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Putin Orders Martial Law in Ukraine

October 19, 2022
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Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered martial law in the Russian-occupied and illegally annexed territories of Ukraine as Ukrainian forces rapidly approached the territories. The order could mean mass deportations of Ukrainian citizens out of the occupied areas and new wartime measures for Russian citizens.
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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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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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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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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 Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging President Biden's student debt-relief program.
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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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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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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Uvalde Survivors File $27B Class Action Lawsuit

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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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