California judge ruled that Uber and Lyft have to classify their drivers as employees
A California judge on Monday granted the state's request for a preliminary injunction blocking Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc from classifying their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees.
bloomberg.com Aug 12, 2020, Wednesday
Uber CEO Threatens Future Shutdown In California Over Labor Law - Bloomberg
Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive officer of Uber Technologies Inc., threatened to temporarily shut down service in California if it loses a drawn-out fight over a state law seeking to reclassify contractors as employees.
Trump administration’s effort to weaken environmental rules
The reversal is the latest move in the Trump administration’s ongoing effort to weaken environmental rules, but it could be quickly undone after the November election.
npr.org Aug 12, 2020, Wednesday
Migratory Birds Gain Protection As Judge Rules Against Trump Admin Decision : NPR
In 2017, the Trump Administration scaled back protections of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. A federal judge has now struck down the rule change — and quoted from To Kill A Mockingbird in so doing.
Hong Kong Arrests democracy advocates Under National Security Law
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists been arrested under National Security Law: Agnes Chow, Jimmy Lai
afr.com Aug 12, 2020, Wednesday
What Jimmy Lai's Arrest Means
Just months ago, Hong Kong people had rights that Australians take for granted. Losing those rights is not good for doing business either.
New York AG James Accuses Gun Group NRA Execs Of Self-dealing
According to the lawsuit, the senior leadership of the NRA squandered millions in donations on personal trips, private jets and expensive meals.
thetrace.org Aug 12, 2020, Wednesday
Daily Bulletin: The NRA Is Funneling Money Into A Newly Formed Super PAC
The National Rifle Association’s existing PAC, the Political Victory Fund (PVF), may take contributions, capped at $5,000 a year, only from NRA members. Spending restrictions also apply. The new super PAC, called just the Victory Fund, however, may accept donations of any size from individuals, corporations, nonprofits, and other PACs with no limits on what it can spend. While the PVF can give directly to candidates, the Victory Fund is prohibited from doing so and can’t coordinate its spending with parties or campaigns. According to Federal Election Commission filings, the new super PAC has collected more than $1 million since it was formed in March. All of the money has come from the NRA’s lobbying arm. The larger takeaway: While super PACs have donor disclosure requirements, “social welfare” organizations like the NRA do not. Anna Massoglia, a researcher at the Center for Responsive Politics, said it is increasingly common for social welfare groups to fund super PACs as a way to “skirt disclosure rules.” Records show the PAC has spent only $14,000 so far, all of it on in-kind contributions to the NRA’s lobbying arm. It’s evidence, Massaglia said, that the NRA and the Victory Fund are sharing resources and staff. Such setups, she said, “contribute to an erosion of campaign finance transparency.” — Will Van Sant, staff writer.
Big Tech Hearing: Apple, Google, Facebook And Amazon CEOs Testified Before Congress
The CEOs of Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google virtually testified before Congress in a historic antitrust hearing.
wired.co.uk Aug 12, 2020, Wednesday
How To Stop Instagram From Tracking Everything You Do | WIRED
Though the Facebook-owned app doesn't give users complete control, there are ways to limit the data it collects and the types of ads you see.
Voting By Mail In 2020 Election
The coronavirus pandemic is set to change the way millions of Americans can vote in November
speaker.gov Aug 12, 2020, Wednesday
Pelosi, Maloney Joined By 173 House Democrats In Calling On Postmaster General To Reverse Assault On Postal Service | Speaker Nancy Pelosi
In a new letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney and 173 other House Democrats today called for the reversal of policies that have worsened the crisis facing the Postal Service and exacerbated a dramatic increase in delayed and undelivered mail.
Senate Seats Play In 2020
The 2020 United States Senate elections will be held on November 3, 2020, with the 33 class 2 seats of the Senate being contested in regular elections.
al.com Aug 12, 2020, Wednesday
Doug Jones Calls Out Tuberville For Medicare, SSI Stance While Clashing With PAC Over Economy - Al.com
Senator Doug Jones, in a fight for re-election in November, is taking aim at Tommy Tuberville's positions on Medicare and Social Security after the Washington, D.C.-based conservative group Club for Growth has continued to involve itself in the Alabama Senate contest.
Joe Biden: 2020 Presidential Campaign
Our Best Days Still Lie Ahead.
vox.com Aug 12, 2020, Wednesday
Joe Biden’s Criminal Justice Reform Plan, Explained - Vox
Joe Biden’s new criminal justice reform plan reverses some of the policies he helped make law.
Russian Bounties on U.S. Troops
The recovery of large amounts of American cash at a Taliban outpost in Afghanistan tipped off U.S. officials.
huffpost.com Aug 11, 2020, Tuesday
Trump Has Nearly Eliminated Intelligence Briefings From His Schedule Entirely
A HuffPost analysis finds the president has averaged less than one a week since July 1, after the public learned of Russian bounties on murdered U.S. soldiers.
The 2020 United States Presidential Election
The 2020 United States presidential election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2020. It will be the 59th and *maybe the last* quadrennial presidential election in USA.
propublica.org Aug 12, 2020, Wednesday
It’s Illegal for Federal Officials to Campaign on the Job. Trump Staffers Keep Doing It Anyway.
"I Can't Breathe" Before Dying
Officers restrained , I Can't Breathe, then die
buzzfeednews.com Aug 08, 2020, Saturday
North Carolina Man John Neville Told Corrections Officers "I Can't Breathe" Before Dying — VIDEO
John Neville, 56, told officers in a North Carolina jail that he couldn't breathe more than 20 times while they restrained him during a medical episode. He died in a hospital two days later.
California's Coronavirus Test Result Data May Be Flawed
Newsom may have relied on faulty numbers when announcing a steep decline in infection rates.
latimes.com Aug 11, 2020, Tuesday
Over 13,000 New Coronavirus Cases Reported In California - Los Angeles Times
With a reporting backlog of test results cleared up in California, more cases are expected to show up in daily coronavirus totals this week.
Kodak Wins US Loan To Enter Pharmaceutical Chemical Business
Company plans to manufacture generic drug active ingredients that are now imported
motherjones.com Aug 11, 2020, Tuesday
The White House–Kodak Controversy Has A New Angle: A Billionaire’s Huge Stock Gift To A Synagogue – Mother Jones
Why did investor George Karfunkel donate shares worth up to $180 million to a little-known congregation?
Here Are The Major 2020 Supreme Court Rulings
A look at the major Supreme Court rulings of 2020, including on abortion, religion and immigration.
vox.com Aug 11, 2020, Tuesday
The Supreme Court’s Enigmatic “shadow Docket” Is Trump’s Best Friend - Vox
How the Supreme Court hides major conservative victories in plain sight.
Lawmakers On New Coronavirus Relief Bill
Leaders from both parties maintain that they want to approve a deal and send it to the president to sign before they head out for an August recess, which marks the final campaign push before the November elections. Pelosi has said she will "absolutely" delay the start of ...
vox.com Aug 11, 2020, Tuesday
Stimulus Talks Update: Why Democrats Are Holding Out For More Comprehensive Relief - Vox
They don’t think Trump’s executive actions come close to covering what’s needed — and they have the leverage to push for more.
Grace, Black Teenager Sent To Juvenile Detention for Not Doing Her Online Coursework
A 15-year-old in Michigan was incarcerated during the coronavirus pandemic after a judge ruled that not completing her schoolwork violated her probation. “It just doesn’t make any sense,” said the girl’s mother.
propublica.org Aug 11, 2020, Tuesday
Case Closed: Michigan Judge Removes Grace, Black Teen Jailed For Not Doing Online Schoolwork, From Probation — ProPublica
The 15-year-old is now free from the court system. In a hearing, an Oakland County judge released her from probation after a caseworker said, “It is best for the family to move forward.”
Black Man George Floyd Dies After Police Kneeled on His Neck
Black man George Floyd died shortly after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck
motherjones.com Aug 11, 2020, Tuesday
Meet The Company That Writes The Policies That Protect Cops – Mother Jones
Lexipol says its policies keep police departments out of trouble. Critics say they let violent cops off the hook.
COVID-19 Coronavirus Spreads
Novel coronavirus, denoted 2019-nCoV by the WHO
vox.com Aug 11, 2020, Tuesday
Covid-19 In America, Explained In 18 Maps And Charts - Vox
The US’s coronavirus epidemic is among the worst. Here’s what you need to know.
Two Students Suspended From Their Georgia High School For Posting Photos Of Crowded Hallways
The images of students packed together in hallways went viral on Twitter as the school faces scrutiny from staff and students.
washingtonpost.com Aug 10, 2020, Monday
North Paulding High School In Georgia Closes For Cleaning After 9 Positive Coronavirus Tests - The Washington Post
Six students and three staff members at North Paulding High School have reported infections.
The tragic death of Breonna Taylor
Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American emergency medical technician, was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove on March 13, 2020.
snopes.com Aug 10, 2020, Monday
Winfrey Demanding Justice For Breonna Taylor With Billboards
Twenty-six billboards displaying a portrait of Taylor are going up across Louisville, Kentucky, demanding that the police officers involved in her death be arrested and charged.
Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets
Federal law enforcement officers have been using unmarked vehicles to drive around downtown Portland and detain protesters since at least July 14.
bloomberg.com Aug 10, 2020, Monday
Seattle Police Chief Resigns After City Council Slashes Funding - Bloomberg
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best will leave the city’s police department, Mayor Jenny Durkan said, hours after the Seattle City Council voted to shrink its police force by 100 officers, trim the department’s budget and lower the salary of the chief.
Supreme Court Rules On Trump Financial Records In 2 Key Cases
The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Trump a big loss Thursday, ruling that he is not "categorically immune" from having his pre-presidential financial records released to a New York grand jury. But in a second decision, the court pushed back against the breadth of con...
nytimes.com Aug 10, 2020, Monday
Trump Moves To Force Manhattan D.A. To Reveal Details Of Inquiry - The New York Times
Lawyers for the president said a subpoena seeking eight years of tax returns amounted to illegal “harassment.”
E. Jean Carroll: Trump attacked me in the dressing room of Bergdorf Goodman.
The Elle advice columnist says the assault took place in Bergdorf Goodman.
snopes.com Aug 09, 2020, Sunday
Judge Nixes Trump Bid To Delay Suit From Woman Alleging Rape
A New York judge knocked down President Donald Trump’s bid to delay a lawsuit from a woman who accused him of rape, ruling that the presidency doesn’t shield him from the case.
Microsoft Is in Talks to Buy TikTok in U.S.
Trump is considering forcing ByteDance to sell U.S. video app TikTok.
washingtonpost.com Aug 09, 2020, Sunday
Trump Advisers Mnuchin And Navarro Fought Over The Fate Of TikTok Inside The Oval Office - The Washington Post
Trump advisers Mnuchin and Navarro fought bitterly over TikTok as Silicon Valley dealmakers tried to get closer to Trump.
Don McGahn not Comply With House Democrats' Subpoena
Former White House counsel Don McGahn is refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena for documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, deferring to a last-minute instruction from the White House to disregard House Democrats' demands.
cnn.com Aug 07, 2020, Friday
House Can Subpoena Don McGahn To Testify, Appeals Court Rules - CNNPolitics
The House of Representatives can sue to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify, a federal appeals court ruled Friday, but McGahn can continue to challenge the House's subpoena and likely will not have to appear anytime soon.
Facebook on Misinformation
Facebook has traded moral accountability for commercial gain
nbcnews.com Aug 07, 2020, Friday
Sensitive To Claims Of Bias, Facebook Relaxed Misinformation Rules For Conservative Pages
According to internal discussions, Facebook removed "strikes" so that conservative pages were not penalized for violations of misinformation policies.
John Lewis, Civil Rights Legend And Longtime Georgia Congressman, Dead At 80
John Robert Lewis, the son of sharecroppers who survived a brutal beating by police during a landmark 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, to become a towering figure of the civil rights movement and a longtime US congressman, has died after a six-month battle with cancer. He wa...
politico.com Aug 06, 2020, Thursday
Opinion | Voter Suppression Is Back, 55 Years After The Voting Rights Act - POLITICO
As we mourn John Lewis, it’s time to pass the new voting rights law that bears his name.
'Ellen DeGeneres Show' Workplace Under Investigation
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has become the subject of an internal investigation by WarnerMedia following numerous accounts of workplace problems on the long-running daytime series
washingtonpost.com Aug 05, 2020, Wednesday
Opinion | Ellen DeGeneres’s Allegedly Toxic Show Made Kindness A Brand. Now It’s Bringing Her Down. - The Washington Post
The virtue she wore as a medallion has become the millstone around her neck.
Civil Rights Organizations Call For Global Corporations To Pause Advertising On Facebook To Stop Hate Online
Hundreds Of Businesses Are Standing In Solidarity With Our Most Deeply Held American Values Of Freedom, Equality And Justice And Are Pausing Advertising On Facebook's Services Let’s send Facebook a powerful message: Your profits will never be worth promoting hate, big...
propublica.org Aug 05, 2020, Wednesday
After A Year Of Investigation, The Border Patrol Has Little To Say About Agents’ Misogynistic And Racist Facebook Group — ProPublica
The Border Patrol vowed a full accounting after ProPublica revealed hateful posts in the private Facebook group. Now congressional investigators say the agency is blocking them and revealing little about its internal investigation.
Trump's Deep Swamp
then More deep Swamp
cnbc.com Aug 05, 2020, Wednesday
Former Clients Of Acting Homeland Security Chief Chad Wolf Get Millions In DHS Contracts
Wolf, who became the acting chief of the department late last year, was a lobbyist for over a decade at Wexler & Walker before he took leadership roles with DHS under President Donald Trump.
Hurricane Isaias Makes Landfall In North Carolina
Hurricane Isaias has made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane made landfall just after 11 p.m. on Monday with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (136 km/h).
apnews.com Aug 04, 2020, Tuesday
Hurricane Isaias Makes Landfall In North Carolina
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Hurricane Isaias has made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane made landfall just after 11 p.m....
Supreme Court Strikes Down Restrictions On Removal Of CFPB Director But Leaves Bureau In Place
In response to the 2008 financial crisis, Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal agency with approximately 1,500 employees that tackles everything from payday loans to financial literacy programs and helping consumers navigate the COVID-19 pa...
washingtonpost.com Aug 01, 2020, Saturday
Opinion | The CFPB Once Defended Consumers. Thanks To Trump, It Now Helps Companies Prey On Them Instead. - The Washington Post
In the midst of all our crises, Kathy Kraninger’s inept management of the CFPB seemingly barely merits a moment of attention. But it should.
Homeland Security Has Seized $200 Million From Travelers At O'Hare
The seizures were done under laws meant to curb drug trafficking and other criminal enterprises, but in most cases there were no charges filed.
npr.org Jul 31, 2020, Friday
Homeland Security Has Seized $200 Million From Travelers At O'Hare, Report Finds : NPR
The seizures were done under laws meant to curb drug trafficking and other criminal enterprises, but in most cases there were no charges filed.
James Murdoch Resigns From News Corporation Board
James Murdoch said he was leaving "due to disagreements over certain editorial content and certain other strategic decisions"
vanityfair.com Aug 01, 2020, Saturday
James Murdoch’s Seemingly-Abrupt News Corp Departure Was Months In The Making | Vanity Fair
James severed his last corporate link to the family’s media empire, in an unusually public glimpse into the Murdochs’ private ideological clashes.
The Massive Twitter Hack Could Be A Global Security Crisis
Bitcoin scammers won’t be the last people to take over verified accounts — and we should be very, very worried about who else will
tampabay.com Aug 01, 2020, Saturday
Bail In Twitter Hack: $725,000. Tampa Teen’s Assets: $3 Million In Bitcoin
Graham Ivan Clark, 17, is accused of hacking prominent Twitter accounts. Prosecutors and the defense argued over whether the teen's considerable assets were legally obtained.
ICE Is Forcing Out International Students, Highlighting Trump’s Agenda To Threaten Student Visas
Since Trump took office, foreign students have only faced greater challenges in coming to the US.
politico.com Aug 01, 2020, Saturday
The Man Who Made Stephen Miller - POLITICO
Almost 20 years ago, anti-immigration activist David Horowitz cultivated an angry high-school student. Now his ideas are coming to life in the Trump administration.
FIFA President Facing Criminal Investigation In Switzerland
A special prosecutor alleges Switzerland's attorney general had a secret meeting with Gianni Infantino and then tried to cover it up.
washingtonpost.com Jul 30, 2020, Thursday
FIFA President Facing Criminal Investigation In Switzerland - The Washington Post
A special prosecutor alleges Switzerland's attorney general had a secret meeting with Gianni Infantino and then tried to cover it up.
Federal Agents Poised Near Seattle
Mayor Jenny Durkan said she feared what has happened in Portland — nightly, violent clashes between protesters and camouflaged federal agents — could happen here.
npr.org Jul 30, 2020, Thursday
Seattle Mayor Says Federal Deployments Are Part Of A Darker Political Goal : Live Updates: Protests For Racial Justice : NPR
Jenny Durkan described the administration's sending of federal agents to U.S. cities to quell gun violence "a dry run for martial law" and warned the operation risked disenfranchising voters.
Supreme Court Stop 1 Million Floridians From Voting
The justices refused to halt Florida’s poll tax on ex-felons—and didn’t bother explaining why.
news.nike.com Jul 30, 2020, Thursday
Michael Jordan And Jordan Brand Announce Initial Partners For $100 Million, 10-Year Commitment - Nike News
Addressing systemic racism in America requires urgent action and long-term engagement — Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand are committed to both.
Local Stations owned by the Sinclair Across The Country Set To Air Fauci Conspiracy Theory Over The Weekend
Local television stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group are set to air a conspiracy theory over the weekend that suggests Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top expert on infectious diseases, was responsible for the creation of the coronavirus.
seattletimes.com Jul 27, 2020, Monday
Sinclair Says It Won’t Air Fauci Conspiracy Theory Segment | The Seattle Times
The Sinclair Broadcast Group says it will not air a segment on its “America This Week” program in which a conspiracy theorist speculates about Dr. Anthony Fauci and the coronavirus.
US Sued Over Expulsion Of Migrant Children Detained In Hotel
Legal groups sued the U.S. government Friday to try to stop the expulsion of children detained in hotel rooms by the Trump administration under an emergency declaration citing the...
apnews.com Jul 25, 2020, Saturday
US Sued Over Expulsion Of Migrant Children Detained In Hotel
HOUSTON (AP) — Legal groups sued the U.S. government Friday to try to stop the expulsion of children detained in hotel rooms by the Trump administration under an emergency declaration citing the...
ProPublica Publishing Thousands Of Police Discipline Records That New York Kept Secret For Decades
ProPublica obtained these police records from New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board. NYPD unions are suing to halt the city from making the data public.
projects.propublica.org Jul 26, 2020, Sunday
The NYPD Files: Search Thousands Of Civilian Complaints Against New York City Police Officers - ProPublica
After New York state repealed a law that kept NYPD disciplinary records secret, ProPublica obtained data from the civilian board that investigates complaints about police behavior. Use this database to search thousands of allegations.