August, 24 2022

💻 Golf Gets Wood's Sponsored, Tech-Driven Upgrade

As part of a bombshell announcement from the PGA Tour about increased payouts and events for PGA golfers, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlory announced the creation of a tech-driven golf league that will kick off in 2024.

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⚖️ Student Loan Forgiveness Decision Announced

President Biden announced his long-awaited student loan debt relief plan. His administration will cancel up to $10k in student loans and $20k for Pell Grant recipients for borrowers who earn less than $125k a year and couples who make less than $250,000 a year. He also extended the Federal student loan payment pause through December 31st.

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⚖️ Gen-Z Takes on the Primaries

Maxwell Frost won the Democratic primary in central Florida for a U.S. House seat. Frost, who is 25 and one is the first Gen-Z candidate to win a primary, is a prominent activist who led the national organizing team for March for Our Lives and worked for the ACLU. Frost campaigned on Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, student debt cancellation, and an end to gun violence.

⚖️ Val Demings Will Face Rubio

Val Demings won the Florida Democratic primary for a coveted seat in the Senate. She will face off against incumbent Senator Marco Rubio in November.

⚖️ Gaetz's Covid-19 Denial May Bite Back

Matt Gaetz won the Republican primary for Florida's First Congressional District. He will face a former data manager for the Florida Department of Health, Rebekah Jones, who won the Democratic Primary. Jones was fired from her position with the Florida Department of Health for filing a whistleblower report about the number of deaths from Covid-19 in 2020 in Florida.

💻 Far Out on September 7th

Apple has released the invitation to a press event titled \"Far Out,\" in which they are expected to launch the new iPhone 14 and, maybe if watchers are lucky, new Apple Watches.

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⚖️ DeBlasio Heads to Harvard

Former NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio will become a teaching fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The Democrat served as mayor of NYC from 2014-2021, and this next chapter comes after a failed exploration into running for President in 2020 and, most recently, for Governor of New York this past year.

⚖️ Goldman Wins Big In New York

The former assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted Trump's first impeachment trial, Daniel Goldman, won the Democratic primary for a seat in the House from the district covering parts of New York City. Goldman, who spent $5 million of his own money on the race, beat out a crowded field of Democratic contenders for the seat.

🍿 Kansas City Chiefs Superstar Remembered

The family of Len Dawson announced that the former quarterback had passed away at 87. Lenny the Cool came back from a knee injury to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to their first Super Bowl IV victory in 1970 after spending his first five seasons in the NFL as a backup quarterback. He is remembered as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.

⚖️ Investigation Finds Vaccine Push Pre-2020 Election

Democrats on the House Select Subcommittee investigating the Coronavirus Crisis released a report today that revealed that Trump and his administration pressured the FDA to authorize vaccines before the 2020 election. It also revealed that the administration pressured the FDA to reauthorize the use of hydroxychloroquine after the FDA banned it due to potentially harmful side effects and lack of efficacy in fighting Covid-19.

💻 Snap Loses in Illinois

Snap agreed to a $35 million settlement in Illinois for violating a state consumer privacy law. Illinois contended that Snap's filters and lenses violated the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) by collecting and sharing users' biometric data. Snap maintains that its filters and lenses do not violate the law but opted to settle the suit anyways.

⚖️ DACA is Here to stay

Today, the Biden administration announced they are moving to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act into federal law. The 453-page rule will go into effect on October 31st and will continue to allow the children of undocumented immigrants to work legally in the U.S. without fear of being deported. The administration also reassured dreamers that they would continue to support the act through any future legal challenges.

⚖️ Key Florida Victories

In Florida, voters ousted two prominent anti-abortion officials. Representative James Bush, the only Democrat in the Florida legislature to vote for a 15-week abortion ban and the anti-LGBTQ \"Don't Say Gay\" bill, lost his reelection bid. Jared Smith, a judge in Hillsborough County, was also voted out of office after he denied a teen girl's request for an abortion because her grades were low.

🍿 Yoga for the Money

The three founders of Yoga to the People were arrested for tax evasion after failing to file individual or business tax returns or pay income taxes between 2013 and 2020. The business netted millions of dollars, which the founders used to fund lavish lifestyles. The classes were donation-based, and attendees could opt to pay what they could/wanted to pay volunteer teachers.

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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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