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Today is January 5. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room. And don’t forget to download the free DML App from the Google Play or Apple App Store to remain connected to me throughout the day.
1.Tech bloodbath intensifies: Amazon slashes more than 18,000 jobs – while software provider Salesforce will cut 8,000
DailyMail–Salesforce and Amazon announced major layoffs on Wednesday, beginning 2023 with significant cuts during what has already been a brutal period for the tech sector.
Amazon announced that its layoffs will impact more than 18,000 employees – the highest number so far at a major tech company.
Salesforce will lay off 10 percent of its workforce – or about 8,000 workers – after a period of over-hiring, according to its Co-CEO Marc Benioff, who said he took ‘full responsibility’ for the decision.
As the tech sector, and the economy as a whole, suffers, rumors have begun to circulate that original Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is mulling a comeback after the company’s shares fell by more than half last year.
Ryan Lynch: The job market is going to receive a battering in 2023. The large amount of layoffs coming out of these companies is a reflection of the current decrease in consumer spending and, unfortunately, the companies’ outlook on their performance in 2023.
2.Lobbyists relish return to Capitol after years of COVID restrictions
The Hill–Lobbyists are celebrating their return to the Capitol as it reopens to the public, ending nearly three years of pandemic restrictions that severely limited physical access to lawmakers.
The decision by Capitol officials to end strict rules for visitors on Tuesday, which followed pleas from the lobbyists and House GOP leaders, will boost K Street’s visibility on the Hill in time for the new Congress.
Thousands of lobbyists roamed the Capitol campus this week without an appointment or congressional escort for the first time since March 2020, when Congress implemented COVID-19 restrictions.
Ryan Lynch: What the American people need right now is more lobbyists in the D.C. swamp, said no one.
3. Utah police find eight dead people, including 5 minors, inside home
FoxNews–Enoch, Utah police said three adults and five minors were found dead inside a home on Wednesday, according to reports.
Enoch officials said in a press release that the eight individuals were found during a welfare check at a home on Albert Drive, and each of them appeared to have sustained gunshot wounds.
“Officers checked the residence and found three adults and five minors deceased inside the home,” the release read. “At this time, we do not believe there is a threat to the public or that there are any suspects at large.”
Ryan Lynch: It seems as if these horrendous crimes are happening every day now in Bidens America. This story is still developing.
4.Elon Musk tweets support for Kevin McCarthy, as speaker vote heads into third day
FoxNews–Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk is backing House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy in his bid to become Speaker of the House, tweeting his support as McCarthy enters his third day of trying to garner enough votes to get the job.
Since Tuesday, the House has been holding votes to elect a new speaker, but after six ballots there remains no end in sight.
Despite Republicans holding a majority in the House, McCarthy has struggled due to a group of less than two dozen GOP representatives-elect who claim he does not adequately represent their conservative positions. McCarthy needs 218 members to vote for him, but with 20 voting against him and one voting present, he was stuck at 201 on Wednesday. On Tuesday, he had 203.
Kevin McCarthy should be Speaker
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 5, 2023
Ryan Lynch: Again, I do not like McCarthy, but he has the votes. I don’t see a situation where the GOP holdouts will flip 200 seats. We are showing the moderates and independents of this country that we aren’t capable of working together. As I’ve previously stated, hold McCarthy accountable for what he has promised to do.
5.Ukraine pleads with allies to send tanks as fighting grinds on in east
Reuters–Bakhmut, which is now largely in ruins after months of battering by Russian artillery, is important because the Russian leadership wants a success to hold up to its public after a series of setbacks in the war.
In his evening video address on Wednesday, Zelenskiy urged Western allies to provide his army with tanks and heavy weapons to combat the Russian forces.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday his government would send light AMX-10 RC armoured combat vehicles to help its war effort.
Zelenskiy thanked Macron but said: “There is no rational reason why Ukraine has not yet been supplied with Western tanks.”
Ryan Lynch: Zelensky was just in the Capitol, asking for billions of dollars he received and waving the Ukrainian flag in our congressional chamber. The 40+ billion wasn’t enough? The west has spoiled Zelensky; he’s never satisfied.
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