News from Around the Web for Feb 20, 2024

News From Around the Web

#10 2025 Social Security Payment Increases Likely Smaller, Analyst Says - Jack Phillips for The Epoch Times

A policy group predicted that the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for next year’s Social Security payments may be far lower than in the past several years—due to inflation. When inflation goes up, the Social Security Administration uses it to determine the COLA for the forthcoming year. Some economists have predicted the main inflation metric, the consumer price index for urban wage earners, may go down this year due to the recent interest rate hikes issued by the Federal Reserve...

#9 First Look at the “Free-Text” COVID Vaccine Safety Data the CDC Wanted to Hide - Tracy Beanz and Michelle Edwards for The HighWire
When the CDC created V-Safe as a way to track individuals who received the experimental COVID-19 “vaccines,” the agency vowed to be completely transparent. Remember—despite forcing millions of frightened human beings to take the jab—there were subpar clinical trials. One recipient shared, “The only reason I took this b******* vaccination is because my job gave

#8 ‘It’s Scary Right Now’: Autoworkers Worried Biden’s Electric Vehicle Push Could Kill ‘Thousands Of Jobs’ - Will Kessler for The Daily Caller

Michigan autoworkers are worried that President Joe Biden’s policies pushing for a transition to electric vehicles (EV) will cost their jobs, according to The New York Times. Some autoworkers represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union are not pleased with the president’s support of EVs due to the products needing less manpower to produce, which could eliminate tens of thousands of jobs not just in manufacturing but also in supporting services like insurance and trucking, according to the NYT... 

#7 The Boom in Battery Metals for EVs Is Turning to Bust - Rhiannon Hoyle for The Wall Street Journal

Producers of lithium and nickel pause projects after prices collapse and momentum slows for electric-vehicle sales. The high-tech project from Charlotte, N.C.-based Albemarle was designed to process different sources of lithium, including from recycled batteries, and serve as a supplier of the critical mineral for South Carolina’s burgeoning electric-vehicle industry... 

#6 Frozen Embryos are Children, Alabama Supreme Court Rules: 'Human Life is an Endowment From God' - Candace Hathaway for Blaze Media

The Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday that frozen embryos have the same legal rights as "unborn children." The ruling could impact the future of in-vitro fertilization in the state, according to the Alabama Political Reporter. Mobile County Circuit Court Judge Jill Parrish Phillips previously dismissed lawsuits filed by three couples who claimed that their frozen embryos were destroyed while being stored at the Mobile Infirmary Medical Center by the Center for Reproductive Medicine, a fertility clinic. According to Phillips, the couples' embryos were not covered by the state's Wrongful Death of a Minor Act...

#5 Mexicans Turn Out in Droves to 'Protect Democracy' Ahead of Elections - Kylie Madry for Reuters
Huge crowds filled Mexico City's main square on Sunday in support of the nation's electoral authority, accusing President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of trying to weaken the body ahead of a presidential election in June.
The protests, one of several in recent years meant to "protect" the National Electoral Institute (INE), come after Lopez Obrador sent a sweeping package of constitutional reforms to Congress, which would include an overhaul of the INE...

#4 RFK Jr. Scores Big Win In Lawsuit Accusing Biden Admin Of Censoring COVID Vaccine Info - Tyler Durden for Zero Hedge
Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has notched a victory in his legal battle against alleged government censorship of statements he made on social media that were critical of the COVID-19 vaccines. A federal court has granted a preliminary injunction against the White House and other federal defendants in a lawsuit brought by Mr. Kennedy Jr. that accuses the Biden administration of orchestrating a campaign to pressure social media platforms to censor vaccine criticism. Judge Terry A. Doughty of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana issued the ruling on Feb. 14, stating that Mr. Kennedy Jr. has demonstrated a strong likelihood of success in proving government infringement on his free speech rights.
#3 DeSantis the Choice for Trump’s Vice President, Tucker Carlson Sixth - Paul Bedard for The Washington Examiner

With former President Donald Trump leading GOP primary opponents by a mile in 2024 election polls, some voters are already considering who he might pick as his running mate, and one name stands out in a list of 14 potential selections. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) leads the pack, followed at a distance by Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy.

#2 Trump Fraud Ruling Reveals New York's 'Assault' on Real Estate, 'Mr Wonderful' Says: Move Your Business Out - Charles Creitz for Fox News

O'Leary Ventures chief and "Shark Tank's" "Mr. Wonderful" Kevin O'Leary warned real estate investors against developing in New York following a state judge's ruling that former President Trump must pay $355 million in punitive damages in his civil fraud case. O'Leary told "Fox & Friends Weekend" to take the "Trump factor" out of the equation and look at the case as if it were any real estate developer with a marked presence in New York State. "Forget about the Trump factor," he said. "It's not about that. What does this say to everybody that wants to do work in New York and wants to risk capital? … this judge arbitrarily decide[d] that this is the right amount. I don't understand it. No developer does."

#1 What to Know as Julian Assange Faces a Ruling on His U.S. Extradition Case Over WikiLeaks Secrets - Duarte Dias for CBS News
Lawyers for Julian Assange on Tuesday launched their final appeal to a U.K. court against plans for the WikiLeaks founder to be extradited to the U.S. to face espionage charges related to government secrets he spilled on his website. Assange, who has been imprisoned in London for almost five years, used WikiLeaks to publish a huge number of confidential documents and other materials, some of which related to war and espionage, arguing the public had a legitimate right and need to possess the information...


And Now for Something Special smiley

Paul McCartney Reunited with Guitar Stolen 51 years Ago -  Andre Rhoden-Paul for BBC News

The Höfner bass was found in a family's attic in Sussex thanks to a search by a project called the Lost Bass. Sir Paul bought the guitar in 1961. It was taken in west London in 1972. A spokesperson for the former Beatle said he was "incredibly grateful" for its return. The hunt began after the star urged Höfner to find his beloved instrument. The bass was used on Love Me Do, and She Loves You...

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