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House Dems resume battle over Biden’s $1.2T infrastructure bill after Pelosi fails

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The House of Representatives is expected to take up the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill on Friday after Speaker Nancy Pelosi failed to garner enough support for it to pass, canceling Thursday’s vote. 

While Pelosi had early Thursday expressed confidence in passing the bill before October hit, progressive and moderate Democrats continue to clash in negotiations, with the far-left vowing to block the Senate-passed bill until a massive $3.5 trillion spending bill is passed. 

The feud threatens two of President Biden’s top legislative priorities and has so far confounded party leaders, senior congressional staffers, and White House aides who have sought a solution.

Pelosi told reporters as she left the Capitol after midnight “we’re not trillions of dollars apart,” vowing “there will be a vote today.”

Progressives threaten to tank the infrastructure bill if it comes to a vote, with Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) claiming to have enough votes against it. 

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Pelosi had recently expressed confidence in passing the bill before October hit.
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While they support the infrastructure bill, moderate Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-West Va.) have repeatedly vowed not to vote for a $3.5 trillion price tag for the spending bill. 

On Thursday, a July memo signed by Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) emerged, revealing the West Virginian requested a topline figure of $1.5 trillion.

Regardless of that topline, Jayapal promised to deliver on the “entirety of the president’s agenda. 

“Those negotiations are going on, as I understand it and the White House, the speaker has committed to us that nothing will be agreed to, and because she knows that we have to, we have to sign off on it,” she said.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va
Manchin previously requested a topline figure of $1.5 trillion in the bill.
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The same day, Manchin and Sinema were spotted leaving a private meeting on Capitol Hill with White House Domestic Policy Adviser Susan Rice. The two have met several times with President Biden at the White House to discuss passing the two pieces of legislation. Manchin said Thursday that he informed the president of his topline “in the last week or so.” 

Biden cleared his schedule on Thursday to assist in negotiations after minimal whipping efforts from House Democratic leaders.

Following hours of negotiations, Pelosi revealed debate over the infrastructure bill “concluded,” and all that needed to be discussed Friday was “shaping the reconciliation bill.” 

“Discussions continue with the House, Senate and White House to reach a bicameral framework agreement to Build Back Better through a [$3.5 trillion] reconciliation bill,” she wrote in a so-called “Dear Colleague” letter, calling Thursday a “productive and crucial day.” 

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema
Sinema has repeatedly vowed not to vote for a $3.5 trillion price tag for the spending bill. 
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“The Bipartisan Infrastructure bill has already had its rule passed and its debate has concluded. All of this momentum brings us closer to shaping the reconciliation bill in a manner that will pass the House and Senate.”

It is unclear if the bipartisan bill will successfully pass on its own Friday.

Biden, who has come under fire for claiming the $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better Agenda costs zero dollars,” has supported the progressive’s goal of passing the infrastructure bill and budget reconciliation package at the same time. 

President Joe Biden
Biden has come under fire for claiming the $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better Agenda costs zero dollars.”
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The president faces losing all the work his administration did with Republicans to pass the infrastructure bill as bipartisan and key items on his agenda through the budget reconciliation, including child care assistance, lowering drug prescription prices and addressing climate change, if the House fails to pass both bills. 

Late Thursday, the White House released a statement, thanking Pelosi and Schumer for their “extraordinary leadership” in the negotiations. 

“A great deal of progress has been made this week, and we are closer to an agreement than ever. But we are not there yet, and so, we will need some additional time to finish the work, starting tomorrow morning first thing,” the statement read. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
The White House has thanked Schumer for his “extraordinary leadership” in the negotiations. 
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“While Democrats do have some differences, we share common goals of creating good union jobs, building a clean energy future, cutting taxes for working families and small businesses, helping to give those families breathing room on basic expenses—and doing it without adding to the deficit, by making those at the top pay their fair share.”

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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