THURSDAY - 01/28/20
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Senator Patrick Leahy returns to Senate after hospitalization

  • On Tuesday night, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy was taken to the hospital as a precaution after he was reportedly not feeling well. Leahy was released from the hospital shortly after and returned to the Senate on Wednesday
  • On Monday, it was announced that as the Senate president pro tempore, Leahy would preside over the second impeachment trial of former President Trump instead of Chief Justice John Roberts. Hours before his hospitalization, Leahy presided over the opening of the impeachment trial


South Africa prepares for first rollout of vaccines

  • While battling a resurgence in cases due to a new coronavirus variant, South Africa is preparing to administer the first round of vaccines to frontline healthcare workers after the anticipated arrival of 1 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses next Monday 
  • South Africa currently represents 40% of all confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa. The country plans to break down its vaccination campaign into three phases to reach a goal of 40 million people vaccinated


GameStop and AMC shares rise sharply amidst individual investor flurry

  • On Wednesday, GameStop shares rose 134% as individual investors heavily influenced by a Reddit board bought GameStop shares, creating a short squeeze in the stock price that prompted hedge funds short selling and betting against GameStop to rush to cover their losses
  • The same Reddit board then directed its interest towards struggling movie chain AMC Entertainment, whose shares jumped 300% on Wednesday. Trading in AMC was halted several times in the first hour of trading due to volatility 


International authorities disrupt major malware network

  • On Wednesday, European and North American officials announced they have taken control of infrastructure behind the botnet known as Emotet, which is one of the most widely used malware viruses used by cybercriminals over the past decade 
  • Emotet allowed ransomware gangs to outsource initial access, allowing access to a variety of victims that crippled Western government, healthcare, and educational networks, forcing victims to pay a ransom for decoding software

US 🦅

Homeland Security issues domestic terrorist advisory bulletin

  • On Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security used a federal alert system to warn Americans of potential violence from people “fueled by false narratives” that could set the stage for additional attacks in the coming weeks following the inauguration of President Joe Biden
  • Through the National Terrorist Advisory System, Homeland Security warned “information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition…could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence”
  • The NTAS was last used to issue a public warning a year ago when Homeland Security warned of possible retaliation by Iran following the US assassination of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani


Biden signs executive orders to combat climate change

  • On Wednesday, President Biden signed a series of executive orders to address climate change—which includes the halt of oil and gas leasing on federal lands and water, as well as initiating a thorough review of existing permits for fossil fuel development 
  • During his presidential campaign, Biden set long-term goals regarding climate change, hoping to eliminate fossil fuel pollution in the power sector by 2035 and from the US economy by 2050, while pushing to conserve 30% of the nation’s land and water by 2030


  • Celebrity ⭐️. Singer Halsey reveals she is pregnant
  • Coronavirus 💉. US health agencies to study effectiveness of current coronavirus vaccines on new variants
  • Social Media 📱. TikTok competitors Byte and Clash merge
  • Culture💵 . Bernie Sanders inauguration meme helps raise $1.8 million for charity
  • Funny 😂. Sometimes bridges just feel too hard to cross

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