10 Democratic candidates set to face off in 5th debate l ABC News
The candidates will take the stage in Atlanta after the latest Iowa caucus poll showed Pete Buttigieg as a front-runner with Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden tied for second place.
The fifth Democratic primary debate convenes 10 candidates on stage Wednesday night in Georgia, a state trending more purple due in part to shifting demographics, as the splintered field struggles to confront the party’s mounting concerns over defeating President Donald Trump and more Democrats both formally and potentially join the fold.
As I’ve noted before, the Democrats on this committee spent three years accusing President Trump of being a Russian agent. In March 2018, after a year-long investigation, Committee Republicans issued a 240-page report describing in detail how the Russians meddled in the 2016 elections and making specific recommendations to improve our election security.Denouncing the report as a whitewash and accusing Republicans of “subverting” the investigation, the Democrats issued their own report focusing on their now-debunked conspiracy theory that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to hack the elections.Notably, the Democrats vowed to present a further “comprehensive report” after they finished their investigation into Trump’s treasonous collusion with Russia. For some completely inexplicable reason, after the implosion of their Russia hoax, the Democrats failed to issue that comprehensive report.This episode shows how the Democrats have exploited the Intelligence Committee for political purposes for three years, culminating in these impeaching hearings. In their mania to attack the President, no conspiracy theory is too outlandish for the Democrats.Time and again, they floated the possibility of some far-fetched malfeasance by Trump, declared the dire need to investigate it, and then suddenly dropped the issue and moved on to their next asinine theory.
Pennsylvania’s natural gas production growth led the United States in 2018 — and helped set a national record.
“Your shamelessness knows no bounds,” Waters wrote in that letter.
Carson threw the charge back at her today in his response: “Shamelessness is a career politician of 30 years laying blame,” he wrote.
“Shamelessness is allowing more than 55,000 Americans to live on the very streets they represent,” Carson added, referring to the homeless population of Los Angeles city and county.
“To me, the most compassionate, obvious, and logical solution would be to get as many homeless Americans off the streets — with a roof over their heads — as soon as humanly possible,” he said.
“I have sent multiple letters to your office and requested numerous meetings, but each time you’ve refused,” Carson wrote. “Basic manners elude you and it seems that instead of producing results, you’re more interested in producing cheap headlines at the President’s expense — like a true career politician.”
Waters‘ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
He also alluded to the dust-up over his comments about transgender people this fall. Carson has maintained that he was merely repeating a concern that “big, hairy men” were trying to enter women’s shelters and refused to apologize for the remark when he appeared before Waters’ committee last month.
“Shamelessness is allowing anyone other than a biological female into a battered women’s shelter,” Carson wrote today.
Knowing how these so-called Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs) behave could one day save our planet from a devastating impact. But a peculiar cosmic phenomenon known as the Yarkovsky effect renders some of NASA’s asteroid tracking efforts futile. Thanks to the Yarkovsky effect, NASA scientist Steve Chesley said there are thousands of asteroids that could potentially change their orbit.
The following editorial appeared in The York Dispatch. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Tribune-Democrat or Wpanews.
Infrastructure isn’t the most scintillating topic.
For most folks, it probably rates somewhere between researching tax deductions and discussing life insurance. Just like those two topics, however, you ignore infrastructure issues at your own risk.
That’s why every Pennsylvanian, including the 450,000 folks in York County, should be more than a little concerned about a recent Associated Press report on the condition of the state’s nearly 3,400 dams.
Here’s a quick synopsis. An alarmingly high number of those dams are not in good shape. That’s according to the Dam Safety Division for the state Department of Environmental Protection.
In fact, about 740 are deemed “high hazard,” meaning a structural failure is likely to lead to loss of human life. That’s more than 20% of the state’s dams. Most of the high-hazard dams are privately owned and more than half are more than 50 years old. Some were even built in the early 19th century.
The agency’s greatest concern, however, is for a group of 145 dams that are rated, in data supplied to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as both high hazard and in either poor or unsatisfactory condition.
Of course, this is not just a Pennsylvania problem. A two-year investigation by the AP identified 1,688 dams nationwide that are rated as high hazard and are deemed to be in poor or unsatisfactory condition.
Despite those rather frightening numbers, most folks take a rather lackadaisical attitude about the issue.
Rich Reisinger, the chief of the Pennsylvania Dam Safety Division, probably put it best when he said most state residents likely think: “The dam’s been there 100 years. It’ll be there 100 more.”
That’s a very dangerous outlook. Such a lack of vigilance could lead to millions of dollars of property damage and dozens, hundreds or even thousands of lost lives.
It’s happened before. The infamous 1889 Johnstown flood killed 2,200 people. The disaster was blamed on poor maintenance on the South Fork Dam on the Little Conemaugh River, sending a 36-foot wall of water roaring into a populated area at 40 mph.
As recently as 1977, the Laurel Run Dam outside Johnstown failed, killing 40 people.
So, it’s clear, something must be done now to ensure such tragedies don’t happen again.
In Pennsylvania, there’s both good news and bad news on that front.
The state’s dam safety program has a budget that increased from $2.6 million in 2010 – the third most in the country – to $2.8 million last year, the second-most. That’s the good news.
Unfortunately, the program has 28 dam-safety personnel, down slightly from 30 a decade ago. That’s the bad news.
There have been efforts to mitigate the threat from high-risk dams. Under a decade-old program known as H2O PA, the state has issued 19 grants for unsafe high-hazard dams, funding projects valued at a total of $50 million. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s infrastructure proposal would steer additional grant money to upgrade dams.
That money must be approved and spent. Yes, spending taxpayer money is never a popular topic for politicians, but our representatives have a simple choice.
They can spend a little for prevention and safety now, or pay a whole lot more later, in both property damage and, much more importantly, lost lives.
We need to make a serious commitment to fix this issue. An ounce of prevention now may save us a pound of cure in the future.
A stand-off at a Hong Kong university campus has led to fiery clashes overnight, as hundreds of protesters tried to repel a police advance.
Large fires broke out at entrances to the Polytechnic University (PolyU), where protesters hurled petrol bombs and shot arrows from behind barricades.
Officers earlier warned they could use live ammunition if protesters did not stop attacking them using such weapons.
Months of anti-government protests have caused turmoil in the city.
The latest violence is some of the worst the semi-autonomous Chinese territory has seen since the movement began.
The police have become targets for radical demonstrators, who accuse them of excessive force.
Demonstrators have been occupying the PolyU for days. Fresh clashes erupted on Sunday, with tear gas and water cannon being met with petrol bombs, bricks and other improvised weapons.
A police media liaison officer was wounded in the leg with an arrow on Sunday.
Police said argument led to deadly gunfire
WILKINSBURG, Pa. —
A man was arrested after a deadly shooting in Wilkinsburg.
Allegheny County Police charged 32-year-old Dilon Bartifay with criminal homicide.
Police were called to Center Street around 10:30 P.M. Saturday.
Officers found a 46-year-old man with a gunshot wound.
He died at the hospital.
Officers said the victim and Bartifay got into an argument.
During the argument, Bartify allegedly shot the victim and then walked away.
The victim has not been identified.
With many clad in black and wearing masks to hide their faces, rioters in parts of the city burned barricades, vandalised banks, set rubbish bins on fire and hurled cobblestones at police.
By Saturday evening, Paris police said 147 people had been arrested across the capital.
The nationwide protests were intended to send a message to French President Emmanuel Macron, whose government has been accused of ignoring the needs of ordinary citizens.
Washington (CNN)Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards narrowly won reelection, CNN projected Saturday night, beating out Republican challenger Eddie Rispone, who was backed by President Donald Trump.Edwards will claim victory in a deep red state Trump won by 20 percentage points in 2016, and against a businessman who closely aligned himself with the President. Trump held two rallies in Louisiana over the past 10 days, but the attempt at a last-minute boost was not enough to carry Rispone over the finish line.This is the second Democratic gubernatorial victory in a red state this month, coming after a Democratic victory in Kentucky. Democrat Andy Beshear defeated Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in a state that Trump won by 30 percentage points in 2016.“Tonight, the people of Louisiana have chosen to chart their own path,” Edwards told a crowd of supporters in the state Saturday night. “You know, I have never been more hopeful that Louisiana’s best days are ahead, because we’ve proven what we can do when we put people over politics.”
Former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch is no doubt sincere in her belief that President Trump has weakened U.S. relations with Ukraine to the benefit of Russia. But there’s one thing: Ambassadors don’t determine what our international relations are like. The president makes that determination, and his name is Donald Trump.
During her opening testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee on Friday, Yovanovitch talked at great length about her harrowing life as a career foreign service officer, even describing the time she dodged bullets in Eastern Europe. I’m sure she did a fine job, but what did any of it have to do with the price of tea in China?
We’re talking about the way Trump did his job. We’re talking about the way the president of the United States spoke with a foreign leader on the phone and what he wanted out of their relationship.
Yovanovitch suggested that there was corruption at play. But so far, we haven’t seen any proof of Trump attempting to enrich himself or anyone close to him.
Written by Colby King (assistant professor of sociology at the University of South Carolina-Upstate) and Laura Crommelin (research lecturer at the City University of New South Wales Sydney in Australia), the paper is titled, “A different perspective on post-industrial labor market restructuring in Detroit and Pittsburgh,” offering a deep dive into the employment figures of Pittsburgh since the Great Recession of 2008.
The new PennDOT program will restrict semi trucks to the right lane any time that the weather is bad enough to lower the speed limit to 45 m.p.h., according to local news outlet WNEP.
‘The Five’ breaks down today’s historic Trump impeachment hearing
WEIRTON, W. Va. — There was change in command once again for the city of Weirton on Tuesday night as interim City Manager DeeAnn Pulliam passed the baton back to Joe DiBartolomeo.
DiBartolomeo held the position briefly from August 2018 to February 2019, then resigning to pursue other opportunities.
But at Tuesday’s Weirton City Council meeting, DiBartolomeo was officially sworn-in, once again.
According to Mayor Harold Miller, he is excited to have him back on board.
Two weeks ago, following statements against future development of cracker plants made by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald went on KDKA radio and gave an interview full of boosterism for natural-gas drilling, aka fracking, and of potential future cracker plants.
Petrochemical plants, aka cracker plants, refine natural gas into plastic pellets. The region’s first cracker plant is currently being constructed in Beaver County by oil giant Shell, which will likely be fueled by natural gas fracked in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region
There’s a cultural distinction in Pittsburgh that is rarely discussed the same way we publicize our Appalachian drawl and blind loyalty to the Rooneys. And that’s Pittsburgh-style pizza.
What’s Pittsburgh-style pizza, you ask? I’d ask you the same, because I’m not exactly sure. But if there’s a Detroit-style pizza (Little Caesars?!?!), there sure as hell is a Pittsburgh style. I’m not talking about Ohio Valley pizza, with its cold toppings or your favorite boutiquey brick-oven place. I’m talking about pizza that lies somewhere between the 25th and 75th percentile in quality.
Pittsburgh-style pizza crust can’t be too thin or too thick. We’re not the svelte, self-absorbed thin crust of New York City.
Pittsburgh pizza just wants to get the job done.
PITTSBURGH, PA – After a process that took more than two years, Food & Wine Magazine has rounded up nearly 100 of the best cafes, coffee shops and espresso bars in the United States and two of them are in Pittsburgh.
Writer David Landsel visited thousands of different coffee shops over the past two years, describing his experience as “a wild, highly-caffeinated road trip across the country.”
Here are the coffee meccas that made the list in our city:
- Commonplace Coffee, North Side.
Pittsburgh is a coffee town, to say the least, and this is one of the city’s best roasters,” Landsel wrote. “But even if that weren’t the case, their relentlessly charming Buena Vista Street cafe, deep into the North Side’s magnificently-named Mexican War Streets neighborhood, is one of the city’s finest cafes.”
- Espresso a Mano, Lawrenceville
“Opened in 2009 in now very happening Lawrenceville, this shop feels like Seattle, but with that classic Pittsburgh warmth that just comes built-in, they don’t even have to try,” Landsel wrote. “The coffees are very up to date, but the prices are positively retro. After a decade, as important as
Plenty Of Sales Jobs Open Around Pittsburgh
The right position for you could be here in these listings.
PITTSBURGH, PA – Sales jobs can be financially rewarding, with many positions offering the chance to rake in serious money.
Few careers offer the income potential of sales positions, according to thebalancecareers.com. Income is based on performance. While you can expect quotas, you also can expect rewards such as commission checks, bonuses, trips and prizes.
Good salespeople also have good job security. A company cutting sales positions likely will reduce its revenue, which is not a good plan for a business trying to stay solvent.
There’s no shortage of sales positions available in southwestern Pennsylvania. Here are just a few listed on ZipRecruiter:
Entry Level Sales, Bankers Life, Pittsburgh
Sales, Bankers Life, Pittsburgh
Director, Electrical & Industrial Sales, Graybar, Pittsburgh
Sales Associate, NTB, Allison Park
Educational Sales Representative, Guitar Center Pittsburgh
Licensed Sales Professional, PMA, USA
Entry Level Sales, Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company, Pittsburgh
Sales Representative, Colonial Life, Pittsburgh
Sales Account Executive, Catholic Media Pittsburgh
Outside Sales Representative, Allstate, Pittsburgh
Outside Sales Representative, Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company, Pittsburgh
Management Trainee – Sales, Remarketable Inc., Pittsburgh
Remote Sales Representative, Tax Kingdom USA, Pittsburgh
Verizon FIOS Full Time Retail Sales Rep, Creative Channel Services, Pittsburgh
Sales Representative, Safe Haven Security, Pittsburgh
Sales Representative, MS International, Pittsburgh
Entry and Mid-Level Sales Professionals, The Alleman Group, LLC,
Sales Consultant, Best Buy, Bethel Park
Account Manager-Industrial Sales, Company Confidential, Pittsburgh