19 May 2023, NPR’s Morning Edition: Jake’s Takes

Who is Vivek Ramaswamy, the 37-year-old entrepreneur and GOP presidential hopeful?

Vivek Ramaswamy is a Republican contender entering the primaries. He is pro-life. He also believes that young people in this country lack civic pride and that they would have more we forced them to serve for a minimum of 6 months or pass a test in order to vote.

The Pentagon leak suspect is due back in court as a judge weighs his detention

This young person is in a lot of trouble. With a history of posting hateful and racist content online he is a direct threat to national security. He should not receive bail. He earned a long prison sentence.

Cherelle Parker likely to become Philly’s first female mayor after November election

Philadelphia has the chance to elect its first female mayor. The city has an opportunity to move in a new direction.

Remembering the man who busted the inflation-employment myth

The Lucas critique states that correlation between high inflation and low unemployment does not equate to causation.

Kennedy Ryan’s romances are coming for your heartstrings

Kennedy Ryan sounds like a very interesting writer who is bringing the romance novel to new audiences.

Leaders from across the Middle East are meeting in Saudi Arabia

This is a pretty interesting development as Zelenskyy and al-Assad are in attendance.

Advisers to the FDA support approval of an RSV vaccine to protect infants

Here we go with another round of vaccine debates. I honestly do not know what to think about vaccines. I should probably do some research to inform myself about the topic, since it won’t go away. When it comes to infants, it is a scary option either way. That is not a fun illness for them to catch, but what are the effects and risks of a vaccine? I wish that we had more education on this matter.

Disney cancels plans for $1 billion Florida campus

The war between DeSantis and Disney continues to escalate. What will bring this situation to a resolution? DeSantis is taking up the language of a missionary and Disney is becoming more and more politically progressive each year. These two powerful Floridian entities are at odds with each other, and it doesn’t seem like things will change anytime soon. I would expect to see Disney setting up operations in another state.

Volunteering at the U.S.-Mexico border helped a nurse find meaning in her work

Sometimes it is not the money that matters most. Purpose can give a person happiness beyond what they can buy. Volunteering seems like a difficult thing to do, and it is, but the rewards can be mighty.

More states increasingly restrict access to medical care for transgender people

What kind of bully culture are we cultivating in the U.S.? Why pick on people who are marginalized? It’s disgusting. Stop it. Let transgender people have access to medical care. Who are these people against trans rights?

Being a stand-up comedian is hard. It is especially hard in China

China has different standards when it comes to dissent. That is a huge disadvantage to them in the long run. People make up a culture, and people want to laugh. Allowing people to laugh at you is a sign of strength, forbidding it is weak.

The first mention of kissing was much earlier than previously known, researchers say

Kissing rules. It’s a fun game to play with your mouth. It’s like a game of tongue catch. Kissing can be so many different things. It is an expression of passion, a way to share love.

A ride with Boot Girls, 2 women challenging Atlanta’s parking enforcement industry

Our world is so full of stupid policies that punish the poor, and parking is one of them. Being poor is being on the precipice of losing everything, and the civic centers do not help. It requires badass vigilantes like Boot Girls to stand up for the poor.

Democrats urge Biden to use his constitutional right to raise the debt limit

If Biden can do this, what is the delay? This is the most annoying thing in the news, and if the president can raise the limit on their own, it should be a done deal.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will attend the G-7 meeting in person

Volodymyr Zelenskyy has become one of the biggest names in global politics as he fights to defend Ukraine against the Russian invasion. He recently attended the meeting of the Arab League, and now he is going to attend the G-7 conference. This is an amazing effort to find support for his country. These are big moves made by Zelenskyy to gain international support for his country’s cause.

Heaven has a bathrobe-clad receptionist named Denise. She’s helping TikTok grieve

Social media has made an opportunity for people to create content that makes them useful to the public in a variety of ways that mainstream media never would have invented. I think that there are a lot of improvements that can be made to how social media works, but all in all it is a revolutionary part of our culture.

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