This is Gabriel Rench with your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief for Wednesday, January 20th, 2021. Happy inauguration day. Some trust in kings, others in horses, but we trust in the Lord our God.
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Biden to roll back Trump’s pro-life policies, introduce new pro-abortion legislation
The incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden is preparing a widespread disbanding of pro-life policies enacted under the Trump administration, in addition to new legislation that would expand abortion rights under federal law.
The rollback would include revoking the Mexico City Policy – which restricts U.S. taxpayer dollars from sponsoring abortions in other nations – in addition to restoring Title X money to clinics such as Planned Parenthood that provide abortions or refer people to abortion providers.
Biden is expected to also revive the contraceptive coverage mandate of Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which forces employers to cover birth control, including “emergency contraceptives,” which are abortifacients that kill a newly formed embryo.
In addition, Biden has promised to “codify” abortion into federal law in an effort to prevent any potential Supreme Court overturn of Roe v. Wade and combat the increasing number of state policies that seek to protect the life of the unborn.
Both Biden and Congressional Democrats have also discussed repealing the Hyde Amendment in 2021, which would allow taxpayer dollars to be directly used for aborting children.
Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson called Biden’s plans “tremendously exciting.”
“We have a ton of work to do to undo the harm over the last four years, but knowing we have champions there who understand what needs to happen in the first 100 days is tremendously exciting,” Johnson said.
Pro-life groups lamented the planned policy changes.
“It’s certainly disheartening, but we aren’t going to give up, and we will do whatever we can to stop abortion from being promoted,” said Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee.
Biden has also received pushback from the Catholic Church, of which he claims membership. Last week, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said that Catholics would continue to be “hung up” on abortion.
“Actually, we’re obsessed with the dignity of the human person and the sacredness of all human life!” said Dolan. “Yes, the innocent, helpless life of the baby in the womb, but also the life of the death row prisoner, the immigrant, the fragile elderly, the poor, and the sick.”
Joe Biden Picks Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine To Be Assistant Health Secretary
“President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine to be assistant secretary of health. She would be the first openly transgender federal official if confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Biden said Dr. Levine will bring steady leadership and essential expertise that is needed.
A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician general, Levine was appointed to her current post by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in 2017, making her one of the few transgender people serving in elected or appointed positions nationwide. She won past confirmation by the Republican-majority Pennsylvania Senate and has emerged as the public face of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.”
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Spain’s elderly get second COVID-19 shot as infection rates soar
Faced with new record infection rates, Spain has begun giving second shots of coronavirus vaccines to elderly nursing home residents, while a court in Seville ruled on Monday that one home could inoculate a resident against her family’s wishes.
“Though vaccination is voluntary in Spain, a court in the southern city of Seville authorised a nursing home to vaccinate a severely incapacitated 86-year-old woman, despite her son’s objections, in the second such ruling in a week.
The judge presiding over the case said protecting public health must take precedence over the family’s concerns. “It appears to be the only effective option to adequately safeguard her life against the real risk of developing a serious COVID-19 infection,” the ruling read.”
Behind a Secret Deal Between Google and Facebook
“In 2017, Facebook said it was testing a new way of selling online advertising that would threaten Google’s control of the digital ad market. But less than two years later, Facebook did an about-face and said it was joining an alliance of companies backing a similar effort by Google.
Facebook never said why it pulled back from its project, but evidence presented in an antitrust lawsuit filed by 10 state attorneys general last month indicates that Google had extended to Facebook, its closest rival for digital advertising dollars, a sweetheart deal to be a partner.
Details of the agreement, based on documents the Texas attorney general’s office said it had uncovered as part of the multistate suit, were redacted in the complaint filed in federal court in Texas last month. But they were not hidden in a draft version of the complaint reviewed by The New York Times.
Executives at six of the more than 20 partners in the alliance told The Times that their agreements with Google did not include many of the same generous terms that Facebook received and that the search giant had handed Facebook a significant advantage over the rest of them.
Google and Facebook accounted for more than half of all digital advertising spending in 2019. In addition to displaying advertising on their own platforms, such as Google’s search engine and Facebook’s home page, websites, app developers and publishers rely on the companies to secure advertising for their pages.
Adam Heimlich, the chief executive of Chalice Custom Algorithms, a marketing and data science consulting company, said the deal gave Facebook so much advantage that it was like allowing the social network to “start every tournament in the finals.”
Perhaps the most serious claim in the draft complaint was that the two companies had predetermined that Facebook would win a fixed percentage of auctions that it bid on.
“Unbeknown to other market participants, no matter how high others might bid, the parties have agreed that the gavel will come down in Facebook’s favor a set number of times,” the draft complaint said. A Google spokeswoman said Facebook must make the highest bid to win an auction, just like its other exchange and ad network partners”.
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Donald Trump records farewell speech saying this ‘is only just beginning’, extends best wishes to Biden administration
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