The Senate’s Republican leader was rushed to a Washington D.C. hospital. I’ll tell you why.
Plus – Greg is here with the Notice News Quiz.
All that and more, today on Notice News.
Mitch McConnell Rushed to the Hospital
Hey everyone and happy Friday, I’m Jonathan here at Notice HQ in Brooklyn.
Our top story today is out of Washington, where Wednesday night, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was rushed to the hospital.
His office says the senator tripped and fell at a private event, and his injuries required medical treatment.
McConnell, a Republican, is one of the Senate’s most powerful members.
He’s the longest-serving party leader in Senate history, and as leader, acts as his party’s primary spokesperson.
But at 81 years old, he’s also one of several elderly officials elected to federal office in our country.
President Biden is 80, former President Trump is 76, and the median age of a U.S. Senator is over 65 years old.
The only member of Congress from Gen Z is Representative Maxwell Alejandro Frost, a Democrat from Florida who turned 26 in January.
According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths for American adults aged 65 and older, and critics worry that older politicians don’t have the same mental and physical capabilities as younger people do.
McConnell isn’t the only elderly senator currently out due to medical needs, either.
Last week, Dianne Feinstein, an 89-year-old senator from California, was hospitalized due to shingles.
Most Americans are actually for age limits when it comes to holding office.
According to a CBS News poll, a vast majority of Americans want age limits for elected officials, and that’s a view shared by Democrats, independents, and Republicans alike.
President Biden revealed his proposed 2024 budget yesterday. His plan would reduce the national debt by nearly 3 trillion dollars over 10 years by increasing taxes on those earning over 400,000 dollars a year.
12 people have died since a snowstorm hit San Bernardino, California – completely cutting off roads to certain towns. Authorities struggled to keep roads clear because snow in this region of Southern California is extremely rare.
And – Jenna Ortega said she felt quote “almost unprofessional” on the set of Wednesday. Ortega, who will host SNL this week, said on a podcast that she changed lines on the fly that she felt didn’t suit her character.
NOTICE News Quiz
And now, live on tape from Brooklyn, it’s the Notice News Quiz.
I’m your host Greg, and this is the game where we ask… have you been paying attention this week? Let’s find out. Question one:
This week, we reported that an Ivy League school here in New York City became the first to make SAT/ACT scores permanently optional for admissions.
What school was it?
A – New York University
B – Harvard University
C – Columbia University
or D – Yale University
The answer: C – Columbia. Columbia, like other schools, made test scores optional during the pandemic, but has joined a growing number of other schools to make the change permanent.
Question 2: On Wednesday, a first of its kind rocket was set to launch towards space.
What was unique about it?
A – It was privately owned
B – It was 3D printed
C – It was solar powered
D – It was pink
The answer: B – It was 3D printed. The rocket took only 60 days to construct, compared to 5 years using conventional building methods.
And finally, earlier this week, the chairman of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee said this:
Sound: I absolutely believe that China, with its authoritarian values dominating those technologies, is not in the national security interest of our country,
What was he talking about?
A – Banning TikTok
B – The Beijing Olympics
C – The war in Ukraine
or D – All of the above
The answer: A – Banning TikTok. Earlier this week a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill giving the President the clear authority to ban the app.
That’s it for this week. See you next Friday with another Notice News Quiz.
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