Biden has promised to reform Social Security — some changes could come as soon as this year

President Joe Biden has promised to address Social Security reform. Accomplishing that could seal his presidential legacy, one expert says.

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Larry King, broadcast pioneer and legendary talk show host, dies at 87

“For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster,” the statement said.

King, with his trademark suspenders and iconic voice, spent more than 60 years in the spotlight. He hosted CNN’s “Larry King Live” for 25 years, interviewing everyone from world leaders and icons to criminals and conspiracy theorists during 6,000-plus episodes of the show from 1985 to 2010.

“Instead of goodbye, how about so long,” King told viewers when singing off from his final CNN show in 2010.

King went on to work on a variety of projects following his CNN tenure, including co-founding Ora TV in 2012.

King’s historic career began on local radio back in Miami back in 1957 as a talk show host and disk jockey. His passion for free-flowing interviews began in 1958 when he an on-location interview program from Miami’s Pumpernik Restaurant, where he literally spoke to whoever entered the door. He eventually added to his skill set by providing color commentator for Miami Dolphins’ broadcasts and landed on television by 1964. Around the same time, King started writing columns for newspapers including The Miami Herald, The Miami News, and The Miami Beach Sun-Reporter.

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Legal and financial issues nearly derailed his career in the 1970s but recovered to launch the Larry King Show” on Mutual Broadcasting Network in 1978, which paved the way for his highly successful CNN program.

Born Lawrence Zeiger on November 19, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, he started going by Larry King early in his career. He battled lung cancer, lived with Type 2 diabetes, survived multiple heart attacks and underwent quintuple bypass surgery in 1987. The broadcasting legend promised to help others and established the The Larry King Cardiac Foundation (LKCF) in 1988, which helps facilitate critical treatment for people who would otherwise be unable to receive care because of either financial or insurance issues.

The non-profit organization was funded from the proceeds of King’s books, speaking engagements, and from entertainment galas conducted in New York City, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, according to the LKCF website.

King wrote “Taking on Heart Disease” to help educate victims of heart disease. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989, has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, won a pair of Peabody Awards for Excellence in broadcasting, 10 Cable ACE awards and was honored in 2008 by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California, among many other awards and milestones.

The longtime Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers fan was regularly seen at Dodger Stadium cheering on his favorite team. He was married eight times, to seven different women, but had been single since filing for divorce from actress Shawn King in 2019.

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King lost two of his five adult children when Andy, 65, and Chaia, 51, died within weeks of each other in 2020. Andy had a heart attack while Chaina had been battling lung cancer.

Source: Larry King, broadcast pioneer and legendary talk show host, dies at 87

Prospects of convicting Trump erode as GOP grows vocal against Senate impeachment proceedings – CNNPolitics

(CNN)The path in the Senate to convict Donald Trump is extremely slim, with a growing number of Republicans expressing confidence that the party will acquit the former President on a charge that he incited the deadly insurrection aimed at stopping President Joe Biden’s electoral win.

After Democratic leaders announced they would kick off the process to begin the impeachment trial on Monday, Republicans grew sharply critical about the proceedings — and made clear that they saw virtually no chance that at least 17 Republicans would join with 50 Democrats to convict Trump and also bar him from ever running from office again.
In interviews with more than a dozen GOP senators, the consensus was clear: Most Republicans are likely to acquit Trump, and only a handful are truly at risk of flipping to convict the former President — unless more evidence emerges or the political dynamics within their party dramatically change. Yet Republicans are also signaling that as more time has passed since the riot, some of the emotions of the day have cooled and they’re ready to move on.
“The chances of getting a conviction are virtually nil,” said Sen. Roger Wicker, a Mississippi Republican.
“I don’t know what the vote will be but I think the chance of two-thirds is nil,” said Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican and member of his party’s leadership who called the Democratic push to begin the trial “vindictive.”

Source: Prospects of convicting Trump erode as GOP grows vocal against Senate impeachment proceedings – CNNPolitics

Massachusetts National Guard sets straight story about why guardsmen were in U.S. Capitol parking garage

Officials with the Massachusetts National Guard on Friday released a statement identifying and correcting falsehoods in a report that suggested a Massachusetts congressman was responsible for Guardsmen being sent to a parking garage.

Without mentioning the source of the report, the statement appears to reference an article published by the conservative Breitbart website on Thursday. The authors said a source told them Rep. William Keating had “complained about one National Guard member not wearing a mask at a cafe in the building” and linked that to troops being “forced to evacuated the Capitol building grounds.”

“It makes no sense and quite frankly could not be farther from the truth,” Maj. Gen. Gary Keefe, the Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard said in a statement.”

The relocation of National Guardsmen within the U.S. Capitol building grounds has nothing to do with Congressman Keating reminding a soldier of the requirement to wear their mask,” the general wrote.

The statement explains that Capitol building officials asked the Guardsmen to move their break area to a garage because the Senate was in session.

Keefe also said that photos of the Guardsmen in the garage have been taken out of context.

“What the stories failed to mention was that they were on a break, resting between shifts,” Keefe said in his statement. “At the end of the duty day, soldiers returned to their hotel rooms

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Why Republicans should not switch to Trump’s Patriot Party | Charlotte Observer

NO PATRIOT PARTY

In the aftermath of President Trump’s tumultuous exit from the presidency there is increased talk of folks wanting to leave the Republican Party. As an alternative they offer a MAGA-centric party known as the Patriot Party.

This would be a major mistake and a fool’s errand as bad as the Jan. 6 effort that sought to disrupt the Electoral College count.

As a Reagan Republican, I’m proud of the legacy of a party that freed the slaves, won the Cold War and has stood for common sense free enterprise principles. If folks choose to leave to follow a blind cult of personality centered on a one-term president, then count me out. Their efforts will lead to monumental failure and an empowered Democratic Party.

Carlton Huffman, Granite Falls

Source: Why Republicans should not switch to Trump’s Patriot Party | Charlotte Observer

Roman Catholic bishops alarmed by ‘misguided’ Biden executive order | Fox News

Roman Catholic bishops criticized on Friday President Biden’s recent executive order on applying anti-discrimination protections to certain groups, arguing it didn’t properly account for religious liberty and furthered “false theories on human sexuality.”

Wednesday’s order, they said, “threatens to infringe the rights of people who recognize the truth of sexual difference or who uphold the institution of lifelong marriage between one man and one woman. This may manifest in mandates that, for example, erode health care conscience rights or needed and time-honored sex-specific spaces and activities.”

Signed by bishops from across the country, the statement represented another sharp disagreement Church leadership had with the second U.S. president to identify as Roman Catholic.

The executive order referenced the Supreme Court’s decision last year in Bostock v. Clayton County, in which Justice Neil Gorsuch issued a controversial opinion on what’s protected under sex-based anti-discrimination law.

Source: Roman Catholic bishops alarmed by ‘misguided’ Biden executive order | Fox News

Trump says ‘we’ll do something’ but ‘not just yet’ in first post-prez remark

Former President Donald Trump said Friday in his first public remark since leaving office that he will make a comeback in some form — but he’s not saying how.“We’ll do something”

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AOC says she skipped inauguration, in part, because she didn’t ‘feel safe around other members of Congress’ | Fox News

Amid the pomp and circumstance of this week’s inauguration, one prominent Democrat was notably absent.

Amid the pomp and circumstance of this week’s inauguration, one prominent Democrat was notably absent.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., first told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that she had foregone her invitation to President Biden’s inauguration to support a union strike in the South Bronx.

“I’m thrilled for President Biden and Vice President Harris,” she said, “I think the festivities were phenomenal.”

“This was supposed to be a show of force and unity and you weren’t there. Explain it,” Cuomo said.

Source: AOC says she skipped inauguration, in part, because she didn’t ‘feel safe around other members of Congress’ | Fox News

Chicago man faces multiple drug charges after bust in Steubenville | WTOV

A large amount of drugs seized in Steubenville on Thursday night landed two people in jail.

Jamal Goings, 30, of Chicago, was arrested, along with 22-year-old Mayia Dokes of Mingo Junction, who was present at the search and arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.

Goings faces multiple drug charges, including drug trafficking and possession, following a search in a Steubenville home.

Policed seized 60 grams of fentanyl, 30 grams of crack, and $500 during the search.

Source: Chicago man faces multiple drug charges after bust in Steubenville | WTOV

Chick-fil-A releases new version of its spicy sandwich – pennlive.com

Chick-fil-A says it is “kicking off the year by offering a grilled version of a spicy favorite.”

Starting on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, fans get a Grilled Spicy Chicken Deluxe sandwich for a limited time.

The grilled version of the sandwich “features grilled chicken marinated in a spicy seasoning served on a toasted multigrain brioche bun with Colby-Jack cheese, lettuce and tomato.” A creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce was “created specifically for the new sandwich.”

Source: Chick-fil-A releases new version of its spicy sandwich – pennlive.com

Hank Aaron, longtime baseball home-run king and Hall of Famer with Braves, dies at age 86 – CBSSports.com

hank-aaron.jpgHank Aaron, legendary slugger and Hall of Famer, died at the age of 86, the Atlanta Braves announced Friday morning. CBS46 in Atlanta first reported the news.

Aaron established himself as an inner-circle all-time great during the course of his 23-year career with the Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers from 1954-76.

In said career, Aaron hit .305/.374/.555 (155 OPS+) with 624 doubles, 755 home runs, 2,297 RBI, 2,174 runs, 3,771 hits and 240 stolen bases. He retired as the all-time home run leader and held the record for decades. He’s still the all-time leader in RBI and total bases. He also holds the record for the most All-Star games at 25 and the most seasons as an All-Star at 21 (for a stretch, MLB held two All-Star games per year).

The 1957 NL MVP, Aaron also won three Gold Gloves and two batting titles while leading the league in home runs four times, RBI four times, runs three times, hits twice, doubles four times, slugging four times and OPS three times. He won the World Series with the 1957 Braves and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first try in 1982.

The biggest moment most remember of Aaron’s career was surpassing Babe Ruth’s 714 career home runs on April 8, 1974. Here’s the great Vin Scully on the call:

Source: Hank Aaron, longtime baseball home-run king and Hall of Famer with Braves, dies at age 86 – CBSSports.com

Seattle community leaders unhappy with city officials’ response to unrest: report | Fox News

Seattle residents have reportedly taken issue with city officials’ lack of public response in the wake of violent unrest in the Washington city on inauguration night.

Seattle residents have reportedly taken issue with city officials’ lack of public response in the wake of violent unrest in the Washington city on inauguration night.

Local activists are seeking answers after Seattle City Hall failed to publicly address Wednesday night’s protests, local KOMO News reported.

Just hours after President Biden took office, a group of about 100 people marched in the Emerald City, where police said windows were broken at a federal courthouse and officers arrested three people.

The crowd called for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and, outside the federal immigration court, several people set fire to an American flag, The Seattle Times reported.

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Source: Seattle community leaders unhappy with city officials’ response to unrest: report | Fox News

Third stimulus check: When could you get a $1,400 check? – CBS News

President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan proposes a third round of stimulus checks of $1,400 for most Americans. Yet while that could extend a helping hand to millions of households still suffering from the pandemic’s economic fallout, it could be months until the payments arrive, analysts say.

The price tag for the relief package, called the American Rescue Plan, is likely to face pushback from Republican lawmakers, who last year resisted Democratic efforts to pass a $2 trillion bill. Heights Securities analyst Hunter Hammond expects the ultimate package to be trimmed to $1 trillion or $1.5 trillion. But most analysts think lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will back the $1,400 direct payments, which economists view as a lifeline for many cash-strapped workers who lost their jobs or have seen their income plummet during the pandemic.

Support for another stimulus package may gain steam given several developments that point to widening economic distress as the pandemic worsens, according to Ed Mills, an analyst with investment bank Raymond James. A weaker outlook for the labor market, with a bigger-than-expected 1 million jobless claims during the first week of January, as well as record number of COVID-19 infections and deaths, could push lawmakers to support Mr. Biden’s plan for additional stimulus, analysts say.

Source: Third stimulus check: When could you get a $1,400 check? – CBS News

Raccoon Found In Pittsburgh Neighborhood Tests Positive For Rabies – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A raccoon from Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Heights neighborhood has tested positive for rabies. This is the first animal to test positive for rabies in Allegheny County in 2021.

The Allegheny County Health Department says that earlier this month, an animal rescue organization was alerted of the animal and took it in to care for it.

The raccoon was being treated for mange by the organization until it began showing symptoms consist with rabies.

No human exposure was reported by the animal rescue organization or any residents.

The County health department is reminding residents to watch for unusual behavior in animals and to make sure pets have up-to-date rabies vaccinations.

If you see an animal acting strangely, you’re urged to call the Pennsylvania Game Commission or the police.

If you’re bitten, the county health department says you should clean the wound, get medical treatment and call the health department to report the incident.

2 Hempfield fire departments to merge, 1 station to close | TribLIVE.com

he Luxor Volunteer Fire Department station near Twin Lakes Park in Hempfield will close as part of Luxor’s merger with nearby Bovard fire department.

With only three members on its force, Luxor Chief Mike Errett said the move is necessary to provide adequate fire protection for the community.

“Overall, it’s going to be better fire service for the community, that’s how I honestly feel,” Errett said. “That’s intentionally what we all want. That’s just hard to do with minimal people.”

When the Luxor station closes, equipment and funds will be split between Bovard and the Hannastown Volunteer Fire Department, Errett said. The property, which was split between two parcels, is owned by the Luxor Volunteer Fire Company and Relief Association.

Source: 2 Hempfield fire departments to merge, 1 station to close | TribLIVE.com

Schumer makes unfortunate Trump gaffe on Senate floor, social media erupts | Fox News

Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer on Friday made an unfortunate slip of the tongue as he slammed former President Donald Trump’s conduct related to the Jan 6 Capitol riot.

Schumer was informing senators about the plans for an impeachment trial of the ex-president. The House last week impeached the president for “incitement of insurrection” for his alleged role in encouraging protesters who went on to storm the Capitol.

It was at that point when Schumer made a somewhat phallic flub.

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PSP: ‘Suspicious’ body found by PennDOT worker prompts investigation in Indiana County

State police say they’re investigating a suspicious death after a man’s body was found Thursday in Indiana County. Troopers say a PennDOT worker found the man’s body around 2 p. m. near the 2000 block of Mulligan Hill Road in W. Wheatfield Township.

The PennDOT employee reported finding the man’s body in a grassy area off of the roadway while inspecting a nearby drain.

Indiana County Coroner Jerry Overman responded to the scene and pronounced the man dead.

Troopers say the man’s identity is being withheld until his family is notified.

They say they found evidence at the scene that leads them to believe the death is suspicious but are not releasing any additional information at this time so as not to compromise the investigation.

An autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death is being conducted at ForensicDX in Windber.

Anyone with information is asked to call State Police Troop A, Indiana Station at 724-357-1960.

Source: PSP: ‘Suspicious’ body found by PennDOT worker prompts investigation in Indiana County

Biden Proposal Would Strip a Single Word from All US Laws

The immigration bill President Joe Biden is sending Congress aims to appease progressives and illegal immigrants.

The Biden administration wants to root out and eliminate what it believes to be an offensive word from every federal law.

The immigration bill President Joe Biden is sending Congress aims to appease progressives and illegal immigrants who want to be called something more pleasing to the ear than the current federal definition.

The word “alien” has peppered laws concerning those who are not American citizens since the 1798 Alien and Sedition Act.

Source: Biden Proposal Would Strip a Single Word from All US Laws

Report: Biden killed 52K American jobs on day 1 in office | One America News Network

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During his first day in office, Joe Biden killed around 52,000 American jobs and cut billions in wages as the country continues to struggle with staggering unemployment caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Republicans from Alaska to Washington have already called the Biden administration’s agenda into question after he pulled the brakes on major sources for American energy.

“He rejoined the Paris climate agreement, putting the United States back in a position to exercise global leadership,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said. “And advancing the objectives of the ambitious agreement.”

On Thursday, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel slammed Biden’s decision to undo President Trump’s efforts to put American workers first. McDaniel took to Twitter to point out several moves Biden has already made that put Americans on the backburner. These include canceling the Keystone XL pipeline and rejoining the Paris climate agreement.

Source: Report: Biden killed 52K American jobs on day 1 in office | One America News Network

Wendy Bell headed back to radio on WJAS Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com

Wendy Bell, the radio host let go by KDKA last fall, is joining WJAS Pittsburgh. She announced her new position in a Facebook post Wednesday.

“America needs common-sense conservatism,” she wrote.

JD Turco, senior vice president at St. Barnabas Broadcasting, which bought WJAS in November, confirmed Thursday that Bell will be joining the station.

“She’s going to be a conservative talk show host, in keeping with the lineup we have right now,” he said. “There’s a lot of conservative talk there. We believe she fits well into that lineup.”

The station features conservative voices that include Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

Bell’s new radio show will air Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. till noon and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon on WJAS 1320AM and 99.1 FM and the iHeartRadio app, beginning Jan. 25.Image may contain: text that says 'ROOFING KIRELAND IRELAND SIDING Contracting GUTTERS 1-800-NEW-ROOF SKYLIGHTS SOFFIT FASCIA WINDOWS BREAKING NEWS! JOIN WENDY BELh ON WJAS 1320AM 99.1FM AND ON THE iHEARTRADIO APp! MON- THUR iiam- 12Pm FRIDAYS 9am- 12PM STARTING MONDAY JAN. 25! AMERICA NEEDS COMMOn SENSE CONSERVATISM!! LET'S ROLL!!!'

Source: Wendy Bell headed back to radio on WJAS Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com