Heartland Tri-State Bank Collapses, Biden Urged to Grant Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht Clemency, and More — Week in Review

In this week’s news, another major U.S. bank has failed, a Maine senator has appealed to United States president Joe Biden to grant Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht clemency, a senior U.S. district judge has rejected the approach taken in the SEC v. Ripple ruling regarding XRP, and Robert Kennedy Jr. and Ron Paul agree: America doesn’t have a free market. This is the Bitcoin.com News Week in Review.

Another US Bank Collapses: Heartland Tri-State Bank Closed by Regulator

Another US Bank Collapses: Heartland Tri-State Bank Closed by Regulator

Heartland Tri-State Bank has become the latest bank in the U.S. to fail. The Kansas banking regulator has closed the bank and appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as the receiver.

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Maine Senator Urges Biden to Consider Clemency for Ross Ulbricht During President’s Auburn Visit

Maine Senator Urges Biden to Consider Clemency for Ross Ulbricht During President’s Auburn Visit

On July 28, 2023, U.S. president Joe Biden made a trip to Auburn, Maine, where he delivered a speech at Auburn Manufacturing and subsequently attended a private fundraising gathering. Eric Brakey, the Republican senator representing Maine, greeted Biden upon his arrival in Auburn and handed him a note. In the message, he suggested that the president should consider granting clemency to the Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht.

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US District Judge Rejects Approach in SEC v Ripple Ruling Over XRP

US District Judge Rejects Approach in SEC v Ripple Ruling on XRP

A senior U.S. district judge has rejected the approach taken in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) v. Ripple ruling regarding XRP. “The court declines to draw a distinction between these coins based on their manner of sale,” explained the district judge presiding over the SEC v. Terraform Labs case.

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Robert Kennedy Jr and Ron Paul Agree America Doesn't Have a Free Market

Robert Kennedy Jr and Ron Paul Agree America Doesn’t Have a Free Market

U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (RFK Jr.) and former U.S. Representative Ron Paul agree that America does not have a free market. Referencing RFK Jr. stating that America has “a crony corporatist system,” Paul stressed: “He’s right!”

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