July, 14 2022

⚖️ Amber Alert for Active Shooters

The House passed a bipartisan bill today that establishes an Amber Alert-like system for active shooters.

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⚖️ James Lankford Blocks Interstate Travel for Abortion

GOP senator Jim Jordan blocked the Democrat's request to unanimously pass a bill to protect the right to travel across state lines to access reproductive healthcare. The bill would protect those seeking abortion services in states where the procedure is still legal and healthcare providers who provide the procedure to out-of-state patients.

⚡️ Italian Prime Minister Resigns

The Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi, has resigned after his coalition government lost the support of the populist member, the Five Star Movement, over a deal to send arms to Ukraine and a domestic aid package.

🍿 Scream 6 Gets New Blood

Actress Samara Weaving and actor Tony Revolori have joined the Scream 6 cast. The new sequel follows fan favorites to New York as they attempt to leave Ghostface and Woodsboro behind.

💻 OpenSea Sends Employees into Open Waters

The NFT marketplace OpenSea laid off 20% as it slips into hibernation for a crypto winter.

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⚖️ Texas Sues Biden Administration

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has sued the Biden administration over a requirement that requires doctors to provide abortions in medical emergencies where the mother's life is at risk.

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🍿 Bye Bye PG

WWE Raw will no longer have a PG rating on the USA Network. Instead, it graduates to TV14 on July 18th.

🍿 Ivana Trump Passes Away

The famous socialite and ex-wife of Donald Trump, Ivana Trump, passed away at the age of 73.

🍿 Live Action Barney

Actor Daniel Kaluuya of \"Get Out\" and \"Black Panther\" is producing a Barney movie alongside Mattel. It will apparently be significantly darker than the beloved children's show.

🍿 Constance Wu Returns to Social Media

Actress Constance Wu returned to social media after a three-year hiatus today to announce her new book, Making a Scene. In her return, Wu revealed that following the backlash she received for a tweet in 2019 over the renewal of her show, she attempted suicide from the intense hate she received online.

💻 Stop Scrolling on Tik Tok

Tik Tok will add content warnings to videos with \"overly mature\" content to users under 18 after the platform has received backlash for showing videos containing content about eating disorders, drug use, and self-harm to young users.

💻 Celsius Files For Bankruptcy

One of crypto's largest lenders, Celsius, has filed for chapter 15 bankruptcy.

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⚖️ Secrets of the Secret Service

The House committee investigating the capitol riots revealed a watchdog written to the committee shows the secret service deleted text messages from the days preceding the Capitol riot. Representative Bennie Thompson confirmed the committee had received the letter, saying, \"The Committee on Homeland Security received a letter from the DHS Inspector General regarding the Secret Service deleting text messages the Office of Inspector General requested as part of its investigation into the January 6th attack on the Capitol.\"

🍿 Another Musk, Another Baby

Errol Musk, the father of Elon Musk, announced he'd fathered two children with his stepdaughter, to whom he's been a father since she was four years old.

🍿 Snooki Gets Political

Reality TV star Snooki features in a new political ad for John Fetterman aimed at Dr. Oz. Snooki reassures Dr. Oz, who is from New Jersey but moved to Pennsylvania to run for Senate, that he'll be back in the garden state in no time.

💻 Free to Skate

EA's latest game, formerly known as Skate 4, Skate will be free to play on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

🍿 Dean Fleischer-Camp Becomes Ohana

Dean Fleischer-Camp has been chosen to direct the upcoming \"Lilo and Stich\" live-action remake. Fleischer-Camp is the director of \"Marcel The Shell With Shoes On.\"

⚖️ Democrats Raise Big Bucks

Senate Democrats are posting blockbuster numbers in the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade and mass shootings that have rattled the nation, according to Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesperson David Bergstein. Senators Michael Bennet and Raphael Warnock are two of the top performers.

🍿 Phantom Fees

The production company Phantom Labs is suing Kanye West for $7 million over unpaid production fees from Sunday Services, Kanye pulling out of Coachella, a listening party for his album \"Donda,\" and a concert with Drake.

⚖️ Bipartisan Defense Spending

The House passed an $839 billion defense bill today. The National Defense Authorization Act rejected several of the Biden administration's plans, including hampering F--16 sales to turkey, limiting the number of ships and aircraft the Pentagon can retire and maintaining plans for a nuclear cruise missile the administration hoped to cut.

💻 Reviewing the Air

The reviews are in for the new MacBook Air and are glowing. Reviewers are especially excited about the battery life and the lightning-fast processing speeds thanks to the new M2 chip.

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The context
Richard Liu settled a sexual misconduct case, which was meant to go to civil trial today in Minneapolis. The JD.com tycoon was accused of assaulting Liu Jingyao, a former University of Minnesota student, in 2018. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed by either party.
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Monday, October 3, 2022

Richard Liu Case Settles

Richard Liu settled a sexual misconduct case, which was meant to go to civil trial today in Minneapolis. The JD.com tycoon was accused of assaulting Liu Jingyao, a former University of Minnesota student, in 2018. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed by either party.
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China's MeToo movement

  • Richard Liu Qiangdong is the founder of the e-commerce company JD.com.
  • Liu Jingyao accused him of assaulting her in her apartment in 2018.
  • The case was a notable part of China's #MeToo reckoning; for some, the settlement is seen as an admission of guilt.
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Last minute twist

  • The case against Liu featured a series of video/audio clips from the night of the incident, which provided evidence that he pressured her to drink excessively and forced himself on her.
  • The switch to a last-minute-settlement shocked many.
  • The case has been closely followed in China because it was filed in a U.S. court, which gave the Chinese public unprecedented access to videos and press coverage.
  • Liu has remained in the public eye in China.
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Yates Wraps Up Investigation

October 3, 2022
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The context
The former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, on behalf of the US Soccer Federation, conducted an independent investigation into the systemic abuse and misconduct in women's professional soccer. The report, released today, shows that the National Women's Soccer League and USSF failed to provide a safe environment for players.
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Monday, October 3, 2022

Yates Wraps Up Investigation

The former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, on behalf of the US Soccer Federation, conducted an independent investigation into the systemic abuse and misconduct in women's professional soccer. The report, released today, shows that the National Women's Soccer League and USSF failed to provide a safe environment for players.
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Systemic failure

  • The report was based on over 200 interviews with current and former coaches, staffers, and players.
  • The conclusion of the investigation found systemic abuse and misconduct within women's soccer, including rampant sexual misconduct and the use of abusive language toward players.
  • The investigation concluded that there were no protections in place for players. Teams prioritized coaches over player safety and well-being.
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Conclusion

  • The report opens by revealing an undisclosed revelation that Chisty Holly, a manager of the Racing Louisville team until 2021, sexually abused a player, identified as Erin Simon. He would inappropriately touch Simon "for every pass" she made a mistake on.
  • The investigation was triggered by a report published by The Athletic in 2021, which revealed that former Portland Thorns manager Paul Riley told two players to kiss each other to get their team out of doing conditioning.
  • The Chicago Red Stars, the Portland Thorns, and Racing Louisville did not fully cooperate with the investigation, blocking access to relevant documents and tampering with witness testimony.
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The context
The trial of five leaders of the right-wing extremist group, the Oath Keepers, began today. The trial is the highest profile Jan 6th case because the defendants, led by Stewart Rhodes and Kelly Meggs, helped organize the Capitol riot.
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Monday, October 3, 2022

Oath Keepers Trial Begins

The trial of five leaders of the right-wing extremist group, the Oath Keepers, began today. The trial is the highest profile Jan 6th case because the defendants, led by Stewart Rhodes and Kelly Meggs, helped organize the Capitol riot.
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Their turn on trial

  • Prosecutors opened the trial today, arguing that the leaders of the Oath Keepers organized teams from across the country to descend on Washington D.C. before the riot.
  • The leaders' defense team is expected to argue that the Oath Keepers acted lawfully.
  • The trial finally began today after months of efforts by the defense team to try and move the trial out of D.C. on the basis that the jury would be overwhelmingly liberal, which was rejected by the presiding judge.
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Opening statements

  • The five members on trial pleaded not guilty to charges of seditious conspiracy.
  • The prosecutors opened the trial by establishing the presence of the defendants at the riots using iPhone footage of the attack on the Capitol building, and by accusing the defendants of preparing to do anything necessary to prevent the transfer of presidential power.
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