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GOP crushes Manchin’s hopes for elections compromise

“It needs to be blocked,” said Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who praised Manchin last week for “saving our country” in encouraging bipartisanship. “I’m not optimistic that they could make enough changes to that to make it a fair bill. It would usurp the rights of the states.”

The apparent blanket Republican opposition to bringing Democrats’ legislation to the floor and potentially amending it — as the Senate’s swingiest vote desires — moves the voting rights debate to a new phase. Schumer told Democrats at a Thursday caucus meeting that the vote on the elections bill will be Tuesday, June 22, according to a source familiar with the meeting. That bill will need 60 votes to proceed over a filibuster.

Manchin had long sought an approach that had input from Republicans and one that he could support, but it’s become apparent there is no road to a bipartisan compromise on election legislation. He said his opposition wasn’t just because there was no GOP support, but also because Democrats’ changes to help publicly finance elections, for example, went too far for him.

“They got confused thinking ‘the only reason you’re against it is because there’s no Republicans.’ That’s not it at all. I think it should be bipartisan. I think it’s a dangerous thing to do something that monumental” on party lines, Manchin said on Wednesday after he rolled out some of his changes. “The other thing is there were some things, being a former secretary of state and governor, that just didn’t make sense.”

Murkowski has joined Manchin on a proposal to re-up the Voting Rights Act, but that legislation will wait until the fall. And that leaves Congress in a deadlock, infuriating progressives.

Manchin is also among a group of Democrats opposed to gutting the filibuster to install elections law changes, leaving no partisan road map either in a 50-50 Senate where Democrats would need every single vote to make changes on party lines. That group of filibuster-repeal skeptics may shrink after next week’s vote on the so-called For the People Act, with several Democrats saying the GOP’s rejection of that bill could change their minds.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who has led the GOP opposition to the elections bill because of its federalized approach to state elections, said “every one of us works for opportunities to work with Sen. Manchin.” But he added that when “Stacey Abrams immediately endorsed Sen. Manchin’s proposal, it became the Stacey Abram’s substitute, not the Joe Manchin substitute.”

“I’m not opposed to Joe. Joe does a great job of trying to figure out: ‘OK, where can I get a middle ground on this.’ I have no issue with Joe,” said Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.). “This is just, philosophically we disagree that we should go take over everything in every election.”

The massive wave of Republican opposition does not come as a surprise to most Democrats. Schumer said this week that he was “befuddled” by those that think a bipartisan solution is possible, voicing clear skepticism of Manchin’s hopes.

“I’m not that optimistic about Republican votes,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who pushed Manchin to detail his objections with the election bill. “Only a handful of Republicans voting for the nonpartisan commission to analyze what happened on Jan. 6, I can’t imagine you’re going to get more than that for voting rights.”

Still, more work could happen behind the scenes. Earlier this week, Manchin convened a meeting on elections with his Republican colleagues. And if that ever births a new piece of legislation, some of Manchin’s allies aren’t ruling out action entirely.

“If there is an effort that Joe Manchin leads and he gets a group together on a bipartisan election reform provision I’m happy to work on that or consider it,” Romney said. “But that hasn’t happened yet.”

Marianne LeVine contributed to this report.

Author: Burgess Everett
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Beat The Chasers Anne Hegerty's real life including celeb crushes

Fans of The Chase are always wondering what the stars of the show are up to in their lives outside of being quizzers.

Whether it’s a bit about The Dark Destroyer’s life off the hot seat as a lecturer and lawyer, or The Vixen’s time on University Challenge when she was a student – we love to hear about it.

One of the toughest Chasers to get any change from is Anne Hegerty, who continues to be one of the most favoured characters on the show.

On the show, she’s a ruthless quizzer and off it, she rarely divulges too much about her private life, My London reports.

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Anne Hegerty is one of the most popular Chasers
Anne Hegerty is one of the most popular Chasers

But a while back when she appeared on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!, she showed a more personal side to her and that she wasn’t always under the guise of the stern Governess.

Anne burst onto the scene in 2010 and is now the fearsome quiz master we know today.

She started her life as a reporter in the mid-80s at the South Wales Argus in Wales and photos of her 40 years ago show her to have long brunette hair and a shy smile.

She moved to Manchester to become a ghostwriter, then her quizzing career took off.

With her insane memory, she began touring around the country participating in low budget quizzes all the while keeping her brain sharp and facts accumulating.

Her first TV appearance was on Mastermind in 1980s, then Are You An Egghead?

She said: “I didn’t actually become an Egghead but I was third on that competition, and that sort of put me on the map. I didn’t realise, but the quizzing community is a little incestuous community and everyone knows everybody.”

Anne’s love life has been largely kept under wraps but at one point the Internet was claiming she was married to this anonymous man called Jake Hester.

Anne has previously confessed she is bad at holding relationships down
Anne has previously confessed she is bad at holding relationships down

The rumour was quickly debunked by Anne herself responding to a fan on Twitter. She said: “Is it (Wikipedia) still claiming I’m married to someone called Jake Hester? I’ve given up trying to correct it.”

Another time back in 2014 she replied to a fan that she wasn’t a lesbian.

A few years back she told fans: “I did use to have a Californian boyfriend whose mother was a DAR. Naturally, he was pro-immigration!”

Anne mentioned that if she were to get a man, he would have to be a clever clogs and a fan of literature.

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She also said that if he wasn’t a quizzer it wouldn’t be the end of the world, but the guy would have to take into consideration her quiz career.

She was always into older men, and expressed her love for Tommy Lee Jones, although she is known to have a crush on boxer David Haye.

Anne doesn’t have any kids but doesn’t mind that at all.

She expressed that she ‘dodged a bullet’ by not having a family, saying that children are not only ‘chaotic’ but also incredibly expensive.

The Chasers have had whirlwind love lives outside of the ITV show
The Chasers have had whirlwind love lives outside of the ITV show

Aside from this, Anne is on the autism spectrum and was diagnosed in 2005.

She added: “You don’t miss what you haven’t had and I just think I love the peace and quiet of my life. I would like more of it.

“I’d had all my life what they call executive dysfunction, which sounds very much like laziness but it’s like where you really want to get things done and you just simply can’t see your way to doing it, you can’t get the brain cells lined up without getting distracted.

“I lived in a flat that’s owned by a housing association, it’s called shared ownership. You own half the flat, you pay rent on the other half.

“I had essentially not been paying my rent and one of the housing association’s officers sort of knocked on my door and she charged right in and said ‘right we will fix this, we will sort this out.”

Now she is an ambassador for the National Autistic Society.

While facing the Governess is one of the most daunting tasks ever, off-screen Anne is as likeable as ever.

Author: [email protected] (Reemul Balla, Lucy Marshall)
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Baylor crushes undefeated Gonzaga in March Madness final

Baylor cruised to a 19-point lead midway through the first half. Gonzaga couldn’t get it closer than nine before the Bears pulled away for the title.

INDIANAPOLIS — Heck, everyone’s entitled to an off night. But that beatdown Baylor put on undefeated Gonzaga with the national title on the line — nobody saw that coming.

The fresh-as-can-be Bears obliterated wobbly-legged Gonzaga’s march to perfection Monday night in an 86-70 runaway that brought this once-downtrodden program’s first national title back home to Waco, Texas.
Jared Butler scored 22 points and MaCio Teague had 19 for the Bears (28-2), who were ranked second or third in the AP poll all year long — but never first, all because of one team.
Pounding the offensive glass and scrapping for — and winning — the lion’s share of the 50-50 balls, Baylor never let this one come down to a Jalen Suggs miracle. The Gonzaga freshman’s buzzer-beater from near the half-court logo got the Zags to the final in a game that stood as their first true test of the season.
They passed against UCLA. Against Baylor? Not even close.
After running to a 19-point lead early, the Bears never let Gonzaga get any closer than nine.
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Guard Davion Mitchell — nicknamed “Off Night” because so many opponents encounter one when they go against him — finished with 15 points and did his best on Suggs. The freshman finished with 22 points — most of them after the Zags were well into desperation mode — and likely will be heading to the NBA lottery next.
Gonzaga’s first loss in 32 games this season — 36 dating to 2019-20 — leaves Indiana’s 1975-76 team as the last to go undefeated. If Bob May, Quinn Buckner and the rest of coach Bob Knight’s team were keeping champagne cold to celebrate — a la the perfect ’72 Miami Dolphins — they could’ve uncorked it by halftime.
Or sooner.
Baylor was up 9-0 after 2 1/2 minutes and the Bulldogs faced only their fourth double-digit deficit of the season at 11-1. They faced their biggest deficit of the season — 15 points — with 7:10 gone. By then, Suggs had two fouls and was watching from the bench.
He tried hard to breathe some fire into his teammates, or the Zags fans — who made about as much noise as the cardboard cutouts that were scattered through Lucas Oil Stadium to make it seem full.
“Let’s …. go!” Suggs screamed after he got fouled on a layup early in the second half. He missed the free throw.
But more than anything in the title game, it was Suggs’ memorable basket two nights earlier that laid the groundwork for this one. His bank shot at the buzzer capped one of the most riveting college basketball games ever. Back on the floor about 46 hours after that emotional roller coaster, it was clear the Zags were gassed.
The sequence that best illustrated the energy gap came about six minutes into the contest when Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua slapped the ball out of Drew Timme’s hands and the Bears worked the ball ahead to Mitchell. He missed a layup, but Tchamwa Tchatchoua got the offensive rebound and fed Adam Flagler for a 3.
Gonzaga was practically just standing there for it all.
This was one of the most-anticipated finals in recent history, a meeting of the two best teams from the last two seasons — this one and 2020, when COVID-19 scrapped the action before tournament time. They were scheduled to meet this season in Indy, on Dec. 5, but a COVID-19 outbreak on the Gonzaga team ended those plans.
But the game didn’t live up to the hype, and it was out of hand early.
Baylor had nine offensive rebounds in the first half that led to nine second-chance points, and wore down the Zags on defense. Gonzaga shot 54% from the floor over the first 20 minutes but Baylor had 16 more attempts — the kind of math that doesn’t add up for a team playing in the title game.
One glimmer of hope for the Zags came when Tchamwa Tchatchoua joined another Baylor big man, Flo Thamba, on the bench with four fouls with 14:43 left.
Andrew Nembhard’s basket on the next possession cut Gonzaga’s deficit below double digits for the first time since early. Baylor answered with a 9-2 run punctuated by Mark Vital’s rejection of Corey Kispert, then a fast break that led to an easy 3 from Flagler.
It was over from there. Yes, Gonzaga might have been the year’s most watchable team with its dramatic run at perfection, to say nothing of the shot of the tournament.
But Baylor was cutting down the nets.
It’s the culmination of an 18-year rebuild, the likes of which no program has ever seen.
Coach Scott Drew took over a roster with only seven scholarship players and a team staring at years of NCAA probation in the wake of the murder of player Patrick Dennehy by a teammate in 2003. The Bears won only 21 games over Drew’s first three years.
It took a lot of imagination and more than a little faith to believe a day like this might happen.
It took the same thing to hang a loss on the Bulldogs.
But that kind of loss? Only Baylor could’ve seen that one coming.

Oil nosedives as concern over third wave of Covid-19 crushes demand

The price of crude plummeted by over 4% on Tuesday, with concerns that new coronavirus curbs and slow vaccine rollouts in Europe will hurt a recovery in demand.

Benchmark Brent Crude had dropped 4.12% to $ 61.96 a barrel by 13:00 GMT, while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was down 3.95% to $ 59.13.

“Continental Europe is tightening the coronavirus measures and thereby further restricting mobility,” Commerzbank said, adding: “This is likely to have a correspondingly negative impact on oil demand.”

Experts also say physical crude markets are indicating that demand is lower, and much more so than the futures market. “Physical prices have been weaker than futures have been suggesting for several weeks now,” Lachlan Shaw, National Australia Bank’s head of commodity research, said, as quoted by Reuters.
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Extended lockdowns have been reintroduced across the continent due to the threat of a third wave of Covid-19 infections, with a new variant of the coronavirus presenting a particular risk.

Europe’s biggest oil consumer, Germany, announced on Tuesday that it is extending a nationwide lockdown until April 18, as the number of infections in the country has soared. France and Poland have also reintroduced partial lockdowns, with both nations battling a sharp rise in cases in recent weeks.

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WATCH: Ball girl narrowly escapes disaster after umpire’s chair almost CRUSHES her at ATP event

A tennis match in Spain could have ended in tragedy after an umpire’s chair collapsed in the middle of the game, almost crushing a ball girl who managed to dive to dive to safety at the very last moment.

The shocking incident took place on Thursday at the Gran Canaria Challenger in Las Palmas, where Serbia’s Nikola Milojevic was facing local star Eduard Esteve Lobato in a last 16 clash.

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During the second set as the umpire left his place to check a mark on the clay court, his chair was blown over by a gust of wind and suddenly collapsed, almost hitting the ball girl standing next to it.

Luckily the youngster quickly reacted and dodged the heavy construction that could have seriously injured her.

Players and officials immediately rushed to help her, with someone heard asking if she was alright following the scary episode.

The ball girl replied: “Yes, yes, yes,” and said the chair almost hit her.

She was escorted from the court to undergo a further medical check to look for any potential injury she might have sustained.
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Lobato went on to secure a confident victory over the third seed Milojevic in two straight sets7-6 6-3.

In the quarterfinal, the Spaniard will face off against Italy’s Giulio Zeppieri.

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