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In October 2020, Twitter initially blocked users from sharing a New York Post story about Hunter Biden's laptop. Rep. Ro Khanna sent Twitter concerns about the decision, according to materials published Friday. Less than a month before the 2020 election, the Post published a story that claimed to contain emails retrieved from a laptop that belonged to President Joe Biden's son Hunter. Giving an example, Khanna said if materials uncovering a war crime were hacked and obtained by The New York Times, the Times should be able to publish them. New York Times Co. v. Sullivan established that public figures suing for defamation must establish "actual malice."
Elon Musk says he's releasing details on Twitter's "suppression" of a story about Hunter Biden's laptop. ET on what he says was Twitter's "suppression" of a controversial story about Hunter Biden's laptop before the 2020 election when the site was under different ownership. Last month, Musk tweeted that making public internal discussions about decisions regarding the story "is necessary to restore public trust." Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, asked Musk for these documents in October as part of their investigation into Hunter Biden's business dealings. No evidence to date has suggested that Hunter Biden's work influenced his father's policy decisions.
Following the FTX collapse, the founder and former CEO exchanged wild DMs with a Vox reporter. The Twitter direct messages were published by Vox on November 16, days after his cryptocurrency exchange, FTX, collapsed. It was a longtime friend of mine who I stupidly forgot was also a reporter," Bankman-Fried said, adding: "I'm not sure what they thought the capacity was at the time, but it certainly ended up being reported on." During the exchange, Piper also mentioned the conversation the two had over the summer. In a lengthy Twitter thread published shortly after the DMs came out, Bankman-Fried also referred to the Piper as his "friend."
The former head of trust and safety at Twitter said Twitter mishandled the Hunter Biden laptop story. Some came to blame Roth specifically for censoring the story, a charge he denied in the interview with Swisher. "Ultimately for me, it didn't reach a place where I was comfortable removing this content from Twitter." Musk, who took ownership of Twitter in a $44-billion deal last month, has suggested he will release details about Twitter's decision-making regarding the laptop. In response to a tweet requesting Musk "make public all internal decisions" about censoring the laptop story, Musk replied on November 23: "This is necessary to restore public trust."
Trump said he didn't know white supremacist Nick Fuentes when Kanye West brought him to dinner. Asa Hutchinson was among the first elected Republicans to condemn former President Donald Trump for meeting with white supremacist Nick Fuentes last week. "Well, I hope someday we won't have to be responding to what President Trump has said or done. "The last time I met with a white supremacist, it was in an armed standoff. Trump said he agreed to dinner with West but the rapper unexpectedly brought several people with him, including Fuentes.
Noem hinted at replacing RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, a staunch supporter of Trump. Talks of replacing McDaniel were kicked up as Republicans tossed around blame over the midterms. Kristi Noem said the GOP should consider replacing Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel after heavy midterm losses. McDaniel, who has served as chair of the RNC since 2017, has also been an ardent supporter of Trump. Despite blame for the midterms being spread around the GOP, McDaniel indicated on November 14 she planned to run for another two-year term, Politico reported.
Elon Musk on Saturday shared slides he said were from a Twitter company talk he delivered. Musk shared a series of slides he said were from a Twitter company talk he delivered. The slides also listed features and goals Musk has for Twitter 2.0, including long-form tweets, encrypted DMs, and "advertising as entertainment." Musk and Twitter did not respond to requests for comment or additional details about the company talk he said the slides were used for. He previously shared some details of his vision for Twitter 2.0, which he described as "extremely hardcore," Insider's Kali Hays reported.
"Our hospital couldn't become a Russian hospital," the lead physician told The Wall Street Journal. Kherson, a southern port city, was the first major Ukrainian city taken by Russian forces after the invasion in February. "Our hospital couldn't become a Russian hospital," Chief Physician Dr. Leonid Remiga told the Journal. Within days of the Russian forces invading the city, soldiers showed up to the hospital with the intention of converting it into a military hospital. Remiga told them the hospital was dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.
Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an unprovoked attack on Ukraine in February, but the invasion was the culmination of two decades in power that have been enabled by world leaders, billionaire oligarchs, and other powerful figures. Putin, a Soviet KGB officer-turned-politician, has effectively stayed in power for over two decades. He served his first two terms as Russia's president from 2000-2008, and was elected president again in 2012. In his latest term as president, Putin drastically escalated conflict with Ukraine, including with the 2014 annexation of Crimea by force, a move deemed by most of the world to be illegal and illegitimate. Here are some of the key figures who have enabled Putin's power.
"Why would anybody be surprised that the Supreme Court has ruled against me, they always do! "The Supreme Court has lost its honor, prestige, and standing, & has become nothing more than a political body, with our Country paying the price." In follow-up posts, Trump rehashed complaints over the court's handling of the 2020 election and referenced reports of leaked opinions. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court dismissed Trump's bid to block his tax returns from being released to Congress. In his one term as president, Trump appointed three justices — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett — cementing the court's 6-3 conservative majority likely for years to come.
Staffers told The Washington Post they are concerned the final report could focus too much on Trump. The Post spoke to 15 former and current staffers who said Cheney, the committee's vice chair, has exerted high levels of control over the investigation and the final report. Some staffers said they felt that Cheney's focus on Trump was for her own political gain. Cheney's work on the committee, and staunch defiance of Trump, has raised her national profile and earned the praise of some Democrats. It's unclear when the committee's final report would be released, but Thompson has said it would come out by early December.
A top election official in Maricopa County said Sunday he moved to an "undisclosed location." Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates made the move after his office received death threats. Kari Lake, who lost the governor race, raised doubts about the election and suggested legal action. Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, is the state's most populous, with more than 4.4 million residents. Masters also said there were "obviously a lot of problems with this election," previously citing long lines and issues with ballot printers, but ultimately called Kelly to concede.
The object's impact on Earth was predicted, marking the sixth time in history that has occurred. The European Space Agency said such detection technology for small objects is improving. The fireball was captured in several videos, including one that showed it appearing to pass by the city's CN Tower. The European Space Agency said the event marked only the sixth time in history the impact of a space object with Earth was successfully predicted. Mike Hankey of the American Meteor Society told The New York Times its possible meteorites — debris from a space object — from Saturday's event could be discovered near Niagara Falls.
Elon Musk on Saturday reinstated former President Donald Trump's Twitter account. Musk polled Twitter users about whether to bring back the account, with 51% of respondents voting "yes." Trump's return to Twitter was widely anticipated after Tesla CEO Elon Musk closed a $44 billion deal to buy the company. "I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump," Musk said at a Financial Times conference in May. "I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH," Trump told Fox News in April, referring to the website Truth Social.
Amid his chaotic takeover, Elon Musk polled Twitter users on whether to reinstate Trump's account. Twitter banned Trump in January 2021 following the Capitol riot, citing "the risk of further incitement of violence." Musk in May said he would reinstate Trump's account following his acquisition of the company, calling the decision to ban the former president "morally wrong and flat out stupid." Trump has said he won't return to Twitter even if his account is reinstated, saying he prefers his own platform, Truth Social. I like it better, I like the way it works, I like Elon, but I'm staying on Truth," Trump told Fox News last month.
Barr said he believed that the Justice Department may have enough evidence to indict Donald Trump. He declined to say if he would have indicted Trump if he was still attorney general. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday named a special counsel to take over investigations involving the former president. Barr, who was once a staunch ally of Trump, served as his attorney general from February 2019 to December 2020. Barr has since continued to rebuke Trump, saying in September the Justice Department was likely justified in raiding Mar-a-Lago.
Adam Frisch conceded to Rep. Lauren Boebert on Friday, despite the race not being called. Boebert also declared victory, saying that she was "certain" she would win even with a recount. No major media network has yet called the race, which was not expected to be competitive until the surprisingly close results began rolling in on election night. Despite the results not being called yet, Frisch said on Facebook live Friday that he called Boebert to concede the race to her, adding that the chances of him winning were "very small." It'd be disingenuous and unethical for us or any other group to continue to raise false hope and encourage fundraising for a recount," Frisch said during his concession speech.
A Florida judge on Thursday blocked part of the Stop WOKE Act that restricted race-related speech on campus. The judge said part of the law, which was backed by GOP Gov. Chief US District Judge Mark Walker's 138-page order described Florida's attempt to censor certain viewpoints related to race and gender as "positively dystopian" and said it violated free speech. "We strongly disagree with Judge Walker's preliminary injunction orders on the enforcement of the Stop W.O.K.E. Judge Walker previously suspended enforcement of another part of the law that impacted companies with 15 employees or more, also dismissing it as a violation of free speech.
Twitter employees were told to leave offices immediately on Thursday, Insider confirmed. All offices were closed and employees' badge access was revoked, possibly until Monday. Insider confirmed that Twitter employees' badge access was suspended and that they were being told to leave the offices, which are expected to reopen on Monday. The latest closure came just over one week after Musk put an end to remote work at Twitter. In his first company-wide email since taking over, Musk told employees they would no longer be allowed to work remotely and needed to return to the office within days.
Lawmakers have previously called for the Justice Department to investigated the company. Take action with @MorePerfectUS," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted after the news broke, directing her followers to a tweet that said: "Tell the DOJ to break Ticketmaster up here." The tweet also included a link to a form that allowed users to sign up to send an email to the Justice Department requesting the investigation. It's time for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate their conduct and move to break them up." The White House has not indicated whether it plans to investigate Live Nation Entertainment, although President Joe Biden indicated last month federal regulators were working to address "junk fees" tacked onto things like entrainment and travel.
A discrimination lawsuit against Twitter said its disabled employees were forced to resign. The class action lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the San Francisco federal court, highlighted how Musk told Twitter employees this week that they would have to "work long hours at high intensity" and "be extremely hardcore." "Thus, many disabled employees have felt forced to resign," it added. "Elon Musk's behavior since he took over Twitter a couple of weeks ago has been nothing short of appalling. Musk's new "hardcore" work mandate did not sit well with many employees at Twitter.
An American teacher recounted his eight months hiding in Kherson to The New York Times. Timothy Morales told secret police he was an Irishman named Timothy Joseph when he was questioned. Morales told the Times he hid from Russian soldiers and secret police, including the KGB successor agency FSB, during the entire occupation. In September, many months into hiding, an FSB patrol showed up to question him, Morales told the Times. "That sort of changed my perspective," Morales told the Times.
Former Vice President Mike Pence said he would not testify for the January 6 committee. Pence has spoken out against Trump's actions during the riot, but called the committee "partisan." The committee rejected his comments and noted the House GOP rejected a bipartisan commission. "But his recent statements about the Select Committee are not accurate." "It saddens me," Pence said of the rioters who chanted "hang Mike Pence" in the halls of the Capitol on January 6.
After the Capitol riot, some suggested the 14th Amendment could bar Trump from future office. The announcement has renewed interest in whether or not the 14th Amendment could be used to prevent Trump from running again. "The idea was that office holders of the United States will not be people who were treasonous to the United States," Doron Kalir, a professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, told Insider. "It is not clear who should make the determination that the person has engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States," Kalir said. Therefore, some scholars don't think Congress alone can use the 14th Amendment to bar someone, like Trump, from holding office.
Scientists in Florida cut open a Burmese python to find a largely intact alligator inside. She shared a video in which the alligator was pulled out of the 18-foot-long python's digestive tract. A post shared by Rosie Moore (@rosiekmoore)The python was found and killed by employees at Everglades National Park. Last month, a missing 54-year-old woman in Indonesia had been swallowed whole by a python, according to police. A scientist in Indonesia said the woman was likely swallowed by a reticulated python, which can grow up to well over 20 feet long.
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