White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday coaxed Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy into admitting that guns are responsible for much of the violent crime in the U.S.
The exchange came during a White House briefing when Doocy asked Psaki about President Joe Biden's new crime prevention initiative.
"There is a lot of crime in big cities," Doocy said.
"Much of it caused by gun violence. Would you agree?" Psaki interjected.
"Yes," Doocy replied. "So how do you reduce gun violence by expanding job opportunity, including summer jobs for young people?"
Psaki suggested that Doocy had cherry-picked one aspect of the president's plan.
"There are several components of this proposal," the press secretary explained. "One of them is action on gun violence -- or additional steps on gun violence, which the president feels are important to get guns off the streets, make sure they are not in the hands of people illegally, many of whom are playing a role in violent crime across the country."
"He also wants to provide incentives and opportunities for young people in communities where that has shown to be an effective step," she added.
Doocy pushed back: "So is the thought there [is] somebody, some criminal who has been committing crimes with limited interruption or interference for the last couple of weeks or months is going to stop this easy life of crime if they have a summer job?"
All of today’s best deals kick off with a new all-time low on AirPods Max, which are joined by some post-Prime Day AirPods Pro deals from $170. That’s alongside quite the notable price cut on Apple’s official MagSafe charger at $20. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.
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If it seems like Republicans live in a different world these days, it’s because they do. The furor over critical race theory (CRT) is a great example. Conservative think tanks seized on a term used in a handful of high-level college courses, spent years honing a message that made it seem like American school children were taught that being white meant being intrinsically evil, packed that message up for both Republican candidates and right-wing media, and conducted a coordinated release that has disrupted school board meetings coast to coast and led to the passage of complete nonsense like Texas’ 1836 project. It also led to Matt Gaetz getting utterly blasted out of the water when he tried to suggest that the American military shouldn’t concern itself with racism. But don’t worry—when that incident gets shown on Fox, Gaetz will be the hero.
In the last five years, Fox News and other traditional conservative media had an opportunity. They could push away from the lies being spread by Donald Trump and move to a position where they defended conservative positions while becoming more truthful. They went the other way. Like Republicans at every level, they jumped on the conspiracy train, throwing in their lot with pundits who regularly undercut reality and encourage conspiracies that are extraordinarily corrosive to the nation.
If the way CRT appears to be sweeping over communities without any connection to reality seems odd, the rants of people like Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson are only the tip of a fascistic iceberg. Right-wing websites are filled with stories about the “woke apparatchiks” who dominate the U.S. military, the “psycho Marxists” behind American education, multiple articles about how Don Lemmon’s cookie jar shows that there’s no such thing as racism (yes, seriously), and explanations of how white people are the least racist people in the United States. If the level of vaccine resistance among Republicans seems hard to fathom, there are plenty of articles about the “horrific side effects” of COVID-19 vaccines—including how women are having miscarriages just from being near someone who was vaccinated.
But to really see what Republicans are inviting into their homes each day, here’s a clip from OAN in which a commentary happily calls for mass executions of Americans.
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Apple TV+ has finally shared the official trailer for the festival darling "CODA," which will premiere August 13 on the streaming service and in theaters.
The Biden administration plans to evacuate a number of Afghan allies who aided U.S. military to third countries, The New York Times reports. Administration officials reportedly began informing members of Congress on Wednesday, following months of ongoing pressure from advocates who said the lives of allies, as well as their family members, will be at risk when U.S. forces leave in September.Per the report, the U.S. will evacuate a number of allies who are currently in the visa process, as well as family members. “The officials declined to say where the Afghans would wait, and it is not clear whether third countries have agreed to take them.” Advocates welcomed the news of potential safety for thousands of interpreters, drivers, engineers, security guards, and their families, and pressed for further details from the administration.
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Texas's Greg Abbott came under fire recently for vetoing legislation that bans chaining dogs outside with heavy chains and without drinkable water. MSNBC's Brian Williams broke it down why Abbott would do such a thing: he has to get further up Trump's anatomy than even Ron DeSantis, and other 2024 hopefuls.
He then zeroed in on Abbott, who on Friday nixed a bipartisan bill known as The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act, which would have made it illegal to chain up dogs without leaving them without drinkable water, adequate shade or shelter. Abbott’s reasoning? He said that “Texas is no place for this kind of micro-managing and over-criminalization.”
The move led to the hashtag “AbbottHatesDogs.”
Williams theorized why: He was kissing up to noted dog-hater Donald J. Trump, whom he clearly idolizes. And he had a hilariously crude-yet-articulate way of taking him to the woodshed.
“His state doesn’t have a dependable power grid, and yet he’s going to build his own wall on the border. And he’s being richly rewarded by a visit from his guy, Trump, next week,” Williams told his audience. “If Abbott wants to, say, run for President, he must be more further ensconced in a particular area of Trump’s anatomy than even Ron DeSantis of Florida. And that won’t be easy.”
Williams concluded with his typical dry wit.
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Katrine Marçal has an interesting piece in the Guardian today about the history of the wheeled suitcase. Her contribution is to track its invention past the usual late-'80s starting point, past the 1972 "official" invention, all the way back to the early '50s. So why did it take so long to catch on?
Resistance to the rolling suitcase had everything to do with gender. Sadow, the “official” inventor, described how difficult it was to get any US department store chains to sell it: “At this time, there was this macho feeling. Men used to carry luggage for their wives. It was … the natural thing to do, I guess.”
Two assumptions about gender were at work here. The first was that no man would ever roll a suitcase because it was simply “unmanly” to do so. The second was about the mobility of women. There was nothing preventing a woman from rolling a suitcase — she had no masculinity to prove. But women didn’t travel alone, the industry assumed. If a woman travelled, she would travel with a man who would then carry her bag for her. This is why the industry couldn’t see any commercial potential in the rolling suitcase. It took more than 15 years for the invention to go mainstream, even after Sadow had patented it.
My first introduction to wheeled luggage came when I started traveling on business in the late '80s. One day, boarding a plane at Dulles, I noticed a flight attendant with a rollaboard and was intrigued. I asked her where I could buy one, and shortly after that I got one for myself. It wasn't a big deal, but few other people had them at the time and I did get a bit of ribbing for it from my fellow travelers. It was just jokey stuff, but there was no question that they considered it an admission of weakness or something.
In any case, this means that wheeled luggage isn't really one of those inventions that seems so obvious that you wonder why it took so long to come up with the idea. Ditto for cupholders, I suppose, which probably seemed downright counterproductive back in the era when eating in cars was discouraged.
No, the real invention that puzzles me, the one that I wonder why it took so damn long to catch on, is this one. Anyone have an explanation?
Will Apple retire the current band mechanism on the Apple Watch in favor of a Smart Connector-like connector we've already seen on iPads?
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After we got a sneak peek at the feature last month, Instagram has quietly rolled out the option to create and publish posts from its website on desktop (but not on iPad). The new functionality includes the ability to use filters and edit photos and videos as well.
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In a landmark ruling for student free speech in the digital era, the United State Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a Pennsylvania high school violated a cheerleader's First Amendment right to freedom of speech when it disciplined her following a profanity-laden social media post.
"The school went too far, and I'm glad that the Supreme Court agrees."
—Brandi Levy, student
The justices ruled 8-1 in Mahanoy Area School District v. B. L. (pdf) in favor of Brandi Levy, who was kicked off the junior varsity cheerleading team at Mahanoy Area High School in 2017 after she posted a Snapchat photo of herself and a friend flipping their middle fingers with the text, "fuck school fuck softball fuck cheer fuck everything." The post was published off campus and after school hours.
"The school itself has an interest in protecting a student's unpopular expression, especially when the expression takes place off campus, because America's public schools are the nurseries of democracy," Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for the majority. Justice Clarence Thomas was the lone dissenter in the case.
"It might be tempting to dismiss B. L.'s words as unworthy of the robust First Amendment protections," Breyer wrote. "But sometimes it is necessary to protect the superfluous in order to preserve the necessary."
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Here’s the officially reported coronavirus death toll through June 23. The raw data from Johns Hopkins is here.
You cannot say House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rushed this decision but now, almost a month after Senate Republicans filibustered a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Pelosi announced that she’s launching a select committee to investigate.
“This morning with great solemnity and sadness I’m announcing that the House will be establishing a select committee on the January 6th insurrection,” Pelosi said.
On Tuesday, similar reports emerged that Pelosi would form a select committee, only to have Pelosi call it a “false report,” with a spokesperson saying: “Speaker Pelosi told Members she plans to announce WHETHER she will create a select committee THIS WEEK. Her preference continues to be a bipartisan commission which Senate Republicans are blocking."