Beloved jazz guitarist John Scofield has a new offering in the works! Titled Country For Old Men, the new release will see Scofield take a new approach and focus on more of a folk and country genre.Due out September 23rd via Verve/Impulse! Records, the new album will see Scofield cover legends like Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, James Taylor and more. Steve Swallow, Larry Goldings and Bill Stewart round out the quartet that Scofield played with predominantly on the release.Scofield will tour in support of the album, performing in some major cities throughout September and October. Check out the full tour schedule below!John Scofield Fall Tour DatesSeptember 4 Chicago, IL—Chicago Jazz Fest*September 5 Detroit, MI—Detroit Jazz Fest^September 23 Boston, MA—Berklee Performance CenterSeptember 24 Ardmore, PA—Ardmore Music HallSeptember 25 Washington, DC—The Howard TheatreSeptember 27 New York, NY—The Blue NoteSeptember 28 New York, NY—The Blue NoteSeptember 29 New York, NY—The Blue NoteSeptember 30 New York, NY—The Blue NoteOctober 1 New York, NY—The Blue NoteOctober 2 New York, NY—The Blue NoteOctober 3 Indianapolis, IN—The Jazz Kitchen+October 4 Indianapolis, IN—The Jazz Kitchen+October 5 Evanston, IL—SPACE+October 6 Muncie, IN—Canan Commons+October 7 Bellefontaine, OH—The Holland Theatre+October 8 Cincinnati, OH—Live at The Ludlow Garage+(*) w/ Joe Lovano(^) w/ Brad Mehldau, Mark Guiliana(+) w/ Medeski, Swallow, StewartCountry For Old Men Tracklist1. Mr. Fool (Darrell Edwards / George Jones / Herbie Treece)2. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams)3. Bartender’s Blues (James Taylor)4. Wildwood Flower (Joseph Philbrick Webster)5. Wayfaring Stranger (Traditional)6. Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)7. Jolene (Dolly Parton)8. Faded Lov e (Bob Wills, John Lee Wills, Billy Jack Wills)9. Just A Girl I Used To Know (Jack Clement)10. Red River Valley (Traditional)11. You’re Still The One (Shania Twain / John Robert Lange)12. I’m An Old Cowhand (Johnny Mercer)
With The String Cheese Incident set to make their debut at the renowned Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY (tickets), we asked percussionist Jason Hann to give us a little taste of his musical influences. In turn, Hann wrote out a list of his ten favorite percussionists, spanning genres, eras, countries and more. No stranger to the rhythms of the road, Hann has been an integral part of Cheese’s iconic sound, and his work in EOTO, with Isaac Hayes an the legendary Brothers Johnson only furthers his love of percussion-based music. Read on for Jason Hann’s ten favorite percussionists, and be sure to enter the contest below to win tickets for their upcoming run at the Kings Theatre from August 13-14!Indigenous percussion instruments are a lifetime of study in order to incorporate the history and breadth of expression that these instruments can produce. A percussion instrument is really any object you can pick up, but many modern percussionists might take random sounds and play them in a way that fits into film scores, sound design, and avant guard music. I didn’t include any vibraphone or marimba artists in this list, as it’s so specific, melodically, I felt like I would have had to include piano players as well. My favorite part about percussion is that you can go to any region in the world and chances are, they have a unique percussive instrument that has a deep history to it. Many of these places are creating their own voice and bringing it to the rest of the world as they combine their rich heritage with modern forms of music. Not ranked in any order, and far from any complete list…Don Alias – he’s my favorite percussionist, if anyone needs a quick answer. I remember when I was first starting to pay attention to percussion on recordings, I would hear something and run to the album cover to look at the musician credits. Don Alias’ name would always come up. Such great parts and vibe on everything, and his interaction with the music while grooving always felt like the most musical for my taste. You can hear him on Jaco and Miles Davis recordings, and he also plays some of the grooviest drumset playing you’ll ever hear on Joni Mitchell’s “Shadows and Light” live recording. Check out Jaco Pastorius’ “Word of Mouth” recording to hear a great example of his playing. Giovanni Hidalgo – Puerto Rican percussionist taking conga technique to levels way beyond the original style of the instrument. But that’s what master drummers do. He learned to apply drum rudiments to the congas from José Luis Quintana (Changuito) – the famous and most innovative congero from Cuba – and has continued to add new techniques to his repertoire. Known for being on Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum recordings as well, but maybe introduced to most of the world while touring with Dizzy Gillespie.Zakir Hussain – virtuoso tabla player from India, the son of another legendary Indian percussionist, Alla Rakha. One thing about tabla players who play music for a living, there is already a stunning amount of technique and depth of rhythmic phrasing that you need just to accompany another classical player or dancer. To achieve a level of mastery and push beyond the language of the instrument is something Zakir has done. You can hear him on Diga Rhythm Band, Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum, and Shakti recordings. His work with Tabla Beat Science (Bill Laswell) puts tablas in a modern dub setting. Aloke Dutta is another tabla player that pushes tabla to new mastery levels. He only plays solo tabla as there was a time in the early 1900s when playing tabla in India was revered as a lead instrument of India, more so than the Sitar. Aloke is more known as the tabla teacher to amazing drummers like Terry Bozio (Frank Zappa) and Danny Carey of Tool. He has done some solo performances opening for Tool.Assane Thiam – the Tama drum is one of the lesser known percussion instruments in the West. It has lots of strings that attach 2 heads of a drum onto a body of a drum. It’s held under the armpit or by the drummer’s waste. The strings are squeezed with one arm to change the tension and pitch of the drumhead, while the other strikes the head with a curved stick, and imitates the language of the region that it is played. It’s more commonly known as a “talking drum”, though there are many styles of “talking drums” such as the larger, lower, melodic drums of Ghana and Nigeria that you would hear in music by such artists as King Sunny Ade. Assane Thiam plays the Tama “Talking Drum” in the style that they play in Senegal, Mali, and Gambia. It’s a smaller drum with amazing hi pitched articulation that can cut through the loudest of Sabar (traditional drums) drums of Senegal. Assane has released his own recordings which feature the Tama, but he can be mostly widely heard on the recordings of famous Senegalese singer, Youssou N’Dour. The clarity he displays on the Tama within a band or traditional setting is unparalleled for my ears. It’s like a musical guide for the drums to follow. Check out his solo recording “Li Tama Di Joy Wax La” if you can find it. I also got to see Tama player, Petit Madou, from Mali play a 30-minute solo tama party at the Festival in the Dessert in Mali, that had the whole Malian community dancing and singing with his every phrase. He plays with Habib Koite.Naná Vasconcelos -a true soundscape master of sonic expression from Brazil. When I think of his playing, I can see the story he’s telling. It’s always a story. He creates moods with sounds and takes me through the forests, along the rivers, sitting with the tribes. His main instrument is the Berimbau, which has a long stick connected to a gourd with wire and played with a smooth stone in one hand to control the pitch, while a smaller stick strikes the wire, and controls the resonating gourd by bringing it to the body to give it a “wah wah” effect. One of my favorite recordings he plays on is “As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls” by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays. His “Africadeus” recording from 1973 is one of those “turn the lights out” recordings that you’ll want to spend time with.Airto Moreira – another Brazilian percussionist. Seems like Brazilian percussionists, in particular, have this sound quest that always goes beyond the drums that are featured in their indigenous or popular Carnival settings. Airto just swims in all of the instruments and sounds from the region – that includes the sounds of the Amazon rain forest. He’s combining his voice along with sounds, and instruments and always creates an entire percussion section on his own, whether he’s playing percussion or combining it with drumset. Everything he picks up is another expression played with fluidity or recklessness, depending on the moment he’s creating. All sounds are fair game: bird calls, shakers, tree branches, pandeiro, surdo, repinique, caixa. Having been with Miles Davis, Weather Report, and Chick Corea’s Return to Forever project, Airto is one of the most influential percussionists by far.Paulinho Da Costa – from Brazil, maybe the most recorded percussionist of all time. You probably hear him playing on something at some point in your day. He’s played on over 2000 albums and over 150 films. From films like Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park, to modern TV shows like American Horror Story. I remember before I was playing percussion, I would pick out his parts that would jump out on Michael Jackson’s debut “Off The Wall” recording. The way his percussion parts were arranged in that setting was sooooo deep for me. Lots of parts that just added to the groove and never got in the way of other parts. Just about every album I checked out the liner notes on, I would see his name. When I actually started playing percussion, I went back to all of those records and listened with a more sensitive ear to what he was doing. He’s also played on Miles Davis recordings, all of the Michael Jackson recordings, Madonna…really too many to list. All Music Guide has him with over 900 artists playing all styles of music.Kim Duk Soo – from Korea. At the age of five he was getting awards from the the Korean president for his performance of traditional drumming from Korea. If you haven’t seen Korean drumming it’s one of the most incredible visual and rhythmic treats. the drums are hourglass shaped Janggu, strapped in to be played horizontally with drum heads on each side, played with sticks. The technique crosses sticks across the drum, while the drummer moves their head in a circular pattern to note the breathing cycle that is their method of keeping time. You know that you’re inside of the music if your head pattern allows a 5-foot ribbon attached to your hat to do circular and figure 8 patterns while you play. All of this while dancing at the same time. This dance also involves all of the drummers whirling and doing flips while everything else is going on…and Kim Duk Soo single handily brought this traditional farmers music to the world stage. Shunned as “music of the farmers” and not considered valuable to cosmopolitan Korea, Kim Duk Soo made it so popular in Korea again through his group SamulNori, that colleges continue to have national competitions the way the US has Drum and Bugle Corps competition between elite marching bands. I was fortunate to go study in Korea with Kim Duk Soo in 2 different years and participate in his international drumming competition.Manolo Bedrena – from Puerto Rico. My dad was always playing Weather Report records when I was young. Badrena is on almost all of the different eras of that band. There’s so much about his playing that I love. The way he jumps into phrases, does a certain thing that seems to move the whole band to the next level. You can almost hear the band react to certain things that he does, and it feels right. I wasn’t sure if I was just making that up in my head but I got to see him with Joe Zawinul’s band in the mid 2000s and, watching his interaction with other musicians, it confirmed so many things that I pictured from listening to the recordings. He has such a creative way of having one hand in the world of congas, while his other hand plays timbales and bells at the same time, whether there’s a stick in his hand or not. Super musical at all times. In those settings with Zawinul, Weather Report, or Sixun where he can be creative with no rules on how a type of music is traditionally played, is some of my favorite playing.Djembe – Ha. I just wanted to list this as an instrument and list different players to look up. You can do a similar thing for any percussion instrument. You can follow recordings for the conga drum back to the 1930s and there were moments in American culture where percussionists like Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria had an incredible influence on popular music in the US through the conga drum. It’s really in just the last 20 years that the djembe drum has spread to the rest of the world, with it’s largest impact in the US being mostly seen at drum circles, while the culture of serious study that supports it is much greater, but not as often seen. It seems like every 5 years, though, I hear another evolution of phrase and technique on the instrument. There weren’t many recordings to check out when I was younger. I would order from overseas music catalogs to get all of the Les Ballets Africans, Mamady Keita, and Famadou Konate recordings. Now, there’s a ridiculous amount of resources for hearing new djembe music coming out of that area of West Africa (Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Senegal) as well as hearing players that have moved to the US. Some of the players that have made me rethink what’s possible on the Djembe are Moussa Traore (Mali), Bassidi Koné (Mali), Sidiki Dembele (Ivory Coast) …so many more on the list. Weedie Braimah (US/Ghana) is part of the new generation that’s taking it to another level.I’d also like to address some players that play the smaller, middle eastern/North African, goblet shaped drums known by names such as Doumbek, Darbuka, Darabukkeh, Tombak and Tablah (not to be confused with the pair of drums from India called “tablas”). Hossam Ramzy might be one of the most well recorded of these artists, releasing many solo recordings of middle eastern percussion, as well as playing with Robert Plant during his exploration of Middle Eastern music. You can see these drums as usually the smaller and lighter drums at a drum circle that look like mini djembes, but the traditional/classical way of playing these instruments is as deep as any other instrument can get. The traditions of these instruments go back to 1100 BCE with a continued evolution by younger generations. The finger and snap techniques on these drums are so intricate in getting so much expression out of the drum. Check out artists such as BURHAN ÖÇAL (Darbuka), Erdem Dalkiran (Darbuka), Misirli Ahmet (Darbuka), Mohammad Mortazavi (Tombek), and the young Servan Gider (Darbuka).Win two tickets to see The String Cheese Incident at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY by entering the contest below!
Mahzarin R. BanajiRichard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Faculty of Arts and SciencesTo B.F. Skinner, the observables of behavior — whether it be the measurable peck of a pigeon’s beak or the bar press of a rat’s paw — constituted the only legitimate foundation on which a science of psychology could be built.The Harvard professor emphasized the importance of “orderly data” and repeatedly refined his methods in order to make for systematic evidence. His methods, the most famous of which is the eponymous Skinner box, enabled the precise timing of events and the objective recording of responses, giving psychology the paraphernalia typical of the older natural sciences.In understanding why any organism behaves the way it does, Skinner saw no place for dwelling on a person’s “intentions” or “goals.” For him, it was outward behavior and its environment that mattered. His most important contribution to psychological science was the concept of reinforcement, formalized in his principles of operant conditioning (in contrast to Ivan Pavlov’s principles of classical conditioning, which along with J.B. Watson’s extreme environmentalism strongly influenced his own thinking).Behavior increases in probability when its outcomes are reinforced. In other words, a behavior such as a smile or even a complex pattern of behavior (e.g., superstitious behavior) occurs because similar previous responses have been rewarded in particular contexts. Of course, behavior had to be broken down into smaller steps to achieve optimal reinforcement, and each step had to receive feedback to shape new and highly complex strings of behavior.By Skinner’s standard, very little of today’s science of psychology would be regarded as scientifically legitimate. Looking at the human mind itself, which has been psychology’s primary focus since the cognitive revolution, simply horrified him. But while psychology has moved in new directions, Skinnerian procedures have been effectively applied to the understanding and modification of human behavior in contexts such as industry, business, government, education, prisons, and mental institutions. His work also provided insight into methods by which children are raised, with specific applications to attachment and separation distress, crying, imitation, social referencing, and the acquisition of skills.
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Image.CLYMER – Two Chautauqua County men were taken to the hospital following a scooter crash on Ravlin Hill Road in the Town of Clymer on Saturday evening.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reports the Clymer and Sherman Fire Departments responded to a motor vehicle crash with injury just after 5 p.m.Through investigation, deputies say 31-year-old Justin Teed struck 19-year-old James Troyer who was traveling eastbound in the roadway on a scooter.Deputies say Troyer was transported by ambulance to Hamot Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while Teed was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital with minor injuries. The Sheriff’s Office says no charges are pending at this time.
Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 View Comments Bryan Cranston All the Way Now that he’s playing U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in Broadway’s All the Way, it’s safe to say that Bryan Cranston’s meth-cooking days are over. But on March 13, the Emmy winner had a very special visitor from his old blue sky days: His Breaking Bad partner in crime, Aaron Paul! After seeing Cranston’s performance in the new drama by Robert Schenkkan, Paul headed backstage to catch up with his former co-star. As far as we know, they didn’t drive the R.V. out to the desert for old time’s sake, but there’s no way to be sure. Check out this Hot Shot of the two stars hanging out backstage at the Neil Simon Theatre, then see Cranston on Broadway in All the Way!
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York William Lindsay, presiding officer of Suffolk County Legislature, has died.Family and friends will pay their respects this weekend to William Lindsay (D-Holbrook), the Suffolk County Legislature presiding officer, who died earlier this week.The first service will be held at Raynor & D’Andrea Funeral Home Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. Another will be held at the William H. Rogers Legislative Building in Hauppauge Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m.Lindsay, who was 67, died Wednesday at Stony Brook University Hospital around noon, his spokesman said. Lindsay had been battling cancer for about two years.His colleagues received the news shortly after he died. Many of them said Lindsay epitomized public service and had an unstoppable determination to get things done despite his battle with cancer.“Bill stands as a shining example of what all public officials should strive to become,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.Former county legislator Jon Cooper said Suffolk has never known a finer presiding officer.“He was a terrific legislator and I think the best presiding officer that we’ve had in the history of Suffolk County Legislature and I don’t say that lightly,” he said.The Holbrook Democrat was first elected presiding officer in 2006 and was re-elected every year since.Lindsay is survived by his wife, Pat, and three children. He also has four grandchildren.
#455043410 / gettyimages.com Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]E[/dropcap]normous sparkling chandeliers decorated most of the ceiling. A DJ rocked out to loud party tunes, some contemporary, but most from the ‘70s and ‘80s–like Blondie’s “Call Me,” and the British band Naked Eyes’ “Always Something There to Remind Me.” The bar served fancy cocktails while a few waitresses squeezed through the crowd, passing hors d’oeuvres. Hudson Terrace was standing-room only with college students slumped in clumps by the bar. If it wasn’t for the open laptops, television crews and cameras, journalists with faces lit blue in Twitter-light and the presence of a “cautiously optimistic” Tim Wu, this could have been just another Manhattan nightclub. Except it wasn’t. This was a night for Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham Law professor and the woman trying to make history by defeating Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Wu, Teachout’s running mate, to bask in the glory of their insurgent campaign. With an insurmountable financial deficit and bare-bones campaign staff, there weren’t many people who believed the pair of professors would put a scare into the Cuomo-Kathy Hochul ticket-but they did. Excited chatter could be heard through the music, a rolling electricity born of the knowledge that as polls closed across New York state at 9 p.m., the audience might bear witness to headline-worthy history. The Teachout/Wu “victory party” was underway.Journalist after journalist besieged lieutenant governor candidate Wu, a Columbia Law professor, who maintained a cool exterior, his wife engulfed somewhere in the crowd.“My favorite moments have been with my staff,” Wu told the Press, as he reflected on the campaign. “We’re a very small team of five of us. We’re a family taking on a massive million-dollar machine. It was kind of exciting. There were moments when we were like, ‘I can’t believe this is happening.’ I think when they (Cuomo and Hochul) first started striking back, we were like, ‘What on Earth is going on that Hillary Clinton is campaigning against us?’ ”The Teachout/Wu gubernatorial campaign began as a grassroots trickle, a David-versus-Goliath effort to restore the New York Governor’s office to the Democratic values they both believe it had lost in Cuomo’s first term as governor. After three months of tireless campaigning, that trickle gave way to a tidal wave of small donor public support, leading to endorsements by the Sierra Club, the National Organization of Women, The Nation and, for Wu, The New York Times.Lt. Gov. hopeful Timothy Wu at the Teachout/Wu primary party Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 in New York City. (Jaime Franchi/Long Island Press)Teachout and Wu brought choice to the Democratic voters of New York, challenging the incumbent who possessed a massive war chest and was able to outspend them by what the Teachout campaign said was nearly 10 to one.“I think the battle for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party is on right now,” Wu told the Press, using an oft-repeated campaign rallying cry. “Regardless of the result of this, it has begun.”According to Teachout and Wu, that heart and soul is made up of progressive issues: income inequality, public education, fracking (they’d ban it), immigrant rights, and restoring a small business economy. Jocelyn Carlisle, a voter who came out to the party to show her support, believed that the current administration had abandoned those values.“You know what? We have a Democratic governor and a Democratic legislature and we’re talking about fracking in this state,” she complained to the Press. “I mean this is ridiculous! This is a complete sell out. I don’t want someone who’s supported by the Koch Brothers and by Big Oil and I want a true progressive.”Yet, despite making significant inroads, around 10:30 p.m., the Associated Press called the election for Cuomo and Hochul. Mike Boland, Teachout’s campaign manager, announced that the underdogs had lost. At the time, Teachout had secured 35 percent of the vote and had won 23 counties, including Albany. (Teachout and Wu ended up with 34 and 40 percent of the vote, respectively, a result that symbolized significant dissatisfaction from tens of thousands of Democrats toward Cuomo.) Wu took the stage first, thanking his supporters. In a nod perhaps to Lord Voldemort (the evil villain in the “Harry Potter” books whom Teachout and Wu previously likened themselves to), Wu never mentioned the name of his opponents who had failed to acknowledge the existence of Teachout/Wu campaign. Instead, he spoke of the heart of the Democratic ticket.“We are now living in a period where we have lost touch with the fundamental American value of equality and that must change and the Democratic Party must lead that change,” he announced in his concession speech. “Corporations are not people. We need to reaffirm that this is a country that cares about humans more than it cares about legal fictions.”He claimed that the Republican Party had “hijacked” the identity of the smart party of small business when “in fact all they are doing is everything possible to hijack our economy and deliver it to the interest of non-human parties.”“That must stop,” he implored.The first active step is for people like Teachout to step forward, he said.“It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to be on the campaign trail with Zephyr,” added Wu. “I have this to say: Zephyr Teachout is the cure for cynicism. Cynicism haunts our country like a disease. People have lost faith. They look at issues like inequality, corruption, and they think there is nothing they can do and then they meet Zephyr and they say there is something we can do.”Teachout took the stage with a wide grin and glassy eyes, vowing to celebrate the night. She cited Cuomo’s newfound progressive vision from recent promises of renewed cooperation with state Democrats to promising to be open to public campaign funding in the next term to “breaking the silence” on fracking as direct results–and clear victories–of her and Wu’s campaign.Over chants of “Thank you! Thank you!” from the raucous crowd, Teachout conceded in an emotional and triumphant speech.“I will not be your next governor, but the Democrats have been heard. You have been heard,” she told the crowd. “There is no politician in this state who doesn’t know about you and know about what you care about right now. Tonight.”“We have made history,” she continued. “What we have done here is incredible. This campaign demonstrates the rise of a new force in New York politics and in American politics. It’s a fearless force. It’s of Democrats who believe in all of us and are willing to fight for it. Zephyr Teachout during her concession speech after losing the democratic primary to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I will not be the next governor of this state,” she said, “but the Democrats have spoken and they have been heard.” (Jaime Franchi/Long Island Press“Here’s what we’re fighting for: We are fighting for–you’ve heard me say it before but I’m not going to stop fighting for it–the best public schools in the country, we’re fighting to ban fracking, we’re fighting for a small business economy, we’re fighting to remain the state that is most open to immigrants of all the states in the country, and we are fighting against the scourge of inequality which we cannot afford.”She spoke of the Moreland Commission scandal, which Cuomo reportedly disbanded when investigators got too close to his allies. She described the tacit support of the elected officials who failed to speak out against Cuomo at the time as a symptom of “the politics of fear.”“I hope what we have shown is that it’s all right to speak up,” Teachout said. “Democrats don’t need to be scared anymore. I’m here. I’m with you. Nothing terrible has happened. Wonderful things have happened. So it is alright to speak up in Albany if maybe the governor is pushing for more tax cuts for the wealthy. Maybe somebody is pushing for more cuts to education. Maybe somebody is pushing for hydrofracking. Democrats of New York have to shed their fear and speak up against it. “I think and hope that going forward they will do that, because elected officials may know they have a duty to criticize de facto leaders or to criticize the corruption they see, but when they have felt your force and know that you are behind them, they’re going to feel a lot more power and pride in speaking up,” she said.Teachout stated her belief that her campaign succeeded in pushing the Cuomo agenda significantly to the left and holding the governor accountable for what she said were his right-leaning policy decisions.“Because of our campaign, Andrew Cuomo is now actively campaigning on the DREAM Act,” Teachout declared. “Because of our campaign, he’s now actively campaigning, saying that he increased school funding, taking pride in increasing school funding which has been the bedrock of our campaign. We held the line and we wouldn’t compromise on women’s rights and Governor Andrew Cuomo has now fully committed to be behind all 10 points in the Women’s Equality Act.”She ended her speech to thunderous applause, priding herself on her campaign’s ability to maintain dignity–and perhaps to help restore dignity–throughout the political process.“I ran for an old-fashioned reason. I thought I’d make a better governor than the other guy. But I am thrilled–although that isn’t going to happen–I am thrilled with all of these victories we have had in these past three months. And one of the victories I hope we have had has to do with restoring dignity to our democracy. I believe in the equal dignity for every person. That’s a demanding belief, but it’s a serious one. We all have greater political dignity when we collectively act, we collectively come together and fight for people who don’t otherwise have a voice.”Then she held her arms triumphantly in the air and you’d swear Goliath had been defeated after all.
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt said Tuesday that the House Financial Services Committee’s hearing on the draft “Financial CHOICE Act” demonstrates the importance of striking the right capital balance so financial institutions may thrive.The draft legislation, from committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, includes a NAFCU-supported repeal of the Durbin amendment and relief for well-capitalized institutions from certain restrictions imposed by functional regulators. The draft bill contemplates a regulatory burden “off ramp” for institutions with capital ratios exceeding 10 percent.“The crush of regulatory burden, primarily from [CFPB] rules, and the current rate environment have put a squeeze on credit unions,” said Hunt. “As member-owned, not-for-profit cooperatives, credit unions are conservatively run institutions with strong capital. Credit unions deserve exemption from regulations designed to control greed, and they need capital rules tailored to recognize the credit union difference and business model.” continue reading »
“She maybe didn’t quite imagine this moment,” Ms. Harris said of her mother. “But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible, and so I am thinking about her and about the generations of women, Black women, Asian, white, Latina, Native American women — who throughout our nation’s history have paved the way for this moment tonight.”There is one more historic distinction that in some ways encapsulates all of the above: Ms. Harris is a Californian. Her casual use of the Tamil word “chittis” to refer to her aunts in her nomination acceptance speech was remarkable largely because it was onstage at the Democratic National Convention.“I’m Tamil myself and it has a resonance for people who use that word as part of how they talk about their families,” Mr. Ramakrishnan said. “But things like that, immigrants in general can relate to — even if you don’t understand the word.”Ms. Harris’s long career in the Golden State also means that for Californians especially, her status as a barrier-breaking politician is only one part of a complex legacy as San Francisco’s and the state’s former “top cop.”And while representation can be powerful, as we saw repeatedly during the presidential race, it’s not everything. Todd Gloria, who will be San Diego’s next mayor, will be the first person of color to have the job, as well as the first openly gay man. He’s also entering the office with new mayoral power. [The San Diego Union-Tribune] What’s in a name? For Kamala Harris, like many other Americans, it’s a way of expressing identity. [NBC News] – Advertisement – Read the full story about Ms. Harris’s ascension to the vice presidency. [The New York Times] Read more background on the bitter fight. [The New York Times] On Saturday, Gov. Gavin Newsom, in addition to describing Ms. Harris, a fellow San Francisco politician and friend, as “a walking, whip-smart embodiment of the California Dream,” tweeted a celebratory video of her dancing in the rain soundtracked by a song popular on TikTok that says, “I’m sorry for drippin’, but drip is what I do.” In the video, Ms. Harris sported her signature combination. Listen to Ms. Harris talk about growing up with Indian and Jamaican roots in Northern California on the Asian Enough podcast. [The Los Angeles Times] If you missed it: A crowd danced in the streets outside Ms. Harris’s childhood home in Berkeley. [The San Francisco Chronicle] His vice president will be Senator Kamala Harris.Her rise to the highest office in the nation ever occupied by a woman has been full of historic milestones: the first Black woman to become San Francisco’s and then California’s top prosecutor, the second Black woman to become a senator.Now, not only will she be the first woman vice president, she will also be the first Black woman, the first South-American woman, and the first daughter of immigrants to hold the role.- Advertisement – In her speech on Saturday night, she drew a direct line from her mother, Dr. Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who came to the United States when she was 19, through her own career and to generations of women in the future. Diana Gutierrez, 26, who joined a group parading through downtown to a rally at Pershing Square on Saturday morning, said she was undocumented in 2016 when President Trump was elected; she had come from Peru with her family in 2002 as a young child.She and Cori Bratby-Rudd, 26, said they hadn’t been dating long when they decided to get married four years ago, in part because they were worried Ms. Gutierrez would be deported.But a Biden victory brought enormous relief. Ms. Harris’s ascension was a significant factor.“I can’t even explain it,” she said, “for there to be a Black woman vice president with the ability to speak for immigrants. ”Ms. Bratby-Rudd added, “We’re elated.”Shanyn Stokes, 28, said: “I think she’s been doing the best she can. I do believe her heart’s in the right place.”Ms. Stokes, who is Black, said Ms. Harris’s victory was an encouraging sign that Americans increasingly see women — and Black women specifically — as capable of any job a white man could do.Now, Ms. Stokes said, “I’m very hopeful to see what she does.” Read about what a Californian vice president means for the state. [The New York Times] Ms. Harris’s ancestral town in southern India also rejoiced at her win, but across the country, Indians wondered how things will change under a Biden-Harris administration. [The New York Times] Read about how her parents found a home, and each other, in a Black study group in Berkeley. [The New York Times] Here’s a guide to the races we’ve been watching in the Golden State. [The New York Times]And see all California results, including how each county voted in the presidential race. [The New York Times]California Today goes live at 6:30 a.m. Pacific time weekdays. Tell us what you want to see: [email protected] Were you forwarded this email? Sign up for California Today here and read every edition online here.Jill Cowan grew up in Orange County, graduated from U.C. Berkeley and has reported all over the state, including the Bay Area, Bakersfield and Los Angeles — but she always wants to see more. Follow along here or on Twitter.California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley. Read a deeper dive into how Ms. Harris broke California’s “curse.” [New York Times Opinion] Darrell Issa, the Republican former congressman, beat Ammar Campa-Najjar, a Democrat, for the San Diego-area seat formerly occupied by Duncan Hunter. [The New York Times] George Gascón, San Francisco’s former district attorney who pitched himself as a progressive reformer, will become Los Angeles’s district attorney. District Attorney Jackie Lacey conceded on Friday. [The Los Angeles Times] Read more: Good morning.Joseph R. Biden Jr. has been elected president of the United States.- Advertisement – (This article is part of the California Today newsletter. Sign up to get it delivered to your inbox.)Here’s what else to know today For many Californians, Ms. Harris’s comfortable embrace of her multicultural upbringing and her decidedly West Coast vibe have felt familiar.“She brings a California sensibility, you know: the blazers with the Chucks,” Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside, told me. “I think it will be a breath of fresh air in D.C.” Ms. Harris has spoken out on issues of police misconduct, but she has struggled to reconcile her calls for reform with her record as California’s “top cop.” Here’s a look at how that’s played out. [The New York Times] – Advertisement –
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