August, 10 2022

⚖️ Trump Pleads the Fifth

Former President Donald Trump invoked the right to remain silent in his deposition with the New York Attorney General, Letitia James, today.

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🍿 Hard Day to be Armie Hammer

The story of Armie Hammer's very public fall from grace after allegations of abusive behavior broke will debut Dicovery+ as a three-part docuseries. In the trailer released today, Hammer's victims detail the disturbing messages they received from the actor. The producers also promise to unveil the twisted history of Hammer's family.

💻 Disney's Earnings Beat Expectations

Disney announced their Q3 results today, and they blew past experts' predictions with massive subscriber growth and higher-than-expected top and bottom line earnings. They also announced their intention to launch an ad-supported subscription in December.

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🍿 You Can Be Groot Too

\"I Am Groot\" is now available to stream on Disney+. The movie follows the beloved Marvel character through five shorts as the sassy sapling takes on challenges like his first steps or painting a family portrait of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

💻 Major Blow to Starlink Expansion

Starlink applied for $885 million in subsidies from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to provide internet to rural America, which the FCC approved in 2020. But today, the FCC rejected their application because Starlink failed to demonstrate its ability to provide the service.

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💻 Palm Readers at Whole Foods

Amazon announced that they are rolling out a feature that allows shoppers at 65 Whole Foods locations to scan their palms to check out their groceries. The palm scanning tech, named Amazon One, uses the customer's unique palm print as an identifier which is then linked to a stored payment method.

⚖️ Bolton and Pompeo Targeted in Assassination Plot

The Department of Justice unsealed records today that revealed that former national security advisor John Bolton and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were the targets of an assassination plot by a member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, Shahram Poursafi.

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🍿 Goodbye Breakfast Club

The radio personality, Angela Yee, is leaving the show, The Breakfast Club with Charlamagne Tha God. She is leaving to host her own daily radio show, Way Up With Angela Yee.

⚖️ China Concludes Drills

China has concluded the military drills which have hammered the island of Taiwan's airspace and ocean borders for the last week. The exercises started after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan. China said they would continue to monitor the Taiwan strait and prepare for conflict from their side of the strait.

⚖️ Biden Signs the PACT Act

President Biden signed the PACT Act, which expands healthcare coverage for veterans impacted by toxic burn pits or chemical exposures while in service into law today. The signing ceremony was emotional, as the widow and daughter of a veteran who died from cancer stemming from his exposure to burn pits presented the bill. Biden also spoke about his son Beau, who died of brain cancer after serving in the military.

🍿 Jeanette McCurdy's Book Sells Out

The former actress who starred in iCarly, Jeanette McCurdy, released a memoir about her experience with parental abuse by her mother and the treatment she received at Nickelodeon as a child star. \"I'm Glad My Mother Died\" sold out on Amazon the day after its release and sparked conversations about child stars' treatment.

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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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