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On Capitol Hill, a 180-degree turn of events for climate, EV policy | Greenbiz

On Capitol Hill, a 180-degree turn of events for climate, EV policy | Greenbiz

For the past year and a half, the Build Back Better agenda has been on a roller-coaster ride — and I am not talking about those easygoing kids’ rides either. I’m talking about the rides that spin you upside down and twirl you around, only to flatten out, giving the impression it’s over, and then take you for another thrilling set of twists and turns. 

Here is a perfect example of what I mean. Last week, I reached out to Joe Britton, executive director of the Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA), a federal coalition focused on advocating for 100 percent electric vehicle (EV) sales by 2030 with corporate members including Tesla, Rivian, ABB and EVgo. I wanted to speak with Britton, given the news at the time out of Capitol Hill that the Build Back Better bill was completely dead in the water again and all that remained was a health care spending deal. ZETA has been at the frontlines of all things federal EV policy since launching in late 2020, so there’s no one better to speak to than Britton and his team. Then just like a roller coaster, prior to my interview, news broke that Build Back Better was not fully dead, and Sen. Joe Manchin, who has held up much of the progress on passing a meaningful bill, supports moving forward on some version of a bill after negotiations with Sen. Chuck Schumer. Oh, and now the bill was no longer called the Build Back Better Act, but instead is The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.

If you take Manchin at his word, then apparently he was never really out of the deal, despite media reports to the contrary. “Remember when I told you I didn’t walk away? I never walked away. I’ve never walked away from anything,” Manchin said in an interview with Punchbowl News after announcing a deal has been struck on the new bill. 

In this piece, I don’t plan to recap the well-documented twists and turns of Build Back Better. Instead, I want to look ahead and help make sense of what transpired these past few days because this may be the planet’s best shot at meaningful climate policy passing in the U.S. Even as I write this, I would be lying if I said I am not holding my breath on whether Congress will be able to pass it. 

Specifically for climate, the bill sets aside $369 billion for energy security and climate change compared with the previously allocated $550 billion.

While we are nowhere close to what President Joe Biden initially proposed in 2021, passing this legislation will put the U.S. on a path to roughly 40 percent emissions reduction by 2030, short of the original U.S. goal of 50 percent by 2030 that is needed to meet net zero by 2050 — but a whole heck of a lot better than nothing at all. 

  • As it stands, the bill will bring in $739 billion and will invest $433 billion in energy security and climate change along with an Affordable Care Act extension. 
  • The previous version of the bill passed by the House last year included a total $1.75 trillion. 
  • Specifically for climate, the bill sets aside $369 billion for energy security and climate change compared with the previously allocated $550 billion
  • The bill includes several incentives for EVs, including maintaining the $7,500 purchase incentive but removing the tax credit cap after automakers hit 200,000 EVs sold. Removing the cap would make GM and Tesla vehicles once again eligible. Additionally, the incentive moves to the point of sale instead of applying as a federal tax credit. 
  • A few firsts: The legislation also includes $4,000 for used EVs and up to $40,000 for commercial trucks that weigh more than 14,000 pounds. 

For those interested, here is the one-pager on all the various spending breakdowns and the full text for all my fellow policy nerds. Also, make sure to check out GreenBiz’s recent piece on the The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and its impact on climate tech by our own Leah Garden. 

Given my incredible conversation with Britton, and how helpful it was to dive deeper into the legislation, we have decided to publish the full interview, edited for length and clarity:

Vartan Badalian: When I first reached out a couple of weeks ago to schedule this interview, we were in a much different place compared to now. A lot has transpired over these last couple of days. It is like a 180-degree turn on Capitol Hill. We first thought all hope for meaningful federal climate policy was lost after Sen. Joe Manchin signaled he would not support any bill that focused on climate. It now appears climate is back in, and Build Back Better is called The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. Please walk us through what transpired over these two weeks to get us here. 

Joe Britton: Well, there is the inside baseball kind of answer that [Senate Majority Leader Chuck] Schumer felt like he was clear that the deadline was August, and Manchin felt like the deadline was Sept. 30. So they had a little bit of a conflict on, was there time to push this past August or not. So there was a little bit of just timing. Manchin is the energy chairman, so he recognizes that climate change is worth addressing. … So I don’t think he intended necessarily to kill the climate provisions in the way that those conversations had appeared. I think it was basically a recognition that, all right, we’re disagreeing over dates, and that is not a justification for giving up on climate change and emissions reduction. So they just continued the conversations and figured out a way to agree on things that were under consideration. 

Photo of Joe Britton, executive director of ZETA, leaning on a balcony

Badalian: From an EV and climate perspective, what is and is not in this bill compared to the previous version? What should consumers and company fleets be aware of? I know there is a slight change to the EV tax credit compared to before, correct? 

Britton: There is a lot [different]; they are different bills. If you stack this bill up against previous aspirations for Build Back Better, you are sort of disappointed in certain areas, certainly. But on the EV side, the new EV credit is probably the biggest change. So in the House bill, they had the $7,500 base credit for EVs if you purchased a new vehicle, but they also had an extra $500 for domestic content, and then another $4,500 if it was manufactured with union labor. We kind of identified that the union adder was going to be a problem for many political reasons, so it came out. So it is now the $7,500 base credit. The thing that is most interesting about the new credit is that there is embedded in there, maybe not direct, but certainly indirect industrial policy. So for half of the credit, you [the automotive company] need to make pretty serious strides on reshoring critical minerals. So $3,750 of the $7,500 is dependent on the next 2½ years, for the automotive company to reshore critical mineral supply chains and pull them out of China. That can be in North America and also allies that we [the U.S.] have free trade agreements with. Like Australia, Chile, and others. But that is going to be difficult to do. You cannot just take the vehicles in the supply chains that we have today and assume eligibility, I think there will be a lot of work to reshore minerals. For the other half, $3,750, you [the automotive company] have to have your battery components not sourced from China. And so again, that is going to be a challenge, it will force manufacturers to reach and do things a little differently. Thankfully, we have done a lot on batteries. 

We have 700-gigawatt hours of battery manufacturing announced in the U.S. now, so certainly there are huge incentives put in place to reshore more of that for the future. But the bill also does not just say, “Here are some new targets,” and leaves it up to manufacturers to just figure it out. It also puts a lot of resources behind helping manufacturers do that. So there is $10 billion in battery and advanced manufacturing to help manufacturers reshore, there is $20 billion in loan authority, there is $2 billion for automotive facility retooling — so it is helping to support manufacturers to achieve these metrics. So the way I have been describing it is that they are tough metrics: They are going to require some real effort on the supply chain side, and it will take some time to do. But if we get it right, not only will we be making eligible vehicles and accelerating transportation electrification, but we will be creating jobs for minerals, batteries, components, parts and everything else. So, it is an incentive that has industrial policy baked in it. 

Badalian: So it changes the current incentive for the $7,500 where it now puts more onus on the automotive company to make themselves eligible, whereas before the only major onus was whether the company had sold 200,000 EVs or not to be eligible. 

Britton: So while it requires some difficult supply chain management and manufacturing changes to reshore and pull out of China, many of these manufacturers had already hit the cap [200,000 consumer sale cap]. Without this bill, they had zero chance of offering a consumer incentive period. So that cap is now gone under this bill, and instead of the cap, it makes contingent your eligibility based on the metrics discussed. So, against a baseline where you [the automotive company] had no credit, having a credit that, albeit is conditional and may take some work, I think folks are going to see and endeavor to make the $7,500 credit available to their consumers. And so it will create some manufacturing and critical mineral supply chain changes, but for good reason, and hopefully, those changes will be good for the American worker too.

Badalian: And there is also a component for fleets right? So there is a truck incentive as well that is pretty sizable — up to $40,000. 

Britton: Yeah, it is a 30 percent investment tax credit, that one is big and that one is new. … The other is the used EV credit, which I think is a really big game-changer. 70 percent of Americans are not in the market for a new car. And so this will now make a used EV credit available at $4,000 to folks that are looking to purchase a used car. Previously we had left out 70 percent of the market, and now those people are eligible for a used EV credit, so that is a big deal. 

The other one that is a really big deal is a $35 per-kilowatt-hour battery production tax credit. So, if you take, for example, a 100-kilowatt-hour battery, Tesla Model X and some others meet that, there is a $3,500 value that goes to the manufacturer to produce that battery in the U.S. So if you think about that $3,500 plus the $7,500 vehicle consumer incentive if you are doing this work in the U.S., and you can secure your supply chains, pull them out of China, you might have $7,500 for the consumer and $3,500 for the manufacturer. And all of a sudden there is [$10,000] or $11,000 in value to reach and surpass price parity with gas-powered vehicles. So that is a big, big change. 

Badalian: This is not the only thing that will positively impact the automotive industry, correct? The Senate recently passed the CHIPs+ Act, which will increase the production of critical semiconductor chips in short supply (which is causing supply chain delays). Walk us through the importance of this bill for the EV industry. 

Britton: So this is interesting… one of the biggest chokepoints we face in supply chain constraints has been the chip shortage, so being able to invest $50-plus billion in chip manufacturing in the U.S. will again restore some of those manufacturing jobs and capabilities, … Also, if we didn’t have a domestic supply chain for chips, we may have fallen prey to some of the manufacturing bases in Asia that were just not gonna make them available. So it was a real vulnerability for us [the U.S.]. So that investment will boost volume and supply domestically, but ideally, do it at a price competitive point. So that [CHIPS+ Act] combined with this bill [The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022] is going to be an enormous accelerant for transportation electrification. 

The other thing that we didn’t mention going back to the reconciliation bill [The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022], that we have been working on for months and months is the U.S. Postal Service electrification. Previously, Postmaster [Louis] DeJoy came out and said 10 percent of the fleet might be electric under his plan. We spent a lot of time and I testified before Congress, challenging the assumptions that they use. [After all the advocacy, the U.S. Postal Service] recently committed 40 percent of the fleet to be electric. So we got them to quadruple their commitment. 

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But there is also $3 billion in this bill to further electrify the U.S. Postal Service fleet. So that’s a big deal. One of the estimates was that it was going to cost $6 billion to electrify the Postal Service fleet. So if you think about the 40 percent they’ve already committed to plus another $3 billion, you can envision getting the 90 to 100 percent fleet electrification for the Postal Service. The other thing is that they are also sending $15 million to the postal inspector general to conduct oversight on the postmaster, to ensure that they are doing this in the right way.

Badalian: What do you see as the timeline for moving The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 forward? 

Britton: Well, Plan A is that they start voting  [Wednesday or Thursday]. And it then goes to the president’s desk next weekend. So that is Plan A. But, Congress and politics are not without twists and turns. So it is not a slam dunk. And there will be a lot of work to do between now and then. But that is the goal. 

Badalian: How soon can we expect the revived EV incentive to be ready and available to consumers and companies? 

Britton: Well, there is an implementation period, so I think Treasury and IRS probably have to put out some guidance. So there will be some different junctures. But what I would recommend is, come next weekend, we will have some finality on the policy and we have gone through the amendment process. And then ZETA will be putting a lot of work into public awareness, working fleet operators, and those that might want to buy a commercial heavy-duty EV and certainly a consumer-facing vehicle. So we will have the material and the content to know where the policy lands, and then folks should start to see how and where they might be eligible.

Badalian: Beyond The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, what more does the U.S. need federally to achieve 100 percent EV sales by 2030, or are we now on track? 

Britton: So I think it is a three-pronged approach. We get in place the right federal policies, which this bill is directionally a huge accelerant. … So that is the federal policy. No. 2 is the manufacturers produce product and segment offerings that more and more Americans can see working for their families, which they are doing. The third is a huge public affairs campaign. Not every American has the time or bandwidth to unpack the credits and eligibility. … There needs to be a huge public affairs campaign aimed at bringing to communities all across America the benefits of electrification. Go into those families and say that electrification is good for you, it is good for your family, you will save money at the pump, and you will be catalyzing domestic manufacturing and jobs in your community.

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Ms. Marvel Director Teases Dark Turn of Events In Upcoming Episode

Ms. Marvel MCU dark

Marvel Studios has delivered some darker stories and plot points as Phase 4 continues through new entries like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Moon Knight. Now, the adventure turns to a more light-hearted adventure in Iman Vellani’s Ms. Marvel, which just aired the first of its six episodes on Disney+.

Vellani’s solo series is already earning high praise from some of the MCU’s top names, continuing the trend after the excitement for Ms. Marvel‘s arrival first started following the show’s trailer debuting online. Filled with nods and references to Marvel Studios’ storied history, Episode 1 only scratched the surface of what Kamala Khan’s origin story will add to the franchise’s growing narrative.

Although Ms. Marvel is starting off mostly light-hearted with the 16-year-old starring character, her first MCU outing is sure to get serious and real in the not-too-distant future.

At a recent gathering that featured some of the top names making the series, they teased when things may start to take a darker turn for Kamala as she learns about her newfound abilities.

Ms. Marvel About To Take a Turn

Ms Marvel TV show

During the global press conference for Marvel Studios’ Ms. Marvel, the show’s creative team looked ahead to the themes and teases coming in the next five episodes.

Director Adil El Arbi admitted that there will be a couple of darker episodes in the near future where the stakes rise to new levels. Even more so, however, Kamala Khan will dive further into her journey alongside her family and discover her identity at the same time, as shared by executive producer Sana Amanat and director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy:

Moderator: “What we’ve seen so far is very lighthearted and fun. What can you tell us about the deeper themes of the show and how they will unfold?”

El Arbi: “Well, their episodes are gonna be a little bit darker. The stakes are gonna get higher, so let’s discuss ladies.”

Amanat: “No spoilers, guys.”

Obaid-Chinoy: I think that in searching her identity, Kamala Khan is going to go on this journey to reconnect with her family to understand why it’s so important for her to tell her own story and to craft that story. And to feel that she could be that superhero she always wanted to be, except that it would be her being the superhero as opposed to emulating someone else. And on that journey of discovery, we as an audience are going to go on what I can safely say is gonna be the thrill of our lives.

Obaid-Chinoy also took a look at the Pakistani culture coming through in this series, saying that it’s “pretty freaking cool” to see it come to life under the Marvel Studios umbrella:

Moderator: “Sharmeen, I wanna go to you. How did you approach balancing the superhero aspect of this with the fact that it’s also just a story about a family and a teenage girl? How do you keep those two things relatable to the audiences?”

Obaid-Chinoy: “I think it was about letting the world into the secret that the South Asian culture is pretty freaking cool.”

Amanat: “Yeah.”

Obaid-Chinoy: “Our food, our music, the way the parents’ relationship with the kids are. I wanted to make it cool so that anybody watching it would be like, that was my argument with my mom when I wanted to go out and she’s like, ‘There are going to be boys there. Stay home.'”

Obaid-Chinoy also shared how great it was to be able to see a new level of representation for “the Muslim world” and “South Asian immigrant families” watching this adventure unfold. It’s something truly special for her to see her children have a role model in Kamala Khan to look up to within the MCU:

“And you know, sort of make it such that anyone watching beyond, you know, the Muslim world, South Asian immigrant families watching could see a reflection of themselves on screen. And the superhero bit was just that I always believe that everyone has a superhero in them; they just have to activate it. And telling this story is going to change so much for so many people, because I know I have two young girls that when they see Kamala Khan, they too will know that they can also be a superhero.”

When asked what particularly makes Ms. Marvel special, star Iman Vellani discussed how Kamala’s understanding of the fan culture is what sets her apart from other similar heroes, which is what hooked Vellani to her character:

Moderator: “There are many up and coming young superheroes. But what makes Ms. Marvel special? What is the, ‘It factor,’ that makes her stand out among the rest of the other young superheroes? And you know, I’ll say we’ve already heard the Tom Holland here. We’ve heard, you know, we know there are other young high schooler age people in the MCU. But what is it that makes Kamala stick out?”

Kevin Feige: “Iman.”

Vellani: “I think Ms. Marvel, you know, always understood fan culture on such a cellular level, and it just really elevated the storytelling in a really unique way. You know, she’s a 16-year-old kid with super powers, fine, we’ve seen that before. But she’s also a fan of every other hero within the MCU canon. And you know, that fascination and excitement is so shared with real-life Marvel fans, so that’s why we relate to her. You know? She reacts how we would when she gets powers. And so yeah, I love that part of her, and that’s why I fell in love with her.”

In Vellani’s eyes, Kamala’s culture and her Muslim upbringing were only a part of her personality that she experiences every day of her life. She saw a great balance between her Pakistani culture and her place as an “Avengers loving, fanfic writing dork,” which drives the show forward more than anything else:

Vellani: “And culture and religion were never the main thing of her personality, it was just some part of her life. You know, how it was for me. It’s like, this is the time I wake up. This is the time I go to school. This is the time I pray. This is the time I eat. Like, it’s just a set, a normal thing. And we didn’t wanna make the show about a Pakistani Muslim, it was about, you know, this Avengers loving, fanfic writing dork, which just so happens to be a Pakistani Muslim. And yeah, I think we were balanced it quite well. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Things About to Get Real for Ms. Marvel

Although only one episode is available to the public right now, Ms. Marvel has separated itself from the MCU’s Disney+ pack by bringing a sense of childlike wonder and joy into Phase 4 behind Kamala Khan. Her obsession with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and her knack for fan-fiction and other storytelling puts viewers in the shoes of a teenager living in this universe, and it’s largely been a fun time thus far.

Even so, as shown by the first episode’s post-credits scene, Kamala’s world is about to turn upside down in quite a short amount of time.

The Department of Damage Control learning about her existence is something that fans will pay close attention to, especially since it’s the same agent that gave Peter Parker such a hard time in Spider-Man: No Way Home. While it’s unknown when Kamala’s family will learn about her newfound powers, that’s sure to add another layer of drama and intensity to the youngster’s origin story as well.

No matter how all the details work out, this Avengers fangirl is about to learn quickly what it really means to be a powered person in a world full of other powered people.

Episode 1 of Ms. Marvel is now available to stream on Disney+. Episode 2 will debut on Disney+ on Wednesday, June 15.

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Haryana Rajya Sabha polling – The 17-hour long dramatic turn of events

Haryana Rajya Sabha polling – The 17-hour long dramatic turn of events

The high-stakes battle for two Rajya Sabha seats from Haryana witnessed a 17-hour long dramatic turn of events. Objections were raised on two Congress votes within first hour of polling that eventually resulted in a delay of counting of votes by more than seven hours. Although the counting began post midnight, yet two rounds of counting had to be done as Congress demanded a recounting.

9 am – polling began for the two Rajya Sabha seats. BJP MLAs were the first ones to cast their vote. Congress MLAs were enroute from New Delhi to Chandigarh by that time.

9:30 am – objections were raised on BB Batra’s vote by JJP’s election agent Digvijay Chautala who alleged breach of secrecy of ballot. Polling took its first halt. However, the objection was rejected by the Returning Officer and polling resumed.

10 am – Kuldeep Bishnoi reached Vidhan Sabha and cast his vote. It was apparent that he was not going to follow his party-line because other Congress MLAs had to come to Vidhan Sabha, together in a bus. Kiran Choudhry, too, had cast her vote but objections were raised by Digvijay Chautala and others on her vote, accusing her of breach of secrecy of the ballot. However, Returning Officer RK Nandal rejected the objections and allowed Choudhry to cast her vote. Talking to , Kiran Choudhry said, “there was a disruption created by Digvijay Chautala. These people (EC) had created extremely shoddy and thin cardboard sheets as partitions. I had only shown my vote to our observer. He (Digvijay) was sitting in the next partition and claimed that he saw my vote or I showed it to him. He demanded that my vote needs to be disqualified. But I told the EC that it is ridiculous. What kind of partitions have you made. Unless I sit in the observer’s lap and show him my vote, the person who is sitting in the next cubicle can easily get out of his chair and see the vote. That’s what he (Digvijay) did. He stood out of his chair and started creating ruckus. But I went ahead and polled my vote.”About Batra, whose vote also came under doubt, she said, “I feel that a similar thing was done with B B Batra, too but I am not sure. This is a strategy being played by these people (BJP-JJP) to wrongfully disqualify certain votes and get what they wanted.”

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10:30 am – several BJP and JJP MLAs reached Vidhan Sabha in a bus and started casting their vote

11 am – Congress MLAs from New Delhi had reached Hooda’s residence. They were offered tea, snacks and breakfast after which they all reached Vidhan Sabha. Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s son and Rajya Sabha MP Deepender Hooda tweeted – “Ajay Maken will win in this Rajya Sabha election. Kuldeep Bishnoi is a Congress MLA, I believe he has voted for Congress”.

11:30 am – By 1130 am, Congress MLAs led by Bhupinder Singh Hooda reached Vidhan Sabha and held a brief meeting. Till that time a total of 28 out of 90 MLAs from across the party lines had already cast their vote.

12 noon – Independent MLA Randhir Gollen stated that Congress candidate Ajay Maken is an outsider, which is why he won’t win. “Even Congress MLAs feel that the party’s nominee should have been from Haryana and not an outsider. Things will be absolutely clear by 5 pm,” he said. “Kuldeep Bishnoi will not vote for Congress and another Congress vote has been disqualified,” Gollen claimed.

12:15 pm – It was INLD’s Abhay Chautala who first hinted that “there was a bigger plan working”. “I have voted for Kartikeya (Sharma). I have also congratulated him. I wish from my heart that he wins. The manner in which Congress has treated its MLAs clearly show the party doesn’t even trust it’s own MLAs, that’s why all of them were taken to a resort. The kind of game that Congress played last time (2016) when several of its were cancelled; this time there appears to be a bigger game plan working. It’s surprising that Congress doesn’t trust it’s own MLAs and fear that they would indulge in cross voting or succumb to alleged horse trading”, Abhay Chautala said after casting his vote.

12:30 pm – Independent Haryana MLA Balraj Kundu abstains from voting. “I can not vote for the BJP’s candidate because these people have looted the State. I will not vote for Kartikeya Sharma because he is a candidate supported by people who are drenched in corruption. But then does it mean that should I vote for Congress candidate. My inner conscience, however, asked me that why couldn’t Congress find even a single suitable candidate from Haryana. Why did they have to get an outsider (Maken) and nominate him from our State. This is an insult to our Haryana. Thus, I have decided that I’ll not cast my vote and shall stay absent. I will not vote for anybody”, Balraj Kundu said outside Vidhan Sabha premises.

1:30 pm – Bhupinder Singh Hooda was the last one to cast his vote. Till this time, 89 out of 90 MLAs had polled their votes.

From 130 pm till 4 pm – Haryana: MLAs across party lines kept expressing confidence over their respective nominee’s victory. Congress MLA Neeraj Sharma said, “Congress nominee Ajay Maken shall definitely win. We shall get more votes than required”. Congress nominee Ajay Maken said, “I shall win, 200 per cent. There is no doubt on that”. Another Congress MLA Bishan Lal Saini said, “No cross voting took place in Congress. BJP should watch out for its own MLAs. Congress is getting at least 35 votes. If this number turns out to be incorrect, I will get my mustache shaved”. Congress MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi said, “I have voted as per my inner conscience. I showed my vote to the party observer”. On the other hand, JJP’s Ram Kumar Gautam said, “I have voted for Kartikeya Sharma and there is no doubt that Sharma will definitely win. Congress is not able to get the required numbers”. Earlier in the day, BJP’s senior leaders Anil Vij, Kanwarpal Gujjar and Sandeep Singh had claimed that both – BJP’s nominee Krishan Panwar and BJP supporter Independent candidate Kartikeya Sharma will win

Two senior BJP leaders Anil Vij and BJP state president Om Prakash Dhankar tried to persuade Balraj Kundu, asking him to come back to Vidhan Sabha and cast his vote, but he did not come.

4 pm – Polling time concluded and counting of votes had to commence at 5 pm. But, before the counting could begin, Kartikeya Sharma filed objection and flagged it to Chief Election Commission accusing Returning Officer RK Nandal of not conducting a “fair” election. BJP backed him and announced that a four-minister delegation shall be meeting CEC at New Delhi.

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5 pm – Counting of votes could not begin since candidates have raised objections.

5:30 pm – BJP’s delegation meets CEC and requested for disqualification of two Congress votes. Meanwhile, Congress nominee Ajay Maken too wrote to CEC countering Kartikeya Sharma’s objections and sought that both the votes be held valid, counting should begin and result be declared. Minutes later, Congress announced that a delegation led by former union minister Pawan Kumar Bansal will also meet CEC.

6:30 pm – Congress delegation also meets CEC and raised its concerns.

From 630 pm (June 10) till 1230 am (June 11) – counting of votes could not take place. During this time CEC summoned the video footage of the polling and it was only after 1230 that a clearance to begin counting of votes was given.

2 am – Result was declared and Congress started celebrating considering that Maken had won. However, the Election Commission officials informed Congress that it was not Maken, but Sharma had won. Congress demanded recounting., which was conducted and final result was announced that Krishan Panwar and Kartikeya Sharma had won and one vote was rejected.

2:30 am – Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar reached Vidhan Sabha and congratulated both the candidates.

3 am – Venod Sharma spoke to the media persons present there and said that he thank all the MLAs for supporting Kartikeya. In response to a query, he also said that he thank Kuldeep Bishnoi, too.

4 am – Winners Krishan Panwar and Kartikeya Sharma came out after completing the legal formalities

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Gabrielle Union says her PTSD can turn the Met Gala and other events into ‘pure agony’

Gabrielle Union says her PTSD can turn the Met Gala and other events into 'pure agony'
  • Gabrielle Union opened up about her PTSD and anxiety in an Instagram post on Tuesday. 
  • Union, 49, wrote her anxiety gets so bad it “shrinks” her life and makes events “pure agony.” 
  • Union is a sexual assault survivor who’s previously spoken about her experience. 

Gabrielle Union opened up about how her PTSD can make attending events “pure agony.” 

On Tuesday, the “Being Mary Jane” actress shared an Instagram post where she reflected on living with anxiety and panic attacks. The post included a short video of Union, 49, at the 2022 Met Gala with the phrases “me,” “my anxiety,” and “my triggers.” In May, Union attended the 2022 Met Gala alongside her husband, Dwyane Wade, wearing a shimmering Versace gown. 

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Union, 49, is a sexual assault survivor who’s spoken publicly about the incident and her experience.

“As a rape survivor, I have battled PTSD for 30 years. Living with anxiety and panic attacks all these years has never been easy,” Union wrote in the post. “There’s times the anxiety is so bad it shrinks my life.”

People can develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, according to the National Center for PTSD. Traumatic events, like sexual assault, can cause repeated thoughts of the assault, nightmares, and avoidance of thoughts, feelings, and situations related to the assault. For some, the stress is so severe it interrupts their daily activities.

According to The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), “the likelihood that a person suffers suicidal or depressive thoughts increases after sexual violence.” The nonprofit organization also reported that around 70% of sexual assault victims “experience moderate to severe distress, a larger percentage than for any other violent crime.”

Union continued, writing that everyday actions like leaving the house or making a left turn at an uncontrolled light can fill her with “terror.” 

“Anxiety can turn my anticipation about a party or fun event I’ve been excited about attending (Met Ball) into pure agony,” she wrote. “When we tell y’all what we are experiencing, please believe us the 1st time we mention it. No, it’s not like being nervous and everyone experiences and deals with anxiety differently, and that’s OK.” 

Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union at the 2022 Met Gala

Gabrielle Union said her PTSD can make events like the Met Gala “pure agony.”

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Union concluded by saying she doesn’t need anyone to “fix” her, but shared the post in hopes that “everyone living with anxiety knows they aren’t alone or ‘being extra.'”

Representatives for Union did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Union spoke in detail about her sexual assault in an excerpt from her 2017 memoir, “We’re Going to Need More Wine.” Glamour shared an excerpt of the memoir, in which Union said she was held at gunpoint at 19 by a man attempting to rob the Payless store she worked at.

“Twenty-four years later, fear still influences everything I do. I saw the devil up close, remember,” Union wrote. “You can figure out how to move through the world, but the idea of peace? In your soul? It doesn’t exist. I’m selective about who I allow into my life. I can spot people who make me feel anxious or fearful, and they are not welcome.”

In 2016, Union spoke out against director Nate Parker after he was accused of sexual assault. Union appeared in his film, “Birth of a Nation,” and responded in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times.

Gabrielle Union, Dwayne Wade 2022 Met Gala

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade at the 2022 Met Gala.

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“I took this role because I related to the experience,” Union, whose character in the film experiences sexual assault, wrote. “I also wanted to give a voice to my character, who remains silent throughout the film.”

But following the allegations, Union said she couldn’t “take the allegations lightly.” 

“On that night, 17-odd years ago, did Nate have his date’s consent? It’s very possible he thought he did,” she wrote. 

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Editors’ Picks: 11 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From Marcus Brutus’s Star Turn at Harper’s to the Return of Gala Season

Marcus Brutus, Can’t Stop the Reign (2021). Courtesy Harper’s, New York.

Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events, both digitally and in-person in the New York area. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all EST unless otherwise noted.)


Tuesday, April 5

Pandiscio Green designed the invitation to the 2022 Art Production Fund Gala. Courtesy of Art Production Fund.

Pandiscio Green designed the invitation to the 2022 Art Production Fund Gala. Courtesy of Art Production Fund.

1. Art Production Fund Gala at the Grill, New York

The last big art party I attended before lockdown was Art Production Fund’s over-the-top 2020 soirée honoring husband-and-wife Tom Sachs and Sarah Hoover at the Grill in the Seagram Building. Hoover was responsible for the evening’s decadent menu, combining comfort food like hamburgers and ice cream sundaes with luxurious touches like caviar and champagne. This year’s event honors Sanford Biggers, who will perform with his concept band Moon Medicin, and Hoover is back to select the dinner, which has, appropriately, a “class reunion” theme.

Location: The Grill, 99 East 52nd Street, New York
Price: Contact [email protected] for information
Time: Cocktails, 6 p.m.; dinner 7:30 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Wednesday, April 6

"Eric Aho: Headwater" at BCA Center, Burlington, Vermont. Photo courtesy of the BCA Center, Burlington, Vermont.

“Eric Aho: Headwater” at BCA Center, Burlington, Vermont. Photo courtesy of the BCA Center, Burlington, Vermont.

2. “Virtual Artist Talk: Eric Aho” at the BCA Center, Burlington, Vermont

On the occasion of his solo show, “Headwater” (through June 5), Eric Aho talks about how he blends abstraction and realism, and drawing inspiration from essayists and poets, and the bucolic landscape surrounding his home in Vermont.

Price: Free with registration
Time: 6 p.m.

—Artnet News


Wednesday, April 6–Friday, May 27

Bea Scaccia, <em>Do you hear that lady talk</em> (2021). Courtesy of JDJ Tribeca, New York.

Bea Scaccia, Do you hear that lady talk (2021). Courtesy of JDJ Tribeca, New York.

3. “Bea Scaccia: With Their Striking Features” at JDJ Tribeca, New York

In her first solo show, Italian artist Bea Scaccia presents a body of paintings from the past two years. Her figures are typically faceless, genderless, and arrayed in finery—lace, ribbons, and jewelry—in a commentary on stereotypical notions of femininity and the labor required to meet societal beauty ideals.

Location: JDJ Tribeca, 373 Broadway B11, New York
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception, 4 .m.–7 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

—Artnet News


Thursday, April 7

Kay WalkingStick, <em>Havasu Revisited</em> (2020). Courtesy of NYFA.

Kay WalkingStick, Havasu Revisited (2020). Courtesy of NYFA.

4. NYFA’s 2022 Hall of Fame Benefit at Capitale, New York

At its annual gala, the New York Foundation for the Arts is inducting Kay WalkingStick and Chin Chih Yang into its Hall of Fame. (The two were originally set to be honored at the cancelled 2020 event.) The festivities include musical performance by Pyeng Threadgill, and each attendee will be given a WalkingStick print. Those unable to attend in person are invited to bid in the online benefit auction, featuring works by artists including Carolee Schneeman, Deborah Kass, and Sanford Biggers.

Location: Capitale, 130 Bowery, New York
Price: Tickets start at $650; tables start at $6,500
Time: Cocktails, 6:30 p.m.; dinner 7:30 p.m.; dessert 9 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Through Friday, April 8

Installation view of "Chellis Baird: Touch of Red" at the National Arts Club. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Installation view of “Chellis Baird: Touch of Red” at the National Arts Club. Photo courtesy of the artist.

5. “Chellis Baird: Touch of Red” at the National Arts Club, New York

In her current solo show, Chellis Baird indulges in her favorite color in a series of works exploring different shades of red and all its flirtatious, fiery, romantic, and angry connotations. Many of the wall-mounted works blur the boundary between painting and relief sculpture, with woven forms made from strips of canvas.

Location: The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York
Price: Free
Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Friday, April 8

Organizer, curator, and artist Carol Cole Levin. Photo courtesy of Art Table.

Organizer, curator, and artist Carol Cole Levin. Photo courtesy of Art Table.

6. ArtTable’s Annual Benefit at Capitale, New York

The art-world gala circuit is springing back into action. Women’s professional organization Art Table always hosts an inspiring luncheon celebrating women’s leadership in the arts, and this year’s event, with remarks from Legacy Russell and honorees Carol Cole Levin and Nicole R. Fleetwood, promises to be no exception.

Location: Capitale, 130 Bowery, New York
Price: $485 and up
Time: 12 p.m.–3 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Friday, April 8–Wednesday, May 4

Raúl Cordero, <em>THE POEM</em> in Times Square (rendering). Image courtesy of the artist.

Raúl Cordero, THE POEM in Times Square (rendering). Image courtesy of the artist.

7. “Raúl Cordero: The Poem” at Times Square, New York

Cuban-born artist Raúl Cordero has created an unexpected oasis in the heart of Times Square, surrounding an illuminated poem by poet and art critic Barry Schwabsky with a 20-foot tower draped with mountain laurels. The piece is inspired by Reinaldo Arenas, a poet and Cuban exile who spent the last two years of his life in New York, dying by suicide in 1990 rather than his AIDS treatment. Cordero covered his installation with foliage in homage to the trees that Arenas climbed as child, where he wrote poems perched in the branches.

Location: Times Square, Duffy Square, Broadway at West 46th Street, New York
Price: Free
Time: On view daily at all times

—Sarah Cascone


Through Sunday, April 10

The centerpiece of the Macy's Flower Show. Photo courtesy of Macy's Herald Square.

The centerpiece of the Macy’s Flower Show. Photo courtesy of Macy’s Herald Square.

8. “The Macy’s Flower Show” at Macy’s Herald Square, New York

One of the the city’s most charming spring traditions is the Macy’s Flower Show, which brings some 15,000 live plants into the famed Macy’s department store, in addition to covering the facade with fake blooms. This year’s display includes designs from students at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, as well as a number of local florists.

Location: Macy’s Herald Square, 151 West 34th Street, New York
Price: Free
Time: Sunday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Sunday, April 10

LeAndra LeSeur, <em>There is no movement without rhythm</em>. Photo courtesy of Marlborough Gallery, New York.

LeAndra LeSeur, There is no movement without rhythm. Photo courtesy of Marlborough Gallery, New York.

9. All Arts Artist in Residence Film Debuts at All Arts and the Shed, New York 

For its 2022 Artist in Residence program in partnership with the Shed, All Arts, a free nationwide arts and culture streaming platform from the WNET Group, is debuting four new artist films. The last two, streaming as of this Sunday night, are outgrowths of projects staged last year at the Shed by LeAndra LeSeur (presenting There is no movement without rhythm) and DonChristian Jones (showing Volvo Truck and the Girls From Up the Hill.)

Price: Free
Time: 8 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Futures, Narratives, and Networks: Work from the More Art Fellowship. Courtesy of the Queens Museum.

Futures, Narratives, and Networks: Work from the More Art Fellowship. Courtesy of the Queens Museum.

10. “Futures, Narratives, and Networks: Work from the More Art Fellowship” at the Queens Museum

The Queens Museum hosts a day of workshops, performances, and conversations with More Art’s 2020 and 2021 fellows. Selected for their socially engaged work, the artists will discuss public art, technology and nature, and how personal work can serve for community-building. The participating fellows are Bryanna Bradley, Chantal Feitosa-Desouza, Andrew Freiband, Cody Ann Herrmann, Hyperlink Press, Mafe Izaguirre, Amy Khoshbin, Althea Rao, Amy Ritter, and Hanae Utamura.

Location: Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Building, Queens
Price: Free with registration
Time: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

—Tanner West


Through Saturday, May 14, 2022

Marcus Brutus, <I>Struck by Color</I>, 2021. Courtesy Harper’s, New York.

Marcus Brutus, Struck by Color, 2021. Courtesy Harper’s, New York.

11. “Maiden Voyage” at Harper’s Chelsea 512, New York

Marcus Brutus’s newest works, which take inspiration from photographers William Eggleston and Birney Imes, are 22 canvases celebrating Black life in America at its most mundane: cooking, standing in the rain, steal a moment for a cigarette. This is the self-taught artist’s fourth outing with the gallery, and his energetic, striking style of portraiture brings Harper’s flagship location to life. The gallery’s run continues at 534 West 22nd Street, with “Return to the Source”, a selection of books that are integral to Brutus’s practice.

Location: Harper’s Chelsea 512, 512 West 22nd Street and 534 West 22nd Street
Price: Free
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Annie Armstrong

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Wild turn of events leads to ‘gutsy’ Philadelphia Union win in Montreal

Wild turn of events leads to ‘gutsy’ Philadelphia Union win in Montreal

In the 50th minute, all looked lost for the Philadelphia Union.

Just as they had early on in their previous match against Minnesota United, the Union looked disjointed to start out. They looked like a team still ironing out the kinks, shaking off the rust, and whatever other cliche that applies. Already down 1-0 after an unlucky goal off of a deflection in the 32nd minute, Djordje Mihalovic looked to provide the dagger in the 50th.

Mihalovic waltzed right down the middle of the Union defense after a turnover to put the hosts up 2-0. Frustrated Union fans quickly looked for consolation in the loss, the team not looking likely to muster a comeback at the moment. The fanbase’s collective braintrust came to a halt as VAR overruled the goal due to a prior foul. The match from here? Pure chaos.

“That goal that got called back that changed everything, because I think we’re going down to zero, that would suck the air out of us, I think it would have been a lot tougher to come back into the game,” Alejandro Bedoya said post-game. “But, you know, obviously, that gave us a bit of more belief, and gave us a little bit more motivation to get going, because we thought we started that second half a little bit… not so good.”

Just two minutes later Bedoya tied the match back up. Sloppy play in the Montreal box led to a turnover, and the Union captain did not miss his chance. Just a minute later after nearly drawing a foul, Daniel Gazdag scored his first of the season to put the Union up. Just mere minutes after looking to be out of the contest, the Union now had the lead on the road!

“A very gutsy Philadelphia Union type of win.” head coach Jim Curtin said after the match. “Credit to the guys for sticking to things. I thought there was probably a fifteen-minute period there in the second half where we really looked like us, which made me happy… Obviously, we got two goals during that period.”

It took them a while, and it wasn’t for a full match, but there was that window in the second half where the Union looked like the squad advertised during the offseason… one of the top teams in the league. They pressed well and showed some good chemistry. Even after falling to ten men after Julian Carranza was sent off following a second yellow card in the 71st minute, the Union were able to stick together and see out the road victory.

Earlier in the day, fans were trying to find positives in a road loss early in the season, positive points in a loss that wasn’t the end of the world. Despite not playing their best, the Union managed to earn some key points away early in the season. This is the team’s first road win since their 2-1 triumph in Cincinnati last October.

Yes, there are still kinks to be ironed out. Of course, the team needs to come together a bit better. The Union definitely needs to put together a more consistent performance over 90 minutes than they have so far this season. But, two games in Philadelphia are still unbeaten and trending in the right direction.