July, 12 2022

🍿 Emmy Nominees Announced

The 74th Emmy Award nominees have been announced. They feature some history-making nominations, like \"Squid Game,\" becoming the first foreign language series to be nominated, and some surprising snubs like Sadie Sink and Millie Bobby Brown of \"Stranger Things.\"

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⚖️ Tough Day for Tacos

During an address at a conference hosted by the Latino civil rights and advocacy organization UnidosUS in San Antonio, Texas, Jill Biden told the crowd, \"The diversity of this community, as distinct as the bodegas of the Bronx, as beautiful as the blossoms of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio, is your strength.\" The National Association of Hispanic Journalists responded, \"We are not tacos,\" and asked the first lady to educate herself before reducing Latinos to stereotypes.

⚖️ Hawley versus Bridges

During a Senate hearing, Berkeley Law professor Khiara Bridges traded words with Senator Josh Hawley over her use of the terminology \"people with the capacity for pregnancy\" instead of \"women.\" When Hawley questioned her use of the language, she pointed out that his refusal to accept it was \"transphobic\" and exemplified the views which put trans people at risk of violence.

🍿 Abbott Elementary is the New Darling of the Emmys

The hit show, Abbott Elementary, is already a favorite of fans for its heartfelt take on the hilarity that ensues between elementary school teachers. But now, it's also a favorite of the Emmys, earning seven nominations.

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💻 3AC Founders Go Dark

The founders of Three Arrows Capital, the epically collapsing crypto-hedge fund, have gone missing according to liquidators and investors trying to recoup their losses.

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💻 More Hopin Out

The virtual events platform confirmed it had parted ways with its COO, CFO, and chief business officer today after a reorganization attempt surfaced yesterday that saw as many as 350 people laid off.

⚖️ Pennsylvania Protects Abortion Access

The Pennsylvania governor signed an executive order today that protects the right to an abortion and access to contraception both for state residents and out-of-state people seeking care.

⚖️ January 6th Hearings, Extremist Edition

Today's January 6th hearing focused on former President Donald Trump's ties to extremist groups that stormed the Capitol and his efforts to instigate the riot.

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💻 Twitter Employee Testifies in Jan 6th Hearing

An anonymous Twitter employee testified before the January 6th committee about the impact Trump's tweets had on the supporters that stormed the Capitol and Twitter's knowledge of the upcoming potential of violence.

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💻 Twitter Sues Musk

Today, Twitter filed a lawsuit in a Delaware court against Elon Musk for breaching his agreement to buy the social media platform. The filing states, \"Twitter brings this action to enjoin Musk from further breaches, to compel Musk to fulfill his legal obligations, and to compel consummation of the merger upon satisfaction of the few outstanding conditions.\"

⚖️ Coup Here, Coup There

In an appearance on CNN discussing the January 6th hearing with Jake Tapper, former national security advisor John Bolton responded to Tapper claiming any person could plan a coup by saying, “As someone who has helped plan coup d’état — not here but, you know, other places — it takes a lot of work.”

⚡️ New Uvalde Footage

New video footage from outside the classroom where a gunman shot and killed nineteen students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School was released today. The 77-minute-long video shows the shooter entering the classroom where gunfire erupts. Police arrive three minutes later, and after more gunfire, they retreat and return later, heavily armed and shielded. They walk up and down the hallway, make calls, text, and look at floor plans instead of entering the classroom where the shooter is.

⚖️ Ten Against Pence

One of the revelations from today's January 6th hearing comes from White House visitor logs which show that ten Republican members of Congress attended a December 21st meeting with Trump, Mike Pence, Mark Meadows, and Rudy Giuliani, intended to pressure vice president Mike Pence to refuse to certify election results on January 6th. The representatives in attendance were Brian Babin, Andy Biggs, Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Andy Harris, Jody Hice, Jim Jordan, Scott Perry, and Marjorie Taylor Greene.

💻 Apple Parts Ways With Ive

Apple has decided to terminate its consulting agreement with former designer Jony Ive, who has his own design firm LoveForm after executives questioned Ive's salary and Ive wanted the freedom to take on projects without Apple approval.

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Stephen Cina, an Adams County, Colorado coroner, released an amended autopsy report today. The amended autopsy lists Elijah McClain's cause of death as an overdose of ketamine, which was administered by officers who forcibly restrained McClain in a chokehold as he was walking home from a convenience store in 2019.
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Friday, September 23, 2022

New Autopsy Results Released

Stephen Cina, an Adams County, Colorado coroner, released an amended autopsy report today. The amended autopsy lists Elijah McClain's cause of death as an overdose of ketamine, which was administered by officers who forcibly restrained McClain in a chokehold as he was walking home from a convenience store in 2019.
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Finally amended

  • McClain was just 23-year-old when he was killed.
  • When the Aurora, Colorado police department did an investigation in 2019, it found no policy violations but an independent investigation ruled that the officers had no basis to use any sort of force on McClain.
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The context
An appeals court dealt former president Donald Trump's legal team a significant blow, ruling that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and rejecting Trump's argument that he declassified the documents, saying that even if he had, the documents still belong to the government.
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Friday, September 23, 2022

Yet Another Special Master Hiccup

An appeals court dealt former president Donald Trump's legal team a significant blow, ruling that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and rejecting Trump's argument that he declassified the documents, saying that even if he had, the documents still belong to the government.
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Too much for one master

  • Judge Raymond Dearie has proposed that former Magistrate Judge James Orenstein help him complete the review of the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago.
  • Dearie also gave Trump's legal team until September 30th to back up their claim that the FBI planted evidence at Mar-a-Lago with an itemized list of documents they believe were planted.
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Can go criminal

  • A federal appeals court ruled that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and they can use them in a criminal investigation into Trump.
  • The ruling repeals an earlier ruling by Trump-appointed judge Aileen Cannon.
  • Trump nominated two of the three 11th Circuit judges that ruled on the DOJ appeal.
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Police in San Francisco, CA, can now watch private security camera feeds in real-time after the city board approved the measure, which the ACLU opposed.
Police in San Francisco, CA, can now watch private security camera feeds in real-time after the city board approved the measure, which the ACLU opposed.
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Real time access

  • The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to grant Police access to private surveillance cameras.
  • Police can access the feeds in real-time without the owner's consent.
  • The department won't have constant access but will be able to tap into the feeds.
  • SF Mayor London Breed said the measure is necessary to curb rising crime.
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Privacy concerns

  • The vote was split 7-4 and shocked many residents of the predominately liberal city with the ruling.
  • Advocates for the measure said that it was high time that the relaxed board passed measures to help curb crime.
  • The pilot program will run for 15 months before the supervisors vote again on whether to extend or end the program.
  • Police can access cameras for up to 24 hours if a captain signs off that the surveillance is being used for an investigation or in the case of emergencies where lives are at stake.
  • The ACLU opposed the program because it violates the privacy of private citizens who own security cameras.
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