Last night, The January 6th insurrection committee voted to prosecute Steve Bannon for criminal contempt. Next, we move to a story about a Miami school that is telling vaccinated kids to stay home for 30 days after their shot, before moving over to the Secretary of Homeland Security's recent COVID test results. Finally, we cover the governor’s race in Virginia between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: CNN: "Miami private school makes bogus claims about vaccines while ordering pupils who get a shot to stay home for 30 days" NBC News: "Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tests positive for Covid" NBC Washington: "Taylor Swift, Glenn Youngkin and the Race for Virginia Governor Explained" AP News: "LA County wants Vanessa Bryant to undergo psychiatric exam"
Yesterday former Secretary of State Colin Powell passed away due to COVID complications. Next, we move to some Strike-tober action before covering the trial of the three men who were charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia last year. Finally, Donald Trump underwent an actual deposition for 4 and a half hours yesterday and we debrief you on more Trump legal news. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: CNN: "Colin Powell, first Black US secretary of state, dies of Covid-19 complications amid cancer battle" Washington Post: "More than 10,000 John Deere workers on strike after rejecting contract" NPR: "What you need to know about the start of the trial in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery" CNBC: "Trump sues Jan. 6 Capitol riot committee in bid to block records requests"
We got a short news day. First, we have an IATSE strike update, before revisiting a horrific story that broke late last week. Finally, former president Bill Clinton was discharged from the hospital yesterday. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: Deadline: "Hollywood Strike Averted As IATSE & AMPTP Agree On New Film & TV Contract; Read Details Of Deal" NBC News: "Southlake school leader tells teachers to balance Holocaust books with 'opposing' views" Washington Post: "Former president Bill Clinton discharged from hospital after treatment for infection"
We’re starting today’s episode with our newest segment: Democracy Watch. Yesterday, the FDA advisory committee officially recommended Moderna booster shots for people ages 65 and older, as well as younger adults who are at high risk. Then, we move to some economic stories, the supply chain, before ending with our final headline about Robert Durst. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: AP News: "Jan. 6 panel moves against Bannon, sets contempt vote" NPR: "Experts recommend that FDA should authorize Moderna COVID vaccine booster" NY Times: "Social Security Benefits to Rise 5.9% in 2022, Most in Four Decades" NY Times: "Biden Announces Measures at Major Ports to Battle Supply Chain Woes" Washington Post: "Inflation climbs 5.4 percent in September as delta variant hurts recovery, supply chains"
We start with a new study about booster vaccines from the National Institute of Health. On Tuesday, the FDA authorized the first ever e-cigarette. Meanwhile, the chair of the Senate Homeland Security, senator Gary Peters has asked TikTok to provide information on its policies surrounding violent and extremist content. Next, we move to our new and exciting segment, Democracy Watch. To close, we end with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas' memo ordering U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to stop mass worksite raids. Plus, we have an update on the potential strike by IATSE. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: CNN: "FDA to take up Moderna, J&J Covid-19 booster questions this week" AP News: "FDA authorizes first e-cigarette, cites benefit for smokers" CNN: "Senate Homeland Security chair asks TikTok for policies on extremist content" Mother Jones: "Texas Republicans Are Pulling Out All the Stops to Dilute the Voting Power of People of Color" Washington Post: "2020 Census may have undercounted Black Americans, new analyses say" Hollywood Reporter: "IATSE Sets Oct. 18 Strike Date if Contract Talks Aren’t Resolved"
We still have not quite settled the debt ceiling issue yet. New York City is giving every public school kindergartner $100 dollars in a college savings account, and California became the first state in the nation to adopt a law that will require large retail stores to provide gender-neutral toy sections. And in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order prohibiting COVID-19 vaccine mandates by any "entity," if someone objects to the vaccine for "any reason of personal conscience. " Yesterday, a Wyoming coroner issued an update in the Gabby Petito case, and today we're going to close the Morning Announcements with a brand new segment called Democracy Watch. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: AP News: "House returns to stave off default with debt limit vote" NY Times: "Seeding Accounts for Kindergartners and Hoping to Grow College Graduates" LA Times: "California will require large retailers to provide gender-neutral toy sections" Axios: "Texas Gov. Greg Abbott bans COVID-19 vaccine mandates by any entity" AP News: "Coroner: Gabby Petito strangled 3-4 weeks before body found" NBC News: "Jan. 6 commission threatens criminal referrals after Steve Bannon snubs subpoena"
The pharmaceutical company Merck asked the FDA yesterday to grant them emergency use authorization for their new COVID antiviral pill. Also, you may have heard that Southwest Airlines has cancelled several hundred flights in recent days. Next we have a new update on the slow rolling Facebook scandal (but Facebook isn’t the only threat from cyberspace). Then we move to actor William Shatner’s scheduled flight on Jeff Bezos’ rocket Blue Origin before closing with some unfortunate news. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: AP News: “Merck asks US FDA to authorize promising anti-COVID pill” AP News: “Southwest cancels hundreds more flights, denies sickout” Axios: “Facebook whistleblower to brief Facebook Oversight Board, U.K. parliament” AP News: “Cyberattacks concerning to most in US: Pearson/AP-NORC poll” NPR: “William Shatner is bound for space, but the rest of us will have to wait” BBC: “Epstein: Met to take no action after Prince Andrew review” Business Insider: “Top House Republican Steve Scalise refused to say Trump lost the election 11 months after Biden won”
Happy Indigenous People’s Day. We start off with the reinstatement of Texas’ abortion law. Next we have an espionage story before closing with a report from Propublica about the systemic arrests of Black children in Tennessee for nonexistent crimes. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: AP News: “Biden is first president to mark Indigenous Peoples’ Day” NPR: “Federal appeals court temporarily reinstates Texas’ 6-week abortion ban” AP News: “Navy nuclear engineer charged with trying to pass secrets” ProPublica: “Black Children Were Jailed for a Crime That Doesn’t Exist. Almost Nothing Happened to the Adults in Charge”
The debt ceiling fight is officially over (for now). Unfortunately we have to talk about the insurrection and the status of the congressional committee that is currently investigating it. Google and YouTube announced a new policy yesterday that prevents creators who post climate misinformation from being able to monetize their content on its platforms via ads or creator payments. But can you really deny climate change when at least 4 people were killed in flash floods in Birmingham Alabama and nearby areas? Finally, 8 former NBA players were charged with defrauding the NBA’s health and welfare benefits in a scam that earned them about 2.5 million dollars illegally. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: AP News: "Default crisis dodged — for now — with Dem-GOP debt accord" Politico: "Trump tells 4 former aides to defy Jan. 6 committee's subpoena" Axios: "Google, YouTube to prohibit ads and monetization on climate denial content" NPR: "At least 4 people have died as flash floods swamp Alabama" NPR: "18 former NBA players are charged in a $4 million health care fraud scheme"
Our first update this morning is on the debt ceiling negotiations. Next we move to a school shooting at a high school in Arlington, Texas, the World Health Organization's official approval of the first malaria vaccine, and some unsettling news involving phone provider AT&T. Lastly, we wrap with the temporary block of Texas' controversial abortion law. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: Washington Post: "Senate Democrats appear open to short-term debt ceiling reprieve from GOP" CNN: "A suspect is in custody in the Texas school shooting that left at least 4 people injured" NY Times: "First Malaria Vaccine Approved by W.H.O." Daily Beast: "We Can All Thank AT&T for the Rise of Pro-Trump One America News, Report Says" NBC News: "Federal judge temporarily blocks enforcement of Texas law banning most abortions"