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The BMW X3 And X4 Get The //M Treatment
BMW has taken their X3 Sports Activity Vehicle and X4 Sports Activity Coupe and given them the M treatment. The 2020 BMW X3 M and 2020 BMW X4 M both feature the new BMW M S58 inline six-cylinder engine with a crank redline of 7,200 rpm.
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yesterday by MacAaron
BMW adds X3 and X4 to high-performance M lineup
BMW has taken the X3 sports activity vehicle and the X4 sports activity coupe and given them the M treatment. Both receive a souped-up six-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine for 473 horsepower of output, with special Competition models receiving 503 horses. And both will be built in the U.S.
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yesterday by MacAaron
The Green New Deal: Ocasio-Cortez and Markey introduce resolution - Vox
A close look at the fights it picks and the fights it avoids.
The Green New Deal has become an incredibly hot item on the political agenda, but to date, it has remained somewhat ill defined. It’s a broad enough concept that everyone can read their aspirations into it, which has been part of its strength, but it has also left discussion in something of a fog, since no one’s quite sure what they’re arguing about.
On Thursday, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) introduced a Green New Deal resolution that lays out the goals, aspirations, and specifics of the program in a more definitive way. This is as close as there is to an “official” Green New Deal — at last, something to argue about.
There will be lots to say in the days to come about the politics of all this. (In the meantime, read Ella Nilsen’s piece.) For instance, it is interesting that Markey, a living symbol of 2008-era Democratic thinking on climate change (and the leader of the old climate committee), is lending his imprimatur to this more urgent and radical iteration.
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yesterday by rgl7194
AOC's Green New Deal: A New Millennial Climate Politics - The Atlantic
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outlines the fuzzy edges of a new “green dream.”
Long ago, in a distant geological era—when Donald Trump hosted a reality show, when Senator Barack Obama doubted whether Hillary Clinton could be president, when the Earth was one-third of a degree Celsius cooler—Al Gore made a prediction.
When Americans understood what climate change would mean for their children and grandchildren, the former vice president warned, “they will demand that whoever is running for office, whoever is elected to serve, will have to respond.”
For 12 years, politicians did not, and now Americans’ “children” have themselves been elected to serve. When Gore made that remark, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a teenager, a legal minor, one of a million kids living in New York.
Now she is an influential member of Congress.
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yesterday by rgl7194
Women in White: Democratic Solidarity Stands Out at State of the Union
WASHINGTON (AP) — The women of the House wore white. The men wore dark suits. And the contrast laid bare the growing gender gap between Democrats and Republicans.
Wearing the color of the suffragists, the Democratic women of the House put on a stunning display of solidarity during the State of the Union address Tuesday.
They paid tribute to the women who came before them and gave a nod to their own achievement, as more women than ever are now representatives in the House.
There were white pantsuits, of course. But also sheath power dresses. Even a puffy zip snow vest. Hats for some. Shawls and scarves.
In the chamber, there has long been a growing gender divide as Democrats elect far more women than Republicans. The House now has more than 100 women in office. But the vast majority of them, about 90, are Democrats. House Republican women number just over a dozen.
Even when the senators join for a moment like this one the gap comes into view — with the sea of dark suits on one side of the aisle, and the diversity of colorful suits and dresses on the other.
When President Donald Trump saluted the record number of women elected to Congress in the November elections, Democrats in white leapt to their feet, high-fived each other and chanted, “U-S-A!”
“That’s great,” Trump said. “Very great.”
A few of the Democrats’ male colleagues joined them in white. Many other men wore white ribbons of support.
On Tuesday, the women’s place in history, in white, stood out.
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yesterday by rgl7194
SOTU: Why the Women Wore White - The Atlantic
It was the most unexpected moment of an otherwise dully divisive evening: a group of lawmakers taking a speech that wasn’t about them and insisting that in fact it was.
“You weren’t supposed to do that!”
Donald Trump, midway through his State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening, did a rare thing: He applied his habit of rhetorical excess to someone other than himself. “No one,” he said, “has benefited more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58 percent of the newly created jobs in the last year.” The president had apparently not been expecting the line, the statistic bolstering the broader point about the “thriving economy,” to be met with applause. The Democratic women of the House of Representatives, however—nearly all of them clad in white, the symbolic shade of women’s suffrage, as a show of political unity—applauded it anyway.
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yesterday by rgl7194
State of the Union 2019: Why Democratic women are wearing white
WASHINGTON – There is one clear area where President Donald Trump has had a unifying effect on Capitol Hill: the color Democratic women wear to joint sessions of Congress. 
The chairwoman of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, Florida Rep. Lois Frankel, encouraged members to wear white to this year's State of the Union address as a shoutout to the voters who handed Democrats a majority in the House in the midterm elections and a reminder that they plan to make women's economic security a priority. 
The color choice is also meant to honor the women's suffrage movement that led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. 
More:Tiffany Trump wears white, the color chosen by Democrats as a political statement, at State of the Union
"By wearing suffragette white to #SOTU2019 tmrw we’re sending a message to everyone that voted for @HouseDemocrats & delivered us the majority that we're working #ForThePeople, promoting the economic security of women & their families!" Frankel said in a tweet Monday. 
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yesterday by rgl7194
Ford's "Lane-Keeping Bed" keeps sleep partners in their own lane
Based on the automaker's lane-keeping assist systems for cars, Ford's Lane-Keeping Bed was engineered to keep partners together in bed, with everyone sharing. We can't vouch for its comfort as a mattress, but it apparently does keep bed hogs in their place.
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2 days ago by MacAaron
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Delivers GTI Fun In A Grown Up Package
Volkswagen introduced the new sixth-generation Jetta GLI at the Chicago Auto Show, and this souped up compact sedan adds a number of performance features and cues from the Golf GTI. It’s everything you love about the GTI, but in a grown up package.
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2 days ago by MacAaron
Text - H.Res.109 - 116th Congress (2019-2020): Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal. | | Library of Congress

Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.

Whereas the October 2018 report entitled “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC” by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the November 2018 Fourth National Climate Assessment report found that—

(1) human activity is the dominant cause of observed climate change over the past century;

(2) a changing climate is causing sea levels to rise and an increase in wildfires, severe storms, droughts, and other extreme weather events that threaten human life, healthy communities, and critical infrastructure;

(3) global warming at or above 2 degrees Celsius beyond preindustrialized levels will cause—

(A) mass migration from the regions most affected by climate change;

(B) more than $500,000,000,000 in lost annual economic output in the United States by the year 2100;

(C) wildfires that, by 2050, will annually burn at least twice as much forest area in the western United States than was typically burned by wildfires in the years preceding 2019;

(D) a loss of more than 99 percent of all coral reefs on Earth;

(E) more than 350,000,000 more people to be exposed globally to deadly heat stress by 2050; and

(F) a risk of damage to $1,000,000,000,000 of public infrastructure and coastal real estate in the United States; and
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2 days ago by Quercki
Highlights from the floor of the 2019 Chicago Auto Show
It's a big year for the Chicago Auto Show, with more new vehicles unveiled than we've seen in some time, including the 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD, the new Subaru Legacy and the 30th Anniversary edition of the MX-5 Miata. Here's a look at the highlights from one of the largest automotive show floors in the US.
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3 days ago by MacAaron
Toyota Unveils The 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road At The Chicago Auto Show
When Toyota introduced the Adventure grade for the previous-generation RAV4, most people assumed that this would be about as rugged as their little compact crossover would get. After all, this isn’t a pickup truck or a body-on-frame SUV. We did look askance, wondering why this consumer-grade machine was put into the rally circuit without seeing any trickle-down from there to showrooms. Maybe Toyota had to prove something first. But we certainly thought it was capable enough when we took a rally-prepped RAV4 to Team O’Neil Rally School.
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4 days ago by MacAaron

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