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  1. God Only Knows - Pentatonix
  2. OFFICIAL VIDEO] The Sound of Silence - Pentatonix[/color] 3:36 / 4:04 [OFFICIAL VIDEO] The Sound of Silence - Pentatonix
  3. Bad Romance - Vintage 1920's Gatsby Style Lady Gaga Cover ft. Ariana Savalas & Sarah Reich[/color] [/co
  4. The argument against a second wave of relief payments
  5. Tropical Storm Arthur hits North Carolina coast with rain BY JONATHAN DREW ASSOCIATED PRESS MAY 18, 2020 05:19 PM Warm weather draws crowds to the oceanfront, Saturday, May 16, 2020 in Virginia Beach, Va. THE DAILY PRESS VIA AP KAITLIN MCKEOWN Tropical Storm Arthur moved out to sea Monday after dumping heavy rain on North Carolina as forecasters warned that the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season could continue to whip dangerous surf and rip currents for another day or more along the U.S. East Coast. The storm represented another early start for the Atlantic hurricane season. Arthur formed Saturday in waters off Florida, marking the sixth straight year that a named storm has developed before June 1. By late Monday, storm watches and warnings that had been in effect for parts of the North Carolina coast were canceled. TOP ARTICLES 00:21 / 00:30SKIP AD As Arthur's center passed off North Carolina earlier in the day, a pocket along the coast that includes Newport and Havelock recorded more than 4 inches (10 cm) of rain, according to the National Weather Service. Other areas along the coast saw 2 inches (5 cm) or more, causing some secondary roads to flood. Wind gusts of 40 mph or more (64 kph) were recorded in at least two places on the Outer Banks, the weather service said. Local news has never been more important Subscribe for unlimited digital access to the news that matters to your community. #READLOCAL The Hurricane Center said Arthur was moving northeast at 16 mph (26 kph) Monday afternoon as its center pulled away from the U.S. mainland. At 5 p.m. EDT, the storm’s center was located about 110 miles (175 kilometers) northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Arthur had top sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph). Forecasters said Arthur could strengthen some as it moves away from land, but was likely to lose its tropical storm characteristics later Monday or Tuesday. North Carolina Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry said that over-wash or standing water had closed a highway on the Outer Banks and another on the mainland. Other secondary roads had flooded. Otherwise, he said conditions were stable and that no other serious problems had been reported to the state. Still, he warned that surf conditions will remain dangerous and advised people to be cautious around the water even as the storm pushes out to sea. “People in the eastern part of our state should remain cautious, especially while driving in areas where water may collect on roads," he said at a news conference. "Today is not the day to take risks at the beach or in the surf.” Forecasters said rough surf could continue for another day or two. While other pre-June storms may be influenced by warming waters and climate change, Arthur is more of a subtropical system than a traditional named storm, said Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach, who added that its water is cooler than what’s usually needed for storm formation. A lot of these out-of-season storms are weak ones that meteorologists can detect because of satellites and other technology, but comparable storms would have been missed in an earlier era, Klotzbach said. In this satellite image made available by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Arthur off the coast of North Carolina, Monday, May 18, 2020. The storm dropped several inches of rain on parts of eastern North Carolina and flooded roads before moving out to sea away from the state. (NOAA via AP)
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  7. Scorpions - Rock You Like A Hurricane (Official Music Video ... www.youtube.com › watch Description "Rock You Like a Hurricane" is a song by German rock band Scorpions, considered as their signature song. The song was released as the lead single from their ninth studio album, Love at First Sting. It was written by Klaus Meine, Herman Rarebell, Rudolf Schenker and arranged/produced by Dieter Dierks. Lyrics It's early morning, the sun comes out Last night was shaking and pretty loud My cat is purring, it scratches my skin So what is wrong with another sin? The bitch is hungry, she needs to tell So give her inches and feed her well More days to come, new places to go I've got to leave, it's time for a show Here I am Rock you like a hurricane Here I am Rock you like a hurricane My body is burning, it starts to shout Desire is coming, it breaks out loud Lust is in cages 'til storm breaks loose Just have to make it with someone I choose The night is calling, I have to go The wolf is hungry, he runs the show He's licking his lips, he's ready to win On the hunt tonight for love at first sting Here I am Rock you like a hurricane (are you ready, baby?) Here I am Rock you like a hurricane Here I am Rock you like a hurricane (come on, come on, baby) Here I am Rock you like a hurricane Rock you like a hurricane It's early morning, the sun comes out Last night was shaking and pretty loud My cat is purring, it scratches my skin So what is wrong with another sin? The night is calling, I have to go The wolf is hungry, he runs the show He's licking his lips, he's ready to win On the hunt tonight for love at first sting Here I am Rock you like a hurricane (are you ready, baby?) Here I am Rock you like a hurricane Here I am Rock you like a hurricane (come on, come on, come on, come on) Here I am Rock you like a hurricane Here I am Source: LyricFind Songwriters: Rudolf Schenker / Klaus Meine / Herman Rarebell IP Address: Logged
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  9. AC/DC - Moneytalks (Official Video)[/color] Moneytalks AC Tailored suits, chauffeured cars Fine hotels and big cigars Up for grabs, all for a price Where the red hot girls keep on dancin' through the night The claim is on you The sights are on me So what do you do? That's guaranteed Hey little girl, you want it all The furs, the diamonds, the painting on the wall Come on, come on, love me for the money Come on, come on, listen to the money talk Come on, come on, love me for the money Come on, come on, listen to the money talk A French maid, foreign chef A big house with king size bed You had enough, you ship 'em out The dollar's up, down, you better buy the pound The claim is on you The sights are on me So what do you do? That's guaranteed Hey little girl, you break the laws You hustle, you deal, you steal from us all…
  10. CNN Buries Its Own Poll Results on Trump’s Favorability. Guess Why. [/url] Well, that’s interesting, I thought, as I noted that the RealClearPolitics homepage stated that President Trump was tied for his all-time high in CNN polling. Then I went over to the CNN homepage for confirmation. Guess what I found? The main story was about a church that lost 44 parishioners to COVID-19. The second-most prominent story told us that “Grocery Prices Are Soaring” (which is true if you think that a 2.6 percent increase in April should be called “soaring”), the third-most-prominent item told us, “Doctors treating coronavirus patients are seeing odd and frightening syndromes.” Running down the rail on the right we were given such important developments as “Man refusing to wear a mask breaks arm of Target employee,” “CNN Investigates: He’s willing to get Covid-19 to speed up vaccine efforts,” “Five surfers die after huge layer of sea foam hampers rescue” and “How coronavirus spread from one member to 87% of the singers at a choir practice.” Only after all of this stuff did we learn that CNN has a new poll out, under the headline, “CNN Poll: Biden tops Trump nationwide, but battlegrounds tilt Trump.” Polls are expensive, news organizations tend to hype them breathlessly to generate headlines in rival media outlets, Wednesday was (obviously) a slow news day, and politics is one of CNN’s core topics. Yet CNN seemed oddly unenthused about its own poll. And the story to which the homepage linked doesn’t mention that Trump had never scored higher in a CNN poll. True, there are lots of noisy data in the piece, most of which cut against Trump. But on the other hand the single most surprising and hence most newsworthy detail of the poll was that Trump holds a seven-point lead over Biden in the battleground states. The CNN story doesn’t even tell us what that figure is — seven points seems like a pretty big number — and downplays its own finding by noting, “Given the small sample size in that subset of voters, it is difficult to determine with certainty whether the movement is significant or a fluke of random sampling.” The headline of a different CNN news story about the same poll carries the headline, “CNN Poll: Negative ratings for government handling of coronavirus persist” over a picture of Trump looking downcast. This story, unlike the other one, mentions (but not till the fourth paragraph) that Trump’s approval rating of 45 percent “now matches his high point in CNN polling dating back to the start of his term.” I don’t want to spin this poll as great news for President Trump — he has a 55 percent disapproval rating, and only 36 percent think he’s a trustworthy source of information about the crisis — but the story of the 21st century has been persistently low faith in presidents, government, Congress, and the direction of the country. President Obama had an approval rating of about 48 percent at this point in May of 2012, on his way to being reelected by a wide margin. Joe Biden has an approval rating of only 45 percent, as against 46 percent disapproval, and that’s with Biden mostly shielded from public view. Biden’s penchant for gaffes largely escape notice when his public appearances mainly consist of reading from a Teleprompter in his basement, whereas Trump’s gaffes make headlines. Biden bears no responsibility for all the things that have gone wrong, whereas Trump not only gets heaped with blame, but the pressure of managing a crisis spurs him on to more gaffes. Trump probably doesn’t need to win a plurality of voters to win a majority of Electoral College votes. And being disliked by a majority didn’t stop him before: The day he was elected president, he had a 37.5 percent approval rating, according to the RealClearPolitics poll of polls. Biden does appear to be the favorite at the moment; he is, after all, leading in nationwide polls by an average of 4.5 percent, according to RealClearPolitics. He appears to have carved out a substantial lead among older voters, whom Trump has to thank for his win in 2016. Yet betting markets still rate Trump a big favorite. After three and a quarter years of the media talking themselves into believing the “walls are closing in,” “the noose is tightening,” and “the endgame has begun,” the voters don’t seem to be confirming that Trump is toast. On the contrary, they have substantially more positive views about Trump than they did when they elected him president. And Biden can’t hide in that basement forever.
  11. 2 categories continue to hold up Western New York reopening Hospitalization rates and deaths in hospitals fail to fall to satisfactory level for Governor Cuomo's guidelines on reopening. Author: Dave McKinley, WGRZ Staff Published: 8:43 PM EDT May 13, 2020 Updated: 10:43 PM EDT May 13, 2020 There are seven benchmarks that need to be met before a region in New York State can even consider reopening. While four regions in the state have met all seven, Western New York has only five. "We're headed in the wrong direction," Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said glumly during a Wednesday afternoon news briefing. Poloncarz was referring to the two metrics the so-called Western Region, as designated by the state, has yet to meet to be allowed to reopen, and which have to do with hospitalizations and hospital deaths. The region includes Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. The fates of each county within the region are all tied together, allowing none of them to open, even though individually they might meet all the state's criteria. One category requires a 14-day decline in net hospitalizations (the Western region currently stands at 0), or having less than 15 new hospitalizations on average over three days, and right now our average is 28. The other metric we're not meeting is a 14-day decline in hospital deaths (we've only four days right now), or fewer than five hospital deaths on average over three days, and right now we average nine deaths per day. Dr. Thomas Russo, the chief of infectious disease at the University at Buffalo, said that to lower infection rates and hospitalization numbers, people must continue to abide by public health measures. "Hand hygiene, social distancing, all of the things we have been talking about: Russo said. "If we all do this and I know the majority of people have, but we really need to get everyone to do this so we can really get those new infections down and therefore achieve the metrics needed to reopen the Western New York region." The number of COVID-19 related deaths continues to rise in Erie County. According to the county's COVID-19 map, there are now 400 COVID-19 related deaths in Erie County. Erie County has 4,579 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday. That's up from 4,484 on May 11. At this time, Erie County has conducted 27,864 coronavirus tests. [/url] ADVERTISEMENT This Day In History Ad by Connatix
  12. Bills, Falcons talking joint training camp practices Nick Wojton 7 hours ago Just last season, the Buffalo Bills front office used their Carolina connections to create some joint practices. Both Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane came to the Bills via the Panthers and during the 2019 training camp, the two teams had joint practices. Since then, Ron Rivera and many of the connections the Bills had in Carolina have been fired. Since those are no longer there, the Bills are appear to be turning their head to the Atlanta Falcons. According to Falcons head coach Dan Quinn via a conference call on Tuesday with reporters, the Bills have discussed having joint practices with the Falcons at some point. The Falcons, another NFC South team like the Panthers, have also had discussions with the Dolphins about doing so as well, per Quinn. While discussing those joint practices with the Panthers a year ago, Beane called them a “benefit” to both teams. Previously the Falcons have had joint practices with teams such as a Bengals, Patriots, Jaguars and Titans, all of which are AFC teams. Naturally much of this depends on whether or not the NFL has a typical offseason with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Perhaps the two sides are discussing next year’s training camp as well.
  13. NFL__Full Monday Night Football Schedule Week 1 Doubleheader Sept. 14, Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants (7:15 p.m.) Sept. 14, Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos (10:10 p.m.) Week 2 Sept. 21, New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders (simulcast on ABC) Week 3 Sept. 28, Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens Week 4 Oct. 5, Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers Week 5 Oct. 12, Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans Saints Week 6 Oct. 19, Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys Week 7 Oct. 26, Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams Week 8 Nov. 2, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants Week 9 Nov. 9, New England Patriots at New York Jets Week 10 Nov. 16, Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears Week 11 Nov. 23, Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 12 Nov. 30, Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles Week 13 Dec. 7, Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers Week 14 Dec. 14, Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns Week 15 Dec. 21, Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals Week 16 Dec. 28, Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots
  14. South Korea and China report new coronavirus cases after easing lockdown measures
  15. House Democrats Unveil $3 Trillion Aid Bill With Cash for States Erik Wasson and Laura Davison BloombergMay 12, 2020, 7:37 PM UTC House Democrats Unveil $3 Trillion Aid Bill With Cash for States (Bloomberg) -- House Democrats proposed a $3 trillion virus relief bill Tuesday, combining aid to state and local governments with direct cash payments, expanded unemployment insurance and food stamp spending as well as a list of progressive priorities like funds for voting by mail and the troubled U.S. Postal Service. While there is little chance of the aid package gaining Senate approval and President Donald Trump’s signature as written, passage in the Democratic-led House gives Speaker Nancy Pelosi a marker to set down at the same time both parties are positioning themselves for congressional elections less than six months away. It’s also the opening bid in negotiations with the Trump administration and Senate Republicans. “Not acting is the most expensive course,” Pelosi said at the Capitol. “We face the biggest catastrophe in our nation’s history.” The bill is a follow-up to the $3 trillion Congress has already spent on four bills in response to the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has ground the world’s biggest economy to a halt. The legislation is slated for a House vote on Friday. It may take until June before any new deal is struck. No formal negotiations have taken place since the last relief bill was passed, though Trump chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow has said he’s talking with lawmakers of both parties on priorities. Trump said last week he’s in “no rush” to get another aid package, but last week’s jobs report that showed employers cut 20.5 million jobs in April, and statements from the president’s economic advisers that the unemployment rate will hit 20% or more, are certain to add urgency to talks. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday dismissed the bill as a “big laundry list of pet priorities” and indicated the GOP would ignore the Democratic proposal for now. “What Nancy Pelosi is proposing will never pass the Senate,” Wyoming’s John Barrasso, the third-ranking Republican in the chamber, told reporters. Among it’s key provisions, the bill would give about $1 trillion in aid for state and local governments. Of that, $500 billion would be targeted to states, $375 billion to localities, $20 billion to tribal governments and $20 billion to territories. An additional $90 billion would go to states through education grants. Individual Payments Democrats also propose providing $1,200 in cash payments to individuals and $1,200 for dependent children -- up to $6,000 per household -- at a cost of $599 billion. The bill would make dependent children up to the age of 24 eligible for payments, responding to complaints that college students were left out of the earlier round. It would also allow undocumented immigrants to receive payments. The legislation also would extend a $600 weekly increase to unemployment insurance into next January. One of the provisions that has been highlighted by Pelosi is $200 billion to fund what Democrats describes as “hazard pay” for essential workers who’ve had to risk exposure to the virus as they stay on the job while much of the rest of the country has been shut down. The House bill wouldn’t add additional funding for the popular Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses. But it would extend the program to Dec. 31 from June 30 and make other changes regarding which firms are eligible and how loan proceeds can be spent. The loans become grants if they’re spent on payroll and certain expenses within eight weeks after they’re received to keep workers employed. Longer Term Many restaurants and other firms had complained that eight weeks wasn’t practical because they won’t be reopened or back 100% during that time, and the House bill would extend the period to 24 weeks after a loan is received or Dec. 31, whichever is earlier. The bill would also allow firms to rehire workers by the end of the year rather than by June 30 to qualify for loan forgiveness.The proposal would also extend the loans to a greater array of nonprofits, including local tourism bureaus that have suffered alongside the travel industry, as well as some trade associations, professional organizations, chambers of commerce and other groups. Individual physical locations of newspaper publisher groups, radio stations and TV broadcasters would also be eligible when they qualify as small businesses under Small Business Administration rules. To ensure the smallest firms get funding, the House measure would set aside at least 25% of remaining funds for businesses with 10 and fewer employees -- and devote any returned or canceled loan amounts to those firms -- plus 25% for nonprofits. It would also provide an additional $10 billion for grants through the separate SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Tax Changes There are numerous tax provisions in the legislation. The bill would greatly expand a tax credit included in the last virus relief package that gives employers tax breaks for keeping workers on the payroll. The new version would give employers a credit worth up to $12,000 per employee per quarter, an increase of $5,000 per worker for the remainder of the year. The credit would be a more targeted way to help workers than Trump’s idea to cut payroll taxes, according to proponents. The legislation also makes a technical tweak to the treatment of forgiven Paycheck Protection Program loans that could deliver billions of dollars in tax savings to small businesses. The legislation would allow companies to deduct the payroll, rent and other costs that the PPP loans covered. The IRS had ruled that those expenses are not deductible if the loan is forgiven. The plan also includes some political priorities for Democrats from before the pandemic. It would suspend the cap on state and local tax, or SALT, deductions for two years. Trump’s 2017 tax law imposed a $10,000 cap on those tax breaks, which Democrats, particularly those from high-tax New York and New Jersey, have been seeking to repeal since the law passed. Republicans have resisted raising the cap, saying that would only help the wealthy.The legislation would partially repeal a tax break included in the last rescue plan that would allow businesses to use losses to offset profits to generate a refund from the Internal Revenue Service. That provision has since garnered scrutiny from some Democrats who say it’s a giveaway to corporations and the wealthy, though the measure wasn’t controversial when it passed in March. For families with children, the bill increases the current $2,000 child tax credit to $3,600 for children five years old and under or $3,000 for children age six to 17. The additional money would be sent upfront to families, instead of making them wait until next tax season to claim it. Among the other provisions in the proposal: $75 billion for virus testing and contract tracing;Payments for up to $10,000 in student loans per individual through September 2021;$410 million for the Census to overcome delays caused by Covid-19;Reimbursements to dairy producers for excess milk they are now dumping and instead channel the milk to federal feeding programs for the poor;Aid to livestock producers who have to destroy animals because of slaughterhouse closures;Another $16.5 billion in direct aid to farmers. In one example of Democrats using the wide-ranging package to reach beyond the immediate response to the pandemic, it includes a safe harbor provision for banks that provide services to cannabis companies, something long sought by the industry. Banks would be shielded from prosecution under federal drug laws for serving the now cash-based sector in states where the cannabis trade is legal. The core of the bill is the state and local government aid. Pelosi argues that state and local governments must be aided in order to avoid layoffs of firefighters, paramedics and police. But some Republicans have outright opposed aid to states, while other GOP lawmakers have said they would back some assistance with limits to ensure that mismanaged pension funds for state workers are not bailed out, a position that mostly targets Democratic-leaning states like New York and Illinois. McConnell said Tuesday that as more states reopen, the Senate will instead act on separate legislation intended to limit legal liability for businesses. “Our legislation is going to create a legal safe harbor for businesses, nonprofits, governments, workers, and schools who are following public health guidelines to the best of their ability,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. The separate Senate bill could set the framework for a compromise between the parties, with Democrats saying the state and local aid as well as direct payments are their must-have items. Pelosi in a Monday television appearance said that while the House will not be cavalier about granting legal protections, she is willing to have a conversation about it as part of a negotiation on the next stimulus deal. (Updates with Pelosi remarks, additional provisions beginning in fourth paragraph)