Thursday, October 19th, 2023


➤ Jim Jordan lost a few more GOP supporters Wednesday in his effort to become House Speaker, but he’ll try again in a third vote today. Those opposing him are pushing to elevate Speaker Pro Tem Patrick McHenry instead. (More)  

➤ Donald Trump would defeat President Biden by four percentage points in a head-to-head matchup, according to a new CNBC poll. The survey also showed that 74% of Americans believe it’s important for the U.S. to fund military aid to Israel. (See Poll

 U.S. fighter jets have had over 180 “risky” interactions with Chinese aircraft since 2021, the Department of Defense warned this week. The DOD released previously classified photos of some of the encounters. (See Photos

Jason Smith, chairman of the House Ways and Means Commission, says he’s open to revoking the tax-exempt status held by universities in the wake of anti-Israel statements from student groups. (More

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➤ Last weekend’s NFL games produced the lowest-scoring week in the NFL since 2014. Sputtering offenses averaged 18.4 points in week 6, just above the 18.2 average 10 years ago. (More) 

➤ NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell received a contract extension through March 2027. Goodell has been commissioner since 2006; his contract was due to expire in 2024. (More

➤ It’s baseball, not football, but security officials put a massive tackle on a Philadelphia Phillies fan who ran onto the field during a playoff game with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Fans erupted with cheers. (See Video)


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➤ Big Stock Move: Spirit Aerosystems stock jumped 23% Wednesday after the aviation parts company announced a new production agreement with aerospace giant Boeing. (More)

➤ Victoria’s Secret is bringing back runway shows and “Angel” style models after a years-long makeover created a significant revenue drop. The CEO admitted that the inclusivity initiatives weren’t profitable. (More

➤ Walmart and Aldi are cutting prices for holiday meals. Walmart will offer two Thanksgiving basket deals, and Aldi will cut prices by up to 50% on holiday staples, including potatoes, gravy, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. (More

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Science & Technology

Twitter, now known as X, is testing a $1 annual fee in New Zealand and the Philippines. The fee is designed to stop the use of bots, or fake users, and could be rolled out in the U.S. if successful. (More)

➤ NASA’s Parker Solar Probe smashed its own record for the fastest human-made object after a gravity assist from Venus. It was clocked at 394,736 mph, beating its previous top speed by 30,000 mph. (See Illustration)  

➤ While we’re in space, take a look at this striking photo of Earth taken by the DSCOVR during last weekend’s annular solar eclipse. The world is bathed in sunlight except for the dark blot of the eclipse across North America. (See Image

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Thursday Polling Station

➤ Most Americans don’t closely follow sports, according to the Pew Research Center. Almost two-thirds, or 62%, say sports are not of high interest, and only 16% follow them closely. (See Poll

➤ Roughly half of both political parties believe the other party is a threat to American life. Among Biden supporters, 40% say it’s acceptable to use violence to stop their opponents, and 31% of Trump supporters say the same thing. (See Poll

A new AP poll shows that two-thirds of Americans think the war in Afghanistan wasn’t worth fighting, and voters from both political parties feel the same way. (See Poll

Et Cetera

A French nun’s run has gone viral after she made an epic open-field tackle on a protestor trying to block construction of a new church over its carbon footprint. (See Video

The man who created the super-hot Carolina Reaper pepper has set a new Guinness world record with a new, even hotter pepper: Pepper X, with a Scoville rating of 2.69 million. A jalapeno pepper is 5,000. (See Video

➤ New Mexico prosecutors plan to charge Alec Baldwin again for the fatal shooting of the cinematographer on the “Rust” movie set. The grand jury hearing is slated for mid-November. (More)

Poll Position

Would you pay $1 a year for Twitter (now known as X)?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Wednesday’s Results:

What industry do you/did you work in?

  1. Service: 14%
  2. Technology: 12%
  3. Construction: 10%
  4. Manufacturing: 13%
  5. Retail: 10%
  6. Healthcare: 13%
  7. Other: 28%

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“Israel is not responsible for the explosion at the hospital in Gaza yesterday.” 

Adrienne Watson, spokesperson for the National Security Counsel

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