Politics

Biden's Marijuana Action

October 6, 2022
POLITICO, New York Times
The context
President Biden announced a sweeping federal pardon of all simple marijuana possession convictions. In doing so, he pardoned thousands of people in the most extensive action the White House has ever undertaken regarding US drug policy.
Biden's Marijuana Action

Pardons

  • President Biden granted a sweeping pardon to all Americans convicted of simple marijuana possession under federal law.
  • President Biden wants to change the classification of cannabis to a Schedule II drug, which would make it easier to legalize and decriminalize.
  • He encouraged states to take similar action for those imprisoned for state offenses of marijuana possession.
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Next steps

  • Biden's announcement called for further review and reevaluation of federal marijuana legislation.
  • The action will pardon 6,500 people who were convicted of federal charges of simple possession from 1992-2022 nationally and thousands more from the District of Columbia.
  • The now-pardoned people will be able to apply for a certificate of pardon to use to apply for jobs, schools, or loans.
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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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June 8, 2022

This Week In Technology June 2nd

This week, the COO of Meta, Sheryl Sandberg, is stepping down, Elon Musk demanded employees return to the office, and Clearview AI got some bad news.
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COO No More

Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Meta (Facebook), announced she would be stepping down after 14 years.

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Tesla's Back In the Office

Elon Musk declared that Tesla workers should return to the office full time or get lost.

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Facial Technology Clampdown

Privacy watchdogs and AI innovators disagree on the way forward for facial recognition technology.

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Entertainment
May 19, 2022

This Week in Entertainment

The defamation trial of actress Amber Heard and actor Johnny Depp raged on and singer Eric Clapton’s European tour is on hold.

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ABC, Newsweek, Fox News, Billboard, The Hill, CNN

Ongoing: Amber Heard V. Johnny Depp

May 20th, 2022 

Actor Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, for defamation over an op-ed penned by Heard about her experience with domestic abuse. The op-ed is allegedly about her marriage to Depp. 

Clapton on Hold

May 18th, 2022

Guitarist and singer Eric Clapton announced that he would cancel two shows on his European tour after testing positive for Covid-19. 

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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.
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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
May 19, 2022

This Week in Politics

The national formula shortage is finally starting to look up; a racially-motivated shooting in Buffalo left ten dead, and a Supreme Court leak shook the foundations of the court. 

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CNN, Fox News, The Atlantic, New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Examiner, The Guardian

Ongoing: Formula Shortage

May 19th, 2022

The U.S. has been hit by an infant formula shortage, causing many parents and caregivers to panic as store shelves continue to thin. The formula shortage is due to a combination of factors, and federal help is on the way. 

Shooting in Buffalo Leaves Ten Dead

May 18th, 2022

Ten people were shot and killed at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY, on Saturday, May 14th, 2022. The shooter, a white 18-year-old, targeted a predominantly black community and used a legally purchased semi-automatic rifle. 

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