Alabama Expands Its Clout on Capitol Hill

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR With Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) expected to take over the Senate Appropriations Committee — and likely the committee’s defense spending panel as well — following current Chairman Thad Cochran’s announcement that he plans to step down April1, Alabama looks to play an outsize role in crafting the Pentagon’s budget. The state’s congressional delegation boasts a high profile in the House as well, reports CQ. Martha Roby (R) serves on that chamber’s defense appropriations subcommittee and Robert Aderholt (R), who now chairs the agriculture spending panel, is vying to replace current House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) following his retirement at the end of this year’s session. Meanwhile, Mike Rogers (R) chairs the House Armed Services’ Strategic Forces Subcommittee, and two other Alabama Republicans, Reps. Mo Brooks and Bradley Byrne, also serve on Armed Services. The state is home to four major installations and has a significant defense manufacturing presence.last_img read more

Meghan Markle humiliates Kate Middleton in Chelsea Flower Show despite royal intervention

first_imgLONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England.Photo by Clive Mason/Getty ImagesFollowing the news of the departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from Kensington Palace, there have been many reports that suggested that tension has developed between both the Duchesses.And going by the recent event, it is clearly evident that the two sisters-in-law are not on the same page. Both backed different gardens at the annual event. Kate has designed her own nature-themed garden, while the Duchess of Sussex and her husband Prince Harry opted to support an African-styled entry.Meghan’s entry looks at the ecological African culture and is already a firm favourite among gardeners. Julie Miller, who hosts ‘In the Limelight’ for Vanity Fair, said this put Kate’s in the shade. She further said, “If I was Kate I’d be humiliated they went down this route. I would be angry they hadn’t swapped notes before.” Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesKate’s garden features a treehouse, a waterfall, wild strawberries and a campfire where children can toast marshmallows. Elsewhere, Meghan’s garden features a breeze-block school house surrounded by crops that girls can learn to grow, such as peanuts and okra, as well as solar panels and smart irrigation system.Megan’s garden is run by Camfed, an organisation which is trying to eradicate poverty in Africa through the education and empowerment of girls and young women. Kensington Palace has already stopped Meghan and Harry from overshadowing Kate’s garden by forbidding Camfed to use a photograph of Harry for the publicity of the garden.As a royal biographer, Sally Befell Smith puts the character of the two duchesses by comparing their gardens. “They’re two very, very different women, with different backgrounds, different interests, temperaments, and personalities.”last_img read more