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Biden admin adds gender pronouns to WH website contact form

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With the administration of President Joe Biden now in control of the White House, they now have control over the White House’s website and social media accounts, too. Mere hours after Biden was sworn in, changes are already visible on its website, which now asks individuals their gender pronouns on the contact form.

The pronouns tab on the form, which users are not required to fill in, gives users the option to declare their pronouns as either: “she/her,” “he/him,” “they/them,” “other,” and “prefer not to share.”

GLAAD, an organization that advocates against the derogatory coverage of LGBTQ people in media and entertainment, posted a screenshot of the pronoun options to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.

Furthermore, while declaring one’s pronouns isn’t required, a person’s prefix is. Alongside the traditional “Mr.,” “Ms.,” “Mrs.,” and “Dr.,” another option provided under the prefix tab is “Mx.” There are also options for “other (please specify)” and “none.”

Conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro poked fun at the Biden administration for the change.

“The administration that values objectively verifiable facts has begun!” he tweeted, sharing GLAAD’s post.

Here is how some other conservatives across Twitter responded to the news:

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Five returned rental cars used by Biden’s Secret Service burst into flames

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A bizarre situation involving rental cars used during one of President Joe Biden’s trips has social media and conspiracy theorists busy with speculation.

The day after President Joe Biden left Nantucket for his Thanksgiving holiday, five Hertz rental cars hired by his Secret Service detail burst into flames in the airport parking lot.

The Nantucket Current tweeted out photos and wrote, “The cars were owned by Hertz, and had just been returned by members of the Secret Service who had been using them during President Biden’s visit, sources said.”

A fire “involving multiple rental vehicles recently used by Secret Service agents erupted early Monday morning at Nantucket Memorial Airport,” reported the Current.

According to a statement from Nantucket Memorial Airport, at 5:22 a.m. on Monday, airport staff observed an active fire through the closed circuit TV system in the rental car overflow area. Local fire and police departments responded and contained the fire.

“Something very fishy going on,” one YouTube user commented on the Nantucket Current’s video. “No freakin’ way was this a coincidence. Absolutely no way,” wrote another.

An investigation is underway. The working theory is that the fire started in a Ford Expedition, which was under a safety recall since May due to a faulty battery junction box that has been known to cause underhood fires. The recall affects 66,000 Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators manufactured between December 2020 and April 2021.

“We believe these vehicle fires can be traced to a circuit board supplier that changed manufacturing locations during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic,” according to Ford’s website. “The printed circuit boards produced there are sometimes susceptible to a high-current short.”

“Of the eight fire allegations, six occurred while the vehicle was parked and off, and two occurred while driving,” says the initial March 2022 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the part of the Department of Transportation that investigates car safety issues. Interestingly, the eight vehicles were owned by multiple rental car companies at various locations.

By mid-May, the government had 16 reports of underhood fires in 2021 Expedition and Navigator vehicles. Of those, 14 were rental vehicles and 12 of the fires had occurred while the vehicle was parked with the engine off. Consequently, Ford has advised owners that these vehicles should be parked outdoors and away from buildings.

In an email to Forbes, Hertz confirmed that it was working with the local authorities on their investigation but did not confirm that the Explorer in question had been scheduled for service under the recall.

 

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