Abortion is not always a red v. blue issue
- A CBS News poll conducted this month finds more than two-thirds of Americans saying they would like the Supreme Court to keep the Roe ruling in place (67%) while just 28% say they'd like to see the court overturn it.
- About half of Republicans in the CBS poll (48%) think the Supreme Court should keep Roe. Democrats are more aligned.
- It's clear that 2020 is going to be an election largely built around a national divide on the issue and the coming Supreme Court fight, particularly among Democrats as they seek to mobilize female voters against Trump and Republicans try to keep conservatives fired up.
- We'll see how that works out, whether conservatives who were counting on Kavanaugh to undermine Roe get their way -- or the Republicans who support abortion rights, like Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who supported his nomination in part because she was convinced he would not vote to overturn it.
White House plays hardball. Congress whiffs
- In response to a spate of congressional subpoenas seeking information relating to the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and President Donald Trump's financial history, the White House has executed a simple but effective strategy: you'll get nothing, and we won't give an inch.
- First, dispense with the gimmickry and the ceremonial contempt votes and take every disputed subpoena -- for Trump's tax returns, the unredacted Mueller Report, Attorney General William Barr's testimony in the House, former White House counsel Don McGahn's testimony and possibly Mueller's testimony, if the executive branch resists -- directly to the courts.
- Judge Mehta rejected the White House's argument that Congress overstepped its authority, noting that the key question is whether the congressional subpoena serves any legitimate legislative purpose -- even a broad or hypothetical one.
Huawei Insists It's the Victim This Time of Stolen Trade Secrets
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- Susan Decker (Bloomberg) -- Huawei Technologies Co. may be fighting allegations around the world that it’s stolen technological know-how from other companies, but in a Texas court case the Chinese networking gear maker says it’s been the victim of such theft.
- Huawei claims a former engineer who was developing chips to better store and retrieve data poached workers and stole proprietary information to start a new, competing firm.
- Huawei is the target of criminal trade secret theft charges by the U.S. government, and of a global effort by the Trump administration to block the company’s gear from telecommunications networks.
- Perlson represented Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo self-driving car unit in a suit that claimed a former top engineer took the company’s “crown jewels” when he went to work at Uber Technologies Inc., a case that ultimately settled.
Qualcomm's defeat in court is a 'gut punch' that an analyst says could give China’s Huawei an edge in the tech cold war
- An analyst called a federal court ruling on Qualcomm a "gut punch" against the chipmaker that could also boost Chinese tech giant Huawei's position in an escalating tech cold war.
- Qualcomm's stock was down more than 10% on Wednesday after a US District court judge ruled that the company violated anti-trust law.
- The decision was in connection with a case filed by the Federal Trade Commission accusing Qualcomm of anti-competitive practices and charging excessive licensing fees.
- The decision creates even more uncertainty in the chip industry which is already reeling from the potential consequences of the Trump admnistration's ban on Huawei, said Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives.
- The court decision would force Qualcomm to change the way it licenses and charges royalties for its technology.
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Barr rails against court orders blocking Trump agenda
- Washington (CNN) - Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday criticized what he sees as a growing trend of courts issuing nationwide injunctions to pause policy moves within the Executive Branch, which threaten separation of powers and thwarts President Donald Trump's agenda.
- In his speech, Barr took aim at recent decisions by two federal appeals courts that blocked the Trump administration from rescinding the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from being deported, citing them as ways he sees courts disrupting the executive branch's ability to create and carry out policy.
- The Department of Justice has a pending request with the Supreme Court to take up an appeal, but the justices have so far declined to do so, which Barr criticized in his speech Tuesday evening.
Pelosi says Trump is 'engaged in a cover-up'
- During the caucus meeting on Capitol Hill, the leaders of various House committees also discussed the state of their investigations and argued to stay the course, according to multiple attendees.
- House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, pointed out that Democrats had just won a key court case -- a federal district judge told the accounting firm Mazars on Monday that it will need to turn over Trump's accounting records -- in asserting that their strategy is getting results.
- Pelosi's comments come just hours before she is expected to meet with Trump as well as other Democratic leaders at the White House later Wednesday for a discussion over a $2 trillion infrastructure plan.
Bitcoin Bull's $800,000 Tax Bill Due as Israeli Court Rules Crypto is 'Property'
- By CCN: An Israeli court has ruled that Bitcoin is not a currency but rather an asset.
- The ruling means that Copel will pay taxes of New Israeli Shekel (NIS) 3 million ($830,115).
- In the course of presenting arguments, Copel had made the case that bitcoin should be classified as a foreign currency.
- One of his arguments was that bitcoin should be viewed as a foreign currency such as the dollar.
- Further, Copel urged the court to view the profits made as differences in exchange rates and therefore not taxable.
- Besides paying the tax on capital gains of his bitcoin holdings, Copel will also meet legal costs totaling NIS 30,000 ($8,300).
- The tax agency’s position was that Bitcoin did not meet the qualities of a currency.
- In the United Kingdom, a capital gains tax is also applied when cryptocurrencies are disposed of.
Qualcomm violates US antitrust law, judge rules
- New York (CNN Business) - Qualcomm, the world's largest maker of smartphone modems and microchips, illegally charges companies sky-high prices to license its technology, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
- In a case brought to court in 2017 by the US Federal Trade Commission, District Court Judge Lucy Koh said Qualcomm should not receive a percentage of sales of each phone a company sells; instead, it should receive a much smaller amount based on what Qualcomm technology exists inside the phone.
- The ruling comes five weeks after Qualcomm reached a settlement in a similar but separate antitrust case brought by Apple.
- Although the case specifically applies to Qualcomm and its business practices, critics question the power of the world's tech giants.
- The Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that a group of iPhone owners could sue Apple in an antitrust case charging that its App Store is a monopoly.
Dutch Crypto Conman Scams Dozens in $2.2 Million Bitcoin Mining Fraud
- By CCN: Authorities in the Netherlands have arrested a suspect who allegedly operated a bitcoin mining investment scam, according to Dutch daily De Gelrderlander.
- Per the publication, van Mourik was a senior executive of two firms which sold bitcoin mining rigs.
- He sought investors to buy rigs with the understanding that he would operate the bitcoin mining operations on their behalf.
- As Telegraaf reported then, Koinz Trading had lured Belgian and Dutch investors into putting their money in bitcoin mining rigs.
- While still significant, the Dutch bitcoin mining scam pales in comparison both in sophistication and scale to a similar one reported earlier this month in China.
- According to 8BTC, a crypto mining scam operated by blockchain firm Lianxin Tech saw victims lose around $300 million.
- The scam unraveled when an investor found her mining machines were generating the CAI tokens during an electricity cut!
Huawei’s CEO says he admires Apple and buys his family iPhones when they are not in China
- As America wages war on his company, Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei has made an unlikely intervention in support of one of his biggest rivals.
- In an interview with Chinese state TV on Tuesday, Ren confirmed he is a fan of Apple.
- Social media users are calling for a boycott of the iPhone maker after Huawei was blacklisted by the Trump administration.
- A Huawei spokesperson did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.
- We already know the Huawei dynasty has a soft spot for Apple.
- Bloomberg reported in March that Huawei CFO — and Ren's daughter — Meng Wanzhou was carrying a bunch of Apple devices when she was arrested in Canada in December.
- These included an iPhone 7 Plus, a MacBook Air, and an iPad Pro, in addition to a Huawei Mate 20 RS phone featuring a Porsche design, Bloomberg reported, citing court documents.