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WEDNESDAY - 03/31/21
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POLITICS 🏛️

Biden releases first set of federal judicial nominations

  • On Tuesday, President Biden unveiled a set of 11 federal judicial nominations with a majority being from diverse backgrounds and nine of the nominations being women
  • If approved by the Senate, some of the nominees are poised to make history – including Zahid N. Quraishi, who would become the first Muslim-American to serve on a federal district court, and Florence Pan, who would become the first Asian-American judge to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

WORLD 🌎

Over $6 billion pledged to aid Syrian crisis

  • On Tuesday, the European Union, United States, and dozens of other nations pledged $6.4 billion to help tackle Syria’s ongoing humanitarian and economic crises and assist neighboring countries hosting refugees
  • The pledge comes up short of the $10 billion the United Nations had hoped for. According to the United Nations, an estimated 13.4 million Syrians need assistance — a 20% increase from last year as the coronavirus pandemic has worsened conditions

CORONAVIRUS 💉

Canada and Germany restrict AstraZeneca vaccine use

  • On Monday, Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommended that the AstraZeneca vaccine should not be used for people under 55 over concerns for blood clots that began to form in a small number of those who received the shot
  • On Tuesday, German health officials decided to restrict the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 60 citing the same concern for the formation of blood clots 
  • Use of the AstraZeneca vaccine was temporarily suspended in multiple European countries earlier this month over blood clot concerns, but after a review by the European Medicines Agency, use of the vaccine in most European countries resumed on March 19

TECH 📱

Youtube tests hiding dislike counts on videos

  • On Tuesday, Youtube announced it will begin to test hiding the dislike count on videos from public view. Creators will still have access to a video’s like and dislike counts 
  • The company says that users will still be able to utilize the dislike feature to shape their recommendations

US 🦅

Kentucky legislature overrides Senate vacancy bill

  • On Monday, the Republican-controlled Kentucky legislature voted to override Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of a bill that requires the governor of Kentucky to temporarily fill a vacant Senate seat with someone from the same political party as the previous lawmaker
  • The bill also requires that the temporary successor be chosen from a list of three names recommended by the executive committee of the departing senator’s state party

BUSINESS 💰

Volkswagen name change is marketing stunt

  • On Tuesday, the automaker Volkswagen published an announcement claiming to rebrand the car company as “Voltswagen” in the US as a declaration to the company’s electric vehicle investment efforts, but later announced that the move was just an April Fools stunt
  • Volkswagen has pledged to invest $19 billion in electrification and digitalization by 2025, and has committed to sell one million electric vehicles worldwide by 2025

EXTRA BLING ✨

  • Nature 🌸. Japan’s famous cherry blossoms see early bloom, experts say climate change is the cause 
  • Entertainment 🎢. Universal Studios Hollywood to reopen on April 16
  • Sports 🏈. NFL owners approve 17-game season for 2021 season
  • Style 👟. Nike sues maker of Lil Nas X’s ‘Satan Shoes’
  • Television 📺. Ariana Grande joins ‘The Voice’


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