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Today is May 12. 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.
- Who is Linda Yaccarino? Executive Who May Replace Elon Musk As Twitter CEO:
NDTV – Linda Yaccarino, the head of advertising at NBCUniversal is in talks to become the new CEO of Twitter, according to the reports. Elon Musk on Thursday said that he has found a new chief executive for Twitter, but did not name the person.
- Linda Yaccarino has been with NBCUniversal for more than a decade, where she has been an industry advocate for finding better ways to measure the effectiveness of advertising. As head of NBCU’s advertising sales, she was key in the launch of the company’s ad-supported Peacock streaming service.
- Yaccarino had served 19 years at Turner Entertainment and has been credited with dragging the network’s ad sales operation into the digital future.
- She is an alumna of Penn State University, having studied liberal arts and telecommunications.
- Yaccarino interviewed Musk at an advertising conference in Miami last month. At the conference, Yaccarino encouraged the audience to welcome Musk with applause and lauded his work ethic.
- Yaccarino’s exit would be another big blow to the company after Comcast said last month that NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell was leaving after acknowledging an inappropriate relationship with a woman in the company, following a complaint that prompted an investigation. “
Excited to announce that I’ve hired a new CEO for X/Twitter. She will be starting in ~6 weeks!
My role will transition to being exec chair & CTO, overseeing product, software & sysops.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 11, 2023
Denny’s Insight: Right now Musk’s choice is still a mystery and it’s all speculation, but it seems Yaccarino continues to be the lead contender. Not sure how to feel about her being an employee of NBC, but Musk wouldn’t hand over the keys to the kingdom to just anyone. He obviously sees something trustworthy and valuable in her judgement to lead Twitter in its revolutionary new form, a social media platform for accountability and free speech.
2. Starbucks fires trans barista screaming at customer to ‘get out’ after being misgendered:
A United Kingdom Starbucks coffee shop fired an employee after a kerfuffle over being misgendered by a customer, Fox News Digital confirmed. In the video, the former employee of a Starbucks coffee shop in Beresford House in Southampton berated a customer, refused service, and hurled accusations that the patron was transphobic after being offended by a misgendering. The incident took place at a Starbucks licensee location in April. Those stores are partially owned by an individual who has invested in the coffee giant’s business and represent more than 50% of the Starbucks International portfolio.
“Don’t ever call me transphobic. EVER!” the customer said.
“[sic] called me a her… You’re being transphobic, Karen. Now get out,” the former employee yelled.
“Don’t ever call me transphobic,” the customer repeated.
The customer then requested a refund, which the former employee refused and accused the patron of a crime.
“You can’t have one. Now get out. You are trespassing right now.”
Footage also showed the former Starbucks employee, after realizing they were being filmed, charging at the onlooker and attempting to grab the recording device.
Transgender Starbucks Employee screams at woman for misgendering him, then proceeds to violently assault a man filming the altercation.
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) May 7, 2023
Denny’s Insight: No deliberation — you physically attack a customer, you deserve to be fired. And this situation is even more childish considering it was over pronoun madness. Shockingly, Starbucks made the correct move.
3. House Homeland Security Committee Chair Reveals He Has Evidence Of Mayorkas’ ‘Potential Fraud’:
Daily Caller – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green revealed that he has evidence of “potential fraud” allegedly committed by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas that could be grounds to build an impeachment case, he said in an exclusive interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation on Thursday.
Green told the DCNF that he has confidential sources sharing information with him that purportedly shows that Mayorkas may have committed fraud, but he refused to divulge further details at this time. Several House Republicans, including Reps. Pat Fallon of Texas and Andy Biggs of Arizona, previously filed articles of impeachment against Mayorkas.
“We’ve got some people that are sharing some information with us that there’s potential fraud, so we’re going to look very hard at all of these things, prepare a packet, show it to the American people, and then if it warrants impeachment, we’ll hand it off to Chairman Jordan. I think it will, based on the information I know,” Green told the DCNF.
The situation at the southern border is expected to worsen with the lifting of Title 42, the Trump-era expulsion order, Thursday at 11:59 p.m. EST. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have already encountered more than 1.2 million migrants at the southern border in fiscal year 2023.
“I think if he fails to enforce the laws written on the books that in and of itself is enough for him to be removed. He is in the executive branch. He doesn’t get to make the laws, we do,” Green said. “And if he can’t enforce and live by the Constitution of the United States, why is he a cabinet secretary.”
Reporter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas: “…there were also more than 530,000 ‘gotaways’ — that’s roughly the size of the population of the city of Baltimore. How can you say that the border is not open?!” pic.twitter.com/Z3LkjK3JZQ
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 11, 2023
Denny’s Insight: I hope Green isn’t just talking hot air. Nothing would make me, or any rational American, happier than seeing Mayorkas impeached and removed from his leadership at DHS. He is a menace and traitor to the U.S. He also has an insanely punchable face, to be honest. Let’s hope something comes out of Green’s announcement.
4. Pfizer CEO Calls US Drug Price Plan ‘Negotiation With A Gun To Your Head’:
OAN – NEW YORK (Reuters) -Pfizer Inc Chief Executive Albert Bourla called U.S. plans to negotiate drug prices for its Medicare health program “negotiation with a gun to your head” and said he expects drugmakers to sue in an attempt to halt the process.
“It is not negotiation at all. It is price setting,” Bourla said at a Reuters newsmaker event on Thursday, referring to the Biden Administration’s signature drug pricing reform, part of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The law aims to save $25 billion through price negotiations by 2031 for Americans who pay more for medicines than any other country.
The pharmaceutical industry says the law, passed last year, will result in a loss of profits that will force drugmakers to pull back on developing groundbreaking new treatments.
The companies have begun laying the groundwork to fight the U.S. plan, Reuters reported earlier this week.
“I think that there will be legal action,” he said, adding that he was not sure if that would stop the plan before new prices would go into effect in 2026. Bourla said he is also not optimistic that Congress will act to change the law.
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 12, 2023
Denny’s Insight: Pfizer is in no place to demand leniency after the failures of the COVID-19 vaccines. Pharmaceutical companies are in the game of greed, but always claim their need for money is vital to their research. Well, I’m not sure how well the money is spent since Pfizer has been dealing with major vaccine injury cases. It’s nice knowing they can’t have their cake and eat it too.
5. Marine Who Put Jordan Neely In Chokehold On NYC Subway To Face Criminal Charges Over His Death:
Daily Wire – The former Marine who put Jordan Neely in a chokehold on a New York City subway train earlier this month is expected to turn himself in on Friday to face criminal charges in the case. Neely later died after the incident. The decision to charge 24-year-old Daniel Penny was made by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, according to a report from NBC 4 New York.
ABC Correspondent CeFaan Kim wrote on Twitter that Penny will be charged with Manslaughter in the Second Degree.
The New York City medical examiner confirmed last Wednesday that Neely died from a “chokehold” and ruled the incident a “homicide,” although criminal proceedings would be necessary to determine intent or culpability.
Penny’s attorneys released a statement on Neely’s death late last week, saying that their client “was involved in a tragic incident on the NYC Subway, which ended in the death of Jordan Neely.”
Daniel Penny and the other brave samaritans were in an impossible situation and still attempted to help Jordan Neely after he assaulted them. https://t.co/hA8qSNtrCu
— Mythinformed (@MythinformedMKE) May 12, 2023