Politics

Revising the Electoral Count Act

July 20, 2022
New York Times, Axios, Washington Post
The context
A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation rewriting the Electoral Count Act to bolster protections for voters and protect the integrity of electoral votes.
Revising the Electoral Count Act

Due for an upgrade

  • The senators propose to update the 135-year-old act in response to Trump's campaign to overturn the election results after the 2020 election.
  • One of the proposed measures would make it harder for lawmakers to challenge the results of a state's electoral votes before Congress makes its official count.
  • Another measure states that the vice president has no jurisdiction over electoral results and no power to change them in any way.
Go deeper →

Protecting electors

  • The bill would mark the first major legislative response to the chaos after the 2020 election and the Capitol riots.
  • The measure which would make it harder to challenge electoral results would mandate that at least one-fifth of members of the House and Senate sponsor an objection to the certification of a state's electors.
  • The second but adjacent bill would enact penalties for intimidating election workers, voters, or candidates. It also adds new guidelines for handling election mail and will create a federal agency that helps states conduct elections.
Go deeper →

Will it pass?

  • The new bill also explicitly states that the vice president cannot reject votes for the winning candidate, which Trump wanted Pence to do.
  • Sixteen senators introduced the legislation, 8 of whom were Republican. That means that two Republicans will need to support the bill to overcome the possibility of a GOP Senate filibuster.
Go deeper →

Today’s trending stories distilled into one-minute bites

Delivered to your inbox, daily

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

What else is going on?

The context
An appeals court issued a ruling against Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, deciding that the program was an overreach of presidential authority and sending the case back to a lower court.
Politics
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Court Rules Against DACA

The context
An appeals court issued a ruling against Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, deciding that the program was an overreach of presidential authority and sending the case back to a lower court.
Go deeper
 →

DACA decision

  • The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed a 2021 ruling by a federal district judge in Texas who ruled that DACA was an overreach of former President Barack Obama's authority.
  • The Texas ruling allowed for DACA to continue while the litigation continued.
Go deeper →

Reconsidering

  • The ruling sent the case back to a lower court to consider the new Biden administration guidelines, which were issued in August.
  • The decision also ruled that current enrollees could renew their status and still obtain work permits and a Social Security number.
Go deeper →
The context
OPEC+ and Russia agreed to slash oil production, in the biggest production cut since the pandemic's start. The move will likely benefit Russia and leave the West with soaring gas prices.
Politics
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

OPEC+ Slashes Production

The context
OPEC+ and Russia agreed to slash oil production, in the biggest production cut since the pandemic's start. The move will likely benefit Russia and leave the West with soaring gas prices.
Go deeper
 →

F the West

  • OPEC+ countered efforts by the United States and Europe to curb Russia's oil profits during the ongoing war in Ukraine.
  • The move reinforces OPEC+ commitment to profit and to keep the price of oil high.
  • The war in Ukraine isn't going well for Russia. The Ukrainian army has retaken significant swaths of territory from Russian forces, and thousands of men fled Russia to avoid being drafted.
Go deeper →

Biden tried

  • The move undermines efforts by European and western nations to cap the price of Russian oil.
  • President Biden visited Saudi Arabia this summer to try and repair relations between the US and the oil giant. He reportedly asked the country to increase production to help stop rising gas prices.
Go deeper →
The context
President Biden delivered remarks sharing guidelines for protecting reproductive rights today, which marks 100 days since Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court.
Politics
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Biden's Reproductive Rights Guidelines

The context
President Biden delivered remarks sharing guidelines for protecting reproductive rights today, which marks 100 days since Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court.
Go deeper
 →

New guidelines

  • President Biden announced new guidelines and grants to protect access to reproductive care.
  • In his remarks, he also spoke about the impact that Roe v. Wade is already having on reproductive access.
  • About 30 million women of reproductive age live in states with abortion bans. About 22 million women have no access to abortion services after six weeks.
Go deeper →

Highlight on the GOP

  • Biden's remarks also focused on the GOP's push to limit abortion access to abortion nationwide.
  • In his remarks, he also revealed new guidelines from the Department of Education targeting universities to remind them of their obligation to protect the reproductive rights of students.
  • The administration also revealed $6 million in new grants to protect reproductive rights and abortion services.
Go deeper →
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.
 This Week In Technology June 2nd
Learn more
 →
Sources: 

COO No More

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

Go deeper →

Tesla's Back In the Office

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

Go deeper →

Facial Technology Clampdown

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

Go deeper →
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.

This Week in Entertainment
Learn more
 →
Sources: 
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. 

Try something new

Go back in time

The context
Overwatch 2 launched yesterday, and fans of the highly anticipated video game were frustrated when servers crashed, and they were stuck in queues of thousands of people. Then, Activision Blizzard confirmed that the servers had sustained ongoing DDoS attacks, which were impacting the game.
Technology
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Overwatch 2's Shaky Launch

The context
Overwatch 2 launched yesterday, and fans of the highly anticipated video game were frustrated when servers crashed, and they were stuck in queues of thousands of people. Then, Activision Blizzard confirmed that the servers had sustained ongoing DDoS attacks, which were impacting the game.
Go deeper
 →

Tuesday kick off

  • Overwatch 2 went live on Tuesday.
  • Many players were unable to make it onto the new game servers or experienced issues while they were on.
  • Blizzard's Overwatch Game Director Aaron Keller provided an update today, saying that DDoS attacks had slowed down servers but that the developers were working to improve the game functionality for players.
Go deeper →

DDoS impact

  • Activision Blizzard president Mike Ybarra tweeted that the game was experiencing server issues and that teams were working to fix the problems.
  • The server issues were caused by a massive DDoS attack which kept players from getting into the game and forced them into long queues.
Go deeper →
Technology

Crew 5 Launches

October 5, 2022
Go deeper
 →
The context
NASA launched a crew of 4 astronauts aboard a SpaceX rocket destined for the International Space Station today. The mission, Crew-5, sent the astronauts to space to conduct scientific studies for the next six months.
Technology
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Crew 5 Launches

The context
NASA launched a crew of 4 astronauts aboard a SpaceX rocket destined for the International Space Station today. The mission, Crew-5, sent the astronauts to space to conduct scientific studies for the next six months.
Go deeper
 →

New crew

  • The crew members took flight aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
  • Nicole Mann is the mission commander, and the crew includes a Russian astronaut, Anna Kikina, and a Japanese astronaut, Koichi Wakata. Joe Cassada is the pilot for the mission.
  • The crew will spend about six months conducting scientific research about fluid behavior in microgravity, cardiovascular health in space, and bioprinting to help prepare future missions for space exploration.
Go deeper →

Russian addition

  • The inclusion of Russian astronaut Anna Kikina shows that the US and Russia are still collaborating on space exploration despite the war in Ukraine.
  • Kikina is the first Russian astronaut to fly aboard a SpaceX vessel and was training to be on a Russian space flight but was transferred to the SpaceX mission.
  • The mission commander, Nicole Mann, is the first Native American woman to fly in space.
Go deeper →
Entertainment

Rust Settlement

October 5, 2022
Go deeper
 →
The context
The family of the cinematographer who was shot and killed on the set of 'Rust' has settled a lawsuit with Alec Baldwin.
Entertainment
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Rust Settlement

The context
The family of the cinematographer who was shot and killed on the set of 'Rust' has settled a lawsuit with Alec Baldwin.
Go deeper
 →

Background

  • Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed when a gun misfired on the set of the film 'Rust.'
  • Her family filed a lawsuit which listed Alex Baldwin, who was holding the gun when it misfired, and other producers of the film.
  • Criminal charges may still be filed against Baldwin and the other producers.
Go deeper →

Settlement details

  • The lawsuit accused Baldwin and the other defendants of reckless conduct and of cost-cutting measures that put the crew in danger.
  • Hutchins was shot when Baldwin was practicing with a prop gun that was supposed to be unloaded.
  • The production of the movie will resume.
Go deeper →
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. 

This Week in Politics
Learn more
 →
Sources: 
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. 

Delivered to your inbox, daily

This site is powered by

Learn more about how this site was built
 →
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Follow us