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Trump argues Jan. 6 panel’s pursuit of his records could permanently damage the presidency

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Attorneys for former President Donald Trump on Wednesday argued that the pursuit of his White House records by a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol could have long-lasting, harmful effects on the presidency.

“The [committee’s] clear disdain for President Trump is leading them to a course of action that will result in permanent damage to the institution of the presidency,” the former president’s attorneys wrote in a court brief filed in federal court.

“In reality, their success would gut the protections afforded presidential communications of any just and uniform standard. An incumbent president would always be able to condemn the actions of a former president from a rival party and permit confidentiality to be broken to further political ends,” they wrote.

The filing comes two days after lawyers for the bipartisan Jan. 6 committee urged the appeals court to quickly release Trump’s White House records surrounding the attack on the Capitol.

The appeals court is slated to hear arguments in the case on Tuesday.

Trump is appealing a ruling earlier this month by U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan, who said the House committee’s pursuit of his records was valid. Trump has claimed executive privilege over his White House records, but President Joe Biden refused to grant privilege over the tranche of documents, including memos, emails, records of White House conversations and visitor logs.

Trump’s attorneys have suggested in briefs that partisanship motivated Biden in his refusal to assert executive privilege over his predecessor’s records.

The appeals court recently granted Trump a short-term reprieve by temporarily blocking the National Archives from turning over his White House files to the Jan. 6 committee.

In addition to seeking those records, the House committee has issued batches of subpoenas in recent weeks to dozens of Trump administration officials and allies of the former president. The committee issued a new round of subpoenas on Monday, targeting high-profile Trump allies like Roger Stone and Alex Jones.

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Omicron crypto token surges to record highs after new Covid variant is named

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Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

An obscure cryptocurrency named Omicron surged after the World Health Organization (WHO) named the coronavirus variant first found in southern African nations South Africa and Botswana. Cryptocurrency experts say that the currency surged owing to a similar name to that of the new variant of Coronavirus.

The news of the Covid-19 variant affected world markets along with cryptocurrencies but the Omicron coin remained resilient, according to finance and cryptocurrency news website CoinDesk.

OMIC, the native coin of decentralized reserve currency protocol, picked up a bid near $70 earlier on Friday and rose to $711 on Sunday, the CoinDesk report said citing crypto.com.

The report also highlighted the rise as an example of ‘peak irrationality’ since the cryptocurrency rallied owing to its name’s likeness to the Covid-19 variant. It also said that OMIC is far from being a ‘safe haven asset’. The OMIC coin is built on Ethereum scaling technology Arbitrum, CoinDesk said in its report.

The bond-based yield farming project started out in early November as a fork of the OlympusDAO DeFi protocol. The token rose to $689 on Monday.

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The Last Airbender Cast Photo Teases Aang’s Iconic Shaven Look

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Avatar: The Last Airbender is getting ready to embark on a new journey, and Netflix cannot afford to lead the series wrong. The company is working on its live-action adaptation of Avatar, and fans are cautiously hopeful about the project given its spot-on cast. With production underway at last, netizens are eagerly waiting for their first look at Netflix’s series, and a new cast photo teases how Aang will look in the series.

The update comes from social media as actor Gordon Cormier posted a photo of himself with co-star Ian Ousley. As you can see below, Cormier is already in character as Aang even off the set, and fans are paying close attention to his hairline.

Even though a hat is obscuring Cormier’s head, fans can tell the actor has taken a razor to his hair. What little hairline can be seen is shaved close, and Cormier’s ears are not framed by any hair either. The child actor’s dark shaggy hair is gone, and Avatar fans knew that was going to happen at some point.

After all, Aang is an airbender, and he follows most of the tribe’s nomadic practices. This includes shaving one’s hair until they’re bald. The look allows nomads to show off their airbender tattoos, and just like in our world, the people shave their heads as a sign of their spirituality. While Aang did grow out his hair at points in the original show, our hero kept his locks trimmed more often than not. And now, it seems Cormier is learning how to take care of his hair just like Aang would. 

While it may seem strange to obsess over a tiny detail like Aang’s hair, fans of the original series are taking in every sign they get. It is no secret that Avatar: The Last Airbender has a dark history with live-action adaptations, but Netflix’s approach has the fandom infinitely more optimistic this time around. Nailing the characters’ looks is just one of many things this TV series must do to win fans over. But with stars like Cormier onboard, fans are hopeful this live-action adaptation will be the one they’ve been dreaming about. 

What do you think of Cormier’s new look? Do you have faith in this Netflix adaptation given Avatar‘s top-notch cast? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB.

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Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown: Release Date, Car List, Map, Platforms, Pre Order, Trailer, And More

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Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown is on the way and we have all of the details you will need regarding this exciting-looking virtual racing sim.

KT Racing, the game’s developers, are teaming up with Nacon to produce the 21st edition of the Test Drive series, which spans all the way to 2012 with Ferrari Racing Legends.

The game was revealed during the Nacon Connect event in July 2021 which got gamers across the globe enthralled about Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown, which looks set to rival Forza Horizon 5 and the upcoming Gran Turismo 7.

While details are somewhat limited at this stage, there is no harm in looking forward to what players might be able to expect from Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown.

Enough talk! Here is everything we know about Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown so far:


Release Date

Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown is currently scheduled for release on 22nd September 2022.


Car List

Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown will make a vast array of cars available for players.

At the time of writing, here are the cars that have been confirmed for Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown:

  • Apollo Intensa Emozione
  • Aston Martin DB11
  • BMW i8
  • Bugatti Chiron
  • Ford GT
  • Koenigsegg Agera
  • Koenigsegg Regera
  • Lamborghini Diablo
  • Lamborghini Huracan Performante
  • Range Rover SVR
  • Mercedes G63 AMG
  • Pagani Huayra
  • Porsche 911/Carrera 
  • Porsche 918 Spyder
  • Porsche Cayenne

This list will be updated regularly as more details become available in the coming weeks and months ahead. So stick with us and keep your eyes peeled!


Map

The game’s location will be set in the Far East for the first time, specifically Hong Kong Island, which will be roughly come in at 30 square miles. 

This means that Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown’s map will be around about the same size as the one that featured in Forza Horizon 4, meaning that there will be endless places to travel and visit.

We will upload any leaked or confirmed images of the map here once it has been made available in due course.


Platforms

Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown will be made available on the following devices:

  • PC
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 5
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series X
  • Xbox Series S

Pre Order

At the time of writing, we have not across any UK retailers that are accepting pre-orders for Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown at this time.

But fear not, we will add more details to this section as soon as we receive them, keeping you up to date every step of the way!


Trailer

Shared by Xbox’s official YouTube channel, here is the official trailer for Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown.


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