenience and necessity issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission pursuant to Section 717f(h) of the Natural Gas Act authorizes a private company to condemn all necessary rights-of-way, whether owned by private parties or states.

Read more: https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/supreme-court-clears-penneast-pipeline-to-sue-for-land-rights

Weird lineup of Judges on this one as well.

Possible Failure Point Emerges in Miami Building Collapse

Source: NYTimes via MSN

The investigation into what may be the deadliest accidental building collapse in American history has just begun, but experts who have examined video footage of the disaster outside Miami are focusing on a spot in the lowest part of the condominium complex — possibly in or below the underground parking garage — where an initial failure could have set off a structural avalanche.

Called “progressive collapse,” the gradual spread of failures could have occurred for a variety of reasons, including design flaws or the less robust construction allowed under the building codes of four decades ago, when the complex was built. But that progression could not have occurred without some critical first failure, and close inspections of a grainy surveillance video that emerged in the initial hours after the disaster have given the first hints of where that might have been.

“It does appear to start either at or very near the bottom of the structure,” said Donald O. Dusenberry, a consulting engineer who has investigated many structural collapses. “It’s not like there’s a failure high and it pancaked down.”

Explanations for an initial failure at the bottom of the building could include a problem with the deep, reinforced concrete pilings on which the building sits — perhaps set off by an unknown void or a sinkhole below — which then compromised the lower columns. Or the steel reinforcing the columns in the parking garage or first few floors could have been so corroded that they somehow gave way on their own. Or the building itself could have been poorly designed, built with substandard concrete or steel — or simply with insufficient steel at critical points.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/possible-failure-point-emerges-in-miami-building-collapse/ar-AALvJr3?ocid=entnewsntp

Interviews and reviews with a large number of engineers all saying cause can't be determined yet -- and that the issues identified in the 2018 report may or may not be that important to the failure.

Cond Nast Agrees to Contract With New Yorker Union, Averting Strike (includes Ars Technica & Pitch)

Source: WSJ

Condé Nast has agreed to its first contract with unionized employees at the New Yorker and two other publications, marking the media company’s first labor agreement in its history and averting a threatened strike after 2½ years of negotiations.

The three-year deal, which also covers staffers at music website Pitchfork and technology publication Ars Technica, raises the salary floor to $60,000 in the final year of the contract, places a cap on healthcare cost increases and establishes a defined 40-hour workweek. It also includes stipulations that employees can be fired only for cause, an issue that had been a sticking point in the contract talks.

“Thanks to our members’ hard work, the era of at-will employment and wage stagnation at the New Yorker is finally over,” said Natalie Meade, unit chair of the New Yorker Union. “Throughout two and half years of negotiations, our union remained steadfast in our commitment to improve the quality of life for ourselves and for future employees.”

The deal comes amid a continuing wave of labor organizing in media companies around the country over the past several years, from digital startups to legacy news organizations like Condé Nast that had never before had unions. Editorial employees at The Wall Street Journal have been unionized since 1937.

Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/conde-nast-agrees-to-contract-with-new-yorker-union-averting-strike-11623889643?mod=hp_lista_pos5

Congrats to the new union, and I'm glad to see more knowledge workers unionized and fighting for a real 40 hour work week.

Vatican warns U.S bishops about rebuking Biden, other Catholic pols

Source: Politico via MSN

The head of the Vatican’s doctrine office is warning U.S. bishops to deliberate carefully and minimize divisions before proceeding with a possible plan to rebuke Roman Catholic politicians such as President Joe Biden for receiving Communion even though they support abortion rights.

Even then, Ladaria advised, the bishops should seek unanimous support within their ranks for any national policy, lest it become “a source of discord rather than unity within the episcopate and the larger church in the United States.”

— He said any new statement should not be limited to Catholic political leaders but broadened to encompass all churchgoing Catholics in regard to their worthiness to receive Communion.

— He questioned the USCCB policy identifying abortion as “the preeminent” moral issue, saying it would be misleading if any new document “were to give the impression that abortion and euthanasia alone constitute the only grave matters of Catholic moral and social teaching that demand the fullest accountability on the part of Catholics.”

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/vatican-warns-u-s-bishops-about-rebuking-biden-other-catholic-pols/ar-BB1gApD0?ocid=entnewsntp

Yea... I didn't think Rome was going to go for publicly denying communion.

That's a little disingeneous

winning a popular election doesn't give anyone the right to "consolidate power" -- it gives them the right to govern according to their elected position. Examples of popularly elected people who then become monsters are legion -- with Hitler being the prime recent example.

Tossing the judiciary and making unilateral decisions is a bad sign for anywhere that wants to retain human rights or any form of democracy.
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