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Barack Obama called out GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker for lying about meeting him. Walker claimed on multiple occasions to have let Obama win at basketball games. "Now, listen, this would be funny if he weren't running for Senate," Obama said Thursday. "Now, listen, this would be funny if he weren't running for Senate," Obama continued on Thursday. The US Senate runoff in Georgia between GOP candidate Walker and the Democratic incumbent Warnock is set for Tuesday, December 6.
Ukrainian President Zelenskyy called out the mayor of Kyiv for not doing enough during the war. Mayor Vitali Klitschko defended his efforts publicly in a response on Telegram. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a Friday address that Klitschko was not meeting the needs of the people in Kyiv. In particular, there are a lot of complaints in Kyiv … To put it mildly, more work is needed," Zelenskyy said. That same year, Zelenskyy tried to remove Klitschko from his role as mayor, according to The Ukrainian Weekly.
Twitter owner Elon Musk has reinstated several controversial accounts, including Kanye West's. But West called him out for not reinstating conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' account. Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, said he has an "issue" with Musk for not reinstating InfoWars host Alex Jones, according to a 30-second video clip with watermarks that read "@Ali" and "BANNED.VIDEO." West continued: "Alex Jones is a Christian. But Musk has not budged on reinstating right-wing conspiracy theorist and Sandy Hook denier Alex Jones, even quoting Matthew 19:14, a bible verse, in a tweet referencing him.
Elon Musk mocked a t-shirt with the hashtag #StayWoke, meant to support the BLM movement. The phrase "#Stay@Work" phrase likely points to reports of brutally long work weeks, mass layoffs, and mass resignations under Musk's new leadership. The original "Stay Woke" shirts were made in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement, which took off in 2016. "Here we are at the merch … and there's an entire closet full of hashtag woke t-shirts," Musk said in the video showing off the old shirts in a tweet on Tuesday. Musk and Twitter did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is seeking to become House Speaker next year. He's promised to remove Rep. Adam Schiff and two other Democrats from their committees if elected. Some Republicans have criticized McCarthy — including Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who said that McCarthy has been "siding with the insurrectionists," and Rep. Liz Cheney, who called McCarthy the "leader of the pro-Putin wing." Under his leadership, he has said he will reinstate her on committee assignments despite her far-right ideologies. Representatives for McCarthy and Schiff did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
Iran has agreed to help Russia with attack drone production, according to The Washington Post. Russia has not officially confirmed that drones it has used in Ukraine were Iranian. Russia's unprovoked war on Ukraine has persisted since February, despite Russian forces retreating from areas in the southern in recent weeks. Russia has used more than 400 Iranian-made drones in its war against Ukraine, according to The Post. Iran previously denied supplying the drones to Russia, but Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said earlier this month that Iran did send drones to Russia "before the Ukraine war."
A man with an ax and a sword tried to enter The New York Times' newsroom on Thursday. The New York Police Department told the AP the man wanted to see The Times' politics journalists. He wanted to speak to the outlet's political journalists, the NYPD told The Associated Press. The man then handed over his weapons after he was denied entry and was later taken to the hospital for evaluation, NYPD told Insider. A spokesperson for The Times told Insider they were grateful to the NYPD "for responding to an incident in our lobby that was resolved quickly and peacefully."
Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she'd be stepping down from her position as House Speaker. Pelosi donned a golden accessory on the lapel of her blazer. Pelosi, whose husband was recently attacked in their California home, has used her outfits and accessories as political statements on multiple occasions. She wore the same dress to both of Former President Donald Trump's impeachments, baring her golden brooch in 2019 and ditching it in 2021, Insider previously reported. The golden accessory, according to The Post in 2019, boasts an eagle sitting atop a globe and a shaft comprised of 13 rods that symbolize the original 13 colonies.
California Proposition 27 would have legalized sports betting and given proceeds to social causes. Proposition 27's revenue would have been allocated to provide resources to address homelessness, mental health issues, and addiction. It was different from Proposition 26, another gambling proposition on the ballot that also failed. Support and oppositionCalifornians for Solutions to Homelessness and Mental Health Support led the campaign in support of Proposition 27. It would provide an ongoing funding source of hundreds of millions of dollars each year to fight homelessness and provide mental health services to those most in need.
Voters in South Dakota rejected Initiated Measure 27, which would have legalized marijuana use for adults over the age of 21. South Dakota rejected the use of recreational marijuana for adults aged 21 and older. Over half of voters said "no" on Initiated Measure 27, which, if passed, would have legalized marijuana use and possession. 2022 General EmbedsBallot measure detailsKnown as the Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Measure 27 would have legalized marijuana use and possession for adults 21 years old and older. What experts are sayingIn 2020, South Dakota voters passed Amendment A, a measure that aimed to legalize marijuana for adults over 21, but a lawsuit filed by Gov.
Donald Trump's first wife, Ivana Trump, died on Thursday. "She was a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life," Donald Trump said in a post on Truth Social. "We speak before and after the appearances and he asks me what I thought," Ivana Trump said in the interview with The Post. In 1993, following his divorce from Ivana, Trump married his now ex-wife Marla Maples, with whom he had his fourth child, Tiffany Trump, with. Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, became advisors in the White House, while Donald Trump Jr. and Eric worked for the Trump Organization.
Voters in Maryland approved Question 4, which legalizes marijuana use for adults over the age of 21. Proponents said the measure will improve the economy and benefit Maryland residents. 2022 General EmbedsBallot measure detailsMaryland's Question 4 will add the Marijuana Legalization Amendment to the Maryland state constitution. The bill also requires state lawmakers to pass laws for the "use, distribution, possession, regulation, and taxation" of marijuana in Maryland, according to the measure text and Ballotpedia. Supporters argued the measure will improve the economy, benefit Maryland residents, and allow law enforcement to focus on combatting violent crime.
Maryland Question 4 would legalize marijuana use for adults over the age of 21. Proponents say that the measure will improve the economy and benefit Maryland residents. 2022 General EmbedsBallot measure detailsAlthough medicinal marijuana use was legalized in Maryland in 2013, Question 4 would add the Marijuana Legalization Amendment to the Maryland state Constitution. The bill would also require state lawmakers to pass laws for the "use, distribution, possession, regulation, and taxation" of marijuana in Maryland, according to the measure text and Ballotpedia. Supporters argue the measure will improve the economy, benefit Maryland residents, and allow law enforcement to focus on combatting violent crime.
Louisiana Amendment 7 would ban slavery in the state's constitution, but confusion abounds. The amendment would allow involuntary servitude in the "lawful administration of criminal justice." Ballot measure detailsKnown as the Remove Involuntary Servitude as Punishment for a Crime from Constitution Measure, Louisiana Amendment 7 would eliminate the language in the state constitution that establishes involuntary servitude as punishment. It would, in turn, include language that bars slavery and involuntary servitude except in the case of "lawful administration of criminal justice." The Council for a Better Louisiana opposes the measure, according to the New Orleans outlet.
Massachusetts Question 1 would increase taxes on people earning more than $1 million and use the revenue to improve education and transportation. Ballot measure detailsKnown as the Tax on Income Above $1 Million for Education and Transportation Amendment, Massachusetts Question 1 would add an additional 4% tax on individuals bringing in more than $1 million. The Coalition to Stop the Tax Hike Amendment is leading the campaign against the proposal. Opponents argue the tax hike would make the wealthy consider leaving the state and that it's unfair to upper-class earners. The money raceThe measure has attracted about $21.3 million in pro-Massachusetts Question 1 contributions and more than $9.9 million in opposition contributions, according to Ballotpedia.
Missouri's Constitutional Convention Question asks voters whether they want a state constitutional convention. download the app Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy PolicyA "yes" on the Missouri Constitutional Convention Question would establish a state constitutional convention. There is not an organized campaign against the measure, according to Ballotpedia. "A constitutional convention right in the middle of a culture war would bring out ideologues of all stripes, and you would have the fiercest political strife. The money raceThe measure has not attracted organized fundraising either for or against the state constitutional question, according to Ballotpedia.
New Hampshire Constitutional Convention Question asks voters about hosting a state constitutional convention. There are no organized campaigns in support of or in opposition to the question, according to Ballotpedia. Since 1894, there have been five instances where voters rejected the question and eight times when voters approved it. download the app Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy PolicyA "yes" on New Hampshire's Constitutional Convention Question would establish a state constitutional convention. Support and oppositionThere are no organized campaigns in support of or in opposition to the question, according to Ballotpedia.
Alaska's Constitutional Convention Question asks voters about hosting a constitutional convention. Supporters argue the convention could be an opportunity to include new rights into the constitution. download the app Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy PolicyA "yes" on the Alaska Constitutional Convention Question would establish a state constitutional convention. Supporters argue the convention could be an opportunity to solidify rights outside of the Alaska Supreme Court. To remove the Alaska Supreme Court from manufacturing a "right to abortion" in our State Constitution.
Oregon Measure 112 would change language in the state constitution that addresses slavery and involuntary servitude in prisons. Supporters argue that the slavery language has heavily affected marginalized communities. A Secretary of State's analysis of the measure states: "The measure does not require additional state government revenues or expenditures; however the impact of the measure will depend on potential legal action or changes to inmate work programs." Support and oppositionOregonians Against Slavery & Involuntary Servitude is leading the campaign in support of the measure. Supporters argue that the slavery exception has heavily affected marginalized communities.
Michigan Proposal 2 would add several voting policies to the state constitution. Opponents argue that putting the proposal into the state constitution goes too far. Ballot measure detailsKnown as the Voting Policies in Constitution Amendment, the proposal aims to add a slew of new voting policies to Michigan's constitution, including the establishment of a nine-day early voting period, the requirement of a signed affidavit or photo identification for voting, and access to absentee voting. Opponents of the proposal argue that putting the proposal into the constitution is too big of a step. "The kinds of things in it (Proposal 2) I believe are very problematic when you try to put it in a constitution.
Connecticut Question 1 would allow early voting for Connecticut voters. Proponents say that the measure would allow the state to join 44 other states that allow for early voting. Ballot measure detailsConnecticut does not allow in-person early voting in the state, but if passed, Question 1 would change that. Supporters argue that Connecticut voters should have the option to vote early like the voters in the majority of other states. "On Election Day 2022, Connecticut voters will get to decide if they want the option of voting in person before Election day — just like the voters in 44 other states.
Nebraska's Initiative 432 would establish a requirement for photo identification before voting. Opponents of the initiative argue that it would restrict Nebraskan voters. download the app Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy PolicyA "yes" on Nebraska's Initiative 432 would require voters to present photo identification before voting. Ballot measure detailsInitiative 432, the Photo Voter Identification Initiative, aims to add an initiated amendment making photo identification a prerequisite for voting to Nebraska's Constitution. Opponents of the initiative argue that it would restrict Nebraskan voters.
California Proposition 27 would legalize sports betting and give the proceeds to social causes. Ballot measure detailsKnown as the Legalize Sports Betting and Revenue for Homelessness Prevention Fund Initiative, Proposition 27 would legalize online sports betting across the state, according to the state's Legislative Analyst Office. Proposition 27's revenue would be allocated to provide resources to address homelessness, mental health issues, and addiction. Californians for Tribal Sovereignty and Safe Gaming and Coalition for Safe, Responsible Gaming are campaigning against the proposition. More than 60 tribes oppose Proposition 27, saying it would take away from their business, KFSN reported.
Vermont Proposal 2 would remove antiquated slavery-related language from the state constitution. There is no organized campaign against the proposal, according to Ballotpedia. "Vermont is proud to have been the first state in the Union to outlaw slavery in its constitution, but this proposal to clarify the antiquated language is meaningful as well. There is no organized campaign against the proposal, according to Ballotpedia. The money raceThe proposal has seen no organized fundraising either for or against the measure, according to Ballotpedia.
Tennessee Amendment 3 would change language in the state constitution to expressly ban slavery. download the app Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy PolicyA "yes" on Tennessee Amendment 3 would expressly ban slavery in Tennessee — including in prisons. The amendment would replace the previous language with: "Slavery and involuntary servitude are forever prohibited. "Our constitution should reflect our values, and it's important that we not have any loopholes that will say in any circumstance slavery is permissible. "Tennessee's Constitution has expressly prohibited slavery since it was first adopted in 1870, so it's unnecessary to add this amendment to the state constitution.
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