January 30, 2021
Get caught up on all of the week's top headlines and breaking news with Quick News To Go from Quick News Daily. The latest news headlines from this week include Dr. Fauci speaking out about the new strains of COVID, the Chinese government flying bombers and jets over Taiwan, another Takata airbag recall, why there are still protests in Portland, the latest confirmations in the Biden administration, and many more!
The models covered by the recall include the 2007 to 2011 Ford Ranger, the 2006 to 2012 Ford Fusion, the 2006 to 2012 Lincoln Zephyr, the 2007 to 2010 Ford Edge, and the 2007 to 2010 Lincoln MKX. The Mazda vehicles being recalled are the 2007 to 2009 B-Series pickup trucks.
Link to the article showing the up-to-date list of nominees and cabinet positions: https://www.quicknewsdaily.com/e/updated-biden-cabinet-confirmations-npr/
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January 27, 2021
Starting on the confirmation front, and in a move that’ll be important for our economic recovery, Janet Yellen was confirmed by the Senate yesterday to become the first woman to serve as Secretary of the Treasury. The final vote in the entire Senate was 84-15.
To give you a sense of how universally she’s liked, the Senate Finance Committee approved her nomination 26-0 last Friday. Needless to say, that’s unheard of these days. She’s also extremely popular with the Wall Street crowd, which makes her a rare candidate for the moment.
She will be the first person ever to have led the three most powerful economic bodies in government: the Treasury, the central bank, and the White House Council of Economic Advisers (she led that last one when Bill Clinton was president). Speaking of making our currency more diverse, Janet Yellen seems like she’d be extremely deserving of being put on a bill someday.
Side note: Tony Blinken was confirmed as Secretary of State by the Senate earlier this morning.
January 27, 2021
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that President Biden is renewing an attempt to get Harriet Tubman on the $20. Tubman would replace President Andrew Jackson, and that’s a good trade for the times we’re living in. Jackson’s treatment of Native Americans was disgusting, to say the least, so replacing him with someone crucial to ending slavery would be very fitting.
If/when this finally goes through, she would be the first Black person to be on a US currency.
The Trump folks said in 2019 that this change would be delayed until at least 2028, but Psaki says that they’re looking for ways to speed this up.
Knowing how Jackson felt about slavery and Native Americans, I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that Trump complimented him a lot and even said he was modeling his presidency after him. In terms of civil rights, mission accomplished there, buddy.
January 27, 2021
Ford is recalling 3 million more vehicles from the US and Canada that have Takata airbags in them. If you’re like me and thought “this again?”, you’re not crazy. As it turns out, this saga with Takata has been going on since 2014. I wasn’t surprised to read that they’ve gone bankrupt. So far, these airbags have caused 18 deaths and over 400 injuries to drivers or passengers.
I put the complete list of car models covered in this recall in the episode description, but they include some models from Ford, Lincoln, and Mazda. This CNN article says that owners will be notified if you’re eligible, or there is a website where you can check if you are by putting in your VIN number. That link is also in the episode description. If you’re eligible, the cost will be covered by Ford, meaning it’s free for you.
The good news is that this isn’t the exact same type of airbag that caused all those deaths and injuries. Apparently, these driver-side airbags have a moisture-absorbing material that somehow make it safer, but I’d still get that switched out as soon as possible. I don’t like the thought of my airbags turning into a pipe bomb.