Republicans reverse course as Senate passes burn pits legislation after days of pressure
AdvertisementAsked to explain the GOP reversal, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) offered no broad explanation and acknowledged the legislation would pass with broad support. “I think in the end the veterans service organizations are going to be pleased with the final result.”Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont. ), chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, credited the veterans groups and Stewart with taking what was previously a relatively obscure health issue and turning it into a national cause. Instead, Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough arrived with the pizza to the group. Studies have shown that Veterans Affairs rejects the vast majority of claims.washingtonpost.com
Jon Stewart rips Ted Cruz for rejecting veterans’ burn-pits aid bill
When Cruz (R-Tex.) said Stewart was wrong about the bill and accused Democrats of playing a “budgetary trick” in the PACT Act, which Cruz voted against despite saying he supported the bill and veterans, the comedian wasn’t having it.washingtonpost.com
Jon Stewart Expertly Trolls Fox News Viewers While on Fox News
Fox NewsA day after calling out the network for not hosting him to discuss the GOP blocking a veteran’s health care bill, Jon Stewart appeared on Fox News on Friday to assure the conservative cable giant’s viewers that the legislation had no added spending in it.“This bill is utterly and completely focused on veterans’ issues. There is no pork in it. It is a kosher bill. I'd say ‘halal,’ but I know how that might play on this network,” the former Daily Show host slyly quipped at one point.Senatenews.yahoo.com
Senate Republicans block bill to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits
Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits weeks after the measure initially sailed through the Senate with 84 votes, angering Democrats, veterans groups and comedian Jon Stewart, a leading proponent to aid the community.washingtonpost.com
WH says opening the Keystone XL pipeline would not offset a Russian oil ban
Responding to questions about whether the U.S. should stop importing Russian oil, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said restarting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline would do nothing to increase oil production in the short term.news.yahoo.com
New this week: 'Sex and the City,' Juice Wrld and Will Smith
This week’s new entertainment releases include a double album from Alicia Keys and a posthumous one from Juice Wrld, Sandra Bullock playing an ex-con in the Netflix film “The Unforgivable” and Will Smith testing himself in a wildlife documentary series.
Jon Stewart says Dave Chappelle Netflix controversy a result of 'miscommunication,' comic 'not a hurtful guy'
Jon Stewart is putting on his public relations cap in defense of longtime friend, comedian Dave Chappelle, who Stewart is adamant was not trying to be divisive in his latest comedy special, "The Closer."news.yahoo.com
Governor Whitmer Announces Proposal To Invest In Affordable, High-Quality Child Care For Michigan Families
From an education center in Troy Monday, Governor Whitmer announced a proposal that would invest $1.4 billion in federal child care funding. She says the funding will make child care more affordable and expands access to high-quality child...detroit.cbslocal.com
A multimedia impeachment trial: Video takes center stage
Trump's lawyers fully embraced a TikTok defense on Friday, using manipulated video to complain about manipulated video and relying on rapid-fire, repetitive imagery. “The only question one might have is whether they repeated that effectiveness too much.”They also left room for a line of attack for Trump's lawyers. Trump's team found video of participants in the impeachment trial calling past elections into question, even digging back to find a 2005 speech by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In a trial without witnesses, the House managers relied heavily on media reports and interviews. Ultimately, it was a fully modern impeachment trial, with hours spent in video editing rooms likely rivaling the time spent with lawyers.
Hollywood on the Potomac: A-list turns out for Biden-Harris
Lady Gaga sings the national anthem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. And country star Garth Brooks, doffing his black cowboy hat, sang a soulful a capella rendition of “Amazing Grace,” his eyes closed for much of the song. While stars mostly eschewed Trump's inauguration four years ago, the A-list was back for Biden. Brooks was careful to call his decision to perform on Wednesday non-political, and in the spirit of unity. Alone with his guitar, The Boss sang his “Land of Hope and Dreams” in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
From Gaga to Garth, Miranda to Moreno: Celebs join inaugural
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Like so much this past year, the inaugural celebration will be like no other: pared down, distanced, much of it virtual. But for actor Christopher Jackson — the original George Washington in Broadway's “Hamilton" — performing in a virtual “ball” is a way of participating in an essential rite of American democracy. Miranda will contribute a classical recitation, joining musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake and Bon Jovi. The inaugural committee has made sure to blend this high-powered list with ordinary Americans and inspiring stories. And the “AAPI Inaugural Ball: Breaking Barriers” celebrated the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities with planned participants including actors Kal Penn, John Cho, Kumail Nanjiani and Chloe Bennet.
Al Pacino, Tina Fey to appear in 'Heroes of New York' lineup
NEW YORK – Al Pacino, Tina Fey and Eli Manning will join a star-studded lineup to celebrate the selfless acts of New Yorkers. Robin Hood and iHeartRadio announced a collaboration Thursday to present “Heroes of New York,” which will air Dec. 1 on television and radio stations in New York. The show will feature musical performances from Mariah Carey, Tony Bennett and Andra Day. Carey will perform a medley, Bennett will sing “Smile” and Day will perform “Silent Night.”Other special guests include Jon Stewart, Kevin Bacon, Mariano Rivera, Michael Strahan, Ryan Seacrest and Tracy Morgan. In May, the New York-based poverty fighting organization, Robin Hood, and iHeartMedia held the “Rise Up New York!” telethon.
Veterans’ fundraiser to go virtual, with a prince and a Boss
This combination photo shows Brad Paisley, from left, Bruce Springsteen and Sheryl Crow who will participate in this years Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser on Nov. 18. The fundraiser, which benefits injured veterans and their families, will also feature comedians including Nate Bargatze, Ronny Chieng, Tiffany Haddish, Iliza Shlesinger and Ray Romano. (AP Photo)NEW YORK – This year’s Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser is going virtual for the first time and The Boss will once again be there. Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Tiffany Haddish and Brad Paisley have all signed up to participate — as well as Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, for the first time. The fundraiser, which benefits injured veterans and their families, will also feature comedians and musicians including Nate Bargatze, Ronny Chieng, Mickey Guyton, Patti Scialfa, Iliza Shlesinger, Jeannie Gaffigan and Ray Romano.
Jon Stewart will be back in the host's chair for Apple TV+
LOS ANGELES – Jon Stewart is returning to TV, more than five years after bowing out as host of “The Daily Show” and with a new home at Apple TV+. Stewart will host an hour-long, current affairs series that will explore topics of national interest as well as his advocacy work, the streaming service said Tuesday. Each season of the show will have a companion podcast to “continue the discussion,” Apple TV+ said. The platform also has a deal with Stewart and his production company that gives it first shot at other projects. Stewart, writer and director of the recent film “Irresistible" with Steve Carell and Rose Byrne, is also an executive producer for CBS' “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”Stewart will be an executive producer along with host of his new Apple TV+ show, with the title yet to be announced.
See Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams and Steve Carell in new movies this weekend
This week on Reel Talk Greg Russell joined host Jason Carr and reviewed three movies out this weekend. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is a musical rom com starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams, streaming on Netflix. Irresistible, written and directed by Jon Stewart and starring Steve Carell and Rose Byrne , is also streaming on Netflix. My Spy is a family action comedy streaming on Amazon Prime. To see Gregs interviews with some of the stars of the films, and see how many Reels he gave each one, watch the video above.
Trump signs 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund extension
(CNN) - President Donald Trump on Monday signed an act into law which authorizes the extension of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. "The love and loyalty of our 9/11 responders knew no bounds," Trump said. The extension of the fund will ensure compensation for individuals injured during the 2001 terrorist attacks and their aftermath rescuing people and removing debris under hazardous conditions. Stewart and 9/11 first responders testified to a near-empty House Judiciary Committee about the bill, catching the attention of many. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the fund's extension will cost about $10 billion over the next decade.
Congress passes 9/11 fund extension championed by Jon Stewart
Comedian Jon Stewart and surviving first responders including John Feal pushed Congress to pass the extension before rewards diminished and the fund expired in 2020. When it became clear the bill would overwhelmingly pass, a group of first responders and Stewart stood and clapped in the visitor's gallery above the Senate floor. Feal said he gave 15 years of his life to the cause and the passage of the bill would change him. In 2011, Congress reactivated the fund and in 2015 reauthorized it for another five years, appropriating $7.4 billion to aid thousands more people. Last week, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, delayed the bill's passage, criticizing Congress for not offsetting its cost by not cutting government spending elsewhere.
Rand Paul stops unanimous passage of 9/11 first responders bill
(CNN) - Republican Sen. Rand Paul objected Wednesday to an attempt to pass the bill funding 9/11 first responders' health care unanimously, arguing that passing such a long-term bill without offsetting the cost would contribute to the national debt. I will be offering up an amendment if this bill should come to the floor, but until then I will object," added Paul, who voted in favor of President Donald Trump's $1.5 trillion tax cut. Paul was not the only senator who objected to the attempt to pass the bill by unanimous consent on Wednesday. Paul addressed his objection later Wednesday on Twitter, arguing that he was "not blocking the 9/11 bill - simply asking for a vote on an amendment to offset the cost." John Feal, a 9/11 first responder speaking alongside Stewart, called Paul and Lee "opportunists" and "bottom feeders."
Jon Stewart Joins Mourners at Funeral for 9/11 NYPD Hero Luis Alvarez
Mourners lined the streets of New York City Wednesday as they paid tribute to retired NYPD Detective Luis Alvarez, who spent his last days fighting for others. Alvarez, who spent months digging through rubble in the aftermath of 9/11, lost his battle with cancer on Saturday. Jon Stewart, who was at Alvarez's side, added: "They did their job with courage, grace, tenacity, humility ... 18 years later, do yours." Getty ImagesStewart attended the funeral at the Immaculate Conception Church in Astoria, Queens, Wednesday and offered a salute to his fallen friend. Inside the church, Alvarez's sister and oldest son gave touching tributes.
9/11 first responder goes off on Congress
"The chairs that they put their a**** in, the pens that they use, the pads that they write on, we pay for that s***," 9/11 first responder John Feal told reporters after meeting with McConnell. At issue is funding for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which provides health care and services for 9/11 first responders. You could pass this thing as a standalone bill tomorrow," Stewart said appearing on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." We will take care of the 9/11 compensation fund." Feal said McConnell used the word "urgency" in the meeting Tuesday and described this meeting as different than previous ones.