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Infrastructure: Here’s how far apart the White House and Senate GOP are right now

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The two sides are a lot closer than when they started — but remain billions of dollars apart. Biden met Wednesday with Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, an exchange the White House described as “constructive and frank,” and Republicans are expected to make another counteroffer on Friday.
With only a narrow majority in the Senate, Biden would need votes from key moderates in his party, like West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, to push through a deal with Democratic votes alone. Manchin has said he wants his party leaders to seriously engage with Republicans and agree on a bipartisan bill.
Biden’s original plan would have cost an estimated $2.25 trillion. He offered this week to bring his price tag down to $1 trillion but wants to ensure it amounts to new funding — not money redirected from spending already approved by Congress as Senate Republicans have been demanding.
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Here’s What You Should Know Before Selling a Furnished Home

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Selling your home is a huge endeavor — so big that you might not think of all the details surrounding the sale, such as the home’s furnishings. If you’re looking to maximize profits, consider selling your furniture, because it’s worth something too. But is this the right move for you?

Making a furniture plan

Furniture is often an afterthought in the home selling process. But it’s a big consideration and deserves some thought before you list. Here are some possibilities for what to do with it:

  • Sell your furniture with the home.
  • Bring it with you when you move.
  • Have an estate or garage sale.
  • List it online, such as on Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) Marketplace or Craigslist.
  • Sell it through a consignment sale.
  • Donate it.

Let’s explore what you should know about selling a furnished home. If you decide that isn’t your best option, you can always choose one (or

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Here’s What $2K Rent Gets You In Pandemic-Hit Hell’s Kitchen

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HELL’S KITCHEN, NY — As the coronavirus pandemic introduces uncertainty into New York City’s real estate climate, Patch is providing a glance into what $2,000 rent can currently get you in Hell’s Kitchen.

One example: this studio rental on West 49th Street. Fully furnished, the apartment is part of the Residences at Worldwide Plaza, sitting in the shadow of the distinctive green-roofed skyscraper. Amenities include a 24-hour doorman, laundry rooms on each floor and a New York Sports Club Gym, according to the listing.

More info:

  • Address: 393 W 49th St Apt 4MM
  • Price: $2,000/month
  • Bedrooms: 0
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Features: Fully furnished, short- or long-term studio rental with a lovely garden
    facing balcony. This is a perfect alternative to a long-stay hotel. Convenient midtown location, near Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Lincoln Center, Hudson Yards and all subway lines and the cross-town bus. NO FEE The Residences at Worldwide Plaza
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This ecologist was told she could keep her natural garden. Here’s why she’s fighting city hall anyway

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An ecologist is challenging Toronto’s long grass and weed bylaw, even though the city exempted her from having to cut down her natural garden — which is home to tall shrubs and trees, as well as butterflies and chipmunks.

Nina-Marie Lister, an ecology and urban planning professor at Ryerson University, says she never asked for an exemption and she rejects it. Instead, she and her lawyer are arguing that the bylaw itself is unconstitutional and outdated, saying it goes against the city’s own pollinator protection and biodiversity strategies.

“[The current bylaw] really stands in the way of individual citizens on a small patch of yard trying to do the right thing at a time of biodiversity collapse and climate crisis,” said Lister, who was also a consultant on the city’s own biodiversity strategy.

The two are now drafting a replacement bylaw to present to the city this fall.

Lister and

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Carrie Underwood’s Favorite Kitchen Tool Is A Food Scale And Here’s Why

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Carrie Underwood is one of America’s sweethearts, so any advice she shares with her fans deserves to be tested out. She shares her workouts and dietary habits for all to see on her Instagram, and in her recent book Find Your Path, she talks about why a kitchen scale is her favorite tool.



Carrie Underwood smiling for the camera: Carrie Underwood explained in her recent book "Find Your Path" that her favorite kitchen tool is a food scale.


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Carrie Underwood explained in her recent book “Find Your Path” that her favorite kitchen tool is a food scale.

While some celebrities stick to relatively strict diets, Carrie believes that portion control is the most important part of eating rather than counting calories or avoiding certain food groups.

Gallery: Brown Eggs Or

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Saturday Kitchen chef James Martin has quit social media – here’s what happened

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Monday, 5th October 2020, 1:30 pm

Updated Monday, 5th October 2020, 1:38 pm
The virtual cooking masterclass suffered from a host of technical difficulties (Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Saturday Kitchen chef James Martin has quit social media after receiving backlash for his virtual cookalong event that was branded a “disaster” by attendees.

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The This Morning chef says that he has been the target of “vile abuse” by those angry that they had experienced technical issues during the sold-out cooking masterclass.

What happened?

Martin held a virtual cookery class on Saturday 3 October, which invited fans and foodies to create a three course meal alongside Martin during the 90-minute experience.

The menu was set to consist of a start of halloumi with chilli jam, a main course of chicken saute with vinegar and pilaf rice,

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Kitchen fatigue: Here’s how to beat pandemic weariness and spice up your meals

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Chanterelle mushrooms, basil, pasta and fresh parmesan: it’s a great time to turn for some seasonal comfort photo. (Alex Wilkie/Submitted by Andie Bulman)

The early days of this pandemic were terrifying. I spent the first week glued to my screen. I watched every news conference, obsessed over case numbers and signed up for three different streaming services.

Through my social media feeds, I could see that friends and family were doing the same, but gradually things changed.

Fear was replaced with sourdough, banana bread and pitch-perfect flaky pie crust. Anxiety was channelled into impressive kitchen projects. The kitchen became a source of joy.

Well, that has passed.

Most people are back to making the same five dishes on rotation and trying to pass off cleanup duty to their roommates and partners.

We can do better. Here are my tips for fighting kitchen fatigue during a pandemic:

Use an old tool

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Your garden needs soil amendments. Here’s where pros suggest you buy them

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Almost every gardening guru extols the virtues of adding good organic amendments to your soil, but where can you buy them? We asked many experts and here’s a list of the suppliers and nurseries they recommend for a more personalized shopping experience. Did we miss your personal favorite? Drop us a line at [email protected] and it might be included.



We asked the pros: Where do you shop? Here's what they told us. (Stephanie DeAngelis / For The Times)


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We asked the pros: Where do you shop? Here’s what they told us. (Stephanie DeAngelis / For The Times)

Armstrong Garden Centers, with 29 locations around Southern California, are employee-owned, full-service nurseries whose sister company, Armstrong Growers, grows many of the plants they sells, including a full line of organic fruits, veggies and herbs. The nurseries are open for customers and also offer online ordering and curbside pickup, organic fertilizers and potting soils, pots and garden tools. armstronggarden.com

Artemisia, 5068 Valley Blvd., El Sereno. California

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Kim Kardashian’s epic kitchen tour revealed her ‘plant-based’ diet. Here’s what that means

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Kim Kardashian loves eating a plant-based diet. (Photo: Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage)
Kim Kardashian loves eating a plant-based diet. (Photo: Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage)

Kim Kardashian gave a behind-the-scenes tour of her kitchen on Instagram this week — revealing both a bevy of frozen-yogurt sprinkles and her kept promise to stick to a plant-based diet.

The tour was Kardashian’s rebuttal to mockery she received on Tuesday, after posting a photo of herself promoting her SKIMS line. In it, the 39-year-old modeled the clothing while standing in front of a near-empty fridge that contained mostly milk products, prompting comments such as “Y’all eat air too?? coz I see no food in that fridge ma’am” and “I see nothing in that fridge that reflects a family with 4 kids haha! I just cant relate. Sorry.”

And so, on Wednesday night, Kardashian brought fans into her cavernous kitchen spaces through Instagram Stories. “OK, so since the inside of my fridge is so baffling, and I saw all

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Here’s what the Texas bathroom bill means in plain English

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SECTION 1. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS; PURPOSE. The legislature finds that:

(1) in an effort to comply with the legislature’s duty under Section 1, Article VII, Texas Constitution, to provide for the general diffusion of knowledge and an efficient system of public schools, potentially harmful and distracting environments should be barred;

(2) the federal government’s mandate requiring Texas public schools to provide students access to restrooms, showers, and dressing rooms based on an individual student’s internal sense of gender is alarming and could potentially lead to boys and girls showering together and using the same restroom should such guidance be followed;

(3) children receiving an education in Texas public schools and open-enrollment charter schools are entitled to a safe and secure learning environment, including when using intimate facilities controlled by a school; and

(4) it is the public policy of this state that residents have a reasonable expectation of privacy when using

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