DML Morning Briefing August 16

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By  Katrina Lusteck

Today is August 16. 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.

1 – 62 percent of Americans worried about paying for housing in the next year: poll
The The Hll reports: Most Americans are worried about paying for housing, according to a survey conducted by market financing company Freddie Mac.

Sixty-two percent of the 2,000 adults surveyed said that they are somewhat or very concerned about being able to cover their housing in the coming year, and 69 percent said that they are somewhat or very worried about higher home prices in general.

Among the highest concerns surveyed were those on an impending economic recession, at 84 percent, and rising interest rates, at 77 percent, while half said that they are worried about losing their jobs.

MY TAKE: Biden’s America. While Democrats push for gender experiments with kids, Americans are scared for their futures. Enough!

2 – Joe Biden Plans to Extend Vacation in Delaware After Kiawah Island Trip
Breitbart reports: President Joe Biden is planning to extend his vacation this week after he wraps up his time on Kiawah Island in South Carolina.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data cited by the Associated Press, Biden plans to be in Wilmington, Delaware, from Tuesday until Friday after he leaves Kiawah Island.

The White House has not released a schedule of the president’s vacation but announced that Biden will return to Washington, DC, on Tuesday to sign the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022” before leaving again. The $430 billion bill raises taxes to spend more on government-controlled health care and subsidizes green energy.

MY TAKE: And you and I will foot the bill for him to fly back and forth.

3 – CNN’s Lawyers Are Making An Insane Argument In Court
Daily Caller reports: Lawyers for CNN are trying to argue that retweets and follows qualify as endorsements as they fight a suit brought by relatives of former Trump adviser Michael Flynn who allege CNN defamed them by suggesting they were QAnon followers.

CNN ran a story showing John and Leslie Flynn at a meeting with the chyron reading “CNN Goes Inside a Gathering of QAnon Followers.” The couple alleged defamation because they said they are not QAnon followers and do not adhere to the group’s “dangerous, extremist, racist, anti-Semitic and violent beliefs,” according to Bloomberg Law.

But CNN is arguing that retweeting and following QAnon’s Twitter page is grounds for endorsement.

“What does it say about you if you ‘follow’ someone on Twitter? What does it say about you when you retweet someone else’s tweet? These are not just questions for Millennials or Zoomers. They are critical questions in this motion to dismiss. CNN argues that the Court should conclude as a matter of law that be retweeting another’s tweet, the retweeter is adopting every word in the tweet as their own.”

United States District Judge Gregory H. Woods said the court would not adopt CNN’s “sweeping assertions.”

MY TAKE: The judge says “sweeping assertions.” I say “bunch of bull.”

4 – NY Times cuts ties with freelancer who called for killing Jews ‘like Hitler did’
The New York Post reports: The New York Times has cut ties with a Palestinian freelancer who allegedly endorsed killing Jews and “burning them like Hitler did” on social media.

Fady Hanona lost his gig as a fixer in the Gaza Strip after pro-Israel watchdog Honest Reporting exposed the violent posts.

He had contributed to reporting on the the fighting between Israelis and Palestinians as recently as last week.

“The New York Times had worked with this freelance reporter only in recent weeks. We are no longer doing so,” a spokesperson for the Gray Lady told The Post.

MY TAKE: Sick individual.

5 – 7th child in US tests positive for monkeypox
ABC News reports: A child in Martin County, Florida, has tested positive for monkeypox, state health data shows.

Across the U.S., at least seven children have now tested positive for monkeypox. The child in Florida is between the ages of 0 and 4 years old, according to the state health data.

The additional pediatric case comes after health officials in Maine announced Friday that they, too, had confirmed a positive monkeypox case in a child.

MY TAKE: We know the disease can pass on sheets and towels. I would hope families are doing all they can to protect their children, including not sharing these items. Meanwhile, I’ll keep doing all I can to keep my family healthy, including taking healthy supplements like CBD. On that note, check out this offer: