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Senate nears pivotal vote on bipartisan infrastructure deal that’s still unwritten

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will force a vote next Wednesday on advancing the bipartisan infrastructure package, a hardball tactic aimed at moving President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda forward before the August recess.

“Everyone has been having productive conversations and it’s important to keep the two-track process moving,” Schumer said in a floor speech Thursday. “All parties involved in the bipartisan infrastructure bill talks must now finalize their agreement so that the Senate can begin considering that legislation next week.”

The New York Democrat added that he is setting the same deadline for the Democratic caucus to reach a consensus on a budget resolution setting up a $ 3.5 trillion social spending plan.

The fate of Wednesday’s vote, however, remains uncertain. Although Democrats expressed optimism about the timetable, Republicans were less sure. At the moment, it’s not clear whether 10 Republicans will vote to advance the bipartisan bill.

When asked whether he was confident the bipartisan group would meet Schumer’s deadline, Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a member of the group negotiating the bipartisan framework, had a blunt response: “No.”

“We’re not done yet,” Rounds said. “I don’t think we’re going to have any artificial deadlines. I think we’re going to do our best to get done in an expeditious fashion, but if we were successful in coming to an agreement, it’d be great to have it done before” August recess.

Schumer’s timetable comes as the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure negotiators are unlikely to meet their own self-imposed Thursday deadline to resolve outstanding issues among members, according to two sources familiar with the talks. The group met again early Thursday afternoon, but members still need to resolve key disagreements over how to pay for the $ 1.2 trillion physical infrastructure deal that Biden supports. The bipartisan group met Tuesday evening and made progress, but a host of questions about spending priorities also remain unanswered.

Among the proposed funding sources that could change is a provision related to IRS enforcement, a source of controversy for Republicans. One Senate Democrat suggested that money from increased IRS enforcement could instead be used to pay for for Democrats’ $ 3.5 trillion package.

Members of the group are racing to turn the bipartisan framework they announced last month into legislative text, and Schumer’s deadline will only add pressure to wrap up the discussions. Several Senate Republicans interpreted it as an effort to sink the bipartisan talks, given the absence of legislative text and the likelihood that members will not yet have a score from the Congressional Budget Office by Wednesday.

“Why in the world would you vote for something that hasn’t been written yet,” asked Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a McConnell confidante. “I don’t know whether Sen. Schumer is just setting this all up to fail so he can then move to the budget. That may part of his Machiavellian scheme.”

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), who attempted to negotiate a bipartisan infrastructure package but failed, interpreted Schumer’s move as an attempt “to put pressure on the group to either put up or shut up.”

Schumer will take the first steps toward moving the bipartisan physical infrastructure proposal Monday, using a House bill as a legislative vehicle that would later be amended to reflect the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure deal. Even if a deal is clinched and the Senate votes to move ahead on the bill next week, it will likely take days or even weeks to finish its work on the bipartisan legislation because of intense desire to vote on amendments to a bill likely to win Biden’s signature.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, has vowed that the House will not move forward on the bipartisan infrastructure package until the Senate passes a budget setting up the $ 3.5 trillion social spending package. Senior Democrats do not expect that calculation to change based on the Senate’s latest moves.

And with Democrats just starting to hash out the details of that party-line spending package, it could be weeks, if not months, before the House takes up the bipartisan bill.

Both the physical infrastructure and social spending bills are top priorities for Biden, who attended a Senate Democratic caucus lunch Wednesday.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has withheld judgment so far on the bipartisan plan, encouraging his members to view it as a separate effort from Democrats’ $ 3.5 trillion bill. Several Republicans have expressed concerns about its financing and are waiting for an official score from the Congressional Budget Office once the bill’s text is completed.

Sarah Ferris contributed to this report.

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Virgin Media and BT eclipsed by hyperfast broadband at price that’s hard to believe

Virgin Media and BT are both bringing blisteringly quick broadband to more homes across the UK. These Internet Service Providers (ISPs) now offer ultimate 1Gbps downloads to millions of properties which allow users to whizz full HD movies to their TVs in a matter of seconds. It’s impressive stuff but this new technology does come at a price.

BT and Virgin both charge around £60 for their best broadband which makes it a very expensive option. As a comparison, you can get 100Mbps downloads for around £25 per month if you shop around. If that price has put you off making the jump to hyperfast broadband then help could be at hand thanks to one of Virgin and BT’s rivals.

Hyperoptic has been pumping speedy broadband into UK homes for over 10 years and the firm has just announced a sale that features prices that are pretty hard to believe. Right now, anyone who joins this ISP can get 1Gbps broadband for just £35 per month – that’s almost half the usual price.

That deal is for the first 12 months with things then switching back to the standard £60 per month cost. There’s also no activation fee to pay and installation is all free.

If 1Gbps sounds too fast for your needs then Hyperoptic is also offering 500Mbps speeds for £30 (usually £50) or there are 150Mbps speeds for £25 (usually £35).

The only thing to be aware of is that Hyperoptic isn’t in all areas of the UK just yet. The firm is growing but you’ll only find this connection in 43 towns and cities.

If you have Hyperoptic in your road then you can find the deals here.

WHAT SPEED DO YOU REALLY NEED?

1Gbps might sound like something everyone will want but do you really need it? That’s an interesting question and there’s no doubt that, in the future, these speeds will be a necessity of any house. The web is a bit like a motorway with the more traffic running through it the slower it will get. That means busy homes with a slow connection will find things grinding to halt as more people use it.

The hypersonic fibre broadband service offers blistering downloads with a full HD movie taking under a minute to download.

A PlayStation 5 game from the digital store – like Red Dead Redemption 2 (99GB) – will take 4 hours and 20 minutes on the average UK broadband connection. That drops to 14 minutes when connected to 1Gbps speeds.

That’s all very impressive but services such as Netflix only require a speed of 25Mbps to stream 4K Ultra HD content. So, it’ll take a small army regiment streaming The Haunting Of Hill House in your living room to get close to maxing out that Gig1 allowance.

Of course, if your house is full of connected gadgets and your kids are streaming games all day long whist you’re downloading 4K movies or trying to make the morning Zoom call this will be a welcomed addition.

If that’s not your home then anything around 100Mbps should do just fine.

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Oh, Bird: Check Out Crowsworn, A Bloodborne-y Metroidvania That’s A Hit On Kickstarter

Crowsworn Main Gun Fight

Enough games have taken their cues from From Software’s Dark Souls and Bloodborne games that “Souls-like” is beginning to become its own genre, but we can’t say that we mind — especially when the games look this good.

Crowsworn is unabashedly Bloodborne-y in its presentation, with cathedrals and Victorian lampposts up the wazoo, plus the main character is a sort of crow/plague doctor with a scythe for a weapon. It’s fantastically on the nose (or on the beak, perhaps), and we bloody love it. Inject that Victoriana right into our veins, thanks.

Crowsworn
Crowsworn

But Crowsworn differs from Bloodborne in a few key ways: firstly, it’s a 2D combat game, and secondly, it’s a Metroidvania. It’s also entirely hand-drawn and animated, and finally — and most importantly — it’s coming to Switch, unlike Bloodborne.

Reaching its Kickstarter funding goal in less than 24 hours, and currently reaching towards the stretch goal of adding voice acting (call us, our crow impression is excellent), Crowsworn has clearly found a loyal and excited audience already. You can back it yourselves if you want to guarantee yourself a copy, design an in-game boss, or grab yourselves some Crowsworn merch, including an art book, a plush, and a t-shirt, made in league with Fangamer.

Rather excitingly, there’s already a guaranteed physical version, which will bear a design from comic and Magic the Gathering artist Dave Rapoza, which — despite being described as “not final” — is rather lovely:

Crowsworn

The current delivery estimate is December 2023, so it’s likely that we won’t be adventuring in Corvid Land until Covid Land is over (fingers/feathers crossed).

(Also, as editor and wordsmith Gavin Lane points out: the title is very nearly a palindrome. Is that important? Probably not, but it’s cool, innit?)

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GTA 6 new map leak is ‘fake’, and that’s not the only bad news

Tom Henderson, who is known for his Battlefield and COD leaks, was recently quizzed about this alleged GTA 6 map leak.

And Henderson, who has ventured into GTA 6 leaks recently by dropping a tonne of new information, brushed the ‘leak’ aside as a fake.

Henderson was asked by a fellow Twitter user: “Hey Tom, can you either confirm or deny this new gta 6 map leak?”

Replying Henderson wrote: “I wouldn’t expect any leaks like this for a couple of years.”

So, not only is this latest ‘leak’ a fake – Grand Theft Auto fans shouldn’t expect leaks of this kind anytime soon.

Henderson’s latest comments on GTA 6 come after he published a YouTube video detailing things he heard from behind the scenes about the highly anticipated game.

And there was plenty of interesting info Henderson dropped.

Apple’s iPhone drops to ‘best EVER price’ at Tesco, and that’s just the start

The standard iPhone 12 is just £49.49 per month and, again, this contract features unlimited data although you will need to be happy with that three-year plan to take advantage.

Both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini feature a new OLED screen, faster A14 Bionic processor and full access to 5G data speeds.

There’s also the new MagSafe charger which offers a more reliable refill and a stronger design should mean it will survive being dropped on the floor.

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Windows 10 users hit by ‘nightmare’ bug that’s giving them an impossible choice to make

That’s now leaving Windows 10 users with a huge headache as it appears the only other way to fix the issue is to uninstall the vital KB5004945 update.

“We are seeing the same problems and the only solution right now is to uninstall the update,” said one user on Zebra’s forum page.

Clearly, uninstalling KB5004945, will mean users are able to print again but it will then leave their PC open to attack from hackers.

As Microsoft explains: “A remote code execution vulnerability exists when the Windows Print Spooler service improperly performs privileged file operations. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could run arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.”

Author: David Snelling
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‘That’s when the problems start!’ Harry Redknapp speaks out on arguments with wife Sandra

Former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! winner Harry Redknapp, 74, has addressed the root of his “bickering” with his wife of more than 50 years, Sandra, 74. Speaking to Jeremy VIne, the former Tottenham Hotspur manager shared that he and his spouse often disagree over what to watch on TV, which can lead to the football expert potentially going hungry.

Asking the former sportsman about the secret to a happy marriage, Jeremy asked Harry on his Channel 5 show: “Do you and Sandra ever bicker about what to watch?”

Without hesitating, the former football manager replied: “Absolutely – well, I’ll be honest, we have got two televisions, but we have dinner in the kitchen where one of our TVs is and so when we sit down and have dinner that is when the problems start.”

He went on to explain that his and Sandra’s differing tastes in programmes often cause “problems” around the table.

“I’ll be watching the football, Sandra will be halfway through the soaps and that’s when the problems start,” he said.

READ MORE: Harry Redknapp shares real reason for leaving beachfront home

Harry even admitted that if he didn’t watch what he said, he could go without dinner following a disagreement.

He explained: “Dinner could end up in the dustbin if I’m not careful.”

Revealing that Sandra is a huge fan of the goings-on in Albert Square, the former football manager addressed his recent cameo role in popular BBC soap EastEnders.

“It was great fun, I have followed it, Sandra watches it regularly and I watch it in bits and pieces over the years.

Unfortunately, she had injured her foot and was bleeding heavily, so much so it stained the road.

The mother-of-two was rushed to hospital where she underwent surgery on her foot following the traumatic incident.

Speaking out about how he made amends with his wife after the freak accident, Harry told the podcast host the one simple thing he did, which proved to be a “shock” to his wife.

He said: “I took her a cup of tea up in bed.

“It was a shock to her, it was the biggest shock she could have.”

The star went on to reveal that getting up before Sandra was no easy feat, as she wakes up at the crack of dawn every day.

He continued: “It’s very hard to take Sandra a cup of tea in bed, she gets up at 6am every morning, I don’t really want to be getting up at half past five.

“Getting up before my wife is not easy,” he added.

Author: Sabina Rouse
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Many people don’t know what critical race theory is. That’s why it’s the perfect tool to scare conservatives.

Spare a thought for critical race theory. It wasn’t always a conservative bogeyman.
Especially over the past several months, Republican leaders have distorted CRT — an academic frame that scholars such as Kimberlé Crenshaw have been using in graduate-level courses for decades to interrogate how the legal system entrenches racism — into a catchall to describe things they don’t like.
In this bastardized telling, CRT is whatever Republicans want it to be; it comes in many guises. “Black Lives Matter” is one name for CRT. “Social justice” is another. “Identity,” yet another. “Reparations.” “Ally-ship.” “Diversity.”
But to linger on what CRT is, or isn’t, is to miss the more pressing concern: Why have Republicans latched onto a decades-old academic term?
” ‘Strung together, the phrase “critical race theory” connotes hostile, academic, divisive, race-obsessed, poisonous, elitist, anti-American,’ ” explained Christopher F. Rufo, one of the conservative activists who — with the help of Fox News, a network that’s become its own language — engineered the panic over CRT.
Because so many Americans don’t know what CRT is, it’s the perfect tool for scaring White conservative voters with made-up problems — for mobilizing them against the racial awakening of the past year. Here’s how we got here:
Richard Nixon gives the victory sign after receiving the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention, in Miami, Florida, August 1968.

The backlash to CRT echoes the 1960s

The panic over CRT is hardly the first time that the US has seen such ethnonationalist fearmongering.
In a recent Twitter thread, Pomona College politics professor Omar Wasow argued that one way to understand the anxiety over CRT is as “a reactionary counter-mobilization.”
Wasow, who was previously at Princeton University and whose research focuses largely on protest movements, said that he was struck by how the present-day backlash to CRT echoes the dynamics of the 1960s.
“What we saw in some cases in the ’60s was that, as the civil rights movement was able to capture the moral high ground in a national conversation on race, that knocked pro-segregation forces on their heels,” he told CNN. “There was a period of trying to regroup and find an issue to mobilize around when, nationally, being pro-segregation became highly stigmatized.”
Republicans sought to reframe the world. For instance, they heeded the cruel logic of “law and order,” a dog whistle used against the civil rights protests of the era. This maneuvering was part of what University of Arkansas political science professors Angie Maxwell and Todd Shields call the “Long Southern Strategy,” a series of decisions on race, religion and feminism that Republicans made starting in the ’60s to court White conservative voters in the South.
In the year since the murder of George Floyd and the renewed demands for racial justice, Republicans have once again detected a need to reposition themselves, to turn a cultural shift into a sense of crisis that they can use to their advantage. (Republicans are doing something similar in their war against transgender students, as The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer keenly pointed out.)
“We saw Donald Trump try to run on ‘law and order’ and lose. It didn’t seem to have the same punch that it did in the ’60s, when Nixon invoked ‘law and order’ and won the White House. So, there’s been this process of searching for a new issue,” Wasow said. “There was a period when leading Republicans were complaining about ‘cancel culture,’ how Dr. Seuss was supposedly being canceled. But it never seemed to stick. So, I think that we’re seeing this kind of elite process of trying to find an issue to mobilize around for the 2022, and maybe even 2024, elections. And CRT is one that’s really hit a nerve.”
Conservative media outlets also play a role in anti-CRT mobilization, broadcasting an invented problem to their millions of viewers.
“Instead of debating CRT’s merit, right-wing talkers have simply sought to demonize it,” CNN’s Oliver Darcy wrote for the Reliable Sources newsletter. This conscious obsession with CRT has helped it leap “from the TV screen into state legislatures and local communities.”
Kimberlé Crenshaw, one of the pioneers of CRT

The outrage over CRT is also about White identity politics

It makes sense to situate the controversy around CRT not only within the history of race and racism in the US but also within the larger arc of demographic change.
One crucial dimension of this change: the country’s ballooning racial diversity and its effect on White identity politics, which Duke University political science professor Ashley Jardina describes as White Americans’ increasingly active identification with their racial group.
“Various studies find that when White people are exposed to information about social change — demographic change, in particular — they express more politically conservative views,” Wasow told CNN. “So, there’s a larger conversation happening right now about whether the US is going to be a multiracial democracy — in which there’s no dominant group — or hold onto what has historically been a kind of ethno-racial majority, a White Christian-dominant majority.”
It’s no exaggeration to say that the assault on the US Capitol on January 6 — when insurrectionists waving Confederate flags and pledging their allegiance to Trump tried to overturn the 2020 presidential election — was a deadly manifestation of a White nationalist vision.
Wasow added that such dueling visions are at the core of the contest between Trump and his ilk on the one hand and figures such as Barack Obama and Joe Biden on the other.
In publicly advocating for the birther conspiracy theory about a decade ago, Trump wasn’t merely slandering one of his political opponents. He was attempting to delegitimize the multiracial coalition that installed Obama in the White House.
This battle over a country in transition continues today.
“I think that the panic over CRT can be seen as part of this underlying anxiety about the status of White Americans in a changing country. That fear is sharper in moments like the aftermath of a protest movement calling for things like reforming policing and thinking harder about race in schools and hiring,” Wasow said.
These demands unsettle the status quo. Anti-CRT mobilization, then, is really a means of reaffirming the perceived legitimacy of the status quo.
But let’s give Crenshaw the final word on the controversy. After all, she’s one of the pioneers of CRT.
“Critical race theory is not anti-patriotic,” she told CNN’s Jason Carroll. “In fact, it is more patriotic than those who are opposed to it — because we believe in the 13th and the 14th and the 15th Amendments. We believe in the promises of equality. And we know we can’t get there if we can’t confront and talk honestly about inequality.”

Author: Analysis by Brandon Tensley, CNN
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