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10 healthy things to do to this week around NoVA

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Remember those New Year’s resolutions way back when? What about prepping your body for the summer? Well, you might not feel motivated to start them back up now, but if you’re looking to get moving—here’s where to start your August health kick.

Roosevelt Island DC Park Run
Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m.
This free 5K race takes place every week, and it’s you against the clock. Runners are asked to register beforehand in order to get their barcode that will track their time, and can continue to watch their progress when they return to try the run again. Plus, there’s no time minimum or maximum, making it the perfect excuse to see what you’ve got. // Roosevelt Island: George Washington Memorial Parkway, Arlington; free

Cardio Boxing
Saturday, Aug. 3, 9:30 a.m.
Every Saturday morning, Future Champs Boxing and Fitness hosts a fast-paced, high-energy and full-body HIIT boxing class that welcomes beginners and pros alike. If you’ve been looking for another way to burn calories or relieve some stress, this could be just the right fit. Be sure to register online before attending as small classes fill up quickly. // Future Champs Boxing: 27 Utah Place, Suite 105, Fredericksburg; $20

Free Meditation Class
Saturday, Aug. 3, 1 p.m.
In December 2018, meditation was tapped as the fastest growing health trend in America. You may have tried a meditation app or watched a YouTube video, but if you’re trying to get an experience that’s different and less self-driven, visit Arlington Metaphysical Chapel. The chapel hosts free meditation classes on weekends led by Tom Condenzio. // Arlington Metaphyscial Chapel: 5618 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; free

Family Yoga
Sunday, Aug. 4, 11 a.m.
Yoga can be a personalized experience but sometimes you just want to bring your crew. In attempts to further reach the Great Falls community, Yours Truly, Yoga, hosts a suggested-donation family class for all ages and all levels. Essential oils are available to use and snacks are served after class. // Yours Truly, Health and Wellness: 10250 Akhtamar Drive, Great Falls; $25 suggested donation

Capitol Riverfront Summer Fitness Series
Monday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m.
If you haven’t renewed your gym membership throughout the summer, don’t fret. Capitol Riverfront BID has been hosting free classes every night of the week at Yards Park and Canal Park, ranging from vinyasa yoga to barre boot camp. The Yoga Flow class on Monday night is hosted by VIDA fitness and all are welcome. And, did we mention it’s on the waterfront, too? // The Yards Park: 355 Water St. SE, Washington, DC; free

Sunset Fitness in the Park
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 6 p.m.
Every Wednesday until the end of the month (Aug. 28), head to Georgetown Waterfront Park for a free fitness class hosted by a local studio. This week’s class is hosted by CorePower yoga, and guests need to bring comfortable attire, a yoga mat and a bottle of water. Register beforehand to let them know you’re coming and look for the bright blue Georgetown BID tent upon arrival. // Georgetown Waterfront Park: Water St. NW, Washington, DC; free

Free Fitness on the Town Green
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m.
Grass Roots Fitness is hosting free HIIT (high-intensity interval training) classes on Wednesday nights at the Vienna Town Green until Aug. 21. Bring a mat, a bottle of water and get ready to sweat. Be sure to register beforehand to ensure your spot, and check the website for more classes offered throughout the week. // Vienna Town Green: 144 Maple Ave. E., Vienna; free

Stress, Anxiety and Heart Health
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 6 p.m.
If you’re looking for a more holistic approach to conditions like high blood pressure, cholesterol and hormonal imbalances, Dr. Raya will be hosting a lecture at the Vitology Institute to help community members learn more about how stress and anxiety impact overall health.  This event encourages spouses to bring significant others in order to benefit the entire household. // Vitology Institute:  8302 Old Courthouse Road, Suite B, Tysons; free

The Healing Power of Communication
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 5 p.m.
Award-winning journalist Katie Couric is set to hold a conversation with local health professionals at Georgetown University about the healing powers of communication and the benefits it can have in an individual’s life. The event will also have a reception and light refreshments afterward. // Lohrfink Auditorium, Rafik B. Hariri Building, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; free

Fitness on the Plaza
Thursday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m.
One Loudoun’s free weekly fitness class hosted by The Fitness Equation can be anything from Zumba to athletic conditioning. If you’re up for the challenge and looking for a great way to get the whole family moving, head out to the plaza every Thursday until Aug. 29 to take advantage of some free fitness. // One Loudoun Downtown Plaza: Easthampton Plaza, Ashburn; free

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Tempe cops now pulling over drivers to … give them coupons for free beverages?

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To cleanse the palate on a slow news day, who wouldn’t want to be detained by law enforcement in exchange for a free cup of watery convenience-store coffee?

If anything, they should scale the program up. If they shoot your dog during a raid, you get a coupon for a free drink *and* a doughnut.

If you get tased unjustly, your Slushee’s on them.

Seriously, though, while much fun has been had online today over this clip, the reporting seems to be wrong.

No, Tempe cops aren’t pulling over drivers to give them free stuff. How could they? It can’t possibly be legal for police to detain you if you’ve broken no law. What they’re doing is engaging with non-drivers, i.e. bicyclists and pedestrians, and only by inviting rather than ordering them to chat. This is, in other words, community relations aimed mainly at kids, to encourage conscientious bike-riding habits. If they see little Timmy riding his bike the way he’s supposed to, in the bike lane with a helmet on, they might amble over and treat him to a Mountain Dew.

“The idea behind it is to educate citizens from the youngest to the oldest on traffic laws, bicycle laws, things like that,” Tempe Police’s Det. Greg Bacon said.

Bacon said officers won’t be pulling over drivers, but officers will find opportunities to engage and educate citizens on traffic laws.

“We will be having positive conversations with citizens, say an officer happens to stop somewhere and see somebody, and says ‘Hey would you mind having a conversation with me?’ (to) educate them on bicycle laws and traffic laws,” Bacon said.

I can’t decide if this is a beat a cop would absolutely love or absolutely hate. On the one hand, it’s safe and you get to play Santa all day long for thirsty moppets.

On the other hand, surely no one who signed up to catch bad guys wants to end up on “Mountain Dew duty.”

Here’s a much more accurate report of the new policy. Rest assured, no cop in the United States will be empowered to pull you over to make your day brighter until Marianne Williamson is president.

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Cartoon: Why I Vote Democrat…Part Deux

Redstate cartoonists’s B.Black Fox’s “Why I Vote Democrat” cartoon was met with such excitement that she’s add a Part Deux…because there are so many reason people vote Democrat.

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Bernie: Let’s bail out all the student-loan debtors — including the upper class

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A lame pander reeking of flop sweat. Warren beat him to the punch on this, remember, proposing in April that a small tax on mega-millionaires could pay off most of the student debt in this country. That was back when she was crawling along at around six percent in the polls and trailing Bernie by double digits. A splashy bailout for the young and young-ish was her way of trying to show Sanders’s progressive base that there are other choices on the primary menu this year. But even in lefty-pander mode, Warren’s plan placed limits on taxpayer largesse. Only the first $50,000 of debt for each debtor would be paid off under her plan. If you’re someone who racked up truly massive loans, as one aiming for a lucrative postgrad degree in law or medicine might, then you’d have to pick up some of your own tab. That was her concession to the poor optics of handing out cash to some of the best-paid members of America’s professional class. Can’t fight a class war in which the upper class benefits as much as, or even more than, the lower class, right?

Now here comes Bernie, two months later, nervously insisting that you can do that. Warren has roughly doubled her polling since April, mostly at Sanders’s expense; she’s already passed him in more than one national poll and stands poised to pass him in the RCP average soon if trends continue. The man needs a way to remind lefties that there’s only one true socialist in this race and all the rest, including Warren, will cuck out with half measures as president. So here it is: Student-loan forgiveness for everyone, full stop, without regard to their ability to pay. Doctors, lawyers, you name it — everyone’s off scot-free. (What I said about Warren’s plan in April is even truer here: Under this proposal, the less responsible you were in incurring debt you couldn’t afford and the less willing you’ve been to sacrifice in order to repay it, the more your government will reward you.) A class-war giveaway that doesn’t account for class feels absurd, but it makes sense as a primary pander. This is Bernie showing Democratic voters that no one but no one will be as bold in handing out free sh*t as he will.

Sanders is proposing to pay for the legislation with a new tax on financial transactions, including a 0.5 percent tax on stock transactions and a 0.1 percent tax on bonds. Such a levy would curb Wall Street speculation while reducing income inequality, according to a report by the Century Foundation, a left-leaning think tank, although conservatives warn it would stunt economic growth and investment…

“The cost will march toward $3 trillion and benefit a lot of wealthy families and future high-earners,” said Brian Riedl, an analyst at the Manhattan Institute, a libertarian-leaning think tank. “Of all problems requiring a $3 trillion federal expenditure, the college costs of middle- and upper-class college graduates seem lower-priority.”

A fierce debate has raged in left-leaning policy circles as well as over whether canceling student debt offers too much help to families with higher incomes. The top 40 percent of earners would receive about two-thirds of the benefits from Warren’s plan, according to Adam Looney, a former Treasury official under President Barack Obama who is now at the Brookings Institution, a center-left think tank.

That number is likely to be higher under Sanders’s plan, given that proposals by Warren and Castro do not call for wiping clean the debt of those earning over six figures.

He also wants to make all public universities and community colleges free, because why not? As for suckers like me who already paid off their debt or the many Americans who decided to pass on college for whatever reason — including, perhaps, because they didn’t want to take on debt — I don’t know what to tell you. There are no plans in Sanders’s or Warren’s proposals to compensate those who made the mistake of managing their financial obligations prudently, but Philip Klein is probably right that that’ll change soon. Now that Bernie’s offered to pick up the tab for everyone with current debt, the only move left to out-socialist him is to offer reparations to those who don’t have debt but might have if they’d handled things differently. Expect that plan from Beto or Buttigieg in a month or two.

There’s also the small matter of the middle and even lower class, most members of which didn’t go to college, having to fund this bailout with their tax dollars. Right, right, I know — Bernie says he’s going to fund it by taxing Wall Street. But every dollar extracted from Wall Street for a student-loan bailout is a dollar that can’t be applied to one of the many, many other expensive new entitlements which the left wants to introduce during a Sanders presidency. Remember, by one estimate this guy’s health-care plan will cost $32 trillion over 10 years. The tax he’s proposing on Wall Street to pay for this student-loan thing could have helped pay for that instead. You’ll have to pick up the slack for one program or another.

Ironically, although this plan is obviously aimed at winning back some progressive votes from Warren, I think it may end up helping her expand her appeal. Warren isn’t trying to win the nomination by consolidating progressives and counting on them to outvote the rest of the party. She’s pitching herself to the center too, insisting repeatedly that she’s a capitalist to contrast her relative moderation with Bernie’s socialism. It appears to be working, with some centrist groups beginning to see her as a potential compromise nominee between Bernie and the more centrist Biden. Having Sanders go nuts with student-loan relief makes Warren’s still-nutty-but-not-as-nutty capped handout of $50,000 per debtor seem prudent and “moderate” by comparison. It might even help her with some lefty voters who, while appreciating Sanders’s ambition, won’t easily digest the criticism that Bernie’s plan will primarily benefit postgrads with higher earning potential.

As fraught and alienating as it is, the case for racial reparations seems more straightforward to me than the case for bailing out a single generation of student-loan debtors en masse. I’d understand it more if the bailout targeted only the poorest students, or if it was limited to those who encountered a gruesome labor market in the first few years after the Great Recession, but there seems to be no logical limiting principle here and no explanation for why these debtors as opposed to debtors who are 10 years older should receive relief. It’s like a conservative caricature of a left-wing redistributionist program, lifting a pot of money from Wall Street and then looking for some pretext, without much rhyme or reason, to give it to someone else.

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