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The Protecting Our Democracy Act is the third pillar of our Congress' democracy agenda, along with the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. And it would prevent the executive from usurping Congress’ power of the purse and allocating taxpayer funds for purposes not authorized or approved by Congress. And that we should guard against the repetition of any of the presidential abuses we have witnessed by a future president of either party. Donald Trump is no longer president, but the road map he left behind for any unscrupulous, aspiring autocrat is apparent to all. Co-signed by Rep. Anna Eshoo, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Rep. Jackie Speier, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. Ted Lieu, Rep. Madeleine Dean, Rep. Katie Porter and Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon
Persons: Donald Trump’s, couldn’t, Richard Nixon’s, Nixon, John Lewis, Donald Trump, autocrat, Anna Eshoo, Steve Cohen, Gerald E, Connolly, Jackie Speier, Eric Swalwell, Ted Lieu, Madeleine Dean, Katie Porter, Mary Gay Scanlon Organizations: Justice Department, White, Department of Justice, Congress, Democrats, Republican, Rep
SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose State University has agreed to pay $1.6 million to 13 female student-athletes whose complaints about being sexually assaulted by an athletic trainer were mishandled by the university, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Federal investigators also found the university retaliated against two employees, including one who repeatedly alerted school officials about the trainer. To the affected student-athletes and their families, we deeply apologize,” university officials said in a statement. In April, Mary Papazian, president of San Jose State University, said in a campuswide letter to students, faculty and staff members that the external investigation found that the allegations were substantiated and that more recent allegations were raised in the course of the investigation. San Jose State said it looked forward to partnering with the Department of Justice to build a stronger Title IX program.
Persons: , , Kristen Clarke, Sports Medicine Scott Shaw, Shaw, Mary Papazian, Lori Jeanne Costanzo, didn’t, Organizations: JOSE, Calif, — San Jose State University, U.S . Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, U.S, Attorney’s, Northern, Northern District of, San José State, Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, University, Department of Justice, Sports Medicine, San Jose State University Locations: — San, Northern District, Northern District of California, San, Jose State
FILE PHOTO: An American Airlines Airbus A321-200 plane takes off from Los Angeles International airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California, U.S. March 28, 2018. It took aim at American Airlines, the largest airline in the world, saying the alliance would cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars. "Plain and simple: American Airlines and JetBlue's Northeast Alliance is anticompetitive." Shares of American Airlines closed down 2.8% at $19.76 while JetBlue was down 4.8% at $14.76. This is not a merger: American and JetBlue are – and will remain – independent airlines."
Persons: Mike Blake WASHINGTON, Trump, Rob Bonta, Robin Hayes, Hayes, Biden, Boston Logan, John F, Doug Parker, Parker, Diane Bartz, David Shepardson, Jon Stempel, Mark Porter, Steve Orlofsky, David Gregorio Our Organizations: American Airlines Airbus, Los Angeles International, REUTERS, U.S . Justice Department, American Airlines Group Inc, JetBlue Airways Corp, U.S . Transportation, American Airlines, JetBlue, DOJ, Justice Department, Kennedy, Newark Liberty, American, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, of, The, America, US Airways, Thomson Locations: Los Angeles , California, U.S, Northeastern U.S, Boston, California, United States, LaGuardia, New York, Arizona , California, of Columbia , Florida , Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, American, Washington
FILE PHOTO: Small toy figures are seen in front of diplayed Zoom logo in this illustration taken March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Justice Department-led committee is reviewing Zoom Video Communications Inc’s proposed $15 billion all-stock deal to buy cloud-based call center operator Five9 Inc, according to a letter filed with U.S. regulators. The Aug. 27 letter filed with the Federal Communications Commission said the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector -- known as “Team Telecom” -- is reviewing to see if the deal “poses a risk to the national security or law enforcement interests.”
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Communications Inc’s, Organizations: REUTERS, WASHINGTON, U.S . Justice Department, Communications, Five9, U.S, Federal Communications Commission, United States Telecommunications Services, “ Team Telecom ”
FILE PHOTO: An American Airlines Airbus A321-200 plane takes off from Los Angeles International airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California, U.S. March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Mike BlakeWASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - American Airlines Chief Executive Doug Parker said on Tuesday that he expected the U.S. Justice Department to file a lawsuit challenging American's (AAL.O) partnership with JetBlue Airways (JBLU.O) on antitrust grounds. The U.S. Justice Department said that it would have a major antitrust announcement on Tuesday. Shares of American Airlines were down 2.6 percent on Tuesday at $19.79 while those of JetBlue were down 4.6 percent at $14.79. read moreThe Biden administration has nominated Jonathan Kanter, an antitrust lawyer, to be the head of the Justice Department's antitrust division.
Persons: Mike Blake WASHINGTON, Doug Parker, Parker, It's, We've, Trump, Biden, Jonathan Kanter, Diane Bartz, David Shepardson, Mark Porter, Steve Orlofsky Organizations: American Airlines Airbus, Los Angeles International, REUTERS, American Airlines, U.S . Justice Department, JetBlue Airways, Washington Post, Street Journal, JetBlue, U.S . Transportation, American, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Northeast, Transportation Department, Newark Liberty International Airport, Thomson Locations: Los Angeles , California, U.S, U.S ., New York, Boston, United States, Delta, Washington
U.S. set to challenge American-JetBlue partnership, WSJ reports
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: An American Airlines Airbus A321-200 plane takes off from Los Angeles International airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California, U.S. March 28, 2018. The airlines' "Northeast Alliance" partnership was announced in July 2020 and approved by the U.S. Transportation Department six months later, shortly before the end of the Trump administration. The government is planning to allege in the lawsuit that the partnership between the two airlines could lead to higher fares and hurt competition, the newspaper reported. American Airlines said that it has not been notified that a lawsuit was coming. The lawsuit is the second action the Biden administration has taken recently to ensure competition in the skies.
Persons: Mike Blake, Trump, Biden, Diane Bartz, David Shepardson, Abhijith, Ramakrishnan, Paul Simao, Mark Porter Organizations: American Airlines Airbus, Los Angeles International, REUTERS, U.S . Justice Department, American Airlines Group, JetBlue Airways Corp, Wall Street, U.S . Transportation Department, American, JetBlue, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Transportation Department, Newark Liberty International Airport, Thomson Locations: Los Angeles , California, U.S, New York, Boston, U.S ., Washington, Bengaluru
WASHINGTON — House Democrats plan to press forward with legislation aimed at preventing abuses of presidential power, strengthening Congress’ ability to enforce subpoenas and boosting protections for whistleblowers in what supporters of the measures say is largely a response to Donald Trump's actions as president. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will highlight the Protecting Our Democracy Act during a press conference alongside its chief sponsor, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. It would also ensure that incoming presidents have access to resources for the transition period following an election and would require the disclosure of contacts between the White House and Justice Department. Democrats introduced the measure in previous Congresses. If the measure advances in the House, Democrats would need at least 10 Republicans in the Senate to support the package for it to advance to a final vote.
Persons: Donald Trump's, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Trump, Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn Organizations: WASHINGTON —, Democrats, House Intelligence, Protect, White, Justice Department, House, Republicans
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WASHINGTON—The Justice Department on Tuesday filed an antitrust lawsuit challenging American Airlines Group Inc.’s partnership with JetBlue Airways Corp. , alleging the recently forged alliance will suppress competition and lead to higher fares. The department, joined by six states and the District of Columbia, filed the lawsuit in a Massachusetts federal court. They alleged the American-JetBlue agreement will eliminate head-to-head competition in key traffic hubs in the Northeast and hurt travelers across the country by diminishing JetBlue’s incentives to compete with American. That could mean higher prices, fewer options and poorer customer service, the suit alleged.
Persons: WASHINGTON Organizations: The Justice Department, American Airlines Group Inc, JetBlue Airways Corp, District of Columbia, American, JetBlue Locations: Massachusetts
Zoom Is a Verb—and a Target
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( Dan Gallagher | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Zoom is way too small to be considered “big tech,” but the videoconferencing superstar is now facing some of the challenges better-associated with its much larger tech peers—without their advantages. The company known formally as Zoom Video Communications , which became a household name with the pandemic, is now struggling with its next act. Its proposed acquisition of Five9 is facing opposition from some of the latter’s shareholders, who are unhappy with the deal’s price. And The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the Justice Department is now investigating the deal over potential national security risks given Zoom’s operations in China. The department has asked the Federal Communications Commission to defer action on the Five9 acquisition while it undertakes its review.
Organizations: Video Communications, Street, Justice Department, Federal Communications Commission Locations: Five9, China
In response to questions about its links to China, Zoom has emphasized the U.S. citizenship of its China-born chief executive, Eric Yuan. Jason Henry for The Wall Street JournalWSJ News Exclusive Zoom’s Nearly $15 Billion Deal for Five9 Under U.S. Government Review Over China Ties Justice Department-led Team Telecom is looking into whether Zoom’s China ties could make its acquisition of the software company a national-security risk
Persons: Eric Yuan, Jason Henry Organizations: Wall Street, Five9, U.S, Government, China Ties Justice Department, Team Telecom Locations: China
Mr. Schiff introduced a version of the bill in October 2020 to send a political message heading into the election. Democrats this time intend to pass the legislation and have spent months negotiating with the White House over elements that administration officials were concerned would intrude on traditional executive branch prerogatives. The House dropped a proposal to require the White House to give Congress its internal communications with the president about pardons, which raised executive privilege concerns. Lawmakers also narrowed a proposal to make executive branch officials pay any court fines for defying subpoenas out of their own pockets. The administration is also said to have expressed concerns about a proposal to speed up court review of congressional lawsuits over subpoenas.
Persons: Biden, Schiff, Mr Organizations: Trump, General Services Administration, White, Democrats, Justice Department, Lawmakers
Legal experts see a lack of evidence — and other problems — with a Trump-era special prosecutor's latest case. But while the indictment marked the first overt sign of activity in months from Durham, several legal experts weren't impressed. In interviews, legal experts described Durham's case against Sussmann as unusually — even remarkably — thin. Prosecutors in Durham's office allege that Sussmann was, in fact, representing a technology-industry executive and the Clinton campaign. "Man, the Michael Sussmann indictment seems thin.
Persons: John Durham, Michael Sussmann's, Donald Trump, Trump, Michael Sussmann, weren't, Randall Eliason, Bill Barr, FBI's Trump, Michael Reynolds, Sussmann, James Baker, Perkins Coie, Hillary Clinton, Baker, Clinton, — Baker, Durham, Casey Cooper, Watkins, Sean Berkowitz, Michael Bosworth, William Barr, Barr, Robert Mueller III, Barb McQuade, McQuade, we've, Harry Litman, Litman, Obama, Greg Craig, Craig, Eliason, he'd, I'm, Marc Elias, Perkins, dishing Organizations: Trump, Democratic, FBI, George Washington University Law School, Trump Organization, Alfa Bank, Democratic National Committee, Prosecutors, Court, District of Columbia, Department, Justice, Latham, University of Michigan Law School, Twitter, Politico, White, Justice Department, Durham, Elias Law Group Locations: Russia, Durham, Russian, Durham's, Detroit, Pennsylvania, Washington , DC, Ukraine, House
Airline antitrust baggage
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
Baggage handlers stand next to luggage carts at John F. Kennedy airport in the Queens borough of New York City, June 29, 2017. It effectively merged parts of the sales structure of the business in busy hubs, enabling them to better compete. President Joe Biden wants to be tough on antitrust, and it was his predecessor Donald Trump who authorized the earlier bailouts and the deal between the airlines. The better the airlines’ earnings, the faster they can pay the taxpayer back. So a challenge to their profit-boosting tie-up is also a challenge to getting them off government life support.
Persons: John F, Carlo Allegri, don’t, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Biden, Lauren Silva Laughlin, John Foley, Amanda Gomez Organizations: Kennedy, REUTERS, Reuters, Airlines, Street Journal, U.S . Justice Department, American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, JetBlue, U.S Locations: Queens, New York City, New York, U.S, American, York City
The Justice Department filed an antitrust suit on Tuesday against American Airlines and JetBlue, saying a growing alliance between the two carriers had created a “de facto merger” in the New York and Boston markets, reducing competition and hurting consumers. The suit said the arrangement between the airlines reduced the incentive for them to compete in the Northeast and elsewhere and would “cause hundreds of millions of dollars in harm to air passengers across the country through higher fares and reduced choice.”The Justice Department said attorneys general in six states and the District of Columbia were joining in the action. “This sweeping partnership is unprecedented among domestic airlines and amounts to a de facto merger,” the department said.
Organizations: Department, American Airlines, JetBlue, Justice Department, District of Columbia Locations: New York, Boston
JetBlue JBLU American Airlines AAL andlast year created the "Northeast Alliance" that operates out of four major airports in Boston and New York City. "The department cannot allow American Airlines to further consolidate the airline industry where competition is already in a critical shortage," Acting Assistant Attorney General Richard A. Delta DAL United UAL Southwest LUV American Airlines is the largest airline in the world that, along withand, collectively controls more than 80% of domestic air travel, according to the DOJ. Prior to the alliance, JetBlue had challenged American Airlines at Northeast airports. "Consumers will be better off if American and JetBlue continue to be fierce competitors, not allies," Powers said.
Persons: JetBlue JBLU American Airlines AAL, Richard A, Powers, Read Organizations: CNN, Department of Justice, JetBlue JBLU American Airlines, DOJ, American Airlines, Justice Department's Antitrust Division, Delta DAL United, LUV, Airlines, JetBlue Locations: United States, Boston, New York City
A U.S. government committee is reviewing Zoom's agreement to acquire cloud contact center software company Five9 for $14.7 billion on national-security grounds. Zoom announced the deal with Five9 in July, marking the video-chat company's first billion-dollar-plus acquisition. The committee that sent the letter was formalized in 2020 through an executive order by former President Donald Trump. It's separate from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which has blocked Chinese entities from buying U.S. companies. Zoom executives said they expect 31% revenue growth in the current quarter, down from from growth above 300% last year.
Persons: Eric Yuan, General Merrick Garland, Zoom, Five9, Nancy Pelosi, USDOJ, David Plotinsky, Donald Trump Organizations: Nasdaq, Federal Communications Commission, United States Telecommunications Service Sector, Five9, MSNBC, Justice Department, FCC, CNBC, Street, Team Telecom, Foreign Investment, Bank of America Locations: New York, U.S, San Jose , California, China, California, United States, Russia
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte speaks remotely during the 76th Session of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York, U.S., September 21, 2021. "We have recently finalized with the United Nations our Joint Program on Human Rights. This is a model for constructive engagement between a sovereign Member State and the United Nations," he said. Duterte's government said last week it will not cooperate with the ICC or allow any investigators into the Philippines. Rights groups say Duterte personally incited deadly violence in the drug war and accuse police of murdering unarmed suspects on a massive scale.
Persons: Rodrigo Duterte, Mary Altaffer, Duterte, , David Brunnstrom, Grant McCool Organizations: UN, REUTERS UNITED NATIONS, Criminal, United Nations General Assembly, Philippines Justice Department, International, United Nations, Human, State, ICC, Philippine, United, Thomson Locations: New York, U.S, Philippines, United Nations
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) arrives to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., August 8, 2021. REUTERS/Elizabeth FrantzWASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Two senior U.S. Senate Democrats urged Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday to investigate and prosecute unruly air passengers in the face of a rising number of incidents onboard airplanes. "Civil penalties alone are failing to deter criminal activity by airline passengers," Durbin and Cantwell wrote in the letter to the FAA. In June, a group representing major U.S. airlines such as American Airlines (AAL.O), Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) and United Airlines [RIC:RIC:UALCO.UL], and aviation unions also asked Garland to prosecute the growing number of disruptive and violent air passengers. To date this year, there have been 4,284 reports of unruly passenger incidents, including 3,123 that were mask-related.
Persons: Dick Durbin, Elizabeth Frantz WASHINGTON, Merrick Garland, Maria Cantwell, Durbin, Cantwell, Justice Depatment, Garland, Steve Dickson, Donald Trump, David Shepardson, Karishma Singh Organizations: U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, Justice Department, Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, Justice, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Airlines, House Transportation, Infrastructure, Rage, Workers, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, America, Airports
The Supreme Court has scheduled arguments for the highly anticipated Mississippi abortion case. The case, which will consider the legality of Mississippi's ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, will be heard Dec. 1, according to the court. The case also comes after the high court declined to block Texas' restrictive abortion law, which bans abortions at around six weeks of pregnancy — before most women know they are pregnant — without any exceptions for rape and incest. Mississippi lawmakers in 2018 voted to ban abortions after 15 weeks except in cases of medical emergencies or severe fetal abnormality. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the ruling, prompting the state's appeal to the Supreme Court.
Persons: Roe, Wade, Carlton Reeves Organizations: U.S . Justice Department, Texas, District, Southern, Southern District of, U.S, Circuit, Supreme Locations: Mississippi, Texas, Southern District, Southern District of Mississippi
FILE PHOTO: The seal of the Department of Commerce is seen, before Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross holds a news conference to make an announcement, after a background conference call with Commerce, Justice Department and Treasury Department officials at the Department of Commerce in Washington, U.S., March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Eric ThayerWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Commerce on Monday said it was modifying its antidumping duty and countervailing duty regulations to improve enforcement and protect U.S. companies “from unfair and illegal trade practices.”Some of the changes will take effect between Sept. 20 and Oct. 20, while others will start between Sept. 20 and Nov. 4, it said in a statement.
Persons: Wilbur Ross, Eric Thayer WASHINGTON Organizations: Department of Commerce, Commerce, Justice Department, Treasury, REUTERS, U.S . Department of Commerce Locations: Washington , U.S
Former President Donald Trump won Mesa County, Colorado, by 28 points in last fall's election. Now, a push to revisit November's results is underway or being called for in at least nine counties Trump won by more than 24 points. Why can't you?’”Some of these localized efforts have caught the attention of federal authorities and state election officials. This summer, Michigan election officials warned local leaders in Antrim and Cheboygan counties that they lack the authority to conduct or supervise post-election reviews. In late August, the Justice Department and Nevada election officials intervened to stop a machine-auditing effort by Lander County commissioners.
Persons: Donald Trump, Joe Biden's, , Trump, Jena Griswold, Sheriff Dar Leaf, Sidney Powell's, Powell, Michael Lynch, Leaf, Ben Geiger, Barry County's, Geiger, Julie Nakfoor Pratt, Lynch, haven't, Sen, Doug Mastriano, Fulton, Stuart Ulsh, Ulsh, , Vic Bassetti, Bert Ramos, Tina Peters, Peters, Mike Lindell, Leslie Osche, empaneled, Osche Organizations: Mesa, Republican, Trump, Republicans, Biden, CNN, Democrat, NBC, Sheriff, Dominion, Bridge, Barry, NBC News, United Democracy Center, Justice Department, South Locations: Mesa County , Colorado, Barry County , Michigan, Lander County , Nevada, Arizona, U.S, Arizona , Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan’s Barry County, Michigan, Barry County, Bridge Michigan, Fulton County , Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, Republic, Fulton, Harrisburg, Antrim, Cheboygan, Nevada, Lander County, Lander, South Dakota, Butler County , Pennsylvania, Butler County, Butler
Justice Dept. Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Roe v. Wade
  + stars: | 2021-09-20 | by ( Katie Benner | ) www.nytimes.com   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department urged the Supreme Court on Monday to reaffirm Roe v. Wade when it hears a case challenging Mississippi’s restrictive abortion law later this year, arguing that any other decision would uphold an unconstitutional law and undermine a doctrine that gives power to Supreme Court precedents. The department also asked for permission to present oral arguments when the case is heard on Dec. 1, an indication of the significance of this particular legal fight in the larger effort to overturn Roe and enact abortion bans across the country. The briefs, filed by the acting solicitor general, Brian H. Fletcher, are the latest step by the Biden Justice Department to try to protect the legal right to an abortion. The Justice Department was one of more than 40 parties to file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only abortion provider in Mississippi. In all, more than 140 supporters and detractors of the Mississippi law have filed such briefs this year.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Roe, Wade, Brian H, Fletcher Organizations: The Justice Department, Biden Justice Department, Texas, The Justice, Jackson, Health Organization Locations: Mississippi
REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstSept 20 (Reuters) - A San Antonio physician who announced he gave an abortion to a woman in defiance of a new Texas law was sued in Texas state court on Monday by two plaintiffs from other states who want to test the law's constitutionality. "I think it's a decision between her and her doctor," he said when asked whether he supported giving women the right to choose abortion access. Monday's lawsuits are to date the most direct test of the legality of the Texas abortion ban, which is one of the most restrictive such laws in the United States. Abortion rights groups and the U.S. Justice Department have also sued Texas over the law in federal court, saying it violates a woman's constitutional right to abortion before the fetus is viable. Texas Right to Life, a state anti-abortion group, did not return a call for comment.
Persons: Jonathan Ernst, Alan Braid, Braid, Oscar Stilley, Stilley, Felipe Gomez, Gomez, Marc Hearron, Julia Harte, David Thomas, Stephen Coates Organizations: U.S, Supreme, REUTERS, The Washington Post, Reuters, U.S . Justice Department, Texas, Center for Reproductive Rights, Center, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Antonio, Texas, The, Illinois, United States, San Antonio
The reputation of the Supreme Court is sinking. Partisan justiceEven as recently as a few years ago, the Supreme Court wasn't as partisan as it is now. In a 7-2 opinion, the Supreme Court kept the Affordable Care Act intact. First, the Supreme Court threw out the eviction moratorium they had so recently upheld, throwing millions of struggling Americans into uncertainty. Both of those justices are right to worry about the legitimacy of the Supreme Court.
Persons: Michael Gordon, Gordon, Amy Coney Barrett, Barrett, Sen, Mitch McConnell, wasn't, McConnell, Obama's, General Merrick Garland, Justice Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, Roberts, Roe, Wade, she's, I'm Organizations: Democratic, Justice Department, Service, Republicans, Justice, Supreme, Republican Locations: Texas, Oklahoma
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