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Nov 09, 2021
An investigation into the deadly crowd surge that killed eight people is well underway in Houston. Six more associates join the dozens already summoned to explain their role in the unprecedented Jan. 6 attack on the nation’s Capitol. Robinhood has confirmed the theft of emails and other personal data from more than 7 million customers. Meanwhile, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced a program to redress racist road design in underserved communities. All this and more in today’s Presidential Daily Brief.
1 - Looking for Answers in Houston
At least 12 lawsuits filed against Travis Scott and Live Nation
An investigation into Friday’s deadly crowd surge at Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival in Houston is well underway, in tandem with an informal probe into a shady business. Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s largest live-events company, has been linked to hundreds of deaths and injuries in the past 15 years. The Houston Chronicle reported on scores of incidents that happened on Live Nation’s watch, including the deadly attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, in 2017 and the Las Vegas mass shooting later that year. (Source: NPR, Houston Chronicle)
2 - Another Round on the House!
The Jan. 6 committee has subpoenaed six more Trump associates
This newest round of subpoenas tops up the 19 Trump associates already summoned and the more than 150 witnesses who have testified. The congressional committee probing the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol hopes to schedule the next six depositions between Nov. 30 and Dec. 13. The six individuals are Jason Miller, Michael Flynn, Angela McCallum, William Stepien, Bernard Kerik, and John Eastman. “The Select Committee needs to know every detail about their efforts to overturn the election,” said Representative Bennie Thompson, chair of the Select Committee in charge of the investigation. (Source: Reuters)
3 - Robinhood Hoodwinked
The trading platform app reveals hacking incident earlier this month
Millions of customers’ information was exposed in a Nov. 3 attack on Robinhood’s client databases, the company announced Monday. Hackers apparently accessed the email addresses of 5 million customers, the full names of about 2 million customers and extensive personal information on at least 310 more. “We believe that no Social Security numbers, bank account numbers or debit card numbers were exposed and that there has been no financial loss to any customers as a result of the incident,” said the company. The hackers demanded an extortion payment, but Robinhood’s statement did not say whether they complied with the demand. (Source: CNN)
4 - Racist Roads Headed for Redesign
The infrastructure bill will address racial inequities in U.S. highway design
Former presidential candidate and current Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced yesterday that his agency would earmark funds from the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill for the ”Reconnecting Communities” program. The program, dedicated to the “legacy of highway construction built through communities,” will remove or repurpose infrastructure designs that “reflect racism.” The focus of this project will be on benefiting “overburdened and underserved” communities, said Buttigieg. (Source: Axios)
5 - Briefly
Here are some things you should know about today:
Two suspected ransomware operators charged by US government. Suspected hacker Yaroslav Vasinskyi was arrested last month in Poland and another suspect is still being sought by the FBI. (Source: AP) Obama speaks at COP26 summit. Former President Barack Obama encouraged young people everywhere to “stay angry” about climate change, and said the world is “nowhere near where we need to be” on protecting against climate catastrophe. (Source: BBC) Man who survived Rittenhouse shooting takes the stand. Gaige Grosskreutz described his interaction with Rittenhouse on the night of the shooting, saying his hands were raised when Rittenhouse took aim and he was “never trying to kill the defendant.” (Source: NPR)
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1 - Restoring Communication
Paralyzed man regains power of speech through brain implant
A man paralyzed from the neck down due to a spinal cord injury he sustained in 2007 can now translate his thoughts into text, thanks to a revolutionary implant. The brain-computer interface, called BrainGate, uses artificial intelligence to interpret the neural-activity signals generated during handwriting. The prototype, still in the testing phase, will not be available for clinical use until results are validated among many more patients for longer periods. (Source: NPR)
2 - Shaq Steps In
Shaq, police announce $30,000 reward to find suspect who shot officer
Investigators in Georgia and NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal have donated $30,000 to find the suspect who shot a policeman last week. Henry County police officer Paramhans Desai, who passed away this morning, was shot while responding to an active domestic disturbance. Police say suspect Jordan Jackson shot Desai as he attempted to make an arrest then fled the scene. O’Neal has a history of supporting the police. He was named honorary deputy for the Broward County Sheriff’s Depart and honorary U.S. Deputy Marshall in 2005. (Source: CBSNews)
3 - Avoiding Justice
Capitol rioter seeks asylum in Belarus
A California man wanted by the FBI for allegedly assaulting police officers during the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection is seeking asylum in Belarus. In an interview with Belarusian state television, Evan Neumann confirmed he’s applied for asylum due to “political persecution.” In response to growing criticism from Americans, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin have cited the Capitol riot as an example of U.S. “double standards,” for criticizing government crackdowns abroad. (Sources: CNN, WaPo)
4 - Plastic Pandemic
8 million tons of plastic waste created, 25,000 tons leaked into oceans
More than 25,000 tons of plastic waste leaked into our oceans during the COVID-19 pandemic, while 8 million tons were generated worldwide. The global health emergency is a result of the faulty disposal of personal protective equipment like masks and gloves. The increased demand for single-use plastics has exacerbated an already out-of-control global plastic waste problem, according to a recent study, as countries struggle to process the overabundance of plastic waste. (Source: TheHill)
5 - Big Bird’s Big Drama
Big Bird’s vaccination status earns the ire of Sen. Ted Cruz
Big Bird, a beloved Sesame Street character since the program’s inception in 1969, has received his COVID-19 vaccine. The feathery yellow muppet announced his vaccination status via the official Big Bird Twitter account on Saturday. Though intended to ease young children’s fears over getting vaccinated, the announcement was seized by Sen. Ted Cruz, who called Big Bird's tweet “propaganda” designed to make people feel better while doing nothing for real solutions. Big Bird is no stranger to vaccine campaigns. The character participated in a "Don't Wait, Vaccinate" segment in 1972 to encourage reception of the measles vaccine. (Sources: CNN, NPR)
Gratitude and Gratefulness
As we enter the holiday season, we’d love to hear what you’re grateful for or what makes you smile. We’ll be sharing your thoughts in our Gratefulness Corner.
In teaching the next generation, one reader advocates this win-win solution:
“Wouldn’t it be fantastic to teach the younger generation about Farming & how important it is for our Future? Some Farmers may be willing to help in this effort & also allow kids to pick fruits, berries, vegetables, etc. Then the kids could donate the food they picked to needy causes, also teaching them the Importance of helping those in need.” - Norm
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