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Today is January 15. 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.San Francisco addicts are kept ‘in a state of bondage’ by syringe exchange programs, former drug user says
FoxNews–Providing drug users with syringes and pipes for public health purposes keeps addicts “in a state of bondage,” a dealer-turned-activist told Fox News.
The city has established more than 20 harm reduction centers — sites that provide a variety of services, including overdose prevention education, distribution of the overdose reversal drug naloxone, and safe-use drug supplies such as syringes, tin foil, and pipes. The goal is to reduce overdoses and the spread of diseases like hepatitis.
“They should restart rethinking their policies here because this harm reduction site, it just doesn’t work,” Ricci Wynne, a drug abstinence advocate and former drug dealer, told Fox News. The homeless in San Francisco “don’t need more syringes, they don’t need crack pipes, they don’t need tinfoil.”
Ryan Lynch: Liberal cities are crumbling all over the country. Vote Republican, or continue to live in crap. It’s that simple.
2. A new $10 million sculpture honoring MLK Jr that shows headless bronze arms embracing receives mixed reviews as it’s unveiled in Boston
DailyMail–A bronze sculpture honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King was unveiled in Boston on Friday to mixed reviews.
The 20-foot-high piece ‘The Embrace’ depicts the famous hug between the two civil rights leaders after MLK Jr. learned he had won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
But the $10 million artwork shows two disembodied sets of arms with no heads, sparking confusion among many art fans and followers of the civil rights icon.
Ryan Lynch: I get it; MLK stood for good things. But how many statues need to be constructed, and how many streets must be named for one person?
3. At least 68 people were killed in Nepal’s worst air crash in 30 years
Reuters–At least 68 people were killed on Sunday when a domestic flight crashed in Pokhara in Nepal, the country’s Civil Aviation Authority said, in the worst air crash in three decades in the small Himalayan nation.
Hundreds of rescue workers were scouring the hillside where the Yeti Airlines flight, carrying 72 people from the capital Kathmandu, went down.
Local TV showed rescue workers scrambling around broken sections of the aircraft. Some of the ground near the crash site was scorched, with licks of flames visible.
Horrifying last moments of an ATR plane crash from Nepal in Pokhara that was bound for Kathmandu. All 72 people on board are dead. pic.twitter.com/4JZIvnThPQ
— Wajahat Kazmi (@KazmiWajahat) January 15, 2023
Ryan Lynch: The video looks as if the pilot turned downward on purpose.
4. NFL playoffs: Jaguars overcome 27-point deficit, Trevor Lawrence’s four picks for improbable walk-off win over Chargers
FoxNews — Remember when the Jacksonville Jaguars were the laughingstock of the National Football League for, well, forever? Well, they’re the ones laughing now after Saturday night’s thrilling wild-card round victory.
Trevor Lawrence threw four interceptions in the first half, with three coming in the first quarter. The Jags trailed 27-0 to the Chargers at one point. But the lopsided score didn’t last for long. The Jags won 31-30, completing the third-largest comeback in NFL playoff history.
— NFL (@NFL) January 15, 2023
Ryan Lynch: Congrats to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Meanwhile, the Chargers coaching staff should be fired for losing the game.
5. Most Republicans approve of McCarthy’s election after messy Speaker battle: poll
TheHill–Most Republicans approve of Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) election to lead the House following a marathon vote that took more than three days last week, according to a new poll.
An Economist-YouGov poll released Thursday showed 59 percent of Republicans approve of McCarthy being elected Speaker, while 21 percent disapprove and 20 percent are unsure.
A plurality of 46 percent of Republicans surveyed said they are unsure if they approve of how McCarthy is handling his job, while 42 percent said they strongly or somewhat approve. Only 12 percent said they strongly or somewhat disapproved of his performance.
Ryan Lynch: Let me know in the comment section if you approve of McCarthy. Do you think he has turned out better than people initially feared?
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