Inside the Beltway: Red Tsunami en route
NEWS AND NOTICES:
Can it get worse for the White House? Um yes.
“How can we President Biden go to the polls? asked CNN, citing falling popularity in three separate polls this week from Gallup, the Pew Research Center and Monmouth University.
Monmouth, indeed, offered a particularly ruthless investigation.
“President Biden’s overall job rating continues to decline. Currently, only 36% approve of the work he does while 58% disapprove. It has now held a positive net rating for a year (48% approval and 44% disapproval in July 2021). Only 10% of Americans say the country is heading in the right direction while 88% say it is on the wrong track. This marks an all-time low for this question dating back to 2013,” the poll analysis said.
In the meantime, the proverbial “red wave” of public support for Republicans in the midterm elections has reached tidal wave proportions, some say.
“As they approach a midterm red tsunami, Democrats have only themselves to blame. Normal Democrats are increasingly open about their disappointment with President Biden” , advised Jim GeraghtyNational Review columnist.
He cited the Monmouth poll which found overall approval of the president’s job fell to a meager 36%.
“If you follow politics, you know the usual breakdown of these polls by party. Usually only about 10% of opposition party respondents approve of the job the president is doing, usually almost all members of the president’s party approve, and independents are usually split about evenly,” Geraghty wrote.
Which isn’t good for Mr. Biden’s approval ratings.
“His numbers are in the toilet. Everything he does doesn’t work,” an unnamed Democratic congressman told NBC News.
“Economic concerns are the biggest concern for two-thirds of voters – 67%,” advises mike bergspokesperson for the Republican National Congressional Committee, citing Monmouth’s findings that economic challenges topped voters’ list of concerns – including issues such as inflation, gas prices, household bills , tuition, housing and rent.
“Concern about abortion has reached 5%,” Berg noted in a statement.
“The economy is by far the biggest issue heading into the midterms, and on that measure the Democrats have been a complete failure,” he said.
FOR THE LEXICON
“Biden’s Fail Tour.”
This phrase comes from the chairman of the Republican National Committee Ronna McDanielinspired by President BidenWednesday’s visit to Cleveland to talk about his ideas on pensions and benefits.
“Another stop on Biden’s failure tour will not help struggling families and small businesses. Joe Biden is a burden on all Democrats in Buckeye, because Ohioans know the agenda on the left has made it harder for Americans to get by,” Ms. McDaniel said in a statement.
NEWS FOR ‘DIGITAL NOMADS’
The world of the “remote worker” just got a little bigger. Please meet the “digital nomad worker”.
Those who enjoy working remotely now have destination cities with positive and pleasant attributes to consider. Reviews.org – which indeed reviews internet-related services and products – has identified the best US cities for “digital nomads” who prefer a flexible lifestyle and a strong, reliable internet connection.
These cities are better than others when it comes to availability of nimble internet speeds, short-term rentals, local appeal, nifty restaurants, and other factors.
That said, here are the top 10 spots for the productive and discerning digital nomad worker: Seattle is in first place, followed by Portland, Oregon; Chicago; Atlanta; San Jose, California; Washington D.C.; San Francisco; New York City; Philadelphia Cream; and Denver.
Will our emails, online banking, and computerized commerce be more secure from hacks and invasions in the future? Could be.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology – that’s NIST for short – has announced the existence of the first set of “quantum-resistant computing algorithms”, considered a major development for securing digital information in ” a post-quantum world”. Alexandra Kellya NextGov.com staff correspondent, offers the details.
“NIST officials have identified four encryption tools specifically designed to withstand future hacking by a quantum machine. Cybersecurity in the age of viable quantum computers has been of paramount concern, with its computing power powerful enough to break through conventional algorithms and access sensitive data,” Ms. Kelley wrote.
“All four algorithms contribute to NIST’s ongoing post-quantum cryptographic standard and will be finalized in about two years. They are available on the NIST website and are called Crystals-Kyber, Crystals-Dilithium, Falcon, and SPHINCS+,” she said.
Announcement is ‘significant step’ in cybersecurity, Commerce Secretary says Gina Raimondo said in a statement.
“Thanks to NIST’s expertise and commitment to advanced technologies, we are able to take the necessary steps to secure electronic information so that American companies can continue to innovate while maintaining the trust of their customers. “, she said.
During the week of June 27-July 3, Fox News Channel marked its third straight week as the No. 1 network in all of cable, drawing a daily average of 2.1 million prime-time viewers, beating uninformative rivals such as HGTV, Discovery Channel, Punch and TLC.
The network also took the win over MSNBC, which had a prime-time audience of 1.5 million, and CNN, which drew 672,000 viewers.
Meanwhile, “The Five” continues to draw the biggest audiences of them all with 3.2 million viewers. Another standout is “Fox & Friends”, a daily morning show with an average audience of 1.3 million during the study period. In contrast, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” attracted 919,000 viewers while CNN’s morning show “New Day” managed to attract 367,000 viewers.
SURVEY OF THE DAY
• 39% of American adults expect the Republican Party to win a majority in the US Senate.
• 21% expect the Democratic Party to take control of the Senate.
• 13% expect the Senate to remain evenly split between the two major parties.
• 28% do not know which party will win the Senate.
SOURCE: An Economist/YouGov poll of 1,500 American adults conducted July 2-5.
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