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October 25, 2021

Black voters and activists grow increasingly frustrated with Dems, Biden

NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson issued a stark warning to the Biden administration after the Freedom to Vote Act failed to move forward.

“Don’t forget that Black voters landed a victory for this President and this Congress, so don’t fail us again,” Johnson said.

White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre acknowledged the setbacks with voting legislation and police reform talks. Though, she mentioned other policies the administration is advancing, including investments in historically Black colleges.

Still, Black voters and activists aren’t convinced.

“We’ve been down this path before,” Black Votes Matter co-founder Cliff Albright said. “You tell us that this is the most important election ever. You tell us you got our backs and you’re going to move on our issues. We come out in record numbers, historic numbers — and in Georgia not just once for November but then coming out and doing it again in January — and then you don’t deliver.”

“I absolutely promise you that there’s going to be a drop in Black turnout — and not just the regular drop that you see going from a presidential year to the midterms,” Albright said.

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Patience with Biden wearing thin among Black leaders

October 25, 2021

Biden’s approval dropped more than any other president since World War II

A new Gallup poll finds that President Joe Biden’s approval rating has dropped more than any president since World War II.

At the beginning of his term, Biden’s approval rating was 56 percent. It stands at 44.7 percent for Q3, representing an 11.3 percent drop.

“This 11-point decline is larger than any prior president registered between his first and third quarters, although it is similar to those for the last three Democratic presidents — Barack Obama (10 points), Clinton (seven points) and Carter (nine points),” the report read.

Biden’s approval rating started to suffer over the summer amid the second wave of the coronavirus, federal mandates, and a universally criticized withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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Biden has lost more approval at start of term than any other president since World War II, poll finds

October 25, 2021

Walmart recalls essential-oil aromatherapy product for ‘rare and dangerous’ bacteria

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says Walmart is recalling an essential-oil aromatherapy spray for a “rare and dangerous bacteria” that can cause a potentially deadly condition.

According to the CPSC, Walmart is recalling roughly 3,900 bottles of its Better Homes and Gardens brand Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones due to the discovery of the bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei. The bacteria is linked with melioidosis, a potentially fatal condition.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating four confirmed cases of melioidosis and two deaths, including that of a child. The cases occurred across four states: Kansas, Minnesota, Texas, and Georgia.

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Walmart recalls essential oil-infused spray after ‘rare and dangerous’ bacteria found

October 25, 2021

California family found dead on hike killed by extreme heat

The unusual case wherein a California family died while hiking in Sierra National Forest stumped law enforcement officers since Aug. 17. Now, officials have some answers.

Extreme heat and probable dehydration killed 45-year-old Jonathan Gerrish, his 30-year-old wife Ellen Chung, their one-year-old daughter Miju, and their dog, Oski.

Temperatures exceeded 109 degrees that day, and shade is scarce along the eight-mile trail.

“Heat-related deaths are extremely difficult to investigate,” Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese said.

The Gerrish-Chung family gave a statement, read by a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office.

“Our hearts will never forget the beautiful lives of Jonathan, Ellen, Miju, and, of course, Oski,” the statement said. “They will remain with us wherever we go and in whatever we do. In the future, when we sit beneath the trees listening to the wind soaring through the branches, we will hear them and we will remember.”

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California family found dead on hike killed by extreme heat, sheriff says

October 24, 2021

Bill Clinton health update: ‘glad to be home’

Former President Bill Clinton released a video saying he’s on the mend following a six-day hospitalization for an infection.

Clinton, 75, said he was “glad to be home” and was “so touched by the outpouring of support” during his hospital stay last week.

According to an aide, Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream.

The infection isn’t the former president’s first health scare since leaving office in 2001. He had quadruple bypass surgery in 2004, surgery for a partially collapsed lung in 2005, and a pair of stents placed in a coronary artery in 2010.

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Bill Clinton says he is ‘glad to be home’ after hospital admission

October 24, 2021

Report uncovers horrifying number of crimes committed by Lyft drivers

Lyft released its Community Safety Report, revealing that 10 deaths and 4,158 sexual assaults occurred during rides from 2017-2019.

The report divides the sexual assaults into five subcategories, including non-consensual kissing and non-consensual penetration. According to the data, rapes occurred in one out of every 5,000,000 trips.

The 10 deaths stemmed from physical assaults.

“Put simply, even one of these incidents is too many,” the report reads. “That is what drives our relentless work to continuously improve safety for riders and drivers.” 

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Lyft’s sexual assault data shows 360 rapes over 3 year span

October 24, 2021

McConnell says GOP should not ‘rehash’ 2020

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the Republican Party should focus on “the future, not the past” and stop focusing on the 2020 election.

At a press conference, reporters asked McConnell if he was comfortable with the GOP reembracing former President Donald Trump.

“Well, I do think we need to be talking about the future, not the past,” McConnell said.

“I think the American people are focusing on this administration,” he continued. “It’s my hope that [the] 2022 election will be a referendum on the performance of the current administration, not a rehash about suggestions of what may have happened in 2020.”

McConnell’s comments come as Trump continues to claim that Biden fraudulently won the 2020 election.

“Mitch McConnell should have challenged that election because even back then, we had plenty of material to challenge that election. He should have challenged the election,” Trump said at a recent rally.

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McConnell: GOP should focus on future, not ‘rehash’ 2020

October 24, 2021

Twitter admits its algorithm is biased toward right-wing politicians, news outlets

After an extensive study of tweets, Twitter admittedly found that its algorithm has a bias for tweets from right-wing politicians and news outlets.

The platform examined tweets from elected officials in seven different countries and content from various news organizations such as Fox News, the New York Times, and BuzzFeed.

Twitter compared the data against its default algorithm for the “Home” timeline — which determines what content users see.

The research shows that in six out of seven countries, excluding Germany, tweets from right-wing politicians received more amplification from the algorithm than those from the left. Additionally, right-leaning news organizations were more amplified than those on the left.

“Algorithmic amplification is problematic if there is preferential treatment as a function of how the algorithm is constructed versus the interactions people have with it,” Twitter’s director of software engineering, Rumman Chowdhury, said. “Further root cause analysis is required in order to determine what, if any, changes are required to reduce adverse impacts by our Home timeline algorithm.”

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Twitter admits bias in algorithm for rightwing politicians and news outlets

October 23, 2021

Supreme Court allows Texas abortion law to stay in place — for now

The Supreme Court allowed the sweeping Texas abortion bill to remain in place but agreed to hear arguments in early November.

The justices announced they would decide whether the Justice Department and abortion providers open federal litigation over the law. Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the measure was “enacted in open disregard of the constitutional rights of women seeking abortion care in Texas.”

“The promise of future adjudication offers cold comfort, however, for Texas women seeking abortion care, who are entitled to relief now,” Sotomayor wrote.

A spokeswoman for Texas Right to Life, Kimberlyn Schwartz, said she was happy the law remains in effect.

“This is a great development for the Pro-Life movement because the law will continue to save an estimated 100 babies per day, and because the justices will actually discuss whether these lawsuits are valid in the first place,” Schwartz said in a statement.

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Supreme Court lets Texas 6-week abortion ban stay in place and will hear oral arguments November 1

October 23, 2021

Critics go after Biden over saying he hasn’t had time to visit the border

President Joe Biden became the subject of criticism for claiming he hasn’t “had a whole hell of a lot of time” to visit the US-Mexico border.

During a CNN town hall appearance, an attendee asked Biden why he hadn’t visited the border amid the ongoing migrant crisis.

“I’ve been there before, I know it well, I guess I should go down,” Biden said. “The whole point of it is, I haven’t had a whole hell of a lot of time to get down.”

Critics took exception and claimed he’d never visited the border during his tenure as a politician.

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Joe Biden pummeled by critics for claim about visiting border: ‘Easy one to fact-check’

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