While still better than the 15% approval rating at the end of the divided 116th Congress in December, today’s reading is well below this year’s high point of 36%. That was measured after Congress passed the latest COVID-19 economic relief package, known as the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
The latest results are from an Oct. 1-19 Gallup poll showing President Joe Biden’s approval rating steady at 42%, though his lowest by one point.
Congress’ job approval rating has averaged just 18% over the past decade-plus (since 2010), with individual readings during that time ranging from 9% to 36%. Against that backdrop, today’s 21% is about average for this era, even if low for 2021.
The Food and Drug Administration’s independent vaccine advisers voted in favor of authorizing Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11.
Panel members voted 17-0 to recommend the shot, with one abstention.
Data presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the panel’s meeting Tuesday showed that children ages 5-11 are “at least as likely” as adults to contract Covid-19, and surveillance testing suggests pediatric cases are widely underreported. Hospitalization rates also are three times higher for children of color than for white kids, highlighting racial disparities also seen among adult patients.
Former President Barack Obama’s chief of global development on Tuesday predicted inflation was here to stay, despite the Biden administration’s protestations to the contrary.
Prices “will go higher, and the Fed has misread the inflation dynamics in a big way,” former Global Development Council Chairman Mohamed El Erian said in an afternoon interview with Fox News’ Sandra Smith, adding that the Federal Reserve was “still hostage to this notion that it’s transitory.”
“The first thing it should do is stop injecting $120 billion every month,” he said, referencing the Fed’s monthly purchase of Treasury securities and mortgage-backed bonds aimed at encouraging heightened levels of consumer borrowing and spending. “It should stop that. Do we really need the Fed to buy $40 billion of mortgages and push house prices even higher? No!”
The Pentagon stated Tuesday that nearly 450 American citizens are still in Afghanistan following August’s U.S. military withdrawal, more than the Biden administration has previously claimed.
The latest tally came from Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl, after Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., pointed to what he believed were contradictory or at least “confusing” numbers that the administration has presented since the August 31 withdrawal.
The White House is claiming they are unfamiliar with anti-Joe Biden chants, such as the blunt and ever-popular “F*** Joe Biden” chant, and the more recent “Let’s Go Brandon” meme. The latter went viral following a recent NASCAR race, where an NBC reporter claimed fans were cheering on the race winner, Brandon Brown, when they were actually chanting “F*** Joe Biden.”
“Administration officials sought to downplay the phenomenon, and at least one claimed to be unfamiliar with the ‘Let’s go Brandon’ chant or its cruder cousin, though they are now chanted everywhere from football stadiums to concert arenas to local bars,” The Washington Post reported Saturday.
White House spokesman Andrew Bates claimed, “I had never heard of that chant until you explained it to me.”
A group of hackers aligned with the opposition in Venezuela have broken into the country’s Directorate General of Military Counterintelligence, Israel Hayom’s Damian Pachter reported Monday.
Once inside the database, the hackers gained access to information on purported Hezbollah operatives living freely in the country under the protection of President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government.
For years, Western intelligence organizations have warned of the presence of international terrorist organizations on Venezuelan soil. One of Iran’s greatest allies in South America, Venezuela is known as a diplomatic refuge for terrorists and local guerilla fighters. Even Petroleum Minister and former Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami has been tied to the Lebanese terrorist group.
The hackers emphasized the operation was carried out in cooperation with former state intelligence officials. They revealed the terrorists had entered the country as Spanish-language students under the cover of “government language studies programs” via Margarita Island, a member of the hacking ring explained to Israel Hayom.
The operatives appear to be involved in arms and drug trafficking as well as money laundering to finance terror.
Facebook’s internal chat boards have been revealed to be a battleground between employees and their higher-ups on how to restrain right-wing outlets on their platform, where bosses usually keep in check lower-level employees quarrelling over such conservative sites being included on the platform.
As part of the Wall Street Journal’s ongoing Facebook Files, internal documents reviewed by the outlet have revealed how politics usually find their way into the decision-making process at the social media giant.
“The documents viewed by the Journal, which don’t capture all of the employee messaging, didn’t mention equivalent debates over left-wing publications,” wrote the Wall Street Journal. “Other documents also reveal that Facebook’s management team has been so intently focused on avoiding charges of bias that it regularly places political considerations at the center of its decision making.”