Daily Horoscope for April 17, 2024

General Daily Insight for April 17, 2024

Love is shining through all our lives! Friendly networking and growing social connections are on the horizon as the sensitive Moon harmonizes with loving Venus, heightening everyone’s charm and wit. The Moon also trines communicative Mercury at 11:01 am EDT, adding to the day’s overall sense of vibrant camaraderie, collaborative mentality, and friendly competition. Later on, though, the Moon squares overwhelming Jupiter and shocking Uranus, so sudden events could cause emotional spikes. We shouldn’t let emotional turbulence throw us off course.

Aries

March 21 – April 19

You’re the life of the party! With the planets encouraging extroversion, you’re being bolstered to reach out and spread joy to the people you want to feel more connected to. While it can be difficult to wrangle all your friends together in one place, it isn’t impossible. Even if there are several people in your life who live in different corners of the world, you can do things like set up a group video call so everyone can still see each other’s faces.

Taurus

April 20 – May 20

You can connect with people from all walks of life. Whether you’re connecting emotionally with people from a different culture or generation than you, you’re learning that on some level, we’re all the same species. We all hurt, we all have hopes and dreams, and we all want to share our lives with others who want to do the same. There’s a community to be found with humans who aren’t exactly like you, so don’t be afraid to seek them out!

Gemini

May 21 – June 20

Community is a valuable teacher. There might be a tradition or craft that you want to know more about. Instead of trying to do it all yourself, consider joining a local event to gain hands-on experience. Others will probably love your enthusiasm for the activity! Perhaps you’re learning a new language — you can gain far more fluency by immersing yourself in that culture and connecting with native speakers. There’s so much out there for you to learn, so don’t shy away!

Cancer

June 21 – July 22

You’re able to make significant strides in your career at this time by being friendly and networking. Whether you’re working currently or not, you have a chance to meet people who can give you a leg up in any kind of competition. Be ready to start building a connection with peers — when you help others, they should want to help you! Even if you’re retired or satisfied with your career, you or someone you know could benefit from the connections that you make.

Leo

July 23 – August 22

Emotionality can be a gift and a curse today. Others may appreciate your sage wisdom and sensitivity when you’re listening to their problems or just catching up, but be careful — it can be difficult to detach your emotions from theirs. Feelings of embarrassment or of being dominated by others might feel extra troubling, so stay aware of how you let your peers affect your inner world. Remember who you are, and don’t let someone else’s cruelty or harshness change that.

Virgo

August 23 – September 22

One-on-one conversations are more likely to resonate with you at the moment. You might shy away from big groups of people, instead preferring to spend time with only one or two of your closest friends — people you trust to understand you. That being said, you may not have access to your usual confidantes. Consider reaching out to make a new friend who could fulfill this desire for one-on-one connection. Regardless, don’t force yourself to be more social than you want to be!

Libra

September 23 – October 22

Set your inner social butterfly free! You might notice that you’re more popular than usual. Even if you’re normally a socialite, all eyes are really on you now. It’s a good idea to take advantage of the spotlight — you could promote a business or cause that you care about, or simply draw the attention of people who you’d like to get to know. Still, the center of this cosmic energy is you, Libra. Whatever you do, don’t lose yourself in the attention of others.

Scorpio

October 23 – November 21

An opportunity to work with like-minded people toward a common goal could be right around the corner. Maybe you’ll begin enlisting others to shore up any weak points in a project — as long as you’re willing to aid them in return. Collaborating wherever it’s most needed will smooth everyone’s journey. to the summit. Surprises from people you never expected would throw you a curveball, however, threaten to throw off your well-oiled machine. Keep an eye on those you aren’t currently with.

Sagittarius

November 22 – December 21

Taking risks can pay off when it comes to expanding your horizons. You might find yourself in an opportunity to learn or travel — maybe you’ll even connect with someone from another walk of life who can educate you about a way of living you’ve never known. It’s a good idea to be emotionally open right now, and to make sure that you’re allowing yourself to be the student rather than the teacher. Keep your wits about you, and you can learn amazing things.

Capricorn

December 22 – January 19

You might be connecting with family members you haven’t seen in a while. These may be biological ties or friends who are practically family. Whether they live far away or you simply both lead busy lives, you probably haven’t been able to meet as often as either of you would like to. When you can get together, make the most of that time. Today, in particular, you’re more likely to have fun by avoiding unfamiliar risks. Play it safe for the time being!

Aquarius

January 20 – February 18

It’s time to use your mind! The more you’re able to mentally connect with the people presently around you, the more success you can find. You might be tempted to let your emotions take charge of your words and actions, but that isn’t likely to create anything besides chaos. Appealing to the interests of others with logic will further your cause far more than an impulsive or emotional response will. As long as you think before you speak, communication is the key to victory.

Pisces

February 19 – March 20

The foundation of security is consistent effort. If you’re having trouble with that today, look for supportive people who are more familiar with the stability you want to create. You might even find yourself enlisting a life coach or another instructor who’s a professional when it comes to making the most of your time and energy. Regardless, watch what you say, because the way that you communicate will affect the outcome by encouraging or dissuading people from being in your corner.

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Jesse Watters Goes Juror by Juror to Sow Doubt in Trump Hush-Money Case

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It didn’t take long after the general outlines of seven jurors in Donald Trump ’s New York criminal trial were made public Tuesday for Fox News host Jesse Watters to suggest that, based on that information alone, Trump wouldn’t be acquitted.

While on air Tuesday night, Watters went through each juror, whose identities will remain anonymous in light of the potential for threats directed at them.

The second juror, Watters described, is “a nurse from the Upper East Side with a Masters degree.”

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Cheryl Burke Has a Theory Why She Was Excluded From That ‘DWTS’ Tribute

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Cheryl Burke is no stranger to heartbreak, not least when she was “not invited ” to take part in a tribute performance on the last season of Dancing with the Stars dedicated to the late Len Goodman, the competition series’ longtime head judge. It’s still unconfirmed why Burke, a 26-season DWTS veteran, was snubbed, but she thinks she might know the reason.

In a Tuesday appearance on the Amy and T.J. Podcast , the 39-year-old speculated that her own podcast—a no-holds-barred iHeartRadio show—might have ruffled some feathers over at ABC.

“I would assume that some people may not be happy with my podcast that I have here with iHeart,” she told hosts Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes.

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Fox Host Neil Cavuto Confronts GOP Senator Over Mayorkas Impeachment

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Hours after the GOP-led House formally handed articles of impeachment against Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to the Senate, Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto told a top Senate Republican that the endeavor seems to be “political theater.”

On Tuesday afernoon’s Your World, Cavuto spoke with the Republican Senate Conference Chair, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), indicating he was skeptical of having a full trial over the matter, as most Republicans desire.

“If the president likes his homeland secretary, [who] serves at the pleasure of the president—the president isn’t going to do anything about him,” Cavuto began. “You’re not going to get these votes in the Senate. You don’t even have all of your Republican colleagues going along. Six didn’t even want to be any part of this. So, this seems more political theater than anything else. Disavow me of that notion.”

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Bob Graham, ex-US senator and Florida governor, dies at 87

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Former U.S. Sen. and two-term Florida Gov. Bob Graham, who gained national prominence as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks and as an early critic of the Iraq war, has died. He was 87.

Graham’s family announced the death Tuesday in a statement posted on X by his daughter Gwen Graham.

Graham, who served three terms in the Senate, made an unsuccessful bid for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination, emphasizing his opposition to the Iraq invasion.

But his bid was delayed by heart surgery in January 2003 and he was never able to gain enough traction with voters to catch up, bowing out that October. He didn’t seek re-election in 2004 and was replaced by Republican Mel Martinez.

Graham was a man of many quirks. He perfected the “workdays” political gimmick of spending a day doing various jobs from horse stall mucker to FBI agent and kept a meticulous diary, noting almost everyone he spoke with, everything he ate, the TV shows he watched and even his golf scores.

But he closed the notebooks to the media during his short-lived presidential bid on the advice of his campaign that was concerned coverage of the contents could become a distraction or potentially embarrass the candidate.

Graham said the notebooks were a working tool for him and that he was reluctant to describe his emotions or personal feelings in them.

“I review them for calls to be made, memos to be dictated, meetings I want to follow up on and things people promise to do,” he said.

Graham was among the earliest opponents of the Iraq war, saying it diverted America’s focus on the battle against terrorism centered in Afghanistan. He was also critical of President George W. Bush for failing to have an occupation plan in Iraq after the U.S. military threw out Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Graham said Bush took the United States into the war by exaggerating claims of the danger presented by the Iraqi weapons of destruction that were never found. He said Bush distorted intelligence data and argued it was more serious than the sexual misconduct issues that led the U.S. House to impeach President Clinton in the late 1990s. It led him to launch his short, abortive presidential bid.

“The quagmire in Iraq is a distraction that the Bush administration, and the Bush administration alone, has created,” Graham said in 2003.

During his 18 years in Washington, Graham worked well with colleagues from both parties, particularly Florida Republican Connie Mack during their dozen years together in the Senate.

As a politician, few were better. Florida voters hardly considered him the wealthy Harvard-educated attorney that he was.

Graham’s political career spanned five decades, beginning with his election to the Florida House of Representatives in 1966.

He won a state Senate seat in 1970 and then was elected governor in 1978. He was re-elected in 1982. Four years later, he won the first of three terms in the U.S. Senate when he ousted incumbent Republican Paula Hawkins.

Graham remained widely popular with Florida voters — winning re-election by wide margins in 1992 and 1998 when he carried 63 of 67 counties.

Even when in Washington, Graham never took his eye off the state and the leadership in Tallahassee.

When Gov. Jeb Bush and the Republican-controlled Legislature eliminated the Board of Regents in 2001, Graham saw it as a move to politicize the state university system. He led a successful petition drive the next year for a state constitutional amendment that created the Board of Governors to assume the regents’ role.

Daniel Robert Graham was born Nov. 9, 1936, in Coral Gables where his father, Ernest “Cap” Graham, had moved from South Dakota and established a large dairy operation. Young Bob milked cows, built fences and scooped manure as a teenager. One of his half-brothers, Phillip Graham, was publisher of The Washington Post and Newsweek until he committed suicide in 1963, just a year after Bob Graham’s graduation from Harvard Law.

Graham was president of the student body at Miami Senior High School and attended the University of Florida, graduating in 1959.

In 1966 he was elected to the Florida Legislature, where he focused largely on education and health care issues.

But Graham got off to a shaky start as Florida’s chief executive, and was dubbed “Gov. Jello” for some early indecisiveness. He shook that label through his handling of several serious crises.

As governor he also signed numerous death warrants, founded the Save the Manatee Club with entertainer Jimmy Buffett and led efforts to establish several environmental programs.

Graham pushed through a bond program to buy beaches and barrier islands threatened by development and also started the Save Our Everglades program to protect the state’s water supply, wetlands and endangered species.

Graham also was known for his 408 “workdays,” including stints as a housewife, boxing ring announcer, flight attendant and arson investigator. They grew out of a teaching stint as a member of the Florida Senate’s Education Committee and then morphed into a campaign gimmick that helped him relate to the average voter.

“This has been a very important part of my development as a public official, my learning at a very human level what the people of Florida expect, what they want, what their aspirations are and then trying to interpret that and make it policy that will improve their lives” said Graham in 2004 as he completed his final job as a Christmas gift wrapper.

After leaving public life in 2005, Graham spent much of his time at a public policy center named after him at the University of Florida and pushing the Legislature to require more civics classes in the state’s public schools.

Graham was one of five members selected for an independent commission by President Barack Obama in June 2010 to investigate a massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that threatened sea life and beaches along several southeastern Gulf states.

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