Morning Announcements

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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Friday, June 21st, 2024

Today’s Headlines: In an alarming development, journalist Lauren Windsor recorded Roger Stone discussing plans to help Donald Trump secure the 2024 election, highlighting their improved preparation compared to 2020. Stone mentioned having a lawyer and a judge ready to stop alleged election fraud and outlined efforts to change state laws and monitor voter lists in real-time. Meanwhile, RFK Jr. has failed to qualify for the June 27th CNN debate due to not meeting the necessary polling and state ballot qualifications. In other news, Louisiana will be the first state to require the display of the Ten Commandments in public school classrooms by 2025, a move funded by donations. New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill allowing parents to block algorithm-suggested social media posts and nighttime notifications for minors, with platforms given 180 days to comply. Lastly, Vermont state representative Mary Morrissey apologized for repeatedly pouring water into a colleague's tote bag, a bizarre act caught on camera. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: Rolling Stone: 'Lawyers, Judges, Technology': Roger Stone Touts Plan for Trump Win in Secret Recording CNN: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. fails to qualify for CNN's debate. It'll be a showdown between Biden and Trump AP News: New law requires all Louisiana public school classrooms to display the Ten Commandments AP News: New York moves to limit ‘addictive’ social media feeds for kids NBC News: Vermont lawmaker apologizes for repeatedly pouring water in colleague’s bag Morning Announcements is produced by Sami Sage alongside Bridget Schwartz and edited by Grace Hernandez-Johnson

Thursday, June 20th, 2024

Today’s Headlines: Following the Supreme Court's recent ruling against an executive ban on bump stocks, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer attempted to introduce Congressional legislation for a similar ban. However, Senate Republicans blocked the proposal despite having over 20 cosponsors, with Susan Collins of Maine being the sole Republican supporter. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un have signed an agreement solidifying their alliance, pledging mutual aid in case of aggression and emphasizing trade, security, and cultural ties. On a different front, Iran-backed Houthi rebels attacked a carrier ship in the Red Sea, causing it to sink and killing one person, which has significantly disrupted maritime traffic in the region. Lastly, the US Preventive Services Task Force released new guidelines for healthy eating and exercise for children over six with high BMI, recommending 26 hours of behavior modification but not semaglutide medications, addressing the increasing issue of high BMI among US children. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: Axios: Bump stock ban blocked by Senate Republicans AP News: Russia and North Korea sign partnership deal that appears to be the strongest since the Cold War Politico: Ship attacked by Yemen’s Houthi rebels in fatal assault sinks in Red Sea CNN: To help children with high BMI, expert panel recommends 26 hours of behavior coaching — but not weight-loss drugs Morning Announcements is produced by Sami Sage alongside Bridget Schwartz and edited by Grace Hernandez-Johnson

Wednesday, June 19th, 2024

Today’s Headlines: President Biden announced a new path to citizenship for over 500,000 undocumented immigrants married to U.S. citizens, eliminating the requirement for them to leave the country for ten years before applying for legal residency. This policy change allows these individuals to apply for green cards and three-year work permits, although the eligibility criteria are expected to be strict. New York’s highest court upheld a gag order on Donald Trump, preventing him from speaking about witnesses and court officers involved in his felony conviction case, with the order remaining in place until his sentencing on July 11th. A report from NewsGuard revealed that leading AI chatbots frequently echo Russian disinformation, raising concerns about their role in spreading propaganda, and OpenAI noted that groups conducting covert influence campaigns are starting to use chatbots to spread their messages. Thailand became the first Southeast Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage after over two decades of activism, with the law going into effect pending royal approval. Lastly, extreme weather is affecting the U.S. with record-high temperatures impacting over 80% of the population, ongoing wildfires in California worsening air quality, and unexpected snowfall in the Rocky Mountains. New York Governor Kathy Hochul activated the National Guard to assist with heat emergencies, and projections indicate the cost of cooling homes this summer will hit its highest level in a decade, impacting financial support for families. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: Axios: Biden moves to help half a million undocumented people married to citizens AP News: NY court declines to hear Trump's gag order appeal in hush money case  Axios: Exclusive: Leading chatbots are spreading Russian propaganda Reuters: Thailand to be first Southeast Asian country to recognise same-sex marriage Spectrum News 1: New York activates the National Guard due to dangerous heat Axios: Air quality hit as 20 large fires burn across western US Accuweather: A foot of June snow in the Rockies while East swelters NBC News: Extreme heat set to drive home cooling costs to 10-year high, advocates warn Morning Announcements is produced by Sami Sage alongside Bridget Schwartz and edited by Grace Hernandez-Johnson

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Sami Sage
Sami Sage is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Betches. She’s the host of @Betches, and Morning Announcements 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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