Statewide Support for Gov. Wolf’s Gun Violence Reduction Executive Order

first_img Press Release,  Public Safety,  Round-Up Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf took an unprecedented step Friday to reduce gun violence in Pennsylvania by signing an executive order addressing all types of gun violence in communities of every size. The executive order approaches gun violence from both public health and public safety angles through a multifaceted approach that includes boosting prevention programs, increasing data sharing and developing new training.The executive order was praised by local leaders, legislators and advocates, including the following:Rep. Stephen Kinsey, Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Chair“I am grateful that Governor Wolf has broken the mold in this unprecedented move by jumping to action with this executive order to establish a comprehensive plan to save more lives and keep our communities safe. Governor Wolf laid the foundation with this executive order and it’s now on us as lawmakers to pass this legislation.”Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald“Governor Wolf’s actions today are common-sense steps that will allow us to address the growing amount of gun violence in our community. I support his efforts to ask the General Assembly to move forward on safe storage legislation, the red flag law, and institution of a state-level universal background check on all gun purchases. Legislative action, alone, isn’t enough and the Governor’s order recognizes that.“We look forward to supporting these efforts to share data, reduce community gun violence, combat mass shootings, and halt domestic violence-related and self-inflicted shootings. We stand ready to assist in any way we can and thank the Governor for this robust approach to an issue that continues to plague all of our communities.”Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto“Gun violence continues to take innocent lives across the United States. Enough is enough. No one in America wants a country where guns make our schools, places of worship and public spaces unsafe. I applaud Governor Wolf for taking executive action to protect Pennsylvanians in the face of opposition to sensible reforms in Harrisburg and in Washington, DC. I stand with the Governor and will continue to work every day to keep our residents safe.”Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney“I commend Governor Wolf for his recent executive order and his unwavering leadership to advance a much-needed gun reform agenda for the Commonwealth. The gun violence we saw last week in Philadelphia was horrific, and yet another testament to the need for gun control measures that can truly save lives. The City of Philadelphia is devoting tens of millions of dollars toward the implementation of a comprehensive gun violence prevention plan that focuses on the structural and societal issues that lead to violence. But cities cannot solve this epidemic alone. I urge the General Assembly to follow the Governor’s lead and do their part.”Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse“I fully support Governor Wolf’s executive order on reducing gun violence in the Commonwealth. The executive order takes a strong multi-faceted approach on this issue that is affecting our communities.”Shira Goodman, Executive Director of CeaseFirePA“Governor Wolf is taking much-needed action that will dedicate the power and resources of the Executive Branch to fighting gun violence and making PA safer. We appreciate his actions today and echo his call for the legislature to do its part and pass critical laws like Extreme Risk Protection Orders, background check expansion and granting cities the power to regulate firearms on city property.”Marybeth Christiansen, Volunteer Pennsylvania State Chapter Lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America“Gun safety advocates across our state have been calling for action to prevent gun violence, and we are so grateful that Governor Wolf listened. There is so much that we must do to keep our communities safe from gun violence, and this executive order is a huge step in the right direction. Now, it’s time for our state and federal lawmakers to listen to their constituents and commit to passing common-sense gun laws.” Statewide Support for Gov. Wolf’s Gun Violence Reduction Executive Order August 20, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Man jailed for allegedly punching a man 12 times in downtown Mason City

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City man has been jailed after being accused of punching a random person in the face several times in the downtown area. On Monday, 30-year-old Deleon Spann allegedly was standing near the victim’s vehicle, with the victim opening the door to talk to them. Spann is accused of opening the door further and started punching the victim’s face approximately 12 times. When officers arrived and began talking to Spann, he allegedly walked away and then started swinging his fists at the officers. Spann was taken to the ground where he continued to resist being arrested, with an officer suffering a bruised lip and pain in his right hand. Spann was charged with assault causing bodily injury and interference with official acts causing bodily injurylast_img read more

Players should be able to snub Premier League return: Sordell

first_img“Their partners might be pregnant or they might have young kids, and some might have underlying health conditions. Some players themselves might have underlying health conditions.“I think people’s own situations need to be respected. If they want to play, and it’s safe to do so, then allow them to play. If they don’t want to play because they don’t think it’s safe to do so, I think that needs to be respected.”While Sordell is concerned players may be forced into returning to action, Norwich manager Daniel Farke has backed the Premier League to find a safe way of completing the season.Farke, whose team are bottom of the table, told Sky Sports: “I totally trust the key people at the Premier League that have to make the decisions and not easy decisions because there are disadvantages for every scenario.“For us we deserve the chance to work on our little miracle and stay in this league and my general attitude is that we should try everything we can to finish the season.“But, if it is the situation that – by not finishing the season – we save one life then we should do that.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Players should be allowed to refuse to take part if the Premier League resumes amid the coronavirus crisis, former Watford forward Marvin Sordell said on Monday.Premier League chiefs hope the season can be finished over the summer, but their ‘Project Restart’ has come in for criticism for potentially putting players at risk.Although the Premier League is reportedly willing to pay for testing for players and staff if matches resume, that has not been enough ease the fears of some stars.Sordell, who also featured for Burnley and Bolton before retiring last year, believes players should only return if they are comfortable with their personal situations while the virus is still a threat.“Some people will be living on their own and they won’t have any responsibilities in that sense, or those fears that they may pass the virus onto somebody else if they contracted it themselves,” Sordell told Britain’s Press Association.“There will be other players who live with their parents, or they are their parents’ only means of being able to get food.last_img read more

Pensioner crushed to death outside Enmore Police Outpost

first_imgAn 80-year-old pedal cyclist is now dead after he was crushed to death by a truck while attempting to cross the road at the Enmore Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on Friday.The scene of the accident at Enmore Railway EmbankmentDead is Francis Lopes of North Enmore, ECD.Guyana Times understands that motor lorry GYY 532 driven by a 37-year-old man of Logwood, Enmore was proceeding west when it collided with the senior, killing him instantly. The incident occurred at about 13:15h – a stone’s-throw away from the Enmore Police Station.The dead man’s landlord told this publication that the Lopes worked at a nearby lumber yard and would normally leave home at midday.Francis Lopes“He worked at the lumber yard over the road, he would go there every day around 1 o’clock, he would go pick up whatever he gotta pick up and if I’m at home I would tell him don’t go so early…he’s like a family member because I don’t treat him different,” the landlord said.According to her, they recently celebrated the senior’s 80th birthday as she considers him as her own family.Police have since arrested the driver of the truck as investigations continue.last_img read more

Microsoft Embraces Open Source (in the Online Ad Business)

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts It’s called a spoiler tactic. You take your competitor’s biggest cash cow and offer a free alternative. Everybody from Linux to Google has used the tactic against Microsoft. So who can fault Microsoft when it uses it against Google’s advertising cash cow? The guys who benefit from this tactic today are the good folks at OpenX, the open-source alternative to ad servers from Google such as DoubleClick (for big publishers) and AdManager (for small publishers). (Disclosure: ReadWriteWeb uses OpenX to host our advertising inventory.)Of course, ad-serving itself is not really the cash cow, but it is a key part of it. The real prize is a viable alternative to AdSense. This is the background of today’s news about OpenX and Microsoft announcing an advertising technology partnership.OpenX Named a Preferred Partner for Microsoft Ad Serving ProductsHere is the news today from OpenX and Microsoft. In a nutshell:Microsoft will refer publishers for enterprise ad-serving solutions to OpenX.This makes OpenX a more viable alternative to expensive ad server solutions. (Hint to publishers looking to cut costs: why spend that money on Doubleclick when there is a free alternative?)OpenX will promote Microsoft’s Content Ads monetization/advertising product.OpenX has 150,000 websites that serve more than 300 billion ads per month. Google Ad Manager, which is the free alternative to DoubleClick for smaller publishers, optimizes for AdSense. So Content Ads, an alternative to AdSense, is a natural ally for OpenX.Click here for a comparison of OpenX and AdManager (the comparison is good, while also promoting Trafficspaces as an alternative to both).Content Ads is Microsoft’s entry to the contextual ad game. It “matches ads to relevant editorial content, allowing advertisers to increase campaign effectiveness and allowing publishers to achieve a higher yield on certain types of inventory.”Let’s Get a Second Opinion on Content AdsWe spoke with Dr. Riza C. Berkan, CEO at Hakia, which makes a contextual advertising solution called Contexa that is not unlike Content Ads. (Disclosure: ReadWriteWeb uses Contexa, and Hakia is a sponsor.) Here is his view:“Content detection is a specific challenge where Microsoft will be judged by its semantic capabilities. It could be a historic moment if it works. Otherwise, it will contribute to the ongoing “blinding” irrelevancy.”Riza is saying that relevancy and ranking are hard technical challenges. We know that relevancy is a bit weak on AdSense. Can Content Ads do better than AdSense? That is the bar.AdSense’s Weakness, the Hunt for Relevance and the Shift to “Direct”We have written before about the possible weakness in AdSense, which is at the heart of the Google cash cow. Our theory is that we are moving to a place where publishers will sell more directly.Draw a quadrant with “Large” to “Small” on one axis and “Publishers” to “Advertisers” on the other:“Large” to “Large”This is where we find the traditional internal sales force at big “Publishers” working with agencies at big “Advertisers.” This world is not changing fast. Technology solutions and networks focus primarily on selling remnant.“Large” to “Small”There is always a role for ad networks to aggregate volume from large advertisers and bring that to small publishers. This is what Federated Media does for ReadWriteWeb. This works well, and we will likely see more niche ad networks serving this function in different markets (for example, FoodBuzz in the food market).“Small” to “Small”This is small advertisers reaching small publishers. This is the space in which AdSense and all of the automated ad networks operate. The genius of Google was to enable small advertisers to get results with small budgets: this has been the enabler for thousands of startups. But we’re seeing a shift in this market. There is no reason why advertisers should not buy directly from publishers. Many of these advertisers will also be “the people formerly known as audience.” As long as a simple self-service solution exists, there is no reason for an intermediary to take a big cut of the ad dollars at the toll booth.OpenX and Content Ads are positioned to reduce the ad toll booth costs.The winner will be decided by relevance. If the ads are relevant, then they will be useful to the audience and therefore have better ROI for advertisers.These bruising battles between the big guys help the small guys. Google will bring down the cost of MS Office, and Microsoft will bring down the cost of online advertising. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Tags:#Analysis#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… bernard lunnlast_img read more

After Effects Video Tutorial: Storm Clouds in Trapcode Particular

first_imgLearn how to create realistic clouds in this Trapcode tutorial.Trapcode Particular is a powerful third party plugin that offers functionality beyond the capabilities of the built-in particle generators in After Effects. One such: Particular can generate particles based on pictures, layers, and compositions. This is admittedly my favorite Particular feature, as it allows you to create some stunning results.We previously posted 10 Amazing Trapcode Particular Tutorials. While this list definitely features some of the best Trapcode tutorials online, we found another this week that deserves to be featured. The following tutorial was released by Ramiro Fernandez and demonstrates how to create realistic storm clouds using Particular.  Concepts covered include:Using images as particlesCreating particle environmentsCompositing cloudsGenerating rainObviously, this tutorial requires Trapcode Particular to work. It is available to purchase or as a free trial on the Red Giant Software site.We would have done without the instrumental track under the tutorial – it’s a bit distracting – but the Particular technique is great. Learn how to create storm clouds in Particular:Have any tips for making this effect better? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Guiao hails Ravena-Alas backcourt as NLEX’s future

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Even when he wasn’t born yet, his father was my player,” said Guiao. “We’re very close to Bong and Mozzy, but it’s not really that closeness that made us decide to pick him. What he has earned for himself through the years, he has proven that he is a winner, and he has proven that he’s an intelligent player who can play in any system.”With Ravena in tow, Guiao likes what he has as he sees Ravena forming a deadly backcourt duo with Kevin Alas.“Kiefer’s style is good for our system. Now, we have a K-and-K tandem, Kevin and Kiefer in our backcourt and they’ll be the future of this team,” he said as he expects his rookie to bring in instant impact with the Road Warriors.“Kiefer is coming to the league that he doesn’t need a lot of the learning experience that the other guards have to go through. He doesn’t need that long of an adjustment period. But I’d like to see him improve his outside shooting and his consistency, maybe being able to defend bigger guards also. He doesn’t need to improve much.”ADVERTISEMENT Kiefer Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTwenty-five years ago, then-Swift coach Yeng Guiao missed his chance on drafting his former player in the amateur ranks Bong Ravena in the 1992 PBA Draft as the deadeye gunner was selected one pick ahead by San Miguel.Fast forward to 2017 and the fiery coach once again had a chance to draft another Ravena, Bong’s son Kiefer.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Luckily for Guiao, lightning didn’t strike twice as San Miguel went with Christian Standhardinger as the top pick, allowing NLEX to draft the younger Ravena at second in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday.READ: Rookie Ravena hopes to bring leadership at NLEXFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s no surprise because from the beginning, he was really the one we’re eyeing,” Guiao.Guiao and the Ravenas share a tight-knit relationship given their history but he said it wasn’t the reason why he drafted Kiefer. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA UP coach Perasol not focused on standings as race to Final Four heats uplast_img read more

Four killed on Alberta Peace roads in less than 12 hours

first_imgPEACE RIVER, A.B. – Four people were killed and three seriously injured on roads in the Alberta Peace after four crashes occurred in the span of less than 12 hours – three of which happened less than two hours apart.At 3:43 on Tuesday afternoon, members of the Spirit River RCMP were dispatched to crash on Highway 2 at Township Road 763.A pickup truck travelling west on Township Road 763 collided with an unloaded semi-truck travelling south on Highway 2. Then on Wednesday morning, two more people were killed in a two-vehicle crash that occurred near Peace River.The crash happened just after 1:00 a.m. on Highway 2 near Range Road 252 and involved two SUV’s.The two occupants of one of the SUV’s, a man and a woman, were pronounced dead at the scene.RCMP Corporal Laurel Scott said that the identities of the two deceased have not yet been positively confirmed.Meanwhile, the two female passengers of the other SUV were airlifted to an Edmonton hospital with serious injuries.Highway 2 was closed for over six hours while the RCMP’s collision analyst investigated the scene, and the road reopened shortly before 7:30 this morning.Cpl. Scott added that at this point, it’s not known what caused the collision. At around 5:30, members of the High Prairie RCMP were called out to a single-vehicle rollover collision on Alberta Highway 750 in the community of Grouard, approximately 30 kilometres northeast of High Prairie.Police say that a northbound car crossed the highway’s centre line and went into the ditch on the opposite side of the road before it rolled onto its roof.The lone occupant, a 48-year-old man from McLennan, Alberta was pronounced dead at the scene.The RCMP say that their investigation is ongoing, and are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to contact High Prairie Detachment.center_img The 84-year-old driver of the pickup was airlifted by STARS to an Edmonton hospital in serious condition, while the driver of the semi was unscathed.An hour later, police responded to a two-vehicle collision on Highway 49 and Range Road 110.Police say that according to the preliminary investigation, a tractor-trailer unit travelling westbound on Highway 49 was attempting to pass a tractor, which was hauling hay.At the intersection of Range Road 110, the tractor initiated a left turn, and the two vehicles collided.The 74-year-old male driver of the tractor was declared dead at the scene, while the driver of the semi was uninjured.The Spirit River RCMP saw that both collisions remain under investigation.last_img read more

Ministers set to discuss timing of carbon tax legal challenges during meeting

first_imgOntario Attorney General Doug Downey says his government has until August to file a notice of appeal to the Supreme Court after that province’s appeal court upheld the federal carbon tax in a split decision.“It’s my understanding that (Saskatchewan) may be looking to have some of the cases consolidated so that … the Supreme Court’s hearing more than one at a time,” said Downey.He said there are pros and cons about presenting the cases together, but wouldn’t comment on his government’s preference or strategy.“From what I understand Saskatchewan is asking for an extension or for more time.” It argues a federally imposed carbon tax on consumers is unconstitutional but lost its case in a 3-2 split decision in its own appeal court.The provincial government appealed to the Supreme Court and says it has a tentative hearing date set for Dec. 5.Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer says his government is trying to play catch-up to Saskatchewan and Ontario when it comes to mounting its own legal challenge.He says it’s important for the ministers to compare notes about what they’re hearing from their legal teams and he wants the provinces to work together so that the matter is heard by the Supreme Court in a “co-ordinated and thoughtful way.”Schweitzer says he wants Alberta’s case heard by the Alberta Appeal Court before the country’s highest court rules on the issue, so the Supreme Court has the opportunity to consider the province’s evidence when it makes its decision.“We’re trying to work out (the) strategy to make sure each province can bring forward its strongest case to the Supreme Court,” he said. SASKATOON — Attorneys general from Alberta and Ontario say they will discuss the timeline of the different legal challenges launched against the federal carbon tax when they meet in Saskatoon today.The two justice ministers will be joined by their legal teams and their counterparts from New Brunswick and Saskatchewan.Saskatchewan is hosting the meeting to discuss the appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.center_img — by Stephanie Taylor of The Canadian PressThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Anthony Weiner Gave Us Ten Minutes At The DNC To Talk Hockey

Anthony Weiner Gave Us Ten Minutes At The DNC To Talk Hockey

WH: Wrapping it up, who’s your sleeper pick to win the cup this year?AW: I still think the Predators are due to break through.WH: Because of the trade? [Montreal traded P.K. Subban to the Predators in exchange for Shea Weber in June.]AW: They won that trade.WH: They won it?AW: No doubt about it. [Subban]’s basically two years younger, much more of an impact kind of a guy. It was basically they were getting rid of his attitude problem or whatever the hell they had. So the Predators have always been — I always get burned on the Predators. I picked them to go far. They had a weird year this year. Their goaltending was off the first quarter, third of the year. I think Pekka Rinne is one of my favorite goalies. I think he’s amazing. But I don’t know. The East is super strong. The East is very strong. The Democratic National Convention hosted a who’s-who of prominent Democratic figures. Thursday I met with former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who represented New York’s 9th congressional district from 1999 through 2011 and recently ran for mayor of New York. Weiner is a lifelong hockey fan and currently plays goalie for a recreational league team, so we talked about the state of hockey analytics, the Subban-Weber trade, and what he’s been watching this offseason.Walt Hickey: How long have you been a hockey fan?Anthony Weiner: My first good memories of being a hockey fan [were when] I started following the Islanders when they came into the league. It was probably like the mid-1970s I was old enough to get into sports. I’m not like a lot of your readers. I’m not someone who can tell you the 1984 Pittsburgh Penguins lineup, but, yeah.WH: What do you make of the offseason so far?AW: The Las Vegas expansion is interesting to me. I want to see if that’s going to work. I always assumed growing up that the reason you don’t expand to Las Vegas was the influence of gambling, but now that gaming is so pervasive everywhere, they’re like football; they want to get a piece of the action. I have emotional connection to teams like the Nordiques [a defunct Quebec professional team], and so it’s kind of interesting watching that. I’m obviously interested in seeing what the Islanders do.WH: You think they make the playoffs next year?AW: Oh, they’ll make the playoffs. In fairness, it was the Saturday before the season began last year where they got [Nick] Leddy and [Johnny] Boychuk, they’ve done some things late that have been pretty dramatic, so maybe they’ll do something late here. The trades that they made — not the literal trades, but the trading that they’ve done when we lost [Kyle] Okposo and [Frans] Nielsen, we lost in those trades, so I imagine they’re going to do something more. But they’ll make the playoffs. Even though that East is tough, the Rangers are much worse too.WH: What do you make of the deplorable state of advanced hockey analytics compared to other professional sports?AW: I’m one of the few people that thinks CORSI analytics, that stuff, is actually interesting to me. I think it’s additional information. In the summers we play four on four with no icing, and so my goals against average goes up in the summer maybe 10 percent. One player on the ice that’s 10 percent better than his opposite number can wreck havoc.Things that talk about possession and how many net shots are being shot as a way of understanding what’s going on, it’s helpful. I mean it’s not a substitute for watching the games. But they give you something more. These things also give you something to argue about and talk about, which is half the fun. Like when people argue about salaries, it’s not their money, but still it doesn’t make it any less of something you want to argue about and how it affects the cap, and is Bobby Bonilla still on the Mets’ payroll, stuff like that. These analytics do give us something else to argue about. Hockey by definition is harder to reduce to zeros and ones and put into a big spreadsheet than other sports are.WH: Do you think Sidney Crosby could be the greatest ever?AW: I just don’t think you can compare across eras. You look at the old film of hockey when I was growing up watching in the ’70s and ’80s. And you got these tiny goalies who had this bad equipment, so they never developed certain moves that the goalies today do all the time. There’s a reason why goalies didn’t do a slide from post to post then. They didn’t have the pads that have the protection and landing gear that allow them to do it. If Glenn Resch had that stuff? I think it’s really hard to do.The other thing is you develop tools to analyze stuff as you grow up. No one was more dominant from moment to moment as a pure goal scorer than Mike Bossy was. But it was a different kind of weird era. Wayne Gretzky was a great player that never got checked. Crosby, he’s playing in a league at a time when you’re going to get checked. So I don’t know how you do it is my way of not answering that question.WH: Who do you think the best goalie in the league is right now?AW: There’s different kind of styles. [Carey] Price, I think, if he comes back and he’s healthy, is just a great tactical goalie, almost flawless. He competes on every shot.By the way, I wrote about this for Business Insider. I wrote a column for them. The Kings were playing the Rangers in the Stanley Cup, and I was living a block away from the Garden, and I was like, “I’ll cover the Stanley Cup for you. You don’t have to pay me a dime.” Plus, I was going to the West Coast for one of the games, so I figured I’d get press credentials or something. I’d go to the games. No dice! So I’m stuck writing these effing columns.So I did this one column about how [Henrik] Lundqvist and [Jonathan] Quick were the most highly evolved goalies of their different styles — Lundqvist being the positional blocking goalie, Quick being the low-to-the-ice reacting goalie. A lot of folks think Quick is overrated, and he had a rough playoffs; I still think physically he’s amazing. To be that low to the ice and that powerful from side to side, that’s superhuman the stuff he does. But Lundqvist, his ability to play so deep in the crease and be so large, and have his angles so perfectly that he never seems to be out of position, you’ve got to give it to him.You basically only get beaten in the modern NHL on deflections and screens, and one goalie, Quick, is as fast at responding and seeing through a screen as anyone else, and the other goalie has just found ways to be positionally really deep so that extra split second he’s in a position that stops. In the evolution of goalies, those are the two highest evolved goalies I’ve seen.WH: What did you make of the continued reluctance to extend the Zadroga Act1The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act was a signature achievement for Weiner in Congress, but last year a campaign to extend the benefits to 9/11 first responders was met with substantial resistance from some members of Congress. from some parts of Congress?AW: To some degree it’s a reflection of what’s gone wrong in the days since I went to Washington in the ’80s as a staffer, got elected in 1998, and to when I left, in that there was a merit argument that you can make on things that transcended. Not always. Sometimes there were philosophical problems. But now there’s not. If it’s a Democratic thing, the Republicans don’t want to do it by and large, and if it’s a Republican thing, the Democrats don’t want to do it by and large. Much more the former than the latter in my view. And there’s no better example in the modern times than the Zadroga Act. No one can make a merit argument against it. It was basically, “We don’t want to do it because we don’t want to give you guys any new government program without respect to how good it is or whether it’s been vetted or whatever.” read more