June, 24 2022

⚖️ Roe v. Wade Overturned

The Supreme Court overturned nearly 50 years of the constitutional right to an abortion today, ending access to abortion services for millions of American women and restricting it for scores more.

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⚖️ Mitch McConnell Celebrates the End of Roe

Representative Mitch McConnell said of the decision to overturn Roe, \"The Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Dobbs is courageous and correct. This is an historic victory for the Constitution and for the most vulnerable in our society.\"

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⚖️ Nancy Pelosi Responds to Roe

Representative Nancy Pelosi reacted to the decision saying, \"A woman's fundamental health decisions are her own to make, in consultation with her doctor and her loved ones – not to be dictated by far-right politicians. While Republicans seek to punish and control women, Democrats will keep fighting ferociously to enshrine Roe v. Wade into law. This cruel ruling is outrageous and heart-wrenching. But make no mistake: the rights of women and all Americans are on the ballot this November.\"

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⚖️ Missouri Attorney General Moves to Cut Off Access to Abortion

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmidt announced that Missouri is the first state to outright ban abortions after the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade triggered a law banning the procedure today.

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⚖️ Senator Joe Manchin Reacts

Senator Joe Manchin reacted to the decision by decrying the Justices confirmed under Trump; \"I trusted Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh when they testified under oath that they also believed Roe v. Wade was settled legal precedent and I am alarmed they chose to reject the stability the ruling has provided for two generations of Americans.\"

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⚖️ Susan Collins Feels Betrayed by Justices

Representative Susan Collins, who paved the way for Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch onto the court, released a statement saying she was blindsided and misled by them; \"This decision is inconsistent with what Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh said in their testimony and their meetings with me, where they both were insistent on the importance of supporting long-standing precedents that the country has relied upon.\"

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💻 Zendesk Drama Ends

Zendesk is being acquired for $10.2 billion by a consortium of investors led by Permira and Hellman & Friedman after a dramatic few months.

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⚖️ Bipartisan Gun Bill Headed to Biden

The House passed the bipartisan gun safety bill that originated in the Senate, and now it is heading to Biden's desk.

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🍿 Look Left and Right for Charlie Puth And Jungkook

Singer Charlie Puth and BTS band-member Jungkook released their highly anticipated collaboration \"Left and Right,\" which marks the first solo project by the BTS superstar since they announced their hiatus.

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💻 Tech Companies React to Roe

Leading tech companies responded to the court overturning Roe v. Wade by adding paid leave and travel compensation policies to protect female workers seeking abortion care.

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Hurricane Ian made landfall in South Carolina this afternoon, causing a massive power outage, high flooding and extensive damage to homes and infrastructure. The updated death toll from Florida is at least a dozen residents.
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Friday, September 30, 2022

Hurricane Ian Hits South Carolina

Hurricane Ian made landfall in South Carolina this afternoon, causing a massive power outage, high flooding and extensive damage to homes and infrastructure. The updated death toll from Florida is at least a dozen residents.
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Power outages

  • Most of the power outages were in Charleston, Berkeley, Georgetown, Dorchester, and Williamsburg counties.
  • About 1.8 million customers are still without power in Florida, and about 277,000 are without power in South and North Carolina.
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Impact on Florida

  • The flooding in central Florida is expected to get worse as the record downpours reach main waterways.
  • More than 700 rescues have been confirmed in Lee and Charlotte counties.
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South Carolina

  • Hurricane Ian caused flooding and power outages in South Carolina.
  • Part of three famous piers in Myrtle Beach washed away.
  • Early reporting suggests the impact on South Carolina is less severe than the devastation it caused in Florida.
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Technology

Ex-NSA Employee Charged

September 30, 2022
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The FBI charged an ex-NSA employee with espionage for trying to sell top-secret intelligence documents.
Technology
Friday, September 30, 2022

Ex-NSA Employee Charged

The FBI charged an ex-NSA employee with espionage for trying to sell top-secret intelligence documents.
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FBI catches on

  • Jareh Sebastian Dalke worked for the NSA from June 6th to July 1st, 2022.
  • During his employment with NSA, he used an encrypted email account to send photos to an undercover FBI agent he believed was working for a foreign government.
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Charged with espionage

  • Dalke was charged with violating the Espionage Act; if convicted, he could spend life in prison or face the death penalty.
  • He worked as an information systems security designer with top-secret clearance at the NSA.
  • He offered up documents in exchange for cryptocurrency and sent three classified documents to the undercover agent investigating him.
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Molly Russell Ruling

September 30, 2022
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The U.K. coroner ruled that social media content viewed by teen Molly Russell contributed to her suicide death. She viewed thousands of pieces of content relating to self harm or suicide on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest.
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Friday, September 30, 2022

Molly Russell Ruling

The U.K. coroner ruled that social media content viewed by teen Molly Russell contributed to her suicide death. She viewed thousands of pieces of content relating to self harm or suicide on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest.
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Negative impact of social media

  • 14-year-old Molly Russell committed suicide in November 2017.
  • Russell viewed large amounts of content about suicide and self-harm on social media.
  • The coroner said that the content she viewed greatly impacted her mental health. He said he would make recommendations to Meta, Pinterest, and the British government to help prevent future cases like Molly's.
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The inquest

  • Executives from Meta and Pinterest both testified at the inquest into Russell's death.
  • In the inquest, the coroner testified that content on Instagram and Pinterest impacted Russell's mental health and contributed to her death.
  • Meta's representative pushed back on the inquest, saying that the posts Russell had seen on Instagram had been deemed safe by the platform.
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