DML Morning Briefing January 11th

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Today is January 11. 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.Several top White House officials worked for Biden at his think tank where classified docs discovered
FoxNews–At least 10 senior Biden administration officials were hired to their current or former positions after stints at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, the president’s think tank where a trove of classified documents was recently found.

The Washington, D.C.-based Penn Biden Center — a foreign policy think tank President Biden opened in 2018 — previously employed current Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl and White House counselor Steven Richetti. Blinken and Richetti both served as managing directors while Kahl was a strategic consultant at the center.

In addition, Spencer Boyer, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Europe and NATO policy, was a senior fellow; Jeffrey Prescott, the deputy to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was a strategic consultant; Ariana Berengaut, a senior adviser to the national security adviser, was a director; Michael Carpenter, the U.S. representative to the organization for security and cooperation in Europe, was a managing director; Juan Gonzalez, a special assistant to the president, was a senior fellow; and Carlyn Reichel, a special assistant to Biden and senior director for speech writing and strategic initiatives, was the director of communications at the Penn Biden Center.

Ryan Lynch: Not only do we need to investigate Biden we need to investigate everyone involved at the Penn Biden Center think tank.

2.California university will no longer use the word ‘field’ over racist ‘connotations’
FoxNews–The University of Southern California’s School of Social Work will no longer use the word “field” because it “may have connotations for descendants of slavery and immigrant workers that are not benign,” according to a letter from the department.

USC’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work will make the change in order to ensure the use of “inclusive language and practice,” according to the letter.

“Specifically, we have decided to remove the term ‘field’ from our curriculum and practice and replace it with ‘practicum,'” the letter said. “This change supports anti-racist social work practice by replacing language that would be considered anti-Black or anti-immigrant in favor of inclusive language.”

Ryan Lynch: The fact Universities are now banning words because some how their offensive is insane.

3.ALL US flights are grounded until at least 9am EST after FAA system outage FAILS – leaving thousands stranded in airports across America and tanking airline market shares
DailyMail–The the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has grounded all domestic flight departure until at least 9 a.m. Eastern leaving tens of thousands stranded.

The agency said it was working to restore its Notice to Air Missions (NOTAMs) which ‘failed’, meaning pilots were unable to access flight plans and other key information.

Just before 7 a.m. Eastern, there were over 1,200 delayed flights within, into or out of the United States, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware.

Ryan Lynch: Why would a system like this fail? I wonder if external factors are involved.

4.Fighting rages over Ukraine’s Soledar despite mercenaries’ claim of control
Reuters–Russian and Ukrainian forces were engaged in intense fighting on Wednesday over the town of Soledar in eastern Ukraine – a stepping stone in Moscow’s push to capture the entire Donbas region – with the Russians appearing to have the upper hand.

The mercenary group Wagner, which has spearheaded the assault, on Tuesday claimed to have taken control of the small salt-mining town but said pockets of Ukrainian resistance were holding out in the centre.

Russia’s defence ministry said on Wednesday that airborne units had cut off Soledar from the north and south.

But Ukraine’s military denied that Soledar had fallen and said its defensive lines had not been breached. Serhiy Cherevatyi, spokesperson for the eastern military command, told Ukrainian television the intensity of the battles was reminiscent of World War Two.

Ryan Lynch: When will it end.

5.The American public no longer believes the Supreme Court is impartial
TheHill–Never in recent history, perhaps, have so many Americans viewed the Supreme Court as fundamentally partisan.

Public approval of the nine-justice panel stands near historic lows. Declining faith in the institution seems rooted in a growing concern that the high court is deciding cases on politics, rather than law. In one recent poll, a majority of Americans opined that Supreme Court justices let partisan views influence major rulings.

Three quarters of Republicans approve of the high court’s recent job performance. But Democrats’ support has plummeted to 13 percent, and more than half the nation overall disapproves of how the court is doing its job.

Ryan Lynch: Do you agree? I don’t.

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