Odds and Ends — 28 March 2023

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US regulator sues top crypto exchange Binance, CEO for 'willful evasion'

The world's biggest crypto exchange Binance and its CEO and founder Changpeng Zhao were sued by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on Monday for operating what the regulator alleged were an "illegal" exchange and a "sham" compliance programme. The CFTC sued Binance, Zhao and its former top compliance executive with "willful evasion" of U.S. law, "while engaging in a calculated strategy of regulatory arbitrage to their commercial benefit."

US Crypto Firms Eye Overseas Move Amid Regulatory Uncertainty

Citing an ongoing regulatory crackdown, crypto companies are considering shifting to more favorable jurisdictions.

MakerDAO passes new 'constitution' to formalize governance process

Getting COVID-19 Could Weaken Your Immune System

When it comes to preventing COVID-19 deaths, ‘how we feel about each other matters’

Removal of ‘Ruby Bridges’ film from Pinellas school sparks outrage

‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens

House Judiciary Calls Off Gun Markup After Shooting

The House Judiciary Committee is postponing its planned markup of a gun rights resolution in the wake of Monday’s school shooting in Nashville, which left six dead including three children. House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) accused Democrats of politicizing the tragedy in his decision to delay the hearing, which had been scheduled for Tuesday.

Gym Jordan had his shame DNA excised?

Trump Begins the ‘Retribution’ Tour

At the first rally of his 2024 campaign, the former president vowed vengeance. His fans loved it.

All hat, no cattle: House Republicans can’t match big talk with viable budget cuts

The Dual Education of Hakeem Jeffries

Accounts of Mr. Jeffries’s history-making ascent have largely focused on his relative youth and his time as a House impeachment manager. But to fully understand how he claimed power and might wield it as the first person of color to lead a party in Congress, it is instructive to retrace the divergent experiences that fueled his rise from Brooklyn to Washington, as described in dozens of interviews with friends, allies and adversaries. Call it the dual education of Hakeem Jeffries, a charismatic and enigmatic son of both Brooklyn and Big Law, who was shaped as much by hip-hop and the Black Baptist church as by the offices of corporate America where he handled high-stakes litigation.

Pension Funds Caught in ESG Crossfire

A growing wave of public pension administrators, business groups and labor unions are sending a message to Republicans looking to curb so-called ‘woke’ investing: our money, our choice.

Anti-Obamacare Law Comes Back to Bite Republicans on Abortion

When a Wyoming judge temporarily blocked an abortion ban last week, she did so on karmically beautiful legal grounds: Republicans hated Obamacare so much that they amended the state constitution more than a decade ago to enshrine the right to make health care decisions.

Trump Extends Election Rigging Myth to Criminal Charges

Saturday’s speech by the early polling leader for the Republican nomination shows how Trump is seeking to adapt the stolen election myth, continually absorbing new allegations when old ones are debunked or obsolete — from supposed foreign plots to tamper with voting machines to alleged manipulation of social media and now potential prosecution. The latest version also underscores Trump’s continued determination to elevate conspiracy theories with inflammatory rhetoric that has already inspired violence by his supporters, which he continues to downplay or defend.

Ex-Fox News Producer Asks To Correct The Testimony She Gave In Dominion Case

Abby Grossberg is alleging she was pressured by Fox lawyers, who coached her to stay vague: “Who really can recall anything after nearly two years?”

Gender-affirming care has a long history in the US – and not just for transgender people

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