May 7, 2019

Kim Kardashian has helped free 17 inmates in the past 3 months

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Kim Kardashian West's funding of the 90 Days Freedom campaign — spearheaded by lawyers Brittany Barnett and MiAngel Cody — has helped free 17 inmates in 3 months who had been serving life sentences for low-level drug offenses, TMZ reports.

The big pictures: Kardashian West was influential in President Trump's decision to commute Alice Johnson's life sentence and has become an outspoken supporter of criminal justice reform. Her most recent efforts have been enabled by the First Step Act, which was championed by Jared Kushner and which Trump signed into law late last year. Kardashian West is also currently studying for the bar exam to become a lawyer.

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46 mins ago - Sports

European soccer's push to return

A Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munchen in an empty stadium. Photo: Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund via Getty Images

European soccer made a splash Thursday, with two of its biggest leagues announcing official return-to-play dates in June.

Why it matters: Soccer is the world's most popular sport, so watching its return through the lens of various leagues, countries and cultures — all of which have been uniquely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic — is illuminating.

The corporate bankruptcy wave has just gotten started

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Even with trillions of dollars in loans, grants and government support — with markets having absorbed a record $1.22 trillion of corporate debt in just five months — a slew of companies are defaulting on their loans and filing for bankruptcy in what is expected to be a record wave of insolvencies and defaults.

Why it matters: While equity and debt markets have rallied thanks to massive interventions from the Federal Reserve and Congress and excitement about the removal of lockdown orders, the real economy is quietly buckling, with many companies threatened by issues that predate the coronavirus pandemic.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

CNN crew released after being arrested live on air while reporting on Minneapolis protests

CNN's Omar Jimenez and his crew were released after being arrested Friday by Minneapolis state police while reporting on the protests that followed the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in the city.

What happened: CNN anchors said Jimenez and his crew were arrested for not moving after being told to by police, though the live footage prior to their arrests clearly shows Jimenez talking calmly with police and offering to move wherever necessary.