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The context
An appeals court has reversed a decision from Judge Aileen Cannon to allow a special master to review the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago, which is a notable victory for the Justice Department.
Politics
Thursday, December 1, 2022

Special Master on Pause

The context
An appeals court has reversed a decision from Judge Aileen Cannon to allow a special master to review the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago, which is a notable victory for the Justice Department.
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Stop the review

  • In a decisive defeat for Trump’s legal team, a federal appeals court ruled to halt a special master’s review of the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago.
  • The three-judge panel ruled that Judge Aileen Cannons ruling to appoint a special master to review the documents was beyond the scope of her judicial powers and went further, instructing her to dismiss the case entirely.
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Good for the DOJ

  • The ruling from the federal appeals court effectively halted the outside review of the documents seized from former President Trump’s residence in Florida.
  • The investigation into Trump’s mishandling of the documents is one of three criminal investigations into the former president.
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The context
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging President Biden's student debt-relief program.
The context
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging President Biden's student debt-relief program.
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On hold

  • The Supreme Court will hear a case and decide whether the executive order issued by Biden to cancel billions in student debt oversteps his authority as President.
  • The Court declined to remove an injunction blocking the program from going into effect, so the program is on hold until the Court issues a ruling.
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Case against

  • The Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in a case challenging President Biden's student debt-relief program beginning in February.
  • Student debt cancellation will be placed on hold until the Supreme Court issues a ruling.
  • The case was brought by a coalition of Republican-led states who allege that the program is fiscally irresponsible and unconstitutional.
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The context
A coalition of survivors of the deadly mass shooting at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas that killed nineteen elementary school students and two teachers have filed a $27 billion class action lawsuit against law enforcement agencies, the school district, and others.
Politics
Thursday, December 1, 2022

Uvalde Survivors File $27B Class Action Lawsuit

The context
A coalition of survivors of the deadly mass shooting at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas that killed nineteen elementary school students and two teachers have filed a $27 billion class action lawsuit against law enforcement agencies, the school district, and others.
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Seeking justice

  • Survivors of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, have filed a $27 billion class action lawsuit against law enforcement agencies in Texas.
  • The coalition behind the suit is comprised of teachers, parents, students, and school staffers impacted by the mass shooting.
  • The suit claims that the victims and survivors were irreparably damaged by the misconduct and failures of law enforcement, who failed to respond properly to the shooting.
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Taking action

  • The lawsuit seeks damages from law enforcement's profoundly flawed response to the mass shooting in May at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
  • One of the survivors in the suit spoke about the traumatic experience of watching his teacher endure almost seventy minutes of pain after being shot. At the same time, law enforcement waited outside to respond to the shooting.
  • The survivors are seeking $27 billion in damages.
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Technology

LastPass Hacked Again

December 1, 2022
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The context
The password manager LastPass announced today it suffered a breach for the second time this year.
Technology
Thursday, December 1, 2022

LastPass Hacked Again

The context
The password manager LastPass announced today it suffered a breach for the second time this year.
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Oops times two

  • LastPass is a major password manager.
  • LastPass announced today that it had suffered another breach where an "unauthorized party" gained access to some customers' information stored by LastPass in a third-party cloud service.
  • The party used information stolen from LastPass's last breach in August to gain access.
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Close call

  • LastPass announced that it suffered a second breach in three months, conducted by the same unauthorized party that managed to gain access in August.
  • The CEO, Karim Toubba, reassured users that the company quickly detected the unusual activity and that the customers' passwords remain safely encrypted.
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Entertainment

Netflix Wants More Feedback

December 1, 2022
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The context
Netflix is expanding the Netflix Preview Club to let tens of thousands of subscribers preview films and TV shows and provide feedback before they premiere on the site.
Entertainment
Thursday, December 1, 2022

Netflix Wants More Feedback

The context
Netflix is expanding the Netflix Preview Club to let tens of thousands of subscribers preview films and TV shows and provide feedback before they premiere on the site.
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Satisfying subscribers

  • Netflix is looking to expand its prerelease screening program by adding tens of thousands of subscribers.
  • The program lets enlisted subscribers to preview new movies and shows and provide feedback.
  • Netflix currently has about 2,000 previewers.
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Focused on viewers

  • Netflix is expanding the number of subscribers included in its Netflix Preview Club from around 2,000 subscribers to tens of thousands of users early next year.
  • The expansion will help Netflix maximize every dollar spent on content by ensuring it lands well with its subscriber base.
  • The practice is common amongst major studios that screen films to test audiences before release to ensure they land well.
  • Netflix already tests content with employees.
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Entertainment

Will and Kate in the USA

December 1, 2022
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The context
Prince William and Kate Middleton touched down in Boston on Wednesday for their first visit to the states in eight years. The two attended a Boston Celtics game and are expected to meet with President Biden on their trip.
Entertainment
Thursday, December 1, 2022

Will and Kate in the USA

The context
Prince William and Kate Middleton touched down in Boston on Wednesday for their first visit to the states in eight years. The two attended a Boston Celtics game and are expected to meet with President Biden on their trip.
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Prince William and Kate make first US trip in eight years as racism controversy simmers back home

  • The Prince and Princess of Wales landed in Boston yesterday on their first trip to the states in eight years.
  • The trip is not an official royal tour. Instead, they will attend events in the city for three days to spotlight local-community-based initiatives as a part of their second iteration of the Earthshot Prize Awards.
  • The visit will conclude on Friday after the Earthshot ceremony, where stars like Annie Lennox and Ellie Goulding will perform.
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Controversy back home

  • On Tuesday, British activist Ngozi Fulani attended an event at Buckingham Palace, where she was repeatedly questioned about her ethnicity by someone she identified as "Lady SH."
  • A statement from a representative of Prince William reassured the public that the responsible party had stepped down from their post at Buckingham palace.
  • The controversy is clouding Prince William and Kate's trip to the US, where they are due to receive the Ripple of Hope Prize from the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights foundation for their "courage" to publicly decry the "structural racism" in the British monarchy.
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Politics

Macron Makes a Visit

December 1, 2022
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The context
President Biden welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron for the administration's first state visit.
Politics
Thursday, December 1, 2022

Macron Makes a Visit

The context
President Biden welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron for the administration's first state visit.
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First visit

  • French President Emmanuel Macron arrived at the White House today.
  • The two seized the opportunity to continue to rebuke Russian president Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine and renew their commitment to providing Ukraine with aid.
  • Macron visited NASA headquarters alongside Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday and will attend a state dinner hosted by the Biden's tonight.
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Jam-packed

  • The Biden administration's first state visit will be comprised of a wide array of events.
  • President Biden and his wife, Jill, welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron.
  • Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron last visited the White House in 2018.
  • Since their last visit, France and the US have become more closely aligned over issues like the Russian invasion of Ukraine and climate change goals.
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The context
Bret Taylor announced that he is stepping down as co-chair and CEO of Salesforce.
Technology
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Bret Taylor Steps Down at Salesforce

The context
Bret Taylor announced that he is stepping down as co-chair and CEO of Salesforce.
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Taylor steps down

  • Bret Taylor was the board chair of Twitter before the company was bought and taken over by Elon Musk.
  • Today, he announced that he is stepping down as co-CEO at Salesforce.
  • Taylor said he made the decision out of a desire to return to his "entrepreneurial roots."
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Stock falls

  • Salesforce reported earnings and revenue today that beat Wall Street's expectations.
  • The company also announced that co-CEO Bret Taylor is stepping down, leaving co-founder and CEO Marc Benioff the sole person in charge.
  • Salesforce stock fell after the announcement.
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The context
SpaceX dramatically raised the price of Starlink satellite internet in Ukraine, almost doubling the cost amidst increased demand for the terminals after Russia's missile bombardment wiped out critical electrical infrastructure in Ukraine.
Technology
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

SpaceX Raises Prices in Ukraine

The context
SpaceX dramatically raised the price of Starlink satellite internet in Ukraine, almost doubling the cost amidst increased demand for the terminals after Russia's missile bombardment wiped out critical electrical infrastructure in Ukraine.
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Almost double

  • SpaceX has started charging almost double for Starlink satellite terminals in Ukraine after demand skyrocketed because of Russia's targeted campaign to take out the country's electrical grid.
  • The company is also raising the price of the monthly subscription needed to use the service from $60 to $75.
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Necessary evil

  • The price of Starlink internet terminals in Ukraine is set to almost double, according to reporting from the Financial Times.
  • The cost of the terminals will reportedly go from $200 per device to $500 or $700 with the new price hike.
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Entertainment

FIFA Changes Its Mind

November 30, 2022
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The context
FIFA assured spectators that rainbow items and banners or signs protesting the treatment of LGBTQ citizens in Qatar or supporting protests in Iran would be allowed at World Cup stadiums. FIFA made the announcement a day after Iran was eliminated from the tournament and after spectators reported that rainbow or protest items were seized by stadium security.
Entertainment
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

FIFA Changes Its Mind

The context
FIFA assured spectators that rainbow items and banners or signs protesting the treatment of LGBTQ citizens in Qatar or supporting protests in Iran would be allowed at World Cup stadiums. FIFA made the announcement a day after Iran was eliminated from the tournament and after spectators reported that rainbow or protest items were seized by stadium security.
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Rainbow allowed

  • FIFA announced that rainbow items and banners supporting protests in Iran over the death of the young woman, Mahsa Amini, will be allowed into World Cup Stadiums.
  • The decision was made one day after Iran was eliminated from the World Cup.
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Assurances made

  • FIFA assured the public today that rainbow items and banners supporting protests in Iran will be allowed into the World Cup stadiums.
  • Spectators reported rainbow items or banners protesting the host country Qatar or supporting protests in Iran were seized, even though they were permitted.
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The context
The House voted to pass a resolution to avert a potential rail strike ahead of the holiday season. The House added a provision to provide rail workers with paid sick leave to appease union workers who were upset about the conditions of the resolution.
Politics
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

House Votes to Avert Rail Strike

The context
The House voted to pass a resolution to avert a potential rail strike ahead of the holiday season. The House added a provision to provide rail workers with paid sick leave to appease union workers who were upset about the conditions of the resolution.
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Congres on deck

  • Congress took up legislation late on Tuesday night that imposes an agreement between labor unions and shipping companies.
  • The agreement was rejected by four of the twelve unions threatening to strike for better conditions.
  • The agreement gives rail workers 24% raises and $5,000 in bonuses, and one additional paid sick leave day.
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House adds

  • The House passed a resolution today to prevent a railway strike ahead of the busy holiday season.
  • The resolution was agreed upon in September after help from the Biden administration.
  • Some Democrats were divided about the agreement since it did not include paid sick leave.
  • To pass the bill, Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised to hold a vote on a separate bill that would give workers seven days of paid sick leave per year.
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The context
House Democrats have elected Hakeem Jeffries to succeed Nancy Pelosi, making him the first Black legislator to lead a party in Congress.
Politics
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Hakeem Jeffries Steps into Pelosi's Shoes

The context
House Democrats have elected Hakeem Jeffries to succeed Nancy Pelosi, making him the first Black legislator to lead a party in Congress.
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Democrats elect

  • House Democrats elected Hakeem Jeffries today to succeed Nancy Pelosi as the leader of the House Democrats next year.
  • Jeffries will be the first Black person to lead a party in either chamber of Congress.
  • Jeffries is 52 and will usher in a new era of leadership for Democrats in Congress.
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Democrats unite

  • Democrats united behind Hakeem Jeffries and unanimously decided to elect Jeffries to lead the party.
  • Representative Katherine Clark was elected as the party's whip, and Representative Pete Aguilar was elected the chairman of the party caucus.
  • The newly elected House minority leader Hakeem Jeffries joins Senator Chuck Schumer, a fellow Brooklyn representative, to lead the Democrats in Congress.
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Technology

Robots That Kill

November 30, 2022
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The context
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to approve a measure that will allow police to use ground-based robots to kill suspects in instances where "risk of loss of life to members of the public or officers is imminent and officers cannot subdue the threat after using alternative force options or de-escalation tactics." The SFPD does not currently own any robots equipped to kill people.
Technology
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Robots That Kill

The context
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to approve a measure that will allow police to use ground-based robots to kill suspects in instances where "risk of loss of life to members of the public or officers is imminent and officers cannot subdue the threat after using alternative force options or de-escalation tactics." The SFPD does not currently own any robots equipped to kill people.
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Police get the green light

  • The San Francisco police department has been approved to use remote-controlled robots to kill suspects if there is a threat to the life of officers or the public.
  • The SFPD currently owns 17 robots, but none of them are armed to kill, and the department does not have any plans to arm them in the immediate future.
  • The measure was opposed by numerous civil rights groups.
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SF Board of Supervisors says sure

  • The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to pass the policy that was first proposed in September by the SFPD.
  • The policy allows officers to use ground-based robots to kill suspects when there is the threat of loss of life to the officers or the public and if the suspect cannot be subdued.
  • To the best of the executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, Albert Fox Cahn's knowledge, San Francisco is the first city to authorize the use of deadly force by robots.
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Entertainment

Spotify Wraps 2022

November 30, 2022
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The context
Spotify Wrapped dropped today, and this year they added a feature that gives users their "music personality." Bad Bunny is also the most streamed artist on Spotify for the third year in a row.
Entertainment
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Spotify Wraps 2022

The context
Spotify Wrapped dropped today, and this year they added a feature that gives users their "music personality." Bad Bunny is also the most streamed artist on Spotify for the third year in a row.
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New feature

  • This year, Spotify Wrapped debuted a new feature called "Music Personality."
  • The new feature assigns your listening patterns to one of sixteen categories, like Adventurer or Specialist.
  • Competitors Apple Music and YouTube Music also released similar wrap-ups to compete with Spotify.
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Bad Bunny on top

  • The Puerto-Rican singer, Bad Bunny, is Spotify's most-streamed artist for the third year in a row.
  • Drake was the most streamed artist in the US, followed by Taylor Swift.
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The context
Sony released a new motion tracking system designed to project your movements onto an avatar in the Metaverse called "Mocopi," which will retail for about $358.
Technology
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Sony Steps Into the Metaverse

The context
Sony released a new motion tracking system designed to project your movements onto an avatar in the Metaverse called "Mocopi," which will retail for about $358.
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Move into the Metaverse

  • Sony announced that they are releasing a portable and lightweight motion tracking system that is used to control an avatar in Metaverse applications like VR Chat.
  • The system is completely wireless and doesn't require a base station.
  • The motion capture system is called "Mocopi."
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Time for tracking

  • Sony launched the motion tracking "Mocopi" system lets users track their bodies to create videos or operate avatars in the Metaverse.
  • The system is comprised of six motion tracking bands and uses proprietary motion sensors and a smartphone.
  • In December, Sony will also launch a software development kit that links the motion capture data with the Metaverse.
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Technology

DoorDash Layoffs

November 30, 2022
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The context
DoorDash announced it has laid off 1,250 employees in an effort to rein in operating costs for the post-pandemic era.
Technology
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

DoorDash Layoffs

The context
DoorDash announced it has laid off 1,250 employees in an effort to rein in operating costs for the post-pandemic era.
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Reign it in

  • According to CEO Tony Xu, DoorDash hired too quickly during the Covid-19 pandemic to accommodate more and more people using the app during lockdowns.
  • The company is now laying off 1,250 employees to reign in operating costs as demand for DoorDash slows.
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Much too fast

  • CEO Tony Xu explained that the company's operating expenses could soon outgrow the company's revenue, which is why the company decided to lay off around 1,250 staffers.
  • The employees are expected to receive 17 weeks of pay and their February 2023 stock vest.
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The context
The Senate voted to pass the Respect for Marriage Act, which codifies the right to same-sex and interracial marriage.
Politics
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Respect For Marriage Act Passes

The context
The Senate voted to pass the Respect for Marriage Act, which codifies the right to same-sex and interracial marriage.
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Senate takes on marriage

  • The Senate will vote on the Respect for Marriage Act, which codifies protections for same-sex and interracial marriages in response to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
  • After clearing the Senate, the bill will head to the House before making its way to the president's desk.
  • The act requires that same-sex and interracial marriages are recognized in all states.
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Act passes

  • The Respect for Marriage Act enshrines marriage equality into federal law, making it more challenging for the Supreme Court to ever overturn cases that established marriage equality.
  • The bill repeals the 1996 Defense for Marriage Act, which federally defined marriage as the union between a man and a woman.
  • Several Republicans joined Democrats to pass the bill.
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The context
The leader of the far-right extremist group, the Oath Keepers, has been found guilty of seditious conspiracy. Fellow group member Kelly Meggs was convicted on the same charge.
Politics
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Stewart Rhodes Found Guilty

The context
The leader of the far-right extremist group, the Oath Keepers, has been found guilty of seditious conspiracy. Fellow group member Kelly Meggs was convicted on the same charge.
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Stewart Rhodes convicted

  • The leader of the Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes, was convicted of seditious conspiracy today.
  • The verdict concluded a lengthy trial against members of the far-right extremist group, the Oath Keepers.
  • The charges carry a maximum 20-year prison sentence.
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Landmark case

  • Seditious conspiracy is the most serious charge brought against the instigators of the Capitol Riots on January 6th, 2021.
  • Prosecutors argued that Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the Oath Keepers, and other far-right leaders conspired to bring an armed rebellion to the steps of the Capitol building to prevent the results of the 2020 presidential election from being certified.
  • Rhodes will likely spend upwards of 20 years in prison.
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Entertainment

USA Beats Iran

November 29, 2022
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The context
The US men's National Team beat Iran today, advancing to the knockout round of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Entertainment
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

USA Beats Iran

The context
The US men's National Team beat Iran today, advancing to the knockout round of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
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Advancing team

  • The USMNT needs to beat Iran to proceed to the knockout round, while Iran could still proceed if they win, and then Wales beats England.
  • Pulisic has been involved in nine attacking sequences on the field in the World Cup thus far, and all eyes will be on him during the match.
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Hay-day and pay-day

  • By advancing to the knockout round, the USMNT earned $13 million.
  • The team beat Iran 1-0.
  • The team could take home $42 million if they win it all.
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The context
According to a National Retail Federation (NRF) survey, shoppers showed up in record numbers to shop in person over the holiday weekend, starting with Black Friday. In addition, online sales on Cyber Monday also hit a record number of $11.3 billion.
Technology
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Record Black Friday Weekend Turnout

The context
According to a National Retail Federation (NRF) survey, shoppers showed up in record numbers to shop in person over the holiday weekend, starting with Black Friday. In addition, online sales on Cyber Monday also hit a record number of $11.3 billion.
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Record turnout

  • Shoppers showed up in record numbers from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, according to a survey released by the National Retail Federation.
  • The survey reveals that more than 122.7 million people shopped in person over the holiday weekend.
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Cyber Monday jump

  • Cyber Monday sales soared to $11.3 billion in sales, a jump of 5.8% from last year.
  • The "Cyber Week" sales are expected to reach $35.27 billion.
  • It is unclear whether the surge represents people buying goods on sale due to inflation and whether the pattern will continue into the rest of the holiday season.
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The context
After fans could not buy tickets on Ticketmaster for Taylor Swift's upcoming "Eras" tour and ticket prices skyrocketed to the thousands, the site canceled the public sale of tickets. Now, a coalition of Senators is demanding answers from the FTC about the bots used by ticket scalpers that the company blamed for the disaster.
Entertainment
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Swifties Spark FTC Investigation

The context
After fans could not buy tickets on Ticketmaster for Taylor Swift's upcoming "Eras" tour and ticket prices skyrocketed to the thousands, the site canceled the public sale of tickets. Now, a coalition of Senators is demanding answers from the FTC about the bots used by ticket scalpers that the company blamed for the disaster.
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Senators demand answers

  • Senators Richard Blumenthal and Marsha Blackburn sent a letter to the FTC, requesting information on the agency's commitment to fighting the use of bots in ticketing, which drive up prices.
  • The inquiry comes after Ticketmaster's disastrous launch of tickets to Taylor Swift's upcoming "Eras" tour.
  • The Better Online Ticket Sales Act became law in 2016, and the injury asks how the FTC enforces the measures in the act.
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Bots inquiry

  • Senator Richard Blumenthal is the top Democrat, and Senator Marsha Blackburn is the top Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee, which is the Senate's data security panel.
  • The letter sent by the Senators to the FTC says that the FTC should enforce laws that prevent ticket scalpers from using bots to inflate the price of tickets or snap up tickets.
  • Ticketmaster blamed bots for the disastrous sale of tickets to Taylor Swift's "Eras" tour.
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The context
Staffers at Snap, the makers of Snapchat, have been told that they will need to be in the office four days a week starting in February.
Technology
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Snap's New Remote Work Policy

The context
Staffers at Snap, the makers of Snapchat, have been told that they will need to be in the office four days a week starting in February.
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Buckle up

  • Snap's CEO, Evan Speigel, told employees that come February, they will need to be in the office 80% of the time.
  • There will be some flexibility for employees for client meetings to count as office time.
  • Snap has spent the majority of the last year shrinking the company's focus to cope with a decline in subscriber growth.
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Big change

  • Staffers will have to return to the office 80% o the time, or about four days a week.
  • The move signals a shift from the generous work-from-home policies enjoyed by many people working in tech.
  • Staffers may have less leverage to push back against the new policy, with increasing layoffs hitting the tech industry.
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The context
Congress will enact legislation to impose an unpopular contract on rail workers to avoid a potential strike around the holidays.
Politics
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Congress Seeks to Avoid Rail Strike

The context
Congress will enact legislation to impose an unpopular contract on rail workers to avoid a potential strike around the holidays.
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Crisis potentially averted

  • President Biden and Democratic leaders in Congress agreed last night to support legislation to block a walkout of more than 100,000 union members before the holiday season starts in earnest next week.
  • The move was a relief to businesses who were concerned about the loss of 30% of the nation's freight movements before the holidays shipping crush.
  • The legislation is considered a narrow victory for the unions, which negotiated the legislation in September.
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Divided opinions

  • President Biden asked Congress to pass a tentative contract agreement that some railroad workers rejected, making some union members angry that they didn't get enough time at the bargaining table.
  • The tentative deal does not include paid sick days, which members of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employers Division were upset about.
  • It is unclear how Democrats and Republicans will work together in the Senate to pass the contract.
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The context
Twitter will no longer enforce its Covid-19 misleading information policy.
Technology
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Twitter Changes Covid-19 Stance

The context
Twitter will no longer enforce its Covid-19 misleading information policy.
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New policy

  • Twitter will no longer enforce its Covid-19 misleading information policy but did say it would remove "demonstrably false or potentially misleading content" about the virus.
  • Twitter's communication department is unreachable to get a comment about the decision, and it is unclear why the company abandoned the policy.
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Lack of moderation

  • Twitter will no longer restrict tweets that contain Covid-19 misinformation policy or accounts that post fake information about the pandemic.
  • In October, Twitter began letting community members add Community Notes to posts with false information as a content moderation strategy.
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The context
A Qatari official acknowledged that 400-500 workers died building stadiums and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup, which is well underway.
Entertainment
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Truth Behind the World Cup Stadiums

The context
A Qatari official acknowledged that 400-500 workers died building stadiums and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup, which is well underway.
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Qatar World Cup chief says between 400 and 500 migrant workers have died in projects connected to the tournament

  • The World Cup chief, Hassan Al-Thawadi, said today that between 400 and 500 migrant workers have died from work done on projected connected to the tournament.
  • The number is significantly higher than Qatari officials have said before.
  • The Guardian reported that since the country was awarded the World Cup in 2010, 6,500 migrant workers from South Asia have died.
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Higher estimate

  • Hassan Al-Thawadi made the revelation that 400-500 people had died while working on projects connected to the 2022 World Cup during an interview with Piers Morgan.
  • Qatar has enacted some reforms to the country's kafala employment system, including providing employees with higher salaries and food and housing allowances.
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The context
Crypto finance firm BlockFi filed for bankruptcy today, making it the latest crypto firm to declare bankruptcy in the wake of FTX.
Technology
Monday, November 28, 2022

BlockFi Declares Bankruptcy

The context
Crypto finance firm BlockFi filed for bankruptcy today, making it the latest crypto firm to declare bankruptcy in the wake of FTX.
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BlockFi files

  • BlockFi paused withdrawals on November 10th, and now they have filed for bankruptcy.
  • The company cited an ongoing lack of clarity about FTX's downfall since BlockFi had substantial exposure to the firm.
  • BlockFi has reassured customers that it has enough cash on hand to provide sufficient liquidity.
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FTX related

  • FTX bailed out BlockFi this summer, and when FTX imploded, the company had no choice but to file for bankruptcy.
  • FTX provided BlockFi with $400 million in the form of a revolving credit facility to use as a backstop.
  • Now that those funds are gone, with the rest of FTX's value, BlockFi decided to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
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Politics

Upset in Arizona

November 28, 2022
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The context
The Cochise County Board of Supervisors in Arizona has refused to certify the county's midterm election results by the legal deadline.
Politics
Monday, November 28, 2022

Upset in Arizona

The context
The Cochise County Board of Supervisors in Arizona has refused to certify the county's midterm election results by the legal deadline.
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Cochise votes no

  • Officials in the Republican-controlled Cochise county in Arizona voted to delay certifying the results of the midterm elections past the state's legal deadline today.
  • The county did not produce any evidence of problems with the local vote count.
  • The decision prevents more than 47,000 votes from being certified.
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Delayed certification

  • The Cochise County Board of Supervisors voted to delay certifying the midterm election results until after the state's legal deadline.
  • The vote was 2-1, with the lone democrat, Supervisor Anne English, voting to proceed with the certification.
  • Residents who attended the meeting had mixed reactions; some were confused by the decision because there was no evidence of voting interference in the county, while others believed that the results should be delayed until an audit of statewide machines could be completed.
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Entertainment

Bob Iger's Back

November 28, 2022
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The context
Newly reinstated Disney CEO Bob Iger held his first town hall, revealing that Disney will keep its hiring freeze and chase profitability instead of subscriber growth.
Entertainment
Monday, November 28, 2022

Bob Iger's Back

The context
Newly reinstated Disney CEO Bob Iger held his first town hall, revealing that Disney will keep its hiring freeze and chase profitability instead of subscriber growth.
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First town hall back

  • Bob Iger's first town hall back in his role as CEO touched on hot topics before virtual and in-person employees.
  • Disney will continue its hiring freeze, instituted by former CEO Bob Chapek.
  • He also spoke about chasing profitability instead of subscriber growth and said that employees need to return to the office.
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New direction

  • Bob Iger will not lift Disney's hiring freeze as he takes stock of the state of the company.
  • Iger also said that Disney would not be pursuing any major acquisitions in the next year and would focus on making the streaming business profitable.
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Politics

Protests Erupt in China

November 28, 2022
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The context
Protests against China's zero-Covid rule erupted across China in a rare display of public dissatisfaction with government policies.
Politics
Monday, November 28, 2022

Protests Erupt in China

The context
Protests against China's zero-Covid rule erupted across China in a rare display of public dissatisfaction with government policies.
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Protests erupt

  • Protestors took to the streets in China over the weekend to vent their frustrations against the country's zero-Covid policy.
  • The unrest was sparked by growing case numbers and a tightening of controls even after the central policy hinted at easing restrictions earlier this month.
  • Demonstrators held up blank sheets of white paper.
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BBC journalist arrested

  • Edward Lawrence, a journalist with the BBC, was arrested and beaten while covering the anti-lockdown protests in China.
  • In two videos allegedly showing his arrest, Lawrence is led away by three police officers in handcuffs.
  • Chinese citizens have spent almost three years under some of the most strict Covid-19 policies in the world.
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The context
Microsoft is working hard to get approval to buy Activision Blizzard and will reportedly offer the European Union concessions in order to follow through with the acquisition.
Technology
Monday, November 28, 2022

Microsoft Makes Concessions to EU

The context
Microsoft is working hard to get approval to buy Activision Blizzard and will reportedly offer the European Union concessions in order to follow through with the acquisition.
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Concessions offered

  • EU antitrust regulators are investigating Microsoft's acquisition of the video game maker Activision Blizzard.
  • Microsoft will likely offer concessions to the regulators to prevent the EU from issuing formal objections to the acquisition.
  • The deadline for the EU to issue formal objections is in January, so Microsoft offering concessions before that deadline could shorten the regulatory process needed to approve the purchase.
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High stakes deal

  • Microsoft is readying itself to offer concessions to European Union regulators to try and bypass potential objections.
  • Microsoft is looking to acquire Activision Blizzard for about $69 million, the largest-ever acquisition by Microsoft.
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The context
The shooter who killed ten shoppers at a Buffalo Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York has pled guilty to charges of domestic terrorism motivated by hate and murder.
Politics
Monday, November 28, 2022

Buffalo Tops Shooter Pleads Guilty

The context
The shooter who killed ten shoppers at a Buffalo Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York has pled guilty to charges of domestic terrorism motivated by hate and murder.
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Shooter pleads guilty

  • The gunman who killed ten Black people in May at a Buffalo supermarket has pled guilty to charges including murder and one count of domestic terrorism motivated by hate.
  • The state filed charges against the shooter for perpetrating racially motivated violent extremism.
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Multiple charges

  • The 19-year-old white gunman killed ten Black shoppers and injured three more at a Buffalo, New York, grocery store last May.
  • He pled guilty today to ten counts of first-degree murder, 13 counts of assault with a firearm, and multiple hate crime charges.
  • The Justice Department reacted to the guilty plea, saying they will relentlessly pursue efforts to combat hate crimes.
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The context
Elon Musk shared a tweet with a fake headline from CNN today, prompting CNN to tell him to "be better." He also posted a series of tweets claiming that Apple has threatened to pull Twitter from its App Store.
Technology
Monday, November 28, 2022

Musk's Post-Thanksgiving Twitter Antics

The context
Elon Musk shared a tweet with a fake headline from CNN today, prompting CNN to tell him to "be better." He also posted a series of tweets claiming that Apple has threatened to pull Twitter from its App Store.
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Chided by CNN

  • Elon Musk shared a months-old image of a fake headline from CNN on Twitter.
  • The headline read, "Elon Musk could threaten free speech on Twitter by literally allowing people to speak freely."
  • The headline never ran on CNN, and the image was created in April.
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Apple's threat

  • Elon Musk used Twitter today to attack Apple.
  • Musk claimed that Apple threatened to remove Twitter from the Apple App Store.
  • Apple maintains a comprehensive set of guidelines that developers must adhere to to be sold in the App store.
  • Musk hinted that if Apple or Google pulls Twitter, he will make his own smartphone.
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The context
2.3 million people in Houston, Texas, have been ordered to boil water after a water purification plant lost pressure on Sunday evening.
Politics
Monday, November 28, 2022

Water Crisis in Houston

The context
2.3 million people in Houston, Texas, have been ordered to boil water after a water purification plant lost pressure on Sunday evening.
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Boil water notice

  • Houston ordered about 2 million residents to boil water after a power outage caused a water purification plant to lose pressure last night.
  • Houston offficals said that the earliest that residents will be able to return to normal is by Monday night or early Tuesday morning.
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Schools close down

  • All public schools in Houston are closed today after the city issued a boil water notice.
  • Houston's water system serves upwards of 2.2 million residents per day.
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The context
Senator Lindsey Graham testifies before a Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury about his involvement in former president Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Politics
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Graham Finally Testifies in Georgia

The context
Senator Lindsey Graham testifies before a Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury about his involvement in former president Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
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Graham testifies

  • Senator Lindsey Graham testified before a Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury investigating attempts to interfere with the results of the 2020 presidential election today.
  • Graham spent months trying to avoid the subpoena from the grand jury before finally testifying today after the Supreme Court rejected an emergency filing from Graham.
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After all

  • Graham was one of Donald Trump's closest allies in Congress.
  • The subpoena issued by the grand jury asked for his testimony about attempts to interfere with Georgia's election results and a scheme to "find" additional votes for Trump.
  • The grand jury questioned Graham about calls he made to Georgia's secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger.
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The context
The FTC is seeking to block Meta from acquiring the virtual reality fitness platform, Within. The FTC claims that Meta killed in-house plans to develop a VR fitness app in favor of buying Within.
Technology
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

FTC Tells Meta to Look Within

The context
The FTC is seeking to block Meta from acquiring the virtual reality fitness platform, Within. The FTC claims that Meta killed in-house plans to develop a VR fitness app in favor of buying Within.
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No competition here

  • The FTC says that Meta killed plans to design and build its own virutal reality fitness app, instead deciding to poach talent from Within and eventually make an offer to buy the already established virtual reality fitness app maker.
  • The FTC is arguing that the acquistion violates federal antitrust laws because it will decrease competition within the virtual reality fitness market.
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States agree

  • Twenty-three states support the FTC motion to stop Meta from acquiring virtual reality content maker Within.
  • The case argues that the deal would harm industry competition and consumers.
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The context
A Texas regulator has opened a probe into Tom Brady, Steph Curry, and other athletes who promoted the now-bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange, FTX.
Entertainment
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Texas Regulator Tackles Celebs Who Endorsed FTX

The context
A Texas regulator has opened a probe into Tom Brady, Steph Curry, and other athletes who promoted the now-bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange, FTX.
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Probe opens

  • While little federal regulation exists about the status of cryptocurrencies, state securities laws could be an avenue to reprimand celebrities for hawking crypto.
  • Celebrities heavily promoted FTX, and its downfall could be the biggest lesson yet about the legal risks of endorsing cryptocurrency coins or companies.
  • The SEC has pursued legal action against other celebrities for similar endorsements, including fining Kim Kardashian $1.26 million for promoting a crypto token on her Instagram.
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Celebs on notice

  • The Texas State Securities Board began investigating FTX last month to determine whether state residents were dealing in unregistered securities by buying and selling yield-bearing cryptocurrency coins or tokens.
  • When the company filed for bankruptcy on November 11th, the board expanded its probe to investigate celebrities like Tom Brady and Steph Curry, who promoted the exchange to uninformed and vulnerable fans.
  • The probe will look at what FTX told the promoters to say about the exchange, what they were paid, and what they told fans
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Technology

Twitter Purge Slows

November 22, 2022
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The context
Elon Musk announced that Twitter is done with layoffs and will start hiring new staffers amidst rumors that tech glitches are rapidly piling up as staffers leave their posts on the platform.
Technology
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Twitter Purge Slows

The context
Elon Musk announced that Twitter is done with layoffs and will start hiring new staffers amidst rumors that tech glitches are rapidly piling up as staffers leave their posts on the platform.
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Elon Musk says Twitter is done with layoffs and ready to hire again

  • Elon Musk told the remaining few Twitter employees that the company will stop its campaign of layoffs and has started recruiting for roles in engineering and sales.
  • Musk also reassured compensation-anxious employees that employees would be given Twitter stock options and that they would be able to cash them out freely.
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Glitches surge

  • Elon Musk's campaign to hire new engineers and sales staff may come too late, as the departure of critical staffers has led to an increased volume of glitches on the platform.
  • The rushed updates have also presented security vulnerabilities, and misinformation has increasingly popped up on the site.
  • Advertisers are nervous, and some have paused advertising on the site until a content moderation and security policy is hammered out.
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The context
The Supreme Court declined to shield former president Donald Trump's tax returns from a congressional committee investigating Trump.
Politics
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Court Clears the Way for Congress

The context
The Supreme Court declined to shield former president Donald Trump's tax returns from a congressional committee investigating Trump.
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Congress can proceed

  • Former President Trump filed an emergency appeal to block the release of his tax record to the House Ways and Means Committee.
  • The Supreme Court rejected the appeal today, clearing the way for the committee to receive Trump's tax records at the conclusion of a multi-year legal battle.
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Court denies

  • The Supreme Court rejected Trump's efforts to block the release of his tax records to the House Ways and Means committee.
  • The Treasury Department can now hand over six years of Trump's tax records to the committee.
  • The committee must act quickly to secure and investigate the records before Republicans take control of the House in January.
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Entertainment

Argentina Fumbles

November 22, 2022
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The context
The Argentinian men's team, led by Lionel Messi, lost to Saudi Arabia today in their first game of the World Cup in Qatar. The loss is one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history.
Entertainment
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Argentina Fumbles

The context
The Argentinian men's team, led by Lionel Messi, lost to Saudi Arabia today in their first game of the World Cup in Qatar. The loss is one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history.
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Lionel Messi's bad day

  • Lionel Messi has had an incredible soccer career, but he has never won a World Cup with his home country of Argentina.
  • Messi is leading Argentina's men's team at this year's World Cup.
  • Argentina lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia today.
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The context
Dr. Anthony Fauci completed his last White House press briefing today as he steps down as the Chief medical adviser to President Biden.
Politics
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Fauci's Final Appearance

The context
Dr. Anthony Fauci completed his last White House press briefing today as he steps down as the Chief medical adviser to President Biden.
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Final appearance

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci gave his final press briefing from the White House today.
  • Fauci is retiring from his post as chief medical advisor to the president.
  • Fauci served under seven presidents, spent 54 years with the National Institutes of Health, and 38 years as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.
  • Fauci led the country's response to the Covid-19 pandemic and spoke about his regret about the divisiveness that defined the country's response to mask-mandates and vaccines.
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Legacy of Covid-19

  • During the briefing, Fauci talked about the scale of the covid-19 pandemic, saying he never expected that Covid-19 would claim the lives of one million Americans.
  • In December, Fauci will step down as head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and as White House's chief medical advisor
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Technology

Orion's Flyby

November 22, 2022
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The context
NASA's spacecraft, Orion, passed by the moon and headed into orbit, completing phase one of the Artemis I mission.
Technology
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Orion's Flyby

The context
NASA's spacecraft, Orion, passed by the moon and headed into orbit, completing phase one of the Artemis I mission.
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Fly by

  • The Orion spacecraft closely passed by the moon before heading into orbit.
  • The flyby was its closest yet, and it completed its three trajectory correction burns and fired all three of its thruster types.
  • Orion will now orbit the moon for one week.
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New views

  • According to NASA officials, the teams manning the Artemis I mission are "giddy" with the Orion spacecraft's performance thus far.
  • The craft captured photos of the moon as it flew by the moon on its way into a lunar orbit.
  • The spacecraft will carry astronauts in two missions planned for 2024 and 2025.
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Politics

Prosecutors Rest

November 22, 2022
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The context
The team prosecuting the Trump Organization for criminal tax fraud rested their case today, after presenting evidence to the jury that the organization engaged in a fifteen-year-long scheme to hide the value of assets from the IRS.
Politics
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Prosecutors Rest

The context
The team prosecuting the Trump Organization for criminal tax fraud rested their case today, after presenting evidence to the jury that the organization engaged in a fifteen-year-long scheme to hide the value of assets from the IRS.
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Prosecution rests

  • The prosecution rested its case today after completing its argument that the Trump Organization engaged in criminal tax fraud.
  • The prosecution began presenting its case on October 31st.
  • The prosecution's final witness was Mukalia Rabiu, an auditor with the New York State Department of Taxation.
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Fast pace

  • Manhattan prosecutors decided not to call a final witness, closing the prosecution's case against Donald Trump's family business today.
  • The case against CFO Allen Weisselberg and the Trump Organization engaged in a fifteen-year-long tax-evasion scheme to help executives avoid taxes by rewarding them with bonuses and luxuries that were kept off the ledgers.
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The context
Elon Musk has allowed several notable figures back on Twitter, reinstating the accounts of Kathy Griffin, Donald Trump, Kanye West, and more.
Entertainment
Monday, November 21, 2022

Banned Accounts Back on Twitter

The context
Elon Musk has allowed several notable figures back on Twitter, reinstating the accounts of Kathy Griffin, Donald Trump, Kanye West, and more.
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Back on Twitter

  • Elon Musk reinstated former president Donald Trump's Twitter account over the weekend.
  • He has also reinstated the accounts Babylon Bee, Jordan Peterson, and Andrew Tate; all of whom were suspended for posting content that violated Twitter's community standards.
  • Kanye West was also allowed back onto the platform.
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Technology

Tesla Recall

November 21, 2022
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The context
Tesla has issued a recall for 321,000 vehicles over a taillight software issue. This is Tesla's nineteenth recall this year.
Technology
Monday, November 21, 2022

Tesla Recall

The context
Tesla has issued a recall for 321,000 vehicles over a taillight software issue. This is Tesla's nineteenth recall this year.
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Rear light

  • Tesla recalled about 321,000 vehicles over a software glitch that is causing rear lights on the cars to light up when the brakes are not being applied.
  • The issue caused the automaker's 19th recall in 2022.
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Model recall

  • The impacted models are the 2023 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles from 2020-2023.
  • The announcement was made via a filing with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.
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Politics

Holdup in Arizona

November 21, 2022
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The context
Two Arizona counties have voted to delay the certification of the 2022 election results.
Politics
Monday, November 21, 2022

Holdup in Arizona

The context
Two Arizona counties have voted to delay the certification of the 2022 election results.
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Mohave County

  • Mohave County officials have voted to delay certifying the results of Mohave County officials have voted to delay certifying the results of this year's midterm elections.
  • The officials cited conspiracy theories from some conservatives about voting machines in Maricopa County and the election results, which saw Katie Hobbs defeat election-denying Republican Kari Lake in the governor's race.
  • The officials will certify the results by November 28th.
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Power of two

  • The two counties which voted to delay certifying election results are rural, Republican-dominated counties.
  • Mohave County and Cochise County both decided to delay the certification of the midterms after conspiracy theorists claimed that the voting machines in Cochise were not properly certified.
  • Election officials denied any claims of voting interference which prevented any voter's vote from being cast and counted.
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Entertainment

Day Two of the World Cup

November 21, 2022
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The context
The 2022 World Cup began in Qatar on Sunday. Fans watching Ecuador beat Qatar chanted, "we want beer," in response to the dry policy governing the Cup. Some fans lost their tickets. Riot police responded to overwhelming crowds, and the teams abandoned wearing "OneLove" armbands to protest Qatar's human rights violations.
Entertainment
Monday, November 21, 2022

Day Two of the World Cup

The context
The 2022 World Cup began in Qatar on Sunday. Fans watching Ecuador beat Qatar chanted, "we want beer," in response to the dry policy governing the Cup. Some fans lost their tickets. Riot police responded to overwhelming crowds, and the teams abandoned wearing "OneLove" armbands to protest Qatar's human rights violations.
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Never-mind protesting

  • The captains of the English, Welsh, Belgian, Danish, German, and Dutch teams have decided not to wear a band bearing the anti-discrimination slogan "OneLove" after FIFA warned that any players would be given a yellow card for wearing the band.
  • A joint message from the nations said that they had been prepared to pay fines for their players choosing to wear the bands, but now that players face yellow cards, the nations decided to withdraw their acts of protest against the treatment of migrant workers and minorities in the country.
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Tickets and riot police

  • The official FIFA app crashed today, leaving thousands of fans without access to their tickets.
  • The designated fan zones were overcome with chaos as tens of thousands of fans tried to access a fan zone in central Doha.
  • The fans were met by riot police who tried to prevent fans from pushing into the zones.
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The context
Five people were murdered, and many more were injured by a shooter at a popular gay nightclub, Club Q, in Colorado Springs late on Saturday night. The suspect will be charged with murder and hate crime charges.
Politics
Monday, November 21, 2022

Colorado Shooter Faces Charges

The context
Five people were murdered, and many more were injured by a shooter at a popular gay nightclub, Club Q, in Colorado Springs late on Saturday night. The suspect will be charged with murder and hate crime charges.
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Patrons prevented further bloodshed

  • The gunman was subdued by patrons of Club Q after he fired shots into the nightclub, killing five and injuring 25.
  • The attack has been deemed a hate crime because the gunman targeted the club because it is a pillar of Colorado Spring's gay community.
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Charges

  • The man arrested for murdering five people and injuring 25 more at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs will face murder and hate crime charges.
  • President Biden gave a statement about the shooting the next morning, during Trans Remembrance Day, calling attention to the parallel between the shooting and other attacks on LGBTQ people.
  • Biden's statement also spoke about the anti-gay rhetoric and hateful speech used by some politicians and people with influence
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Technology

Hive Hot Spot

November 21, 2022
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The context
The social media platform, Hive, is experiencing a moment in the sun thanks to the ongoing chaos at Twitter. As a result, the Twitter alternative jumped into the top-20 chart on the App Store today.
Technology
Monday, November 21, 2022

Hive Hot Spot

The context
The social media platform, Hive, is experiencing a moment in the sun thanks to the ongoing chaos at Twitter. As a result, the Twitter alternative jumped into the top-20 chart on the App Store today.
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Hive surges

  • Hive is a social media app that has been positioned as an alternative to Twitter.
  • Hive uses a chronological feed instead of personalization algorithms and doesn't use ads to make money.
  • The jump in uses has been sparked by continuing upheaval at Twitter.
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Viral moment

  • Hive was the number one trending topic on Twitter on Monday morning.
  • Hive is only run by two people, and there is no desktop version of the platform.
  • The path forward for Hive may be rocky as more and more users sign up, testing the platform's capabilities.
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Entertainment

Iger's Back

November 21, 2022
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The context
Disney replaced CEO Bob Chapek with former CEO Bob Iger after concerns about earnings prompted the board to reach out to Iger on Friday. Iger replaced Chapek on Sunday night, making today his first day in his former position.
Entertainment
Monday, November 21, 2022

Iger's Back

The context
Disney replaced CEO Bob Chapek with former CEO Bob Iger after concerns about earnings prompted the board to reach out to Iger on Friday. Iger replaced Chapek on Sunday night, making today his first day in his former position.
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Initial reach

  • Disney's board reportedly contacted Bob Iger on Friday to share concerns with the former CEO about Disney's earnings and Bob Chapek's leadership.
  • Chapek was notified on Sunday night that he was being immediately replaced, much to his and his inner circle's surprise.
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Chapek Out

  • Bob Iger was Disney's CEO from 2005 to 2020 before retiring and being replaced by Bob Chapek.
  • Disney announced dismal earnings that fell short of Wall Street's expectations on November 8th, reporting $1.5 billion in losses from Disney+.
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The context
The founder of Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for defrauding investors and endangering patients with her nonexistent blood-testing technology.
Technology
Friday, November 18, 2022

Elizabeth Holmes Sentenced

The context
The founder of Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for defrauding investors and endangering patients with her nonexistent blood-testing technology.
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Long time coming

  • Today's sentencing marks the case's conclusion against Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, who has been on trial for making false claims to investors and endangering patients to secure funds for a not-yet-made blood testing technology.
  • Holmes was convicted of four counts of investor fraud and conspiracy in January.
  • Holmes will be sentenced at a court in San Jose, California.
  • Prosecutors want Holmes to pay $804 million in restitution.
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Eleven years for fraud

  • Holmes peddled multiple falsehoods about the blood-testing technology she claimed Theranos had created, fooling high-profile investors and embarrassing state officials.
  • Elizabeth Holmes has been sentenced to 135 months in prison, just over eleven years.
  • Holmes's lawyers asked for 18 months of house arrest, while prosecutors requested 15 years in prison and restitution totaling $804 million.
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Technology

MLB Cuts Ties With FTX

November 18, 2022
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The context
The Major League Baseball Association is the latest organization to cut ties with the cryptocurrency exchange FTX after the company imploded with spectacular force.
Technology
Friday, November 18, 2022

MLB Cuts Ties With FTX

The context
The Major League Baseball Association is the latest organization to cut ties with the cryptocurrency exchange FTX after the company imploded with spectacular force.
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Hints of a breakup

  • The commissioner of the MLB, Rob Mandred, said umpires would not be sporting FTX patches on their uniforms next year.
  • In June 2021, FTX became the "official cryptocurrency exchange brand of the MLB."
  • The partnership was one of FTX's most visible, but Manfred declined to provide specifics about the deal.
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Cut ties

  • The MLB terminated its five-year sponsorship deal with FTX.
  • The league is the latest organization to cut ties with the cryptocurrency exchange, which filed for bankruptcy last week.Major League Baseball has terminated its five-year sponsorship deal with cryptocurrency exchange FTX.
  • MLB and FTX agreed to the deal in 2021, making FTX the league's official exchange.
  • The oldest major professional sports league in America is the latest entity to cut ties with embattled cryptocurrency exchangeFTX.
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The context
Representative Hakeem Jeffries announced his candidacy for the House Democratic leader. If Jeffries, 52, succeeds Nancy Pelosi, he will be the first Black leader of the House Democrats.
Politics
Friday, November 18, 2022

Hakeem Jeffries Launches Bid

The context
Representative Hakeem Jeffries announced his candidacy for the House Democratic leader. If Jeffries, 52, succeeds Nancy Pelosi, he will be the first Black leader of the House Democrats.
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Consider Jeffries

  • House Democrats have thrown their support behind New York Representative Hakeem Jeffries to replace Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
  • Pelosi endorsed Jeffries's bid.
  • Jeffries would be the first Black person to lead either party in Congress if elected.
  • In his announcement, Jeffries promised colleagues that he would support and protect them and focus the party's energy on regaining the majority in 2024.
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Rising star

  • Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York, Representative Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, and Representative Pete Aguilar of California all announced they are seeking the top three Democratic leadership positions in the House.
  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's tenure as Speaker made her one of the most consequential speakers in the country's history. She will pass the gavel to the next generation of Democrats by supporting Jeffries's bid for leadership.
  • Jeffries is currently the fifth-ranking Democrat in the House.
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The context
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed war crimes prosecutor Jack Smith as special counsel for the investigation into Trump's mishandling of classified documents kept at Mar-a-Lago and investigations into Trump's administration's attempts to overturn the 2020 election results.
Politics
Friday, November 18, 2022

Merrick Garland Names Special Counsel

The context
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed war crimes prosecutor Jack Smith as special counsel for the investigation into Trump's mishandling of classified documents kept at Mar-a-Lago and investigations into Trump's administration's attempts to overturn the 2020 election results.
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Garland names special counsel

  • Merrick Garland named Jack Smith as special counsel devoted to overseeing the federal investigations into former President Trump.
  • Trump announced his third presidential run just a few days before Garland made the announcement.
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Devoted to Trump investigations

  • Jack Smith, currently a war crimes prosecutor at The Hague, was tapped to handle politically sensitive Trump cases.
  • Attorney General Garland has named a special counsel to oversee the criminal investigation into former president Donald Trump's possible mishandling of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago club and residence, as well as key aspects of the Jan. 6 investigation.
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The context
The Justice Department has launched an antitrust probe into Ticketmaster-Live Nation after prices for tickets to Taylor Swift's upcoming "Eras" tour skyrocketed into the thousands, fans could not buy tickets thanks to long waits, and Ticketmaster canceled the public sale of tickets.
Entertainment
Friday, November 18, 2022

Ticketmaster's Eras Fiasco Sparks Antitrust Probe

The context
The Justice Department has launched an antitrust probe into Ticketmaster-Live Nation after prices for tickets to Taylor Swift's upcoming "Eras" tour skyrocketed into the thousands, fans could not buy tickets thanks to long waits, and Ticketmaster canceled the public sale of tickets.
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Calling attention

  • The Department of Justice has opened an antitrust probe into the owner of Ticketmaster, Live Nation Entertainment.
  • The investigation will examine whether Live Nation Entertainment has monopolized the multibillion-dollar music industry by controlling ticket sales and forcing high prices through Ticketmaster.
  • The fallout from fans being unable to buy tickets to Taylor Swift's upcoming tour caused the Justice Department to take a closer look.
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Antitrust push

  • The investigation began before the Taylor Swift ticket debacle, but it was announced today and was propelled into the public eye thanks to the drama.
  • The company is under investigation for abusing its market power in the world of live music events.
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The context
The Biden administration announced that the State Department determined that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is immune from a lawsuit over the murder of the journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Politics
Friday, November 18, 2022

Saudi Prince Gets Immunity

The context
The Biden administration announced that the State Department determined that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is immune from a lawsuit over the murder of the journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Decision made

  • The State Department determined that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is immune to a lawsuit over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi because he is the sitting head of government in Saudi Arabia.
  • The CIA concluded that the prince had ordered Khashoggi's murder in 2018.
  • Khashoggi's fiancé sued Prince Mohammed in 2020.
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Not about merit

  • The Biden administration ruled that Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has immunity, thanks to his role as the head of state of Saudi Arabia, in a lawsuit filed by murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi's fiancé.
  • Hatice Cengiz sued Prince Mohammed for ordering the murder of her fiancé.
  • The administration said that the determination that Prince Mohammed has immunity is purely a legal decision predicated on international law and not a reflection of the case's merit.
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At 5 p.m. last night, hundreds of Twitter of employees decided not to sign up for "Twitter 2.0" opting instead to leave Twitter and take Elon Musk up on his offer of three months severance.
Technology
Friday, November 18, 2022

Hundreds of Employees Leave Twitter

The context
At 5 p.m. last night, hundreds of Twitter of employees decided not to sign up for "Twitter 2.0" opting instead to leave Twitter and take Elon Musk up on his offer of three months severance.
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Musk pleads with remaining few

  • By Thursday night, hundreds of Twitter employees decided to leave the platform with three months of severance.
  • Earlier this week, Elon Musk gave Twitter employees the option to stay at Twitter and commit to a new "hardcore" work environment or quit and get three months of severance. Employees had until Thursday night to make the decision.
  • Reports suggest that Musk held meetings with staff he deemed critical to try and persuade them to stay.
  • The loss of so many critical employees and the gutting of entire teams has raised fears about the site's ability to operate.
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Operation conundrum

  • The latest purge at Twitter was precipitated by Musk's announcement that he intended to implement a new, harsh work culture at the company, once known for its positive work environment.
  • Musk also fired engineers who criticized him on the platform or in internal company channels.
  • Twitter was filled with farewell messages and memes posted by exiting employees, and the company's Slack was also reportedly filled with goodbyes after employees announced they had rejected Musk's ultimatum.
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Entertainment

No Beer Here

November 18, 2022
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The context
Qatar changed its mind about selling beer at the World Cup. The country has decided to ban all beer sales at or around the stadiums just two days before play begins.
Entertainment
Friday, November 18, 2022

No Beer Here

The context
Qatar changed its mind about selling beer at the World Cup. The country has decided to ban all beer sales at or around the stadiums just two days before play begins.
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Pulling a 180

  • Major beer maker Budweiser is paying $75 million to sponsor the World Cup in Qatar, but now that beer sales have been banned at around the World Cup stadiums, that sponsorship is up in the air.
  • Qatari authorities and FIFA made the decision to only sell alcoholic beverages at the FIFA Fan Festival, other fan destinations, and licensed venues.
  • Qatar was a controversial pick to host the World Cup for its treatment of LGBTQ citizens and migrant workers within the country.
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Alcohol banned

  • The World Cup begins on Sunday, and FIFA and Qatari organizers have been negotiating alcohol policies after an agreement was originally made to allow Budweiser to sell beer in the stadiums.
  • Now, the coalition made the decision to ban Budweiser from selling alcoholic beer in or around the stadiums. The company can still sell nonalcoholic beer.
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The context
The Biden administration has asked the Supreme Court to allow his student debt relief plan to proceed after it was blocked by a lower court.
Politics
Friday, November 18, 2022

Biden Admin Looks to the Court

The context
The Biden administration has asked the Supreme Court to allow his student debt relief plan to proceed after it was blocked by a lower court.
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Clear the court

  • The Biden administration asked the Supreme Court to reject one of the legal challenges blocking the implementation of its student debt forgiveness program from the beginning.
  • The administration is facing two legal challenges that have halted the program from taking effect.
  • A three-judge panel on the 8th Circuit ruled to block Biden's student debt plan.
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Betting on the Court

  • The Biden administration asked the Supreme Court to intervene and nullify a ruling by a lower court that blocked student loan forgiveness from proceeding.
  • The Department of Education argued that ongoing suits could cause confusion and lead to rising rates of people defaulting on their student loans if the plan does not proceed.
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The context
Amazon CEO confirmed via email to employees today that more layoffs will happen in 2023 at the company.
Technology
Thursday, November 17, 2022

Another Round of Amazon Layoffs

The context
Amazon CEO confirmed via email to employees today that more layoffs will happen in 2023 at the company.
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More layoffs coming

  • The CEO of Amazon, Andy Jassy, emailed and informed Amazon employees that more layoffs would happen in 2023.
  • He did not specify how many roles will be cut but did say that the layoffs will most heavily impact Amazon stores, and its People, Experience, and Technology division.
  • The laid-off employees will be notified early next year.
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The context
Brittney Griner has begun serving her nine-year sentence for drug possession at a Russian penal colony in Russia's Mordovia region.
Entertainment
Thursday, November 17, 2022

More Information About Griner's Whereabouts

The context
Brittney Griner has begun serving her nine-year sentence for drug possession at a Russian penal colony in Russia's Mordovia region.
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Sentence starts

  • According to reports, Brittney Griner has started serving her nine-year sentence for drug possession.
  • The Biden administration has been negotiating for her release since her conviction.
  • Griner is reportedly adapting to the new environment and is doing as well as can be expected, according to sources.
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The context
The Washington Attorney General, Karl Racine, filed a second lawsuit against the Washington Commanders. The suit accuses the Commanders of cheating ticket holders.
Politics
Thursday, November 17, 2022

Another Case Against the Commanders

The context
The Washington Attorney General, Karl Racine, filed a second lawsuit against the Washington Commanders. The suit accuses the Commanders of cheating ticket holders.
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Second suit

  • The Attorney General of Washington, D.C., Karl Racine, has sued the Washington Commanders, alleging that the team cheated ticket holders by holding back ticket deposits.
  • The suit says that Commanders withheld hundreds of thousands of dollars in security deposits from hundreds of D.C. ticket holders.
  • The suit names Dan Snyder, the NFL, and Commissioner Roger Goodell.
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Security deposit question

  • The Commanders reportedly cheated district residents of deposits for season tickets.
  • The team kept the funds for years and allegedly funneled the deposits into revenue for the team.
  • The team responded, saying that they welcomed the opportunity to prove the allegations wrong.
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The context
NASA's James Webb Telescope discovered two new, unusually bright galaxies that formed 300 to 400 million years after the Big Bang.
Technology
Thursday, November 17, 2022

JWST Discovers New Galaxies

The context
NASA's James Webb Telescope discovered two new, unusually bright galaxies that formed 300 to 400 million years after the Big Bang.
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Unusually bright galaxies

  • Astronomers identified two extremely old galaxies that quickly formed just 300-400 million years after the Big Bang and are far brighter than expected.
  • The discovery caused ripples in the space-gazing community because of how bright the galaxies were, causing the community to reevaluate how soon after the Big Bang galaxies were formed.
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The context
Ticketmaster canceled its public ticket sale for tickets to Taylor Swift's upcoming "Eras" tour after extreme demand crashed the site and caused long wait times.
Entertainment
Thursday, November 17, 2022

Ticketmaster Cancels Taylor Swift Public Sale

The context
Ticketmaster canceled its public ticket sale for tickets to Taylor Swift's upcoming "Eras" tour after extreme demand crashed the site and caused long wait times.
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Extreme demand

  • Ticketmaster said that there are not enough tickets to meet the demand for Taylor Swift's "Eras" tour.
  • Ticketmaster sold more than 2 million tickets when they were released on Tuesday.
  • Ticketmaster is canceling the public ticket sale, effective on Friday.
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Politics

Pelosi Steps Aside

November 17, 2022
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The context
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, 82, has announced that she will not seek reelection as the leader of the House Democrats, ending decades of steadfast leadership and ushering in a new era of democratic leadership.
Politics
Thursday, November 17, 2022

Pelosi Steps Aside

The context
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, 82, has announced that she will not seek reelection as the leader of the House Democrats, ending decades of steadfast leadership and ushering in a new era of democratic leadership.
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Pelosi steps down

  • Nancy Pelosi has been the leader of the House's democratic contingent for the last two decades.
  • Pelosi announced that she would step down and not seek reelection as the Speaker of the House, paving the way for the next generation of leaders to step up and lead the Democratic party.
  • Pelosi will still serve out her term in Congress, acting as a mentor and advisor to her successor.
  • She has steered the passage of some of the most impactful legislation of the last two decades, including ObamaCare and emergency Covid-19 relief.
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Huge shift

  • Pelosi has been the face of House Democrats for the last two decades and was the first woman to serve as the Speaker of the House.
  • She will remain in Congress and still wield considerable influence as the former Speaker.
  • Pelosi made the decision after her husband was brutally attacked by a man looking for her and after Democrats lost control of the House in the midterm elections.
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Technology

Unprecedented Mess at FTX

November 17, 2022
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The context
FTX's bankruptcy filing was made public, revealing a mess that the executive who cleaned up Enron and is tackling FTX called "unprecedented" today.
Technology
Thursday, November 17, 2022

Unprecedented Mess at FTX

The context
FTX's bankruptcy filing was made public, revealing a mess that the executive who cleaned up Enron and is tackling FTX called "unprecedented" today.
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Baffling state

  • FTX filed for bankruptcy today in Delaware. Included in the filing is a sworn declaration from the chief restructuring officer of FTX, John J. Ray.
  • Ray oversaw the liquidation of Enron Corp and will oversee the liquidation of FTX after its sudden collapse.
  • The filing reveals that there was almost no control over spending customer or corporate funds, no proper cash management, no accounting department, and egregiously irresponsible loans made to the personal accounts of executives.
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Unprecedented mess

  • John Ray III is the new CEO of FTX, having taken over for Sam Bankman-Fried. Ray cleaned up the mess at Enron, and he said in FTX's bankruptcy filing that FTX is even messier.
  • FTX is short billions of dollars, and debtors have only been able to find and secure a fraction of the company's digital assets.
  • FTX had a shocking lack of security controls, and the filing reveals that corporate funds were used to buy real estate and luxuries for employees in the form of personal loans.
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The context
Despite generating Golden Globes buzz from his role in the film, "The Whale," Brendan Fraser said he would not attend the award show. Fraser accused the former boss of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association of groping him, which led to him being blacklisted from Hollywood, before making a comeback this year.
Entertainment
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Brendan Fraser's Golden Globes Stance

The context
Despite generating Golden Globes buzz from his role in the film, "The Whale," Brendan Fraser said he would not attend the award show. Fraser accused the former boss of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association of groping him, which led to him being blacklisted from Hollywood, before making a comeback this year.
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With conviction

  • Brendan Fraser accused Philip Berk, the former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, of groping him at a luncheon in 2003.
  • Fraser was blacklisted from Hollywood after speaking out about the experience.
  • Fraser has said he will not attend the Golden Globes because he does not think that removing Berk as president in 2021 was meaningful enough change, and the organization has not yet demonstrated that they want to make amends.
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The context
The Senate voted to advance the Respect for Marriage Act, which codifies the right to same-sex and interracial marriage.
Politics
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Respect For Marriage Act Advances

The context
The Senate voted to advance the Respect for Marriage Act, which codifies the right to same-sex and interracial marriage.
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Onward bound

  • The Senate voted to advance the Respect for Marriage Act, which repeals the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as the union between one woman and one man.
  • The bill responds to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who wrote that the court should reconsider rulings like Obergefell v. Hodges, which defined the right to same-sex marriage after overturning Roe v. Wade.
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First test in the Senate

  • Twelve Republicans joined Senate Democrats to advance the Respect for Marriage Act, signaling a potential change in Congress on issues like same-sex marriage.
  • The bill will still have to pass in the Senate before becoming law, which could be challenging considering thirty-seven Senate Republicans voted against advancing the bill.
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The context
The CEO of Genesis Global Trading announced that the crypto investment bank would be halting customer withdrawals due to the continued fallout from the collapse of FTX.
Technology
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Genesis Halts Customer Withdrawals

The context
The CEO of Genesis Global Trading announced that the crypto investment bank would be halting customer withdrawals due to the continued fallout from the collapse of FTX.
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Press pause

  • The CEO of Genesis Global Trading, Derar Islim, announced that the lending arm of the crypto investment bank is suspending redemptions and new loan originations.
  • The decision is a result of the firm experiencing solvency issues after the collapse of FTX.
  • Genesis will need to pursue new financing to support its lending unit.
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Technology

Artemis I Launches

November 16, 2022
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The context
The moon-bound mission, Artemis I, launched today at long last, sending research projects aboard the Orion spacecraft and making a huge leap forward for NASA.
Technology
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Artemis I Launches

The context
The moon-bound mission, Artemis I, launched today at long last, sending research projects aboard the Orion spacecraft and making a huge leap forward for NASA.
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Final goodbye

  • In the first hours of the Orion spacecraft's journey to the moon, it snapped a photo of the earth.
  • The mission is the first step towards landing a crew of astronauts on the moon in 2025.
  • The Orion is not carrying any personnel on this mission.
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Legendary launch

  • The launch of the Artemis I mission has been months in the making, after being rescheduled for weather twice and technical issues.
  • NASA aims to return astronauts to the moon for the first time in fifty years with the Orion spacecraft.
  • The rocket was fueled with superchilled liquid hydrogen.
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Politics

McConnell Beats Scott

November 16, 2022
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The context
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell defeated senator Rick Scott to remain the Senate GOP leader after Scott issued a last-minute challenge yesterday.
Politics
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

McConnell Beats Scott

The context
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell defeated senator Rick Scott to remain the Senate GOP leader after Scott issued a last-minute challenge yesterday.
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Fending off Scott

  • Senator Mitch McConnell secured the majority of GOP senator's support after Senator Rick Scott challenged his position as leader of the Senate minority.
  • McConnell, who has been the head of the GOP in the Senate since 2007, received 37 votes, while Scott received ten votes.
  • McConnell kept the support of key Republican senators, killing Scott's challenge.
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Technology

Twitter 2.0

November 16, 2022
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The context
Twitter employees received an email from Elon Musk today, telling them that they should quit if they don't want to get "hardcore" and work long hours.
Technology
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Twitter 2.0

The context
Twitter employees received an email from Elon Musk today, telling them that they should quit if they don't want to get "hardcore" and work long hours.
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Musk poses workers with a choice: quit Twitter, or prepare to get “hardcore”

  • In a company-wide email today, Musk told employees that they could resign and receive three months in severance pay or get "hardcore" and commit to Twitter's new work environment.
  • Employees have until the end of the day on Thursday to decide to stay or resign.
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Long hours ahead

  • The email was sent to the remaining Twitter employees who weren't laid off by Musk's sweeping staff cuts.
  • He asked employees to commit to working long, intense hours. He also asked for support for his vision for "Twitter 2.0."
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The context
According to recent reports, the missile which landed in a Polish border town and killed two people yesterday was most likely a Ukrainian defense missile fired to defend the country from the Russian bombardment.
Politics
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

More Missile Information

The context
According to recent reports, the missile which landed in a Polish border town and killed two people yesterday was most likely a Ukrainian defense missile fired to defend the country from the Russian bombardment.
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According to NATO source

  • A NATO source told Reuters that President Biden told G7 and NATO allies that the missile blast in eastern Poland was caused by an air defense missile fired by Ukraine.
  • The blast killed two people and sparked fears that if Russia had fired the missile, NATO would have been forced to respond.
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More information

  • While Russia was initially blamed for the missile, investigations by Poland and NATO suggest that a Ukrainian air defense missile caused the blast in Przewodów.
  • Russia bombarded Ukraine with missiles yesterday, targeting civilians and energy infrastructure, but denied firing missiles near the border.
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Politics

Trump Announcement

November 16, 2022
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The context
Last night, former President Donald Trump announced he will run for presidential office again in 2024.
Politics
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Trump Announcement

The context
Last night, former President Donald Trump announced he will run for presidential office again in 2024.
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Republican reaction

  • After a disappointing showing in the midterms, Trump announced he intends to run for president in 2024 at an event in Mar-a-Lago.
  • Trump-endorsed candidates did not perform well in the midterms, losing key races in Pennslyvania, New Hampshire, Arizona, and Nevada.
  • Republicans are struggling to unite behind Trump; exit polling showed that conservatives prefer Florida governor Ron DeSantis.
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Announcement made

  • Trump made the announcement about his candidacy at Mar-a-Lago.
  • In the announcement, Trump spoke about his loss in 2020, calling the election stolen. He also argued he had a stellar foreign and economic policy.
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The context
Washington D.C. Judge Emmet Sullivan struck down the Trump-era health authority policy known as Title 42, which the Biden administration has been using to manage the number of immigrants looking to enter the U.S. from Mexico.
Politics
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Judge Strikes Down Title 42

The context
Washington D.C. Judge Emmet Sullivan struck down the Trump-era health authority policy known as Title 42, which the Biden administration has been using to manage the number of immigrants looking to enter the U.S. from Mexico.
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Covid-19 era policy

  • Title 42 was passed in 2020 during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and was used to expel immigrants who crossed into the U.S. from Mexico.
  • Title 42 was used by the Biden administration to limit the number of immigrants allowed across the border.
  • It was struck down by a federal judge today, removing one of the few remaining immigration policies enacted by Trump's administration.
  • The judge called the policy arbitrary and capricious, saying that the government never proved that there was an increased risk of immigrants carrying Covid-19 into the country.
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The context
The GOP completed House leadership elections today. They elected Representative Tom Emmer to be the House Majority whip. Representative Kevin McCarthy won the Speakership and elected Representative Steve Scalise as the majority leader.
Politics
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

House Leadership Elections

The context
The GOP completed House leadership elections today. They elected Representative Tom Emmer to be the House Majority whip. Representative Kevin McCarthy won the Speakership and elected Representative Steve Scalise as the majority leader.
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House elections

  • House Republicans elected Representative Tom Emmer to be the House majority whip and elected Representative Steve Scalise as the majority leader.
  • Emmer bested representatives Jim Banks and Drew Ferguson for the position.
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McCarthy wins

  • Kevin McCarthy was nominated as Speaker of the House today, defeating a challenge from Andy Biggs.
  • 31 House Republicans voted for Biggs, showing that McCarthy won't have the full support of the GOP when the Speakership is decided in December.
  • McCarthy will need 218 votes to become the Speaker of the House.
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The context
Senator Rick Scott announced he intends to challenge Mitch McConnell for the position of the Senate GOP leader. Scott is the chairman of Senate Republicans' campaign arm, and his "Rescue America" plan, which contained the agenda for the GOP if they took the House and Senate, did not go down well with voters.
Politics
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Rick Scott Challenges McConnell

The context
Senator Rick Scott announced he intends to challenge Mitch McConnell for the position of the Senate GOP leader. Scott is the chairman of Senate Republicans' campaign arm, and his "Rescue America" plan, which contained the agenda for the GOP if they took the House and Senate, did not go down well with voters.
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GOP infighting

  • Rick Scott is amongst the high-profile Republicans blaming Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for the GOP's performance in the midterms.
  • Senate Republicans met today to discuss the party's midterm performance and begin leadership election proceedings.
  • The move by Scott shows a growing divide within Congressional Republicans about the party's platform moving forward.
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The context
An explosion killed two people on the Polish border with Ukraine. The explosion was reportedly caused by two Russian Missiles landing on Poland's side of the border.
Politics
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Russian Missiles Land in Poland

The context
An explosion killed two people on the Polish border with Ukraine. The explosion was reportedly caused by two Russian Missiles landing on Poland's side of the border.
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Two dead

  • Two peopled were killed in Pzrewodow, Poland, after Russian missiles intended for Ukraine landed in the village.
  • Russia bombarded Ukraine with missiles today in the heaviest missile strike yet in the nine-month-long war, knocking out key power infrastructure.
  • The NATO member, Poland, called an emergency crisis meeting of a government committee for national security and defense affairs.
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Aftermath of Kherson

  • U.N. investigators and Ukrainian police are investigating alleged Russian human-rights violations in Kherson after Ukrainian forces retook the city.
  • The Russian retreat from Kherson is a blow to the Kremlin and a victory for Ukrainian forces.
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Entertainment

Grammy Nominees Announced

November 15, 2022
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The context
The Grammy nominees were announced today. Beyoncé leads the pack with nine nominations. Kendrick Lamar, Brandy Carlile, and Adele are following close behind.
Entertainment
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Grammy Nominees Announced

The context
The Grammy nominees were announced today. Beyoncé leads the pack with nine nominations. Kendrick Lamar, Brandy Carlile, and Adele are following close behind.
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