Bernie Sanders introduces labor plan to broaden union power
- Sanders' "Workplace Democracy Plan" includes a mix of legislation and promised executive orders, including one that would deny federal contracts to companies that pay their executives 150 times more than their employees or offer wages lower than $15 an hour.
- Sanders has made his support for unions, striking workers and employees agitating for higher wages at major corporations a central theme of his presidential runs.
- To address long-term concerns, the campaign highlighted legislation -- called The Keep Our Pension Promises Act -- first introduced by Sanders in 2015 that would create a "legacy fund" to backstop pension plans by closing a pair of tax loopholes.
- Sanders' plan also addresses the fate of workers caught between corporate mergers, pledging to require that companies honor existing union contracts even after major overhauls in management.
The Supreme Court has an immigration disaster on its hands
- He stunned many by casting a decisive vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act in 2012, and in the most recent term, Roberts sided with four liberal justices to block the Trump administration's effort to add a citizenship question to the census in the absence of a legitimate explanation of reasons from the White House.
- Kevin, Germany: As part of Epstein's nonprosecution agreement in Florida, federal prosecutors agreed not to charge certain co-conspirators.
- Scott, Texas: Regarding the Southern District's investigation of Epstein and his associates, what happens if prosecutors find evidence of other unrelated crimes?
- Or, if the unrelated conduct did violate federal law but happened in a different district, the Southern District can refer the case to the appropriate US attorney's office.
New Epstein accusers say he used his alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell and a 'Massage for Dummies' book to coach girls
- Two of three new lawsuits filed Tuesday revealed several detailed claims about how the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged "madam" Ghislaine Maxwell coached young girls for regular abuse.
- A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court by alleged victim "Priscilla Doe" says the British socialite gave Doe a "step-by-step" tutorial of pleasuring Epstein at his island, Little St. James, in 2006.
- The complaint also alleged that Maxwell made sure Doe and several other young girls were "constantly on call to sexually service" Epstein.
- In a second complaint that was also filed Tuesday, "Lisa Doe" said in a separate complaint that Epstein kept a stack of "Massage for Dummies" books that he handed out to the young women brought to him for massages that turned sexual.
- Priscilla and Lisa were two of the three alleged victims who filed suit against Epstein's estate on Tuesday.
States reportedly plan monopoly investigation of Google, Facebook, Amazon
- Big Tech will soon be facing too many antitrust probes to count on one hand, as several states reportedly plan to launch their own joint investigation to accompany all of the federal inquiries already in progress.
- The DOJ last month publicly confirmed its antitrust division was looking at the widespread "concerns that consumers, businesses, and entrepreneurs have expressed" about "market-leading online platforms." While the agency didn't name names, earlier reports suggest that the DOJ and the Federal Trade Commission agreed to split antitrust oversight, with the DOJ digging into Apple and Google, and the FTC looking at Amazon and Facebook.
- Amazon, meanwhile, is facing a growing chorus of retailers asking for US regulators to join Germany, Austria, Italy, and the European Union, which have all launched separate antitrust probes into Amazon's behavior.
Warren aims to end most of the 1994 crime bill
- Warren also spells out specific breaks with the Trump administration, including a promise to end the Justice Department directive requiring federal prosecutors to seek maximum prison terms.
- Significant parts of the proposal would require legislative action, but Warren also talks about using her Justice Department to influence policing tactics and reduce prison terms.
- In another departure from the current administration's policies, Warren's proposal would triple funding for the Office of Civil Rights and, in a reversal from the current Justice Department guidance, seek to reestablish the use of consent decree investigations -- which the Department of Justice under former President Barack Obama often used to assert federal influence on police departments acting in violation of constitutional standards.
- Warren argues that the "hierarchical process at DOJ results in relatively few and conservative clemency recommendations," and proposes creating an independent board with direct access to the White House.
Gillibrand releases mental health care plan focused on 'growing crisis' in America
- The plan, which labels mental health a "growing crisis in our country," looks to combat the issue by using federal funds to expand Community Health Centers and behavioral health clinics, expand coverage of non-traditional mental health treatments and enacting federal "safeguards" to ensure that providers was fully reimbursed for treatment.
- Presidential candidates are often asked about it during town halls, and Gillibrand is not the first candidate to release a mental health plan -- candidates like Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton and former Rep. John Delaney, among others, have laid out proposals to tackle the issue.
- In order to expand access to mental health service, Gillibrand's plan relies heavily on what she is calling the "robust and aggressive expansion" of Community Health Centers and Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics.
State attorneys general to launch antitrust investigation into big tech companies, reports say
- The state attorneys in more than a dozen states are preparing to begin an antitrust investigation of the tech giants, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times reported Monday, putting the spotlight on an industry that is already facing federal scrutiny.
- The bipartisan group of attorneys from as many as 20 states is expected to formally launch a probe as soon as next month to assess whether tech companies are using their dominant market position to hurt competition, WSJ reported.
- If true, the move follows the Department of Justice, which last month announced its own antitrust review of how online platforms scaled to their gigantic sizes and whether they are using their power to curb competition and stifle innovation.
- Because the tentacles of Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple reach so many industries, any investigation into them could last for years.
Chicago man arrested after allegedly threatening to kill people at women's reproductive health clinic
- Around August 13, the FBI learned that a user on iFunny had posted a threat, according to court papers.
- In the post, Sheikh allegedly wrote: "I am done with my state and thier (sic) bullsh*t abortion laws and allowing innocrnt (sic) kids to be slaughtered for the so called 'womans (sic) right,'" according to an FBI affidavit.
- Sheikh told FBI agents he thought they had come because of a "joke" he posted on iFunny, court papers said.
- Sheikh referenced the arrest of Justin Olsen, an 18-year-old Ohio man who was charged this month with threatening to assault a federal law enforcement officer, a criminal complaint said.
- Olsen posted a threat to assault federal law enforcement investigators and discussed the 1993 Waco siege on iFunny in June, an affidavit said.
Report: Epstein leaves his fortune to his brother
- The will, which is dated August 8 -- two days before Epstein was found dead by suicide in a federal jail in New York -- lists assets that he left to Mark Epstein, according to The Post.
- Among the assets, the will lists more than $56 million in cash and another $14 million in fixed income investments.
- Epstein's cause of death was suicide by hanging, the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Friday.
- The multimillionaire financier had been jailed since early July, when he pleaded not guilty to charges by New York federal prosecutors after an indictment accused him of running a sex trafficking ring of underage girls, some as young as 14.
- He was set to go to trial next year.
Fact-checking Trump's vague claims about US background checks
- While Trump previously said he was "looking to do background checks" following the two back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio earlier this month, he told reporters Sunday "we have very strong background checks right now." Some have suggested that Trump is flip flopping, but the President has not clearly laid out a position on background checks and private sales and his recent comments remain just as vague.
- However, in the majority of states, private sellers -- those who occasionally sell guns they own and are not trying to turn a profit -- do not have to submit a buyer to the federal background check system.
- Under federal law, anyone who is purchasing a gun from federal firearms licensed (FFL) dealer must go through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
- Private sellers cannot sell a gun to a resident of another state without first shipping the gun to an FFL dealer who will run the buyer through the NICS before handing over the weapon.