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Thursday - 04/01/21
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POLITICS 🏛️

Biden unveils $2 trillion infrastructure plan

  • On Wednesday, President Biden unveiled a $2 trillion infrastructure package that would put money into improving transportation infrastructure, public transportation, drinking-water infrastructure, and affordable housing
  • Biden plans to fund the motion, titled the American Jobs Plan, by raising corporate taxes from 21% to 28%

WORLD 🌎

Italy expels Russian embassy officials

  • On Wednesday, Italy ordered the expulsion of two Russian embassy officials after an Italian Navy captain was arrested for passing secret documents to one of the Russian officials in exchange for money
  • Italian officials state the parties involved are accused of "serious crimes concerning espionage and state security” that carry a penalty of more than 10 years in prison. It was reported the NATO documents were among the documents involved, raising potential security concerns for Italy’s NATO partners

BUSINESS 💰

Companies criticize Georgia's new voting law

  • On Wednesday, companies including Coca-Cola, Delta, and UPS criticized a bill containing sweeping election regulations that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law last week
  • Delta CEO Ed Bastian sent a memo to employees stating the law was “unacceptable and does not match Delta’s values.” Coca-Cola executive Alfredo Rivera cited disappointment in the legislation, stating that the company “opposed measures that would seek to diminish or restrict voter access”

TECH 📱

Siri will no longer default to a female voice

  • On Wednesday, Apple announced that it will be adding two new English language voices for Siri in an upcoming iOS update. User will now be able to choose from four voices for Siri, which will no longer default to a female voice in the US 
  • Apple’s upcoming iOS 14.5 update will also allow phones to be unlocked with Apple Watches and a privacy setting that restricts access to a device ID that mobile advertisers use
  • In recent years, researchers have criticized the default of digital assistants having female voices, who say the choices reflect a male-dominated artificial intelligence industry

US 🦅

New York legalizes recreational marijuana

  • On Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that legalizes recreational marijuana for people 21 and older. The new law also automatically expunged past convictions for marijuana possession
  • New York will now become the 15th state to legalize recreational marijuana. The law also directs 40% of marijuana tax revenue to communities of color that disproportionately face marijuana possession charges

CORONAVIRUS 🦠

Wisconsin Supreme Court overturns state mask mandate

  • On Wednesday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted 4-3 to strike down Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide mask mandate, citing that Evers needed legislative approval to issue orders past the expiration of the initial 60-day mandate issued last August
  • The decision marks another legal defeat for Evers. Last May, the state Supreme Court struck down his stay-at-home order. Last October, a state appeals court blocked Ever’s attempts to limit indoor capacity

EXTRA BLING ✨

  • World 🌍. Alexei Navalny begins hunger strike to protest Russian prison conditions
  • Coronavirus 🦠. Coronavirus was the third leading cause of death in the US for 2020
  • Social Media 📱. Facebook removes video interview with Trump
  • Interesting 🔎. Former Macy’s store turned into a school
  • Food 🌯. Chipotle is giving away $100,000 in Bitcoin to celebrate National Burrito Day


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