Senate Democrats pass budget package, a victory for Biden


WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed their election-year economic package to Senate passage Sunday, a hard-fought compromise less ambitious than President Joe Biden’s original domestic vision but one that still meets deep-rooted party goals of slowing global warming, moderating pharmaceutical costs and taxing immense corporations.

The estimated $740 billion package heads next to the House, where lawmakers are poised to deliver on Biden’s priorities, a stunning turnaround of what had seemed a lost and doomed effort that suddenly roared back to political life. Cheers broke out as Senate Democrats held united, 51-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote after an all-night session.

“Today, Senate Democrats sided with American families over special interests,” President Joe Biden said in a statement from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. “I ran for President promising to make government work for working families again, and that is what this bill does — period.”

Biden, who had his share of long nights during his three decades as a senator, called into the Senate cloakroom during the vote on speakerphone to personally thank the staff for their hard work.

The president urged the House to pass the bill as soon as possible. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said her chamber would “move swiftly to send this bill to the president’s desk.” House votes are expected Friday.

“It’s been a long, tough and winding road, but at last, at last we have arrived,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., ahead of final votes.

“The Senate is making history. I am confident the Inflation Reduction Act will endure as one of the defining legislative feats of the 21st century,” he said.

Senators engaged in a round-the-clock marathon of voting that began Saturday and stretched late into Sunday afternoon. Democrats swatted down some three dozen Republican amendments designed to torpedo the legislation. Confronting unanimous GOP opposition, Democratic unity in the 50-50 chamber held, keeping the party on track for a morale-boosting victory three months from elections when congressional control is at stake.

The bill ran into trouble midday over objections to the new 15% corporate minimum tax that private equity firms and other industries disliked, forcing last-minute changes.

Despite the momentary setback, the “Inflation Reduction Act” gives Democrats a campaign-season showcase for action on coveted goals. It includes the largest-ever federal effort on climate change — close to $400 billion — caps out-of-pocket drug costs for seniors on Medicare to $2,000 a year and extends expiring …read more

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A’s Hall of Fame Class of 2022 watches as organization reinvents itself again

OAKLAND — The A’s passed out six more green jackets Sunday at the Coliseum and the newest members of the team’s Hall of Fame are curious to see where the franchise is headed at the latest fork in the road.

Six new members of the Athletics Hall of Fame were honored in a pregame ceremony before the Bay Bridge Series finale against the Giants: outfielder Joe Rudi, third baseman Eric Chavez, third baseman Sal Bando, catcher Ray Fosse, player development executive Keith Lieppman and longtime clubhouse manager Steve Vucinich.

Among those who served as presenters included Reggie Jackson, Vida Blue, Rickey Henderson and Dave Stewart. All are among the 28 members of the franchise Hall of Fame that was started in 2018.

The new class encompasses a history of A’s baseball in Oakland. Three World Series championships in 1972-73-74. A rebirth under the Walter Haas Jr. ownership and G.M. Sandy Alderson that included another championship in 1989 and a run of success under Billy Beane and manager Bob Melvin that included three American League West titles and six playoff berths.

Don’t like what you’re seeing from the A’s in a given time period? Just wait a few years and it will likely be something completely different.

“We’re taking on that challenge right now,” A’s president Dave Kaval said.

Vucinich, who in his acceptance speech speculated he might be the first clubhouse attendant to be so honored, started as a 15-year-old ball boy when the franchise moved to Oakland from Kansas City in 1968 and has been through it all.

“When you think about the championship teams and the threats of moving to Denver in the late ’70s, reinvented is a good word,” Vucinich said. “It’s not always just selling off players for a rebuild, although that went on even when Connie Mack did in Philadelphia.”

The Athletics were a lone tenant after the Raiders moved to Los Angeles, only to see the ballpark undergo major changes with the return of the franchise in 1995. There were years of big attendance at the Coliseum when the Giants were down and playing in substandard Candlestick Park.

“That’s why seeing such a big crowd yesterday (40,065) and having another good crowd today (31,605) is special,” Vucinich said.

Lieppman, like Vucinich, is a lifer who grew up in the 1960s going to Athletics games in Kansas City. He played for nine seasons in the minors for the organization from 1971-79, managed from 1980-87 and …read more

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‘Teen Mom’ Star in ‘Shambles’ Over Death

“Teen Mom 2” alum Jade Cline mourned the death of her grandmother on August 5. Cline wrote a tribute to her grandmother on Instagram and shared a serious of her grandmother holding her daughter, 4-year-old Kloie, when she was a baby.

“Losing you has put me in shambles,” Cline wrote. “Growing up my mamaw was like a second mother to me. She helped raise me and taught me so much.”

“She was there for me as a teen when I was suffering from a lot of depression,” Cline continued. “She helped mold the women I am today. I would do anything to get one last hug from you. I love you. Can’t wait to see you again one day.”

Cline received support from some of her MTV cast members, including Cory Wharton and Tyler Baltierra, who wrote, “Aww Jade I’m so sorry 😢.”

Cline Met Her Boyfriend, Sean Austin, Through Mawmaw

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Cline and her boyfriend, Sean Austin, have known each other since they were teens.

During a Q&A on Instagram in April 2022, Cline revealed that her Mawmaw was the link between them.

“How did you and Sean meet?” a fan asked.

“We met back when I was in 8th grade,” Cline answered, per a screenshot obtained by Monsters & Critics. “I used to visit my mamaw often in Monrovia IN, and actually lived with her a few years.”

“Sean had just moved there from Cali, and lived around the corner. One day when I was at her house making her a pie lol,” Cline explained. “She pulled up from the store and he was helping her carry in her groceries and she introduced us in her kitchen.”

“He was so sweet and I appreciated him helping her,” Cline added. “I invited him to stay for dinner and pie lol.”

Cline said she and Austin had “instantly clicked.”

“I really appreciated him helping my mamaw,” she said. “He had always been a kind person.”

Austin Has Been Working on His Sobriety Since Leaving Rehab

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Austin spent three months in a Texas rehab in the fall of 2021. Since then, he has been working on maintaining his sobriety.

One of the things he had to do was shuffle around some of …read more



BYU football: Marc Wilson recounts how LaVell Edwards avoided a mutiny after ’78 season

Lavell Edwards talks with his team during halftime at the Holiday Bowl in December 1978. BYU lost to Navy 23-16.

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Just days after BYU’s 23-16 defeat to Navy in the 1978 Holiday Bowl, there was trouble afoot and it threatened the future of Cougar football and the coaching reign of LaVell Edwards. The unrest reached its peak week after the holidays when prized 6-foot-6 quarterback Marc Wilson walked into Edwards’ office to tell him he was quitting the team.

“I was done,” Wilson said. “I talked to my dad over Christmas and said, ‘I can’t go through another year like this. I’m just gonna finish my classes, graduate and move on to law school.’”

Wilson’s father supported him but asked that he do one thing first — go talk to Edwards.

“I waited two weeks because I was too scared to tell him, but I walked in and finally said, ‘LaVell, I’ve got to tell you, I’m not coming back. I’m gonna graduate and go to law school.’”

Edwards sat and listened and then pointed out, “You don’t need to decide that today. There is no reason you have to decide that today. Wait two or three months and see how it feels and come talk to me.”

Wilson watched Edwards pull out a manila-colored legal pad and he wrote down his name.

“I was at least 20 guys down on that legal pad,” Wilson said. “Twenty guys had gone in there before me and said the same thing, so I wasn’t the only one who felt that way.”

Edwards was not only on the brink of losing his quarterback, but he had to work quickly to prevent a mutiny prior to spring practice.

The English issue

Wilson wasn’t happy with offensive coordinator Wally English, who in one year, transformed Doug Scovil’s high-powered offense into a free-for-all.

“Wally had a lot of problems with Doug and all the success Doug had, so he wanted to forge his own way,” Wilson said. “He was afraid that if we did the same thing in ’78 that we did in ’77, kept the same offense with the same guys, that he wouldn’t get any …read more

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