Up First briefing: Kevin McCarthy's downfall; 'mommy bloggers' and influencers
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Kevin McCarthy was taken down from both sides of the aisle yesterday after all House Democrats joined eight Republicans in a vote to remove him as House Speaker. McCarthy says he won't seek reelection. Here are four takeaways from his ousting.
- NPR's Claudia Grisales says on Up First that this is "uncharted territory." A House speaker has never been removed in this way before. Now, the House floor is frozen, and Congress is still facing a government shutdown on Nov. 17. Republicans plan to hold a candidate forum next Tuesday and vote on a new speaker next Wednesday.
- On Morning Edition, Republican strategist Brendan Buck tells A Martinez that the problems McCarthy faced still exist and will continue for House Republicans. He adds they'll now need to elect someone who wants the job and can unite quarreling factions.
China is celebrating the Mid-Autumn festival, an eight-day nationwide holiday. Many tourists have traveled there for the holiday. The Chinese government hopes it will give a boost to the post-COVID economy, which hasn't recovered as expected.
- Nearly 900 million domestic trips are expected to be made this week, generating more than $100 billion of revenue, NPR's John Ruwitch says. But a vendor he spoke to said people aren't spending like they used to and are mostly there for the experience.
- Intricate mooncakes are often eaten and shared during this holiday as a symbol of prosperity. Read about how they connect a global community of Asians and listen to how they helped my family bond during the pandemic.
Support for President Biden and former President Donald Trump is neck and neck among registered voters, according to NPR's latest poll. Trump's voters are more enthusiastic — 43% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said they'd be "very satisfied" if Trump were nominated compared to 30% of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents who would be "very satisfied" with Biden. But a conviction could shake things up, as independent voters say they aren't interested in voting for Trump if he's convicted of a crime.
The manufacturers of 10 medications have reluctantly agreed to negotiate with Medicare about their prices more than a month after Biden announced the first ten drugs selected for price negotiations. More than a third of the companies that make drugs on the list have sued the federal government, but all the companies have signed agreements saying they will negotiate.
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- Gen Z is often seen as "extremely online." But the first influencers are older than we think. Journalist Taylor Lorenz argues in her new book that Gen X "mommy bloggers" laid the foundation for the $16.4 billion influencer industry we know today.
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