There is a widening chasm between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill in terms of policy, but also in terms of demographics. The newly elected members of the 116th Congress look very different when they're divided by party, and that was captured on a flyer being passed around in the Capitol that identified the incoming class by party. Here are the incoming Republicans: And here are the incoming Democrats: Thirty out of the 31 Republican members-elect are men. All 31 members-elect are white. That may change if Republican Young Kim is declared the victor in a closely contested California House race. If elected, Kim would be the first Korean-American woman sent to the House of Representatives. On the other side of the aisle, Election night delivered some groundbreaking victories to Democratic candidates: Among the 56 incoming Democratic members, 34 are women, and that number could increase if three women currently locked in contested races … [Read more...] about Democrats have more diverse slate of new House members than Republicans
Just a week before Thanksgiving, concerns are rising over an ongoing outbreak of salmonella linked to raw turkeys. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says over the past year, there have been 164 illnesses in 35 states, including one death in California. About half of those sickened had to be hospitalized. "Most people get sick between 12 and 72 hours after coming into contact with salmonella bacteria," the CDC's Dr. Colin Basler told CBS News. "Most people get diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and a fever." Children under 5, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe illness from contaminated food that could lead to hospitalization. Salmonella has been detected in ground turkey, raw turkey pet food and live turkeys, an indication the bacteria is widespread in the turkey industry. A common supplier has not been identified. Consumer Reports is urging the USDA to publicly identify brands of turkeys that have been linked to the … [Read more...] about What to know about the salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey this Thanksgiving
Sheldon Cooper might share a scene with his younger self on "The Big Bang Theory." CBS announced Wednesday that a few cast members from "Young Sheldon" will appear in an upcoming episode of "The Big Bang Theory." Iain Armitage, who stars as the titular character in "Young Sheldon," is set to make a cameo in an episode of "The Big Bang Theory" next month. His cast mates, Lance Barber, who plays George, and Montana Jordan, who plays Georgie, will join him on the episode. They will play their "Young Sheldon" characters in their cameos. The episode will air in December, but no further details are available on the storyline. Considering the events of the two shows take place nearly 30 years apart, it's unclear how the worlds will merge. Hopefully actor Jim Parsons, who plays an adult Sheldon Cooper on "The Big Bang Theory," will get to pass on some wisdom to Armitage before he signs off the series, as "The Big Bang Theory" is set to end after its Season 12 finale. In … [Read more...] about “Young Sheldon” cast to make cameo on “Big Bang Theory”
Last Updated Nov 14, 2018 4:42 PM EST President Trump officially threw his support behind a criminal justice reform bill at the White House Wednesday afternoon, giving the legislation the push it might need to overcome a stall in the Senate. The First Step Act, which has already passed the House, would constitute what would be a major overhaul of the criminal justice system. Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has been working with senators and private sector stakeholders to make improvements to the country's prison and sentencing policies. Mr. Trump — despite his tough law-and-order rhetoric — has expressed some openness to making changes to the system. When Jeff Sessions was still his attorney general, Mr. Trump said he'd overrule Sessions — a known critic of sentencing reform — if the attorney general tried to thwart him on criminal justice reform efforts. Criminal justice reform may be one of the few things the Senate can pass in the … [Read more...] about Trump throws support behind criminal justice reform bill — live updates
New government research shows that tickborne diseases like Lyme disease continue to rise. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that in 2017, state and local health departments reported a record number of cases of illnesses spread by ticks. Cases of Lyme disease, Powassan virus; spotted fever rickettsiosis, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis and tularemia all increased last year. The CDC said there were 59,349 confirmed cases of tickborne diseases in 2017, up from 48,610 in 2016. The findings reflect an accelerating trend of tick-related diseases reported in the U.S. Between 2004 and 2016, the number of such cases doubled. Researchers also discovered seven new tickborne pathogens that infect people. What's behind the increase? Scientists say the reason for surge in tickborne diseases is unclear. However, a number of factors are likely at play. After another CDC report published earlier this … [Read more...] about Diseases spread by ticks hit record level in U.S.