‘Now is the time’: Biden’s influence faces Capitol crucible

The next few months will push President Joe Biden to wield every drop of his influence over Congress. Democrats are plunging into messy internal debates over social programs from child care to drug pricing as they try to beat back GOP resistance on voting rights while steering the United States away from economic catastrophe. And in order to avert a government shutdown, avoid a debt default and fight ballot access restrictions passed in some GOP states, Democratic lawmakers are urging Biden to get more directly involved. Senate Majority Whip Dick…

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Dan Crenshaw is building a young activist army, one summit at a time

An hour or so into Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw’s conservative youth confab at the downtown Hilton Hotel in Houston this past weekend, technical difficulties began to mar the affair. A video call with Jordan Peterson, the provocative right wing professor the New York Times once called a “custodian of the patriarchy,” began to glitch. As staff tried to fix the sound, Crenshaw, standing on the stage in the hotel’s ballroom, improvised. Turning to the audience, which had pushed up close to hear him speak, he began taking questions. “What are…

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How ‘farmacies’ could promote healthier diets after Covid

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Audrey Oliver knows the difference between a store-bought tomato and one fresh from the farm. Nowadays, the fresh ones show up on her doorstep every other week. That’s because for Oliver, 66, food literally is medicine. She receives her box of fruits and vegetables as part of a “farmacy” movement that treats fresh produce as a way to promote health just like a pill or other prescription. She says she eats the fresh ones right away; the flat-tasting tomatoes from the store sometimes just sat and spoiled.…

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DHS: Extremists used TikTok to promote Jan. 6 violence

Federal officials warned law enforcement agencies this spring that domestic extremists had used TikTok in the lead-up to the Jan. 6 riots on the Capitol, including by promoting bringing guns to Washington that day, according to an internal government document — highlighting authorities’ growing concern over violent content on the video app. In the April 19 briefing reviewed by POLITICO, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis said American extremists used the Chinese-owned social media platform to recruit people to their causes, as well as share “tactical…

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Max Rose plants the seeds for a return to Congress

Max Rose is officially plotting a comeback bid. The Staten Island Democrat is preparing to launch a rematch as soon as this fall against GOP Rep. Nicole Malliotakis — and Rose may get a leg up, given the seat will likely become far more favorable in redistricting. It’s a rare spot of optimism for House Democrats in the uphill battle to keep their majority. The 34-year old Army veteran was one of 13 House Democrats who fell to GOP challengers in the 2020 election, which was brutal for down-ballot candidates.…

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Africa Has Some of the ‘Highest Grassroots Adoptions in the World’ — Chainalysis Crypto Preview

While Africa is seen as one of the smallest cryptocurrency markets, according to a preview of Chainalysis’ Geography of Cryptocurrency annual report, this region has “some of the highest grassroots adoptions in the world.” African Volumes Mainly Composed of Retail Transfers The crypto adoption observation for Africa is corroborated by the blockchain analysis firm’s latest Global Crypto Adoption Index. According to this index, four African countries, namely Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Tanzania, are all in the top 20. In addition to being the region with one of the highest…

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China’s Hebei Province Begins Crackdown on Crypto Mining and Trading, Reports Reveal

Authorities in the Chinese province of Hebei have reportedly launched a campaign against cryptocurrency mining and trading. According to a quoted announcement by the region’s cyberspace administration, a number of government agencies are working together to prevent the use of the region’s computing power in the crypto activities which the government considers illegal. Cyberspace Watchdog Targets Crypto Mining and Trading Operations in Hebei Hebei province in Northern China has become the latest Chinese region to undertake measures to clamp down on cryptocurrency mining and trading, media reports revealed. South China…

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Opensea NFT Marketplace Claims Employee Profited From Insider Information

On September 15, the top non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace, Opensea, revealed that an Opensea executive profited from insider trading. “Yesterday we learned that one of our employees purchased items that they knew were set to display on our front page before they appeared there publicly,” Opensea informed the public on Wednesday. Opensea did not name the employee, but social media posts accused an Opensea executive of using “secret wallets” on Tuesday. Opensea Team Says NFT Market Operators Are ‘Incredibly Disappointed’ Opensea is the leading NFT market in terms of trade…

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ABEY Is One of the Fastest-Growing Blockchains in the World Adding 20,000 New Addresses Each Week

This week, ABEY has announced that it has been adding an average of 20,000 active ABEY 2.0 addresses each week since the beginning of August 2021, making it one of the fastest-growing blockchains in the world and finishing an exceptional week that included the ABEY token being listed on Liquid Global, a premier international cryptocurrency exchange. ABEY developers say there are more than 120,000 active ABEY 2.0 addresses today, quadrupling from 30,000 addresses at the beginning of August. Developers say this growth began around the first airdrop of XT, the…

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Canada’s ‘Mad Max’ Supports Bitcoin — Says ‘I Hate How Central Banks Are Destroying Our Money and Economy’

Maxime Bernier, a former cabinet minister nicknamed “Mad Max” and the leader of the People’s Party of Canada (PPC), says he supports bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. “I hate how central banks are destroying our money and economy … cryptos are another new and innovative way to counter this that should be encouraged,” he said. ‘Mad Max’ Supports Bitcoin and Crypto Maxime Bernier, the leader and founder of the People’s Party of Canada (PPC), has revealed his support for bitcoin and cryptocurrency. He is a former Canadian foreign minister whose supporters have…

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How California’s recall could reverberate in future elections

SACRAMENTO — In the end, California’s recall amounted to a $276 million exercise that dealt state Republicans a blow heading into next year’s elections. Gov. Gavin Newsom resoundingly defeated the recall attempt Tuesday night by a margin wider than thought possible a month ago, landing on a winning message that energized his base while he laid the groundwork for 2022 voter outreach in battleground areas as he is up for reelection. Republicans must quickly regroup and assess their chances at defeating a newly emboldened Newsom at the same time they…

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US Senator Warren Presses SEC to Address Crypto Exchange Outages, High Transaction Fees, Financial Inclusion

At the U.S. Senate Banking Committee hearing Tuesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren called on the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Gary Gensler, to increase oversight of cryptocurrency. She brought up several problems she associates with cryptocurrency that could hurt small investors. Senator Elizabeth Warren Says ‘There’s a Whole List of Problems With Crypto’ U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren questioned U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Gary Gensler about several issues regarding cryptocurrency at the Senate Banking Committee hearing Tuesday. The senator from Massachusetts began by noting that last…

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Bridgewater’s Ray Dalio Warns Regulators Will Kill Bitcoin If the Crypto Becomes ‘Really Successful’

Ray Dalio, the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, believes that if bitcoin is “really successful,” the regulators will “kill it,” reiterating his previous concerns of governments banning cryptocurrencies. Nonetheless, he sees bitcoin as a good alternative to cash and owns some. Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager Ray Dalio Warns of Regulators Killing Bitcoin Ray Dalio warns about regulators coming after bitcoin if the cryptocurrency gains mainstream success at the SALT conference in New York Wednesday. Dalio currently serves as Bridgewater Associates’ chairman and co-chief investment officer. His…

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Obama’s transportation chief to Biden: mandate vaccines for airline travel

The man who ran former President Barack Obama’s Department of Transportation thinks President Joe Biden is going too soft on airlines and airline travelers as part of the government’s efforts to get the pandemic under control. Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the White House should push airlines to put a vaccine mandate on airline travelers in place. If the airlines refuse, LaHood said, the White House should do it itself. What’s more, he contends it wouldn’t be a heavy lift operationally. “I don’t think it would be difficult at…

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DeSantis flirts with the anti-vaccine crowd

MIAMI — Ron DeSantis isn’t anti-vaccine. But he has started standing shoulder-to-shoulder those who are. The Florida governor’s clear and unadulterated public messaging about the need for vaccines has become more diluted in recent months, culminating with a press conference he held this week to bash President Joe Biden’s new vaccine mandate plan — and threaten to fine cities and counties that impose their own mandates. The event in the small Florida town of Newberry featured two anti-vaccine workers, one of whom falsely claimed he wouldn’t get a shot because…

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Centrist Democrats scramble House drug pricing effort

A trio of centrist House Democrats threw their party’s health care agenda into disarray Wednesday by blocking a plan that would have authorized direct government negotiation of drug prices and help pay for a $3.5 trillion social spending bill. Reps. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) joined Republicans in voting against leadership-backed drug pricing language at the end of a three-day House Energy and Commerce Committee markup of the sweeping package. The 29-29 tie vote meant the provision could not advance. While another key House panel…

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Biden pulls punches on rights abusers

President Joe Biden has repeatedly promised to prioritize human rights, saying the cause “must be the center of our foreign policy, not the periphery.” His top aides have echoed such pledges, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying that the Biden administration “will stand against human rights abuses wherever they occur, regardless of whether the perpetrators are adversaries or partners.” But when it comes to some of the thorniest human rights cases, Biden and his aides have taken middle-of-the-road positions that have upset even some of their staunchest backers. From…

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Solana Restarts Mainnet, SOL Users Complain, Dev Says Network Stall Not Similar to ETH in 2016

The blockchain network Solana had issues processing blocks on September 14 and according to a status report on September 15 at 2:01 a.m. (EST), the Solana validator community “successfully completed a restart of Mainnet Beta.” Solana Validators Restart Mainnet Beta Solana is now a member of the club of blockchains that have stalled for several hours stopping people from sending SOL transactions, using decentralized apps (dapps), and troubling block explorers and wallets with significant issues. During the early morning hours on Wednesday, following Solana’s block production stall on Tuesday, the…

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Sovryn Lists on AscendEX

PRESS RELEASE. AscendEX is thrilled to announce the listing of the Sovryn token (SOV) under the trading pair USDT/SOV on Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. UTC. Sovryn is a Bitcoin-based decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol launched in early 2020. The Sovryn platform provides the tools to trade, lend, and leverage Bitcoin and other assets permissionlessly, secured by the Bitcoin Blockchain with minimal gas fees. Their platform features a trading interface uniquely designed for Bitcoin-native DeFi users with no transaction limits and support for multiple assets to trade. Sovryn aims to connect…

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Ground Reports Concerning Salvadoran Bitcoin Law Highlight False Narrative Painted by Influencers

On Tuesday, Bitcoin.com News spoke with Marc Falzon, an individual who has been documenting the bitcoin rollout in El Salvador since the law was implemented on September 7. Falzon says that there are a number of issues that no one is talking about in regard to the bitcoin law and the Chivo wallet, a government-crafted bitcoin wallet. One specific issue is the fact that Chivo wallet users cannot spend less than $5 when using the app. Marc Falzon: Reporting on the Bitcoin Situation in El Salvador from the Ground On…

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Lindsey Graham, one-man PR shop for the Afghan resistance

Lindsey Graham, best known for his Capitol deal-making forays and propping-up of Donald Trump, has a new cause célèbre these days: the man who claims to be Afghanistan’s legitimate president. After the Taliban swept into power in Kabul, the South Carolina GOP senator began working behind the scenes to build support in Washington foreign policy circles for Amrullah Saleh, the Afghan opposition leader spearheading the anti-Taliban resistance based in the northeastern province of Panjshir. In a bid to legitimize the Taliban opposition, Graham has been working to connect Saleh and…

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Sources With Ties to Washington Say Joe Biden Will Renominate Fed Chair Jerome Powell

Unnamed sources familiar with the matter indicate the Biden administration may allow Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell to continue as the central bank’s lead. The news follows three U.S. representatives asking Biden to replace Powell with a central bank leader that addresses equality and climate change. Jerome Powell to Stay for Second Term, Sources Say A report written by Market Watch contributor Greg Robb shows that U.S. president Joe Biden and his administration will likely keep Jerome Powell at the helm of the central bank. Robb says the sources stem…

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Democrats’ House targets vanish as GOP redraws new maps

House Democrats spent the past two elections crowing about ousting Republicans from longtime red districts that had suddenly grown competitive. Now, Republicans are about to make many of those targets disappear from the battlefield entirely. GOP mapmakers are readying to shore up more than a dozen of the most hotly contested House battlegrounds from the past four years, narrowing Democrats’ path to maintain control of the House, as they prepare for midterm elections that are historically tough for the party in power. Democrats got their first taste of a shrinking…

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Democrats grapple with faltering filibuster push

Anti-filibuster advocates are preparing a last stand to gut the Senate’s supermajority requirement by spotlighting a sweeping Democratic election reform bill. Their chances aren’t looking good. The effort is uphill and potentially impossible, given several Democratic moderates’ entrenched opposition to changing the 60-vote requirement for most legislation. All 50 Democratic votes would need to get on board for a change to the Senate rules, and Sen. Joe Manchin said on Tuesday that he’s focused on finding 10 Republican votes for a new elections compromise that he helped shape. “I’m not…

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Dems’ fiscal endgame could require punting on debt limit

Disaster aid could be all the sweetener Democrats need to avert a government shutdown later this month — if they give up their biggest leverage in the high-stakes debt limit staredown. In the next two weeks, President Joe Biden’s party wants to fund federal agencies and fulfill his request for billions of dollars to help hurricane-battered states, all in one bipartisan funding bundle. But their best chance to make that work likely involves prolonging their biggest political gamble to date by leaving the debt limit to haunt them come October.…

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How Wisconsin is ruled by a shadow governor

BURLINGTON, Wis. — Robin Vos isn’t the governor of Wisconsin. But he certainly acts like he is. For nearly three years, the state Assembly speaker has used his Republican majority — and the support of the Republicans who control the state Senate — to block, thwart or resist almost every significant move made by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. Before Evers even took office in 2019, Vos led the charge to strip power from the incoming governor. When the pandemic hit, Vos helped curb Evers’ authority to declare public health emergencies.…

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NY Attorney General Shuts Down Crypto Trading Platform Coinseed That Cheated Investors out of Millions

New York Attorney General Letitia James has secured a court order to shut down cryptocurrency exchange Coinseed. The order also “permanently appoints the court receiver to obtain, safeguard, and return all assets invested and traded through” the exchange. New York Attorney General Letitia James Shuts Down Crypto Exchange The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Monday that the attorney general has shut down cryptocurrency trading platform Coinseed. James has secured a judgment against Coinseed and its founder and CEO, Delgerdalai Davaasambuu, “that permanently halts their illegal and…

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State Bank of India Blocks Payments to Cryptocurrency Exchanges on UPI Platform

State Bank of India (SBI) has reportedly blocked payments to cryptocurrency exchanges using its Unified Payments Interface (UPI). Payment processors have been told to disable the bank’s UPI for crypto merchants. Payment Processors Instructed to Disable SBI UPI for Crypto Firms State Bank of India, the country’s largest bank, has reportedly “blocked the receipt of funds by crypto bourses on its UPI platform,” the Economic Times reported Wednesday, citing sources in the payments industry. Unified Payments Interface (UPI) is an instant real-time payment system developed by the National Payments Corporation…

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HOGE Announces Collaboration With the DeFi Angels

The Original DeFi Meme Token – HOGE has joined forces with the DeFi Angels to give their project a voice on Capitol Hill as the regulation conversation heats up. It’s no secret that American based blockchain crypto companies are fighting the infrastructure bill in D.C. This bill could create big change in the world of DeFi over the next several years. HOGE is an ERC20 token on the Ethereum blockchain that has a 2% tax on every transfer. Part of that tax is reflected to current holders, and part is…

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Bitcoin Will Not Become Legal Tender in Uzbekistan, Central Bank Official Insists

Cryptocurrency cannot be adopted as a means of payment in Uzbekistan, a high-ranking official from the country’s central bank has recently stated. Speaking to local media, the regulator’s representative also noted that unlike cryptocurrencies, the national fiat is backed by the bank’s assets. The statement comes in spite of Tashkent’s crypto-friendly moves in the past. Cryptocurrency Cannot Be Accepted for Payments in Uzbekistan, Monetary Authority Says Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin cannot be recognized as legal tender in Uzbekistan and that’s unlikely to ever change, a central bank official told Spot…

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