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    AG Garland’s Testimony & Biden Netanyahu Meeting | Afternoon Update | 9.20.23

    enSeptember 20, 2023

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    • Hearing on DOJ's Handling of Trump, Biden Sons' InvestigationsAG Garland defended DOJ's impartiality amid GOP accusations of two-tiered justice, while Biden met Netanyahu to strengthen US-Israel ties.

      During a contentious hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Merrick Garland defended the Department of Justice's handling of investigations into the sons of both former President Trump and current President Biden. Republicans accused the DOJ of a two-tiered justice system, while Democrats dismissed the allegations as politically motivated. Meanwhile, President Biden met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time since Netanyahu's re-election, with the delay and location of the meeting raising questions about US-Israeli relations. Garland maintained that the DOJ follows the facts and the law, while acknowledging that Hunter Biden made statements about his qualifications for the Burisma board due to his last name. The meeting between Biden and Netanyahu addressed their shared goals and the longstanding alliance between the two countries.

    • Peace efforts and security concerns in international and domestic newsHistoric peace potential between Israel and Saudi Arabia, while domestic news includes hacked Twitter account spreading false info, murder charges for teens, and ongoing conversation around consent in entertainment

      Democratic values and peace efforts are crucial in international relations, as demonstrated by the potential for historic peace between Israel and Saudi Arabia. However, security and checks against potential threats, such as nuclear weapons, must also be prioritized. In domestic news, a notable incident involved the hacking of Donald Trump Junior's Twitter account, which spread false information and racial slurs. Elsewhere, two teens are facing murder charges for a hit-and-run accident that resulted in a fatal victim. In the criminal justice system, minors suspected of committing serious crimes like murder are often tried as adults. Lastly, Paramount Plus removed a Russell Brand comedy special following sexual misconduct allegations. While Brand denies the claims, the incident highlights the ongoing conversation around consent and accountability in entertainment.

    • Brand faces challenges from YouTube, agent, and proposed self-driving truck bill in CaliforniaBrand deals with YouTube demonetization, agent departure, and potential job losses due to self-driving truck bill in California, highlighting tech, safety, and employment tensions.

      Brand, a content creator, is facing a multi-pronged attack on his career, with YouTube demonetizing his channel, his agent leaving him, and a proposed bill in California that could ban self-driving trucks, potentially impacting his income source. Meanwhile, lawmakers and unions in California are advocating for a bill that would require human drivers in self-driving vehicles until at least 2029, citing safety concerns. The bill's supporters argue it provides a safe testing ground for the technology, while opponents worry about the potential job losses and safety risks associated with self-driving trucks. The governor of California has until October 14th to sign or veto the bill. The debate highlights the complex interplay between technology, safety, and employment in the modern world.

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