Live updates: Government shutdown countdown – CNNPolitics

Congressional negotiators say they have reached an agreement in principle to avert a partial government shutdown.

Here’s how this will all play out:

  • The first move: Leaders in both parties decided late on Wednesday the Senate will go first on Thursday.
  • Moving quickly: The package is technically in the form of a conference report, which isn’t amendable, so the process can technically move fairly quickly. It’s still to be determined whether senators will attempt to raise points of order to try and slow the process down, but the idea is to move fast once it’s officially taken up.
  • But remember: In the Senate, a single senator can slow things down if that senator so pleases.
  • After that: Once the Senate passes the package, it will move to the House.
  • What to expect in the House: The House Rules Committee will meet today to set the parameters for the debate on the conference report. When lawmakers return from the funerals of former Rep. John Dingell and Rep. Walter Jones, they will move to vote on the rule, then debate the conference report, then vote to pass it.
  • Final passage: That’s scheduled to occur Thursday evening.
  • After all that: The package will be cleared for President Trump’s signature. And Congress will officially be on recess.

Source: Live updates: Government shutdown countdown – CNNPolitics

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How to Convince a Conservative That Climate Change Is Real – Pacific Standard

Researchers found that conservatives were significantly more likely to express acceptance of climate science if they had first established their belief in science in general. (Photo: Hans Reniers/Unsplash)

More Americans are taking climate change seriously. A new report by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication reveals that 8 percent of participants in three separate surveys said they had changed their mind on the topic over the previous year—and of those, 84 percent said their level of concern had increased.

While this shift cut across party lines, many conservatives remain resistantto acknowledge the reality of the phenomenon, and its potentially catastrophic consequences. A 2017 study found one way to break through this denial is by emphasizing the near-unanimity among climate scientists on the issue, a rhetorical strategy that leverages human beings’ innate motivation to conform.

new study offers another promising approach, which takes advantage of our desire for internal consistency. It finds that “conservative participants who first acknowledge several general contributions of science subsequently report significantly stronger beliefs in climate science.”

Source: How to Convince a Conservative That Climate Change Is Real – Pacific Standard

Ocasio-Cortez’s face painted onto New York’s Lower East Side fence | Fox News

AOC is getting turned into B.I.G.

A giant mural of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s face was painted on a Lower East Side fence, though not everyone in the area thought the freshman lawmaker was worthy of the rap star treatment.

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ CALLS GREEN NEW DEAL A ‘LIFE AND DEATH’ ISSUE, ATTACKS GOP ON CLIMATE CHANGE

The artist behind the work, Lexi Bella — who makes portraits of trailblazing historic figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Serena Williams and Frida Kahlo — said the Bronx-bred socialist poster girl deserves a tribute because she “inspires change.”

Source: Ocasio-Cortez’s face painted onto New York’s Lower East Side fence | Fox News

Academy clarifies controversial Oscars plans

The 91st Oscars will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24.

– All 24 Award categories are presented on stage in the Dolby Theatre, and included in the broadcast.

– Four categories — Cinematography, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Live Action Short — were volunteered by their branches to have their nominees and winners announced by presenters, and included later in the broadcast. Time spent walking to the stage and off, will be edited out.

– The four winning speeches will be included in the broadcast.

– In future years, four to six different categories may be selected for rotation, in collaboration with the show producers. This year’s categories will be exempted in 2020.

Source: Academy clarifies controversial Oscars plans

Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh releases witness accounts of Post-Gazette Publisher’s newsroom tirade – Pittsburgh Current

The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh has released to local media four witness accounts of what transpired Feb. 9 in the newsroom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette during a near hour-long “berserk” tirade by Publisher John Block . Among other behavior, witnesses said Block referred to them as the “working class,” and told his daughter, who was with him, “You’re a Block, you’re not one of them,”

You can read our full account of the incident here from Monday as well as yesterday’s follow-up story about union leaders asking that Block be barred from the building or searched for weapons before entering.

Source: Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh releases witness accounts of Post-Gazette Publisher’s newsroom tirade – Pittsburgh Current