THURSDAY - 02/18/21
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Millions of Texans continue with no power following winter storm

  • Wednesday marks the third day millions of Texans continue to suffer without power or heat after a winter storm over the weekend killed at least 21 people and severely damaged the state’s energy infrastructure 
  • The corporation Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which is responsible for 90% of the state’s electricity, has come under fire for failing to prepare for the freezing weather


Biden rejects eliminating $50K in student debt

  • In a CNN Town Hall on Tuesday night, President Biden stated he does not favor the cancellation of $50,000 of student debt per borrower, which top Democrats like Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren have called for
  • On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that Biden believes relief above $10,000 should be targeted based on the borrower’s income and type of debt. Psaki also told reporters that Biden will ask the Justice Department to review his legal authority to cancel student debt


Facebook will restrict Australian users from sharing and viewing news

  • On Wednesday, Facebook announced publishers and users in Australia will no longer be able to share or view news on the social media platform in response to a proposed media law in the country
  • The proposed legislation would require online platforms like Google and Facebook to pay news outlets for displaying and linking their content


US charges three North Korean hackers

  • On Wednesday, the Department of Justice announced charges against three North Korean computer programmers for conducting a series of cyberattacks in an attempt to steal more than $1.3 billion in cash and cryptocurrency, affecting companies from banks to Hollywood studios
  • The DOJ also stated the hackers were responsible for the infamous 2014 attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment for producing “The Interview,” a movie that depicted the assassination of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un. The trio also participated in creating the WannaCry 2.0 ransomware, which hit Britain’s National Health Service


Protests ensue after rapper arrested in Spain

  • On Tuesday night, rapper Pablo Hasel was arrested after the deadline to turn himself in (for a conviction in a free speech case) expired. Hasel, whose real name is Pablo Rivadulla Duro, was charged for supporting terrorism and for slander against the Spanish monarchy through tweets he published from 2014 to 2016, and was sentenced to nine months in jail
  • Following his arrest, protests and clashes with police erupted in several Spanish cities in support of Duro and demanding changes to Spain’s Public Security Law, which has been criticized for allegedly being used to restrain free assembly and protests


Head of 2020 Olympics committee replaced

  • Japanese Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto is set to become the new head of Tokyo 2020, the organizing committee for the Summer Olympic games that are set to occur this summer after being delayed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Hashimoto succeeds previous head Yoshiro Mori, who came under fire last week for making sexist remarks and subsequently resigned


  • Culture 👑. UK’s Prince Philip admitted to hospital
  • Celebrity ⭐. Prominent conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh dies at 70
  • Entertainment 🎥. Disney releases trailer for ‘Cruella’ movie starring Emma Stone
  • Coronavirus 😷. Homeland Security seizes over 11 million counterfeit N95 masks
  • Environment 🐢. Thousands of cold-stunned turtles are rescued in Texas

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