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Artist unveils design for Parliament Square suffragist statue

Source: The Guardian

The first female artist to create a statue for Parliament Square in central London has unveiled the final design.

Gillian Wearing, who will produce a sculpture of Millicent Fawcett, the suffragist leader, revealed her design on Tuesday, shortly before its construction application was granted conditional approval by Westminster city council.

A detailed model of the monument shows Fawcett holding a sign that reads “Courage calls to courage everywhere”, taken from a speech she gave after the death of fellow campaigner Emily Wilding Davison at the 1913 Epsom Derby.

Wearing also incorporated one of Fawcett’s brooches into the design, borrowing the original from the Fawcett Society so it could be scanned and cast into bronze.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/sep/20/artist-gillian-wearing-unveils-design-parliament-square-statue-suffragist-leader-millicent-fawcett


At EPA, guarding the chief pulls agents from pursuing environmental crimes

Source: The Washington Post

Scott Pruitt’s round-the-clock personal security detail, which demands triple the manpower of his predecessors at the Environmental Protection Agency, has prompted officials to rotate in special agents from around the country who otherwise would be investigating environmental crimes.

The EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance has summoned agents from various cities to serve two-week stints helping guard Pruitt in recent months. And while hiring in many departments is frozen, the agency has sought an exception to hire additional full-time staff to protect Pruitt.

Shortly after the former Oklahoma attorney general assumed his post in February, aides requested 24/7 federal protection.

“This never happened with prior administrators,” said Michael Hubbard, a former special agent who led the EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division office in Boston.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/at-epa-guarding-the-chief-pulls-agents-from-pursuing-environmental-crimes/2017/09/19/7b7b8b6c-9ce0-11e7-8ea1-ed975285475e_story.html

Republicans Threaten To Let Obamacare Markets Fall Into Chaos If Repeal Fails

Source: Buzz Feed News

Bipartisan talks to stabilize Obamacare appear to be over, and Republicans are now threatening to let health insurance markets fall into “chaos” if their new repeal bill does not pass Congress next week.

The moves raise the real possibility that by the end of next week Republicans will either have repealed Obamacare, or set it on a path towards rising premiums and, potentially, collapse.

Senate Republicans had been weighing two separate Obamacare approaches — passing a repeal bill on their own, or working with Democrats on a bill to stabilize insurance markets for a year or two, while they work out a plan that can actually pass. (Currently, Republicans are short of the votes they need to repeal Obamacare by next week’s deadline).

But Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, who was leading the bipartisan talks, said Tuesday that he was ending them. Alexander said the discussions were doomed by a lack of “consensus among Republicans and Democrats” to craft a bill “that could be enacted.” This comes after both Alexander, and his Democratic counterpart Sen. Patty Murray, confirmed that the Democrats had made significant concessions in the talks, that would have allowed states to waive certain Obamacare rules, in exchange locking in market subsidies. .

According to several Republicans, House Speaker Paul Ryan has told senators that he would not put a bill to stabilize Obamacare up for a vote in the House. That decision essentially leaves the Senate with one option: repeal Obamacare, or let it collapse.

Read more: https://www.buzzfeed.com/paulmcleod/republicans-threaten-to-let-obamacare-markets-fall-into?utm_term=.huZV44GPp#.ien1llz5R

Sen. Angus King on new health care bill: "I characterize this bill as 'shift and shaft.'"(vid tweet)


Melania Trump to condemn bullying at U.N. luncheon

Source: Politico

First lady Melania Trump on Wednesday will advocate for children and will denounce bullying, according to excerpts of her speech for a luncheon at the United Nations.

"No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorized, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn," the first lady will say, according to excerpts of her speech. "We need to step up, come together, and ensure that our children's future is bright."

Melania Trump said children are "hit first and hardest in any country" when it comes to "drug addiction, bullying, poverty, disease, trafficking, illiteracy, or hunger."

First spouses of world leaders and thought leaders in various communities will be present at the luncheon.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/20/melania-trump-un-lunch-bullying-242920

Women's Convention snags Auntie Maxine's 'Reclaiming my time' theme

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Women's March announced today that the theme for its first convention, set for Oct. 27-29 in Detroit, is "Reclaiming Our Time."

It's a twist on the words of U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat who pushed back against Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's efforts to derail her questioning in a late July House Financial Services Committee meeting.

In its announcement, the Women's March organization said Waters' words: "resonate beyond the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Women everywhere are tired of being interrupted, of being told to sit down, shut up and take less space.

"That's why we told the world to 'hear our voice' in January. We declared boldly that we would not be idle in the face of injustice and inequality. ... At the Women’s Convention in Detroit, we will reclaim our time."

Read more: http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/09/19/maxine-waters-womens-convention-detroit/682216001/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Edit: I wish they would set aside some low cost/no cost tickets for women who would like to attend but can't due to economic factors ($295 is pretty steep).

So glad to be back in NYC, specifically for the famous Trump Tower pizza (tweet)


John Kelly Listens to Trump: A Series (tweet)


Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, DeForest Kelly and James Doohan at the unveiling of the shuttle...

Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, DeForest Kelly and James Doohan at the unveiling of the shuttle prototype Enterprise

Part of the crew of the television series Star Trek attend the first showing of America's first Space Shuttle, named Enterprise, in Palmdale, California, on September 17, 1976. From left are Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, DeForest Kelly and James Doohan. This is one of 61 photos in the 'History of the Space Shuttle' retrospective image gallery at the Atlantic's In Focus.


Boise State has a dog who retrieves the tee after Kickoffs...

Good boy!
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