Since the pandemic began to wane, New York-watchers have stoked fears about an urban doom loop : Millennials like me — liberated from the chains of our desks — would abandon Midtown Manhattan and perhaps the city or state altogether in search of lower costs of living. The commercial tax base would be obliterated, leaving no funds to support essential services like the subway. To prevent this dystopian future, Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams convened an expert panel that I served on, and they released the “ Making New York Work for Everyone ” plan (also known as the “‘New’ New York” plan) in December, a sweeping set of 40 proposals to keep the economy humming. The goals of the plan, broadly, are to reimagine the city’s business districts, to make it easier for New Yorkers to get to work, and to generate inclusive growth that positions the city to “lead the emerging industries of the 21st century.” But now, it is budget season in Albany. The proverbial “three men in a … [Read more...] about Will Ambitious Plans for a ‘New’ New York Get Crushed in Albany?
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White House Goes With Its Gut on Microbiome Research
Ladies and gentlemen, put down that hand sanitizer: The microbiome has finally arrived. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)—along with other federal agencies, leaders in the private sector and medical research institutions—has announced the launch of the National Microbiome Initiative (NMI). Its mission is to advance scientific understanding of microbial diversity in ways that may prove beneficial to health care, food production and environmental safety. At a press event held Friday in the White House, Jo Emily Handelsman, associate director for science at OTSP, said this effort is a natural offshoot of President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative. "He has been an advocate for science in all levels and all areas," she said. "We think that it's a microbial future. The country will depend on having great technology and innovations." The goal is to support interdisciplinary research about diverse ecosystems—from the human gut to the depths of the … [Read more...] about White House Goes With Its Gut on Microbiome Research
Coconino County, Arizona, attorney Bill Ring won’t seek reelection in 2024
close Video Fox News Flash top headlines for March 29 Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Coconino County Attorney Bill Ring says he won't seek reelection next year , but he isn't ruling out a run for another political office. Ring told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he will pursue other opportunities potentially tied to real estate development or legal work, or possibly run for Congress. Ring, a Democrat , is in his second four-year term as Coconino County attorney and has worked for the office for 22 years. He ran unopposed in 2020 for the top job. His term ends in December 2024. WEST VIRGINIA AG MORRISEY 'SERIOUSLY EVALUATING' 2024 SENATE RUN, POSING THREAT TO MANCHIN Bill Ring, the Coconino County attorney in Arizona, does not plan to run for reelection in 2024. The challenge for the office going forward, he said, will be expanding to fit the … [Read more...] about Coconino County, Arizona, attorney Bill Ring won’t seek reelection in 2024
Meghan and Harry Financial Independence—Who Pays For House and Travel?
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's surprise announcement on Wednesday that they will step down as "senior" members of the British family and "work to become financially independent" of the monarchy raised many questions about their income. Now, we have some answers. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex launched a brand new website on Wednesday— SussexRoyal.com —after the bombshell news they will distance themselves from royal duties. The website expands on where their money currently comes from, who pays for their royal residence, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, and travel, as well as how they will become financially independent. Meghan, 38, and Harry, 37 , said they will continue to support Queen Elizabeth II and honor their royal patronages—through which they are ambassadors for various charities—but have decided to split their time between the U.K. and North America going forward to "enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, … [Read more...] about Meghan and Harry Financial Independence—Who Pays For House and Travel?
Pending Home Sales Unexpectedly Rise For Third Straight Month
Pending home sales in the U.S. unexpectedly climbed higher in February, the latest sign that the housing market may be stabilizing. The National Association of Realtors’ index of pending home sales, which is based on signed contracts to purchase existing homes, rose 0.8 percent in February. The index now is at its highest level since August of last year. Economists had forecast a three percent decline. Pending home sales have now climbed for three consecutive months. The pending home sales data is just the latest indicator that the recession in the housing market may have reached its nadir. The National Association of Realtors said recently that sales of existing homes surged 14.5 percent in February. These sales are measured when signed deals are closed. Housing starts rose 9.8 percent in February, and permits jumped 13.8 percent. Homebuilder sentiment was up for the third consecutive month in March. “After nearly a year, the housing sector’s contraction is coming to … [Read more...] about Pending Home Sales Unexpectedly Rise For Third Straight Month
Donald Trump’s bizarre Alvin Bragg baseball bat “threat” explanation
Donald Trump has denied he incited violence to be carried out against Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in one of his recent Truth Social posts, blaming the outrage on "fake news media." On March 23, Trump shared an article on Truth Social that used an image of the former president holding a baseball bat next to a photo of Bragg, the prosecutor leading the Stormy Daniels hush money investigation in which the Republican faces a potentially historic indictment and arrest over. Hours later, Trump warned on Truth Social of the potential for "death and destruction" should Bragg's investigation result in a criminal charge against the former president, leading to accusations that Trump is inciting his supporters to carry out attacks and violent disorder with his social media activity. In an interview with Sean Hannity on Monday, the Fox News host asked Trump why he would "open yourself up to criticism" with his Truth Social posts. Trump said that he was unaware that … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s bizarre Alvin Bragg baseball bat “threat” explanation
Health Insurer Hoped to Disrupt the Industry, but Struggles in State Marketplaces
Oscar Health was going to be a new kind of insurance company. Started in 2012, just in time to offer plans to people buying insurance under the new federal health care law, the business promised to use technology to push less costly care and more consumer-friendly coverage. “We’re trying to build something that’s going to turn the industry on its head,” Joshua Kushner, one of the company’s founders, said in 2014, as Oscar began to enroll its first customers. These days, though, Oscar is more of a case study in how brutally tough it is to keep a business above water in the state marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act. And its struggles highlight a critical question about the act: Can insurance companies run a viable business in the individual market? Oscar has attracted 135,000 customers, about half of them in New York State. And some of its efforts with technology have been successful. But for every dollar of premium Oscar collects in New York, the company is losing … [Read more...] about Health Insurer Hoped to Disrupt the Industry, but Struggles in State Marketplaces
What It Takes to Make a Student
On the morning of Oct. 5, President Bush and his education secretary, Margaret Spellings, paid a visit, along with camera crews from CNN and Fox News, to Friendship-Woodridge Elementary and Middle Campus, a charter public school in Washington. The president dropped in on two classrooms, where he asked the students, almost all of whom were African-American and poor, if they were planning to go to college. Every hand went up. “See, that’s a good sign,” the president told the students when they assembled later in the gym. “Going to college is an important goal for the future of the United States of America.” He singled out one student, a black eighth grader named Asia Goode, who came to Woodridge four years earlier reading “well below grade level.” But things had changed for Asia, according to the president. “Her teachers stayed after school to tutor her, and she caught up,” he said. “Asia is now an honors student. She loves reading, and she sings in the school choir.” Bush’s Woodridge … [Read more...] about What It Takes to Make a Student
Obamacare Keeps Winning
The government benefits began their existence as objects of partisan rancor and harsh criticism. Eventually, though, they became so popular that politicians of both parties promised to protect them. It was true of Social Security and Medicare. And now the pattern seems to be repeating itself with Obamacare. Consider what has happened recently in North Carolina: Only a decade after the state’s Republican politicians described the law as dangerous and refused to sign up for its expansion of Medicaid, Republicans and Democrats came together to pass such an expansion . The Republican-controlled House in North Carolina passed the bill 87 to 24, while the Republican-controlled Senate passed it 44 to 2. “Wow, have things changed,” Jonathan Cohn wrote in a HuffPost piece explaining how the turnabout happened . Obamacare — the country’s largest expansion of health insurance since Medicare and Medicaid in 1965 — is still not as widely accepted as those programs. North Carolina … [Read more...] about Obamacare Keeps Winning
Obama on ‘Renewing the American Economy’
Following is the transcript of Barack Obama's economic speech at Cooper Union in New York, as provided by CQ Transcriptions Inc. Thank you so much for being here. Let me begin by thanking Dr. Drucker and Cooper Union for hosting us here today. I have to say that the last time an Illinois politician made a speech here it was pretty good. So... (LAUGHTER) ... the bar is high. And I -- I want everybody to know right at the outset here that this may not be living for generations to come, the way Lincoln's speech did. I want to thank all our elected supporters who are here. I want to -- there are a couple of special guests that I'm very appreciative for being in attendance: Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board... (APPLAUSE) We appreciate his presence. William Donaldson, the former chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. We thank you. And finally I want to thank the mayor of this great city, mayor Bloomberg, for his extraordinary … [Read more...] about Obama on ‘Renewing the American Economy’