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Today is January 7. 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.Kevin McCarthy delivers first remarks after winning House Speaker: ‘Our nation is worth fighting for’
FoxNews–House Speaker Kevin McCarthy officially opened the 118th Congress early Saturday morning, holding the speaker’s gavel and conducting a chamber-wide swearing-in ceremony for new members.
His speakership followed a dramatic week of him slowly winning over 20 Republicans who initially did not support his speakership and defected their votes to other members.
After his victory in the 15th and final vote, McCarthy lauded: “I hope one thing is clear after this week: I will never give up. I will never give up for you, the American people. And I will never give up on keeping our Commitment to America.”
Ryan Lynch: We need to hold McCarthy accountable for the concessions he has put forward. It’s now up to McCarthy and the GOP to stick to their guns and defend the American people’s best interests.
2.Teacher, 25, left critically-injured after she was deliberately shot in chest ‘by boy aged SIX’ in Virginia elementary school classroom’: Victim begged kids to flee to safety after being struck
DailyMail–A first-grade teacher who cops say was deliberately shot in the chest by a six year-old boy is a 25 year-old heroine who screamed for her students to run to safety.
Abby Zwerner is the educator who was struck by the bullet in her classroom at Richneck Elemtary School in Newport News, Virginia, around 2pm Friday, DailyMail.com can reveal.
She was rushed to hospital for surgery after. Officials said earlier this evening that Zwerner was critically-injured, and no further updates have been shared.
Police confirmed a six-year-old student had been the one to fire the terrifying shot, but authorities are still looking into how the first-grader managed to get a gun.
A 25-year-old first-grade teacher who police say was deliberately shot in the chest by a six year-old boy screamed for her students to run to safety https://t.co/9aFvei8GBu
— Ann Mroz (@AnnMroz) January 7, 2023
Ryan Lynch: The parents are just as accountable. I bet you the gun was from the six-year-olds home; no weapon should be able to be accessed by a child. And has this what our youth are coming to in America? I’m praying for Abby Zwerner’s full recovery.
3.Biden readies ’24 campaign launch
TheHill–After months of “will he or won’t he,” Biden and his senior aides are readying the details around his 2024 campaign.
Multiple sources tell The Hill the president is planning to make his intentions to run for a second White House term public in the coming weeks, likely in February, around the State of the Union.
One source close to Biden’s 2020 campaign with knowledge of the president’s plans said a more formal announcement is expected to come in April.
Behind the scenes, his advisers are meeting with key allies and are putting together an expansive and revamped digital presence.
Ryan Lynch: Our country can not handle another four years of Biden’s policies. Do you think the president will run in 2024?
4.Transgender male swimmer struggling against new competition after earning All-American honors as female
FoxNews–Iszak Henig, a transgender male, joined Yale’s men’s swimming team after finishing last year as an All-American female swimmer.
Henig has taken hormones for eight months amid his transition, but the senior’s times are “about the same as they were at the end of last season,” he wrote in an op-ed piece for the New York Times on Thursday.
Henig wrote that during a meet in November among 83 swimmers, he finished in 79th place.
“I wasn’t the slowest guy in any of my events, but I’m not as successful in the sport as I was on the women’s team,” Henig wrote.
The four people to finish behind Henig, according to OutKick, were a swimmer born without a left arm and three others who specialize in the breaststroke.
— Swimming World (@SwimmingWorld) January 7, 2023
Ryan Lynch: Men who want to be women should not be able to compete against women. Women who want to be men should not be able to compete against men. It’s that simple; the male and female bodies are vastly different from one another, especially regarding physicality. We need this to stop.
5.China suspends social media accounts of Covid policy critics
CNBC–China has suspended or closed the social media accounts of more than 1,000 critics of the government’s policies on the COVID-19 outbreak, as the country moves to further open up.
The popular Sina Weibo social media platform said it had addressed 12,854 violations including attacks on experts, scholars and medical workers and issued temporary or permanent bans on 1,120 accounts.
The ruling Communist Party had largely relied on the medical community to justify its harsh lockdowns, quarantine measures and mass testing, almost all of which it abruptly abandoned last month, leading to a surge in new cases that have stretched medical resources to their limits. The party allows no direct criticism and imposes strict limits on free speech.
Ryan Lynch: It’s scary that government institutions pressured social media companies in our country to restrict and censor the flow of information against Covid. We are almost no better than Communist China. Our next president must clean up our current government and stop our free fall towards communism/socialism.
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