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Photo/Dick Davis[Episcopal News Service] A year ago, members of Episcopal congregations in the Diocese of Vermont were ferrying peanut butter, casseroles, space heaters and cleaning supplies via cars and trucks along the state’s highways in what was dubbed the “Freeway Relay” to aid Hurricane Irene flood victims.Today, the relay has ended, but the work to help people rebuild their lives and homes continues.“People are still reeling,” said Ann Cooper, who is coordinating Episcopal Relief & Development grants in the diocese. “There are people who fall between the cracks, and they’re still between them. And for all the people we help, which isn’t enough, we know that there are at least an equal number of people out there that need help. Part of the problem is finding them, and the other problem is funding them.”Relief agencies across the state “report that they are still getting new applications every day,” said the Rev. E. Angela Emerson, diocesan minister for stewardship development. “There’s still a lot of disconnection and relocation and resettling that’s going on.”An e-mail soon after the hurricane to Emerson’s office at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in White River Junction from a church needing food for its frozen-food distribution program helped launch the Freeway Relay. St. Paul’s became a focal point for the relay along Interstate 91, which runs south from the northeast corner of Vermont. Another relay route ran on the state’s western side. By early October 2011, virtually all of the diocese’s 48 congregations had participated in some way, collecting, donating or ferrying food and supplies to where they were needed, Canon to the Ordinary Lynn Bates said last fall.While that relief effort ran its course, the need continues.“The needs are so individualized that you can’t really mobilize things en masse,” Emerson said. “It really has to be tailored to the individual.”“People are still rebuilding,” she said. Some families are trying to complete construction and return home, while others haven’t begun rebuilding yet. Some need fuel assistance, others siding for their homes, still others skilled labor to tackle the renovations. The challenge is keeping in touch with people – most of whom have returned to work – and matching resources to individual needs, Emerson said.The diocese has made grants large and small, from paying shipping costs for donated blankets and delivery charges for hay to two farms to aiding the rebuilding of a flood wall and helping to fund debris removal and debt recovery for a small town. Initially, the diocese received $20,000 to $25,000 in grants from various sources plus a $20,000 Episcopal Relief & Development grant, Cooper said. Additional grants from the church agency were made for $50,000 last year and $150,000 in 2012, with probably $55,000 of that yet unspent, she said.“Many of our grants have gone to people who have fallen between the cracks, who are not eligible for FEMA funding or have been turned down, who discovered damage too late to apply for aid, small businesses, people who have flown beneath the radar,” she said. “In addition, we have tried to help communities recover and prepare for the future, are working with children affected by the flood, have helped build and/or restore community and school gardens throughout the state, etc.”Bill Sturtavent’s trailer in Sharon, Vermont, was destroyed by Hurricane Irene flooding. Photo/Dick DavisThe diocese also has been building relationships.“In addition to the money we’ve given out, what excites me and inspires me is the working relationship we’ve been able to establish with government agencies – local government and state government – and with long-term recovery committees and with other churches,” Cooper said. One grant, for example, went toward a plan to help restore a streambed to mitigate future flooding and to involve other Episcopal churches, denominations, communities and service groups in the project.“Part of my job has been to talk outreach committees or whole parishes to try to bring home the continuing serious needs for recovery work,” she said. “The streambed project came out of one such talk.”Back at White River Junction, the relief work distributing supplies that was based at St. Paul’s recently ended. A new ecumenical ministry called the After Irene Ministry – or AIM – of the Upper Valley, is forming in its place, involving other Episcopal and Congregational churches.“There are many, many needs out there, and we’re trying to sort that out,” said Holly Hall, a St. Paul’s member who visits homes to identify and record flood victims’ needs and help them manage their stress.Volunteers have continued delivering water to families who still have none and firewood to replace wood too loaded with post-flooding silt to burn. But as much as such physical needs continue, emotional needs are surfacing.“Truthfully, the pain is probably more severe now than it was eight months ago because of the reality of what’s been lost and having to still adjust,” Hall said. She’s visited a diabetic man weekly, for example. “When he saw me on Monday was the first time I really heard his anger and rage, because he was really getting in touch with it.”Over the phone, Hall choked up discussing the families she sees. Actually visiting is easier, she said. “Thinking about it is harder. What amazes me is the number of people that feel that it’s over. When you’re at the grassroots and you just simply visit once a week and you really can witness their high stress, it’s not over.”AIM is working to help rebuild community as well as aid individual families. Members are planning a Halloween service, for example, for Oct. 28 in the building of a former Congregational church in West Hartford.AIM now works with 58 clients, said Dick Davis, another St. Paul’s member. Rebuilding is a long-term issue for the area, not only in terms of infrastructure, but also in people’s lives, he said. “I think everyone from White River Junction up to Sharon, which is 20 miles, has probably spent every penny that they had in savings, and many of these people are retired. How do you replace that? So this has got some long-term rebuilding consequences. … You could write a book on the individual stories.”Dream Builders volunteers from churches and a synagogue in Maryland erect a wall in a new home for the Hart family. Photo/Dick DavisThe work is “draining and exhilarating,” Emerson said, noting “the enormous amount of energy it takes to try and keep your own balance and take care of yourself.”“This is the kind of work that really changes lives,” she said. “You come into contact with people who are significantly traumatized, disoriented and in tremendous grief over all that they have lost. … It just evokes tremendous humility and gratitude in yourself, and just to really see the humility and the resiliency on the part of the people who are receiving the help and their desire to give back somehow – it’s just hard to put that into words.”Cooper sees the church’s rebuilding work as “evangelism by example.”“I don’t think you have to walk around with a Bible and a cross,” she said. “I think if you provide an example of Christ’s life in the world, that that’s evangelism.”The small town of Stockbridge was “devastated” by flooding, with some areas inaccessible for two weeks, she recalled. 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Advertisement Image: Euro notes – gena96 on Shutterstock AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Howard Lake | 31 August 2016 | News Tagged with: Brexit European Union Funding Law / policy Northern Ireland About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 58 total views, 1 views today Northern Ireland’s Finance Minister Mairtin O Muilleoir has announced that he has hired additional staff to help draw down EU funding in the wake of the Brexit vote.Mairtin O’Muilleoir said new people, including economists, have been brought on board to “push through EU funding”.A range of EU funding programmes are open to the community sector in Ireland, most notably Peace 4 which will offer €229 million to 2020, with additional matched funding from government, and INTERREG worth €240 million.Mr O’Muilleoir said there had been anecdotal evidence about the potential negative impact of Brexit on funding and staff had already started working on EU applications.“How do we speed them up, how do we make sure this money isn’t lost,” he said.Mr O Muilleoir said there remained around £300m of European funding still on the cards for the province, and encouraged anyone with plans to apply for it to do so quickly.“The deadline is now the Autumn Statement. If you don’t get an application in, through the complex process and signed up before then, you have no guarantee of future funding,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.He added:“Despite the promise of the British Prime Minister to act in the interests of all, there has been no attempt to consult with myself, the Executive or the Irish government, about the best way forward in relation to European funds.” 59 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 EU funding to be fast tracked
<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Up NextTCU’s second season under Dixon lead to a number of key benchmarks, sweeps of Baylor, Oklahoma State, and Iowa State, but none were bigger than the Horned Frogs return to the Big Dance for the first time since 1998. “I think for us the positive is what we’ve done: We haven’t been to the tournament in 20 years, as people have reminded us as I spoke about our seniors, they came to a place that hadn’t been there so it’s a special thing to break a 20-year drought,” Dixon said. “They should be proud of that. It’s a dramatic step in the right direction for us going forward, we’ve got a great group coming back and a lot of guys with a lot of experience now. Hopefully this prepares us for going forward next year.” Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedin Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Facebook Previous articleWomen’s basketball’s hot shooting carries them to first round victoryNext articleBeach volleyball suffers ninth consecutive loss Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt + posts ReddIt Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Facebook Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. 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Collier Linkedin printNo. 6 seed TCU had its chances, but poor shooting down the stretch Friday in Detroit doomed the Horned Frogs against No. 11 seed Syracuse in its attempt to win an NCAA Tournament game for the first time since 1987.“It’s tough because we just didn’t want to be continually getting in the tournament, we wanted to make a run, win some games, but we came up short and it’s tough,” TCU guard Kenrich Williams said. “It’s going to be tough for a while for me and the rest of the seniors.”Against the Orange’s signature 2-3 zone defense, three-point shooting is usually required to beat it, and after starting the night hitting on three of its first five shots from deep, TCU missed 14 three-pointers of its 17 attempts.With the exception of forward Kouat Noi, who was 2 of 3 from behind the arc, TCU’s shooters struggled. The Horned Frogs’17.6 percent from the arc is the lowest of the season, and they shot 25 percent or lower in three of their last four games this season.“Good defensive teams, I think that’s part of it, and if you look at the teams we’ve played, I think slower-tempo teams,” TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said. “You’re not going to shoot, we’re probably not going to shoot 50 percent against them.”The Horned Frogs couldn’t make a shot from the field after a Kenrich Williams dunk with 14:16 left in the game. Williams finished his career with a team-high 14 points and eight rebounds. Horned Frog forward Vladimir Brodziansky ended the drought with a hook shot that cut Syracuse’s lead to one, 46-45, with five minutes remaining. The senior scored all but two of his 13 points in the second half.TCU forward Vladimir Brodziansky finishes around the rim against the Orange defense. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto. World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Garrett Podell TCU guard Desmond Bane pulls up for a three-pointer against Syracuse. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto. TCU pulled to within one with 3:30 left on a Williams put-back following a miss from behind the arc 3-pointer from Bane; however, the Horned Frogs never pulled closer and Syracuse build a five-point lead with just over a minute to go.“I thought our defense was real good tonight the whole game,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “They’re one of the best 3-point shooting teams and our guys didn’t give them any good shots the whole game.”The Orange then scored six of the next eight points, which gave them a five-point cushion, 54-49, when Robinson went to the free throw line with 30 seconds left to play. The junior hit one of two as TCU trailed by four, 54-50.Free throw shooting also played a key role in the Horned Frogs’ first round exit with TCU missing six of its 17 shots from the charity stripe in a game the team lost by five.Even though TCU had been struggling of late shooting, rebounding was a strong suit of Dixon’s team all season long, but the Horned Frogs were unable to win the battle on the glass, being out-rebounded by three in addition to turning the ball over six more times than the Orange.“You’ve got to get second shots, you’ve got to get put-backs, and I think that’s one of the things that hurt us and keep your turnovers low,” TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said. “The field goal percentage, obviously 34 in the second half, that’s going to get you in trouble, but there was the other things, too. You’ve got to do the other things, and we didn’t do those things.”Although TCU shot 40 percent from the field, three points higher than Syracuse, the Orange were nearly automatic at the free throw line, hitting on 12 of their 15 opportunities.Ultimately, Syracuse played the way they liked to play: a slow-paced, defensive slugfest.The Horned Frogs were held to 31 points fewer than their season average of 83 points per game, which ranked second in the Big 12 and 19th in the NCAA.“You’re probably not going to shoot as high a percentage against good teams, but you’ve got to do the other things, and we didn’t do those things,” Dixon said.
As the The U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear the appeal of a California law firm that argues the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is unconstitutionally structured, American Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Peter J. Wallison argues that there is more at stake than just the constitutionality of the Bureau.On Real Clear Politics, Wallison argues that this CFPB case is an example of Congress enacting “broadly phrased laws, essentially delegating the key legislative choices to administrative agencies and violating the Framers’ constitutional plan of separation.”Additionally, he states that the Dodd-Frank Act is another “dangerous step.”“First, it gives the CFPB’s director a five-year term of office, protected from removal by the president other than for ‘inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance,’” Wallison said. “This places the director outside the control of the president, whose ability to pursue the policies he was elected to implement depends crucially on the ability to remove and replace the senior officials of executive agencies.”This means, according to Wallison, that this case is a prime opportunity to make a clearer separation of powers.The law firm named in the case, Seila Law, alleges that the structure of the agency grants too much power to its director. According to court papers, given the CFPB’s broad law enforcement powers, the fact that the president may only remove the director of the CFPB “for inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office” is unconstitutional. As Wallison says, “the president has the power through the appointment and removal of executive officials to carry out the policies he was elected to pursue.” In May, the CFPB beat Seila Law before a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.“Seila Law contends that an agency with the CFPB’s broad law-enforcement powers may not be headed by a single Director removable by the President only for cause. That argument is not without force,” Circuit Judge Paul Watford wrote for the court. What’s at Stake in the Constitutionality CFPB Case Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Tagged with: CFPB Constitutionality October 30, 2019 1,013 Views Home / Daily Dose / What’s at Stake in the Constitutionality CFPB Case Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Print This Post Related Articles Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago CFPB Constitutionality 2019-10-30 Seth Welborn Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Industry Reacts to Fed’s Latest Cut to Interest Rates Next: The Debate Over High-Density Housing Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago
Homepage BannerNews Donegal records highest number of daily sunshine hours in May By News Highland – June 6, 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The month of May was hotter and drier than usual for Ireland – with highs of 26.3 degrees recorded in county Clare.Parts of Dublin had the lowest rainfall for the month since 1991, where just 16.8 millimetres came down at Casement Aerodrome.Met Eireann says the highest number of daily sunshine hours recorded last month was 16 at Malin Head in Donegal on the 29th May. Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleFoyle Cup Launch: Shane Duffy talks to HighlandNext articleDonegal v Down Preview: Donegal Manager Declan Bonner News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows
Related posts:No related photos. Call centres – the realityOn 1 Nov 2001 in Musculoskeletal disorders, Personnel Today The call centre is a unique working environment where good management isvital to the health and happiness of its staffWhat is it really like working in a call centre? With more than 13 years ofpractical experience at all levels in call centres before turning consultant,Becky Simpson, managing director of Improvement Solutions, was able to shareher personal experiences with the audience. Her talk covered the sort of best practice regimes that employers can use tominimise stress levels in call centres, ranging from rest breaks to measures tocombat eye, limb and back strain. She also looked at the impact of poormanagement practice on the health of call centre staff. The call centre, she pointed out, is a unique working environment. Nowhereelse are staff: – Managed minute by minute – Told when they can have a break and leave their desk – Tethered to their desk with a headset – Expected to work for more than 80 per cent of their working hours – Carrying out a role where monotony and routine are commonplace – Isolated from much of the rest of the organisation. She broke down the occupational health hazards faced by call centre workersinto a number of different categories. The environment (lighting, temperature, ventilation and noise) wasdiscussed. Screen glare caused by poor lighting, inadequate ventilation to copewith the high density of people and equipment, and noise making it difficult tohear the caller are all common features of the call centre environment. The workstation ergonomics need to be carefully addressed if the operativeis not to fall prey to eye strain or musculoskeletal disorders and rest breaksof 10 minutes every two hours are considered best practice, ideally taken in aseparate rest area. Indicators used to measure productivity include the number of calls handledper person per hour, average call duration, number of outbound calls made andaverage speed of answer. All these are easily measurable but create poor qualityand cause stress. Putting quality measurement indicators in place which emphasise criteriasuch as the rate at which problems are resolved at the first point of contact,the accuracy of data entry and the number of complaints and complimentsreceived gives a more balanced view. Regular training and creating opportunities to involve staff indecision-making all help reduce stress levels and frustration and increaseenjoyment for call centre operatives. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article
Hundreds of Ocean City residents and visitors strolled the Ocean City Municipal Airport tarmac on Saturday for the 2014 Ocean City Air Festival. Radio-controlled model planes gave flight demonstrations and competed in a people’s choice contest during the 2014 Ocean City Air Festival on Saturday, Sept. 13.The event opens an aviation weekend that continues at 1 p.m. Sunday with the Aerobatic Air Show over the downtown blocks of the beach and boardwalk.Read more about the Air Show on Sunday.See profile of Team AeroDynamix pilot Mike “Kahuna” Stewart.Saturday’s Air Festival included a display of planes, including a B-25J Mitchell Bomber and a TBM Torpedo Bomber Avenger. Some of the stunt planes that will perform on Sunday also were on display.A paper airplane contest, a “Bubble Mania” competition and table sponsored by the Ocean City Board of Realtors, a children’s bounce house, a Boardwalk Adventures climbing wall, face-painting entertained the kids. A banner plane pick-up demonstration and a N.J. Pine Barons radio-controlled airplane display were highlights of the day.Jason Flood’s Pitts S1-T plane was on display. Flood will perform stunts in Sunday’s Aerobatic Air Show in Ocean City, NJ.
Concern over storming of the Capitol Infrastructure, climate change, income inequality, and perhaps strengthening and expanding the Affordable Care Act could all be on the table now that McConnell no longer has sole discretion over which bills get heard on the Senate floor, said Alex Keyssar, Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy at HKS. In what sequence Democrats decide to take up various initiatives is likely to be very important given the criticism that the Democrats spent all of the Obama administration’s first-term political capital on little else but health care, he added.The backlog of Democrat-led legislation McConnell blocked could be revived and brought back for new votes relatively soon and without much heavy lifting. They could even be reconstituted more ambitiously with a Republican majority out of the way.“But that could cut both ways,” said Keyssar. “On the one hand, [Democrats] don’t have to open up to [Republican] concessions. On the other hand, there may have been some freedom on the part of the Democrats to … design things based purely on principle since they knew it wasn’t going to go anywhere.”Despite the success of progressive candidates in the 2020 election, it will be centrist Democrats, Independents, and Republicans, not the likes of Democratic Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who set the new Senate’s legislative agenda, given the slim margin Democrats hold, King and Keyssar say. “Biden himself has set the right tone and has selected a strong team; conceivably, too, Republicans may feel chastened by Trump’s disastrous transition.” — David Gergen In addition to winning the White House, Democrats will soon take control of Congress for the first time since 2007 after last week’s historic Senate runoff victories by the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Georgia. That will bring dramatic changes to Washington in terms of governing style, tone, competence, and policy priorities, but the party’s razor-thin majorities in both houses will likely undercut the sweeping legislative windfall their constituents are hoping for, some Harvard political analysts say.The addition of Warnock and Ossoff means the Senate will soon have 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans. With Kamala Harris presiding over the Senate as vice president, Democrats will enjoy a one-vote advantage over Republicans in the case of a tie. Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer, J.D. ’74, of New York will take over as majority leader from Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Democrats lost House seats in the November election but maintain control with 222. With 435 total seats, passing a measure requires 218 votes. Republicans hold 211 seats; two others are currently vacant due to the death last month of one newly-elected Republican member and a lawsuit challenging election results in a New York race.“It’s very important that the Democrats have the majority. However, it is not going to be easy to legislate in this environment, and if they don’t have the votes to get rid of the filibuster, it will be exceptionally difficult to move major pieces of legislation,” said David King, senior lecturer in public policy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). “So one of the first decisions that will need to be made by the new majority leader, Sen. Schumer, will be whether or not they want to advance a rules change that will get rid of the filibuster.”At the moment, the Democrats don’t appear to have 50 senators who support such a change. In the past centrist members from conservative states, like Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, have either opposed or at the very least been lukewarm to such a shift. Eliminating the filibuster would cut the number of votes needed to pass most major legislation in the Senate from 60 to 50.Analysts agree that the first priority of the new Congress will be to work closely with the White House on efforts to mitigate the public health and economic damage caused by COVID. How quickly those monumental challenges get done will likely determine which other issues get attention in the critical early days of the Biden administration. “It’s very important that the Democrats have the majority. However, it is not going to be easy to legislate in this environment … ” — David King Related Bacow, Harvard faculty, students call for affirmation of American principles “This will be a Senate that pivots around Joe Manchin [D-W.V.], Susan Collins [R-Maine], Lisa Murkowski [R-Alaska], Mitt Romney [R-Utah], Jeanne Shaheen [D-N.H.], and Angus King [I-Maine]” and “will be moderate in almost every way on major policies,” said King, who is faculty chair of Harvard’s program for newly elected members of Congress.The party’s new axis has already begun to take shape. Last week, the stock market plunged after Manchin said he would “absolutely not” support President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s plan to fast-track sending out another round of stimulus payments of up to $1,400, even though most of Manchin’s constituents would qualify under the income restrictions.“If you’re trying to get a major piece of legislation through and you can’t imagine getting it done without Joe Manchin, it’s not gonna get done,” said King.Most of the big policies associated with Democrats, like a major reform to the health care sector, “are not going to get through,” added King. Issues that already enjoy strong bipartisan support, like a tax overhaul to undo some of the Trump tax cuts, are far more likely to move forward. Much like in the Obama era, “I think a lot of what the Democrats want done are going to have to be done through executive orders.”Biden is a highly skilled veteran of Congress with a reputation for collegiality from his three-plus decades as a senator and eight years as vice president under President Barack Obama. How successfully he works in concert with Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is still an open question.“I imagine that the two of them will form a powerful triumvirate with Biden,” said David Gergen, Public Service Professor of Public Leadership at HKS and a senior aide to four U.S. presidents. “He is inheriting the worst national crises since FDR and has only razor-thin margins in both chambers. But Biden himself has set the right tone and has selected a strong team; conceivably, too, Republicans may feel chastened by Trump’s disastrous transition.”If Biden does enjoy a honeymoon, Gergen believes forging a bipartisan China strategy may also be in the offing once the pandemic and infrastructure issues have been addressed, he said.Whether Schumer decides to turn the tables on Republicans and run the Senate with the same inflexibility as his predecessor is still unclear.“I would not advise adopting such a deeply partisan stance at this moment when some Republicans are becoming more loosely attached to their party,” said Jane Mansbridge, Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values Emerita at HKS. Such a step “on the part of the Democrats would quickly herd them back into that party.”King expects Schumer has learned from McConnell’s tenure. “I don’t think this is the dawning of a new era of bipartisanship.”
Related Shows Mark Ruffalo View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 14, 2017 Star Files Arthur Miller’s The Price Mark Ruffalo will return to Broadway in the upcoming revival of Arthur Miller’s The Price. The Oscar nominee assumes the role of Victor Franz from John Turturro, who has left the production due to his filming schedule. Ruffalo joins a cast that includes Danny DeVito in his Broadway debut, Tony Shalhoub and Jessica Hecht.The Roundabout production, directed by Terry Kinney, will begin performances on February 16 at the American Airlines Theatre, where it is set to open officially on March 16 and run through May 7.This will mark Ruffalo’s return to Broadway after over 10 years; he was last seen on the Great White Way in the 2006 revival of Awake and Sing. He also starred in the off-Broadway premiere of This Is Our Youth. Ruffalo earned Oscar nominations for his performances in Spotlight, Foxcatcher and The Kids Are All Right; his additional film credits include The Avengers, HBO’s The Normal Heart, Begin Again and Shutter Island.Set three decades after the Great Depression, The Price follows Victor as he returns to his childhood home to sell the remainder of his parents’ estate. Joining him at the house are his wife (Hecht), his estranged brother (Shalhoub) and a scheming furniture dealer (DeVito). With each of their agendas at odds, Victor must challenge his notion of sacrifice. Mark Ruffalo(Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)