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Second Trump impeachment trial begins

  • On Tuesday, the Senate formally began the second impeachment trial of former President Trump. Both the House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense lawyers gave their opening arguments to the Senate’s 100 members, who will serve as the jury for the trial
  • House impeachment managers began their opening argument with a video that walked through the events that occurred on January 6, when the US Capitol was stormed. In opening remarks, lead House impeachment manager Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin dismissed claims that a president can only be tried while in office and detailed his experience during the January 6th attack where he was separated from his family
  • Trump’s defense lawyers argued that the trial itself was unconstitutional, that Trump’s comments about the election are protected under the First Amendment, and that Trump was not responsible for inciting the mob that stormed the Capitol
  • After the opening remarks, the Senate voted 56-44 to move forward with the trial, indicating that the trial of a former president is constitutional


Glacier collapse in India kills over 31 people

  • On Sunday, part of a Himalayan glacier near Nanda Devi mountain broke off, causing a flash flood that has killed over 31 people and left more than 165 missing
  • While it’s unclear exactly what caused the glacier to break, experts say rapidly melting glaciers exacerbated by climate change is partly to blame. Development in the area and clearing of trees may have also contributed to destabilization in the area


Coca-Cola launches new bottle made from 100% recycled material

  • On Tuesday, Coca-Cola revealed a new 13.2-ounce bottle that will be made from 100% recycled plastic material. The new bottles will initially be sold in select states before going nationwide this summer
  • The new design is the latest move in Coca-Cola’s initiative to reduce its plastic consumption and waste. The new bottles would help reduce the company's use of new plastic by 20% compared with 2018


Clubhouse app blocked in China

  • The invite-only audio-chat social networking app Clubhouse recently saw a massive rise in users from mainland China, but on Monday, Chinese users received a message on the app stating a connection to the server could not be made
  • Clubhouse launched in 2020 and gained popularity earlier this month after Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev held a surprise discussion on the platform

US 🦅

Arrest made in connection to series of attacks against Asian Americans in Oakland

  • Oakland police have arrested 28-year-old Yahya Muslim in connection to three assaults against Asian Americans in Oakland, California’s Chinatown neighborhood. Muslim was later charged by the Alameda County district attorney’s office for assault
  • Video footage from January 31 caught one of the assaults—made against a 91-year-old man who was shoved to the ground. Muslim is also accused of assaulting a 60-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman on the same day 
  • The attacks captured national attention regarding the growing number of attacks against Asian Americans. Actors Daniel Dae Kim and Daniel Wu offered a $25,000 reward to help find the culprit


Officials determine cause of helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant

  • On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that pilot Ara Zobayan’s decision to push the limits of bad flying rules was the likely cause of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, and seven others
  • The NTSB found that Zobayan was able to see where he was going, but then flew into thick clouds, where he became spatially disoriented and descended into a cloud-obscured Calabasas hillside


  • Space 🚀. United Arab Emirates becomes first Arab country to reach Mars 
  • Food 🥞. ‘Aunt Jemima’ rebranded to ‘Pearl Milling Company’
  • Coronavirus 🦠. World’s second-oldest person survives coronavirus at 116
  • Social Media 📱. Instagram will not promote Reels that have TikTok watermark
  • Funny 😹. Lawyer accidentally uses cat filter on Zoom during a court appearance

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