September, 01 2022

⚖️ Ginni Thomas is Back in the News

The Washington Post broke a bombshell report that the wife of Supreme Court Justice, Ginni Thomas, urged lawmakers in Wisconsin to overturn the state's election results which helped elect Joe Biden to the presidential office in 2020. She was already revealed to have tried to interfere in Arizona's election certification process.

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⚖️ Top Lawyer for the Oath Keepers Arrested

Kellye SoRelle, the top lawyer for the Oath Keepers extremist group, has been arrested and charged for her involvement in the January 6th Capitol riots.

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💻 Edit Tweet Function Finally Coming

Twitter is finally testing a long-awaited Edit feature that lets tweeters edit their tweets after they have been posted.

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🍿 First Look at Pinhead

Fans finally got a peek into the latest reboot of the classic horror film, Hellraiser. David Bruckner directs this reboot, and Jaime Clayton plays the pin-filled terrifying Cenobite leader. The film will stream on Hulu starting October 7th.

💻 Apple Settles With Developer

Apple has settled a lawsuit with a developer and former engineer at Pinterest, Kosta Eleftheriou. Eleftheriou sued Apple after his app, FlickType, was rejected from the App Store and after he floated a successful social media campaign calling out Apple for App Store scams. Apple rejected his app, citing poor user experience, but approved apps with the same technology for big social media companies like Reddit or Instagram.

💻 Idaho is in for More than Potatoes

In response to the passage of the CHIPS and Science Act, Micron is launching a $15 billion project in Idaho to build a new semiconductor chip production plant. The build in Boise will create 17,000 new jobs, including 2,000 Micron jobs.

💻 Instacart Acquires Eversight

Eversight is an AI-driven pricing and promotions platform for retailers who sell Consumer Packaged Goods. Instacart announced that the acquisition of the platform would empower its partners with new tools and data-driven insights to inform their pricing decisions, improve sales, and rapidly respond to changing customer behaviors.

⚖️ Mary Peltola Defeats Sarah Palin

Mary Peltola has become the first Native Alaskan to be elected to Congress, beating out the state's former governor and former vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. The Democrat will finish out the term of GOP Rep. Don Young. She beat Palin with 51.5% of the votes to Palin's 48.5%.

⚖️ Ex-NYPD Officer Gets Record Sentence for Attack on Guard During Jan 6th

Thomas Webster was convicted of several felonies for attacking a Washington police officer with a flagpole on January 6th. Webster attacked the officer with a flagpole, tackled the officer to the ground, and tried to rip off his gas mask during the riot. Webster claimed that the officer had instigated the attack, but prosecutors argued that the officer was just doing his job and trying to keep the peace when Webster attacked him.

⚡️ Water in Jackson Still Offline

On the fourth day without clean running water, residents of Jackson, Mississippi, were told by Jim Craig, senior deputy, and director of health protection at the Mississippi Department of Health, to shower with their mouths shut while the city's water plant remains offline.

🍿 Kendrick Releases Short Film

Kenrick Lamar released a short film for his song, 'We Cry Together,' which depicts a couple fighting in a toxic relationship. The film is a peek inside an abusive relationship and features actress Taylour Paige.

⚖️ McCarthy Offers his Take

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy delivered remarks ahead of President Biden's highly anticipated speech at Independence hall. McCarthy said that he took offense at previous comments by the president about members of the Republican party who still support President Trump. He also criticized the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago.

🍿 Venus and Serena Team Up for Doubles

Serena and Venus Williams teamed up for Doubles for the last time today at the US Open. The two have been playing tennis together for decades, but Serena will peel off into retirement after this US Open.

⚖️ Biden Delivers Remarks

President Biden delivered remarks from Philadelphia this evening. He warned Americans that democracy is under assault by Trump and Republicans who subscribe to \"MAGA extremism.\" He asked voters to consider the impact of their votes in the midterms, which could lead America towards prosperity or backwards, where the right to marriage, choice, and privacy has been stripped away.

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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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