🧕 Biden alienates a key voting block,
🤖 The White House’s odd AI plan,
🏦 West Bank violence escalates 🔒,
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Biden takes AI woke
What’s happening: Artificial intelligence is moving fast, and while other governments are focused on keeping up, the Biden administration is focused on “equity.”
Why it matters: Goldman Sachs estimates AI technology could replace a quarter of American workforce tasks and about 300 million jobs globally. But Biden’s recent action has other concerns.
Woke order: President Joe Biden recently signed an executive order mandating tech companies to "address algorithmic discrimination" and "ensure that AI advances equity.” The Biden administration is concerned AI can “deepen discrimination, bias, and other abuses in justice, healthcare, and housing.”
How others are harnessing AI: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak recently hosted a conference with major tech companies and governments to discuss AI’s potential. There, Amazon and Google among others agreed to hand over information to governments about new AI models before releasing them to the general public.
Military applications: AI is being used on the battlefield in Ukraine to help analyze satellite footage and determine targets. Autonomous drones, armed robot dogs, or nuclear weapons systems have already been created or are in development.
Up close: A group of scientists used AI to find a new antibiotic capable of eliminating antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It was able to scan more than 100 million potential drug molecules in only three days.
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WHAT WE'RE WATCHING
📊 Swing-state polls favor Trump. Five out of six battleground states Biden won in 2020 are now poised to reelect Trump, new polling shows. Across the six states, Biden’s lead among Hispanics and people under 30 is in the single digits, while black voters favor Trump by a striking 22 percent. Voters showed frustration with Biden over immigration, the economy, and foreign policy. (New York Times)
🇵🇸 Pro-Palestinian radicals protest in DC. Thousands gathered in Washington on Saturday to demand a “ceasefire” in Gaza, waving flags, vandalizing American monuments, and chanting, “long live the Intifada,” a reference to historical attacks against Jews. One protester even hopped the security fence at the White House. Despite these details and at least one arrest for the vandalism, ABC News calls the event a “peaceful march.” (Fox News, New York Post, ABC News)
🗳️ Crucial elections happening tomorrow. Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is campaigning for legislative candidates who face an election tomorrow, hoping to secure a GOP majority in the state legislature. Meanwhile, Ohio voters will decide whether to approve a sweeping right to abortion in their state constitution. Highly competitive gubernatorial races will also come to a climax in Mississippi and Kentucky. (Wall Street Journal, Time, Fox News, NBC News)
🚨 Illegal migrant planned terror attack, U.S. authorities say. A Jordanian man who arrived in the U.S. illegally in 2019 was arrested and charged with illegal firearm possession in Houston, Texas — but federal officials said his crimes could have been worse. The migrant trained with weapons and studied how to make explosives to “possibly commit an attack” against Jews, according to the Department of Justice. (New York Post, Bill Melugin for Fox News on X)
WHAT WE’RE HEARING
Biden’s secretary of state visited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday to discuss the P.A.’s potential role in governing Gaza after Hamas is overthrown. (Washington Post)
House Speaker Mike Johnson suggested that the GOP might not back additional aid for Ukraine without a clear “objective” from the White House. (Speaker Mike Johnson on YouTube)
A campaign memo from President Biden’s team is warning of a “very close general election” in 2024. (Axios)
Muslims could sway the 2024 election
What’s happening: President Joe Biden’s pro-Israel posture has provoked white-hot anger from Muslims in the Democratic Party base. Muslims tend to be loyal Democratic voters, but a growing number of community leaders are warning that the White House’s support for Israel is alienating its Arab constituents.
The numbers: The Arab American Institute found that 59 percent of Arabs voted for Biden in 2020. On Tuesday, a new survey from the same group found that this support had plummeted to 17 percent — a staggering 42-point drop.
Why it matters: The Muslim activist group Emgage reported that less than 1.1 million Muslims voted in 2020 — a fraction of the estimated 158 million ballots cast. But Muslim overrepresentation in a number of key swing states might still be enough to swing the 2024 election.
Arizona is home to just under 110,000 Muslims. Biden won the state by around 10,500 votes.
Georgia’s Muslim population is roughly 123,000. Biden carried the state by less than 12,000 votes.
In Michigan, the number of Muslims is estimated at 240,000. Biden’s margin of victory there in 2020 was about 150,000 votes.
Note: The GOP is more supportive of Israel than Biden. So while Muslim voters might be souring on the president, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll vote Republican.
And yet: Even if Muslims simply stayed home, it would deal a major blow to Biden. In a close race, the loss of a key swing-state voting bloc could end his shot at a second term.
The escalating situation in the West Bank
Some extremist settlers are taking revenge into their own hands
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POLL RESULTS FROM FRIDAY
Should America be governed with faith-based values?
⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ 🤔 Unsure (36)
👍 Yes: John Adams said it best, ‘Our constitution was made only for moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.’” — Randy
👍 Yes: “Our country and constitution was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. We have had the most wonderful, prosperous and peaceful nation up until now!” — Mary
👎 No: “There should always be a separation of church and state.” — Josie
IN THE LOOP
A left-wing attorney says the legal challenges against Trump’s 2024 candidacy are likely headed to the Supreme Court. (ABC News)
A woman in Indiana drove her car into a house with a Star of David symbol in what was meant to be an antisemitic attack — but the building belonged to the antisemitic group Black Hebrew Israelites. (FOX 59)
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