Robert Mueller breaks his silence, Amazon unveils a new device with more privacy features, and we pontificate on the philanthropy of billionaires. Here's the news you need to know , in two minutes or less.
Robert Mueller finally speaks
We all learned what Robert Mueller's voice actually sounds like when the special counsel made a surprise appearance this morning to discuss his two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and whether the president obstructed justice. Summarizing his findings, Mueller explained that DOJ policy precluded his team from charging a sitting president with a crime, and that "if we had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that." Mueller ended his remarks by emphasizing that every American should pay more attention to the first half of his report, about Russia's broad and systemic election interference efforts. Yeah, there's a lot to unpack.
Amazon unveils a new device and privacy features
Amazon has unveiled a new Alexa device—the third generation of its countertop smart display with a screen and camera, called the Echo Show. Among the most notable improvements are the new privacy features, like a mechanical shutter for the camera and the ability to tell Alexa to delete the data it records .
Yesterday, Mackenzie Bezos (divorcée of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos) promised to give away at least half of her $36 billion fortune . It raises the question: Should billionaires get credit for trying to make a dent in the very systems that make them their billions in the first place?
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7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up' Elena Lacey; Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images The breaking news hit a snowy Washington on Wednesday: Newly installed attorney general William Barr appears to be preparing to announce the end of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.