June, 27 2022

⚖️ How Did We Get to a Post-Roe World?

The court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade went against decades of legal precedent, which expanded the right to privacy to cover contraception, consensual sex, and reproductive rights, which could all be under attack next.

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⚖️ Brittany Griner Surfaces in Russia

WNBA star player Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia for drug possession charges. Now, she has resurfaced, being photographed after her hearing as scheduled for July 1st, leading some to hope she could return home soon.

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⚖️ Rudy Giuliani's Supermarket Standoff

While holding court at a supermarket in Staten Island and campaigning for his son, who is running for Governor of NYC, security footage shows Ruby Giuliani being slapped in the back by an employee.

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⚖️ Another Religious Liberty Ruling from the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court sided with a high school football coach Joseph Kennedy who sought to pray after games, ruling his right to pray on the 50-yard-line is constitutionally protected.

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💻 Truth Social SPAC Board Members Subpoenaed

A New York-based grand jury issued board members of the SPAC Digital World subpoenas over plans to merge the SPAC with Trump Media and Technology Group, which owns the former president's social media platform Truth Social.

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💻 Period Tracking Apps Adjust to Post-Roe Data Concerns

Many women use period-tracking apps to track their cycles, but in the post, Roe-era data from the apps could become evidence in states that have banned abortion, setting the stage for new data privacy protection legislation and policy.

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🍿 Kyrie Irving is on the Move

The Brooklyn Nets have given Kyrie Irving permission to seek and sign a trade with a new team, and rumors have it that the LA Lakers are interested in snapping him up.

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🍿 Alex Wagner to Succeed Rachel Maddow

Political commentator Alex Wagner will inherit Rachel Maddow's 9 pm time slot at MSNBC on August 16th, just before the midterm elections, and as Maddow scales back her appearances on the show.

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🍿 Celebrities React to Roe at Glastonbury and the BETs

Musicians and celebrities like Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monae spoke out against the overturning of Roe v. Wade at the Glastonbury festival and the BET awards.

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💻 Crypto Exchange FTX is Exploring Acquiring Robinhood

The Crypto Exchange FTX, helmed by Sam Bankman-Fried, is reportedly exploring a path to buy the investing platform Robinhood, sending the platform's stocks climbing up the charts.

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🍿 Watch Out for Madame Web

Actress Emma Roberts joins Sydney Sweeney and Dakota Johnson in the Marvel universe as a member of the cast of the Spiderman spinoff, Madame Web, directed by SJ Clarkson.

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⚖️ January 6th Committee Announces a Surprise Hearing Scheduled for Tuesday

The committee investigating the Capitol riots announced an unexpected hearing scheduled for Tuesday, much to the surprise of many since they were due to resume hearings in mid-July after viewing new evidence from documentary filmmakers who shot footage of the Trump family during and after the 2020 elections and materials from the National Archive.

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🍿 Billy Joe Armstrong to Renounce U.S. Citizenship

Lead singer of Green Day, Billy Joe Armstrong, announced in front of the audience at London Stadium that he plans to renounce his American citizenship over Roe v. Wade being overturned in an expletive-filled performance.

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⚖️ Abortion Access Back Online in Louisiana

A Louisiana state court judge blocked a trigger law banning abortion from going into effect, allowing abortion care to resume in the state. The judge blocked the law on the grounds that trigger laws are complicated and overlapping, and it is impossible to tell which ones are expected to be implemented in the chaos caused by the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

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⚖️ John Eastman Reveals His Phone Was Seized by Federal Agents

The conservative attorney may be facing legal repercussions for his alleged role in helping Trump architect a way to stay in power despite losing the 2020 election if his phone being taken by federal agents is any indication.

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⚡️ Amtrack Train Collides with A Truck in Missouri

At least three people are dead, and fifty are injured after an Amtrack train collided with a dump truck across its track in Northwest Missouri, causing several sections of the train to derail and fall on their sides.

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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

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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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.
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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.
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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.
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Technology

Crew 5 Launches

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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

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.
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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.
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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.
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