Spring officially starts this week and with a start of a new season, plenty of new music is out. A new music video and single is out from New Jersey pop artist Carolyn Marie entitled “Wanna Be Cool.” You can watch here:
From the fashion to killer dance moves, Fromgirltogirl loves this new music video. It has a bit of a 90’s feel that makes us nostalgic and definitely a tune to add to your workout routine or dance class. It is also nice to watch a music video with plenty of diversity.
This smooth, spellbinding video highlights the classic human struggle of fitting in and brilliantly showcases Carolyn Marie and her supporting dancers’ mesmerizing dance talent. The video is shot in a warehouse with a call-to-action to not trust thoughts at 3am.
But what about Carolyn Marie? What is her story? She is a compelling musician and really showcase her extraordinary dance skills in “Wanna Be Cool,” a funky alternative rock song that encourages viewers to dance right along with the Jersey Girl. Carolyn’s self-titled debut album is coming out this year, which was recorded with Cooper Anderson, who has worked with artists such as John Legend, FUN and Justin Bieber. The album was also mixed by Ken Lewis, who has worked with Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Lana Del Rey. Learn about Carolyn Marie on her Facebook Page.
WASHINGTON (March 15, 2017) – Trump administration today announced it will re-open a review of common-sense automobile pollution standards for model years 2022-2025, which are instrumental to the rejuvenation of America’s automotive manufacturing sector and could drive down fuel costs for consumers.
Bob Keefe, executive director of the national, nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) has said:
“You have to wonder what is motivating the Trump administration to drive such a successful, Made-in-America policy into a ditch. It’s simply reckless and irresponsible, and will once again put America in the rearview mirror of foreign automakers that will be glad to dominate the market for the next generation of more efficient vehicles.”
E2 was founded by business people who helped advocate for the country’s first greenhouse gas emissions limits for vehicles, which were passed by the state of California in 2002 and became the foundation for the federal emissions standards. California’s groundbreaking legislation helped spur innovation in the auto and fuels industries – creating thousands of jobs – and ultimately helped advance widespread adoption of hybrid, electric and alternative fuels vehicles.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, more than 259,000 Americans now work in clean vehicle production. Those jobs, along with hundreds of millions of dollars saved through fuel efficiency by businesses and consumers alike, are now at risk because of the Trump administration’s shortsighted actions, says Keefe. These same standards are helping spur production of the modern-day auto industry’s most efficient vehicles while saving consumers and businesses money. This clean car industry is also creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and reducing pollution along the way.
More background on E2
This E2 fact sheet on clean vehicle jobs in America is based on U.S. Department of Energy research. Among the 259,000 Americans who work in the clean vehicles sector, 112,000 work in hybrid EVs; 44,000 in plug-in hybrids; 44,000 in natural gas vehicles; 42,000 in EVs; and 17,000 in hydrogen and fuel-cell vehicles.
Social media graphics highlighting clean vehicle jobs data are here, here, and here.
More than 250 business leaders who support fuel efficiency standards signed this September 2016 E2 letter.
March 2016 “Clean Jobs America” report (Page 9) has details on how fuel efficiency standards help create jobs.
Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who advocate for smart policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Our members have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital. For more information, see e2.org or follow us on Twitter at @e2org.
After blocking confirmation of Justice Scalia’s replacement on the U.S. Supreme Court for a full year, the Senate Judiciary Committee is now preparing to take up the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the post on March 20, nearly seven weeks after President Trump announced his pick. But this nomination won’t go under ” business as usual,” because too much has transpired in the intervening days for the Senate to treat it as such. Moreover, recent revelations have thrown the White House and Department of Justice into turmoil and created a crisis of legitimacy for the Trump Administration that will spill over to the nation’s highest court if there is a rush to judgment on Gorsuch’s confirmation. Also, the Senate and the public lack key information about Judge Gorsuch needed to give his nomination thorough consideration.
In other news, Republicans fighting to repeal the Affordable Care Act have shown their willingness to rush major legislation to short-circuit a thorough review process that would expose the dangerous holes in their proposal; they are attempting to rush the confirmation process of Neil Gorsuch to avoid public scrutiny of his extreme views and record.
Crisis of Legitimacy
Since Trump nominated Judge Gorsuch for the Supreme Court on January 31, Americans have witnessed the forced resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn for lying to the Vice President about his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and seen Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuse himself from any investigations into the Trump campaign after coming under fire for misleading the Senate Judiciary Committee about his previously undisclosed meetings with Kislyak. Now we find out that Flynn was paid more than $500,000 to lobby for the Turkish government even while attending classified intelligence briefings.
The Senate Judiciary Committee’s current focus—and rightly so—is on getting to the bottom of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Last week’s confirmation hearing for the nomination of Rod Rosenstein as Deputy Attorney General had some members of the committee demanding that he commit to appointment of a special prosecutor as a precondition for his approval. Some believe Senators should not take up the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch until matters so critical to our democracy and national security have been resolved, yet Republicans seem intent on rushing his nomination forward.
Lessons Learned from Recent Confirmation Hearings
The Trump Administration has pushed through a number of cabinet-level appointments in recent weeks without full and proper vetting, proper ethics paperwork, or a complete record for Senators to review. That’s bad enough for positions critical to the functioning of the federal government, but completely unacceptable for a lifetime appointment that will shape the direction of the Supreme Court for decades to come.
The fast pace of Jeff Sessions’ confirmation as Attorney General—one of eight major confirmation hearings scheduled over the span of three days—allowed him to dodge numerous questions about potential conflicts of interest given his role as a close political advisor and friend to Trump during the presidential campaign and transition.
When asked if he would recuse himself from any decisions regarding potential criminal prosecutions in connection with Russia’s hacking of the election, Sessions got away with saying, “I am not aware of a basis to recuse myself from such matters.”
As a result, mere weeks later, America is left with an Attorney General who cannot ethically participate in one of the most important matters facing the nation. Sessions will be likewise hobbled on a host of other legal issues that may come before the Department of Justice, including Trump violations of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause prohibiting foreign gifts and bribes, conflicts of interest created by Trump’s refusal to divest his business holdings into a blind trust, and potential insider trading by Trump family members actively involved in both White House and Trump Organization decision-making.
Gorsuch Role in the Bush Era DOJ
Top among the Gorsuch matters that need more time for investigation are questions about his handling of controversial cases while serving as a Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General from 2005 to 2006, and his role, if any, in the scandal over the politically motivated firings of nine U.S. Attorneys that ultimately led to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in 2007.
Gorsuch told the Senate Judiciary Committee in response to its questionnaire that, he played a role in “major litigation decisions” and “developing legal strategy” for the Civil Division while at the Justice Department. That division handled some highly controversial cases at the time, including defense of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, the Defense of Marriage Act, the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program, and detention of prisoners at Guantanamo.
In addition, Gorsuch was responsible for helping to supervise the Civil Rights Division at a time when there were serious problems with its politicization and lax enforcement of civil rights laws.
A 2008 report by the DOJ Inspector General found that the firings in 2005 and 2006 were politically motivated, “severely damaged the credibility of the Department and raised serious doubts about the integrity of Department prosecutive decisions.” The Bush Administration had pressured U.S. Attorneys to find and prosecute voter fraud, despite a lack of evidence, and retaliated against those who would not cooperate.
“The requested records will shed light on what role, if any, Mr. Gorsuch had in the disastrous hiring and firing initiatives implemented at DOJ during his time there,” CLC wrote in its FOIA request. “How Mr. Gorsuch navigated the issue of the DOJ’s independence under an administration bent on interfering for political gain has significant bearing on how he might approach similar troubling interference as a nominee to, and as a Justice on the Supreme Court.”
The Justice Department turned over 144,000 pages of documents to the Judiciary Committee last Wednesday night, but 90,000 of those were from after Gorsuch left the department. Just days away from the confirmation hearings, it is unclear whether the Committee has all the information it asked for—let alone adequate time to review it—and CLC is still waiting for its FOIA records.
With the independence of the judiciary—as well as the integrity of our elections, a free press, and crucial civil rights—under attack from the White House, the Senate and the public must have a complete record of Judge Gorsuch’s role in or handling of past compromises to our system of impartial justice. Will a Justice Gorsuch fiercely defend the rule of law from political manipulation? Just calling such attacks “demoralizing” is not enough.
Protecting the Integrity of the Supreme Court
If Senate leadership rushes through confirmation of Gorsuch in the next few weeks, after holding the position open for more than a year, it will cast the same shadow of illegitimacy that now lies over the White House over the Supreme Court. It is time to slow things down, wait to see if the Trump Administration stabilizes, and allow adequate time to review and debate the wisdom of placing Gorsuch on the Supreme Court bench.
Do you hope for a better sex life? Are you no longer attracted to your partner? If yes, you may be carrying emotional resentment in your body. Energy Healing Educator & Program Developer Natalie Nelson uses her new Body Code expansion “Resonating Relationships: The Energy of Romance” to identify and heal the issues that are shutting you down and turning you off to your partner.
Is Resentment Making Your Partner Less Attractive to You?
True intimacy between partners takes trust and mutual feelings of safety. Holding onto past emotional traumas, however, can block us from being open to giving and receiving love. Some example sources of emotional trauma include:
Infidelity, whether from your current partner, a previous one or even from what you witnessed with your parents
Experiencing abuse, whether as a child or an adult
Witnessing abuse as a child or adult
Death of a partner or any other loved one
“These are just some of the traumas people experience that begin to shut us down when it comes to love,” according to Natalie. “And from there, resentment can build between partners… resentment over mismatched sexual desire, money issues, parenting disagreements and more.”
When she found herself in a failing marriage, Dr. Brad’s daughter Natalie Nelson—an integral part of this thriving family business—became inspired to create the “Resonating Relationships” to help those in challenging relationships to heal themselves so they could show up more fully and openly in their partnership.
“Resonating Relationships” is made up of two parts: an evaluation guide and a session guide. During the evaluation portion, people answer a series of questions that pull personal details about their past and their experience of love and relationships into the conscious mind. In the session portion, the practitioner uses The Body Code (which includes The Emotion Code) to address and heal specific disharmony as it relates to relationship issues manifesting within the body.
“Having struggled in relationships myself and seeing a lot of people I know struggle in their relationships,” says Natalie, “I got really frustrated because I believe it shouldn’t be so difficult. So much of the reason why we struggle is because there are things going on inside of us that we’re just not aware of. We’re all just kind of feeling around, blindly trying to find some kind of balance in our relationships. With ‘Resonating Relationships,’ you can identify specific issues that you may never have honed in on before and bring them into consciousness. It taps into things that, for most people, have largely been unexplored.” For more information visit DrBradleyNelson.com and EmotionCode.TV.
About Natalie Nelson
Energy Healing Educator & Program Developer Natalie Nelson has spent more than 15 years studying, experiencing and teaching the powerful healing that is possible through The Emotion Code and The Body Code, created by her father, Dr. Bradley Nelson. A key member of this highly successful family business, Natalie brought The Body Code and The Emotion Code teachings into every aspect of her life. When she found herself in a failing marriage, she became inspired to create a new Body Code expansion program to help those in challenging relationships—including herself—to heal. Whether you’re single, dating, in a committed relationship or married, Natalie’s new system, “Resonating Relationships: The Energy of Romance,” can affect powerful change that heals individuals and couples from the inside out. In addition to being a certified and experienced Body Code and Emotion Code practitioner, Natalie is the facilitator of the official Body Code mentorship program where she guides and supports more than 3,000 practitioners. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, UT
Companies and communities across America and around the world are powered by women. One of those companies is Francesca Miranda, which sells handmade gowns created by the talented hands of female artisans at its Barranquilla, Colombia headquarters. By employing nearly 40 full-time artisans, CEO Francesca Miranda’s atelier preserves traditional craftsmanship and empowers the artistic women in her community. Nearly 90% of the women employed by Miranda are considered head of household or “Cabezas de la Casa”, being primary income or sole income providers for their families.
EMPOWERED BY A WOMAN
Francesca Miranda is a renowned Latin American designer based in Barranquilla, Colombia. Drawing on the best of authentic craftsmanship and the diverse indigenous aesthetic around her, Francesca designs with a captivating sense of style and inimitable creativity. Detailed to perfection, the Francesca Miranda collection incorporates intricate fabrics and unique laces with unexpected silhouettes. Fromgirltogirl absolutely loves her creations. See her latest at FrancescaMiranda.com and follow Francesca Miranda on Instagram.
We’ve all heard stories of forbidden office romance. Some too easily crash and burn while others go perfectly well. For two techie loves birds that’s exactly what happened and you won’t believe where they found love … in the moving industry. The couple, John and Landis, met at work, at the relocation technology company, Updater. Their love story is a complicated one, but it ends with a chance encounter with an industry friend on a plane and an impromptu proposal right there at 30,000 feet in the air. She said ‘Yes!’
Some may say this is an unconventional love story and we hd the chance to connect with the happy couple to hear them explain in their own words how the moving industry changed their lives in a way they never could have imagined.
How Updater changed John and Landis’ life for the better
From the start, everything about Updater was fated. On the very same day, my dad and my best friend each told me about the company. I knew right then that Updater was the place for me. John was a Senior Engineer at Updater, and although we didn’t work closely together, I always thought he was handsome and an all-around good guy. On the same day that John left to start BeADoer.io, he asked me on our first date. We both realized quickly that this love was meant to be; all thanks to Updater, and the co-workers we prefer to call friends.
Updater is a time-saving tool that helps your clients organize and complete all of their moving-related tasks, from transferring utilities, to updating accounts and records, to forwarding mail, and much more– all in one easy-to-use platform. For your next office move, reach out to Updater to save hours on dreaded moving drama. Moves have many moving parts and 15,000+ businesses have partnered with Updater to make moving easier for you, with more joining daily.
Updater makes moving easier for the 17 million households that relocate every year in the US. With Updater, users seamlessly transfer utilities, update accounts and records, forward mail, and much more. Hundreds of the most prominent real estate companies in the US (from real estate brokerages to multifamily and relocation companies) rely on Updater’s real estate products to save clients hours with a branded and personalized Updater moving experience.
Headquartered in New York City, Updater has raised over $50 million from leading investors, including SoftBank Capital, IA Ventures, Commerce Ventures, Second Century Ventures (the strategic investment arm of the National Association of Realtors®), and more.Learn more at Updater.com.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 8, women across America will take part in the Women’s March Movement. However, while all the attention is being directed to this movement, there is a story that is not being told. The story is that these women do not represent the entire nation of women’s sentiment across America, in fact, they even seem to be in the minority. It is the story of the women of this nation who have been cast-aside in the clamor and rhetoric of the far-left.That is why a Right2Speak was born and there’s a movement.
The Right2Speak movement is comprised of women that are a counter-balance to the extremist voices attempting to represent women in the media. According to the Right2Speak organization, they stand for more than protests, the mob-think and the stifling of free speech. They are voices of reason, integrity and liberty and love. Their three primary goals are:
To serve as a counterbalance to the far-left Women’s March & National “Day Without a Woman” strike (since they do not represent all women)
Infuse civility to counteract angry, extreme liberal female voices on matters of policy and personal freedoms
Call for a return to uncensored free speech and an atmosphere where women can debate their differences without fear or threat
On March 8th, some are calling women to stay home. To sit down. To not show up. Some are saying that a Day Without a Woman will show the nation how important women are by sitting on the sidelines. While these women are staying home, a group of women are standing up to make a difference.
The Right2Speak women will hold power lunch in key cities and share social media pics of how they are not taking the day off, but instead making a difference by saying that they ‘show up’. These women, will not just march but they will pick up a pen, pick up a community park, pick up a friend who is down. They will carry the load–even if just for an hour– for someone who is struggling at the end of their rope.There are real issues that need to be addressed in this nation. The Right2Speak is more than just slogans at a protest. They know that to make a difference they must show up, be present, and give it their all at home, businesses and communities… not take the day off.
American Childhood Cancer Organization, together with the Alliance for Childhood Cancer is pleased to announce that this year’s Childhood Cancer Action Days will be held on May 1-2 in Washington, DC. This important two-day event offers an opportunity for everyone in the childhood cancer community to join to advocate on behalf of children with cancer everywhere. This year’s Childhood Cancer Action Days come at a critical point in the legislative process for many issues of critical importance for children facing a cancer diagnosis and will ensure that their voice is heard in both the House of Representative and the Senate.
Fromgirltogirl is pleased to announce that registration for childhood cancer action days is now open, so we encourage anyone who is interested in sharing their story with Congress and advocating in-person with members of the national government on behalf of children with cancer to sign up now! To register, please visit https://give.acco.org/events/-/e120803. Participation costs only $50/family (plus the cost of travel to/from Washington and accommodations in Washington, DC) and scholarships are available. Information on criteria and application process are available at on the registration page. All reservations must be made before the cutoff date of April 2, 2017.
The goal of Childhood Cancer Action Days is to enable all members of the childhood cancer community, including parents, children, survivors, healthcare professionals, and advocacy groups, to learn and implement effective advocacy approaches specifically about childhood cancer. In addition to receiving training and “tips of the trade” from experienced advocacy experts within the childhood cancer community, participants will have the opportunity to meet with their Members of Congress and their staff in person to share their stories and to show their support for childhood cancer issues pending before Congress.
This year’s Childhood Cancer Action Days will be hosted at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel located at 999 9th Street NW, Washington, DC. On Monday, May 1, advocates will participate in training seminars including New Advocates Training and Issues & Advocacy Training. Tuesday, May 2, will begin with a kick-off breakfast at the Renaissance Hotel, followed by pre-arranged meetings with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. A room block at the Renaissance Hotel has been set aside for participants wishing to stay on-site at the hotel; reservations for hotel rooms may be made by calling 202-898-9000 or by going to http://www.acco.org/actiondays17/.
If you would like more information about Childhood Cancer Action Days, or have questions about registration or about getting involved, please feel free to email the Alliance for Childhood Cancer at firstname.lastname@example.org or American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) at email@example.com.
About American Childhood Cancer Organization
The American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) is the nation’s largest grassroots organization at the forefront of the crucial battle against childhood cancer. The ACCO is dedicated to improving the lives of children living with childhood cancer and its long-term impacts, and to offering critical advice, support, and help to families engaged in this life-altering struggle.
Whether giving up meat or giving up Lent, Primanti Bros. and Bar is offering a seasonal special for customers. What is it? To honor the start of the Lenten season with the launch of three new sandwiches – for the pious or the gluttonous – and is proud of its fans for “Giving Up” this season. The new sandwiches will be around until Easter and will be served everyday.
For those observing the season, Primanti Bros. is introducing The Redemption Sandwich – a ten-inch hoagie with spicy shrimp, crispy fish, pepper jack cheese and Cajun tartar and The Offering Sandwich – a 9oz crispy fish filet served with fries, slaw and tomato. For the heathens among us – the restaurant brings The Last Temptation – a meaty mashup of corned-beef, pastrami, Swiss cheese and spicy beer mustard – all topped with sweet-and-sour slaw, tomato and French fries.
“This season – it’s all about giving up – and that sacrifice has never tasted better,” said Toni Haggerty, a long-time icon and manager at Primanti Bros. original place in Pittsburgh. “In fact, we’re encouraging our fans to just, well, give up already.”
For those unfamiliar, Lent always marks an uptick in fish sales – but for those not looking for seafood, Primanti Bros. wanted to be sure to have something new.
“Listen, we’ve never been squeaky clean,” said Haggerty. “We’ve all got a bit of a mischievous side – and this year, we’ve got The Last Temptation Sandwich if fish just isn’t your thing and you’re looking to give in…”
In 1933, Joe Primanti opened a lunch cart in Pittsburgh’s Strip District selling sandwiches to the hungry truckers who were coming and going at all times of the night. Encouraged by sales and positive feedback, Joe expanded to a small storefront where he was joined by his brothers Dick and Stanley and their nephew John DePriter. And that’s how the very first Primanti Bros. place was born – Primanti Bros. now has 39 locations, all dedicated to that early notion that folks deserve great food, with no pretense, for a good price.
This week Commissioner Matthew Masterson was elected Chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), a position he will hold for one year. Masterson will continue to serve alongside EAC Commissioner Thomas Hicks, who now moves from the role of Chairman to Vice Chair, and Commissioner Christy A. McCormick. As a former Ohio election official and having served as a member of the EAC’s Testing and Certification team, Masterson knows the EAC is a vital resource for state and local election administrators, voters, and stakeholders. There are more than 8,000 election jurisdictions in the United States, each facing mounting pressures that stem from concerns such as cybersecurity and aging voting equipment. He plans to spend the coming year as Chairman helping to make sure their needs are met and their voices are heard.
Chairman Masterson has identified three areas of concern to state and local election officials that will tell his agenda for the coming year, including:
Supporting and empowering state and local election officials as they deal with pressures stemming from America’s aging election system infrastructure.
Working to bridge the information gap between the Department of Homeland Security and state election officials who are still wondering how the department’s decision to designate election systems as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure will impact their day-to-day operations.
Ensuring improved election accessibility for voters with disabilities, Limited English Proficiency Voters, as well as military and other Americans voting overseas.
Chairman Masterson assumes this new role amid the EAC’s #GamePlan17 work to prepare for next year’s midterm elections. That effort will be largely informed by lessons learned in 2016 and the Commission’s 2016 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS), the most comprehensive set of data regarding election administration and voting across the United States. EAVS is slated for release at the end of June. His election also comes less than a week after a set of 17 core voting system functions that will guide the EAC’s next generation of Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) was adopted by the Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC), a step that sets the stage for the new voting system guidelines to be completed by 2018. This spring the EAC is also poised to release a new website that will feature a cutting-edge, user-friendly design. The site will also become the new permanent home for the popular tools and guidance stemming from the Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA).
Masterson was recommended by former Speaker of the House Representative John Boehner (R-Ohio) and nominated to serve as an EAC Commissioner by President Barack H. Obama. He was confirmed by unanimous consent of the United States Senate on December 16, 2014. Before his EAC appointment, Chairman Masterson served as Interim Chief of Staff for the Ohio Secretary of State, whom he had previous served as a Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Information Officer. In his earlier position of Deputy Director of Elections for the State of Ohio, Chairman Masterson was responsible for voting system certification efforts by the Secretary of State’s office, including being the liaison to the Ohio Board of Voting Machine Examiners. He was also in charge of Ohio’s effort to develop an online voter registration system and online ballot delivery for military and overseas voters.
Prior to joining the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, Chairman Masterson held multiple roles at the Election Assistance Commission. Masterson joined the EAC staff in 2006 as a Special Assistant/Counsel to Chairman Paul DeGregorio. He went on to serve as Deputy Director for the EAC’s Voting System Testing and Certification Program. In this role, his primary responsibility was the creation of the next iteration of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG). Chairman Masterson worked with the EAC’s Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the creation of the TGDC’s recommended Voluntary Voting System Guidelines. In addition to these responsibilities, he managed the day to day business of the EAC’s laboratory accreditation program, including the creation of the EAC’s Voting System Test Laboratory Program Manual.
About the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC)