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Pelosi's Future Plans

November 7, 2022
The Hill
The context
Nancy Pelosi commented on the attack on her husband in an interview with Anderson Cooper, saying that the attack on her husband was terrifying and that he would eventually recover from the injuries caused by David DePape. Pelosi also said that her decision to retire at the end of her term would be impacted by the attack on her husband and by the upcoming midterms.
Pelosi's Future Plans

Pelosi speaks out

  • During an interview with Anderson Cooper, Nancy Pelosi said that her decision to whether or not to retire after the midterm elections has been impacted by the recent attack on her husband.
  • Pelosi previously said that she intended to step down from the position of Speaker of the House after the upcoming midterms.
  • Her husband, Paul, is expected to recover fully but remains under the care of doctors.
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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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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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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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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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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
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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