Want to catch up with the news quickly? Here are the top stories from Tuesday, November 21, 2023.
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1. Thanksgiving dinner and travel will be less expensive this year
A Thanksgiving meal (featuring 12 classic items for ten people) will cost $61.17 on average, dropping 4.5 percent from last year’s record high average of $64.05, according to a new survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).
However, the price of Thanksgiving dinner is still up 25 percent from 2019.
Gas prices are also on the decline. The national average price dropped for the 54th consecutive day Tuesday, according Oil Price Information Service, falling 1.3 cents to $3.295. It has dropped 54 cents over the past 54 days, and is 36.7 cents cheaper than one year ago.
2. Voters turn on Biden over his Israel-Hamas response
Biden’s stance on the Israel-Hamas war could cost him support from Arab American and young voters, possibly losing key swing states in the 2024 election. Polls show that support for Biden is plummeting in Arab American communities, and several youth groups who campaigned for the President have expressed their hesitation to do so again based on his unconditional support of Israel.
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 used the term, instead calling for "humanitarian pauses."
3. OpenAI has gone through three CEOs in three days
Microsoft hired Sam Altman for its artificial intelligence projects after the co-founder of OpenAI was ousted as CEOin a chaotic boardroom coup on Friday, leaving the company behind ChatGPT with three CEOs in three days.
Emmett Shear, the former CEO of streaming service Twitch, has been brought on as OpenAI's interim CEO. He replaces Mira Murati, who was briefly appointed when Altman was fired. Meanwhile, hundreds of Microsoft employees have signed a letter threatening to quit over Altman's firing unless the board resigns.