Biden’s Campaign Set to Counterpunch on Misinformation
Rebecca Kern for POLITICO reports that Joe Biden’s reelection campaign is overhauling its strategy to fight misinformation on social media in the 2024 race by pushing its own counter messages out through grassroots allies. The campaign will work to combat false claims from Trump and other GOP candidates about Biden’s past record; the White House’s COVID-19 vaccine plan, and efforts to suppress voter turnout. This effort comes as YouTube announced that it would no longer remove content falsely claiming the 2020 election was stolen, following the example set by X (formerly Twitter) in allowing numerous far-right conservatives ousted for spreading misinformation back onto their platform.
Planned Parenthood Resumes Offering Abortions in Wisconsin After More Than a Year
Harm Venhuizen at AP writes that Planned Parenthood has resumed offering abortion services in Wisconsin this week after halting them for more than a year since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. While providers across the state stopped offering abortions following the June 2022 decision, last month a judge ruled that the 144-year-old law does not apply to medical abortions. Since the fall of Roe, abortion clinics in Illinois had seen a seven-fold increase in patients from Wisconsin. PRRI research finds that 64% of Wisconsinites say abortion should be legal in all or most cases.
Latino Voters Want Biden To Take More Aggressive Action on Immigration, Polls Find
Camilo Montoya-Galvez and Fin Gómez at CBS News report that a majority of Latino voters want President Biden to take more aggressive actions to extend protections to immigrants living in the U.S. without legal status and secure the southern border. A new survey by the Immigration Hub found that 85% of the 2,000 registered Latino voters surveyed said they wanted the Biden administration to expand the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program and 77% support legalizing “Dreamers.” Overall, however, immigration may be overshadowed by other concerns for Latino voters. Another poll, commissioned by the Libre Institute, found that only 8% of Latino voters surveyed ranked immigration as their top issue, while 34% picked economic issues.
REM Was Right. We Are “Losing Our Religion.”
At Religion News Service, Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin looks at the growing number of Americans, particularly Jewish Americans, who have stopped attending religious services and the reasons behind this trend. Noting that the modern pressures of individualism, consumerism, and accomplishment are making people more anxious and lonely, Salkin offers Jewish philosopher Martin Buber’s 100-year-old concept of “I-Thou” relationships as an alternative. To reanimate Judaism in America today, Salkin calls for recognizing the importance of “I-Thou” relationships, which lead to a deeper way of relating to one another and to the world around us. PRRI finds that 16% of Americans say religion is the most important thing in their life. For Jewish Americans, this percentage is 13%.
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