Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has testified in court as a part of the proceedings in an intellectual property case regarding the Oculus Rift VR headset. Games publisher ZeniMax is suing Oculus, claiming that ZeniMax property was misappropriated and company secrets are being used to further Oculus' technology. Zuckerberg definitively denied this claim at trial. “We are highly confident that Oculus products are built on Oculus technology,” he said. “The idea that Oculus products are based on someone else’s technology is just wrong.”
President Barack Obama commuted the rest of Chelsea Manning's 35-year sentence Tuesday. Manning is a former Army intelligence analyst who was convicted of leaking classified material in 2013. Manning was arrested in 2010 for leaking 700,000 military files and diplomatic cables to Wikileaks. Her sentence is longer than any other individual convicted of releasing classified material. As a transgender female, she has attempted to commit suicide twice while incarcerated in a male military prison and went on a hunger strike. Manning is expected to be released in May 2017. Obama has now shortened the sentences of more federal inmates than any other president.
Repealing Obamacare is priority one for the Republican-controlled Congress. But is it for Americans?
1. Repealing Obamacare is priority one for the Republican-controlled Congress. Except repealing Obamacare would strip 18 million people of insurance and premiums would increase by 25 percent. According to a new Congressional Budget Office report, the number of uninsured people would double to 32 million by 2026. Premiums could double as well. the report is based on 2015 Republican legislation that removed health care coverage mandates, taxes, subsidies and Medicaid expansion. Paul Ryan says the numbers are off since it doesn't include a replacement plan.
2. A Pew Research Center poll showed an increased in Republican approval of Obamacare from low-and-middle income Republicans. Fifty-two percent of GOP voters making less than $30,000 a year think the federal government should guarantee health care. Thirty-four percent of middle-class GOP voters agree. Overall 60 percent of Americans would like the federal government to guarantee health care. That’s up 9 percent from last February.
3. Should the Affordable Care Act be repealed?
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A Miami Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration was interrupted by gunfire that injured eight people, including five juveniles. An 11-year-old and a 13-year-old were grazed by bullets and were treated on the scene, the Miami Herald reported. Five other injured people were stable in the hospital. Another victim was in critical condition after suffering several gunshot wounds. Police said they recovered two firearms and took two people into custody for questioning, but not suspects were identified on Tuesday night.
Should Democrats skip Trump's inauguration?
1. More than 24 democratic members of the House of Representatives have decided to boycott Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony. For many of them, this is more than a political disagreement. Some of the democrats believe Trump to be an illegitimate president in light Russia's involvement in the election. Others cited Trump's previous insulting remarks about women, Mexicans, Muslims and others.
2. However, attending the inauguration of a president is a time-honored American tradition. Tickets to the event are limited and the peaceful transition of power is crucial to the government of the United States. Some find the boycott very disrespectful to the office of the president. Boycotting Trump's inauguration could also set a precedent of the opposing party skipping out on the ceremony for future presidents.
3. So, should Democrats boycott Trump's inauguration?
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The F.B.I arrested Noor Salman, wife of Omar Mateen who killed 49 and injured dozens of people in Orlando. Salman, 30, has been charged with obstruction of justice and aiding/abetting attempted support to a foreign terror organization. She is expected to appear in a federal court in California on Tuesday.
President Obama has ended the "wet foot, dry foot" Cuban policy. The policy would allow Cubans who braved the sea and reached U.S. land to stay and become permanent residents. But if they were intercepted at sea, they would be returned to Cuba. This policy forced many Cubans to risk their lives to seek freedom in America. This policy had only applied to Cubans. A person from any other country who crossed the sea and landed on American soil would typically be arrested and deported. Ending this policy means the United States will be treating Cuban migrants just like migrants from other countries. This change comes after Obama eased trade and travel restrictions to Cuba.
If you were getting your daily dose of scheduled Congressional programming and suddenly a blonde Russian appeared out of nowhere, that was a Russian network. RT popped up while Representative Maxine Waters was talking about Trump and Russia. CSPAN says it's "an internal routing issue." The Twitter world thinks it's more Russian interference.
Should Dylan Roof be sentenced to death?
1. Dylan Roof has been convicted of federal murder and hate crimes for killing nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina. He became the first person convicted of a federal hate crime to get the death penalty. Some would say that Roof deserves to die, rather than live out the rest of his life in prison, for taking nine lives. He should face punishment that fits his crime.
2. But others disagree. As CNN reports, there are at least two family members of the shooting victims who don't want Dylan Roof dead. Ethel Lance's children, Esther Lance and Sharon Risher, both said they were conflicted about it. Esther said her mother would not have wanted Roof to die. Sharon said she is opposed to the death penalty because of her faith. Human rights expert Rick Halperin said that the death penalty is "the most fundamental human rights violation of any country in the world, including our own."
3. So, should Dylan Roof be sentenced to death?
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President-elect Donald Trump held his first news conference of the year Wednesday morning. Trump took questions from reporters and explained his position in his business while he will be in office. He said he will remove himself completely from the Trump organization. The business will be run by his adult sons. Additionally, the Trump businesses will not be making deals with foreign entities, but domestic deals will occur. Trump also plans to donate all of the profits made from hotels he personally owns to the United States Treasury. This is all to avoid the appearance of any conflicts of interest.
Charleston Church shooter Dylann Roof is sentenced to death after being found guilty on 33 counts. The 22-year-old white supremacist killed nine during bible study on June 7, 2015. In his jailhouse journal, he showed no remorse for the killings. During the trial, Roof denied psychological incapacity, he called no witnesses and presented no evidence in his defense. According to the Justice Department, Roof will the first federal hate crime defendant to be sentenced to death.
For the first time in 11 years, the Sacramento River floodgates were opened Monday. Officials released water from the Folsom Lake reservoir and several others to prevent flooding. An impending storm is expected to bring 7 feet of snow in higher elevations to the state. By the end of the week, the total for the year could already be up to 20 feet. “We haven’t seen an event of this magnitude in at least a decade,” state climatologist Mike Anderson said to the Los Angeles Times.
Should Trump's son-in-law work in his administration?
1. Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law, has been appointed as a senior adviser to the president. Kushner is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, who will also be working in the White House in some capacity. Kushner has experience in business and played a key role in his father-in-law's presidential campaign.
2. However, a 1967 anti-nepotism law includes "son-in-law" in appointments that are prohibited. The law was passed after President John F. Kennedy appointed his brother Robert to serve as attorney general. But some ethics experts have argued that Kushner could legally serve in the White House as long as he doesn't receive a salary.
3. So, should Trump's son-in-law serve in his administration?
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Sunday was a great day for Pittsburgh Steelers fans, the cast of La La Land and people who like cold weather. But it definitely was not a good day for Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt. The FBI arrested the head of Volkswagen’s regulatory compliance office Sunday. Schmidt is facing charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States in the diesel emission scandal. Dear old Schmidty tried to convince regulators that the emissions were technical issues rather than a cheating problem. He told the British parliament that the car manufacturer’s actions are completely legal in Europe. The Justice Department didn't really buy any of Volkswagen's tale and there’s a more than a $2 billion settlement in the works.