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Morning Announcements is a daily show brought to you by the Betches Sup, here to help you make sense of the world in the wake of 2020’s chaos. Every morning, Betches co-founder and host Sami Sage gives you quick daily updates with the most important info you need to know about politics and current events.

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Sami Sage

Sami Sage is a cofounder and Chief Creative Officer at Betches. She’s the host of the @ Betches, Betches Sup and Morning Announcements podcasts and in her spare time likes to scroll on her phone and stare at her dogs, Bruce Bader Ginsburg and Larry David.

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Monday, January 30th, 2023

Today's headlines: The police body camera footage from the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols was released on Friday evening. Another exposé involving former Attorney General Bill Barr has come forward, centered around what the piece called a “capital punishment killing spree” under Donald Trump’s administration. California Representative Adam Schiff announced that he will make a bid for Diane Feinstein’s senate seat in 2024. An anti-abortion bill was duly introduced in both the House and Senate last week. Finally for today, The FDA has proposed easing the blood donation rules for gay and bisexual men. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NBC: Tyre Nichols video: Memphis police release bodycam videos Buzzfeed: Family And Friends Remember Tyre Nichols As A “Free Spirit” Who “Was Just His Own Person” AP News: Memphis police disband unit that fatally beat Tyre Nichols Rolling Stone: Trump’s Killing Spree: The Inside Story of His Race to Execute Every Prisoner He Could Patch: George Santos Posted 'Deeply Offensive' Comment About Hitler, Jews Mother Jones: We Tried to Call the Top Donors to George Santos’ 2020 Campaign. Many Don’t Seem to Exist. Congress: S.4541 - Standing with Moms Act NBC: FDA proposes easing blood donation rules for gay and bisexual men Host: Sami Sage Morning Announcements is produced by Sami Sage alongside Amanda Duberman and Bridget Schwartz Original Music and Editing by Brandon Lee Bjornson

Friday, January 27th, 2023

Today's headlines: Charges were brought yesterday against the 5 ex-police officers in Memphis Tennessee, who beat to death a 29-year-old Black man named Tyre Nichols. The democratic-led Virginia state Senate stopped the passage of a 15 week abortion ban which had been proposed by Governor Glenn Youngkin yesterday. On Wednesday, when Santos served surprise Dunkin Donuts with amended campaign filings on the side, forms now indicated that he had hired a new treasurer. Donald Trump pressured former Attorney General Bill Barr in 2019 to appoint someone at the DOJ to investigate the Mueller investigation. Finally for today, former employees of the American arm of Russian state-media broadcaster RT America are restarting a new media venture under the name GlobalTek. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: AP News: DA: 5 Memphis cops ‘all responsible’ for Tyre Nichols’ death ABC8: Virginia Senate panel kills Republican abortion ban proposals AP News: Latest Santos chaos: ‘Hiring’ treasurer who turned down job NY Times: How Barr’s Quest to Find Flaws in the Russia Inquiry Unraveled Axios: Scoop: Russia state propaganda alums launch new D.C. media venture Host: Sami Sage Morning Announcements is produced by Sami Sage alongside Amanda Duberman and Bridget Schwartz Original Music and Editing by Brandon Lee Bjornson

Thursday, January 26th, 2023

Today's headlines: President Biden announced that the US will be providing the Ukrainians with Abrams tanks. The National Archives is considering whether they will ask all past presidents and vice presidents to review their personal records to verify that no classified materials are there. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has made good on his promise to reject the placement of certain Democrats on congressional committees, but has yet to remove George Santos. Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, has announced that they will let Donald Trump back on their platforms in the coming week after his two year suspension. NBC News is reporting that Marjorie Taylor Greene is supposedly angling to be Trump’s 2024 pick for Vice President. Finally for today, a recent study claims Long Covid is having a significant effect on America’s workforce, preventing substantial numbers of people from going back to work. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: US Department of Defense: Biden Announces Abrams Tanks to be Delivered to Ukraine Washington Post: Archives weighs asking past presidents, VPs to look for classified items NY Times: McCarthy Ejects Schiff and Swalwell From Intelligence Committee NBC: McCarthy says Santos will be removed from Congress if Ethics Committee finds he broke the law Daily Beast: George Santos Admits 500K Personal Loan to Campaign Wasn’t ‘Personal’ META: Ending Suspension of Trump’s Accounts With New Guardrails to Deter Repeat Offenses NBC: Marjorie Taylor Greene aims to be Trump's VP pick in 2024 NY Times: Long Covid Is Keeping Significant Numbers of People Out of Work, Study Finds Host: Sami Sage Morning Announcements is produced by Sami Sage alongside Amanda Duberman and Bridget Schwartz Original Music and Editing by Brandon Lee Bjornson

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