July, 26 2022

⚖️ Redemption for Roberts

A new report from CNN alleges that Chief Justice John Roberts privately worked behind the scenes to change his conservative Supreme Court Justices' minds about overturning Roe v. Wade. The report claims that the leak of the decision was the nail in the coffin for their votes, and after the leak, there were no changing Justices like Brett Kavanaugh's minds.

🍿 VMA Nominations Are In

Jack Harlow, Lil Nas X, and Kenrick Lamar led the pack in the 2022 VMA Awards nominations with seven nods each. Doja Cat and Harry Styles are not far behind.

💻 Not So International Space Station

Russia has announced that they will leave the International Space Station after 2024 and build their own space outpost.

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⚡️ Record Rainfall in St. Louis

Record rainfall in St. Louis is causing dangerous flooding and road closures prompting rescues by boat.

🍿 Jones Trial Begins

Infowar's host Alex Jones's defamation trial began today. Jones faces the families of Sandy Hook shooting victims who sued him for his coordinated misinformation campaign to make Sandy Hook seem like a fake, staged event. Parents of the victims will testify in three desperate trials to determine how much Jones owes the families.

🍿 RIP Tony Dow

Tony Dow, known for playing \"Wally Cleaver\" on \"Leave It to Beaver,\" passed away at 77.

💻 Where's John Cena

If you're a John Cena fan and you happen to play Fortnite, now you can play as the famous wrestling star by wearing a John Cena \"skin.\"

🍿 Head of the Upcoming Kang Dynasty

The new Marvel movie announced at San Diego Comic Con, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, has tapped its new director. Destin Daniel Cretton, who directed \"Shang-Chi: The Legend of the Ten Rings,\" will helm the new Marvel smash.

💻 Infobip Acquires Peerless Network

European and U.S. communications provider Infobip acquired Peerless Network for $200 million. Infobip provides messaging for apps like Facebook and Uber, and Peerless is a VoIP platform.

💻 Meta Raises the Prices of Quest 2 Headsets

Meta is raising the price of the Quest 2 headset by $100 next month, raising the cost of admission to the metaverse.

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⚖️ Trump Addresses DC

Trump returned to DC for the first time since leaving the office of President to deliver a speech at the America First Policy Institute’s two-day America First Agenda Summit, hinting that he may be running in 2024.

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💻 Donut Lovers Say Hole-y Moly

Holey Grail Donuts raised $9 million to expand into a brick-and-mortar store in Los Angeles. LA can look forward to a robot-made taro donut fried in organic, fair trade coconut oil.

⚖️ Taming the Supreme Court Term

Democrats have introduced a bill in the House to limit the term length of Supreme Court Justices to a maximum of 18 years. The Supreme Court Tenure Establishment and Retirement Modernization (TERM) Act also gives the president the power to nominate two justices per term.

⚖️ Biden Launches Heat Wave Website

As record high temperatures slam into the U.S., the Biden administration has launched Heat.gov, a website with resources and instructions for Americans impacted by the heat.

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🍿 Bops by Barack

Former President Barack Obama has released his summer playlist. This year's edition includes hits from Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Maggie Rodgers, and even Wet Leg!

🍿 Farewell Choco Taco

The beloved summertime favorite of ice cream truck visitors everywhere, the Choco Taco, has been discontinued by Klondike, prompting social media to ride the wave of summertime nostalgia.

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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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