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Elon Musk Toys With Taking Over Silicon Valley Bank

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Elon Musk said late Friday that he was “open to the idea” of buying Silicon Valley Bank after it failed, but at least one Tesla investor was skeptical. “I believe Twitter should acquire SVB and become a digital bank,” said Min-Liang Tan, cofounder and CEO of Razer, which sells gaming computers.

Musk responded briefly, “I’m open to the idea,” without providing further context.


One Twitter user-supported Musk’s idea, writing: “what an opportunity,” but another called Sanjay responded: “And sell another $20 billion worth of $Tesla stock. No, thank you!”

Sanjay’s Twitter bio says he is a “Tesla customer and investor, bull and Elon fan.” The insider could not confirm whether or not the user was a shareholder or the size of his holding.

Musk sold several Tesla shares last year to help finance his Twitter acquisition, which helped to depress the stock price. The CEO sold $8.5 billion in stock in April, $6.9 billion in August, $3.95 billion in November, and $3.6 billion in December, for nearly $23 billion.

Silicon Valley Bank was closed down by US regulators on Friday after a run on deposits, according to Insider’s Sindhu Sundar. Startup founders began withdrawing funds on Thursday, alarmed by the bank’s falling stock price after a capital raise announced on Wednesday night.

The bank is now being handled by receivers, which could delay access to deposits for an extended period. Some hope a buyer will come forward this weekend to avoid this situation.

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Elon Musk Doubled Down on Jan. 6, 2021

Meanwhile, Elon Musk expressed sympathy for the Capitol rioter dubbed the “QAnon Shaman” on Friday in the billionaire’s latest attempt to minimize the deadly events of January 6, 2021. “Free Jacob Chansley,” Musk tweeted to his 130 million followers, implying that the rioter’s sentence was excessive.

On Jan. 6, Chansley raided the United States Capitol bare-chested, wearing a furry Viking-style hat and face paint and carrying an American flag zip-tied to a spear.

Chansley received 41 months in prison, or just under three and a half years, for making threats and disrupting Congress as its members attempted to certify the results of the 2020 election.

He is one of 1,000 people detained for their roles in the attack on the Capitol and the law enforcement officers who defended it. Over 300 people have been charged with assaulting or restraining officers or employees.

However, Elon Musk has recently begun to promote the false notion, promoted by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Fox News host Tucker Carlson, and other conservatives, that the Capitol attack was mostly peaceful.

Carlson used selectively edited footage in a segment last week criticized by U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger, among others, to make the breach appear far tamer than it was. Musk repeatedly promoted the segment on his Twitter page with credulous commentary.

Musk responded on Friday to a video clip showing Chansley using a bullhorn to read a tweet sent by former President Donald Trump around 3:15 p.m. on Jan. 6. “Respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue,” Trump wrote, which Chansley read aloud.

This, along with other footage showing Chansley walking alongside law enforcement through the halls of the Capitol, appeared to clear him in Musk’s mind.

“Chansley got four years in prison for a nonviolent, police-escorted tour!” the Twitter and Tesla CEO exclaimed. (The sentence was only four years.) Musk claimed in another tweet that Chansley “was falsely portrayed in the media as a violent criminal who tried to overthrow the state and urged others to commit violence.”

“I’m not a MAGA supporter, but I believe in justice,” Elon Musk added.

At his November 2021 sentencing hearing, Chansley pleaded guilty to civil disorder, disorderly and disruptive conduct, violent entry into a building, and other counts. Prosecutors claim he broke through a police barrier to enter the Capitol and made his way to the Senate floor, where he yelled from the dais, “Mike Pence is a fucking traitor,” and led other protesters in a chant against “all the tyrants, communists, and globalists.”

He also left a note that said, “It’s Only A Matter of Time. “Justice is on its way!”

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Israel Finds The Body Of A Teen Whose Disappearance Sparked A Deadly Settler Attack In The West Bank

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Al-Muhayyir, West Bank – Israel’s army announced Saturday that the body of a missing Israeli adolescent was discovered in the West Bank after he was slain in a “terrorist attack,” as violence erupted across the Israeli-occupied area, where tensions have been building for months.

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Israel Finds The Body Of A Teen Whose Disappearance Sparked A Deadly Settler Attack In The West Bank

The disappearance of 14-year-old Binyamin Achimair prompted Israeli settlers to launch raids on Palestinian towns on Friday and Saturday. The attack on al-Mughayyir hamlet on Friday killed one Palestinian and injured 25 others, according to Palestinian health officials. According to witnesses, Israeli troops held up the ambulance transporting the 26-year-old man’s body for burial for several hours on Saturday.

On Saturday, dozens of Israeli settlers returned to the village’s outskirts, burning down 12 homes and many cars. The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that three persons from the community were hurt, one gravely. Border police sprayed tear gas at the gathered locals, attempting to disperse them.

Israeli settlers set fire to many homes in the nearby village of Douma, according to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa. The Palestinian Red Crescent reported six persons hurt by gunshots but did not specify who fired.

Since the Israel-Hamas conflict in nearby Gaza broke out on October 7 as a result of a Hamas assault on southern Israel that claimed the lives of about 1,200 people and kidnapped 250 more, tensions in the West Bank have been particularly high. According to Gaza health officials, the Israeli offensive has killed more than 33,000 Palestinians.

Since then, Hamas has attempted to spark new fronts, especially in the West Bank, to increase pressure on Israel. Even though Israeli fire has killed more than 460 Palestinians in the West Bank since October 7, the majority of them in clashes sparked by army operations, but some by vigilante settlers, such efforts have largely failed.

There was no immediate claim of blame for the death of the Israeli teenager.

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Israel Finds The Body Of A Teen Whose Disappearance Sparked A Deadly Settler Attack In The West Bank

According to Israeli media, the teenager was last seen leaving Malachi Shalom, a settlement outpost, early Friday to care for cattle nearby. According to reports, the sheep returned to the outpost many hours later without him.

According to Israel’s Channel 13 TV, a drone spotted Achimair’s body. The broadcaster stated that he was not shot but did not clarify.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denounced the incident. “We will get to the murderers and their accomplices as we do to anyone who harms the citizens of Israel,” he said in a statement released by his office.

The kidnapping and execution of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank in 2014 fueled tensions, resulting in a 50-day Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, the deadliest phase of conflict between the two sides to date.

Consecutive Israeli governments have increased settlement construction in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, places where Palestinians hope for a future state alongside Gaza. Some are well-developed and resemble Israeli city suburbs, but other outposts may have a few caravans.

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Israel Finds The Body Of A Teen Whose Disappearance Sparked A Deadly Settler Attack In The West Bank

While Israel has constructed numerous settlements throughout the occupied West Bank, the outposts are not allowed, despite the government’s tacit support. The international world regards all West Bank settlements as unlawful and impediments to peace.

Over 700,000 Israelis now live in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, regions acquired by Israel in 1967.

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Posthumous Memoir By Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny To Be Published Oct. 22

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NEW YORK — Alexei Navalny’s memoir, which he began working on in 2020, will be released this fall. “Patriot,” which publisher Alfred A. Knopf describes as the late Russian opposition leader’s “final letter to the world,” will be released on October 22.

Navalny’s widow, Yulia Navalnaya, said in a statement released Thursday by the publisher, “This book is a tribute not just to Alexei’s life, but to his unshakeable devotion to the battle against dictatorship—a war for which he devoted everything, even his life. Through its pages, readers will learn about the guy I adored—a man of tremendous integrity and unwavering courage. Sharing his tale will not only respect his legacy, but will also motivate others to fight for what is right and never lose sight of the most important ideals.”

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Posthumous Memoir By Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny To Be Published Oct. 22

Navalny, 47, died in February while serving a 19-year prison sentence on extremism charges, which he saw as politically motivated. He was imprisoned after returning from Germany in January 2021, where he was recovering from the 2020 nerve agent attack, which he blamed on the Kremlin, and has since received three prison sentences.

He perished in a distant correctional colony located above the Arctic Circle. Russian officials have categorically denied participation in both the poisoning and his death.

According to Knopf, Navalny began working on the book in Germany and continued to write it in Russia, both inside and outside the prison.

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Posthumous Memoir By Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny To Be Published Oct. 22

“In vivid, page-turning detail, including never-before-seen correspondence from prison, Navalny recounts, among other things, his political career, the many attempts on his life, and the lives of the people closest to him, and the relentless campaign he and his team waged against an increasingly dictatorial regime,” according to Knopf’s press release.

“Written with the passion, wit, candor, and bravery for which he was justly acclaimed, ‘Patriot’ is Navalny’s final letter to the world: a moving account of his last years spent in the most brutal prison on earth; a reminder of why the principles of individual freedom matter so deeply; and a rousing call to continue the work for which he sacrificed his life.”

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Navalnaya claimed Thursday that she had hoped her husband would write a memoir much later in life when they were both “around 80” and had grandchildren.

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Posthumous Memoir By Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny To Be Published Oct. 22

She recalled that many people encouraged Navalny to begin writing after the poisoning, but he initially dismissed these suggestions: “What kind of memoir is it when you’re 44?” It’s just been slightly more than half (his) life. He wasn’t rushing because there was so much more to come. But things came out as they did. Horrible and extremely unjust. “It turned out there was no other half ahead.”

She stated that the memoir was translated into 11 languages and would “definitely” be released in Russian. It is unclear from her words whether the book will be published in Russia, where Navalny was convicted as a leader of an extremist group and his foundation and offices were prohibited.

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The Masters Gets Underway With Nicklaus, Player And Watson Hitting Ceremonial First Shots

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AUGUSTA, Georgia—The Masters began Thursday after a 2 1/2-hour weather delay, with wind still whipping beneath an overcast sky. It marks the first time golf’s top players have competed on the same course since the British Open in July.

With his wife Barbara on the bag, six-time champion Jack Nicklaus joined three-time winner Gary Player and two-time champion Tom Watson as hundreds of spectators gathered around the first tee to witness them take the ceremonial first shots.

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The Masters Gets Underway With Nicklaus, Player And Watson Hitting Ceremonial First Shots

“It’s not so easy to put the ball on the tee now, is it?” The player inquired of the others before stripping one down the fairway.

“Watch out on the left and right,” Nicklaus said before driving it straight down the middle.

Erik van Rooyen and Jake Knapp were the first participants to tee off, with the PGA Tour and LIV Golf strong hitters spread out in highlighted groups throughout the day. Those with later tee dates, such as Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, and Dustin Johnson, would likely finish after dusk, forcing them to return on Friday to complete their first rounds.

This year’s tournament features 13 players from Saudi-funded LIV Golf, including defending Masters champion Jon Rahm, who quit the PGA Tour late last year for millions in guaranteed money. That’s down from 18 a year ago when people were still determining how the split between the breakaway league and the long-established PGA Tour would play out at Augusta National.

However, the ongoing schism is just one of many topics this year.

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The Masters Gets Underway With Nicklaus, Player And Watson Hitting Ceremonial First Shots

Scottie Scheffler, the 2022 champion and world’s number one player, has been the 4-1 betting favorite since Woods ruled nearly two decades ago, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Rory McIlroy, who missed the cut last year, is attempting to complete the career grand slam for the tenth time. Woods is only playing for the second time this season due to illness and injury.

Scheffler and Sam Burns both have wives who are expecting their first children. Both players have stated that they would retire if they heard their wives were in labor, which is difficult to believe given their advantage on Sunday’s back nine.

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The Masters Gets Underway With Nicklaus, Player And Watson Hitting Ceremonial First Shots

Last year, the rain stretched the third round to Sunday, and Rahm entered the long day four shots behind Brooks Koepka. He had halved it at the start of the final round, and Rahm became the fourth Spaniard to win a green jacket with a four-shot triumph against Koepka and Phil Mickelson, who finished with a 65 at the age of 52.

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