Time-saver Rundown: May 20, 2022

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New York Post: Two in Ten Americans Say US Headed in Right Direction

  • With soaring inflation, rising fuel prices, and bare store shelves, fewer Americans believe that the nation is on the right track.
  • A recent survey by the Associated Press found that only 21% of adults and only 33% of Democrats feel that things are going well.
  • President Biden recently admitted that inflation is “a real tough problem to solve” and warned it could get worse before it gets better.
  • More than two thirds of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of the economy with most believing Biden’s policies are hurting the country.
  • 54% of the nation also believes that Biden’s handling of Russia leaves much to be desired.

Daily Wire: Democrats Propose Federal Firearms License

  • Democratic Senators have proposed new gun control legislation that would require a federal license in order to purchase a firearm.
  • The license would be processed through the Department of Justice, requiring the attorney general to develop a system for issuance.
  • Some requirements would include a firearm safety course, a federal background and criminal history check, proof if identification, fingerprints, and information about the individual firearm the purchaser intends to buy.
  • The background and ID check would require the applicant to be at least 21 years old, effectively raising the legal age of gun ownership.
  • The bill’s creators cited the recent mass shooting in Buffalo as the reason for the legislation.

Scientific American: Starliner Launch a Success

  • After more than two years of delays, Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft has begun its journey to the International Space Station.
  • The vessel launched aboard an Altas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on May 19 at 6:54 p.m.
  • The unmanned spacecraft will rendezvous with the ISS the evening of May 20 and spend nearly a week in orbit.
  • A glitch was experienced during the launch, with two thrusters not firing as expected, falling back on redundant backups to complete the burn.
  • The mission is continuing as expected and is expected to begin docking with the station around 7:10 p.m.

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