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The evidence just gets more and more damning as times go on. The likelihood of our president getting impeached is not very high due to a Congress and Senate filled with his cronies, but as more ties between Trump and Russia keep coming out it’s going to get harder and harder to ignore the glaring issues, and maybe even treason, that plagued the trump campaign and his current position as President of the United States. A recent article from the New York Times detailed the Russian officials efforts to influence Trump aides during his campaign last year, and while this particular tidbit of news concerns his aides rather than the man himself, it’s just another sugesstion that Trump and Russia are synonymous in goals and that the Russian government played a large role in getting an incompetent man elected.

Last summer, American spies collected information that confirmed that top Russian officials were putting heavy resources towards trying to influence Trump aides. It’s become apparent that our president doesn’t really know what he’s doing and that on the rare occasions he actually cares about a situation, he relies on those close to him for guidance. Whether or not he actually takes reason into account before acting brashly is up for debate, but there’s no doubt that Trump is easily influenced. Ties between Trump and Russia may prove to be his downfall, as after a certain point it may be political suicide to keep ignoring the issues at hand. Only when they feel their seat is threatened will Republican senators try to do the right thing.

Russian officials were apparently boasting about how well they knew Michael Flynn, the retired general who served in an advisory position for Trump. Other conversations focused on Russia’s connection to “Viktor F. Yanukovych, the deposed president of Ukraine living in exile in Russia”. Yanukovych had connections to Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and Russian officials remained confident they could use the relationship between Manafort and Trump to heavily influence his position on Russia.

The intelligence gathered regarding this potential cooperation, even indirectly, between Trump and Russia during the election was considered credible enough to pass to the FBI and it has been a subject of discussion during the investigation of our disgraceful President’s ties to an enemy.

Flynn’s ties to Russia are indisputable, and his insistence of the potential of Russia as an Ally during the Obama administration even after the annexation of Crimea led to his dismissal from the D.I.A. Secret documents have also come out detailing payments to Flynn from Russian companies amounting to over $65,000.

Paul Manafort insisted he would never help the Russians, but his ties to Viktor Yanukovych bring that assurance into uncertain territory. For more than a decade before the election Manafort worked with Russian-leaning political organizations in Ukraine, so the suggestion that he could be influenced by Russia is not out of left field.

While Trump was elected despite the majority of the country not wanting him as President, the ties between Trump and Russia combined with his unceremonious firing of Comey who was leading an investigation are causing his approval ratings to drop lower and lower. Soon enough, Republican representatives and senators may not be able to ignore the growing pile of evidence and we could end up with Pence as our leader, who while dangerous is at least not unstable and erratic in his actions.

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Republican lawmakers and Apple CEO Tim Cook meet in Washington





Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, is traveling to Washington, D.C., to meet with Republican lawmakers who will probably lead committees that regulate the tech sector.
Republican representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio, Darrel Issa of California, and Cathy McMorris Rogers of Washington are among those with whom Cook has booked meetings.

The meetings were probably planned several weeks, if not months, beforehand. Top conservatives have criticized Apple since the beginning, and many of them have joined with Twitter CEO Elon Musk in their recent dispute with Apple.

Jordan has publicly expressed his support for Elon Musk, as Bloomberg notes.

When the GOP wins over the House in 2023, Jordan is also set to serve as chair of the House Judiciary Committee. The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s chairman is most likely to be McMorris Rodgers.

They both will play a key role in developing the GOP’s technology policy agenda for 2023.

What is particularly on the agenda is unclear. Even when he is not called to testify about big tech, Cook travels to Washington, DC, on several occasions each year.

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EPA establishes a new office devoted to civil rights and environmental justice





The goal is to make sure marginalized people are considered in environmental decisions.

According to Reuters, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a new office to assist underserved communities in coping with the additional responsibilities of pollution and climate change. 200 EPA workers from the Washington headquarters and 10 regional bureaus will work in the Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights.

“The establishment of a new office dedicated to advancing environmental justice and civil rights at EPA will ensure the lived experiences of underserved communities are central to our decision-making while supporting community-driven solutions,” remarked Kamala Harris, vice president of the US.

As part of a $60 billion investment in environmental justice, one of the main responsibilities of the new office will be to supervise the distribution of $3 billion in grants for environmental justice that were made possible by the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act. Additionally, it will ensure that other EPA initiatives adhere to President Biden’s Justice40 initiative, which aims to ensure that 40% of certain government spending go to underserved communities. Finally, it will assist localities in obtaining funds, upholding human rights legislation, and resolving environmental disputes.

The opening of the new office took place in Warren County, North Carolina, the scene of demonstrations against the disposal of toxic waste there in 1982. While the 22-acre dump was not stopped as a result of the civil disobedience actions and arrests that followed, the current environmental justice movement was born. Participants remembered the protests’ 40th anniversary last week.

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Pewdiepie has Gotten into Trouble Yet Again





The competition between Pewdiepie and T-Series has been going on for quite a while. I say this mostly because if Pewdiepie was in the middle of a smear campaign, I would certainly believe that it was all a ploy by T-Series in order to make him lose popularity. However, it seems like T-Series doesn’t have to do much as Pewdiepie is no stranger to getting himself into trouble.

So, what did Pewdiepie do this time? Well, in his most recent edition of “Pew News,” a semi-satirical series where Pewds offers his own take on news events or YouTube discussions, he dedicates the last portion of the video to shouting out smaller YouTube creators he enjoys watching. One of those creators is E;R (otherwise known as “EsemicolonR”), an essayist who often includes anti-Semitic, sexist, homophobic, and cruel language in his videos.

At least that’s what TheVerge and so many outlets/other YouTubers are saying. I took a look at E;R’s content and saw mostly meme videos about political stuff. The guy even made a tribute to Tay AI. You can see a whole documentary made about this by Internet Historian down below:

However, the subjects tackled in the videos can be a bit more problematic because of the current political climate with Pewdiepie. As such, we can assume that a lot of people don’t find this very funny and even reprehensible. Especially when the US is caught in the middle of tension thanks to laws like FOSTA, which are an indirect cause of Tumblr’s collapse right now.

Ever since Pewdiepie has made the shoutout, the channel has gained over 15,000 Subscribers. Of course, this also means that the ire of the people who are against him has risen even more. As such, we’re in this situation where Pewdiepie has gotten himself into trouble yet again despite knowing that the current situation is tense. I guess some people will never learn.

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