Tuesday - 02/02/21
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Biden to meet with Republican senators regarding Covid relief plan

  • President Biden plans to meet with 10 Republican senators as he attempts to pass the coronavirus relief package
  • The GOP lawmakers have presented a $618 billion aid package, which has smaller direct payments and unemployment benefits compared to Biden’s original plan
  • Biden will have to decide whether to move forward with the $1.9 trillion proposal with only Democrat votes or attempt to negotiate with Republicans


India cuts internet around capital in the midst of farmer protests

  • Internet access remains blocked in various districts of the state bordering India’s capital following a weekend of violent clashes between police and farmers
  • Online access is still suspended in at least 14 of 22 districts as of this writing, according to the Department of Information and Public Relations of Haryana
  • The initial order was put in place a week ago Tuesday in three Haryana districts for 24 hours, but has been extended every day since


Robinhood CEO debates Elon Musk on his platform’s restricted trading last week

  • Trading platform Robinhood restricted trading of certain stocks such as GameStop and AMC entertainment last Thursday
  • Robinhood co-founder Vlad Tenev defended his company’s decision in a debate with Elon Musk
  • Musk grilled Tenev putting him on the spot and asking if anything “shady” happened


Facebook pushes back against Apple’s privacy change

  • Facebook announces that it will help users enable tracking of their iPhones and iPads to provide personalized ads
  • A notification will inform users that giving access to their activity will provide them with personalized ads and support businesses that depend on ads to reach customers
  • The decision comes as Apple enables privacy changes to iOS14 that will require users to opt in to allow this type of tracking

US 🦅

Trump's PAC has more than $31 million heading into second impeachment trial

  • Former President Donald Trump’s Save America political action committee raised $31.2 million by the end of last year
  • The PAC was created Nov. 9 following the presidential election and has only spent $200,000 to date
  • A report indicates that most of the money raised was through grassroots fundraising that called for overturning the 2020 election results


Vaccine skepticism in town with documented history of medical racism

  • Former Tuskegee mayor Lucenia Dunn spent the start of the pandemic encouraging people to wear masks and socially distance from each other in Tuskegee
  • Tuskegee, Alabama, is a majority black city and is historically known for the government's use of unsuspecting black men as guinea pigs in a study of STDs
  • The former mayor is cautious of getting the Covid-19 vaccine due to the city’s history


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