Senate Commerce votes to issue subpoenas to CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter
- Washington (CNN Business) - The Senate Commerce Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to issue subpoenas to the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter, in Washington's latest attack on Big Tech.
- The subpoenas aim to force Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey to testify about the legal immunity the law affords tech platforms under Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934.
- That law, Republicans argue, unduly protects social media companies against allegations of anti-conservative censorship.
- Under Section 230, websites and tech platforms cannot be held liable for the content their users create, and companies are given wide freedom to moderate their sites as they see fit.
- On Thursday, Cantwell said she was pleased to move forward with the subpoenas after Wicker agreed to include the topics of Big Tech's impact on media and privacy as issues of concern.
Another 837,000 Americans filed for unemployment claims last week
- New York (CNN Business) - America's jobs recovery continues, albeit at a slow pace, as another 837,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week, on a seasonally adjusted basis.
- That was slightly fewer from the prior week, although last week's figures notably do not include updated numbers from California, which paused processing initial claims for two weeks.
- The Labor Department estimated California's initial claims numbers by duplicating the prior week's reported claims figures.
- Adding these together, there were 1.4 million total first-time claims for benefits last week, roughly even with the prior week.
- Continued claims, which count workers who have filed for benefits for at least two consecutive weeks, stood at 11.8 million on a seasonally adjusted basis.
- The slowing pace of the decline in initial jobless claims is another piece of evidence that the economic recovery is running out of steam.
Dear Sophie: Will October 2020 Visa Bulletin changes expedite my immigration case?
- What does the October shift in Visa Bulletin priority dates mean for me?
- Great news — last week the State Department released the October 2020 Visa Bulletin, which significantly reduces the waiting time for many folks from around the world seeking green cards.
- Basically final action dates progressed for EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 and are all current now if you can use categories besides being born in India or China!
- If you were born in India or China, dates for filing for Adjustment of Status and the National Visa Center also sped up significantly for individuals in these categories.
- If I was born in India or China, can I file my I-485 in October 2020?” See below to check your priority date and talk to an immigration attorney to see what you can file in October 2020!
James Comey testifies before Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday
- Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are expected to press Comey on everything from the decision to open the Russia investigation in July 2016 to the memos detailing his conversations with President Donald Trump that he leaked following his firing to try to push the appointment of a special counsel.
- Newly released declassified documents from the Trump administration in recent days -- which have attacked the FBI's Russia investigation, the prosecution of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Hillary Clinton's campaign -- have provided additional fodder for Republicans to question the former FBI director, not to mention Trump's Twitter feed.
- Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham is scrutinizing the origins of the Russia investigation that became Mueller's probe, along with a scathing Justice Department inspector general report that found the FBI's Foreign intelligence Surveillance Act warrants for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page were riddled with errors and relied on an unverified opposition research dossier authored by Christopher Steele.
U.S. expected to sue Google next week as DOJ seeks support from states
- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is expected to sue Alphabet’s Google as soon as next week, and is currently urging state attorneys general to sign onto the lawsuit, according to three sources familiar with the process.
- The Justice Department has also been investigating Google’s “search advertising,” the ads that appear under a search box if a person looks up a consumer item like “dishwasher.” Google controls the sale of the space under these searches, as well as the tools to make those ad sales.
- State attorneys general, many of whom are already investigating other Google businesses, are in the process of considering whether to sign on to the federal lawsuit, the sources said.
- The lawsuit would be the first real blow to fall after the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission said last year they had opened antitrust investigations of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple.
Flynn lawyer says she asked Trump not to pardon his former national security adviser
- The lawyer, Sidney Powell, said she recently discussed the Flynn case with the President and with a Trump campaign lawyer.
- Powell said she asked Trump not to pardon Flynn.
- Powell revealed the conversations during intense questioning by Judge Emmet Sullivan, who is overseeing the case and weighing whether to grant the Justice Department's request to drop the criminal charge against Flynn for lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia during the presidential transition.
- She said she did ask the President not to issue a pardon for her client.
- A court-appointed lawyer argued that the Justice Department decided to drop the case because Flynn is a political ally and friend of Trump.
- A third-party lawyer, former federal judge John Gleeson, will be in court as well to argue the legal path Sullivan could take to keep the case alive and sentence Flynn.
JPMorgan Paying $920 Million to Resolve Market Manipulation Probes
- JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay $920 million and admit misconduct tied to manipulation of precious-metals and Treasury markets, regulators said Tuesday.
- The settlement resolves investigations by the Justice Department, Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a CFTC statement issued Tuesday.
- The fine is the largest ever imposed for spoofing, a type of market manipulation, by the CFTC, the agency said.
Emergency 911 dispatch outages reported at multiple police departments across the country
- Agencies from Arizona to Florida reported outages that typically lasted about 30 minutes before being restored.
- The 911 problems occurred the same night that widespread outages were reported for Microsoft services.
- Redmond, Washington -- home of Microsoft's headquarters -- tweeted Monday that city phones and emails were also experiencing outages.
- A spokesperson for the sheriff's office in Hennepin County, Minnesota, told CNN they were not sure whether their 911 outage was related to the Microsoft issue.
- The New York Police Department told CNN that while their 911 services had no reported outages, they did experience issues with Microsoft accounts.
- According to an internal memo shared by a senior NYPD official, department employees were not able to log into Microsoft email accounts from department desktops, but could still access email accounts through iPhones and iPads.
- It is unclear if the 911 problems and outages were related and the source of the 911 outages has not yet been identified.
Where Victoria's top three bureaucrats went wrong
- In closing submissions to the inquiry, counsels assisting said the leading mandarins failed to brief the Premier and ministers on problems in the hotel quarantine program before it was too late.
- Testimony by health department secretary Kym Peake shoed she did not tell Health Minister Jenny Mikakos or Premier Daniel Andrews about the mounting list of problems with security, infection control, and guest wellbeing in the program.
- Jobs department secretary Simon Phemister failed to regularly brief Mr Pakula about both the hiring of private security guards and issues with their conduct, the inquiry heard.
- Ms Ellyard pointed to the confusion and lack of accountability between government departments over the decision to hire private security guards as part of the program as evidence of a broader acceptance of responsibility by the public service.
Former Amazon finance manager and family charged with insider trading
- New York (CNN Business) - A former finance manager for Amazon.com and two of her family members were charged on Monday with insider trading by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which accused the family of making $1.4 million from unlawful trading.
- The complaint alleges that Laksha Bohra, a senior manager in Amazon's tax department, leaked confidential information about the company's financial performance to her husband Viky Bohra.
- The husband and his father then traded on the confidential information in 11 separate accounts managed by the family, according to the SEC complaint.
- Bohra's lawyers didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
- Amazon declined to comment on the charges.
- The SEC said the trading took place in advance of Amazon's earnings announcements between January 2016 and July 2018.