August, 16 2022

⚖️ Trump Passports Returned

The FBI returned former president Donald Trump's three passports which were taken during the raid of Mar-a-Lago. The passports were caught by the FBI's filter team as they sifted through the boxes of documents seized from Mar-a-Lago.

🍿 NBA Says Go Vote

The NBA announced they would not hold games on Election Day. Instead, they will host a civic engagement night where all 30 teams will play games. Players, coaches, and fans are encouraged to get out and vote on November 8th.

⚖️ Jill Biden Tests Positive

The First Lady, Jill Biden, has tested positive for Covid-19. She is reportedly experiencing mild symptoms. President Joe Biden tested negative but will wear a mask indoors and in close quarters with his staff.

🍿 Ballet à la Solange

The singer and artist Solange will compose a score for a piece directed by Gianna Resien at the Fall Fashion Gala at New York City Ballet this September. The costumes will be made by Alejandro Gómez Palomo of Palomo Spain.

⚖️ So Long ITT Tech Debt

The Biden administration canceled $3.9 billion of student debt for students defrauded by the for-profit technical university, ITT Tech. The cancelation is the latest round of a series of student-debt relief actions undertaken by the Biden administration.

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💻 Meta Makes a Plan for the Midterms

Meta has pledged to remove misinformation from their platforms and has updated its political ads policy ahead of the midterm elections. The plan laid out by the company via a blog post is similar to their strategy leading up to the 2020 election.

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⚖️ Val Demings Gets an Edge on Marco Rubio

House Representative Val Demings is polling four percentage points above Senator Marco Rubio in a contentious battle for a Florida Senate seat. In a poll by the University of North Florida, Val Demings leads Rubio, 48-44%. Polls showed her tied with Rubio on August 11th.

🍿 Wolfgang Peterson Passes Away

The director of \"Das Boot\" and \"Air Force One,\" Wolfgang Peterson, passed away on Friday at 81. The German director shot to fame with his approach to humanizing World War II with \"Das Boot,\" which was the most expensive German movie ever made at the time.

⚖️ Government Cracks Down On Colorado River Use

The federal government announced cuts to water allocations from the Colorado River for western states as the water level in Lake Mead, and Lake Powell continues to plummet thanks to a historic drought. The Federal Bureau of Reclamation announced a 21% cut to Arizona's water allocation and 8% to Nevada's.

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⚖️ Biden Signs the Inflation Reduction Act

President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act after almost a year of political maneuvering by Democrats in Congress to pass the ambitious spending bill that has been a key part of Biden's agenda. The $750 billion health care, tax, and climate bill resulted from a compromise between Senate Democrats. President Biden called the bill one of the most significant bills in the country's history today at the signing ceremony.

💻 NASA Ready for Artemis 1

NASA is rolling out the mega moon rocket Space Launch System that will launch in the mission Artemis 1 earlier than expected. The rocket will carry the first deep-space biology experiment when it launches on August 29th.

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💻 Oracle Keeps One Eye Open

Oracle has begun monitoring Tik Tok's systems as part of its deal to host the video sharing platform on Oracle servers as part of \"Project Texas.\" Oracle now monitors Tik Tok for evidence of Chinese interference in the platform's content surfacing algorithm and content moderation systems.

💻 American Airlines and Boom Supersonic Team Up

American Airlines revealed today that they had bought 20 Overture aircraft from Boom Supersonic. According to Boom Supersonic, the jets are carbon neutral and can carry passengers to their destinations twice as quickly as today's commercial jets. But, excited passengers will have to wait until 2029 for the first Overture aircraft to take off.

💻 Apple Employees Are in Their Bag

A judge approved Apple's pay out $30.5 million to Apple employees in settlement of a case where employees argued they deserved compensation for time spent having their bags and equipment checked while on their shift. The suit was filed by two former employees in 2013 who alleged they spent up to 30 minutes waiting in line for bag checks and were not compensated.

💻 Driverless in Las Vegas

Lyft and Motional have launched a partnership in Las Vegas that will let riders hop into a fully electric, fully autonomous Hyundai Ioniq 5-based car. The autonomous taxi service will be available to Lyft users and will take them to destinations along the Las Vegas strip.

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⚖️ Dr. Oz's Crudité Blunder Costs Him

Dr. Oz posted a video of himself in April from a Wegners in Pennsylvania where he laments the high cost of buying vegetables for his wife and blames president Biden for inflation. The only problem is that there are no Wegners in Pennsylvania, but there are Wegmans. John Fetterman, Dr. Oz's opponent for the Senate seat, announced today that his campaign had raised $500k after the video went viral this week.

🍿 Tiger Woods Bats for the PGA

Tiger Woods is expected to meet with twenty of the world's top golfers at the BMW Championship in Wilmington, Delaware, to rally their support behind the PGA Tour. The LIV Golf league, which reportedly offered Woods $800 million to change leagues, has been luring high-profile golfers away from the PGA with massive, Saudi-funded checks. Woods has been an outspoken critic of the LIV Golf league and a staunch supporter of the PGA Tour.

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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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