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  • Jane Fonda, Lucy Liu, Regina King and More Discuss the Importance of Women in Power April 21, 2021
    “We need to get extremely brave,” said Jane Fonda, the legendary actor who has spent her 80s fighting for climate change reform. At the EMILY’s List fourth annual pre-Oscars event on Tuesday, “The First but Not the Last,” Fonda gathered virtually with Regina King, Lucy Liu, Samantha Bee and New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham […]
    Ethan Shanfeld
  • Disney and Sony Set Massive Movie Deal, Bringing ‘Spider-Man’ Films to Disney Plus April 21, 2021
    Disney has set a massive movie licensing pact with Sony Pictures for the U.S. that promises to bring Spider-Man and other Marvel properties to Disney Plus starting with Sony’s 2022 release slate. The wide-ranging deal, which runs through Sony’s 2026 theatrical slate, also calls for Sony titles to run across Disney’s array of streaming and […]
    Cynthia Littleton
  • iHeartMedia’s Bob Pittman Helps Kick Off All Access Audio Summit, in Confab’s First Year Without ‘Radio’ in the Name April 21, 2021
    All Access Music, the website started 26 years ago by longtime radio trade publisher Joel Denver, presented its annual confab remotely for the first time, changing the name from All Access Worldwide Radio Summit to All Access Audio Summit, representing not just radio, but streaming and podcasting. In an interview that helped kick off the […]
    Chris Willman
  • Final Oscars Predictions 2021: Who Will Win and Who Should Win? April 21, 2021
    It’s all come down to this. The longest awards season is drawing to a close, after an excruciating pandemic year that nearly destroyed the movie business. History looks to be made at the Oscars, with women and people of color getting recognition — but there’s also room for a surprise or two. In the winners […]
    Clayton Davis
  • Paramount Pictures Hires Mika Pryce as Senior VP of Production April 21, 2021
    Paramount Pictures has hired Mika Pryce as senior VP of production. She begins her new position on April 26 and will report to the motion picture group’s co-presidents Daria Cercek and Michael Ireland. “Mika has fantastic talent relationships, excellent taste and knows how to build a movie from the ground up,” Cercek and Ireland said […]
    Rebecca Rubin
  • ‘Floor Is Lava’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix (EXCLUSIVE) April 21, 2021
    Netflix has renewed its game show “Floor Is Lava” for a second season, Variety has learned exclusively. Rutledge Wood will be returning to host the show, a play on a childhood game that features a team of contestants leaping over obstacles and trying to avoid falling into the “lava” as they try to get to […]
    Elaine Low
  • CNN Draws Largest Audience for Derek Chauvin Verdict in Early Ratings April 21, 2021
    An approximate combined total of 18.38 million viewers across six networks — CNN, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, CBS and HLN — watched on Tuesday as the verdict was announced in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Per Nielsen’s Live + Same Day fast national time period data, which does not include out-of-home […]
    Mónica Marie Zorrilla
  • Music Industry Moves: Lil Wayne Signs With UTA, Anderson .Paak Joins Warner Chappell April 21, 2021
    Five-time Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne has joined UTA, the company announced, for worldwide representation in all areas. With a catalog reaching back to the 1990s, Wayne is one of the most influential and successful rappers of all time. The depth of his discography is reflected by the fact that there are multiple volumes of some […]
    Jem Aswad
  • ‘Music Man’ Star Hugh Jackman Says Musical Is ‘Rebuilding’ After Scott Rudin Exit April 21, 2021
    Hugh Jackman, star of the upcoming Broadway revival of “The Music Man,” said that the company is rebuilding their team following Scott Rudin’s announcement that he is stepping back from Broadway productions in the wake of his workplace abuse allegations. “I want to say how much I respect and applaud the people that have spoken […]
    Antonio Ferme
  • ‘Robot Chicken’ Sets Archie Comics Special Featuring ‘Josie and the Pussycats’ Reunion (EXCLUSIVE) April 21, 2021
    Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and the whole Archie Comics gang are making a return to “Robot Chicken,” and Variety has obtained an exclusive first look at the new special. Premiering May 23 on Adult Swim, “The Bleepin’ Robot Chicken Archie Comics Special” will feature a reunion of “Josie and the Pussycats” film stars Rachel Leigh […]
    Danielle Turchiano

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  • Much-needed precipitation to eye parched California April 20, 2021
    California is in desperate need of moisture in the form of rain and mountain snow. Since the water year began on Oct. 1, 2020, most areas are within the 25th to 50th percentile of average. Even though the tail end of the rainy season is at hand in California, there is some hope for late-season...
  • 500-year-old salt farming tradition undergoing major changes April 22, 2021
    The sting of climate change is often viewed as an issue for future generations and as unimportant as a few degrees of temperature change. But for a region of farmers in the Indian state of Gujarat, climate change’s punch is striking now. For farming families like the Thakors, the temperature change of a few degrees...
  • Return of severe weather to rock the South April 21, 2021
    Following the most recent rounds of tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail that occurred about 10 days ago, the South has had little in the way of severe weather. Unfortunately, AccuWeather forecasters expect that lull to come to an end. The recent stretch of quiet weather will continue Wednesday and Thursday. By Friday, an increase...
  • Feisty thunderstorms to jolt I-95 corridor ahead of cold snap April 20, 2021
    Springtime weather worries continue to mount across portions of the Northeast this week. In addition to the threats for snow and a late-April chill, severe weather is also in the forecast for some. The week began with rather tranquil weather across portions of the Northeast. A few pop-up showers and thunderstorms arose Monday afternoon, setting...
  • Brrrr! Frigid air to follow record April snow in parts of US April 21, 2021
    April 20 marked the official one-month mark into the spring season, but Mother Nature apparently didn’t get the memo. A storm set a slew of records for daily snowfall amounts for the date. The system is also the culprit behind much colder air arriving across the Midwest and Northeast. AccuWeather forecasters warn that hard freezes...
  • Warmer water in Lake Michigan could mean more snow for surrounding cities April 21, 2021
    A newly released study suggests water temperatures are warming beneath the surface of Lake Michigan, and AccuWeather meteorologists warn that the rising temperatures of the lake water could actually mean surrounding cities will have more snow than usual. According to a study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published last month i […]
  • What do tornado safety drills look like in the age of coronavirus? April 21, 2021
    With the United States anticipating more tornadoes than normal this spring and summer, schools are preparing staff and students with safety drills. However, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the need for social distancing has come to the forefront, forcing school administrators to make adjustments to their drills. Tornadoes occur in the U.S. year-round, […]
  • Soaking storms continue to drench Florida Peninsula April 19, 2021
    An unusually strong and moist front for April will continue to bring rounds of rain and locally severe thunderstorms over the central and southern parts of the Florida Peninsula through Wednesday. The front has already delivered nearly an entire month’s worth of rain in some areas since arriving this past weekend, and a few more...
  • Fishing trip at Lake Powell leads to family making extraordinary discovery April 19, 2021
    Historically low water levels at Lake Powell in Utah led to a fascinating discovery by one family. Liz Bowles was on a recent fishing trip with her family and said the water was so low on their trip that new areas they had never seen were exposed. “Where we camped is usually underwater,” Bowles told...
  • Meteor shower drought to end with Earth Day shooting stars April 15, 2021
    Earth Day is an annual event celebrating the environment around the world, and folks that want to kick off the special day outdoors can do so under the stars as a highly-anticipated meteor shower peaks. For the first time in nearly four months, skywatchers of all ages will have the opportunity to spot some shooting...

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  • House passes temporary extension for regulating fentanyl as Schedule 1 drug
    The House passed legislation by voice vote Wednesday to extend an expiring provision related to the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl, which was responsible for a large share of drug overdoses in recent years, although senators prefer a different approach. Both chambers have introduced multiple bills that would extend the regulation of fentanyl for varying lengths […] The post House passes temporary extension for regulating fentanyl as Schedule 1 drug appeared first on Roll Call.
  • Senate GOP earmarks ‘ban’ upheld in conference vote
    Senate Republicans voted Wednesday afternoon to stick with their conference’s internal earmark ban, according to senators present. But that won’t prevent those who want funding for home-state projects from requesting it. The earmark prohibition — which GOP senators voted to make “permanent” in their rules two years ago — isn’t binding, meaning any Republican who wants to request earmarks […] The post Senate GOP earmarks ‘ban’ upheld in conference vote appeared first on Roll Call.
  • FDA finds more problems with Johnson & Johnson contractor
    A contractor for Johnson & Johnson may have spoiled more COVID-19 vaccine doses than previously understood, according to a scathing Food and Drug Administration inspection report released Wednesday. The agency launched an inspection on April 12 of the Baltimore plant of Emergent BioSolutions, the U.S. company producing a crucial component of the Johnson & Johnson […] The post FDA finds more problems with Johnson & Johnson contractor appeared first on Roll Call.
  • ‘Friend when needed, foe when appropriate’: Congress remembers Alcee Hastings
    During his more than four decades in public service, Rep. Alcee L. Hastings participated in five impeachments. He voted for both of Donald Trump’s impeachments, and before that, for a federal judge’s and against Bill Clinton’s. But in his first, he didn’t get to vote at all.  It was his own. Hastings, who died this […] The post ‘Friend when needed, foe when appropriate’: Congress remembers Alcee Hastings appeared first on Roll Call.
  • Change of government and political turmoil keep lobbyists busy, disclosures show
    Infrastructure, tax and climate proposals are fueling K Street’s bottom line this year, as corporate America also veers into fights over voting laws amid a perilous political landscape for business interests.  The new Biden administration and all-Democratic control of Capitol Hill have prompted a shift in federal policy priorities as well as a shuffling of […] The post Change of government and political turmoil keep lobbyists busy, disclosures show appeared first on Roll Call.
  • Photo of the day: Family chat
    Lawrence Jackson, chief photographer for Vice President Kamala Harris, talks on Wednesday with Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who is also his father-in-law. Jackson was in the Senate Reception Room while waiting for the vice president to depart the Capitol. Harris attended the memorial for the late Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., who died earlier this month. The post Photo of the day: Family chat appeared first on Roll Call.
  • Top bipartisan group relaunches $110 billion technology bill
    A group of top lawmakers of both parties in both chambers of Congress on Wednesday reintroduced legislation that aims to spend $110 billion on vital technologies to sustain American leadership and spur competitiveness against China. The draft bill, known as the Endless Frontier Act, championed by Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. […] The post Top bipartisan group relaunches $110 billion technology bill appeared first on Roll Call.
  • Biden to launch new tax credit for COVID-19 vaccine time off
    President Joe Biden is set to announce the availability of new tax credits to subsidize small and medium-sized businesses that provide paid time off for workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The eligibility period will run from April 1 through Sept. 30, though it will not be retroactive to Jan. 1, per a White House […] The post Biden to launch new tax credit for COVID-19 vaccine time off appeared first on Roll Call.
  • Garland launches probe into Minneapolis Police Department
    The Justice Department has opened a civil investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department after Tuesday’s murder conviction of a police officer for the death of George Floyd, a reassertion of a federal civil rights tool that withered during the Trump administration. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced that the “pattern or practice” probe will look […] The post Garland launches probe into Minneapolis Police Department appeared first on Roll Call.
  • Political Theater: The future of the Democratic Party
    We begin with Jason Dick offering a tribute to former Vice President Walter Mondale — who he was and how he helped build the Democratic Party of today. Then we thought it would be a good idea to give Political Theater listeners a chance to hear our sister podcast, CQ Future, on what’s next for […] The post Political Theater: The future of the Democratic Party appeared first on Roll Call.

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