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Appeals court rejects Uber exec's broad Fifth Amendment argument

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A court of appeals ruled on Tuesday that a former Alphabet employee can't assert his Fifth Amendment so broadly that Uber, his new employer, can redact documents on his behalf in a trade secret theft lawsuit. Alphabet claims the employee, Anthony Levandowski, downloaded documents before leaving the company and founding a startup later acquired by Uber.

Further action: The court's ruling now means that Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving car unit, could request information about a third-party due diligence report prepared for Uber's acquisition of Levandowski's startup that could include key evidence.

Levandowski can still assert his Fifth Amendment right as far as his own testimony and production of documents.

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Trump: Transgender people "disqualified" from the military

SecDef Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford. Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool / Getty Images

President Trump late Friday issued an order disqualifying most transgender people from serving in the military.

"[T]ransgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria -- individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery -- are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances."

Why it matters: Anything short of an inclusive policy for transgender troops will be viewed as a continuation of the ban Trump announced on Twitter in August.

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Both Bush and Obama also requested line item veto power

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President Trump tweeted on Friday evening that to avoid having "this omnibus situation from ever happening again," he wants Congress to re-instate "a line-item veto."

Why it matters: This would allow him to veto specific parts of a bill without getting rid of the entire thing. Trump was deeply unhappy with the $1.3 trillion spending bill approved by Congress early Friday morning, but signed it anyway on Friday afternoon.