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Capturing Conversations: Twitter responds to new polling on the term “Latinx”

06 Dec, 2021

Photo: LM Otero/AP Photo

A new nationwide poll surveying “registered voters of Hispanic/Latina(o) origin residing in the United States” found that 2% of respondents “chose the term Latinx to describe their ethnic background.”

 

The poll was reported on by Politico, and was conducted by Bendixen & Amandi International, a left-leaning political polling firm.

 

As the poll suggests, there isn’t a distinct left/right divide on the use of the term ‘Latinx.’ Instead of presenting a left-right breakdown of this conversation, we discuss some widely shared reactions below.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis proposes Florida State Guard

03 Dec, 2021

Photo: Marco Bello/Reuters

On Thursday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis “announced more than $100 million in funding proposals to support Florida’s National Guard and establish the Florida State Guard, a civilian volunteer force that will assist the National Guard in state-specific emergencies.”

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November Jobs Report Released

03 Dec, 2021

On Friday, the Department of Labor released their jobs report for November.

 

According to the report, employers added 210,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent.

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“Remain in Mexico” policy to be reinstated

02 Dec, 2021

Photo: Marco Ugarte/AP

On Thursday, several news outlets reported that U.S. and Mexican officials reached an agreement to re-implement “Remain in Mexico.”

 

Under this immigration policy, “individuals arriving in or entering the United States from Mexico—illegally or without proper documentation—may be returned to Mexico for the duration of their immigration proceedings.”

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SCOTUS Hears Arguments on Mississippi Abortion Case

01 Dec, 2021

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On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court heard arguments on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which challenges a Mississippi law passed in 2018 “which prohibits all abortions, with few exceptions, after 15 weeks’ gestational age.”

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Oxford High School Shooting

01 Dec, 2021

Photo: Eric Seals/USA Today Network/via Reuters

On Tuesday, a student opened fire at Oxford High School, killing three people and injuring another eight. 

This event sparked conversations about school shootings more broadly, with a specific focus on the Sandy Hook and Columbine school shootings.

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US Economic Leaders Testify About the State of the Economy

30 Nov, 2021

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday about the state of the economy.

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Verdict Reached in Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

19 Nov, 2021

Photo: Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP, Pool

On Friday, the verdict in Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial was announced. The jury found Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts.

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Jacob Chansley — known as the “QAnon Shaman” — sentenced to prison

17 Nov, 2021

Photo: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File

On Wednesday, Jacob Chansley, also referred to as the QAnon Shaman, was sentenced to 41 months in prison for his involvement in the events at the US Capitol on January 6th, 2021.

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Steve Bannon in FBI custody

15 Nov, 2021

Photo: Thibault Camus, Associated Press file

On Monday, Steve Bannon handed himself over to the FBI after refusing to comply with a subpoena to testify in front of the January 6th congressional committee.

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Kyle Rittenhouse Testifies

10 Nov, 2021

Photo: Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP, Pool

Kyle Rittenhouse took the stand in his trial on Wednesday.

Rittenhouse is facing “charges of intentional, reckless and attempted homicide, and reckless endangerment and possession of a firearm as a minor.”

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University of Austin: Respite from liberal censorship or conservative safe space?

08 Nov, 2021

Photo: “Common Sense with Bari Weiss” / Substack

Former St. John’s College President Pano Kanelos announced the launch of the University of Austin (UATX) — a private, non-profit “liberal arts university committed to freedom of inquiry, freedom of conscience, and civil discourse” — on Bari Weiss’ Substack publication Common Sense Monday morning.

The university has begun the process of seeking accreditation, and plans to offer a Masters program in fall of 2022 before launching their undergraduate program in the fall of 2024. UATX will offer programming for college students from other universities this summer.

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