Want to catch up with the news quickly? Here are the top stories from Monday, November 6, 2023.
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1. Arab American voters abandon Biden following "unconditional" support of Israel
President Joe Biden's approval rating has significantly dropped among Arab American voters following his pledge of "unconditional" support to Israel, which has killed over 10,000 Palestinian civilians — more than 4,000 of whom were children — since the deadly Hamas attacks on Oct. 7.
A poll from by the American Arab Institute shows Biden's favorability among Arab Americans tanked from 74 percent in 2020 to 29 percent as of last week. Arab-Americans were a force behind Biden's victories in several swing states in 2020. A separate New York Times poll projects him losing nearly every battleground state to former president Donald Trump in 2024.
2. Pro-Palestine protest sweeps DC as voices around the world demand ceasefire
Hundreds of thousands of protestors took to the streets of Washington, D.C. on Saturday to pressure the White House to call for a ceasefire as Israel continues its bombardment on Gaza. While drastically ramping up airstrikes, Israel has also cut off Gaza's access to food, water, electricity, fuel, and telecommunications, which the United Nations has warned amounts to genocide .
According to a recent poll from Data for Progress , 66 percent of Americans support a ceasefire across party lines in order to prevent civilian deaths in Gaza. Despite this, the White House has not yet even used the term, instead calling for "humanitarian pauses."
3. Biden visits Lewiston, Maine in wake of deadly mass shooting
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited Maine over the weekend to grieve with the community following the largest mass shooting of the year so far, which left 18 people dead and 13 others wounded. Biden did not directly call for legislation on assault weapons, as he did the day after the shooting, but noted "commonsense" reforms are needed.
"This is about commonsense, reasonable, responsible measures to protect our children, our families, our communities," he told crowds. "Because regardless of our politics, this is about protecting our freedom to go to a bowling alley, a restaurant, a school, a church, without being shot and killed."
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