Tuesday - 01/12/21
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Barr and White House advised Trump not to self-pardon

  • Former Attorney General William Barr and White House counsel Pat Cipollone reportedly advised the president to avoid a self-pardon
  • Barr cited a 1974 Justice Department legal memo that suggests that a president should not pardon himself, although the process has not be tested to date
  • According to sources, the White House counsel has not asked the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel to review the matter


Trump administration designates Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism

  • The Trump administration has labelled Cuba a state sponsor of terrorism according to an announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
  • The move reverses an Obama-era decision to remove the label and hinders president-elect Joe Biden’s plans to normalize relations with the country
  • A high ranking Cuban official responded to the decision by calling it hypocritical and political opportunism


Boot brand Dr. Martens considers London IPO

  • Footwear brand Dr. Martens is looking into an IPO on the London Stock Exchange following a positive outlook for the UK IPO market in 2021
  • The company, which sells 11 millions pairs of shoes across 60 countries, said that an IPO would involve the sale of at least 25% of its shares by the current owners
  • The Brexit trade deal and rollout of Covid-19 vaccines have boosted interest in UK investments according some analysts


Messaging apps Signal and Telegram see a surge in downloads

  • Privacy-centered messaging apps Signal and Telegram saw a surge in downloads as users have been looking for alternatives to Facebook owned WhatsApp
  • The boost comes after WhatsApp updated its terms of service and removing the option to opt out of sharing data with parent company Facebook
  • Signal claims to have a state of the art end-to-end encryption system that prevents messages from being read by anyone other than the intended recipient

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Bill Belichick rejects Presidential Medal of Freedom

  • New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has declined the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which he was scheduled to receive from President Trump
  • Belichick stated that the tragic events of late are what lead to his decision to turn down the medal
  • Belichick has been the head coach for the Patriots since 2000 and won six Super Bowls, a NFL record for a head coach


California Gorillas contract coronavirus

  • Two gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for the coronavirus
  • Park staff have been taking measures since the beginning of the pandemic to avoid contamination. Despite the precautions, park officials suspect that the transmission occurred from an asymptomatic worker
  • This is the first documented natural transmission of the coronavirus to great apes


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