In Virginia, Democratic congressional candidate Abigail Spanberger got fed up with the aptly named Dave Brat's attempts to run against Nancy Pelosi, and she fed his gonads to the wolverines. ... While Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor of Florida, who overmatched Trumper Ron DiSantis right into all three elements of beddy-bye: winking, blinking, and nod. His closing statement made his surprise win in the Democratic primary much more understandable. read more
Linas: Last month, National Public Radio's current ombudsman/public editor, Elizabeth Jensen, explained why the news organization does not confer "Doctor" on PhDs; it reserves the title for "individuals who hold a doctor of dental surgery, medicine, optometry, osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine or veterinary medicine." This news organization's reason for the distinction is "that for most listeners, a 'Dr.' practices medicine." As it turns out, this practice is followed by many journalistic outlets, including Scientific American, because it is the standard laid out by The Associated Press Stylebook. The New York Times is one of few news outlets that does not abide by this guidance.
The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law. A series of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the legal concept of gender in federal programs, including in education and health care, recognizing gender largely as an individual's choice and not determined by the sex assigned at birth.
Just weeks before the midterm elections, the Trump administration announced details of tax breaks designed to help spur investment in economically distressed neighborhoods. But while investors and real estate developers can expect to see immediate tax benefits from the new rules, it won't be clear for a while how effective the program will be in helping voters in the neighborhoods targeted for tax breaks. ... Under the new rules, capital gains generated through a certified opportunity zone fund will not be taxed through the end of 2026 or when the investment is sold, whichever comes first.
Every living ex-governor of Kansas -- except for Republican Sam Brownback -- now supports Kelly over Kobach. "After eight years of crisis, we cannot elect someone who wants to repeat the disasters of the past," Hayden said in a statement. "Kris Kobach has promised to do just that -- risking the future of our great state." read more