August, 22 2022

⚖️ Dr. Fauci Plans His Exit

Dr. Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical advisor to president Biden, will step down from his posts in December.

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🍿 Rodman Hopes for an Off-Court Miracle

The eccentric NBA star Dennis Rodman, who has gotten cozy with the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, announced he had gotten permission to visit Russia to visit Vladimir Putin, who he's called a \"cool guy,\" to negotiate for Brittney Griner's release.

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🍿 Peek into the Glass Onion

The sequel to the smash murder mystery hit, \"Knives Out,\" will debut on Netflix on December 23rd and in theaters on a mystery date. \"Glass Onion\" will follow the star, Daniel Craig, to Greece as he investigates a new murder. The cast is stacked with stars like Janelle Monae and Edward Norton.

⚖️ Times Reveals a Massive Conservative Donation

The New York Times published an investigation into a massive $1.6 billion donation to a new conservative non-profit run by Leonard Leo, called the Marble Freedom Trust, by a low-profile Republican financier. The donation was routed through various channels to avoid being taxed.

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💻 eBay Acquires TCGplayer

eBay is acquiring the marketplace for collectible trading cards, TCGplayer, in a deal valued up to $295 million. eBay has long been a place where people go to buy and sell trading cards, so the acquisition makes sense as a commitment to the community of collectors. The marketplace will continue to operate autonomously.

⚡️ Daughter of Putin Ally Killed by Car Bomb

Daria Dugina, the daughter of Putin's ally Aleksandr Dugin, was killed after a car bomb exploded in Moscow on Sunday night. The U.S. sanctioned Dugina for posting disinformation about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Her father is a philosopher who has promoted Russian nationalism through various Russian publications.

💻 Layoffs at Ford

Ford will cut 3,000 jobs as part of an effort to restructure the company to maximize revenue and increase production. While the layoffs were expected in the wake of Ford announcing its restructuring efforts earlier this month.

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🍿 Cathy Yan Will Tackle Paprika

Cathy Yan will direct and produce an adaptation of the novel, Paprika by Yasutaka Tsutsu for Amazon. Yan directed \"Birds of Prey,\" making her the first Asian American woman to direct a superhero movie. She also received an Emmy nomination for directing an episode of \"Succession.\"

⚡️ Flash Floods in Texas

There is severe flooding in the Dallas/Fort Worth area today after the city was hit with three months-worth of rain overnight, and showers continued today. Eastern Dallas saw 15.16 inches of rainfall last night, and hundreds of car crashes and high water rescues have already been reported as raging water forced drivers to abandon their cars and caused accidents.

🍿 Rehearsal for the Second Act

Nathan Fielder's \"The Rehearsal\" has been renewed for a second season at HBO. In comedic-documentary-series, Fielder employs a variety of methods to help people rehearse upcoming real-life events like having kids or confessing a secret to a friend.

💻 Musk Burns the Dorsey Bridge

Elon Musk, who is embroiled in a legal dispute with Twitter over his attempt to pull out of buying the social media company, has subpoenaed former Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey. Dorsey supported Musk's ambitions to buy the company for $44 billion, but Musk now wants to know how many spam/bot accounts are on the platform.

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💻 The People Versus Oracle

A patchwork group of privacy researchers and human rights advocates is suing Oracle in California. The suit alleges that Oracle's \"worldwide surveillance machine\" has amassed detailed dossiers on 5 billion people. There is no comprehensive federal privacy law in the U.S., so the suit will face an uphill battle to make a case for Oracle's privacy violations.

🍿 Nicki Minaj is Back on Top

Nicki Minaj's new song, \"Super Freaky Girl,\" debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first rapper to have a song debut at the spot since Lauryn Hill. She is also one of only a handful of female rappers that have topped the chart with solo songs.

🍿 Fetty Wap Pleads Guilty

Fetty Wap has pled guilty to charges of possession and conspiracy to distribute illegal substances. The rapper rose to fame in 2015 with his hit song \"Trap Queen.\" He was arrested in 2016 after he was caught in a multi-state drug ring that distributed more than 100 kilograms of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and crack cocaine across Long Island and New Jersey. He is facing a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 40 years.

⚖️ Trump Takes to the Court

Former president Donald Trump and his legal team filed a suit today asking a judge to appoint a \"special master\" to sift through all the materials and documents seized from his home in Mar-a-Lago. The suit demands the Justice Department pause its investigation until a third party is appointed.

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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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