The budget chairman had sent the legislation to the House floor without a Senate amendment to link enactment to funding in the budget. He had planned to amend it with a substitute bill to carry out Medicaid expansion, as proposed in the House budget, as a way to allow Senate Republicans to vote on the issue outside of the budget. … [Read more...] about Virginia’s state budget talks break down, special session likely
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Timbre is a complex acoustic feature that helps us distinguish the unique flavors of sounds around us. For example, Barry White's silky-smooth voice sounds different from Leonard Cohen's gravelly one or comedian Gilbert Gottfried's nasally one even if they're all singing the same note. Contorting the shape of your vocal tract (which goes from your vocal cords all the way up to your lips) results in different resonances, allowing celebrity impersonators and voice-over artists to change their overall timbre. … [Read more...] about Baby talk is good for youngsters, and mothers speak it all over the world
— House race in Boeing country turns on trade. NYT's Natalie Kitroeff: "A congressional race here [in Auburn, Washington] has become a crucial test of whether Mr. Trump’s upending of the norms of international trade will come at the expense of Republican candidates. The spat with Beijing has rattled the state’s juggernaut aerospace industry, as workers and business owners reckon with the possibility that their livelihood could be at risk... [Kim] Schrier, a pediatrician and first-time candidate, has been hammering Dino Rossi, the likely Republican nominee, on the tariff issue. 'These tariffs are a direct response to the policies of a president you helped elect. Don’t you have anything to say?' she tweeted to Mr. Rossi last month." … [Read more...] about The Finance 202: Beijing trade talks conclude with no progress. Get ready for a long slog.
The Vietnamese delegation to the events was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung. At the meetings, senior officials of ASEAN and partner countries shared the view that cooperation within the framework of ASEAN+3, the EAS and the ARF continued to obtain major outcomes. Building on the progress attained since the 20th founding anniversary of ASEAN+3 in 2017, the cooperation between ASEAN and China, Japan and the Republic of Korea has developed strongly, especially in economy, trade, finance, food, health care, education, and cultural and people-to-people exchange. In the face of regional and global economic changes, the countries agreed to further enhance regional economic connectivity, particularly by soon finalizing negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), make efforts to effectively carry out existing programmes and work plans, including the ASEAN+3 Cooperation Work Plan for 2018-2022, and focus on priority fields like supporting small- and … [Read more...] about Officials of ASEAN, partner countries talk regional cooperation
As early as last week, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, consistent with its predecessors that have presided over the Afghan war since it started in October 2001, said via Lisa Curtis, a key adviser to the American commander-in-chief, that America “is ready to participate” in the talks but refuses to “serve as a substitute for the Afghan government and the Afghan people.’ … [Read more...] about Taliban Renews Calls for Direct Talks with U.S.