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Friday - 02/12/21
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Welcome to Bullet Points by News Bling where we give you a well-rounded dose of bias-free news in the fewest words possible so you can start your day smart. 🧐
 

POLITICS 🏛️

Footage of Capitol attack displayed at impeachment trial 

  • House Democrats leading the prosecution of former President Donald Trump presented new footage to highlight how close the mob came to lawmakers during the attack on January 6th
  • The footage was taken from surveillance cameras throughout the Capitol as well as videos that were posted by the rioters on several social media platforms
  • The recordings pulled from radio communications reveal the frantic conversation between authority and dispatchers, while one officer says, “They’re starting to dismantle the reviewing stand,” and “They’re throwing metal poles at us”   

WORLD 🌎

A U-turn in policy

  • Governor Cuomo’s top aide privately apologized to Democratic lawmakers for withholding state COVID-19 nursing-home death tolls, telling them that numbers were frozen out of fear of them being used against Cuomo
  • The admission was made by Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa during a video call with state Democratic leaders  
  • “We do apologize,” she said. “I do understand the position that you were put in. I know that it is not fair,” the Secretary stated 

BUSINESS 💰

Coke reveals first new bottle size in a decade  

  • The franchise is debuting its newest 13.2-ounce size bottles as an “easier-to-sip alternative” to its usual 16.9-ounce bottles and will be rolled out across brands including Coke, Coke Zero, and Diet Coke
  • The company’s beverages currently come in 7.5-ounce cans, 12-ounce cans, 20-ounce bottles, or two-liter bottles
  •  New sustainably driven packaging of the brand is predicted to reduce 10,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually in the U.S., as the bottles are made with 100% recycled plastic material

TECH 📱

Disney Plus hits nearly 95 million subscribers 

  • Disney Plus reached a new high of 94.9 million subscribers around the world, the company announced in its Q1 2021 earnings report
  • The new total of 94.9 million subscribers indicates a sharp increase in the streaming market share, which is becoming increasingly fractured 
  • In these past quarterly reports, Disney has reached its 4-year subscriber goal in just 14 months post-launch  

US 🦅

Cuomo aide claims nursing home data was censored 

  • Governor Cuomo’s top aide privately apologized to Democratic lawmakers for withholding state COVID-19 nursing-home death tolls, telling them that numbers were frozen out of fear of them being used against Cuomo
  • The admission was made by Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa during a video call with state Democratic leaders  
  • “We do apologize,” she said. “I do understand the position that you were put in. I know that it is not fair,” the Secretary stated 

Gaming 🎮

Rapid demand for Pokemon cards

  • Due to the series’ 25th anniversary celebration, the demand for Pokemon cards has accelerated within the last few weeks
  • The Pokemon Company released a statement acknowledging the sudden high demand while confirming that they are reprinting trading cards at “maximum capacity
  • Some of the oldest cards are being sold for as much as $375,000 by third-party sellers, as retailers are completely selling out as a result of the demand
  • Nintendo has partnered with McDonald’s to distribute collectible cards through the purchase of a Happy Meal, however, consumers are starting to take advantage of this opportunity

EXTRA BLING ✨

  • Science 🧬. Plastic found in soil is contributing to environmental pollution
  • Sports ⚽. Tom Brady will undergo minor knee surgery after his 2021 Super Bowl win
  • Arts 🎭. Hulu releases new documentary on the life of 90’s pop star, Britney Spears
  • Interesting 🔎. Angola decriminalizes same-sex relationships
  • Funny 😹. Congressman unable to turn off Zoom filter during committee meeting


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