George Santos’ Expulsion Is Just the Latest Act in a Tumultuous Year for the House

George Santos’ Expulsion Is Just the Latest Act in a Tumultuous Year for the House

Sahil Kapur at NBC News reports that on Friday, the House voted to expel now-former Rep. George Santos (R-NY), only the third Congressional expulsion since the Civil War. Santos faces a 23-count federal indictment for a wide-range of alleged crimes, on top of falsifying his biography. Meanwhile, the House GOP will also consider a vote this week to approve an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden put forward by former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). PRRI research finds that 53% of Americans say the reelection of President Biden poses a threat to American democracy and way of life.


U.S. Border Officials Are Closing a Remote Arizona

Anita Snow at the Associated Press reports that the Lukeville, Arizona port of entry along the Mexico-United States border has experienced an increase in migrant crossings, prompting officials to announce its temporary closure. The closure, which does not have an end date, will allow additional officers to help process the influx of migrants. Arizona’s U.S. senators and governor called the closure “unacceptable.” In the past week, the Tucson sector reported 17,500 arrests for illegal crossings in a week, far surpassing previous averages. PRRI research finds that majorities of every racial and ethnic group support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.


Ousted Propaganda Scholar Joan Donovan Accuses Harvard of Bowing to Meta

Joseph Menn reports for The Washington Post that disinformation scholar Joan Donovan has accused Harvard University of dismissing her as a result of a conflict of interest between her research and the university’s deep financial and personal ties to Meta and its founder Mark Zuckerberg. Donovan filed a complaint with the Education Department and the Massachusetts attorney general citing a violation of her academic freedom and free speech. In 2021, Donovan worked on leaked documents which found Facebook “privately and meticulously tracked real-world harms exacerbated by its platforms.” PRRI research finds that only 4% of Americans say social media is their primary form of communication.


New Peek Into the Triumphs and Struggles of Muslim Chaplains in the U.S. Military

A new PBS documentary, “Three Chaplains,” looks at the experiences of Muslim military chaplains, including the criticism they face by both non-Muslims and Muslim civilians for serving a country at-war with Muslim-majority countries, Mariam Fam reports for the Associated Press. The film examines the unique position Muslim military chaplains hold, bridges through counseling on religious matters, while navigating the potentially divisive questions their identities raise for some. PRRI survey data shows that 50% of respondents agreed with the statement, “The values of Islam are at odds with American values and way of life,” in September 2021. This percentage of respondents has increased since September 2011, when 47% of respondents agreed with this statement.


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