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U.S. Rep Jake Auchincloss, regarding the speech he gave about a bill that would establish a joint U.S.-Israel artificial intelligence center that was entirely written by the online AI chatbot ChatGPT. His staff believes it is the first time that an AI-written speech was read in Congress. To create the speech, Auchincloss prompted the system to “write 100 words to deliver on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives” about the bill; he had to refine the prompt several times before it rendered the speech he ultimately read. (Associated Press — Jan. 25, 2023)
Lina Alathari, the U.S. Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center’s director, regarding mass shooting attacks. The center recently published a report that analyzes 173 mass attacks carried out over a five-year period from January 2016 to December 2020 and found that the attackers were overwhelmingly men. The report also found that half of the mass attacks analyzed were sparked by personal, domestic or workplace disputes. (Associated Press, Reuters — Jan. 25, 2023)
Dr. Rachel Bronson, president of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, commenting on why the Doomsday Clock on Tuesday was set at 90 seconds to midnight, the closest to midnight it has ever reached. Since 1947, the Bulletin has been estimating how close the world is to ending by stating how many “minutes to midnight” remain on its signature clock. (The New York Times – Jan. 24, 2023)
New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman-Sigal, one of several Democratic lawmakers in a handful of states who are trying to pass legislation that would prohibit anyone convicted of participating in an insurrection from holding public office or a position of public trust. Some Republicans argue the bills are unnecessary. (Associated Press — Jan. 22, 2023)
Kyle Starks, a California resident who had to be rescued from his home in Acampo by boat, regarding the flooding that occurred after a string of heavy storms hit the state. Only about 230,000 homes and other buildings have flood insurance policies in California, which amounts to only about 2 percent of properties. Since Christmas, 32 trillion gallons of rain and snow have fallen across the state. (Associated Press — Jan. 20, 2023)
South Carolina state Sen. Sean Bennett, who has an approximately 95-mile commute to the Statehouse, said jokingly regarding a bill that would increase the fine that police can issue to people driving slowly in the left lane of interstates and other multilane highways. The so-called “slowpoke” bill was passed in 2021. Senators on a subcommittee said they noticed compliance when the law was first passed but that slower drivers have started to creep back toward the left lane. The fine will increase from $25 to up to $100 but is not a criminal penalty and does not get reported to a driving record. (Associated Press — Jan. 18, 2023)
Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who was the second Black governor elected in the nation’s history in 2006, regarding the swearing in of Wes Moore as Maryland’s first Black governor on Jan. 18. (Associated Press — Jan. 18, 2023)
Wyoming state Sen. Jim Anderson who introduced SJ0004, a bill to seek to phase out the sale of new electric vehicles by 2035. Not coincidentally, that is the same date set by California and other states to ban the sale of new internal combustion vehicles. (Washington Post — Jan. 17, 2023)
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, regarding his consideration to run for U.S. Senate after his governorship. (Twitter — Jan. 12, 2023)
U.S. Rep. George Santos, speaking with reporters about the calls for his resignation amid controversy over his string of false claims about his work and personal background during last year’s election campaign; Santos later clarified that the 142 was referring to the more than 142,000 people who elected him in November. However, as he was walking into his office during a separate exchange with reporters, he said he will not resign. On Jan. 11, more than a dozen Republican officials demanded that the newly elected congressman step down. (Reuters — Jan. 12, 2023)
Baltimore Deputy Mayor Faith Leach, regarding squeegee workers in the downtown area. There has been growing debate about these young men washing windshields for cash after a deadly confrontation occurred last summer. On Tuesday, Jan. 10, the city’s police department launched a new program that would allow officers to issue panhandling citations in six zones where squeegee work is most common, but many argue that the workers are simply trying to survive under difficult circumstances and systemic issues facing the Black community. (Associated Press — Jan. 10, 2023)
Donald Trump, in a post on Truth Social, regarding the death of Lynette ‘Diamond’ Hardaway, known for being half of the MAGA duo “Diamond and Silk” who rose to fame during the 2016 presidential election by using their online platform to urge voters to vote for Trump. Hardaway’s death was announced Monday night and did not specify the cause of death; she was 51. (NPR — Jan. 10, 2023)
Brian Robinson, a Republican political consultant, regarding Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s political strength as he moves into his second term. (Associated Press — Jan. 9, 2023)
Connecticut House Speaker Matt Ritter, regarding the death of state Rep. Quentin Williams, who died in a car crash that happened just hours after Williams was sworn in for his third term. Gov. Ned Lamont directed flags to be lowered to half-staff. (Associated Press — Jan. 5, 2023)
South Carolina Supreme Court Justice Kaye Hearn, in the 3-2 opinion that ruled that a state law banning abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional because it violates a right to privacy. (Reuters — Jan. 5, 2023)
Lynda Gledhill, executive officer of the California Victims’ Compensation Board, regarding the state’s program to provide reparations to people who were sterilized by the state government either against their will or without their knowledge. Those eligible will receive payments of at least $15,000, but finding the people who qualify for the money has proven difficult. The state has approved just 51 people for payments out of 310 applications; about 600 people are estimated to be eligible. (Associated Press — Jan. 4, 2023)
Miami Beach, Fla., City Commissioner Alex Fernandez, regarding the city’s decision to implement a smoking ban at all municipal parks and public beaches. A person can be fined $100 and spend up to 60 days in jail for a first-time violation under the new measure. (Associated Press — Dec. 30, 2022)
Samuel Jordan, president of the Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition, regarding a train linking east and west Baltimore called the Red Line and transit advocates’ hopes that Maryland’s new administration will make progress on the revived project and help assure local jurisdictions aren’t shut out of future planning decisions. (Governing — Dec. 23, 2022)
Fox News star Sean Hannity, testifying under oath that he never believed the lie that Trump was cheated of victory in the 2020 election. Colorado-based Dominion Voting Systems was accused by Trump, his campaign lawyers and surrogates, of stealing the election win from him, and Fox News shows, hosts, stars and guests all amplified the false claims. (NPR — Dec. 22, 2022)
U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Neal, regarding the findings that the IRS failed to audit former President Donald Trump during the first two years of his presidency. The report found that only one audit was started while Trump was in the White House but no audits were completed. (NPR — Dec. 20, 2022)
Danny DePinte, a tree health specialist, regarding the large number of dead fir trees in Oregon’s woodlands. Preliminary numbers indicate that 1.1 million acres of fir trees showed some signs of dying, almost double the previous all-time high for the state. (NPR — Dec. 20, 2022)
The White House and First Lady Jill Biden tweeted on Sunday, Dec. 18, accompanied by a video of the White House’s menorah being lit to honor the first day of Hanukkah. The president and first lady will add the menorah to the permanent White House collection, which will be the first time a Jewish artifact is added to the White House archives. (NPR — Dec. 19, 2022)
Claremont McKenna College political scientist Jack Pitney, regarding San Bernardino County’s November vote to consider seceding from California and forming their own state. Though the consideration received a razor-thin majority, many are skeptical that secession from the state would actually be viable. The county’s 20,000 square miles is composed of more land than nine states. (Associated Press — Dec. 16, 2022)
Dr. Erica Michiels, who directs pediatric emergency medicine at Corewell Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich., regarding the growing wait in the ER as hospitals across the nation have been stretched beyond capacity by waves of RSV, a respiratory virus, and the flu. Typically the Devos Children’s ER sees about 140 kids a day, but recently in mid-December the visits have reached 253. (NPR — Dec. 15, 2022)
Persis Yu, deputy executive director and managing counsel for the Student Borrower Protection Center, regarding an email that was sent out to some borrowers Tuesday morning from the Department of Education reversing course on a previous email about student debt relief applications. In November many borrowers received emails saying that their student loan relief application was approved and they would receive up to $20,000 in cancellation, but then a second email was sent out on Dec. 13, stating that some approvals were sent in error. (NPR — Dec. 14, 2022)
Veronica Gail Kawānanakoa, regarding the death of her wife, Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawānanakoa, the so-called last Hawaiian princess whose lineage included the royal family that once ruled the islands and an Irish businessman who once became one of the state’s largest landowners. Kawānanakoa held no formal title but was a symbol of the state’s national identity. She died on Sunday at the age of 96. (Associated Press — Dec. 13, 2022)
Nicole DeMont, campaign manager for Arizona’s Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs, regarding Lake’s lawsuit against the state’s election officials, challenging the election which declared Hobbs the winner. The lawsuit alleges that “hundreds of thousands of illegal ballots infected the election” in Maricopa County; DeMont called the lawsuit a “nuisance.” Election officials and experts have said the election was safe and fair. (Reuters — Dec. 12, 2022)
Maxwell Frost, Congress’ first elected Generation Z lawmaker, regarding his denied application, and lost application fee, to rent an apartment in Washington, D.C., due to his low credit. Frost isn’t the first Congressmember to struggle with the housing search; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also voiced the issue when she was first elected in 2018. The median rent in Washington, D.C., is $2,600 a month, up 15 percent from a year ago. (NPR — Dec. 9, 2022)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, in a letter to state House Speaker Dade Phelan, regarding Abbott’s instruction to state agencies to ban employee use of TikTok for security concerns. Texas is among several GOP-led states that are taking action against the Chinese-owned social media platform. (The Hill — Dec. 7, 2022)
Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock, in his victory speech after defeating Republican challenger Herschel Walker in Tuesday’s runoff election. Warnock, who has won his seat both times through a runoff election, is the state’s first Black senator. (Associated Press — Dec. 7, 2022)