THE SHOW NOTES: Harvard & Penn, More Disturbing October 7th Details, & Grim News For Democrats
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Harvard & Penn
The Presidents of Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania attempted to walk back their disastrous congressional testimony where they justified rampant antisemitism on their respective campuses while smirking at one another between questions.
Perspective: The disdain-filled testimony drew immediate backlash from across the political spectrum that called for their termination. Even Pfizer President Albert Bourla slammed the testimony as “one of the most despicable moments in the history of U.S. academia.”
Absent: Noticeably absent has been a response from MIT. The video from the UPenn president and the statement from Harvard at least attempted to clarify the response while MIT has been incredulously silent.
BREAKING: The board of trustees from the University of Pennsylvania just called an emergency meeting to purportedly discuss the embattled president’s future.
This is Grim (For Democrats)
From Nov. 5 through Nov. 11, Democracy Corps, a Democratic advisory group founded by Stan Greenberg and James Carville, surveyed 2,500 voters in presidential and Senate battleground states as well as competitive House districts.
In an email, Greenberg summarized the results: “This is grim.” The study, he said, found that collectively, voters in the Democratic base of “Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, L.G.B.T.Q.+ community, Gen Z, millennials, unmarried and college women give Trump higher approval ratings than Biden.”
Full story at The New York Times (paywall)
Actors Recorded Videos for ‘Vladimir.’ It Turned Into Russian Propaganda.
Internet propagandists aligned with Russia have duped at least seven Western celebrities, including Elijah Wood and Priscilla Presley, into recording short videos to support its online information war against Ukraine, according to new security research by Microsoft.
The celebrities look like they were asked to offer words of encouragement—apparently via the Cameo app—to someone named “Vladimir” who appears to be struggling with substance abuse, Microsoft said. Instead, these messages were edited, sometimes dressed up with emojis, links and the logos of media outlets and then shared online by the Russia-aligned trolls, the company said.
Full story at The Wall Street Journal (paywall)
Why is Yale Giving Everyone an A?
Nearly 80 percent of all grades given to undergraduates at Yale last academic year were A’s or A minuses, part of a sharp increase that began during the coronavirus pandemic and appears to have stuck, according to a new report.
The mean grade point average was 3.7 out of 4.0, also an increase over prepandemic years.
The findings have frustrated some students, alumni and professors. What does excellence mean at Yale, they wonder, if most students get the equivalent of “excellent” in almost every class?
Full story at The New York Times (paywall)
Putin Pledges Closer Russia-Iran Ties After Rare Visit to Gulf
President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi vowed to deepen ties on Thursday, a day after the Russian leader made a rare visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Putin, whose country is under a raft of US and European sanctions imposed over his February 2022 invasion of Ukraine, has built an increasingly close partnership with Iran, including in the military sphere. His talks in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi on Wednesday also demonstrated the Russian leader’s success in courting the oil-rich traditional US Gulf allies, who have been critical of Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza.
Full story at Bloomberg (paywall)
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TikTok Employees Criticize the App’s Response to Anti-Semitic Content - The Messenger
'It's Time': Chip Roy, Mike Rogers, and Mike Lee Introduce Bill to Defund the UN - Townhall
Michigan Offers Jim Harbaugh Five-Year, $55 Million Extension - The Messenger
Jon Rahm planning to bolt PGA Tour for LIV Golf in potential $600 million coup - NY Post
US household wealth falls in third quarter - Yahoo
House censures Bowman for falsely pulling fire alarm - The Hill
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