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266,000 new jobs added in April, big miss off the 1 million expected

Pres. Biden & Democrats to make push for a bipartisan agreement on scaled-back infrastructure bill

President Joe Biden and senior congressional Democrats plan to make a sustained push for a bipartisan agreement on a scaled-back infrastructure proposal over the next two weeks.


Bipartisan focus intensifies for crucial weeks ahead as path narrows on infrastructure


(CNN)President Joe Biden and senior congressional Democrats plan to make a sustained push for a bipartisan agreement on a scaled-back infrastructure proposal over the next two weeks, according to aides and White House officials.

In the latest sign that Democratic leaders are giving bipartisan talks their blessings, aides say that a timeline for passing a budget resolution, the first step in the process that would allow Democrats to pass legislation without GOP votes, has slipped past May.

Biden has also made clear he sees the coming weeks as a key test for whether the parties can find a path forward, officials say. He's instructed his staff to engage in continued negotiations and invited the lead Senate GOP negotiator, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, to the White House next week and informed her she could choose the colleagues she wants to attend, according to one official. He'll also host congressional leadership next week.

"I'm meeting with my Republican friends up in the Congress to see number one, how much they're willing to go for, what they think are the priorities and what compromises -- I'm ready to compromise," Biden said in Thursday remarks in Louisiana. "What I'm not ready to do is, I'm not ready to do nothing."


David Squires on ... how the Guardian website might have looked 200 years ago

Our cartoonist celebrates our 200th birthday with a section-by-section reimagining of the first edition in 1821


Joe Manchin goes down in flames when confronted with McConnell's pledge to totally obstruct Biden


On Wednesday, in discussion with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) talked about his reverence for the Senate and his conviction that its existing rules can be used to forge compromise — but grew evasive and resistant when Cuomo reminded him the GOP's stated position is to block the Biden administration from doing anything.

"Robert C. Byrd used to explain to me ... he said Joe, the best way for me to explain it is why does every state — can you imagine the little state of Rhode Island, little state of Delaware, having the same representation in the great body of the Senate as California or New York, all these larger, much larger states, in landmass and population," said Manchin. "There's a reason for that. How these rules have evolved, the intent why they would have done — why they've done Jim Crow isn't acceptable. It wasn't acceptable then, is not acceptable now at all. I think we have to have a process but, also, you have to have a minority. If not, what we have is basically chaos. What goes around comes around here. I've been in the minority here."

"I don't think you play power politics as well as the other side," argued Cuomo. He noted to Manchin that McConnell said just this week that he is focused "100 percent" on stopping the Biden administration, which would leave little room for compromise with the minority. Manchin replied that "I still have confidence" in the Senate, and that "I can assure you there are Republicans working with Democrats," regardless of McConnell's words.

Once Cuomo began to fact check him on Republicans refusing to work in a bipartisan way, Manchin went down in flames.

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Facebook's Toothless, Authoritarian 'Oversight Board' Is Downright Trumpy


Upheld. Ruled. Overturned. Remanded for further clarification. To listen to the news Wednesday morning, you might think that a Court had made a decision, one worthy of the analysis of legal scholars, plumbing it for precedent and meaning. In fact what happened is that Facebook—much like many other big corporations that pay outside consultants huge fees to help make decisions—hired a bunch of elites with good CVs. And then—like many corporate consultancies--it gave them a tiny little slice of corporate decision-making to review. The grandiosely named “Oversight Board” which “ruled” today that Donald Trump can’t yet re-join Facebook and Instagram—actually lacks any capacity to understand the financial motivations and metrics behind Facebook’s decisions, or to mandate a different business model. It is simply corporate consultancy rebranded as an “Oversight Board.”

The difference between this and most corporate consultancies is that it is first and foremost a public relations stunt, one designed to make people feel like Facebook somehow has a serious self-regulatory regime as news outlets report on the Board’s “ruling.” We should not make a bunch of paid corporate consultants into a Court. No matter how lovely and thick the theatrical curtain put between Zuckerberg and the consultants, they are not publicly accountable and there’s a real harm in normalizing the idea of a Court that is not, in fact, a Court, but a wholly private set of contracts. The consultants’ decision was catnip (to law professors of course, who love nothing more than a hard hypothetical) but also to people who long for some authoritarian entity to make hard decisions for us, the public, in a simple, non-democratic way. Facebook’s authoritarianism is a terrible response to Trump’s dangerous lies and bigotry. The enemy of your enemy is not your friend—they represent two competing visions of abuse of power.

The minute we start anticipating a corporate decision with the intensity that we anticipated today’s decision is the minute we should realize Facebook is way too powerful. It controls the faucets on the flow of information, and decides which news stories thrive and which ones are hidden, what is scientifically backed Covid advice and what is not, what is terrorism and what is expression and what constitutes a conspiracy and what does not. And it does all this based on cash flow. We still don’t know how much money it made on Qanon posts (billions?) but so long as we are fighting about whether or not to ban those posts, instead of fighting about whether we, as a society, should allow the arteries of information to be controlled by a business model that will keep propagating new conspiracies, we are having the wrong debate. Facebook loves it that we are debating the corporate consultant’s text as a legal document. It focuses our attention on the conflicts between the consultants and Zuck, instead of on the more fundamental conflicts between Facebook and democracy. It makes us ask, “what will Zuckerberg do?” when we should be asking, “when will Congress act decisively?” It puts our attention on some fancy academics when our attention should be on Joe Biden, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and the Republicans in the Senate.

Here’s what we should be talking about today: Is it enough for Facebook to be split up from Instagram and WhatsApp, or should we also split it up from all non-social media companies, like Messenger, to limit its outsized power? If we want to treat big social media companies as infrastructure, does that mean banning all behavioural advertising? How can we change our antitrust laws so we never again have to deal with gargantuan power like this after the fact? Facebook is a company that has little public trust for good reason: Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg and their PR machine continually leak, lie and break the law. There’s reason to think executives could be prosecuted criminally because of price fixing allegations in current cases. Having monopolized social media, it steals from small businesses that pay jacked up advertising costs because they have no choice. The quality is horrific: the platform abuses people’s privacy with abandon, and is swampy with misinformation but again, small and local advertisers have no choice. What are they going to do, advertise on Facebook-owned Instagram in protest? Anytime you use the word “Court” or legitimize this panel’s decision by taking it seriously, you are part of Facebook’s effort to distract from the corporate and democratic disaster that it is.



Directed by J Lloyd & Charlie Di Placido
Choreographed by Nathaniel Williams & Cece Nama

Mette Linturi
Nathaniel Williams
Thanh Jason Nguyen
Zhané Samuels
Shawarah Battles
Miranda Chambers
Naomi Weijand
Joy Duckrell
Che Jones
Ken Nguyen
Jordan JFunk
Gabriel Goux
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Assistant Choreographer: Jordan Melchor
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Harley & Lara Pair the McDonald's Big Mac with Wine -- Wine and Cheeseburger

On the premier of Wine and Cheeseburger, Harley Morenstein and his sommelier (he just learned that word) friend, wine whisperer Lara Amersey, are coming out buns blazin’ to find the perfect wine to pair with a McDonald’s Big Mac. Not only will Harley and Lara scrupulously sip and swirl to determine the best grapes for the job, but they’ll share some laughs and wine hacks to boot. Literally — Harley will show you how to open a bottle of wine with a boot. If you’ve ever wanted to pair wine with a burger and fries or see Morenstein with sauce in his beard, raise a glass!

Thrillist presents: Wine and Cheeseburger, featuring fry-gobbler and good dude Harley Morenstein. Wine, when not served from a box or being slapped in a bag, has a pinkies-out intimidation factor. Harley’s joined by professional wino Lara Amersey to swap all your food-pairing pains for champagne. In each episode, Harley brings an iconic fast food meal to the table, and Lara pulls up a chair with three prospective vinos. Learn all about mouthfeel, tannins and other fancy wine-speak courtesy of Lara while Harley mostly counters with chaotic energy and hacks he learned from the internet. It’s the perfect mélange! Does this mean they’ll start serving wine at drive-thrus?

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The Real Obstacle to a New Normal? Anti-Vaxxer Parents.

Vaccine skeptics have marred the rollout of safe and effective shots from the jump. Now things may get truly ugly.


The U.S. government appears to be inching closer to green-lighting the first coronavirus vaccine for kids. According to The New York Times and other news organizations, the safe and effective two-shot vaccine from Pfizer could win FDA emergency-use authorization for children and teens aged 12 to 15 as soon as next week.

Opening up vaccinations to younger teens would add nearly 20 million people to the pool of Americans who are eligible for inoculation against the scourge that continues to ravage entire countries and has claimed well over half a million American lives. That, in turn, could juice the United States’ flagging vaccination campaign—and make the coming school year much safer for students, teachers, and school staff. But don’t count on those obvious benefits to convince potentially tens of millions of anti-vaxxer parents. In fact, experts say, resistance to America’s world-class vaccination campaign is stiffening among science-deniers and Fox News-bingeing right-wingers, and when kids are involved, it will get ugly.

The American anti-vaxxer movement has plagued public-health campaigns for years. And far-right skeptics who falsely suggested coronavirus shots were part of a mind-control plot or a scheme to alter DNA—among other outlandish claims—have tainted this vaccine rollout since before it even began. Epidemiologists expect even more ferocious pushback once America’s kids are up for jabs. “This is going to be a social and political battle,” Irwin Redlener, the founding director of Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness, told The Daily Beast.

In early April, New York-based Pfizer submitted data to the FDA showing the company’s two-dose messenger-RNA vaccine is safe and effective for people aged 12 to 15. In contrast to the anxious situation of waiting for one’s age group to become eligible just weeks ago, there is now plenty of vaccine available for newcomers. Owing to a slow decline in the daily vaccination rate—from a peak of 3.3 million shots a day in mid-April to 2.3 million a day last week—U.S. states are sitting on nearly 70 million unused doses.

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