The Senate has voted former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be the nation’s assistant secretary of health. Levine is the first openly transgender federal official to win a Senate confirmation.
The vote was largely along party lines 52-48.
Speaking of the appointment, the President said, Levine “will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability,”
Immigration over the Mexican border has surged to its highest level in two decades. Biden faced uncomfortable questions over the issue in a press conference.
Biden said that the “way to deal with this problem” is to “deal with the root causes of why people are leaving”. The President also emphasized the vast majority of those crossing the border should be sent back.
Former President Donald Trump’s senior advisor Jason Miller said Sunday on Fox News Channels “MediaBuzz” that Trump will be launching a social media platform in the next few months.
Host Howard Kurtz asked, “Donald Trump obviously has been booted off Twitter and Facebook and Instagram, which were a great megaphone for him. Does he plan to get back on social media perhaps with some new outfit?”
The President has increased the pressure on NY governor Chris Cuomo by saying he should resign if sexual harassment allegations are proven
In an interview with ABC Biden says, “It takes a lot of courage to come forward so the presumption is it should be taken seriously … And it should be investigated, and that’s what’s underway now.”
Cuomo is facing several allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour towards a number of different women.
However, a number of top democrats are already calling for the governor to resign. Almost the entire New York congressional delegation and a majority of Democrats in the state legislature said:
“Due to the multiple, credible sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York,” the Democratic senators wrote in a joint statement. “Governor Cuomo should resign.”
Bitcoin mining is the process of computers solving complex algorithms to create new bitcoin, the miner is rewarded in bitcoin. As the value of the cryptocurrency has soared so has the energy consumption required to mine it.
Bitcoin mining is now using more electricity than Argentina. And is poising some serious questions to governments and financial institutions.
Recently Elon Musk added $900 million to his fortune through bitcoing mining, but in the process it could cost him his mission to make his company “emissions-free”.
Amazon have quietly updated their policy on which books they will sell. The policy update has already seen books banned that are deemed to break their policy regarding hate speech.
Amazon’s policy states: that they “don’t sell certain content including content that we determine is hate speech, promotes the abuse or sexual exploitation of children, contains pornography, glorifies rape or pedophilia, advocates terrorism, or other material we deem inappropriate or offensive.”
This has sounded alarm bells amongst conservative groups. Already Ryan Anderson’s book critical of gender theory, “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement,” has been removed from their website. They also removed a popular documentary on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, from their streaming site.
Amazon have 83% of the book market, it is feared that such moves will see the conservative voice shut down. With such a massive market share it will also see publishers not publishing books that give a different view, if they will not be able to be sold on Amazon.
President Biden has overturned a ruling that President Trump passed allowing doctors to use the drug buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid addiction. Doctors have been left dismayed by the decision, saying the drug is one of the most affective tools they have to combat drug addiction.
Doctors have called on the President to reconsider the move. They have even gained a support in a rare bipartisan show of support for the licensing of the drug.
Google has quietly increased the level of manual censorship on it’s search engine. Human moderators can penelize websites in violation of the companies policies. This would result in some or all of a website being suppressed in a search result.
Some of google’s violations are:
Discover policy violation: Adult-themed content
News and Discover policy violation: Dangerous content
News and Discover policy violation: Harassing content
News and Discover policy violation: Hateful content
News and Discover policy violation: Manipulated media
News and Discover policy violation: Medical content
Discover policy violation: Misleading content
News and Discover policy violation: Sexually explicit content
News and Discover policy violation: Terrorist content
News policy violation: Transparency
News and Discover policy violation: Violence and gore content
News and Discover policy violation: Vulgar language and profanity
The New York Stock Exchange chief has warned it may leave New York if Albany imposes a new stock sales tax.
“The New York Stock Exchange belongs in New York. If Albany lawmakers get their way, however, the center of the global financial industry may need to find a new home,” she Stacey Cunningham, NYSE President.
Project Veritas obtained leaked video showing top executives at Facebook admitting they have too much power, and expressing their willingness to work with Biden.
“In his first day, President Biden has already issued a number of executive orders on areas that we as a company really care quite deeply about,” Zuckerberg says in a compilation video of his recorded remarks from Jan. 21. “I think that these were all important and positive steps, and I am looking forward to opportunities where Facebook is going to be able to work together with this new administration on some of their top priorities, starting with the COVID response.”
In the video former U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, acknowledges world leaders who have hit out at Facebook’s decision to ban President Trump from the social media platform.