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Biden keeps sinking in the latest presidential polls

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The hits just keep coming for President Biden in the polls.

The president’s approval rating — the gold standard for job performance for modern-day commanders in chief — has sunk to 43%, according to the latest Rasmussen poll out Friday.

That’s slightly worse than a Reuters/Ipsos poll that pegged the president at 44% approval rating. That, writes Reuters, is “the lowest level of his presidency” under their tracking system.

The news service adds the dismal results show “Americans appearing to be increasingly critical of (Biden’s) response to the coronavirus pandemic.”

The raking comes as Biden has hit his 240th day in office, a metric used to compare his tenure to his predecessors. And the tape shows he’s worse than his old boss, former President Barack Obama, at this point in his presidency.

He’s slightly better than former President Donald Trump, who was at 38.8% at 240 days, but behind both ex-presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Quinnipiac University earlier this week showed that only 42% surveyed approve of Biden.

“If there ever was a honeymoon for President Biden, it is clearly over,” Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy told Newsweek. “This is, with few exceptions, a poll full of troubling negatives … from overall job approval, to foreign policy, to the economy.”

The continued stream of bad news comes as Biden struggles with the virus not wanting to quit, a crisis and the Southern Border, a drone strike that killed innocent Afghans during the botched pullout from Kabul, France angry over a nuclear submarine deal and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley trying to defend his dealings with China at the end of the Trump term.

Plus, noted Harvard economics professor Gregory Mankiw — who literally wrote the textbook almost every college economics student studies — wrote in The New York Times Friday that “Americans should be wary” of big government.

“The details of the ambitious $3.5 trillion social spending bill are still being discussed, so it is unclear what it will end up including. In many ways, it seems like a grab bag of initiatives assembled from the progressive wish list,” Mankiw writes.

Hard work, to sum up his essay, is what made America great — not handouts across the board. Biden’s $3.5 trillion “package is too big and too risky,” he writes. “The wiser course is to take more incremental steps rather than to try to remake the economy in one fell swoop.”

 

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Just what are “The Facebook Papers,” anyway?

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Just what are “The Facebook Papers,” anyway?

The Facebook Papers project represents a unique collaboration among 17 American news organizations, including The Associated Press. Journalists from a variety of newsrooms, large and small, worked together to gain access to thousands of pages of internal company documents obtained by Frances Haugen, the former Facebook product manager-turned-whistleblower.

A separate consortium of European news outlets had access to the same set of documents, and members of both groups began publishing content related to their analysis of the materials at 7 a.m. EDT on Monday, Oct. 25. That date and time was set by the partner news organizations to give everyone in the consortium an opportunity to fully analyze the documents, report out relevant details, and to give Facebook’s public relations staff ample time to respond to questions and inquiries raised by that reporting.

Each member of the consortium pursued its own independent reporting on the document contents and their significance. Every member also had the opportunity to attend group briefings to gain information and context about the documents.

The launch of The Facebook Papers project follows similar reporting by The Wall Street Journal, sourced from the same documents, as well as Haugen’s appearance on the CBS television show “60 Minutes” and her Oct. 5 Capitol Hill testimony before a U.S. Senate subcommittee.

The papers themselves are redacted versions of disclosures that Haugen has made over several months to the Securities and Exchange Commission, alleging Facebook was prioritizing profits over safety and hiding its own research from investors and the public.

These complaints cover a range of topics, from its efforts to continue growing its audience, to how its platforms might harm children, to its alleged role in inciting political violence. The same redacted versions of those filings are being provided to members of Congress as part of its investigation. And that process continues as Haugen’s legal team goes through the process of redacting the SEC filings by removing the names of Facebook users and lower-level employees and turns them over to Congress.

The Facebook Papers consortium will continue to report on these documents as more become available in the coming days and weeks.

“AP regularly teams up with other news organizations to bring important journalism to the world,” said Julie Pace, senior vice president and executive editor. “The Facebook Papers project is in keeping with that mission. In all collaborations, AP maintains its editorial independence.”

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Denver weather: A summer cameo on Monday followed by rain

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Denver weather: A summer cameo on Monday followed by rain

Denver will get a hint of summer on Monday, with Halloween less than a week away.

According to the National Weather Service in Boulder, Denver will near the record high of 84 degrees on Monday. Forecasters call for an 80-degree high under increasingly sunny skies. Temperatures will drop to 49 degrees overnight. The dry weather has pushed the NWS to issue a Red Flag Warning for parts of the Palmer Divide, Denver, Adams and Arapahoe Counties.

Denver will be wet on Tuesday, with a storm system bringing winds and precipitation. Mild and dry conditions will be replaced by stronger, cool winds with gusts up to 60 mph over the foothills. The mountains are going to see some snow, which will linger on the ridges into Wednesday morning.

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Morning fire destroys haunted house in Parker

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An early morning fire engulfed Flat Acres Farm in Parker, destroying a haunted house and lighting up the sky with flames.

The fire was first reported after 1 a.m. at 11321 Dransfeldt Road on Monday, according to South Metro Fire Rescue on Twitter.

More than 50 firefighters were called to the late blaze involving hay bales, south of Twenty Mile Road and west of Parker Road. Firefighters said a glow is visible from a distance, with smoke drifting north. The smoke might be visible for much of the morning.

The fire was contained around 2 a.m., but the scene remains active, with crews saying the fire will burn for some time.

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