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Joe Biden’s Approval Rating Lowest of Any U.S. President in 50 Years

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According to the latest FiveThirtyEight poll the current occupant of the Oval Office has the lowest approval rating of any American president since Harry Truman (1945-1953).

Two surveys conducted in the final week of June show “net-negative” results (approval minus disapproval): YouGov (minus 16) and Morning Consult (minus 13). These are merely the most recent polls that demonstrate how dissatisfaction with Biden and his work performance is reflected in his disapproval rating. Other surveys conducted by Harris, Daily Kos, CBS News, Quinnipiac University, and Marquette University reveal comparable or even worse net-negative results.

The reason why is evident to even the most casual observer: Biden’s economic plan, Bidenomics, is failing, along with his mental clarity. He is currently the oldest president in office at the age of 80, and if given a second term in 2024, he would be 82 years old.

Biden is also a liar, and voters continue to be reminded of it. In touting his “Bidenomics” program last week he said, “We created 13.4 million new jobs.” That is false. The job recovery began under President Trump, who was president when more than 16 million jobs were regained following the Covid lockdowns. Biden more accurately oversaw just 2 million real new jobs during his first term.

Biden said, “Pay for low-wage workers has grown at the fastest pace in over two decades.” But he forgot — he does that, often — to adjust for inflation. In reality since he took office in January 2021, weekly wages have actually decreased by more than 3%.

Voters have historically prioritized their wallet over other considerations when casting ballots, and Biden will be held responsible for issues like inflation and gas prices. Inflation was 1.4 percent when Biden took office; it is now four times higher. Back then, gas cost $2.39 per gallon; today, it costs $3.55 per gallon.

Biden’s massive deficit spending has destroyed the value of the dollar and increased interest rates, making it more expensive for buyers of cars and homes to finance their purchases.

Biden’s history of fabrications, misstatements, and half-truths, not to mention his and his family’s protracted and scandalous history of corruption and selling out America to its enemies, has made the people at DiscoverTheNetworks.org quite wealthy. Here is the link for those who can handle it. The list is incredibly long, and the items are mostly excerpts from full-length original sources that probably number in the thousands of pages.

Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, now has the ideal opportunity as a result of everything. Additionally, he acts on his opportunity when he sees it, just like a typical politician. As Vice President Kamala Harris’ approval ratings are even lower than those of Vice President Joe Biden, Newsom received a small boost to his presidential campaign at Fox News last month. He was polished, organized, and knowledgeable when he appeared on Hannity. He also told lies, but they were much more convincing than Biden’s.

In terms of new job openings and tourism, he asserted that California was outperforming its rival states Texas and Florida. He omitted to continue the narrative: Due to the state’s high taxes, expensive energy, and out-of-control homelessness, half a million Californians have moved away in the last three years. And many of them have relocated to Florida and Texas.

But don’t worry. In order to gauge the response in a Republican state, Newsom ran a brief, 30-second television ad in Florida in 2022. Overwhelmingly, the advertisement was successful. He skillfully avoided becoming overtly political while subtly promoting himself and his policies:

I urge all of you living in Florida to join the fight. Or join us in California, where we still believe in freedom — freedom of speech, freedom to choose, freedom from hate and the freedom to love.

According to CNN’s Chris Cillizza, the ad was seen more than 3 million times on Newsom’s Twitter feed and “drove tons of media coverage over the [2022 July Fourth] holiday weekend.”

Not bad considering the ad only cost $100,000.

Add to this Newsom’s campaign schedule, with visits to the southern border and campaigning in Florida, and one is forced to agree with Cillizza: “Newsom isn’t waiting until he wins a second term as governor to start the 2024 race. He’s hoping to get a head start.”

Biden’s falling approval numbers widen Newsom’s open door. 

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Over 9,000 uncounted mail-in ballots found in Illinois election

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The Chicago Board of Elections revealed on Saturday that more than 10,000 ballots hadn’t been included in previous vote totals by mistake, making unofficial counts lower than expected.

Preliminary Report:

SOURCE: https://cboeresults.blob.core.usgovcloudapi.net/results/Summary%20Report%20(2%20Column).pdf

In a news release, a spokesperson for the CBOE explained that while adding up vote-by-mail ballots, he accidentally left out additional ballots that had been delivered by the U.S. Postal Service on Monday.

“I traded speed for accuracy in reporting out numbers this week as quickly as I could,” spokesperson Max Bever said in a statement, in part. “I truly regret this error on my part and for the confusion that it has caused the voters of Chicago.”

The 10,659 ballots in question were added to the unofficial vote count on Saturday, increasing the total of ballots cast in Chicago to 368,990. Voter turnout citywide was reported to be 24.44% out of 1,509,554 registered voters.

Recent elections have sparked widespread discussions and debates regarding the integrity of the electoral process. As citizens grapple with various viewpoints and concerns, questions surrounding election integrity have taken center stage in political discourse.

One of the key issues that has emerged is the security and reliability of voting systems. With advancements in technology, concerns have been raised about the susceptibility of electronic voting machines to hacking and manipulation. Critics argue that these vulnerabilities could potentially undermine the integrity of election results and erode public trust in the democratic process.

Furthermore, the handling and counting of ballots have also come under scrutiny. Allegations of irregularities, such as ballot tampering or mishandling, have led to calls for increased transparency and oversight in the electoral process. Some argue that stringent safeguards and protocols are necessary to ensure the accuracy and fairness of vote tabulation.

Another area of contention is voter identification laws. Proponents argue that such laws are essential for preventing voter fraud and maintaining the integrity of elections. They contend that requiring voters to present identification helps verify their eligibility and prevents unauthorized individuals from casting ballots. However, critics argue that these laws disproportionately disenfranchise marginalized communities, such as low-income or minority voters, who may face barriers to obtaining valid identification.

Additionally, concerns have been raised about the role of money in politics and its potential to influence election outcomes. The influx of campaign contributions from special interest groups and wealthy donors has raised questions about the fairness and transparency of the electoral process. Critics argue that the influence of money in politics undermines the principle of equal representation and gives undue advantage to powerful interests.

Amidst these debates, calls for reform and strengthening of election laws and regulations have grown louder. Advocates emphasize the need for comprehensive measures to safeguard the integrity of elections, including increased funding for election security, implementation of robust auditing procedures, and expansion of voter access while ensuring strict enforcement of anti-fraud measures.

Ultimately, the issue of election integrity remains a complex and multifaceted challenge. As citizens and policymakers grapple with these questions, finding common ground and implementing effective solutions will be essential to uphold the integrity and legitimacy of the democratic process.

SOURCE: NBC NEWS

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Michelle Obama’s office says the former first lady ‘will not be running for president’ in 2024

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Former President Barack Obama’s vocal support for President Joe Biden’s re-election bid has sparked speculation about the potential role of his wife, Michelle Obama, in the upcoming election.

Many Democrats are eager to see Michelle Obama take on a more prominent role, with some even pondering the possibility of her replacing a politically weakened Biden on the 2024 ticket. However, supporters of Republican front-runner Donald Trump have seized on this speculation to undermine Biden’s political standing and rally GOP supporters.

In response to these rumors, Michelle Obama’s office has reiterated that she has no plans to run for president in 2024. Crystal Carson, director of communications for her office, has emphasized Michelle Obama’s support for President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ re-election campaign, and says Michelle will not be running for president.

While Michelle Obama intends to assist the Biden campaign this fall, her involvement is expected to be limited, reflecting her existing commitments and her reluctance to fully re-enter the political arena. Sources familiar with the discussions suggest that the Biden campaign may capitalize on Michelle Obama’s star power later in the campaign, particularly when swing voters are more engaged.

The Biden campaign has expressed gratitude for the support of both Barack and Michelle Obama in previous elections. Campaign spokesperson Kevin Munoz highlighted Michelle Obama’s involvement with When We All Vote, a nonpartisan voter registration group, as an area of alignment with the Biden campaign’s goals.

Despite persistent speculation about her political ambitions, Michelle Obama has consistently downplayed the possibility of seeking public office. In interviews, she has emphasized the challenges of politics and expressed her aversion to questions about running for president.

However, some observers note instances where Michelle Obama has left the door open to the idea of holding public office in the future. Amid speculation about Biden’s potential running mate in 2020, an exchange between CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota and Jill Biden suggested Michelle Obama as a possible candidate. While Jill Biden laughed off the suggestion, Michelle Obama’s allies reportedly expressed dissatisfaction with her response, prompting discussions about crafting a more ambiguous statement regarding her future plans.

Michelle Obama’s partnership with Jill Biden during their time as first and second ladies underscores their close relationship, particularly in initiatives like Joining Forces to support military families. Despite the ongoing speculation, Michelle Obama’s intentions regarding future political involvement remain unclear, leaving room for continued speculation and discussion within political circles.

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Facebook, Instagram and Threads suffer major global outages on Super Tuesday

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Facebook, Instagram, and Threads, the trio of social media platforms under Meta’s umbrella, encountered a significant worldwide outage on Tuesday, disrupting user experiences across the globe.

During the outage, Facebook users found themselves unexpectedly logged out of their accounts and faced difficulties logging back in or changing passwords. Similarly, Instagram users encountered a frustrating “Couldn’t refresh feed” message, while Threads presented itself as a blank page.

The impact of the outage was widespread, with over 560,000 Facebook users initially reporting issues on Downdetector.com, a website that tracks service outages. As the situation progressed, the number of reported outages decreased to approximately 130,000 by shortly after 11 a.m. ET. Likewise, Instagram witnessed a surge in reported problems, with nearly 90,000 users affected at the peak of the outage. However, this figure diminished to around 25,000 users as the situation unfolded.

Meta’s spokesperson, Andy Stone, utilized X, formerly known as Twitter, to acknowledge the ongoing issues, stating, “We’re aware people are having trouble accessing our services. We are working on this now.”

This recent outage isn’t the first time Meta’s platforms have experienced such widespread disruption. In 2021, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger, all subsidiaries of Meta, suffered a five-hour outage attributed to a faulty server update, according to statements from the company.

The recurrence of such outages raises concerns about the reliability and robustness of Meta’s infrastructure, particularly given the massive user base relying on its platforms for communication, networking, and content consumption. Users and observers alike are left questioning the adequacy of Meta’s measures to prevent and swiftly address such disruptions in the future.

As Meta works to resolve the current outage and restore normalcy to its platforms, the incident serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerabilities inherent in our digital dependencies and the need for continuous vigilance in maintaining online services at scale.

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