Republican Michelle Steel has unseated the one-term Democratic incumbent from her Southern California U.S. House district, the Associated Press has reported. Steel now joins Marilyn Strickland from Washington State as the first-ever Korean American women elected to Congress.
Steel secured 51% of the vote in the 48th district, located in the once-reliably-Republican Orange County. Her opponent, Rep. Harley Rouda, was first elected the the House of Representatives during the 2018 midterms when the Democrats seized many suburban seats that used to vote more strongly Republican. Rouda ousted the 20-year GOP incumbent, Rep. Dana Rohrbacher.
It is worth noting that this win for Steel marks the second time in over two decades where a GOP candidate has defeated an incumbent Democrat in the Golden State, the AP reports.
This election cycle has already seen an unprecedented amount of GOP women elected to Congress, with this latest addition upping their numbers on Capitol Hill come January.
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Meta to reinstate Trump’s Facebook, Instagram ‘in coming weeks’
Meta’s president of Global Affairs Nick Clegg announced former President Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts will be reinstated “in coming weeks” after a more than two-year suspension.
“Our determination is that the risk [to public safety] has sufficiently receded,” Meta Clegg said in a blog post. “As such, we will be reinstating Mr. Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks. However, we are doing so with new guardrails in place to deter repeat offenses.”
Twitter restored Trump’s account in November following its takeover by billionaire Elon Musk, but the former president has not yet resumed tweeting. Therefore it is unclear if he will use any of his former social media platforms, or instead remain on his own social media platform, Truth Social.
Clegg said “We just do not want — if he is to return to our services — for him to do what he did on January 6, which is to use our services to delegitimize the 2024 election, much as he sought to discredit the 2020 election.”
New “guardrails” include new policies around restricting accounts by public figures during civil unrest. Under those policies, Meta can decide to restrict the account of a public figure that violates its community standards for a time ranging from one month to two years.
“If he now posts further violating content, that content will be removed, of course, and he could be suspended for between one month and two years, depending on the severity of the violation,” Clegg said.
Posts will also be able to be limited on distribution without removing them or temporarily restricting access to its advertising tools. “Oblique references to QAnon content, for instance … is the kind of material that — even if it’s done obliquely, and doesn’t violate our community standards — we would seek to restrict the distribution of the content and/or restrict his ability to advertise,” added Clegg.
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