Mitch McConnell Got Everything He Wanted. But at What Cost? Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Feature The president whom the Senate Republican leader helped elect has turned out to be the one thing he can’t control. Mitch McConnell in the United States Capitol in December. Credit Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times Supported by ByCharles Homans Jan. 22, 2019 At sunrise, there it was: a red-tailed hawk, its gyre widening over the United States Capitol building in the Creamsicle-colored light, like the world’s least subtle literary reference. It was still there by midafternoon, drifting on the thermals over the mostly depopulated National Mall, wheeling occasionally past the window in the hallway outside the office where the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, sat on the 20th day of what would soon become the longest government shutdown in American history. That morning, Jan. 10, … [Read more...] about Mitch McConnell Got Everything He Wanted. But at What Cost?
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HEAVY rain will batter Britain tonight before Storm Deirdre rages across the country, bringing life-threatening gale force winds and snowstorms. Winds will reach up to 80mph across some parts of the UK this weekend, sparking power cuts and road and rail chaos. A Nordic blast will sweep in from Scandinavia after the "danger-to-life" vortex batters northern parts of Britain tomorrow. The weather system has forced the Met Office to issue a yellow warning for wind from 5am until midnight on Friday. According to the warning, a "deep depression" will move eastwards across northern Scotland tomorrow bringing "widespread gales". The warning read: "Inland gusts of 50-60 mph are likely quite widely, with gusts of 70-80 mph in exposed locations across northwest Scotland. "Heavy rainfall may be an additional hazard across parts of northern and western Scotland." Travellers have been told to prepare for longer than usual journeys as the weather is likely to cause delays to road, rail, air and ferry … [Read more...] about UK weather forecast – Pounding rain to batter country tonight before Storm Deirdre’s 80mph gales spark power cuts, rail and road chaos
By Henning GloysteinSINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices were stable on Friday, supported by expected supply cuts from OPEC but held back by record U.S. production.gi U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures <CLc1> were at $56.5/ per barrel at 0132 GMT, up 12 cents from their last settlement.Brent crude oil futures <LCOc1> were up 7 cents at $66.69 a barrel.Prices were mainly supported by expectations the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) would start withholding supply soon, fearing a renewed rout such as in 2014 when prices crashed under the weight of oversupply.However, Morgan Stanley warned a cut by the Middle East dominated producer cartel may not have the desired effect."The main oil price benchmarks - Brent and WTI - are both light-sweet crudes and reflect this glut," the U.S. bank said."OPEC production cuts are usually implemented by removing medium and heavier barrels from the market but that does not address the oversupply of … [Read more...] about Oil prices stable on expected OPEC cuts, but surging U.S. supply drags
When Terrence Ross pulled up for (and made!) a 40-foot jumper to beat the shot clock and put Orlando in the lead with 1:25 left to play, it was hard to shake a feeling Sixers fans became familiar with over the last few seasons. The Sixers were about to squander away a winnable game — against a much worse opponent, I'll add — putting a sour taste in everyone's mouths before a brief road trip next week.But when a Ross jumper fell short of the rim as the fourth quarter clock wound down, everyone at the Wells Fargo Center in Sixers colors could breathe a sigh of relief. Sometimes you just need to survive to rack up wins over an 82-game campaign, and that's what the Sixers did on Saturday night.They did this, by the way, without the services of Ben Simmons for most of the night. That's a topic we'll catch up on later, but for now, to the play on the court.Two-man game rules the dayPhiladelphia's crunch-time offense last season centered around simple two-man action the … [Read more...] about 5 observations from the Sixers’ nail-biting win over the Orlando Magic
A decade ago, entomologists and biologists warned the world’s firefly population was in decline. They chalked that up more recently to a lack of habitats and, among other things, light pollution, and the prevalence of mosquito-killing pesticides. These not-so-fun facts were largely anecdotal. Experts in the firefly field readily admit that getting an accurate count of the flickering critters – a family of insects in the beetle order Coleopetra and commonly called lightning bugs – is a relatively impossible task. With recent suburban skies resembling a disco-themed light show, though, tales of a decline felt a bit off. Those little greenish yellow flashes were visible as far as the eye could see, everywhere from hovering just above the grass to reaching the tree tops. That anecdotal observation prompted calls to experts, both local and national, for an update on the state of fireflies across the globe. Tackling the local perspective was Jon Gelhaus, the head of … [Read more...] about Here’s why you might be seeing more fireflies than usual this year in the Delaware Valley