August, 17 2022

⚖️ Liz Cheney Loses in Wyoming

House Representative Liz Cheney lost the GOP primary to defend her seat to Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman. Cheney is the chair of the January 6th committee investigating Trump and his team's efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. Cheney has five months left in Congress.

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🍿 What a Wednesday

The trailer for Tim Burton's reimagining of the Addam's Family, \"Wednesday,\" for Netflix dropped today. The trailer follows Wednesday, played by Jenny Ortega, to school amongst equally devious peers. Stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzmán will take on the roles of Morticia and Gomez Addams.

💻 Inflation Reduction Act and Electric Vehicles

The Biden administration signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law yesterday, and the impacts of the ambitious policies to boost the domestic production and sale of electric vehicles are starting to trickle in. As of the signing, for the purchase of an electric vehicle to qualify for new tax credits, final assembly must occur in the U.S.

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⚖️ Pence Positions Himself

At a political event in New Hampshire, former vice president Mike Pence called on fellow Republicans to stop attacking the FBI and Justice Department for their role in searching former president Donald Trump's residence at Mar-a-Lago. He called on Republicans to hold the department accountable for their actions without attacking the rank-and-file agents who conducted the search.

💻 Spotify and Samsung Continues Partnership

Spotify is expanding its partnership with Samsung into 2022, offering three free months of Spotify Premium to new users who buy Samsung devices. The partnership allows users to switch between devices and new devices will have Spotify pre-installed on them.

⚖️ CDC Initiates Overhaul

After two extensive reviews of the CDC, one led Jim Macrae, an official in the Department of Health and Human Services, and another by CDC Chief of Staff Sherri Berger, the agency's director announced that they would initiate a series of changes to improve the agency's response to future pandemics or outbreaks of disease.

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🍿 LeBron Stays a Laker

LeBron James has agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers. The extension makes James the highest-earning NBA player in history as he is guaranteed to make $532 million by the end of his contract.

💻 Tik Tok Competitor Sued

The video-sharing app Triller acquired Verzuz in March 2021, which artists Swiss Beatz and Timbaland own. Now, the pair are suing Triller for $28 million in missing payments. However, Triller contends that they only owe the pair $10 million.

💻 Is Elon Musk Moving From Twitter to Football?

Tesla founder Elon Musk took to Twitter to joke that he intends to buy the football club, Manchester United, sending shares in the incredibly successful club up 17%.

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⚖️ Rudy Giuliani Testifies in Georgia

Rudy Giuliani testified for six hours before a grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, today about alleged attempts to overthrow election results after the 2020 presidential election. Former-president Trump's lawyer was ordered to make his way to Georgia by any means necessary by a judge to testify. He is also the target of a criminal probe as part of the investigation.

💻 iPhone 14 Guessing Game

According to reporting from Bloomberg, Apple's iPhone 14 unveiling may take place in early September. The reveal will reportedly include iPhone 14, its big-screened sibling, the Pro version, and an iPhone 14 Pro Max. Apple could also reveal details about the upcoming update to Apple watches.

⚖️ Shake Up in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin race is one of the top Senate races to watch as Democrats try to secure a majority in the Senate. The latest Marquette University poll shows that Mandela Barnes, the Wisconsin Lt. Gov, is leading incumbent Senator Ron Johnson by 7 points. The poll was conducted after Johnson's controversial comments about Social Security and Medicare and after Democrats released an ad about Johnson's vote against a bill that would cap the amount that people with private insurance have to pay for insulin.

💻 Get in Line for PlayStation 5

The PlayStation 5 is Sony's latest gaming console, and Sony opened up another public queue to shop for the console. The new console is a huge upgrade from the PS4. It boasts faster loading speeds, better graphics, and more.

💻 Saudi Arabia Sentences a Woman for Tweeting

Salma al-Shehab, a PhD student at the University of Leeds, has been sentenced to 34 years in prison for retweeting posts supporting women's rights. She was detained in January 2021 after she returned home for a vacation.

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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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