DML News Morning Briefing, Dec 9th

Dennis Michael
By Ryan Lynch

Today is December 9. 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. Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema leaves Democratic party to become independent
CNBCArizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has switched parties to become an independent, chipping away at the Democrats narrow control of the U.S. Senate.

Sinema said in a tweet Friday that she was declaring her “independence from the broken partisan system in Washington and formally registering as an Arizona Independent.”

Sinema, along with West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, have been wild cards for Democrats since the party gained narrow control of the Senate from Republicans in 2020. Both had an outsized role in policymaking with Manchin significantly curbing Democrats’ dreams of passing sweeping legislation.

Sen. Raphael Warnock’s re-election win in Georgia’s U.S. Senate run-off election on Tuesday gave the Democrats one more vote in the chamber and boosted the party’s hopes that a 51-49 majority in the Senate would give the pair less control on crucial bills. The chamber was previously split 50-50 with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tiebreaking vote.

Ryan Lynch: Just days after the Democrats secured a 51-49 majority in the Senate, Krysten left the Democratic party. She is still a Democrat, as far as I’m concerned. However, Krysten may be more open to voting for bipartisan legislature and hopefully not acting as a Democrat voting puppet.

2.Musk reacts after Biden swaps Russian arms dealer for WNBA star Brittney Griner: ‘Never leave a Marine behind’
FoxnewsElon Musk took to Twitter Friday morning to voice his opinion about the prisoner swap President Biden negotiated with Russia for the release of U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner.

On Thursday, Biden announced the U.S. would release Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who was sentenced 25 years for providing weapons used to kill Americans, in exchange for Griner. The deal notably excluded American Paul Whelan, an Iraqi war veteran who remains imprisoned in Russia since 2018. The Griner deal also excluded Marc Fogel, a Pennsylvania teacher in Russian custody.

Musk said Friday the U.S. should “never” leave behind one of its own servicemen.

Ryan Lynch: Leave it to Joe Biden and his administration to prisoner swap the “merchant of death” arms dealer for a black lesbian basketball player. I doubt the administration even fought with Russia to include Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine who has been rotting away in a Russian Prison. It’s beyond sickening.

3.Disgraced Supreme Court whistleblower busted for lying was once a mainstream media darling
FoxnewsPrior to Reverend Rob Schenck’s discrediting appearance at the House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday, the pro-choice activist was held up as an authority on the pro-life movement by the mainstream media.

During the hearing titled “Undue Influence: Operation Higher Court and Politicking at SCOTUS,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, questioned Schenck on a section in his book that claimed his brother “made history” by having Chief Justice William Rehnquist refer to him as “Reverend Paul Schenck” in a case. However, Jordan proved the activist wrong by providing an audio recording of the case at the time.

“One thing I’ve learned: people who mislead folks on small things mislead them on big things,” Jordan said.

Although Schenck’s credibility has now been called into question, he was heavily promoted as an authority figure in the mainstream media to attack the pro-life movement as he had once been a part of it.

Ryan Lynch: All these people are liars and scammers. I’m tired of the mainstream media propping these fakers up on a pedestal.

4.CNN Poll: Views of the state of the country are slightly improved, but Americans’ economic concerns remain
CNNAmericans’ views of the state of the nation have bounced back slightly since earlier this year, a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS finds, but public perception of the economy remains grim. Nearly half of Americans say they’re financially worse off than they were a year ago, the survey finds, with more than 90% expressing concerns about the cost of living and the majority cutting expenses in response.

Only 35% of US adults say that things are going well in the country today, with 65% saying things are going badly. That, however, marks a modest improvement from surveys this summer and fall, when fewer than 3 in 10 said things were going well. The share who now say things are going very badly is 19%, down from 34% in CNN’s polling this summer and 26% in October. The positive shift in mood is most evident among Democrats, 58% of whom now say things are going well, up from 47% in October.

President Joe Biden’s job approval rating stands at 46%, with 54% disapproving – still underwater, but up from 41% who approved in late October. They are his strongest numbers in CNN polling since a year ago, when 49% said they approved in December 2021. His approval rating ticked up several points across partisan lines in comparison with polling taken prior to the midterm election. Just 14% of all US adults strongly approve of Biden, while 35% strongly disapprove.

Ryan Lynch: Even CNN can’t hide the fact that Americans believe our country is heading in the wrong direction. The sad part, America is falling rapidly in the wrong direction.

5.Russia shells eastern front, Ukraine says, as war aims appear to shift
ReutersRussian forces have shelled the entire front line in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian officials said, part of what appears to be the Kremlin’s scaled-back ambition to secure only the bulk of territory it has claimed.

The fiercest fighting was near the towns of Bakhmut and Avdiivka, the region’s governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said in a television interview. Five civilians were killed and two wounded in Ukrainian-controlled parts of Donetsk over the previous day, he said early on Friday.

“The entire front line is being shelled,” he said, adding that Russian troops were also trying to advance near Lyman, which was recaptured by Ukrainian forces in November, one of a number of battlefield setbacks suffered by Russia in the past few months.

Ryan Lynch: Biden has his share of the blame for the current longevity of this war. His administration should be trying every day to come to a compromising agreement between the two sides. Instead, Joey wants to send money to Ukraine, increasing tensions for all sides involved.

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