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January 1, Trump Under Investigation By DOJ’s Internal Watchdog



Greetings and salutations Americans,

On Friday, the Justice Department’s independent watchdog announced that it was launching an investigation after it was revealed that Donald Trump’s administration secretly seized phone data of House Democrats as part of an aggressive leak investigation. White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates issued a statement that said the Trump administration’s conduct “clearly fits within an appalling trend that represents the opposite of how authority should be used.”

The teen who recorded George Floyd’s murder was awarded a special citation by the Pulitzer board on Friday. The video filmed by Darnella Frazier, who was 17 at the time, played a pivotal role in the worldwide protests against police violence, and was used as evidence in the murder trial. Pulitzer officials said Frazier’s recording highlighted “the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quests for truth and justice.”

Meanwhile, in the cosmos, astronomers have discovered a blinking star near the heart of the Milky Way. Telescope observations revealed that the star, which is 100 times bigger than the sun, dimmed by 97% and then slowly returned to its former brightness.

Back in the US, FBI Director Christopher Wray confirmed that cartel activity is “spilling over” into the country. In response to a question from Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., during a House Judiciary Committee, Wray said “[T]here’s no question that the cartel activity on the other side of the border is spilling over in all sorts of ways.”

In Arkansas, a woman is suing a state trooper amid claims that he performed a dangerous maneuver that caused her car to flip as she attempted to pull over. Janice Nicole Harper, who was two months pregnant at the time, claims that she slowed down but there wasn’t a safe place for her to immediately pull over. Dashcam footage of the incident has been widely circulated.

Lastly, there’s been yet another cyber-attack. McDonald’s said on Friday that there was a data breach in South Korea and Taiwan that exposed some customer and employee information. The fast-food giant said its day-to-day operations were not affected and that a ransom was not involved.

Be well,

Fraser Dixon


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