Rise and Shine: Nov. 4, 2019

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. I’m back in the mix, so to speak. It was an epic weekend, to say the least. If you’re curious about that, click here.

But enough about me.

Hopefully, you had a great weekend and did not forget about Daylight Savings Time, which, by the way, turns out to be a rather controversial topic.

We’re going to have a mix of sun and clouds this morning, giving way to mostly clouds in the afternoon. The evening could bring a rain shower. Temperatures will be around 50 degrees, maybe a little higher, according to The Weather Channel.

There’s some light snow forecast for later in the week. But I refuse to acknowledge that. LA, LA, LA I can’t hear you, Mother Nature.

It’s National Candy Day, which I thought we already celebrated this year (it’s called Halloween?), and also National Chicken Lady Day. Yeah, strange, I know. For more information on that, click here.

Comedian Kathy Griffin is turning 59 years old today. I know because she told me so on Twitter. Also celebrating birthdays on this day: Actor Matthew McConaughey (50), actor Ralph Macchio (58 – Good Lord, the Karate Kid is pushing 60!), reality TV personality Jessa Dugger (27), reality TV personality Bethenny Frankel (49) and former First Lady Laura Bush (73).

Let’s get to those headlines, shall we?

A year out from the 2020 Election Day, there are some tough numbers for President Donald Trump in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. The data suggest the pathway to re-election is currently very narrow with little margin for error for the president.

Trump said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has “lost her mind” over impeachment and should return home because her California congressional district “is going to hell.”

Trump suggested that Republicans should release their own versions of transcripts of interviews in the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry.

New York City Rep. Carolyn Maloney is next in line to become the leader of the powerful House Oversight Committee – one of three committees involved in the impeachment inquiry – after the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings — and she’s fighting for the spot.

The lawyer for the whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry into Trump claims he has offered Republicans the chance to interview his client via written questions.

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke is dropping out of the race for president, announcing on Twitter that his campaign “does not have the means to move forward successfully.”

California Sen. Kamala Harris has qualified for the December Democratic presidential primary debate, but she’s struggling to keep her campaign afloat.

The New York Times’s and The Washington Post’s respective apps reportedly remain on Trump’s phone despite his recent decision to end the White House’s subscriptions to the two newspapers.

Trump was in NYC for a UFC fight Saturday night and got a mixed reaction from the Madison Square Garden crowd. The reaction outside, however, was anything but mixed.

Most Southeast Asian leaders are skipping a summit with U.S. representatives after Trump decided to avoid the annual meetings for a second straight year.

For more than two years Trump has talked about pulling the United States out of the landmark Paris climate agreement. Starting today he finally can do something about it, though the withdrawal process takes a while.

Global stock markets followed Wall Street higher today after unexpectedly strong U.S. jobs data helped to soothe investor worries after American factory weakened more than forecast in October.

McDonald’s chief executive officer has been pushed out of the company after violating company policy by engaging in a consensual relationship with an employee, the corporation said.

At a church service this past Sunday, former President Jimmy Carter reflected on dying and expressed his thoughts on what would truly make American great.

Trump and California’s governor Gavin Newsom sparred on Twitter over the wildfires tearing through the state.

Over the weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on the receiving end of multiple Trump attacks for celebrating the president’s decision to decamp New York for Florida — not only from the president, but also from his son, Don Jr., and even some of his aides.

Twitter was a political tool that helped get Trump elected and a digital howitzer that he relished firing. In the years since, he has fully integrated Twitter into the very fabric of his administration, reshaping the nature of the presidency and presidential power.

Perhaps no group understands the praise-seeking cyclone that is @realDonaldTrump better than these arbitrary few who have lived inside it, briefly and usually unwittingly as victims of his retweets.

Impacts from last Thursday night’s powerful rain storm are still being felt, as the Schroon River in Warren County inches over its banks, and the integrity of Mohawk River dams are being watched.

The storm claimed the life of Father J. Thomas Connery, 82, of the Diocese of Albany, who died in the floodwaters in Norway., NY, and left thousands without power, officials said. The governor declared states of emergency for 12 New York counties, many of them in the North Country.

National Grid officials say 300,000 customers were without power this weekend as a result of the storm.

It’s long been the case that Democrats easily outnumber Republicans both statewide and in the Capital Region – but the enrollment gap is getting wider.

A heated meeting last month where top Rensselaer County Republicans pressured Troy mayoral candidate Tom Reale to drop out of the race — and endorse a Democratic challenger — degenerated into a name-calling shouting match with county Executive Steve McLaughlin lobbing threats and declaring himself the “boss of the party.”

Nearly 900 NYC inmates could be celebrating Christmas early courtesy of Cuomo and a plan to quietly free them before the state’s bail-reform law goes into effect next year.

The Monroe County DA race has become an unlikely big-money referendum on traditional law-and-order prosecutors thanks to Shani Curry Mitchell, a progressive newcomer who has drawn the attention and backing from the billionaire George Soros.

While Republican NY-21 Rep. Elise Stefanik’s campaign fundraising vastly outstrips that of her Democratic challenger Tedra Cobb, Cobb has raised more money in the district and in New York than the three-term Congresswoman.

As of late last week, Cuomo had still not asked lawmakers to send him 435 bills were approved by both houses during the 2019 session. That’s the six-month session that ended in June, and the still-languishing bills were approved as long ago as Feb. 12.

After more than a quarter century, one of New York’s largest public sector unions, the Civil Service Employees Association, has a new president. Mary E. Sullivan was sworn into the union’s top position on Friday.

A man was convicted of murdering a Binghamton University nursing student by a Nicaraguan court. Orlando Tercero, 23, now faces up to 30 years in prison for strangling Haley Anderson, a Long Island native, to death inside his off campus apartment in March 2018.

Tan-seeking teens would have to go outdoors for their sun fix under a new state proposal by Sen. James Skoufis that would raise the age on who can use tanning beds to 21.

Local Boards of Elections declared New York’s first-ever early voting period largely a success.

A tugboat and the barge it was pushing – which was loaded with gasoline and diesel fuels – ran aground on the Hudson River yesterday morning.

Alcohol breath tests, a linchpin of the criminal justice system, are often unreliable, a NY Times investigation found, generating skewed results with alarming frequency – even though they are marketed as precise to the third decimal place.

The New York Police Department, like other law enforcement agencies, has created a podcast that delves into its most interesting cases.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez expressed her solidarity with the antipolice demonstrations that raged in Brooklyn over the weekend and included turnstile-jumping and defacing cop cars.

Journalist Ronan Farrow took a shot at former President Bill Clinton, saying the “credible” rape claims against the ex commander in chief are “overdue for revisiting.”

A startling new study has found dangerous levels of the heavy metal sitting in the soil among the kale, carrots and arugula sprouting in backyards and community gardens across NYC.

Joyciline Jepkosgei, 26, of Kenya, who was running her first-ever marathon took the 49th annual New York City Marathon title yesterday with a finish time of 2:22:38, along with Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor, also 26 and also of Kenya, who won the men’s marathon with a 2:08:13 finish time. (He also won in 2017).

Mongolian Groom was euthanized after running in the $6 million Classic at the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, the 37th horse to die at the California track since December.

RIP Brian Tarantina, a character actor known for playing a comedy club M.C. on the Emmy Award-winning series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” who was found dead on Saturday at his home in Manhattan at the age of 60.

Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America, is open for the 2019-20 winter season.

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