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Saturday November 6th, 2021 day edition

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The House on Friday passed, 228-206, a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, handing President Biden a major victory after months of party infighting and negotiations.

Why it matters: The core piece of Biden’s signature domestic agenda includes massive investments in roads, bridges and waterways, among other “hard infrastructure” provisions.

Huddling with his policy and legislative teams, he made calls from the residence to House leadership, progressives and moderates to find a solution, per a White House official.

The backdrop: The House early Saturday morning approved a procedural vote necessary to open the Build Back Better Act to passage as part of an agreement to get all Democrats on board with the infrastructure bill.

On Friday morning, leadership had planned to vote on the social spending bill first, but after hours of negotiations with moderate holdouts failed to make headway, Pelosi opted instead to hold a vote on the bipartisan bill.

The House will take up a vote on the social spending bill after it is scored by the CBO sometime following next week's recess.

What’s in it: The infrastructure bill will cost $1.2 trillion over eight years, and offers more than $550 billion in new spending, including:. »

Self-Driving Farm Robot Uses Lasers To Kill 100,000 Weeds An Hour, Saving Land And Farmers From Toxic Herbicides

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A self-driving farm robot that kills 100,000 weeds an hour ... by laser.

“What we discovered relatively early on is that through the use of high-powered energy systems — so, lasers, which is essentially a way of delivering targeted energy — we can kill these weeds.

Weeds are getting harder to kill as herbicide-resistant varieties survive, forcing herbicide manufacturers to reformulate ever-more-potent chemicals. »

BioWare has no plans to end Star Wars: The Old Republic anytime soon

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I was an optimistic 20-something when I rolled my first Bounty Hunter, with his bad scars and bad attitude, in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

And, lucky me, it looks like BioWare doesn't have any plans to call off the galactic wars and Sith intrigue.

But the team has "no plans to stop anytime soon," he says. »

Broken Toilet Means SpaceX Crew Is Stuck Using Diapers

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The astronauts who will depart the International Space Station as early as this weekend will be stuck using diapers on the way home because of their capsule’s broken toilet.

They also had to deal with the toilet leak, pulling up panels in their SpaceX capsule and discovering pools of urine.

SpaceX fixed the toilet on the capsule awaiting liftoff, but deemed the one in orbit unusable. »