The Senate will likely vote today on a budget resolution vital to Republicans' success in passing a tax reform bill by year-end. Senate Republicans appear to have enough support to pass the measure, which comes to the floor under reconciliation rules which allow Republicans to pass tax legislation with a simple majority.
A bill under consideration in the Senate would require foreign investors to prove proposed deals with US firms are in the best interest of America's economy. The deal comes amid a flurry of international business deals, such as China National Chemical's purchase of Syngenta last year.
When President Richard Nixon visited China in 1972, the events of the unprecedented trip, including the nightly feasts, were televised for American viewers. This resulted in a Chinese restaurant boom as Americans started trying more authentic Chinese food, including Nixon's favorite, Peking duck.
Lego has announced that its new Women of NASA set, inspired by pioneers Sally Ride, Nancy Grace Roman, Mae Jemison and Margaret Hamilton, will go on sale Nov. 1. The set was proposed by MIT News deputy editor Maia Weinstock and designed by Lego's Gemma Anderson and Marie Sertillanges.
Volunteering and charitable contributions in the US have declined 11% since the early 2000s, according to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy's new Generosity for Life website. Lilly professor Una Osili attributed the decline, in part, to the recession but said socioeconomic factors, such as a decline in religious affiliation, also are playing a role.
The YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee will continue to prioritize programs that empower women, such as its new Dress for Success Boutique that provides disadvantaged women with professional attire for interviews, according to its new CEO Sharon Roberson. The organization has also worked with local police on a program to end domestic violence homicides.
The Kind Foundation has introduced a new $20 million initiative dubbed Empatico that aims to teach students empathy by connecting them with young people from other walks of life. "One of the most critical things we need to do in society is to develop critical thinking skills, emotional intelligence, and the ability for people to empathize with one another," said Daniel Lubetzky, founder of the Kind snack bar company.
An Indiana food bank is looking to start a mobile food pantry service for low-income residents. Tri-State Food Bank in Evansville says the service will help those who live in "food deserts," which means there are no grocery stores within 20 miles of their homes.
Blackbaud and Microsoft have unveiled a new partnership in which they will expand their cloud-based offers to "better meet the unique technology challenges nonprofits face," said Justin Spelhaug of Microsoft Tech for Social Impact. "By combining Microsoft's cloud platforms and expertise with Blackbaud's leading industry solutions, we will create new opportunities for digital transformation to empower nonprofits to make an even bigger impact on the world," he said.
CBS has announced five of the eight participants in its 14th annual Writers Mentoring Program are women. Drama writers Krystal Banzon, Ashley Charbonnet, Shuo Zhang, as well as comedy writers Naomi Iwamoto and April Shih will all participate in the eight-month program, followed by a 16-week workshop that pairs the writers with industry executives. "The access and opportunities that writers receive in this program are instrumental in creating game changers in this industry," CBS executive Tiffany Smith-Anoa'i said.
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