Senate approves bill to aid vets exposed to toxic burn pits
He has said the bill “makes good on our sacred obligation” to care for veterans and their families. The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 86-11. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he had good news for them when he announced the final vote for Tuesday evening. “Veterans who were exposed to the toxic fumes of burn pits will be treated by the VA like they should have been from the beginning," Schumer said. The military used burn pits to dispose of such things as chemicals, cans, tires, plastics and medical and human waste.wftv.com
Republicans reverse course as Senate passes burn pits legislation after days of pressure
AdvertisementAsked to explain the GOP reversal, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) offered no broad explanation and acknowledged the legislation would pass with broad support. “I think in the end the veterans service organizations are going to be pleased with the final result.”Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont. ), chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, credited the veterans groups and Stewart with taking what was previously a relatively obscure health issue and turning it into a national cause. Instead, Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough arrived with the pizza to the group. Studies have shown that Veterans Affairs rejects the vast majority of claims.washingtonpost.com
Senate tees up vote on bill to aid vets exposed to burn pits
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he had good news for them, announcing a final vote for Tuesday evening. “Veterans who were exposed to the toxic fumes of burn pits will be treated by the VA like they should have been from the beginning," Schumer said. Veterans who served near burn pits will get 10 years — rather than five — of enhanced health care coverage through the Department of Veterans Affairs upon their separation from the military. The military used burn pits to dispose of such things as chemicals, cans, tires, plastics and medical and human waste. However, the dynamics Toomey has spoken about also applied to the bill when the Senate voted on it in June.wftv.com
EXPLAINER: How health care for vets became fight in Congress
A bill that enhances health care and disability benefits for millions of veterans exposed to toxic burn pits has hit a snag in the Senate. Lawmakers have been hearing increasingly from constituents with respiratory illnesses and cancers that they attribute to serving near burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans groups say servicemembers who were exposed to the pits have waited long enough for enhanced health benefits, and lawmakers largely agree. Where the issue stands:HOW WOULD THE BILL HELP IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS? First, veterans who served near burn pits will get 10 years of health care coverage through the Department of Veterans Affairs upon their separation from the military rather than five.wftv.com
Jon Stewart rallies with veterans for burn pit legislation: ‘Lowest hanging fruit of a functioning society’
Jon Stewart Burn Pits UNITED STATES - AUGUST 1: Comedian and activist Jon Stewart speaks during a rally to call on the Senate to pass the Pact Act on Monday, August 1, 2022. The Pact Act would expand benefits for veterans due to toxic exposure, including to burn pits, they experienced while deployed. At least nine respiratory cancers are believed to be potentially caused by breathing in the particulate matter emitted by the burn pits. “The contracts that ran the burn pits did it to them,” he said. The veterans who gathered on Capitol Hill vowed to hold rallies until the PACT Act was passed.wftv.com
Jon Stewart rips Ted Cruz for rejecting veterans’ burn-pits aid bill
When Cruz (R-Tex.) said Stewart was wrong about the bill and accused Democrats of playing a “budgetary trick” in the PACT Act, which Cruz voted against despite saying he supported the bill and veterans, the comedian wasn’t having it.washingtonpost.com
Jon Stewart Expertly Trolls Fox News Viewers While on Fox News
Fox NewsA day after calling out the network for not hosting him to discuss the GOP blocking a veteran’s health care bill, Jon Stewart appeared on Fox News on Friday to assure the conservative cable giant’s viewers that the legislation had no added spending in it.“This bill is utterly and completely focused on veterans’ issues. There is no pork in it. It is a kosher bill. I'd say ‘halal,’ but I know how that might play on this network,” the former Daily Show host slyly quipped at one point.Senatenews.yahoo.com
Senate Republicans block bill to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits
Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits weeks after the measure initially sailed through the Senate with 84 votes, angering Democrats, veterans groups and comedian Jon Stewart, a leading proponent to aid the community.washingtonpost.com
‘Total bulls***’: Anger boils over after Republicans block bill to help vets exposed to burn pits
REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstDemocratic lawmakers and activists, including Jon Stewart, expressed their anger and frustration on Capitol Hill Thursday over Republicans senators who blocked a bipartisan bill that would expand healthcare access for military veterans exposed to toxic burn pits. Because of a parliamentary glitch involving a tax provision, it was sent back to the House, where it easily passed. “And at the 11th hour, Sen. Toomey decides that he wants to rewrite the bill, change the rules and tank it. I mean, what the hell.”"Make no mistake about it," Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said on the Senate floor Wednesday shortly after the bill was blocked. They're sick and tired of us working for Democrats or working for Republicans and not working for the American people.wftv.com
WH says opening the Keystone XL pipeline would not offset a Russian oil ban
Responding to questions about whether the U.S. should stop importing Russian oil, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said restarting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline would do nothing to increase oil production in the short term.news.yahoo.com
New this week: 'Sex and the City,' Juice Wrld and Will Smith
This week’s new entertainment releases include a double album from Alicia Keys and a posthumous one from Juice Wrld, Sandra Bullock playing an ex-con in the Netflix film “The Unforgivable” and Will Smith testing himself in a wildlife documentary series.
Jon Stewart says Dave Chappelle Netflix controversy a result of 'miscommunication,' comic 'not a hurtful guy'
Jon Stewart is putting on his public relations cap in defense of longtime friend, comedian Dave Chappelle, who Stewart is adamant was not trying to be divisive in his latest comedy special, "The Closer."news.yahoo.com
New this week: 'Sopranos' prequel, Jon Stewart and Carlile
The always compelling Gyllenhaal carries the film even though his scene partners are mostly computer screens, telephones and disembodied voices. Jon Bernthal plays his father and Alessandro Nivola plays a charismatic mobster who takes an interest in Tony. — AP Film Writer Lindsey BahrMUSIC— Six-time Grammy-winner Brandi Carlile has been busy during the pandemic, releasing a memoir and now a highly anticipated new album, "In These Silent Days," on Friday. — AP Entertainment Writer Kristin M. HallTELEVISION— Jon Stewart is back, and Apple TV+ has him. "The Problem With Jon Stewart" debuts Thursday, with episodes released on an every-other-week basis.wftv.com
Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart to perform at 9/11 benefit show
9/11 Comedy Show FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2019 file photo, Dave Chappelle is honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Chappelle, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon and Amy Schumer are in a star-studded group of comedians to perform Sept. 12, 2021, for one night only at Madison Square Garden to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11. All proceeds from “NYC Still Rising After 20 Years: A Comedy Celebration” will benefit 9/11 charities. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File) (Owen Sweeney)NEW YORK — (AP) — Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon and Amy Schumer are part of a star-studded group of comedians that will perform for one night only at Madison Square Garden to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11. All proceeds from “NYC Still Rising After 20 Years: A Comedy Celebration” will benefit 9/11 charities.wftv.com
A multimedia impeachment trial: Video takes center stage
Trump's lawyers fully embraced a TikTok defense on Friday, using manipulated video to complain about manipulated video and relying on rapid-fire, repetitive imagery. “The only question one might have is whether they repeated that effectiveness too much.”They also left room for a line of attack for Trump's lawyers. Trump's team found video of participants in the impeachment trial calling past elections into question, even digging back to find a 2005 speech by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In a trial without witnesses, the House managers relied heavily on media reports and interviews. Ultimately, it was a fully modern impeachment trial, with hours spent in video editing rooms likely rivaling the time spent with lawyers.
Jon Stewart speaks out on Reddit-GameStop frenzy in first-ever tweet
Former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart officially joined Twitter on Thursday and had some thoughts about Reddit-inspired traders who helped spur the meteoric rise in the share price of GameStop this week. "Thanks for the warm welcome! I promise to only use this app in a sporadic and ineffective manner," Stewart tweeted. Thanks for the warm welcome! — Jon Stewart (@jon_actual) January 29, 2021"The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert took notice and welcomed him.cbsnews.com
Hollywood on the Potomac: A-list turns out for Biden-Harris
A full-throated, supremely confident Lady Gaga belted out the national anthem at President Joe Biden's inauguration in a very Gaga way — with flamboyance, fashion and passion. While stars mostly eschewed Trump's inauguration four years ago, the A-list was back for Biden. Brooks was careful to call his decision to perform on Wednesday non-political, and in the spirit of unity. He had performed during the inaugural celebration for Obama in 2009, but turned down a chance to perform for Trump in 2017, citing a scheduling conflict. Alone with his guitar, The Boss sang his “Land of Hope and Dreams” in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
From Gaga to Garth, Miranda to Moreno: Celebs join inaugural
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Like so much this past year, the inaugural celebration will be like no other: pared down, distanced, much of it virtual. But for actor Christopher Jackson — the original George Washington in Broadway's “Hamilton" — performing in a virtual “ball” is a way of participating in an essential rite of American democracy. Miranda will contribute a classical recitation, joining musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake and Bon Jovi. The inaugural committee has made sure to blend this high-powered list with ordinary Americans and inspiring stories. And the “AAPI Inaugural Ball: Breaking Barriers” celebrated the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities with planned participants including actors Kal Penn, John Cho, Kumail Nanjiani and Chloe Bennet.
Biden's Inauguration Day parade to feature stars like Jon Stewart and skateboarding TikTok sensation Nathan Apodaca
Following Mr. Biden's arrival at the White House, there will be a star-studded, though mostly virtual, inaugural parade. The "Parade Across America" will be televised and features popular performers, celebrities and athletes, according to the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Other guests include comedian Jon Stewart and Nathan Apodaca, also known as DoggFace. DoggFace, are set to participate in Mr. Biden's inauguration parade on Wednesday, January 20. Figure skater Kaitlyn Saunders and Olympic athletes including Nathan Chen, Allyson Felix, and Katie Ledecky will also join the celebration.cbsnews.com
Al Pacino, Tina Fey to appear in 'Heroes of New York' lineup
NEW YORK – Al Pacino, Tina Fey and Eli Manning will join a star-studded lineup to celebrate the selfless acts of New Yorkers. Robin Hood and iHeartRadio announced a collaboration Thursday to present “Heroes of New York,” which will air Dec. 1 on television and radio stations in New York. The show will feature musical performances from Mariah Carey, Tony Bennett and Andra Day. Carey will perform a medley, Bennett will sing “Smile” and Day will perform “Silent Night.”Other special guests include Jon Stewart, Kevin Bacon, Mariano Rivera, Michael Strahan, Ryan Seacrest and Tracy Morgan. In May, the New York-based poverty fighting organization, Robin Hood, and iHeartMedia held the “Rise Up New York!” telethon.
Veterans’ fundraiser to go virtual, with a prince and a Boss
This combination photo shows Brad Paisley, from left, Bruce Springsteen and Sheryl Crow who will participate in this years Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser on Nov. 18. The fundraiser, which benefits injured veterans and their families, will also feature comedians including Nate Bargatze, Ronny Chieng, Tiffany Haddish, Iliza Shlesinger and Ray Romano. (AP Photo)NEW YORK – This year’s Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser is going virtual for the first time and The Boss will once again be there. Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Tiffany Haddish and Brad Paisley have all signed up to participate — as well as Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, for the first time. The fundraiser, which benefits injured veterans and their families, will also feature comedians and musicians including Nate Bargatze, Ronny Chieng, Mickey Guyton, Patti Scialfa, Iliza Shlesinger, Jeannie Gaffigan and Ray Romano.
Jon Stewart will be back in the host's chair for Apple TV+
LOS ANGELES – Jon Stewart is returning to TV, more than five years after bowing out as host of “The Daily Show” and with a new home at Apple TV+. Stewart will host an hour-long, current affairs series that will explore topics of national interest as well as his advocacy work, the streaming service said Tuesday. Each season of the show will have a companion podcast to “continue the discussion,” Apple TV+ said. The platform also has a deal with Stewart and his production company that gives it first shot at other projects. Stewart, writer and director of the recent film “Irresistible" with Steve Carell and Rose Byrne, is also an executive producer for CBS' “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”Stewart will be an executive producer along with host of his new Apple TV+ show, with the title yet to be announced.
Dave Chappelle accepts Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Dave Chappelle accepted the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Sunday. The award is considered the highest accolade in comedy and recognizes individuals who have had an impact on American society in the vein of 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens, or pseudonym, Mark Twain. Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy said in a video tribute Chappelle is the type of person who is "so much smarter than everyone." "Dave is one of the most, maybe the most, intellectual comedian ever," Murphy said. Previous recipients of the Mark Twain award include Richard Pryor, Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, George Carlin, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Ellen DeGeneres, Carol Burnett, Bill Murray, David Letterman, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Senate overwhelmingly passes 9/11 victim fund bill, 97-2
The Senate passed the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund through 2092 by a vote of 97-2 according to NBC News, virtually funding health care for 9/11 victims and first responders for life. The bill was approved on Tuesday afternoon, having overwhelmingly passed the House 402-12 on July 12. The fund, created after 9/11 in 2001, distributed over $7 billion to victims and their families through 2004. Funding for the new bill is guaranteed through 2092, essentially providing for 9/11 first responders for life. The bill now heads to the White House for President Donald Trump's signature, who is expected to sign it.cnbc.com
Jon Stewart Joins Mourners at Funeral for 9/11 NYPD Hero Luis Alvarez
Mourners lined the streets of New York City Wednesday as they paid tribute to retired NYPD Detective Luis Alvarez, who spent his last days fighting for others. Alvarez, who spent months digging through rubble in the aftermath of 9/11, lost his battle with cancer on Saturday. Jon Stewart, who was at Alvarez's side, added: "They did their job with courage, grace, tenacity, humility ... 18 years later, do yours." Getty ImagesStewart attended the funeral at the Immaculate Conception Church in Astoria, Queens, Wednesday and offered a salute to his fallen friend. Inside the church, Alvarez's sister and oldest son gave touching tributes.
Hundreds of officers honor Luis Alvarez at funeral, detective who fought for 9/11 victims
Hundreds of New York City police officers honored a former detective who fought until his final days for the extension of health benefits for 9/11 first responders. The funeral ceremony for Detective Luis Alvarez, 53, was held at Immaculate Conception Church in Astoria, New York. The casket of retired NYPD detective Luis Alvarez is brought out of Immaculate Conception Church on Wed., July 3, 2019. Luis Alvarez's wife Lainie is joined by other family members as the casket of retired NYPD detective Alvarez is brought out of Immaculate Conception Church. Alvarez was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in the New York City borough of Queens.cbsnews.com