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Imagine ‘Antifa Ballot Harvesters.’ It’s not difficult to do.



Imagine 'Antifa Ballot Harvesters.' It's not difficult to do.

Just before Saturday, congresswoman Ayana Presley called for more unrest and unrest on America’s streets through postal ballots and the United States. I worried about the crowd and the vote. Postal Service (USPS).

“Ballot-Harvester” is a term for someone who can pick up the ballot of another person or, in some cases, fill it in and carry it to the polling station, the elections center or the post office. See the list of states below and their laws on the processing of the vote by other citizens. At least 27 states require someone else to vote.

In 2018, an entire Congressional delegation in that rock-ribbed, conservative district lost in Orange County , California, because of vote harvesters gathering and often filling up ballots. Liberal vote harvesters used undocumented aliens to collect voters’ ballots. We organized “ballot meetings” and went door-to – door in big corporations. We don’t know what happened to all the ballots, because there are no chain of custody records.

Start with Chaos, and add Mob and voila!

Throughout California, the electoral system has essentially preserved the one-party laws of the Democrats, which were established by all-mail electoral throughout 1998. For one exception, since 1998, no Republican has been elected to the State House. And that exception was against a Democrat who was unusually corrupt and was behind Melissa’s “Sweetcakes.”

Will the ‘Squad’ of the AOC run the Rioters? Another was also calling for more ‘Street Unrest’

Like California, Oregon allows political parties to see who votes and who does not vote in real time. There follows intimidation and impersonation of voters. There is no way to know the number of voters because no ID is needed and nobody checks.

The Los Angeles County processed 90 percent of all the state’s last minute provisional ballots, according to the California Election Integrity Project-40 percent of all U.S. provisionals. All you had to do was see who hadn’t voted and call your LA guy to vote.

Things are already a global cluster in Virginia, where the ‘non-profit’ third-party ‘Voting Information Center’ just sent a half million vote-by-mail requests to….who does? In order to add to the confusion, they were returned to the wrong address.

Related: Vote-by-mail rise and failure

Remember the election of Washington State Governor with all of the unofficial last-minute votes in at the last minute? This wasn’t an error. Will you remember the “met” votes – miraculously only enough to place Democrat Christine Gregoire in the mansion of the governor?

And Al Franken and Wisconsin? Those who have found votes and felon votes? Such scandals tend to occur in Wisconsin.

Today I heard that a postal service employee called the WEC and told them that 3 large tubes of absent ballots from Oshkosh and Appleton were just found.

I understand your frustration and work hard to find a solution to the situation.

Sen. Dan Feyen, 8 April 2020 (@SenDanFeyen).

Knock, knock, knock, knock. Who’s there? Who’s there? The primary New York. The primary New York who? We don’t know who it’s so screwed up.

Chaos is deliberate

That was as planned. Mayhem. Mayhem. Confusion. Confusion. The program is daunting.

Voting participation, as promised by the rational Democrats for voting by mail, in Oregon has decreased or remained approximately the same. There is no net gain in voting-by-mail participation. That’s a fireplace. But the device is definitely easier to hustle.

Now take this overwhelmed system and add the crowd.

Can you imagine that the Democrats will collect antifa ballots?

I can. I can.

Have SEIU ever seen at a Tea Party?

The other night in Portland, here were the antifa and Black Lives rioters who spoke to people watching the mess they felt was the safety of their apartments on the upper floor. Sadly, their apartments are attached to a police station for them.

Antifa and BLMTM Apartment Dwellers Rioters:

“We know where you live.” “We will burn down your house.”

“We’ll burn down your house”

“We know where you live ”

Since # antifa has taken residential areas in Portland to riot, they have attacked and intimidated residents. Tonight, those who looked out of the window were threatened. # PortlandRiots

August 9, 2020 Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo)

Imagine planned election riots and ballot boxes

Do you think that those who threaten the lives of dozens of people living in Portland apartment building and blocking police doors when the arsonists set fire to a building and shoot ball bears at people are not jacking you up for a vote? Is it really such a stretch of imagination? How vulnerable is a manager with hundreds of mailbox keys? How about your anti-famous friend who works in the post office?

Individuals who riot, maim and attack strangers at night do not think about organizing masses to plunder a post office, using their handy IEDs to blow up election vests, to steal bags of ballots, to steal votes and extortion people by using their hacker contingents in all sorts of criminal activities.

Day 70: She stands up and tries to set fire to the portland woman

Can you imagine an anticipated riot in the days leading to Election Day outside the election office or any collection point? There have been almost 80 straight days of rioting in Portland. What’s more than 80 days? They ‘re not going to starve. In addition, Uncle Sam is bankrolling some of these criminals, free food from Riot Ribs and “supporters.” There’s a government test on people like the Thomas Jefferson statue vandal on Portland. What are a few more days of prolonged unemployment payments from COVID, right?

Will ordinary people expect different punishments if antifa and Black Lives MatterTM want to beat, threaten, assault and target armed police officers?

PORTLAND: Rioters are tossing explosives and flares to deter police going forward.

Remember when the mayor said that a federal presence was causing the riots? Well, we know officially that the story is a lie.

Day 72 and the nonsense goes on / PAyPKlTQ3b Specifications

August 8, 2020 ELIJAH RIOT, (@ElijahSchaffer)

In Minneapolis recently, where the police department is being dismantled and “reimagined,” people were told to obey antifa and protesters and revolters from Black Lives MatterTM if they would not end up at a hospital or morgue.

Not persuaded?

There is broad daylight violence and no cop in sight in Portland.

UNHINGED: Mighty Mini Man’s demonstrators go crazy about media and supporters of trumpet, supporters of blue lives and Christians and the elderly bullying them violently here in downtown Portland, opposite the court

August 2, 2020-Drew Hernandez (@livesmattershow)

Night-time riots are happening, harassing, threatening and assaulting innocent people.

This unknown woman who used a walker was confronted with the group currently outside of East Precinct.

August 7, 2020 — Portland Police (@PortlandPolice)

Where are Riots permitted Harvesting

Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, St. Louis, New York, LLA, Washington , DC, Atlanta, Denver, Houston, Phoenix, Cleveland, Madison, Albuquerque and several others were hit by chaos, plundering and incense.

Let’s just test the State voting procedures on this place for snarling and giggling, thanks from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

I’ve already discussed the loopholes in California and Oregon, but it is worth recalling that the number of elections a public union member may “harvest” is unlimited. If, say, you set up a mega station for the collection of ballots, in a home nursing community or on a parking garage, you have to carry a signal which contains this sentence in a 50-point font: “NOT AN OFFICIAL BALLOT DROP SITE.”

Portland Police Prosecutor Likely To Drop Case against Rioters Who Injure Cops

There appear to be no rules in Washington. None. None. Good luck, CHAZ, Pick, Antimonopolis, Seattle. New York Ditto. Rules of Procedure? No stinking rules are required.

In Minnesota, where there have been protests, poll harvesters are limited to three ballots. Yet no one requires identification, meaning that the total amount of votes that someone can cast is effectively three times that.

Illinois has a provision that, aside from dead people who routinely vote, people in nursing homes and other residential facilities will have a friendly staff member of the SEIU who can support you and vote.

Missouri made me go to the dictionary to understand his rules. ‘An absent vote can be returned in person to the elector’s relative who is in second degree consanguinity or affinity.’ Come on, maaan, I never said I was Skip Gates.

In the district of Columbia, everyone is able to register in a “urgent ballot,” but the person who takes them to the election receptacle must be “an authorized agent.”

In Georgia, the voting harvesters are restricted to 10 votes and only for hospitals, persons with disabilities or illiterates. Gee, just ten? For ballot harvesters too, Denver has a ten-ballot limit.

In Houston, votes must be placed in a “mailer envelope” and mailed uh. The voter is the only person who can vote in person. No ballots are accepted during the election period by persons other than the voting persons.

Throughout Arizona and Ohio, only family members are allowed to vote, but no identification or signature is required.

There are no laws in Wisconsin and New Mexico

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Be prepared for a weird series of electoral events in Boston



Be prepared for a weird series of electoral events in Boston

Go grab a copy of the Boston governing charter — you’re going to need it these next few months, as a bizarre series of happenings could invoke just about every election rule in the tome.

Acting Mayor Kim Janey’s administration announced that the next elected mayor of Boston will be sworn in on Nov. 16, two weeks after the Nov. 2 general election between City Councilors Annissa Essaibi-George and Michelle Wu.

Janey’s office wrote in the press release — which featured a picture of the three women smiling behind masks at the Francis Parkman House on Beacon Hill — that that will come after the votes are certified on Nov. 15. That is, of course, assuming there’s no recount — like the protracted one in the 2019 at-large council race.

Normally, when Boston elects a new mayor, the person has two months’ time to transition in, with the new term beginning the following January. But in this case, because there’s an acting mayor, the charter say the new elected mayor takes office ASAP, right after the vote is certified.

Janey’s office said it will begin administrative meetings with both candidates in mid-October because of the abridged transition period.

One consequence of the early swearing-in is that it will, no matter what, create a vacancy in an at-large council seat for about a month and a half, as both Wu and Essaibi-George are currently at-large councilors.

For a vacancy in one of the four at-large seats, the charter says the city clerk has 21 days to formally notify the council, which then has 15 days to seat someone. The at-large seats are elected all together, so the charter says the council essentially is supposed to go down the list of the four runners-up until one says they’ll take the gig — though in the unlikely event that no one does the city council gets to choose any registered voter in Boston.

In 2018, when then-Councilor Ayanna Pressley was elected to Congress, the first runner up Althea Garrison, a perennial candidate, took over and served the rest of the term.

How long the new councilor might serve depends how much of the 21 days and how much of the 15 days the clerk and council decide to eat up, City Clerk Maureen Feeney acknowledged on Friday, but she said it’s likely that someone would have that seat at least briefly.

The most recent first runner up is Alejandra St. Guillen, who lost the final at-large spot 2019 by just a single vote after a long and fraught recount. If she were to end up on the council, she’d sit right next to Julia Mejia, who edged her out by that one ballot.

The other runners up in 2019 were Erin Murphy, Garrison and David Halbert — all of whom are on the ballot in the at-large race again this November, so each would have either just won or lost a race for an upcoming two-year term to start in January.

But there could be another at-large vacancy, too, as we get into the more speculative situations possible. Rumors have swirled that Gov. Charlie Baker could appoint At-Large City Councilor Michael Flaherty as Suffolk County District Attorney if current DA Rachael Rollins is confirmed to the post of U.S. Attorney. The U.S. Senate committee is expected to vote on Rollins’ nomination this coming week, potentially sending her name to the full body for a final vote at a later date.

If Rollins were approved and Flaherty appointed, the at-large vacancy rules would kick in then, too — whenever that may be, whether that’s before or after the election, or even in the new council term. Either way, Flaherty, the top vote-getter in the at-large preliminary earlier this month, will show up on the November council ballot, even if he’s the DA.

And your copy of the charter might not stop getting a workout at the end of the calendar year.

District 1 City Councilor Lydia Edwards is running in the special election for the 1st Suffolk state Senate seat, for which the primary election takes place Dec. 14. If Edwards — who at this point has just one opponent, Revere School Committee member Anthony D’Ambrosio — wins that, the general special election follows about a month later. If — as we continue the Boston political speculation here — she were to win that, she’d quickly resign her city council seat, which covers East Boston, Charlestown and the North End, and take on the new gig.

But believe it or not, the charter handles district-councilor vacancies differently than it does when someone leaves an at large seat. For a district vacancy that takes place more than 180 days before a municipal election — which this one easily would be, as the next normal local contest wouldn’t come until 2023 — that seat then has its own special election.

First there would be a preliminary contest about two months after the vacancy starts, and the top two vote-getters would then move to a general special election 28 days later.

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Protesters gather in Boston to oppose treatment of Haitians at the border



Protesters gather in Boston to oppose treatment of Haitians at the border

Elected officials, Haitians, unions and supporters gathered outside the JFK Federal Building Friday, expressing outrage over the viral images circulated earlier this week showing a Border Patrol agent on horseback whipping Haitian migrants in Texas.

“We are supposed to be a land that welcomes immigrants, but yet we are turning them away every chance that we get,” said Boston City Council at-large candidate Ruthzee Louijeune, a Haitian American. “We are supposed to be a country that celebrates our diversity, but yet we allow anti-Blackness to cloud our policy.”

Attendees at the rally included both Boston mayoral candidates; representatives from Sen. Ed Markey’s, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s and Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s offices; and several Boston City Council and state Legislature members.

Mayoral candidate Annissa Essaibi-George said the rally sent a “loud and clear message” to President Joe Biden over the incident. Her rival, Michelle Wu, called Haiti, which has suffered an earthquake and the assassination of their president this summer, a “beacon of democracy and hope and activism and organizing.”

A group of Boston elected officials of color, including the mayoral candidates and Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins, released a letter earlier this week denouncing the treatment of Haitian migrants at the southern border along the Rio Grande, and called for the firing of the Border Patrol agents in the viral photos.

A large group from Massachusetts 1199 SEIU, the health care workers’ union, also showed up at the rally, expressing support for their large number of Haitian members.

“Coming to an event like this is not only supporting our members, but it’s their families, their communities (and) where they come from,” Filaine Deronnette, vice president of health systems for the union, said.

“We wouldn’t be here if Haitians were from Sweden,” said attendee Ben Jerome from Watertown and originally from Haiti, repeating a theme heard throughout the rally that the poor treatment of Haitian immigrants is due to anti-Black sentiment. “I find it very inhumane the way (Biden) is treating Haitians, and I think we can do better.”

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Migrants gone from Texas border camp as Biden blasts agents



Migrants gone from Texas border camp as Biden blasts agents

DEL RIO, Texas — No migrants remained Friday at the Texas border encampment where almost 15,000 people — most of them Haitians — had converged just days earlier seeking asylum, local and federal officials said.

It’s a dramatic change from last Saturday, when the number peaked as migrants driven by confusion over the Biden administration’s policies and misinformation on social media converged at the border crossing connecting Del Rio, Texas, and Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.

President Biden on Friday blasted the way border agents used their horses, saying it was “horrible” and that “people will pay” as a result. The agents have been assigned to administrative duties while the administration investigates.

“There will be consequences,” Biden told reporters. “It’s an embarrassment, but it’s beyond an embarrassment — it’s dangerous, it’s wrong, it sends the wrong message around the world and sends the wrong message at home. It’s simply not who we are.”

Later, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas spoke cautiously about the pending investigation into the use of horses. Asked about the discrepancy, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden “was not prejudging an outcome. He was speaking from the heart.” She said he is not interfering with any investigation.

Mayorkas said about 2,000 Haitians have been rapidly expelled on 17 flights since Sunday and more could be expelled in coming days under pandemic powers that deny people the chance to seek asylum.

He said the U.S. has allowed about 12,400 to enter the country, at least temporarily, while they make claims before an immigration judge to stay in the country under the asylum laws or for some other legal reason. They could ultimately be denied and would be subject to removal.

Mayorkas said about 5,000 are in DHS custody and being processed to determine whether they will be expelled or allowed to press their claim for legal residency. Some returned to Mexico.

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3 mountain homes in Colorado that you can buy for under $200k, $300k and $400k



3 mountain homes in Colorado that you can buy for under $200k, $300k and $400k

If you’ve been looking to buy a home these past few months around Denver, you probably know how unimaginable, absurd and downright rude real estate prices have become.

And that’s with things improving. Listings stayed on the market for an average of 11 days as of last month; the median home price fell to $581,000 (down from a $600,000 all-time high in June).

How fun for those of us looking to own a house with a yard anytime soon!

My day job is to write about food, but by night, I switch to scouring real estate sites for some unicorn — likely still in need of work, to be sure. And at the end of the summer housing frenzy, I found three houses on the market, in the mountains, that seem almost too good to be true.

Woodland Park cabin for $175,000

I love the gingerbread feel of this 516-square-foot cabin outside of Colorado Springs. The house is halfway through a remodel, which is better than a cheap flip for my money, and still leaves room for the right finishes and fixtures throughout. And the price is just fine for that (for someone who’s up for the work). Fresh wood paneling on the walls would make for pretty shiplap, the lofted bedroom has a balcony all its own. And I’m eyeing one outbuilding to be converted into a sauna, with a wood storage shed attached. 83 Gentian Road, Woodland Park,

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This National Historic Registry home was built in 1890 and completely refurbished in 2015.

Historic in Central City for $288,000

Options galore on this one, which starts at $288k for the 528-square-foot 1890 home (that’s been completely updated as of 2015). Then, there are four surrounding lots that can be purchased for up to $600,000 altogether, with options to build. The closest lot features an (even older) cabin that I’d just love to preserve — arts and crafts room, anyone? The bathroom needs a little love, for my taste. But the sweet outdoor space and position overlooking the mining district is hard to beat anywhere. 305 Bates St., Central City,

Cuchara double A-frame for $398,000

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Cook County Sheriff’s office in Chicago deals with mental health crisis one Zoom call at a time



Cook County Sheriff’s office in Chicago deals with mental health crisis one Zoom call at a time

CHICAGO — The sergeant had so little use for the tablet that she did not bother to grab it from the seat of her squad car when she ran into the house where a suicidal man was screaming and slamming his head against the floor.

But when she saw the man might harm himself, his family or her officers with knives he was threatening to use, she sent an officer to retrieve the tablet. She turned it on, handed it to the man and told him to talk to the woman whose face appeared on the screen. And then she watched as the man immediately calmed down.

“When I saw how this tool pacified him, I was like, holy smokes, this is incredible,” said Cook County Sheriff’s Police Sgt. Bonnie Busching.

The scene marked the first time the department took the idea of the Zoom call that has become so common during the COVID-19 pandemic and inserted it into one of the most dangerous things a police officer can do: answer a domestic disturbance call.

Law enforcement agencies are struggling nationwide with increasing violent crime as calls mount for changing how police interact with citizens, especially those with mental health issues. Police are still most often the first called to the scene, and the sheriff’s department’s Treatment Response Team is a novel approach to managing such calls.

Started two years ago, the effort was designed to help the sheriff’s department’s 300-member police force deal with a skyrocketing number of drug overdose calls during a national opioid crisis.

Then, as the pandemic left more people isolated in their homes, either unable to connect to services or unwilling to step outside and risk getting sick, the department was faced with an explosion of 911 calls linked to threats of suicide and other mental health crises.

The sheriff, who made national headlines for putting in place programs at his jail dealing with the growing number of inmates with mental health problems, now saw the same kind of issues playing out for his officers on the street.

“We were being asked more and more to be the first responders for mental health cases and they were being asked to do things they don’t have training for or minimal training for,” said Tom Dart, whose department is the second largest sheriff’s office in the nation and patrols unincorporated parts of Cook County and many of its smaller communities. It has seen the number of 911 calls involving mental health issues increase by nearly 60% this year.

There are other programs around the country, but most involved mental health professionals riding around with police officers or in ambulances, Dart said. That’s fine for smaller communities but wasn’t practical for Cook County, where getting from one end to the other — without traffic — takes well more than an hour.

“How many ambulances would we have to buy and how many would we have to hire to man them all?” Dart asked
Enter the tablets.

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The battle for digital privacy is reshaping the internet



The battle for digital privacy is reshaping the internet

By Brian X. Chen, The New York Times Company

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple introduced a pop-up window for iPhones in April that asks people for their permission to be tracked by different apps.

Google recently outlined plans to disable a tracking technology in its Chrome web browser.

And Facebook said last month that hundreds of its engineers were working on a new method of showing ads without relying on people’s personal data.

The developments may seem like technical tinkering, but they were connected to something bigger: an intensifying battle over the future of the internet. The struggle has entangled tech titans, upended Madison Avenue and disrupted small businesses. And it heralds a profound shift in how people’s personal information may be used online, with sweeping implications for the ways that businesses make money digitally.

At the center of the tussle is what has been the internet’s lifeblood: advertising.

More than 20 years ago, the internet drove an upheaval in the advertising industry. It eviscerated newspapers and magazines that had relied on selling classified and print ads, and threatened to dethrone television advertising as the prime way for marketers to reach large audiences.

Instead, brands splashed their ads across websites, with their promotions often tailored to people’s specific interests. Those digital ads powered the growth of Facebook, Google and Twitter, which offered their search and social networking services to people without charge. But in exchange, people were tracked from site to site by technologies such as “cookies,” and their personal data was used to target them with relevant marketing.

Now that system, which ballooned into a $350 billion digital ad industry, is being dismantled. Driven by online privacy fears, Apple and Google have started revamping the rules around online data collection. Apple, citing the mantra of privacy, has rolled out tools that block marketers from tracking people. Google, which depends on digital ads, is trying to have it both ways by reinventing the system so it can continue aiming ads at people without exploiting access to their personal data.

If personal information is no longer the currency that people give for online content and services, something else must take its place. Media publishers, app-makers and e-commerce shops are now exploring different paths to surviving a privacy-conscious internet, in some cases overturning their business models. Many are choosing to make people pay for what they get online by levying subscription fees and other charges instead of using their personal data.

Jeff Green, CEO of the Trade Desk, an ad-technology company in Ventura, California, that works with major ad agencies, said the behind-the-scenes fight was fundamental to the nature of the web.

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Apple iPhone 13 review: The most incremental upgrade ever



Apple iPhone 13 review: The most incremental upgrade ever

By Brian X. Chen, The New York Times Company

The truth is that smartphones peaked a few years ago.

After so many advances, the miniature computers have reached incredible speeds, their screens have become bigger and brighter, and their cameras produce images that make amateur photographers look like wizards.

The problem with so much great innovation is that upgrades are now so iterative that it has become difficult to know what to write about them each year. That’s especially the case with Apple’s iPhone 13, which may be the most incremental update ever to the iPhone.

The newest iPhone is just 10% faster than last year’s models. (For context, in 2015, the iPhone 6S was more than 70% faster than its predecessor, the iPhone 6.) Its flashiest new feature, a higher screen “refresh rate” on the $1,000-plus models, makes motion look smoother when opening apps and scrolling through text — hardly a game-changer.

Innovations on smartphone cameras also appear to be slowing. Apple executives described the iPhone 13 cameras as “dramatically more powerful” and the iPhone’s “most advanced” ever, largely because they can capture more light and reduce noise. But in my tests, the improvements were marginal.

This is all to say the annual phone upgrade, which companies like Apple and Samsung tout with enormous marketing events and ad campaigns to gin up sales for the holiday shopping season, has become a mirage of tech innovation. In reality, the upgrades are now a celebration of capitalism in the form of ruthless incrementalism.

What better way to illustrate that slow march than with smartphone photos? To put the iPhone 13 cameras to the test, I bought a special tripod to hold two phones side by side so I could snap roughly the same photos of my dogs at the same time. I compared shots taken with the new iPhones, last year’s iPhone 12 and a three-year-old iPhone XS.

When I got the results, I was genuinely surprised by how well the iPhone XS camera stood up against the newest models. And the iPhone 13’s camera was just barely better than the iPhone 12’s.

To compare photos shot in daylight, I took all the phones and my dogs, Max (a corgi) and Mochi (a brown Labrador), to a park in Richmond, California. In one test shot of them sitting next to each other in the shade, the iPhone 13 and 12 photos were hardly distinguishable. The iPhone 13 did a somewhat better job capturing shadows.

In a test comparing the $1,000 iPhone 13 Pro with the iPhone XS, the $1,000 model released in 2018, both photos of the dogs in bright sunlight looked clear and detailed. I will grant you that the iPhone 13 Pro produced images with more vibrant colors.

But in one test on a shaded path in the middle of the woods, the photo taken with the iPhone 13 Pro made Mochi look blown out by the sunlight; the shadows and lighting captured by the three-year-old iPhone looked more natural. Apple disagreed with my assessment.

The improvements in the new iPhone cameras were most visible in lowlight photos taken with night mode, which captures multiple pictures and then fuses them together while making adjustments for colors and contrast. Low-light shots of Max perched on a balcony just after sunset looked clearer when taken with the iPhone 13 Pro than with the iPhone 12.

Low light was an area where the three-year-old iPhone XS could not compete because its camera lacks a night mode. In the same test, Max was cloaked in darkness, except for his handsome white mane.

The iPhone 13 cameras also have a new video feature called cinematic mode, which uses algorithms to automatically focus on faces — even those of my dogs — as they move around. I’d be hard pressed to imagine why a person with no ambitions to become a filmmaker would use this mode, but I can think of a few TikTokers who might like it.

So in summary, the iPhone 13 cameras are slightly better than those of last year’s iPhones. Even compared with iPhones from three years ago, the cameras are much better only if you care about taking nice photos in the dark.

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Biden: Budget talks hit “stalemate,” $3.5T may take a while



Biden: Budget talks hit “stalemate,” $3.5T may take a while

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden says that talks over his $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan have hit a “stalemate” in Congress as he made the case for his expansive effort to recast the nation’s tax and spending programs and make what he sees as sweeping, overdue investments.

Biden spoke at the White House as Democrats in the House and Senate are laboring to finish drafts and overcome differences between the party’s centrist and moderate factions. Despite efforts by the president and congressional leaders to show progress, Biden on Friday cast the road ahead as long and potentially cumbersome, even with upcoming deadlines.

“We’re getting down to the hard spot here,” Biden told reporters at the White House. “We’re at this stalemate at the moment.”

Biden said the process is “going to be up and down” but ”hopefully at the end of the day I’ll be able to deliver on what I said I would do.”

The president’s acknowledgment of Democrats’ disagreements — and they have serious differences over taxes, health, climate change and the ultimate price tag — contrasted with congressional leaders’ more upbeat tone in recent days. Using carefully chosen words, top Democrats have seemed to be trying to create a sense of momentum as House votes approach.

On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., predicted passage of both pillars of Biden’s domestic agenda. One is a still-evolving $3.5 trillion package of social safety net and climate programs, the other a separate $1 trillion measure financing highway, internet and other infrastructure projects that’s already passed the Senate with bipartisan support.

“We’re going to pass both bills,” she told reporters.

But she did not spell out how she and her Senate counterpart, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., would resolve disagreements and distrust between their party’s moderate and progressive wings that’s stalled both measures. And there remained confusion about the voting schedule, which will be crucial.

Pelosi promised House moderates last month that by this Monday, the chamber will consider the infrastructure bill, centrists’ top priority.

But progressives are threatening to vote to derail the infrastructure legislation until a final version of their favorite — the $3.5 trillion social and environment bill — passes the Senate and returns to the House. Progressives think delaying the public works bill would pressure moderates to back the larger measure.

“We’re bringing the bill up, we will have a vote when we have the votes,” Pelosi told a reporter Friday about the infrastructure bill’s timing. While she said debate would begin Monday, her remarks suggested that final passage of the public works legislation could slip.

Pelosi also told reporters that “the plan” was for her chamber to consider the $3.5 trillion package next week as well. It remained unclear how House-Senate bargainers would solve their differences over that bill that quickly.

The president said his private meetings with some two dozen Democratic lawmakers this week in efforts to hasten progress and close the deal went well — describing the tone as collegial and with “no hollering.”

But as lawmakers raised objections over the sweep and scope of the plan, which is to be funded by higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy, Biden said he tried to get them focused on priorities — what they can and can’t live with.

”It’s about paying your fair share, for lord’s sake,” Biden said. “There clearly is enough, from a panoply of options, to pay for whatever it is.”

In a stark reality check, Biden suggested talks could drag to the end of the year. “It’s just going to take some time,” he said.

Lawmakers are working nonstop and Biden is facing pressure to close the deal. Pelosi met Friday at the Capitol with her leadership team, and the House Budget Committee planned a rare Saturday session to take the strictly procedural step of sending the $3.5 trillion bill, as drafted by 13 other House panels, to the full chamber without any changes.

Before the House votes on that measure, it is certain to change, perhaps more than once, to reflect compromises reached with Senate Democrats.

Biden’s big vision over his “Build Back Better” campaign promise proposes expanding health, education and federal programs, with more services for Americans of all ages, while investing heavily in efforts to tackle climate change. All this would be paid for largely by hiking tax rates on corporations and wealthy individuals, those earning beyond $400,000 a year, or $450,000 for married couples.

But centrist Democrats see the overall price tag as too much, while progressive lawmakers are hesitant to compromise any further after already having dropped even more ambitious ideas.


Associated Press writer Alan Fram contributed to this report.

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Broncos confident LB Justin Strnad is ready for first NFL start, extended opportunity after Josey Jewell’s season-ending injury



Broncos confident LB Justin Strnad is ready for first NFL start, extended opportunity after Josey Jewell’s season-ending injury

With inside linebacker Josey Jewell out for the season with a pectoral injury, Justin Strnad has been thrust into Jewell’s role and will make his first NFL start Sunday against the Jets.

But according to Von Miller’s scouting report, the Broncos aren’t expecting a drop-off at the position. That’s based off what the All-Pro saw out of Strnad in the latter’s brief training camp as a rookie in 2020, when Strnad “was on fire” before sustaining a season-ending wrist injury.

“Justin’s a big, athletic inside linebacker, and he can cover, he can play the run,” Miller said. “Pairing him with (fellow starting inside backer Alexander Johnson), we have two big linebackers in there.

“Nobody will be able to fill in what Josey did for us. He’s just so intelligent, and he can guard the running back. He can do all types of (coverage) stuff for us. But it’s Justin’s turn, and that’s just how the league is — next man up mentality. We can’t make up for Josey, but we have to play to Justin’s strengths and I feel pretty comfortable with Justin in there.”

At 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, Strnad is more lanky and less compact and beefy than the typical NFL inside linebacker. But that body type will serve him well once he acclimates to the pro game, said Lyle Hemphill, Strnad’s defensive coordinator at Wake Forest.

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Grading the Week: CU Buffs coach Karl Dorrell is running it back on offense — under the cover of Pac-12 After Dark-ness



Grading the Week: CU Buffs coach Karl Dorrell is running it back on offense — under the cover of Pac-12 After Dark-ness

Never has an 8:30 p.m. kickoff been so welcome for CU football fans.

After what transpired last week against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Folsom Field, perhaps it’s best that the Buffs play under the cover of Pac-12 After Dark-ness.

With head coach Karl Dorrell signing up for another Saturday of the same old shenanigans, we can think of no better setting.

Karl Dorrell — Inc.

The CU Buffs head coach vowed to “start all over” in the wake of one of the worst offensive performances in program history — which, apparently, means getting the band back together for another jam session Saturday at Arizona State.

Freshman Brendon Lewis is still the quarterback.

Offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini is still drawing up the plays.

And the Buffs head football coach is going to … “show my face in the offensive room a little bit more now.”

Sounds like one heck of a reboot, as well as something best previewed by a limited audience — one they’ll almost certainly draw given that the game is on ESPNU and won’t end until sometime after midnight MDT.

If Dorrell’s decision to stay the course works out, Buffs fans will hear about it Sunday morning and be pleasantly surprised.

If it doesn’t — and that’s where the Grading the Week staff would put our money, if we had any — bedtime will have beckoned long before things get ugly, anyway.

And maybe then, with the USC Trojans stumbling into Boulder next week, Dorrell will finally have all the information he needs to decide whether or not the status quo has a future at Folsom Field.

Because seven quarters of scoreless football, and a passing attack surpassed by all but one FBS program (including triple-option practitioners Air Force and Army), evidently isn’t enough.

Teddy Bridgewater — A+

If you’re not on Team Teddy at this point, you’re just being obnoxious.

After submitting two near flawless performances as Broncos quarterback — albeit against two very flawed teams in the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars — Bridgewater has shown the Grading the Week staff enough.

Consider us the lead conductors of the Teddy Train, and we’re welcoming any and all passengers.

Could we interest you in four touchdowns, zero interceptions and two double-digit wins? How about a 120.7 passer rating? Not even Tom Brady has matched the latter through two weeks (although, yes, he does have nine touchdown passes).

It’s slightly terrifying how comfortable Bridgewater looks as chaos swirls around him in the pocket. We can’t help but wonder if the former Louisville star missed his calling as an air traffic controller.

Say what you will about Drew Lock’s unlimited upside, that’s not something we ever considered in his 18 starts under center.

Broncos ownership rumors — B

Nothing gets the Grading the Week staff going quite like some juicy Broncos ownership rumors.

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